It is futile to fight one habit by another habit
Questioner: If I understand you rightly, awareness alone and by itself is sufficient to dissolve both the conflict and the source of it. I am perfectly aware, and have been for a long time, that I am ‘snobbish.’ What prevents my getting rid of snobbishness?Krishnamurti: The questioner has not understood what I mean by awareness. If you have a habit, the habit of snobbishness for instance, it is no good merely to overcome this habit by another, its opposite. It is futile to fight one habit by another habit. What rids the mind of habit is intelligence. Awareness is the process of awakening intelligence, not creating new habits to fight the old ones. So, you must become conscious of your habits of thought, but do not try to develop opposite qualities or habits. If you are fully aware, if you are in that state of choiceless observation, then you will perceive the whole process of creating a habit and also the opposite process of overcoming it. This discernment awakens intelligence, which does away with all habits of thought. We are eager to get rid of those habits which give us pain or which we have found to be worthless, by creating other habits of thought and assertions. This process of substitution is wholly unintelligent. If you will observe you will find that mind is nothing but a mass of habits of thought and memories. By merely overcoming these habits by others, the mind still remains in prison, confused and suffering. It is only when we deeply comprehend the process of self-protective reactions, which become habits of thought, limiting all action, that there is a possibility of awakening intelligence, which alone can dissolve the conflict of opposites. – Krishnamurti, Collected Works, Vol. III,73,Choiceless Awareness
Joe Dispenza, D.C., studied biochemistry at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in neuroscience. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating magna cum laude. Dr. Dispenza’s postgraduate training and continuing education has been in neurology, neuroscience, brain function and chemistry, cellular biology, memory formation, aging and longevity. Joe Dispenza was featured in the award winning film, What The Bleep Do We Know?This lecture provides basic yet powerful information on how to co-create ones day and how to use focused concentration, repetition, and visualization (mental rehearsing) to rewire the brain. These are skills we can all harness.
Time if a finite and a calculated thing right? Well if you are going by chronos time then the answer is yes. But what if I were to tell you that there is a completely different perceptional view of time that is actually what you are looking for? This new type of time is called kairos time.
According to ancient Greek there are two different ways of viewing and experiencing time. The first is known as chronos or chronological time. This is the type of sequential time that most people focus their lives around. Working 8 hour days, having weekends off, taking an hour off for lunch are all examples of the strict scheduling of your chronos time.
There is another time, or experience of time, that they also talk about in ancient Greek called Kairos time. Kairos time is “the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment)”. Kairos time ” signifies a time lapse, a moment of indeterminate time in which everything happens.” – wikipedia
This is the now moment, the timeless experience of universal flow where is seems like either regular time doesn’t matter, slows down, or stops completely. There are people out there doing research to learn more about this type of flowing experience because it is often linked to super human perception, eureka inspiration, divine creativity, and powerful life changing moments.
As shared by Associated Press, the Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients. This eventful move by the USDA comes as a response form consumer groups’ pushing for mandatory labeling of GMOs.
The first of its kind, this certification would be voluntary and companies would have to pay for it. If approved, however, the foods would be able to carry a “USDA Process Verified” label along with a claim that they are free of GMOs.
The costs of homelessness is rarely discussed. We mostly hear statistics about the number of children living on the streets, the vast number of hungry individuals fed in soup kitchens, and the dangers that homeless families face during severe weather. As communities, we pull together by donating to food banks and participating in homeless outreach programs, even though government regulations are putting limits on where and how we can help the homeless. (see: 90 Year Old Man Arrested for Feeding the Homeless).
We are naturally inclined to want to help people in need, but most of us don’t understand the economics of caring for the homeless.
The Costs of Homelessness
Often funded by government subsidies, charity organizations and sometimes private patrons, taking care of the homeless carries a significant price tag, once you add up the cost of running emergency shelters and transitional housing, collecting and distributing food and clothing, offering mental health, rehabilitation and employment assistance, etc. What do these costs amount to?
