There are things beyond our knowing … ~ Alistar Valadez

art by Beau Deeley

 

…”There are things beyond our knowing, just as the moon pulls the tides of the ocean currents, so to does the divine influence the currents of our emotions. Within the landscape and labyrinth of our thinking mind is a whole system and process just as complex as that of our weather, for we all may want to see sunny skies and have a good life free of conflict, but the winds may blow dark clouds over us and create that perfect storm around us at a moments notice, most often when we least expect IT. Do you resist this force of change or do you embrace it for what IT is? Does the ocean resist the shifting of the tides and currents created by the moon, or does IT flow with whatever influence comes before IT? For this invisible influence does serve a higher purpose, as the rising and falling of the tides provides a greater service of shaping our coastlines. Can we recognize this greater process within us, the shifting of our own inner currents of thinking, for this process also shapes and molds the expansion or decay of our inner core essence of being!” ~Alistar Valadez

Ego Creation ~ Alistar Valadez

Art by Justin Bonnet

 

..”They say that our ego is created when we cling to our past and define ourselves based on labels, but are we echos of the past? If we define our-self based on memory, yet in a sense we lose our memory each and every night as we lay down to sleep, for we do not carry the process of actually laying down to sleep with us into dreamland, but we are still alive, so who are we when asleep? And there are even those who get amnesia, yet still remain living…who are they? Why is it in dreaming we still carry the sense of our being, yet carry little to no memory of this world we live in? Who are you then and who are you now? When we define ourselves based on the past and on labels, it is easy to see why they say ego is an illusion, as for many the sense of self has become something more like a myth or a ghost.

‘Ego’ is a psychology term, not a hippie dream, its your ‘sense’ of self, but not the real thing, for we are far more then the labels that define us. As Carl Jung once said, ‘The first half of life is devoted to forming a healthy ego, the second half is going inward and letting go of it.’ And later in his life he concluded with this, ‘I had to abandon the idea of the superordinate position of the ego…I saw that everything, all paths I had been following, all steps I had taken, were leading back to a single point — namely, to the mid-point. It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the centre. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to the centre, to individuation…I knew that in finding the mandala as an expression of the self I had attained what was for me the ultimate.’

When we strip away the details of the night and the day, and what we will find is One in the same, for its better to see the self has whole and complete, rather than dividing IT into bits and pieces! So instead of denying our unconscious ego, it would be best to look closer at these currents which drive our being. Some will say that we should use the ego as a tool, but just as a tool like a hammer, use it, strike your nails, then put it away, for You are not the hammer! And this IS what happens to most, they go so far out they ‘think’ they are their roles, people like Kanye West are a good example of having this over inflated ego.

Think about when you see a good movie, or a play, you know what you’re about to see is not real, yet a good actor or actress will draw you in, suspending truth and tricking your mind into believing what you’re seeing is real, even for but a brief moment. We hang on the edge of our seats with suspense, jump out of our chairs during a frightening scene, some even cry when something sad happens, but none of it is real. And this IS going on in the world today for most, the actor within us has gone so far off into their ‘role’ of daily routines and habits, that we have fooled ourselves into thinking that this is who we are, but we have forgotten that this IS only a show, as far too many take too serious what the gods made for play! We all know that we rarely show our true self in full form to strangers, or at times even to those we love, as we play roles that only limit us, instead of expressing our true self with a fearless heart. But illusions are dissolving daily, for everyday is a new awakening as the old show comes to its finale, yet the ego will continue to run the show through the unconscious, until its last dying breath is discovered. The time has arrived to go beyond the limited illusion of ego, and to Awaken to the limitless expression that IS the real You, as only that will make the world a better place for us to live in, as we return to the harmony within this living universe!” ~Alistar Valadez

… if you are alive that means your life still has yet to serve a higher purpose

art by Totemical

 

