Intra Spirit

Intra Spirit is a fellowship of progressive minded introspective people who seek to unite around unlearning helplessness around thinking, feeling, and physical sensation. The Intra Spirit fellowship is a fellowship of progressives who practice methods that help progress, and rally around them, instead of individual beliefs which often can create unsolvable divisions.

Helplessness around thoughts, and verbally expressed feelings, is approached by being objective with one’s emotional self, being empathetic with the experience and views of others, and being creative with one’s own experiences in artistic ways. The basic reflective abilities, are thus seen as objective, creative, and empathetic. These are applied to feelings and physical sensations, that can’t be expressed in words, by encouraging awareness, playfulness, and expression in non verbal ways.

This practice on the verbally expressive level, is seen as communication between one’s emotional self and one’s objective self, oneself conversing with others in an empathetic way, and between one’s playful suggestive self and oneself as an artistic creative power for change. These relationships can be approached internally by playing all the roles involved using one’s imagination. One’s non verbal self, the part of oneself that does not communicate in words is encouraged to be aware, playful, and expressive in non ways that do not use language.

These practices of the Intra Spirit fellowship are, as a unit, called “optimistic integration”, because they involve decreasing helplessness and increasing self empowerment. The skill and ability to so integrate and interrelate with oneself and others is called “optimistic intelligence”.

You can contact this fellowship via email at intraspirit@intraspirit.com, and on their website.

Optimistic integration can bring people together in ways that best aid human progress. It is the most inclusive and united way to bring progressives and our world closer together. You are cordially invited to begin a progressive journey, a journey into your deepest spirit or life to find the joy and the buoyant healthy optimism that can be your light in the world.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Poems

Teaching, spiritual, the self, guru, teacher, student

It’s time to believe again, in an America for everyone.

 

Poems by David “Mitch” Sotelo 

 

Wisdom’s Journey

Laugh through the tears and cry through the laughter and remember that only you can know your heart best. Ultimately your greatest teacher and best friend is yourself.

Take the journey that is truly your own, into the universe that is your mind. Don’t miss the wonder that you are…

David “Mitch” Sotelo

Primal Humanity

When I feel the earth again beneath my feet, I am humble in an awesome exciting world of wonder. Content to be me, I can feel then for others. What brings me down only has power when I feel helpless to experience it. Feeling brings the deeper breath of life to me, as if I had been barely breathing and living before.

Free of being controlled by punishing and worshiping views and actions, all the earth seems more friendly. Free of hatefulness, and shallow thought, feeling the truth of me allows my mind to fly with wings of wonder.

There is one great teacher in the world and it is honest feeling, one great challenge: to conquer our helplessness.

I would that the world will listen to itself in time, for it is not politics or other humans that are the enemy of humankind, it is the lack of feeling and the love that allows it, and the help that heals it.

I see farther because I feel more deeply, I see more deeply because I challenge the painful helplessness around my needs and feelings. With the courage to face who I am I rise to educate my too often inhuman mind.

We are our salvation if we look courageously within, and within, we are all friends. But to find our friendship we must look courageously within, feel our helplessness, and rise with wings of honesty lifted by the updraft of a simple thing called love.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

I Am Awakening

I see myself on the shore of a vast ocean of humanity, feeling as small as grain of sand, and deep within me I long to reach that point in each of us, that is all of us. There in that place I am called to dance and to embrace, and to see a friend in all.

Perhaps I have not had the pleasure to meet you, and perhaps I have seen you with my natural eyes. Yet in my heart I see you shining, I feel the warmth of your humanity. And I smile knowing that this shining light comes from the wonder that is you.

This drama of life may cause us conflict from time to time, but the gifts of your unique mind, and the light of your spirit have spoken to me, ancient ever fresh and glowing.

Whoever you are, where ever you are, I wish you well, and blessings for all that lifts you.

Together We Are Awakening

David “Mitch” Sotelo

Humanity Rising

The trampled voices soar and sing.

From the ashes of darkness and lies the truth rises like a blazing sun.

High above the reach of oppression,

and sinking into the heart of humanity with power that cannot be defeated,

history builds virtue,

and the heavens weep for joy.

A sweet rain like a baptism of love,

and tears that clean the heart and soul,

bless the earth with new hope.

