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We all go through Transitions in one form or another

Gossip Trap May 26, 2015

Filed under: Spirituality — Sequoia Elisabeth @ 8:12 am
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Gossip is like a whirlpool in the ocean of consciousness, or it is like quicksand in the jungle of life. Whichever way of looking at it strikes a nerve, beware this most common enemy on the path to Joy.

Forgiveness is your protection from gossip, which basically means when someone starts to gossip you go into non-judgment mode.  You’re not agreeing with them or disagreeing; you don’t correct them, or disapprove.  You do your best to politely change the subject or walk away.  Sending them love is also appropriate, since what they really want is to feel better or to say that differently, it’s a cry for love.

Is there such a thing as positive gossip or inspirational gossip?  I believe there is.  Negativity comes wrapped in cute sheep skin, carrying pretty flowers, and covered in perfume.  Only later do you notice that you feel bad and in fact they have taken your energy.  Most of the purveyors of positive, inspirational gossip are well intentioned and do not even realize what they are doing.  Once again this is a cry for love, they are saying aren’t I cute, pretty, loveable?  And BAM, you come away feeling drained… because you were.

The bottom line here is how you are approaching life.  Are you looking for ways to give or ways to receive?  Do you look at life as “what’s in it for me?” or “what do I have to offer?”.  If it is the former you’ll be running into energy vampires all the time, because You are one!!  If instead you approach life saying “what do I have to offer?” or I have this to offer, how best can I do this, then you’ll attract positive and productive ways to contribute to the world.  Most importantly you’ll feel better.  The more you give the better you’ll feel too.  The only real way to know how you’re doing on the path is to notice how you feel.  Awareness is key on the Journey of Love (Joy, Peace, Love = God, Prime Creator, Great Spirit).

Sequoia Elisabeth :-)

Unity in Gender Diversity

 

 

How is my Transition Serving Mankind? May 19, 2015

Filed under: Gender Related,Spirituality — Sequoia Elisabeth @ 10:30 am
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How is my transition serving mankind?  And if it is not serving then why do it?

Gender transition comes in as many different flavors as there are people transitioning.  The standing authorities from WPATH as well as others say that CHT, contra-hormone therapy and GRS, genital realignment surgery are the best way to treat Gender Dysphoria.  My response to this is perhaps on a superficial and purely material plane, but we are not just animals or bodies.  We are multi-dimensional beings – Spiritual Beings who are having a human experience!

Metaphysics teaches us that we have a body at each level of the Chakra system. So gender transition is something we encounter in forth body. Before this it is incomprehensible and thus the reaction we get from so many others.  “The first four bodies and their chakras were split into two. The duality ends with the fifth body.  As I said before, the difference between male and female lasts until the fourth body; after that it ends. If we observe very closely all duality belongs to the male and the female. Where the distance between male and female is no more, at that very point all duality ceases. The fifth body is nondual. It does not have two possibilities but only one.” (Osho, The Seven Bodies and the Seven Chakras).

So from this we discover that Gender Dysphoria is simply a longing for Fifth Body.  It is our realization of non-duality!  It is not to be fixed then, but celebrated!  As we move from one point to another there is always an in between.  This can be uncomfortable and even painful.  However once you realize what is happening that you are only in between two points which on the human level are far apart the journey becomes easier and even fascinating.

My original question which started this blog has now morphed into a realization that transition does not serve mankind directly but only through the individual as they realize their oneness and find non-duality.  The why is simple then, because to get there we must go thru here.  The why is simply it is on the path.  There is no right or wrong way to get where you are going, so don’t fret over details like should I have surgery or not.  Do what feels best at the time and trust what the Universe offers up.  If you are meant to do something then the resources will be made manifest.  And if they do not appear it means all is well as it is.  We call this Faith.

Love n Light,

Sequoia Elisabeth :-)

Unity in Gender Diversity

 

 

Fate or No May 4, 2015

Filed under: Spirituality — Sequoia Elisabeth @ 9:57 am
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Fate or no fate? This is the question.  Just how much “choice” do you have in your life?  If you believe all the New Age prophets and teachers it is all up to you.  Everything in life is your choice.  So if you have been following my blog you’ll know I love to question reality.  At this point in my life I have had enough experience to really compare and contrast events, to test theories, and to come to my own conclusions.  So let me share my conclusion on Fate.

