How to Live Through The Massive Global Shift of Power

Today’s Massive Global Shift of Power

The massive global shift of power now is seen in governments, and is moving through to our communities. Whole systems are being questioned and upended, and the upheaval can be jarring at the least. Like turning over huge rocks, much that has been living in the shadow is now seeing the light of day. It isn’t easy to look at, yet look we must look in order to identify the choices to be made for the changes needed.

We are in difficult times. National systems and structures are being challenged. Government leaders are being scrutinized. Life perspectives are being clarified.

Individually you may be experiencing fatigue or uneven energy, or you might be having unusual headaches. People are uncharacteristically erratic or inconsiderate. Clearly, life is not as it was and feels like it never will be again.

How to Live Through These Shifts

Most of us can most easily affect our own personal world and environments. In these global shifts, what is your vision for your life? What is your vision for the future?

I encourage each one of us to hold our highest vision, and to act with integrity and compassion toward its most peaceful fulfillment. Our future will be shaped by such choices and actions.

Change is not easy. It’s going to be uncomfortable at times, frustrating, and you may be tempted to stop and think you can let others do your work for you.

The truth is  – Only You Know what is in your heart ready to be seen and experienced.

I ask you: What is the particularly unique harvest you are so carefully tending in your life? What is your personal purpose for being on this planet at this time in humankind’s history? How can you help?

Your life is input for the world’s experience now and in the future. How do you want to shape that experience?

Bliss Dance on Treasure Island copyright Baylan Megino

Bliss Dance on Treasure Island copyright Baylan Megino

The Invitation

President Barack Obama, when talking about the United States’ participation in addressing climate change, said, “I believe the United States of America should be at the front of the pack. But even in the absence of American leadership; even as this Administration joins a small handful of nations that reject the future; I’m confident that our states, cities, and businesses will step up and do even more to lead the way, and help protect for future generations the one planet we’ve got.”

That is your invitation to take the future into your hands, to participate in making the world a better place for yourself and for all.

Time to Begin

Start small. Change can begin with baby steps. Remember, the future begins in each breath. Imbue yours with your highest vision, undying hope, and all-encompassing love. Then act from there.

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Choice and Mastery

It has been a choice. I have my reasons for taking time to respond to the violence and turbulence around the world in recent weeks. Racism, nuclear threat, violence in many forms have all significantly raised the level of anxiety and fear around the world.

And the young ones are watching and absorbing how we act in the face of such things.

Reading the thoughts shared by those I follow, and being aware of the messages riding the airwaves, I have been metaphorically sitting, observing, listening, thinking.

I ask myself, “What am I to share that will add to the mosaic being fed into our hearts and minds? What is my response-ability?”

Conscious Living: Being in the WorldIn recent weeks I have been around people teaching and practicing martial arts. In the training grounds, seeing the transmission of knowledge from teacher to student, and watching as these ideas spark into disciplined action has been a beautiful dynamic to behold.

They have reinforced my understanding of Life.

How the World Works

Thought and Feeling lead to Action which produces Results… that lead to Thought and Feeling that lead to New Action and produce New Results… and the spiral continues.

The differentiating factor in each cycle is that of Choice – the Decision made that leads from Thought and Feeling to Action. Choice can be made in a split second, and for many is unconscious. It often runs the well-worn path of choices practiced time and time again.

Martial Arts is about Self-Mastery

Today’s brief discussion with a friend about martial arts led me to say, “Martial Arts is about Self-Mastery.” Whether it is Western or Eastern or Southern or Northern style, the ability to respond to conflict entails preparation that engages the mind, the body, and the spirit.

On a day-to-day basis, I suspect people focus mostly on the physical aspects – how to get it right so the result is consistently the same. One could argue that you don’t have to think hard to get the same result once you know how it’s done.

Yet to master physicality, one must master the mind. As Mr. Miyagi showed us, to train the unconscious mind, one must practice and practice the body in order to get under/beyond the mind. Wax on, wax off, block right, block left – It is the same physical action demanded for split second reaction.

Stone Buddha with Grass by Baylan Megino

Beyond the Mind to Where the Divine Can Flow

How to get beyond the chatter of the mind, the inflexibility of the body, and the gatekeeper Ego?

Eventually, though not always, the focus, discipline and perseverance demand that the old guards give way. It is then that the flow of Spirit can occur.

This is where the Divine is allowed into consciousness (though it is always present in the background, waiting to be engaged) and where there is more synchronicity and ease.

In another conversation, a practitioner of meditation complained how she felt punished by having to meditate for 60 minutes, or 90 minutes. She has been meditating for decades, and had become tied to the structure of the meditation, at the expense of opening to her natural flow.

Well, perhaps I upended years of her practice, but I did not see any point in suffering further.

