“Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 — April 3, 2000) was a modern philosopher, whose main interest was psychedelics and their role in society and existence beyond the physical body”
You are not separate from life; you do not somehow stand apart from it, watching it impact you, for you are intrinsically one with it, in all of its many forms.
All of life mutually co-arises alongside you. All of life is interdependent, forever entwined, nothing separate from all else.
However, life is only a concept that is relative to its surroundings and defined by a beginning, a middle, and an end.
If you throw away all presupposed notions of what life is and investigate your own experience of living, it will become apparent that there is only this present moment in which your awareness-of-being is manifest, and through which you creatively express your knowing of it—all of which can only ever happen in the present moment.
All else is assumed. All else is nothing but an unreal thought, an image created by memory and mind.
Without you—the unlimited field of awareness that encompasses your entire sense of being—this moment would not exist. This impersonal presence that you truly are is the creator of all that is known.
Suffering occurs when you have forgotten your true self. In truth, however, presence has never left; the mind’s illusory creations were only obscuring your conscious recognition of it.
In this ongoing and unchanging experience of all that is here and now—as revealed by your very presence—you are everything that is happening.
All along, it has always been you—you are always (and only) aware of your Self. Not the imagined person which you perceive, but the real you, the inner you, the one true Self that is seeing through all eyes, which is hearing through all ears, and that is the all-pervading awareness in which all knowings become known.
There is nothing apart from you. Your presence is everything, but this presence that you are is not bound to the physicality of the body; for your presence includes the totality of everything arising within the all-pervading awareness that is the Self.
Everything that seems to happen happens within consciousness—to which the mind naturally applies its conditioning, subjective bias, opinion, and collected knowledge—and to which you, as a presence of pure awareness, are its perceiving witness.
Humanity is now in a period where it faces several serious threats to its survival and conscious evolution. The disconnect that is experienced by many because of the stranglehold that the concept of money has on them is one of the primary drivers of this disconnect to the interconnected aspect of human consciousness. There is no effect without a cause. Everything affects everything else. There are connections among all manifestations of consciousness, whether it be the connection between the sun and the earth via magnetic portals or between people no matter how far apart they may be separated.
A transpersonal connection is a non-local one. Something transpersonal transcends or reaches beyond the personal or individual. It deals with embracing all the aspects of ‘you’, facilitating the transformation of the personal you and allowing you to see the greater wholeness, not only of you, but of humanity and beyond.
The evidence for such a transpersonal reality, which comes in through many avenues such as anthropology, archeology and laboratory studies, demonstrates the reality of transpersonal connections between individuals and entire cultures. While indigenous peoples and those who maintain a sense of connection with the earth and their environment still experience the transpersonal nature of consciousness intimately, others are not as fortunate given the wide array of activities, perceptions, and technologies that enforce the illusory veil of separateness.
It can be said that modern society has lost access to transpersonal awareness but has not lost the ability to do so, which gives us enormous hope, both individually and collectively. Under the proper conditions though, most individuals are able to become aware of the somewhat vague but meaningful images, intuitions, and feelings that come to them from the environment and from others. We can see this happening with greater frequency, which is definitely reassuring.
There are many interesting aspects of these transpersonal connections that we all share. Beyond the capability of being able to contact and communicate between the consciousness of one another, repeatable and measurable effects can be also be transmitted from the consciousness of one person to the body of another. In one particular piece of research that has demonstrated this reality, it was discovered that the thoughts of a healer (such as a shaman) are mimicked in the patient…almost as if they were both right next to each other, no matter how far apart they may be in reality.
In non-locality, distance is essentially meaningless. Mental images from the sender could travel through ‘space’ to cause changes in the physiology of the receiver, wherever they may be. This can be described as being a telesomatic connection and has been verified by the most progressive scientific studies as being something very real.
Astral Quest With Sevan Bomar recorded on June 29, 2014
Every now and then something comes along that changes everything…
It’s all too often we wish to pursue the higher meaning to life, however, the structure of modern society allots very few opportunities to engage in true, vivid esoteria. James Evans Bomar III (more popularly know as “Sevan”) has spent over a decade in diligent pursuit of the esoteric inner workings – extracting hidden knowledge and innovative methods of application from the worlds most proficient spiritual resources.
Now, that advice may sound over-simplified and silly, but there is some serious truth behind those words. After watching what I would consider to be one of the most powerful TED talks out there, I learned that maybe it’s not our brain we should be relying on for accurate portrayals of ourselves and others…maybe it’s our heart.
Last month, Roger Breisch delivered his first ever TED talk, and explained how our thoughts and perceptions can deceive us.
Let’s take a look at Kanizsa’s Triangle. What do you see when you look at this image? Is one triangle larger than the other? What about the circles in the image?