First let me tell you an abbreviated story of my youth.  I am tall, always have been, so in elementary school I was adult size as a child.  This excited the basketball coach who was quite zealous in recruiting me for his team.  I tried it and hated it.  I come from a family of non-athletes.  It was not something that interested me.  But this decision was not up to me or even my parents.  The coach quite literally forced me to play thru fear and guilt, so I played and thus began that phase of my life, which did not end till after dropping out of college two years early.  Looking back on it, many good things came from my suffering, so there are no regrets, but the question still remains. Is this fate?

This story has repeated a few times in my life now, so this has led to this blog.  Who is making these decisions that vastly affect my life?  Is it the animal human me or some higher Spiritual me?  Or is it someone else entirely?  Who is “I”?

The answer will surprise some, but many who read my blog know exactly where this is going.  The “I” who makes these decisions is not the person living this little life here on Earth, but the Higher Spiritual Self (HSS) who exists beyond this world.  If you think about it, nothing else makes sense.  Not even the Distant God idea that so many religions teach.

The fact is we exist on many levels and each corresponds to the Chakras.  The beings on Earth exist on the lower levels, the first three chakras.  Our HSS exists somewhere else, but still connected here.  The HSS corresponds to the higher three chakras and the 4th or center chakra is the connection point between the two which make up the human body.  There are higher chakras but do not apply to this discussion, unless they do, so suffice it to say I will not be discussing these.

The way Stephen Davis describes it is we are the (i) little and the HSS is the (I) big.  Eckhart Tolle describes it as the ego vs. the Spirit.  Many advanced teachers describe this in various ways and once you grasp it this is easy to see.  Going back now to our original question.

It is the (I) Big who really chooses our path.  The (i) little is the one who experiences it and either accepts it (making the path smoother) or resists it (making the path painful).  So the moral to the story is simple, ‘Resistance is Futile’ and ‘What you resist persists’! Resistance is also what makes life painful. Acceptance has really been my topic these last few blogs and for good reason.  While many have been opening up and accepting their fate, many have not (thus the riots and unrest).

A good place to end this blog is a heart centered meditation.  Remember the heart chakra is where and how the two connect.  When the heart is open everything flows in harmony because the (i) little is communicating with the (I).  For more on this meditation please check out http://sequoiablessed.info/page70.  With some focus and practice the heart is opened and harmony takes over your life.  A big part of life is learning to trust the (I) big, know that it is love, and will never hurt you or put you in harm’s way.

Love n Light,

Sequoia Elisabeth :-)

Unity in Gender Diversity

 

 

I am as God created me! April 30, 2015

Filed under: Gender Related,Spirituality — Sequoia Elisabeth @ 10:11 am
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I am as God created me!  So why are you feeling dysphoria?  Why do you think there is something wrong with you?  (too fat, too tall, wrong genitalia, wrong hair color or eye color, etc, etc.)  The imperfections are not of God’s making.  The imperfections and the feelings of incongruence (dysphoria) come from the Ego.  Allow me to explain this world to you.

This physical world we live in here is the creation of the Ego Mind, the aspect of you which believes itself separate from God.  In truth this world is a dream and often it is a dream within a dream!  It does not matter how many ‘echos’ of the One which are created, the point is there is only One and this one is God, the all there is.  If you love movies, theatre, or story-telling then you know dreams… this life you think you are living is no more real than the stories you experience on TV, Movies, Theatre, or a story-telling stage.  What makes it seem so real?  Ego mind!

Adam and Eve are the original Ego story, not that they are real either.  This Ego is an aspect of God which wished to see what separate means and so created a separate world, this world where we sit today, or seem to sit today.  In reality no one has gone anywhere!  We are all still in the loving arms of God, yet asleep and dreaming of life.

