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DAVIDS DESK #118 – FLYOVER STATES

DAVIDS DESK #118 – FLYOVER STATES

Back in the days when I was regularly traveling to give lectures and workshops, I always tried to drive to wherever I needed to go. If time were an issue, then I would take a plane, but otherwise, I loved road trips. I loved seeing the various parts of the United States and getting to know my country from the ground up; after years of cross-country trips, there are only three States I’ve never had occasion to visit. The United States lives in me in my memory of all the different landscapes that I’ve seen. When I think of America, it’s all there for me, from Maine to California and from Washington to Florida.

As my family grew, my travel time diminished. I didn’t want to spend so much time on the road away from Julie and the kids. So, I began flying more. I enjoy flying, too (or I did when it was a more comfortable and less harried and crowded experience). There was a thrill to looking down and seeing countryside through which I had previously driven. Still, I missed the closeness with the land and with places and people that I experienced while driving. I had become a “flyover” person.

I don’t know when the term originated or started to become popular, but I became aware of it last year during the Presidential Election: “Flyover States.” These are the States in the middle of the country that air flights between the large urban centers of the East and West coasts regularly fly over. To be a Flyover State is at one level a simple description of a fact of life as more and more people live on the East and West coasts and take non-stop flights back and forth. But especially last year, the phrase took on additional meaning.  Flyover States were the homes of the “forgotten Americans,” the ones whose opinions and activities were not as important when compared to what goes on in places like New York, Washington, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, the large metropolises on either side of America. To be a “Flyover State” carried connotations of being ignored, overlooked, not seen, or even disdained as being of lesser importance. Certainly, if a person’s only view of America is from 30,000 feet, he or she is not seeing and connecting with the country in the way a person does who is driving from one coast to another.

There are commentators who describe one of the divisions in this country, of which there currently appear to be many, as that between the heavily populated and generally more liberal metropolitan areas of the Coastal States and the less populated and often more conservative Flyover States. I’m sure there’s a truth to this, and the last election would seem to confirm this, showing again the intent of the Electoral College to give political power to States with smaller populations.

However, when I think of Flyover States, it conjures up an entirely different image for me. It seems to me that one of the many challenges facing us in this country, and for that matter in the world at large, is how easy it is to step into a “flyover state.” Such a state is not a place but an attitude that can arise when we encounter someone who is different from us. This difference could be political, religious, ethnic, racial, economic, or something as trivial as a difference in hairstyles or clothing. Unless we are compelled for some reason to engage with this person, we can “flyover” them in our minds and hearts. We can fail to encounter the territory of their life; we can fail to make connection.

I’m sure we’ve all experienced this, both as the one doing the flyover and the one being “flown over” and overlooked. We all live at one time or another in our daily lives in a flyover state. The cumulative effect is that we come to know each other less and less, and spend more and more time clustered mentally and emotionally with those with whom we agree. “Flying over” pushes difference out of our lives or at least diminishes its impact. We see only what we want to see.

I believe that our hope lies in our ability to connect, and this requires that we walk into each other’s territory, at least enough to appreciate another even if we don’t agree with his or her positions and beliefs. Turning each other into flyover states will not help us going forward. The future depends on understanding. The major problems and challenges of the world are systemic and cannot be solved except through collaboration and cooperation. If we can’t go so far as to love each other, we must at least know and respect each other. This requires looking at our differences directly, up close and personal, and not dismissing or ignoring that with which we do not agree.  

At this time, our country is embroiled in problems caused by our various differences. If we hope to solve them, we must work to connect and live in our hearts and minds in united states, not flyover ones.


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DAVID’S DESK #117- ALTERNATIVE FACTS

David’s Desk is my opportunity to share thoughts and tools for the spiritual journey. These letters are my personal insights and opinions and do not necessarily reflect the sentiments or thoughts of any other person in Lorian or of Lorian as a whole. If you wish to share this letter with others, please feel free to do so; however the material is ©2017 by David Spangler. If you no longer wish to receive these letters please let us know at info@Lorian.org.

