Feb 12

Your mind is a garden…

Your mind is a garden

 

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Feb 12

You’ve Woken Up…Now What?

 

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Feb 12

Reality Check

iStock_India_ganeshby Robert A.F. Thurman, Ph.D.

When I first went to India in 1961, I was looking for yoga. I was not seeking a particular “ism”—Hinduism, Buddhism, Sufism, or whatever. I had studied some Eastern philosophies in college and I liked their ideas as reflected in Thoreau, Nietszche, Wittgenstein, Jung, and Hesse. I urgently wanted to join my knowledge to my life, to experience whatever turned out to be the “real” reality. I wanted to yoke my whole being—sensation, emotion, thought, and deepest awareness—to “truth,” whatever it might turn out to be. I left the West because, except for the Delphic oracle’s maxim “know thyself,” its authorities all said you could not know reality.

We are all philosophers, all scientists. Not only intellectuals know what is real and what is unreal. Everyone must know who they are, where they are, what they are doing, and what they should do. In ordinary life we have a better chance of success when we know the situation accurately. We can cook a good meal with the right ingredients and know-how to prepare them. A journey goes well when we know the way. Why should reality be any different? Why should we accept that we can’t know the vital things but must just follow orders, without any right to question authority or see for ourselves? Materialistic philosophy and mechanistic science tell us we can’t know anything that really matters: Consciousness is an illusory epiphenomenon of the brain, the brain is a material entity, and a material thing cannot know itself. This is where our Western, so-called “civilization” leaves us at the present moment.

Indic civilization traveled a different road around 2,500 years ago. The Indian sages took an inward turn. Like the Greeks, Egyptians, and Hebrews of that day, they sought the highest good, true and durable happiness for all beings. They all had decided the gods weren’t able to deliver this highest good or else they would have done so long ago. So humans must do something on their own. The Greeks turned to outer nature and embarked on the long project of material progress, to master the physical world to serve human happiness. The Indians also developed sophisticated systems of botany, zoology, chemistry, and biology to support their sophisticated medicine; astronomy and mathematics to support their fit in the seasonal cycles; engineering and architecture to support their built environment; sociology, economy, politics, logic, and linguistics to manage their vast and diverse populations. And like Plato and the Hebrew prophets, they used religion and philosophy to care for the soul. But their inward turn caused them to do something special. Their philosophy created a science of the soul and they crowned it “king of all sciences.”

When you experience a pleasant or unpleasant day, they reasoned, outer conditions are important, but your mind is the deciding factor in causing happiness or suffering. If your mind is in an uproar, you will not be happy even in the best of conditions. If your mind is serene and joyful, then you will remain cheerful even in adverse conditions. Therefore, while physical circumstances should not be neglected, your mental circumstance is of prime importance. Just as the gods did not deliver physical perfection, they seemed incapable of bestowing mental perfection. Therefore, humans must turn a scientific, systematic attention to the mind, master its energies, ameliorate its qualities, and, if possible, enable it to achieve a permanent endowment of the real happiness all seek. The science that emerged from this Indian inward turn was called Adhyatmavidya, or inner science; all the other sciences were called outer sciences. This tradition has continued uninterrupted in India for the last 2,500 years.

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Feb 12

How body and mind are related | The oneness of body mind

Image2Body and Mind are generally perceived as separate entities but they are not. I won’t say that they are related to each other because that will be like saying a partial truth. Deep down body and mind are one phenomenon. They are one entity at the energy level. So they are not different, they are not related but one entity.

The body is the physical part which is visible to us. The mind is the subtle and the invisible part. Any change in the body is also reflected in our mind and similarly, any change in our mind makes a corresponding effect on the body. E.g. Whenever you are sad, then laugh for some minutes and see how your emotions and thoughts change for better. Similarly feel confident from within and see how your body language changes. The people who are expert in reading body language judge the emotional state of the person by looking at the person body language. E.g. If you are confident then it will be reflected in your body language.

In spiritual dimension, the effect of breathing on your emotional state is known for thousand of years. Your breathing pattern is different for emotions of love, hatred, anger, sadness or joy. So one of the easiest ways to change your emotions is to change your breathing pattern. Whenever you feel calm and content then your breathing is harmonious and deep. You can even use strong exhalation to throw out some emotions from your system. E.g. Whenever you are feeling angry or sad or experiencing any negative emotions. Then while exhaling the breath, feel (or visualize) that these emotions are going out from you. Do the exhalation strongly for few minutes and you will notice the difference in your emotional state.

In Tibet, one of the tests of advanced meditators was to generate heat in their body in ice cold conditions. So the meditator has to sit down in ice cold conditions and by his visualization or meditation practice produce sweat in his body. So with the power of your mind or your thoughts, you make the difference to your body and vice versa.

