by Tiara Kumara | Guest writer, In5D.com
There is a popular saying, “As above so below, as within so without”. This adage is said to have its origins from the Greek, Hermes Trismegistus, also known as Thoth in ancient Egypt and acknowledged as a ‘scribe for the Gods’. Hermes was credited with thousands of writings of high standing, reputed to be of immense antiquity.
This principle of correspondence speaks to the mirror-image relationship between all cosmos. It simply says that the greater and the lesser are alike. The universe and Earth are of the same pattern. Nature and man reflect each other. By observing one relation you gain knowledge of the reflected whole.
To put it another way, the meaning of ‘as above so below’ is that everything is a microcosm of the macrocosm. We see the same patterns reproduced in all levels of the cosmos, from the largest scale all the way down to the smallest sub-atomic substance, including the metaphysical. Contemplate the macrocosm as the universe and the microcosm being you. Deeper inquiry into this idea can bring some pretty potent revelation.
The universe is part of ‘All That Is’, which is the same as God, the ultimate creator entity. Everywhere there is conscious life, all made from the exact same core substance. This substance is vibrating through patterns of energy, of light and of sound.
This core vibrational pattern of the ultimate principal entity is the same as the human. The human pattern is the same as the cell. The cell’s vibrational pattern is the same as the atom. This idea expresses that humans are made in the image and likeness of the one original Creator of everything, at the most macro level. All forms of life are birthed from this one primary source. All is a reflection and a stepped down version of its greater aspect.
Let’s consider the innate cognition in the very nucleus of the globular atom. For years, scientists have known that atoms are intelligently driven particles of energy that can discriminate and choose. Atoms possess cognitive qualities such as the ability to select and reject, to attract and repulse. They also demonstrate the abilities of sensation, movement and desire.
The concept of the atom as an intelligent energy is very much like human psychology, only that the atom’s existence is within a more limited radius and circumscribed degree. We can view ourselves as the greater human atom representing the total intelligence of all of our atoms.
Just as our physical bodies are made up of spinning atoms, all of our individual human forms cohere together to form an even greater atomic body. This evolved entity comprises the sum total of an intelligently driven group consciousness.
HJ: Most people live from their mind… very few live from their soul consciousness, which is most in alignment with your true divine nature.
Trusting Your Soul To Produce The Outcome That Is Most Beneficial To You
By Richard Barrett
Trusting your soul requires immense courage when you are operating as an ego. That is because the ego takes its job very seriously. It was given the task of keeping the body safe from harm, and it forgot that it was performing this service on behalf of the soul. It thought it was protecting itself. Your ego has to learn that to find true fulfillment it has to become the servant of your soul.
The time is now ripe for seriously testing how much you can trust your soul. There are many ways you can do this, but whatever way you choose it should not be half-hearted. You have reached the moment where you must let go of the shore and jump into the river. The Hopi saying, entitled the Wisdom of the Elders, captures this moment very well:
There is a river flowing now very fast.
It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid.
They will try to hold on to the shore.
They will feel they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly.
Know the river has its destination.
We must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river,
Keep our eyes open, and our heads above the water.
See who is in there with you and celebrate.
The time of the lone wolf is over.
We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.
The time of the lone wolf is over because you have reached the point in your development when you are giving up your independence. You are ready to jump into the river and see who is in there with you and celebrate, because you are now going to work with these people who have also committed to their souls’ purposes. They are in the river with you for a reason. They are kindred souls; together you are going to shift into a state of interdependence so you can leverage your efforts in making a difference in the world.
Letting Your Soul Speak
I remember vividly, the day when I really let go of the shore and started trusting my soul. When I was a child I was very shy. I was so afraid of speaking in public that when I became a school prefect I would get into an extreme panic if I had to read the Bible at the school assembly. I developed a strategy for dealing with this: I traded duties with other prefects, or if that didn’t work, I would pretend I was sick and stay at home.
After I completed my university studies, I knew I had to face up to this issue if I wanted to advance my career, so I went to public speaking classes. I learned how to make a good speech, not necessarily an inspiring speech, but a speech that people could appreciate that enabled me to get my message across. Since I was always speaking about technical topics, I used overhead slides. I relied on my slides to support me in making my speeches.
Fast-forward thirty years. One evening I was invited to give a speech in a church in the Netherlands. I didn’t have much communication with the organisers, so I didn’t know why the audience was showing up. I asked myself,“Are they coming to hear a speech on organisational transformation or a speech on personal transformation?“
I decided to trust my soul, with whom by this time I had established a strong friendship. I attempted something that I later called “soul speak” — not delivering a prepared speech, but showing up, asking a few members of the audience why they had come, and then relying on my soul to address their concerns. Of course it worked.
