Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Bare Necessities

Due to another conspiracy of circumstances, it appears that I’m in the middle of getting another huge life lesson. This one seems particularly appropriate, given that we are in the “Thanksgiving Season.” I will share a little bit of what’s been emerging out of my self-perpetuated fog.

We all have so much to be thankful for. I know this seems really presumptuous for me to say, given the apparent realities of the moment. And yet I will persist in exploring this idea.

What is essential to human life? Air would be number one on my list. Most people would die without it in a few minutes. If you can find a way to live in your body without air for much longer than that, let me know. I’ll probably ask you to be my guru.

Number two in importance is water. We can last a bit longer without it than air, and yet most of us would die without it in a matter of days at most.

Number three is food. Again, we can live longer without food than the first two substances, and yet, most of us will die without getting any food for a sustained period of time.

I experience all three of these wonderful blessings in great abundance on a consistent basis, and yet lately, I have to admit that I have not been a particularly happy camper here on earth. I’ve been focusing on how things haven’t been going the way I’d like, on how things haven’t been lining up with my hopes or expectations. I have been choosing to see how circumstances have not been conforming to my preferences in terms of sequencing and timing.

I am alive! In other words, what have I got to complain about? Really? Not in relation to other people, but just given the facts that right now I have an abundance of air, water, and food. In the part of the world that I live in, I even find myself with more than adequate shelter to protect me from the elements. I even have a computer that is connected to millions of others all over the globe, where I can share my thoughts with anyone who cares to pay attention! Wow! On top of all of these blessings, I have people who actually love me and who allow me to love them to the best of my ability as well. Amazing! This brief list leaves out 99.999% of all of the blessings I can perceive and ones that I am not even aware of yet. If I weren’t so grateful right now, I’d probably be thinking of what an ungrateful jerk I’ve been lately!

One idea that I would like to propose is the possibility that everything above and beyond the big three (air, food and water) is pure, scintillating abundance. Everything. None of the other stuff is necessary. It is all wonderful extra stuff. We could find ways to live without it and still be happy and be ourselves. I’m thinking it’s possible. Feel free to disagree.

I had a lady tell me today that the only purpose for working is to make money. Right now I’m thinking that that’s a pretty interesting perspective, given the fact that I have absolutely no interest in breathing, drinking, or eating money. Most people who breathe the air aren’t aware of putting out money for it. Some people drink water without paying money to enjoy it. There are even people on this planet who are eating without any kind of monetary exchange involved in the process. If there is even a chance that all of this is true, then most (if not all) of the things that we desire, resist, dislike, fear, whatever, are simply forms of abundance that we can choose to accept into our lives or that we can release, since they are not necessary to our most basic survival needs. We can still desire them and enjoy them. I’m proposing the possibility of releasing our attachments that make us think that our peace and happiness are dependent upon their existence.

Every moment, whether we are aware of it or not, we have the power to choose differently. We have the power to be generous with ourselves and with others. We have the power, particularly at this time of the year, to be grateful for every single thing in our lives, the essentials and the extras, the great stuff and the less than great, and even the terrible stuff. Even with the terrible stuff, we are still alive and have the opportunity to move through the terrible to whatever is on the other side of it. It’s all good and of value. It all can serve a purpose if we let it. What would happen if we really believed that? Might we actually get to the other side of terrible more quickly and more joyfully if we saw it as a blessed gift instead of a dreaded curse?

I’m going to risk moving off point here with another thought. Isn’t it interesting how, in our desire to create all kind of wonderful extra non-essentials, we are in the process of destroying the ability of those very essentials to maintain and enhance our biological beings?

In the process of creating many of our extras, we are polluting the air with materials that are changing the way that the atmosphere works. In addition, we are saturating this basic and abundant blessing of air with toxic chemicals that are making so many of us unwell. In many cases the air is poisoning people and killing them and they have no idea that it is even happening.

We are doing the same thing with our water-turning the bounty of the fruit of the seas, rivers, and lakes into foods that are highly toxic. At the same time, we do many things to pollute our fresh water systems, turning this necessary resource into something harmful as well.

And then we grow and harvest all kinds of plant and animal foods, and in so many cases, we allow our greed to overshadow the truth that the earth doesn’t belong to any of us. How soon will we realize that good food does not come from factories? Good food comes from people who love life and who love the earth. Many of the world’s “food producers” today are not acting as responsible stewards of the resources entrusted to them. The price to life is already way too high. The notes have been maturing with interest for a long time. We’re going to have to dig deep into the pockets of our souls to balance our accounts with the earth we have borrowed so heavily against.

In all of these situations, many of us are acting as if we can do whatever we want without regard to the effects of our choices. The laws of cause and effect that govern the cosmos continue to be in effect. Even if we are not very aware of the operations of these laws right now, we all will become thoroughly consciousness of their perfect workings with perfect timing sooner than we might think.

And yet despite this meditation on the basics of human life and our choices regarding the stewardship of the sources of those basics, we have teachings from the scriptures of the faiths descending from Abraham stating “that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” (Deuteronomy 8:3)

As I have written before, there is Spiritual Power available to each and every one of us. It waits patiently for us to desire it that it might enter us and change us. It is an instantaneous responder to our desires. It is the highest frequency of energy known to humanity. It comes from the Divine Source of all Being. The New Testament of the Bible has this wonderfully succinct teaching on how we can experience it for ourselves:

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

As we ask and receive, we experience the strength and power that comes from the very Source of Goodness. We are changed, and as we are changed, so everything changes. The world is as it is because of how we are right now. When we allow ourselves to be changed, nothing will stay the same. Change is a sign of life. The world is our mirror and it reveals the truth to us according to the development of our consciousness.

I am thankful for each of you who have found this message. May it encourage you to seek and find the deepest desires of your heart. Every challenge we face as individuals and as members of the cosmos, can become the opportunity to receive the finest and most powerful energies available. And in receiving those blessings, we are ever-more empowered to assist in the birthing of a new humanity (starting with ourselves) and a whole new earth.

My blessings go out to you. May we all play our parts well as the cosmic drama continues to unfold within and without.

Posted by Bill Frase

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Excavating You

I'd like to share a little bit of what is coming through today for me.

We have all received messages throughout our lives from within and without indicating that there is something wrong, missing, and/or deficient about us. The basic idea is that we must become someone or something other than who we are. It's a lie. Who we are is enough. We already are who we really are. The challenge is letting go of all of the false ideas, beliefs, patterns, habits, behaviors that do not accurately reflect our true deep nature. Our true nature has been buried under layers of untruths accepted, like layers of paint on a lighting fixture.

We seek the light outside of ourselves when in truth it radiates from within. We reject and resist the shadows within ourselves and outside of ourselves (as unconscious projections of our inner shadows) when these are the perfect opportunities to better see the bright lights within and without.

Trying, pushing, dragging, pulling, or forcing anything at any time is a denial of the truth of our own power to be who we are, do what our hearts long to do, and have what we need to fully express our true selves. Yes, there are times that we are tested on our journey back to our true selves. We only ace those tests when we dig deeply into our spiritual selves and live from that brilliantly sane place. There is a firm and solid space available to each of us. We only feel disconnected from it when we try to stand upon the pile of debris that we have allowed to adhere to its dazzling surface.

I encourage you to spend some time with your deep self each day. Invest the time in excavating your own inner stronghold. As you do, you will gain the clarity to create a life that is a more accurate representation of your own deep soul nature. In very many ways, you are the answer you have been searching for. You are the solution to every challenge you experience. Your greatest treasures lie deep within you, waiting for you to recognize them so that you may better share them with others. Here's to the real you!

Posted by Bill Frase

Friday, September 18, 2009

Hidden Opportunities

This will be a short post. Each and every one of us is surrounded by opportunities in infinite supply. There's no shortage; there are no limits. And yet most of us, most of the time, miss all but a tiniest fraction of the opportunities that we are blessed with each and every moment of our lives.

I would like to encourage you to look at a circumstance in your life that has you hooked - something that when you experience it or think about it or hear about it really creates an emotional charge for you.

Spend some time focusing on that circumstance, pattern, or situation. Keep asking yourself or your Cosmos, Source or God the following kinds of questions:

What are the possibilities in this seemingly negative situation?
What is right in front of me that I am not seeing?
What is within my reach that I am not receiving?
What apparent limitations am I accepting as real?

So far there is no such thing as the discovery of a real limitation. Scientifically and philosophically speaking, no limitation has ever been proven beyond the possibility of doubt, ever. All perceptions of limitations are only hypotheses to be tested over and over again. The chances are very good that in the fullness of eternity, every hypothesis of limitation will not be supported by the evidence ultimately.

If you can really believe and trust that there is something of value in the situation (even if you can't perceive it right now), you will eventually discover it.

I wish you the very best as you allow the seemingly bad to be revealed for what it is, an infinite supply of opportunities!

