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Letting My Self Go

Joseph Machney

As the world draws deeper lines in the sand, borders between countries are being rewritten. As judgements are cast upon one another for their personal choices, the governments serve as reflections or polarity representations of the country’s state of mind and collective expression. As this reality permeates our world like an impenetrable fog, we are left with a more accurate picture of how the world has been orchestrated for the past millennia or seven-ish. Honestly, I do not know how long, but does that lack of clarity not add to the fog? It doesn’t perhaps matter how long it has been. What comes to my awareness is the identification with Self and how that has set the direction for our world and pestilence that we are still lumbering through. How long has this been, I wonder? Has there been a continual ebb and flow that during this time has been felt as more pronounced and yet it has always been here in some form throughout our written history?

What have our attitudes towards this pandemic shown us about our collective consciousness? What has this dis-ease shown us about our relationship to our own sense of Self? The world is struggling to reach an internal balance and yet what we are used to is challenged to find a stable leg to stand upon. Why is that? What are we standing upon? Is it stable, or have we been taught to trust it to be stable? Why can’t we return to balance, the balance that we relied upon before now? Has trust been broken? Are we finally able to let go in what we have been taught to trust?

As I watch the world, read the news from time to time, it all feels so negative and yes, that is the nature of news. We have been programmed to take the news as the reality that we are to believe is real and yet it is one side that is often skewed. There is truth, but it is jaded and so as loyal viewers and in the time of radio, loyal listeners, we are taught and epigenetically programmed to allow this to mold our minds and emotional disposition. How is this healthy? Has this been a catalyst for the strife that we are collectively experiencing on the planet at the moment? Is this the trust that is finally being broken? If so, where do we turn to now for the truth?

Borders are being defined even within the provinces and territories of some countries, perpetuating a state of fear and separation from one another. Is this pandemic a reflection of our internal state of disharmony? What does this say about us as individuals? Where has our guidance come from and is it still relevant in this everchanging landscape?

How is the smaller a representation of the bigger picture for humanity? The periods throughout history where segregation in all its evil and manipulative manifestations have dominated society there has been an underlining fear of the unknown. It has been said that people fear what they do not understand and to take that further people put a box around what they understand and stay there, in their mental body that was built for them through suggestions and manipulation and their emotional body that was malnourished and taught to understand itself through the ego or mental body’s paradigm or limitations.

Drowning in negative news that has found fertile soil in our collective consciousness foundation that has been built for us throughout our contrived history is based on our relationship to our sense of Self, our ego. We have been taught how to be in this world and yet given the dire landscape that we are struggling to traverse, this has not worked; it has failed.

We have not, but our collective Self has failed. The relationship that we have made with our Self which has created self-image, self-esteem, self-worth and the rest are based on a relationship to an ego that has been created for us which in truth is alien to who we truly are.

If one can let that settle in, what freedom does that offer? Throughout history we have been taught to belong, to feel valued and appreciated. When one looks deeply at where the seeds have been sown, have they truly brought us together or have they kept us separated and against each other? If there was no identification with Self, would there be conquest, segregation and ego-driven institutions, competition, or us against them?

Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us, only sky

Imagine all the people Livin' for today

Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion, too

Imagine all the people Livin' life in peace

You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people Sharing all the world

You may say I'm a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you'll join us And the world will live as one

-John Lennon

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