Live Heroically – Do What You Love

Boldness + Creativity = How We Change the World

A couple centuries before scientists realized that reality is a mass hallucination, William Blake claimed that everything is Imagination. Blake saw human beings as occupying a unique position in the cosmos, as we have – or could have – the freedom to apply our imagination to whatever we choose.

7 of Poetry - Blake TarotAs Mercury was stationing to return to direct motion (Wednesday, 11/20, 2:12 pm EST), I did a little tarot spread  from the William Blake Tarot of the Creative Imagination. The first card I drew was the 7 of Poetry – Boldness.

In addition to being a prolific and innovative artist, Blake was an iconoclastic visionary who prefigured the psychological universe we all inhabit today. He was ahead of his time and probably is still ahead of our own time.

Here’s what Blake said about the artist’s responsibility to society:

The wretched state of the arts…demands a firm & determinate conduct on the part of artists to resist the contemptible counter arts established by…politicians…

Ed Buryn, creator of the Blake Tarot, writes about the 7 of Poetry: “This card urges you to face your fears and live heroically…You can do your duty to life — countering fears and mortality itself — by doing what you love, upholding truth, and encouraging others in the same bold path.”

I love this last sentence:

“You can do your duty to life by doing what what you love, upholding truth, and encouraging others in the same bold path.”

The Perverted Modern Imagination

If imagination is the only thing that truly exists, then we can re-create the world by imagining it differently.

This is, of course, what real artists do: they show us the world as it exists in their imagination.

But we live in a time where imagination has been degraded. Most people’s imaginations were crippled early on by family-of-origin trauma, driven underground by the patriarchal dogmas of the family religion, and perverted through long years of school – where the curriculum is designed to teach kids how to shut up, sit still, and become obedient servants of the ruling classes.

In adulthood, any remaining sparks of imagination must compete with the relentless barrage of images most people consume daily on television, the Internet, and social media.

Ascension: We are the Neural Network of Mother Earth

A colleague proposed to me recently that humans are kind of like Mother Earth’s brain. She had a vision in which she saw that Mother Earth’s consciousness has been semi-dormant for centuries.

Now our living, conscious planet is awakening again. She longs  to evolve beyond her current state of depletion (chemical warfare, devastation of the forests and oceans, constant war, poverty, abuse, etc.).

This feels like a helpful metaphor to me.

As the physical inhabitants of the planet with the capacity to change reality, we are in a unique position to help Mother Earth return to her true state as a Garden Paradise.

But how can we imagine a better reality when we are still trying to “succeed” within a system that hates the imagination? How can we imagine a better reality when we are so tired and stressed and sad from trying to make ourselves fit into a job, a relationship, a family that will never work for us?

If we are the brain cells that Mother Earth needs in order to renew herself, how can she ascend when we have grown weak and dull and complacent? Choosing to argue within ourselves and complain about the sad state of the Brain, rather than doing what we were made to do?

Blake saw that our duty was to be ourselves, to express our own uniqueness, and to do – to the best of our ability – those things that express our own Divine spark.

We didn’t incarnate here at this time to be obedient wage slaves. We didn’t come here to live out the bankrupt dreams of our parents’ generations. We didn’t come here to blindly follow society’s marching orders. We didn’t go through everything we had to endure to get to this point in our lives to say, “Well, the world is going to hell and there’s nothing that poor little me can do about it.”

We came here to re-create the world, plain and simple.

This is our duty, to our own eternal spirit and to this beautiful planet and her plants and animals who give us so much nourishment and abundance while asking so little of us in return.

The astrology of 2020 tells us we are heading into a hardcore cycle of death and rebirth in human society. If this isn’t obvious to you now, it will be apparent by early January  when we have a lunar eclipse in Cancer opposing the epochal Saturn-Pluto conjunction in Capricorn. The time to claim our divine right of liberty is now.

What Does It Mean to Go Beyond Mind?

A rare Quantum Leap Opportunity

Beyond Mind The Next GenerationSeptember 18 – December 2

With Jupiter whipping through his home sign of Sagittarius between now and Dec. 2, 2019, this Fall is a rare opportunity to radically expand your awareness and lay the foundation for prosperity and success in the turbulent years to come.

Introducing: Beyond Mind

Tatiana Sakurai and I are launching a new coaching intensive / experiment in group consciousness called Beyond Mind: The Next Generation. The first three-month leg of our journey together starts Thursday, Sept. 26 and runs through the Winter Solstice.

