At the risk of appearing really off the wall, I'd like to express some considerations that you may share as well. It has been several decades since I first started inquiring deeper within the constructs of reality, seeking congruence of belief systems and daily living. I’ve shucked the belief systems in favor of ‘experience systems’ that offer more congruence.
As you will soon see, I have a penchant for going deep, but the reality is in my daily living and business dealings I introduce the very grounded and practical aspects of collaboration, communication and conversation. I share examples of how everything is connected and when the ‘goal’ is the leader, everyone wins. We simply do what needs to be done.
I've quested for connection since early childhood and have constantly been reminded that intention brings us both deliberate and non-deliberate manifestation. Our thoughts and feelings can bring us together in a sublime experience or rip us apart through anger and depression... chaos in our internal experience. I share simple techniques to calm the storm that work.
I was drawn to this web of life-giving support by that sublime experience we tend to call love. I'd like to offer an acronym that perfectly submits this understanding to our available cognition - Limitless Oscillating Vibrational Energy… even Living One Vibration Eternal. But hey, I’m a sucker for wordsmithing.
LOVE permeates our lives and our planetary consciousness that is shifting toward harmony now. Our tendency is to want to remain in some kind of perception of duality. To unite mind and heart, male and female, yin and yang into a global or universal consciousness is quite the challenge. Where do we begin? Can we not only find but live a balanced life in the face of all our external perturbations?
I would love to say yes with unequivocal surety. Alas, I am a silly human being still reeling from moments of blissful celestial rides in a compassionate embrace of unconditional love. For those who've experienced NDEs or invitations into the light or the void, you can relate on an empathic level from your own experience. What I came to know is that we are cosmic consciousness condensed into form… spiritual beings having a human experience.
As I've learned to manage my own experience better, I've longed to share at least some of the key components so that others may gain access through practicing simple yet profound methods of self-examination and transcendence. The resistance to change, like fear, is a doorway to freedom. When I let go of the emotional attachments I discover deep within the constructs of my reality, the experience of tension turns tranquil… blissful if you will.
I sense millions are addressing these same feelings now. Maybe you are one, too. In the contemplation of oneness, I am another you. We all are individuations of the same Source by whatever name we call it or them. The same paradoxical feeling of total connection and separation exists at our core whether in the light or in the void. It brings a new sense of understanding of the Tao.
I cried as I watched the movie Contact because of the familiarity of the trip through the tube, the awe of the view and the realization that I am not alone yet again. Strange that the human race finishes with mixed results still, yet all roads return us to oneness - an absence of duality. One of the scenes in Contact also led me to contemplate our 2-dimensional symbols in another way, looking for a primer of sorts.
I found it in the symbol of yin and yang, as simple as turning the light on and off... our DNA helix. How? Well, imagine that our heartbeat is like a gate for turning the energy in our body on and off, a top-down or bottom-up view of the helix has one side lit and the other in darkness with the expansion and contraction of our spark, our life force. Those who've witnessed the pulse, the spin of the rainbow sparkled particles and the trip into inner space may have a point of recognition. :)
Now at just over a half-century of onederful experience here, I've earned a couple of master's degrees in business along with certifications in hypnotherapy, transformational life coaching and secondary education among other things. I've applied my education and experience in coaching and consulting realms, but the most fun is facilitating partnering workshops across a variety of fields, from arts to construction to transformation and wellness.
I enjoy the challenge of bringing people together for collaborative purposes, building consensus and transforming the chaos of personal agendas into a unified front. I’ve experienced the bliss of success in so many ways, including large public events like the Fiesta Bowl New Year’s Eve Block Party in Tempe, Arizona (250,000 patrons), ADOT and FHWA road and bridge construction partnering workshops ($3M to $500M – 20 to 70 participants) and facilitating the logistics on smaller event on my own.
Chaos is the beginning of order as we well know by now. Once we embrace our own shadow, the chaos begins to transform. Discovery empowers revelation on a personal basis. I have crafted some practices and supportive information to help others in the process of finding balance and harmony within. It has taken much time and effort to compile, so I do ask for some exchange, however minimal. Our emotional processes and the path to freeing our entanglements can be put into simple order. I invite you to explore and investigate yourself. The link to this work is: Transformation: A Guide for Change.

Author's Bio: 

Rev. Zen Benefiel is a multi-master's degreed author, coach, consultant and facilitator with a passion for education and facilitating partnerships. He founded Be The Dream, a sole-proprietorship consulting company, in 1988 as a vehicle to promote holistic understanding in business and personal achievement.
Be The Dream has transformed along with its founder to become a leader in establishing a new living awareness among seekers of harmony, truth and planetary stewardship. An international presenter on holistic project planning, he has co-created a vision for a holistic model community serving at-risk youth, called Spectrum Academy.
Zen resides in Gilbert, Arizona. He teaches business plan development and entrepreneurial support for Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe, Arizona and offers a variety of self-awareness workshops on and offline.