“Make a different choice,” I suggested. “If your goal is to connect with Source/Higher Being/Light/Universe/God, then open up and allow that connection to occur. Do not be rigid by telling yourself that it takes an hour to get there when in reality you are practiced enough to reach that space in fifteen minutes, or five, or less. Acknowledge where you are in your practice, and move forward from there.”

And suddenly the light poured through.

Gratitude Day 2 Connection to Spirit by Baylan Megino

It Is All A Choice

Once one has mastered the skills of any art – spiritual, creative, healing, martial, etc. – the moment of decision presents the choices one has available. In that moment, based on our knowledge and experience, we choose what to do, how to do it, how far to go. And in that moment, we are exposed, revealed, and self-defined.

I’m reminded that a wise person once said, “Choose your battles.” The world is changing in so many ways, so many arenas, so fast.

How do we act in that space of conflict, that moment of unconscious/conscious choice? It is a telling moment.

Some act in indignation or anger and push back.

Some retreat and stay out of the fray.

Some act with compassion and understanding.

Some wait to see how the situation evolves and watch as others jump in.

Some put more fuel on the fire.

Some stand their ground and hold fast, ready to respond should more force be required, or ready to stand down when the spark has passed.

Some step aside.

In recent weeks it has been hard for many to stand on the sidelines.

Choosing Change

Yet isn’t that how change occurs? We reach a point where we are compelled to speak, to make a choice, to change (or not) our response, to push for something (different) we believe in.

And the world shifts.

Maybe I’m getting older. Maybe I’m simply more aware of these things now than when I was focused on Rising to Meet Each Challenge, on Doing, on Succeeding, on Getting What I Want.

I’ve come to understand that each of us is here in this life with our own purpose to fulfill, and our own battles to fight – and we will fight them in whatever way we choose.

The question is, Do we fight them in the way we have Always fought them? Or do we fight them with newfound skills, knowledge, or heart?

The choices we make determine the trajectory of our actions and therefore the results we experience, the results the world experiences. Will we continue the cycle, or move up the spiral? Either way, our young ones will learn.


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Dream Maker: New Year Vision, Picnics and Being Prepared

For a Dream Maker, Having a Vision is only part of Being Prepared to Make that Vision Come True. In my life training to become a Dream Maker, I learned a good lesson when I was planning a picnic.

It was the first time I was in charge of making such a production. So many things to bring and needs to meet. Coordinating such a feat seemed almost overwhelming, but I wanted to make it a truly enjoyable experience for all of us.

I stood in the kitchen a bit at a loss, thoughts piling into multiple lists swirling through my head, not sure where to begin. My mother watched as I clearly struggled to make sense, grabbing items as I wandered from one end of the kitchen to the other.

By Unknown illustrator [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“Outdoor Luncheon” By Unknown illustrator [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“Imagine an empty table,” she suggested. “Then set the table with everything you need to have your meal and enjoy your day.”

Immediately I remembered long picnics at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach where dad surf-fished while we ran in and out of the waves. Or picnics with cousins at Alameda’s shoreline beach, our moms dutifully stationed at the combined picnic spot ready to meet our needs so we could continue with our important work of play.

In each instance, we were free to wander and enjoy because we always knew where to return for food, water, towels, bandaids, hugs, sunscreen, rest, and whatever else we needed.

Setting the table is the same as making sure you can implement your vision. You have an intention of the experience you want to provide. Then having all the tools and fuel and resources available that you anticipate will be needed ensures fewer delays in making your vision come true.

Whether you are planning your personal life or your career/business, here are some Dream Maker planning tips to have a successful new year:

  • Connect with your purpose in life and in your work.
  • Review what went well this year, and what needs improvement.
  • Dream where you want to be in two to three years, and strategize how to get there.
  • Define your vision for the new year.
  • Identify milestones and big goals for each quarter.
    • Break those goals down into smaller, achievable chunks.
  • Define what your client needs to experience before moving on to the next step.
    • Review your systems and walk through every step in detail.
    • Identify who you need to collaborate with in order to make each step happen successfully.
    • Identify resources needed and how you will have them in place.
  • Commit
    • to your clients.
    • to your bottom line.
    • to your life dream.

Prepare these main pieces to plan for your success in the new year.

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Gratitude Day 4: Fathers

On this 4th Day of Gratitude, I give thanks for my father, and all the fathers in the world.

Every day I walk by two places where my father’s watchful gaze is seen. Though he isn’t with us any longer, my memories are strong and inform my every interaction.

The Yang to Mother’s Yin

When I think of Dad, my memories are filled with how he showed up in the world – at home, at work, in the community, in organizations. Whether in public or in private quarters, my dad showed me how to interact one-on-one with whatever was in front of me.