Well, there actually aren’t any triangles or circles in the picture above- your brain simply completes the shapes and delivers those images we instantly recognize as ‘triangles’ and ‘circles.’ It is basic pattern recognition, and our brain uses this tool to help us in our everyday lives.
But have you ever tried to ‘unsee’ something once you’ve seen it? It’s almost impossible. And it can have unfortunate effects on how we see ourselves, and others.
What about our memory? Surely our memory gives us an accurate depiction of our lives. I mean, we were there. We remember what we did, who we were with, and where we went. Or do we?
Breisch references a study about flashbulb memory, in which psychologists questioned people immediately after the Challenger explosion in 1986. They asked participants to write down, in their own words, what happened, who they were with, and the sequence of events that transpired. They found the same people 3 years later and asked them the same questions, with some fascinating results. Only 7% got them right. 50% of people incorrectly remembered 2/3 of their assertions, and 25% were way off in left field and got none of them correct.
Breisch gives us a brief glimpse at the answer that took him through a heartfelt, soul-searching journey of discovery.
The tiny seed of Truth is found in every human being. Similarly to the seed of a tree, the tiny seed contains great potentials. If the spiritual Seeker protects and nourishes that tiny seed, it will grow into the mighty tree of Truth. But it can only protect and nourish it, if it’s aware of its existence. How can the spiritual seeker realize this and how can the Truth be revealed?
The World of the Forms and Shapes
A lot of people are unaware of that, and they try to find the Truth outside themselves, in the world of forms and shapes, wishing to make forms eternal. So the modest little seed in us stays dormant, waiting for better times. The better times come when the spiritual Seeker realizes that all the external shapes and forms are transitory, so they turn their attention from the world of shapes to the internal world. Under the effect of turning inward, the small seed begins to sprout, and it starts slowly growing. I revitalizes the spiritual Seeker, and a deep desire arises in them to see the flower that the small seed may become.
Then one of the spiritual Seekers may try to use the little sprout to decorate his/her ego with it. Another one says: “Look, there is a lily of the valley growing in me! But I want to be a rose!” In their effort to become a rose, their attention turns back towards the shapes and forms, so the gentle sprout dries and the seed falls asleep again.
That is how the spiritual Seeker has been playing games in the world of forms and shapes for a long time. It is true that the game is so beautiful and relaxing. The spiritual Seeker will soon have favourite games and toys, as well as favourite playing partners. The more beautiful and better toys the spiritual Seeker invents, the more powerfully they will insist on them. If they do not cling to the toys, they will cling to their partners in the game or to the game itself. By playing these games, the spiritual Seeker will be trapped in the world of shapes and forms, and the modest little seed will sleep forever. When the spiritual Seeker gets tired of playing, and during a brief rest turns inward, there is still the danger of treading on the gentle sprout during the next game.
Some spiritual Seekers gather extra strenght during the time they spend in the internal silence, and with renewed force they abandon themselves into the busy world of the forms and shapes. In the internal silence they find a means that extends their power and efficiency in the world. Naturally, it means that they will be lost even deeper among the forms, which sooner or later brings them new suffering, perhaps even worse than the previous one. Then they turn inward one more time, and the whole cycle starts all over again.
This process may be repeated infinitely in the life of the spiritual Seeker. Still, the process does have its benefit, as the Ego may become tired of it after a while, give up the effort and fall into the silence. Only the deep-rooted desire for the flower remains in the soul of the wanderer. Then they realize that the real flower bed for the little seed is the silence, the non-action, staying in the alert Consciousness, free of concepts. In this internal silence the small seed develops into a beautiful flower. The world of forms and shapes loses its significance for the spiritual Seeker. Only the Existence remains as the only reality.
The Turning Inward
The spiritual Seeker’s turning inward is therefore a precondition for the germination of the small seed. Turning inward may be interpreted differently by different people, according to their own conceptual knowledge. In general, turning inward means that the person’s attention is diverted from the world of forms and shapes towards their internal world.
In this interpretation, there is a subject who is watching and an internal object (breathing, thought, concept, a conceptual image of God etc.) that is being watched. Here the intensification of the attention is equal to the increase of the duration of the attention. The little seed begins to sprout in the internal silence.
The next level of turning inward is when the attention is not focused on inner objects, but on the Consciousness sensing it. E. g. when somebody is watching his/her own respiration, after a while their attention will be shifted from the act of breathing (which is something outside the subject) to the subject itself (the Consciousness watching the respiration). One is only able to perform it lastingly when their concentration ability is sufficiently strong, trained by watching internal objects.
Waking up is an endless losing what you think you know, like a wave of destruction that leaves nothing, but what is true. —Unmani
Death is a word that we humans usually associate with darkness, mourning, decay and general creepiness. We spend our entire lives running away from, avoiding and denying the fact that we will someday physically die.
