Planetary Arts Series – Mars

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My teacher Elliott taught Xing-yi in the park. It was $10 a class or pay what you can. I think at least half the class took the second option. Most of us were 20 something new arrivals in Taos, New Mexico working in cafes or construction waiting for ski season.

This class was my first exposure to martial arts. Elliott was an awesome instructor. I remember he asked if I had any experience – ‘no’. He said that was usually better because I didn’t have any habits to overcome. I went for a few months that autumn and never returned.

However you could say I had been into martial arts most my life.

What is meant by that is illustrated in the following brief writing.

Martial Arts.

Bruce Lee was the man! He was the whole Hollywood package. Taking Kung fu to the people.

Martial Arts, if we break it down, could be said to be the Art of War at an individual level companioning the pursuit of peace at tribal level.

Fighting happens. We need to protect ourselves. Our community and at the same time each one of us. Because of the energies involved in the physical or strategic battles it can be very hard, coarse, adversarial, debilitating, draining. That does not mean it is artless. The very stress of the fight, battle and struggle calls for specific skills. If we can activate our skills of self management in war then we have the way to move beyond it. Fighting is a way to communicate what we value and is not a form of communication in itself. Meaning we are fighting for something. For safety or peace or integrity or dignity.

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Mars was the god of war from Ancient Rome which speaks to the tribal level of martial managment. The Chinese masters have brought forward with dedication through the ages the forms and sequences of self management of the energy of the red planet. Today we are equally tasked to manage what energy we attract, process and how we dispose of it. We dispose of energy in so many simple and natural ways: conversation, sleep, digestión and organ function in the body.

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Said in a conceptual sense, Martial Arts are the system of cleaning, garbage and recycling. So in reality we could say planetary/environmental stewardship is a martial art. At which by majority we have been failing as a group. The human arts of these natural systems are qualities like: forgiveness, making important things important, humour, elevating vision, curiosity plus humility.

On a development journey Martial cleansing activity (yoga, tai chi, aikido) combines very well with the planetary arts of Mercurial vision or earth perception (topics covered in this series).

The art is of thinking ahead. Of engraving mental and emotional pathways in conjunction with life sequences of movements to process life in the moment. Thus maintaining focus on the journey without being sidelined by one’s own reaction or intrusion by bullying. These are forces that cannot grasp the need to hold the apparent contradiction of something in them and not pass judgement.

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Think about these three levels of engagement of your natural Martial art:

Low – not letting yourself get damaged but not being the author of your own story.

Medium – using what comes at you for you – think aikido.

High – using what comes at you to elevate your art of perception that powers your red art.

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This is a mental model for understanding what you seek with your language and actions, intentions and vision.

AI Versus the Juggler

Juggle.

AI cannot juggle.

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The organization OpenAI has done really impressive work in the territory of robotic manual dexterity. But which robot has a reason to juggle? It has no reason to do so. On the other hand, we all juggle priorities like health, work, relationships and family, income and studying and maintenance of a home. AI is probably integrated into all of those aspects of

life but will never have an overarching need that goes into decisions that determine how the juggling of life is juggled.

So to keep control of our lives out if y the hands of robots we need lives that AI cannot touch. Yes robots and algorithms have their functions. Those functions are to get a result and use the result to get better at getting the next result. But there is no sense of elevating those functions to a transcendent goal.

So should we be scared about AI. You bet! A scan of the lifestyle of our global culture does not indicate that a higher purpose has been identified that influences education systems, youth and corporate, towards any sort of not for profit perception. Therefore we are in direct competition with robots for various functions.

Back to our juggler. She doesn’t look at each ball directly but looks forward to maintain all the balls in the air. Jugglers use a rhythm of letting go and grabbing so they can keep giving attention and direction to everything they have on the go. Whether that be 3 balls in the air or children, their own business, caring for aging parents, improving their education, finding a partner or possibly deepening their religious awareness.

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Developing this religious awareness, or soul life, can open other doors; individually to feel less threatened by a machine and, as a culture we can create an array of service industries based on the thriving soul lives within us that seek learning for self development as a human.

I have an I.D.E.A.

