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Spiritual Lessons of Hamilton

Repeat after me. All is well, and all is well, and all is well. Take a nice deep breath and open your mind to the possibility that everything is exactly the way it is. And be okay with it. Parts of it are actually very good. Most of it is good. Take another deep breath, and maybe one more. All is well.

We have to be okay with what is, because it is as it is.

In our lives, the longest, hardest times are what we call our Dark Nights of the Soul. They are a universal part of the human experience. You can’t avoid them and you can’t protect anyone else from them.
They come to show us the way to something beautiful, something we’ve been longing for but not moving toward. Our Higher Selves moved toward it as soon our desire stirred in the depths of us. Our formless, boundless, non-physical selves felt it as soon as it began bubbling up into our imaginations. Our souls immediately flowed into the shapes and colors and experiences of our desires. But we didn’t go along. We continued stuck in the problems that generated those desires in the first place, because the problems are huge and awful and compelling. It’s hard to look away when your life is on fire. And for as long as we do not turn away from the gripping problems and toward the perfect resolutions instead, there is tension. There is the feeling of a rubber band stretched too far between our earth-bound selves and our boundless, formless selves. 

As soon as we do turn toward the solution, the answer, the better way, we reconnect with Higher Selves, who’ve been there waiting and those channels we’d been blocking are cleared, and we and tap into the power of the Whole Universe. That’s the power of God, of Goddess, of Creation, of Source, of Consciousness itself. It’s the power of magic, if you will. As soon as we attune ourselves to the energy of that which we desire, it shimmers into our physical reality. And we tune it in by imagining how we will feel when we have it and focusing on things that elicit that same feeling in us. That’s how you tune. And a meditation practice is how you maintain that open flow.

Micro vs. Macro

I’ll get to the Hamilton connection in a second, I promise. This first, though. What’s happening in our world right now is a Dark Night of the Soul on a global scale.

Everything has a non-physical counterpart, an Inner Being, a Higher Self. Everything physical begins as non-physical. It cannot be otherwise. Thoughts become things. Things do not become thoughts. They do not uncreate themselves and become ideas again. They inspire new ideas, though, and then those thoughts become things. 

So society itself, human-kind itself, has a non-physical, formless, boundless version that is far bigger than its physical manifestation. That version can tap into all experience, all time, all existence, all at once. It’s a great resource to be aligned with. And a powerful force to pull against. 

Right now humans, at least a large portion of them, are experiencing contrast. The Dark Night that inspires a yearning for the dawn of something new. The old way has already died. People as a whole just haven’t accepted it yet. And those who fear change and those who fight change accelerate it. 

Let me repeat that. Those who fight change, accelerate change. 

Remember this bit of wisdom we’ve picked up along the paths of our human experience. Saying, “Yes, I want ice cream,” aligns me to the vibration of ice cream.

Saying, “Ice cream will kill me! Keep it away, I’m allergic!” also aligns me to the vibration of ice cream.

Either example brings ice cream or other things that match my feelings about ice cream, into my life. 

It’s the attention to the thing that invites it into our experience. Whether we’re looking at it in fear, hate, and revulsion, or in joy, love, and peace, we are looking at it. It’s the looking at it part that aligns our energy.

So pushing against anything is making it bigger. THAT IS NOT A BAD THING.

 In order for change to happen, the balance has to shift toward accepting and even embracing the inevitable change that is upon us. As a rule, humans fear change. As a rule, we fear it so much we flat out refuse to accept change until the current conditions become unbearable. Most of us will not jump out the burning skyscraper’s window until our hair is on fire. It’s human nature.

Sometimes, for a large segment of humanity, the current conditions must become unbearable to move them out of the status quo and into the future. And as soon as enough make that shift, the great and inevitable and worldwide change must occur. 

Those pushing against this current sea-change are speeding it up. The further they stretch that rubber band the farther it will fling them when they finally let go. Furthermore, they have come into this lifetime with the understanding that this would be their role, because somebody has to play Aaron Burr.

The Hamilton Connection

In the moment when the hurricane swept away his village, Alexander Hamilton and everyone he knew experienced a disaster. And when his mother died, it was experienced as a tragedy. And when the relative who took him in committed suicide, it must have seemed the whole universe was against him. 

But the Universe was just setting the stage for the story he had come to be a part of. Without the series of disasters, would his community have taken up a collection to book him passage to New York? Would he have ever met his fellow revolutionaries? Would he have worked at George Washington’s side, or led the forces that arguably won the Revolutionary War? Would there even BE a US Constitution to fall back on to save our asses today? Would there even be a USA at all?

Our form of Democracy was created then and there, and it has spread around the world. It’s an idea that has spread, because above all else, humans love freedom. And when they feel their freedom is being denied them, they go kind of batshit.

That was a great big, world-altering change. Changes like that involve many volunteers playing many roles. And I don’t think it was anywhere near the scope of the evolution we are going through right now, today. Well of course it wasn’t. Expansion. Everywhere, always, expansion.

Every Disaster's a Seed

The disasters and tragedies of Hamilton’s youth were some of the many seeds that grew into a new form of government unto the world. And today, the tree that grew from those seeds is still growing. As its citizens discover the flaws in the systems we have created for ourselves we, as a whole, work to polish away those flaws.

