May 29

WHY BE NORMAL? The Radical Revolution of Being Yourself

Image1By Parvati Devi | Guest writer for Wake Up World

One of the pivotal quotes that shaped my life growing up was from one of my favorite musical icons, David Bowie: “The worst trick God can play is to make you an artist, but a mediocre one.” Internalizing my version of his message, my motto became through high school and university that I would rather be an A or an F student than a C student.

Living by that belief, I developed two distinct personality traits. Either I would edit myself to please people with niceties, or I would plow through life with a fiery feistiness. Both extremes were fueled by a drive for what I understood to be “perfection”. The tension that lay between these two, and the fervour I put into trying to be “perfectly A” or “perfectly F”, eventually consumed my health and wellbeing.

By the end of high school and into my first year of university, I was exhausted and stressed because I was not being authentically myself. Though it took me completing university and facing the rest of my life to figure it out, I eventually realized that I had allowed other people’s voices, wishes and dreams to unconsciously run my life. My feistily polite drive for “perfection” was based on the fear that if I were myself, I would not be loved.

I share this because I believe this fear is not unique to me, but is surprisingly common. Sometimes in early childhood, and sometimes as residue from past lifetimes, we form the idea that we must be a certain way in order to receive the love we need to feel safe in the world. In many cases, we may not be aware that we have developed this belief. We only know that when we consider making a change, we may feel anxiety and resistance without knowing why.

In the process of trying to come to terms with which inner voices were mine and which were not, I discovered that my extreme personality traits were like healthy qualities on steroids. Through various illnesses and harsh life lessons, I learned to dial down the intensity of my attachment to an idea of perfection. I redirected the root energy that was driving it into more life-affirming expressions. I discovered that within my drive were many strong qualities, such as immense creativity, powerful zeal and an ability to harness raw momentum out of almost any situation. These qualities became my allies.

Drawing upon this, I learned to honour my inner voice rather than cater to the voice of others. I am fond of the late self-help author Debbie Ford’s shadow work approach. It helps transform lives, not by trying to get rid of “bad” qualities, but by finding the hidden teachings in all.

Learning to be true to myself has meant letting go of a lot of excess. I have had to look at releasing a tendency to become entangled in what others think. I needed to look at my defensiveness, learning to soften a general, ongoing feeling of being judged or attacked. I have had to watch the death of my niceties and my feisties so that I could find the courage to go within and fiercely honour my own unique rhythm and voice.

As I began to live a more soul-directed life, I realized that doing so was not really the norm. Looking back at the construct I had started to leave behind, I saw that though on the surface it seemed that society supported excellence, the pull to live in the status quo was stronger in the collective consciousness. It seemed most people were satisfied with fitting in and being “normal”.

Why Be Normal??

Midway through university, I started to wear a pin on my coat that asked the question: “Why be normal?” I meant it as a provocative and sincere question as to what normality really meant to the world at large and to anyone who noticed me wearing it.




May 29

Enlightenment in the East: Misunderstood & Misinterpreted


Enlightenment in the East is often misunderstood and misinterpreted. It is completely different from the philosophical movement known as “the Enlightenment” in Europe during the 18th century.

Eastern enlightenment is often studied but never experienced. It is usually viewed through our Western and modern linear view of life. Yet the Eastern view of life is built on the natural world’s foundation of a nonlinear view, inclusivity rather than exclusivity, collectivism over individualism, which all contribute to a perception of reality attuned to holism rather than an analytical perspective. Instead of dissecting reality into separate parts to try and understand the whole, the East focused on how the apparent separateness of life is integral and essentially one.

Both the holistic and analytical mind were environmentally determined by life’s circumstances thousands of years ago which influenced the way an Easterner and Westerner perceive the world until present day. The analytical mind is attributed to the West. It was the result of smaller communities during the first two millennia BCE in Greece which were naturally more individualistic because they had to fend for themselves and live off the individual labour of hunting, herding, and fishing for obtaining food.

While during the same period in the East the environment determined that it was best to live in large communities due to the arduous labour required for rice cultivation. This was especially the case in China and India. For example, the birth of Chinese civilisation evolved from the Yellow River Valley area of northern China where rice cultivation was the essential food source.

Living in large communities in the East, people were dependent on each other and the health and well-being of every person. The sense of your own individual self-interest and self-importance was surrendered to what is important for the collective good. This attitude geared people’s mind towards being holistic and as a result they sustained a natural nonlinear view of reality.

The analytical mind and linear view is the result of individualism, and the holistic mind and nonlinear view is the result of the collective perspective. Does this mean one view is better or more real than the other? No, of course not. But the problem we encounter in the modern day is the holistic mind and nonlinear view of reality is fading off in to the distance in favour of a world driven by individual pursuits at the expense of our collective well-being, even in the modern East.

The holistic mind and nonlinear view is the way of nature and is expressed through our intuition. While the analytical mind and linear view is expressed through our intellect. Both are somewhat necessary but we overcompensate for the latter, which ultimately leads to the decline of nature and our own enlightenment as an individual. A mind that is primarily driven by a perception of reality based on the linear analytical view contributes to the slow destruction of nature and also the mind itself, as we see with the alarming abundance of mental health issues in the world today.

The natural mind’s perception of the world is rooted in the holistic nonlinear view which is actually the fundamental framework of nature and human beings are an aspect of nature. This doesn’t mean the analytical mind and linear view cease to exist. Instead, they are only employed in those brief moments that require such attention to detail. And yet if your mind is rooted in its holistic nature then any attention to detail will be done without the sense of a separate person doing it.

The nonlinear world of nature and our own individual enlightenment are intimately related. But our sense of an identity separate from everything else has to disappear before we can realise enlightenment. Patanjali, the founder of yoga, explains this using the Sanskrit purusha (absolute pure awareness and the identical source of the universe within each of us, similar to the concept of Atman in Vedic scripture) and prakrti (all the form and energy of the manifest universe, including thoughts). He explains that the fundamental purpose of nature (prakrti) is for the human being to bring purusha forth into the world. Purusha, then, according to Patanjali, is the ultimate fulfilment of nature and why we essentially exist.




