I originally wrote this homage in the spring of 2014. My dear friend Ricardo Accorsi had just been diagnosed with ALS, and he and his lovely lady Linda Parker had begun planning an extraordinary gathering and musical experience for July 2014.
Ricardo was a gifted architect. But he closed up shop in 2010 during the downturn and he and Linda had been sailing since. So it turns out that the fact that he lived his dream then, instead of waiting until “retirement age”, meant everything.
For You, For Always
for Ricardo Accorsi
My life changed last night,
altered for always
by what you’re sharing now, in these hours,
with so many like me
who want you laughing
and living your sailor’s dream, the one
we’ve all tasted,
What to think and feel
of the news you’re bringing,
and how you’re bringing it,
with such sleight of hand, focus,
as you proclaim a celebration
of family, friendship,
Yes. We’ll create a way through tonight
for you, for all of us,
I’m meditating on kindness after an immense experience I had with an extraordinary friend as he moved on from this life. Incredibly hard, and incredibly moving.
After being diagnosed with ALS, he had made the inspired decision to settle in Hawaii, ultimately on the beautiful island of Kauai. I’m an enthusiastic traveler with more and more experiences under my belt, but I hadn’t been there. I wanted to go, but not like this.
Today I’m reflecting on the wonderful people I met there: retreat center proprietor, rental car dealer, nurses, doctors, and volunteers who had heard through the small-town grapevine about my friend, his lovely fiance, and the hard-as-nails situation they were facing together, their way.
The word kindness doesn’t totally capture my sense of these people. The local folks I crossed paths with are wise. They have their priorities in order. Their hearts are open. They take care of each another.
And when a stranger comes into their midst, they make a new friend. I’d heard that my friend had been warmly received despite his increasingly extreme circumstances, that people had rallied around him and his lady with no other goal than to assist them in ways that were no walk in the park. When I got there, I experienced the same as a lone traveler on a heart mission.
Beautiful takeaways can come from heart-break
Your small kindnesses may in fact be huge. Free yourself up to be your best with everyone. You may never know the difference you’ve made by some gesture that was effortless for you.
Don’t wait until tomorrow. Go ahead and live passionately, lovingly, with gratitude for life’s journey, today.
Make time for nature, for delicious food and drink, for unhurried conversation. You deserve it, and the difference you make may be right there, in those relaxed moments.
Just be you. Share you with the world, by which I mean with all the fascinating, mysterious souls who cross your path on any given day. You’re an original. Let the world experience you. The real you.
And I’ll be tryin’ to live that way, too.
Meanwhile, dear Ricardo Accorsi will never cease to inspire me. I imagine him designing kickass creative spaces in non-ordinary reality. That thought—and my memories of the kind people of Kauai—makes me smile.
My explorer friends Ricardo Accorsi and Linda Parker introduced me to the wild work of Gregg Braden. I took these notes at the end of 2014. I was reflecting on my year while listening to the last chapter of his audiobook, The Spontaneous Healing of Belief.
Gregg Braden’s work excites me because he integrates cutting-edge science with ancient wisdom traditions. He writes about all that beautifully. And he’s a powerful narrator.
So I say the resulting coaching can help us shift beliefs and patterns to create what we want most in our precious lives. As you read, imagine applying these “15 Keys of Conscious Creation” to your life and goals.
And FYI, this is rich brew. Sip it. Take your time. Take a break!
Then come back. It’ll be here.
An In-depth Summary
So first, and very importantly, Gregg Braden says that our beliefs become the software that programs our reality. That’s a strong statement, right? I get instantly curious, like a gong has sounded deep in my heart and mind.
Our beliefs become the software that programs our reality. — Gregg Braden
Of course Gregg isn’t the first person to say something like this. Though his use of software as an image works unusually well for me. But what’s most impressive to me in his work is his thoughtful synthesis of decades of scientific research with the teachings and practices of ancient wisdom traditions.
And keep the book title in mind as you read further. The Spontaneous Healing of Belief is all about getting conscious of what we believe, what those beliefs may be creating or blocking, and consciously working at the level of belief to tip the scales toward whatever our hearts desire most.
