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This letter came to me from my friend in Sweden.  I thought it was a great idea that matched the astrology in many ways.  Read the next post to see the update. Casey

Dear friends,

I want to take the opportunity to thank all of you all, but foremost the women for the support during Sundays event. It was an unbelievable healing process and went far beyond expectations. Words do not really suffice nor explain the gratitude we feel. I will here give you some personal highlights of how I experienced the weekend.
Most of us came in on Friday night and a couple joined first thing Saturday morning. We where eight men in the circle which is the number I had in secret asked for.
As we started we found it uncomfortable to go into a process without a clear structure or direction. The structure and direction of course a masculine phenomena.  Our intent was to let the unknown leaderless feminine magic lead. After a few hours we broke in to it. Magical it was. One by one we had our moments just exactly when we where supposed to.
In the evening that first day after going through the collective pain channel, we planted a cherry blossom tree in honor of the feminine. Some joined in a wood fire sauna and others cooked the supper. We all trotted off to bed close to midnight.
We gathered around 9 on Sunday morning and started setting the intentions, of asking for forgiveness. For me this was the most powerful part. We asked for forgiveness for personal and collective events covering every hidden corner of our souls. The whole thing took over 3 hours from the very beginning to the end. One of the most remarkable things was that the presence of a ring of women around us was felt by all.
After some lunch we ended with everyone sharing visions, of where we all wanted to see things go next, but above all a proclamation of our and the collective unconditional LOVE for all WOMEN and all FEMININE.
We have come to a deeper understanding of masculinity and of femininity and are ready to take the next step to be real men in love, support and reverence of The Power Of Creation, The feminine.
Love and Thank you!
Petter

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This is a letter to my friend but it might be a note to your inner self too.  We are all going through very difficult transitions in order to become full joyful living.  Many of us are watching loved ones depart or helping them transition out of their bodies and their pain.  If you are opening for the first time to your own emotion or to ever deeper experiences of emotion, this is a very intense time for you. I hope these words can inspire you to continue in your search for meaning and feeling in your daily life.  The warrior archetypes are dismantling now and emotion is fully available to the male body like never before.  I send love and support to all the men who are opening and embracing this wild new territory.


We are amazing products of our body’s ancient history archive, our learned and acquired emotional experiences, our mental assessments and our wild card cosmic connectivity with it all.
This is truly an amazing moment in or out of Time and Space with a lot of no time, all time “experientiality”.

And on top of that your Cat Lydia is probably the only person who has ever loved you absolutely unconditionally and wanted to be with you always, no matter what!  She’s taught you about the underlying possibility that Love really is the answer and maybe Love is all that matters.  But more than that – she gave you the experience of it in your everyday life.  She gives you back as much as you give her!  Such a balanced flow.  Love for Love.
She also gave you the opportunity to cleanse your tear ducts.  That was one way to start your own inner flow moving.

When was the last time your body touched ocean water? When was the last time your bare feet touched the dirt (not sand)?  When was the last time you stood in the rain and let yourself get soaked?  When was the last time you were naked in the morning sun?
Find something that feeds you – in addition to Lydia…  Something that isn’t weaker than you.

Nature can do that in some places still.

I’m finding that I typically get my “juice” from people but they have so little anymore.  I need to develop ways of nourishing myself by breathing in creative ways (maybe yogic or spiritual practices can show me how) for more oxygen content, absorbing the early morning sun on my skin for Vitamin D and other benefits, reading for the fun of being entertained, moving randomly (same time off computer moving, that I spend on it in one position), bouncing for lymphatic health (even more important than blood), and eating real organic food in higher quantities.

For me the tears don’t come unless I feel some cosmic sorrow for humanity or I really dive into some physical pain until I find a little girl who just cries because it hurts.  Emotions do not usually make me cry, I am not ruled by emotions-run-a-muck or overloading on the happy side either.