May 29

Australian Aboriginals Know The Healing Power Of Stillness

Untitled-17by Jonathan Davis

The healing power of listening in stillness.

People have always experienced pain, and in the vast span of time before the colonial expansion of western culture, indigenous cultures weren’t without their methods of dealing with trauma.

For centuries we’ve largely ignored the wisdom of those among us who are still directly connected to ancestral ways of knowledge. As our modern lifestyle collides with the fact that our Earth is not capable of supporting our current way of life, we are finally starting to look to those who once lived in a state of indefinite sustainability and abundance, for a way forward.

“In order to have sustainable community you have to make sure the people are sustainable. This means healing trauma.”
– Jarmbi Githabul, Narakwal / Githabul Custodian

What is Dadirri?

“Dadirri is inner, deep listening and quiet, still awareness. Dadirri recognises the deep spring that is inside us. We call on it and it calls to us. This is the gift that Australia is thirsting for. It is something like what you call ‘contemplation’.”
– Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann, Ngangiwumirr Elder

When Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr-Baumann speaks of dadirri, she speaks of a form of deep, contemplative listening that is nothing less than a personal spiritual practice. This type of listening in stillness is widely known all across the Australian continent, in many language groups under many names. “When I experience dadirri, I am made whole again.” Miriam describes. “I can sit on the riverbank or walk through the trees; even if someone close to me has passed away, I can find my peace in this silent awareness. There is no need of words. A big part of dadirri is listening.”

Learning and healing through listening

According to Ungunmerr-Baumann the act of learning, from a very young age, is all about waiting and listening; not asking questions. In a culture where everyone is so well practiced at listening that it becomes a spiritual art, it makes sense that when trauma occurred the people would come together and deeply listen to each other. For this reason dadirri also refers to a form of group trauma healing that brings the deep presence found in the solo practice of dadirri to a group setting. Details of dadirri as group practice can be found in Prof. Judy Atkinson’s book Trauma Trails, Recreating Songlines. The essence of dadirri, in this wider context, is the creation of a space of deep contemplative, heart based listening where stories of trauma and pain can be shared and witnessed with loving acceptance.

In my own experiences with original Australians who are deeply connected to country, I have felt that they are so grounded it’s almost as if the land itself is listening to you, through them.

“Healing country heals ourselves, and healing ourselves heals country.”
– Prof. Judy Atkinson – Jiman / Bunjalung woman, author of Trauma Trails, Recreating Songlines

Emotional Completion

According to Prof. Stan Grof, trauma healing comes from finally completing an experience emotionally that may have been physically completed long ago. The initial moment of pain may have become so overwhelming that we make a subconscious decision to ‘check out’; in other words, we emotionally dissociate. Every part of us screams “Stop, I don’t want to feel this!” The problem is that we don’t stop the emotional experience, we just press pause.

When we don’t have the courage or skills (because we are too young, or were never taught) to actually feel all of the emotions of a traumatic experience, we inadvertently trap the part of it we couldn’t handle, and store it away for later. Dadirri is a practice that allows us to open up this trapped pain and trauma in a sacred and held space and with the support of those around us, we can finally feel it in order for it to be released.




May 29

The Reality of Truth: An Enlightening Journey Into Different Levels of Consciousness (Documentary)

We are living in a time that is equal parts chaos and creativity, as the world around us is changing at an-ever increasing rate. Politics, society, and culture as we know it are in the midst of an unprecedented evolution, which seems to be happening due in part to a massive paradigm shift.

As many feel called to begin looking inward for answers, the exploration of our consciousness and our curiosity about a greater reality (beyond what is visibly seen) are showing us that history may not be exactly what we’ve been told.

Renaissance periods happen after a time of great darkness, and our modern renaissance seems to be following this cyclical pattern. As things “seem” to be getting darker, those with the light within them are shining even brighter, and searching for answers beyond the veil of corruption. Some believe that our modern renaissance is a psychedelic one, with the psychedelic experience being an initiation into higher consciousness, creativity, and illumination. This new illumination provides a new type of clarity for the lens with which we view reality through.

“We have to create culture, don’t watch TV, don’t read magazines, don’t even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you’re worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you’re giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told ‘no’, we’re unimportant, we’re peripheral. ‘Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.’ And then you’re a player, you don’t want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that’s being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.”

― Terence McKenna

A new documentary called The Reality of Truth follows the journey of Zappy Zapolin, a wisdom seeker looking beyond the veil as he searches for a deeper understanding of consciousness and the role of psychedelics and spirituality. He is curious to access the tools available for us to understand the world(s) and various realities around us, and reveal the metaphors that may have been hidden in plain sight for centuries in various religious texts.



May 28

The Human Energy Field and the DNA


Every human being has an energy field around their body. Some people call it the aura, or the luminous energy field, or simply the human energy field. The purpose of this article is not only to prove the existence of the human energy field, but also to explore the function of our DNA, the interaction between DNA and the unified field, and the influence of the human energy field on that relationship.

Ultimately, if the science is indeed correct, this is a first step to health, healing, and possibly human evolution.

“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
– Nikola Tesla

Human Energy Field and DNA – The Origin of Health

In the Western world our doctors go through almost a decade of schooling, and in that time they become masters of human biology, anatomy, and physiology. They become adept at understanding disease, and diagnosing all forms of illness, yet in a large majority of cases, what is their prescription? Drugs or Surgery.

All illness has a spiritual/energetic origin. When you do not cleanse your human energy field your energetic field becomes distorted, stagnant, and impure. It becomes extremely imbalanced and charged with low-energy vibrations which cause disease in mind, and spirit, and eventually in our bodies. But why?

