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Parables For The New Conversation (Chapter 30: The Waiter)

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The following is a chapter from my book ‘Parables For The New Conversation.’ One chapter will be published every Sunday for 36 weeks here on Collective Evolution. (I would recommend you start with Chapter 1 if you haven’t already read it.) I hope my words are a source of enjoyment and inspiration for you, the reader. If perchance you would like to purchase a signed paperback copy of the book, you can do so on my production company website Pandora’s Box Office.

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From the back cover: “Imagine a conversation that centers around possibility—the possibility that we can be more accepting of our own judgments, that we can find unity through our diversity, that we can shed the light of our love on the things we fear most. Imagine a conversation where our greatest polarities are coming together, a meeting place of East and West, of spirituality and materialism, of religion and science, where the stage is being set for a collective leap in consciousness more magnificent than any we have known in our history.

Now imagine that this conversation honors your uniqueness and frees you to speak from your heart, helping you to navigate your way more deliberately along your distinct path. Imagine that this conversation puts you squarely into the seat of creator—of your fortunes, your relationships, your life—thereby putting the fulfillment of your deepest personal desires well within your grasp.

‘Parables for the New Conversation’ is a spellbinding odyssey through metaphor and prose, personal sagas and historic events, where together author and reader explore the proposal that at its most profound level, life is about learning to consciously manifest the experiences we desire–and thus having fun. The conversation touches on many diverse themes but always circles back to who we are and how our purposes are intertwined, for it is only when we see that our personal desires are perfectly aligned with the destiny of humanity as a whole that we will give ourselves full permission to enjoy the most exquisite experiences life has to offer.”

30. The Waiter

After a successful performance of one of his plays at the village theatre, the playwright went with the cast to the village restaurant to celebrate. Once they had placed their orders, the playwright noticed that their waiter kept looking at him from a distance.

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When the waiter brought their drinks, the playwright asked him: “Is there something you want to say to me?”

The waiter was a bit startled. “Uh, no,” he said with eyes down as he put the drinks on the table. He began to walk away, then he hesitated, turned to the playwright and uttered, “I saw your play tonight.”

“Did you enjoy it?” the playwright asked.

The waiter stood and looked around, his tight lips ready to burst.

“Oh, how I envy you!” the waiter finally blurted out. “You have such a way with words.”

The playwright laughed. “What do you mean?”

“Well, you know what I mean. Your talent with…images, with metaphor.”

“Hmm,” the playwright mused, “Can you elaborate?”

The waiter stepped back. “Well surely you know what I mean! Tonight, your words, they, they welled up inside your characters, until the clash of their tongues became dark clouds crashing together, piercing lightning bolts through our hearts and leaving a downpour of sorrow in our wake.”

“Really? Well…thank you.”

“And your hero’s final soliloquy, well, his words of anguish and regret thundered through our bodies, fracturing any fossils of hope his courageous journey had imbedded in our bones.”

“But that’s wonderful,” said the playwright.

“Yes, of course it is,” the waiter said woefully. “If only I had that kind of talent.”

Many of us discount our creative abilities, or deny that we have them altogether. This belief may very well have resulted from getting our creativity trampled on at an early age, when our efforts were subjected to judgment and ridicule. Being creative entails being different. It means leaving ourselves open and vulnerable without a safety net of established order to fall back on. And so instead of continuing to follow our magical inner voice, we were forced to grow up, to follow the rules that would allow us to gain acceptance by fitting in and acting like everyone else. In other words, we were under a lot of pressure to be normal.

As a result we will sometimes state flatly that we are not creative when we are asked to be artistic or make use of our imagination. But the assertion that we are not creative is far more that false modesty: it is actually impossible. True, some people may display more talent in rendering oils, expressing themselves musically or consistently being able to find the bon mot, but this does not mean that we do not all have the ability to create. If you have ever cooked a meal you have created something. Whenever you speak you are creating meaning from words. If you are alive—and I suspect that everyone reading this book is—then you are creating a stamp on the collective human consciousness with every thought you think and every move you make.