Gratitude Day 4 Father by Baylan Megino

Gratitude Day 4 Father by Baylan Megino

Dads do that. They show us how to DO things – how to observe, analyze, plan and implement so that we can get the result we want.

They teach us how to think about our part in the whole. Sometimes we have to think of what is in the best interest of the greater good, and choose between our individual desires and what will be best “for all concerned.”

They show us the individual attitude needed to persevere in difficult times, as well as the way to step back and be part of a team while maintaining our individuality.

They also show us when to step aside.

It’s hard for me to write about being a dad.
I’ve never been a dad and never will be.

I can only share some of the images that I am grateful for that are indelibly etched in my memory:

  1. Watching Dad make a kite out of bamboo strips, then flying it in the Knights of Columbus kite-flying contest
  2. Fishing in the Ozarks and catching lots of bluegills
  3. His erect stance, with head slightly tilted, a smile curling up the edges of his mouth.
  4. His / My hands
  5. The way he called me “Girl” – only a handful of times
  6. Standing alone with him behind the church entry doors as the Love Theme from “Superman” began to play, he touched my arm, slightly raised his eyebrows, and gently asked, “Are you ready, girl?”
  7. His gentle touch
  8. His anger at injustice
  9. Playing chess after work with my aunt
  10. Wearing plumed hat, satin cape, and sword as Grand Knight and part of the Knights of Columbus Color Guard
  11. Dancing with all the widows and older single women, but Mom always had the last dance
  12. Baiting the hook and fishing at Berkeley Pier
  13. Smoking Kent cigarettes, the stick pursed between lips and tilted up so the ashes wouldn’t fall
  14. The glow of his cigarette in the dark as the trash mound burned
  15. Carrying Mom’s big camera case wherever they traveled
  16. Michelin Man
  17. Bowling with community groups
  18. Singing in the church choir
  19. Connecting with the land and its cycles at the almond orchard
  20. Planting green beans and tending to the garden every evening
  21. Opening envelopes by tearing off the end
  22. His joy on our first visit to the Philippines and pride in sharing his family
  23. Putting on the Igorot hat, squatting on the hillside and looking into the distance, cigarette held between his lips
  24. Fishing at Ocean Beach with the long ocean fishing poles
  25. Fishing derbies at Lake Chabot
  26. Dad with my cousin and his young male friends
  27. His willingness to try anything
  28. His mischievousness – climbing the statue at the St. Louis FANHS Convention
  29. Fixing the car
  30. Figuring out how to DO things
  31. Being

Like many, my relationship with my father was up and down. We were much alike, so eventually gave each other wide berth when needed. In those times, as now, those many memories gathered over the years kept us connected.

I am so very grateful for those memories. And for the man who made them and me possible.

Thank you, Dad.

Today, give thanks for your father. If you can, tell him. Even better, show him.

Blessings and peace,

Baylan

 

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The Entrepreneur’s Journey: The Risk It Took To Blossom

The Entrepreneur’s Journey is not a straight path. Anais Nin wrote, “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

The Risk It Took To Blossom, photo by Baylan Megino

The Risk It Took To Blossom, photo by Baylan Megino

My life had a fairly straightforward beginning, and the American Dream was the lifestyle I was encouraged to build. By my early 30’s, I had the loving husband with a steady job, a family, a comfortable home, the cars, the great job. I even had community involvement under my belt.

But something was not right.

My normally happy, calm outlook had become spiked with occasional fits of temper, which confused me.

I sought help in understanding what was happening, and started seeing a counselor. Those sessions helped me to see myself and my situation with clearer vision and understanding.

LIfe had become an endless round of work – home – work – home – community – work … of fulfilling roles, obligations and  duties.

At one point in my life, I had sought refuge and solace in attending Mass every morning before attending classes. The calm, the routine structure, the expansive space, and the connection to God fed me deeply.

But at this point, my spiritual and life had become almost non-existent, because I was so busy taking care of everyone and everything else that I thought was important.

Wrong. It wasn’t working for me.

It was time for a major change, and managing relationship change was something that I was absolutely, positively not equipped for. After all, my mother married the man who took her on her first date! Though they remained faithfully married until his death 60 years later, I did not learn a healthy way to handle conflict in relationships.

The counseling sessions helped open the door for me to step back and start at Ground Zero — to look inside to find my thoughts and need for expression. Through painting and sculpture I discovered a hidden world within that showed me my feelings and the inner terrain of my being.

Through sharing I learned that I had something of value to express in the silence. Through writing I started to hear my own voice and to value the power of the word.

And through dance I had always been able to access my inner knowing.

I had opened the door to start exploring my life, to understand what I was all about and what I had built. Once that door was open, how I saw the world and how I navigated each moment would never be the same.

The tightly bound bud was starting to unfurl her petals.