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Saturday, April 23, 2011

You Owe A Trillion

The other day I heard someone explain what a Trillion is. What he said was imagine that someone borrowed one hundred dollars ($100.00) and said I will pay you back in 10,000 seconds they would be talking about just less than 3 hours. If they said they would pay you back in a million seconds that would be about 12 days. So we are talking about a short-term loan in both cases.

Now here is where it gets interesting. If they said they would pay you back in one billion seconds that would be about 32 years, about the time you might expect to be required to pay off a home mortgage. However, if they said they would pay you back in one trillion seconds you are going to have to wait around 32,000 years!

So if someone says that you owe them a trillion dollars what they are really telling you is that you and your children and your children’s children are their slaves forever! You see, this is their way of showing us that it’s really not about the money. It is about the power they have over you if you believe you really do owe this debt.

Now the questions we all need to ask ourselves are who are these people that are telling us we owe trillions. Are these people our “friends” that we borrowed money from? But most importantly, do we believe we really owe them?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Ayahuasca Serenade

As I lean back against the wall and place the ear buds in my ears familiar strains of 80’s music begins to flow into the center of my head. A musical ensemble appears in my mind’s eye undulating with the beat.

I am convinced that the musicians have reassembled from somewhere in space and time to serenade me and just me alone. They open a channel for me, providing a conduit connecting me with divine love and filling me with inspiration.

Tears well up in my eyes as I realize these words and music written so long ago contain a message that was meant for my ears only. As though they knew that this night would be the night deep secrets, long hidden in plain sight would at last be revealed. Although I have listened to this music hundreds of times I seem to hear it and know its significance in my life for the very first time. There are no accidents.

“Wake up, wake up!” they entreat me to awaken from my dream within a dream. Wake up and remember fully who I am. There is no resisting it. I must wake up to become whole.

The music unfolds fractal patterns endlessly growing and expanding before me so real I feel I can reach out and touch them. I gasp in rapture and awe at their sheer exquisite splendour. I am no longer a body listening to music from a box connected through my ears. I am the essence of vibration itself resonating with the universe.

I never understood the simple refrains until I heard them as messages from beyond space and time forever profound and infinitely relevant and vital. Timeless messages from the universe ever beckoning and inviting me to “Loose myself in this honesty”.