So if you want to have a healthy body-mind then take care of what you eat, what you think and how you act. Because if you eat sattvic food then your mind will also be calm and peaceful. On the other hand, if you eat tamasic food then it will lead to lethargy not only in your body but also in your thoughts. Eating non-vegetarian food is not ideal for spiritual practice and can lead to emotions of anger, competition, revenge etc in you.

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Feb 12

Law of Karma vs. Law of Responsibility

Cameron-Gray-Art2by Frank M Wanderer

We, who strive to achieve spiritual development, often have the feeling that certain people or situations impede that development.

There is a number of things that may hamper us in our progress along our spiritual way. Sometime people find bad karma as the gravest obstacle in their spiritual progress.

122275282We were born in the wrong place, under the wrong circumstances; we should deal with those circumstances first, and start our spiritual development only afterwards. Is that really so?

If we want to answer that question, we must examine one of the most effective defensive mechanisms of our Mind, that is, finding a scapegoat. It means that whenever we encounter difficulties in our life, we tend to look for the reason of the problem outside ourselves. We blame the responsibility on external factors or persons which or who may cause our difficulties.

When we believe that our bad karma prevents us from making progress and spiritual development, we are relieved, since we cannot help it, it is not our fault, things just work out that way. We have all the good will but, unfortunately, adverse circumstances interfered and curbed us in implementing our great intentions. We therefore wait for a more favorable occasion, and tend to put ourselves in the position of the victim.

This attitude appears to be logical, but it is not. May whatever happen to us in life, may we face whatever difficulty, that, in most cases, comes about as a consequence of our previous actions and choices. No matter what is happening to us in the present moment, that is the outcome of our previous, unconscious actions, we sowed the seed from which our present difficulties sprang up. We are not the victims of circumstances; on the contrary. We create and operate the bad karma we complain about and on which we wish to blame responsibility for our bad luck.

We must change that attitude in order to be able to break out of the vicious circle. Our attitude will only change if we recognize that there is nobody and nothing we are able to blame responsibility on, but ourselves. We must therefore give up looking for excuses, and we must shoulder the responsibility for our actions and for our spiritual development.  There is nobody but ourselves in the way of our own spiritual progress, we ourselves have blocked the way with our previous attitudes.

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Feb 12

She Cured Her Breast Cancer in 6 Weeks Flat – Here is Her Secret

Jane Plant - breast cancerby George Asimov | HumansAreFree.com

Jane Plant is now 70 years old. It’s been 28 years since she was first diagnosed with breast cancer and 23 years after she was told she had 2 months to live ‘if we are lucky’. On 28th January she was told by her consultant oncologist she remains all clear with a tumor marker like that of a normal woman.

This is her story…

Jane Plant was a professor of geochemistry at Imperial College, London when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 42 and, no matter what the doctors threw at it, the cancer kept coming back.

Even though she underwent chemotherapy, five years later, the cancer returned with a vengeance, recurring for the fifth time.

“I asked my doctor to end my life for me there and then — I didn’t see how I could go on battling a disease that seemed hell-bent on finishing me off,” Jane told in an interview to Daily Mail.

She was ready to give up fighting, when she heard her 6-year-old son crying out for her in the next room. Even though her doctor gave her “at the very most, two months to live,” she decided to be strong for her family and try another approach in order to beat cancer.

Remarkably, only six weeks later, her tumor was gone.

This is her secret

Jane Plant and her husband, Peter Simpson, did their own research and found a connection between the incidence of various types of cancer across the world and diet.

In China, the breast cancer rate was 1 in 100,000 compared to 1 in 10 in the UK, at the time.

(Today, the risk of breast cancer in the US and UK has raised to 1 in 8 women).

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Feb 12

This Is How Your ‘Aura’ Affects Your Health & Those Around You

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An ‘aura’ field can be defined as a luminous glow or radiation that surrounds a person’s body, almost like a halo. Ancient depictions of religious and spiritual figures often feature this aura, but today, modern science is discovering that we are all, in fact, surrounded by this type of field, and it can actually affect the way we feel.

We know that energy cannot be seen with the naked human eye, which is why attempts to measure invisible phenomena scientifically are often greeted with harsh criticism, but thanks to the groundbreaking work of dedicated scientists from all over the world, the concept of non-material science is starting to become accepted in the mainstream. This refers to the idea that the physical material reality we perceive with our senses isn’t the only reality that’s available for us to study in a modern day scientific manner.

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” – Nikola Tesla

Before getting into how our aura can affect us and those around us, I’d like to mention that human thoughts, intentions, feelings and emotions — ‘factors associated with consciousness’ — have been shown to have a direct effect on and correlation to our physical material world.

