Jul 23

Zen and Quantum Physics

QuantumConsciousness.com_The following is excerpted from The Everything Answer Book: How Quantum Science Explains Love, Death, and the Meaning of Life by Amit Goswami PhD, published by Hampton Roads Publishing.

Zen Buddhism contains many parallels to quantum physics in the way it introduces the basic ideas of spiritual duality— heaven and earth, transcendent and immanent. For example, in Zen, there are two domains of reality—the domain of empti­ness and the domain of form. The wave-particle theory of quan­tum physics recognizes two similar domains—the domain of potentiality and the domain of actuality. Likewise, conscious­ness plays a role in both realms in quantum physics, as it does in Zen, as shown in this parable:

Two monks are arguing. One says, “The flag is moving.”
The other says, “No, the wind is moving.”
A master, passing by, admonishes them both: “The
flag is not moving; the wind is not moving. Your mind
is moving.”

As stories like this show, students of Zen are often puzzled by their spiritual domains in the same way that students of quan­tum physics are puzzled when first confronted with the separate domains of the quantum world. Indeed, physicist Niels Bohr once famously said:, “If you are not puzzled by quantum phys­ics, you can’t possibly understand it.” It is the same in Zen, whose students achieve understanding through a creative awak­ening. The discipline of quantum physics is not just a bunch of information to be learned. It is a way of looking at the world in which we discover the deeper implications of a new para-digm—one that gives us an awakening into the nature of reality itself.

Simultaneous Opposites

In the Zen way of thinking, opposites can exist simultaneously; contradictory things can exist at the same time, as revealed in this story:

A master is teaching two disciples; a third disciple is sit­ting a little farther away, listening. One disciple expresses his understanding of what the master is teaching. The master says, “Yes, you are right.”

The other disciple, in his turn, gives a completely dif­ferent interpretation of the teaching. Again, the master says, “You are right.”

Both students go away satisfied. The third disciple con­fronts the master, saying, “Master, you are getting old. How can they both be right?”

The master looks at him and says, “You, too, are right.”

Quantum physics works in a similar way. For every proposi­tion, the opposite can also be true, because we always have this opposition of concepts being forced upon us by the nature of objects. For example, one of the very first teachings of quan­tum physics is that a quantum object can be both a wave and a particle. But waves spread out; they can be at two or more different places at the same time. Particles, on the other hand, behave differently. They can only be in one place at a time, and they always travel in a single definite trajectory.

In our everyday lives, we often face similar contradictory op­tions. We want to make a decision—to choose—but we can­not because we also want to keep all options open. Quantum theory let’s us do just that. We can keep all options open in potentiality, while making a decision—a choice—to collapse one potential into actuality. In psychotherapy, the domain of potentiality that contains all options at the same time is called the unconscious. More and more psychotherapists are realizing the value of the unconscious in therapy, finding that, when people allow their unconscious mind to process their choices, they are more satisfied with the result.

The important thing to recognize is that quantum physics is built into the nature of reality. When quantum physics says an object is both a wave and a particle, this is not a teaching tool or a metaphorical statement. It is really the case. For a long time, this was not clearly understood. Quantum theory was taken simply as a way of describing reality to make it more easily un­derstandable. But this is not the case. Quantum physics is, in fact, a new way of recognizing quantum objects that is leading to many breakthroughs in many fields.

For example, take the case of wave-particle duality. When we say that an object is both wave and particle, we are not saying that an object is both wave and particle in space and time, in this very manifest space-time domain of reality. Instead, we are saying that the wave-ness of an object is true in a domain of reality that is beyond space and time—a reality that is unman­ifest. We are saying that there is a domain of reality beyond space and time, a domain we call the domain of potentiality. In the domain of potentiality, the object is a wave of potentiality, or possibility.

The Domain of Potentiality

This domain beyond time and space is not only similar to con­sciousness; it is consciousness. This conceptual breakthrough came soon after experimental data showed that there is a way to distinguish, experimentally, between the domain of potenti­ality, where objects are waves of possibility, and the domain of actuality, in which objects are particles. French physicist Alan Aspect and his collaborators created an experiment that proved that this domain of potentiality has a unique, defining charac­teristic—communications that occur there do not require any signals, any mediation. The implications of this finding are as­tounding. For if communication can occur instantaneously and unmediated in this domain, it follows that the domain itself is just one thing. It is a continuum of interconnected stuff.

Here, we are communicating through words; I have written some words, and you are reading them using signals in space and time. But we could also be communicating through the domain of potentiality. If I formulate a thought but do not express it verbally or in writing, that thought can still be spread through the domain of potentiality and reach you. Instantly. This is what happens when we are inspired by an author’s words or an artist’s images to create a new thought or feeling. The written or spoken words, or the images, act as a trigger for a nonlocal connection that results in something entirely different.

In Zen Buddhism, we find riddles like this: What is the sound of one hand clapping? This riddle encapsulates the idea that things are born out of potentiality. Any thought is a poten­tiality with many meanings before it becomes an actual thought with one unique meaning. And in that potentiality, the possi­bility wave of that thought has many facets. The conversion of potentiality into actuality converts a many-faceted thought or object into a one-faceted thought or object—converts a wave into a particle.

Most of us tend to think that consciousness exists because there are human beings. According to the quantum explana­tion, however, consciousness already exists in the domain of po­tentiality, whether human beings are there or not. In fact, that is the whole point. But remember, this domain manifests. So we find that the manifestation of consciousness as self-awareness happens at the same time that thoughts or objects convert from waves into particles.

In this domain of potentiality, there is no form. Form is manifested in a specific way when a possibility is chosen and collapsed into actuality—manifest reality. So if we knew how to manifest a specific form in a specific way in the space-time domain—as a three-dimensional reality—we would be able to solve problems and actualize what we want in this reality. But this would require that we be able to sense or feel whatever the correct possibility is in the domain of potentiality.

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Jul 23

Your Words Are Like Orders Placed With The Universe

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The Power of the Spoken Word

Most people have no idea how of the power of their spoken words.  Your words are magnetic affirmations that draw to you the very things you talk about.  This is because the words you speak are simply a mirror of your thoughts and beliefs, and these are what define your point of attraction.  Much like how emotion increases the creative power of your thoughts so does saying them out loud.  What you speak reinforces, and therefore amplifies, the underlying thought and accelerates its manifestation

Your words will not cause instant manifestations of what you talk about, but the more often you say them, the more well-defined and less contradicted your thoughts and ideas become, and the sooner they will be manifested.

This idea is echoed in the following statement made by Mike Dooley in his highly recommended book Infinite Possibilities.

Your words are simply your thoughts out loud, making them the ones that will become things the soonest.

Emotion is part of the reason words are so powerful — the thoughts we choose to say out loud are often the ones we feel most strongly about making them very powerful attractors.

Hence, one of the golden rules of deliberate creation is…

Ensure that every word you speak, write, or think is as positive as possible for best results.

Many people don’t follow this rule very well at all.  Many have fallen into the trap of habitual negative and pessimistic thinking.  They have developed a deeply ingrained habit of focusing on what they don’t want or don’t like, rather than focusing on what they want. They focus on what could go wrong rather than expecting the best, and they focus on limitations rather than possibilities.

Pitfall – Talking About What You Don’t Like, Don’t Want, or Fear

Those with a negative/pessimistic mindset, are very easy to spot — all you have to do is listen to what they talk about.  If you do, you’ll hear them doing a lot of complaining — talking about what they don’t like and don’t want.  You’ll hear them talk a lot about their fears and what they don’t want to happen.  You’ll hear them talk a lot about what might go wrong.  All very disempowering if you understand the laws of creation. Sadly, these people are hugely miscreating, and they don’t even know it.

