Category Archives: The clamp-down

Rising above the clamp-down

Lock on to what is most healing to your being.  We are in the time of trials and if we become reactive we will be swept into chaos.  Understand that what is happening is a shift of perspective and if we persist in propagating the ‘me only’ model it will not sustain us.  This is not a time for fear but for love and for greater understanding.  Surrender our reactive “I’m right, you are wrong’ seesaws.  Listen to what prompts our prompts.  Is it for more than us?   Here we get to choose which universe we sail in.  This one is determined by our next choice. 
Saturday night Julia and I played a wonderful house concert called Notes From Home.  The audience were very attentive, sang and were open, which opened us up.  We allowed ourselves not to give some of our regular introductions but expanded out. We sang and conveyed our full range of material from secret Lamed Vavniks anonymously keeping the world in balance, to ley lines, Hafiz, clowns, love, the Flamingo Tango, being the particle and the wave, being Barely Contained, Shakespeare, and world peace with more Yiddish!
With a laughing vulnerability, we explored the variance of connection.  After the show a woman who had really enjoyed the performance immensely came up to Julia and insisted on telling her that the connection did have a name, and that was Jesus.
The rock group The Clash used to sing a song called, “Working for the Clamp-Down.”  Not to downplay this woman’s faith, as many have a pure connection through Jesus; but her directive-need to label someone else’s connection for them is part of what I consider to be the clamp-down.
Through eons of parading history, countless beautiful people have augmented our connection with insights, questions, poetry, stories, paintings, music, songs, architecture, healing kindness and a myriad of other ways to connect us to the rivers, tributaries, waterfalls leading into oceans and the expansive vastness of outer and inner-space.  The clamp-down requires us to remain within the confines of a mud-puddle.
Sometimes, if we are good, we get to enjoy an ornate fountain or play in a bathtub instead but once we start prancing around inside the fountain, splashing or bring rubber ducks and ships into the tub, our imagination conjures the oceans and then it’s back to the mud-puddle.
The clamp-down is not assigned to any one religion but is utilized by anyone trying to gain control over another person’s connection to their personal source or stream.
I am a huge fan of not throwing the baby out with the bathwater.  Each faith and practice tends to produce people who are able to do miraculous things within their connection. The wisdom held in the vaults of long standing faiths and traditions holds storehouses of treasures.  These vaults tend to be militarily guarded by those who seek to keep those treasures for themselves or may have forgotten what they are guarding and merely enjoy reaping the petty reward of having a little power.
When we go back to our roots and drag our heritage treasures into the light, we can start to see everyone else a little clearer. These stories, songs and rituals can guide us to expanding without and within so that we can leave the confines of strict personal definitions, claim our freedom and start splashing again.
Whatever name you give to your connection, may it honor you.