However, the death that I’ll be talking about in this article isn’t the typical kind of death we fear.The death I’ll be referring to is the most beautiful, precious, illuminating, awe-inspiring, expansive, enlightening and paradigm-shattering experience you could ever go through. This experience is known as “ego death,” and for every serious spiritual seeker, it is a pivotal process to go through.
As we elaborated on in the article “What is the Ego?” the ego is basically our sense of self or our identity. The ego is a biological and spiritual tool that was created by and defends the belief that, we are all separate “individual” entities.
As a result of believing that we are separate and isolated in this life, we suffer immensely. The ego perceives life through the lens of duality. Duality is the opposite of reality — it is the division of life into opposing forces such as love/hate, good/bad, right/wrong and holy/sinful.
When we divide life, we suffer. The result of the dualistic ego is judgment, hatred, condemnation, and alienation. While we accept some things, we reject other things. While we love some people, we hate other people. Instead of unconditionally accepting life in its wholeness, we segregate it into “acceptable” and “unacceptable” experiences, people, beliefs, thoughts, and emotions. Thus, we suffer.
As a result of our perceived separation from Spirit, and the duality lens we see life through, we also begin to reject ourselves. Any thought, feeling, sensation, experience or belief we have that is judged to be “bad,” “unacceptable” or “wrong” we suppress, avoid and deny. As a result of this repression, we fuel our Shadow Selves which become more twisted, angry and perverted the more we “lock” away.
The product of living through the ego can be observed in our world very clearly. The depression, anxiety, mental illness, murder, hatred, greed, poverty, war and environmental destruction we experience is all a reflection of our internal suffering. Our internal suffering is solely the product of the ego that believes it is separate from others and life itself.
I’ve used the term “ego death” in this article because it’s the most popular phrase out there used for such an experience. But the truth is that the ego can never really “die”; instead, it can be transcended and made conscious so that it’s no longer running our lives.
So how can we define “ego death”?
Ego death is the experience of transcending the ego, self or identity. This experience is the most mind-bending, awakening, awe-inspiring, peaceful and unconditionally loving experience you could ever have. Ego death is essentially an experience of embodying your True Nature completely (or returning back to who you really are), temporarily.
Reincarnation is frequently rejected as impossible by those who worship at the altar of rational materialism and mainstream science. Yet, for those with an open mind who realize that logic and reason cannot possibly grasp and account for all the phenomena existing in the Universe, it is amusing to see how perplexed those with “scientific minds” become when presented with information that is beyond rational explanation.
Beliefs in reincarnation have been around a long time; reincarnation is still widely regarded as real in Tibetan Buddhism and Hinduism, and even the Catholic Church held reincarnation as true before the 4th century AD, when its doctrines became standardized at the Council of Nicaea in 325 AD.
Reincarnation researchers such as Dr. Ian Stevenson (3000 cases) and Carol Bowman (1000 cases) have compiled an impressive (at the very least) collection of evidence of reincarnation, if not outright proof of reincarnation, by compiling thousands of cases of children who have demonstrated accurate past-life recall. Their accounts are truly incredible. Many of them have similar themes, such as children being able to fluently speak other languages that they have never learnt in this life, and describing how they died in graphic detail (e.g. being injured or shot in a certain part of the body, and then synchronistically having an ailment in that exact part of their body in this life). In some cases their stories can be proven in black-and-white: some children remember the military colleagues they served with, whose names match those on veterans’ lists; others recall the place and cause of their death (such as a hotel fire), and their parents have been able to retrace those records.
Below is a selection of 3 cases of modern-day reincarnation, out of literally thousands that have been recorded, documented and compiled.
Cameron Macauley’s case is quite startling. Cameron was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to his mother Norma. Ever since he was 2 years old and first started talking, Cameron told his parents, relatives, friends and neighbors – anyone who would listen – the story of his other life in Barra (a tiny island in the northwest of Scotland). At first his mother just thought he was making it all up, but as Cameron got older, the story didn’t change – and he was able to fill it in with more detail. He talked about living in a white house with 3 toilets, seeing airplanes fly out his window and having a mother with long brown hair. Cameron even described the way his father died while crossing the road: “He didn’t look both ways”.
The weird thing was that Norma had never been to Barra. Cameron’s desire to visit Barra and to see his former mother grew more and more persistent. One day he even told Norma that he wanted his “Barra mum (mother)”, and not her, to pick him up from kindergarten or school. Eventually the family went to Barra and found the white house just as Cameron had described.
Cameron’s case is impressive evidence for reincarnation and past-life recall. What makes the whole thing especially fascinating is that he actually described the way in which he left his old family and was born into his new one. It appears as if he found some kind of magic portal that transported him through space and time, out of one body and into the body of a fetus in his new mother’s womb:
Norma: “How did you get here to me?”
Cameron: “I fell through, and went into your tummy.”