This is a compact tool to focus your energy to get stuff done.  Actually you can also use it at the same time for feeling a sense of purpose.  You can use it in the morning to approach the day or reflect on your participation at the end of the day.  It assumes you are seeking help to meet the new you, the next version of you and share it with the world.   The experience can facilitate an updated sense of self and sense of belonging while also contributing to your various communities (the many inner lives, family, nation, society).

Ask yourself – What do I want? That is the I.  And do something about it.  That is the A.   When it has a positive impact on your day, your mood and helps you to learn and participate – That is the D.  When you follow through on your intention and it causes you to make decisions and ask questions that are based in your sense of connection – that is the E. 

That is I.D.E.A.   The idea is that as you go through you life you don’t have to stop and make your spiritual pursuit a separate life endeavour.  You can be crafty in making some degree of your professional life provide the foundation for your soul development.

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I is for Intention – What you want to do that day.  You can have various ‘small’ intentions that you check off your list in the course of your day.  Things as simple as saying ‘hi’ to someone whose attention you want at school or work; getting 10 likes on an Instagram post; helping someone feel better.  You can have an intention for the day, week, work, family, health, planet, …
D is for Daily– the impact of your intention in your daily life.  Keep it simple: you want to feel proud of your work, fulfilled you helped around the house, encouraged to repeat your intention.  Here daily refers to your maintenance life: making money, staying healthy, finding friends and companionship.
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E is for Elevated– the residue you want in your soul life.   This is the result of applying your skills and strengths towards your Higher self.  This is your unique response to the religious energy that arrives in your life because you have a soul.
This can sound ethereal, cheesy, intangible, like a waste of time, difficult or simply beyond your reference and experience.  That makes sense but at the same time is the moment to push through and do your homework of you.  The art of you is connecting your daily intentions with whatever your Higher Self is.  Or perhaps it is to let the sincerity of  your daily efforts support your Higher Self .
The key understanding here is in the word ‘elevated’.  This means above; above normal, beyond daily, higher than what passes in daily life as enough, more connected than habit.
How does one elevate?  Taking Action (see below) with an Intention (see above) that is greater than oneself.  Think: teaching, mentoring, volunteering.  I am reminded of the guy I would bump into some mornings while I was walking my dog.  He had the garbage collecting tool and a bag.  On his own time – usually 6 am – he would go down to the lake shore and collect garbage – beer cans and coffee cups by majority.  I thanked him and he was so appreciative of my recognizing his service – cheerful guy.  He told me there were others who did the same thing as him.  Awesome!!
That guy is elevating above himself to offer without counting the cost or looking for reward.
Providing that selfless service provides meaning or fulfillment and makes us happier and easier to deal with:)
A is for Action  – that you take that attracts positive energy.  Like Nike – Just Do It (swoosh).  Take action towards accomplishing your intention that at the same time feeds your various (daily and elevated) Human levels.  Repeat.
What’s the big I.D.E.A.?! – you are the big idea!!  Your growing into your development trajectory as you emerge out of puberty into adulthood and travel through middle age and arrive into elderhood.

your body is a temple

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Your body is a temple so why bother going to religious service.  You can never be late if your attend yourself:).  Current religious offerings rely more on the need  lost people than on the soul connection of the people running the religions.  Nothing wrong with being lost – especially being young and lost – just think of the Bieber.  There is something amiss when the people offering religiousness are more lost than you.  They are lost in their dogma and politics and confusion of lies.   So you need to find ways to be the spontaneous you, the agile you, the humble you as you struggle to stay true to the temple of truth and growth.

As you struggle, read the following:

 

What is the relationship between information and elevation on our journey of personal development?  Do you need more info or more inspiration?  More passion?
Do you want to change your location (on the x – y axis)? Why?

x is info and y is elevation.  Info gets you more of the same result pushing you further along the path.  Meanwhile elevation gets perception about improvement and growth and fulfillment.  Info can help elevation.  Too much info or addiction to its search can usurp the idea of growth and put urgency and status in its place.  Elevation gets you better info, better intel, better energetic friends who are interested in your best life.

So.
We need tools, references, resources, reasons and examples to learn how to re-locate responsibly.  A prescription for a specific x.  Align to a a higher y (why:))
We need tools to elevate our source of references and reasons to get perception about managing the balance of reference and elevation.
Tools include maintaining a healthy foundation in the body, mind and emotions; find a moment of peace, moving meditation, regularly distinguish between habit, routine and ritual and use them for your growth or phase them out, belief in higher purpose, be of service, teaching, mentoring and being mentored, telling stories, volunteering…

What Is Your Photosynthesis?

