Jack Hollywood is a man who knows a thing or three about surrender. He’s lived a hell of a life that has included many things that needed surrendering to. And he’s finally figured out how to do it. You got to remember Jack’s a guy from the old school of having to learn dearly for life’s mistakes. And he’s made plenty of them to learn from, for sure. But who hasn’t? This is precisely the path I took in life. Pain after fripping pain. Suffering and unconsciousness. Wasted energy and lost love.
Same with Nick Cassavetes, my best friend as a kid, who brought me into the Alpha Dog project in the first place. We used to suffer together as kids, with all of our other friends, as we battled and fought each other, and anyone else who got in our way, for supremacy of each other and our surroundings. And this is the way it’s gone pretty much for everybody I’ve ever known. The school of hard knocks is what we used to call it. And the key to the whole deal is to be able to look back and recognize all the mistakes one’s made – and to learn from them. There’s no other reason to venture into the past. The past is merely our identification point for who we are. It isn’t really us; it’s just our memories, the points from where we were conditioned. What we have identified as being us. But the key to all this is not to wait too long. Not to wait until we do something really stupid that ruins our lives, along with all those who love us.
It was really bizarre when I was in court last week for the Brandon McInerney fiasco. When the judge threw us all out, including the DA, to conduct an in camera hearing with Brandon’s attorneys, Scott Wippert and Robyn Bramson, out in the hallway I ran into, of all people, Jesse James Hollywood’s lawyer, James Blatt. We spoke briefly, and then when we herded back into court, out of the corner of my eye, in the back corner of the courtroom, I spotted Jack Hollywood taking in all the action.
Jack looked good, and he told me he was doing “really well.” He said he was a man who had read all that Eckhart Tolle had to say and he had learned to surrender to his circumstances, rather than to continue to fight against it. He’s now working with life’s flow, and not in denial of it, not fighting all that is, which is a very powerful experience. And it’s made him very comfortable with his present moment, which includes his son facing the death penalty.
I asked Jack if he felt his son had also learned to surrender to his circumstances. Jack didn’t believe Jesse had, yet. Which, of course, is understandable, because Jesse is in a very difficult place. But if I were to talk to Jesse right now, I would encourage him to do so. To put away any anger or resentment that might afflict him. Which is something we all could learn. When we find ourselves in a very difficult spot that we can’t get away from, or we can’t change, we need to surrender to it. We need to accept what is at this very moment. We need to quit fighting the flow of life, and realize that right now, at this very moment, this is all we’ve got. So why not accept it? We may have memories or thoughts of our past, but that’s all it is – our past. It has no bearing on the present other than what we bring into it.
Same with our futures. We have no control over what’s happening later in our lives, because it may never happen. It’s out there, then, in the future, and we’re here, right now.
I would then tell Jesse that his accepting the present circumstances does not mean he has to accept his negative life situation. We all have the opportunity to change our life’s situation for the better, once we learn to accept life as it stands at this very moment. Then, we eliminate the negative thoughts or emotions of how we got here or how we might get away. We realize this is it, and we accept it. We surrender to it. We then put our higher vibrating energies into thoughts or ideas of how to change our life’s situation for the better. It’s that simple. Don’t stress out about the now. It brings a very low vibrating reality into our lives.
Feel the love and joy that emanates from within. Apply this love and joy to everything we do, and see if things don’t begin to transform into our favor. We have no pain and suffering inside, because we’re no longer fighting the moment. There is peace and serenity from within. And if people like Jesse James Hollywood and Brandon McInereney, and all those who find themselves in their own unbearable prisons of hell, can learn to accept their present moment, and to thrive through it, they will begin to transform not only their own negative conditions, but, through helping to raise the collective consciousness, the overall conditions of the universe.
We literally can change the world, one person at a time, right now.