The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter, we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter. Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual.

– Sir James Jeans (“The Mental Universe” ; Nature 436:29,2005)

To see a more in-depth explanation of how factors associated with consciousness are intertwined with our physical material reality you can read this article:

Physicists Examine Consciousness & Conclude The Universe Is ‘Spiritual, Immaterial & Mental.

The Human Aura

Work by the brilliant scientists over at the Institute of HeartMath can perhaps best shed light on one aspect of human aura. A large portion of their research has investigated heart and brain interaction. Researchers have examined how the heart and brain communicate with each other and how that affects our consciousness and the way in which we perceive our world. For example, when a person is feeling really positive emotions like gratitude, love, or appreciation, the heart beats out a certain message. Because the heart beats out the largest electromagnetic field produced in the body, researchers are able to gather significant data from it. According to Rolin McCratey, Ph.D, and Director of Research at the Institute:

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Feb 12

Our consciousness and common sense (The Real You) ~ Alan Watts

 

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Feb 11

As awakening occurs…

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Feb 11

Synchronicity Happens For A Reason – There Are No Accidents And No Coincidences

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Have you stumbled upon an old friend? Seeing someone doing the same thing or speaking the same words as you? Or maybe experienced an accident? Are you thinking ‘Oh! What a coincidence!’ or ‘I could skip accidents like this…’ Well, you shouldn’t, because every single coincidence brings a message to you. In fact, there are no coincidences and accidents — there’s only synchronicity, and everything happens for a reason.

Revealing Synchronicity — The Science Behind Coincidence

The truth is, everything in our life is linked. From the past, to the present and future — every single coincidence or accident we stumble upon is linked. No matter how small or big a movement is, it is all about synchronicity.

Whether you feel like you are having a perfect day and everything goes smoothly, or experience a bad period in which ‘a lot of coincidences happen,’ the universe is sending you a message. People and things happening in an exact moment is nothing but synchronicity and, fortunately, there is a way to accept it.

Do you know the saying “When the student is ready, the master appears”?

That is exactly how synchronicity is explained. Whenever you are synchronized with something you truly want, you are more likely to meet that thing, which is why similar people meet ‘accidentally’. The thing is, they are tuned in to the exact same frequency, and synchronicity does its best to match them.

Yes, There Is A Way To Create Synchronicity

Now that you understand how the spiritual sync works, it’s time to tell you that…

YOU CAN CREATE SYNCHRONICITY.

‘How on Earth do I do that?’, you may be asking yourself.

Well, synchronicity works best for people who believe it to be true. So, for starters, you should believe in it and stop saying that every event is an accident or a coincidence. The thing is, if you are saying this, you are sending a weak spiritual signal to the universe, opposed to the strong signal it sends you with syncing everything around you.

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Feb 11

Synchronicity and The Holy Flow

Synchronicity-Universe-SpaceWe humans, in our search for knowledge, have been primarily guided by the scientific method for the last 500 years. We test theories by performing experiments, and then we adjust our experiments and theories based on the results in order to improve understanding.

IMG_3094Yet, in spite of the scientific method, we are always fascinated by various phenomena that fall outside of scientific, repeatable verification such as synchronicities, pure mysteries, anomalies, hoaxes, and the so-called paranormal and extrasensory. Our “reality” is forever on shaky ground as one momentous discovery of a gaping mystery within a body of “proven” scientific knowledge can shake the foundations of our entire worldview.

Synchronicities are often spontaneous, meaningful coincidences of such high a degree of improbability that they appear almost unbelievable.

In his famous book Synchronicity, psychiatrist Carl Jung wrote, “The experimental method of inquiry aims at establishing regular events which can be repeated. Consequently, unique or rare events are ruled out of account.” This is one of the biggest gaps in scientific and statistical thinking.

Jung goes on to note that natural laws are only statistical truths. Essentially, they are habits of nature. Jung was known to cite two (now famous) examples of synchronicity:

“Among other things, he [the writer Wilhelm von Scholz], tells the story of a mother who took a photograph of her small son in the Black Forest. She left the film to be developed in Strassburg. But owing to the outbreak of war she was unable to fetch it and gave it up for lost. In 1916, she bought film in Frankfurt in order to take a photograph of her daughter, who had been born in the meantime. When the film was developed it was found to be doubly exposed: the picture underneath was the photograph she had taken of her son in 1914! The old film had not been developed and had somehow gone into circulation again among new film. The author comes to the understandable conclusion that everything points to the “mutual attraction of related objects” or an “elective affinity.” He suspects that these happenings are “arranged as if they were the dream of a greater and more comprehensive consciousness, which is unknowable.”