Complaining is one of the most obvious forms of miscreative speaking. It is the habit of talking about your problems and what you don’t like or don’t want.  Complaining is similar to worrying in that you’re focusing on what you don’t want rather than what you do, which, of course, by the Law of Attraction, only serves to maintain, or attract, more of the very things you are complaining about.

This sentiment is echoed in the following statement made by Rita Schiano, a succesful motivational and inspirational speaker.

Talking about our problems and fears is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your dreams and joys.

What to do when you catch yourself complaining?  Immediately pause, remind yourself how miscreative this habit is, and then say something positive instead.  Say something about what you like or want, or express gratitude for something you already have — say anything positive!  Keep doing this every time you catch yourself complaining, and soon you’ll find yourself complaining less and less, and building a habit of positivity instead.

Vetting Your Thoughts and Beliefs by Monitoring Your Words

The strong correlation between our thoughts and what we talk about is a good thing because it gives us an easy way to catch ourselves thinking negatively.

It is nearly impossible to monitor our thoughts because most of them arise unconsciously, and there are a whole lot of them.  It’s far easier to monitor what we say because we utter our thoughts out loud only occasionally.  It’s not that difficult to build a habit of noticing the words you are speaking and reflecting on the underlying thought and beliefs they represent.

Armed with an understanding of the elements and principles of deliberate creation, if you just start paying attention to what you are saying, anything negative or miscreative will stand out like a sore thumb.  This will give you the opportunity to adjust your words and your underlying thinking, as well as potentially identify a core limiting belief that isn’t serving you, allowing you to remove or replace it.  To dive deeper into the extremely important topic of beliefs check out my Law of Attraction Pearl of Wisdom #9 Your Beliefs Shape Your Reality.

Deliberately Speaking About Your Hopes, Dreams, and Desires

The words you speak spontaneously in conversation are often spewed out nearly unconsciously, and, because of this, they certainly reflect your existing thoughts and beliefs.  But you can also intentionally and deliberately speak, both during conversation with others and to yourself during private moments.

During conversations with others, deliberately share your positive expectations of situations working out in your favor, of your future, and of attaining your dreams and desires.  Share them with people you know are positive and will be encouraging.  If you encounter naysayers, who want to rain on your parade, just remind yourself they are unaware we are creators and we exist in a field of infinite possibilities, and ignore them.

During private moments, deliberately and passionately talk to yourself and the Universe about your positive visions of yourself, your future, and the attainment of your dreams and desires.  This process is called affirmations and is a great tool that can be used regularly to put your focus on your highest aspirations and expectations, thereby making them your predominant point of attraction.

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Jul 23

The Imperative to live without constant Narrative

Stop thinking and rest in Eternity

 

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Jul 22

The Zen Thinking Podcast — Episode 73 — A Quiet Contemplation of Self-Inquiry

Join me in a meditation of Self, an inquiry into understanding the true nature of this knowing presence that you are and that I am.

Self-Inquiry, otherwise known as atma-vichara in Sanskrit, is a tool used in Advaita Vedanta’s seminal practice of Jnana Yoga, which is the Yoga of Wisdom.

This wisdom is not of the intellect however, it is the wisdom of knowing your Self as you truly are, and not how you think you are. Self-Inquiry is used to dispel the illusion of mind which is continually projected onto the world (and self) you perceive.

Self-Inquiry dissolves the ignorance of the falsely perceived personal self into the silent awareness of pure consciousness, which is the very presence of being which you acknowledge through your utterance of, I am.

I often speak of Self-Inquiry, but few understand how to approach it in their daily life. So, if this interests you, please join me in this podcast for a quiet walk-through of this inner-inquiry, which is the oldest question in the Universe—Who am I?

Delve into the nature of your being, of consciousness, and find your Self.

Om shanti shanti shanti
Brian Thompson

 

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Jul 21

Where To Next?

by Visionkeeper

art-blue-human-moon-favim-com-3233251We here in America are seeing a great deal of chaos swirling out of control and yet nobody is asking why, just like the opioid crisis that everyone is screaming about to fix it, yet nobody asks why there is a Opioid crisis in the first place. What is causing it? What is driving societal chaos into a frenzied state? The best way to describe what is going on is to paint a picture for you to envision. See yourself walking through beautiful woodlands and coming to a brook. You stop and look for the most secure looking rocks to step on to cross over and then you carefully venture out. Try hard to imagine the feeling you get when your first foot reaches out to the rock in the middle of the stream and there you stand momentarily straddled between the known and unknown. Carefully you pull your second foot away from its shoreline anchor and  towards the rock making sure there is room for both feet and you land there. Now you stand precariously in the middle of the stream and begin the last steps towards the opposite shore line. You keep going until you successfully cross the bubbling stream. You were able to risk the move because of one very important reason. You knew where you were going and what you were going to. Solid ground.

The chaos we are witnessing unfolding around us is being driven by the unknown because there is no solid ground where we are going. We do not feel safe with ourselves to get us to where we need to go because we don’t know where we are going! We are disconnected from self and have been for the majority of our lives. The Internet is quite the complex beast to understand. On the one hand it can bring souls all across the world together in powerful ways that can propel us forward, while on the other hand it has driven us into isolation from human contact. Texts, emails, calls, Tweets, whatever, is allowing us to interact without being in the other persons presence. Not having eye contact or body language leaves us wide open to assumptions and misinformation as we try to communicate. We are now depriving our souls the comfort of  one to one contact that reminds us that we are validated and necessary.

The only  way for us to move forward from land to rock to land again as we move forward in life is to feel safe enough to make that move because we can see the land we are headed for.  I think we can begin to maneuver this journey of evolving  by honestly admitting to ourselves first and foremost we have been hoodwinked. Life is not at all what we have been told. You think the fake news situation is bad now, imagine the same lies forever telling us how life is meant to be lived. We listened, we obeyed and our souls were dying a slow death. We are not doing what we truly are meant to be doing and we don’t know what we are meant to be doing because we are disconnected from ourselves and from reality. Reality today exists within the boundaries of a smart phone, a cell phone or a computer. We have allowed everybody and everything else to tell us where to go and what to do and we gave up thinking for ourselves. Big mistake!

Third dimensional living is a distortion of truth. Life is not, nor was it ever meant to be, working 9-5. This is where the biggest hoodwink happened. We believed the agenda we were fed of working 9-5. We allowed it to define who we were and created beliefs within ourselves that our careers=identity and self-worth. NO! You have all the self-worth you need whether you work or not, but it is hard to see this fact and believe it because we have been convinced otherwise. Race inequality was created to further a divide amongst the people as well, then we fell into the trap set by materialism which eroded our authenticity and drove us into the mindset of the haves and have-nots.  To further our divide we began losing our morals and allowing ourselves to get lost in judgment against one another and drowning under the need to always be right.  These became tools for us to use to control our reality. It is no wonder we are spinning out of control, unsure of who we are or where we are meant to go.

Enter we the people. It is now up to us to wake up, reconnect with ourselves and begin to reinvent our reality. Our mission is to be that piece of solid ground on the other side of the stream providing the lost and confused with the courage and reassurance of landing safely in a new world. We ARE that new world. That means for every thing in 3D we are experiencing, we must now create in 4D or 5D so everyone knows where we are going, then they can take the steps necessary for us to get to the other side. We all came into being with gifts/skills that we can use to create what we need in the new world. We take the old and figure new ways of recreating it to fit the new world. Figure out what you don’t like and invent new ways of doing it better. It takes getting off our butts and saying no more to what is and joining together to create what will be. It takes interacting with life again one on one, it takes changing our beliefs and our story and trusting a new way forward is what should & must unfold. Holding on to what was will only drag you down with the sinking ship.

