20th Gene Key – The Secret Garden

On the 20th of May, our Sun began shining its light through the lens of the 20th Gene Key and moved into the 16th Gene Key on the 26th of May.

Superficiality – self assurance – presence

As the 20th Gene Key invites us to move from superficiality to presence through the pathway of self-assurance, I find myself reflecting on my own childhood journey.

Do you remember when you were a child, still bathed in innocence, and how the world around you would become alive?

I remember like it was yesterday, the way my brothers and I would create worlds together in our imaginations. The bed would become a boat, stranded out at sea, while we kept our feet off the floor, away from the sharks.

Hiding spots in our garden would become secret caves filled with mystery and magic. Strangers walking past the fence would become the enemy we were hiding from. A branch would become a sword, and berries would become superpower inducing medicine.

Like the old book, The Secret Garden, there is a special place that children can access through their full presence that quickly disappears as we get older, our natural self-assurance is undermined through our own fears of the past and future.

Whether it is the imaginary friend who may not be as imaginary as the adult thinks, or perceiving other realities that grown ups are blind too, there is so much more to be experienced in every single mundane moment then we often realise.

It was through my schooling years that I remember experiencing society pushing that imaginative capacity to the side in favour of the intellect. “Stop daydreaming kid” or “that’s just your imagination” were common sayings to hear out loud.

The teasing from peers and pressure to achieve in grades quickly induced stress levels in my teenager body. I started doubting my own gifts, trading them instead for people pleasing traits that seemed to garner much more praise and acceptance.

The world I once was connected to slipped away along with my own self-assurance.

tHE RECKLESS PURSUIT OF PRESENCE

During these teenage years I first encountered superficiality. I found myself sneaking out of my window to smoke cigarettes at the park with my older brothers and going underage to the nightclubs became my new playground.

This playground was fuelled by insecurity and superficial fashion statements, trying to fit in, look cool, be loved and chasing praise.

“TO LIVE SUPERFICIALLY MEANS TO LIVE WITHIN THE FALSE ILLUSIONS FABRICATED BY THE MIND.” – RICHARD RUDD, 20TH GENE KEY

These synthetic highs replaced the connection with my environment, becoming an addiction of hectic behaviour. Every moment of my life was filled with activity, yet never truly slowing down to fully enjoy the enrichment that was right there in front of me.

I soon travelled the world chasing something I could feel was missing, not able to be content with the lifestyle society encouraged. Before long, I was working triple shifts, performing for crowds and running up credit card debt.

The intensity of my seeking increased, yet I was only scratching the surface of reality, constantly distracted by the sparkles of hectic activity, pushing my body to its limits.

I began riding my motorcycle at crazy high speeds in the Norwegian mountains to find the stillness my mind was craving. With the world flying past me so fast that one wrong move would lead to me death, my mind finally would find stillness. There was no room for anything but the present moment.

It was then that one of my bar patrons gave me a book by Osho on dynamic meditation that I began to understand what I was looking for.

This led to the moment my life almost ended, crashing into a taxi and being launched from my bike over the taxi itself!

I can still remember so clearly to this day that fateful moment. As my body left the motorcycle, time slowed down, and I remember calmly watching the taxi underneath me. My body instinct and acrobatic training kicked in, tucking my legs in and flipping to come landing on my feet on the other side.

I spent the night in hospital under observation and was released the next night. I had my first real gig for my company and the show had to go on. I performed that night with serious injuries to my “man parts” and was showered with praise by the events company for pulling it all off.

It was in the aftermath of this event that something woke up inside me. I knew something had to change. That the intense pursuit of happiness through hectic activity was going to eventually kill me.

my BREAKTHROUGH INTO THE SECRET GARDEN

I began attending a local Sahaja Yoga class, practicing meditation without the speed and madness. The right people started turning up, sharing their wisdom and guidance along the way.

Eventually I found my way to the Gene Keys work, and it was through cultivating the art of contemplation that I once again found the stillness I was originally chasing.

