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How to “Write and Burn”

Note: This is for the “Evolved Pyro” in you…

I personally don’t think we have enough ceremony in our culture. Not enough ways to easily process old emotional crap, or set intentions in a nifty fashion.

Enter “Write and Burn.”

Here’s the quick skinny on how to do it:

Step 1) Grab a pen and a single sheet of paper
Step 2) Set a timer for 8 minutes (or if you’re my girlfriend 8 hours – she likes to write)
Step 3) Start the timer and DUMP your emotions on that page!

Note: We’re talking anger, jealousy, sadness, basically anything you want to process.

Special rule #1: Curse words are mandatory
Special rule #2: Don’t turn the page when you get to the bottom, but keep writing!

When you get to the bottom of the page, just start at the top again – writing directly over your own words.

The page will quickly become completely illegible which is good for a couple of reason. First, we’ve quickly covered our pissy-pants tracks. And second, because it no longer matters if you’re even forming sentences.

Why that matters is this: you will switch from processing with your left brain to your right brain. You may even feel it happen. When it does, things are really “leaving” you. So just keep scribbling.

Special rule #3: Imagine your emotions flowing down your arm INTO THE PAPER. Imagine the paper can catch all the emotional energy that has felt stuck in you.

Keep writing, and when the timer goes off, decide if you’d like more time. If so, keep going. If not, do step 4.

Step 4) Last thing to do may be the most important: Treat that piece of paper like it has literally captured all the energy you had stored up inside you. Then find a safe place, and with as much ceremony as you can muster, burn that bitch and send all that energy back to the universe where it belongs.

Process your stuff, and enjoy the tiny emotional bon-fire.

You can do this process in the “positive” too… It works great with intentions as well. If you’re not feeling burdened or sullen, grab a sheet and write some wishes, hopes, dreams or intentions on the page, and then send those to the universe with fire as well.

I love doing this over new years. And I usually do both a release, and an intention… I do it in the last hour of the year, and light them both (one after the other, no mingling!) right as the clock turns twelve.

Now we all have another little ceremony we can do. Let me know how you like it, or if you have any ceremonies like this you can share.

Pangea Day – The Most Poorly Publicized Wonderful Thing EVER!

The idea of nations is dying. Or at least it should be…

The lines we paint on our planet to form nations cause some of the deepest rifts in our humanity. I’ve done a lot of talking about the importance of each of us developing a world view perspective. This is why I’m sad that I only heard about Pangea Day just before it happened. I’m even sadder that I did nothing whatsoever to promote it. But I’m absolutely thrilled I got to be a part of it.

Pangea Day really was absolutely amazing. The 4 hour event featured short films submitted by people around the world, all of which enabled us better see the world through the eyes of “the other.”

Having the world come together – at the same time – to watch the same films – was an amazingly powerful thing. I sat in a room with strangers watching the world talk about itself. We experienced standing up together to do laughing yoga. We also participated in listening to the world’s heartbeat as percussionists from all of the world drummed together.

It was moving to say the least.

I don’t do it justice talking about it. Instead, here’s a few links to some of my favorite films. Check out all of them at www.pangeaday.org… And maybe even pick a cause to help.

My favs:

Pale Blue Dot

Encounterpoint

WalleyBall

Laughter Club

Implementing Spiritual Teachings

What does it mean to be spiritual today? In this podcast Rob Scott and Kerri Kannan discuss how to implement spiritual teachings in a down to earth and realistic way. This interview is from a show that Kerri runs called World Awakened on Blog Talk Radio.

Topics covered include:

It’s a great interview and I was really happy that Kerri invited me to be on her show. Give it a listen.

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Can We Make It All Sacred

If we want to evolve it would be good to learn that everything is sacred. Using certain objects to wake up is useful, but we need to watch how attached to those objects, places, etc. we become.

What good comes from making things sacred? It is normal to notice certain things as more orderly or beautiful than other things. We tend to make some of those things sacred. But we should watch how we do this. It is a certain type or quality of mind that wants to do this. Again, it’s normal, but normal is not necessarily good. We have the challenge to better ourselves by going for good, without degrading ourselves by getting too attached in the process.

What problems does turning some things sacred create? Good necessitates bad. Many religious wars have been caused by minds too attached to sacred things (Middle Eastern land, etc.). This is also one of the problems with New Age ideas of today. The mind that makes a certain charm, or symbol, or building, or area more sacred than another can become problematic as we get too attached to those objects. The more power we give these symbols as being sacred, the more we have the potential to depend on them.

So is this idea important? I think this has the potential to end wars. If we as a people could see the importance in loosening our attachment to sacred things, or rather, notice that everything is sacred, we could begin to end conflict. No land is better than any other land. Everything has the essence of being in it. Space does, objects do. That awareness is in you, so learn to foster it. Realize that when you are in a mind of preference, that you might be able to look at things differently. You might be able to see that it’s all sacred.

Show Music: Wholeness & Separation by Halou

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Expectation vs. Experience

Important thought:  The gap between our experience and our expectation is our unhappiness.

Experience is what’s happening to us.  Expectation is what we’d like to happen to us.  How many people do you know who live in a state of almost constant disappointment over their life situation?  They are simply comparing what they experience to what the expect, and leaving a huge gap between the two.

There is a freedom away from this type of mind if we want to find it.  It takes a different mind set.  It will help if we can see the pain this behavior creates.

Which can we control, experience or expectation?  Movies and TV often imply that we can control the world, or should be able to.  Science implies that control or prediction should be our greatest goal.

An awake person realizes that we can control, or at least deal with the expectation part of this better than the experience part of this.  That realization is huge.
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