The reason why this occurs is because one of the major functions of our DNA is that it receives and transmits energy. This has been shown to be one of the major functions of ‘junk DNA’ (which make up about 95% of the human genome) which is what it was called before they understood what it was all about, but now it is beginning to be shown as thean essential component of our biology and DNA.

One of the new discoveries in DNA as Bruce Lipton talks about is epigenetic control, which means literally “above-genetic” control. Thus the new understanding of DNA is that the genes which our DNA codes is dictated as a response to the environment. In essence we are in a perpetual process of adaptation, which means that we have the potential for continuous evolution in our environment, moreover, spontaneous evolution.

More specifically, what is it that our DNA responds to in order to determine the nature of our environment? Our DNA does not have eyes, or ears, so it cannot see or hear what is going on. Instead it determines the environment by ‘reading’ the energy. It receives energetic signals from the environment and interacts directly with the information and codes encoded within the unified field, reads them, and then our DNA codes and/or activates the appropriate genes suitable for the environment we are in.

What do you think happens to DNA when the human energy field is all polluted by negative energies? To answer this question, we have to look to water.

Consciousness and Water

Dr. Masaru Emoto from Japan for the last number of years has been doing some truly revolutionary work with water. What he is doing is researching the effects of human thought, emotion, and intention (directed attention) on the structure of water. (The source for this section is The Hidden Messages in Water by Dr. Masaru Emoto, and it is a truly enlightening book.)




May 28

The universe is responding…




May 28

Valerian for Sleep ~ Herbal Remedy for Insomnia

Valerian herbal supplements are widely used to combat sleeplessness, anxiety and stress. This all-natural remedy is derived from the valerian plant root and comes in many forms. How does it fight insomnia? Is it safe and effective to use?

Natural remedies containing valerian plant have been used for centuries—record of valerian’s pharmacologic uses goes back to the Greeks and Romans. It’s been commonly brewed into a medicinal tea. But now valerian is also widely available in a dietary pill or capsule form and manufactured from potent oils available in the plant’s roots.

valerian-rootHow Does Valerian Work to Promote Sleep?

Clinical studies conducted on the efficacy of valerian suggest, inconclusively, that it stimulates the brain’s GABA receptor, a neurological gateway for sleep-inducing chemicals. This process is similar to how many benzodiazepines and non-benzodiazepine sleep aids work to fight insomnia. Concrete proof of valerian’s actual neurological effects remains scientifically uncharted, but centuries of use continue to point to its effectiveness as a sleep aid and anti-anxiety remedy.

Using Valerian as a Natural Sleep Aid

Image1Valerian remedies come in a variety of forms including:

  • valerian tea
  • valerian capsules or pills
  • valerian tinctures

Most people opt to take valerian as a tea or as a dietary supplement pill.

Is valerian as an herbal or dietary supplement effective in putting you to sleep?

Inconclusive studies reported by the National Institutes of Health indicate valerian use, either in liquid form or in “commercial” supplements, improved the sleep quality and sleep latency in volunteers with mild insomnia.*




May 28

When Does Our Consciousness Transform From Being Purely Intuitive To Linear Thought?

Rather than looking at consciousness as belonging to a child or an adult, let us look at the idea of consciousness being both an energy and at the same time a state of being. There are two states: one state is becoming, when we use the potential, the activity and the power to change what we are at present to something else. The other state is being. We become, we are.

amadoctorclassIn consciousness both these possibilities exist, of becoming and of being, and these possibilities actualize themselves when in the right environment. When we are born, our consciousness is pure, without any influences or impressions of the present day environment. That pure consciousness remains with us in our young days until the age of eight. This state of consciousness is like a sponge, it is simply absorbing everything, absorbing the information received through the senses, absorbing the information received through the interactions, absorbing the information received through the intellectual and emotional inputs. In this manner the consciousness conditions itself to survive and to exist in this material plane.

Until the age of eight, the information received by the consciousness is purely intuitive. Non-linear information, non-sequential information, is received – the idea of the left and right hemispheres of the brain. A child grows in our society conditioned to believe that happiness is perpetually postponed for tomorrow.

When we begin our school education, a change happens in the pattern of consciousness and we begin a sequential learning process, a linear learning process. The moment the sequential and linear learning process begins, our personality changes. We become fixed in certain ideas, that A comes before B, C follows B, and in this way an understanding is developed. That understanding is a very set understanding, and this is where the personality undergoes a major transformation in life.

You can give consciousness any shape you want. The family contributes to giving shape to that consciousness. The culture in which we live, the social environment, the religious environment, the educational environment, all contribute to the formation of human consciousness.

Development of consciousness in all levels – intuitive, spiritual, cultural, social, personal, psychic – happens before the age of eight, before the child actually joins the first class of primary school. The day we join the first class of primary school this development stops and linear development begins.

The education received by consciousness until the age of eight is a system of impressions which superimpose themselves on consciousness. They are concepts of imprints left on the mind by experience. Many traditions and philosophies have greatly emphasized the need for greater awareness during our stages of spiritual development before the age of eight, because in your future life, when you grow up, when you are thirty or forty or sixty, you become that person. You express those qualities and habits which you imbibed before the age of eight. What you are today is what you were made before the age of eight. What you were made after the age of eight is seen in the degrees and diplomas you have in your homes, in your bags and in your workplaces. That is your qualification to survive in the world, which you received after the age of eight. But the nature, the mind and the responses of the mind, the ability to manage situations in life and to deal with people, all these abilities you gained in your childhood, in that subtle education which was imbibed by the consciousness. And it is this consciousness which has to be nurtured more and more.




May 27

Too Much Stuff



May 27

How To Stop Thinking (How to Stop Thought) – Teal Swan

How do I stop thinking or stop thought all together? Are you over thinking about negative things or about someone too much? Stopping thought relates to quieting the mind and focusing on a specific subject.

When we are thinking, we are not present with all of ourselves. We are not present with our bodies. We are not present with the way we feel. We are not present in the world. We are not present with other people. We are only present with the unfolding of thoughts and wherever our attention to those thoughts take us, regardless of whether that place is positive or painful.