From that time on, I relied more and more on this technique. Unless I needed slides to convey a particular message, I would not prepare; I would just show up and let my soul do the rest. About two minutes before speaking, I would close my eyes, go within and connect with my soul. I would say something like, “OK, soul now is the moment; time for you to give your message.” I still do this every time I give a speech.
Consciously Stepping Into Soul Consciousness
When I consciously step into soul consciousness, I know from the feedback I get that I am at my most inspirational. I also learn a lot. The words that I speak are sometimes things I have never heard myself say before. Now I enjoy giving speeches, because next to writing, this is when I feel closest to my soul.
When I am writing, I automatically step into soul consciousness and start typing. My soul guides me all the way. My soul not only tells me what books to write, it supports me in the process—it gives me the table of contents, and tells me how to structure each chapter. The messages come in different ways. Sometimes, I will wake in the middle of the night with a huge download of information and make notes. I keep a note pad by bed permanently, because I never know when the next message will come.
Someone once said that history contributes to the disenchantment of the world. Nations seem to require myth. How do we define civilization? The stage of human social development and organization that is considered most advanced. Or is it? Tonight we embark on a journey of enlightenment and truth with Neil Kramer. We discuss the following topics and more:
1. The Myth Of Civilization
2. The Religion Of Empire Is Nihilism
3. The Staircase Of Disbelief
4. Trump Is A Heyoka
5. Philosophy Of Collectivism
6. Order, Liberty, Virtue
Required listening for our current time and circumstances.A most profound and relevant talk of the late Terence McKenna,
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“Dark as the hour may appear, in reality we exist in a dimension of greater opportunity, greater freedom, greater possibility than has ever been. The challenge then is to not drop the ball”
Every person has had at least one dream that, during the time of the dream, was more real than waking life.
Two interpretations: he was visiting an actual locale outside this continuum; he was creating the dream.
In either case, the bottom line has great significance. The impact of the first interpretation is obvious. The second implies the person has creative power that far exceeds his ordinary sense of what he can do.
Either conclusion casts light on this continuum: it is less convincing than it seems to be. The all-embracing impression this space-time yields up is an illusion.
It isn’t the end-all and be-all.
We carry on our lives as if “this place” is IT. But it isn’t.
If it isn’t, why are we, most of time, such an eager buyer? Somehow, we’re participating in the illusion. We’re propping it up.
We want the illusion.
Here is one reason why: if we perceived and admitted our actual creative power, we would feel compelled to act on it. We would launch great inventive enterprises that far outstrip our present goals.
We would revolutionize our point of view.
For most people, this is too much.
This is sticking out one’s neck too far.
In other words, part and parcel of accepting this space-time continuum as the end-all is consenting to be average, to exist within certain parameters. The acceptance and the consent go hand in hand.
In our life most of us have experienced one or two mysterious encounters, when visitors come to us from the unknown. These special guests are in fact our own children. We love them, and we are happy that they are here, but most of us do not accept them the way we should. They do not receive from us the deep respect and awe that wanderers who come from the depths of the Universe duly deserve. Instead, we look upon our children as if they were our own property, and we try to condition them to become adults we will be able to be proud of. Are we really good hosts for these visitors, is this really the way we should receive our guests?
Here are 10 keys to raise spiritually strong children
Do not consider them as our property; instead, look upon them as beloved guests, who only need our assistance and not our control;
Give them a sufficient amount of freedom so that they can earn experience from the world themselves;
Allow them to experience more and more things by and for themselves;
Do not teach them things we do not have direct personal experience and we received readily from our teachers;
Teach them not to take anything for granted just because it was proclaimed by a person regarded as authority by the society around them;
Allow them to be doubtful of anything and everything until they gather personal experience about it;
Help them to remain free so that they will be open to any new experience available to them;
Share with them our own spiritual experience;
Create for them an environment in which they have a lot of opportunities to laugh and live a joyful, cheerful life and enjoy life as much as possible;
Offer them our own example, and show them how is it possible to live a conscious and alert life.
by Arjun Walia
Human knowledge is constantly evolving and changing, yet most of us believe scientific theories to be fact rather than working understandings of a topic. But they are theories, and our understanding of ‘what is’ continues to change. These are always difficult times, because long-held beliefs enforced by scientific dogma are, for many people, difficult to adjust or relinquish. Anger and disbelief are common reactions, no matter how thoroughly an old theory is disproven. Just think back to when we discovered the Earth was round, not flat, or that Earth was not the center of the universe — the Catholic Church went so far as to persecute and even put to death scientists and ‘free-thinkers’ who opposed them.
Fast forward to today and, fortunately, much has changed. Although several industries that we rely upon are plagued by corruption, fraud, and disinformation, some would argue that it’s not as bad as it used to be, as evinced by the scientific study of concepts once deemed to be spiritual ‘nonsense’ by the community, like meditation, or non-material science.