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Feb 11

8 Year-Old-Girl Feeds Crows; In Return, They Bring her The Most Amazing Gifts

crow-gifts.jpg.838x0_q80Eight-year-old Gabi Mann lives in Seattle and, like many kids her age, she finds joy in collecting things. But the contents of her collection might strike you as just a bit odd: beads, one earring, a light bulb, a paper clip and a rusty screw, to name a few of the finds. But if you think the contents of Gabi’s collection are strange, wait till you hear where she gets them from.

Crows.

While many people might shoo the black birds away (like Gabi’s neighbours), she’s found herself engaged in an interesting tradeoff with them. She brings them food, and they bring her gifts. As a toddler, Gabi would drop food as she walked. The crows soon took notice and would swoop in whenever she dropped something. This continued until Gabi was older, when she would share her lunch with the birds on her way to school. Soon enough, the birds even began waiting for her at the bus stop.

Three years ago, Gabi began filling a birdbath each day for the birds and leaving out peanuts, dog food and other leftovers for them to eat. At this point, the birds began to return the favour with gifts.

Of all the items the crows have left for her, Gabi says she values the pearl-coloured heart most. Why? Because she believes that it shows how much the birds love her.

Check out the full heartwarming story from Gabi below.

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Feb 11

NDE: “It Was an Awakening to a Reality I Couldn’t Imagine”

reincarnation-2AngelicView: Love this NDE loaded with goodies – including his realizations about life on Earth and reincarnation. You may be particularly interested in what he says about the Earth’s and Humanity’s future.  Thanks so much to Duane for sharing your NDE.

Background

What started out as a minor health annoyance took a turn for the worse. The doctor handling my case called in a doctor from the Stanford Medical Center. After a thorough examination, my doctor was optimistic. He said they were developing a new breakthrough operation for what, until now, had been an untreatable condition. Stanford University was  about to do another test case operation and my doctor felt I might be an excellent candidate for the new procedure. The surgery could offer significant relief if all went well. And if the surgery didn’t work, my prognosis wasn’t good anyway. To my wife and I, there was no question as to our decision.  Without the surgery, where would I be?

More testing began. I was poked and prodded everywhere and relieved of bodily fluids I didn’t know I had. In spite of what the doctors had initially said, once all the tests were completed it seemed the prognosis wasn’t so bright after all. The doctors felt my condition had deteriorated too far for me to survive the operation. Apparently, my medical situation led to an extreme vulnerability to heart attacks and strokes.  There was a distinct possibility that I would die on the operating table.

Even if I were willing to risk the new procedure, no doctor wanted to operate on a man whom they felt might die on the operating table from a stroke or heart attack. Though they didn’t admit it, they didn’t want to jeopardize their whole new program by having one of their first patients not survive the process, even if the procedure itself went without a mistake. Their advice to me was to go home and get my affairs in order. At best, they said I had about five months to live. Being only forty-one years old, what they told me really didn’t sink in; at least, not at first. My wife and I knew we had hit a rough patch of sailing in our life, but, as of yet, we didn’t really understand what was ahead. Our future was full of our dreams and plans.  Nowhere in those plans was there room for one of us dying.  After all, I had several real estate projects underway and had commitments to fulfill.

I guess it started to soak in when we were driving home and we realized that I hadn’t been asked to make any future appointments. At first, the death verdict had less impact on me than I would have expected. Maybe it was because of the bone-numbing fatigue I was feeling after months of little or no sleep caused from my condition. I then began to wonder, even if I did beat this problem, would I be able to find real, lasting happiness in the years to come? I asked myself, again and again, was life really just about having more new cars, airplanes, bigger houses, and more vacations? But the life-road just got steeper and rockier.

Since I held no spiritual beliefs, my agnosticism provided the relief I needed. I believed it would all be over when I died, and I looked forward to the oblivion and sleep it would provide. Since I believe that our beliefs form our reality, I had no fear of death.  Once I became comfortable with the idea of oblivion, the world could go on without me: I had nothing to fear. From the beginning, I had known my life was going to end in death eventually. It wasn’t a question of if I were going to die, it was just when I would die. I rationalized, what difference would it make a thousand years from now?  Finally, I could sleep for a long, long time. It was amazing how appealing that thought became. While I hadn’t reached the point of actually wanting to end it all myself, the idea of finally having plenty of sleep and eternal rest had a very strong appeal.

The End

One early morning, in the darkest part of the night just before the dawn, I sensed the end was near. Struggling to breathe for months had left me feeling that nothing else mattered anymore but just being able to breathe and sleep. With each day was worse than the last with tomorrow promising to be worse than today.  All I wanted was relief at any cost. My medical condition had been getting progressively worse ever since I was told I only had five months to live thirteen months earlier.

