Beast Mode

Beast Mode.

We all have one—a way of reacting to the world that does not involve higher-order, logical processing capacities, nor does it draw upon loving compassion for guidance. This level of reactivity conjures up a survival instinct far more primitive, and it triggers violent behaviors that are far more primal. 

Beast Mode switches on automatically whenever we experience a direct (real and present) threat to our very survival. The energy surge that enables a mother to lift a massive car off an injured child? Beast Mode. The impulse to fling the entire family into a car and barrel through a blazing wildfire to get to physical safety? Beast Mode. The decision to tackle an active shooter in the instant he stops to reload? Beast Mode. The compulsion to run for your life when the shooting starts? Also Beast Mode. 

It’s vital that we do have access to Beast Mode for our own survival, because our physical bodies depend upon it for protection from the more powerful energy flows that exist well beyond our personal control. The challenge? Because we all have a beast mode, and because the primary characteristic of Beast Mode involves switching off instantly our capacity to reason, as well as silencing our more complex emotional center—which it does in order to make certain that all incoming emergency signals get directed where they need to go, and that enough physical energy flows to the body parts that need to react most urgently to whatever emergency is arising for us—we remain expressly vulnerable to anyone who seeks to stimulate us deliberately into activating our Beast Mode. For once stimulated into Beast Mode, we automatically surrender the power to reason, and to feel our more complex emotions, in exchange for a temporary surge in our physical capacity to react to a direct threat upon our lives. 

Beast mode can feel good when it expresses, because it feels strong, alpha, decisive, bold, brave. It enables us to jettison the delicate inner balance between mind, heart, and body that normally keeps our physical dynamism in check. Unleashed, however, Beast Mode enables us to violate civil norms and act violently, selfishly, cruelly, and unapologetically in service to our physical survival. It therefore represents the absolute id of the life force itself, powering up within us and then erupting into the world in a furious outburst of physical energy.

Because it can feel good to express Beast Mode, some people become addicted to the powerful energetic surge that they feel whenever this inner demon comes out to play. Such people can even become conditioned to make Beast Mode their first strategic reaction to the slightest provocation that they suspect may exist “out there” or “in the future.” They learn how to use their minds not to reason through a complex challenge properly, but to tell melodramatic life stories that justify allowing Beast Mode to become their default mode of engagement with most other humans. I find this approach to be a horrible misuse and a waste of the rational mind. It causes people to grow addicted to outrage because outrage gives them an excuse to let out the mindless rage that makes them feel powerful.

Others feel terrified to even acknowledge they have a Beast Mode, and repress it ruthlessly out of fear of what they might do if they ever accidentally unleashed it. These people decide that—rather than get to know Beast Mode and become more masterful at learning how to use it appropriately through greater conscious awareness of both its gifts and limitations—they would do well to tenderize the entire universe sufficiently, so that Beast Mode becomes obsolete in humankind. Some refer to this repressive impulse as “spiritual bypassing” because it avoids the dark and treacherous work of turning inward to meet and explore one’s own Beast Mode. These people, who preach only love and light by cursing the darkness, have condemned Beast Mode before meeting it directly, so they tend to be repulsed by its existence, which they then find seemingly everywhere they look…just beyond themselves. They may even call themselves empaths, but all too often they hide behind the concept of empathy as a means of avoiding acknowledging Beast Mode in themselves. Being “too empathic” to tolerate Beast Mode when it arises in others can often be simply a fear of Beast Mode masquerading as “highly empathic distress.” A fancier, more acceptable name for fear. 

Getting to know Beast Mode—befriending it even—therefore seems essential for our capacity to experience genuine communion and participate successfully in collaborative, creative endeavors. Why? Because those in denial of Beast Mode within themselves cannot be trusted to collaborate congenially once their pressure points get unexpectedly triggered. And those whose “go to” reaction defaults to Beast Mode once the slightest stressors appear cannot be trusted to not disrupt the collaborative creativity underway. 

Those who accept the existence of Beast Mode within themselves, and who have unflinchingly observed Beast Mode in action (both internally and in others) appreciate that—like so many processes in this world—it belongs to the class of energetic behaviors that serves us best when it remains fully available, freely accessible, and rarely (if ever) used to achieve the desired objective. 

We are not here to slay some angry, exhausted beast who lives within us, nor to reject it as “unworthy” by locking it away in our subconsciousness and losing the key forever. For it isn’t “a being”, so much as a way of expressing. We are here, therefore, to relax and allow our personal Beast Mode to find its proper place in the human toolbox of energetic ways to self-express. This will allow Beast Mode to be fully loved and accepted for serving us in its highest and best energetic expression whenever its energy is truly required.

— Eileen Workman
Author of Raindrops of Love For a Perfect World
and Sacred Economics (The Currency of Life)

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Times Like These

During these challenging times, I’m maintaining focus on inner work. I continue to notice that when chaos surrounds me and getting my bearings externally doesn’t work (because our social maps fail), I can always establish an inner “attitudinal alignment” that enables me to center awareness deep within in my core, so that I might meet the apparent chaos from my internal place of greatest strength. 

