LIFE BEGINS BEYOND MY COMFORT ZONE

As I was reading a recent astrological report from Lorna Bevan  this phrase jumped out at me: “Life begins beyond my comfort zone.” I can relate. Looking back at my own life, I can see that such times “beyond my comfort zone” have been the times of greatest growth. The trick is to recognize this while immersed in new and probably fearful and painful territory.

The comfort zone represents complacency. I LOVE my comfort zone! It’s cozy, predictable, won’t push my buttons or push me beyond my perceived limits. It’s a great place for a rest. It’s also eventually boring. Why are we here? To feel comfortable? Or to experience life as a human in its fullest possibility, as a part of and representative of Source? I’m sure it’s the latter.

I’m not talking about drama, here. We create drama when we want to avoid dealing with something outside the zone. Drama drags us back into the zone, and is another form of it—a distraction from discovering and facing truth. To many, pain and suffering represent the comfort zone, because they are familiar and “predictable.” We can avoid self-searching and self-knowledge, we can avoid taking responsibility for ourselves, by immersing ourselves in drama and victimhood.

I remember John Armitage once telling a story about when he started teaching Shamballa as Master Germain wanted him to, helping people move beyond Reiki. Those who felt challenged by his teachings, who were afraid of losing comfortable doctrines and ways of doing things that they held dear, or perhaps just losing their livelihood, protested. Some sent hate mail. As he was driving to teach somewhere in Europe, he was remonstrating to Kuthumi (John often has conversations with multidimensional Masters on his road trips). “Why should I continue with this project? Look at how these people are reacting!” etc. etc. Kuthumi came back with, “My friend, you are not here to become the world’s most popular person.” John says that got him back on track. Yes, he was outside his comfort zone. John usually is. He’s learned to live there, and that is the mark of mastery.

One of my favorite quotes is from Neal Donald Walsh’s Conversations With God:

The reason that the true master does not complain is that the true master is not suffering, but simply experiencing a set of circumstances that you would call insufferable.

I’ve got that one up on my bathroom mirror, staring me in the face every morning as I wash the sleep out of my eyes and the dream-webs out of my brain. There are many times in my life that I have found myself muttering, “I’m merely experiencing! I’m merely experiencing! I’m merely experiencing!” Such as the time my car died at a stoplight in the middle of a 4-lane highway (it turned out a tow truck had pulled up right behind me. THANKS, universe!). Or when my house burned down—and two years later my temporary house as well. Or last week when the water froze and the chimney got stopped up, all during minus 20 degree weather. That time I was shouting “What the bleep am I supposed to be learning here!” Not my finest moment.

Once we can get over ourselves and laugh during such experiences “outside our comfort zones” we are on the way to mastery, to living a joyful life, to experiencing life on earth as a true human and a spiritual being having a human experience.

So, pat yourself on the back when you remember to be thankful for those times that life pushed you outside the comfort zone. Laugh at yourself when you remember times that perhaps you went beyond merely experiencing, and those around you learned a few new words. You’re human! But not ONLY human. And human is a pretty cool thing to be.

In love & light, Phyllis

Photo: Phyllis at Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

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MY ASCENSION–Part 1

John Armitage:

I remember when I took my ascension in 1994 or 1995 or so, when I found myself, pffft, enlightened, zoom, gone! At the time, I was working with a group of Andromedans, and sometimes I would go to their spaceships and stay there for a couple of days and hang out.
I said, “Hang on a minute! I never gave anyone permission to take me anywhere! What’s happening!” I looked down and my body wasn’t there in 3rd dimensional reality. Then I appear in another dimensional reality, and all my friends are there. When I say my friends, I mean these people we call the Ascended Masters, but that’s just a term we use to describe them. They’re friends of mine, and friends of yours too.
I said, “Hey guys, what’s happening here?”
Kuthumi says (we all have nicknames for each other, and Kuthumi calls me Yogi), he says, “Hey Yogi, you’ve just ascended.”

I say, “What do you mean ascended!”
And he says, “You have.”
“How can I have ascended? Like, I’m not perfect. And for the last few months I’ve been emotional as hell. I’ve been kicking, cursing, screaming, and crying all day long!”
And he says, “Yeah, you’ve been doing some good clearances, Yogi! You’ve cracked it, man! You’ve just ascended!”
I said, “Come on, you people, this is some kind of trick. I mean, I know you’re my friends and all that, and we play tricks on each other and all, but I’m not really into this one, and I don’t believe a word that you’re saying.”

So finally Kuthumi and the others said in the end, “OK, Yogi, you don’t believe any of us, you think that we’re having fun at your expense here, so who’s the person that you’re going to believe, out of all the masters that you work with and interact with and are your friends?”
I said, “Maitreya.”
“All right. Call Maitreya.” So, Pffft! Maitreya appears.
“Hiya, Yogi, how’re you doing?”
I said, “All right, Maitreya. You’re the one that I trust the most out of this lot, and I think they’re making fun of me. They all told me that I’ve ascended.”
And he said, “You have.”  [continued next posting]

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FACILITATING HEALING FOR OTHERS–Part 2

John Armitage continues:

Then a lady helped me learn the lesson, along with [multi-dimensional master] Kuthumi. I got a call one day to go see this lady. She was dying in the chair. The doctor had said she was dying. People are selfish, they don’t want people to die. I said, “I don’t allow them to die! Get back in there!” She woke up, all perky. I felt very happy and proud of myself. A couple days later I went back to give her another dose. Everybody’s sad. “Where is she?” “She’s dead.” “What! She was perky as anything two days ago, when we finished with her!” My ego was angry.

It was this incident that triggered Kuthumi to talk with me. He’d been watching me, thinking, “When will he learn?” Because sometimes the Upstairs Department and our Helpers just observe us, wondering how long it will take for us to realize. He told me, “You are interfering with the person’s free will here. You should allow them to heal themselves if they want to. You provide the energy, and they heal or not; you are not the healer, just the medium for the energy.”

Even now sometimes I have these “bang” realizations in other areas of my life; I call them “baseball bat realizations”—because it hits you straight in the head. “That’s so obvious! Why didn’t I think of that in the last 60 years!” But often our Helpers, our I Am Presences, just let us carry on, have the adventure, go through the process. This is the way you’re going to learn. There wouldn’t be any point in reincarnating if our I Am Presences, the angels and archangels, the multidimensional Masters and so on were going to keep saying to us, “Do this. Do that. Do the other thing. Turn right, turn left, eat that piece of bread.” I mean, there wouldn’t be any point, would there? There’d be no adventure in life. It would be dead boring. No challenges. “Go away, let me make some mistakes, have an adventure!”

Don’t interfere with free will. We don’t have the permission to do that. Just allow the energy to flow through you. If you send to the I Am Presence of the person without permission, it is wise to put in the command, “If you don’t want it, send it on to somebody who does.” Who needs karma with people? Nobody. Of course there are ways of avoiding karma, but that’s another tale.

Remember, doing good works for so called good karma is as undesirable as so-called bad karma. We are working on being free now, not stacking up more things to sort out.
[From Living in Freedom & Love Without Conditions, pp. 31-33]

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