For some time now, the only way I could sleep at all was sitting upright in a chair.  Now, even that was no longer working very well. Also, the noise I made while trying to breathe made it impossible for my wife and I to be in the same room at night. Since my daughters were light sleepers, I now slept in my office downstairs. There, I would spend the night, sitting in my old recliner, propped straight up and trying to sleep. I was all alone in my old recliner that night when, between a moment of sleep and a gasp for breath, I was suddenly falling through space.

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Feb 11

Consciousness Can Influence Our Autonomic Nervous System

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What is the autonomic nervous systems (ANS)? It regulates the functions of our internal organs. Its role is to regulate several bodily functions such as digestion, heart rate, urination, sexual arousal, respiratory rate, pupillary response, and more. It operates reflexively and unconsciously, often without our even noticing.

For example, we do not decide to make our heart beat faster when we are afraid, or notice when our blood vessels change size. This system just does what it does, assumed to have no external influences, and considered to be a natural body response that’s regulated by the hypothalamus in the brain (which is what regulates the autonomic nervous system. It’s the primary regulator of acute stress response, also known as the ‘fight or flight’ response.

What are ‘factors associated with consciousness?’ From a modern day scientific standpoint, factors associated with consciousness include observation, measurements, human intention, perception, and our thoughts. We have seen these terms used in publications before, and we’ve written about a quantum physics experiment where “factors associated with consciousness” had significant results in physical systems. When talking about consciousness today, the perception and definition of this term is very different from, let’s say, an ancient Ayurvedic perspective, and it’s important to make that distinction here.

The Study

Thoughts have been shown, from a scientific perspective,  to yield some very significant results when it comes to influencing physical systems, including our own bodies.

It’s no secret that a well-functioning immune system protects the body from pathogens, but sometimes it’s not strong enough, and this can lead to the development of various autoimmune diseases. The immune system is controlled by the autonomic nervous system, and it has long been thought that we could not voluntarily influence our immune system nor the autonomic nervous system. This all changed when an intensive care researcher by the name of Dr. Matthijis Kox, along with Peter Pikkers, Professor of Experimental Intensive Care Medicine at Radboud University in Nijmegen, decided to conduct a study. According to them, humans do indeed have the potential and ability to influence the autonomic immune system with the power of the mind. And Wim Hof proved it.

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Feb 11

The View from Inside your Head

InsideYourHeadFeatureby John Halcyon Styn

Who – or what – is controlling your perception of the world?

Your perception of the Universe is warped because of where your consciousness is housed.

You experience the Universe from the space right behind your eyes. It almost feels like your head is the cockpit of the meatbody spaceship that you control.

But you only control the movement of the limbs and muscles. You only perceive what the exterior senses access – experiencing (some) light waves as color and (some) vibrations as sounds.

You are blind and deaf to the majority of what is happening in the Universe and inside your body.

view-inside-head_brainIs your brain controlling the view from inside your head?

What is (or isn’t) a part of you?

Within the body, Every function happens outside your control and without your input. Your limbic system, respiratory system, heart rate, EVERYTHING that keeps your body alive is outside the control of your conscious mind. Who is controlling those systems and keeping everything in balance? Is that “You”?

How about the bacteria in your gut that keeps your digestive system working? Are those tiny organisms part of “You”?

At what point does a molecule in your sandwich become a molecule that is You?

Are “You” what you consciously control? Or are you the broader system that houses that consciousness?

Because if you are the whole system, why does that system end at the border of your skin?

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Feb 10

Buddhist Auto Repair…

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Feb 10

We might appear to be different, but we are not separate

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The awareness that radiates through me is no different than the awareness shining through you.

We are both aware to the same degree. Without our awareness, nothing could be. You sense things identically as I do, it’s only how we perceive those perceptions that differs.

Behind every experience is our awareness; it is the background upon which all things are sensed, felt and experienced. All perceived things are projected onto it. It is the empty, pure palette upon which all of our dreams are painted, regardless of whether we be asleep or awake.

And so, when it is said that “We are all one”, this isn’t just some type of new age metaphor pandering for peace, love and understanding; it’s actually quite literal. My true Self—my conscious awareness, the root of my being—is not only identical to yours, it is one and the same.

We share the same awareness, just as we share the same light of the sun.

There is only one awareness, just as there is only one sun, and it is the underlying essence that illuminates all that is; and without which we would be unable to experience anything.

Our awareness is not a thing, but in it, all things appear. It is empty of any attribute, but in it, all attributes become clear. It has no opinions, but in it, all opinions become known.

It is in this nothingness in which all that is, IS. This is our shared Self. It is unborn, it is undying, it is eternal and infinite. It has no form and no boundaries, neither in space nor in time.