Humanity looks to the stars finding humility.

The stars beckon and smile, glory shining in fleeting time.

Humanity Rising

David “Mitch” Sotelo

Hearing the Music

There is a music that weaves through all human conflicts, that teaches us how to harmonize, to bend our time into victories.

When I am out of harmony I feel it, and I know I am not in touch with the music of my time. Then is when I must pause in singing my personal song, and listen.

We must play our part in the music of life, and only that, taking time to hear as it soars above us and beyond us, and lifts us to our better destiny.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

Human Hearts Chattering

There is a place in the deepest heart that brings everything together in a music with many songs. In that place there is no importance and there is no guide, and heaven touches the earth with compassion. There life begins where stardust falls, and the meek inherit not the earth, but freedom, and the universe, humbled, bends to listen in awe.

Human hearts chattering.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

 

Calling Out Disguised Evil

The foul fumes of a looming and eminent hell, in which our great nation can and may be cast, is being couched in the flowery and snake like lies and misdirection of a reprobate, anti democratic and un-American Republican Party, that would make Abraham Lincoln cry and even Teddy Roosevelt blush with shame.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Barack Obama Says Thanks

Teaching, spiritual, the self, guru, teacher, student

It’s time to believe again, in an America for everyone.

Hear now the wonderful thanks if a great President.

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Soul

Teaching, spiritual, the self, guru, teacher, student

It’s time to believe again, in and America for everyone. Bernie Sanders IS the power of myth the call of the ages. Answering back to darkness requires we relive its helplessness and find empowerment. Destiny sings to us it is the light that lights other lights.
Voting is essential to being truly and deeply authentic in our caring for society and our children.
Vote, help conquer the darkness…
David “Mitch” Sotelo
Don’t let greed turn you into a slave….

Yoga: The Deeper Discovery of the Universe that is You

The mystery of who you are, the fullness of life that is your soul, is as great as the mystery of the universe and the multiverse.

The journey within you is an exploration as exciting as travelling into space or exploring the deepest oceans.

You are the development, the evolution of life and the universe, with a mind and eyes and ears and feelings that paint on a canvass that is pure wonder.

All within the marvel of your heart and mind there sings a song that sings itself, a universe of the soul.

The goal of yoga is not in essence about physical exercises which are only augmentations. Yoga is the yoking of all you experience with all that you experience to be yourself. Two phrases in Sanskrit to describe this are aham brahmasmi (I am THAT) and tat twam asi (THAT I am).

Yet the communication of love and need, the forces of the evolution of the universe and life, are the only fuel one needs to find the virtues built upon the perspectives used to love, and the honest need that liberates the mind to open a wonder and deep joy that is the real you.

The ancient yogis say “All things come from bliss and return to bliss.” Bliss is the joy of love, the dance of love and need, the heart and mind set free from greed, a hug of time embracing all that was, is, or ever will be.

Heal your heart and mind, fill your wonder, conquer your darkness, and in your emptiness know your transcendence in your deepest immanence.

You are the call of the universe to your soul, the heart beat of the greater evolution of justice, the wise freedom that wears the innocent smile of a child.

All that said, this path of yoga, expressed in the actions of daily life, is the same as the humble journey of any progressive democrat.

Real progress is born from the creative play of the wonder that is you.

Rev David Mitchel Sotelo

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Teaching the Heart

Helplessness,Darkness, light, Primal Therapy, Arthur Janov, France Janov, Bruce Wilson, Peter G. Prontzos

It’s time to believe again, in and America for everyone. Bernie Sanders IS the power of myth the call of the ages. Answering back to darkness requires we relive its helplessness and find empowerment. Destiny sings to us it is the light that lights other lights.
Voting is essential to being truly and deeply authentic in our caring for society and our children.
Vote, help conquer the darkness…
David “Mitch” Sotelo
Don’t let greed turn you into a slave….

What is it about teaching that inspires that ignites the teacher in the student and moves their heart passionately? What is it about teaching on the subject of self reflection that connects us to our needs and to our virtues? The power of myth is it’s connection to human need and virtue. My teachers who taught me about myself and about human need and virtue are my gurus. The Honorable Venerable Dr. Thich Thien An, Arthur Janov’s books, Dr. Jason Ellis (physicist), the writings of Bruce Wilson (medical science writer), and the writings of Peter G. Prontzos (political science writer), professor of political science Sam Hamlet of U.T.A. and my dear children Jason Alexander Harold Houghstow, and Amber Brooksie Joni Houghstow.