My seven core be-attitudes? They happen to align beautifully with the seven chakra centers that Eastern philosophy notes as being the power centers within the human body. Beginning at the root chakra and ending at the crown, they are: trust, openness, courage, compassion, kindness, patience, and peacefulness. 

When I radiate these seven be-attitudes I find that I gain the highest degree of clarity about my surroundings as is possible under whatever circumstances have arisen. They keep ME clear. And while in that state, I am able to draw upon the aggregated wisdom of the cosmos, the inexhaustible power of love, and the innate gracefulness of the entire material world to support whatever needs to be accomplished. 
All I need to do is be willing to go within and realign myself to these base attitudes…right now. And since it’s always now, it’s on me to be always willing.

That’s my work. ❤️

— Eileen Workman
Author of Raindrops of Love For a Perfect World
and Sacred Economics (The Currency of Life)

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Welcome to 2020

Welcome to 2020—a year that seems cosmically designed to nurture and facilitate greater clarity in human consciousness. As this new year opens, many of us find ourselves navigating a period of both personal and global chaos that disrupts us spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and physically. In short, our entire species now faces the consequences of a longstanding, compulsive fascination with attempting to forcibly control the flow and curate the content of the infinite stream of human information.

Long ago, our ancestors began to imagine that they could claim dominion over the entire universe by dissecting it and exposing its basic mechanics. Perhaps fear triggered by an unexpected global catastrophe triggered this impulse within us; who can say? Yet it seems that we have taken the pursuit of information as far as it can go and have reached its zenith, only to find that we follow a false god.

What has our pursuit of this false god taught us? That information is so easily corrupted, misinterpreted, restricted, confused, limited, and deceitfully provided that we simply cannot trust it to reveal for us the entire truth of anything at all. One by one, we are surrendering to the realization that we simply cannot use or manipulate data in ways that will allow us to control the rest of the universe for our own personal gratification or gain. At best, more information enables us to communicate better with the rest of reality, and to collaborate more consciously with life. Greater access to information does not grant us permission to assume dominion over life. Furthermore, we cannot even respond successfully if we rely solely on intellectual rationalism and objective materialism to justify our responses to reality.

If you believe at all in synchronicity, then the year 2020 suggests that we are rapidly approaching a tipping point of sorts in human consciousness. We approach the new omega point together, where clarity illuminates the darkness and clears the confusion that for so long has shrouded and stressed the human mind.

The Age of Information appears to be coming to a natural close as the structural limitations and intractable problems generated through relying solely upon information to guide our decisions are growing ever clearer to us all. The Age of Wisdom is rising, calling for an expansion of our awareness that still includes the use of information, while transcending its limitations by transforming its role in our decision-making process.

 We came to rely upon information because when we first developed the power of reason we fell in love with its contribution to us.

Understanding the world plays a useful role in the process of problem-solving.  Yet the thinking mind does not serve us best when it seeks to decide what we ought to be creating for ourselves. The mind’s proper role is to decide how best to achieve what our spirits want to bring forth, and not to decide what we need to manifest. Spirit initiates our best creative decisions based on all of life’s expressions at every level—sensory, emotional, rational and unseen. It invites our emotions to volunteer their feelings, our bodies to volunteer their reactions, and the entire world to participate in the choice of whatever comes next.

Clarity arises when we allow our personal field of awareness to expand beyond the limitations of our personal perspective by re-centering ourselves inclusively within an infinitely creative, eternally changing universe. It arises once we retrain ourselves to listen deeply and compassionately to the nonverbal cues that our bodies are constantly sending. It arises when we relax and allow ourselves to fully feel our feelings all the way through, no matter how uncomfortable they may become for a time, without discharging them aggressively or violently at others for “making” us feel them. It arises when we fall still enough to listen to the sublingual, whispering truths that flow beneath the highly excited, surface exchanges of our own beliefs and opinions.

Clarity arises when we fall mentally still, open our hearts, relax our bodies, and wait patiently for the aliveness of inspired insight to guide us, instead of relying only on the problem-solving brain to lead us through a difficult challenge. To put the brain in its proper place—to render it a congenial, co-equal branch of the body’s own regulatory system (instead of allowing it to imagine it can dictate the workings of our entire internal system) reveals to us where our structural social weaknesses also abide. As within, so without. Reason, untempered by compassion, condenses into cruelty for expediency’s sake. Punishment, lacking mercy, condenses into vengeance rather than justice. Action, lacking peaceful intentionality, condenses into selfishness rather than service. 

To realize this sets us ALL free from the limits of reason.  We come more fully alive when we align ourselves with life in trust, willingly, courageously, compassionately, kindly, patiently, and with peaceful intentionality. We become at last what we have ever been meant to become, and our consciousness flowers. The Earth looks forward to the full flowering of human consciousness. Having birthed us and having allowed us to eat from her body for many millennia, she now looks forward to watching us self-coordinate and discover what we can do once we know how we are.

I therefore wish all of you a more inspired, loving, wiser, and more graceful life experience this year.  May the clarity of 2020 vision light your way!