Over the past few years alone, a wealth of scientific data has outlined the many benefits meditation can have on our biology, furthering strengthening the scientific validity of the mind-body connection.
For example, an eight-week study conducted by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) determined that meditation can literally rebuild the brain’s grey matter in just eight weeks. It’s the very first study to document that meditation produces changes over time in the brain’s grey matter. They also released a study showing that meditation can have a significant impact on clinical symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The study showed that elicitation of the relaxation response (a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress) improves symptoms in all these disorders. It was also recently discovered that meditation creates a distinct network of anti-aging genes and improves cellular health.
This time, new research from the UCLA School of Medicine’s Department of Neurology has shown that long-term meditators have younger brains, with higher concentrations of tissue in the brain regions most depleted by aging. The study found that meditation can protect against the decline we normally see occurring through old age and keep our brains young.
According to the study, “On average, the brains of long-term meditators were 7.5 years younger at age 50 than the brains of non-meditators, and an additional 1 month and 22 days younger for every year after 50.”
Pretty remarkable, isn’t it? Some showed a brain that is a full decade younger.
The study used brain imaging data from a previous study that had examined the impact of meditation on cortical thickness. To compare the brains of meditators aged 50 and over to the ones of non-meditating controls, they went through the data. Both groups included 22 women and 28 men with an average age of 51.4 years. Meditators had close to 20 years of meditation experience on average, though experienced ranged from 4 to 46 years.
Research have found chemicals in cannabis with promising potential as treatment for dementia — however, current drug laws are restricting the further research necessary for conclusive findings, they say.
Early studies found that “cannabinoids like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) can aid the removal of dangerous dementia proteins from brain cells,” reports Independent. Leader of the study Professor David Schubert cited legal issues as a “major roadblock” to further research, saying “it’s so blatantly obvious that this plant should be studied in greater detail.”
The researchers used a small amount of synthetically-produced cannabinoids in the first study, which was found to stimulate the removal of a toxic plaque associated with dementia in the brain.
Dementia, which mainly affects older people, causes a deterioration in memory, thinking and behaviour and can impede someone’s ability to perform everyday activities.
It affects around 47.5 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organisation, and it recently overtook heart disease to become the leading cause of death in England and Wales. The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer’s disease.
Spiritual practice can become just another distraction from realizing the truth of what you already are.
Be mindful of not turning your spiritual practice into just another conceptual effort that only distracts you from realizing the very thing you are seeking.
Such activity is just another obstacle from the egoic mind, one of additional distraction and delusion.
The truth is this—your presence requires no practice whatsoever. There’s nothing you can do to create more awareness within you. All that is needed is to let go of all preconceptions, assumptions, and expectations and abide in the present moment without thinking about the psychological entity you have created for yourself, which you call, ‘I’.
If you continue striving to attain something that you already are, then you will forever be occupied with needless busy-work which will only obscure the Truth that is always here and now.
No effort is required to realize your Self—it is the very essence of your beingness which enables this very moment to be perceived.
You are aware. You exist. Just leave that already-obvious realization to be as it is, being empty of anything additional from the mind.
You are the field of infinite consciousness which silently rests underneath each and every sensation. No search can ever locate you, for you are everywhere and everything. You cannot be found, for you are the alert aliveness that knows this present-moment—forever fresh and flowing, never still nor stagnant.
The ultimate realization is that there is no “you” whose efforts you need to control through a strict practice, or whose activities you need to manipulate or correct.
You only need to awaken to that which is already here. You only need to stop imagining yourself to be something you are not. All else will naturally fall into place once you align your conviction of the truth with your undeniable selfless presence of undivided Being.
Drop all opinions and simply be judgement-free. No longer busy yourself with discriminating notions of person, place, or thing. No longer concern yourself with this concept called ‘me’.
What you believe yourself to be is not what you are. Attach yourself to nothing, for you are not a thing. You are That which watches the appearance of all forms and things, while you remain free from them all as the formless presence of absolute nothing.
Abandon all belief and just quietly observe your body, your mind, and the world without giving your energy of attention away to any of the thoughts arising within consciousness.
Michael Tsarion is a researcher and alternative historian who has written and spoken extensively on the occult, Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, extraterrestrial life, Atlantis, evil, the origins of life and civilization. Tsarion is particularly interested in conspiracy theory and is considered himself to be a conspiracy theorist that frequently cites the works of Jordan Maxwell, Aleister Crowley, and Carl Jung, as well as classical literature and the Bible to support his views
Michael Tsarion’s six hour presentation “The Posthuman World,” filmed in Melbourne Australia, November 2011.