ALTERNATIVE FACTS

Some years ago, a friend of mine wrote me to tell me that I was in the Encyclopedia Britannica under the topic of the New Age. Not having a copy of the Encyclopedia, I couldn’t check it out, but the next time I visited my library, I remembered and decided to look me up. Indeed, there I was! But as I read what had been written about me, I became more and more dismayed as there were statements about events in my life or things I had said that I knew had never happened or that I had never said. I was reading about an alternative David Spangler!

I’ve had more than one experience in my life of reading things about me that are not true but which fit the writer’s preconceptions or are what the writer would like to believe. However, I didn’t expect to find this in such an august document as the Encyclopedia Britannica. I knew the scholar who had written the entry by reputation; he was well known for his alleged expertise about alternative religious and spiritual movements in the United States. What bothered me was not that he had made the errors he had but that as a scholar, he had not tried to verify his information. It wasn’t as if I were inaccessible. At the time I had an active public career and was easy to get hold of. He could have simply written or phoned me and said, “This is what I’ve been told about you. Is it accurate?”  I mean, why not go directly to the source to ascertain the correctness of your “facts,” especially if that source is readily available?

Because of my training as a scientist and because I’ve been on the receiving end of misinformation and “alternative facts,” I’m sensitive to the need for good information and for sticking as closely as we can to the truth. But increasingly, we are living in a time when misinformation is more and more prevalent. The Greek poet and dramatist Aeschylus, living some five hundred years before Christ, said, “In war, truth is the first casualty.” Now, though, we don’t have to be at war for truth to suffer. We simply need to have an Internet in which anything can be said by anyone (usually anonymously) about anything and someone is going to take it as fact because it fits their belief system or their desire that it be true.

Back in 1959, a psychic said to me, “David, the time is coming when the astral plane will be materialized, and no one will know what to believe anymore.” The astral plane, for those not up on esoteric jargon, is a non-physical realm of thought and emotion in which reality is whatever we think or want it to be. Its other name is the “Plane of Illusion” because a person caught there loses the ability to distinguish between truth and falsehood. With the advent of the Internet, social media, twitter, and the like, I would say that that psychic had been wonderfully prescient, for there is indeed an illusory, “astral” feel about the digital world in which so many of us increasingly live and function. At the very least, as many others have pointed out, it allows each of us to access information that is tailored just to what we believe and are likely to accept. We can each live in our own private digitally supported thought-world, which is precisely what the astral place is like in esoteric lore and why it is regarded as a dangerous place if one is not discerning.

I believe firmly that our hope for the future rests on our ability to communicate and collaborate with each other, giving birth to both creativity and a wider, deeper vision that is enriched by our differences. We know ecologically that monocultures—the planting of only one kind of plant in a field, such as all corn or all soy, and doing so year after year—are not resilient or sustainable when confronted with environmental change. It doesn’t take much awareness to look around and see that nature depends on diversity. So does human creativity, especially in the form of collective decision making that some are calling “crowdocracy.”

But reaching across boundaries of thought and feeling, transcending differences, and being able to talk to and cooperate with each other requires trust. When truth is compromised, when everyone has their own set of alternative facts, when there’s no information one can truly count on—or the information isolates us through how we cherry-pick what we want to know and believe—then trust suffers. Trust is broken, at which point a creative and healing collaboration becomes difficult, if not impossible.

When our leaders in all fields play fast and loose with truth and make claims that reality is what they say it is, so that disinformation is the name of the game, we are playing with fire. People have always told lies and governments especially have always been deceptive, but in a time when the Internet diffuses information in ways that create a fog of “alternative facts,” not being scrupulous with truth is like lighting a match in a room filled with gasoline vapor. The result can be an explosion of distrust that makes any kind of fruitful working together hard to come by.  Given the planetary challenges that face us, we cannot afford not working together.

In esoteric lore, the astral plane lies between the physical world and the realms of spirit, the realms of love, wisdom, and wholeness. Symbolically, it’s as if one has to push through the illusions created by one’s own thinking and feeling in order to come to a place of truth. It’s a call for discernment.

