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1966 was a strange year. The world was tense; everything was changing and no one knew where it was headed. The counterculture was coming.
By 1967, the energies swirling around us began to take form. The first person I knew who embraced this new world was my friend, Joe. In 1967, Joe began growing his hair to just above his collar. Anything longer led to expulsion from school.
Joe and I rode to school on the same bus every day for years. We discussed music, culture, girls, TV, our families and the world. An eccentric, nothing Joe did surprised me. For most of the fifth grade, for example, Joe wore a fez. (I wore a sailor's cap that I attached a propeller to, but that's normal.)
One day he got on the bus wearing round glasses, like John Lennon's. He looked great in them. Next, he started wearing a vest. Then, one day Joe got on the bus wearing a fringed leather jacket with matching boots, beads around his neck and a headband with a peace symbol on the front.
Alarmed, I asked him if he was aware that he'd get picked on or beat up, something not new to either one of us. He looked me in the eye, smiled and answered, "I can't help it Mo, I'm freaking out."
That was the first time I'd heard the term and it didn't mean what you may think.
In my home town, the counterculture was secretive. Joe lived two doors down from a pair of closeted hippies who were into the scene. They'd picked up the term, "freaked out," meaning to become a Freak, in San Francisco, where they'd spent a lot of time engaged in some sort of business venture. It was this pair who taught Joe the term.
Its original meaning didn't connote falling to pieces, panicking or losing one's temper; that came later. On the contrary, freaking out meant that the "inner freak," that part of a person that didn't fit the "norm," was emerging and being itself. It meant finding inner truth. The implication was that once discovered, it was impossible to keep inside.
As time passed, others followed Joe's lead. It was often a subtle change in hair length, a peace symbol, some other embellishment or a bit of patchouly. I could always tell the real Freaks from those who simply imitated the style with affectations. I suppose it took one to know one. My inner freak wore a pocket protector filled with pens.
If you'd like to see a graphic representation of this phenomenon, look at the cover of The Beatles album, Rubber Soul, released in 1966. Then, look at their album, Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, released in 1967. The music changed as much as their look. Of course, this had to be, because true change is never about appearances alone. Eventually, however, they found their comfort zone, as we all did, and adopted their own styles.
Redefining oneself is never comfortable and, in the beginning of the process, can be way overdone. From the outside looking in, watching someone seemingly lose their senses can be alarming, especially when that person says they're freaking out. It's easy to see how the term came to mean what it does today.
Not all freaking out was Hippie based. For some it was coming out as gay or lesbian. For others it was demanding respect and not being judged by gender, race, ethnicity or creed. For some it meant throwing familiar religious dogma out and embracing another faith. For a couple of my friends, it was speaking in tongues and embracing Jesus as their savior. For a great many, it was an interest in magic and paganism and a desire to understand both as ways of life.
We began living who we really were, unafraid and defiant in our honesty. We made lots of mistakes in the process, but then we had no map, other than our hearts. Although most of us found a new middle ground. Some of us never quit searching.
I eventually "freaked out" in a spectacular explosion of hair and attitude. I was a sight to behold, one that brought tears to my mother's eyes, although they weren't tears of joy. My emergence wasn't easy. In fact it was the struggle of my life, but it freed me and I sit here now, writing to you, because of it. I had to freak out to be normal, to be me.
I've come to my point. By letting my inner freak out, I was free to follow my passions and seek the truth of my life with purpose. I could finally be authentic.
Those of us who live in a society that seems foreign to us, who deviate from the standard when it comes to religious or cultural beliefs, tend to pay for that difference, even though it's not under our control to be other than what we are. How can we deal with this?
Here's Jimi Hendrix's take on it, from his song, "If 6 Was 9."
"White-collar conservatives flashing down the street
Pointing their plastic finger at me.
They're hoping soon my kind will drop and die,
But I'm gonna wave my freak flag high, high."
You don't have to wave your freak flag to be happy, but if you let your freak out from time to time, give it some sunlight, fresh air and a chance to wave in the breeze, I think you'll smile.
As for me, I'm still freaking out, in a good way, and hope that my emergence never ends. It's good to be us, don't you agree?
Until next week, I wish you peace and love.
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| by Kristi Brower|
Boy oh boy, what a week! The energy of fear has been palpable all around us this week. I am always fascinated by the reactions we choose when scary things happen. Some of us jump to violence and revenge, blaming large groups for individual choices. Others lament the damage and darkness in our world, and still others rush to help, pouring out peace and love and community.
I read auras, and I see everyone's energy body projecting out into the world what is going on inside. So I ask you, what are you projecting? Did you know that your energy and the thoughts and words you use project out onto your world, impacting everything around you? Well it's true; your energy body has an impact on all of the energy bodies around you, creating a domino effect. Here is an example of how this works.
Say you're having a great day, all feels right with the world. Then you walk into a store and are waited on by a clerk who is projecting anxiety. Unknowingly you pick up on their projection and walk out of the store feeling anxious for no particular reason. At this point you have a choice. You can take on the anxiety as your own and let it impact your whole day. If you do this then you are projecting anxiety and those around you may pick it up as well. At the end of your day you may have noticed that everyone around you seems anxious.
What a coincidence!
Ok, on to your other choice. You can acknowledge that you feel anxious and then ask yourself, is this mine? If the answer is no then you can recognize the anxiety for what it is, the signature of someone else's energy and let it go. You go about your day in a happy go lucky mood and note at the end of your day that those around you seem particularly happy.
What a coincidence!
Our energy bodies are so powerful! Most of the time we are completely unaware of what we are projecting, but we can actually control our energy if we choose. You can start by simply asking yourself "What am I projecting?" If you don't like the answer then change the energetic channel! Intentionally become more aware of your energy projections and identify what is yours and what belongs to someone else. We have a choice about how we react to all kinds if things, but often do not take the wheel and intentionally choose.
Every morning ask yourself, what do I want to project today? Ask yourself what color your projection should be, what qualities would you like your energy to have? One you have arranged your projection then share it with those around you. Make note of how others seem to sync up with your projection and how exponentially you can impact the world simply by choosing to project positive and loving energy throughout your day.
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| by Carolyn Ferris|
Each week Carolyn Ferris will pull from her hand designed Tarot cards to reveal a message for us. Carolyn has been a psychic for many years and has a substantial amount of notoriety with her art. She has created art for many clients such as Timothy Leary, Santana, The Fillmore, and Moonalice.
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YES- she draws every one of them!!
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This woman has a tidy situation with Cupid safe in a little cage, if we all had a little caged cupid--relationships might be better, yet not much fun for cupid! It could be a situation has to be addressed where you need to allow a relationship to just be, rather than forcing it into a form. Enjoy the ride, and decide if the relationship is fitting for you. There are plenty of fish in the sea, maybe one day there will be plenty of caged cupids also that love cages. Until then, enjoy the ride with your relationship or see about moving in another direction. Remember, the point is to make your life the greatest with the best potential of joy.
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