Robert Waggoner ‘Lucid Dreaming — Gateway To The Inner’ Interview by Iain McNay
Author of ‘Lucid Dreaming — Gateway To The Inner Self’ talks about his early dream experiences and how he discovered Lucid Dreaming after reading Carlos Castaneda. He quantifies the scientific evidence that now exists on this subject and explains why he feels that Lucid Dreaming is a revolutionary tool to explore the actual nature of reality. It can clearly show shadow issues and the limiting nature of self-attachments and may lead to an experience of non-dual awareness.
‘Something pre-exists the sense of self. The making of the ‘I’ is a mistaken perception, the source of a whole series of errors.’
In March 2016 Tom had a conversion with British author Graham Nicholls. Graham is the director of the Out of Body and Near Death Experience Society (UK), as well as a member of The Rhine Research Center (US) advisory board. He is a leading practitioner and researcher into out-of-body experiences.
During the interview Tom and Graham talked about their own experiences as well as the larger consciousness system, the role of peak experiences, objective versus subjective aspects of reality, common characteristics of non-physical experiences, finding personal meaning in these experiences and many other subjects related to Tom’s theory.
Graham’s website: http://www.grahamnicholls.com/
The interview was partly moderated by Gerik who can be heard asking several questions off camera during the interview.
Interview hosted and edited by www.matrixwissen.de
CoSM The Movie is a magical new kind of documentary experience, leading audiences on an enriching and sense-heightening journey into the visionary art cosmos of world-renowned painter Alex Grey.
Grey is our guide on a cinematic pilgrimage through the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors gallery in New York City, where his vividly rendered depictions of human anatomy and transcendental imagery reflect the universal human experience with birth, death, family, love, and enlightenment as the unfolding iconic narrative.
Fusing the power of music with stunning cinematography, director Nick Krasnic channels the raw power of Grey’s art into a potent film odyssey that captures the essence of this unique sacred space, and offers rare, personal insight from one of the most significant artists of our time.
To know how your thoughts can change the word, you need to know what thought is. Thoughts are things but they exist as unmanifested matter with pure potentiality (infinite possibility and creativity). The main difference between thoughts and manifested things is the hierarchical change in frequency of the consciousness of the observer (you).
Thought, matter, and the external reality
Thought is an attribute of consciousness that acts like a focusing and filtering system. One of the main roles of thought is to focus everything in the external world into holograms, which are thought projections. A hologram is similar to an image but is three dimensional and multidimensional in nature. Within any point on a holographic image, no matter how small, all knowledge of the whole image is present.
Everything in the Cosmos is focused into existence by the thought of the Prime Creator. In other words, reality is thought construction. If the Prime Creator ever loses Its mental focus, every object in the Universe would simply vanish into thin air. Once you comprehend this knowledge, you should know that the reality you live in behaves more like an illusion.
Our version of reality works very much like an illusion, because when we break matter down to its fundamentals, it is mostly empty space and is made of only energy. One important thing you should know about the external reality is that the farther you move away from the Source that manifested the external reality, the less energy it can hold and thus reality becomes more and more like an illusion.
For strong evidence that the material world works like an illusion, read my empowering article titled What is Reality? How It Relates to Your Well-Being.
Thought has infinite potentiality
Thought is a subtle energy that influences everything we do, because every action involves the use of thought. Even though it is subtle, thought has infinite potentiality (possibility) and is the most powerful manifestation energy force in the Universe. It is so powerful that it has the power to manifest energy into material things.
Thought is the creative power that the Prime Creator uses to focus everything into being. The pure form of thought has no limitation due to the fact that it has infinite potential. The fact that you have thought is proof that you are a sentient being with infinite potential. However, because you are still in the very early stage of your evolution, you do not have access to the true power of thought.
To gain access to the true power of thought takes time, dedication, hard work, spiritual wisdom, personal responsibility, and eons of life experiences. The main reason for these requirements is because the true power of thought is too powerful for a naive human being to play around with.
Allowing a naive human being access to the true power of thought is like giving a baby fire to play with in a room soaked with gasoline and filled with explosive materials. In other words, if you are given access to the true power of thought without learning how to be a responsible being, you could destroy the Universe. With great powers come great responsibilities.
Once you comprehend and accept that thought is one of the fundamental energies that creates the Cosmos, you should realize that your thoughts can change the world.
Why you need to stop thinking that you are weak and powerless
When you think you are weak and powerless, and believe that you cannot change the world, it affects the collective human consciousness, which is the thought field that creates our reality here on Earth. Your own thoughts only affect this thought field to a small degree. However, if the rest of humanity thinks that they cannot change the world, it affects this thought field to a very large degree, causing psychological problems to manifest throughout the population.