When I look into your eyes, I see my Self. When I look into the eyes of an otter playing in the sea, I see my Self. When I gaze at a tree swaying in the forest, I see my Self. When I see a hummingbird flitting from one branch to another, I see my Self. When I see the ocean crest and swell, I see my Self. When I look upon the moon, I see my Self.

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Feb 10

The Nature of Consciousness

The Nature of Consciousness

by Alan Watts

I find it a little difficult to say what the subject matter of this seminar is going to be, because it’s too fundamental to give it a title. I’m going to talk about what there is. Now, the first thing, though, that we have to do is to get our perspectives with some background about the basic ideas which, as Westerners living today in the United States, influence our everyday common sense, our fundamental notions about what life is about. And there are historical origins for this, which influence us more strongly than most people realize. Ideas of the world which are built into the very nature of the language we use, and of our ideas of logic, and of what makes sense altogether.

And these basic ideas I call myth, not using the word ‘myth’ to mean simply something untrue, but to use the word ‘myth’ in a more powerful sense. A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world. Now, for example, a myth in a way is a metaphor. If you want to explain electricity to someone who doesn’t know anything about electricity, you say, well, you talk about an electric current. Now, the word ‘current’ is borrowed from rivers. It’s borrowed from hydraulics, and so you explain electricity in terms of water. Now, electricity is not water, it behaves actually in a different way, but there are some ways in which the behavior of water is like the behavior of electricity, and so you explain it in terms of water. Or if you’re an astronomer, and you want to explain to people what you mean by an expanding universe and curved space, you say, ‘well, it’s as if you have a black balloon, and there are white dots on the black balloon, and those dots represent galaxies, and as you blow the balloon up, uniformly all of them grow farther and farther apart. But you’re using an analogy–the universe is not actually a black balloon with white dots on it.

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Feb 10

Who or What are the DMT Entities? Theories and Musings with Mystery School in Hyperspace Author Graham St. John

dmttt-1074x483The debate surrounding the implications of the so-called “spirit molecule” continues today among explorers of all backgrounds—scientists, psychonauts, theologians, artists and festival-goers alike.

A Cultural History of DMT

DMT, proper name N,N-Dimethyltryptamine, also known as the “spirit molecule,” and perhaps best known as the active compound in Ayahuasca, is a psychedelic compound known to induce altered states of consciousness including, bliss, oneness, transcendence, out of body experiences, and occasionally, terrifyingly deep self-realizations. This week on Lucid Planet Radio I interviewed Australian anthropologist and author Graham St John about his new book, Mystery School in Hyperspace: A Cultural History of DMT. This book, the first and only cultural history of DMT, weaves together neurochemistry, aesthetics, spirituality, technology, ethnobotany and more to trace the effect of DMT’s release into our cultural bloodstream. You can listen to the whole interview here on Lucid Planet Radio.

Ever since Hugarian psychopharmacologist Stephen Szara first discovered the psychoactive properties of DMT in the 1950’s, it has been slowly infused into Western cultures: The CIA investigated its psychotogenic effects, while artists like Burroughs, Ginsberg, the Grateful Dead, Alex Grey, and Shpongle were motivated by its psychedelic effects. Scientists like Timothy Leary and Rick Strassman studied its psychopharmacological and phenomenological significance. And stand-up philosopher Terence McKenna, enthused by the discovery that DMT is naturally present in many plants, animals, and the human brain itself, became its global emissary.

The status of DMT as “the brain’s own psychedelic” has fired speculation about its role as a gateway to higher dimensional consciousness. The debate surrounding the implications of the so-called “spirit molecule” continues today among explorers of all backgrounds—scientists, psychonauts, theologians, artists and festival-goers alike.

Perhaps one of the most fascinating elements of the DMT experience is the consistent theme of communication with a wide variety of alleged “interdimensional beings.” The phenomenon has been repeatedly detailed in numerous anecdotal accounts, ranging from the legendary stories of the late, great Terence McKenna, all the way to that dude next to you at the Hummingbird stage at Sonic Bloom last year blowing pungent moth-ball smelling smoke into your vicinity. [AdSense-A]

Who are the DMT Entities?  

Multiple stories about the DMT beings are documented in Dr. Rick Strassman’s book, “DMT The Spirit Molecule,” based upon his groundbreaking research in which 60 volunteers at the University of New Mexico were injected with DMT in over 400 sessions during the course of 5 years. Because it can be very difficult to write during an intense DMT trip, and sometimes equally hard to recall what happened after the fact, researchers sat with participants and took notes as they detailed their experiences real-time. Over 50% of the 1,000 pages of notes had some kind of reference to interactions with entities. Likewise, Philip Meyer spent two decades collecting over 300 DMT trip reports and identified contact with sentient, independently existing beings in over 66% of them. Terence McKenna also wrote and spoke about his interactions with these entities at length, including the continuously emerging archetype of the spirit guide “teacher” – who with alien, insect-like and interstellar qualities, was somehow a diplomatic anthropologist, come to give us the keys to galactic citizenship.”

