Archives for April 2013

Fearless

20120220-_MG_6032   By Chuck Robison

I moved from New York City to Telluride, Colorado in 2000.  I had lived in Manhattan for 23 years and it was time for a change.  I wanted to move “out west” when I left NYC, but I did not count on moving up to 10,000 feet in Colorado as being a bigger deal than just heading west.  Like Butch Cassidy, when he robbed his first bank there, I figured that Telluride’s box canyon made it one of the safest places in America.  And I was right.

So I was surprised on 9-11 when a large number of Telluride citizens went into fear about what had happened in New York. I had a hard time understanding that unfounded fear.  Looking back, we understand we have been living in fear this entire century, beginning with the Y2K fears that ended the 20th century and began the 21st.

When 3000 people died in the World Trade Center or 3 people in Boston are killed and 200 injured in a terrorist attack, the fear ratchets up again.  We feel helpless.  Our insistence on being armed to the teeth is strengthened when a lone gunman kills 20 children in Connecticut. Having given up most of our Constitutional Rights in the past ten years in the name of security, we cherish our guns, even though they put us in much more danger than anything terrorists have done.

In this century alone, more than 300,000 American citizens have been killed by gunshot wounds. We react with “so what?”.  Fifty years ago, H. Rap Brown reminded us “violence is as American as apple pie”.  Other nations seem to live pretty well without massive personal arsenals.  Australia comes to mind, as does Canada and Japan.  Last year, 87 bullets were fired in Germany and 57 of those were practice rounds, but somehow we have been coaxed into believing that we are at risk without our weapons.  It is the one right have left.

Who benefits when we live our lives in fear?  Well, the guns lobby for sure. Guns are good business. The real winners of this fearful state of mind are the groups of people who can manipulate us through fear.  Fear sells the news and products.  They have actually convinced us that we are in more danger from the less than 30 terrorists who have attacked America this century than we are of the 300,000 people who pulled the trigger in the same century.  Anyway you shake it; that does not make any sense.  We even let our elected representatives vote against the 91% of the people who want gun owners be vetted and licensed.

FEARLESS is more than a decal for the back window of your truck.  It is the secret to a good life.  There is always a line in the sand in this life and the most important is the line that divides us into groups who live in fear and those who choose to see love.  This line also means that you cannot see both love and fear at the same time……you have to take responsibility for which one you are going to see.

Love is Letting Go of Fear is how Gerald Jampolsky, MD titled his book on this line in the sand of our lives.  He stated we can let go of fear when we choose to see love instead.  Fear can easily be replaced by a faith that says:  “I believe in miracles and I know that wherever I am, God is, and wherever God is, all is well”.  All this shift requires is that we change our minds.

The whole message of our Christian experience is that death does not count, does not have a sting and is not real.  We are eternal.  But if you believe the fear that is being brought to you by the American market place is justified, it becomes almost impossible to hear that still small voice that whispers in our ear without ceasing: “Be still and know that I am God”.

The best protection is always to call in God’s protection.  He knows all about you and your life and He knows you are safe in his care.  And, when you call on this divine protection, you won’t need a decal on your car…..you will be FEARLESS and it will show…..to you and all those around you. 

Notes From the Masters Class. 2013-04-02

Hi. This is Chuck, and today is Tuesday April 2nd, 2013 and this is this week’s edition of Notes from the Masters Class.

Two things happened last week that are at least of interest to me. The first was a presentation on, I believe it was “60 Minutes”, about how food processors who are using GMO grown foods from GMO seeds are designing the foods we eat in such a way that we actually become addicted to them. Somehow or another this is what it takes to sell food today, but we are being fed food that we know now is not good for us.

The second thing, which you may have heard, and it is altogether shocking is that Monsanto has been given an exemption from being in legal trouble for consequences from their GMO seeds, and it was signed by the President.