If “Old Yeller” makes you cry – use it to clean out your tear ducts once in a while. (BTW-typical codependency clue is you can feel animals or abused people more than yourself- from Bradshaw on the Family or Codependent No More)

One thing I’ve observed:  Silence comes from unending rage, Rage follows unresolvable anger, anger emerges from grief that we can’t change what’s going on for our own wellbeing, grief grows from wounds that keep getting opened.  Wounds come from our experience of the deep unresolved emotion of others that keep reoccurring.

Healthy Deep emotion is a learned experience that happens in a safe place.  Mostly we learn deep emotion from the pain and suffering of others around us as a kid.  Often in silence we simply feel what they feel and it sets our hard drive for that kind of software, then later when we have the mental tools to figure it out we try to put the pieces of the puzzle into some kind of picture that brings us peace in any way that can work to allow us to nourish ourselves in better ways.

Your body is talking to you about this topic, just keep following the leads to its needs and you’ll get somewhere that matters to you.  Everything is archived by your body, whether you know it or not.  So all those physical experiences of it are unopened mail.  (hum the aol tune here.)  You’ve got mail.

And just for your mind to hear it:  Holy shit that’s a long list of blows to the status quo if nothing else!!  I suggest that you might be inheriting the family “unclaimed mail”.  Maybe take a little time and write (with a pen and paper-one sheet for each person) each person’s biggest fear, biggest wound, biggest grief, biggest remorse, biggest failure, biggest unfulfilled dream, and see if they don’t move out of your body and onto the paper.

Then write a REAL obituary for each of them.  Let them be real and let all their experiences belong to them.  Maybe share it with the younger generation still alive so they don’t have to “wear” the family’s unopened mail.  Put a little chili pepper in the stew of family history.

And if you do, I would love to read what you write.  I love you, in many ways.  Casey

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Whether its white male or black male, tall person, strong person or spiritual – most of us can find our own external experience of entitlement.  But it’s also the thing “we” “found” by our twenties in order to survive in the patriarchal, top down world of dominance and control.  Those of us who found our own keys to success mostly found the part of us that could dominate in some way because that’s what works in our outer world.

Early on I choose my ability to DO it as my entitlement, it was easier to just do things myself rather than collaborate. The family around me really hated that! Then later I perfected my mind through a metaphysical spiritual keyhole that few could follow me through.  That gave me the edge, something I could sell, that set me apart and gave me my own brand of entitlement! A spiritual entitlement that I taught to students so they could claim their own abilities, unlike in another era where we played it out as sorcery, using our mastery to take up the tools and abilities of others for our own advantage. Check it out, you probably took up a cultural entitlement unconsciously or made up one that suited your own default to mastery mechanisms to a tee.  Those default mechanisms mostly come from our past lives where we spent whole lifetimes perfecting some thread of reality that paid off with success in the local culture.

Each personal default to mastery zone must be remembered, reclaimed, and reconstituted for current collaborative co-creation.

Another mechanism of entitlement gets played out as some form of dominance on the playground in elementary school.  This one is the most dangerous to us culturally now – the one where the biggest, richest, prettiest, nastiest is still stuck in the schoolyard of reality.  The ones of us or the part of us that still lives here missed the primal scream of the sixties, the self help groups of the seventies, the flight from the dysfunctional codependency of the eighties, and even the backlash to all consciousness movements of the nineties.  So here we are in the new millennium’s second decade with our entitlement cathedral showing cracks in the glass slides.  This time we all have to dismantle the entitlement, even the ones born unquestionably into it.

The planet, the people, and the astrology, all require that we DROP IT AND GO.

Take up the collaborations willingly, gracefully and enthusiastically, because we can’t save ourselves individually anymore.  We can’t continue to work alone and get by because getting by isn’t enough.  In collaborations of creativity we can find grand resolutions instead of band-aid solutions.  In collaborations of co-creation we can become a new reality that includes and thrives on everyone’s participation and wellbeing, which in turn creates more collaborations of co-creation.  It’s a snowball rolling downhill benefiting everyone along the way.

