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Seasoned in the Warrior’s Way II

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by Ida Lawrence


An old lady… hummm. She is a ‘repository of wisdom’ in Indigenous cultures and much valued, but here in the West, not so much. Our old lady walks slowly, and sometimes painfully; she needs help getting out of the car or up the steps; maybe she sports a white bubble-head hairdo and a little weight around her waistline… not exactly someone your eyes zone in on; in fact, looking away is easier, and that’s what we do.

The young people around me respectfully point out that I’m going to be an old lady pretty soon. “Are you finally admitting it, Mom… you’re getting old?” My son jokes as I tell him I need to rest for a bit. “Okay, someday I may admit it,” I tell him, “…but not today.” Not until we elevate the ‘old’, and create a more appropriate way of looking, as if in a ‘Book’, rather than looking away from something we fear or simply dismiss as unusable.

What is the highest good that a ‘repository of wisdom’ can do? To me, it seems apparent that at least one ‘high good’ is that she can connect the family.

We talk consciousness movement, but in an imaginative way. When does movement take on power? When we realize that although, as individuals we differ greatly, we’re here for the same reason: the change of worlds is upon us. In our intent to consciously deal with this change, we are moving and we are together.

I’m thinking now of Stuart Wilde, whose voice I first heard some years ago. He called himself a soldier, and I’m seeing that ‘soldier’ is what we all are. In one way or another we have felt the call to participate. It’s time to bring in the light… the wrong must be turned to right, the cold heart must be turned to warm, the lie must be turned to truth, the hate must be turned to love. It is a matter of Ultimate Concern, and we well know it.

Nearly 30 years ago my husband introduced me to a branch the Afrodescendant human family, and a few days ago I attended their annual meeting – one that we had always attended together. During the meeting I was called to the stage, and shown, in so many words and smiles and hugs… “We are proud of you.” What had I done over the years? Something that a white person, who knows how our contrived, convoluted bureaucratic systems work, could do: I opened a door.

The open door helped them connect their family. Descendants of enslaved Africans scattered widely across the western hemisphere, speaking different languages, thinking they were alone in an unwinnable situation, were able to meet together… with interpreters. What they discovered was a profound resonance: the similarity of their experience and the synchronicity of their movement.

Before we leave the meeting, let’s return to the ‘old lady’ image. As the final thoughts were delivered, an 84 year-old woman called out loudly: “Elder Privilege!” The room went silent and everyone listened. The essence of her message: “Be the vanguard if you wish, but don’t forget to honor all of our soldiers who have put in work. I know what their organizations have done… contact them and recognize the work.” (Just the thing a wise Elder would say.)

Soldiers who are here to bring in change exist in all families. We may not have met each other in the heart space as yet, but we are universally connected – distinct from each other in experience, and yet part of that movement for change.

The consciousness movement has elements of a family as well, with a resonance that can be felt when we meet in person or even online. I’ve recently experienced the family ‘connect’ that we have, in a very profound way, and I’ll get into that. But first, a story.

I had been writing my blog for about four months… talking about the spiritual journey, self-knowledge, meditation and so on, and I was enjoying it; feeling a return of energy. Then one night I turned over in bed and my hand fell on my breast. I was suddenly awake with a “What’s That”! I felt a lump, and my thoughts scrambled to ease the worry. I have been a vegetarian for years, my diet is alkaline, I meditate, I monitor my thoughts and intentions… there is no way that cancer cells could be going renegade in me. It’s not cancer.

After that, the lump became the journey: tons of research, a stricter diet, attempts to get funding for alternatives, getting the ‘this is the type and stage’ diagnosis, talking to family, interrogating doctors, and making hard decisions. Empirical knowledge gained in the trenches, so to speak.

Yes, we are in a very dense energy here in 3-D; and yes, the stress of our soldiering takes a toll; and yes, the earth is experiencing the onslaught of rape and pillage as are we; and yes, we are not exempt from the effects of it. Immune systems and ecosystems: how delicate they are and how they change when one thing is out of balance.

In September I began a treatment program; agreeing to give up something to gain something. In February of this year I reached the end of treatment, and the beginning of recovery. Now, as I digest and process the whole thing, I’ll share with you in future blogs anything that might benefit us all.

