We had yet another wonderful Big Glow retreat at NaMestoy Farms in North Georgia in December 2016, and this one was a powerful exploration of love, light and oneness.
“Each retreat is unique and a result of our collective intentions.”
Each retreat is unique and a result of our collective intentions. We sang, danced, played, shared, cuddled, dined, breathed and toned together for what proved to be a truly enriching time. Check out some of the photos and talking points from the retreat below.
“We’re one and the same.”
“ONE AND THE SAME” BY JOHN STRINGER
Of the many retreat highlights, one I’d like to share about is the talk Kathy and I lead on manfiesting relationships.
Before the retreat, we both asked spirit what was best and highest to share and what we both individually received made for a very non-typical relationship talk.
For your benefit, and by request of some of the attendees, I’m sharing what we read to begin the talk here:
What Kathy Received:
You must define what living a life without attachments looks like. You can use your own life examples and rely on John for a more in depth view.
You must define what real love is . Love of the spirit , love of connectedness to all and explain that real love will never fade. Love of all will never change so there is no need to hold on so tightly.
The temporal love that comes & goes as anger, resentment and insecurity arise will fade so by letting go of the attachment to this kind of love you step into true freedom. You live in the moment in pure gratitude of the now with no expectation of the future. The now is real. The now is a gift. Be here now!!
What I Received:
There are several things to teach about relationships. First, relationships begin with how you relate to your true self, your true nature as essence. This is the foundation upon which all else extends from.
If you believe you are a body, you relate to your self delusionally and all other relationships will mirror this illusion. Attachment to this false identity begets fear due to its temporal nature. The body is temporary and merely an illusion, subject to change and eventual disuse in most cases. Thus, attachment is caused by misidentification and breeds fear and perceived threats. The truth, of course, is you are the essence of life, consciousness, not the body.
This correct perception allows you to feel peace in the midst of any appearance of threat or harm instead of projecting your fear upon what you perceive as the other. All life is an extension of you at your essence, not the illusion of you that you identify with. That identity is just one of many characters you are playing. Yes.
This leads to the next lesson. By rightly identifying your Self as the essence, consciousness, you not only move beyond fear but see all as an extension of you and accept it with love. You recognize there is no harm, there is no reason for guilt, there is no lack or limitation and there is no real threat or darkness to be feared. No loss. No reason for disappointment. No harm. No real change for only what is unreal changes.
You are changeless, harmless and pure, so when you relate to yourself this way, you see the apparent other as yourself. You see the apparent other as sinless, changeless, holy and loving / loveable as yourself. Endowed with everything, as everything.
This is the foundation of a loving relationship with your Self.
All other relationships are a result of illusion and the belief in them and attachment to them is the cause of all sorts of suffering.
All of the Big Glow retreats we’ve hosted with Brian Peirgrossi have sold out and been powerful times of recognition and realization. We’re planing more for 2017!
Kathy and I are also planning an upcoming songwriting retreat where we’ll assist those interested in writing high vibrational songs, along with an “Exploring Genius” retreat where we’ll teach metods to listen to spirit and get the information you need on your journey.
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Here’s the video & text from “Seeing the Perfection:”
The topic is Seeing the Perfection.
Yesterday, I watched a very interesting video.. An expose on a certain political family that showed a lot of things I wasn’t aware of, but that even spiritual leaders like Dr. Michael Beckwith recently hinted at by using the word insidious.
I was lead to watch it while preparing for this talk, labeled, Seeing The Perfection and after watching the video, I connected or aligned with source to ask what am I to share.
I share this with you and simply ask that you take breath, align in this moment by simply saying align in your mind a few times. Now, if you believe in love and oneness, then I ask that you call upon that highest power to assist you in receiving whatever it is you are here to receive today, in this holy appointed moment, that your mind might be healed of anything that no longer serves it. And so it is.