Now I don’t know about you, but to work against our health on a federal government level is not a good thing. Now on the program “60 minutes,” here’s the interesting thing they said. They interviewed people, and everybody that they talked to in the organization where they were making the food understood what they were doing, and they had a perfect rationale for it and there was no real conflict. You can understand that. After all, these people are working for a salary. They’re doing what they’re told to do, and it’s in their best interest to believe that they’re not doing any harm.

This, in fact, is the key to what’s happening all over. People are doing what they’re being told to do. Even if they suspect there’s something wrong with it, they’re still doing it.

And we have a job that is incredibly important. Some of us, and if you’re watching this video, you’re one of them, some of us have tried to raise our level of consciousness about what’s going on. Now over the last 10 years, Karen and I have had the opportunity to ask some very bright people, “What is consciousness?” There are as many answers as there are people to ask, but the basic answer is something like this. As we become more conscious, we have a bigger and more broad understanding of what’s going on around us and the interconnectedness of how things work.

When you go up a level in your understanding of what’s going on, you’re able to see a much bigger picture. This is why Socrates said the only way to change something is to produce something that people want or works better. You can’t really fight the system. It was Albert Einstein that said you ‘cannot solve a problem that was created at one level by finding a solution at the same level. You have to find a solution at a higher level.’

This is what we’re dealing with right now, and this is what is so important. If you have had the experience of having your consciousness rise, or if you have a bigger vision of what’s going on, you are needed. You’re needed right now, and here’s the reason.

When you let people know that you’re seeing the bigger picture, it gives them permission to see it. It’s that permission that’s going to make the difference in what happens in our country and in every other country, in fact, around the world. What we need to do now is to realize that the problems we have, intractable problems, are not going to be solved along normal solution lines, if they ever did get solved on that level.

We, you and I, have to come up with the understanding that our ability to see a bigger picture, our attempts at raising our consciousness, our willingness to share that with other people is the key to finding the solution. We’re all going to get through this. We have to. There’s no option. The world is not going to come to an end. But it could get a lot worse real fast if enough of us don’t stand up and say, “Hey wait a minute. We see the big picture, and we’d like to show you how we saw the big picture and we’d like to invite you to come and see the big picture with us.”

If enough people begin to voice their concern and their insight and their vision to others, we can solve any problem that comes along. Nobody, that I’ve talked to, wants any of the problems to get worse. We’d prefer if they went away. They’re not going to do that. But the only way they’re going to get better is if folks like you and me take a look at what we see and say, “You know what? It’s time we started using the connections we have with each other in positive ways to make a difference.”

Now this is just an idea. It’s an opportunity for you to think with me this week about how can we begin to make it permissible, possible, doable for other people, who are having the same growing pains of consciousness as we are, to say, “Look, let’s get it out in the open. Let’s talk about it. Let’s make something really momentous and positive and good happen.” And by the way, from the beginning of the Bible all the way through to this morning’s newspaper, there’s one thing that we know doesn’t work. Resisting evil is not the solution. The solution is presenting a higher and better good for us all.

And the way to get there is to use our consciousness to give ourselves and others permission to share what we have learned and to work to solve some of the problems we’ve got….and this food thing is a big, big deal and they are now saying as of yesterday’s New York Times, that the pesticides we are using in plants, which are becoming systemic, are killing the bee population and that means that better than 55% of the bees we had last year to pollinate all the crops in this country have been destroyed in bee colony collapse as a result of what we are doing to systemically treat plants so they will grow better.

We’re not making the right decisions. So I’m inviting you to share with me everything we’ve got, everything we have learned. It’s not about blaming somebody or somebody being wrong or somebody being right or somebody being liberal or somebody being conservative or Republi….its none of that stuff. Its about all of us understanding that we are in this together, and it doesn’t do any of us good to presume that we can get out of it and let others be on their own.

We have to work together and this is the time when we have to do that.

So, this is Notes From the Masters Class. Join me, won’t you? We can really make a difference if we decide we want to make a REAL difference. Thanks so much