We the People evolve in our understanding. It happens by leaps and bounds as each generation builds from the platform of the one before, taking us ever higher, ever broader, ever improving, expanding, evolving. And as that happens, we discover new flaws in our systems and we, as a whole, work to polish away those flaws.

Some generations have to focus on a some of these flaws a lot longer to make it grow more noticeable, to inspire more of their peers to see the flaw too. When enough do, the balance shifts, and the flaw is polished into a shimmering new facet of our society. 

And so on it goes, and on it goes. Future generations will be outraged and horrified at some of the things we consider evolved and enlightened today. Trust me, they will. Eating meat? Boiling lobsters alive? Circumcising newborns without any pain killer? Cropping the ears and tails of our “best friends?” We have some effed-up customs, my peeps. 

What to Do?

So what do we do to be part of the solution? I’ll tell you what we do. We promote positive change at every opportunity. We donate to the causes we believe in. We keep informed. We do what we feel is right for us to do. But do it, and then step back. Do it, and then turn away.

Far more important than what we do is what we are

To maintain our beautiful, empowering connection to Source, we should spend most of our time focused on what is good right here, right now, right where we are. Spend most of our time present, and content, and peaceful, knowing this is all part of the process toward the changes we desire, just as Alexander Hamilton’s tragic youth was a part of the greater process toward the birth of the United States, the ideas behind which are truly beautiful. Ideas of equality, of welcoming tired masses yearning to breathe free. Ideas about freedom. Every one of us with our own little piece heaven, our own vine and fig tree.

To be clear, I do not say this was part of some Divine plan, but rather a part of our human plan, inspired by our human experiences which created our human desires. This is the whole point of us being human. 

My to-do list

Find shapes in the clouds. Walk outside. Garden. Meditate. Bird watch. Eat ice cream…and chocolate. Watch movies that make me laugh and TV shows I can binge. Soak my feet. Try new recipes. Online shopping. Watch hilarious YouTube videos like Randy Rainbow or Bad Lip Synching or Google Translates Sings. Take pictures. Smell flowers. 

I’ve slid back into my old habit of being a news junkie. But today, I didn’t. (I just glanced at the clock on my computer and it’s 11:11. So there you go. I am aligned.) Today I started the day on a high note and did not immediately derail it by checking the headlines. (And also because there’s no Morning Joe on Saturdays. But still!) 

I had my first cup of coffee outside by the pond, and that is where I wrote this post. There are birds singing and red squirrels are chattering at me. All is well right here and now. And all is well worldwide, because every bit of this is creating its solution by creating in us the desire for its solution. Our desires create our future reality. By looking at the desires being created right now and visualizing them as our future reality, we help speed their arrival.

  • Today’s division is creating tomorrow’s harmony. A world where we don’t perceive ourselves as separate nations or races or any other false premise, but as one world, working together like a well-oiled machine.
  • Today’s hate is creating tomorrow’s love. As more and more of us recognize hate and call it out when we see it, more are more are able to see it, to acknowledge it, and to therefor join in launching a wave of beautiful change. Hate becomes intolerable, an anchor holding us in a hellish experience and therefore, we finally cut it away. We cut the chains. We make amends and sail away without it. 
  • Today’s pandemic is creating tomorrow’s healthcare. Healthcare has been a subject of contrast for many, but apparently not enough to bring about the change that’s needed. We took a faltering step forward and three steps back. So the contrast had to get bigger. That’s how this works. Enter a global pandemic, which came because that is apparently the level of contrast needed to awaken many sleepers. So now people are getting sick. Getting sick causes more of us to launch desires for wellness, which is our ultimate goal. But in the meantime, it’s also launched a massive desire for a health care system that promotes wellness, has cutting edge quality, and is accessible to all.

So that’s what’s happening. Each and every disaster came to inspire change, and  all the infighting makes the disasters grow bigger to expose them to the masses, which inspires the masses to desire something better, which creates something better. 

This is the process. This is expansion. We live. We experience contrast. We learn from it that we want something different. We imagine a solution. We wish for it. We create it by refocusing on what we’ve chosen. And then we get to live it. And as we’re living it, we experience contrast. Repeat, repeat, repeat ad infinitum.

What seems like a disaster today is just the popping of a change that we’ve been wanting for a long time, that our Higher Selves have already gone forth and poured their energy into and created for us. The tension between us being here, in the middle of the contrast, while our Higher Selves are entirely focused in the solution is painful. Eventually that tension erupts. 

We can ease the pain of living during the time of the eruption by easing the tension on that rubber band between us and our Higher Selves. And we do that tending to our alignment through meditation and focus. We naturally align when we sleep. And we also do it when we bask in something wonderful in our present. Many somethings. Consistently. Frequently. All day, every day. 

We also do it by noticing signs of the change we seek right now, today. We look for places and events where things are already the way we wish they were everywhere. Examples of humanity, of kindness, of love, of positive change. 

As we try to gently steer our focus toward what is working perfectly in our own little bubble of the world, we simultaneously help all humanity to evolve. Our utopia is already here. Hunt for signs of it right where you are to make it grow.

Every photo in this piece is a tiny bit of perfection I found in the present moment. Enjoy!

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