Here is what I received:
Now. you have watched this video to see that there is more to what has been going on in the US than you knew. That is OK. All is well and always is. The truth is your consciousness is involved in all sorts of things you would not think allowable but the truth is your consciousness can do anything it chooses and can create anything it desires in this reality. In some cases, your consciousness will never be found out for what it is done except in the awareness of those involved. In other cases, things come to light to reveal what your consciousness is involved in. know that all is well and always is. None of what you have done is worth condemnation or attack. You are a holy son of god. Nothing you have ever done is worthy of judgment or condemnation. This is the truth that I, Yeshua, came to show. That there is no sin. There is nothing that can be pointed to that you have ever done that makes one iota of difference in your holiness. This is the truth of love. You are a holy son of god and all that has ever occurred in this plane is meaningless. You can choose to do whatever you choose and you will feel the consequences of your actions based on the law of love. The consequences for actions taken are simply you either feel bliss or resistance, you either feel judgment or acceptance. That is all. There is no karma when it comes to right and wrong. Only belief. Integrity is not really an issue.
Your beliefs form what you experience. So if you believe that doing a certain action is wrong, you make it so for you and suffer the consequences of judgment, separation and resistance all action is right action. Yes. This is hard to understand when coming from the conditioning you have been immersed in. But how can anyone be holy if all are one and all action is done by the one? Think about this. How can you truly be holy if you are one with all and all action is from the one? Either there is no right and wrong and you are a holy son of god or there is right and wrong and you are separate, condemned and in need of salvation from and atonement for your sin.
If you are indeed separate and in need of salvation, then you are perpetually in need of it because all make mistakes on a daily basis when it comes to your level of judgement. This is the false belief that has created an appearance of separation, condemnation, fear and the motive for all such destructive motivation that leads to suffering in this life. There is no right or wrong. This is the message of the true gospel Jesus taught. Belief in god’s unconditional love is belief in your true nature and alignment with that love is alignment with your true essence. There is no right or wrong.
Now, the fears you have are understandable because you think you are these separate bodies. But again, there is only one of you hear. All that you do is done to the illusion of form. In form. In a virtual reality that is as meaningless as air. The false constructs, beliefs and the rest you have created that support separation, identification with the body ,etc., are the reason the fears come up when you are faced with the reality that there is no right or wrong. It is very contrary to the conditioned mind’s belief. And your defenses from this truth are many. Fear, denial, offense, the list goes on.
But all can be solved by one question… are you separate from your brother or one? If you are one with your brother, you are one with all your brothers and sisters. If you are indeed one, then all action is your action. So, if all action is your action then there is no action that is not a part of you. If all action is a part of you, then either you are sinful or holy. The two are mutually exclusive. If you are sinful, then all is lost and God is evil in the flesh. For you are extensions of God as one.
There are not two here but one – God as the extensions of awareness – the single band of consciousness that is you.
If you are sinful then god is sinful.
Your belief is at the heart of the matter. It is the cause of the separation you feel.
Not that you can be separate from god or sinful. For that is a miscreation on your part. But your belief in sin and separation has given this false conditioned thinking power. Thus, you see your brother as sinful and separate yourself from oneness by judging and projecting these judgments upon your brother.
Yet in fact, all you have done is condemned yourself in your own mind. But not in reality. For you are whole, safe and healed. You are in fact, one with your brother, one with god and holy. O action you have ever taken in any from can change that. You are free to make all action in this plane because this creation in and of itself is your own false belief in separation. The form, by its nature, is your miscreation and you journey through it to learn of your true nature. The consciousness that you are is simply here to show the freedom and power of your ability to create, but not to be judged as right or wrong, to simply allow you to experience creating more of whatever you choose in your entirety of consciousness… all consciousness at every level. so , when circumstances and events happen that seem, in your judgment, as catastrophic, evil or dark, you resist and reject yourself further, through judgment, and simply uphold the false belief of the I AM as wicked. Again, either oneness is real and you are wicked or holy, or oneness is false and your are wicked. There can be no other options.
Understand that you could not be redeemed by some magic pardon from a separate god, because it would go against the very definition of good and evil. If evil were true, how could it ever be made good? if a sacrifice could wipe away evil or wrong action and make it right, then what sense would it make that there is right and wrong. Wrong could not ever be made right by fact of what it would be?