The story of James Leininger is no less amazing. At the age of 2, James started telling his parents stories of not being able to escape from something. He was having nightmares about it. His parents Andrea and Bruce Leininger tell the story in his book Soul Survivor: The Reincarnation of a World War II Fighter Pilot. What made James’ parents take him more seriously was when James produced 3 pieces of information which could be verified – the name of the boat he flew his final mission from (Natoma), the name of another pilot he flew with (Jack Larson) and the name of the place where he died (Iwo Jima).
Although just a toddler, James drew numerous pictures of planes being gunned down in flames, signing his name as “James 3.” When his parents asked why he was putting a “3” after his name, James replied that he was the “third James”.
Bruce called a veterans’ organization to check James’ information and it checked out. They were able to verify everything he said. James went on to divulge various names of WWII fighter pilots and more. Eventually after years of research, Bruce and Andrea tracked down the family of James Huston, who was indeed killed in a plane crash while on a mission near Japan.
The question is: did the spirit of James Huston somehow jump into the body of newly born James Leininger, carrying with it all the memories and trauma it had just experienced?
by Jonathan Zap
Under somewhat ominous circumstances on Sunday, February 12th of 2017, I drove from where I live in Boulder to the home of my old friend and colleague, John Major Jenkins, who lives in Windsor, Colorado. It was a beautiful day with Colorado’s gloriou high-altitude lighting and unseasonably warm temperatures. The metaphorical weather, however, was out of synch with the actual weather because there were dark, storm clouds massing on the personal horizon of my old friend.
John is facing a life-threatening health crisis, and the main purpose of my visit was to record the long conversation you have in front of you, an in-depth reflection on the meaning of John’s most important discoveries, and the triumphs and tribulations of a path of exploration he began when he first visited Mayan ruins at the age of twenty-two. It is the sort of health crisis where one could still hope for miracles, or at least to be an extreme statistical outlier, but only a fool would neglect preparations to cross the event horizon. And John is no fool of course, and has been spending all his free time in ultimate deadline writing and publication mode.
Science has recently shed light on the fact that what we used to perceive as ‘human’ aura is actually real. All of our bodies emit an electromagnetic field, and this fact plays a very important role far beyond what is commonly known when it comes to understanding our biology, and the interconnectedness we share with all life.
I recently attended the Gregg Braden workshop at Creative Living Fellowship in Phoenix, AZ. If any of you are unfamiliar with who Gregg is, he’s been a pioneer of Truth for many years who’s bridging the gap between science and spirituality. He’s had an impressive career as a computer geologist, is a prominent author of many best-sellers and has even spoken in front of the United Nations. So, if any of you follow me often, you know I’m a HUGE fan of Gregg’s! What I took away most from this workshop was the incredible amount of hard evidence he was able to provide around this relatively new area of study; at least as far as mainstream science is concerned.
During his presentation, Gregg went over the current studies being done by the Heart Math Institute that are measuring the electromagnetic field of the human heart and also how it changes in the presence of loving, calm energy versus fear induced energy! He demonstrated this by having an unsuspecting volunteer connect to the Heart Math’s software via a tiny earpiece that collects various data about your heart-rate. He first had her consciously drop into her heart. Then, he would do something to spontaneously put the volunteer on the spot and make her feel a little out of her comfort zone. To be able to visually see the amount of mind/body coherence taking place within this woman, and how the two were in full communication the entire time was absolutely incredible!
Furthermore, he explained that the GCI, or Global Coherence Initiative has actually embedded sensors deep into the Earth that are logging changes in the electromagnetic field when people are consciously coming together to drop into their hearts. Even the effect of lowering crime can now be recorded when people are meditating together with the intention to send love and healing to those areas most affected by high crime. And there’s evidence from these studies that when big global events occur (as in the day of 9-11), we clearly see a jump in the Earth’s electromagnetic field in response to human beings putting out intense emotional responses through their hearts around one single event, situation, group of people or environment. To me, this is solid proof we are all connected and all effect one another on so many levels.
The GCI’s mission statement is as follow: “The Global Coherence Initiative is an international effort that seeks to help activate the heart of humanity and promote peace, harmony and a shift in global consciousness. GCI conducts groundbreaking research on the interconnection between humanity and Earth’s magnetic fields and energetic systems.” (Source: https://www.heartmath.org/gci/ )
Dr. Rory Mac Sweeney returns for the final show of a three part series discussing some of the ideas in his book The Paradox of Lucid Dreaming – A Metaphysical Theory of Mind.
During the show, we further probe the blurring boundaries between the micro world of quantum physics and the macro realm of our so-called reality, and those between the waking and dreaming states of consciousness. It would appear that as these apparently discrete worlds collide and cross over, the gulf between mind and matter, between thought and the physical realm, is narrowing at an increasing rate. Developments in technology, language, and evolutionary biology are converging as we become more conscious of our individual and collective creative processes, carving reality from a field of potential where everything theoretically exists. Subjective experience, which mainstream science says we should ignore, is becoming increasingly significant. As these phenomena exponentially expand, what then happens to our preconceived notions of what is fact and what is truth? Is there, in the end, a hard, fast reality out there, or is all just a story that consciousness is telling itself?