To be human is to be creative. Demonstrating it is a matter of tuning into and trusting our intrinsic abilities. And getting in tune with our true nature is greatly facilitated by getting in tune with nature itself. When we walk into a forest everything around us is alive and growing. If we stop taking for granted that the trees and the birds are just there and look more closely at their activity, we get reconnected to the world as creation. We see the harmonious growth, where everything has its place and purpose. We can be swept up by the feeling that we are a part of this world, and that creativity is within us as well. We may even get a glimpse of our life as a process of ongoing creation, creation that admittedly we are not always conscious of.

However our modern lifestyles generally make it difficult to be connected this way. Working in lifeless high-rise buildings, moving from place to place on pavement in motorized vehicles, we lose touch with growth, change, creation. Instead we live amongst cold, permanent concrete, steel and glass. Our lives get modeled around this permanence, and we get into the routine of the daily grind. We stay with what we know, continuing to do the mundane activities that we’re used to and have become familiar with. When even our leisure time is spent more and more in safe and predictable confines, our imagination is neglected. Our thinking itself tends to stay within the known, rehashing the same ideas over and over again in our minds. In the process, our creativity atrophies like an underused muscle.

Still, it remains within us, ready to be activated. Our creativity can never die. It is who we are. And even if we are not conscious of it, we continue to create as our life goes on. When we are not conscious of our abilities, when we are not actively seeking to create something new, then we are fully influenced by what is around us, and simply re-create what comes into our field of perception. This is perhaps why we do not consider ourselves creative, because habitually all our thoughts, ideas, and even dreams are based on what we see before us and not our imagination. But this does not prove that we are not creative—it just means that we are not fully conscious. Consciousness really demands looking inside. Without consciousness we are like sleepwalkers, on track to continue replicating only what we see and know so that the conditions of our life generally remain the same.

But life sees to it that we have our moments, and will ultimately push us in the direction of becoming more conscious of who we actually are at some point in our lives. For example, when a couple gives birth to a child there is not only a sense of amazement but also a deeper clarity and a sharper focus. It is as if there was something they knew all along but only truly awoke to it in the moment that they first saw their newborn. So even if they had been oblivious to it all their lives, this moment cannot help but produce an epiphany for the couple: we are creative.

Typically we have looked at our creative moments as extraordinary in the context of our normal lives. But there is a budding suspicion nowadays that these moments actually put us in touch with the highest truth of who we are. When we are thrust by some powerful event into a recognition of our creativity, we are at one with the world. This is what it feels like to have the power of our Dao Self flowing freely through us. For a moment the ecstasy and excitement are difficult to contain. Soon enough, however, this state of being becomes just as difficult to retain. The feeling gradually fades away like a dream, as the gravity of an environment dominated by reason returns us to the familiarity of our Ego Self. We start to question whether those feelings were real and authentic, or if we were just on some momentary anomalous ‘high’. Purely speaking it is not reasonable to be creative, so it should come as no surprise that being creative has precious little support in our society. And without support, these moments of clarity and heightened awareness soon give way to a dwindling-back into relative unconsciousness.

In his day William Blake fought tirelessly against the numbing effects on an overly rational world, saying, “I will not reason and compare; my business is to create!” His was a call to live in accordance with our passion, which leads to the desire to create, not just in artists but indeed in all humans. Creation is the true business of human life, even if it has not been our business as usual. It requires us to let go of control, to loosen the grip reason has on our thinking, and work more from the passion of our intuitive side. It is no wonder that this is uncomfortable for us, since it leads us away from the secure grounding of the tried and true. But then, how can we ever expect originality if we are simply following what has come before? The sublime and the beautiful rarely reveal themselves through the controlled application of established guidelines. Fostering our ability to create requires the courage to go beyond formulas and dig for the source in the unmarked terrain of our own minds.

I have had many challenges with the creative process on my writing path, going through periods of doubt and uncertainty about how to proceed. On the one hand, I have come to understand why writers keep talking about the muse, the mythic woman who shows up on her own schedule to inspires writers to find the words and ideas they long to use. There is no question of the feeling sometimes of some outside ‘presence’ that brings me calm, focus, and inspiration. In this state my writing is clear, strong, and sometimes even beyond what I thought I had in me. Five minutes with the muse can often bring me better results than a full day of forced effort.