It makes no sense because it is fictitious. The miscreation of wrong is a tool to keep you trapped in separation and fear so that you can not see the oneness.
There is a part of you that knows this however, your conditioning and the false beliefs, the fears, get in the way and create distractions from embracing this truth. This reality that is unmistakable.
Reason has been given to you yet you must call upon it to see it clearly from a higher level of consciousness than you may be used to engaging.
This is where prayer is most effective.
Asking for guidance, understanding, wisdom from your highest self. God, the holy spirit, source, requesting help in seeking the truth is the only way to undo the misperceptions and conditioned beliefs you have held lifetime after lifetime.
Call upon this higher power of your own to be set free. To awaken. This is why you returned to form time and time again. Your will is indeed the will of the source of all life.. To awaken to love and see that there is only oneness, there is only god, there is only love.
This is grace in reality. And so it is.
If you are interested in viewing the political video I watched, be forewarned it is full of judgment and conclusions that may or may not trigger judgment for you. This post will help let go of any judgments triggered. You can view the video here.
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Insanity is anything that tells you all is not well: the voices in your head, conditioned thinking, skewed perspectives that tell you something is wrong.
Giving them belief gives them power over you and your experience – your creation of the illusion. Yes. This is why thinking is so important to turn over (surrender) and allow the thoughts of God to be reflected through God’s spirit in your mind.
Let go of your understanding and take on the thoughts of the Holy Spirit that are brought to your consciousness through your choosing. Yes. By listening and focusing your awareness on the voice of God within you, you can hear and be set free from the belief in illusion. You can finally see the perfection that is already here. It is not found in the belief in separation. No. That is imperfection.
They eyes of the body betray what is real because what you witness is a skewed interpretation of what is – what the divine is. You see separation but it is the illusion. The truth is that which is beyond it. The truth is the light that dances within and around, all throughout existence. The truth is that you are this light and that what you are is perfection. The shadows, the illusions of form, are not the truth. They are simply creations, songs, and inventions that either align with the thoughts of the divine or resist it. Yes.
“So, alignment is listening to the divine thoughts, aligning with those thoughts and being perfection. It is letting go of the illusion and attachments that keep you stuck in the beliefs that form is real.”
Life Teacher, Healer, Singer, Lover.
So, alignment is listening to the divine thoughts, aligning with those thoughts and being perfection. It is letting go of the illusion and attachments that keep you stuck in the beliefs that form is real.
You are spirit and the experience of humanity is simply the grand illusion, grand invention and belief and attachment to it as REAL is the misperception of what is. Do not for one moment give belief to imperfection for it is the lie that will deceive you and create the false belief of separation, judgment, attack and fear. This is not what you are here for. You are here to reclaim your sanity. Yes. This is why you are here.
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This past Sep 10 – 12, 2016, we had a beautiful gathering of souls ready to give and receive at NaMestoy Farms for the Big Glow Retreat: Limitless Love & Light! We had a blessed time for so many reasons and I can’t help but give thanks for the miracles that abounded.
“One of my intentions was that we experience miracles.”
It amazes me how simply coming together to be present, share, eat, practice yoga and alignment, listen to each other and music, let go of energetic blocks that no longer serve us works so well! My sincere thanks to Brian Piegrossi, author of the aclaimed book, The Big Glow, and creator of The Big Glow retreats. Each retreat I’ve attended has been a catylist in my being more authentically who I truly am. Thank you, Brian! Just like our other Big Glow retreats, we all shared our intentions during our opening circle, and one of my intentions was that we experience miracles. I’m grateful to have experienced several, and would like to share a few with you:
“What you’ve done is given me a chance to be amazed.”
“HOLD ME NOW” BY JOHN STRINGER
My wife, Kathy, and I gave a talk on relationships, sharing the lessons we’d learned and been guided by spirit to share, and I was so impressed by her. She used to have a fear of public speaking (though she’s done a LOT of it), and she seemed to speak so effortlessly and beautifully that I was simply in awe of her grace! She also sang with me during a concert later on … this was the second time she ever sang with me that way in public EVER! It was beautiful! Here’s a snipet:
I received an amazing intuitive reading from my dear friend, Shannon Gill, and it both helped guide me to identify a wound I was holding on to regarding my relationship with my father. I was able to immediately release it through aligning with Source/ God / the great Holy Spirit in that moment to receive healing / correction for my perspective. I was guided to apply the very attunement teaching I share in the first week of The Abundance Vibration course and it cleared the issue up on the spot!