— Eileen Workman, Author of
Raindrops of Love for a Thirsty World and
Sacred Economics, The Currency of Life

 

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An MHP Holiday Message

As chaos erupts at the surface of things during this time of focus on the birth of Christ Consciousness, the dissolution and disarray of all social norms at superficial levels creates amazing opportunity for what nestles, seed-like and vulnerably opening, beneath the surface fractures in all of humanity’s systems.

Radical trust ignites the opening. like a seed pod opening and unfurling itself toward the sun. Seed pods of consciously-based radical trust are beginning to bloom everywhere at this time. Create your own pod or find a pod of individuals near you. Trust your intuition to guide you as to right timing and right locale. Know that what magnetizes you will not force you to remain in its orbit, but will draw you in naturally by how it manifests. Notice what magnetizes you, and what causes your heart to leap with joy, your mind to rest peacefully, and your body to relax and open wider to its own creative capacities and potential contributions.

Notice what makes your spirit SING…and do not settle for anything less at this auspicious time in the Great Internal Melting of human self-consciousness.  Decouple from any obsessive attachment to the thinking mind—not to undermine the power of thought, but to coordinate it more harmoniously with the brilliance of Spirit, with the loving heart, and with the graceful physical body.

Love all. Trust Self. Harm none.

Above all, be kind to yourselves at this time of great upheaval.

You ARE loved.

You ARE love, seeking the fullness and fulsomeness of its own expression.

— Eileen Workman, Author of
Raindrops of Love for a Thirsty World and
Sacred Economics, The Currency of Life
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Remembering Barbara Marx Hubbard

Dear Friends,

I am sorry to share that my dear friend and the “mother” of the human conscious evolution movement, Barbara Marx Hubbard, has departed from this material plane of existence. Godspeed to you, dearest Barbara…and may the love of all those who are grieving your loss lift your wings and carry you home.

Before she departed, Muse Harbor Publishing had the distinct honor and privilege of publishing The Evolutionary Testament of Co-Creation: The Promise Will Be Kept. Now, as I think back on all Barbara offered to the world through her many books and her entire life’s work, I am left to wonder…is the God that Barbara communed with keeping that promise?

The promise that Barbara Marx Hubbard foresaw—and what she shared throughout her long and illustrious life—refers to an emergent, unstoppable evolution in the nature and the focus of human consciousness. She talked often about how she was feeling a potent expansion of her own, ego-based perspective. She experienced within herself the emergence of this deeper, more powerful capacity for self-awareness and viewed it as the antidote to the challenges created by human self-consciousness. Barbara frequently experienced profound visions that involved all of humanity joyfully participating in a single, unified, living and self-aware system, containing a multitude of utterly precious human parts.

Barbara sensed that this rapid change in self-awareness was giving birth to a new humanity that would become more creative, intentional, and benevolent in its choices than has been homo sapiens. She even considered it to be creating a new species of human that she classified as homo universalis. Barbara realized that those who are presently undergoing this internal shift in consciousness were only beginning to learn and master their innate capacities, and she nurtured that process so that others would learn how to trust themselves to use their own gifts more gratefully, wisely and lovingly. Barbara further sensed that this new form of human beingness that is arising will soon inspire a secondary wave of more masterful human doingness. She therefore urged us all to join our geniuses as well as our genes, and to do our part so that humanity as a whole can overcome the many challenges we face.

The Barbara I knew inerrantly followed her heart’s inner compass of joy. Because she always focused on placing her grandest version of herself in loving, trusting service to her God—the Source of all life—Barbara lived an authentic life that was filled with joy, and purpose, and countless wonderful friends. She believed, quite strongly, that once any of us sets ourselves free to live our own authentic purpose, the loving abundance of the life force—which is our natural birthright—will be ours. That is the promise that Barbara believed God has made to humanity. And she made it clear before her death that this promise has been kept, and that the wave of change she once foresaw has already begun making its brilliant, flowing movement around this Earth. Of course, the global flood of greater awareness that Barbara Marx Hubbard predicted is not a material tempest of actual waters, but a tsunami-like wave of a powerful, unstoppable flow of good will, compassion, interconnectivity, and love for all that is, has been, and has yet to be.

Beloveds, as we collectively experience this massive, cresting wave of awareness moving toward us all like a brilliant flash of wondrous inner light, we need not be afraid of the power it carries. The light that rushes toward us now is no more fearsome than was the darkness out of which we now emerge. It will not swamp or destroy us with its radiance or its essence; rather, it will illuminate what we most need to see so that we can thrive in the joy of our shared aliveness.

Barbara knew this wave existed because she lived within it. Like a prophet of human consciousness, she proclaimed the coming of this great flood of higher awareness to all who were willing to listen: “Christ Consciousness is coming, so please open yourself and go meet it!” We have all been invited to open the inner floodgates that are holding back love’s healing energy, and to let it flow through us. Today, as we enter Easter’s Holy Week and humanity’s ancient stories of death and rebirth take shape in our collective consciousness, we will be well served to remind ourselves that Barbara’s most cherished vision was for each of us to hear the knock of Christ Consciousness at the inner door in our own hearts, and then rise to go meet it.

Eileen Workman,
Muse Harbor Publishing

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