The Rainbow Bridge: Bridging The Past And Present

It is this very moment that which is a pivotal point in history. Not a global sense, but on an individual sense. All the teachings of old and all the references of how “we” should be…all point to the self. Our actions can change our own history, thereby changing history of humanity. It is our actions that can change seven generations after us.

The ‘Seven Generations’ is a philosophy, or a teaching, that the indigenous people from all across the globe have taught their children for centuries. Their philosophy is: our actions in this very moment have the ability to change seven generations after our own. Think about it, we not only think about our own personal life, but the generations to come. This simple act raises our awareness to a higher vibration of awareness. This simple act can change future generations, but what about the seven generations before us?

It is this essential time that we must forgive and allow healing to begin, allowing the seven generations before us to be healed. With awareness of our actions, we change the course of history for seven generations, but through forgiveness of ourselves, and where we have traveled, we allow our ancestors to heal as well.

As we forgive, we heal our past. Not just our own, but the seven generation before us. As we forgive, releasing the shadows of the past, we step forward into brighter light…that of love. With every step from there forward, we change the seven generations of the future. Thereby in this very moment we have the ability to bridge the seven generations before and the seven generations after.
We are the Rainbow Bridge. Just as the rainbow reminds us of the beauty from the rain, it gives us further wisdom of our daily actions. Imagine the seven colors of the rainbow: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet. The colors of the Rainbow are symbolic of the seven generations, with each color symbolic of each generation of the past.  Our past projects the colors forward, received at a pivotal point in history, that being us, and are projected outward in pure light. We are that pivotal point.

The Rainbow Bridge is often correlated with bridging the gap between the physical plane and the afterlife. It is much more than that. It is the bridge that carries us from different planes: before and afterlife, generations to generation. We are the Rainbow Bridge, we are the pivotal point in history, we are the change we seek.

If we take a crystal, putting it in the path of the sun, a rainbow emerges.  On one side pure light, while projecting the spectrum of a rainbow from the other. This is reflective of the self, as we focus on the source of light we are shown the rainbow of our past. Our knowledge of who we are, where we have traveled and how our DNA has been handed down to us, becomes that much clearer…We Just Know.

Focusing on the painted colors of our past, just for a moment, we allow ourselves to heal. Through our healing process, awareness, and intentions, our focus shifts to what we want most…more Light. Allowing the teachings of the seven generations before, we project forward, manifesting a life filled with more light.

As the pivotal point within self, we shift from the morning of our lives into the afternoon of our lives.

During our own lifetimes we make a shift in consciousness, no longer living vicariously, but purposefully. As Carl Jung often discussed, we shift from the ‘morning of our lives’ to the ‘afternoon of our lives’ changing our steps and our actions to that of being more purposeful. We are the pivotal point from past to future, in our lifetime and in past and future lifetimes. In this present moment, we have the ability to heal not only ourselves, but the seven generations before and after. We are the Rainbow Bridge receiving the seven generations of the past, while projecting forward pure light…pure bliss.

But how? How can we bridge the gap between past and present? How do we heal our ancestors of old? Through the forgiveness of self, we forgive them and the teachings that have brought darkness upon us. Through our own forgiveness we forgive the past generations, thereby healing them and releasing them of any guilt. Lifting this guilt our consciousness becomes that much lighter…allowing our steps to be such.

But what our future? How can we assure our future generations? Through Love. Love is the highest vibration on the spectrum of Light. As our darkened past enters, we forgive. Through our forgiveness, we transform our past into a Loving, brighter future.

After receiving this message and writing it down, I shared them with a co-worker. As we discussed the here and now, changing our own history, we began to see wholeness within the self, our ancestors of before and those who have not yet arrived. We saw the “red Thread” of humanity within the self. This red thread intertwines us all within the present, but also intertwines us with the past, present and future. This thread cannot be broken, but it can be threaded with Love. Love is the pivotal point, it is the Rainbow Bridge. When we forgive ourselves of our past, we are stepping forward In Love. In Love, we step gracefully and purposefully not only for the self, but for future generations.

