On Centering: Getting Out of Our Own Way

Dear Hearts,

As I sit down to write this morning, tomorrow is Mother’s Day, an occasion I’ve been pondering for a while now as it falls within a couple of days of my birthday.

Both of my dear sons asked me what I wanted this year and I offered my usual response, “Nothing except time spent with both of you.” Happily, that wish will be coming true. And since I’ll be traveling for the reunion, this message will be delayed. Even so, please know I’ll be thinking of all of you as you celebrate Mother’s Day right along with me. My insightful teacher, Ana Perez-Chisti recently shared, “We are all mothers as God is always needing to be born.”—Meister Eckhart

Over the course of the last several years, I have been making repeated efforts to focus on “wanting what I already have,” an important teaching I learned from Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsh. I have to say the practice is quite useful in helping me avoid any feelings of insufficiency, which can lead to thoughtforms consumed with longing or craving for this or that—whether love, money, health, vitality, peace, or harmony. Wanting more of anything can translate to a belief system based on lack. I have repeatedly found that if I can avoid going down the path of longing for something else, other than what’s right in front of me, I am ever so much more content.

That said, however, I find these days that feelings of peace and contentedness can be more difficult to access. Even as much as I try to detach from what’s going on in the external world of polarities related to “woke-ness” or non, doing so is occasionally a bit of a stretch.

Lately, more often than not, I have a sense of urgency about the current national/global situation, and feel strongly that I need to do something about it. Of course, this planet of ours is made up of individuals who are already making a difference, and you, being one of them, are likely participating in offering your contributions—whether with your prayers, your actions, or both. Please share what you are up to so we can connect our individual and collective dots—the whole “…wherever-two-or-more-are-gathered” we create the more-momentum thing.

I know I have written on the subject of how the current political quagmire, combined with the jarring disruption of a global pandemic, can be successfully navigated, such as in: Will You Fall Through a Hole or Pass Through a Portal; We Are One Single Tribe; On Politics and Spirituality; and Indiana Jones and the Citizens of Consciousness.

While I continue to be in alignment with the sentiments expressed in each of these, I’d like to add some queries for you to percolate on:

“What would happen if I had the courage to simply abide in my own being without trying to fix things?

Am I able to just stand/sit still in simple presence, without stating my preferences, and instead listen for Divine guidance on what the next right steps should be?

I find that when I can just drop in to simple Presence, I discover that the solutions on how to proceed come to me with much greater ease—paradoxically, my need (as in longing) for a solution will often block the very clarity I am attempting to access. If I am able to let go, I’m more available for the necessary grace to guide me into a state of unrestricted, creative potential.

In short, I’ve learned over my not-short lifetime, that in order to move in the right direction, I must connect to the still point inside where the unmoved Mover resides.

While I’m tempted to wait to do so until tomorrow on the plane, I will commit to engaging in the practice of going to that still point now, even while persuaded toward all of the busyness that leaving town can provoke. I’ll let you know what arises—could just be to greet tomorrow with an open heart toward everyone I meet. We’ll see. Until then, happy Mother’s Day, you Godly mothers!

Believing in you!

Love,
Luann

Will you fall into a hole or pass through a portal?

“Let this be your heart’s deepest yearning; to become all of those things which you are tempted to seek from another. And in your becoming, you will get that there is nothing to get.”—Happily  Ever After…Right Now.

Luann Robinson Hull, second edition to be published August 18, 2020

These are powerful and unprecedented times–perhaps times that are ripe for healing our human wounds–those raw places in our hearts and souls that can provoke feelings of separation and strong positions on this or that. Such a propensity can alienate us even further from those with whom we disagree, while standing firm in our sanctimonious righteousness—unable to hear any differing point of view. 

A beloved professor of mine, Ana Perez Chisti once said, “Elevate the position of your adversaries. Inevitably, they all have something to teach you.”

I know, it may seem impossible to do so, but what choice do we have? Are we really going to waste one nanosecond of our lives by snapping at the bait that will inevitably hook us? Or, will we avoid doing so at all costs by rising up to realize that whether or not humanity chooses to expand to the next level of our evolutionary status is up to us right now—it really is. If this is so, what are the necessary steps that will pivot us in the right direction? Many wise and brave souls on whose shoulders we can choose to stand, have carried the torch for us. Isn’t it our turn to show up and advocate for positive change, while heeding their accomplishments and the methods by which they achieved them?