As the Course in Miracles states, the dream was but a second or flash and all that is or was or will be happened and we returned to God.  The “reality” we experience now is simply an echo of this dream, thus the dream within a dream…

The next question then is how do we awaken from this dream?  First of all by understanding who “I” is.  These pesky pronouns are very confusing!  I, me, you, us, we, they are simply different aspect of the One.  Please understand there is only ONE.  The delusion is that you are separate from me and that they exist at all!

This probably seems farfetched and from the perspective of the Ego mind it is.  Step back from this perspective and see through the eyes of Holy Spirit, feel through Holy Spirit.  It may take a while so don’t be in a rush.  I have been working in this for years.  The Truth becomes clearer every day though, so I keep the Faith and move forward.  This takes us to the next step, acceptance.

Accept things as they seem (even though we know otherwise).  Imagine you are a character in a movie.  Can that character get out of the movie?  Not hardly; they must play their part to the end.  So why not enjoy your part/role in this elaborate story of life!  It is much better than choosing misery.  Be the best you (whatever your role is at the time) and Shine!

Sequoia Elisabeth :-)

Unity in Gender Diversity

ps. If you would like to read more on this, I highly recommend Butterflies Fly for Free by Stephen Davis, as well as A Course in Miracles (ACIM).

 

 

 

Transgender Journey about Acceptance April 18, 2015

The transgender journey is really about acceptance, both your acceptance of yourself and others acceptance of you.  The second one is a gauge to let you know how you are doing on the first one.  Being self-loving is not the same thing as being self-serving or self-centered.  In fact they are totally different.

How can this be?  Very simply, we are one.  There is only One self… The Self.  By accepting and loving your self you are in fact accepting and loving all selves.  Don’t worry it does not mean you are approving of the self that murders or rapes.  You are just accepting them for who they are with a knowing that they are one possibility. Right and wrong are just human concepts.  We are each an expression of the whole, a slice of a very large pie.  Love it all!!

I ask that you contemplate this reality.  You are you and I am me and we are One!  Being transgender is just one expression of the whole and even this has a multitude of expressions just as being a heterosexual white male does.  Don’t let appearances fool you either.  Just because you may see a woman, they may see a man or you may read them as gay and they identify as pansexual.  You may think of them as a nice person, when they have done horrible things no one knows about thus thinking of themselves as a monster.  Love it all.

What it comes down to is Mind.  You’ve heard the expressions “never mind” or “I don’t mind”.  This is precisely so!  We exist in mind.  The material world we experience is a projection of this mind. (read Butterflies are Free to Fly by Stephen Davis and see the Holographic Universe video series for more on this)  So the acceptance is about accepting what the mind has created and making it all OK.  Some would call this forgiveness, so forgive it all.  None of it is “real”, so don’t worry there are no Ultimate consequences only temporary consequences to our actions.  Karma is real in the world of matter, so yes your actions do matter. (Pun intended)

If this blog confuses you then no worries, it confused me at first too.  Be curious and inquisitive.  The answer to your question is there… under that spot you prefer not to look.  Don’t be afraid, it is OK to peek in there.  You may be surprised at the wonder you find.  I am.

Love n Light,

Sequoia Elisabeth :-)

Unity in Gender Diversity

 

 

What do we really know about Gender? April 9, 2015

What do we really know about gender?  It seems we know far more about physical sex since this is tangible.  Both Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation are constructions of the mind thus making them difficult to pin down.  It seems now they are not even “hardwired into the brain” as once believed.  (All thoughts come from the mind not the brain just in case you were unaware of this).  What makes us so malleable?  The old debate between Nature and Nurture seems to make vacillations from one to the other on a regular basis.  Perhaps it is neither!?!   This just came out and changes the game once again.

“A team of researchers successfully changed the gender in the brains of newborn rats from female to male, according to findings published this week in Nature Neuroscience. “Physically, these animals were females, but in their reproductive behavior, they were males,” Bridget Nugent, the lead author said…” (Reed, Carey 2015)

What does this mean to those who identify as Transgender?  This new finding would indicate that our status is the result of some chemical change presumably in the environment.  It is just as likely to occur after birth as before.  Perhaps it was the miscarriage drug given in the 50’s and 60’s, Diethylstilbestrol (DES) or perhaps it is in the food we eat.  Soy is now found in much of our foods especially since many children are lactose intolerant now and use soy as an alternative.  (I have personally felt the effects of phytoestrogens from foods like soy and flax).  There are many other sources of estrogen in the environment and it would follow that there are estrogen inhibitors also.  This would explain the gender incongruences and dysphoria’s that some experience throughout their lives.