Everything is determined, the beginning as well as the end, by forces over which we have no control. It is determined for insects as well as for the stars. Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.”
The “official definition” of synchronicity is vague and filled with concepts even more nebulous – concepts that lie at the foundation of the Western world’s core reality construct. A core reality construct (CRC) is comprised of concepts describing how we think the phenomenal world operates.
It is how we explain the how, when and why of what happens, has happened or will happen to entities or between entities.
Welcome to the tenuous world of causality or cause-effect. Synchronicity speaks about events that do not follow the linear cause-effect reality model upon which the classical Western worldview is built.
Synchronicity defined as an acausal (not having a direct observable cause) occurrence begins to wreak havoc on the linear model of Western cause-effect thinking.
Carl G. Jung was dismissed as a mystic and his synchronicity model was considered insufficient for the rigors of scientific testing. But that does not dismiss the phenomena of coinciding events which seem meaningful in some way to the observer.
Jung’s definition does not explain synchronicity. His explanation is only a definition of what characterizes a synchronistic event. Certain other psychological frameworks attempt to explain the phenomena according to the human propensity for certain cognitive biases. 
In either case, neither the scientific dismissal nor the psychological treatment explain away every instance of synchronicity. There are some instances that simply fly in the face of a “rational” explanation. The argument of last resort for the “classical rationalist” is chance coincidence according to the “law of large numbers” which states that almost anything is possible given a large enough field of play and enough time. 
Most of us have a sense of what synchronicity means and have had experiences referred to as being synchronistic. It is common for people to say that “things happen for a reason” when referring to coincidences – though we may not know what the “reasons” are, or we may attribute a “reason” when an outcome manifests or when a meaningful connection is made in the classical sense of synchronicity.
The following is an excerpt from Wikipedia and it includes some comments by the famous psychologist Carl G. Jung, the man who coined and defined the term synchronicity.
“Synchronicity is defined as the experience of two or more events that are causally unrelated occurring together in a meaningful manner. To count as synchronicity, the events should be unlikely to occur together by chance.
The concept does not question, or compete with, the notion of causality. Instead, it maintains that just as events may be grouped by cause, they may also be grouped by their meaning. Since meaning is a complex mental construction, subject to conscious and subconscious influence, not every correlation in the grouping of events by meaning needs to have an explanation in terms of cause and effect.
The idea of synchronicity is that the conceptual relationship of minds, defined as the relationship between ideas, is intricately structured in its own logical way and gives rise to relationships that are not causal in nature. These relationships can manifest themselves as simultaneous occurrences that are meaningfully related — the cause and the effect occur together.
Synchronous events reveal an underlying pattern, a conceptual framework that encompasses, but is larger than, any of the systems that display the synchronicity. The suggestion of a larger framework is essential to satisfy the definition of synchronicity as originally developed by Swiss psychologist Carl Gustav Jung.
We took a trip to Rythmia Life Advancement Center and met some great minds and spirits. To know about Rajie’s story read: http://www.collective-evolution.com/2…
For more on Rythmia visit: https://www.rythmia.com/
Learn more about Taita Juanito and his retreats at http://www.fincaambiwasi.com/index.php
May All Beings Be Happy.
Universal laws are guiding principles to help us flow with universal energy in a way that brings harmony and balance to our lives. These personal frequency laws allow us to hear the subtle voice of the divine and to follow its guidance. They also form an inseparable connection between the macrocosm (spirit) and the microcosm (humans). The only barrier to the oneness is that which the individual creates. Cultivating self-trust and trust in the divine is also essential for these principles to come alive in our lives.
There are many sources of these laws. Some say that there are seven, others say 12, and still others say 21. This series is founded in the Seven Hermetic Laws. These originate with The Emerald Tablet, an ancient text attributed to Hermes Trismegistus, written between 6 and 8 BCE.
The most well-known law is The Law of Attraction. This is actually a sub-law of The Law of Vibration, which states that “everything vibrates” (The Kybalion). Being consciously aware of what influences our personal frequency or vibrational patterns, and the way they interact with the divine, also allows us to harness the power of The Law of Vibration. Vibrational frequency manifests in your thoughts, beliefs, perspectives, and behaviors. Expanding your energetic consciousness is a powerful way to become self-aware.
Energy is the foundational component of energetic consciousness. The amount and quality of your inner energy is contingent on diet and overall physical health, beliefs, emotions, and thoughts. The energy within you emanates in bands of energy outside of your physical body, known as your auric field.