..”Sometimes life is brutal beyond belief, sometimes we forget we live within a dream, sometimes we forget what we are meant to become, as the Universe has a way of changing the course of our life at a moment’s notice just when we think we have a grasp of our greater plan and course! But never forget this, if you are alive that means your life still has yet to serve a higher purpose, so don’t dwell on self judgment of your past actions as that will only anchor your ship within the harbor of depression. Some would question why the Universe would put a spirit through tremendous suffering, some would question why fate deals us the hand that we are given, some keep pushing the blame on the outer, but a wise and balanced spirit remembers the dream is still but a creation within our inner mind ocean! Dreams come and they go, nightmares arise like sharks jumping out of the ocean, but they still arise from with our consciousness, for it is still but a reflection on what aspect of ourself that needs work in order to raise the level of our vibration. By taking step by step and making hew connections our true healing begins and a new life-path emerges, and it is our mission to keeping stepping through the pain and suffering in order to reach that higher divine purpose of our becoming. Never forget that great spirits always help each other in darkest moments, never forget the Universe still has greater plans that are beyond our knowing, but one day it will all become crystal clear for us as we reach our highest potential and pass through the stormy ocean!” ~Alistar Valadez

In order to create the new in our life, every choice we face must be made with a fully conscious awakened state of mind, and not left to the reactions of our conditioned unconscious ego.

 

…”In order to create the new in our life, every choice we face must be made with a fully conscious awakened state of mind, and not left to the reactions of our conditioned unconscious ego. IT all boils down to consciousness, and how conscious we really are, for it takes a tremendous focus in the present moment to have the consciousness required to make the choices to co-create a better life. Most perceived choices in our lives are not really choices, but reactions of emotions perceived through our ego, which are lead by the forces called the unconscious mind. These are not conscious choices, for a conscious choice is one that is lead by the heart, not the mind. Leading with the mind usually produces selfish decisions that leads to our decay, whereas leading with the heart produces compassionate decisions which can lead to our expansion. It doesn’t matter how good or bad we ‘think’ we are, all that matters is what we our DOing and how we are FEELing right here and now in this present moment! How conscious ARE you really? How often do you lead with the heart vs. leading with the mind? For this IS what defines us and shapes our life, but most of us just embrace unconscious reactions and claim them as our own, and remain blind to the path of choice that is always before us. This is the difference between an Awakened co-creator and a dreamer in life, so now take a closer look within and ask yourself, which ARE you really? Wouldn’t IT be wise to awaken in this dream called life? For we truly are in a dream like state if we cannot recognize our own unconsciousness, just as Buddha once said, ‘No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.'” ~Alistar Valadez
Art by: Bernart Amygdalah Digital-Art

To understand the true Self, one must first face their own inner shadow, the unconscious

 

…”To understand the true Self, one must first face their own inner shadow, the unconscious, the part of us which is not known. We all know that there are forces within us lead by emotions, which cause us to react as unconscious actions, until we notice our own patterns our true self will continue to allude us. We have all done something we later regretted, yet most will tend not to look at these unconscious behaviors. We suppress IT and in turn let the darkness grow within, allowing IT to work through us without our knowing, more often then not leading us down a path of self destruction. A person who has not faced their own inner shadow is only a person living with half the view, for the path to the real you is through embracing the whole spectrum of being. There are many paths or techniques to facing our shadow, different paths work for different people. Find the path that resonates with you to access the key, but the key only opens the inner doorway, the work of looking within still needs to BE done by you, and that is your true Divine Moment of Truth! It takes a fearless heart to face the shadow dragon within, its fire shows no mercy to the heart heavier then a feather, but we must go through the alchemical fire to reach the inner path which leads to the rise of our true divine nature!” ~Alistar Valadez
Art by: Android Jones