Posted by Bill Frase

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Life without Limits

We are all being called to live as fully as we can all of the time. Every circumstance, no matter what its appearance (our interpretation) is perfectly co-created and attracted to us by the energies of our spiritual center or soul (and its associated energy systems). As we develop (which is both a matter of subtraction and addition), we grow in our ability to see the galaxy of gifts that reside within each and every circumstance (consciously desired or not). Everyone in our lives is our teacher and we are theirs. Everything in our life (and not yet in our life) exists to assist us in our process of change and growth.

Feel free to ask yourself questions like the following when you wonder why something is going on. Isn’t it interesting how we usually only wonder why something is happening when we don’t want it?

What am I choosing to focus on here?
What are the possibilities or opportunities in this circumstance?
What things can I learn from this person?
What could I let go of to change this situation?
What other, more empowering points of view I could take?
What am I refusing to see or acknowledge here?

Remember, just because you think a thought does not make it true. Actually all thoughts by their very nature are inherently limiting. This means that they can never be completely and totally true in and of themselves. The mind can only access energies up to a certain point. After that, other perceptual faculties must be engaged. Realize that beyond any thought you may have, even the most expansive and enlightened that you can imagine, there are even broader and more spectacular vistas to experience.

Continue to believe in them and seek them with your whole heart and you will always be more than pleasantly surprised.

Posted by Bill Frase

Sunday, September 6, 2009

What Lies Beneath

Recently, I have been contemplating the nature of belief. And through my studies and experiences I have come to understand that there are two basic kinds of belief.

There is the belief that something is true - what might be called intellectual assent.

There is also the belief in someone – what might be called faith.

It has really been hitting home lately that intellectual assent to particular ideas and concepts is not very helpful in getting what we want. In the mind, this kind of belief can create a sense of power and control. Actually it ultimately manifests itself as the opposite of power and in various forms and structures that are completely out of control.

Real power comes from believing in someone. There are many persons that are worth believing in. In this post, I’ll focus on two that you cannot afford not to believe in.

The First Person is God - the Divine Source - whatever you want to call the Consciousness Who Has Made Everything Possible. Believing in this Person (or these Persons as you may be so inclined) is so critical to experiencing success and fulfillment in our existence. Without believing in this One, we have no firm foundation to stand upon. Without faith in the Source,everything becomes random and meaningless except to the extent that we create games and stories that have to do with the accumulation of stuff that the bio-body’s senses can register easily and consciously. Without God, addiction is an acceptable way of being since there is nothing behind, above, or under what our bio-body’s sensory systems can detect.

The Second Person to believe in is ourselves. Believing in this person flows logically from belief in the First Person. But emotionally, at least for me, this has been a tougher one to accept and experience. Even though I trust that God creates everything good, and even as I can intellectually agree that God made me without any fundamental flaws or defects, honestly, this is not how I have viewed myself for most of my life up to this point.

For as long as I can remember, I have thought that I was this really horrible, terrible person. I was always looking to get caught for doing something wrong. I think this goes back to early experiences where I did something that others in my world appeared to interpret as being out of harmony with their desires. In those moments I decided to trust the apparent opinions of others (and my interpretations of those apparent opinions) regarding my actions. I even went so far as to take the extra step of making the assumption that because I had done something that did not align with another’s desires, then I must be a bad person myself. I know this makes no sense logically. I made a fundamental error in logic every time I took other people’s apparently negative attitudes toward my behavior and then jumped to conclusions that those attitudes had something to do with my inherent beingness. I chose to believe that there must be something inherently wrong with me as a person. Not a very empowering choice, I must admit.

For me these kinds of energy currents have been running so deep that I have not been very aware of them for the most part. It was only recently that I realized that I had to let these limiting patterns of thought and feeling go if I was to have a chance at helping people in the ways that I desired to be of service. Part of the reason I’m writing this now is because I hope that my sharing some of these discoveries may help you on your journey.

None of us wants to think we are evil or bad people. We all want so badly to be good and to do what’s right. But many of us have accepted stories and interpretations that go against the truth of our inherent goodness and innocence. We have bought into lies and even created lies that have “helped” us “make sense” of our experiences.

Now is a perfect time to release these limiting ideas about who we really are. Now is a perfect time to discover and release the false ideas that have us stuck in lives that are less than what our souls long to experience. Now is the time to step into the truth of who we really are as wondrous works of a wondrous Creative Being.

The facades we have created to shield us from judgment and criticism are defenses for things about ourselves that are not even true! We try to pretend and protect ourselves from people discovering the “truth” about us, when the very truth we are trying to hide is a lie to begin with! It’s really insane when you think about it.

I’m discovering that believing in myself means that I am being called to believe in the One who made me. It also means that I am being called to get underneath all of the stuff that would have me think that I am really anything less than glorious and amazing. Remember, I created this stuff to generate a sense of consistency and predictability within my interpretation of my experiences. These feelings and ideas are simply patterns of energy, not facts, and definitely not the creations of the Divine Source in Whom I believe!

Should you embark upon a similar mission to uncover your true self, I must warn you that it is often not a pleasant process. We are used to our junk and baggage. It’s familiar. It’s comfortable because we are accustomed to the pain and suffering it beings to us over and over again. It keeps us in crappy little boxes that, while confining, are also comforting because they give us a false sense of control over our worlds. The truth is that as long as this mostly unconscious crap is running the show, we are slaves to it, and suffocating underneath it, whether we realize it or not.

Let it go. Let it go. Let it go! For your sake, for my sake, for the sake of all that lives. Be who you really are - which is much less (of the limiting stuff) and much more (of the limitless stuff) than you can imagine right now. Know that there are a whole bunch of us waking up from our individual and collective nightmares. Don’t be left out when the really cool stuff starts happening! Waking up is worth every challenge that goes with it.

You are magnificent. You are amazing. You are here to give much more than you know. There is only one of you, a unique expression of the Glorious Source of Being. Under all of the stuff that’s got you stuck, is a being of light and love. With the Divine Source as the ground beneath our feet and the sun in our sky, there is no good thing that cannot be accomplished. There is no wonder that cannot be beheld. And a huge part of what makes life wonderful is the unfolding realization of who we really are as beings of limitless potential. We are people made of and for and to love. Eventually we will all know it and live it. Let’s discover it together and help each other to see what lies buried beneath the less-than-awesome!*

*In case you think you need to clear up all of your mess to be of service or to make a difference in this world. Let it go. It is in dedicating yourself to be of as much service as you can be that you will be able to let go of a lot of this stuff. Dedication is the goal, not perfection! (My Life Coach, Lisa Spahr, reminded me of this truth very recently and it has helped me immensely.) I’m working on this myself. - Posted by Bill Frase

Saturday, August 29, 2009

The Creative Soul

If you haven't figured it out yet, I'm pretty fascinated by the hows and the whats and the whys of life and human existence. I wanted to share a little bit of what I've discovered about the deep or core spiritual self or what may also be referred to as the soul.

The soul or core spiritual self is that most essential aspect of human nature that is made in the invisible image of the Divine Source or what some may refer to as God (I'll use these terms interchangeably). In other words, the soul is a spiritual emanation that comes directly from the Divine Source. It is designed specifically to have many aspects in common with the Divine Source. The one that I will focus on here is creativity.

Just as all that exists was created by God, we as soul-images of the Soul Source have the power to create. What many people do not realize (and what some of us are coming to understand) is that all people, being made in the invisible image of the Divine, are inherently creative. By this I mean that we are constantly creating whether we want to or not, whether we are conscious of it or not. We cannot not create. Even our attempts not to create or avoid something create circumstances and experiences that we do not want. Just because we don't want it doesn't mean we didn't create it. Actually, your not wanting something means that the experience was tailor made (by you) to help you come more fully and consciously into who you really are and who God really is. (Yes, this goes for me as well. I'm speaking from the interpretation of my own experiences here! And many of those experience were definitely unwanted!)*

Some of you may be thinking that you're not creative or that people who spend most of their time apparently doing "nothing" are not creating anything. Perhaps you can bring to mind people who are really good at destroying. Whatever apparent exceptions to my previous statements one might contemplate, beneath any appearance, creation is happening.

What I'm getting at is the idea that every circumstance we encounter, every relationship we form (with ourselves, others, God, nature, whatever), everything that we experience, everything we think, feel, say, do, intend, create, attract, desire, resist, abhor, love, regret, accept, everything that we think we are and are not (consciously or unconsciously) is a creation with one purpose:

All of these things are created by the soul through the (often unconscious) application of universal laws and principles that exist to help each and every soul realize the fullness of its infinite potential as a child of the Divine Source of All Being.

Understand that what I'm sharing here is a point of view (or points of view) expressed in language with all of its many limitations. These always amendable points of view are based on the interpretation of all of my experiences so far. Just because I can string some symbols together does not make my point of view true or eternal. I am connecting these signs and symbols together in an attempt to offer you a perspective that might open up some new possibilities for you in your life. One of the greatest shifts occurring in human consciousness at this time is the idea that we are co-creators of all that is (and therefore responsible for what is) with the capacity for creating different realities based upon the shifting of our perceptions.

You are powerful beyond your comprehension. This is true (not potentially, but actually) right here and right now. Look around you. Look within you. Everything you perceive has been attracted to you and created by you to help you experience more fully and consciously who you really are and the true nature of your relationship to the Creative Divine Source and everything that is.