“You never change things by fighting against the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the old model obsolete.”
R. Buckminster Fuller

Here are a few shapeshifters to consider: 

  • Dr. Martin Luther King won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his leadership in transcending racial injustice. 
  • His mentor, Mahatma Gandhi, facilitated freedom from foreign subjugation for a fifth of the human race with non-violent activism
  • Philosopher and transcendentalist, Henry David Thoreau practiced civil disobedience by speaking out against slavery, the war (which the US had declared upon Mexico in 1846), and government authoritarianism. Following a night in prison for not paying taxes, he wrote Civil Disobedience, setting a precedent for Gandhi and King.
  • Pakistani Malala Yousafzai, an advocate for female education, was shot by a masked, Taliban, gunman who, after barging onto her school bus demanded, “Which one of you is Malala?” Without hesitation she courageously stood and responded, “I am Malala.” Miraculously, Malala survived the bullet that traveled through her skull and went on to write her memoir: I am Malala. That book and her peaceful activism for women’s’ rights to education led her to become the youngest Nobel Prize laureate to date.

Each of these four were all about creating “a new model by helping to make the old model obsolete,” as they listened to both the inner and outer cries for change.    

“We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.”—R. Buckminster Fuller, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth

If you are reading the words on this page, whether you want to admit it or not, you are here to transcend the amnesia of the world in one way or another. So, what are you for? If you are not doing so already, it is time to speak up. White Eagle, a member of the Hopi Indian tribe recently said, “This moment that humanity is going through can be seen as a portal or a hole. The decision to go through the portal or fall through the hole is up to you…there is a social demand in this crisis, but there is also a spiritual demand…”

What is the best thing you can do toward becoming the most evolved person you are meant to be? Albert Einstein’s theory on the quantum world for which he won the Nobel prize in Physics in 1921 implies that for every action there is a reaction. If you support such a theory, please consider the possibility that every single word, gesture, and breath you take has an effect on the general field of human consciousness. Each act of forgiveness and compassion, together with every gesture of kindness raises the ocean of humanity. Conversely, every act of hatred, resistance, and violence sinks the human species lower and lower toward entropy and despair.

Which way will you choose?  

Suppose you become well known for your contributions to humanity in a decade or so (should we survive the current quagmire in which we find ourselves). You and your accomplishments are acknowledged and celebrated on the front page of your favorite publication (July 29, 2030). What will that say?

We are standing at the edge of the frontier on what we can become. That becoming depends entirely on the limitations (or lack thereof) we place on ourselves. The decision to “fall into the hole, or travel through the portal” is entirely up to us. And when you triumphantly make your way through that portal, acknowledging any reluctance you have in doing so, you will realize, “There is no path. You make the path by walking.”—David Whyte.

Successful entrepreneur, Steve Hull (my beloved brother), who forged his own incredible path by putting one foot in front of the other says, “You just have to begin. The rest is easy.”

Believing in you…
Love,
Luann

Indiana Jones and the Citizens for Consciousness

Joseph Campbell created a framework for the spiritual path which he called “The Hero’s Journey.” The heroine, who is always flawed, starts out on her journey filled with hope and inspiration, endures a few dark nights, and faces repeated run-ins with her weaknesses. At the pinnacle of her suffering she has a breakthrough, realizes that she and God are one, and is inspired to be of service to others. (LRH, Self Belonging)

In the midst of our collective pre-election jitters, we lost Sir Thomas Sean Connery, a 20thcentury movie icon, who died on October 31st at the age of 90. A big fan, I felt it was my moral imperative to re-visit one of his films in celebration of his life. I chose Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, in which Steven Spielberg directed the well-matched pair of Harrison Ford as Indiana and Connery as his father, Henry. Together, they create a classic “hero’s journey” set in 1938, just before Hitler’s army invaded Poland. 

Much of the film is devoted to Indiana’s search for Henry, a holy grail scholar kidnapped by the Nazis to lead them to Christ’s chalice and bestow them with eternal life. Once Indiana and Henry were re-united they set out to find the grail together, before the Nazis. Nonetheless, they all eventually ended up together at the Temple home of the chalice, where a series of death-traps had been placed for keeping it in place.

Once his dad was shot at the scene by the Nazis, Indiana faced the ultimate task of saving him and the Chalice by negotiating those death traps—the last one being to step out into empty space above a deep ravine. Henry mutters, “You must believe, boy,” when a bridge suddenly appears beneath Indiana’s feet, manifesting the benefit of his “leap of faith” and paving the path to the Holy Grail.