Divine Moment of Truth

art by Benedigital

..”When we encounter a Divine Moment of Truth and cross that inner threshold, we suddenly discover the realization of love and interconnection that we all have been yearning for, as many of us have been seeking for IT in the outer for most of our lives, but what we really have been missing is the interconnection with true love, the love that can radiate from deep within us. The crown jewel of being should be manifesting the body and mind into a living spirit, for that is far more powerful than repeating all the combined knowledge within this reality, yet far too many of us get caught up worshiping our methods or systems, and to worship a tool or method is not unlike worshiping a religion. Whether we use Buddhism or Hinduism for example, to reach the state of non-duality, its not so much the religion that is the key, but the process of our own self reflection within the experience that transcends our limited reality. Even those who take sacred plant medicines or use psychedelic chemicals, can still deeply be rooted within ego and illusion, just to a higher degree, ideal, or image. The point is to find your key, the catalyst that works for you, than our job is to finish the inner work by going all the way and discovering who we really ARE, as we transcend and dissolve the illusions within our living daily reality!” ~Alistar Valadez

IT is said that the best teachers do not give the answers, but they lead the student down the inner path …

 

..”IT is said that the best teachers do not give the answers, but they lead the student down the inner path, so that they too may discover the hidden answers on their own accord and self reflection. We cannot preach to another and expect transformation, as we all know that applying behavior modifications to ourselves only creates a refined ego, for we must DO our own work of self-reflection, as that is the only path that brings direct clarity and harmony within the chaos of life memories we carry. We inspire and teach through example, not by preaching limitations or stomping our foot on the ground for ego recognition, for until we finish our own shadow work and come to terms with the full spectrum of our own being, the words we express to another will never have any true impact or meaning. IT does not matter how clever or enlightened we think we are, the dark night of the soul finds us all, and it is those who can show the pathway and process that gets one through these darker moments, they are the spirits who’s words are worth more than gold!” ~Alistar Valadez

Silence is the key to self discovery and transformation …

art by Tomasz Alen Kopera

.”They say that silence is the key to self discovery and transformation, yet many will fear the silence and allow the chatter of the mind to have continuous influence and dominance over us. Looking closer at our thoughts which flow through us reveals the source of this inner influence, and that is the conditioning of our past and upbringing, which creates a wall of judgment before us. Silencing the mind has to do with observing the self and the world without judgment, IT has nothing to do with suppressing of behaviors, for to achieve balance and understanding in life requires total transformation, and that is discovered through a high level of non-clinging. Defending or judging one side or the other only creates a sway which keeps us off balance, as those who are attached to their conditioning, traditions, thoughts, ideals, and beliefs have only stopped the natural flow of their own evolution, for today we are not the same as we were yesterday, nor will we be the same tomorrow. Saying the words and living the words are two entirely different things, when we cling to the labels and words, we overlook their true meaning, for even the idea of the yin and yang is only the splitting of the whole spectrum of being. Thus why silence is the key, for the mind will never transcend us, it only keeps us bound to the illusions created by our IGNORE-ance, as the mind only keeps us lost in loops of the constant chatter of ‘what should be’. But when that inner silence is found, transformation of self does occur, for the magic can be seen unfolding continuously before us, as the conditioned chatter of the mind is replaced with a wiser guiding voice, and that is the divine language of ‘what is’!” ~Alistar Valadez

 

Two ends of a Stick is Only ONE Stick

…”There are some who say we are separate individual ego’s encased in a bag of skin, others will say we are one with the Universe…which is the right view? Well, the answer is revealed if we think of a stick, IT has two different ends, we can paint them different colors, we can plot their separate points on map grid, we can show they are not the same, yet the true reality IS only the one stick. So one can see that the ends of the stick cannot do anything alone, for the illusion of the separate ends of the stick becomes nothing without a direct relationship with the entire spectrum of the stick. In that same way, what we perceive as empty space between you and me, are only the radiating waves which hold everything together. Without understanding that everything we do, feel, and think, effects everything that is around us, we will continue to live with a illusion of our-self. Whether if we speak it or not, whether if we act it out or not, all our thoughts generate electromagnetic brain waves. Our being effects everyone and everything around us, whether if we believe it or not, for our beliefs mean nothing to the eyes of the Universe. We do not need special knowledge to see this take place, just drip a drop into a bowl of water and watch the ripples radiate out. Now watch a drip of thought enter you, and see how it changes how you feel, it changes the view of the world around you and those you interact with. You are a direct expression of the Universe, and without a direct relationship with that view, one is just casting waves with a closed EYE. As long as we think our thoughts are individual to only the thinker, we will never understand why our view of the world is so fragmented and full of conflicts. Look closer as to the true source of our thoughts, and one will begin to discover the hidden Universe we all possess inside, and that relationship will bring harmony within us and radiate throughout our life!” ~Alistar Valadez

