“This is one of the most amazing books I have read along the topic of spiritual growth. The knowledge you will gain from reading this book is mind-blowing! “ ~ Belle Salisbury, Bellesprit Magazine
I Am the Lotus, Not the Muddy Pond: Achieving Peace Through Non-Conformity is a response to what author Mandy Peterson sees as a philosophical “split” that occurring within the mind and intentions of those who have been part of the New Age movement for the past two decades. Providing numerous examples, she shows us the difficulties that arise when individuals pursue ascension and higher consciousness while being encouraged to remain locked in an unconscious mind-set of materialism that fosters anxiety, paranoia and fear, and which negatively impacts our individual and collective health, happiness and overall well-being.
Throughout the book, Mandy explores the collective mind that has programmed us to think and believe things as we do. She shows how focusing too much on positives versus negatives can often influence us to reject our “darker” emotional side, and how this creates a lost sense of Self, and feelings of disconnection and unworthiness. Boldly challenging pop-culture ideas about the Law of Attraction, she shows how to understand more deeply what we are really manifesting in our lives, and turn it all around so we can create balance, inner peace and love—at a personal and planetary level.
I Am the Lotus, Not the Muddy Pond: Achieving Peace Through Non-Conformity reveals how to un-weave our unconscious, self-destructive thought patterns, so we can rise above the “Muddy Pond” of conditioned beliefs and social conformity, and step into our true, unique and perhaps even radical essence—“The Lotus”.
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I feel Mandy’s message will stimulate readers to re-examine their lives in an effort to awaken to various fear-driven realities that we have been conditioned to live by. Mandy offers her own insight as to what these realities are based upon through sharing many of the messages she has received, as well as through offering intimate aspects of her life as a blueprint to help others realize the mind games played upon us by individuals and aspects of society which dictate our lifestyles and what we should think, feel, or obtain in life. In...read more
There once was a lotus that did not know it was a lotus. Such a lotus could only know its worth through gazing at its muddied reflection on a pond… As I sit upon a dock by the water, I am wondering what to write concerning this recent call I have received: a call to humanity, a call to peace, a call to dignity in the life of the spirit made flesh, rather than the other way around. Above all else, this is what we are; our Spirit taking predominance over our physical form. Prior to 2010, I had experienced various uncomfortable feelings and...read more
The Holy Spirit, ever practical in His wisdom, accepts your dreams and uses them as a means for waking. You would have used them to remain asleep. – A Course In Miracles, Chapter 18, II 6:1-3 In 1999, I fell ill and was in an out of the hospital three separate times. The symptoms became so severe that I began having multiple out-of-body experiences. In many of them, I visited loved ones and family members. I did not always do this, however. There were times I just hovered around my body. While most of my OBEs (Out of Body Experiences)...read more
The truth is that ‘The Secret’ did bring forth a lot of new information on our power to manifest. However, we are getting stuck on the personal level. Why? Because we still believe that collectively we have little power to change. This is an untruth, of course, but our inability to see this as our prime motivator in everything we want to create, keeps us creating within a box rather than outside of it. We cannot create anything outside of this box if we cannot first take responsibility for what we created from within it. Responsibility is the...read more
In the first part of this chapter, I discussed how ideally the principles of the Law of Attraction could be used in a more conscious manner after one had fully awakened, rather than before. Otherwise, we would likely end up using what we know of these metaphysical principles to become further lost in the muddy pond of our dreaming, as opposed to realizing our lotus nature within. This does not mean, however, that the Law of Attraction does not have a useful purpose for those wishing to awaken. With this in mind, I do fully believe that our...read more
Exert yourself, O holy man! Cut off the stream (of craving), and discard sense desires. Knowing the destruction of all the conditioned things, become, O holy man, the knower of the Uncreated (Nibbana)! – Siddhartha Gautama Buddha In the last chapter, I discussed the Law of Attraction in a very personal sense as it relates to dreaming the personal dream of life. I had actually been planning to write a book a few years ago about my feeling that the prevailing understanding of the Law of Attraction is incomplete. I am glad that I waited,...read more