Talking about the here and now, the seven generations are not about the seven generations of before-and-after, but about the self. In one hand we have our past, the other our future. As we bring them together in Love, we heal all the generations before and after, allowing Love and Light to prevail. Our past is also symbolic of the masculine, while the future symbolizes the feminine. Bringing the masculine and the feminine together, as one, we are made whole once again. In wholeness, we move forward effortlessly, shedding more light on our days.

My co-worker had an a-ha moment just then, as she discussed the book of Revelations. Revelations talks about an end of days, but too often we look to the future for this great battle of humanity…when we need only look within myself. This battle spoken in revelations is not of humanity but on individual level. Those willing to stand and fight against themselves shall find paradise. As we walk through our personal ‘Valley of Death,’ we emerge victorious over our self-mastery.

As one co-worker was explaining to another about the conversation we had, she expresses, “You thought all that this morning?” I replied yes. “And here all I thought was TGIF.”

Laughing now we both acknowledge that TGIF can sum up what had just been written. What I just thought of and what she just thought of…is just that. It’s that pivotal point in our lives that we just say, “TGIF.” My co-worker laughing now replies, “I’m on fire!”

Stepping into the Canvas as the Rainbow Bridge, bridging the gap between our past and future. As we step in forgiveness, the generations before shall be healed; Stepping in compassion our future just got a whole lot brighter.

From Broken To Wholeness

In the morning of our Lives, we vicariously live through the collective consciousness of the greater whole. Until we come to a point where our contemplation becomes to great to miss. Somewhere between the morning of our lives and afternoon of our lives we contemplate our very existence, wishing, hoping for a better life. Sadly their are those who never stop to think of how they got to the current status, viciously breaking down the heart of the soul.

Those who continue to live vicariously for the greater whole, live in misery until their last breath. Those who declare enough, contemplating their next chapter in life, chances are they will find what they are looking for…chances are they will find true happiness. True happiness is that which comes from nothing else but the notion that all is good. True happiness comes from being as authentic as authentic will allow.

Being open to one’s true self, takes courage…for once you step onto the path of Warrior…everyone, even family, will declare you insane. Sadly, those who do the finger-pointing are still within the false self…sheltered by a collective conscious of the greater whole. Take a good look at the greater whole…how is that consciousness working out? Thankfully, those who are reading this have changed their thought process to that of self-actualization.

Through self-realization, we come to a place of caring not of what others may think, or say, or do…we come to a place of pure happiness. In happiness we are freed of self-judgment, freeing us from judging others. When a street person asks for money, we instinctively give what we can. Questioning not of what the money will be spent on, but merely to satisfy a need of another human being.

Ani Po emerges, from the movies, with her two children and are met by Terry, a pan handler looking for money. Does it matter if it’s for beer, food, or medicine? What matters is…Terri needed something and Ani Po, with her children, had what he needed…no strings attached. As the street-person began telling Ani Po why he needed money, Ani Po interrupted him, “I do not need to know. I just need to know how much you need. If it is within my ability, I will give what you need.”

How often do we, as humans, expect to teach someone a lesson of life by forcing our beliefs onto another? As hard as it may be, we must not attach expectations when assisting another. What is that they want? Do we have what they need? Can I part with it? If the answer is yes to these questions, then why not offer it up?

Our basic needs are this: food, water, shelter. While many of us have these basic needs, there are many who struggle for these to be met. There rest of the masses still seek safety, a sense of belonging and self-esteem. Many will find these, but sadly there are those who will remain in the dark until that last breath. To reach self-actualization, one most pass the basic needs with a knowing that All is Good.

We have all shed blood,

now we must come together,

mending a broken heart.