Everything necessary for your growth and development is within your reach. We are where we are because it is the perfect place for us to experience what we need to experience. What is right now is our launching pad into the infinite unknown. Accept what is. You helped create it. Resisting it denies your power and responsibility in creating it. Accept your ability to consciously create the deepest desires of your soul. Much of what we currently create is created unconsciously. While our souls know what we need to come into the fullness of our being, we often deny our power and resist what we experience. When we recognize that the more challenging our life is at any particular moment, we are actually deep down (whether we know it or not) creating the tools for our liberation and transformation. When we can recognize the power of our souls to create perfectly imperfect circumstances we don't want, then we can begin choosing more consciously what we do want as the springboards for our growth and development. As we release limiting patterns of thought, feeling, intention, and action, we increase our ability to change our circumstances and our experience of those circumstances into more joyful means of discovering the truth of who we really are as children of God.

Believe me, I know how easy it is to step into victim role. It is so easy to look outside of ourselves and blame and resist what is. I'm calling you (and you are calling you**) toward an expanded awareness of what is going on in your life right here and right now. I understand how tempting it is to deny my power and responsibility for what I experience. I am begging you to consider the possibility that you are already incredibly powerful and creative. The catch is that picking and choosing which creations we are responsible for and which one's we want to blame on others is thoroughly disempowering and holding us back from who we really are and the wonderful things we can consciously create.

May we come to realize more accurately and more fully who we really are. As we do, limitations will disappear and possibilities will unfurl into many masts of sails ready to harness the wind with the sun and the sky's night lights to guide us into New Worlds unknown.

Posted by Bill Frase

*I know some of you may be tempted to step into shame, blame, anger and/or frustration when you consider that some really unwanted things were created by you. Feel whatever you need to feel. Feel it fully and completely. Go all of the way into those feelings and do not resist them. Blow it all out and breathe deeply. Take your time and be patient with yourself. Know that regardless of what is actually true about your experiences, choosing to play the role of a victim in any circumstance will only perpetuate that circumstance and like circumstances that reinforce that perception. It is when we choose to accept our power that we can use all circumstances to help us connect with our deepest passions and act upon them.

**In order to be true to the interpretations and perceptions I'm expressing above, you have called these words to you. Even though I doubt that you are consciously aware of helping me write them, you are a co-creator of this experience that we are currently sharing. (By the way if you are conscious of having helped me write these words, by all means let me know! I'd like to do some more work together where I could be conscious of your assistance!) If this post is causing persistent difficulty for you, please contact me, and I'll help you work through what is coming up. Whatever the case may be, may your awareness of your blessings increase perpetually.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Setting Your Inner Control Freak(s) Free

Wow! It's been a while since I last posted. But I'm back to posting regularly. I hope that you will find some things here to help you on your journey.

I have recently come to realize that I have been way too uptight for most of my life. For those of you who know me, I'm sure this comes as a GIGANTIC surprise (unless you are way too uptight yourself and just accept it as a healthy way to be like I have for all of these years.)

Anyway, this post is for anyone who can benefit from my current perspective on letting go of your inner Control Freak, loosening up, and having some fun.

Many of us were taught that being uptight is the way that things get done, the key to safety and security, the best way to stay out of trouble - generally an effective way to get along in the world as it is currently constructed. You know, life is serious business, and if you relax too much, everything just might fall apart if you relax a little bit. While this may be a common perception, it is not necessarily true. Just because a whole bunch of people are uptight does not mean that this is the most effective and productive way to be.

Through a recent series of synchonistic events, it has been made clear to me that it is now time for me to RELAX BIG TIME and set my inner Control Freaks free. By relaxing, I'm not talking about doing nothing. I'm just currently in the process of changing my intentions around my doings, havings, and beings. Instead of being frustrated, tense and resistant about what I desire to do, be and have, I'm working toward acceptance of what is. I'm opening to the possibilities of seeing the perfection in imperfection and the imperfection in perfection. (Actually I'm really interested in leaving polarities like perfect and imperfect behind altogether. I really want to see things as they are instead of imposing limiting concepts such as these onto the flow of experience. It's a process. I'll keep you posted.)

Our Control Freaks are so familiar that we usually don't even know that they exist. Over a year ago, I was fascinated by the idea of Control Freaks and even have some unpublished writings in my archives on the topic. I was writing about Control Freaks without even realizing that my perfectionism was a Control Freak too! I like to think I'm a pretty introspective kind of guy, and I was totally clueless about the power that this pattern was exhibiting over my life!

If you wonder if you are some kind of Control Freak, just ask to have your Control Freak aspects revealed to you, and circumstances will conspire to reveal your Control Freak(s) through intense emotions related to something not going the way you think it 'should" go. "Should" is definitely a sign of a Control Freak in need of Love. Should is all about judgment, and judgement is a perception that has little room for Love. Love unites. Judgment divides. So love all of the Control Freaks in your life, whether they reside within you or appear outside of your body. Hating, resisting, or fighting them will not help to set them free from limiting loops of thought, feeling, and behavior that have you trapped.
If things have to be a certain way for you to be happy, to that extent you're a Control Freak. I'm not judging this way of being, but as a fellow recovering Control Freak, I've got to tell you that I know there are better ways to be. I've tasted some of them. I've even had a few full-course meals of these non-Control-Freak-ways-of-being. They always taste better and they don't give you heart burn or indigestion. I encourage you to try them out. Try them on.


Allowing one's inner Control Freak to run the show is like being in prison. Not only are you constantly judging other people but yourself as well. And while it may not be obvious on the surface that this is really causing any harm, I'm telling you that everyone and everything around you can feel your judgment, even if they can't tell you exactly what's going on.

As I mentioned earier, one of my big Control Freaks is the Perfectionist. So to all of you recovering perfectionists out there, there is hope. I'm telling you it wasn't that long ago that I had NO CLUE how my perfectionistic tendencies were keeping me from all kinds of cool experiences and perceptions of blessings. When we become aware of these patterns, we can begin the process of freeing ourselves from their once-invisible strangleholds.
Even though this post is not a perfect and complete as the perfectionistic pattern I've grown accustomed to would like it to be. Even though I've left out a whole lot of cool stuff and examples and movie references I hoped to share, I'm going to wrap this post up now. I hope it helps. Please remember questions and comments are always most welcome.

I'd like to thank Gina Mazza Hillier, author of Everything Matters Nothing Matters , for creating a contrast between her way of being in her book and my own life pattern of unrecognized Control Freakishness. I'd also like to thank both of my coaches, Lisa Spahr and Brenda Young for inspiring this particular post, not because they are too uptight, but because they have recently helped me to realize that I've been way too up tight for most of my life through their not-so-up tight-way-of-being and their compassion and support as I continue my journey.

You are more powerful than you can imagine. Believe it. Know it.

- Posted by Bill Frase

Friday, May 1, 2009

Who's Really in the Driver's Seat?

Posted by Bill Frase -

I apologize that it has been longer than I had planned to post again. I have been doing a lot of intense work upon my self and those things that I thought were a apart of my self that weren't. The work goes on, but I felt that now would be a good time to share some thoughts with you, especially given the current level of insanity on the planet.

I've been on a media blackout for quite some time - so long in fact that I don't remember when I started it. But even in my attempt to limit my exposure to such influences, I have been confronted almost daily with the human race's incredible capacity for fear.

The current global drama that is unfolding related to species-hopping pathogens is nothing more than a large scale drama that reflects the inner dramas of so many people on the planet at this time. The drama is that there is this terrible horrible thing out there (an uncontrollable creature born of an animal that has been accused of filthiness) that is out of our control in human bodies. It could destroy us or at least make things really, really bad. It is outside of ourselves and therefore we must fear and resist and panic about it, because not to worry is to let our guards down, and if we let our personal and collective guards down, who is going to protect us? We're all on our own in this thing, and we can only just hope somehow that this terrible something doesn't mess up the nice little realities we have constructed for ourselves whether we are aware of these constructions or not. We hope the storm will pass and that somehow we and those we love will be spared.

Here's the truth. Human beings created a disease that is in perfect harmony with how most humans currently think, feel, intend, and act. This new creation of ours is here to help us see what we are terrified to look at, those parts of ourselves that we have buried under layers of rationalizations, fears, negative emotions, limiting beliefs, and other patterns of energetic resistance. It is because we are absolutely terrified to explore those repressed and nearly unconscious aspects of what we think and feel deep within ourselves that we have manifested the current situation. The current outbreak represents a fear of our own internal garbage. We are so terrified to confront our shadow selves that we create things like swine flus and other really scary things.

Over the next few years, more and more of these kinds of ridiculous scenarios will play out as humanity continues its journey toward its true nature and the true nature of the Divine Source. There will be more realized dramatizations of the collective dramas that play out within the fractured consciousness of the human race at this time. They will increase in intensity and frequency because most people at this time will not let go of what they need to release without these kinds of terrifying large scale dramas playing out. Thankfully, the need to do keep repeating this pattern will eventually burn itself out.