Who Is Beyond Mind For?

Beyond Mind: The Next Generation is for you if:

  • You have a dream. You have a persistent vision of what your real life feels like and you’re tired of trying to manifest it.
  • You’re willing (or at least willing to be willing!) to do whatever it takes to develop an unshakeable faith in your own inner knowing.
  • You’re sick of thinking, scheming, bargaining, worrying, and trying to work your way to inner peace and outer success.
  • You’re ready to move from the 3D world of thinking and ego into the 5D reality of direct knowing.

Why Us?

Because we’ve done it. We’ve demonstrated that dreams do come true. Not through ceaseless striving or self-sacrifice but simply by surrendering the egoic mind and making the radical decision to always trust your inner guidance.

The ego – the rational, thinking mind – is the enforcer of 3D reality. We are entering a new world era in 2020 where the old ways don’t work anymore.  When you are truly embodied, you don’t have to think about what to do next because your body always knows what is best for you.

This is the quantum leap from 3D to 5D reality.

We will be teaching you a structured, scalable system of lightworker tools and practices in a safe, inclusive space, including:

  • Applying spiritual truths to daily life
  • Learning to trust your inner guidance and follow it, no matter what
  • Clearing negative ancestral and family patterns and limiting beliefs
  • Healing trauma
  • Identifying and clearing the energy of psychic attack and influence
  • The power of connecting with your inner child
  • Letting go of toxic relationships and playing small

Why Now?

Jupiter favors the bold – those who are willing to dare greatly – and with the hardcore astrology of 2020 looming, this truly is the time to go ALL IN with your spiritual practices and creating the life and the world you want to live in.

In addition, Saturn stationed direct in his home sign of Capricorn on September 18. Saturn direct gives us the clarity and patience to channel Jupiter’s visionary exuberance into structures that will stand the test of time.

In other words: this is the time to stop talking about what you want to do with your life and start doing it. The Saturn-Pluto conjunction and generation-defining Great Conjunction of 2020 are calling us to step up, reclaim our power, and radically reshape our world.

Are you ready? Join us (and learn more about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity) on my Beyond Mind: The Next Generation page.

We don’t want you waking up in September 2020 to find this card in your mailbox!

A New Level of Freedom

beyond mind group coaching DK Brainard Tatiana Sakurai

Get Yourself Free

Jupiter and Saturn are conspiring to turn dreams into reality this autumn

I know what it feels like to settle.

I know how it feels to wake up and see a life that looks vaguely like “my life” – only smaller and sadder.

I know how it feels to soldier on bravely, doing my best to be a good father to my children and a responsible human – even while feeling like I’m dying inside.

I know how it feels to stop believing in a lifelong dream because you just can’t stand the thought of being disappointed one more time.

I’m not a very patient person by nature. I can get easily frustrated when things don’t go the way I want them to. But I’m also very persistent. And I believe in an orderly Universe. I believe in a Universe where God wants us to manifest our hearts’ deepest desires. I don’t believe the Universe wants us to suffer.

And I’ve acted on those beliefs for many years now. Even during periods of despair, when it felt like nothing I did was ever going to amount to what I wanted, I kept up my spiritual practice. I kept reading self-help books. I kept getting sessions with coaches and healers.

And you know what? It took time and practice. But I started getting better and better at identifying and clearing toxic shame. Which enabled me to go beyond mind and return my focus and energy into what I love and want to create more of. Now?

I’m actually living in a reality that looks like the vision boards I made when I was trying to learn “how to manifest.”

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Five Ways to Feel Better Fast in Dark Times

Feeling Down? Anxious? Overwhelmed?

Get Your Mojo working with These Road-Tested Consciousness Hacks & Feel Better in 10 Minutes or Less

Five ways to feel better fast in dark timesThe collective angst sure can feel overwhelming these days.

The astrology feels dark and heavy.

You’ve had it up to here with racist, sexist narcissists spouting off in the press, on the campaign trail, and on the Internet.

Maybe you feel like you’re surrounded by the walking dead. Your (insert older relative here) no longer has thoughts of his own. Everything he says to you on the phone is a verbatim quote from either FOX News or Breitbart.

Your partner is in the fetal position on her yoga mat, sobbing silently. You’re afraid she may be emotionally bleeding out for the last time.

Some days you wake up and the first thing you feel is (fear, anxiety, grief, a sense of creeping dread).

OK, so your details may vary, but if you’ve been feeling like you can’t take any more for far too long…

Don’t give in to the collective despair!