~Ani Po

This broken heart…is our own. How do we fix that which has been broken? One can merely accept it…and they live happily ever-after or they chip away at the excess placed for their entire lives. Chipping away the excess may be difficult and may need special tools or they need only move forward in Love. Through willingness and intent, we can begin taking necessary steps and take necessary actions towards change.

Change our thoughts, Change our Life.

~Wayne Dyer

It is through our thoughts of intention that our lives shall surely change forever. Our intent must be focused merely on what we want…and not what we do not. First, accepting who we are and loving every step that has led to the now, we come to a place of self-love, self-peace and self-actualization. We must learn to feel comfortable once again, in our own skin. We must feel comfortable alone with ourselves. We must…Breathe.

“It is of practical value to learn to like yourself.

Since you must spend so much time with yourself

you might as well get some satisfaction out of the relationship.”

~ Norman Vincent Peale

Stepping into the Canvas afraid and broken. Give ourselves permission to be broken, only to seek wholeness once more. It is through our broken-ness that we shall find wholeness; through our darkness, we shall find Light; from nothing, we find everything. Accepting the broken, we are on the fast-track to being of mend. Let go of the guilt, the baggage of yesterday…grab onto an awe-inspired life…grab onto Love.

With my own two, I paint the Canvas to fit my needs.~Ani Po

The Pilgrim Receives A Gift

In the morning of our lives we wander aimlessly as a Pilgrim, never really understanding what our purpose is on earth. Searching for answers to burning questions other Pilgrims have asked before: What is my purpose? What is the meaning of Life? Who am I? Why me?
Then…on an unexpected day…we receive a gift. A gift that holds all the answers, carrying us into the Afternoon of our lives as our authentic self. Those willing to open this gift shall see truth, but unfortunately so few will see through the emptiness…we return to Tidak Sini (Malay for Not Here) and Ani Po (Hebrew for I AM Here)…

Tidak Sini was tending to his daily chores basking in a bit of misery over his tiring day. He works long hours to make ends meet and often gets home very late. It brings great sadness to him as he wishes to spend more time with his family. He was tending to his chores when Ani Po arrived with a gift in hand.

Tidak Sini welcomes his Warrior friend, but asks the purpose of her visit.

Ani Po: “I am here to give you a gift. A gift we all seek.”

Tidak Sini: “What is this gift? Can I open it?”

“Yes please.”

Tidak Sini opens the package to find an empty clear box. Befuddled, Tidak Sini asks, “What is it?”

Ani Po: “This box contains the answers to all your burning questions.”

Tidak Sini: “What is my purpose? What is the meaning of life? Why am I here? Who am I? Those?”

“Yes. Everything you need to know in life is contained in that clear empty box.”

Tidak Sini: “But it is empty! I do not see any answers in an empty box!”

Ani Po: “Often times we cannot see the truth, but we know it is there. Those willing to gaze into the vast emptiness of this box…shall find the answers they are searching for. Ask the right questions and the right answers shall appear. Meditate on this empty box, allowing your 10,000 things to dissolve only for a moment…and you will see into the afternoon of your life…happily ever after.”

Tidak SIni reluctantly thanked Ani Po for the empty gift and thanked Her for stopping by for this pleasant visit. Ani Po leaves…

Weeks had passed but TIdak Sini had not opened the box. Then on a sorrow-filled day, Tidak Sini, at his lowest point of feeling miserable, cries out “Lord help me, what am I to do?” As he cried out, he opened the box…hearing a faint whisper…”give up your ways and follow your heart.”

Tidak Sini knew this was the voice of creation and he was to listen to the voice within, following his heart. Following his heart, truth shall be revealed to him.

Stepping into the Canvas with a gift of emptiness. When we open our hearts to the vast emptiness of the Canvas, we fill it with that of good. Filling it, with that of good, we dissolve anything other than what we seek. The answers sought in our lives lay dormant within our being. Ask the right questions…receive all the right answers.