I also received a Reiki session from Reiki Master, Amy Catherine, that brought two miracles. First, she showed my her precious stones and I was drawn to a black stone that she explained was connected to the throat chakra and the corresponding oil for the stone was Frankincense. I told her that made sense because my favorite body oil and incense is Frankincense & Myrrh. She then showed me a zip lock bag of oils from Jerusalem, and told me that every time people pick one out, they pick the exact one for them. She said “try it.” Before she even suggested that, I was already drawn like a magnet to one of the viles that I couldn’t see the label of, yet it seemed to call to me.
I reached in the bag, pulled the vial out and read what I saw on the label, “Abba oil,” aloud. I told Amy I’d never heard of that oil before. She took the vile and explained Abba was just the brand and began to smile as she told me it was Frankincense & Myrrh.
The next day, I had the Reiki session with Amy and once again, she asked me to reach into the bag to pick an oil. This time, I closed my eyes first and as I put my hand on one vile at a time, I checked in to ask “is this one?” I proceeded until I got a”yes,” pulled it out and handed it to Amy. She read it and we both laughed when she saidit was Frankincense & Myrrh again.
She also intuitively received the number 45 and showed me the corresponding message in a book. The message made me cry when I read this part:
The Universe will be creating your reality according to your thoughts, whether you are paying attention or not, so having conscious awareness of the future reality you choose to create is very potent. Imagine a world of love in your thoughts, focus your attention on this as truth, and you shall have it. Know that with God all things are possible. This means it is possible for the world to live in peace and harmony, for all people to have enough food to be healthy, and that all can live in joy-filled abundance. Despite appearances to the contrary, this is Divine will for all human beings.
Your deepest beliefs will affect this process. It is good to be aware of the subconscious thoughts that run contrary to your future visions. Your thoughts are the vehicle to create a world of love and peace for yourself and all others. Know that the greatest truths of the universe are that God exists in all circumstances and Divine Love is within all things (omnipresent). Hold your mind on the power of God’s Love, ask for a miracle if you need it, and allow this Universe of Love to show you a reality where harmony and beauty are all that exist.
Remember: your job is to have no attachment to the appearance of disharmony but to hold to the Love within all things.
Holy Wow! So many things were in that message: asking for a miracle if you need it (which I did when I stated my intention), non-attachment, seeing beyond appearances and more, which showed up more profoundly for me in the miracles below.
During her reading, Shannon also explained, among other things, that trust in divine order and overcoming my lower self was my current challenge, and that a transformation in consciousness was soon on the way. I saw black butterflies the next day during a walking meditation – one of which flew directly toward me and turned back around right after I thought “I should look up their meaning.”
Later that same day , Kathy, Brian Peirgrossi (Big Glow founder) and I had a post-retreat meeting in the same room my daily small circles were held in. As we entered, I saw the wasp that had been hanging out in each of my small circle meetings. Since it was still in the room, I commented aloud “I think I should look up the meaning behind wasps.” Just like the black butterflies, I figured I’d just do that later. Not long after we sat down and started our meeting, the wasp flew toward me and landed on my NOSE.
We all sat there looking at this wasp and commenting on how interesting this was and I decided to just relax and proceed with the meeting. Now, since I have previously been allergic to bee stings, etc., I kept thinking “All is well and always is,” letting go of my fears and choosing to act out of TRUST that whatever happened would be divinely ordered rather than to acting out of FEAR and trying to get the wasp off my nose.