Dear hearts, as we all know, these are chaotic times when we too often feel poised on the edge of a ravine, wishing for a magic bridge. It is a time to decide whether to retreat in utter fatigue or exercise our own version of faith (on steroids). I don’t care who you voted for or what you think he or his party represents, can any of us afford the luxury right now of celebrating or anguishing the outcome of our recent election—regardless of how things may appear or play out? 

Is it possible that people in America have not been so tribally polarized since the beginning of the Civil War, 259 years ago? Just 85 years earlier, in 1776, The Declaration of Independence was signed, representing a United States bound together with unalienable rights decreed in our Constitution. Today, we appear to be two nations in one, separate and distinct, living in the shadow of both events, within a society rife with primitive hatred, pandemics, and general pandemonium. What on earth will bring us together now, as the world watches those of us fortunate enough to live in “the home of the free and the land of the brave?” What do we want them to witness?

What continues to fuel our competitive nature—the compelling force that keeps coaxing us to escape defeat at all costs—are instincts rooted in our primal past, thwarting our conscious evolution. (LRH, Self Belonging)

From my lens, I see a mighty Force that supports all warriors of light (however cheezie that sounds), stalwart in their commitment to usher in whatever it takes to transcend these dark and troubled times—which in my view no President or President-elect is solely equipped to resolve. Instead, I believe it is up to those of us who have had more than a few twists and turns on our own hero’s journey to summon the stamina necessary in support of triumph over darkness—whatever we might interpret that to mean. And yes, while at it, I suspect we’ll have even more obstacles to overcome, and some real leaps of faith of our own to step into. Can we hear Henry’s voice say “you must believe?” The alternative is to stand by and let the forces of primal entropy run rampant—while in fact this is rich, fertile territory, inviting us to join forces and make real changes in the landscape.

In being totally transparent with you, I have to admit: I am not liberal, conservative, or any grey place in between. Rather I am a citizen for consciousness. What does that mean? It means I am interested in making whatever contributions I can at this advanced stage of my life for the upliftment of humanity by connecting to others with the same objective. I know, it sounds sanctimonious, but if you’re reading the words on this page my hunch is that you understand and you want to participate too. Perhaps, together we can recognize that in serving as examples for others we have to let go of any primal persuasion for competition or the  “winners and losers” paradigm, while fortifying our individual and collective vision on what’s best for the greater good.

Believing in you…

Love, 

Luann

Winter Solstice 2020

Today is the solstice, my absolute favorite day of the year—especially over the course of the last 15 years when I’ve been living between two mountains. On the 21 st of December, the last peek of sunlight slides behind one of those mountains at 3:00 p.m. and doesn’t show-up again above the other one until 8 a.m. the next day. It is dark and cold here this time of year—a time to percolate on my blessings (at the risk of sounding sanctimonious). 

I admit, given everything that’s been goin’ on over the course of the last few months, it’s been a challenge, only this is what I believe—see if you agree:
Every positive thought we hold, every time we pivot toward the light and away from that darkness that currently seems so pervasive for a variety of reasons, every time we choose to love and compassionate over fear and hatred, we will raise the ocean of consciousness of humanity (and the cosmos in which we are immersed—including the sun, moon,
stars, and planets) at least an inch or two. 

We cannot know when that human consciousness of ours will tip into the right direction—into the possibility of a golden age of balance and love that has been long predicted to be possible by the avatars and advanced souls who have preceded us. All we can do is to fortify ourselves with everything that will strengthen our hearts and souls in making our contributions toward that possibility.

May each and every one of you continue to be endowed with unexpected joys, and magical blessings as we celebrate the coming of the Christ Consciousness and the “Festival of Lights” (the re-dedication of the Temple of Jerusalem). Let us all continue to brighten those inner light bulbs of ours and usher in together, an absolutely spectacular 2021.

With so much love and gratitude for you all!

Luann
Winter Solstice/ 2020

On Faith…The Wisdom of Uncertainty

Dear Friends,

For those of you who may not know, my latest intimate relationship ended a year ago, the experience of which contributed measurably to the final touches of my second book, Self Belonging. The partnership (and its ending) was the ultimate test for me to verify my own ability to practice what I preach and write about—sharing with all of you my ventures in (and out of love) and the practices I’ve found so useful to support me with debacles of my own creation. Closure on this latest “situation” (even as I’ve been sustained by my own combo platter of science and spirituality) has most definitely been included in the mix of this past jarring and unpredictable year, when the world flipped upside down—for all of us.