May 27

In Higher Dimensions We Could See Past, Present And Future Events Simultaneously

higherdimensionsby Cynthia McKanzie |

Did you know that if we could access higher dimensions we could see all past, present and future events appear before our eyes simultaneously?

We could see the construction of the  pyramids at Giza, the end of World War II and an important event of the future we still know nothing about. History of the past, present and future would become available to us, just like a movie.

Have you ever wondered what we would experience in higher dimensions? Many things, actually. We would have the ability to travel in time, see other universes and much more. Let’s take a journey to other higher realms, and see what awaits us there.

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Image credit: anclajedeluz-rayma

Life Of A 3-Dimensional Creature Living In A One-Dimensional World

Try and tell a snail the world he lives in has more than two dimensions and you won’t get very far. Not only because the snail does not understand you language or your means of communications, but simply because the snail does not comprehend the concept of a three dimensional world. The snail lives in a world of one dimension of space plus time.  Yes, the snail is a three-dimensional creature living in a three-dimensional world, but it’s not aware of it. The snail is only aware of one dimension at just one point in time.

higherdimensions3The space on the ground it has already covered does not exists for him anymore because it can no longer impart sensation to him. The same applies to the ground ahead of him. They belong to his past and future and as such they exist only in time. The space above, below and to the sides of the snail will never exist in the world of this creature. This is how the snail “see” his one-dimensional world.

We, humans live in world with three spatial dimensions and the objects we interact with have height, width, and depth. According to the string theory, often called the “theory of everything,” there are more space dimensions, but the ones beyond three are effectively inaccessible.

A Journey To Higher Dimensions

So, what would happen if we could access those higher dimensions and what would we experience in these higher realms? At this point it gets really exciting. In another article published on, we explained that the past present and future all exist at once.




May 27

You Can Stop Playing This Game Anytime You Like

game1-1580x800_cThey are not in control of anything. That is an illusion of this game that you’re playing. The game tells you that there are these others who are out there somewhere in powerful positions, and they are calling the shots. The reason that we say you can chalk that up as an illusion is because you are actually creating the entire scenario yourselves.

So why would you ever want to fight against your own creation? What purpose would it serve to fight the power when you are in fact the powerful being who is creating the illusion of power in the hands of others? If you are going to awaken to anything, awaken to that.

There is a group who would like to be in control of everything on planet Earth, and you have given that group many different names. But they are only as powerful as you create them to be, and as soon as you stand in your own power and acknowledge yourselves as the creator beings that you truly are, you can remove that illusion.

You can stop playing that game. You can stop anytime you like.
You can start by taking your attention off of them and what they are doing and instead place your attention squarely on yourselves and what you are doing.

What is your vibration?
Are you in your heart?
Are you being present?

These are much more important questions than, ‘What is it that they are doing now to try and control us?’

You don’t have to pay any attention to the illusion.
You don’t have to wait until the truth comes out about those who have been playing the role of the powerful puppeteers in order to begin to take control of your own lives. You start with the simplest intention. That intention is to recognize yourselves as the ones with all of the power.




May 26

Do We Have Free Will?

Do We Have Free Will?

This morning I hopped off the bus at Ormond Quay, a couple of stops ahead of my usual Bachelor’s Walk stop.

The sun was shining and it was mild, a very beautiful morning really, so I didn’t mind walking. Besides, the traffic was mental so I figured I’d be quicker on foot.

The path was crowded so I crossed the quay over to the river side of the road where it was pretty much empty of people.

I really dislike mindless crowds of people, especially in the morning as they thunder along the way, fast feet and heads down.

We are so bloody robotic really…

Tear arsing along, Monday to Friday, 9 to 5, work, work, work, money, pressure, commitments, goals, aspirations.

There doesn’t seem to me to be much free will in what we do as far as I can see.

I used to believe we had free will to choose our own direction, but the more I watch the world of people the more I realise we don’t.

There we go, every one of us playing out the preset model for life to varying degrees, coming together under this idea of society.

If we do have conscious free will there’s not very many of us exercise it.

The A Pre Written Script For Life

I’m looking at people in Ferraris, BMWs, 15 year old Nissans. People smoking, queueing up along the quay like cows down a lane waiting to enter a field.

Busses, trucks, cars, all sorts of vehicles manned by robots, all waiting.

For what?

To get somewhere? What happens when we get there? We get into another queue to get somewhere else.

And the truth of it all is there’s nowhere to go. If you run long distance you may get a distinct sense of this.

Do we really do all of this stuff consciously? It seems to me that most of us are just following a script.

To me it’s kind of a collective script, momentum you might say, in one particular direction.

Momentum is everywhere and at every level of life. It’s in the individual, it’s in the family, the locality, the city, the country, the ethnic group and so on.

We can categorise forever all the seemingly different groups of people who behave in a particular way.

On an individual level we find ourselves part of many different groups, or patterns of momentum. And I wonder how much of that we choose.

Or maybe it chooses us.

The Illusion of Free Will

I used to believe that there was no question of us having free will. We had a choice and that was that. The deterministic view of the universe didn’t get an ounce of time in my mind.

You see I thought I knew what I knew. Now I know I know fuck all.

Recently as I’ve learned more about human behavior it appears that most of us are on autopilot.

Now, I used to go with this populist idea but now I see even those of us who believe that the rest of the world is on autopilot are on autopilot.

We are all in large part just following the momentum of things.

Anyway, back to the story…

So I’m walking the wooden gantry along the river Liffey, you know the place where the junkies hang out.

And here there are about 7 or 8 blokes all spread out along the way who appear to be homeless.

In fact I’ve no doubt they were homeless.




May 26

The ATTRACTING POWER of Expectation (Creation Starts In The MIND!)

