Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind

@Michael_Stumpf and @johnnydavis54 riff on how to manage the paradoxes of the liminal zones.

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TWILIGHT TAKEOFF

Miles high up in the sky
this night is clear
you can see darkness is near
Twilight takeoff

Shooting stars
Shooting stars
The weather is fair
miles up in the air

I’m looking out the window
all I can see our clouds
I know these stars are glowing
The moon is showing
Miles high up in the sky
Twilight takeoff

This night is clear
Twilight takeoff
our destination is near

It’s time for this altitude to change
Twilight takeoff
Twilight takeoff
Twilight takeoff

Flying high up in the sky
I’m looking out the window
It’s a whole new world
Jupiter and Mars

Twilight takeoff
Twilight takeoff
Twilight takeoff

Miles high up in the sky
This evening is clear
our destination is near
It’s time for twilight landing

Written by

Cheryl Ann Warner

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After walking the Labyrinth this morning driving home I heard these two songs; versions of the Theme we were working with in a way John.

I am beginning to Feel/Think that working with Conditions is a Matter of Opening/Clearing a “Receptive Space” so Out-Come can Be Received like A Seed that needs Healthy Soil to Grow. I Feel we were Modeling that for Each Other as “Eyes” Opening to the Other in a Safe Enough Place/Space & Learning that Limits are Ok?

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Hey guys, I enjoyed the talk. I think you are right to name the impasse, paradox, one might even say imbroglio, of our liminal and escalating global situation. I was particularly moved by John’s story of becoming a healing conduit for the golden light experienced by a dying AIDS patient.

Michael, I appreciated your naming a sense of emergent elderhood, in talking about what you learned from the conversation that you didn’t know before. The intergenerational force is strong. My sense is that our soil conditions are dynamic, fecund, and quickly (yet patiently) ripening.

Happy Soulstice 2020. Let’s celebrate this moment of Cosmic alignment in the universal flux!

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summer-solstice

Summer Solstice-2

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“Certain rites of passage require that everything must first seem upside down, completely backwards or devoid of meaning before a step or leap into the unknown can stir the soul and inspire the dream of life to awaken again. The status quo must seem about to collapse altogether in order that the inner realm of soul might awaken again.

Certain events touch and confirm our “inner realities” as if there is an inner gradient, a “through line” and genuine lifeline waiting to be found and followed. Besides the more predictable stages of life transitions, there are critical moments when we don’t choose what happens, but we become the ones chosen. We are condemned to suffer in some way or receive unexpected rewards; we are elevated above our station or pulled into depths we would not willingly choose. Something unseen and unexpected touches our lives and we are changed in ways that can take time to unfold.

Life is change and the true life of the soul seeks repeated transformations. An initiation involves entering a threshold where we can gather enough tension and momentum to push ourselves to the next stage of our life. In that sense, initiation not only means taking a new step on the road of life, but also undergoing a complete change of life. What initiates us also strips us down to the inner essentials in order to release qualities and powers that were hidden within. Thus, stepping onto the path of initiation also means that there is no going back. On the paths of transformation, there can be no way back to the self-identity or limited sense of life we had before.

“As the inner dynamic of transformation, initiation means the continuous breaking open of areas of the soul in order to reveal hidden capacities and inherent gifts.”

A true turning point in life threatens one’s habitual ways of being or acting on one level, but also opens the doors of perception at another level. We come to see the world as we are intended to see it and awaken to the true aim of our soul. An initiatory event involves healing old wounds as well as revealing the unique project and living experiment of our inner self and soul.

After being prefigured in adolescence, initiation is the psyche’s instinctive response to both the severe struggles and the great opportunities found in the course of life. Success as well as failure can shift the psychic ground in a person; so that a painful loss, severe separation or great challenge can evoke the inner dynamic of initiation in a person’s psyche. Whatever interrupts, breaks us open, or breaks us down—whether it is the trauma and shock of a loss in life or the drama and exhilaration of success—also initiates us into a greater knowledge of ourselves, particularly knowledge of the nature and style of our given soul.

Whatever alters the overt patterns of our lives also opens us up to psychological and mythical levels of unusual depth. Accident, divorce, abortion, the death of a loved one, the loss of a career, even eruptions of nature which destroy and reshape the landscape, all can precipitate the psyche’s expectation of a thorough rite of passage.

“The dramas that befall us become the detours from the mainstream that keep our hearts open to growing and our minds open to learning who we are at our essence and what we are meant to do in the world.”

When seen through a “psychology of initiation,” the experiences that change our lives and mark us as unique individuals can be opened up and be re-examined to reveal what is trying to live into the world through us. Seen through the “eyes of initiation,” the exact wounds we carry turn out to be openings to a greater imagination as well as deeper understanding of who we are intended to be.

When enough people awaken to the inherent purpose and meaning in their own lives, a collective initiation can also occur and shift the level of meaning and the course of history. The real work of life involves meaningful attempts to rediscover the thresholds of change that open our hearts as well as the territories of our souls. As a poet once said, I would give all the wealth of the world, and all the deeds of all the heroes, for one true vision of life."

- Michael Meade, “Awakening the Soul”

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Michael, I want to share this communique that was made to the Aurobindo reunion hosted by Suma Gowda yesterday. As I reflect upon my own internal process, in a public forum, I was drawing directly from our close encounters. Speaking about the trauma without reactivating trauma has always been so difficult for me that I have kept much of what is most important hidden or secret. This self- suppression of my own partial truths has been the legacy of a long and torturous history, a history that all of us are trying to wake up from. Then the Second Axial Age will have arrived. Thanks again for our ongoing mutual help dialogues.

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Beautiful Expression John, was Received & Tenderness was the Affect;the Story gave Form to the Atmosphere of your Internal Spark! The Whole Talk was one I found Inspiring of How Community-Culture can Arise Anew!

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