Accepting Your Path

We all come to a point in our lives, where we reflect on where we have gone and what we’ve contributed in life. It is the transition everyone must go through, taking us from the morning of our lives…to the afternoon of our lives. Carl Jung often referred to this as the shift into the afternoon of our lives. Those who transition find happiness and live happily ever after, but those who do not…go on miserably.

The mid-life crisis is the label for when this occurs. A time when we must change the way we see things in life, letting go of our past experiences and what we have already learned. In letting go, we lighten the load as we embark on a new beginning of our lives. Again…those who make the shift, find happiness. Those who do not let go of the past, will continue a “living death.” A living death is where we take up space, breathing in air, while slowly decaying away.

As long as we are green we are growing.

Yellow, we are a dying fellow.

Brown…we are down.

~Cal (at 5 years of age)

Shifting into the afternoon of our lives we instinctively look to fulfill a purpose. A purpose that many struggle to find. Sages, gurus, yogis and other enlightened beings often say we must “go within” to find our purpose. The formula for finding our purpose is so simple that many will shun the idea. Is there something that you have always dreamed of doing in your lifetime? Is there an idea that you wanted to explore since you were a child? Chances are this is the answer you are looking for.

The dilemma comes with conditioning. We have been conditioned to think we need to make more money, need to have a “real job,” or have a respected place in society. We can do this, but will we be authentically happy? Do you want money or happiness? I am not suggesting you cannot have money to be happy…it is possible to have it all. I am suggesting to gauge your life on your happiness and let the money come second. Chances are if you love what you do, you will profit by your success.

If, while making the shift, you are not happy, then it is time for a change. Change towards happiness is always a good idea…make it now. Taking this leap may require a bit of labor and maybe even a bit of faith. Do you know of someone who has made a significant change in life, while going against the grain to what everyone else suggested he do? These are the Warriors who decide once and for all, it is time to be happy. Everything on the line, they take the leap.

Once a man has made a commitment to a way of life, he puts the greatest strength in the world behind him. It’s something we call Heart power. Once a man has made the commitment, nothing will stop him short of success.

~Vince Lombardi

Pondering the thought of standing firmly in Her beliefs, Ani Po reflects on the changes that she has made in Her life. From pilgrim to Warrior, with a single thought…Her life changes for ever. Realizing that She has stepped onto the path of Warrior, She knows She can never go back to the way it was.

With further reflection, She recalls a friend who is currently transitioning to the afterlife. Now in hospice care the family says, “He has suddenly become ill.” Ani Po knows differently and has known that he has been dying for some time. While we are all dying, this gentleman gave up on living about ten years ago and followed a path of darkness. Ani Po, for years, tried to get him to see Light but no success.

Ani Po: “Why are you always so negative? Can’t you find positive in any given situation?”

Friend: “No. I  see things as they are and it isn’t always pretty.”

Ani Po: “If you cannot find good in any given situation, then you are already dead. Sadly, we think that things are horrible and that is the only reality we’ve ever known. Have you ever read The Death of Ivan Illych?”

“No Ani Po.”

“I would highly recommend it.”

What if my whole life was wrong?

~Ivan Illych

While Ani Po is saddened by Her friends health options, She respects Her friends decision to die, knowing that maybe this is how her friend chose to live her life…alone till the bitter end.  The truth is that our world is a mirror image of how we see ourselves.If we are inspired and feel alive, then we go on living as such. If we feel the world has fallen around us, then we slowly decay until we reach death. We all have a choice to believe in negativity or positivity. One promises growth, the other death. While death is eminent, we do not have to leave this place in misery.