Alistar Valadez ~ They say IT is in our surrender we suddenly find our hidden inner power …

Merkaba Buddha

art by Dima Yastronaut

Alistar Valadez

…”They say IT is in our surrender we suddenly find our hidden inner power, and getting beyond the limiter of our expression is the secret only known by masters! For you are the guru, you are the teacher, as all the wisdom to master the mind begins when we face our own inner shadow and make our unconscious conscious, not unlike what Buddha did long ago as he awakened sitting underneath the Bodhi tree! IT all boils down to finding a tool or a method to dissolve the illusion of the ego completely, as the great inner silence is something no ego can touch or reach while existing, for as they say until we see the unreality of ourself, does the reality of our Self ever come into being!

There is more to life then beyond the naked eye, this most of us already know, but what is the hardest thing to comprehend is the fact that we are unconscious more than we are not, as we discover that to be spiritual is to balance the daily inner and outer life process! Just like with anything in life, if we want to be a master of our mind, just like with an instrument it takes tremendous discipline and daily practice to achieve that higher perspective of musical mastery.

Notice how forgetting is a big part of our being, notice how we forgot our pre-life, notice how we forget that we’re beating our heart and growing our bones, notice how we forget our dreams, notice how school and culture diverts us from our root core essence, as we create a fake identity called our ego! Once one can see beyond this great hoax and illusion, once one can live beyond words and live through the experience and emotion, one can begin on the path to healing the heart and feeling the bliss that makes everyday feel like magic!”

Many of us hold on to past experiences and allow it to create discord deep within our core essence ~ Alistar Valadez

Bhuddha reflections

…”Many of us hold on to past experiences and allow it to create discord deep within our core essence, but take a look around at the world and at the true nature of life and ask yourself, ‘Where is the past?’ What we will see is that the past is only a memory, and if the only thing holding us back in life is a memory, would’t that be the easiest thing to free ourselves from? After all, memory is just like airy nothingness, so why would we want to hold onto something that isn‘t real, right here and now within our immediate present moment?! The past was real at one time, but HERE and NOW is the point where all new creations unfold. So release your anchor of the past, and let your ship sail free from the storms of yesterday, for today we can return to our true bliss as a Divine Moment of Truth activates within our heart!”

~Alistar Valadez

++ She Let Go

There are things beyond our knowing … ~ Alistar Valadez

Beau Deeley_Cosmic Integration

art by Beau Deeley

…”There are things beyond our knowing, just as the moon pulls the tides of the ocean currents, so to does the divine influence the currents of our emotions. Within the landscape and labyrinth of our thinking mind is a whole system and process just as complex as that of our weather, for we all may want to see sunny skies and have a good life free of conflict, but the winds may blow dark clouds over us and create that perfect storm around us at a moments notice, most often when we least expect IT. Do you resist this force of change or do you embrace it for what IT is? Does the ocean resist the shifting of the tides and currents created by the moon, or does IT flow with whatever influence comes before IT? For this invisible influence does serve a higher purpose, as the rising and falling of the tides provides a greater service of shaping our coastlines. Can we recognize this greater process within us, the shifting of our own inner currents of thinking, for this process also shapes and molds the expansion or decay of our inner core essence of being!” ~Alistar Valadez

 

… silence is the key to self discovery and transformation ~ Alistar Valadez

Marc Gabbana_YingYang

 