 

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Plants gather elements and molecules.  They apply pigments and solar power.  They produce oxygen and sugar – agents of growth for the rest of us.

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What is your photosynthesis?
Your photosynthesis is when you combine things in the presence of something higher to make growth possible.

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This is you.

Creating.

Making something unique with universal ingredients.  Using your energy, your love, your warmth, your touch, that panache you bring that draws out their smile.

What are your raw materials and instigators for growth?  What do you make possible?

Your ingredients:
Your carbon dioxide is …
Your water is …

Your process:

Your sun is …
Your chlorophyll is …

Your result: 
your sugar is …
Your oxygen is …

Life Example:
Sun is your love of people learning
CO2 is your sense of humour
H2O is your spontaneity
Chlorophyll is your perception about people
Sugar is good conversation
O2 is new friendship

Work Example:
Sun is project
CO2 is staff
H2O is product
Chlorophyll is your leadership
Sugar is the feeling of good collaboration
O2 is the new business as a result

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What do you want your photosynthesis to cause …?  Think about it…. Think about it some more…again tomorrow and next week:)

 

 

 

 

The Solidarity of Self Love

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When you wake up and go to the bathroom you many not like what you see  in the mirror.   Those greenish purple bags under your eyes and wrinkles appearing or deepening.  Let’s not even start with that emerging belly …

If you experience yourself at an elevated level then you will love yourself.    Is that because you are such a great person?  Maybe:)  But really that is the normal sensation when we find ourselves in an elevated state of energy.   It has to do with less judgement and more understanding in the higher levels of the planet’s energy.

The Soul is always guiding us into growing and learning; positive and willing.  Creating routines and rituals that accompany your Soul is an effective and sustainable way to elevate your energy.  Being of sincere service to others is a rewarding way to elevate.  Reflecting on the grace and reliability of planet Earth can generate refined appreciation.
It is when we limit ourselves to daily level energy that love is challenged.
Insisting that our knowledge and love come from daily, ego friendly resources means we are fluent in: guilt and blame, judgement and doubts, arrogance and bitterness separated by random occurrences of compassion, appreciation, patience and possibly humility.

Knowing yourself at your Higher Soul level is to grasp that you are a congress of body, mind, Soul and Spirit.   Acting through any one of these agents of growth we can satisfy many development urges on our trajectory of energy elevation.

Find others on this trajectory.  Seek this solidarity of Self Love where others understand that what we give in appreciation or service to life we receive manifold in peace and perceptions.
Insist on your participation in this League of Souls who accept the task of elevating one’s energy level.
Practice Self Love in big and small ways. Learn what self love looks like in the short and long term. Apply the impact of self love to: health, business, parenting, marriage…
What is self love at different levels of energy and different stages of life?

To be clear the Self Love being talked about the appreciation for one as a person/man/woman.  This is Self Love as a foundation for growth in the subsequent stages of life.  A good reference to get a grasp on this is The Wild Coach post:

Your Best Ego  https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/152856538/posts/70

 

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When we embody Self Love we realize each person is to arrive at it in their own way of positive elevation through the permutations of: love, knowledge and self knowledge.  So we are in solidarity with their development journey.  We can learn from their unique persuasions of Self Love in the challenges of daily life.

Find the folks who are insistent on taking responsibility for their Self Love while at the same time sharing the struggle and the fruits.  As always you can look to nature – to the forest – for examples of the Solidarity of Self Love in action.  A reality where one loves themselves but not at the expense of their own growth or participating with others.

 

You have no equal

You are a unique universal event

 

 

When you are needed be ready with what they need.

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1. When they need direction use your sense of purpose to make your life interesting.

2.  When they need to establish standards offer them ideas of where to put their energy.

3. When they need to prioritize show them how to measure the relevance of things.

4. When they lack self love show them a person who radiates self knowledge.

5 .When they have initiative show them how not to fill it – let it be filled.

6. When they are searching for connection help them handle success and failure.

7. When they are decisive find out their beliefs.