Expectation has a great attracting power. When the mental attitude corresponds with efforts it creates a magical power formula for success. Without expectation, it is difficult to attract and create what is wanted. Expectation is powerful; it carries the vibration of absoluteness. With expectation there is determination to achieve the thing wanted, and this forms a pattern within the mind that endeavors to manifest that thing in physical reality. The very intensity of expectation enlists the vigor of all of the mental processes and forces the mind and reality to manifest according to its power.

Law of Attraction does not bring positive results without positive beliefs and positive patterns. These principles are the secret formula to follow if you wish to align with your desires the way countless others have. You are a limitless creator. Learn how to break free from self-imposed limitations and live the life you desire!



May 26

The Ancient Eastern Science of the Nervous System

Screen-Shot-2017-05-24-at-3.03.30-PM-1024x487The following is excerpted from Fasting the Mind: Spiritual Exercises for Psychic Detox by Jason Gregory, published by Inner Traditions.

The spiritual path of Buddhism came into existence as a result of this yearning to completely slow down our nervous system so we can experience real freedom. In Sanskrit such freedom is called nirvana, meaning extinction, freedom from suffering, and ultimately the unconditioned eternal reality that we experience as enlightenment. In the story of Gautama the Buddha, he sought methods of practice and philosophy that would evoke the state of nirvana. He followed asceticism and strict spiritual practices for six years. It wasn’t until he was exhausted in his efforts that he finally took some milky soup from a young girl herding cattle and sat under the famous Bodhi tree in the small town of Bodh Gaya, India. In doing so, he completely relaxed without the need for striving. His original efforts had been futile because he was approaching enlightenment in the same way that we purchase a cheap suit. In striving for anything, there is still agitation in the mind, and this perception of life comes from the ignorant view of how we supposedly achieve things in this world.

Whether knowingly or unknowingly, Gautama the Buddha accessed a part of our nervous system that remains dormant when we are always in physical and mental motion. This part of our nervous system is known as the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS).

To gain a better understanding of this we need to know what makes up the nervous system. The nervous system is the part of an animal’s body that coordinates its voluntary and involuntary actions and also transmits signals to and from different parts of its body. In vertebrate species, such as human beings, the nervous system contains two parts, the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The central nervous system contains the brain and spinal cord, while the peripheral nervous system consists of mainly nerves, which are enclosed bundles of long fibers, and axons, which are long, slender projections of nerve cells that conduct electrical impulses away from the neuron’s cell body. These nerves and axons connect the central nervous system to every other part of the body. The peripheral nervous system is divided into the somatic nervous system (SoNS) and the autonomic nervous system (ANS).

The autonomic nervous system is our central focus when related to psychological or spiritual inner work and transformation. The autonomic nervous system is a control system that largely acts unconsciously and regulates our bodily functions such as heart rate, respiratory rate, digestion, pupillary response, urination, and sexual arousal. The autonomic nervous system has two branches: the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS). The sympathetic nervous system is sometimes considered the “fight or flight” system because it is activated in cases of emergencies to mobilize energy. It is what we activate when we are in motion and being stimulated through our senses. Without it we could not do anything. The parasympathetic nervous system, on the other hand, is often considered the “rest and digest” or “feed and breed” system because it is activated when we are in a relaxed state. We activate the parasympathetic nervous system when we essentially do nothing. It is also responsible for stimulation of “rest and digest” and “feed and breed” activities that occur when the body is at rest, especially after eating, including sexual arousal, lacrimation (tears), salivation, urination, digestion, and defecation. The parasympathetic nervous system is what makes us drift off to sleep every night. It is stimulated most when we relax deeply.

The war on our nervous system is essentially the overstimulation of our sympathetic nervous system along with an understimulation of the parasympathetic nervous system. When we stimulate only the sympathetic nervous system without activating the parasympathetic nervous system, we increase the probability of chemical imbalances in our brain from not having a healthy balanced lifestyle. Because of this, the vast majority of us are teetering on the edge of psychological suicide.




May 26

Spiritual Awakening on a Holiday

1924969_1401689310092083_1677887830_nby Frank M. Wanderer

Being on a holiday is a great time for most people. The permanent obligation to meet expectations ceases for a while, we are relieved, and we fell that a vacant place is created around us. We do with our time what we want, there is nor reason to hurry. We can stay home, or go on a trip if we wish.

If we decide to stay at home, we may lie in our bed in the morning and watch the sunshine through the window. If we do not feel like waking up, no problem, we are on holiday, we may stay in bed the whole morning if we wish. We can spend our time leisurely, we can listen to music or watch a film. We are satisfied, and at present we want nothing more from life.

When we get bored of idling around, we may collect ideas for spending the free days ahead of us. At last, we are going to have enough time to read the books and watch the films we have been planning for weeks, but never had the time, because all our time was occupied by our work or family.

We are also going to have some time to stray aimlessly in the city, chat with acquaintances, recalling times long past.

If we do not want to stay at home, we may go for a trip for a few days. We may start planning with excitement as early as months earlier, looking for the best destination. When the day of departure has come, we anxiously look forward to the journey. During the trip we look at new lands, cultures and people. We absorb the new experiences with all our senses, and enjoy how wonderful the world around us is.

It is Good to be Alive

During our holiday–no matter whether we spend it at home or traveling around the world–we fell that we are alive, our life has a weight, a scent. The burdens of the bleak workdays are gone, left behind. The world is alive, pulsating around us, and we are amazed to realize, how wonderful it is to be alive. We believe that we are only alive Now.

We submit to the moment, sitting in our favorite armchair or lie on the beach, listening to the noises of our environment, enjoy the rest, the sunshine and fresh air. Both past and future are far away from us, only the present moment matters. As if a heavy curtain would have been drawn away in front of our eyes; now everything is more vivid and brighter around us. We feel that we are alive, and it is good to be alive. The Miracle of Life almost completely fills our soul. Why could not it stay that way for ever?

An Increasing Feeling of Want

After a few days pass in this undisturbed happiness, everything changes almost unnoticeably. We have read the books, seen the films we wanted to, we walked around the city and met again old friends. If we are on a trip, we begin to feel that we are fed up with strange people and food with strange tastes.