The astrology of 2018, even more than the last several years, seems designed to force us to do what we’ve all been trained to avoid doing, at almost any cost. And that is:

Feel our feelings so they can move through us and set us free.

The five consciousness hacks below are distilled from 10+ years of using hypnosis, shamanic journeying, archetypal astrology, and meditation to help people move through their deepest fears and let go of crippling shame. (And to move through my own stuff, of course!)

I can’t promise you that you’ll be able to let go of a lifetime’s worth of repressed anger in one sitting. But I can say with confidence that these five consciousness hacks you can do in 10 minutes or less will break you free from your trauma trance and reconnect you to your powerful, creative Essential Self.

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What’s Your New Job Title?

Recognizing How Much You’ve Evolved

Spider is the storyteller. Spider reminds us that the stories we tell weave the webs of reality. Photo by DK.

The Moon in Leo – where the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse happened – makes a conjunction with the North Node in Leo and a trine to Saturn in Sagittarius this afternoon. This activates three of the major energies involved in the solar eclipse. Which, just in case you hadn’t noticed, unleashed a powerful wave of change across North America and around the world.

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I Say Yes

painted fire hydrant woods

In case of emergency, release the flow.

Yes, I am feeling the waves of pain and fear and distress. And yes, I am also feeling the Muse or Mother Earth or Great Spirit or my eternal soul and essence or all of the above welling within me as a great resolve.

I long to be of service; I feel how much the world needs me (us). The world asks me if I will step up right now — when the chips are down and we appear to be drastically outnumbered and completely surrounded — and boldly claim that it is our destiny to win. And that we are in fact winning even now, because we have made a firm decision to band together and rewrite the story of our lives, which is the story of the world.

Because we are finally harnessing our native powers of will and desire and intent and imagination and we are using them to rewrite reality. With art and community and pleasure and love — enjoying ourselves as it was meant to be in the beginning and as it must be in the end.

And I say, yes, I will. For the healing of Mother Earth and all her children.

Angels stand round my spirit. And round yours.

Solar Flares: Clearing Old Grief?

Strange Symptoms

Fallen leaf. Photo by DK Brainard

Fallen leaf. Photo by DK.

My wife had the jimmy-leg, the night I got my second post-eclipse wake-up call from Spirit.

She had kicked me awake twice between 11 pm and midnight; both times I was able to fall back asleep easily. At 2 a.m. I woke up because I was having a hard time breathing. Wide awake now, I stumbled out of the bedroom and walked down the hall to the dark living room, where I sat on the couch musing about grief.

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The Relationship Between Money and Energy

What I Did With the Total Solar Eclipse, Part 2

Read Part 1 here

Cactus flowering in a ditch.

Cactus flowering in a ditch. Photo by DK.

You might have guessed that She isn’t my wife. But She isn’t really my mom, either. Although both of them have played that role for me, She is really a phantasm.

Dictionary definitions of phantasm include:

  • a creation of the imagination or fancy; fantasy;
  • a mental image or representation of a real object;
  • an illusory likeness of something. (Dictionary.com)

She is a an illusory likeness, a mental image created – by my inner child, one could say  – of the wound in my soul that compels me to treat others’ emotions and needs as primary, and my own as secondary.

Now, it appears to be true that I learned this behavior from my mother first in this lifetime. But I know that my mom and I have a soul contract about abandonment and self-abandonment dating back at least several hundred years to a lifetime in Tibet. Continue reading

Message from the Muse

What I Did On My Total Solar Eclipse

‘Don’t ask yourself what the world needs;
ask yourself what makes you come alive.
And then go and do that. Because what the
world needs is people who have come alive.’ 
—Harold Whitman

Wake-Up Call from Venus

Thursday morning, 9/13

Mandala, from a magnolia leaf I found on the lawn.

I woke up uncommonly early last Thursday. With the happy thought in my mind: “I’m rich!”

Just to be clear: This has not been my usual first thought upon waking. And, the thought came with a bonus mantra:

I’m rich!
I’m rich!
I just came into a large sum of money

I’m rich!
I’m rich!
I just came into a large sum of money

I had been reading in The Oracle Report and elsewhere that we should be receiving messages on Tuesday or Wednesday that would bring clarity to what we’d been experiencing in the aftermath of the August 21 total solar eclipse.

I was eager to get this message. Because for all of the promise of the Leo eclipse, the next three weeks felt more like a protracted ending than a new beginning. Continue reading