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Feb 10

Shifting Language and the Information Shuffle

CardShuffle2by Zen Gardner

So much can be told by language shifts. Both what’s being used more frequently in general as well as substantial new additions, and deletions, to the lexicon. This goes two ways. The controllers keep shifting their language and euphemisms to blanket their intentions, while the awakening community grabs hold of and proliferates empowering and revealing words and concepts that grow in usage at an astounding and truly inspiring rate.

This is a powerful manifestation of the awakening.

Just look how easily and readily words like Zionism, the matrix, the Illuminati, social engineering, transhumanism, freemasonry, psychopathy, cognitive dissonance, geoengineering, false flags and big brother surveillance are being used now. These were considered side line or taboo issues discussed by whack jobs not long ago. Now? They’re mainstays of conversation that bleed more and more into the mainstream dialogue.

That speaks volumes as to the effect the onslaught of true information is having. And something to be very encouraged and inspired about.

truth-vs-lies1Droning Psychopaths Tell No Truth

The official narrative of the “powers that shouldn’t be” is also a changing landscape. While our language is rooted in truth, theirs is a constant smokescreen of disinformation designed to deceive, decoy and disempower.

Examples du jour? We’re all too familiar with misleading names like the “Patriot Act” or the always ready handles of “classified” and “national security” and the like, but lately they’ve taken to covering their tracks even more, no doubt due to the awakening taking place, even in simple language recognition they’re no doubt following with all of their invasive computer algorithms.

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Feb 10

Conditioning Your Mind To Heal Your Body

mind-heals-body-790x381By Dreamcatcher

Being aware that your level of consciousness holds the key to inner peace and overall good health will definitely improve the quality of your life. Your mind is stronger than you think. Focus your spirituality on matters that promote a positive self-image and see how you go through life without ever falling sick.

For many years human beings have battled with the idea that they possess supernatural powers. If you have ever come across literature that suggests that you can read the mind of the person you are intimate with or be in one place while your body is in another, then you’ll be pleased to know that it is not a myth.

The mind is a powerful tool which we have been underutilizing for a long time. Did you know that your body is self-healing? Well, you still need to go to the doctor the next time you feel sick, but the power to prevent disease and repair sick cells lies entirely in your hands.

No, it is actually in your mind. Before a disease is able to put you down, the mind has control over treating it and getting rid of the cause early enough to save you the pain and cost. The power of the mind however is harnessed through positive interaction of thoughts and ideas with the brain. Here is how you can foster that.

Your mind has the power to heal you

The placebo effect is what is known in medical circles as the will to live. This can be established by treating patients with chronic illness with nothing other than sugar tablets and saline water injections. The patients whose will to live is higher will get healed, meaning that even if the other set of patients who become worse are treated with authentic procedures, they will still not make it.

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Feb 10

False Light and Traps of Agreement

Image1By Laura Leon | Guest Writer for Wake Up World

There is much healthy discussion taking place in determining the ways that manipulating forces have invaded, hijacked and concealed Light Truth. For those on such a quest in their awakening state, a far more sophisticated level of ensnaring is surfacing on account of this power; a power occurring within the Universal Wave, which is inside us as much as throughout the Universe.

Now more than ever we are navigating through a minefield of not only misinformation, disinformation and spiritual interference, but also a whole new level of seduction that seeks to blind and bind humanity deeper within the earthen prison matrix — especially against those waking up and unlocking Keys. The aim of the ‘game’ is to snare humanity utilizing powerful truths.

If one is connected to their True Source, through one’s inner kingdom, and not via external sources, then they will not seek to gravitate to anything parasitic with attaching hosting forces, designed to lead one astray.

Their means of snaring are conducted with enough pearls of truth to seduce ones soul (not Spirit as the Spirit cannot be lied or seduced to), to not only be harvested, but also invaded, possessed and bound unto all manner of trappings. Such effects will only lead one away from “SELF”, which is derailing from the true path. Whatever one calls these forces is irrelevant, for there are many, and so many in fact that most would find it difficult to fathom.

These ‘tools’ that were taught to humanity via different mediums through rituals, esoteric arts, channeling etc, were just ways in which all these ‘beings’, ‘entities’, dark matter could invade and harvest under the guise of spirituality and truth seeking.