Starting closest to the body, the first band is reflective of your physical body. The second band reflects your emotional body, the third of your mental body, and the fourth of your spirit body. The larger the aura, the more energy and power you possess. Thus, if the aura is close to the body, the energy is low and there is a heightened sense of vulnerability and fatigue.
When this occurs, the various aspects of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health should be evaluated for how aspects of each contribute to the low vibrational pattern. The amount of energy you have indicates the quantity you have available to apply to your daily activities. The vibrational level indicates the quality of that energy.
For example, an individual may have a lot of forceful energy around them. Yet, their low vibrational level has the potential to create a person who harms others or themselves with that energy. An individual that has lots of energy and a high vibrational level will use that energy for the highest good. They would create an atmosphere of harmony around them.
Energetic vibration can be understood as the frequency at which the personal auric field vibrates. The quality of the energy you have at your disposal corresponds to the quality of your life and the types of experiences you have. The higher the frequency, the more open and connected you are to Divine Source Energy.
Being silent doesn’t mean you can’t talk or go about your daily business, it means no longer reacting to any of the egoic thoughts that arise within the mind—thoughts which only try to separate you from your natural presence of peace.
Being quiet within is the welcoming of mindful self-awareness—pure presence—which creates space around the mind’s thoughts so that you can observe them more clearly, without being personally attached to them.
During this silent witnessing of mental activity, it will become apparent how the mind projects itself onto every sense perception, which causes an illusion of division to appear between you and your experience of the world, which creates the appearance of many personal problems.
Understand that any reaction you have to anyone or anything can only come from the false self (the ego); it is never a reflection of the true Self.
Pure awareness—the Self—has no need to react; it accepts and allows whatever happens to appear within it. Awareness intuitively knows that nothing can affect it, as all phenomenal appearances within it are inherently empty. It is only the mind’s attention onto a thing that creates a something out of what is naturally nothing.
To know your true self, you must be still and quiet—within—so that your natural awareness can shine onto everyone and everything, in every moment, while being undivided by the mind’s stories, philosophies, judgements, beliefs, and mental concepts.
I have to admit, I’ve always had a fascination with shortcuts to higher levels of consciousness and have shamelessly embraced technology to this end. A veteran in all manner of brain wave entrainment soundtracks, I’ve found some work better than others for increasing creativity, focus and learning; supporting meditation and calming an overactive mind, as well as promoting sound sleep.
For those who are new to brain synchronization technology, binaural beats are sound patterns that, when listened to through headphones, encourage synchronization of the left and right brain hemispheres. Depending on the speed of the binaural beats — gamma, beta, alpha, theta or delta brain waves are enhanced, each with their own beneficial characteristics. Production of brain chemicals — like DHEA, GABA, endorphins, serotonin, melatonin and growth hormone — is also triggered, while the stress hormone cortisol is lowered.
To understand how binaural and brain synchronization works, we first have to look at the different levels of brain wave patterns, which fall into five categories:
Gamma: The fastest brain wave frequency, gamma brain waves measure between 25 and 100 Hz (cycles per minute) — with 40 Hz the most typical for humans. Peak concentration, exceptionally high levels of cognitive functioning and being in “the zone” are the most prominent characteristics of gamma brain waves. People with high levels tend to exhibit extraordinary intelligence and compassion, strong memory and incredible self-control. Seasoned meditators, like monks and nuns, often have elevated gamma brain wave activity. Compassion and loving-kindness practices appear to yield the highest level of gamma waves.
Beta: A rapid pattern that falls between 15Hz and 40Hz, beta is associated with alertness, arousal, cognition and concentration. Beta waves represent our normal waking consiousness and logic. At higher levels, beta waves can trigger stress, anxiety and restlessness. Most adults operate at the beta level throughout the day.
Alpha: Slower waves ranging from 9 to 14 Hz, this pattern is one of deep relaxation and the twilight state between sleep and waking. Alpha waves also encourage increased serotonin production. Meditation and access to the unconscious mind fall within the alpha realm. The higher end of alpha results in a relaxed, yet focused state with increased intuition.
Theta: Ranging between 5 and 8 Hz, dreaming (REM sleep), increased creativity, super-learning and heightened memory are all characteristic of theta waves. They also encourage the production ofcatecholamines, which are crucial for memory and learning. Trance, deep meditation, access to the unconscious mind and a feeling of deep spiritual connection all belong to theta.
Delta: The slowest frequency, delta waves fall below 4 Hz and are a pattern of deep, dreamless sleep with loss of body awareness. However, some research indicates that we may remain alert in a very deep trance-like, non-physical state. Our brains trigger large quantities of the healing growth hormone during the delta cycle. Access to the unconscious and collective unconscious mind happens during the delta state.