We more and more often think of being at home, in our accustomed environment, sitting comfortably in our favorite armchair, watching our favorite soap opera. We think more and more of our duties to be accomplished the following week, and we recall the unsolved problems of the past every now and then. In this way the world around us will become gray again, almost unnoticeably, and we start to function again according to our old mental patterns programmed into us.

An acute sense of want appears in us gradually, and we begin to feel that our life is incomplete for some reason. Not even the holiday is what it used to be. What happened to the world, what happened to us, what is out of place in our life? Why are we unable to enjoy the small amount of time that is left of our holiday?




May 26

Spiritual Evolution: A Conspectus of Human Life

Goddess eye and Color space background with stars

Goddess eye and Color space background with stars

Human perception causes the kind of knowledge which takes things in their isolated and disconnected capacity, on account of which there is attraction and repulsion for them.

The philosophy of this sort of perception is given in the Bhagavadgita: Yat tu kṛtsnavad ekasmin kārye saktam ahaitukam, atattvārthavad alpaṁ ca tat tāmasam udāhṛtam (Gita 18.22).

The Bhagavadgita regards this sort of knowledge as the lowest type of knowledge.

That kind of knowledge which regards things in their individual capacity alone and takes the part for the whole, mistaking each entity for a complete substantiality and truth and thus giving rise to likes and dislikes in the mind, is the minimum of knowledge, the grossest of perceptions and the crudest type of understanding.

But unfortunately, we think that this is the only kind of knowledge available to us. For us, every person is complete by himself or herself. Everything is individually a whole, on account of which there is a like for the possession of certain things and a dislike towards other things we wish to avoid.

This means to say, the philosophy itself is unfounded, basically erroneous, and as psychology is based on philosophy, our ideas and values regarding things are founded upon this fundamental mistake which we take for a correct perception. It is taken for the whole of truth.

When a mother loves a child, the child is the entire truth for her. It is not a partial truth. When a miser loves his money, it is a whole truth for him. When a vainglorious egoist loves his position, that is the entire thing for him. Everything becomes entire.

The character of entirety is foisted upon a particularity. The attribute of completeness is superimposed on an individual which is really incomplete. Everything in the world is incomplete, whether it is a person or a thing.

It is the incompleteness of a thing that is responsible for the evolution of that thing into higher forms of existence. Organic and inorganic evolution is the tendency of an incomplete something to grow into a more complete version of its own existence. Every finite thing grows higher and higher in its tendency to become wider and wider.

Restlessness is the character of the finite object. Change is inseparable from finitude. All individuality is incompleteness. Nothing that is seen as an isolated object can rest in itself for more than a single moment of time.




May 25

Your Safest Haven – The True Source of Healing

Buddha-Heart-CenterThere is no better protection than the refuge of unbounded sacred space, infinite awareness, and genuine warmth. Any external source of refuge is ultimately unreliable. Looking for refuge in money or material possessions cannot protect you from the pain of loss, because everything you have will be lost to you someday. No matter how good your health insurance is or how healthy your lifestyle, sooner or later you will suffer from injury or sickness; eventually you will die. Finding your perfect soul mate cannot protect you from someday losing your beloved through separation, divorce, or death.

With the inner refuge, you are not depending on someone or something outside you to make you feel secure. The first refuge, unbounded sacred space, is a true support because it is unchanging, indestructible, beyond birth and death, eternal. Whatever difficulties you face, the first refuge supports you in allowing your experiences and hosting them fully. The second inner refuge, the light of awareness, can never be diminished or extinguished by any cause or condition. Inner light is unceasing – forever luminous and clear. Even in the darkest of circumstances, you can trust that it is always there. You can also trust that the warmth of the third refuge is within you. It spontaneously arises from the union of openness and awareness.

There may be moments when you feel emotionally cold and dark, when it seems that all the light has gone from your life. But your experience and inner truth are not in sync – the light is always there. At these moments, access to the inner refuge may seem distant, but a sense of trust may bring you a glimmer of the inner refuge that can lead to a shift in the darkness of your experience. Trust is a necessary companion on the path. There is no situation so bad that you can’t turn toward the three doors. As you become more familiar with entering and abiding in the inner refuge, you will begin to trust in its healing presence.

We all long for that inner connection, just as a lost child longs to reunite with his or her mother. When you connect with the inner refuge, you can rest in that space just as a child rests in his or her mother’s loving arms, feeling protected, safe, secure, complete.

Beyond the Ego

There is a Tibetan joke about a yogi who leaves his hermitage to get supplies. Afraid of getting lost in a crowded marketplace, he ties a red ribbon around his leg. As long as the ribbon is there, he feels secure. But at one point he looks down and notices that the ribbon has fallen off. He frantically runs back and forth through the market, yelling, “I’m lost! I’m lost! Did anyone see me? I’m the one wearing the red ribbon around his leg.”




May 25

Education Expert Finds Scheduling Every Free Moment For Children Prevents Self Discovery

by Josh Richardson

Are children scheduled to the max these days? Are there any waking moments that give children the freedom to express themselves in unstructured environments? Children should be allowed to get bored so they can develop their innate ability to be creative, an education expert says.

children_empowerDeschoolers maintain that a child’s learning should be curiosity-driven rather than dictated by teachers and textbooks, and that forcing kids to adhere to curricula quashes their natural inclination to explore and ask questions because childrne think differently.

Dr Teresa Belton says cultural expectations that children should be constantly active could hamper the development of their imagination.

The senior researcher at the University of East Anglia’s School of Education and Lifelong Learning interviewed a number of authors, artists and scientists in her exploration of the effects of boredom.

There are activities and summer camps galore to fill children’s time and supply much needed childcare when kids are out of school. But psychologists and child development experts suggest that over-scheduling children during the summer is unnecessary and could ultimately keep kids from from discovering what truly interests them.

