Blogs by Keith Varnum
The Times They Are A’Changin’
8/24/2003 5:16:27 AM
James Stephens reminds us that "What the heart knows today, the head will know tomorrow."
It’s kinda corny to quote this old rag of Bob Dylan’s. However, the lyrics and spirit of the song lit a spark of recognition in my heart when I listened to it over and over again as a teenager. The song’s refrain was not a cliché then. It was a call to arms—a call to come back Home into the arms of Life, Aliveness, Flow. A call to embrace natural change, evolution, growth—instead of fighting the natural expansion and flight of all things living.
James Stephens reminds us that "What the heart knows today, the head will know tomorrow." My youthful heart knew that Dylan was heralding a universal truth and a specific cultural prophesy. The sensitive songwriter "felt" what was coming down the pike. In his lyrics he was forecasting—and celebrating—the current radical opening that is taking place on all levels of American Society.
The American Dream is now taking flight, but not in the form our parents envisioned—with their new cars and ever-larger, self-defrosting refrigerators. No, the Dream has the wings of the Heart guiding it. We are not going toward the picture postcard vignette of every single person owning their own separate house and fenced-in yard. No, we are sailing into the sunset of One House for us all. One Mind. One Heart. One Spirit.
Each of my spiritual teachers also foretold of this time of Homecoming, Re-union, Re-membering. Frankly, from where I looked out at our society as a youth, I didn’t believe it possible in my lifetime—or in a hundred lifetimes. Luckily, it doesn’t matter what we believe. Only Spirit matters. Only what we know in our Hearts will prevail and outlast the scared controllers, the rootless developers and the heartless politicians and bankers.
I say "Rejoice!" The time of harvest is upon us. It is the season to receive, to let in, to relish the fruits of the Heart. All the love each of us has sent out to people, animals and all other living beings over all these years is now coming home to its Source—us. The signs are everywhere—if you look with your Heart.
I’ve especially noticed the spiritual shift in our culture through all the so-called "mainstream’ radio show interviews I’ve been doing across the country. I’ve done radio talk shows for 30 years and I’ve never before experienced such a profound openness and heartfelt interest in "being real" that I am finding today.
My very first interview for my new book, "Inner Coach: Outer Power," was on a Country Western Music station out of Kansas City. I suspected the show’s hosts may not have read the book before they scheduled an interview—or perhaps just didn’t notice the references to "extraterrestrials" and "levitation" on the book cover. Yet, the first question from the host was "Does everyone have an Inner Coach?" The first query from the host on Fox Sports Radio Network was "How can people access their intuition—be "in-the-zone"—deliberately and not have to wait for the 4-5 times a year when we accidentally hit that zone? On ABC Radio the macho, car salesman-turned-radio host began to cry when I answered a question with my truth from my Heart. And then he chose to tell his audience that he was "tearing up" when he could have covered it up.
Yes, the times they are a’changin’. And if you don’t jump on board, you’re gunna miss the train goin’ back Home.
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