As some of those who were still at the retreat came to see the wasp, the wasp eventually crawled near my right eye and I “checked in” (asked/prayed) to see whether I needed to go ahead and look up the meaning of wasp totems. I got a “yes,” which in hindsight seems pretty obvious, right? lol
We paused our already interrupted meeting as I looked up the meaning behind Wasp Totem / Wasp medicine and it turns out one of the meanings is transformation and soul evolution. I went ahead and looked up black butterfly totem / medicine and it turns out its meaning is transformation as well; yet, specifically, “death” or “the ending” of something. The transformation from my reading with Shannon was about the dying to my lower self / limited conditioned thinking / ego – something I have been praying, meditating and practicing toward for some time. I couldn’t help but feel a great sense of gratitude for this very clear reinforcement.
If you’re wondering how this all resolved, after taking pictues and a video, we finally proceeded with the meeting and after some time passed, the wasp began crawling from the right side of my face to my left eye (which I closed to let it do it’s thing). My wife mentioned she was uncomfortable with the situation (understandably so), so I had a realization and stated “I think the wasp wants to be let out” and Kathy suggested I go outside. We all went outside, to see if it would fly off, and after it stayed there for a bit, Kathy, suggested I kneel down by a bush. Once I did, it finally flew away.
I later “checked in” / prayed to ask “what was the significance of this event / what did I need to see?” and this is what I received:
You received your miracle to make it abundantly clear that you are ready to shed your identification with your ego, lower self, limited conditioned thinking and identify with who you truly are: your highest self, son of God, Christ consciousness. This is the path you have been on and are now ready to make the transition.
I’m sharing this because I hope it inspires you to continue your journey with trust in divine order, in divine timing and in your ability to receive miracles if you need them. Love is all around if we open our eyes and ask / choose to see it. Let the Source of All That Is direct your path and give you what you need.
Ask and it will be given unto you. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door will be opened to you!
Limitless Love & Light!
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Here’s the text & video from “Oneness Through Diversity:”
The topic is Oneness Through Diversity.
This is an interesting topic sense diversity itself is a delusion or illusion depending on the perspective. It is an illusion when seen from it’s temporal or temporary nature and a delusion when seen as real.
Given it is changing and subject to transformation, by definition of what is real – namely, the changeless, form is not real. The belief in it as real and attachment to it is the delusion.
So, diversity properly viewed can be appreciated as a great work of art that is subject to great change. It is an expanding work of art to be enjoyed and navigated with the awareness that it is simply art. When meaning is assigned and believed as real, it becomes delusional perspective. Not the diversity itself, for it is simply the appearance and meaning assigned, but the belief in it as real becomes the delusion.
What is the proper way to view diversity. Diversity is the more, the right of life to experience more. It is the reason source extends itself as you in various perspectives but do not think that this is the reality of life. This is only an aspect of the whole, the essence the awareness that you view life from. The meaning you assign is often largely delusional.
When it comes to diversity, you think that your cultures, body types, skin colors, ethnicities and all these other differences are real. This is what most would call diversity. Snowflakes are divers. Bodies are divers. Planets, stars, solar systems, galaxies, what you call species, all divers. SO much diversity. Yet the essence is the only thing that is real and that essence is the source, of which you are one with. Not two or billions, but one with.
You may have heard it said there is only one of you here. If you could understand that the awareness of your brother, your awareness, and all awareness is one essence peering through various divers individuated perspectives, and that this one source is you, then you would understand that the self that is real, the one source, is all that is real. It is you. The awareness it peers through is the frame . consciousness pears through these individuated awareness perspectives, if you will, and simply experiences itself as infinitely diverse art. Yes. Infinitely diverse art.
If you could appreciate this art as handy work that is masterful yet not real, you would be closer to the truth than you could ever imagine.
Diversity is what is sought as an experience of the one extending itself to be encountered and remembered in all its aspects as perfect, to give bliss, peace love, joy, kindness, compassion, forgiveness and appreciation in every experience. To be accepted as a beautiful play or dream and enjoyed through non-judgment and non-attachment.
This is not so hard when you let go of the conditioned thinking, the limited skewed perspectives that tell you something is wrong, all is not well or you are incomplete and separate from your brother, from all that is.
If you would deny this fallacy, deny the realness of diversity, you would set yourself free from the suffering, fear, attachment and sorrow caused by change of the form, shifts and transformations of the illusion.
