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Photo: from The Shift Birth 2012

Last Saturday Tom and I went to a garage sale in the neighborhood community where we attend a Monday night Christ Circle Prayer Meeting. We didn’t go by rocket ship, but rather in our Kia.

I have been so involved in the big ideas and the practices and the work of Barbara Marx Hubbard’s Emergence and Birth 2012 course, that I wanted to break out and just do some ordinary “down to Earth” things.

I am not a garage sale person, per se, having only held a very few myself and not venturing out to many others, but this one turned out to have a rather fascinating result for me.

The items I found were in my “wanna” sphere and all related to my work or relaxation in a very inviting way. It was not difficult to choose the items I did and it seemed even with the intention of having fun with this activity, my items confirmed both my work and purpose at this time.

The first item I found was at Karen and Robert’s home, where we meet for Christ Circle. She was paring down some of the spiritual figurines she had and on her table was a sculpture I had given myself and several other family and friends one Christmas. I think my own is still packed in a box from our moving and I am renewing the altar I have in my prayer space in our home. I love this sculpture and now I don’t have to go digging around in boxes to find it. I quickly chose to buy it for 25 cents.

We went across the street and there I found some easy, entertaining summer reading in paperbacks, also priced at 25 cents apiece. I scored twice with this buy. I have been raising Amazon.com stock price by constantly buying books that go along with my study and interest. These are usually not priced as high as in the store, but the amount of them usually evens out to approximately $30 per order. I have a need to know and a need to cut-back and they get mixed up, so the purchase usually wins out.

The second great thing about this buy is that I’ve been engrossed in heavy subject material both in ideas and in personal practices of self-improvement and awareness. Now, I have some easy reads in the fictional world. And with summer right around the corner after this weekend Memorial Day holiday, I am ready to —-relax and read!

Wandering just a little further down the street, I knew immediately what I wanted at the next garage where we stopped. I went straight to the globe sitting on a back shelf. It was a $2.00 buy.  I have had a globe on my wish list and “buy later” list from Amazon.com. It was on those lists because of the money I was spending on books. The globe would have to wait. I’m thinking now of a kaleidoscope that is also on that “wait list” — but I didn’t find one of those at the garage sale.

The globe is something I want to add to my creativity room, and place near my 2012 Intention Mandala which has a picture of the Earth in space and is very related to the work I am doing in the 12 week Shift course. The Equator line is a little rusty on this globe but I purchased it anyway.

We have a lot of “rust” in our world that needs attention from compassionate and willing hearts to give birth to a world that works for all of us.

Next, we traveled down a road where another friend of ours lives, not knowing whether she would be having a sale or not. Marcia has been recovering on a rough, but optimistic, path of breast cancer recovery. There was only one sale on the street and we weren’t sure if it was her home or not. But as we approached, we heard a voice coming from the shaded garage, “What are you two trouble makers doing here?” And there she was.

We had a great visit and gave her continued prayer and blessing for continued recovery, shared some laughs and family catch-up news. Then I told her I wanted the platform rocker, which was front and center on the drive-way, waiting for Sue to come for it.

I have wanted one in my creativity room. I have one in the living room, that is my official prayer chair, and has been with us for a long while. It is usually a favorite that visitors choose instinctively to sit in and comment how wonderful it feels.  It does –for it is prayer-charged for sure.

Again, I had not purchased one for my room, for the “disposable income” found many other higher priority needs to be spent on. Here was my chair for $10. Marcia told us some of its “flaws” and offered it for free — It was a perfect buy for me at the price of $10 asked.

Barbara Marx Hubbard has lots of new language for us to get used to in the way she explains co-creation and conscious evolution, and now that we are in the seventh week of the class, during our break-out phone sessions with other students in the last portion of the weekly topic, we are finding these new terms are more natural for us to use in our discussion with each other. They were awkward and hazy at the beginning.

Barbara says we are getting more comfortable with them because DNA is in our language as well as our cells.  From our continuing experience I can see how that can be true.

One of these terms is “compass of joy”. That feeling of joy is what gives us our direction. When joy emerges up from the heart — and we are in “heart co-herence”, we are traveling our evolutionary path in the right direction. When joy dissapates or disappears, it is a good time to re-evaluate something in our lives.