Rather than looking externally for approval and acceptance, this work began to build up my sense of self-assurance. That I am enough, just as I am. My uniqueness became something to be grateful for and allow the world to see.

As this trust in myself became stronger, I began to carry this calmness more and more in my daily life. Synchronicity became more evident then ever with magic showing up in mundane places, where I once thought nothing existed.

The greatest aha moment for me, was realising that the magic I was chasing in life was always there, and always was. It was not the outside world I needed to change, but rather the angle I was perceiving it through.

The shadow of superficiality is what happens when we allow fear to keep us on the surface of life through either hectic activity to fill the void or hiding from it, becoming absent to life itself moving through us.

This superficiality is the same shadow that prevents adults from being able to revisit the magical worlds of our childhood. Like we have closed the door to the mystical realms through fear and the reliance on our logical minds.

In Japan, you will often come across a sacred gate at the entrance of Shinto Shrines, called a Torii. These Torii mark the transition from the mundane to the sacred. As you walk through, you are called to arrive fully with your presence into the sacred space of the Shrine.

In every moment of our lives, superficiality will keep us on one side of our own inner Torii, looking at the world through the angle of the mundane, blind to the mystical reality always around us.

If we step through that gateway into full presence, fuelled by the sense of deep trust in oneself and our interconnectedness with life, that secret garden of our childhood will once again awaken right before our eyes.

Our imagination becomes again our superpower, to unravel and reveal the mystical patterns of life and to sense into the more subtle realms of our reality.

It is simply a shift in perspective, a changing of the angle in which we view ourselves and our place within the world.

Thankfully, we do not need to travel to Japan to walk through these gateways! The art of contemplation provides the “technique” to creating that sacred Torii in your own inner being.

“THE MIND PREVENTS US FROM FEELING ONE WITH LIFE. – RICHARD RUDD, 20TH GENE KEY

One practice I find helpful when I feel myself disconnected from the mystical, is to find a doorway in my own house. This doorway becomes my own personal Torii for that moment.

I bring awareness to whatever shadow state or discomfort I am feeling standing on one side of the doorway. Then with full awareness and focus, I open the door, and step through. Sensing my body, my feelings, my thoughts and just watching as a witness.

As I step through to the other side, I imagine I am walking through the gate to a secret garden where the world comes alive, and everything is connected to everything. Where the innocence of my childhood still lives, and my imagination is free to create.

This small ritual can be a powerful way of cultivating the sense of presence in the mundane.

This is the power of self-assurance, when one truly feels no external pressure to prove oneself, but rather is filled with inner strength, knowing all is well. The bandwidth for our higher-self increases, allowing more presence of our higher state to be held within the vessel of our body.

This higher bandwidth of consciousness in turn opens our field of vision to be able to perceive the more subtle realms that surround us. To deepen our capacity to feel fully with all our senses. Relaxing into the river of everyday life, trusting in the magic that courses through it.

It can take some cultivating before it becomes an instinctual way of being, yet it is worth the effort to begin a practice of contemplation. Soon enough, with determination, self-assurance will begin to arrive along with the capacity to live fully along with it.

As we explore the 20th Gene Key, let us remember that life is sacred, not serious, and embrace the playful innocence of our childhood to bring more presence into our adult lives!

Thank you for taking the time to read, and I would love to hear your experiences with the 20th Gene Key in the comments below. I truly do experience joy from all your comments!

Yours sincerely,

Mark Bentley

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20th Gene Key – The Secret Garden

On the 20th of May, our Sun began shining its light through the lens of the 20th Gene Key and moved into the 16th Gene Key on the 26th of May.

Superficiality – self assurance – presence

As the 20th Gene Key invites us to move from superficiality to presence through the pathway of self-assurance, I find myself reflecting on my own childhood journey.

Do you remember when you were a child, still bathed in innocence, and how the world around you would become alive?

I remember like it was yesterday, the way my brothers and I would create worlds together in our imaginations. The bed would become a boat, stranded out at sea, while we kept our feet off the floor, away from the sharks.