…”They say that silence is the key to self discovery and transformation, yet many will fear the silence and allow the chatter of the mind to have continuous influence and dominance over us. Looking closer at our thoughts which flow through us reveals the source of this inner influence, and that is the conditioning of our past and upbringing, which creates a wall of judgment before us. Silencing the mind has to do with observing the self and the world without judgment, IT has nothing to do with suppressing of behaviors, for to achieve balance and understanding in life requires total transformation, and that is discovered through a high level of non-clinging. Defending or judging one side or the other only creates a sway which keeps us off balance, as those who are attached to their conditioning, traditions, thoughts, ideals, and beliefs have only stopped the natural flow of their own evolution, for today we are not the same as we were yesterday, nor will we be the same tomorrow. Saying the words and living the words are two entirely different things, when we cling to the labels and words, we overlook their true meaning, for even the idea of the yin and yang is only the splitting of the whole spectrum of being. Thus why silence is the key, for the mind will never transcend us, it only keeps us bound to the illusions created by our IGNORE-ance, as the mind only keeps us lost in loops of the constant chatter of ‘what should be’. But when that inner silence is found, transformation of self does occur, for the magic can be seen unfolding continuously before us, as the conditioned chatter of the mind is replaced with a wiser guiding voice, and that is the divine language of ‘what is’!” ~Alistar Valadez
Art by: Marc Gabbana
http://www.marcgabbana.com/

… we are the ones who will begin to shift the tides and transcend this unconscious nightmare into a living dream of bliss on Earth

Justin Totemica_Moment of Truth

 

…”Never forget that every word that you express, every artwork you manifest, every dance you reflect, cast waves of influence not seen by your essence. So never underestimate the power of your spells of magic, never underestimate the power of your influence, for it is because of spirits as you that the collective unconscious is becoming conscious! They say that some people are so far out and lost in the illusion of the world, it’s like they are walking blindfolded on a tightrope and if you scream too loud they may get scared and fall once they realize the truth of their own divine nature! For those who have crossed beyond the event horizon, have to find the balance of sharing wisdom over the urge of just giving the answers, not unlike the message of most common religions. As all great teachers know that if the the truth is said as to be understood IT will be believed, and there is no need to think that we have reach a peak with our knowledge, for when on goes deeper down the rabbit hole of what is behind the illusion and veil of perceived consciousness, something else far more sinister is discovered pulsing behind the hidden shadows. For until we enter the cave of our fears and face our own inner shadow, no amount of expressed good willed effort will create the change we wish to manifest in our immediate realm! Until we go all the way on our inner path and deeply incorporate and understand the science of psychology and philosophy within our daily lives, we will never understand that we too are but unconscious beings. When we silence our mind and the inner realm beyond words is discovered, what arises is the manifestation of the source of our inner whispers, impulses, and desires in full archetypal manifested form. We each must DO that process of self reflection on our own if we are ever to become empowered spirits, for until the illusion of separation dissolves today within our hearts, we will only be doomed to repeat the same mistakes as our ancestors, as we are the ones who will begin to shift the tides and transcend this unconscious nightmare into a living dream of bliss on Earth!” ~Alistar Valadez
Art by: Justin Totemical “Synapse Pinball”
http://www.totemical.com/

 