We tend to listen to the social mechanisms and drug children to make them more alert, somehow, believing that boredom is internal wronging of chemistry; some cerebral misstep that is somehow affecting the masses. But it’s not that at all. The real reason is why millions upon millions of kids love fantasy is because it instills the heroe mindset not cowards and infantilized beings; initiates co-creative magicians suffuse with wonder, not glazed-over, programmed subjects.

“Your role as a parent is to prepare children to take their place in society. Being an adult means occupying yourself and filling up your leisure time in a way that will make you happy,” says Lyn Fry, a child psychologist in London with a focus on education. “If parents spend all their time filling up their child’s spare time, then the child’s never going to learn to do this for themselves.”

Fry is not the only one to point out the benefits of boredom. Dr. Belton, visiting fellow at the University of East Anglia with a focus on the connection between boredom and imagination, stated that boredom is crucial for developing “internal stimulus,” which then allows true creativity.

And though our capacity for boredom may well have diminished with all the attractions of the internet, experts have been discussing the importance of doing nothing for decades.

Dr Belton said: “Lack of things to do spurred her to talk to people she would not otherwise have engaged with and to try activities she would not, under other circumstances, have experienced, such as talking to elderly neighbours and learning to bake cakes.

“Boredom is often associated with solitude and Syal spent hours of her early life staring out of the window across fields and woods, watching the changing weather and seasons.




May 25

The Lost Art of “Entertaining the Thought”

By Tim Bryant | Guest writer for Wake Up World

The-Lost-Art-of-Entertaining-the-Thought-350x219“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle 

From the moment of conception, the human mind is like a sponge, soaking up all the available information in its vicinity in an evolutionary attempt to form some concrete lens in which to perceive reality. Simply stated, people’s minds are instinctively programmed from a young age based upon the information of which they are exposed to. Some information comes from personal trial and error; some information is passed down through authority figures; and some information just comes from the subtle queues hidden within a culture that are picked up on, often unbeknownst to the conscious mind. Either way, each human being will develop their way to view the world.

Information is inevitably the true power behind the mind, and the foundation on which human consciousness is built. Failing to gather good information leaves one vulnerable to the evolutionary process known as natural selection, in which the strong thrive and the weak are weeded out. Unfortunately, many people fail to realize that much of the information they might have downloaded during their formative years, and believe to be true, is actually painting a picture of reality that isn’t quite so accurate. In fact, sometimes it’s completely flipped upside down. However, many people simply don’t know that they don’t know, yet still go around boasting confidently, willfully ignorant to the great illusion they’re under.

It should come as no surprise anymore to our readers that the road to truth is littered with false idols and misconstrued ideas, which often nudge people down paths that ultimately lead toward dead ends or negative feedback loops. Sometimes this is just the accident of a well-intentioned but misinformed source; sometimes this is the deliberate deception of a skilled con artist; and sometimes this is just you conning yourself by not understanding the limitations of your own mind.

Whatever the reason, far too many people become indoctrinated into a mindset of false “facts,” all of which combine like a web of strings to tie the mind down into a very small range of reality with little wiggle room on either side for which to expand outwards. Society further reinforces that this narrow band of perception is real and right, and people learn fairly quickly that exploring outside the set parameters often leads to social and academic isolation. Wandering minds are not tolerated and quickly placed back into the standardized box the system deems appropriate. If not, a quick prescription of Adderall or systemic intimidation is there to wipe up the remaining mess and removes all traces.

As alarming as this sounds, this is not always the case. In fact, the unbounded free-thinker is often the one who pushes the commonly accepted knowledge base forward, bringing taboo knowledge onto the main stage and into the mass consciousness. Great scholars have long known about this art and it all revolves around the concept of “entertaining the thought.”



May 25

The Dark Side of Empathy No One Talks about

the-dark-side-empathyThe dark side of empathy is rarely noticed or talked about. Yet, it exists and can poison an empath’s life.

Empathy is the capacity to be able to put oneself into another person’s shoes and understand their thoughts and feelings. An empath is a person who has the ability to resonate with other people, on many different levels, so that they can accurately feel their emotional wellbeing.

It is not yet known how empaths have this ability, but many believe that it is innate and is handed down through our DNA.

As for how it works, everything in the world resonates to an electrical energy; it is thought that empaths are able to sense the changes in this electrical energy around them.

Empaths are typically regarded as being sympathetic, caring, sensitive to the feelings of others, and compassionate souls. So would it surprise you to learn that there is a dark side to being an empath?

The very nature of empathy means that many people rely on empaths for support and guidance. It also means that empaths see much more of the world than we do, and as such, this can cause problems in different areas of their lives.

The Dark Side of Empathy

They cannot handle their own emotions

You would think as an empath is well-versed in emotions they would be experts in handling their own, but the truth is they are in a constant battle to keep these emotions in check. Because they feel others’ emotions so keenly, particularly others’ sadness, it can sometimes bring them crashing down into depression.

They find it hard to distinguish between their own emotions and others’ and have to find other empaths to share their thoughts with.

Dealing with negative energy results in fatigue

Empaths have to deal with a huge amount of information from their sensitivity to electrical energies. This can make them feel overwhelmed and extremely drained as they try and make sense of it all.

They are particularly susceptible to negative energy, as this upsets them greatly. When all they can sense is negative energy, they can swiftly become fatigued.




May 24

Silencing The Inner Critic

by Christina Feldman

The nagging, negative voice of self-judgement, says Christina Feldman, is a powerful affliction best met with courage, kindness, and understanding.

mirror-running-fixedUnruly beings are like space.
There’s not enough time to overcome them.
Overcoming these angry thoughts.
Is like defeating all of our enemies.

The Buddha sat beneath the Bodhi tree on the eve of his enlightenment and was assailed by Mara, representing all of the afflictions we meet in the landscape of our minds: worry and restlessness, dullness and resistance, craving, aversion, and doubt. The one affliction that did not make an appearance in this story is the powerful voice of the inner critic—the inner judge that can torment us on a daily basis, undermining our well-being and distorting our relationship with life. The inner critic is the voice of shame, blame, belittlement, aversion, and contempt. To many of us, it is so familiar that it seems almost hardwired into our hearts.