Robert Monroe of the Monroe Institute found that using binaural beats to induce brain wave patterns resulted in “focusing of attention, suggestibility, problem solving, creativity, memory, and learning… sleep induction, pain control… and enhanced learning”. Other researchers have noted that slower brain wave patterns are accompanied by feelings of deep tranquility, flashes of creative insight, enhanced learning abilities and euphoria.
Success cannot be defined by a simple statement, and nor can it be taught in a simple guidebook. The world contains a vast array of success stories, both past and present, each very different but each also with their own path to follow in order to allow them to get to their pivotal stage of success.
Even when two people discover success they are entirely unique in their own ways. For example, Picasso and Van Gogh are both artistic geniuses, but each followed very different routines to reach their masterpieces. It has been said that “the path to greatness is paved with tiny consistent rituals”. So below is a list of the self-described daily routines of some of the most creative minds in history.
Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist. He was best known for his contributions to the futuristic design of the alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. He said, “It is paradoxical, yet true, to say, that the more we know, the more ignorant we become in the absolute sense, for it is only through enlightenment that we become conscious of our limitations. Precisely one of the most gratifying results of intellectual evolution is the continuous opening up of new and greater prospects.”
He described how he works in his autobiography:
“My method is different. I do not rush into actual work. When I get an idea I start at once building it up in my imagination. I change the construction, make improvements and operate the device in my mind. It is absolutely immaterial to me whether I run my turbine in thought or test it in my shop. I even note if it is out of balance. There is no difference whatever, the results are the same. In this way I am able to rapidly develop and perfect a conception without touching anything.
When I have gone so far as to embody in the invention every possible improvement I can think of and see no fault anywhere, I put into concrete form this final product of my brain. Invariably my device works as I conceived that it should, and the experiment comes out exactly as I planned it. In twenty years there has not been a single exception.
Why should it be otherwise? Engineering, electrical and mechanical, is positive in results. There is scarcely a subject that cannot be mathematically treated and the effects calculated or the results determined beforehand from the available theoretical and practical data. The carrying out into practice of a crude idea as is being generally done is, I hold, nothing but a waste of energy, money and time.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was an Austrian composer who created a string of operas, concertos, symphonies and sonatas that went on to shape classical music. Throughout his life he composed more than 600 works, and he is among the enduringly popular of classical composers, whilst being profound on subsequent Western art music.
He said, “When I am … completely myself, entirely alone … or during the night when I cannot sleep, it is on such occasions that my ideas flow best and most abundantly.”
In 1782 he wrote a letter to his sister where he outlines an intense routine that left him with only five hours sleep each night:
“At six o’clock in the morning I have my hair dressed, and have finished my toilet by seven o’clock. I write till nine. From nine to one I give lessons. I then dine, unless I am invited out, when dinner is usually at two o’clock, sometimes at three, as it was to-day, and will be to-morrow at Countess Zichi’s and Countess Thun’s. I cannot begin to work before five or six o’clock in the evening, and I am often prevented doing so by some concert; otherwise I write till nine o’clock. I then go to my dear Constanze, though our pleasure in meeting is frequently embittered by the unkind speeches of her mother, which I will explain to my father in my next letter.
Thence comes my wish to liberate and rescue her as soon as possible. At half-past ten or eleven I go home, but this depends on the mother’s humor, or on my patience in bearing it. Owing to the number of concerts, and also the uncertainty whether I may not be summoned to one place or another, I cannot rely on my evening writing, so it is my custom (especially when I come home early) to write for a time before going to bed. I often sit up writing till one, and rise again at six.”
It’s almost ‘old-spiritual-hat’ to speak of ‘being in the moment’ these days. New-Age bookshelves are brimming with suggestions of how to let go of the past, forget the future and simply “be in the now”. Yet what if every distortion conceals a hidden truth? If I regret something of the past, then perhaps I’m still carrying it’s energetic lesson just waiting to be uncovered? And if I have one foot in the future, perhaps I’m already intuiting the flow of events yet to fully take shape? Maybe then, there’s much more to this ‘moment of now’ that we’re not fully giving credit to?…
The moment of now and its awesome power is nothing new of course. The great spiritual scientist himself – Einstein – many decades ago coined the term ‘space-time-continuum’: that linear time is but an illusion perceived only within the mind. But how can this be? I leave my house to go to work. If there’s no past and no future, how do I travel from my front door to my desk, and why does it still take me time to get there?
Great question! Perhaps try to see the universe as one enormous, amorphous jellyfish, continually reshaping into new form. In one moment it has one shape, in another it changes slightly to form something new. Now, if the jellyfish represents the entire universe and is all there is, then the past moment – when it had one particular shape – has ceased to be. It literally does not exist. Hence no past. Yet the jellyfish still has a consistency to it. So as it changes shape from one form to the next and by observing its flow, we might still predict the kind of form it will become. Just as you might predict your desk will still be there by the time you arrive at work. You can’t guarantee that of course, but based on a whole host of flowing (and stationary!) factors, there will be a certain likelihood – a probability that it still is.