We are certainly called to be discerning. But we can also bypass the “astral” and the realms of illusion and misinformation by simple acts of reaching out, connecting, listening to each other, making an effort to see truth beyond the illusions, widening our sources of information, and most of all, by learning to love each other. Love is the alternative to “alternative facts.” It allows us to build the trust we need to survive the storms of misinformation and distrust that seem to be upon us.


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DAVIDS DESK #116 – CHOICES

 

First and most importantly, let me wish you a very happy, prosperous, blessed, and healthy New Year as we welcome 2017 into our midst. New Year’s is always a special time filled with the promise of new possibilities. Of course, every day presents us with this same promise, but it’s more heartfelt at this time when the coming of midnight marks the passage from one year to another.There’s something about hanging up a new calendar on January 1st that adds to the drama of endings and new beginnings.

There are many traditions that mark this time of year and the celebrations of the Holidays. One that is renewed on television every year is the broadcast of the 1946 Frank Capra film It’s a Wonderful Life with James Stewart and Donna Reed. This is not one of my favorite Christmas movies—it’s just a tad too preachy for me—but I have to admit that I can easily get drawn into watching it, partly because I’m a huge Jimmy Stewart fan and partly because of the power of the story. And I’m always uplifted at the end. I just hate all that I (and the hero, George Bailey) have to go through to get to it!

If you’re not familiar with it, it’s the story of a man—George Bailey—who has great dreams and ambitions but at every turn sacrifices them in order to help someone else fulfill their dreams. Further, he runs a savings and loan that enables people to own their own small houses rather than having to rent homes from the movie’s villain, Henry Potter, a banker who wants to control the housing market and who is mean-spirited, greedy, selfish, and cynical about human nature. He is so bad he out-Scrooges Scrooge!

A crisis with his savings and loan drives George Bailey to the brink of suicide, feeling that his life has been worthless. But his guardian angel, Clarence, appears to show him what the world would have been like had he not lived. People whose lives had been saved by things he’d done would have died, his wife would never have married, and Bedford Falls, the town he lived in, would have become Pottersville, a dark, dreary, slum of a place. In the Bedford Falls that George Bailey helped to bring about, neighborliness, trust, cooperation, and goodwill dominated but in Pottersville, anger, distrust, selfishness, and competition were the byword.  

The main point the movie makes, and none too subtly, is the difference each of us makes in shaping the world in which we live. This is an important…no, I would say, a vital idea. But there’s another theme to the movie that is inspiring my thoughts right now as I write this month’s essay. That is the power of choice.

Within each of us is the potential to be a George Bailey but also to be a Henry Potter, just as within us is the potential to create a world based on goodwill and trust or a Pottersville world. Which of these potentials comes to pass is a matter of the choices we make. George Bailey makes choices to uphold neighborliness and helpfulness, giving hope to others; Henry Potter makes choices to create hopelessness and to diminish the sovereignty and power of others so that he can be on top. George Bailey wants community. Henry Potter wants wealth.

Of course, the movie dramatizes this in stark ways. The “Bailey/Potter” choices each of us faces daily are usually far less obvious or dramatic. Do I put someone else down with a disparaging comment so that I will feel better or superior in the moment or am I encouraging and supportive in my dealing with them? Do I create a “Bedford Falls moment” or a “Pottersville” moment? Whichever I choose, the choices ripple out in people’s lives, and in the process, the archetypal Good Community is either strengthened between us or weakened, and likewise the archetypal Pottersville, which is unfortunately a lurking presence in human affairs. We build our world through our choices each moment in each encounter no matter how unimportant or undramatic the moment may seem. Which is really what Clarence the angel is trying to show George Bailey: there are no unimportant moments when it comes to crafting a life, a society, or a world.

I think this year we will be presented with many opportunities to choose between creating a “Bedford Falls” or a “Pottersville.”  We always are, anyway, but it seems the world is moving in ways that highlight these two possible destinations for humankind.  This makes the power of choice that we each have even more important and critical. We are shaping our future. May we shape it wonderfully.


detail-of-american-flag-11279635008nzan1Join David Spangler for To Protect and Defend, an Inauguration Forum from January 14-21. Like the Election Forums we held in the summer and fall of 2016, this week-long online gathering will be an opportunity to go deeply with David into an understanding of subtle activism and to blend our hearts, minds, and spirits in both individual and shared acts of blessing and Light for the out-going President Obama, for the in-coming President Trump— and most of all, for a divided citizenry. Click here for more information or to register.
   