Step into the Canvas with indomitable spirit. The only person who can conquer you is yourself. When someone brings negativity towards you, turn up the positivity. Step with confidence today knowing that your afternoon has arrived and it is about to get a lot Brighter. You are a Warrior and you are no longer afraid…

True Leadership

When we think of leadership, our attention goes to the obvious: a person who directs a group or organization towards a certain goal of that institution. What we fail to see are the ‘True Leaders’ who quietly go to work day in and day out. While the obvious leader is just that and often recognized for their accomplishments; the not so obvious is the person who stands in the background, allowing his team to thrive and grow…essentially cultivating future leaders.

The pilgrim once thought he had to lead troops into battle but now, on the path of Warrior, merely allows them to shine. As a young pilgrim he lied, manipulated, and often asked the unimaginable of his team. As Warrior he knows a true leader is one who trusts in his team, allowing them to use their own creative gifts and giving praise where deserved.

When I began writing of the Pilgrim and Warrior, I saw two sides to every human: one being a Pilgrim Lost and in search of truth; the other being the Warrior who has found truth, allowing others to go ahead of him remaining in peace. At the beginning of our Pilgrim versus Warrior theme I wrote about the Pilgrim being a He; the Warrior being a She. This was purely a self-reflection of who I was and where I wanted to be. The He representing the Masculine side and the She representing the Feminine side. We spend most of our lives as man or woman, but at a turning point in our lives we reflect where we are going in the future and, hopefully, reconnect with our opposing self. If being a man, we are to find our sacred feminine within. Being a woman, we are to find the masculine. When we learn that we are not whole without the other, we learn our truest identity…we are one. While the Pilgrim is able to lead others, it is the Warrior who stands firmly in what he believes but allows others to pass him by. Knowing what I know, I see true leaders all around me…

Our mothers quietly maintained a certain order of things, graciously cultivating environments of growth. Selflessly giving everyday and making sacrifices without ever getting anything in return. Some see the rewards immediate, some never receive, but continue to give of themselves wholeheartedly. Think back into history…even the great leaders of our past, had silent leaders backing them. The wives who stood behind them, while their partners shared their vision with the world.It is the silent Warrior who has true leadership. A true leader is one who knows The Way, but allows others to lead.

Stepping into the Canvas we allow ourselves to be who we came here to be. Afraid no longer, we step with care but with authority. Not looking for praise, but what is right. Mindfully…we are aware.

Absence of Self

Removing the flesh,
I go invisible.
Nothing left,
But spirit.
To many, I am invisible.
To one percent not.

I Am in this world,
But not of it.
Returning the way it was,
I am nothing.
In this void,
Finding Universal Truth.

No more hate,
No more fear.
Judgment has ceased,
Forgiveness for all.
Nothing left,
But everything I need.
Giving away my flesh,
The Spirit has returned.

I Am you,
You are me.
He is me,
She is we.
I Am Love
…and everything in between.

Now What?

The Warrior, elevating to a new level of consciousness arrives at a place of ‘Now What?” From the time he received the first call to this élite status of warrior he is learning the lesson, elevating to new levels and wondering what next. He adapts to his new surroundings and quickly accepts the next challenge.

 

When he first took the call, as in the story of Samuel, the Warrior began dumping excess baggage from the past allowing more freedom to emerge within the self. It is in our ability to let go of past beliefs, past experiences we allow true nature to emerge. It is in this true nature we all find our true identity. In the case of the Warrior, he did not understand who or what he was to become until he first accepted the new reality as ancient Warrior for Peace. Now standing for peace, he chooses only to engage when needed.

 

Even still, the Warrior learns the lessons arriving at the place of ‘now what?’ But the time spent within these lessons gets much shorter, for he learns quickly and moves on to the next. Being able to flow like the river and change with every turn carved into the land, we learn to adapt quicker and quicker with each new lesson. Many battles lay ahead for the Warrior but he accepts whatever comes his way.

 

Stepping into the Canvas we accept many lessons that lay before us. The Canvas displays new scenery every time we step up to it, but how we see it is up to us. See the beauty or see the despair, whichever way you see it shall be so. Be open to the new beginnings and further embrace the many… ‘Now What?’