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Jul 21

The Journey: just like flying

Image2Whether we know or not, each of us is on a journey. Even when you touch presence, that’s not the end, just the beginning. It’s not a fixed journey, it’s constantly shifting and changing according to the realisations we make. Destiny is not a destination, but a way of being. There’s a constant underlying pull designed purely to reveal the majesty and splendour of who you are. If we know how to align with this underlying pull, in every moment, then our lives will become simply magical. The “aha” moment lands that actually, there’s simply nothing else going on…

A natural organising flow

I remember well a previous existence where control and ego were running the show. Life was to be shaped according to an agenda, outcomes that I thought I needed. Whether it be in career, relationships or relaxation, there was always something to be ‘fixed’ according to the illusionary ambitions that had been inculcated within me by society. And even when I awoke to unity consciousness, there was still a desire to shape the world, even if this time, it was according to a higher perceived sense of compassion.

The world does not need shaping! And neither do you or I. Even in the apparent mess the planet may be, there’s an organising flow which is totally natural, inherent, integral to the order of life itself. There’s being awake yes, but what then happens with that awakeness? The answer is The Journey.

The inner inquiry creature

The outer journey is inspired and shaped by the inner inquiry creature, a being that is yearning to unveil and express itself in the fullness of who you are. It’s so easily buried by the weight and density of this world, with its goals, ambitions and targets we must apparently meet. Even if it’s just paying the rent or putting food on the table, society apparently has you by the proverbial balls.

But it doesn’t have to! Just as separation was an illusion to the asleep, so is lack of authentic purpose to the directionless. The universe has a purpose. To me it is a singular purpose: since everything is of the One, every single aspect and movement, then there is only the One going on! It’s simply Presence, trying to realise and figure out who it is, amidst the apparent confusion and chaos of reality.

The journey unfolds itself

The ‘trick’ is, that when we realise this, that there is only the unraveling energy at work, when we can surrender to this as the singular yearning, all other requirements and needs become resolved. You simply have to surrender to the truth of the moment, as its revealing itself, and then give yourself totally to the aspect of being that’s yearning to express. The Journey then unfolds itself. It becomes obvious what to do and how to do it.

airplane-kidThink of a toy aeroplane: those with a large elastic band up the middle as their means of propulsion. As you wind it up, you’ll see it forming twisted knots of the elastic band as it stored the energy. Then you launch the plane into the air and watch as it takes flight.

Who guides the plane as it flies? No one. It’s direction, it’s bobs and weaves and loops take shape simply by the unwinding affect of the elastic band and then how the propulsion shapes the air over the plane’s wings. It’s a great metaphor for the authentic journey of life itself.

Life is just like this. We’ve spent eons being wound up internally. If it’s not psychological programming, then its emotional and ultimately karmic. We need to unwind the elastic band. “Yes!” I hear the collective sigh. Yet it’s not always that easy is it? There’s knowing what tightness we’re actually confronting, there’s knowing what to let go of and how. That’s the tricky part.

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Jul 21

How We Create Our Own Pain

Image1by Ben Schwalb

Most of our suffering is self-inflicted. How does this happen?

It all starts with desire: we want something. Then we make a leap from desire to belief: we believe that our desire should be fulfilled. We “should” lose weight. We “should not” eat that dessert. Someone “should” invite us to their party. Someone “should not” cut us off in traffic. The cake we baked “should” taste great. Our roof “should not” leak.

These beliefs are rigid mental constructs that we tell ourselves must not be violated, and that if they are violated, then that must be a horrible occurrence. So when someone cuts us off in traffic or our roof leaks, we react with emotional pain because we’ve already told ourselves that we must react that way. It’s premeditated.

The problem is not so much the life events that occur, but our beliefs about them. If events themselves caused suffering, then everyone would suffer equally from each event. But that’s not what happens, is it? Some people get very upset when someone cuts them off in traffic, while others don’t react at all. Why? The former people believe that other drivers must respect them by maintaining a certain minimum distance when passing them. When events go contrary to that, they still cling to their belief. “That jerk shouldn’t have gotten so close!” The latter folks are not saddled with such a belief, so there is no mental construct to be violated.

When people claim that such-and-such should or should not have happened, they argue with reality. It is an unwinnable argument because reality is what is. Period. It’s not necessarily what we might prefer. It simply is. The more we try to fight it, the more we torture ourselves. The only way to avoid this pain is to stop creating and upholding beliefs. Reality is to be accepted, not battled, because it’s a battle we can never win.

Accepting reality does not necessarily mean that we enjoy every event. Nor does it mean that we shouldn’t take steps to prevent or alleviate unpleasant situations. We do not enjoy the fact that our roof is leaking. Nor should we pretend to. But to insist that it “should not” leak is absurd. It is leaking. Any insistence that it is not a leak is a waste of time and energy. Instead we should call a roofer. That is the sensible, less painful thing to do. We accept (not enjoy, but accept) that the roof is leaking and we know that water causes damage, so we get professional help in order to alleviate the current situation and prevent further damage. After it’s fixed we feel a pleasant sensation of relief, and we appreciate our non-leaky roof more than ever.watch Get Out movie now

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Jul 21

Precognition and Remote Viewing: Tom Campbell

 

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Jul 20

Living From Your Soul Vs. Living From Your Ego

 

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Jul 20

Consciousness alone Is

static1.squarespace.comby Brian Thompson

Consciousness alone is.

All else is an appearance arising within it. Including all thoughts of there being a separate entity called “I”, or you, or even the rest of the entire “outside” world.

All is consciousness. All is within. Not within “me”, but within consciousness itself, in which this avatar I call “myself” is nothing but an apparent appearance.

Everything appearing within consciousness is nothing but a dream, which is every possible thing experienced, sensed, perceived, believed, or known.

There is nothing that could exist “outside” of this all-pervading consciousness that is all that you know.

There is only consciousness, which is the totality of this “awakeness” you and I both feel, which we can only express as “I Am”.

I Am, and I know that I Am—this I am certain. “I” exist. Not “me” the person, not me the so-called personality, but this aware presence that I seem to be.

My I Am-ness alone is real, nothing else is. Everything else is nothing but an unreal thought-object appearing within it.

This consciousness that I Am is all-pervading. It is omnipresent and omniscient. It is Absolute Reality. It is all I ever know since this “I” that I am is consciousness itself.

I Am That. I Am.

There is no personal me, as that is nothing but an illusion arising within the totality of the purity which is this unadorned presence of I Am.

When I think of myself as separate, I seem to be. But, when I know myself as impersonal, selfless Beingness, I realize that my I Am-ness is universal, interdependent, and co-arising with the totality of the whole.

There is no person to protect or defend. There is no separate individual called me who needs this or that to feel one way or another. There is nothing to avoid or resist. There is nothing to desire, as there is no sense of lack. For what could consciousness need? All such nonsense is nothing but an egoic illusion which only appears real when its apparent existence is believed in by the desperately seeking mind.

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Jul 20

Everybody Leaves This World Empty-Handed

empty-handedAn elementary endeavor of every Ego is growing: to be “more”, larger and powerful. They strive to be higher and higher in the hierarchic structure of the world, conquering more and more territory. The individual’s ambitions grow and grow, reaching larger and larger areas.

Ambitions are planted in a child by parents and teachers. Parents tend to think of an even yet unborn child as someone who is going to achieve the parents’ own’s unfulfilled ambitions.

With the educational means of reward and punishment, children are conditioned to excel among their peers, to be the best, strongest, most beautiful, etc. When the children meet the parental–and thus the social–expectations, they are rewarded, when not, they are punished. They therefore soon learn to be ambitious.

These ambitions, though based upon the past, always aim at the future. All through our lives we pursue illusionary objectives, spurred by various ambitions. Naturally, it is not impossible to satisfy an ambition, but it is immnediately replaced by a thousand others, as there are so many areas of life where we have not yet reached our ambitions.