Hiding spots in our garden would become secret caves filled with mystery and magic. Strangers walking past the fence would become the enemy we were hiding from. A branch would become a sword, and berries would become superpower inducing medicine.

Like the old book, The Secret Garden, there is a special place that children can access through their full presence that quickly disappears as we get older, our natural self-assurance is undermined through our own fears of the past and future.

Whether it is the imaginary friend who may not be as imaginary as the adult thinks, or perceiving other realities that grown ups are blind too, there is so much more to be experienced in every single mundane moment then we often realise.

It was through my schooling years that I remember experiencing society pushing that imaginative capacity to the side in favour of the intellect. “Stop daydreaming kid” or “that’s just your imagination” were common sayings to hear out loud.

The teasing from peers and pressure to achieve in grades quickly induced stress levels in my teenager body. I started doubting my own gifts, trading them instead for people pleasing traits that seemed to garner much more praise and acceptance.

The world I once was connected to slipped away along with my own self-assurance.

tHE RECKLESS PURSUIT OF PRESENCE

During these teenage years I first encountered superficiality. I found myself sneaking out of my window to smoke cigarettes at the park with my older brothers and going underage to the nightclubs became my new playground.

This playground was fuelled by insecurity and superficial fashion statements, trying to fit in, look cool, be loved and chasing praise.

“TO LIVE SUPERFICIALLY MEANS TO LIVE WITHIN THE FALSE ILLUSIONS FABRICATED BY THE MIND.” – RICHARD RUDD, 20TH GENE KEY

These synthetic highs replaced the connection with my environment, becoming an addiction of hectic behaviour. Every moment of my life was filled with activity, yet never truly slowing down to fully enjoy the enrichment that was right there in front of me.

I soon travelled the world chasing something I could feel was missing, not able to be content with the lifestyle society encouraged. Before long, I was working triple shifts, performing for crowds and running up credit card debt.

The intensity of my seeking increased, yet I was only scratching the surface of reality, constantly distracted by the sparkles of hectic activity, pushing my body to its limits.

I began riding my motorcycle at crazy high speeds in the Norwegian mountains to find the stillness my mind was craving. With the world flying past me so fast that one wrong move would lead to me death, my mind finally would find stillness. There was no room for anything but the present moment.

It was then that one of my bar patrons gave me a book by Osho on dynamic meditation that I began to understand what I was looking for.

This led to the moment my life almost ended, crashing into a taxi and being launched from my bike over the taxi itself!

I can still remember so clearly to this day that fateful moment. As my body left the motorcycle, time slowed down, and I remember calmly watching the taxi underneath me. My body instinct and acrobatic training kicked in, tucking my legs in and flipping to come landing on my feet on the other side.

I spent the night in hospital under observation and was released the next night. I had my first real gig for my company and the show had to go on. I performed that night with serious injuries to my “man parts” and was showered with praise by the events company for pulling it all off.

It was in the aftermath of this event that something woke up inside me. I knew something had to change. That the intense pursuit of happiness through hectic activity was going to eventually kill me.

my BREAKTHROUGH INTO THE SECRET GARDEN

I began attending a local Sahaja Yoga class, practicing meditation without the speed and madness. The right people started turning up, sharing their wisdom and guidance along the way.

Eventually I found my way to the Gene Keys work, and it was through cultivating the art of contemplation that I once again found the stillness I was originally chasing.

Rather than looking externally for approval and acceptance, this work began to build up my sense of self-assurance. That I am enough, just as I am. My uniqueness became something to be grateful for and allow the world to see.

As this trust in myself became stronger, I began to carry this calmness more and more in my daily life. Synchronicity became more evident then ever with magic showing up in mundane places, where I once thought nothing existed.

The greatest aha moment for me, was realising that the magic I was chasing in life was always there, and always was. It was not the outside world I needed to change, but rather the angle I was perceiving it through.

The shadow of superficiality is what happens when we allow fear to keep us on the surface of life through either hectic activity to fill the void or hiding from it, becoming absent to life itself moving through us.