If you fear. If you feel anxious. If you feel angry. If you feel sad or depressed or hopeless or in despair. If you doubt that you have what it takes. If you entertain even the slightest notion that you are not good enough. If you are in any way are suppressing self-hatred, suicidal or homicidal thoughts and feelings, these are all wake up calls. These feelings and patterns are telling you that it is time to do some serious accepting and letting go. Until you do, these patterns of resistance will dominate every area of our life and keep you from being who you really are.

Go deeply into your own darkness. If you are afraid to go into the shadows alone, being someone with you who can help you along the way. There are no bad or evil energies in the world today. There never have been. There are either energies that are fully accepted and embraced or energies that are resisted. Embrace all of your energies, no matter how dark they may appear to you now. By embracing and accepting them, you take back your power from them and make that power accessible to your own true spiritual self.

How will you know that this has been accomplished? You will just know. Other than that, I can say that you will have no need to resist anything aver again. You will see everything in your life as a perfect reflection of your own consciousness. When you are able to to that, you will no longer be at the mercy of the fear-based programs that have been keeping you from being fully and completely who you really are.

When enough of us have awakened from the private and collective nightmares that are currently sweeping around the planet, we won't need diseases, wars, genocide, disasters, scary people, slavery, or any other dramas to help us any more. We will see what is. And we will embrace all of it and in the embrace everything will be transformed.

You have my blessings and my love on your journey toward your true self and the True Source of All Being. Thank you for joining me!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Being Our Real Selves

Posted by Bill Frase -

I’ll tell you a little about what’s been going on with me lately. I have been realizing things about myself that were either unknown to me or just outside of my conscious awareness. I’m making connections and making distinctions that - while not always pretty or flattering - are pretty accurate, and the truth is setting me free as I open myself up to it.

We need to become aware of the things that are true about ourselves (or that we think are true but are actually false). To create awesome lives, we need to see and know what we do not see and know about ourselves right now.

We’re all going through our lives with blind spots. These blind spots come in all shapes and sizes. The problem is that these gaps in our fields of perception blind us to a lot of stuff that is right in front of our faces. I’m not being hyperbolic here. I really mean that these things are right there to be perceived, and we just don’t see them at all. Yet, we are constantly bumping into them like invisible force fields or closed glass doors that we think are open. As this happens constantly (again, no hyperbole) we wonder what is going on. Hint: You attracted it through the resonance of your personal energy field(s) with other energies that harmonized well-enough with it to bring it into your experience.

To the extent that we do not perceive our true and false selves and to the extent that we deny, suppress, and ignore our false and true selves, we suffer. This lack of perception leads to disruptions in our connections to the powers that are our birthright. As a result we experience pain. We create illusions that reinforce the lies that have become attached to our being (because we allowed them to attach themselves in the first place), sapping our strength and power. We do not fully experience our connection to the Source because we are pointing our attention in the wrong directions.

If it is the things that we do not see and do not know that we most need to deal with in order to experience our true selves and our true capabilities, how do we do that? Here are a few suggestions:

1. Get someone else with a different perspective to help you see the things that are hiding in plain sight. You need someone who will not let you off the hook and who will hold you accountable for the way you are creating your reality.

2. Remember a truth that is sprinkled throughout this blog, your experiences are a mirror of what is happening within you. Everything! When you see or experience anything that creates any kind of reaction for you, realize that you attracted that circumstance and your reaction gives you clues as to what you really think and feel. These thoughts and feelings are clues to your deepest motivations or what I like to call intentions.

3. Pretend that you are just stepping into the middle of your life for the first time, right now. You could imagine that you are an alien who has hijacked your body from an advanced civilization. This being comes from a world that has already solved all of the problems and issues that plague you and many of your fellow humans at this time. This being would have access to your thoughts and feelings and memories. What would this advanced and enlightened being’s perspective be on your experience of your existence? What would he or she find confusing, amusing, limiting, untrue, etc?

4. Keep a journal or some other kind of record of things that have your attention and look for patterns and themes. Realize that anything you experience as outside of you is an excellent reflection of the drama of what is actually going on within you. These can be waking or dreaming experiences, “real” or “imagined.” They can involve situations that have no obviously direct connection to you. It doesn’t matter. They are all giving you useful information that can help you transform your life when you pay attention. If you are not yet skilled at interpreting your reality or “reading between the lines of your life,” get someone who can help you develop those skills so that you can understand what your life is telling you about what is happening within you.

5. Come up with other ways that feel joyful to you to create more objectivity with regard to your experiences. Come up with other creative ways to hold a mirror up to your experience.

Who we are is more than enough. This is not what we have been taught so far. For most of us this idea has not yet become true. There is nothing deficient or lacking in our being. We just happen to have acquired some things that are not in harmony with the truth, with who we actually are. When we release these things (and release them we will!) our lives become unfolding adventures that are beyond our ability to imagine at this time. We exist to experience this, a Life of completely unbounded possibilities.

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Power of Now

Posted by Bill Frase - Be here now. There is power in the present moment. In the present there is no resistance. There is no fear. There is no anxiety. There is no guilt or shame. Now is perfect as it is. It is complete because it is the only real moment. How do I know this despite all of the apparent evidence to the contrary?

Over 15 years ago, I had a moment. It was not an ordinary moment (at least not yet). It was what could be termed a mystical experience, a spontaneous cosmic moment, a space-time mindblowing moment, a profound experience of the broader possibilities of consciousness. Whatever it was, it came at the perfect time and in the perfect place to show me that what I thought was real was not. The Real is awe-inspiring in ways that the human imagination cannot approach. I know that my experience was beyond the confines of the power of imagination to create. I could have lived a million years in workaday consciousness and never come close to imagining what I actually experienced in terms of a sense of union with the entire cosmos and the reality of the Eternal Now as a multidimensional reality. There are no words - try as I might - to convey the wonders that I experienced.

That experience put me on a quest that led me to many more wonderful and amazing discoveries. Again, things I never thought I would know or experience. When you have no idea that something even exists, how can you have any expectation that you will ever experience it as a reality?

But the main point I want to communicate right now is that the cosmos is always now. When we struggle against the present moment with our fears, resistance, doubts and rationalizations we are not in the flow of the moment. We are in conflict with the entire cosmos and the Creative Source of All Goodness. Right now everything is effortless. Right now, everything is changing. Right now everything is alive and vibrant and full of infinite possiblities. Now is the fulcrum for shifting everything for the benefit of all life everywhere.

Every good thing is possible, right now. There is no need to wait. Every good thing can be experienced right now. The universe and the Creative Source awaits our clear, singular, and uncompromised intentions to realize greater possibilities than we have thus far allowed.

The apparent limitations, challenges, problems, barriers, and structures that seem so permanent and solid only exist because a certain number of people give a certain amount of their energies to their sustenance. When enough of us realize that every ridiculous thing humanity has created is not lasting or permanent but is easily and effortlessly changeable or eraseable, these things will wither away or be transformed right before our eyes.

People are saying it will take so long for this or that good thing to come to pass. As our certainty is, so shall our experience be. Read that one again. Are you sure that what you know for sure is true?

Let's clear out all of the falsehoods we have accepted as truths. As we focus more and more with greater clarity upon the realm (dimension, reality, perception) where all good possibilities await our desire to fully realize them, our certainty shifts and those possibilities appear, not in decades or years, but in the present moment of our attention.

There is a huge shift in human consciousness on the horizon. In truth it has already begun. The time is coming when what I write will actually make sense because what I've just described will have come to pass in ways that will be impossible for any but the most cynical and stubborn to deny. And there's a very good chance that even the hardest hearts and minds won't be able to deny that incredible spiritual power has undeniably come to stay.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Identity Continued

Posted by Bill Frase -

I believe that asking good questions is an important aspect of living a good life. I have asked some questions in my life that have led me places I never thought I’d go - some of them wonderful and some of them not so great. So, I’m going to ask you a question. Perhaps you have already asked it of yourself. It’s related to my previous post on identity. Take your time with it. Really sit with it when you have some time by yourself.


Who Are You?


Are you really what you tell people you are? Are you really what you think you are - your weaknesses, money, job, relationships, abilities, fears, hopes, the sum of the material circumstances over which you currently exercise stewardship? Are you your circumstances? Are you your memories? Are you your feelings? Are you your intentions? Are you your actions? Is that really the way you are and will always be?

I guess it’s more than one question I’m asking here.

I do not believe that we are any of these things, separately or collectively. At most these are some of the symbols we create for our benefit, whether we realize it or not. All of these things are perfectly designed to help us realize who we really are.

The symbols we create are specifically and perfectly designed to help us look past the images and surface features of our lives. No matter what we have experienced, these shadows beg us to go deeper into ourselves and the Source of our being.

We are so much more than we now realize. There is incredible potential within each of us, and there is nothing about our current circumstances that can or will ever change that truth.