DAVIDS DESK #115 – TIS THE SEASON

David’s Desk is my opportunity to share thoughts and tools for the spiritual journey. These letters are my personal insights and opinions and do not necessarily reflect the sentiments or thoughts of any other person in Lorian or of Lorian as a whole. If you wish to share this letter with others, please feel free to do so; however the material is ©2016 by David Spangler. If you no longer wish to receive these letters please let us know at info@Lorian.org.

DAVIDS DESK #115 – TIS THE SEASON

The night after Thanksgiving, I walked into our dark bedroom and was struck by a vision I had forgotten about. Our bedroom is on the second floor of our house and looks out over the neighborhood, a view more open at the moment as our maple trees have shed their leaves. Two blocks away in a cul-de-sac, a house was glowing with tiny white Christmas lights and on its lawn, a tree had been trimmed in multi-colored lights.

Every year, these neighbors are among the first to put out their Christmas lights, always on Black Friday, which seems rather appropriate and symbolic. They are always the first house we can see from our windows that is decorated. Walking into our bedroom and seeing the house lit up, as if hundreds of little stars had descended from heaven to outline it in light, has for years now been a signal for me that Christmas time, Solstice time, Holiday time is upon us.  

In dealing with the aftermath of the Presidential election, in addition to hosting the Thanksgiving holiday for beloved family members whom we had not seen for some years, I had forgotten all about this ritual. So when I saw the house lit up in its otherwise dark corner of the neighborhood, it struck me like a welcome visitation from Heaven. I could feel tensions in my body that I hadn’t even consciously recognized I had suddenly relax. It was more than just greeting an old friend. It was as if order had been restored to my universe.

Seeing my neighbor’s house lit up reminded me that there is more to the world than mulling over the pros and cons of the new Administration. This is the time of hope celebrated for thousands of years in the Northern Hemisphere as the moment when light (and Light) returns to the earth. This is the season of the Solstice. Winter begins to give way to spring and to new life as the days grow longer and the nights shorter.

This is a time when we acknowledge that we all journey through dark places in our lives but if we reach out to each other in loving fellowship, we can bring the Light back. ‘Tis the season to be jolly, if you can be, or if not, then at least open to the potential of new life and new possibilities. If nothing else, this time of year can remind us there are things to look forward to and much to be grateful for.  

I get up early most mornings to write. It’s a time when the world is calm and peaceful, and my thoughts flow more easily. Given that it’s December, it’s also very dark as I move quietly through the house so as not to wake up anyone else. Glancing out the window, I see that my neighbor’s house is dark, too. The lights are on a timer and switch off sometime in the wee hours. But the tree on their lawn is shining as brightly as ever. It’s such an old symbol, almost a cliché: the Light shining in the darkness. It’s wonderfully reassuring, nonetheless. It touches something primal in me, something below the level of rational thought. The world may seem dark, but the Light is still there.

This Holiday season, half the country is rejoicing and half the country is in mourning. It will take time and effort for the divisions created over the past year to heal; it will only happen if we are able to truly listen to each other and hold each other in loving respect in spite of or even because of our differences. Even more, many of our fellow citizens are filled with fear over what lies ahead. How can we comfort them? Comfort each other?

The times are challenging, and not simply because of the Election. The world is going through difficult and dangerous times. Fear is everywhere, a darkening force. Now more than ever, we need to find ways we each can “light a tree” in ourselves and bring back the Light for each other, a Light of hope, of love, of confidence, of collaboration, of neighborliness. It may seem difficult right now, but it is the Season for it.

On Thursday, December 1, please join David Spangler for a Virtual Event— Healing our Divided World— hosted by David Nicol, director and co-founder of the Gaifield Project, on the Global Shift Network. Click here for more information.


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Join Julia Spangler and Freya Secrest in a 1 hour free teleclass exploring the light within your incarnation. 