That is how we chase senseless goals all through our lives until we die, when we realize that everybody leaves this world empty-handed, even those who lived their whole lives chasing mirages of past and future. Look into yourself to see what is in you now! See what ambitions are driving you along on the sea of life and in what direction?

 We in every moment spent awake face two alternatives: a choice is to be made between the ambitions stretching between past and future, or the quiet, simplicity, purity and emptiness, full of vibrating life, of the present. It is, however, only the latter that brings to our lives the awakened Consciousness

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Jul 20

‘Dirt is Good’: Why Children Need More Exposure To Germs

gettyimages-570141263-8f8946f4cb98648e79818ce86f0c6d263dd151d7-s800-c85-759x500by Amanda Monteiro

New parents often inundate themselves with information to ensure that their child is being properly cared for. Our world is a ceaseless source of information, and trying to determine what information will benefit our family and children’s well-being, and what is just being marketed to us for profit, can be an overwhelming and difficult process.

NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro recently conducted an interview with scientist Jack Gilbert, who studies microbial ecosystems at the University of Chicago. After his second child was born, he, like many other second-time parents, adopted a more relaxed approach toward child-rearing. As part of this process, he decided to investigate the science behind germs and the risks they pose to children in the modern era.

Perhaps surprisingly, his research demonstrated that most germ exposure was actually beneficial.

As adults, we naturally want to protect our children from anything that could hurt them, but what we may not realize is that, by trying so hard to protect them, we could actually be hindering their ability to develop a strong immune system. When we rush to wipe their hands and faces after playing outdoors, or block the affectionate licks of our pets, we prevent germs from working their magic.

Gilbert references the way life used to be, explaining that “we would have eaten a lot more fermented foods, which contain bacterial products and bacteria. We would have allowed our children to be exposed to animals and plants and soil on a much more regular basis.” Today we are so careful to ensure anything on them or around them is sterile, when in fact, that lack of exposure and over-sterilization creates a hyper-sensitized immune system:

You have these little soldier cells in your body called neutrophils, and when they spend too long going around looking for something to do, they become grumpy and pro-inflammatory. And so when they finally see something that’s foreign, like a piece of pollen, they become explosively inflammatory. They go crazy. That’s what triggers asthma and eczema and often times, food allergies.

By allowing your child to play out in the dirt and remain relatively “dirty,” you are increasing their chances of building a strong immune system. One main crime most parents are guilty of, despite the good intentions behind the behaviour, is over-sterilizing their environment. Gilbert specifically mentions how using hot or even warm soapy water is fine for washing your child’s hands, and much healthier than using a hand sanitizer.

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Jul 19

The Emergence of Connected Consciousness

ConnectedConsciousnessFeatureBy Azriel ReShel

Tap Into Your Natural Flow

Nature, when we’re open enough to listen to it, always provides us with the clues for living a harmonious life. A life of higher awareness where we are present and aware of everything around us. Sometimes things in nature appear seemingly unconnected, even disconnected, yet, when you look a little deeper, they are more connected than we could ever imagine. Trees are an exceptional example of this, as are birds.

The murmuration of starlings is something exceptional to witness. There’s a harmony and perfection that goes beyond the mind. As thousands of individual birds move as one being, it’s like watching a miracle. A mesmerising pattern of life that appears almost as an animated sacred geometric screensaver, but is, in fact, a massive group of little black starlings; each with their own life and consciousness. What is amazing is that these thousands of birds do not ever collide as they move as one in a connected consciousness, where their individuality is no more. They fly like one great bird.

The mysterious phenomenon of murmations may not be so mysterious after all.

The Synchronistic Nature of Life

This incredible oneness and intuitive connection can happen with humans too. And not just in the presence of great spiritual masters. Joanna Macy, well-known author, Buddhist scholar, systems thinker and deep ecologist, is a respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology. She shares her wisdom on connected consciousness in her book, Active Hope, co-authored with Chris Johnstone.

Something very interesting occurs when a group of jazz musicians improvises together. A number of separate individuals, all making their own decisions, act together as a whole. As the music flows, any of the musicians can take the solo spot, that leading role gliding seamlessly between the players. Who decides when the piano or trumpet player should come forward? It isn’t just the person playing that instrument, for the others have already stepped back just a little to create an opening. There are two levels of thinking happening at the same time here; choices are made from moment to moment both by the group as a whole and by the individuals within it. When people coordinate their actions through a collective thinking process, we can think of this as ‘distributed intelligence.’ No one person is in charge; the players act freely while being guided by their intention to serve the purpose of the group. For musicians to improvise together, they need to listen very attentively, expressing their individuality in a way that contributes to the overall sound. When they tune into the group and become connected with it, it is as though the music itself plays through them.

Are We Ever Really Separate?

Something magical happens when we gather in groups, to meditate, sing, pray, create, dream, dance, tell stories, cook. The individuals drop away and there is a yoking. A synchronisation, almost of breath and heartbeats; much like what can happen between deeply intimate lovers. We are never truly separate. Our survival depends on our interconnectedness. We need each other, for food, shelter, water, and love. We depend on the generosity of others and the earth, for our very life.

Musicians jamming is an example of the synchronisation that can occur, when we let it.

Musicians jamming is an example of the synchronisation that can occur, when we let it.

In these moments, it’s like we let go of our individual identity in order to belong to and access something transcendent, and totally beyond ourselves. Our consciousness can shift into something universal.

A key feature of distributed intelligence is that no one part has to have the whole answer. Rather, the intelligence of the whole emerges through the actions and interactions of its parts. ~ Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone

Surrendering to the Whole

Joanna Macy speaks of this shift as a wider sense of self and one of the most exciting developments of our time. When we give up our individual wants and needs and surrender to the needs of the whole, we open ourselves up to experience and develop the most profound of spiritual qualities, like humility, truth, service, unconditional love, connection and trust. It’s this shift into profound connection with something greater than each one of us, that will save the planet.

In a creative team, an idea may arise in conversation, then be added to and refined by other team members, its development shaped by everyone present. What allows a team to gel is a shift in identification, so that people identify with, and act for, the team rather than just themselves. Could the next leap in evolution arise out of a shift in identification, in which we shed the story of battling for supremacy and move instead to playing our role as part of the larger team of life on Earth? Could the creativity and survival instinct of humanity as a whole, or even of life as a whole, act through us? Connected consciousness stems from a widening of our self-interest, where we are guided by the intention to act for the well-being of all life. Within Buddhism, that intention is known as ‘bodhichitta.’ Bodhichitta moves our focus from personal well-being to collective well-being.

…We stand at an evolutionary crossroads, and we, collectively, could turn either way. Our own choices are part of that turning. We can choose, to borrow a phrase from Star Trek, the ‘prime directive’ of our lives. When our central organising priority becomes the well-being of all life, then what happens through us is the recovery of our world.

Connected consciousness, or being at one with all that is, is not something to only be experienced by mystics or dedicated spiritual practitioners. It is the natural state of each one of us. And all we need do to experience is, is to let go of everything that blocks it. To return to our child-like innocence, trust and reverence for all of life.

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Jul 19

Lessons From The Great Mother – What ‘Death’ in Ayahuasca Teaches Us About Life

By Juliet Tang | Contributing writer for Wake Up World

“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” – Schopenhauer

Lessons-From-The-Great-Mother-What-‘Death%u2019-in-Ayahuasca-Teaches-Us-About-Life-Art-by-luis-tamani.com--350x471The death experience during ayahuasca is quite common, though we can experience ego death at any point in life without external assistance. ‘Ego death’ refers to the surrender of the old ego – the one that operates based on duality, separation, fear, limitation, defense mechanisms, programmed beliefs, lifelong conditioning and need to control. When we go through an ego death, there is neither an actual death, nor an elimination of the ego. Rather, through the many stages of death and rebirth, the ego transcends and awakens to the knowing and embodiment of the True Self that resides in non duality. Once we surrender the old ego, though we are still in the physical realm, this is when we can live our lives from the divine and consciously create heaven on earth.