Abracadabra, alakazam! For the majority of people the word “magic” conjures mental images of a David Copperfield like figure pulling white rabbits out of a black top hat. However, this is not the magic of ancient Egypt, the Druids of Ireland, shamans of the Amazon, or the alchemists of the Renaissance. The wonder of magic has been naively associated with illusionists due to the childlike awe summoned by their clever slight of hand, subtle card lifts, and manipulations of human perception. At the same time we find ourselves immersed in cultural images celebrating the magical, evidenced by the explosive success of Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and Game of Thrones to name a few which strike at a sort of mystical chord within a global audience. Horror movies like The Exorcist and The Conjuring also fulfill the terror which magic has historically invoked due to its continual relation with the exercising of demonic possession, the conjuring of spirits, and the cleansing of alleged haunted places. However what do these popular books, movies, and T.V. shows actually say about the nature of magic? What is magic?
Well, with the right knowledge these shows may reveal more than one would suspect. You see, magic exists in the space between mind and physical reality. Magic has less to do with the tricking of perception and more to do with the immanent power residing within words, symbols, and ritual. The most central of all concepts in regards to understanding the mechanism which is believed to allow magical correspondences to happen is the theory of sympathetic magic. Sympathetic magic is an academic term coined by J.G. Frazer which describes the manner in which magical efficacy or energy is transferred. Roughly the theory can be summed up by the ancient Hermetic adages, “as above so below” and “like effects like.” The idea is by developing sympathetic resonances starting with the natural world, humanity has the ability to harness the power of the natural universe into their personal endeavors.
If our goal was to utilize the power of the sun, what this looks like in a ritual scenario is symbolization of the sun in every feature of the ritual. It would take place at the hour of the sun (8am & 8pm), on the day of the sun (Sunday), wearing the colors of the sun (gold/yellow and white), burning candles for the sun, while singing hymns or prayers to the sun, and so on. The more sympathetic resonances you have towards the source of energy which you are trying to harness the stronger the ritual.
Another concept that some might be more familiar with and works in the same manner is a Voodoo doll. You cannot just take any doll off the rack, stick it with pins, and suddenly your enemy is struck down with physical pain. Rather, one has to make a doll and then through sympathetic bonds tie it back towards the person they intend to harm. Therefore, typically, one has to have hair from the person and make it the hair on the doll, as well as shirt and pants fabric from the person to be made as the shirt and pants on the doll. Like effects like, so in this type of magic now that the doll is like the person, they can begin doing things to the doll and it will be done to the person.
These sympathetic connections between what is man-made and what is universally/divinely made is central to language as well as magic. For example money and water are linguistically symbolized as the same thing and this can be found in languages all over the world. Money is a man-made creation, whereas water was created by the creator; the power and importance of water in the natural world can be mimicked by symbolic magical correspondences into the human created world of culture/language/symbols. So where do you find banks? On the sides of rivers, river banks, and river banks direct the flow of the current, or our currency. That is why you liquidate something when you turn it into cash, and like water cash flows. People who are financially struggling are trying to stay afloat, and not drown in debt, but when the ship takes on too much water they must be baled out, or bailed out. Even in modern times we find the same symbolic connection to water when claim to be “making it rain” while throwing money in the air. Due to these linguistic connections to nature money can now acts as the man-made water; in the societies we’ve constructed money is as essential to living as water is to living organisms.
Terence McKenna, in his book Food of the Gods points to another linguistic-sympathetic connection between human speech and cordage. Being gatherers, typically it was women who advanced the enterprise of language as they sat together in groups and it was women who were responsible for cordage making in a tribal context. With this in mind, Terence states,
“it is interesting to note that the English vocabulary that refers to spoken discourse is often the same as that used to describe cordage-making and weaving. One weaves a story, or unravels an incident, or spins a yarn. We follow the thread of a story and stitch together an excuse. Lies are made from whole cloth, reality is an endless golden braid.”
Fundamental in understanding the history of the Western magical tradition is to be familiar with the esoteric tradition of Hermeticism. Grounded in mythologies of the Egyptian wisdom deity Thoth and then renovated with Grecian cultural elements around the dawn of the common era, Hermeticism is based on a series of texts called the Corpus Hermeticum allegedly written by the “thrice great one” Hermes Trismegistus. These texts are astonishingly insightful with a surprising contemporary feel; the Hermetica contains philosophical discussions on the cosmos, alchemy, astrology, health, imagination, nature, and the divine.
Whether Hermes Trismegistus was a historical figure is impossible to prove and highly doubtful, however this does not take away from the intrigue, mystery, and relevancy of the teachings. Greeks and Egyptians knew that the Greek god Hermes was syncretic with Thoth and in fact both deities were worshiped at the Temple of Thoth in Khemnu, which the Greeks named Hermopolis. Both deities were the gods of writing, magic, and goers-between realms. Once Rome adopted Christianity as the empire’s official religion Hermeticism was decimated; many of the original Greek writings were destroyed by Christians and were only preserved in Syria until the Renaissance once translated from Syriac to Latin. Roughly 2,000 years ago the city of Alexandria, Egypt was a spiritual hub for seekers all over the world and was a strong hold for Hermeticists, Gnostics, and other esoteric practitioners. Unfortunately, when the library of Alexandria was destroyed so much of our spiritual and historical knowledge was lost and destroyed along with it.