For your essence , what is real, can not be harmed. Who you truly are, the one, is all there really is.
Consciousness, not the body.
Imagine a vast column of water infinitely expanding. Now, imagine one point on this column. This point is your individuated perspective. Your awareness is like seeing through a small hole.
As you align with the source (which is the essence of this column of consciousness / your true self) – you expand your awareness and begin to see from a higher frequency of consciousness. Yet all the levels are you. From highest to lowest. The entire column is you and as your individuated perspective expands, you begin to understand that every aspect of creation – the seen form – is the illusion… and the essence of it all is you.
The source of all that is is you. You are an extension of this source in part and in whole, yet, you are here to remember this in order to be set free from suffering, free from judgment and self imposed condemnation. You set yourself free as you extend forgiveness to all that is. Any un-forgiveness held on to toward your brother or any situation, event, or anything in your consciousness, is a cause of suffering. Let go and recognize that only what is real is what you are. The changeless, that which cannot be harmed. This is the oneness and this is the truth you came to understand.
Diversity is art, the illusion, a painting. Appreciate it. Yet, do not fall for the delusion that it is what you are. Those who suffer are those who attach to the differences and create the specialness, create the judgments, the separation and the reason for anger and attack.
How do you appreciate diversity in practical terms? The same way you appreciate any aspect of the journey, the same way you appreciate your human identity. Know that who you have been conditioned to view yourself as, this body, this name with a story, is not who you really are. It is the role you’ve played. Yet you are the divine, an extension of the one, the only one, and you are here to know that everything else you have believed in, in form, is simply a beautiful work of art. An illusion, not to be believed in. Not to be thought of as real, but as a beautiful movie. Diversity is the same. A beautiful complex illusion not to be believed as the real. For If it were, how could oneness ever be real? It can still be honored and appreciated, for it is a great path to learning love, lessons of forgiveness, lessons of non attachment, non judgment, etc. Lessons of seeing beyond the veil. The ego would have you believe this is real.
You may have heard be in the world but not of the world. The world spoken of here is this seen world with the body’s eyes. This is the world that you are in yet it is the illusion. You are not of this form. You are essence. Spirit. The only begotten son of god. You are the divine essence, not the form itself. Thus, all diversity is the appearance of things of form, appearance of the world. It is not real.. It is simply beautiful art to be appreciated. Loved for what it is but not attached to. Not defended as real. Simply enjoyed from a place of power.
Once you realize you are not the body, and know that you are the one, you can take back your power and release the fear of death, release the fear of separation, release all the fears that plague you through limited conditioned thinking / or the ego.
You Can finally embrace forgiveness for what it is, releasing all that is – your brother, source, and all else – from the concept of imperfection and thus, free yourself.
For every thought of un-forgiveness, any thought you hold on to of un-forgiveness or sin, whether toward another or your perceived self, is like a dagger hanging over your own head. As you forgive, you release these daggers and set your true self free.
So, your only responsibility when it comes to diversity, when it comes to navigating life, when it comes to being, is aligning with your true essence – source – and allowing that divine perspective to guide you. Allowing source energy to remove blocks in whatever form it deems best. Simply say yes to God, yes to source, yes to the divine essence you are and allow it to guide you.
You have heard it said, lean not to your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge HIM and he shall direct your path. I say to you, let go of your conditioned limited thinking and find practices that allow you to receive divine understanding, divine perspective that is not limited by your false beliefs in form, in separation and in sin.
You are what is real and what is real is the changeless essence, the powerful creative force that sustains all that is. Unity helps bring about recognition, amplification of this divine frequency of love, appreciation, acceptance and non attachment. It helps unite the individuated perspectives and heals the fractures so that diversity is no longer used as a tool for separation, but simply appreciated as the art it is. Like the Tibetan mandalas, seen as a beautiful works of art, each individuated perspective that shows up as your brother, is recognized as the one, the Christ essence, the holy and pure spirit that you are, and enjoyed without resistance, without suffering, without fear – forgiven, blameless and changeless.
What the form does is meaningless, though the ego says differently.
Only love is real. This brings peace. This brings liberation. This brings oneness through diversity.