Come! Behold this world, which is like a decorated royal chariot. Here fools flounder, but the wise have no attachment to it. -Siddhartha Gautama Buddha I’ve been noticing people are beginning to wake up to the fact that something has always been missing concerning what is being manifested in our external world and environment, as well as in relation to mankind’s collective and chronic experiences with internal stress. I even received a newsletter from a prominent EFT Master, who reported that he is noticing a ‘Pattern of Overwhelm’...read more
Weeds are the bane of fields, delusion is the bane of mankind. Therefore, what is offered to those free of delusion yields abundant fruit. -Siddhartha Gautama Buddha If you have never heard of the illuminati or other various conspiracies, you are not alone. I did not really know anything about conspiracies until 2009 when I began dating a man who was interested in certain types of documentaries. It was a real revelation. What I learned the most was that while various documentaries seem to blame an outside force for all of the world’s...read more
In walking the path of the lotus, follow the ways and laws of your lotus nature above the ways and laws of a muddied pond. While such a pond can offer a reflection of your physical being, it can never match what you truly are. Such a reflection can only ever be a glimmer of your true nature, cast upon the surface of a muddy pond. These are exciting times! On both an individual and collective level, we have the potential to make choices that can change our present course and create more true freedom. We might also move into a more holistic...read more
To see a world in a grain of sand And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour. -William Blake You are enough. I am enough. We are all equally enough. So, let us begin to live this Truth instead of speaking about it while promoting something else! Life is a mirror, and as the saying goes, “As without, so within.” This being true, the excess, pollution, and depletion scenarios manifested in our own lives and toward nature are not accidental. Instead, they are symbols we are dreaming that can be...read more
Man when lost, may try to find his footing, traveling blind and weighted down by shoes of clay. Man will say; ‘Do not cast thou eyes upon thy feet,’ because man fears that eyes, devoid of love, pronounce a judgment based on shame. But within each fair judgment lies a call for love, and within each call is found a Light that says; ‘You need not tarry over plagues in darkness; once your feet know Love, they then can light a way.’ -S. Peterson I have learned that when people polarize their emotions and experiences in...read more
Begin to change your definition of abundance. Begin to take a good look at the world around you. See that what is most threatening to its existence is not a lack of material abundance but a state of over-abundance that has become a sight of pollution within your eyes. This pollution is then interpreted in a way that leave many of you consciously or unconsciously defining Nature as your enemy and a deliverer of punishment through creating something which you do not understand that you asked for. Do you not ask to burn petroleum and to be able...read more
Some day the earth will weep, she will beg for her life, she will cry with tears of blood. You will make a choice, if you help her or if you let her die, and when she dies, you too will die. -John Hollow Horn, Oglala Lakota Our energy is constantly forming symbolic pathways in a variety of ways. For this chapter, I will limit my focus to the following four symbols: man-made environmental destruction natural disasters lack of personal and global peace illuminati conspiracies (as they relate to earth feng shui) The reason I will focus upon...read more
Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or being happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretence. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true. -Adyashanti This is a chapter I wanted to include because I do recognize there is a stage beyond seeing and understanding the dream we are creating. This stage arises when we simply do not need to see the dream anymore, nor feed any illusion. We may have no need to create a...read more
As part of this chapter, I include a story I wrote titled The White Buffalo Calf Woman and the Rainbow Bridge. This story takes us through all of the steps, using them to bring ourselves and Mother Earth into harmony: Within my mind’s eye, as if in a dream, I saw the White Buffalo Calf Woman approaching me. She knows she needs no introduction. Without a word, she takes my left hand within her right palm and begins to lead me toward a beautiful and vast plane. It feels so calm there; a place unaffected by the ways, the means, or the hands of...read more
Attunement: In spiritual or healing terms, this is a process of transferring energy, healing ability or knowledge from one person to another. This is achieved through the person giving the attunement sending energy or symbols into the energy field, meridians or chakras of a person being attuned. As Without, So Within: For those who have not heard of this term, it suggests that everything we perceive in our outer world is a mirror for what is within us on some level. For example, if one perceives greed in the outer world, it is because it is a...read more