Ted Clugston, Mayor of Medicine Hat – a small town in Canada that has recently reached its goal of eliminating homelessness – estimates that it costs up to $100,000 a year to “support” a person that lives on the street, versus about $20,000 a year that it would cost to house someone. Why is the cost of homelessness so high? In addition to the services listed above, Clungston found that homelessness also carries with it indirect costs such as increased emergency room visits and more interactions with the police.
How many cups of coffee do you drink every day? In fact, the average American drinks more than three cups a day, which makes it 400 million cups for the whole population per day! Can you imagine how much trash is being produced in the country from the disposable coffee cups only?
Of course, cardboard coffee cups are neutral to the environment as they can be recycled a few times. But what about the styrofoam ones? According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, 25 billion styrofoam cups are thrown out in the US every year, and it will take more than 500 years for this waste to decompose.
Now, a new start-up based in California has come up with an awesome idea for coffee lovers which could help solve two environmental issues at the same time – the problems of excessive waste and deforestation.
The company called Reduce. Reuse. Grow. has created a biodegradable coffee cup which can be buried in the ground after being used and will then plant the seeds embedded in its fibers. Moreover, the seeds embedded in the cup are native to the area where it is bought! Till now, these are only California seeds, but the company plans to expand its activity to other states if its campaign on KickStarter goes well.
by Gary Z McGee
“Doing new things invariably means obstacles. A new path is, by definition, uncleared. Only with persistence and time can we remove debris and impediments. Only in struggling with impediments that made others quit can we find ourselves on untrodden territory –only by persisting and resisting can we learn what others were too impatient to be taught.” ~ Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle is the Way
The obstacle, the problem, the hindrance, the difficulty, the complication, the impediment, the whatever-is-standing-in-your-way, is not in the way. It is the way! As this ancient Zen parable reveals, “every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.”
It’s the very thing that will make you stronger, more resolute, and more robust. It’s the struggle that will sharpen you into an instrument powerful enough to cut through all red tape. It’s the rub that will polish you into a more refined version of yourself. Within every obstacle is an opportunity to enhance our current condition, we just have to be present with it.
The obstacle isn’t to be avoided. It is to be confronted. It should be embraced and transformed into an excuse to be courageous. It should be transcended in order to provide purpose. Taking the “easy” way is not always the best way. Like Darnell Lamont Walker said, “Sometimes our walls exist just to see who has the strength to knock them down.” Indeed, knock those walls down and then build steps that can launch you into an adventure of the most high. It’s actually the struggle of life that makes life great. It’s a matter of disposition: get busy growing or get busy idling.
by Wes Annac, Contributor | Waking Times
It can be easy to forget why we’re here or why we’re doing everything we are, and it can especially be easy to give up and turn to things that distract us from our purpose and keep us from helping others. We have to persevere when the stresses pile up and we don’t feel like we can handle it all, because we know on a deeper level that we can.
It’s common knowledge in the conscious community that we’re capable of more than we realize at the surface, and to do anything significant to advance our collective evolution, we have to recognize that we’re infinite and find the inspiration to help the world in ways we enjoy.
Along the way, we’ll inevitably meet difficulties and stresses that we’ll have to persevere through, but we’ll come out of it all with a new inner wellspring of knowledge and experience.
The stresses will be difficult to navigate if we don’t learn to tap in to our intuitive wisdom, and our intuition, along with the higher consciousness we access through it, will help us through any hard times that confront us.
Everything gets easier when we realize that we aren’t on this journey alone, and we have the intuitive assistance of the higher self and, I’d imagine, plenty of other guides who can be with us if we request their assistance.
by Arjun Walia
It’s May 23rd and millions of people across the planet are gathering (again) to voice their desire to no longer have a corporation like Monsanto in control of the entire global food supply. It’s become known as the “March Against Monsanto” and it’s become so large over the years that it has gained the attention of the mainstream media, who continually present this topic as if it is debatable. They seem to do this despite the fact that the information and science clearly point to one thing – that GMOs should in no way be approved completely safe for human consumption. A large majority of nations feel the same way, having imposed bans or severe restrictions of GM food products citing health and environmental concerns. Russia is a great recent example, but there several dozen great examples.
