Happy 2012! We are more than week into the Ultimate Year, but the calendar year dawns where I am and it holds all the promise and excitement and opportunity for new growth that every new year does. If there were any holds on implementing resolutions for the Ultimate Year now is the time to let them go – no more excuses of festive season, end of the year rest period, etc. GO with those things that are going to make the year the best of your life.
One thing. This year, do not take any shit from anything or anybody. What does that mean? Is it a horrible, mean, spiteful, cynical, combatative thing to say? Well, if you want it to be. But let’s look at it from more sides than one. In a little booklet that came my way, A Guide for the Advanced Soul (I think I will be sharing from that regularly – if you are reading this blog your soul must be a little bit more advanced than most!), the page I opened on yesterday in a moment of needing inspiration said:
just as much
you take offense
offense. (Ken Keyes, Jr., Handbook to Higher Consicousness)
My husband and I were talking about a person very close to us geographically that is our hair shirt, our thorn in the flesh, and Andrew said that it would be very difficult to displace her to somewhere where she would be less harmful and toxic, because she clings like dogshit to a blanket. (In our house that expression has more meaning than in most: we have five dogs, seven adult cats and a few kittens waiting to go to their new homes).
This person would obviously not appreciate being compared to dogshit, but that is not the point. A few points emerge from that expression for me. One is that we have allowed her to become like that to us, that she has offended us so deeply and extensively that her presence , or even just the thought of her, clouds our minds and pollutes our mental processes and how we manifest our desires in the world.
That causes us suffering. We LET HER GET TO US, and now we need to wash the blanket, so to speak. We TOOK the offense she so clearly meant to dole out.
It is easy to SAY that we shouldn’t take offense – that it should roll off like water from a duck’s back. (We have three ducks, maybe I should watch them more closely?). Often, as in our case, the matter is more complicated than offense between two parties. Sometimes, you have to put up with a bit of shit in order not to offend a third party, or to make life easier for them. That is when one needs to act more advanced than we have been doing, and refuse to let the shit cling to your soul. To have a mental attitude that repels it from the word GO, to have set boundaries past which foul things can NOT proceed. And if they connect with that barrier, to bounce back directly to where they were sent from.
Constructing this barrier is something we will explore throughout the year, in a series of thoughts on how to not take …let’s think of a better word here…let’s call it NONSENSE…from anybody, anything or any situation. NONSENSE (read offense, shit, trouble, whatever, here) is unfortunately what makes the world go around once it is given an opening to get in. The NO-NONSENSE APPROACH to environmental, social, emotional, spiritual and other realms is what will make the year more ULTIMATE – we simply won’t have TIME for nonsense and must deal with it firmly and mercilessly. Without GIVING offense if possible.
Start by looking at your own situation, in widening concentric circles starting inside you. Where is the nonsense located? How did it get there? Who do you blame for it? What steps do you need to take to rid yourself of it? What IS nonsense in your situation? What is acceptable – in the context of your own AND the greater good – and what needs to be dealt with without delay?
The bottom line is contained in a thought that I had now during a bathroom break: the more POWER you have, the less SHIT (call a spade a spade) you have to put up with. So the flipside of not taking any nonsense would be to increase your power and influence. In all areas. We will explore how to do that, on a day-to-day basis. On all levels. You don’t have to be powerful in conventional ways to take part in this exercise. Even in the humblest stations of life one can have the necessary power, and by starting where you are you can increase it and improve your quality of life beyond measure. We are not talking political power or the power that corrupts here. We are talking being in control of your own destiny. Every one can move towards that.
And IF 21-22 December 2012 holds the end of one era and the beginning of the next – a time for exceedingly great jubilation and celebration in Mayan tradition, and surely the dawn of a better era should be cause of celebration in our case – you will be in a better position to face that era. NONSENSE will not be allowed in that era, and you will have been prepared for it. If everything just carries on like before, on the other hand, you will be better off than most: cleaner, more powerful, and more in control of your own and others’ destinies. Something to look forward to and work towards starting NOW!