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October 2009 Blog Posts (72)

BEING LAUGHED AT – SECOND TIME 'ROUND

© 2009 Howard McQueen



I was in a group awareness circle a couple of weeks ago. A friend immediately to my right spontaneously burst into a puppet show, using only his two bare hands, contrived voices and facial expressions. The entire group rose into waves of hilarity. As his act concluded, I was aroused further by a memory of my own and I spoke up and proclaimed my presence to speak in the circle.



Everyone’s attention turned to me and I spoke very briefly of an event this… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on October 29, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

... TULIP FIELDS OF ZANDILAND (Part 2)

Part 2 (Awakening in the Tulip Fields) / (continued from Part 1)

© 2009 Howard McQueen | howard@mcq.com



As I look back down upon my reflected, mulch-covered nakedness, I see that the mulch clinging to me is being transformed. It somehow is being absorbed by my body and I am being adorned with these large splotches of brown, gold and bronze pigments. They are slowly moving… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on October 24, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

AWAKENING IN THE TULIP FIELDS OF ZANDILAND

Note: This is my first foray into pseudo fantasy-fiction. The intent is to stay true to the felt-feelings and let those weave the story …



© 2009 Howard McQueen | howard@mcq.com



Mmmmm.



I am gently awakening up towards the surface of life.

I smell a deep fragrance.

I sense that I am exquisitely comfortable in my body.

Absent are the nagging aches and pains.

Hmmm, I don’t feel like I have my PJ on or sheets covering me.

NOPE, not gonna open… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on October 24, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

YUMMY IN THE TUMMY OF LOVE

(inspired in satsang with Jeannie Zandi | Thursday Oct-22, 2009 | Asheville)



© 2009 Howard McQueen





I am feeling more than just a little bit giddy

being in the presence of Love

with all of you.



It stirs up song, holding hands, hugging and kissing, waltzing,

giving in, completely and totally,

to the service of whatever needs doing in Love’s kitchen.



There is no rhyme, reason or meaning to be had from Loving.

It is a… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on October 23, 2009 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

HEART FELT EXPRESSION VISION

© 2009 Howard McQueen



Imagine how we as a species may be able to evolve

if we put our heads down

and open up our hearts

and become responsible

for experiencing our dis-eased emotional being.



Imagine this as personal energy reclamation.

Imagine this as siphoning up the ghosts from our past.

Imagine this as a healing from the inside out.

Imagine this as using our latent gifts to create a heaven on this earth.



Yes, I realize there… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on October 22, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

RESPONSIBILITY

Responsibility (Defn:)



Response ability, the capacity and capability to respond (and not enter a reactive state). The capacity to be consciously present within ourselves, and from this non-aggressive energetic space, choose to contain and constructively direct our internal energy, with the intention to liberate unconscious beliefs and behavior.



I am developing the capacity to be responsible for my actions and my intentions.

I am becoming aware that to use this… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on October 21, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

EMBODYING THE MYSTERY

(c) 2009 Howard McQueen



One pathway to be the embodiment of The Mystery

is to focus on receiving and responding to life

by living through your heart.

You will perceive an ever-deepening intimacy with your overall connectedness.

This will bring on such a felt-fullness that it will crowd-out

and displace all pettiness and worries.



And what is left is abiding and residing is felt Oneness,

direct connection to cause and effect,

and the sense… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on October 19, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

THE WHITE MAGIC OF HUMBLE AWARENESS

(C) 2009 Howard McQueen



We are discovering that when we center in our heart,

there is a quickening of non-aggressive energy.

This energy courses through our human instrument,

and when this intent is held

gently as encouragement to awaken,

the white magic is set free to awaken in others.



Others see this energy as their own imaginative reflection.

They either drink it in deeply, or reactivate their own aggressive tendencies;

They push their… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on October 19, 2009 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

THE CATCH-22 OF HUMAN PEACE

(C) 2009 Howard McQueen



Through the use of aggression and force,

not the least of which is mental and emotional brutality

taught, rewarded and enforced by parents and other adults,

especially those honored with the title, "those we look up to",

we have substantially shut down our hearts

suppressing our greatest inner treasure trove of wealth

instead, we are loading up on self-medicating, addictive behaviors,

over the counter

and under the… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on October 18, 2009 at 6:00pm — No Comments

THE “HANG TIME” OF GRACIOUS PERSISTENCE

© 2009 Howard McQueen



Michael Jordan had hang time in basketball. Ski jumpers in the Winter Olympics set new records hanging the longest, coaxing out every second in the air, before touching down.