Below is a video of Terence McKenna describing his opinion of what magic is along with a brief description of Hermeticism. For McKenna magic resides in the mystery of language; he claims that the “world is made of language” which hints at the riddle between quantum physics and psychology. If the observer does influence what is observed, then language is uniquely positioned between mental worlds and the physical world. Make sure to catch the ending in which Terence reads form the Hermetica regarding the sacredness of the imagination.
“The syntactical nature of reality, the real secret of magic, is that the world is made of words. And if you know the words that the world is made of, you can make of it whatever you wish.” – Terence McKenna
The following is excerpted from Words at the Threshold by Lisa Smartt, published by New World Library.
So imagine for a moment: What kind of language might you use to describe the experience of dying?
Not only is it an experience for which the listener has no compelling reference point, but also it is completely strange and new to the person who is dying. It is, in every way, completely without a frame of reference for most of us. Consider, as well, both the possibility that dying is an incomprehensible this, as my father described it to his secretary a few days before dying (“This is very interesting, Alice”), and the possibility that if there is another dimension or an afterlife, it too would elude all the literal meanings we have known in this world. Perhaps just by crossing into these new dimensions, we engage new parts of our brains and, as a result, our language.
Those who have had near-death experiences say it is impossible to find the words to explain their experience. Their experience is ineffable.
When we look at the continuum of language from literal to nonsensical, something fascinating emerges: These different kinds of language are associated with different parts of the brain, according to recent brain-scan research. Literal language, the kind you use to describe a chair, engages regions in the left hemisphere, which have traditionally been associated with the language of literal, shared reality. But figurative language, such as the simile “My love is like a red, red rose,” engages both the left and right hemispheres in the brain. In an article published in Scientific American the author explains, “Previous brain-imaging research has shown that interpreting metaphors requires a variety of areas on both sides of the brain, compared with literal language, which is processed in known language areas in the left hemisphere.” However, a nonsense sentence, such as “My love is thorning the spiraling plotz,” engages the right hemisphere’s regions associated with mystical experiences and music, as we will see later in much greater detail.
Is it possible, then, that as we approach death we have experiences that are more difficult to express with the usual range of language, so there is an increase in metaphoric and puzzling constructions? Or is it that as we die, regions of the left hemisphere associated with literal, sensory language become degraded? And that, as a result, there is greater reliance on language that involves right-hemispheric functions in those days before death? Or are both ideas true? Are we wired to have experiences at the end of life that fall outside of literal language, and do these experiences have the effect of somehow arresting or interfering with our left-hemispheric functions, so that degradation of the literal-language functions leads to more symbolic and non-sense-ical experiences?
Raymond Moody suggests that when “the mind shifts from an intelligible dimension to a less comprehensible dimension, it generates nonsense; a literal account would just be wrong. The mind is forced to talk nonsense transitioning between dimensions.” Moody uses the word nonsense to refer to language that does not make literal sense to those who hear it. However, he also indicates that almost every language is unintelligible “nonsense” to those who do not know the language and its spoken and written linguistic patterns: for example, Chinese is nonsense to those who do not speak it. As we learn more about the continuum of language that appears in our final days, it becomes increasingly meaningful to us and sounds less like nonsense.
The Language of the Near-Death Experience
Raymond Moody’s understanding of the unique properties of unintelligible language was, in part, what led him to coin the term near-death experience. Before becoming a medical doctor, he earned a doctorate in philosophy and focused much of his graduate study on unintelligibility and nonsense. When he began to hear unusual stories from patients who had died and were then revived, he became intrigued.
The stories he heard from his patients followed patterns very similar to those of nonsense stories he had studied as a philosophy student. Much like the characters in Alice in Wonderland, his patients were saying things that seemed to challenge the usual notions of space and time; and like Lewis Carroll’s characters, Moody’s patients often spoke in puzzling paradoxes. Some of the things he heard from patients who had died and come back to life were sentences like these:
“There was time, but no time.”
“I felt more alive when I was dead than when I was living.”
“I understood everything everyone said, but not a word was spoken.”
“I left my body and traveled through the galaxies, all while I was lying motionless in bed.”
“It felt like it took a minute, but it also felt like a thousand years.”
All of these sentences are paradoxical. How is it possible that something felt like a journey through the galaxies when, indeed, the patient lay motionless in bed, or felt like a minute but also a thousand years? These were intriguing statements, and as he heard paradoxical descriptions from his patients, he became increasingly curious about them. How could it be that a patient who came back to life reported never feeling as alive as when he was dead?