While on this latest-12 month-sojourn, I’ve been constantly reminded of Buddhist nun Pema Chödrön’swise-title, The Wisdom of No Escape—a treasured book in my personal library. What wisdom is buried in this current climate of chaos, change, ambiguity, and uncertainty, from which it appears there is no escape—for me (and perhaps for you) either personally or globally? It’s easy to stay steady on the spiritual path when things seem stable and predictable. But what about when it’s hard to find steady ground—when chaos is the status quo, for who knows how long? Maybe indefinitely?

Are these times, laced with repeated uncertainty, actually hidden opportunities to buckle in and fortify our faith in the Divine plan? I am not a young woman. My faith has been tested many times—and I delight in reporting that to date it has never failed me. I trust the current global quagmire is, in one way or another, most definitely no exception.

My wise and treasured teacher, Ana Perez-Chisti states, “Be a refuge to yourself.” How better to do that than to find some time each day to steady the mind—be it with vigorous exercise, a mindful walk, or mantra meditation (or all three)? Don’t you find that it’s much easier to deal with whatever is happening in the external world when you can access that inner compass (the Internal Divine), ever available to help you navigate whatever is going on —both inside and out?

While we’re at it, shall we consider the healing power of love and how we can make our loving contributions to this ailing world? Now is traditionally a time of love, as Valentine’s Day approaches. From my vantage point during this cultural celebration, those “in love,” or in intimate relationships, can choose to expand their love into a greater loving intention for all—particularly this year. And those of us who are solo can join forces with the rest of you, while avoiding any temptation to keenly feel our “singleness” on this day customarily meant for lovers. We can most definitely find ways to love and be loved that are deeply meaningful.

How do I know? I just spent a month with my grandchildren, ages five and two. Inspired by these two amazing young Beings, I say love, love, love, with all of your heart and soul, and watch in wonder as love comes effortlessly back to you in unexpected and magical ways.

In this month that focuses on the heart, shall we see how open we can keep our own hearts—the back door to ourselves and the front door to others—while noting as we do any subtle (or profound) shifts in our daily lives? I believe that through these actions we will change the world—one heart at a time.

“If you could only love enough, you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the universe.”—Emmet Fox

Happy Valentines Day, brothers and sisters!

Believing in you,

Luann   Watch for Self Belonging: Embrace the Wisdom of Soul and Science and Live Your Best Life, due out on April 13th. Preorder now at https://www.amazon.com/Self-Belonging-Embrace-Wisdom-Science/dp/1970107049/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=self-belonging+with+luann&qid=1612991267&sr=8-1

Peace, Harmony, and Freedom…Eclipsing Human Evil

“If you have been brutally broken but still have the courage to be gentle to others then you deserve a love deeper than the ocean itself.”—Nikita Gill

Dear Hearts,

The late Scott Peck introduced me to my spiritual path with his acclaimed classic The Road Less Traveled, which has sold 6.5 million copies since its release in 1978. Peck’s second but lesser known work, introduced five years later, is People of the Lie—The Hope for Healing Human Evil.  While The Road is a primer on how to live a spiritual life, People of the Lie offers direction on navigating the horrors of human evil.

In my second book, Self Belonging (due out in April) there is a section entitled Taming the Incredible Hulk, where I refer to neuroscientist Andrew Newberg’s assertion that “anger is humanities greatest enemy.” Newberg believes that of all the emotions, anger is the most primal, dangerous, and difficult to control since it shuts down the frontal lobes where reasoning, compassion, and tolerance live. When you get angry, you lose your ability to be rational—you can’t hear (let alone feel) another’s position or point of view. Instead, the more you boil the more justified you feel in feeding your own righteousness.  

I find that during these chaotic times, evil, or anger of the malicious variety, seems to be mounting from the personal to the global—a phenomenon unprecedented in my lifetime (which as I’ve shared is not a short amount of time). I was born just after World War II and have read extensively about the horrors of that war, documenting my own father’s critical role in Self. I graduated from high school in 1968, three years after America jumped into the Vietnam War and about 20 years after the end of World War II. My brother narrowly escaped the draft in 1967. Others I knew were not so fortunate, returning from Nam with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) or not returning at all. I witnessed the effects of wartime and other atrocities while working in the psychiatric world, including abuses of the most unconscionable nature.

Nonetheless, it seems that the level of fear, the culprit for human evil according to Peck, is currently amped up to an exceptional degree, ever escalating with economies shutting down, people losing jobs and businesses, and folks sequestered at home, as global violence and desperation run rampant without any immediate end in sight. The only hope some cling to lies in the promise of modern medicine’s proclaimed messiah—the “miracle” vaccine. But is it? All I can say is do your research, and, in order to get varying points of view, you’ll have to dig.  