“Glass slides?” you say.

It’s a brilliant system for monitoring the outer external effects of change.

Once when I toured the cathedral in York, England I saw these little glass microscope slides glued on the tower’s stonework a hundred feet off the ground in its tower.  It turns out that is the practical method of monitoring the majestic tower for potential settling and dangerous although infinitesimally small movements of change.  The glass slide is glued on either side of any tiny cracks so that even the tiniest change will break the glass slide.    The cracks were so small that I didn’t even register that they were under there when I saw the slides.

The irony of that tiny change threatening the strength and longevity of the colossal monument to a spiritual tradition of entitlement that claimed the resources from the people who both willingly and unwillingly contributed the resources of their reality to build it.

The thing about entitlement that doesn’t work is when it unconsciously precludes others from their rightful place in the mix.  The pattern, of course, that is really boring us today is the one from the genderly/racially unconscious masculine still stuck, no matter how subtle or needy, in dominance and control.  All of us can have our Masculine playing out the old tired patterns. They can be in white men, black men, brown men, yellow men, gay women, straight women, children and dogs!  Yes, I said dogs.  They resonate and respond to the masculine non-physically in the energy field and physically in their behavior.  If you have a dog, you know what it takes to be alpha and the bigger or more alpha the dog the more alpha you have to behave to stay in control and dominance.

This is why the Haitians will not play out some weird violence in their grief.  They aren’t stuck in our western, American, cultural entitlement of dominance or control.

When nature says its time to collaborate, the wise begin the co-creation.

It is my feeling that compassion and truth are activated by the profundity of humanity in need as in the experience of a major earthquake.  People of the truth respond with compassion and appropriate behavior unlike the old dominance and control, which would either be unable to respond or would behave in an opportunistic way.  The last entitlement hold-outs are still working the media for advantage since it might be the only thing they’ve got left to play.  Likely the Haitians are not getting the television messages from us.  They’ll do their own right thing.  And like Katrina the world’s wise and compassionate ones are already on their way to Haiti to help in any way they can with what they’ve got right now.  They know who they are and I bless them and send them my love as they begin a magnificent collaborative co-creation of life emerging from the ruble of mother nature’s demand for presence.

In case you need more information about how to be aware and demanding in the dissolution of the patterns of entitlement in your own life here is a little help.

A Profile of Entitlement:

– Verbal monologue-ing that is not interesting to the listener – and only mildly to the cultural anthropologist. Verbosity on the topic that defines the particular self appointed field of mastery in reference to the world of duality and polarization that puts the entitled on top.

– Repeatedly and often soliciting rave reviews and active recognition of this mastery and prowess.  Did you see that?  Did you like that?  I did that, That was me, It’s all about me, me, me, me, me.  Designed to reinforce the entitled’s position at the top of at least the listener’s field of reference.

– Diminishing the options of the perceived underlings in order to maintain the illusion that the entitled is still supreme in some regard.  Classic to this tenet is the abused wife cut off from family, friend’s and culture by having no car, violence if leaving the house or talking to others who threaten the dominance of the entitled person.

–  Needing to experience the world through one’s sexuality or verbalizations as the primary domination.  Loves football, dogs, and anything else that can be verbally controlled or physically won.  Ok I’d love to have this one not be true, my sister is a football maniac and she assures me that she is not entitled in any way but the truth is that these items do make up a large part of the pattern structure so it magnetizes the entitled ones into its field of play.

On this idea, the pattern of entitlement reaches is cliché.  It’s a good place for me to get back to the subtlety of it because we all have to personally unravel by UN CHOOSING our own entitlement behaviors.  For most women and some men, it is now time to create our own authentic field of respect and EXPECT-ation.

It’s time for us to expect to be treated with respect, expect reverence for the feminine, expect protection for the earth and her natural creatures, expect to be abundant, expect to be included in the flow of life, expect to have our creativity recognized, and expect to collaborate wildly and successfully as we co-create a grand resolution for ourselves, our communities, our families of choice, and our meaningful relationships.