At some point we will perceive the false nature of every apparent limitation. When we allow that to happen, our magnificence will dissolve what appeared to be permanent and immovable. In that moment there will be nothing to keep us from being who we really are. In truth we are each wonders beyond description. No mistake was made in our design. There is nothing wrong with the materials that form our being. We have been made in the invisible image of the Ultimate Power. We are heirs to riches beyond our abilities to reason or imagine, wonderful though those abilities may be.

Unlike people who inherit great wealth upon another’s death, we only receive our full inheritance when we realize that our Source is very much alive - not only alive, but the very Source of All Life. And in that knowing we realize that we have been fully known all along - guided, protected, blessed, loved, and accepted. Always. In all ways.

Monday, March 16, 2009

To Trust or Not to Trust

Posted by Bill Frase -

Is the Game of Life Really Rigged Against Us?

This is not what I originally intended to write today. I was making great progress on an essay on a different subject when I lost it completely. I thought I’d been saving it as I went, but for some reason there was nothing left of it when I tried to recover the document. So instead of trying to recreate that essay, I felt like writing about a different topic related to the loss of my previous article.

When I realized that I had lost the article, I have to admit that I was disappointed. I mean, I was putting my time, creativity, and energy into it. It seemed to be going well. Then I lost the whole thing. I was confused because it felt good to be writing what I was writing. I even thought that what I was writing would benefit the people who would read it. So why did things not go the way I was hoping they would?

In my world nothing happens by accident. Nothing. Everything has a potential purpose, and I believe that one of my main jobs in life is to take circumstances as they come to me (and other people) and do the best I can in that moment to make the most of it (whatever “it” is) .

If you haven’t figured it out, that’s what I’m doing right now. If that other piece I was writing was so important to produce right now, then what happened wouldn’t have happened. It is possible that the former article was supposed to get published today, and that it just needed to be completely rewritten. But since writing this feels better to me right now, I’ll keep plugging away at this one and trust that now was not the time for the other piece I was working on to be published.

Trust is one of the most important aspects to my whole “everything has a potential purpose” idea. This also happens to be something that I am currently working on in my own life. Not surprising, I know. This morning I was thinking about the fact that things often get much, much worse before they get better. We usually assume that if things aren’t going the way we want them to they must be “BAD.”

This kind of thinking denies us the opportunities to maximize the circumstances that we attract into our lives. If you think about anything that happened in your life that you didn’t want to happen, chances are the first thing you did was resist it. In some way you denied it or pushed back against it, thinking “This can’t be happening!” or “I hate this!” or “I wish this would just go away!” or whatever exclamatory phrases occurred to you at the time.

What if, instead of resisting, we assumed that this thing we were not expecting and currently not wanting is actually an opportunity? What if we have actually been waiting for this very moment to take our lives to a whole new level? What if the thing that we wish wasn’t happening is actually the secret doorway to an unbelievably wonderful future?

Don’t we all have stories of things that we thought were terrible that actually turned out to be “blessings in disguise” once we had the benefits of time, experience, or perspective? How about we take that attitude all of the time, regardless of appearances? What do we lose by doing this? What benefit is there to thinking that something is horribly terrible with absolutely no possibility of anything good ever coming from it? Who ever got anywhere worth getting to or did anything meaningful believing that?! Even if you happen to be “right,” in your negative assessment of a situation (not likely), what fun is it to be “right” if you’re miserable because you think there’s no hope?

What I know for sure is that our chances for success are much better if we are open to the possibilities within less-than-desirable events and circumstances. While most of us resist these kinds of events out of habit (I plead guilty.), my hope is that we can all open up a little bit to the possibility that even the worst circumstances and events hold the seeds for real progress for ourselves and for others.

Good farmers plant seeds, trusting that the seed, sun, rain, and soil will do what they are supposed to do. The universe has been rigged for our benefit, whether we get that or not. Perhaps the next time something doesn’t go the way we want it to we can choose to believe that it has a useful purpose, even if we can’t see it. Let’s believe that it may very well be exactly what we need. I humbly submit that that is exactly what it is.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

The Peril and Power of Identity

Posted by Bill Frase -

I’ve had some experiences lately (I’ll spare you the details) that have helped me to appreciate the double-edged nature of identity. Part of my identity happens to be the belief that I have a gift for interpreting life experiences (my own and others’).

Identity is an important aspect of being human, one that we often take for granted (usually at our peril). But for those who are willing to explore beneath the surface features of their lives, the possibilities are truly extraordinary.

Years ago I attended a presentation on the relationship between identity and human behavior. I don’t remember all of the specifics nor the statistics, but the main thing I took from that event was an increased appreciation for the power of identity.

A sense of identity allows one to feel that she is pretty much the same person she was relative to some other moment in time. This is generally a good thing. Memories and habits allow identity to develop and sustain itself. While these things are common aspects of identity, they can also become traps in an unexamined life.

Consider the case of a person who is not consciously processing memories or examining habits. A person in this situation becomes increasingly programmed to begin to believe that these memories and habits define the possibilities for her existence. While this can give a person a sense of security, continuity and stability, the danger is that one’s life increasingly takes on the characteristics of a carousel ride. One goes around in circles, maybe even moving up and down on a particular horse, but at the end of the ride, a person finds that she is in the same place she started. While there may be perceived benefits in this approach to life, growth is stunted and positive changes usually come very slowly and with much pain and struggle.

In my experience most of us define ourselves largely by our perceived limitations, shortcomings, mistakes, moral failings, addictions, disabilities, challenges, and wounds. Isn’t it often the case that we use words like “can’t,” and “I’m not” when we think about ourselves? Are these things actually true? Or do we say, think, and act upon these kinds of limited and limiting thoughts because we are afraid of what it would mean if they weren’t true?

What if these stories we tell ourselves are actually lies? For the moment, let’s assume that they are. If that's the case, then who are we really? If we base our lives upon lies, will we ever realize even a tiny fraction of the possibilities available to us? Will we even risk the possibility of bumping up against something unknown? What’s the point when we will not pass through the fog of fear and doubt to see what lies beyond?

Identity is part of what helps us make sense of the world. It is part of the foundation that under girds our perceptions and categorizations. But if our sense of self is not strongly linked to real things, we cannot really trust our perceptions. Our perceptions are warped and distorted, making terrors out of trivialities and treasures out of trinkets. Ask yourself, are you living inside a scary snow globe?

Our defense mechanisms do not constitute the real I of our identities. They are temporary attachments to the wonderful I that lies behind the strategies we have developed to protect ourselves from the disappointments and dangers that accompany real living. I know that there are powerful temptations leading us to cling to an imprisoned self in exchange for a false sense of predictability, security, and stability. I wrestle with these demons daily.

As long as we remain unwilling to leave our security systems behind, we will be imprisoned by our past patterns. I encourage you to do something, anything that you can think of that might scare you a bit, but that would also feel good if you were to actually do it. Even taking the smallest step in a new direction can begin the process of expanding your ideas about who you really are. The truth is that none of us have experienced more than a tiny fraction of all that we really are and all that we can really do. By doing this simple exercise, you can begin to experience a world with broader horizons, higher skies, and more of everything that you are longing to give and receive, helping yourself and others to play in a universe of ever-expanding possibilities. This is why we are here, whether we realize it yet or not.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Letting Love Flow

Posted by Bill Frase -

Recently I had an experience where I was in the middle of a “love fest” where everyone around me was just so positive and happy except for me. At the time I was sitting there wanting to participate in all the love and happiness going around, and I just couldn’t. Afterward I really thought about what had happened, and I realized that that circumstance had brought up feelings from my past where I hadn’t felt supported for who I really was, where people made it abundantly clear that it wasn’t okay to be myself, to do what I wanted to do. It helped me recall circumstances where I wanted love from a particular person and that person in that moment for whatever reason was not able to give me the love that I craved in the way that I wanted it.

As I remembered those moments from my past, I realized that a couple of things were going on. In those moments, I decided that I was going to lower my expectations for love, that I would try to change who I really was and what I really wanted to do to see if I could get more love the next time around from those people. In essence, I allowed a barrier to form over my heart to protect myself from getting hurt in the future. And I did this again and again as I accepted each insult as a reflection of my worth. These deposits accumulated upon my heart like so much mud and dirt, forming layers like stone over a period of years. As I remembered this process that I had allowed to happen, I realized that I chose to assume that this was my only way to seek happiness.

I also remembered that all around me in each and every one of those moments was an infinite field of Love that was always available and ready to give me the sense of love and belonging I so desired. But in the narrowness or specificity of my desire for love from particular people at particular times, this vast ocean of Love was as if it did not exist. So I was a person who was rich but believed I was poor. I had all of the food I could want, and yet want hungry. I felt thirsty even though there was wonderful freshwater raining down upon me all of the time.

I am so thankful that I have realized that I do live in a vast sea of Love, always ready and willing to do its thing whenever I let it in. How do I know this? For over a decade, whenever I have truly desired that this love would come into my life, it has. I have never been disappointed when I have asked. Never. It has always come, and I have felt its coming, sometimes like a wave and sometimes like a flame, but always it has come to me.