Over the course of years, as Moody wrote down accounts of these changes in the language and experiences of his patients, a pattern emerged that he identified as the near-death experience. Through his patients’ “nonsensical stories,” he pinpointed a unique set of experiences shared by some who had died and come back to life. Moody was particularly drawn to their narratives because their stories clearly described some kind of journey even though there had actually been no real movement from point A to point B, as we understand motion in three-dimensional reality. The stories that emerged were technically nonsense travel narratives. That is, in terms of the literal reality we know, the stories were nonsensical. The “journeys” these patients described having taken during their near-death experiences violate almost everything we know about our three-dimensional and five-sense world.
A closer look at these patterns of language associated with near-death experiences reveals a foundation for understanding the language of dying.
Resonance is a sensational journey, which reveals 60 years of scientific research into the harm being caused to life by man made wireless frequencies.
Two billion years ago life first arrived on this planet; a planet, which was filled with a natural frequency. As life slowly evolved, it did so surrounded by this frequency. and Inevitably, it began tuning in.
By the time mankind arrived on earth an incredible relationship had been struck; a relationship that science is just beginning to comprehend.
Research is showing that being exposed to this frequency is absolutely integral to us. It controls our mental and physical health, it synchronises our circadian rhythms, and it aids our immune system and improves our sense of wellbeing.
Not only are we surrounded by natural frequencies, our bodies are filled with them too. Our cells communicate using electro magnetic frequencies. Our brain emits a constant stream of frequencies and our DNA delivers instructions, using frequency waves. Without them we couldn’t exist for more than a second.
This delicate balance has taken billions of years to perfect. But over the last 25 years the harmony has been disturbed. and disturbed dramatically.
Mankind has submerged itself in an ocean of artificial frequencies. They are all around us, filling the air and drowning out the earth’s natural resonance.
To the naked eye the planet appears to be the same. But at a cellular level it is undergoing the biggest change that life on earth has endured; the affects of which we are just starting to see and feel.
‘Resonance’ sensationally reveals how our reliance on a technology that is proving to be unsafe, could result in us paying the ultimate price…
by Rupert Spira: The following is an extract from Rupert’s book: ‘The Transparency of Things: Contemplating the Nature of Experience‘…
There is something present which is experiencing the current situation. We do not know what that something is, yet we know for certain that it is present, that it is conscious.
We know that it is not the mind, the body or the world, because the mind, the body and the world are part of the current situation that is being experienced.
The mind, the body and the world appear to this witnessing presence of Consciousness.
If we try to find this Consciousness, if we turn our attention towards it, we are unable to see it or find it, because it does not have any objective qualities.
If it had objective qualities, these qualities would themselves be part of the current situation that is being experienced. They would be experienced by this witnessing presence of Consciousness. They would appear to it, along with all other objects.
At the same time, it is our direct experience that this witnessing presence of Consciousness is undeniably present. It is our most intimate Self.
It is what we know ourselves to be. It is what we call ‘I.’
The current situation is changing all the time. Even if the changes are minute, nevertheless from moment to moment we are presented with a different configuration of mind, body and/or world.
However, this conscious witnessing Presence, this ‘I,’ never changes. It is always simply present, open, available, aware.
Due to the inadvertent and exclusive association of Consciousness with the body and the mind, we tend to think that any change in the body and the mind implies a change in Consciousness.
However, if we look closely at our experience, we see clearly that we have never experienced any change in Consciousness itself.
If we look back over our lives we see that this conscious Presence has always been exactly as it is now. It has never changed, moved, appeared or disappeared.
The very first experience we ever had as a newborn baby was experienced by this witnessing presence of Consciousness. Consciousness was present to witness this first experience, but did we ever experience the appearance of Consciousness?
If the appearance of Consciousness was an experience there would have to have been another Consciousness present to witness this appearance. And if the appearance of Consciousness has never been experienced, what validity is there to the claim that Consciousness appears, that it has a beginning, that it was born?
Likewise have we ever experienced an end to Consciousness? If we experienced the disappearance of Consciousness, there would have to be another Consciousness present to witness this disappearance. And this ‘new’ Consciousness, which witnessed the disappearance of the ‘old’ Consciousness, would have to be present during and after its disappearance, in order to make the claim legitimately that it witnessed its disappearance.
Therefore we cannot claim that we ever have the experience of the disappearance of Consciousness and so what validity is there to our conviction that we, as Consciousness, die?
We experience a beginning and an end to all objects, but we never experience a beginning or an end to Consciousness, to our Self.
We may think that Consciousness disappears when we fall asleep and reappears on waking, but this is in fact not our experience. It is an uninvestigated belief.
However, it is a belief that has taken hold so deeply and become so much a part of the accepted norm, that we actually think that we experience the disappearance of Consciousness when we fall asleep.