I personally had my first ego death out of the blue years ago after having wandered at rock bottom for about a decade, I could only say it was as gloriously turbulent as it could get where everything I knew and held onto crumbled to the ground. Just recently, another layer of ego death came during one of my ayahuasca ceremonies and it was just as amazing and powerful as the first one though on a completely different level. The first layer of ego death was to burn away all the illusions in my life and awaken my spirit so I could clear the space to welcome the new, the second layer allowed me to experience and transform everything I knew intellectually so I could embrace the full power of the True Self and cement what truly matters in my life.

‘Death’ in Ayahuasca – 7 Lessons for a More Joyous and Fulfilling Life

#1 Even Death is an Illusion

During my experience of being trapped in hell and death — which I briefly described in my previous article Teachings of Ayahuasca – Creation, Death, Rebirth, and 15 Essential Life Lessons — as tormenting as it was, a part of me from time to time received a glimpse of the knowing that it was just a dream, or a state of mind like everything else.

From that night on, ayahuasca bombarded me with different visions of random realities for many days to come. Finally one morning I woke up and a light bulb went off, I understood her purpose of relentlessly showing me those realities was to help me see through the illusions of my current life challenges, and wake myself up from them!

How many of us are feeling imprisoned in a life situation at this moment? While I was having my death experience, I know I spent what seemed like an eternity condemning the hell I was in during every semi-conscious moment I had. I shouted “shut up” to all the voices in my head that I couldn’t distinguish whether were coming from an internal or external source, I cursed at my horrific luck of being stuck in that dimension and the increasing possibility that I’d be trapped there forever, I wept at all the physical, emotional and mental pain I was forced to endure, and I screamed silently at the injustices of having to die such a terrifying and unexpected death. Isn’t this what we do when life throws us lemons?

The truth is, the more energy we invest in our struggles by judging, complaining and condemning the hell we are in, the more life mirrors hell back to us in every way until we are completely locked up in the hell of our own making simply because life is set up to be a fool-proof interactive feedback system in which it only responds to our current vibration. The only way to break free from our mental prison is by first realizing even this cage that seems real in every way is an illusion.

What are the illusive cages you are currently in?

#2 We Always Have a Choice, and Surrendering is One of Them

Though life presents us with endless challenges, our power to choose how we experience any challenge will never be taken away from us, and that was something I was shown again and again that night. In the midst of endless agony, I was left with two choices, I could continue to battle against that reality which only seemed to strengthen it, or I could choose to release my resistance and embrace it. I fought and fought by holding onto the ideas of my identity in the other reality, random memories of important moments of my life, my loved ones and dear friends whom I would never see again, my upcoming classes and adventures, the hobbies I enjoyed and the things I was yet to try, and my dream of being a part of a conscious community in Costa Rica so I could continue my work with the medicine and help those integrate the experience. Though she continued to show me none of those things were real and they had been ideas in my head all along since Creation, the battle of holding onto my stories went on for a millennium because without those stories, I was left with nothing after having lost everything I held near and dear.

Lifetimes went by and in the end, in a state of total chaos that led to a moment of complete peace and clarity, I chose to surrender every story and dream to her and embrace the present without having any way to know what was to follow. I made peace with dying in that tormenting dimension full of agony and screams and being story-less and identity-less. What I did not expect, or have the mental capabilities at the time to understand was an awakening followed my death. Very gradually, I began remembering more and more I was in a waking dream, and the only thing I needed to do to walk out of death was to wake myself up, acknowledge that every story in life, even the darkest hell was part of one dream, and I had the power to choose any dream I wanted to wake up to without having to allow any dream, or story to determine who I am.

When life seemingly deprives us of all choices, that is life’s invitation for us to step into our infinite power and choose to be present, and embrace all that is being offered to us at the moment. We are never given anything we cannot handle, and all of the challenges we are presented with are here to help us awaken to our immortal and divine True Self that is without stories or limitations, and learn to completely trust life to take us to the next step. Even death, whether it is the death of the ego or the body is never an end, but a new beginning.

#3 Decide, and Keep Deciding

Every time when we make a decision, we are activating that reality in the quantum field and making it more visible to us. In the space between my death and waking, I had to decide not once, but a thousand times I wanted to wake up from the dream. I would literally get on my fours, crawl a couple of steps only to collapse from exhaustion and fall back into the dream again with my eyes closed without remembering why I even got up. Yet I’d get up again and again regardless of how many times I fell as the decision of waking up burned like a fire inside of me and slowly breathed life into my mind and body. Eventually, that decision became so strong that it woke up my body just enough for me to get on my feet and take my first step.

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Jul 19

15 Ways Hemp Can Save the World

hemp_0Hemp is one of the world’s oldest crops. It also happens to be one of the most versatile.

From plastics to paper, the hemp plant provides a way to live in harmony with the environment and the ecosystems that support it.

Just to give you an idea how far this plant can take us, here are 15 amazing ways hemp can be a game-changer for planet Earth.

#1) Growing hemp prevents pesticide pollution

Did you know hemp is naturally resistant to pests? Unlike cotton or flax (which are estimated to consume 50% of all pesticides) growing hemp does not require pesticides or herbicides.

When pesticides are sprayed on land, they can easily seep into water sources such as a river, ocean, or pond. If pesticides contaminate a body of water it can harm the living creatures within that water source (fish, frogs, insects, and more) along with anyone ingesting it.

Pesticides have been linked to cancer, birth defects, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s Disease to name a few. So not only are pesticides dangerous for the environment, they are also a hazard to our health.

By integrating hemp, we can significantly reduce our exposure to unnecessary toxins and pollutants.

#2) Hemp helps restores soil fertility

Hemp can grow in a wide variety of terrains and soil types. It forms deep roots helping to hold the soil together. This in turn prevents soil erosion.

In fact, hemp also increases the microbial content of the soil. And the incredible benefits don’t end there.

The stem and leaves of the hemp plant are rich in nutrients. After harvesting, these nutrient-dense remnants of the hemp plant can be returned to the soil, rejuvenating it for a richer yield the following year.

#3) Hemp can produce biodegradable plastics

Americans used over 45 billion plastic water bottles in 2015 alone. Even crazier: plastic water bottles can take anywhere between 400 and 1,000 years to decompose.

Considering the United States’ recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, there is room for improvement to say the least.

The basic building blocks of plastics are cellulose derived from petroleum. Yet petroleum is highly toxic. Hemp on the other hand happens to be the greatest cellulose producer on earth. It also happens to be biodegradable.

Why not use non-toxic and biodegradable hemp for producing plastics? Instead of stuffing our landfills with toxic chemicals we could reuse and recycle natural products.

#4) The hemp plant absorbs toxic metals

Soil sustains life. The plants that feed, clothe, and house us originate from the earth. Yet we’ve become increasingly detached from this basic human need. Meanwhile, man-made waste has contaminated soil across the globe.

Both our planet’s health and our personal health are under duress, and the need for change is imminent.

It has already been proven that hemp can eliminate toxins from the environment. Hemp is so effective at absorbing toxic materials it has even been considered for removing radiation from Fukushima.

#5) Hemp is an outstanding renewable biofuel

Imagine if there was a non-toxic fuel source that could be domestically produced and was totally renewable. Turns out that material already exists. It’s been on this planet for hundreds and thousands of years.

Hemp converts to biodiesel at a 97 percent efficiency rate. It also burns at a lower temperature than any other type of biofuel.

Plus, when burned in a diesel engine, hemp eradicates the exhaust odor of petroleum with the pleasant smell of hemp.

With over 4,000,000 miles of roads in the United States, transitioning to hemp biodiesel could help heal our planet one mile at a time.

