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.

Let us begin <3 <3 <3

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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: Finding Your Dream

Dreams come to us in infinite ways, and often in pieces. One evening many years ago I was sitting in a women’s circle after a full day’s work. With a gentle smile, the leader asked us, “What’s your dream?” I froze.

Dream? I didn’t have a dream. I had things I was supposed to do in order to be seen as a responsible adult.

“What does your heart desire?” she pressed on. Her words seemed to float in the air for me to consider.

My heart? My desire? MY Heart’s Desire? Unfathomable.

I had been raised to think only of what I had to do to help everyone else. Nowhere was it ever okay to think of just myself, to the exclusion of everyone else.

So I dutifully tried to focus on my physical heart. “What do you want?” I asked, expecting a quick, straightforward answer.

Silence.

I sighed and waited. At that point in my life, my heart wasn’t used to being asked any questions, or being given any attention.

Took a deep breath to calm and center myself, then ventured again. “What do you want?” I asked, as if my heart was separate from me.

Silence again.

As I waited, I listened to the other women share their dreams – simple dreams, heart-anchored dreams, loving dreams.

Then a single word came to me. “Peace.”

Ah, yes!…. That’s what my heart desired. Peace.

Finding Your Dream by Baylan Megino

Finding Your Dream by Baylan Megino

Today I know that dreams often come to me in pieces, as words and phrases and images that catch my attention, or float in and out of my awareness.

I have to pay attention, or they could fly past me without notice.

Sometimes these help me to see what I DON’T want, so I can zero in on what I DO want.

These in turn are pieces and threads that, once woven together into a design I like, reveal the dream wanting my full focus.

So listen. See what is brought to your attention, and piece together the dream you are here for.

Let me know in the Comments below how you access your life dreams.

Blessings and Abundant Light,

Baylan Megino

 

How to Thrive: Wisdom from Steve Jobs

Lately there have been several people in my life who have been very ill, and more elders are passing to the other side. Mortality has crossed my mind more than a few times. Steve Jobs shared how to thrive:

“When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: ‘If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself, ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.” 
– Steve Jobs

Looking around at my peers, this is the time when I should be getting ready to rest back and enjoy the fruits of my labors, wait for grandchildren, plan for a few vacations each year. However, I made several choices along the way that place me in what I call the “Late Bloomer” category.

Don’t get me wrong. I’ve done a lot of things in my life that have helped me grow, have stretched me, and that I’ve enjoyed. I’ve learned that failures have gemstones hidden in them that sparkle in the pursuit of new goals. My community work, helping people gain clarity in their lives and build their dreams, gathering stories and messages to inspire and empower others — these have brought me much happiness.

But life hasn’t been a straight line. It has been a winding road with lots of rocks to turn over and boulders to get around while building my muscles and gathering resources and clarity. Hard work and perseverance don’t deter me, but nowadays I prefer to find more leveraged ways of doing things whenever possible.

If Today Were The Last Day Of My Life Steve Jobs 07872 by Baylan Megino

If Today Were The Last Day Of My Life Steve Jobs 07872 by Baylan Megino

Relationships of all kinds have been the biggest challenge for me, because I have to show up. I’m sure there’s a trail behind me from when I’ve been too afraid to show up, to speak up, and to trust my value. And I gained wisdom from each one: how to be better, what I want (and don’t want), the importance of listening, the value of an open mind and heart, healing through compassion.

I wouldn’t change any of it, truthfully. I just refuse to let obstacles and setbacks get me down for long.

Steve Jobs had it right. Each day we have a choice to make. I ask myself,

Does what I am doing today bring me more of what I desire in life?

Even when I’m not clear on the details of my dreams, I know in my heart and in my body whether or not I’m moving in the right direction, building a life in which I will thrive. And if not, then I’m going in a different direction, and this must be noted. There’s a reason why I’m in this situation, and I’ll know when it’s time for a change.

There have been times in my life when I’ve had to sit on the sidelines while tending to others’ needs. There have been relationships to grow and nurture, knowledge to acquire, new skills to hone, wisdom to gather. In these situations, I’ve learned patience.

Everything in its own time.

Eventually a different choice must be made, and dynamics will shift. Life will begin to flow in a different direction. Change will be inevitable, and it will be time to dust off the wings and fly.

Spotlight on Maya Corinne: How to Create a Conscious Creative Legacy TED Talk

What is your legacy? Where you came from, the path you travel, where you are going, and where you ultimately end up — these all shape what will be remembered of your life. How we live our lives each day speaks volumes about what is in our heart and soul.

Today I share with you a TEDxFiDiWomen talk by Maya Corinne, “Architecture for a Conscious Creative Legacy.” Her message is simple yet powerful.

TED describes Maya Corinne thus: “The homebirthing, homeschooling Legacy Architect breaks down the most efficient building gesture for women, & the foundation, scaffolding & building blocks needed for the successful fulfillment of a conscious, creative feminine legacy. Grownup unschooler Maya Corinne & her best friend & husband David Hackett have raised $10’s of Millions for businesses, initiatives & non-profits as part of a global movement committed to a massive transfer of wealth towards Life.

“Since 1998 she has designed dozens of inspired giving plans for participants with a combined net worth over $14 Billion, with an eye towards evolution + resources for social justice, cultural preservation & environmental initiatives.

“Her activism includes speaking & facilitation for a number of donor-training organizations, including the YES! (Youth for Environmental Sanity) Leveraging Privilege for Social Change Jams for young inheritors, those with earned wealth & fame. Clients include A-list celebrities, CEO’s (including Fortune 500), grassroots community leaders, pro athletes & world-renowned global activists. Maya’s current focus is the cultivation of conscious, creative legacies of artists, writers, photographers, performing artists, mothers & spiritual seers. It’s a tribute to the sequential requirements of Being Woman. In 2000 she was styling celebrities, with her eco-fashions featured at Fred Segal & the Oprah Network when she was hospitalized with a rare & near-terminal condition called Hyperemesis …”

Or as said in her own words:

Maya Corinne at the Urban*Stead - Photo by David Hackett

Maya Corinne at the Urban*Stead - Photo by David Hackett http://www.urbanorganica.com

 

“…what’s most true is simply this – Honey Bee/Pollinator. Moves towards life, beauty, magic. Transforms through sharing your light at impossible speeds. Homebirthing, urban*steading mom of three, unschooled stylist + Legacy Architect. Gratefully collects minute bits of grace, spins it out as community caramel. With blessed help of thousands, On Purpose.”

 

 

I simply say –> Y E S . . . Check her out !!!

And I ask You to consider: What is important to you as you build your legacy?

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