Rites of passage have been an important part of many religious and spiritual communities. These transitions have been celebrated and revered as sacred rituals that move the individual into new states of being. Perhaps this moment in time is our collective rite of passage. In this episode, we look at the three stages, where we are collectively, and how we can embrace this moment as a necessary one in our transition to new ways of being.
The Portal Eric Weinstein with Ryan Holiday
Coronavirus, Enlightenment, and the Planetary Transition by Jordan Bates
We are creative beings. So how consciously are we creating? How deliberate are we in what we bring into form? And what happens when we don’t know what to do with all of the creative force that is just begging for expression? In this week’s episode, we explore creativity as an inherent property of all of life.
In This Episode:
- Divine Spectacle:
- We are all creative beings. We should think of creativity in both the traditional and non-traditional sense.
- We have an inherent drive within us that needs expression. We are part of an ever-changing co-creative evolutionary process that is constantly creating.
- Each choice is an act of creation. When we create unconsciously is has unintended consequences.
- We explore the concept of Ikigai, which asks us to see the beauty in small things.
- Sacred Mind:
- We look at how that inherent creative drive can cause maladaptive behaviors if not given an outlet for expression.
- We look at the individual creative flow as a part of the larger creative flow in the field of consciousness.
- We look at 4 ways to step into that creative flow.
- It’s Worth Your Time:
- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert – I love her writing and her contemplations on creativity from all different perspectives. She is speaking to both the people who want to be creative as a means to support themselves and just the innate desire we all have to make things.
- Blessed Are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives by Jacob Nordby – In this book, Jacob claims that being creative is really the only way to feel fulfilled in life. He lays out the different types of creative pursuits and their offerings to the world. Asking you to see your own unique brand of genius and why it is imperative to birth it into the world, not only for your own well being by really as a way to create a better world.
What are the ways that we diminish the personal sovereignty of others? How do we diminish our own? Join us as we explore multiple perspectives on what it means to be sovereign and how this might be the lynchpin of our personal evolution.
In This Podcast:
- Divine Spectacle Segment
- We explore the two ways we give up our sovereignty, either by diminishing another’s or diminishing our own.
- Looking at why taking pity on someone gives them an added obstacle to overcome and without all the information may unnecessarily make them a victim.
- Sacred Mind
- We explore the power of conscious choice as the true path of our awakening.
- How the question: What do I choose now? can be a powerful perspective in any challenge.
- It’s Worth Your Time
- We look at Jordan Greenhall’s framework for sovereignty that he talks about on the podcast Neurohacker Collective. He defines sovereignty as your capacity to be an effective agent in the world. And he outlines 4 components that allow you to enhance this capacity.
I am visited by bats nightly here in Japan. Every evening as the sun begins to fade the bats fly out over our balcony ready to feed. They are whisper quiet as they swoop and dive for their night’s meal. I regard bats as magical creatures, they teach us about the importance of embracing death in our lives. This isn’t just physical death, but the letting go of ideas and patterns that no longer fit.
In preparing for our two-year journey to Japan, my family and I went through everything that we owned and accumulated over the past ten years (or longer) and decided what we were ready to let go of. I told people that this was a continual lesson in surrender. Because as I looked over everything, it wasn’t just stuff I was looking at, but little pieces of my identity that I accumulated along the way. Old college notebooks, and textbooks that I just kept packing from place to place. Not realizing that I was packing around fragments of my ego that I kept trapped in a box. I decided to release those items realizing that holding on to them was no longer necessary to satisfy the idea of who I thought I was or should be. I honored that and grieved the loss as I shed the ideas and expectations of past versions of myself. This is what surrender is, a deep acceptance of what is rather than the illusion.
Before moving here, I was often asked, “But what are you going to do when you get there?” Frankly, I have not figured that out nor do I feel rushed to. I wanted to go into this experience without any pre-conceived ideas of what my life would look like. I do know that in moving to Japan I was ready to let many aspects of my current life die. So each night as I watch the bats, I am reminded of that choice. But I also know that in death, rebirth and renewal are what follows. This process has not been instantaneous which I am grateful for. Some death can be painful and abrupt, this has been gentle and thoughtful.
So, a month into this new chapter, these are the questions that I will sit with:
- What within me is ready to die?
- What within me is ready to be alive?
Just a little footnote. The question, ‘what within me is ready to be alive?’ is a question author and friend, Jacob Nordby has asked me several times and I wanted to give him credit for such a great question.
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We all have a little of the Addict archetype in us. Sometimes it’s as obvious as the junky getting high under the bridge or as insidious as revisiting our Instagram posts every time it pings. But what roles does the addict play, could it be protecting your victim? Listen in as we explore addictive behavior through the lens of archetypes.
What’s in this podcast?
- What are archetypes and how they help us navigate challenges?
- How the Addict relates to our Victim
- The empowered traits of them both
- Look at how 12 step programs can help us uncover the Addict’s true motives