 

  • Explore that fire of light within yourself
  • Strengthen your own inner source of power and energy
  • Share in a discovery practice that supports your light and wholeness

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On January 20th, 2017, President-Elect Trump will take the oath of office to “Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States” and become the 45th President of the country.  Half the country will be cheering this development and half will be dismayed, filled with anger, angst, and fear.  Already, the week after the election, there have been continual protests in the streets of our major cities protesting Trump’s victory.  What will it be like when he’s actually inaugurated?

This Forum is timed to coincide with this inauguration and is an exploration of acts of subtle activism that we may take in service to the Angel of America and the integrity and safety of the United States.  Like the Election Forums we held in the summer and fall of 2016, this online gathering will be an opportunity to go deeply with David into an understanding of the power and the limits of subtle activism itself.  It will be a chance to explore our own subtle nature and the characteristics of the subtle environments in which this inner work takes place.

In short it will be a combination of communion, practice, wisdom, and knowledge, guided by David in his own non-adversarial style and with years of experience in working with subtle energies.  It will be an opportunity to blend our hearts, minds, and spirits in both individual and shared acts of blessing and Light for the out-going President Obama, for the in-coming President Trump, and most of all, for a divided citizenry.  In addition there may be insights offered by David’s subtle colleagues, giving their impressions from their side of life.

This is an historic week, perhaps a turning point in the life of our country.  In this Forum, we will approach it as allies and workers in spirit, using the tools of subtle activism and of our loving hearts to add Light to this event that it may unfold in positive ways for all of us.  For inwardly and outwardly, we also are called to Protect and Defend.

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DAVID’S DESK #114 – ELECTION

 
For those of my readers who live in the United States, this month we will be electing a new President. A few days from when I write this, half the population will be relieved, hopeful and happy and the other half will be depressed, angry, and fearful. It’s been that kind of political campaign, more rancorous and accusative than any in recent memory, revealing many of the fault lines that run through this country and divide it. It is a highly contested election.

Election is an interesting word. We associate it with political campaigns, ballots, and voting, but the word itself simply means the act of choosing. We don’t just elect candidates. We elect many things. We elect to do this or that; we elect to buy this or that; we elect how we will deal with this person or that person.  

Admittedly, this is a play on words. But in a month that is focused upon an election and its aftermath, I think it useful to call attention to all our “elections” and their aftermaths. For though campaigns like to proclaim that by electing their candidate, we are shaping the future, in fact it is through all our “elections”—all our choices—that we actually doing so. The future emerges from what all of us choose, not just on Election Day but every day. We are the “electors” of our future.

We know this but we may not always think through just what this means and how it works. We can readily see how the big choices in our lives—where we elect to live, who we elect to marry, the job we elect to do—can shape our future. What is not so apparent is that this is true as well of all the myriad small elections that take place all the time. For instance, choosing to greet you kindly—or at least courteously and with respect—when I meet you, rather than in a surly or impolite manner is an “election.” I’m choosing an interaction, and what I choose will have its aftermath, its consequences, not all of which may be apparent. How often have you had your day brightened just because someone said something kind to you or gave you a smile when you least expected it?

We put thought and mindfulness into our big “elections,” or at least we should. Who we elect for a political office will have ramifications that last for years. We should be thoughtful about this. A choice of a career or whom we shall marry will also have long-term consequences; we should be thoughtful about these “elections,” as well. All the big choices in our lives, the ones that obviously shape our future, should have the benefit of our deliberation and mindfulness.

But this is true for our small “elections” as well. Obviously some choices we make are more consequential that others—it may not matter much under ordinary circumstances what socks I elect to wear. But many seemingly small choices can have inordinate effects, especially where relationships are concerned. Who can measure the impact or the value of a timely smile, a kind word, a compassionate act in the hustle and bustle of everyday life? These are often the “elections”—the acts of choosing—that truly make a difference in a person’s life down in the trenches in which that life is lived. 