This superficiality is the same shadow that prevents adults from being able to revisit the magical worlds of our childhood. Like we have closed the door to the mystical realms through fear and the reliance on our logical minds.

In Japan, you will often come across a sacred gate at the entrance of Shinto Shrines, called a Torii. These Torii mark the transition from the mundane to the sacred. As you walk through, you are called to arrive fully with your presence into the sacred space of the Shrine.

In every moment of our lives, superficiality will keep us on one side of our own inner Torii, looking at the world through the angle of the mundane, blind to the mystical reality always around us.

If we step through that gateway into full presence, fuelled by the sense of deep trust in oneself and our interconnectedness with life, that secret garden of our childhood will once again awaken right before our eyes.

Our imagination becomes again our superpower, to unravel and reveal the mystical patterns of life and to sense into the more subtle realms of our reality.

It is simply a shift in perspective, a changing of the angle in which we view ourselves and our place within the world.

Thankfully, we do not need to travel to Japan to walk through these gateways! The art of contemplation provides the “technique” to creating that sacred Torii in your own inner being.

“THE MIND PREVENTS US FROM FEELING ONE WITH LIFE. – RICHARD RUDD, 20TH GENE KEY

One practice I find helpful when I feel myself disconnected from the mystical, is to find a doorway in my own house. This doorway becomes my own personal Torii for that moment.

I bring awareness to whatever shadow state or discomfort I am feeling standing on one side of the doorway. Then with full awareness and focus, I open the door, and step through. Sensing my body, my feelings, my thoughts and just watching as a witness.

As I step through to the other side, I imagine I am walking through the gate to a secret garden where the world comes alive, and everything is connected to everything. Where the innocence of my childhood still lives, and my imagination is free to create.

This small ritual can be a powerful way of cultivating the sense of presence in the mundane.

This is the power of self-assurance, when one truly feels no external pressure to prove oneself, but rather is filled with inner strength, knowing all is well. The bandwidth for our higher-self increases, allowing more presence of our higher state to be held within the vessel of our body.

This higher bandwidth of consciousness in turn opens our field of vision to be able to perceive the more subtle realms that surround us. To deepen our capacity to feel fully with all our senses. Relaxing into the river of everyday life, trusting in the magic that courses through it.

It can take some cultivating before it becomes an instinctual way of being, yet it is worth the effort to begin a practice of contemplation. Soon enough, with determination, self-assurance will begin to arrive along with the capacity to live fully along with it.

As we explore the 20th Gene Key, let us remember that life is sacred, not serious, and embrace the playful innocence of our childhood to bring more presence into our adult lives!

Thank you for taking the time to read, and I would love to hear your experiences with the 20th Gene Key in the comments below. I truly do experience joy from all your comments!

Yours sincerely,

Mark Bentley

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20th Gene Key – The Secret Garden

On the 20th of May, our Sun began shining its light through the lens of the 20th Gene Key and moved into the 16th Gene Key on the 26th of May.

Superficiality – self assurance – presence

As the 20th Gene Key invites us to move from superficiality to presence through the pathway of self-assurance, I find myself reflecting on my own childhood journey.

Do you remember when you were a child, still bathed in innocence, and how the world around you would become alive?

I remember like it was yesterday, the way my brothers and I would create worlds together in our imaginations. The bed would become a boat, stranded out at sea, while we kept our feet off the floor, away from the sharks.

Hiding spots in our garden would become secret caves filled with mystery and magic.

Strangers walking past the fence would become the enemy we were hiding from. A branch would become a sword, and berries would become superpower inducing medicine.

Like the old book, The Secret Garden, there is a special place that children can access through their full presence that quickly disappears as we get older, our natural self-assurance is undermined through our own fears of the past and future.

Whether it is the imaginary friend who may not be as imaginary as the adult thinks, or perceiving other realities that grown ups are blind too, there is so much more to be experienced in every single mundane moment then we often realise.