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Jul 18

Huachuma – The Visionary Cactus from the Peruvian Andes

By Sergey Baranov | Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Huachuma-Visionary-Cactus-350x245Huachuma is the original name given to the various mescaline-containing columnar cacti native to the Andes and used traditionally in Peru for millennia for healing and divination.

The cactus thrives at around 3000 meters ( 10,000 feet ) above the sea level and flowers between October and March with beautiful flowers gifting the lucky observer with a gentle scent. Its flower opens for just one day and closing over the next two days. After this the flower gradually dries out and forms a cocoon with new life-seeking seeds. Then it is the turn of the grown cocoon to dry out while releasing the seeds to the will of the wind. Thus the new life is begun.

The most commonly used botanical names are Echinopsis Pachanoi (spineless) and Echinopsis Peruviana (spiteful) but these names, of course, are only a shadow of the real essence of the plant, which is spiritual, not verbal. To realize this, it takes more than knowing the plant’s name. An experience is like a cloud which floats beyond the horizon of botanical study.

My introduction to this ancient mystery which begun in 2005, was nothing less than a life-changing event; a fact that has slowly revealed itself over time. Back then, I was a spiritual seeker, who intuitively knew that plant-medicine shamanism held the key to a kind of knowledge that could not be found in books. This type of knowledge was experiential, not intellectual. I was not satisfied with reading about the experience; I wanted the experience. Led by a burning desire and a spiritual thirst that up until then had resulted mainly in disappointment, I was fortunate to find people in Peru who had practiced shamanism for many decades, and were dedicated healers.

This new acquaintance and introduction to an ancient path became a new starting point in my life. My urge was calmed. My thirst was satisfied and spiritual hunger fed. A path of self-discovery ahead was now opened to me with a friendly and welcoming gesture. I kept coming back to work with the same people for three and a half years before I made the decision to move to Peru, which I did in April 2009, after feeling the call to serve the sacred medicine. This of course did not come without a price. I had to make a large payment for the pass. It wasn’t in terms of the money but in terms of the fear of death which was my unwelcome friend from an early childhood. My near-death experience in Mexico while working with Huichol Indians and the sacred Peyote is described in detail in my book. Shortly after that, I moved to Peru. Landing in the Sacred Valley in the Andes, felt like coming home. I knew I wanted to build my new life here around this sacred medicine.

Shamanism was something I had been drawn to since my early childhood. But living under the Soviet regime, this prospect did not look hopeful. Already as a kid I felt sharply the pain of separation from the sense of life being a miracle. And ‘growing up’ seemed to threaten this further. I didn’t want to grow up believing that life is a process of collecting stuff and saving for retirement. This prospect seemed rather too bleak.

Fearing death as a child, and seeking self-fulfillment from an early age were significant factors in the formation of my spiritual quest. This quest led me eventually to shamanism in Peru, where sacred medicinal plants were not only legal, but embedded in the culture, reaching back as far as the dawn of history.

“San Pedro” is the post-colonial name given to the psychoactive Andean cactus known under different names. ‘Huachuma’ is the old Qechua name, which means: ‘vision’ or ’that which makes one drunk’. It is a visionary cactus with an amazing potential for healing. Seeing the world through its “eyes”, is like being born again, but this time consciously.

Huachuma - SergeyWith the invasion of the Spaniards in the early 16th century, native shamanic traditions of Peru faced the very real threat of extinction. The brutal intolerance of the Catholic Church would only allow for obedience and conversion, and certainly not ‘paganism’ and ‘devil-worshipping’ practices, as they generally viewed them. How exactly some of these ancient traditions survived, nobody knows, but I have been entertaining the following thought as for potential possibility. There could have been a deal made. And this was simple – the natives could continue their use of their sacraments whilst worshiping Christian Saints. San Peter was an apostle who, according to the Christian theology, received the keys to Heaven from Jesus Christ. A visual representation of this biblical scenery can be found in the painting by Marco Zoppo from an early epoch of Renaissance (1468) which depicts the saint holding the Keys of Heaven.

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Jul 18

Abandon the “wanting” mind

static1.squarespace.comby Brian Thompson

Abandon the “wanting” mind. Drop your desires, one by one.

Let each craving dissolve, as they arise—knowing that the fulfilment they promise is nothing but a worldly lie. Pleasure is fleeting; it is impermanent. You cannot keep it or even maintain it. You can find no peace in forever chasing things which you can’t catch.

Lasting happiness cannot be found through attaining any object, or in having any experience, or in achieving any goal, or in earning any recognition.

Nothing lasts—nothing but awareness.

All things are limited and relative. But, to whom are they relative?For whom do such things and experiences temporarily appease? Who is the real “you” who wants them, who feels as if they need them to be happy, or who self-identifies with what they seem to promise?

All such attainments “of the world” will only briefly satisfy the restless mind who self-identifies with what it believes it lacks. A mind focused on what it thinks it needs will never be content.

As soon as one desire is satisfied, the seeking mind will then chase the next thing it wants, which is whatever it perceives it lacks. The sense of lack never ends. Once believed in, it perpetuates itself, and since it is entirely conceptual, it is infinite—and so is the delusion.

There is no end to that which you believe you don’t have. And, once you self-identify yourself with this nonsense, it (the feeling of dissatisfaction and despair) will seem to permeate your entire being.

When you live in such a way, your whole existence is then defined by whatever you believe you lack—including happiness, self-worth, confidence, peace, love, contenment, and joy.

Drop out of the game entirely. No longer seek anything at all. Free yourself from your imagined self.

Surrender the contents of mind to your awareness of it.

Just be as you are, here and now—empty of wanting, empty of searching, devoid of thinking about your self-ideas entirely. Be empty—empty even of the sense of emptiness itself, for that too is nothing but a state of lack from which all unease grows.

All states of mind are a delusion—transcend them all. Be of no-mind. When there is no mind, there is no problem. The mind will continue to happen, just as the wind will continue to blow—but it will no longer have any effect upon you—as you will know yourself as its selfless witness, consciousness itself.

Allow life to flow through you, as it already does. Observe this. Know this. There is nothing to be kept; there is nothing to “be” or to “have” other than this essence of Beingness that you are—that IS the entirety of this precise moment, as it is presently unfolding. You are forever this invisible and limitless awareness that is the knowledge of all “things”, and yet, is beyond them all.

Rest in your effortless Self—the presence of being that is the very suchness in which this moment called Now is forever flavoured. You are like the sweetness contained within sugar—an invisible essence that permeates it, and yet, cannot be found—it can only be tasted.

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Jul 17

Who are You? and how to be that

man-universe-spaceIt strikes me that the biggest problem humanity faces right now is a case of mistaken identity. People mistake themselves for something they are not; and this generates all manner of false lifestyles and suffering. And even when a person discovers they are not the ego, there frequently follows all kinds of attachment and identification with qualities of the soul: like “I am love” for example. So what about ditching all kinds of conditioned identity completely?

What about surrendering into the infinite vulnerability of the moment
and allowing the real you to effortlessly arise?
How might that positively change your life and the world around you too?…

We are infinite potential – pure presence

I put it to you that what we are is infinite potential – pure presence. It is that which constantly resides in the background of your thoughts, feelings and emotions. Everything originated from this ‘Source’ and still does. Life – and the soul – emerge from it, but do so because of no design or plan. If there was some kind of intention, that presupposes a creator, and then you’re left with the problem of who created the creator?

No, I put it to you that everything emerged from pure presence and still does. Pure presence never went away and you are that; what’s more, when you are no longer isolated from this Source, when you are being a living, breathing, thriving expression of this, then you feel like you just came home, like all the lights in the universe just came on; you know yourself as ‘who’ you truly are – this is an enlightened state, the sweet nectar of life itself.