Presidents, Senators, Representatives, Governors, and all the other Federal and State officials whom we vote into office this month have their jobs to do, and how well and thoughtfully they do them will have an effect on society. But they’re not right here in my neighborhood, in my office, in my school, in my home. I’ve never met a President, but every day I meet neighbors, grocery store clerks, people in stores, waiters and waitresses in restaurants, and many others. I touch their lives, however briefly, and they touch mine. How I choose to engage them, the emotions I project towards them, the actions I take, the attitude I bear directly affect them. In the busy moments that fill and shape our day, these are the elections that count. We have the power through our choices to make someone happy, to make their work easier and more pleasant, to brighten their day. What President has that same power, living removed from the average person inside the official bubble of the White House?

It’s from these little elections that hope springs. If we want our world to change and be a better, safer, happier, healthier place, much of the power to accomplish this lies with us and our choices. Every day, every moment, we are electing who we will be, how we will act, and what we will bring to the world to make it a better place. This is the election that counts.  

David’s Desk is my opportunity to share thoughts and tools for the spiritual journey. These letters are my personal insights and opinions and do not necessarily reflect the sentiments or thoughts of any other person in Lorian or of Lorian as a whole. If you wish to share this letter with others, please feel free to do so; however the material is ©2016 by David Spangler. If you no longer wish to receive these letters please let us know at info@Lorian.org.


world-flag-map1Would you like an opportunity to deepen your capacity to meet daily moments of choice with an attitude of wholeness, love and blessing? Would you welcome the chance to develop your practice of subtle activism with others of like heart and mind? From December 4-10, join us for Sphere of Blessing, a six-day Incarnational Practice. Click here for more information or to register.

Subtle Activism for the Busy Person

The Earth has two aspects. One is the visible, tangible world we see around us. The other is a non-physical, “subtle” world. We have these same two aspects, a physical body that relates to the physical world and a subtle body that relates to the non-physical world. Incarnational Spirituality deals with both since we incarnate into both. Subtle activism occurs when our subtle body of energy meets the subtle body of the Earth, creating changes in the non-physical environment that can go on to promote changes in the corresponding  physical environment. Through our thinking and feeling, we can shape the energies that make up our subtle body and thus shape the effects we will have on the subtle environment around us.

The simplest form of subtle activism is based on the principle that we radiate what we are; that is, our subtle energies and their influence upon the subtle environment reflect the state of our thinking and feeling in the moment. By intentionally directing our thoughts and feelings in positive ways in the moment, we can radiate positive and helpful subtle energies into the world around us. This is a quick, immediate form of subtle activism that is always available to us at any moment; it only takes a few seconds or a couple of minutes at the most, but it can have a cascading effect as others pick up on our positive subtle energies in their own subtle bodies and replicate them, radiating them in turn. Think of it as sending an energy “tweet” out into the world that others can retweet over and over again. Given that the subtle worlds are not bound by time and space in the way the material world is, who knows how far our positive radiance may spread or what helpful influences it may trigger where they are most needed?

Here is one way to do this:

  •  Take a moment to be still and calm.
  •  In this moment, appreciate yourself; you are unique, with something to give to the world that no one else can give. Open your heart to a flow of love within yourself.
  • Feel this love and acceptance flowing through you, filling your body. Imagine this love coalescing as a glowing rod of Light up and down your spine.
  •  Now turn this love outward in appreciation, honor and love for the world around you.
  • Imagine the glowing rod of Light expanding out into a sphere that surrounds you with a bubble of Light, filled with the love you are feeling for the world.
  • Visualize this sphere expanding out from you to fill your surrounding space; everything it touches is blessed by your love, your appreciation, your Light.
  • Hold this image for a few seconds or a minute. Then see the sphere dissipating as it expands out into the universe, a burst of love from you to the cosmos.
  • Feel the glowing rod of Light in your spine and allow it to dissolve into your whole body, filling you with love, appreciation, and peace.
  • Go about your business.

This is a practice you can do silently anywhere, anytime. Once you get the felt sense of what you are doing in your body, you can adjust it to fit your spiritual tradition, any spiritual practices you already have, and your own style.

To aid you in this practice, below is an audio recording you may listen to and download.

Also, here’s a link to an essay on subtle activism by David Spangler introduction-to-subtle-activism

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