To paraphrase Peck, the difference between people who just get angry, raise their voices or freak out every now and again (if we’re honest, couldn’t we include ourselves in this category?)—and others who persistently blame and project their anger onto everyone else—is that the latter subgroup will never admit their transgressions. As Peck offers in The Lie: “The evil are terrified that their pretense will break down and they will be exposed to the world and to themselves. They are continually frightened to come face to face with their own evil…Regardless of how well they attempt to appear calm and collected in their daily dealings, the evil live their lives in fear.”

Then there are the “spiritual-people-offenders”—the worst in my estimation—who can “do no wrong,” repeatedly pontificating about their own virtues while vilifying others with vicious criticisms and judgments. Because, as Peck asserts, the evil are petrified to admit wrongdoing, they instead devote all of their psychic energy into devious and deceptive rationalizations for blaming everyone else—never taking responsibility for their own wrongdoings —even when those are blatantly obvious. Instead, the more evidence against them, the more bitterly they will defend themselves. The late Debbie Ford once wisely said “When you point the finger at someone else, you are pointing three fingers back at yourself” (go ahead, try it and see what she means.)

Peck actually hoped that those responsible for updating the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Illness would create a category for evil, but thus far, with two revisions since he wrote People of the Lie—that has not been accomplished. In contemplating Peck’s proposition regarding the DSM, I wonder: is evil a mental illness, a product of conditioning and DNA, or the old rugged brain (the fight or flight “monster”) on steroids? Perhaps we are looking at some combination of all three.

Whether or not we can resolve that question, it seems the only good news in evil raising its ugly head, is that when doing so, it’s exposed. And, more good news… we don’t have to put up with “mean people” who “suck” anymore (a phrase I once saw on a bumper sticker)—the ones, who can dish it out but will never take responsibility for their own misdeeds; the ones who consistently blame those who threaten their smug sanctimony, dripping in contempt.

If you have someone in your life who is one of those “mean people who suck,” run like hell, and for sure, don’t take their actions personally. Whether s/he be a government official or someone up close and personal, I mean it. Do not engage with them, or get all riled up over their rhetoric, nor expect them to take responsibility for their cruelty. Trust me. They won’t—not, at least, until hell freezes over and they have nowhere to run but toward themselves. If you are afraid to leave, don’t be. There are more resources now than ever before to support anyone who is being bullied, harassed, or abused. If you don’t know what those are but need to, email us here. Our team at Hearn House will help you find those resources or direct you to someone who can.

So if, indeed, anger is the human enemy, what can we do to eradicate it—or at least calm it down?

While Peck did recommend having compassion towards those with evil tendencies, he didn’t offer a more specific formula to transcend it. The amazing Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung, however, did have some thoughts on problems of a seeming insoluble nature. As I note in Self, Jung stated:

All the greatest and most important problems of life are fundamentally insoluble…They can never be solved, but only outgrown. This outgrowing proved on further investigation to require a new level of consciousness. Some higher or wider interest appeared on the patient’s horizon, and through this broadening of his or her outlook the insoluble problem lost its urgency. It was not solved logically on its own terms but faded when confronted with a new and stronger life urge.

In essence, Jung believed as I do that Divine law has our back. As long as we focus on that Life Urge of ours, it will never fail to nurture and guide us. And when enough of us tune in and listen to that sacred, silent voice gently nudging us to take heart and soar above the mundane meanderings of fear and hatred, we will create enough momentum on planet Earth to utterly eclipse human evil altogether, giving birth to a new level of human consciousness. At that point, Divine love will be the prevailing influence. Actually, it already is—it’s just sometimes not that easy to spot amidst the current chaos—maybe all the more reason to amp up our awareness and attention? We don’t want to miss the many acts of loving kindness that arehappening should we be persuaded toward some unnecessary diversion. As I say in Self Belonging, “People are just doing what they do. We don’t have to be there while they’re at it”—which brings me to the final point. Shall we join together and make a sweeping, universal intention to forgive any and all beings whom we may perceive as “evil” or to have transgressed us in some way? Doesn’t letting go of our defenses free us up to direct our energy toward what inspires us? Ya. That’s what I’m talkin’ about—peace, harmony, and freedom. Let’s do this…

Believing in you…and that spring will come!

Love, Luann

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