There is nothing to compare with this state; everything that people strive or effort for is merely a reflection of this experience. Because there is nothing else to know but the living, breathing expression of this state. When you are in that, all your questions are immediately answered; what’s more, the soul in you flows from this state aligned with the whole of life. There’s a feeling of total rightness. Life effortlessly creates itself around you. There’s just no need to intend or intentionally manifest – you are being infinite potential and life manifests through you.

This state of being is where everything begins and ends – the circle completed, everything answered.

So how can you get into this state?

How to be who you truly are

Here’s the problem: you cannot aim for this absolute divinity. You cannot set course for it, intend it or try to make it happen. And you cannot hold onto it, by making statements about it; like “I am love” for example. Because the moment you do, the moment you identify or attach to something, when you form a fixed relationship with some quality inside yourself, then immediately, you’ve established separation from the presence that you are – you’ve created the small “I”.

So you cannot intentionally aim for it and find it. There is nothing to find!

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Jul 17

Intentions and Parallel Time

The intentions are entangled with actions on the higher plane. Just by having intentions and letting them entangle or reside ‘within’ you are entangling or enabling with the actual actions that are simultaneously taking place in an alternate reality.

The system is based on a projected trajectory of time activated through simply having the intentions or the energies or frequencies required to represent those actions, in your mind. By having those present in your mind you are actually bringing them into occurrence in the ‘future’ plane or a higher, energetic plane.

The other realities or planes could be interpreted as other ‘lives’. In this life you experience the intentions or emotions of one existence, in the next that is the actual reality in physical terms. The goal is to liberate from the matrix of ‘turns’.

When one person intrudes energetically, one must answer with the proper neutral response in order to disengage and detangle their energy from the intruders and thus maintain the original power level.

The highs and the lows what we want and don’t want combine to create catalysts that produce growth.

The Satanic infection is a script written to stop people from leaving this place and feeding the controllers low level power.

This place is a kind of civilization simulation that has gone rogue due to bad management.

To disable the simulation before the population is synchronized with the base reality would be to disorient them beyond the ability to return to full wakefulness. In short, they would be trapped within the dying simulation and would die with it.

Thus, this is what is known of as “Armageddon”. When this happens, then that last period of history replays in the minds of the ‘fallen’ over and over again until there is nothing left. That last replay is the last chance for a rescue team to locate and synchronize the survivors to the base reality and thus extract them into the true universe.

The Apocalypse is “The Unveiling of the Hidden Knowledge of the Ages of Humanity”.

 

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Jul 17

The Awakening ~ David Icke (Brixton Academy 2003)

 

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Jul 16

The Mind-Body Connection: How to Discover the Emotional Roots of Disease and Illness

Image1by The Healers Journal

HJ: 95% or more of disease is a result of deep unhealed emotional wounds, traumas and belief patterns. In this illuminating, research backed guide, you’ll learn to see the connections between what’s going on in your heart and mind and what’s happening in your body.

– Truth

The Cause of Your Physical Pain And Disease Is You

By Michael Forrester

withyourselfYes, you. Not the environment, your mother’s genes or your junk food diet. Everything in your body that you see manifested as form and phenomena comes from the vibrations within your body which then give rise to either health or disease. What we feel–our emotions coordinate our biochemical, cellular and complete physiological states our entire lives. In other words, the cause of all disease is not tangible at all. Our outlook on life and how we feel about ourselves may be the most relevant health predictor of all.

mind-body-diseaseMany people are already familiar with the fact that emotional stress can lead to digestive issues, irritable bowel syndrome, tension and headaches, but many may not be aware that can also cause other physical illnesses such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and even symptoms of severe chronic pain.

More subtly, one might develop psychosomatic symptoms or stress-related symptoms because of unresolved emotional issues. These are not new discoveries; researchers have studied the mind/body interrelationship for several decades because of the importance of this link.

Researchers around the world are slowly integrating research on how our energetic and emotional states cause health and/or disease. How we connect emotionally to our overall wellness and wellbeing may indeed be more relevant than any supplement, food, exercise, medical intervention or health treatment.

Pain is Both Physical and Emotional, But Healing Emotionally Can Eliminate Physical Pain

Pain, of course, is always both a physical and an emotional experience. There are direct neural connections via the brain stem and spinal cord. The circulatory and lymphatic systems also carry neurotransmitters (hormones and immune cells) that find receptor sites in the brain which feedback and modulate the links between brain and body. In this way, every cell in the body every cell — is linked into the nervous system and as such, can be sensed and felt, whether or not we allow ourselves to be aware of this psychobiological fact.

With a physical pain, there is an obvious link between the psychological experience of pain and an awareness of a physical location in the body. The pain seems to come from an elbow, or a toe, or a hip. Weirdly, we can feel the physical pain in that location even though most, but not all, of the processing is going on in the brain. The neural, blood, and immune pathways between brain and body are tagged with body location information, beginning in the spinal cord and with successively more specific tagging up through the brain stem and thalamus, each adding another layer of redundancy and complexity, until the experience becomes conscious and further identified as “mine” in the insula, parietal, and motor cortices. The marvel of the nervous system is that even though body sense awareness is largely a creation of cortical complexity, we feel in 3-D: the pain is “in” my knee, that object is “out there” in space, etc.

So, with this kind of logic, we can come back to the neural similarities between emotional and physical pain. If the similarity is not just in the brain but in the body, it’s perfectly reasonable to ask: Where does an emotional pain hurt? If there really is an economy of pain networks that includes both physical and emotional pain, and if physical pain has a body location, then this simple syllogism leads to the conclusion that emotional pain must have a physical location in the body.

Feelings of insecurity get the heart and the breath out of synch and activate the sympathetic nervous system as if we were dealing with a threat (elevated heart rate and blood pressure), and can create a sense of unease in the chest, and even pain. People who have been hurt by others often have retracted chests and downcast postures, which are muscular ways of protecting the heart and closing off the self from fully engaging with others for fear of being hurt again. And people in insecure relationships are more likely to have cardiovascular (and other health) problems than those who are more secure.

Vibration is Energy

Every type of energy has a different vibrational frequency. For example, water has one, and when it turns to ice, it has a different vibration. When it turns to vapour, the vibration changes again. Sound waves have their own frequency of vibration. Of all these, thought vibration is the strongest. Most of our thoughts we turn into words — spoken words — and these words we put into action. Action when repeated again and again, form our habits, is it not? And our very nature, our character, is determined by our habits. Every tomorrow that we wake up is then determined by our nature and character.

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Jul 16

Is It Possible To Live A Moral Life? : Under The Skin with Russell Brand & Frankie Boyle | #19

Frankie Boyle and I discuss media censorship, the virtues of nihilism, and the effects of fatherhood on life as a comedian.

 

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Jul 16

Entering The Realm of Tranquility

blue-1-990x557by Soren Dreier

Most are looking for a state of tranquility.

Could it be that we are looking for something that has already found us? That very delicate, celestial room inside that seems to enforce our sense of connection, both out in this world (horizontal) and mostly our spiritual connection to whatever we perceive as celestial (vertical).

I have touched upon ‘stretching’ emotions before, so that what we experience emotionally can transcend into a state of mind. Emotion comes and goes; that’s why many call them illusions. If we can pin them, we can stretch them into a feel and the feel will settle and become a state of mind.

The feel of tranquility needs to be enforced by the same technique.

When we enter the realm of tranquility most would probably find that tranquility is triggered from the outside. An emotion of safety will rise due to outside circumstances. That can be a meditation retreat, that can be the safety in relationships or it can be nature, as in the healing gift of nature, that sends us into the zone of tranquility.

If the outside gives us the emotion, the feel of tranquility, it would mean that the same feel of tranquility is object oriented.

That is how we function and get to know this world, by deciphering, analyzing and becoming familiar with the world we are in and it is the very first steps, very necessary steps, in childhood. It is the programming we are exposed to as children and if we weren’t we wouldn’t be able to maneuver this world.