It’s quite a remarkable time to be alive right now, because millions of people around the globe are starting to look at what has been taking place on our planet and as a result, they’re coming together in an effort to change it. This has been happening with regards to multiple topics that include police brutality, government secrecy, war, water fluoridation, vaccinations, and various other “controversial” topics where information continues to come out into the public domain. One of the best examples showing that yes, we can make big changes on our planet is the growing global resistance against big biotech corporations like Monsanto. They manufacture Genetically Modified Food(GM) and the world’s most widely used pesticides – including the ones that are commonly sprayed on our food. Despite the fact that studies have outlined various dangers associated with these pesticides, and pesticide accumulation in the human body is dramatically reduced when eating organic (see studies here), they are still approved completely safe for consumption, and the same goes for GMOs.
The more I ponder about life, the more I come to one solid realisation: The biggest curse and predicament of modern Man is forgetfulness. Like a creeping malaise, forgetfulness has seeped through all of Man’s being and doing. Individually, collectively, historically or culturally, we are spellbound to forget.
We haven’t only forgot our past but also our place in the present and our responsibility of the future. On a personal level, our ego-based state of consciousness is on a mission to keep us in this state of forgetfulness – to break the link to our being as a whole and to the interconnected web of life and universal consciousness. On a collective level, this forgetfulness is perpetuated and reinforced by social and cultural means – mainly by being tranced into a reality of unconscious consumerism, inauthentic lifestyles and a materialistic mindset.
The brighter side of it is that we all have the chance to re-member and re-connect to ourselves and the universe at large. The power of remembering is at the centre of the spiritual path to self-discovery and realisation.
Here is a list of what I believe we have forgotten, or more importantly, a list of things to remember:
1. We forgot our place in the natural world:
In the last couple of hundred years we have detached ourselves from nature. We have exploited, ravaged, consumed and attempted to control nature to appease our greed driven by self-absorbed madness. We tried to distance ourselves from the natural circle of life. We forgot how to listen to and understand the natural rhythms and cycles of the earth – its signs and languages. We forgot to follow nature’s path and live in balance with it.
2. We forgot our connection to life and the cosmos:
By detaching ourselves from nature, we forgot that we are deeply connected to it and to the cycles of the universe. Some tribes on the outskirts of ‘civilisation’, and who still follow ancestral ways, have preserved this connection with respect and reverence. We, on the other hand have instilled a sense of separateness which drove us out of balance and in dis-ease. We forgot how all consciousness is interconnected and weaved into a delicate and beautiful dance.
by Frank M Wanderer
We live here on Earth, together with billions of fellow human beings. That we live is an irrefutable empirical fact. Similarly, the fact that other people live on Earth, too, is also an empirical fact. We do not merely live, however, but we are also personalities.
We are personalities who are similar to each other in various respects, and largely different from each other in other respects. That we are personalities, different from each other is also an empirical fact for us. Out of these two experiences, however, only one is true, the other is deception. Only one is a fact, the other is an illusion, and the biggest illusion in the world at that.
The Beginnings of the Illusion
Let us take a closer look and examine which of the two experiences is true and whcih is a mere illusion.
Our life in this world begins when we are born. It is obvious that we are alive, but we are not yet a personality. At that time only the simplicity and greatness of the present, the existence is known to us.
The society, and its culture, is what shapes us into personalities while we grow up. We become a personality when our Ego is born. This is an inevitable step in the evolution of the Consciousness, so there is nothing wrong with that. The Ego is born, the separate little Self, as a focus of the Consciousness. That little Self obtains experience about itself and the world. In the natural course of evolution and as a result of the experience gathered, the Ego withdraws to give way to the process as a result of which Consciousness awakens to its own existence through a human form.
The progress of this evolutionary process can, however, be impeded by an illusion: the illusion that the individual is becoming somebody, a personality. We begin to become somebody, a personality, when we start to identify with the Ego, with that separate little Self. Under that illusion we believe that the Ego is a reality, and we are identical with the Ego, and the development of the separate little Self is in fact the foundation of our personal development. Nowadays it is virtually impossible to avoid that kind of illusion, since mankind has lived in it for thousands of years. The deception has become independent, and the illusion of the Ego is now a reality for the entire mankind, including, naturally, us.