Happy eclipse season and may all your created entitlements dissolve into authentic birthrights.

Collaborative Co-Creation is our next step into abundant health, wealth, happiness, and wisdom.

Whether you are back stage, on stage, in the audience, or at your computer, I honor your part in our collaboration to co-create a new reality.

Casey Wood, 310-430-9283

www.chironbabies.com

http://www.caseysoasis.wordpress.com

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Re:  The People’s Theater presentation of Modigliani in Santa Monica

“Shaking up Passion” by Casey Wood

The I Ching says that the artist is responsible for creating the directional signposts that lead a culture to its next evolutionary destination.  Such a monumental potential resting in those brushes and pens!  Leading a cultural movement most assuredly first requires that the culture be shaken up and shocked into noticing that the art even exists.

Modigliani’s passionate rebellion of soul definitely shook up his neighborhood (both banks!) but later the younger artists were experimenting with hashish and absinthe to try to emulate what they perceived to be his creative source.  Mostly the alcohol and drugs just ate up creative energies that might have been brought to birth or fruition.  But still Modigliani’s passion did make its way into history and a stream of upheaval did follow his life.  He did make some kind of difference.  And his life did trigger and ignite the passion of others who wrote of him and strove to find his level of passion.

In the aquarian reality of our 21st century everything is so transient, already the culture and the artists are shaking things up on so many levels – its sometimes difficult to find a way to be radical.  Finding your own way to make a difference and your own way to be radically passionate is a sacred calling.

Aquarius energy is very non-personal yet intimate in its communication – deeply passionate for change.  Our new arrival in the Age of Aquarius forces us to do what we know and find like minds to do it with or at the very least radically shake up anyone who thinks they’ve got stability.  Aquarian reality must include community and specifically the heart of the community.  The values and creativity of the 21st century will be well suited for theater and film, musical groups, and intangible forms of expression.  We want to experience the NEW.  We want to feel something change inside ourselves, and we’d like to share that experience with others.

It’s good to find your own passion so that you don’t accidentally become the community’s shadow.  It seems to me that Modigliani became the expression of the shadow of the Parisian arts in 1916.  Monet was building Giverny, Picasso was commercially viable and Modigliani showed up on the other side of town and the tracks.  He exposed the underbelly of the artist’s passion.  The raw uncensored, un – ”successful” deep dive into a conscious exploration of the depths of scorpionic black, sexual, decadent reality.  A pool every artist knows is there but each must work to keep their eyes open while they swim.  Few come up for air and go down again.  And even fewer tell or show the journey in a way that moves the culture to change.  It’s a dicey territory but someone always does it.  Every era has its deep divers.

Once when I was uncontrollably diving into that black pool a friend of mine gently took my head in his hands and said, “don’t go there, its animated!”  It was my first clue that I could choose whether or not I went all the way into the darkness.  What a revelation!  Choice.

Modigliani strikes me as one who never knew he had choice but rather was compelled to play the cards in his deck one after another into oblivion.  A compulsive outplaying of cultural shadow material.

Dana wants to find the deep dive, locate its edge and surf that edge into a public production.  I salute that passionate drive that takes us all into new territory of the heart so that we can all feel deeper, and broader and more fully what has meaning in our lives.

Each production of The Peoples Theater strives to take the cast on an emotional adventure of consciousness into personally uncharted territories of the Self so that what we experience together opens a potential for the audience to taste the adventure.  We want more heart and more soul to be visible – tangible in the room.

The Peoples Theater gives a group of folks the buzz of creating together and gives you (as the community) the experience of sharing that with us.  Thanks for joining us in the exploration.  We hope you’ll find your passion and express it thoroughly.