It was through my schooling years that I remember experiencing society pushing that imaginative capacity to the side in favour of the intellect. “Stop daydreaming kid” or “that’s just your imagination” were common sayings to hear out loud.

The teasing from peers and pressure to achieve in grades quickly induced stress levels in my teenager body. I started doubting my own gifts, trading them instead for people pleasing traits that seemed to garner much more praise and acceptance.

The world I once was connected to slipped away along with my own self-assurance.

tHE RECKLESS PURSUIT OF PRESENCE

During these teenage years I first encountered superficiality. I found myself sneaking out of my window to smoke cigarettes at the park with my older brothers and going underage to the nightclubs became my new playground.

This playground was fuelled by insecurity and superficial fashion statements, trying to fit in, look cool, be loved and chasing praise.

“TO LIVE SUPERFICIALLY MEANS TO LIVE WITHIN THE FALSE ILLUSIONS FABRICATED BY THE MIND.” – RICHARD RUDD, 20TH GENE KEY

These synthetic highs replaced the connection with my environment, becoming an addiction of hectic behaviour. Every moment of my life was filled with activity, yet never truly slowing down to fully enjoy the enrichment that was right there in front of me.

I soon travelled the world chasing something I could feel was missing, not able to be content with the lifestyle society encouraged. Before long, I was working triple shifts, performing for crowds and running up credit card debt.

The intensity of my seeking increased, yet I was only scratching the surface of reality, constantly distracted by the sparkles of hectic activity, pushing my body to its limits.

I began riding my motorcycle at crazy high speeds in the Norwegian mountains to find the stillness my mind was craving. With the world flying past me so fast that one wrong move would lead to me death, my mind finally would find stillness. There was no room for anything but the present moment.

It was then that one of my bar patrons gave me a book by Osho on dynamic meditation that I began to understand what I was looking for.

This led to the moment my life almost ended, crashing into a taxi and being launched from my bike over the taxi itself!

I can still remember so clearly to this day that fateful moment. As my body left the motorcycle, time slowed down, and I remember calmly watching the taxi underneath me. My body instinct and acrobatic training kicked in, tucking my legs in and flipping to come landing on my feet on the other side.

I spent the night in hospital under observation and was released the next night. I had my first real gig for my company and the show had to go on. I performed that night with serious injuries to my “man parts” and was showered with praise by the events company for pulling it all off.

It was in the aftermath of this event that something woke up inside me. I knew something had to change. That the intense pursuit of happiness through hectic activity was going to eventually kill me.

my BREAKTHROUGH INTO THE SECRET GARDEN

I began attending a local Sahaja Yoga class, practicing meditation without the speed and madness. The right people started turning up, sharing their wisdom and guidance along the way.

Eventually I found my way to the Gene Keys work, and it was through cultivating the art of contemplation that I once again found the stillness I was originally chasing.

Rather than looking externally for approval and acceptance, this work began to build up my sense of self-assurance. That I am enough, just as I am. My uniqueness became something to be grateful for and allow the world to see.

As this trust in myself became stronger, I began to carry this calmness more and more in my daily life. Synchronicity became more evident then ever with magic showing up in mundane places, where I once thought nothing existed.

The greatest aha moment for me, was realising that the magic I was chasing in life was always there, and always was. It was not the outside world I needed to change, but rather the angle I was perceiving it through.

The shadow of superficiality is what happens when we allow fear to keep us on the surface of life through either hectic activity to fill the void or hiding from it, becoming absent to life itself moving through us.

This superficiality is the same shadow that prevents adults from being able to revisit the magical worlds of our childhood. Like we have closed the door to the mystical realms through fear and the reliance on our logical minds.

In Japan, you will often come across a sacred gate at the entrance of Shinto Shrines, called a Torii. These Torii mark the transition from the mundane to the sacred. As you walk through, you are called to arrive fully with your presence into the sacred space of the Shrine.

In every moment of our lives, superficiality will keep us on one side of our own inner Torii, looking at the world through the angle of the mundane, blind to the mystical reality always around us.