May we all become people who let Love in and allow it to have its way with us. May we let Love flow, dissolving and carrying away that which is dead, hard, and dry. As it does this work, it also gives us and all we touch new life. When you let this Power of Love flow, the walls will come down, and there will eventually be nothing to stop you from giving and receiving love just as the skies, the rivers, and the seas share the water that makes life on earth possible.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Limitless Possibilities

Posted by Bill Frase -

I have been thinking a lot lately about the fact that the possibilities for our lives and for the world are truly limitless. What we see as limitations are actually perceptions related to our current level of development as human beings. As we allow the Power of God to have an ever-greater say in who we are and what we do, these limitations are progressively revealed as only what we have believed to be true, not fixed facts of our existence. Just because a whole bunch of people share perceptions of particular limitations, does not make those perceptions permanent. When anyone at anytime no longer experiences a limitation as real, it has been proven to be a temporary human creation, and not an immutable fact.

May we become people open to the possibility that our perceived limitations may not be real. As we open ourselves to the Creator’s Power of Love, may we experience ever-widening horizons of possibilities. And eventually words like “can’t” and “impossible” will become fragile artifacts of a long-dead age.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Windows and Doors

Posted by Bill Frase -

People say that the eyes are a window into the soul. I think that is true. It is likely that most of us have had moments in our lives when we have looked into another’s eyes and felt that we really knew what someone else was feeling and thinking.

How we look determines what we see and what we don’t see. For example, when we are angry, our perceptions are filtered through that emotion and its associated thoughts. Some things stand out in our perceptions when we perceive through the filter of anger and other things either disappear completely or become nearly imperceptible. Our thoughts and our feelings, our beliefs and our intentions are filters over our ability to perceive things as they really are. One of the quests of my life has been to perceive things as they really are. What I have discovered is that the key to working through the project of clearing my perceptions has been who and what I have allowed to come through my soul’s doorway.

If our eyes are windows, then our hearts are the doorways to our souls. If we want our windows to be as clean and clear as possible, we need to open the door to God and the Power of God’s Divine Love. To the extent that we allow God and God’s Love into our souls through the doorways of our hearts, to that extent will our lives be transformed.

While my main focus here is windows and doors, the truth is that as we allow God to love us through the doorway of the heart, our entire spiritual house is remodeled. If we let the Great Architect of Goodness into the realm of our spiritual selves, unnecessary walls and doors will be gently removed. Windows, flooring, fixtures, plumbing, electrical work, the roof, the exterior, the landscaping, everything will eventually be made like new if not totally replaced. You will still be you, but you will be your best self living fully according to the Power of God. And it will be obvious to you and to everyone that you are different in a good way. While the eyes are windows into the soul, ours hearts are the doorways for Love. This Valentine’s Day, let Love in and enjoy the process of your very own Extreme Makeover.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Listening

Posted by Bill Frase-

Listening is one of the most important skills to develop when it comes to the quality of our lives. This is because the quality of our lives depends upon the quality of our relationships. And the quality of our relationships is a direct function of how well we listen. How well are we listening to other people? To our bodies? To God? To our hearts? To the circumstances of our lives? To the signs and symbols that are everywhere for the interpreting in our waking and in our dreaming?

Listening does not mean judging. It is not about winning. Listening is not about being right or coming up with great answers or witty replies. It is not about control, domination, fear, or haste. It is not about projecting our perspective onto someone else. Listening is a humble act where we do not assume to know or understand. It is an act where we allow the “other” (or our own heart) to speak to us so that we may experience greater harmony. It is the key to giving what is needed rather than what we think is required. It is a true act of generosity because we are giving our full time and attention.

True listening requires an open heart. To the extent that our hearts are open, we are capable of really listening. And when we really listen, love flows for the enjoyment of all.

May we create time and space in our lives to really listen, not allowing ourselves to be satisfied with superficialities.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

When things aren’t going so well

Posted by Bill Frase -

I’m going to do a little more personal disclosure that I am accustomed to in this post. Recently I wrote about the Mirror of Experience. Well, I’m having some experiences right now that are interesting, not in and of themselves, but because of their cumulative nature:

Right now I am dealing with the following issues:

-Many challenges related to meeting revenue goals
-Needing to buy a new washing machine because the bearing on the old one wore out
-Needing to have a vehicle repaired
-I’ve got this really nasty cold/sinus infection thing
-I saw my chiropractor yesterday, and I normally feel better after seeing him. But now I’ve got this huge muscle spasm in my neck that I haven’t had before and it’s really bugging me.

Whenever I have this kind of confluence of not-so-pleasant circumstances, I know that I am creating a wonderful opportunity to receive more Love and experience more forgiveness. Don’t get me wrong. My attitude really stinks right now, and I am not at all pleased with these circumstances, but there are a few things that I know based on my many experienced with these kinds of situations:

My biggest breakthroughs usually occur as a result of my biggest challenges.

The greatest healing usually comes only when things get really, really bad because it’s only at that point that I am open to the help I need.

Every circumstance is temporary. It will eventually pass.

Patience is a wonderful personal quality to practice at times like these.

One challenge right now is to not give in to despair and hopelessness. No matter how convoluted the mess, it will all be straightened out eventually.

I also must challenge myself not to get down on myself and think that I’m a terrible person for having attracted such a perfect storm of not-so-lovely circumstances.

Even now I have the ability to enjoy wonderful blessings such as my son’s wonderful questions or comments and the love and support of my wife, family, friends and coworkers. I’m also doing my best to be open to the little miracles and victories that happen whenever I am open to perceiving them.

No matter how bad things appear, please, please, please(!) remember that it is all temporary. Nothing you can perceive with your natural senses or imagination is permanent. Less than favorable circumstances are a reflection of the dramas going on within our spiritual selves. When we let more Love into our lives, we are changed. When we change, we intend, feel, think, and act differently. When this happens everything around us transforms to match the person we have become.

Let’s be kind to ourselves. Life has enough challenges without us beating ourselves up over things (well, everything actually…) that will work out in the end.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Mirror of Experience

Posted by Bill Frase -

For quite a while now, I have been an interpreter of dreams, my own and others’. Sometime after I started interpreting dreams, I realized that one’s waking experiences could be interpreted in very much the same way as those one had while being asleep. The more difficult circumstances of our lives tell us the most about what we really think, feel, and intend. It is in these situations that we can discover places in our spiritual selves where we have not allowed the Power of God’s Love to heal our wounds.

When it comes to any not-so-favorable situation in your life, you can ask yourself questions such as the following:

What would I need to believe about myself and/or life in order to have this experience?

What fear did that situation being out in me? Am I willing to let God’s Love heal that fear?

Am I rationalizing the situation? If I am, how would I think and feel differently if my heart was full of Love?

What do I hate about myself that would lead me into this situation? Will I let God love me? Will I love myself? Am I open to the possibility that I deserve love?

How am I judging myself? What’s the pay off for judging myself and/or others so harshly?

In what ways do I feel powerless to do something about this circumstance? Is that really true? What are my pay offs for my thoughts and feelings of powerlessness?

Whenever we judge others harshly, that judgment is a reflection of how mercilessly we judge ourselves. Whenever we feel powerless, we are taking the role of a victim so that we can deny our power to be, do, and have what we truly want. When we judge, we accept judgments against ourselves as well.

If you feel angry, jealous, or judgmental about someone else’s circumstances, you are projecting your own fears and judgments onto that situation, rather than dealing with your own personal mess.

You probably look in the mirror everyday to make adjustments to your appearance. Let us seek opportunities for love and forgiveness that are available when we use similar care in the examination of our lives. In taking the time to reflect upon our circumstances and reactions, we can recognize our choices to play victims and judges instead of seeking to become who we really are as children of our Heavenly Parent. By examining our beliefs, assumptions, and feelings, we can more clearly perceive where we have blocked the flow of Love in our lives and suffered for our fearful defenses.

Just as flowing water changes the landscape, so too will the flowing River of Love transform the landscape of your entire life if you allow it to do its work. While fear makes a deadly desert of our lives, Love has the power to make us into lush and fertile places full of color and activity and abundant life. When we seek God’s Power of Love, we are no longer thirsty people chasing after mirages shimmering in the dry heat. We become people who do not chase after images in desperation. We do not run away from that which we fear. As we experience the abundance of Love available within and without, we have more than enough to give. We have more than enough to live. We are also empowered to greet every situation, no matter how terrible, with hearts full of love and hope.

Death and violence come when love is denied. Life, peace, and healing come when we let Love in.

In a world of passing clouds and shadows, may we all be places where Love is welcome. May we become lighthouses for those caught in nighttime storms.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Hope

Posted by Bill Frase - Lately, it feels as if there is a lot more fear in the world than hope. Honestly, I have been feeling much more hopelessness than hope over the past week or so. I think part of my challenge has been the general feelings of fear, anger, and despondency swirling about the planet these days. I’m open to the possibility that it’s just me.

If you happen not to be affected by the incredible negativity currently swirling about the planet (or in your own life), congratulations! You still might find this post interesting. And even though your life may be a pleasant dream right now, most of us come to points in our lives where we doubt whether we will get what we need. You may want to come back if (when?) you’re feeling hopeless at some time in the future.