On the other hand, I have a deep respect for the many successful writers who treat writing like a nine-to-five business and keep a set schedule in which they fasten themselves in front of their typewriter or computer. Certainly the adage that ‘writing is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration’ resonates with my experience. Persistence has probably been the most essential ingredient to the whole process. And yet I no longer see persistence as forcing myself to write when I’m not in the mood—because the results are almost never any good. Persistence can easily become control, and I believe the work of creativity is a letting-go of control.

Learning to walk the fine line between the two poles of allowing and persistence is, to me, learning about writing and about creativity. We don’t ‘do’ creativity as much as we open ourselves to it. In order to create we must somehow be in touch with—and have a strong measure of trust in—something bigger than the self we usually identify with. This doesn’t mean that all we should do is sit around and wait for this bigger self—our Dao Self—to come by and enter into our lives. In actual fact our Dao Self is always there, but we often need to get out of our own way to be present to it. Our persistence serves to move us more deliberately into the now, where we can tap into our creative source.

Historically, artists have endowed us with reminders to move away from the mundane and live in the realm of the imagination. Great works of art provide us with models beyond the checks and balances of our rational world. When we go to a museum and see the glory of a great work of art, we are reminded that its beauty originated as a thought in the artist’s mind. Every brushstroke is guided by this inspiration, this thought. The grander the thought, the grander becomes the creation.

If creating brings into being what originates in thought, then it is not reserved for what we formally call art. Creating art can be seen as a microcosm of creating life, the ultimate work of art. While it seems obvious enough that a painting or skyscraper or even a rocket was once a thought, it is a bit of a challenge for us to grasp that the very shape and fabric of our lives emerges from our thoughts. And yet this is the premise of the new conversation. It maintains that we are all creative, and we have the power to create the kind of life that we most deeply desire for ourselves.

This is an idea that has been expounded upon by many of the great thinkers and sages in history. Only now, however, is it starting to take hold in the hearts and minds of a significant number of people in our society. We are still in the early stages of fully practicing the deliberate and conscious creation of our lives. And it is not easy. The disproportionate influence of the mechanistic world view is still prevalent. It tells us that we can only believe what can be proved rationally. It tells us that our future is dictated by our past. It tells us that we are small and separate beings, at the mercy of the external circumstances of our lives, driven to behavior rather than driving it, as though we were billiard balls being knocked around a table in a deterministic manner. The mechanistic world view has left a deep mark on us, making us fear that we are merely unfeeling machines, and consciousness simply the result of random material processes. This has reinforced an ingrained habit of living unconsciously, without directed thought, without focus, without intention. In other words, it has reinforced the habit of acting out of habit itself.

But we are at the dawn of a new era. The time has come for us to talk each other out of this habit of habits, and open the way for our thoughts and beliefs to drive the circumstances of our lives forward instead of the other way around. We are ready to move beyond a life where external circumstances knock us around like billiard balls. Our growing complexity is tuning us in more to the plea of our inner voice that there is a choice, and that choice is to be creative. It allows us to soar beyond the strict boundaries of behavioral cause and effect and respond to the conditions of our lives in unique and unpredictable ways. To deny that we are creative is to resign to a life without purpose or direction. To accept it is to acknowledge that we are responsible for everything that happens to us, and have the potential to experience ourselves consciously as the creators of our lives.

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An Animation That Beautifully Explores ‘The War On Consciousness’

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  • The Facts:

    Many feel there is a great effort to suppress human consciousness. Not just our will, but the exploration of who we truly are. This shows up in many ways, originating top-down from corporations to governments etc.

  • Reflect On:

    There is no actual 'war.' This is a state of perception. If we see it as war, we create fighting. Instead, let's simply evolve and expand our consciousness knowing we're more powerful than those who suppress. Spreading knowledge and living it is key.

The animation below is great and Graham Hancock’s message in it is also powerful, but I want to address something important quickly before we start, as what I’m about to say is a crucial part of the message we have been working so hard to convey here at CE since inception.

I get that ‘the war on consciousness’ is a figure of speech in the case of this talk, but with 10 years working in this field of journalism and consciousness, I do see many of us getting caught up in the idea that we have to fight and that there is a war to be won.

