HAS BEEN said that "a chain is only as strong as its
weakest link." But the determination of what constitutes "weakness"
and "strength" can vary, depending upon the usage of the chain. Is
it being used to fix something in place - to hold it tight, so no
one can break through and steal? Or is it being used as a divider
between two public spaces - opening and closing constantly to let
people enter and leave?
that classic tale of the willow and the oak? Up to a point, the idea
is comforting and desirable. An oak tree stands strong and tall
against the raging elements. So does a 300 pound bouncer in a
nightclub. You see him standing there, tattoo on his arm, bulging
muscles - and you feel comforted and safe. Then, suddenly, someone
calls in a bomb threat. The big guy is tough, but is he smart? Can
he figure out where the bomb might be, and how to get all those
people to safety?
stands steady, but a willow tree knows how to bend. When the winds
of adversity exceed its ability to resist, the oak will crack,
proving the more flexible willow to be its superior. But right up to
that point, most people would still put their money on the oak.
humanity is going now, in consciousness and
experience, requires BOTH the steadfastness of the oak and the
flexibility of the willow. So, we find ourselves busy about the
process of mixing and mingling BOTH elements, ALL elements, trying
to make something new and practical - something that functions with
reasonable precision under ALL possible circumstances.
today is no longer an "either/or" situation; most of the time, it is
"both/and." Even though America (for example) is deeply polarized,
politically - probably more so than anytime in its short history -
the needs and problems being presented to its people require more
collaboration than ever before. Some situations require
intensive conservatism, while others mandate liberality and
compassion. An intelligent leader does not identify with one
"system" over the other. He does what he needs to do, in the
moment, to get the job done.
politicians today are busy posturing, trying to prove a point,
trying to demonstrate the superiority of their "approach" to world
affairs, compared to others. They fight to win support for their
"way" - while human need, being deeply affected by radical Earth
Changes and off-the-chart social evolution, increases so rapidly
that no one "system" can ever be strong or wise enough to address
it. Systems don't solve problems - people solve problems. Sometimes
we must be oaks, and sometimes we must be willows. And Lord, gives
us the wisdom to know the proper timing and the difference.
to Attain a "United State"
On the periphery of every issue there are extremes. However, the
people who inhabit those realms do not think of themselves
as being extreme. They sincerely believe that their position is the
only reasonable one, and they fight to the death (or the depth) to
maintain it. One definition of an "extremist" might be: a person who
has gone so deeply into his (or her) specified beliefs that he can
no longer feel into those who believe differently.
transmission on "Terrorism,"
published back in 2001, The
Reconnections had this to say about extremism:
One of my
spiritual teachers, back in the late 80s and early 90s, was an adept
astral traveler. She could leave her body and visit others - usually
in dreamtime. During the first Persian Gulf War, she paid a visit to
Saddam Hussein, communing with his heart and spirit about the state
of affairs in the Middle East. Upon her return, the next morning,
she said to me: "Daniel, I felt into that man. He truly believes
that what he is doing is right and proper. We may disagree with
him, but his mind is set. He is at peace with himself." Since that
time, I have heard the same said about George W. Bush.
can only be labeled as an "extreme" if there is something more
which to compare it. This is where the Bridge People come in. Theirs
is the place of joining - of mixing and mingling - rather than
defending one position over the other. They make their home in the
middle. They are peacemakers.
stand out, like sore thumbs, anchoring both ends of whatever
polarity spectrum they occupy. They are flashy and ego-driven.
Bridge People lay themselves down over "troubled waters" so that
everyday folks can travel, to and fro, among the extremes.
was Irish, by ancestry, and my Dad was English, with a touch of
German. All the traditional traits (and conflicts) that characterize
these nationalities came together in my home. The Irish are
scrappers, party folk, and plain talkers with big hearts. The
English are idealists - formal, sometimes to the point of being a
bit stodgy. They bring order and structure to their world... and
dignity, which can be a huge comfort at times. There were many
rumbles that went down in my home in those days! And when the love
flowed, it really flowed.
diversity can sometimes degenerate into a brash cacophony - too many
people trying to "make a point" at the same time. But diversity that
has been channeled through a
unifying field becomes magical. All the sharp edges get rounded
out, as desire for wholeness overshadows the need to be individual
I was always
closer to my Mother, during childhood, even though I often idealized
my Dad. He was a good man, honest and conscientious, but I never
wished to attain his degree of formality or his uncompromising orderliness.