We have some excellent health and manifestation practices in the consciousness movement, but we don’t have it all by any means. We cannot categorically state: “If you get cancer it’s your thoughts, life choices, energy issues… manifesting in your body,” or, “Raise your energy and you will not be sick.” Disease begins in the energy body… that I can certainly accept. But I suspect there is much more to consider within our defense mechanisms. We’ll grow with this knowledge when we broaden our minds and deeply communicate, i.e. help ourselves and each other heal.





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  1. Why me? Thank you for obliquely replying…I was beginning to wonder…..This is A BIG ISSUE. If you give me a dedicated email I am happy to correspond on this stuff. I’ve got a lifetime of personal research. Point 1. We are in NO WAY separate individuals. This is pure fiction. Point 2. From this fictional standpoint we are not really able to gauge accurately what life is demanding of ‘the entity.’ which includes ‘me.’ ‘From those to whom much has been given, much will be asked in return.’ Point 3. If you haven’t done so, contemplate the ‘Growth’ issue as deeply as you can as a meditation, as it has reached this point. Point 4. There is no ‘reality, ‘ there are only ‘versions of reality.’ As the Toltecs put it, this life, this Earth, this Universe ARE AN UNFATHOMABLE MYSTERY, our ‘reality’ is only a consensual description. But we’re working with it. MUCH LOVE.

  2. Beautiful message, Ida. We have so much to learn from the wisdom of elders. I was speaking with a friend yesterday about the powerful messages we need to hear from all our elders. She was quick to bring up judgement. I laughed and said, “In my opinion, an elder will not judge, but they may assess you. They then only offer up universal truth via their wisdom and allow you to do what you choose with it.” She laughed and said there must not be many elders left. I wanted to cry. All I could say is that they are often overlooked.
    Ida, I want to thank you from deep within my heart for always sharing your wisdom and love. Be well and stay blessed, Ida!

    • Heather, the words from your heart, so true,
      Elders know, good momz know 2,
      life can hurt, but can be loving too…..

  3. Lady Ida:

    Thank you for standing up for the Elders.

    There’s a strange thing going around these days, a kind of ‘age-ism’ that believes that generations should be at war with each other, that the old are dispensable and, somehow, responsible for all the ills that now beset us.

    It’s a very short-sighted and sad stance, as the vast life experience of those who have ‘gone before’ is a repository of wisdom, lessons learned the hard way, and the ability to look back and assess the prices paid for those lessons, even if there is failure or embarrassment attached to those experiences.

    To dismiss all of this irreplaceable insight is, indeed, to throw a treasure over the side of the life raft and think you’ve gotten rid of ‘dead weight’.

    Is everyone ‘Old’ wise? Probably not. But that does not justify a complete dismissal of an entire age group because some of their members don’t ‘measure up’ to expectations and judgments that find them wanting.

    Youngsters: we were YOU, once. Someday, you will be US. History repeats itself – and if it is all right to disrespect and cast aside your Elders . . . be very aware that you are paving the path down Life’s Road with sticks and stones that will come back to haunt you in very painful ways.

    It would be not only wise, but actually Self-perpetuating, to “remember who you are, and what you represent”. You represent The Future – and that Future needs all the help it can get right now.

    Today, it seems that ‘Me/My/Mine’ is the mantra for so much . . . and all it does is create greater barriers, loneliness and isolation. We champion independence and individuality at the expense of service to Others, thinking we are rejecting groupthink. The truth couldn’t be further from this conclusion. Real community depends on every single participant being sincerely valued and respected, supported and included.

    The Human Community includes every One, no matter their age/color/gender/beliefs/wealth or lack of it, etc. When we remember that, begin to live according to that principle and value the gifts and offerings that each of us uniquely has to offer, then we will not only be truly wealthy and wise – we will have the keys to healing this wounded kingdom in which we now reside.

    Ida – I’ve been aware of your current situation because Soren put it out there – and have been praying for you ever since. Thank you for being a WisdomKeeper, a Light in the dark, and a damned courageous Lady. I salute you.


  4. Dear LionDiva and Heather – you put a big smile on my face with regard to the Elders! Your comments nailed it, and I enjoyed hearing it… so well said. And dear Ariel, thank you for your love.

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