15 Keys to Conscious Creation
The 15 keys that follow are about change. Gregg declares that as we humans come to understand and practice these keys, we experience transformation. This also changes the world around us.
He says to reflect on each key, taking the time to really think them through and make them your own. Don’t be deceived by the fact that they seem simple.
1. The universe is an intelligent field of energy.
Gregg first trained and worked as a geologist, then as a senior computer technologist in the defense industry at the close of the cold war. He has since studied and interviewed many of the great masters of science and spirit, traveled extensively to cultures with deep wisdom traditions, and come to the conclusion above.
He knows he’s in good company with many of the world’s leading physicists and biologists working at the forefront of the evolutionary sciences for the past forty years. In The Spontaneous Healing of Belief, Gregg summarizes what he calls “paradigm shattering” findings, including decades-old research that didn’t fit the scientific mindset of its time and was disregarded. And he tells these stories well.
2. Everything is connected to everything else in the field, and the implications of that are vast.
Gregg shares the results of mind-bending research, like a photon that was split in two, with the halves separated for observation in labs fourteen miles apart. One half was then changed in ways that instantly—note that “instantly” is key—affected the other. No waiting due to so-called realities like time and distance.
Consider what this means. Or at least try to.
3. Unleashing the power of the universe takes first experiencing ourselves within it, as fully connected and part of that intelligent field, rather than alone and outside of it.
How many of us feel, deep down, alone in the world? Yet a profound shift is underway in scientific interpretations of the world and our place in it. This new “quantum knowledge” hasn’t even made it into textbooks yet. There’s no universal name for it yet.
Gregg uses “the divine matrix.” Other scientists call it “the field”, or “universal intelligence.” Take time to think about this key. Adopting it consciously really does change everything.
4. Once something is joined together, it will always be connected.
What comes to mind as you read this, from your own history? Play with it. Pray with it.
Because in this mindset your prayers connect with their mark instantly. And not just as sweet thoughts and wishes, but as usable energy.
I was frankly uninterested in considering anything like this key for years. Now, as I re-edit this piece in 2019, I’m inspired by its potential power and humbled by my own recent life experience.
5. The act of observation is an act of creation. Consciousness is a creative act.
Imagine this. Again, it changes everything. Our attention to the largest and smallest details of our lives is a creative act. An act of power. And I do mean the good kind.
Gregg has organized proof of this key and explains it in ways that energize me and entice me forward. I get a sense of creating minus the over-the-top, often exhausting “efforting” than many of us bring to our most closely held goals.
6. We each have all the power we need to create the change we choose in the world.
Consider this. Imagine it. Meanwhile, truth be told, despite Gregg saying these keys make sense sequentially, one building on the other, I need the ones that come next to really get this one.
Because when it comes to language anything like “creating our own reality”, I still tend to get annoyed. But the strong context Gregg creates helps me. So I’m movin’ on to the juicy stuff ahead.
7. The focus of our feelings becomes the reality of our world. We’re creating from our hearts, not our minds.
I’ll repeat the first part of that so you don’t breeze by it.
The focus of our feelings becomes the reality of our world. — Gregg Braden
Topics like hearts-not-minds and the conscious use of feeling are huge in Gregg’s work. As he tells it, more and more data proves that “who we are” is not, in fact, contained in the brain. And that the heart regularly sends far more info to the brain than vice versa. These days I find this utterly fascinating.
8. Simply saying what we believe isn’t enough. We have to follow through in all the ways that allow us to embody our beliefs in the ways we live.
Again, I feel like these keys are interdependent. The next one informs this one, and the two before it, in ways that make a difference to me.
Meanwhile, as a couple of examples, we can’t stump for world peace in any meaningful way while hating the guy in the next cubicle. We can’t tape affirmations to the bathroom mirror and expect them to change our lives while continuing self-sabotaging habits. Actually embodying our beliefs is another matter entirely.
Beliefs that we consciously choose must inform our habits and feelings. It’s sacred work. A joyful discipline.
9. The feeling that comes from what we believe is a language in itself, a language that the field of consciousness recognizes.
Stop, rewind, repeat. Reflect.