This story celebrates a somewhat different use of Hang Time.



I called a friend on the phone this morning.

I said to him “Ernest, you’ve got the most impressive hang-time”,

meaning the incredible patience and grace he has shown

while his core life has… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on October 18, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

CONDITIONED REJECTION & HEALING

© 2009 Howard McQueen



Back in 1975 I ran into a major, traumatic conditional rejection.

A girl friend and lover I had become very attached to

approached me one afternoon and said



if we are going to keep sleeping together,

you will have to learn to also start having sex

concurrently with me and my friends.




When I received these words, it was like an electric shock flew into my chest.

There was an immediate physiological… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on October 18, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

WHAT IF THE HEART IS …

© 2009 Howard McQueen



What if the Heart is the center of our Authenticity,

our Gateway to interconnected Intimacy with life itself.



What if the Heart is the receiver of vibrational energetic felt-sensitivities from

the Deep Mystery, the womb and mother of Life.



What if the Heart is the sender of these amplified currents of vibrational energy coursing through us, that we, in our highest embodiment, invoke the sacred names: love, conscious intimacy,… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on October 17, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

ALLOW THE MESSAGE TO BE RECEIVED & ABSORBED

© 2009 Howard McQueen



Without a doubt, we are all being exquisitely set-up,

not to take the Fall into Humiliation,

but to see that we have already stumbled and fallen.



We are all gifted with an ongoing set

of confrontational-healing experiences

in the form of messengers

our inner essence attracts to us.



These messengers are highly polished reflectors,

vibrationally aligned to heal the severed and atrophied

connections to our… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on October 16, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Thursday night

Cullen,

Yes, she was great, thanks for hosting this event! Hope to see you soon.
Roger

Added by Roger Hawkins on October 16, 2009 at 7:05am — No Comments

BLESS THE MESSENGERS

(C) 2009 Howard McQueen



As we come to realize that life itself conspires

to show us again and again what we've avoided and tried to retire,

we begin to feel that we are not really helpless and drowning,

we are neither victims or victors.

These are but role-based sentences

we have chosen to believe in and empower.



And, meanwhile, life tirelessly sends us an endless

array of messengers

reminding us, through reflection

that which we are… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on October 15, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

RECLAIMING ENERGETIC PEACE

(this posting was rewritten, it was originally titled "Migration from Chutzpah to Gusto")

© 2009 Howard McQueen



There is a profound reclaiming of energetic inner peace when we consciously move away from embracing reactionary energy.



The revolutionary overthrows and brings in the new. And in that act, force accompanies the revolution and this sews the seeds of revolution’s extreme polar opposite energetic expression, oppression.



Until we center… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on October 14, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

DEEPLY FEELING INTO OUR INTENT

© 2009 Howard McQueen



When we are consciously experiencing the moment

When we are aware that intent births action

When we slow down and feel into our intent

We see ourselves, carrying the energetic signatures

of peace and/or conflict.



These fear/anger/grief energetic conflict signatures

are inscribed into our emotional body

starting in the womb they do bloom

and are carried forward,

reinforced and replayed.



These… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on October 13, 2009 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

TOWARDS A BRIGHTER FUTURE

Towards (Building) a Brighter Future



Excerpted from the above URL



All the darkness of the world cannot put out the light of a single candle.



The Current Situation



Together, we can and will build a brighter future. Yet in order to give meaningful suggestions for this, we first need to speak candidly about what's happening in the world at present. It appears that there are factions… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on October 11, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

THE CHEMISTRY OF BLAME (by Gay Hendricks)

See my post THE BLAMING MACHINE



THE CHEMISTRY OF BLAME



By Gay Hendricks



"Do you choose being right or being happy? I’ve had people come back months later and say, 'I hated you for asking me that question – but it changed my life.'"

-- Professor and counselor… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on October 11, 2009 at 7:00pm — No Comments

SUICIDE BY JUST BEING NEARBY

© 2009 Howard McQueen



I’ve personally known two people

who in the past ten years

have used a handgun to end their lives.



There are, however, so many more indirect ways

to essentially kill yourself.



This is a story a close friend told to me recently.



"I was working for an accounting firm back in the mid 1990s. The lady who was the office manager (Ellen) was a very dignified, non-proselytizing, humble Christian. Her best friend… Continue

Added by Howard McQueen on October 11, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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