~~~A Spiritual Cruise~~~
In order to escape from this never ending battle between---
Now and Change---
I decided to take a much needed visit to---
My Inner Sanctuary.
It looks nothing like an inner sanctuary should look, despite my best efforts.
I've even tried to change it around a bit---
It still looks just like a beach.
It's a different reality, this beach retreat that is within me.
There are times I find myself suddenly plopped there---
Out of no where.
And there are other times, I will my self to go there.
As I was sitting in the living room, a week ago----
Out of the blue---
I began to sink into a quiet, pensive state.
My boys had spent the evening with me, along with our dog.
We laughed, ate, laughed some more---
And the time went by far too quickly.
So there I was---
Thinking back to other times and my mind began to grow still.
I could feel my body relaxing and sinking deeper and deeper and deeper.
I was extremely relaxed.
And there I found myself----
On the beach, in my Inner Sanctuary.
Walking along the sand--- headed in a northerly direction.
I was alone, which was a true relief to me.
Sometimes "others" meet me there.
Sometimes, no one is there.
I am alone.
I am kicking sand up from between my toes, as I make my way up the beach.
I find myself further north than I usually go, when I see---- anchored a short ways off shore---
A cruise ship?
A man is standing by the shore, a small boat bobbling just a few feet away.
He beckons me with a wave of his hand, and I find myself next to him, being led into the water to the small boat.
I climb inside, he follows and begins to row towards the cruise ship.
He pulls close to the side of the boat and a ladder is opened down---towards us.
I stand up, grabbing onto the ladder for balance and he helps me up the first couple of rungs.
I pull myself up the ladder and allow myself to be helped on board.
Suddenly, from just above me---
I feel an arm reaching down to me--- followed by Beach Buddy's voice whispering to me:
"Sylvia Browne will host a special Spiritual Cruise on board!"
"How did you get up there?" I whispered back, very confused by all of this!
"Never mind that, it's all covered! Sylvia is here!" Beach Buddy was very excited by this!
Me---not so much.
"Buddy--- man you're not making any sense.
How did WE get here and why are WE here?
You know how I feel about Sylvia Browne!" I was starting to get worked up.
"And, I wasn't planning on being here, on any cruise, Sylvia or no Sylvia!" I groaned.
"Sylvia is hosting a spiritual debate--- featuring Now Expert Eckhart Tolle and Past Lives Expert Brian Weiss!" Buddy raised an eyebrow as he continued---
"Sylvia has The Answers; Brian has The Past & Future; and Tolle has The Now." he paused, and then corrected himself---
"Ooops! It'll have to go to Brian because what was The Now then, is history--- Now!" Beach Buddy explains.
I begin to glance around, trying to put the pieces of this together, so that I could get some kind of feel for what was taking place.
"What the hell are you babbling about? Just tell me what I am doing here!" I begged.
Beach Buddy steers me down a hallway towards a banquet room, he leans his head in towards my ear and states:
"It would appear as if Mr Tolle has the most dynamic position. Well, unless one has managed to stop time, what was then---- now---- is history and that's Brian's territory."
We near the double entryway to Salon B, hearing the soft murmur of voices behind the closed doors.
"What is going on?" I ask him, stopping myself a few feet from the door.
"Try to answer me quickly, Buddy, I don't have all the time in the world right now!" I loudly whisper to him.
"Sylvia Brown is hosting this Spiritual Cruise!" He answers looking at me for a reaction.
"Jesus Christ almighty! HOW can this be? I was sitting in the living room one second and now this?" I said loudly.
He knows how I feel about Sylvia.
She bugs the snot out of me. I don't like her, she delivers vague nonsense to people who are vulnerable.
And I hate the way she picks her teeth with her pinkie nail while communicating with the dead.
As if reading my mind, Beach Buddy coaxes, " Oh, can you please just give me that little left pinkie routine you do so well?"
"And I just know you'll have to contort your left hand to do that!" he continued, smiling.
I find myself responding, moving my freshly polished left hand towards my mouth.
My nails look great---
I just had a new set of nails put on yesterday anyway.
I say to him, in a low and raspy voice--- imitating Sylvia, as I say---
"Someone dropped someone in a shaft, or yes, maybe it is someone someone knew.
Exactly, but it's across the state line. It would be about close to 28 or 34, 35 miles away----"
He snorts and begins to laugh out loud.
He leads me laughing around to the side entrance of the Salon and we move inside and off to the side, to listen in on the night's debate.
Sylvia opens this night's events, moving her left pinkie nail just a tad out of the way of her tongue as she announces:
“I was born this way, and I don't know how I do it.
