TRANSMIGRATION OF RUIN
AN INVITATION
To the exploration of our mind as a blueprint for our lives.

I share here part of my search, which has led me to understand the importance of my thoughts as integral forms in the construction of reality, and of taking responsibility for them. If you are reading this, it is possibly because there is already some affinity in our way of seeing the value of the life we were given.
The normalization of violence has really taken on an alarming level, particularly through the media, movies and news around us, which has made us more and more tolerant of it; unfortunately, these are manifestations of what lies behind, they are the tip of an iceberg. There is much that should change.
Genocide has been a recurring part of the historical record of humanity. The missions contributed to the eradication of indigenous cultures, a process that continues to accentuate to this day.
I confess my vulnerability in touching on this immense subject and I want to emphasize that I do so with deep respect, and because I feel I have been guided to do this task. I can not imagine how to do justice to the cultures affected by flagrant abuse perpetrated by the dominant groups, and I consider it essential to mention it as an unresolved problem whose consequences are, today, an active part of the lives of many with whom society has an unpaid debt.

I want to think that the noble Christic principles that gave rise to the gigantic institution founded on them were hijacked by powerful internal, and external, interests.

Those values, inculcated and professed by beings of higher consciousness and wise men throughout history (also present in the original Franciscan beliefs), were ignored, giving way to domination and subjugation, trademarks of colonial expansion. →

This initiative to establish contact with the 'other' opened a Pandora's box for me. The idea of ​​honoring the Native American community, of asking for permission on an energetic level, became imperative, which led me to contact a dear friend and teacher, John Malloy. John has strong ties to diverse underserved communities and has worked extensively ↑with youth, many of whom are racial minorities and/or associated with juvenile corrections facilities. His contribution has been fundamental in helping me become aware, with great humility, of fundamental aspects not contemplated when conceiving this project.

To date, I continue to work internally on resolving aspects that I propose as a possible solution.

What does making contact with 'the other' means exactly?
⊹  What are the obstacles that prevent me from achieving it?
Is it possible to break the cycle that leads us to experience a thirst for revenge, guilt, shame or victimhood?
Is it possible to disable the traffic of resentments that is generated by feeling these emotions?

The Course  proposes that the answer to these two last questions is: yes.
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The idea that our mental environment creates our physical experience is a proposition long held by mystical and spiritual schools of thought. Drawing attention to the act of thinking and the use of language as creative forces is at the core of this project. That is, exploring the contents of the mind as a model for our lives.
¿How do you do this?
¿Where do I put my attention? This is the creative use of language and thought. What I think about, and what I observe intently, expands and propagates. For example, reading the news, and what I feel associated with them, will multiply one of two emotions: love or fear. Think for a moment... Constantly, throughout the day, we choose between one option or the other, either consciously or unconsciously, a YES or a NO. When choosing what to eat, a color to wear, when listening to someone speak, etc.
Paying attention to this sequence of choosing what we want is the first step towards shaping the future we desire, and how we feel is our guide; the idea is to shed light on that precise moment throughout our day: the moment when we say YES or NO. One challenge is, that frequently this process takes place unconsciously.

What determines each one of them, is a succession of relatively unconscious dilemmas. We are conditioned to respond the way we do, by our memories. Due to its ever-present nature, I will go over this process more than once.

When we allow remembrances to express themselves, in the present, the attention our mind offers brings us back to the experience, so now, we are in the past, and by the law of attraction, we draw in what we think about, (always) in the present.

The warp that emerges as a result of each of these decisions mentioned earlier, shapes our temperaments and moods, and ultimately our lives — so the final result (the future) will be determined by them because that is what the mind offers us automatically.
What we continually think about 'infuses' the present, like an ⇢embryo, that grows as we feed it with similar thoughts.

The proposal tries to review this turn, generally overlooked, →
of noticing the events at the moment in which the ideas are formed in our minds

Let's stop for a moment.
So, if our interpretation of the present is conditioned by memories (law of attraction), and we would like to change the experience we are having,  what we need is a NEW memory.

¿Are we capable of offering ourselves an alternative narrative, different from the one that has been part of our identity?
¿Can we feed our mind with a new story, according to what we want? ¿Visualize the reality we desire for a few minutes?

We already do this every day, with our memories, obsessions and insecurities. All we need to observe is the connection between our lives and our thoughts.
If we could imagine something new, we would decline our identification with those old contents, memories and feelings that are triggered through recollection, going beyond the habit of being oneself.

We are literally working with neuroplasticity creating a 'new memory' in which to anchor this new vision.

Our relationship with others works similarly, which means transforming it is possible, as long as we can wish for a different result and make the effort to slow down the process. Once we become aware of what is unsatisfactory for us, we can begin to explore how to change the habitual programs that govern us and produce it.

It is worth mentioning that the observation of social interaction allows us to glimpse into the ways of thinking that we share with the majority, often ruled by self-protection and survival.

It is possible to invoke a future different from the past.

There are practices raised by mystics and sages throughout history, which inherently direct us towards that inner peace, which has the consequence of generating an energetic change in, and around, those who experience it.
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THE POSSIBILITY OF CHANGE

We have identified the way in which we process the information arising from my perception. Now that we can see that we exercise choices that lead us to one place, and not another, the question is: where do we want to go? Do we want to choose something different? Or is it more important to stay with what we know? Many would say that the answer is obvious, however, I dare to ask, is it?

In order to change, first, it is necessary to be aware that there is an alternative, and second, to want to explore it. There are those who say that this dilemma is always about love and fear. The Course in Miracles teaches that what lies behind all emotions fits into one of these two categories.

Boy with pigeons, 1988. La Havana, Cuba.


So the next question would be: what determines our choice? The familiarity.

When suffering has been part of our experience, it forms part of our identity, therefore, it will be more common for us to choose to feel it. Common sense would tell us: Are you saying that I would rather experience suffering, than feel joy? No, because if you are not used to feeling joy, it is not a real option at the moment of choosing—rather, it is a possibility.

It is by exercising these habitual choices that we experience ourselves as who we are used to being. A form of self-affirmation to re-cognize who we are.
If I learned that money was difficult to obtain, and the society that surrounds me confirms it daily (parents, family, social group), my life will be→

regulated by this belief. I do not realize that it is something learned, which can change,  I just know it is true (even when it may not be so).
And this applies to all kinds of emotions and beliefs, they are part of who we are, until we become aware that they are only one option, not the only one.

Frequently, it is pain that leads us to seek a new solution to something that no longer serves us, weighs us down, or threatens something important (sacred) in our lives.

It is then that the need to make a change may become evident.
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Veterans ask for forgiveness to Leonard Crow Dog, shaman and Lakota leader. Dec 2016, Standing Rock, North Dakota.               Emotional ceremony which reflects a moment of profound relevance for its potential as social healing tool.
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GO TO FRAGMENTS
(Visual compositions, invitation to see the hidden in everything around us)
Transmigration of Ruin is being developed with the generous help of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA), an organism for the promotion of culture of the Government of Mexico.
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