Before exploring the nature of the judgmental mind, it is essential to mark the distinction between the voice of the inner critic and our capacity for discernment and discriminating wisdom. Discriminating wisdom is what brings us to our cushion to meditate and inspires us to act in ways that bring suffering and harm to an end. Discriminating wisdom is the source of every wise act and word. Discernment draws upon ethics, compassion, and wisdom and teaches us moment by moment to discover the Buddha in ourselves and in others.

The judging mind is optional; it can be understood and released.

The inner critic is a creature of a different nature. With the inner critic, we may still come to our cushion but we come accompanied by a story that tells us we are unworthy or inadequate. With the inner critic, we still act, speak, and make choices, yet moment by moment we feel endlessly criticized, compared, and belittled. The judgmental mind draws not upon all that is wise but upon Mara, the patterns of aversion, doubt, ill will, and fear. Rarely is the judgmental heart the source of wise action or speech, nor does it lead to the end of suffering. The judgmental mind is suffering and compounds suffering. It suffocates ethics, the guidelines of kindness and care, and it wounds our hearts and lives.

Discriminating wisdom is essential and must be cultivated. The judging mind is optional; it can be understood and released. Thomas Merton, the great Christian mystic described the essence of the spiritual path as a search for truth that springs from love. Beneath the Bodhi tree, Mara’s power over Siddhartha ended the moment he was able to look Mara in the eye and simply say, “I know you.” These few words were a reflection of a profound shift in Siddhartha’s heart: the shift from being intimidated and overpowered by Mara to having the courage to open a dialogue of understanding with Mara, and bringing intimidation to an end.

The judgmental mind that causes so much pain in our lives cannot be exempted from our practice. The judgmental mind needs to be met with the same courage and investigation we bring to any other afflictive emotion. The judgmental mind does not respond well to suppression, avoidance, or aversion. It needs kindness and understanding. The late Jiyu-Kennett Roshi, a Zen teacher, said the training of liberation begins with compassion for the self, and that cultivating a non-judgmental mind toward ourselves is the key to a genuine compassion for all beings.

We begin this process by asking what a non-judgmental mind looks like, and what it means to be free of the burden of the inner critic. To understand these questions experientially, we need to turn our attention to the judgmental mind and embrace its pain with the same mindfulness we would bring to a pain in our body or to another’s sorrow.




May 24

The Ego Is Just Conscious Attention ~ Alan Watts

Alan Watts explains How The Ego Operates



May 24

The mind is nothing but mischief

static1.squarespace.comby Brian Thompson.

The mind is nothing but mischief. Following its nonsense and rhetoric will only result in trouble and confusion. The stream of thought is the cause of all delusion, nothing else. Get out of it completely! Realize that which alone which is real—the nothingness of Self in which the mind (and the world it creates) appears.

Check your head. Watch your thoughts continuously. Discriminate all that arises within the mind, including every belief, every desire, every fear, every action, every reaction, and every emotion.

Know your mind, and you will know both the world and your Self. It all arises from there. The mind is the Creator of all things—but it can’t do anything without you.

Can’t you see that everything is nothing? Everything is a projection of the mind. Everything is an illusion—absolutely everything but you.

So, why react to that which is nothing? Why bother getting lost within the falsely-created personal drama that doesn’t even exist? No longer suffer the illusions created by ego.

Nothing is how it seems. Nothing is as the mind claims it to be.

So, be the nothing that you already are but that don’t yet know. When you are nothing, there is no one left to believe anything at all!

Nothing is, but you are—this presence of invisible selfless consciousness, which alone permeates and pervades all seeming things. Realize that there is nothing other than your Self, which is this infinite presence of universal consciousness in which everything appears.

You are the emptiness in which everything seems to exist.

Check your head. Is it full? Full of what?

Who do you believe yourself to be? Who thinks whatever is currently being considered by thought? Is it you? Or, are you just aware of these thoughts as they appear to you? Who believes these notions? Is it you? Or is it just a conceptual idea of you, conditioned by the world? Who is reacting to what? Whose opinions seem to be shaping your every experience?

Ponder these questions of self-inquiry deeply.




May 24

The Unmasking of the Real Self

by Frank M. Wanderer

Good_vs_Evil_by_Saibel2In our daily life we tend to cover our real face with a set of masks. Our personal identity is the collection of our various masks. We immediately put on one of those masks whenever we are not alone. 

Whenever there is another person in the room with us, one of our masks is automatically fixed on our face, matching the situation and the other person.

We ourselves have created these masks unconsciously, under the influence of our parents and teachers, in the course of our life. As a child we made efforts to meet all the innumerable expectations of society reaching us through our parents and teachers.

Perhaps the first of these masks is that of the ”good kid” mask, as our conditioned us to the behavioural patterns of a good child. Then, as we grow up, the number of our masks begin to increase steadily.

In our daily life, we need a wide range of masks, as we encounter a large number of different situations and people, and we have a suitable mask for every situation. We tend to behave differently with our boss or with our subordinates, with our children, with our husband and wife, with our friends and with our enemies.

Our identity is therefore made up by the collection of our masks that we show to the outside world, and very often we are not even aware of that. These mask were imposed upon us by society, and after a while we begin to identify with the masks. We have eventually completely identified with the masks.

Who we are beyon our Masks?

We ourselves are the space of the pure Consciousness, and the concepts, emotions and ideas that we formerly erroneously identified our entire Self, are in fact inside us.

It is possible to directly experience this Miracle, this pure space of Consciousness. It is a new dimension which escaped our attention before. The truth is that it is the only existing dimension, into which the forms and shapes of the external world are projected, and here we experience our bodily sensations, emotions and ideas which are not more than the phenomena of this dimension.




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