I actually love this key. It’s what got me excited about Gregg’s work. I get it. I forget it. Then I get it back again. It feels new, like a missing piece nobody was teaching when I was a young trainee in “how life works.”
The feeling that comes from what we believe is… powerful! So to make change in the world, intend, imagine, feel, and believe in what you want most.
Engage your heart. Feel the feeling of accomplishing what you want. Feel the wonder of that. Gratitude for it. And live in those feelings, now. No waiting!
Work, play, and create from there for maximum impact. I find this very, very freeing. Brilliant, really.
And don’t skip your nuts-and-bolts to-do list in the process. Just tackle it enjoyably. To me, this is a life-changing shift from using will power and a mindset like forging ahead despite all obstacles. It hits me like a great big wave of energy.
10. Not just any feeling or quality of consciousness will do; creative consciousness comes from a non-ordinary state.
Gregg describes this non-ordinary state as without ego concerns. Without attachment to outcome. Without judgments about what it will all mean if what we want isn’t in fact realized.
So as we take on the feeling of what we want, without judgment or attachment, our belief and the quality of our energy and feeling begin to create the changes we seek. There’s paradox here, right? Intention without attachment. I like it.
11. We must become in our lives what we choose to experience in our world.
These days I experience this key as a challenge to live my life as the contribution I intend to make. This includes keeping my own energy high. Imagine consistently living within the power of our imaginations, through our intentions. And through our hearts.
Through feeling, intent to make a difference, gratitude, and wonder. To me, this is about the continuing evolution of our species.
12. We are not bound by the limits of traditional physics and biology as we know them today.
As you can imagine, this key has immense implications for how our lives could unfold. Indeed, I sense freedom here.
Freedom from a determinism that has been bleeding into modern life more and more. Freedom from the 21st century version of a mechanistic framework for everything.
I find this key is so intriguing. And I haven’t mentioned genetics yet and the emerging science of epigenetics.
Gregg’s focus on the work of biologists like Dr. Bruce Lipton is paradigm-shattering. It’s a relief to step back from the abyss of genetic determinism to Gregg’s life-giving synthesis of old and new knowledge.
13. We are holographic beings, and we create holographically.
So the quality of our consciousness creates the universe. The quality of our inner world affects our outer world. Our households, families, neighborhoods and workplaces. Our communities and beyond.
As we do our work, healing, growing, and becoming more and more conscious of our impact on everyone and everything around us, we co-create the world. Beautiful.
14. The instant we create our prayers and good wishes for our loved ones, they’re already at their destination.
This is the power of living in a holographic universe. Imagine, then, the power of our thoughts. Of our emotions. Of our prayers. This mindset allows us to generate more power than ever before. With much less helplessness, fear, and frustration.
Consider that we’re responsible for becoming conscious of beliefs that darken our thoughts, feelings, and actions. Imagine the creativity of living within this powerful belief. Then get busy exploring it!
15. The world around us is nothing more and nothing less than a mirror of what we become from within.
The “field” that makes up our universe, or the divine matrix, in Gregg’s words, is a container for our experience, and a bridge to what we want to realize. It’s also a mirror of our inner lives.
If we have the curiosity, the wisdom, and the courage to explore what that mirror is showing us, we have the power to learn very quickly. We can adopt beliefs and live in emotions that will help us create what we want and deserve.
And note that this isn’t the panacea of “positive thinking”, like sweet icing we try to spread over everything. We all have real work to do here.
But imagine this approach becoming doable as we open ourselves, through doing our own individual, joyful work, to what will make the difference. As we truly take that on.
In Gregg’s words, individually each of these keys is fascinating. Together they tell an important story, and they build a powerful internal technology. It’s the power to create through our imaginations. Through allowing what we imagine to become real in the world around us.
Gregg says that consciousness is a measurable force. With it, we have everything we need to create what we wants in our lives beyond the realms of reason and logic.
With the power of consciousness, we can transcend the limits of our own past beliefs. Remember, we are the art as well as the artists. It all begins with healing our beliefs. — Gregg Braden
So I’ll end the way I began: this is wild work. I hope you’ve enjoyed my little introductory summary. Let me know how it lands in your heart. How it moves you to move forward.