In Honor of all My Teachers Who Taught Me About My Heart

Attempting to teach my self reflective form of yoga I encounter lots of reactions. Sadly, when you begin to break through to their “feeling soul” they may begin to give you exaggerated praise and sometimes it verges on worship. “Transference” some call this. Regardless, it begins a chance to get them on their feet as independent and free, if you shunt away the “praise”. There are no “gurus” (meaning teachers by the way) who aren’t also students, and no students who aren’t “gurus”.

Below is an example of such a case, which to a good teacher means:

“Wow I’ve got a lot of work to do here.”

One day the student becomes aware that they are also teaching the “teacher”. Putting a teacher on a pedestal is also a convenient way to be able to knock them off of it and negate any teaching that isn’t palatable.

A teacher who doesn’t understand and harness the power of myth is not able to ignite the power of transformation in a student’s heart: the “spiritual” teacher within the student. When you get the mythology in life and cultures you find a way to the heart… This is the root of all “spiritual teaching” that is effective.

What is spiritual? It is the connection of the heart to virtues, virtues which are natural and come from the perspectives we use to meet human need: Creative, to empower the virtue of Art, Objective, to empower Truth, Empathetic, which is the heart of Goodness.

Below is an example of a chat in which I was put on a pedestal much to my disliking. Such “moments” mean to a good teacher:

“Wow I’ve got a lot of work to do here.”

paltalk pal: ha ha – it SHOULDN’T be good though – i’d be doing something far more constructive,, were i a better person
me: That takes work and it isn’t always pleasant so you are a hero for even thinking about it.
paltalk pal: O i Admire Your Light of Optimism
paltlak pal: You Are Beautiful
paltalk pal: those seemingly irking pm’s You would send, were merely Beams of Your Light peeking through the cracks of my private tendencies
paltalk pal: and now it’s broken open, and i have Complete Acceptance in You
Me: That’s ok sometimes I irk myself and I can’t get away from me.

I started out putting a lot of my teachers on pedestals, and to them I give my sincerest apologies and my appreciation for their patience.

Life is a dance where we can expect that we will step on toes and have ours stepped on as well, the trick is to see the dance in all the stepping, and laugh with delight.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Helplessness

Helplessness,Darkness, light, Primal Therapy, Arthur Janov, France Janov, Bruce Wilson, Peter G. Prontzos

It’s time to believe again, in and America for everyone. Bernie Sanders IS the power of myth the call of the ages. Answering back to darkness requires we relive its helplessness and find empowerment. Destiny sings to us it is the light that lights other lights.
Voting is essential to being truly and deeply authentic in our caring for society and our children.
Vote, help conquer the darkness…
David “Mitch” Sotelo
Don’t let greed turn you into a slave….

Progress is not a product of a helpless heart, and if it’s not about progress, it’s not progressive.

This is what extreme capitalist and socialists both fail to see, that progress is about progress for everyone and those with the abilities to aid that progress should be rewarded.

How does this relate to disabilities?

All are disabled in various ways, but the biggest disability of all is learned helplessness around needs and feelings due to deprivations and traumas common in life. This is something that is not just a social political problem it is an individual problem. Because of this the progressive view is not understood well by some, and because of this the virtues based on objectivity, creativity, and empathy have their communication impaired. Why? Because these abilities cannot reach and inspire helpless hearts.

This is why I have endorsed social and emotional learning in classrooms taught at various levels and applied to changing situations that come with age.

We can’t ignore the disabled and the poor and the help they need and have the best most progressive society we could have.

Learning that all are disabled, that all are less than perfect, that we all need to work to unlearn our many forms of learned helplessness, this is also essential to a truly progressive progress oriented society that in the end benefits all.

This is also why I endorse Dr. Arthur Janov and Dr. France Janov in their work to help unlearn helplessness around needs and feelings. I also support Bruce Wilson the great medical science writer who supports Art and France in their work along with the truly progressive political science professor Peter G. Prontzos who brings the Primal perspective to politics and governance.