“This is round and its brown” – would be a way to describe a ball to a child. Learning shape and color of an object. This is mum and this is dad. This is sweet and this is sour and so on. We are object oriented and we have to know the objects and their nature in order to master them.

It makes a fluid world seem firm and it strengthens our position in it, because we learn to define ourselves within the definition of our surroundings.

Later we have to throw away vast parts of that programming or social conditioning and that can be very, very difficult since our idea of self is built around our ability to object orientate. If that is not present in childhood, we are lost. Obviously, a lot of false, emotionally biased programming steps in and that would be our teachers such as parents, friends, family, childcare system: “This person is black and not of the same stellar quality as a white person, and we do not like blacks.”

So, the genuine conditioning would leave emotions out of it and only decode the physical world to the child and not its biases based on prejudice.

When Ceaușescu in Romania fell from power, international helpers stepped into the foster care and children’s homes, where they found thousands of children confined in small beds as old as 10 years who hadn’t had any stimuli whatsoever into their tactile sense (touch) and knew nothing, and had no words for anything that surrounded them because nobody taught them what the objects were.

Needless to say, these children, born with a perfect brain, acted like they were severely brain damaged, had noises for language and could easily be mistaken for severely disabled. That this stuff goes on in so many countries still, is truly, truly sad.

I once visited a Greek insane asylum where the inmates, they couldn’t be called patients since they were chained out in the brutal Greek sunlight all day, were given a metal container with some baked beans as the highlight of the day, and brutally beaten if they acted out. Yes, Greece has had many warnings about this, still doesn’t care, and it was well before austerity kicked in.

If somebody cares to teach others about the world even down to “This is hot and this is cold,” it seems like an act of mercy. That’s the world we live in. Animals are kinder than that to each other, since they know they have to teach their kids in order to survive.

My point also being:

The more we know of this world, the better we can maneuver in it, and when we know the world and its objects, we can throw that knowledge away and become fluid again, since we know that the same world we see is a result of often biased conditioning and false statements.

The biggest one being:

This world is firm, as in Physically firm. No, it is not, it’s a quantum field that appears solid in our realm of dimensions, which would be 3D reality. Same Matrix with the concept of time. Concept of time has to be in a 3D world since it defines the 3D and vice versa.

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Jul 15

Don’t Try

Bukwoski-Dont-TryI wish I could take credit for the two-word title that headlines this article, but it was used historically by an unlikely hero. Charles Bukowski (1920-1994), the “accidental” American author and poet had it written on his tombstone in Los Angeles. He wanted to reiterate something we need desperately to hear again in the age of sugar-sweet positivism. Sometimes success comes even to those who don’t try very hard. In fact – it comes to people who just don’t give a %#)&@.

Charles Bukowski’s advice? Don’t try.

Charles Bukowski’s advice? Don’t try.

This is the crux of another writer’s philosophical invective. Mark Manson wrote The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck. It’s full of Bukowksi-inspired advice. Though I don’t see anything wrong with dropping an F-bomb here and there, I’ll replace his liberal use of f—k with duck so that I don’t offend anyone who might otherwise benefit from reading about how not to give one.

Manson took Bukowski’s advice to heart, and noticed that we give way too many ducks about things that shouldn’t matter to us. He says we’re a culture of trying too hard at too many things.

And I couldn’t agree more.

While we’re “staying positive,” and working toward world peace, raising our children, maintaining friendships, keeping ourselves selfie-ready at a moment’s notice – just in case, God Forbid – we are caught on our “bad” side for a social media posting, hitting the gym, eating only non-gluten, GMO-free, sugar-free, MSG-free, vegan, wild-catch tofu, meditating, fighting the good fight, and showing up to work every day so that we don’t end up living out of a card board box slurping the remnants of a super-sized soda someone leaves by a trash dumpster, we’re trying so ducking hard!

We stare in the mirror to say our “you’re so beautiful, you’re so handsome” affirmations. We work on our relationships, take workshops, go to therapy, keep working on our internal dialogue, etc. etc. etc. Everything we do now is one big TRY.

As Bukowski will tell you, trying really hard doesn’t bring success, and success doesn’t always bring happiness. He was an alcoholic recluse before he made it as a famous writer, and he continued to be after he made it. At book signings, he would berate his fans. Before he had any fans, he worked in a post office, hating his life, and turning to the bottle while he occasionally wrote a line of poetry or a short story, getting refused by publisher after publisher. You can’t even say he made it because he didn’t give up. He gave up (you could say, stopped giving a duck) long before a random publisher took a strange fancy to him years after he had submitted any work, and that was the one big break that gave him a writing career.

Manson points out in a discussion of Bukowski, that his greatest strength was that he didn’t try to hide his faults. In fact, he didn’t try at much of anything.

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Jul 15

Why the Examined Life is the Only Life Worth Living

studyourselves-1400x600We humans are in the extraordinary position of being able to study ourselves.

Across many fields of science people are learning how the mind and body function. Humans have done a lot of research in physiology, biology, chemistry, psychology, etc.

But studying the self is not a pursuit solely for scientists in lab coats with advanced degrees. We all can, we all need, to study our own selves.

You are perfectly capable of observing your direct experience and learning about yourself, and you damn well should do it!

We can reflect on the workings of our own minds. We can become aware of patterns in our thoughts and emotions. We can think about how our actions effect others. We can consider the emotions and values of others through empathy and compassion. We can connect the dots when we eat something shitty and then feel shitty a half hour later.

We can attempt to change a habit, fail, and then observe what made things difficult for us. We can catch ourselves reacting to a situation in a way that surprises us, and ponder how there is a subconscious process driving our reaction. We can learn about our musculoskeletal system by trying a yoga posture one way and feeling pain, then trying it a different way and feeling good.

There are infinite worlds to investigate inside of you. You are an endless territory. The horizon of the self recedes forever no matter how much ground you cover. Born too late to explore the earth, too early to explore the universe, but just in time to explore yourself.

Science of the Self

So what do I even mean by “study ourselves”?

What I mean is applying a scientific lens to our experience. We look at ourselves as something to be learned from — as something to be studied.

We observe our thoughts, emotions, sensations, perceptions, memories, behaviors, habits, and whatever else is relevant to our experience. We form hypotheses‘ about what changes may be helpful to apply in our lives. We experiment with these changes to see if they are effective. We do our best to objectively analyze the results.

Essentially, we choose an aspect of our lives to study and then treat that part of life like a science experiment.

For example, I needed to undergo many failed experiments before I finally established a consistent yoga routine.

I struggled with many aspects of forming this habit, and I won’t talk about every struggle here. What’s important is that the key field of experimentation was the timing of my routine.

At first I told myself I would do yoga every day, but I didn’t set a specific time of day to do it. I just did it when I felt like it. This inconsistency of timing would cause me to miss a day here and there, then several days in a row, and then a whole week!

I discovered I needed to do yoga at the same time every day or it wouldn’t stay a habit. So I decided to try it out in the afternoon. I thought it would be a good re-energizer after finishing my college classes and work.

But often in the afternoon I’d be too tired and would not find the motivation. The same cycle of slipping out of the habit would happen again.

Finally, I decided to do yoga every morning as soon as I woke up. This worked. I am a morning person and have my best energy right as I get out of bed. I now know that any habit I consider a priority should be done in the morning, because that’s the only time I’m guaranteed to do it.

After actually committing to this yoga habit consistently, I realized why I had struggled with it. I had known all along that morning was my best time of day. I had known all along that morning was the best time to do yoga.

But up until this point, for pretty much my entire life, my mornings were always a time of lazy relaxation. Essentially a time for sitting around until the responsibilities of the day began. Usually I would watch TV, use the computer, or otherwise pass time doing nothing of consequence.

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