The home where I bought my fun reading books also had one more item that wanted to be mine. I passed it up, walking along with my books, but I had noticed it on the way in and it just definitely did not want me to pass it by on the way out.

I got as far as the street, then pulled a quarter out of my purse and went back and got it. A perfect size to put my books in. It was a plastic carrying bag that just made me happy to look at, in its bright pinks and varied colors. I could not avoid looking at it and noticing it gave me an immediate feeling of joy.

I’m thinking my garage sale experience was just plain FUN –  ON PURPOSE!

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The Universe In My Body

For days, I have been pulling at the story-telling ball of yarn, searching for a thread to start a tiny story. It seems I have a varigated ball of yarn and the threads switch topics all over the place.

This is happening to me as I immerse myself in the study of and the experience of the twelve week course of Barbara Marx Hubbard’s Agents of Conscious Evolution. Her goal is to “grow” or “evolve” many thousands of us to a world-view of existing in the world as a resonating vibration of creativity that will positively affect our lives and our planet for good.

There, I’ve come up with one of the “first things first.” Trying to put words to what it is I think I am doing in this course.

I believe my Intention Mandala I created for 2012 is the driving force for me arriving at this learning place at this time in my life. The visual, I may have shared before, is our planet Earth, surrounded by black space, with a burning fire  exploding in the center. My intention is to better understand how “all that is, is ONE.

Four of the conditions I commit to living so as to manifest my desires listed on the circumference of my mandala are: I will do my work, I will practice the Presence, I will be faithful to the quiet, and I will love my neighbor.

While the breadth and scope of this course are mighty expansive and challenging just to keep up with, I early-on notice that all of those four commitments are wrapped into this work.  I am in awe of the connections I am making and even the loose threads which may just dangle a bit before I tie them into the pattern as a whole.

So another first thing Barbara insists is fundamental for us students is to tie our own story into the BIG story of creation — Indeed, she says we ARE part of the big story of creation — we are not separate from it.

So who doesn’t like to write stories, if not Napkinwriter. In the story of creation, Marx Hubbard created a 30 minute video outlining our beginnings from fourteen and one-half billion years ago, the firey outer big bang, and the creation of our four billion year old Earth, and the benchmarks of life appearing on this planet.

Along with that comes the historical presence of humankind, who still today, bear traces of the original atoms and molecules  of original creation. We are made of the very same awesome power as the star, from a source and power of all that is.

I feel like the image of the fetus baby in the Universe. I feel like continuing to learn about Conscious Evolution in this medium will or already has produced an internal big bang in me.

For Marx Hubbard has the company of many experts in the fields of science, spirituality and social leadership who contend that, at this time of life on planet Earth, the speed of technological creativity and production and the easy access and rapid rate of cultural exchanges and familiarity are actually and realistically also speeding up the evolution of mankind — only the physical aspect of evolution lags behind the pace of activity in the world today.

The Mind has evolved to where it can conceive of a world that works for all. A world where wars are not caused by boundaries, greed, and “I-ism” (I made that word up). A world where people practice heart-resonance, as demonstrated a successful tool for open communication and positive problem-solving action by Heart-Math Institute.

One of the first things I’ve noticed in myself as I get into this course is that I had to become comfortable with the word, evolution. And then I had to enlarge my own self-concept to put the two words together — conscious evolution — to consider that I actually could have something to do with evolution.

And I’ve discovered I do. Conscious Evolution is a choice to be made. I can live in this choice or I can turn my back on it. My intention mandala, I found,  already pointed me toward choosing this.

Conscious Evolution to me is awareness — being awake in the world, physically, emotionally, and spiritually and wisely.

It is about a growing sense of oneness, which I may not fully understand, but which I increasingly accept in my life as Truth. Conscious Evolution is being centered in and knowing the Universal and unending power of love — in myself and in the world.

Conscious Evolution necessitates knowing the connectedness of all and a basic knowledge of where I come from in the history of the world’s evolution. Conscious Evolution is a resonance in the heart with self, Spirit and others. Compassion of self and others molds the direction of my own Conscious Evolution.

This is my beginning thread I’ve pulled from the ball of yarn. I can’t wait to see the garment that will be made from continuing to pull on this thread.

The daily shift from “my backyard view” to what I am learning and thinking about in my “new world view” will definitely make it, like Joseph’s,  a coat of many colors.

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