The time has come for our inner lion to ROAR … ~ Alistar Valadez

Mugwort_Lion Darkness

“The darkness we SEE in others is only created by the fears one feels within, the fear of letting down our own walls, which in turn does not let us see through the walls of others. This is why so many people these days appear as dark as they DO, for there needs to be cracks or windows to let in the light. But most are afraid to peer into their own cracks or to open their own blinds, keeping themselves locked in the shadows of their own cave of fears, which only allows the shadow beast to grow within. We all carry a beast, yet most only suppress IT, which is why IT explodes when we are pushed into a corner. Yet most will still deny its existence and try to suppress IT, leaving them only like a deer caught in headlights when conflicts arise before them. Look how nature handles the inner beast, as a lion can be as gentle as an ordinary house cat, but when threatened can unleash the fury of the beast possessed within. The lion does not suppress its energy, and it does not waste it only to protect its image, which is how we should live. But instead we let the anger beast out to protect the ego, our image, which is just like protecting a ghost. Our image is only the myths and stories we tell of each other, yet most will create these myths by changing circumstances of past events to their favor, or by proclaiming the dreams of future events which have not been achieved. A lot of energy is wasted on protecting these false images, when our energy is meant to BE used to CREATE today in the present moment. Look closer at the world that surrounds you, for IT serves as a mirror of everything you possess inside your-self, the more you ignore in the outer, the more you ignore in your-self. The great mystery of life is not discovered by ‘speaking’ of that which we do not know of, the Great Mystery lies within SEEing and FEELing what we ignore, by shining a light on our own inner darkness, the world transforms around us like magic. The time has come for our inner lion to ROAR, to show our true self and let go of the hoax of the ego ghost, for the moment has arrived for the lion to sleep no more!” ~Alistar Valadez.

 

The EYE of the beholder creates everything IT SEE’s …

Cosmic Triangle Man

 

…”The EYE of the beholder creates everything IT SEE’s, all without the need for thinking or an over-analyzing mind, just as IT beats our heart, grows our hair, shines the sun and blues the sky, all from within the confines of our own inner mind. Yet the mind only reflects that which IT possess inside, so if one does not know they are viewing a outer world through a inner vision experience, one will only go on pretending the drama in this life is real, and we will forget IT was all just a dream to expand our inner spirit!” ~Alistar Valadez


Art by: Trevor Hamlett
— with Trevor Hamlett and Dale Lowery.

Our expansion and decay in life is always just one choice away …

Violet dimensional expansion

 

…”They say that all the mysteries of the universe can be realized just by staring silently at a flower, just as the Buddha is said to have reached enlightenment by sitting under a Bodhi Tree in a deep meditation of silence. What is it that occurs when a silent mind is reached? What is it about silence that keeps so many on the spiritual path seeking? Many of us take for granted the living art of silence, but when the chatter of our mind ceases to dominate our life, when the reaction to another’s emotions no longer guide us like the blind, what we begin to notice are the patterns that shape and mold our daily life.

The silence begins to reveal a path to an inner peace that can be discovered, as our eyes of judgment dissolve from this realm, silence shows us that vibrations of energy shape this divine universe. As they are in the trees, in the wind, in our friends and those we love, and the one who can see the world with a silent mind can witness this beauty that continuously surrounds us. It is easy to look out and see the patterns of the outer, but IT takes tremendous courage and strength to witness the patterns which are hidden within us. They call these inner patterns the process of the unconscious, the tidal forces also known as archetypes, but until we can clearly see these patterns at work within us, we will remain blind to this continuous influence.

The unconscious has its hand on everything, and until we Awaken to IT within our-self, our life will only feel dual in nature. Duality is the illusion of good vs. evil, black vs. white, and conscious vs. unconscious, but these are only two aspects of the entire spectrum of BEing. Duality only breeds conflict in our lives, for a person who feels separate and divided from the world is always at war with them-self and with others. Are you the good self or the bad self, are you the conscious or unconscious flow within? It is easy to see that one cannot arise without the other, but the illusion of duality keeps us split into two separate entities, as the question then arises, are you two beings or are you One? And this simple answer reveals that we have but disowned a part of our-self.

Our expansion and decay in life is always just one choice away, so start looking closer at the patterns of your choices, for the feeling of bliss can arise just as quickly as the the feeling of pain within us. As the Buddha once said, ‘Silence is an empty space, space is the home of the awakened mind’, so look again at the inner and outer world without the chatter of the judging mind, and what will re-appear is reality as IT truly IS, that which is non-dual in nature. Looking up at the night sky reveals this pattern, for out of the blackness of space and nothingness comes everything in this divine Universe, an interconnection of spectrum that is continuously unfolding, just as the patterns which are currently flowing from within You!” ~Alistar Valadez
Art by: Mugwort Artemisia/Mugwort Designs