When the heart isn’t free the mind is enslaved and the people and the world suffer.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Believe

Helplessness,Darkness, light, Primal Therapy, Arthur Janov, France Janov, Bruce Wilson, Peter G. Prontzos

Bernie Sanders IS the power of myth the call of the ages. Answering back to darkness requires we relive its helplessness and find empowerment. Destiny sings to us it is the light that lights other lights.
Voting is essential to being truly and deeply authentic in our caring for society and our children.
Vote, help conquer the darkness…
David “Mitch” Sotelo
Don’t let greed turn you into a slave….

Change We Can Believe In

Believe! It’s time to believe again in an America for everyone, time to believe in what we can do, and to lift ourselves with virtuous love. Bernie Sanders is a hero for real and virtuous change in our political system. We need the change he is bringing and we must embrace it fully to help create the better world we all want.

We need change beyond what Barack Obama brought us, however noble it has been. We need more than a change that is just pulling us back from the brink of insanity and disaster. We need real progressive change, the depths of which run deep within the better more loving and more emotionally honest selves within us.

When the light within you is honest you will be full of a light sane and loving, forgiving and healing, that desires to punish no one but rather to heal souls. Dishonesty within a heart due to damaged faith in love is a darkness that rules with judgment and tyranny, that seeks to cast blame and never forgives from the heart. Only the honest cry of the heart can liberate us and remove the blindness that stops us from bringing lithe light of love to the hearts of others.

We need progress beyond perspectives that cast some as evil and some as good, beyond the foolish notion that reward and punishment creates anything more than hateful well behaved acts of politeness. We need a depth of change that takes us beyond “believing” without evidence, and beyond the fears that divide us as a nation, as nations, and as individuals.

Ending all of this division caused by fear and hate means that we must see and feel it within ourselves. When we seek to heal the fears between us we must find tears for the fears within ourselves, and when the angels of our virtues born of love sing songs of hope and courage, the skies of destiny will weep with a cleansing rain that will wash away all sadness and hate, and lift us rejoicing above all our fears.

What keeps us from winning a better future for all of us? Fear does, and we have thus nothing to fear but fear itself. How do we win? We win when we go beyond baptisms of our minds and find the baptism from within our hearts: tears for fears.

We have to feel the damaged faith in love within us, to know what we lost. We must know what we lost before we can grieve and let go. We must grieve and let go before we can forgive all involved from our hearts. And we must forgive from our hearts before we can forgive ourselves and become the love and the hero in life that love calls us to be.

It is this spirit I see in Bernie Sanders​. Will we heed his call? Will we find the light of honest virtue that alone can light the way to a better world?

It is up to us. Help Bernie light the lights within hearts that alone can bring change we can believe in. Do it HERE: Help Bernie Sanders, our hero.

Your heart approves this message. Listen to it.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Bernie Sanders

Helplessness,Darkness, light, Primal Therapy, Arthur Janov, France Janov, Bruce Wilson, Peter G. Prontzos

Bernie Sanders IS the power of myth the call of the ages. Answering back to darkness requires we relive its helplessness and find empowerment. Destiny sings to us it is the light that lights other lights.
Voting is essential to being truly and deeply authentic in our caring for society and our children.
Vote, help conquer the darkness…
David “Mitch” Sotelo
Don’t let greed turn you into a slave….

Bernie Sanders, will he win?

Bernie Sanders is the power of myth, the call of our age to the darkening injustice,

He is the voice of the people rising together for all that is right and just.

Look within yourself and hear his call to all that is great in you, to all that is great in our county, to all that is great in our world.

Answer back to power unjust and know that despair is not an option.

Hear the heavens break open in a new song of change and hope we can believe in.

The fire still burns,

the hope still lives,

the impossible hero still stands against the withering attacks of lies and injustice.

Stand up with him.

If you ever loved it when the under dog stood up for the people and won,

If you ever felt yourself fly in your heart when Clark Kent turned into Super Man,

If you ever felt the music of a love and courage that raised the down trodden to their feet,

and cheered while they were marching to victory against insurmountable odds,

if you ever cheered when the powerful and oppressive gave way to virtue and justice,

Stand up today and contribute to Bernie Sanders!

Stand up with Bernie today, Don’t look for other heroes to stand up, look within your heart and find the heart of a hero.