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Emotions 101 by Casey Wood

310-430-9283, www.chironbabies.com

EMOTIONS ARE WATER SOLUBLE

Drink more water. 16oz. or more immediately after or during an emotional blast will help your body cope with the overload.  Your shoulders may actually relax within a half hour or so.  If you do not drink extra water you can feel later or next morning as if you have a hangover.  That feeling is toxic overload.  When you feel achey muscles, headache, nausea, tingly hips, thighs, forearms, or aching elbows these may be simply a toxin overload.  Your elimination systems need help.  You can help your body in several ways.  Your skin is your largest elimination organ so anything you do to cleanse and invigorate it will be beneficial.  Shower and brush all over with a loofa sponge, take a long hot bath with a cup of Epsom Salts, Sea Salt, or Baking Soda.  Add you favorite bath oils or bath color, enjoy beautiful smells, treat yourself to a sensual experience.

Silence releases and clears the emotions.  Allow your self to sit still and be quiet.  Learn to meditate-whether it’s walking, sitting, or rhythmic movement.  Love yourself into a peaceful state.

Emotions are either expanding (love) or contracting (fear). Examples of expanding emotions are love, self-confidence, joy, or excitement.  These emotions create chemicals in your body that are beneficial to you, like enhancing brain functions, and strengthening/stimulating the immune system.  Contracting emotions (for example fear, anger, anxiety) create physical chemical toxins, which the kidneys, liver, and other areas of the body must filter and remove from your system.  The muscles along the top of the shoulder are one area where these emotional toxins are collected.  This happens immediately after the emotional blast-whether it’s your own emotions or someone else’s blasting you.

If you know how you feel, the emotions are yours.  If you are confused about how you feel or can’t seem to change the state, chances are VERY high that you are empathetically feeling the radiant emotional fields of those around you.  This may be because those individuals are sending the emotion outside their bodies by disowning their own emotions and you are experiencing them or because you are co-dependently agreeing to be responsible for that which is not yours.

Healthy loving touch is your best tool for health. Hug and touch those you love.  Remember touching is good for your entire being-whether you are giving or receiving it-so give your love away.  That way it will expand and strengthen your heart as well as your personal relationships.

Your emotions are not you-but they are important. They are transient energy states, which you can learn to calmly experience internally.  All day long we are exposed to the radiant emotional fields of the people around us.  Emotions flow through our bodies giving us momentary sensations, unless we are filled with old stuck feelings.  If we are holding uncried tears in our cellular structure any emotions that try to pass through us will be held and amplified by our own emotional history.  By slowing down to truly feel our emotions they are released, so don’t be afraid to feel, just keep breathing and be aware.  The experience of them is actually the release in process.  Be gentle with yourself and lighten up-expand with love and wellbeing.

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How did you do over the last two weeks?  That Pisces Full Moon at 22 degrees (Sun 22 Virgo) set some really big experiences into motion!  Where ever your natal chart’s Pisces-Virgo axis is located became the context for your call to action.  If you have planets in Pisces and Virgo the stage was set for you to take the universal overview and perform your planetary service with those tools.  Most of us stay focused on our personal lives but this 2 weeks required that we use what we know for the greater good of humanity.  Whatever you went through helped all of us have a better reality.  Thanks for persevering plus maintaining or returning to joy.  We all need the love, support, and nurturing to thrive.  Make sure to give it to yourself and ask for it when you need help, give it when you can and remember to love all water.

The pattern in the sky on the full moon was two squares and 5 of the 6 points of a star of david.  The points of one square bisect the lines of the other.  Like the triangles of a star of david.  Each triangle touched a point on one square and a point on the other square with the third point outside the pattern.  The only point missing in the star of david was the Aries point.   Wherever 14 to 17 degrees Aries falls in your natal chart is the place where you where called into service for humanity and planet earth.

A few days later with planet and asteroid movement a third square came into alignment separate from the other two still only missing your Aries energy in planetary service.  Find your Aries!  Not the old paradigm aries of patience and “just do it”.  Aquarian Aries energy is doing your own thing, your way, the perfect amount and in perfect timing.  Timing is everything and the knob doesn’t always need to go to 11 (spoken with an English accent).

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