For about a week now, I have been wondering what is the point of it all. Yes, I do know that there is a point to it all, but when you feel hopeless, everything still seems pointless. I’ve known for a few days that I’ve been in desperate need of some hope. I prayed last night that God would help me come out of this funk somehow.

Right before I woke up this morning, I had a dream. I’ll spare you all of the corny details. The dream basically shaped up like this. I had a situation in front of me that I had to deal with as part of a team. Going into the situation, I was certain that defeat/failure was guaranteed. Using our current plan, there was absolutely no chance for success. I wasn’t happy about going through the motions, knowing that failure was guaranteed, but I had resigned myself to defeat. Right before we had to do what we had agreed to do, I got an idea to do something different, something that had not occurred to me before. I shared the idea with one of my teammates, and he thought it was worth a shot. To shorten the story, our team emerged victorious from a situation where all of the odds were stacked against us and no one had any hope or expectation of success.

It is hard to describe the effect this dream had on me. Basically it took me from feeling that I was laboring in vain in an important area of my life to thinking that we will receive what we need for victory to be achieved, probably just in the nick of time. During the course of the morning I even started remembering how I had received creative ideas to solve problems and challenges throughout my life. I remembered that I have never been left without what I needed when the time for action arrived. I even encountered an extremely difficult situation today that would normally make be feel terrible, and I’m actually still hopeful that it will turn out well in the end.

And so I would like you to consider my dream your dream if you like. If there is any circumstance that leads you to feel desperate, despondent, or depressed, please do your best to be open to the possibility that help is available when you need it the most. People say that it is always darkest before the dawn, which in my total experience of planetary rotations has not yet been true. But I think the saying does express a truth about our experiences as human beings - that we usually don’t ask for help unless things are pretty bad. And when we want help enough to be open to crazy ideas, unconsidered possibilities, and maybe even love and support from people we don’t even know, amazing things can happen.

No matter how bad things may appear, please remain as open as you can to the help that can turn despair into hope. And as we allow ourselves to hope, all kinds of wonderful things we couldn’t see in the middle of the night become obvious. Ultimately, as long as our hearts remain open to Love, victory is guaranteed.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Persistence

Posted by Bill Frase - Love is the greatest power in the universe, and one of its first-born children is persistence. Continue on. Keep on going. Do not stop. Do not give up. The greatest rewards go to those who do not quit. Since you exist, there is still more for you to do.

There have been times in my life when I have given up on pursuing a goal. There is nothing wrong with quitting when it becomes clear that the goal is not something that your heart truly and deeply desires. Quitting is often painful - even as it is usually a welcome relief from the pressures to which we have subjected ourselves. But there is one goal that I have not given up on, and that I will never give up on. It is the transformation wrought by the transfusion of God’s Power of Divine Love. The journey toward this goal has incredible rewards. I can say this as a person who has only experienced a few of them to a limited extent thus far in my own journey.

Join me in persisting, even though your efforts may appear to bear no fruit. It may even seem that your efforts are bringing you misery. I’ll write more about that later. Give yourself the opportunity to trust that God is changing you into the person you are meant to become. Hold onto hope, even though your efforts only seem to bring more bad news.

Bad news is always temporary. God’s Good News is forever and for everyone. Embody Love and you too can be a bearer of Good News to a desperate species. You are needed. Not to put any pressure on you, but if you won’t do what you can do according to the Power you have received, who will? God hasn’t made any mistakes. The wisdom of the Cosmos continues to operate despite rebellion of the Divine Parent’s children.

God has not given up on us. Let us not give up on God. You are still here. That is all you need to know to get started. May we all benefit from your persistence in seeking spiritual empowerment!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Love, Forgiveness, and Freedom

Posted by Bill Frase - This is a saying that was given to me a while back that I want to share with you now. Test it and discover its truth for yourself.

No matter what may appear to be the case, every circumstance is an opportunity to experience Love.

With Love comes Forgiveness.

With Forgiveness comes Freedom.

With increased Freedom come ever-greater opportunities to experience ever-more Love, Forgiveness, and Freedom.

Only those who love without requirement are truly free.

Friday, January 16, 2009

The So-Called Afterlife

Posted by Bill Frase - Some people are really interested in the topic of the afterlife. I must admit that I always have been too. I guess it isn’t that surprising that people are interested in the life after this one, especially when we consider the fact that so many aren’t really enjoying the life they have right now. So often we think (worry?) (fear?) way too much about the future and remain imprisoned by our past experiences and choices (regrets, injuries, mistakes). My hope is that this post may help us to enter more fully into the present with its many gifts and opportunities. The truth is that you take who you are here and now with you into your next life. If you aren’t comfortable in your own skin when you die, you definitely won’t be able to escape who you really are after you die. I encourage you to seek God’s Power of Love to become your best self right here and right now. By becoming the person God wants to empower you to be, you can become a greater force for Life and Love in this world and the next.

Many people I know think that the character of their existence will change drastically when they leave their bodies behind and move into the next phase of their lives. I’m always amazed at how sure people can be in this belief without any real evidence. If one’s spiritual self is one way in this world, what makes anyone think that he or she is will be instantly altered in the next? What power or miracle will work this instantaneous transformation? What evidence do they have for this belief? Most (all?) people are ignorant of the billions of miracles that happen in every single cubic centimeter of the universe at every single moment of the eternal now. And yet despite this kind of ignorance, people claim knowledge of never-before-observed “miracles” that (at best) qualify as wishful thinking.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying God can’t do incredible things in what seems like an instant. I’m only saying that it is more likely that God doesn’t do these kinds of things, especially when we consider the evidence that God has consistently allowed people to choose freely from the very beginning to the present moment. To instantly make someone something other than he or she is right now would be a violation of that person’s free will, unless that person had so transformed his or her will as to want a radical transformation so badly that God could grant such a desire in an instant. There have not been many to any people who have been able to release their attachments to aspects of their temporary or false selves that would allow such an immediate and radical transformation. This is my understanding even though many people assume that an instantaneous transformation will “naturally” occur with the divestiture of their earthly bodies.

There are a whole bunch of people waiting for God to do something spectacular when God is doing spectacular things constantly right in front of our faces all of the time. Many people are waiting until they die before they experience a big change in their lives for the better. Why wait?! What makes anyone think that God is doing anything differently in the afterlife with people than God is doing with people right here and right now in this world? Why would God only give Power to those who aren’t in their bodies anymore? If we have spiritual selves in this life and spiritual selves in the next life, and we have the same God in both lives, doesn’t it stand to reason that there is no reason to wait for the Power that is at hand right? And if that power is at hand right now, what makes anyone think that that power will not be available to spiritual selves in the life that follows a life on earth? The hard lines that people draw between so-called life and so-called death are only that - lines that people have drawn that have little to do with reality and everything to do with the limitations that people want to create.

Despite all of the evidence regarding our situation, many people wait in this life for something amazing to happen to them. They die and continue anticipating that something dramatic will happen to them at any moment without the requirement of action on their part. There is nothing wrong with waiting for something once we have asked for it. Patience is part of living in God’s Power of Divine Love. But most people have the necessary steps out of sequence. They wait without asking, assuming that the something they need will just happen along while they sit on the curb watching their own funeral procession. Ask first. Ask with all of your might. Ask with everything you’ve got and then wait. Keep asking and keep waiting. Eventually you will receive. People’s perceptions related to receiving God’s Power of Divine Love can vary according to a multitude of factors. The important thing is to ask mightily and keep on asking, all the while waiting until the Gift of Spiritual Power is received. Once you know that you have received the Gift, ask again and again and again. Eventually you won’t want to stop asking and receiving.

If you think this sounds like a lot of work, you are right. But consider the alternative: you could just go on muddling through a so-called life wishing and waiting without doing the asking work. Then you die and realize that things haven’t really changed much for you even though you don’t have your earthly body anymore. Actually without the distractions associated with earthly existence, it’s very possible that things may seem much worse to you after you die if you haven’t done the asking. The present moment is the moment. It is the fulcrum for moving your life. God’s Power of Love is the lever. The more you ask, the longer and stronger your lever becomes, and you become more and more empowered to be a force for Life and Love in this world and in the next.

I need to let you in on a secret. Every invisible thing that you have accepted into your life before you die goes with you. This goes for the great, the good, the not so good, and the downright horrific. If you are fearful in this life, you’ll take it with you to the next. If you have been transformed by the Power of God’s Love into a new kind of person, you take that with you. If you hate and despise anyone or anything, it goes with you. If you think that you don’t deserve to be happy in this life, you’ll feel the same way in the next, and that will be your experience. I’m not saying that this is a permanent state of affairs. I just want you to know that the best time and place to work on who you are is right here and right now. And if you do as I’m suggesting in your asking work, you will have something that you can take with you into eternity. When you ask for the very Power of God, what you get, you keep. There is nothing that can deprive you of the Power you have acquired. It’s better than gold bullion. When you die, you can’t take an atom of gold with you. But whatever Spiritual Power you have received from God is yours, kept safe within your spiritual self forever, even after you die.