According to a number of dictionaries, slavery is defined as
“Slavery; bondage, servitude refer to involuntary subjection to another or others. Slavery emphasizes the idea of complete ownership and control by a master: to be sold into slavery. Bondage indicates a state of subjugation or captivity often involving burdensome and degrading labor: in bondage to a cruel master. Servitude is compulsory service, often such as is required by a legal penalty: penal servitude. 4. moil, labor.”
Typically we don’t correlate our experiences with reality as one of slave and master. Most all humans are in servitude to their reality. Reality becomes this clutching and controlling force selectively allowing what we will and will not control or so the illusion seems. Regardless of our class, cultural or monetary status we are all in this illusionary state of servitude. We are chemically bonded to the illusion.
The illusion is experienced in layers. Servitude is supported by a series of applications we call rules and laws. The purpose of rules and laws is to maintain the structure or shape of the overall reality; the main playing field. What we view as morality, principles, various forms of etiquette/manners, ambition, class, civilized, values etc., are all structured social rules put in place to regulate and keep our animal nature under control. How these rules play out is based on the cultural code of each environment. These rules are immediately adapted according to where we are born. Because of this automatic adaptation very few will see through the smoke and mirrors of reality from its most basic platform of operation. This is not to say that this was not an essential edifice based on the level of consciousness from which human beings were operating and continue to operate.
by Laura Weber
As far as the consciousness movement in concerned, when we talk about the ego self or the physical mind, we often throw the baby out with the bathwater. What I mean by that is we have identified the limitations of the ego or physical mind in and of itself which has its truth, yet often we are advised to go so far against the ego and the physical mind that we completely negate its value and purpose and go from one imbalanced extreme to the other.
Simply put, if we had no need for our physical mind and our personal ego, we would not have one in the first place. I have more than once heard channels and spiritual luminaries describe life as a human on earth at this specific time as a sort of Harvard university for the soul. In other words, in the scope of the entire expansive universe, the experience of being a human on earth right now is an experience of unprecedented and extreme transformation from dark to light, from forgetfulness to remembrance of who we are, and from the experience of ourselves as individuals to our recollection of our true state of oneness with all that is.
Yet if we look at the nature of our reality in this 3rd dimensional existence, we will see that it is the ego which provides much of the framework with which we are able to experience this reality that we do. If you were to imagine ‘higher’ dimensions or the feeling of being at a higher rate of vibration, how would you imagine that would feel? I get the feeling of spaciousness, quickness, coolness, light, peace, and expansion. In contrast, our reality in this domain can feel uptight, full of struggle, turmoil, extremes, excitement, and upheaval.
By Gogo Thule | Guest Writer for Wake Up World
In an age of DIY, information overload, and a growing consciousness around our understanding of self as a multi-dimensional being, it’s easy to believe that you can figure damn near everything out yourself. And since we have been deceived in great unjust ways I completely understand a need from many to rely on self and to reject leaders or organized and institutionalized structures.
When it comes to spirituality I now see that some have come to the conclusion that there is no true need for the concept of gurus or that the journey within is greater when done yourself. I agree that a large and potent part of our Earth journey is one that only we, as an individual can take; that discovering your god-given power and connection is a blessing only you can truly uncover. Though I believe that the ‘guru’ is within, in a sense, I also deeply believe that the guru is everywhere, that teachers and guides are a beautiful part of our journey but most importantly we are one and we need one another.
But since I feel that a major underlying message that is being sent out in spiritual circles is that everything is within and you need nothing else, I’d like to remind you why the world needs healers and spiritual guides, and why coming together has always been much more powerful than standing alone.
Because The Guru is Everywhere
Spirit is limitless and manifests in infinite ways. Not only has God gifted us with our own ability to know the truth from within but that truth and wisdom is reflected back to us all the time everywhere that we go through people, places, books, tv shows, nature, and all things. Sometimes I receive profound messages within my own dreams and meditations and others in hearing the words of my elders or peers and even in the lyrics of a sweet song.
by David Starlight, Guest | Waking Times
We are not here to play small. It is by being co-creating Gods and Goddesses that we become our wonderful destiny. The following are key understandings to liberate us from limitation, and open ourselves to the magical world of possibility that can begin with a feeling, a thought, an intention that opens up a doorway into the creative forces of the universe. In the journey of the soul, there are seven keys to awakening.