Even sexual orientation is affected by the hormones running through our bodies.  Before starting hormone therapy I was curious about sex with men but had never been driven to seek out sex with them.  I was more stimulated by women.  After taking estrogen for some time my desires shifted to men and at the peak of treatment with a high dose I was passionate about it.  Now that I have no testosterone and take no estrogen (levels normal for a female of my age) I don’t really have any sexual drive.  The conclusion I would draw from my experience is that our hormones are behind our sexual drive and perhaps even our sexual orientation.

The question then is perhaps instead of using Contra-hormone therapy to treat Gender Dysphoria or Incongruency a neuter approach is more appropriate.  I am sure this would depend on the age of the individual and their desired outcome, but having no sex drive seems more desirable than one which drives you crazy (personal opinion).  This is not about sexual reproduction, because we already have far more people in this world than can be easily sustained and we certainly don’t need more egos running around!

Concerning gender identity the jury is still out.  It does seem that it is also malleable and if you want to be a girl or a boy that option exists.  My question would be Why?  Why do you feel wrong in your body?  Do you really even have a body?  Perhaps this is all just an insane delusion after all!  Question Everything!

Sequoia Elisabeth :-)

Unity in Gender Diversity

 

 

 

 

Happy Easter! April 5, 2015

Filed under: Spirituality — Sequoia Elisabeth @ 8:31 am
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“During the Crucifixion, one of the Roman soldiers ran a spike through J’s (Jesus) wrist. He didn’t feel or show any pain. The soldier was indignant. He screamed at J and demanded, “Why don’t you feel any pain?” J looked at him calmly and said, “If you have no guilt in your mind, you cannot suffer.” The soldier became outraged at his inability to inflict pain on J, and stuck a spear in his side. It didn’t do the soldier any good, or have any effect on J.

At one point, with J nailed to the cross and with blood flowing down, he gazed lovingly over at his wife, Mary Magdalene, and she looked at him. As their eyes connected, a gentle smile came on both of their faces. They knew he had overcome death. He wasn’t a body in his mind. What he was couldn’t be killed by the world. It couldn’t even be hurt by the world! The spirit that he really was, which is no different than God, would go on forever. She was experiencing the same thing as J, and there was nothing anyone in the world could do to alter the truth that was within them.

That’s the message of the Crucifixion, or as J put it later in the Course, “Teach only love, for that is what you are. If you interpret the crucifixion in any other way, you are using it as a weapon for assault rather than as the call for peace for which it was intended.” (Love Has Forgotten No One: The Answer to Life, by Gary Renard)

Happy Easter Beloveds!  It is so important to actually understand what this day really celebrates.  Our level of expansion is reflected in our degree of understanding of this human experience.  Jesus is a story whose purpose is to free us from our misconceptions of “reality”.  Several of his teachings come to mind now – one is; be in this world – not of it.  Which actually means the only way to be free of it is to move through it.   Love your life and the ride is much more pleasant.  To hate it, get upset, or be angry is literally being mad (pun intended)!  It is resistance and as we know, what you resist, persists.  A confusion that often arises is that you must like all of your experiences and this is simply not true.  The fact is you will not like many of your experiences.  They are still good experiences.  The reason is up to you of course.  My opinion is we have experiences we don’t like because we need balance and it also expands the mind.  The deeper in illusion you are the more unpleasant experiences there are to be had.  Let go and allow yourself to rise up like a balloon rising up through consciousness!

On this day of Resurrection keep the above quote in mind and forgive your thoughts of dying!  Life is eternal!  No one ever dies, although the dream would have you thinking of it all the time.  Know that you have a body, but that you are not that body.  Nor are you the mind which thinks you are the body.  Be not attached to this world, but at the same time Love It!  Love every aspect and when the time has come we will be released from this dream to experience Eternity once again.

Sequoia Elisabeth :-)

Unity in Gender Diversity

 

 

 
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