Rise and Shine!


This essay first appreared in the September/October 2004 issue of Spirit of Change magazine.  Wow, time flies!

“This is the Dawning of the Age of Aquarius.” How many years ago was that song channeled to our collective consciousness? Are you still laying in your bed pulling the covers over your eyes because you can’t face the world? Or even the day? The dawn has come, the Son has risen and the hour is getting late. Wake up! We cannot afford to be lazy children anymore. Wake up! Our parents are sounding the alarm and calling us to feast at their table. Wake up!

I perceive us like a disco ball made of Love and Light. Each aspect reflects that Light out in its own special way. All aspects are equal and all are essential to the others. That is what we are, different aspects of the same self. But different does not mean separate. That, loved ones, is the illusion of the ego. That devil with a small “d,” that great deceiver. It leads us to believe we are separate because we utilize different bodies to experience this world. It is written in Genesis that God put Adam (man in Hebrew) to sleep. While Adam is sleeping, another body is created, and they together create more bodies, as children. Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden, separated from God, and quite literally, all hell broke loose. Nowhere in the entire Bible does it ever say that Adam woke up. Hell is a dream. Ego is the master of that dream doing everything it can to keep you separate from God.

Lucifer was the most beautiful angel in heaven, but he wanted to be God, so he created his own world. And you live in it. “There will be much pain and gnashing of teeth.” Have you ever seen anyone in pain? Ever been in pain yourself? Ever been inside a hospital? All pain, all illness — physical or emotional — is caused by a feeling of being separate from God. Wake up! The dark night of the soul is over. Morning has come. It is time to go Home. Just choose it. Count yourself in.

While we are humans being/being humans we tend to get sucked into “the daily grind,” the routine things that can make you forget Spirit, forget God — until Sunday morning, of course. Your car breaks down, you hate your job, your bills are past due, and you need a vacation. So you escape into TV, which is a powerful manifestation of the ego. It projects fear, murder, death, poison, poison, poison. It mesmerizes us. “There will be much pain and gnashing of teeth.” See it for what it is — a distraction to keep you from seeing yourself, to keep you from healing yourself and your life. Take a long vacation from television and see what your life is really about. The world is a façade of the ego playing itself out, attacking itself to avert your eyes from the truth. It creates in your mind separation and lack, it makes you believe in illness. It is maya. Illusion.


Many masters have shown us the way to shift our perspective to God, to wake up to the truth. Are you still sleeping? That is the true Easter message. The purpose of the life of Jesus who is the Christ is to show us that separation is illusion. It is just not fact. When you die, what are you separate from? Your body! It is a dream. The only truth is God. And you are that truth. It is you. How can you be apart from yourself? You cannot.

The crucifixion had to be played out on a grand scale, going right to the core of the ego, the most imposing and cruel manifestation of the ego — Rome. The Christ could not have picked a better example of the ego to play out the drama. Ego attacks Spirit. Spirit allows the attack because it knows the ego is illusion. Spirit transcends ego. The mightiest empire in the world could not destroy the Christ energy. In the body of Jesus of Nazareth, or in the body of Joe the garbage collector, or in the body of you or me, Spirit cannot be destroyed, lessened or changed. Shift your perspective to that knowing. Get back in the saddle of your life and let ego be your beast of burden. It is a tool for experiencing being “human;” use it as such, but don’t let it use you. Don’t allow it to distract you from who you truly are. “And then the lion (ego) shall lay down with the lamb (Spirit).”

A good friend once said “There are many Who’s in Whoville but only one What. And what you are is a piece of God.” An aspect of God. A child of God. A spoke on the wheel and the hub is God. If you name it Universal Love, Goddess, Buddha, Allah, Jesus, Spud, it is all the same God. It doesn’t care what you call it as long as you do call. No one can truly go home until we all go. I’m ready to let go of pain and illusion, are you? We are so close; all we have to do is open our eyes. We think we need divining tools like cards and runes, etc., to show us the way, but just shift your perspective to be inside your higher self and you will see you don’t need tools anymore. Quiet the ego and listen to your own voice. It is Spirit. Trust yourself. You are the light of the world and the darkness does not comprehend it. As Christ said, “Get behind me Satan. I am sovereign here.” Ego has only the power you give it. Stop allowing it to mislead you.

Nirvana is now. The kingdom is at hand. They are loading the bus and I want to be on it. I want to go home. Wake up now! War is over if you want it to be. Take my hand and we’ll go together; there is no other way. The Beatles sang, “I am you as you are he as we are all together.” Haven’t we done this pain thing long enough? Choose to see the beautiful truth. Heaven is waiting for us.

© 2004 Susan Sloane