As we fall asleep we first experience the withdrawal of sense perceptions or, more accurately, the faculties of perceiving and sensing. With the disappearance of perceiving, the world vanishes from our experience and with the disappearance of sensing, the body vanishes from our experience, leaving only thinking and imagining. This is the dream state.
The thinking and imagining functions are in turn withdrawn and, as a result, the dream state gives way to deep sleep.
The following is excerpted from The Cosmic Hologram: Information at the Center of Creation by Jude Currivan, PhD, published by Inner Traditions.
An in-formed universe requires an in-former . . .
Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder what makes the universe exist. Be curious.
Stephen Hawking, physicist
Many pioneering scientists, including Planck, Heisenberg, Schrödinger, and Einstein, have come to stand alongside spiritual seekers from all eras to gaze into the as yet unknown and ask the question of who or what creates our perfect Universe.
Indeed, from a letter he wrote in 1936 to young student Phyllis Wright, Einstein’s viewpoint holds that “everyone who is seriously involved in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe—a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble.” I would maintain that we are now at a threshold where the next steps in revealing the essence of this great mystery are at last capable of integrating evidence-based and faith-based perspectives.
The growing scientific perception of the informational nature of all that we call physical reality is, at the same time, showing it to be in-formational, literally in-forming in its entirety and encompassing all from its simplest to its most complex forms.
In other words, our Universe is composed not from the all-pervasive presence of merely arbitrarily accumulated data and accidental processes, but ordered, patterned, relational, meaningful, and intelligible in-formation, exquisitely balanced, incredibly co-creative, staggeringly powerful, and yet fundamentally simple.
The in-formation present from the very beginning of space and time, as simple as it could be but no simpler, provided the essential instructions from which our 13.8-billion-year-old Universe has facilitated the evolution of ever greater levels of complexity. The informationally entropic progressions of its nonlocally connected intelligence has and continues to co-creatively express, explore, and experience on all scales of physical existence, as it advances to the embodiment of progressive self-awareness.
As there cannot be an in-formed universe without the existence of an in-former, without anthropomorphizing such creative impetus, the inevitable question that these scientific revelations come to is: Who or what is the ultimate intelligence that makes our perfect Universe?
We’ll now pose this essential query and see how the emerging understanding of the cosmic hologram offers a visionary perspective and new insights, both on this age-old enigma and in answer to it. With the increasing evidence that ours is a finite Universe within an ultimately infinite cosmic plenum, it’s also now an appropriate time for us to address notions of a multiverse of other universes beyond our own.
Our In-formed Universe
The French philosopher and author Marcel Proust once stated: “The real voyage of discovery consists of not seeking new landscapes but having new eyes.” So has it been throughout the history of humanity, as we’ve come repeatedly to expand our vision of the world and see it and ourselves anew. With new data, we can amass further information and perceive the meaningful in-formation it encodes. From its intelligence we can progress to knowledge and onward to incorporate its strands into an interweaving tapestry of unfolding wisdom.
We began our exploration of the cosmic hologram by referring to the poetic and profound vision of the ancient Vedic sages of Indra’s net. Describing the holographic expression of the infinity of cosmic mind, we find ourselves, some three millennia and countless discoveries later, coming to essentially the same perspective, albeit recounting it in very different language. This developing convergence of views continues with an acknowledgment of the innate and all-pervasive intelligence that flows throughout and indeed makes up everything that we call the physical world.
Our “univer-soul” journey over the past 13.8 billion years has progressed from its radiant beginnings to the geospheres of planets, on to the emergent and complex biosphere we are members of on our own planetary home, to the globalized techno-sphere of the early twenty-first century.
Most people are simply unaware of how fast and how far we have come as collective consciousness, let alone how fast things are set to exponentially explode in the years ahead.
Like the “Frog In The Kettle“, we’re seemingly immune to the increased heat as the water heads to the boiling point. In the last 50-75 years, there have been so many advances is the understanding of human consciousness and a renaissance in the whole Jungian concept of a collective unconsciousness.
We are truly on our way to major and revolutionary jumps in consciousness. Are you game?
What was once on the fringes has now found acceptability. I’m talking about subject and concepts such as: hypnosis psychotherapy, rebirthing, Eastern mysticism, Spiritual shamanism, primal therapy, biofeedback, sensory deprivation, dream state, NDE, OBE, and many more. Who is to say what’s right, what’s wrong. They are all pieces of a very big puzzle.
We have no idea as to what major advances we are about to see in human consciousness. But the NDE (near death experiences) and thanatology advances are opening worlds of possibilities. The cumulative effect of where we’ve been and are headed, will definitely re-define life as we know it in a few short years.
Albert Einstein was a genius in so many ways; however, his view of the universe was so small compared to what we know today. Einstein developed the theory of relativity, but he saw the universe as static, unchanging. His view was that the universe was a large cloud of stars. How many he didn’t speculate.