From the Universal Festival Calendar for January, 2010.
As so often happens in the world’s history and myths, the trickster who knows how to make the game playful can accomplish results that elude the mightiest warriors and the most patient negotiators.
— Dan Furst
We’re clearly playing a similar scenario now, and we have an opportunity, all of us, awakening together, to see that it’s time to graduate from old, negative notions that have never brought us any good, and embrace the new, empowering insights that wait for us to see and use them.
Which of the two irreconcilable postures will we affirm? Will we go on believing, no matter how high the price and how horrid the pain, that the world must always be this way, and that “human nature” must always be corrupt, cruel, vicious and sinful? If we do, then we will almost certainly see the year ahead as a prolonged siege, a grim ordeal of defending what we think we know and love.
Or — if our individual power to attract and manifest what we want may in fact be much greater than our forebears ever imagined, then has our collective power to intend and realize a new world already begun to take shape in our creating of new intentional communities and in our learning the craft of ceremonies of intention? What if we’re able to tune up now to a morphogenetic resonance that will get us in the same key and the same score much sooner than anyone thought possible?
What if “human nature” is only a habit or belief that we can change? What if the world we bring into being is, as the drummer in Rumi’s Full Moon, Bilal saw it, not iron, but “workable, like wax?” If we do, then the transition will be much easier.
In the meantime, as we’ve seen in the UFC preludes for November and December 2009 — and as we’ll keep seeing as my Living by the Moon book tour continues through early May — our best strategy is to learn the practice of intention, and to learn better how it works, and how it doesn’t.
Have you ever met anyone who gained what he or she wanted by using The Secret? Neither have I. This manual of manifestation for materialists doesn’t work, because those who think they’re going to get the house, the car, the boat and the lover just by wishing for them haven’t begun to understand that attracting what we want requires much more than mere wishful thinking.
In this universe, we gain our ends through exchanges of energy. An intention has a price that can be much steeper than money and dearer than sweat or time because it requires that we give up long-held beliefs that have been blocking us for decades, even for a lifetime. I had to learn this the hard way in the week before my tour began.
Last summer, when I was pitching my events [book signings and lectures] to bookstores, I set the intention that by Oct. 31, I’d have $3,000 in the bank to cover initial tour expenses. Then, as always, I put the intention out of my mind so that it could ripen in peace, and do its work.
By mid-October, I was wondering what had gone wrong. Not only was new money not coming in from clients who were asking about readings but not committing to them and sending payment, but my money was running out. I was staying in a $7 a night hotel room in Pisac, Peru – not a hardship, as one can get a nice $7 room there at the delightful Hospedaje Beho.
But by now, not only was $3,000 looking next to impossible, but I wondered where I’d get $14 to pay the airport shuttle bus from LaGuardia to Manhattan. I wondered if I’d have to start calling family and friends to hit them up for a few hundred bucks to cover me until the tour got underway.
The fear started blinding me to opportunity. When I met Ron LaPlace and Akiyah Clements, who were in Pisac from Calgary to teach the Flower of Life to a group of 20 people, I told them how wonderful the Flower of Life class had been when I took it in Tokyo in 1995. But the obvious opportunity they represented did not hit me. Under normal conditions, when I’m not stuck in fear, I’d see at once that in a group of 20 people on a journey of discovery, in Peru or Sinai or any transformative place, there are ten astrology readings waiting to be done.
The next day I was at a Alfredo’s Café, showing the owner how astrocartography works, and how he could earn a good commission on my readings. We agreed to set up some readings in May, when I got back to Peru — but the lady who walked over and joined me was ready now. Loretta Mohl of the Canadian College of Healing Arts had overheard us, and wanted to do an exchange. I read her astrocartography, and the next day I’d get an energy healing session at the Paz y Luz hotel, where Loretta was about to do, of course, the Flower of Life class. Did the obvious opportunity hit me now, on the second pass? No.
The next day, after Loretta worked on me and some of my fear lifted, the light finally went on. Ron, Akiyah and I agreed that I’d read their astrocartographs in exchange for their class, and over the next few days I did ten readings that brought in $1200. This apparently magnetized the money that was waiting in the ether from clients who were suddenly ready to make their move. Other money came in from other places, and on Oct. 31 I had, you guessed it, $3,000 in the bank.
My intention had come right through, right on time, but the price of it had been icy and stark. To gain what I wanted, I had to surrender, and give up my illusion that God, the universe, whoever delivers these things, will not support my aims, and that I can’t simply trust the abundance that I can see coming to others much more easily than to myself.
Many of us will have to trade in these terms as the year goes along, to frame the right words for the deal, even sing them. Time to tune those pipes.
Keep Holding That Frequency.