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Feb 09

Spirituality…

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Feb 09

Owning Yourself: Group-Think Vs Individualism

Image1by Bernhard Guenther | Guest Writer for Wake Up World

In this day and age as the energies intensify, many of us are called to get out of our comfort zone, question consensus reality and the world we live in. We look for answers to deeper life questions, our individual purpose and role as we embark on the process of seeking truth within and without. Once you take the “red pill” it can become a lonely road at times and it is harder to relate to people we used to be around who don’t question what we’ve been told and taught via official cult-ure. The more we de-program ourselves from cultural, social, and religious conditioning, the less we “fit in” with the sleeping masses. We experience break-downs and separations of relationships and friendships. This is normal in light of the process of awakening.

At the same time we naturally yearn to connect with like-minded people. Many of us look for communities, groups or movements we can be part of – our “tribe”. In our quest of seeking truth we also come across authors and researchers that help us give insights and knowledge about the topics we’re interested in. Naturally we also tend to look up to people who have been on the path for much longer since we can learn from them. In general, many people have the need to follow some “figurehead”, be it a government ‘personality’, medical professional, researcher, or spiritual guru.

It is important to keep in mind that the process of awakening entails becoming our own personal leaders and internal authorities, learning to trust ourselves and our own power in the process, instead of giving it away to anyone else; therein lies the development of true spiritual sovereignty. Individuals oftentimes get sucked into the ‘celebrity matrix’ and latch onto authors and researchers they admire as well, blindly following what they say without doing their own fact-checking or listening to their bodily intuition. There is a big difference between getting inspired by people who put out work that resonates with us (and from whom we can learn new points of view) and putting those same folks on a pedestal, living only by the content of what they publish without questioning it at all, and projecting absolute authority onto them, whether it’s done consciously or not.

The latter situation is how we wind up getting cut off from our own inner knowing intuition guidance system – the ‘network’ which holds our personal truth that is unique to us, and which lights up our individual path and illuminates our life lessons. When we abdicate personal accountability to sovereign thought and deed, it puts us into a tunnel vision situation which actually disconnects us from our divine nature and innate wisdom. It is about simultaneously recognizing and honoring both our individuality and our inter-connectedness, relating with others and striving for community but not getting lost in self-limiting group/hive mind thinking.

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Feb 09

Spirituality and Virtue as Corollaries to Peace

shutterstock_211376410-cropby Antonio Carlos Silva Rosa – TRANSCEND Media Service-TMS

Consciousness-Conscience: right/wrong

Mind: like/dislike, want/don’t want

Intelligence-Intellect-Knowledge-Ignorance-Emotions: instruments

Thought-Speech-Senses: communication channels.

In regards to the way things are and how they could/should/ought to be, we are cutting ourselves short by concentrating almost exclusively on our intellect, knowledge and intelligence.

I am fascinated with the insights the evolution of science provides, particularly astronomy, cosmology, quantum physics and medicine. Medical research and technology opened the doors to the insides of our brains, considered by ourselves superior and in many ways as complex, dynamic, fascinating as the universe itself. And scientists keep sending those ‘intelligent’ messages to outer space in hopes that other ‘intelligent’ beings will pick them up and beam back their replies to them thus completing the human life-changing experience of a close encounter of whatever kind. They assume that beings ‘out there’ possess minds and intellects like our own.

For the sake of argument: What if extraterrestrial beings—in the event that they do exist–are not interested in intelligence/knowledge but in other qualities from prospective contactees? Like true civilization, true ethics, higher moral codes, evolution of consciousness/conscience, spiritual as opposed to material advancement, absence of aggressiveness, and/or other non-tangible factors not covered by today’s human sciences?

A handful of philosophers have addressed such intangibles quite elegantly. But in our pragmatic, empiricist, materialistic, savage, belligerent, utilitarian, realist, scientific, technological, technocratic 21st century world it became a no-no. Serious people, who do serious thinking and serious undertakings don’t dwell on these – or any other – immaterial aspects. An ‘advanced’ country must be the one with the greatest military power, economic supremacy, and ability to dominate others by any means necessary. Non-different from beasts, insects, birds in the wild. The name of the game is competition; solidarity being the underdog without a future.  It is the survival of the fittest, according to Darwin’s theory (not fact) of material evolution.

There is a character defect that must be hidden, or better yet suppressed, if one wants to succeed in modern life: to be perceived as virtuous, meaning, naïve, simpleton, simple minded, low IQ, low class/life, uneducated, stupid, a j***. Humbleness is for a certain class of people who can afford it (saints for instance); one should not even look humble not to be stepped over socially. We are socialized, conditioned, educated, governed to believe in such cultural/structural biases from birth to coffin. It is what reasonable people expect from other equally reasonable people. Not evolved. Reasonable.

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