“Rare is birth as a human being. Hard is the life of mortals. Do not let slip this opportunity.” ~ Dhammapada
The soul is involved in a process of alchemy, to allow us to see ourselves as expanded beings with limitless power. In the mind, we plant seeds for the creation of our future flowering from fourth-dimension into three-dimensional material reality.
“Dreams are today’s answers to tomorrow’s questions.” ~ Edgar Cayce
The following are key understandings to liberate us from limitation, and open ourselves to the magical world of possibility that can begin with a feeling, a thought, an intention that opens up a doorway into the creative forces of the universe. In the journey of the soul, there are seven keys to awakening:
1. Acceptance of personal tragedy is liberating.
Suffering is to be expected as part of life experience. This is when we learn the most. The circumstances we see as difficult are often most painful due to non-acceptance and resistance. Once we can accept and integrate the experiences, the energy is thus allowed to circulate freely in our bodies from the solar plexus to the heart and to the head, and the pain dissipates. The most suffering is caused not by the events in themselves, it is our feelings around what happens and our non-acceptance of the events as they unfolded.
Acceptance invites healing. Non-acceptance and suppression creates suffering. It is allowance that invites transmutation via the feminine principle of surrender. Surrendering is the ultimate freedom, instigating a process of an internal alchemy.
Since the earliest days of Winamp and other media players with vizualization software that transformed our favorite songs into pulsing animations, we’ve all grown accustomed to “seeing” music on a computer screen. A new company called Reify aims to put those same sound wave interpretations in your hands, as 3d-printed sculptures. Lead by founder and CEO Allison Wood, the team is creating software that turns any snippet of audio—from rock music to spoken poetry—into curious objects 3d-printed from bronze, plastic, or even coconut husk.
Reify is also creating software that allows you to ‘scan’ the sculptures with your phone to interpret them back into audio. It’s not clear from their concept video if the music is recognizable, but that’s probably not the point. These sound sculptures seem to be more about visual presentation than media like vinyl or a phonograph.
The Reify project has the unique distinction of being the fastest growing company born from NEW INC, the first museum-led (non-profit) incubator conceived by the New Museum in 2013. You can see many more music sculptures on their Tumblr, and read a bit more over on NEW INC. (via the Creator’s Project)
by Dave Mihalovic
We don’t have to live in a medicated world, but we certainly choose to. The crux of the matter is that we refuse to proactively think about prevention because we reactively commit to treating the symptoms of underlying health problems. This is the allopathic model. We want the quick fix so we can continue our poor lifestyle and dietary habits. It doesn’t have to be this way, but it is. We can blame doctors, the medical institutions and healthcare systems all we want, but self-responsibility is our only recourse if we are ever to surface from this mess. There are no excuses–if you’re taking one of these drugs, consult with a Natural Health Practitioner this week about phasing out your medication and phasing in these powerful natural foods and remedies.
Of the over 4 billion prescriptions written every year, the United States and Canada make up more than 80% of the world’s prescription opioids (psychoactive medications). Between 1997 and 2012 prescription opioids increased in dosage by almost 500%. Pharmaceuticals and medical errors are now a leading cause of death. Painkillers are the leading cause of accidental death.
In the last 15 years of life, people are experiencing more pain for longer periods than at any point on our historical record. If you think life expectancy has increased to the benefit of mankind, you’re not looking at the numbers.
78% of U.S. prescriptions written in 2010 were for generic drugs (both unbranded and those still sold under a brand name). The most prescribed drugs aren’t always the best selling drugs, there’s a difference.
Prescriptions for pain, cholesterol reduction, high blood pressure, hypothyroidism, antacids, antipsychotics, diabetes and antibiotics make up 100% of the most prescribed drugs.
Make a commitment to yourself right now and start incorporating some of these amazing foods into your diet with no consequence of side effects. When you accept this, you will get off prescription medications for good…
“What we regard as normality is our collective, protective madness, in which we repress the grim truth about the human condition.” – Ernest Becker
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