If we step through that gateway into full presence, fuelled by the sense of deep trust in oneself and our interconnectedness with life, that secret garden of our childhood will once again awaken right before our eyes.

Our imagination becomes again our superpower, to unravel and reveal the mystical patterns of life and to sense into the more subtle realms of our reality.

It is simply a shift in perspective, a changing of the angle in which we view ourselves and our place within the world.

Thankfully, we do not need to travel to Japan to walk through these gateways! The art of contemplation provides the “technique” to creating that sacred Torii in your own inner being.

“THE MIND PREVENTS US FROM FEELING ONE WITH LIFE. – RICHARD RUDD, 20TH GENE KEY

One practice I find helpful when I feel myself disconnected from the mystical, is to find a doorway in my own house. This doorway becomes my own personal Torii for that moment.

I bring awareness to whatever shadow state or discomfort I am feeling standing on one side of the doorway. Then with full awareness and focus, I open the door, and step through. Sensing my body, my feelings, my thoughts and just watching as a witness.

As I step through to the other side, I imagine I am walking through the gate to a secret garden where the world comes alive, and everything is connected to everything. Where the innocence of my childhood still lives, and my imagination is free to create.

This small ritual can be a powerful way of cultivating the sense of presence in the mundane.

This is the power of self-assurance, when one truly feels no external pressure to prove oneself, but rather is filled with inner strength, knowing all is well. The bandwidth for our higher-self increases, allowing more presence of our higher state to be held within the vessel of our body.

This higher bandwidth of consciousness in turn opens our field of vision to be able to perceive the more subtle realms that surround us. To deepen our capacity to feel fully with all our senses. Relaxing into the river of everyday life, trusting in the magic that courses through it.

It can take some cultivating before it becomes an instinctual way of being, yet it is worth the effort to begin a practice of contemplation. Soon enough, with determination, self-assurance will begin to arrive along with the capacity to live fully along with it.

As we explore the 20th Gene Key, let us remember that life is sacred, not serious, and embrace the playful innocence of our childhood to bring more presence into our adult lives!

Thank you for taking the time to read, and I would love to hear your experiences with the 20th Gene Key in the comments below. I truly do experience joy from all your comments!

Yours sincerely,

Mark Bentley

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2 thoughts on “20th Gene Key – The Secret Garden

  1. Deena Rocco says:

    Loved hearing your amazing story Mark. Quite a feat flying off your motorcycle, over a car and landing on your feet! Not to mention performing whatever you did the same night. You are a true acrobat!
    I am participating in the current Activation retreat 2024. I have grown and learned so much about myself over the course of these 4 months. I did the Activation and Venus sequence solo before attending this my first online retreat. I have experienced breakthroughs since focusing on the Radiance sphere. Gene key 20 Superficiality – Self Assurance – Presence, while I have not consciously contemplated it (it’s not part of my profile) I am experiencing the transformation of superficiality to self assurance often.

    Your quote resonates with how I feeling.
    “Rather than looking externally for approval and acceptance, this work began to build up my sense of self-assurance. That I am enough, just as I am. My uniqueness became something to be grateful for and allow the world to see.”

    I don’t know where to begin in order to thank You, Maria, Anabel, community call participants, Gene keys ambassadors and team behind the scenes, for what this experience has done for me. Your stories, sharing, authenticity, generosity , gentleness, love and compassion have made it safe for me to look inside myself for something I never knew was there.

    I love reading your blog posts. Thank you for your generosity in sharing them!

    • Mark Bentley says:

      Dear Deena!
      Thank you sincerely for taking the time to share your generous words here. I have shared a snapshot of your gratitude with both Maria and Anabel who were very touched.
      I am stoked to hear this virtual retreat has been a juicy adventure for you with some potent breakthroughs. The sphere of Radiance holds such a mystical gift when begin to cultivate a conscious relationship with the gift.
      Thank you for your generosity in reading my blogs! Your time is truly appreciated. x

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