I see this as a state of consciousness that will keep us locked in a state of disconnection and loss of power.

Moving Beyond A Key Myth

One of the biggest myths that gets spread around this movement is that we must get angry to change the world. The truth is, some of us might get angry at first, and that’s totally fine! But we have to shift beyond the consciousness of being angry about our world before we can change it in any way that will TRULY cause change.

When we change things out of anger, spite, judgement or anxiety, we don’t create systems from the heart, this we will need to break them down again in a very short time. Not because we have evolved beyond them again, but because they are systems created from a polarized state of being. THIS is what we’re moving beyond in this shift.

Change Starts Within.

This is neutrality in action. This is how we evolve beyond what we see in our world.

What does it mean to evolve beyond it? It’s to be in a state of being and emotion where these events can no longer happen. When you assume you must fight for something, you are saying that there needs to be a fight, thus you are met with a fight. That emotion and idea comes from a disconnected state of consciousness where we can still create that experience.

If we as individuals evolve beyond the need for the fight, it would mean to be in a state of being where we do not need to see the fight. That comes from changing our view and perception of something.

Being present, being here now, and not identifying so strongly with the body, our identity, culture, skin color, struggle etc is powerful. We instead see and live in a state of being where we practice the knowing of our pure potential, living through the heart, collaborative oneness and true heart guidance.

Thus, to evolve beyond it is to change your state of being so that this type of reality no longer exists as it can’t be created from that new state of being. When we achieve this collectively, it no longer exists in our world.

Now that I got that out of the way, one last note is, Graham Hancock will speak of psychedelics in his talk. They have become incredibly trendy today, and while they can help people, research is suggesting this happens when done in specific ways and with specific intentions. Many are starting to put all their power into these plants as if it will do the work for them. They don’t, and won’t.

You can also achieve these exact same insights without the use of these plants. It’s important we maintain a grounded and realistic approach to these plants so they can be used with respect and for their intended purpose. We explore the purpose of psychedelics deeply in an episode of The Collective Evolution Podcast here.

 The ‘War’ On Consciousness

This animation was created by the talented team over at After Skool. You can check out their channel here.

Transcript

What is death? Our materialist science reduces everything to matter, materialist science in the West says that we are just meat, we’re just our bodies. So when the brain is dead, that’s the end of consciousness, there is no life after death, there is no soul; we just rot and are gone. Actually, many honest scientists should admit that consciousness is the greatest mystery of science and that we don’t know exactly how it works.

The brain is involved in it some way but we’re not sure how. It could be that the brain generates consciousness the way a generator makes electricity, if you hold to that paradigm, then, of course, you can’t believe in life after death, when the generator’s broken, consciousness is gone. But it’s equally possible that the relationship — and nothing in neuroscience rules it out – that the relationship is more like the relationship of the TV signal to the TV set, and in that case, when the TV set is broken, of course the TV signal continues. And this is the paradigm of all spiritual traditions, that we are immortal souls temporarily incarnated in these physical forms.

If we want to understand consciousness, the last people we should ask are materialist scientists. Instead, we should look at ancient cultures, like the Egyptians, who highly valued dream states. Many ancient cultures around the world used hallucinogenic plants to understand consciousness and expand their minds.

However, in today’s society, visionary plants are highly illegal because they promote a state of consciousness that does not agree with the agenda of profit. Substances, like coffee, alcohol, sugar and pharmaceuticals, are forced upon the population, but possession of even small quantities of cannabis, Ayahuasca or psilocybin will land you in jail. If we do not recognize the right of adult sovereignty over consciousness, then we can NOT claim to be free.

Look at what our moderns state of consciousness has done. We have destroyed the natural gifts of the earth in pursuit of short-term, selfish gain. We must reconnect with spirit immediately or else we will encounter disaster. Visionary plants could be the remedy for our current sickness.

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Smiling At Cashiers & Other Sparks Of Divinity

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  • The Facts:

    It is possible to have profound experiences in some of the most mundane encounters with others.

  • Reflect On:

    How would your life change if every interaction you had with other people was infused with the conviction that we are all one?