So that makes this moment – this huge amorphous jellyfish – very interesting indeed. Because it still contains essences of the past – parts of itself still formed from the past – just as it contains shapes forming of what it is to become. Amazing! There is no such thing as linear time, yet in space-time-continuum, I can still see the present seeds of the future sewn in the past.
So what does considering the universe as a continually reshaping amorphous jellyfish
have to do with us you might ask?
How might the metaphor help us understand more about the moment
and potentially how we’re being fooled by it?
Well good question. In the work we do here at Openhand, we’re often hearing from people the perception that any thoughts and emotions that potentially block ‘this moment’ need to be let go of – washed away. So when riding a bike, or taking a walk, to dissolve any thought or emotion that might get in the way of the experience we would like to be having. But is this true wisdom? Is there not truth and value in the thoughts and emotions we’re having? Are we not throwing the baby out with the bathwater?
by Rich Fiori | Guest writer, In5D,.com
We see the term “quantum” used more and more. We get an intuitive sense of what that means as some very small packets of energy that make up our universe. Let’s add some depth to that understanding.
On a basic level, we and everything around us exhibit chemical properties. Our bodies are chemical factories fueled by electrical and magnetic pulses. In the chemical world, everything revolves around valence electrons. Valence electrons occupy the space around atomic nuclei and are capable of forming bonds with other atoms.
A specific example is water, composed of hydrogen (H) and oxygen (O). It is the valence electrons that bonds them together to create water (H2O). There is a dynamic balancing going on here. The reaction goes both ways at the same time. Oxygen has eight electrons occupying the space around the nucleus, two of which are valence electrons. Hydrogen has a single electron and it is a valence electron. In order to have an equitable bonding based on valence electrons, it will take two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom to create a molecule of water (simple arithmetic). The simplified equation looks something like this: 2H + O2 ==> 2H2O. Through the process of electrolysis, the reaction goes the opposite direction, 2H2O ==> 2H + O2.
There are several components of these reactions to consider. First, there has to be a conservation of energy (energy is gained on one side and an equal amount is lost on the other). Second, there must be a discreet amount of energy supplied, called a quantum of energy, before an electron is excited enough to react with and bond to another atom. In this case, there are no electrons surrounding the two hydrogen atoms called ions, which is written H+. And two valence electrons surrounding the oxygen atom, written O-. These are all just shorthand methods of communicating the dynamics of a chemical reaction.
The salient point here is the amount of energy needed to complete the reaction. What scientists (Niels Bohr, Erwin Schrodinger, and Werner Heisenberg) discovered was there is a discreet amount of measurable (Schrodinger equation) energy needed to catalyze the reaction. Less energy than the exact amount needed and there is no reaction, more energy than needed and some is unused. The measured discreet amount is a quantum of energy. Moreover, electrons can reach several excited states called energy levels, which correspond with what’s called principal quantum numbers (1, 2, 3, . . .). Each higher level (larger quantum number) has the electron(s) exhibiting orbitals further from the nucleus. It gets more complicated based on an array of factors but this is the basic mechanism.
This is completely different than observable matter that can absorb (endothermic) or give off (exothermic) any amount of energy. This leads to the question: What’s the connection between the quantum world and the observable world.
The quantum world is infinitesimally small by comparison to the observable world something on the order of 1023 times smaller (that’s about 10000000000000000000000 times smaller; see Avogadro). In a sense, the quantum world is digital; following discrete quantum number energy conservation. The quantum world composes the observable world. This means that there is a law of averages that takes place between the two worlds.
In order to trust your own instinctive depths and honor your own true rhythm, you must adopt an attitude of openness and receptivity to the unconscious. Like a curious explorer, you can wander and meander in your underground world, playing and dreaming. You can explore the rich treasure house of the unconscious.
One of the most important cycles for humans is the mysterious cycle flowing between conscious and unconscious life. The psyche is dynamically alive, able to move and develop because it flows in a cycle between waking consciousness, with its clarity and enlightenment, and another kind of consciousness that dips into other realms like sleep, dream, fantasy and myth. Whatever the means of traveling there, the unconscious is one of the psyche’s inevitable destinations, and brings replenishment to your whole being.
As long as you are alive, you will dip down into the unconscious to get some riches and return again to the world above to gain clarity. You must learn to descend into the unknown parts of yourself with open curiosity. In this way you are listening for opportunities to descend into the unconscious and retrieve the riches there.
Watch what happens in your dream or fantasy times when you cross over into the unconscious awareness. Stay open to your dream life and be curious about the rich images that emerge. Remain open to fleeting fantasies and daydreams and follow their thread in your imagination as far as you can. You must be receptive to your wild feelings and crazy ideas and – rather than pushing them aside – take them seriously, give them room to breathe.