I can do it from a piece of paper.
I can do it from a letter.
I can do it from a phone.
I don't know how I don't...
It just comes in. It just comes in.
I don't know how to explain it to you.
It just comes in.”
She turns to Brian and says, "What are you doing here?"
Dr. Brian Weiss answers, "In the immortal words of Kierkegaard, 'Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.' "
Eckhart Tolle interjects with "If I cannot live with myself, there must be two of me."
Brian says, "There probably are, the you that was you the last time around, and the you that you was, a few moments ago. There is also the you that will be."
Eckhart Tolle sarcastically asks, "Which is the real me?"
Sylvia interrupts, "Gentlemen if I may---take your seats and without further interruptions, we will be getting to your keynote debate shortly."
"But first the raffle drawing for a free reading by me, for one of our audience members."
Sylvia begins by closing her eyes, "What's your question honey?"
"I've been searching all over the place for this answer, where is it?" a voice calls out from the shadows a few rows from the front of platform.
Sylvia opens and closes her eyes, raising her left pinkie towards the right side of her mouth and murmurs---
"Honey, look in the water.
I see water...no no no, I keep seeing water.
What is his sign honey?
Maybe he was shot?
I don't care, something with water and being shot.
I know this went down, I don't know, but I'm telling you something hit him in the chest.
Was he any place before he had been there?
He had a straight nose and a fairly full mouth."
"A year ago, on July 24 and then missing, it's been over a year..." the voice continues.
"He disappeared?" Sylvia's voice asks loudly and she continued,
"Who saw him before he disappeared?
He's not dead, um the thing that bothers me the most though and I don't want to be mean, he wasn't right in the head.
Do you know what I mean?
Very disjointed, rattled.
That's what I'm describing and he is around---
But someone has taken him and put him in his place.
Off and on he knows.
There was a woman with the initials of AW who took him somewhere.
He was off.
He's still alive and being kept in a place....." her voice faded.
The audience is stunned into silence with these bingo revelations Sylvia has provided.
With that, Sylvia moves over to the debate area on the raised platform, containing two couches, and two chairs.
"So let's start with you Dr Brian Weiss blah blah blah---
Author of Many Live Many Masters, and tonight's program, in which the order is only based on the known fact that to get to the present we need to get to the past."
Sylvia paused to take a breath and then rasped, "Brian let me ask you a question, what can you tell me about my future lives?"
Brain responds, "Imagine yourself being in the middle of a golden light Sylvia---
It is above your head and moving downward, relaxing and restoring---
As it moves down your neck, into your jaw muscles----
You are safe and protected.
When I begin to count, you will become more and more relaxed---
Sinking deeper and deeper.
When I get to 10--- you will be there.
Deeper and deeper, walking down the steps.
And deeper you go---
Deeper and quietly relaxed.
You are there."
Sylvia's head dropped over onto the pillow.
Eckhart glances over at Brian, waiting, centered in the present.
Meanwhile, Brian got up from the chair he was sitting in and walked over to sit next to Eckhart.
"Nothing ever happened in the past that can prevent you from being present now;
And if the past cannot prevent you from being present now---
What power does it have?"
Brian responds, "Not true. I've worked with over 4000 people in my office and helped them heal from past life phobias, traumas and physical problems.
As a psychiatrist, I see people with symptoms, or, people are curious about past lives or they have a non-hypnotic experience of deja vu."
Eckhart immediately returns the jab with:
"To end the misery that has afflicted the human condition for thousands of years---
You have to start with yourself and take responsibility for your inner state at any given moment.
That means now."
Brian responds firmly, "Now means going into the past and the future to resolve conflicts."
"If we're lost in thought, listening to the voices in our heads, never in The Now, we miss our whole lives!" Tolle exclaims, in his usual monotone voice.
Suddenly Sylvia's head moves upright and she says:
“A ghost is someone who hasn't made it - in other words, who died---
And they don't know they're dead.
So they keep walking around and thinking that you're inhabiting their---
Let's say, their domain. So they're aggravated with you.”
"Like I was saying, Sylvia surely is in the Not Now." Tolle interjects with an ego restrained arching eyebrow movement.
"I'll take care of that, " Dr. Weiss says.
"At first focus on your breathing, Sylvia--- your breath--- " Brian begins to coax Sylvia---
"Let it be nice and deep and even, relaxed yoga breathing, this is the way within." Weiss continues soothingly.
"With each breath let yourself go deeper and deeper and deeper into a relaxed, serene tranquil state.
This is so healthy for your mind and body.
Feel the peace with each breath, deeper and deeper relaxed and calm.