Stand up with Bernie today!

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Power of Myth

Helplessness,Darkness, light, Primal Therapy, Arthur Janov, France Janov, Bruce Wilson, Peter G. Prontzos

Answering back to darkness requires we relive its helplessness and find empowerment. Destiny sings to us it is the light that lights other lights.
Voting is essential to being truly and deeply authentic in our caring for society and our children.
Vote, help conquer the darkness…
David “Mitch” Sotelo
Don’t let greed turn you into a slave….

Myth comes from the heart and educates the mind. We cannot understand it without listening to our heart, our feelings. We see into our hearts not by will power or by any logic that leaves out the fact that our mind came after the evolution of our heart.

The Power of Myth

Not by might, not by power, not by will power, but by my spirit, by feeling, sayeth the heart, the Lord of the mind.
David “Mitch” Sotelo

This short statement, mirroring and explaining a statement in the Bible, was inspired by Dr. Arthur Janov, Dr. France Janov, Bruce Wilson, the great primally inspired medical writer, and Peter G. Prontzos, the primal heart and soul of progressive political wisdom.

We all, even as the imperfect human beings we are, owe so much to each other. Seeing with our hearts we can feel a love that makes the world go ’round. Listen with your heart, it’s the music that brings the tears, that heal the soul.

Feel and know a life and a love forever new. You cannot think to get there. It pleaseth the heart, the Lord of the mind, that the truth of life is hidden from those who think themselves wise, and revealed to the heart of a child. The powerful and the lowly will lie down together in peace, and… a little child shall lead them.

Will you let the child in you lead you to the truth that will set you free? He who the son of love set’s free is free indeed.

The power of myth is only understood clearly by the heart. It is the greatest power of all, the power that removes power, the enemy of the heart, from the throne.

Who will you serve? As for me, and my house of friends, we will serve the lord of the mind, the spirit of love.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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Primaries

Helplessness,Darkness, light, Primal Therapy, Arthur Janov, France Janov, Bruce Wilson, Peter G. Prontzos

Answering back to darkness requires we relive its helplessness and find empowerment. Destiny sings to us it is the light that lights other lights.
Voting is essential to being truly and deeply authentic in our caring for society and our children.
Vote, help conquer the darkness…
David “Mitch” Sotelo
Don’t let greed turn you into a slave….

Primaries, should they be “open”?

Open primaries are not a good idea. I am for having multiple Parties on our ballots. I am against the concept of “open primaries”. Open primaries place all candidates on the same ballot. The top two in terms of votes are on the ballot in the general election.

First of all I would like to know something about any candidate running as their are so very many, and so very many positions to fill. Party affiliation tells me something about every candidate on the ballot.

Secondly I am afraid that with many running more and more might be elected solely by name recognition, or perceived name recognition.

Thirdly this approach might mean that the dominant political affiliation in a state would garner more candidates to run thus ending up with a situation where only the top two Democrats or Republicans would be the only choices voters would have in the general election.

Plus how could this work in a presidential year election with some states having one of each party on the ballot and some states having the top two candidates perhaps from the same party?

Real choice in politics should come from having multiple parties on the ballot. That way we know something about each candidate from their party affiliation. Having a multi-party affiliation would tend to mean more than it does now with just a two party set up.

We could further democratize this situation by having only signatures on a petition as the sole way that any party can appear on a general election ballot. Only signatures on a petition should determine the placing of candidates on ballots in primary elections. No money should be allowed in getting a candidate to appear on a ballot. All parties with sufficient signatures for all their candidates, and with contested races, should be allowed to hold primaries.

Caucuses are important ways in which political party members communicate between themselves. They allow party members to educate themselves regarding candidates and politics in general. Caucuses should not be done away with, just made more democratic.

Taking this approach we could have issue based political parties that could help make politics more issue based, and give voters a real sense of the intentions of candidates.

There are many issues that a majority of all Americans agree about which get lost in the back room politics of the two major parties. This can reduce such issues to notes in some political platform about which almost no one in the general voting public would know.

Thus I believe that multiple parties on a ballot and removing money from the equation of who is a candidate is a far better solution. This way we can better democratize and improve our government than by using an open primary approach.

David “Mitch” Sotelo

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