The ‘Less Than’ Code

We stand at a point in-between what we believe in our hearts to be possible and what we see in our world. We hold tightly to the spiritual lifeline that dangles from the high cliffs as we try over and over again to propel up the side of what seems to be an insurmountable slick surface. All techniques we have been taught in the past do not seem to adhere to the molecules of this new world that writes its own rules.

Prayers are not heard, answers are not received and memos are thrown in the trash, nothing seems to be listening to our cries for help. We stand in the street of our life with the eye of the tornado looking straight at us.  We all seem singled out as the very lint from our pockets is spent to gas up or feed our families. We yell at the gods in dismay as we feel so many promises have been broken. We search the yellow pages for answers and no one returns our calls.

All seem to be in a trance as they walk aimlessly through their lives with no hope of a shiny future. Every price we said we would ‘never pay,’ we do now with a great anger that is stuffed away and internalized. We hold back and hold on to what little we have strangling the very economy enforcing the ‘less than’ code to the fullest degree feeling like the ‘last hope’ has left the building.

We do not see any reprieve from this onslaught of darkness that has us all by the throats. We know life will never be the same and mourn for simpler safer times that were only a few months ago but seem light years away.  the sandcastles of old have been swept away as the tides seem to turn against us. Yet deep within us still lives a single grain of faith. It is not our faith in God that counts right now, it is God’s faith in us that brings closure to this reign of fire and brimstone.

Darkness feeds on doubt and fear. It wants us to give up and give in to a bleak future with no hope. Since we are the guardians of the last hope fueled by the Creators belief and faith in us it is our mission and duty to hold this light of hope high for all to see. Speak hope and granular faith into all those you meet, do no allow them to take you down into the muck of hopelessness and drown in the sea of fear.  You are the light in the dark future that so many see. Let your little light shine on what seems like the darkest of days. Hope now gently boils to the surface after too long a stay on the bottom of the barrel. For one spark of hope can ignite an entire world. Don’t fuel the fears of the masses. Keep your light bright fanning the flame of hope to keep the planet warm and safe.

Humanity is the only species that was made in the Creator’s image holding all the credentials and ingredients for doing great feats. it is time to take the faith that has been placed in us by the Creator and invest it in a future filled with hope. We can never stop believing in better days, in the goodness of people, in universal justice.  We can never stop believing in our dreams for ourselves and those we love. 


k 29th April 2011 2:22 am

Are things really that bad out there? I do not have TV and I do not listen to the radio or pay attention to news on the internet. Where I am the grass still grows, the animals still go about their life in the peaceful forest, the trees still dance in the wind, the clouds still move across the blue sky and the sun still rises and sets with granduer. Venus still comes out early in the evening and is the last to go in the morning. What else matters? Maybe some try to hang on to the things that do not matter and think the sky is falling when they see that they are losing the very things that hold them in bondage.

ms t 29th April 2011 6:18 am

When I read this message it was as if you wrote this just for me, I cried so hard as the words were written in my heart. When life beats you down to the dust of the earth and it seams all is lost what can we do ? keep the faith, continue believing in God and your dreams. God bless you

COBALT 29th April 2011 10:03 am

:smitten: Well said.

k 29th April 2011 12:00 pm

I read this on Shamans Well yesterday. It is an article on how grief can be transforming. I think in the initial stages of transformation there is that terrible Dark Night of the Soul. It is an intense loneliness and despair. Nature has for me been an incredicle healer. Just being here in the forest alone with pure energy.

"Grief deepened and transformed my connection to Pachamama. I share this excerpt from my upcoming book "A Structure for Spirit" as it offers a small taste of the healing power of grief.

"With nowhere to turn in my isolating loneliness, left wounded again from the loss of a lover, my pain and grief led me into the woods. It was here, in communion with Mother Earth, I was cradled in comfort. Walking barefoot on her bountiful grounds, purified in her salt waters, cleansed by her fierce winds, I discovered the voice I am. I found myself in the home of belonging. From this Spirit restoration, wisdom was born. Although I practiced and studied for decades, the loneliest despair bore the truth of this knowing, the teachings of Earth woven into my soul.

queens4freedom 29th April 2011 12:34 pm

i've been floating on a tiny raft wondering where i am and where i am going. thank you for the encouragement! love and blessings! angelique

k 29th April 2011 1:37 pm

How well I understand the pain of the Dark Night. I do not understand really why we have to go through it, but maybe it is like the butterfly struggling to get out of the cocoon or the dragonfly nymph struggling up the grass stem in order to metamoph. It seems most of the great mystics have gone through it, I feel like it is part of the purification process and no matter how hard we struggle it seems we still feel the pain, but we have to keep stuggling anyway, just like the butterfly. But, we have faith that eventually it will pass and that faith sustains us. I have found that good music, time in nature, and love for the Divine has been the foundation of my peace. This is sort of a baptism by fire.
I wish peace and love for anyone going through this. I know what you are going through and I know how painful it is.

k 29th April 2011 1:56 pm

I think the quote from the Shaman's Well is insightful. I have always felt out of place in this world, so different from the people I encounter like an alien, this forest is the only place I feel like I belong. The trees wrap me in their protective embrace and I feel like I am loved here, not by people, but by an energy of peace and beauty. It is the only place I have felt like I am at home. When I go to town to get what I and my dogs need, it is like I am walking through an unreal world. But, now it is alright because I know where I belong and I do not feel the emptiness of not fitting in any more. It is interesting, what we see is unreal, what we do not see is real. I know I am surrounded by loving beings that I can not see, but I know they are there, the people who I do see are not real and that is why I never have felt loved by them. Maybe the baptism by fire is about letting go of the muck on the bottom of the pond as the dragonfly nymph does, or the shadows on the cave wall as in Pluto's Allegory of the Cave, and remembering to reach to the Heights to the world we do not see.

John Kittle 30th April 2011 9:41 am

Thanks for that. I really need to hear that!

a spark of hope 1st May 2011 3:28 am

wow.. thank you for sharing... it is very comforting to hear someone gets exactly how it feels recently. thank you! :) i always thought that even if 99% of things are just unbearable.. the 1% of love, hope, and pure white light can balance out the whole thing. thanks again!

Angelika Lina 2nd May 2011 10:25 am

Hi Gillian,

thank you so much for this article. Whilst I don't listen to news and all the gloom and doom anymore, as I don't want to add my thoughts to such energies, April has not been an easy month on a personal level.

It seems though that just when I hit the spot where I think I can't cope with this much longer that the tide is turning and a sense of well-being comes back, with a huge sigh of relieve. So, I guess its true, we're not given anything we can't cope with.

Whilst in truth I do know what to do, it's not quite so easy to find a way to integrate the new and better way of being/thinking/feeling. So I get rattled and shaken about every now and then to give me the incentive to get out of my 'safe' place and be the change I need to be.

It's helpful to know that I'm in good company though. : )
Warm wishes,