Relax your facial muscles and jaw, of your arms and the muscles of your finger nails..."
Brian's voice trails off as Sylvia's head slumps back onto the pillow.
"See, she's living in clock time, as I like to call it. The past and present. The Now is No Clock Time." Eckhart announces firmly.
"And you Brian---- To the ego, the present moment hardly exists.
Only past and future are considered important.
This total reversal of the truth accounts for the fact that in the ego mode the mind is so dysfunctional.
It is always concerned with keeping the past alive, because without it - who are you?" Tolle says quickly, focusing on Brian.
Sylvia' head pops to life again saying, "You don't have to answer that question, I will. You want answers?" Sylvia shoots at Tolle.
"I think I'm entitled to them!" Tolle's droning voice demands.
"You want answers?" Sylvia asks forcefully, as if speaking to someone asking about a loved one.
"I want the truth!" Eckhart says with equal force, while maintaining even tones to his voice.
"You can't handle the truth. " Sylvia begins.
"I predict hypnotic past-life regression will become available through a group of trained psychologists on both the east and west coasts of the U.S.A. in 2009.
It will prove to be quite a success and will be widely practiced by 2011."
"I point out to you that this ego of yours should be arrested. The secret of life is to "die before you die" -- and find that there is no death." Eckhart responds.
"Oh no you don't, Eckhart!" Dr. Weiss said excitedly, "oh no you don't."
"Last spring, I was giving a series of lectures on another cruise ship." Weiss began.
"In such sessions, I often hypnotize my listeners en masse then lead them into an earlier life and back again to the present.
Some go back in time, some fall asleep, others stay, unhypnotized, where they are.
This time, a member of the audience -- Walter, a wealthy man who is a genius in the software business -- went into the future on his own.
And he didn't go into his own lifetime -- he jumped a millennium ahead!"
"Life is now. There was never a time when your life was not now, nor will there ever be." Tolle states emphatically.
"When Walter was awake, he described the vivid and powerful scenes, and the feelings and sensations he had experienced.
This is one reason that I think this is not all imagination." Weiss went on, weighing his words,
"Yet his excitement did not come close to matching mine, for I finally saw the implications.
I had come to learn that past, present and future are one--- "
Eckhart interrupted---""Nothing ever happened in the past; it happened in the Now. Nothing will ever happen in the future; it will happen in the Now."
Ignoring Tolle, Weiss continued, "and that what happens in the future can influence the present, just as the past influences it.
That night, I wrote: "We can go into the future if it's done wisely.
The future, whether near or far, can be our guide.
The future may be feeding back into the present to influence us now into making better choices and decisions.
We can change what we're doing now based on feedback from the future.
And that changes our futures in a more positive direction."
"Now what?" Sylvia's head pops to life.
"Absolutely, yep yep, people everything.
Really bad--" she mumbles.
Then: "No! Unfortunately you do have a rescuer thing, you will find a dark haired guy.
That's right, that's right.
PS To learn more about the world's greatest prophecies, read my book End of Days.
Yeah, ok--- I'm going to give you my predictions.
I really do.
It flattens out.
It's close, I don't know.
I thought I'm doing a double thing.
At this point, when it gets nearer, I'll be more right.
I study prophecies known by civilizations around the world."
Weiss shot a look at Tolle, who then announced:
"We'll be taking a short break Now."
With that, Montel Williams strolls out and says,
"Available in the lobby, during the conference and online---
With a discount for attendees and their families---
Sylvia's Sleep Sweetly Pillow---Decorated with gnostic symbols of---
Love and peace---his and hers prints available."
Montel, looking over at Tolle and receiving a nod, continues:
The Limited Edition of The Now Wrist Watch, featuring---
Moment-to-Moment Positive Afiirmations---
And available with optional 12 and 24 hour time displays for those moments--
When you are---
Not in The Now.
This timely piece is also available in an alarm clock version which flashes---
The room began to empty and Beach Buddy excitedly nudged me, pointing.
"Hey I'm off to the lobby.
During all of this, I slipped into one of my future lives as an emotionally driven mindless follower---
Of all this New Age Babble speak.
I hope you can rescue me soon.
There's Steven Farmer over there---
And Doreen Virtue, his wife.
They're up next, see if they can give you a few pointers. See you later."
And with that, I was brought back into my living room, hearing the door closing, Beach Buddy was arriving home.
Where had I been?
Why was I there?
I looked over at him and said, "It's all so confusing, Now, Change, Future."
"Go back to sleep Wreckage," he murmured softly, "things will look better in the morning."
Till the next time, Earth Students~~~