It’s one of the things I like to do, as the receipt is being put in my hand: offer a grateful ‘thank-you,’ and look in the cashier’s eyes for an extra split-second and smile, and see if they are ready to share a spark of divinity that crosses between our souls.

Sometimes they are, as happened to me recently at a ‘No Frills’ express lane. I looked at the girl as she handed me the bill, she looked at me, and then came the recognition in her eyes, in her smile, whether conscious or not, that we are connected, that we see each other, that we are grateful to be alive to have this kind of experience. Magic.

Sometimes the cashier is not ready, and my smile is met with a furtive glance, back to the next matter at hand, the next customer in line. No matter. No effort to connect is wasted. Some of the energy still gets through and gives the person a lift.

Sometimes it is me who is not ready, and the smile from the cashier awakens me into appreciation. Imagine, they are the ones working a long, tiring, repetitive job and they take a moment to wake ME up!

When the cashier is efficient, friendly, light, then my appreciation for what they are doing pours out into that moment. When the cashier is slow, tired, fed-up, it is not so easy for me. But at times, I am prepared to take the opportunity to help reconnect that person to the vitality of life. Have you ever eased a busy, ragged, overwhelmed cashier into a moment of divinity with a warm smile of empathy? Have you ever made a frowning, wrinkled face light up? Try it! This may be the best experience of them all.

Learned Practice

I’m just grateful to have found this practice. It did not come naturally to me. I was always shy, cautious, pensive, ‘in my head’. It was through years of watching a few trusted friends, seeing how they interacted easily and openly with strangers, that I started to try to adopt a new approach.

I had long been a student of philosophy and spirituality. But if the study of esoteric matters remains on the pages, in the words, in the concepts, simply a tool of the intellect to make one feel smart, evolved, superior, then the whole point is missed, not only about spiritual knowledge but about life itself.

At first, the practice for me was about trying to feel connected myself; it served to make me feel more comfortable in the world, especially around other people. As I continued to practice, and expand that practice into other situations, not just with strangers but with friends, loved ones, enemies, it really broadened and deepened my understanding of spiritual principles which I had previously fancied myself an expert in. Perhaps one of the most important realizations I’ve had through all this is that true knowledge is humbling. If one’s knowledge base serves to inflate one’s sense of self-importance in the world in comparison to other people, then it is not true knowledge.

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being

Our lives on this planet are fraught with difficult emotions: fear, sadness, anxiety, and many others. One of the great healing salves is to endeavor to demonstrate to others the knowledge that we are all one. Most likely, you have had this kind of experience in some situations in your life, like smiling at a cashier or hugging a loved one. The key to a great life is to work to expand this experience into all our interactions with people, to overcome the barriers of separation, not only in others but especially the ones within ourselves.

This is the task of the bringers of light. And whether we are conscious of it or not, we are all here to bring our light upon the darkness, and collectively transform our world into our shared vision of harmony.

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Expanding Reality Through Consciousness: A Fascinating Interview With A Neurosurgeon

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  • The Facts:

    Joe recently sat down with Dr. Mario Beauregard for an in-depth discussion into consciousness, current events and how we can begin responding to the emerging desire for change.

  • Reflect On:

    What direction is our global society moving towards with regards to understanding the true nature of consciousness? Is a new consciousness emerging within us that no longer resonates with the 'old world?'

Mario Beauregard, PhD., is a neuroscientist currently affiliated with the Department of Psychology, University of Arizona. He has received a bachelor degree in psychology and a doctorate degree in neuroscience from the University of Montreal. He has also underwent postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Texas Medical School (Houston) and the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University.

Dr. Beauregard is the author of more than 100 publications (articles, essays, book chapters) in neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry. He was the first neuroscientist to use neuroimaging to investigate the neural underpinnings of voluntary control in relation to emotion. Because of his research into the neuroscience of consciousness, he was selected (2000) by the World Media Net to be one of the “One Hundred Pioneers of the 21st Century.”

In the episode below, Collective Evolution founder Joe Martino and Dr. Beauregard sit down to discuss what transhumanism, AI, near death experiences and our current events have in common, which is consciousness. They all stem from what level of consciousness we are creating these things out of. Joe explores this topic with Dr. Beauregard in a recent episode of The Collective Evolution Show on CETV.

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