Instead of waiting, seek that which will transform your spiritual self into one that can live powerfully, compassionately, joyfully, responsibly, humbly, and peacefully in this world. When you can live like this on the earth with all of its beauties and difficulties, then your experience of the next phase of your existence will definitely be something beyond your current imaginative capacities.

Stop waiting for something to happen to you or to be done for you. Ask the Creator for the Power that changes everything for the better, and you will become one of God’s not-so-secret agents in this world – right here…right now.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Forgiveness, Just Scratching the Surface

Posted by Bill Frase - This will be the first of many posts on the subject of forgiveness. It is such an important subject because many of the problems that people experience in their individual and collective lives are due to misunderstandings of what forgiveness is and how it is experienced.

Many people are suffering because they have not yet experienced forgiveness in some area of their lives. This problem need not persist if we open our hearts to experience God’s Love and the forgiveness that it brings. This post will focus on the relationship between love and forgiveness. God’s Love is the most powerful treatment for the lack of forgiveness that characterizes most people’s lives.

Persistent emotional and mental pain and suffering are the result of patterns of energy within a person’s spiritual self that have been allowed to develop, persist, and sustain themselves over time. These wounds can come from things that happen to a person throughout the course of her life. These defensive patterns or blockages can come from (or be reinforced by) the unloving things that a person does. It is also true that the loving things she fails to do over the course of her life will lead to regrets as well. Most of us have experienced all of these circumstances. These injuries and insults accumulate like numerous debts on one’s spiritual balance sheet. These balances will continue to demand principal and interest payments until they are paid off or a new asset of infinite value (God’s Divine Love) is acquired in sufficient abundance.

All people, when they are little boys and girls (and even when they are big boys and girls), are told things that are not true by people they love and trust (including themselves). This “telling” can be in words, but it is also communicated through a combination of intentions, feelings, thoughts, and actions as well. Even the untrue intentions, thoughts, and feelings that go without being overtly expressed do damage to a person’s self to the extent that those things are accepted as true. And what is untrue? Every single thing that people intend, feel, think, say, or do that is unloving is untrue. What is born of God’s Love is true and will always be true because God’s Love is the stuff of eternity.

The only way to heal wounds that occur from those things that are unloving is with love. And while there are many forms of love in the cosmos, the Power of God’s Divine Love is the most effective treatment known to heal every disease and injury created by people. And just in case you were wondering, every disease and injury that has been or ever will be has been created by people. You may not believe that right now, but that’s okay. We’ve got plenty of time, possibly even eternity.

Most people are emotionally reactive. The slightest perception of disrespect can set them into a rage or a depression. There are people who become depressed when they are given honest feedback. Some people are fearful that they will be found out not to be everything they have led other people to believe, and so they work frantically to preserve an untrue illusion. Usually we react with strong negative emotions because a present circumstance has touched an injured emotional circuit within our spiritual selves. Most of the time, people are not actually upset about a present circumstance, even though they think they are. Usually it is more true to say that a present circumstance has created an opportunity to recognize an unresolved energy pattern, creating an excellent opportunity for healing and forgiveness.

People often wonder why it is hard to get along with other (some?) (most?) (all?) people. This is because most people are (to greater or lesser degrees) cut off spiritually and emotionally from who they were created to be and from who they have been called to become. People, like wounded animals, can become very upset, even when others intend no harm. This kind of behavior often appears insane from the point of view of the person that has entered another’s spiritual and emotional drama. Persistent and recurrent feelings of fear, sadness, anger, guilt, shame, and other negative emotions and/or emotionally repressive patterns of intention, feeling, thought, and behavior are insane because these patterns can only exist apart from the power of love to transform them. An insane person is one who experiences his existence from a place of unreality. Whenever we are disconnected from love, to that extent, we are insane, because love is a part of everything that is really real. So in case you were wondering why the world seems like it’s crazy, it is because the world is crazy to the extent that people are disconnected from the Love that would allow them to create experiences based upon realities instead of warped perceptions.

God’s Love is a power through which a person can see things as they really are, instead of projecting one’s own warped point of view onto any set of circumstances. If the lenses of a person’s glasses are not of the correct prescription; if they are deformed, tinted, or dirty - to that extent he or she cannot see things as they really are. If someone looks at reflections in a fun house mirror, he will not see things as they really are. It’s usually funny to see a warped reflection when we can see that the mirror is bent strangely. It’s a whole other thing when we put the wrong lenses on our noses. We then look for our glasses, without realizing that we are wearing them. As we search everywhere for our eye wear, we see all kinds of strangely shifting and frightening images, not realizing that our perceptions are only representations of the current landscape of our spiritual selves.

A person in need of spiritual and emotional healing (forgiveness) is like someone who has been through a series of disasters. Consider a woman whose house has burned down because gang members targeted her son as one of their enemies because he wouldn’t pick a side. Her husband, son, and daughter are all killed in the fire. The surviving mother is treated at the local hospital for smoke inhalation and burns. While she’s in the hospital there are terrible storms that lead to flooding, putting the first few floors of the hospital under water. This creates unsanitary conditions and a botched evacuation. The lack of proper medical care causes infections, scarring and nerve damage. She can’t afford her COBRA coverage any more because of the loss of income and goes without medical insurance even though she qualifies for Social Security Disability Insurance cash payments. She is not eligible for Medicare medical insurance until two years after she has been declared disabled by the Social Security Administration. That’s the rule even though she can’t work nor afford any other medical insurance plan. Her physical wounds continue to go without treatment, not to mention her emotional injuries. She declares bankruptcy because her Social Security payments are insufficient to meet her living expenses. Because of her injuries and disfigurement she cannot do the kind of work she did before the fire. The State Office of Vocational Rehabilitation does not have the funds to help her get retrained in a new career because of corruption in the governor’s office and the legislature that disqualified her state for matching federal funds that could have paid for her rehabilitation expenses. Finally the wounded widow becomes eligible for Medicare but can’t afford the co-pays. It doesn’t matter because doctors say there’s not much they can do for her now. She tries to get by on her Social Security payments even though they are a small fraction of what she used to earn in her job. This goes without mentioning the loss of her husband’s earnings and her now-spent “retirement” assets that were annihilated by greed schemes. Whenever this poor widow brushes up against another person who is just passing by in a crowd, she winces in pain. People wonder why she doesn’t trust anyone. They wonder why she snaps at them when they offer her any kind of assistance. This neglected lady takes everything personally, because she has faced insult upon insult without relief. Her pain is so great that she may even attack those who try to help. She wishes that she did not exist. People who meet her wonder why she is “so negative” and “so hard to get along with.”

This is the way it is with many people in the world, if not physically, then emotionally. Most people have been treated as unlovable and they have come to believe in their hearts and minds that they are not worthy of love, either the love of other people and/or the Love of God. Many people believe that if God exists, God must be evil because a good God would not allow such suffering.

But a good deity must allow this kind of suffering because we have been made stewards of the universe with free will. Not allowing us our freedom would make us incapable of choosing the Power of God’s Love and all the benefits it brings (including forgiveness). To be made in the image of the creator is to be free, because God answers to no one but God’s own self. And even though the human race has chosen the hard way of rebellion and disconnection from the deity, God has rigged the game to help us discover for ourselves that Love is the best choice. The laws of the universe are perfectly calibrated to show people that only Love is real. They are synchronized in such a way that every choice that is out of harmony with truth, love, and beauty leads to disappointment sooner or later, every single time.

But God has not left us without help nor without power. While the universe is ours to take care of or to screw up according to our desires, God is flooding the entirety of everything with a power that can heal every wound and cure every disease - physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. To experience this reality we must want God’s Power of Divine Love very badly and as often as possible. And because people often choose to assume that God is limited, unknowable, unreal, uncaring, and unloving, they will not allow themselves the opportunity to discover who God really is by receiving the Power of God’s Divine Love.

While there are many who have not sought God’s Love, there have also been pioneers who were willing to test whether there was a God or not. They were willing to go farther and test if that God had a friendly disposition toward humanity. And those who have tested the hypothesis of God’s friendliness have found that there is a God; and not only is God friendly toward humanity; but God wants to bless humanity in ways that most human beings cannot conceive. The only reason we cannot conceive of the Power of God’s Love is because he have not allowed ourselves to be conceived by God’s Love.

Forgiveness is one of the greatest gifts available to those who will allow God’s Power to reformat and replace the very energy of their spiritual selves. God’s Love is so powerful that even a person with a crushed spirit can be remade into a person of incredible effectiveness - one for whom ultimate defeat becomes an impossibility.

Let us become people of experience – people who are unwilling to accept someone else’s word for the truth. Let us become scientists of spiritual things- people who are willing to put God to the test to see if God will come through for us or not. People who are satisfied with their beliefs and assumptions will not experience God’s Power for themselves. Only those who know that they don’t know and who are willing to discover the truth for themselves will experience the greatest thing in the world, God’s Divine Love and the forgiveness that it brings. As more and more people experience the Power of God’s Divine Love, it is through their lives that our world will be reborn from one of abuse and neglect into one of forgiveness, care, and compassion for all.