I valued having fun too much! Mom loved to gather with people - to
mix and mingle - and she threw the best parties! Dad was regular in
his ways, private in his manner, and he could be boring... like
solid rock can be boring, even though folks love the safety and
stability it brings to the equation.
I integrated a lot from both sides of my family tree. I am not him
and I am not her. I am ME... but each of them live on in me. I am a
Bridge Point for their souls and many of their ways. How does the
saying go? "You and me, and baby makes three." And, in a more
expanded sense, baby makes one... a new one, an expanded place of
joining for that original "you and me."
in Everyday Life
There is a lot we can say about purity. Something is what it is,
unchanged, unpolluted, with nothing to spoil the distinctive essence
it represents. Human anatomy is like that, in many respects. A body
has form and it has function.
chakra of the human body: roots and stability, symbolized by the
color red. Third chakra: administration of personal power and
choice, Represented by the color yellow - the "sun" - the body's
solar connection. Fifth chakra: communication, the color blue. These
energies are the foundation, the building blocks, the root essence
of a person: stand, choose, communicate. Then come the bridge tones.
The word "tone"
is very important to understand at this point. It is actually a
contraction, made up of two smaller words: to one. When a tone is
created, it is the union of two important elements. Without that union,
it would simply be a note. This way of looking at things is not
completely aligned with how music theory is usually explained, but
bear with me.
numbers of the human chakra system represent the form and the
function. The "even" numbers represent "feeling." To be complete,
each person needs to integrate form, function, and feeling. Three
dimensions of experience. Without feeling, without the mixing and
mingling of the "basics," life becomes dull and flat. It becomes
chakra is symbolized by the color orange. To make orange, we mix red
and yellow. Orange is a bridge tone that connects our roots
with our ability to choose. This chakra is frequently referred to as
the "sex chakra." It is also the home of the
inner child energy for a person. It is a connection point between
primal instinct and individual human will.
chakra is symbolized by the color green. To get green, you must mix
yellow and blue. We call this the "heart center" of the body. It is
the home of love and fellowship. It is also the administration point
between mind and emotion. During these times of high transition in
the world, the heart center has become a primary cauldron for mixing
and mingling third dimensional energies and the Multiverse. We will
talk more about that later.
from the world of colors to the world of music. The word "tone" is
frequently used in both contexts. When we mix notes in a tonal
scale, a chord is formed. It can either be a major chord, a
minor chord, augmented or diminished - depending on which notes we
include. Each note must be distinctive, so that the essence of the
chord rings clear and true. At the same time, those tones must blend
with each other, or parts of the chord will overshadow others,
bringing distortion to the sound.
In the world
of human interaction, the word "tone" has often been applied to the
general atmosphere or feeling that exists in a room where two or
more people have gathered. How often have we entered a room where
folks have been talking, and immediately gotten a strong feeling of
what has just transpired? We say to them: "I don't like the tone of
the conversation." We become concerned about the disharmonious
combination of energies that has just occurred.
Person" is someone who has the ability to stand back, and comprehend
the whole of what is going on, in any given situation. He
sees and appreciates the component parts that are participating, as
well as the apparent discord into which they seem to have fallen.
Within himself, he creates a space where changes can be made.
Internally, he synthesizes the energies present - making
the necessary adjustments to their individual notes so their
dissonance can be resolved.
those who have learned this skill began using it very early in life,
while trying to survive in households that were often at war. At
first, we did this internally to make ourselves more comfortable.
Later in life, we found ourselves actually pulled into conversations
offering suggestions (from a somewhat neutral space) about how local
relationships can be improved.
much to study, many more insights to learn about hybridism in the
world. If any of you are deep into this study as well, and have
insights to share, I would deeply appreciate hearing from you. More