Tom Campbell is a physicist, lecturer, and author of the My Big T.O.E. (Theory of Everything) trilogy, a work that unifies general relativity, quantum mechanics, and metaphysics along with the origins of consciousness. His work represents the results and conclusions of thirty years of careful scientific exploration of the boundaries and contents of reality from both the physical and metaphysical viewpoints. In his career he has also worked in applied physics for organizations like the Department of Defense as well as NASA.
He has built a very active community around his Theory of Everything where his YouTube videos have garnered over 4 million views. It is an honor to have him with us today.
In this episode we discuss:
*What he means when he says that we actually live in a “Virtual Reality”
*3 ways to identify what you are here to learn in this lifetime
*The difference between free will and choice and what role probability plays in that.
In this episode we discuss:
*What he means when he says that we actually live in a “Virtual Reality”
*3 ways to identify what you are here to learn in this lifetime
*The difference between free will and choice and what role probability plays in that
Why do so few people know about the endocannabinoid system?
So what’s the big mystery? Well, it might have something to do with how the endocannabinoid system (ECS) was discovered. Back in the 1990s scientists were trying to understand how THC, the psychoactive substance in the cannabis plant, elicits its effect on the body. What they uncovered was a complex network of receptors (CB1) in the brain and central nervous system that were a perfect fit for the THC molecule.
Soon after another type of receptor (CB2) was discovered in the immune system, gut and many of the body’s major organs. But that was only part of the puzzle. The hunt was on to find out whether the body produced its own cannabis-like chemicals, and with the identification of the first endocannabinoid Anandamide, they had their answer.
What does the endocannabinoid system do?
What scientists have realised is that the endocannabinoid system fine-tunes most of our vital physiological functions, bringing balance to everything from sleep, appetite, pain, inflammation, memory, mood and even reproduction. So in basic terms, it’s like a conductor of an orchestra, ensuring that no one section is drowning out the other, with the end result a perfectly harmonised symphony between body and mind.
Sounds like pretty important work, right? Well, you’d be right. That’s why it’s vital that the ECS becomes as much part of everyday parlance as the immune system. So to get the ball rolling, here are 8 fascinating facts about the totally awesome endocannabinoid system.
1. Humans aren’t alone in having an ECS
As humans beings we’re not special for having an ECS. Not only is the endocannabinoid system found in all vertebrates, but scientists also discovered cannabinoid receptors in non-vertebrate sea-squirts, suggesting an evolutionary process dating back 600 million years ago.
2. CB1 receptors are the most abundant neurotransmitter receptors in the brain
Most of us have heard of neurotransmitters – they’re the chemicals that communicate information throughout the brain and body. Serotonin and dopamine are perhaps the most well known examples, but it’s the endocannabinoid Anandamide, also classed as a neurotransmitter, that has the most receptors in the brain.
3. Endocannabinoids signal backwards
Most neurotransmitters communicate in one direction: from the signaling neuron to the postsynoptic neuron. But in the endocannabinoid system, it works in the opposite direction, which is called retrograde signaling. This means that if a receptor is being over- or under-stimulated, it signals backwards across the synapse telling the signaling neuron to change its behaviour, creating a kind of feedback loop. So in effect, rather than distributing information like other neurotransmitters, it acts like a kind of dimmer switch, turning activity up or down in order to return the body to homeostasis.
4. Increased endocannabinoid system activity has been noted in many diseases
As the endocannabinoid system’s modus operandi is to bring balance to the body, it’s no surprise then that scientists have observed elevated ECS activity in a number of illnesses. Everything from neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, to rheumatoid arthritis and cancer, have shown changes in endocannabinoid levels and greater receptor expression. The conclusion that has been most widely reached is that this increased activity denotes the ECS trying to fulfil its role of returning the body to equilibrium again.
5. ‘Endocannabinoid System Deficiency’ may be a cause of some illnesses
But what happens if the ECS becomes depleted? Scientists have observed how in certain conditions associated with oversensitivity to pain such as migraines, fibromyalgia and IBS, the ECS appears to have become weakened. The theory is known as Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency, with the corollary being that by supplementing the body with compounds from the cannabis plant, this deficiency can be corrected and the symptoms improved.
Fascinating video discussing reality as you know it. This short clip from the film My Dinner with Andre talks about the reality in which we live in. One of many intriguing conversations that take place throughout the film but this one breaks down a scarily familiar theory about how we all live today.
We’re bored. We’re all bored now. But has it ever occurred to you, Wally, that the process that creates this boredom that we see in the world now, may very well be a self perpetuating, unconscious form of brainwashing created by a world totalitarian government based on money and that all of this is much more dangerous than one thinks, and its not just a question of individual survival, Wally, but that somebody who’s bored is asleep, and somebody who’s asleep will not say no?
The Sacred Geometry Movie is a series of episodes have been strung together to create a movie jammed packed with information all about sacred geometry.
Geometry is everywhere, and it can be understood both scientifically and spiritually. It is present everywhere in nature, with spirals of the fibonacci sequence within blooming flowers, to the birth of it’s cell starting as a sphere, followed then by a vesica pisces and into the torus. On a cellular level, we are constantly divinely dividing to create the geometric patterns of life.
We are living, breathing geometry in a beautifully complex form. Yet truly, these geometries are so very simple. While apparently not visible to the naked eye (unless you know what you’re looking for), we are all deeply connected through the geometry of the flower of life.
It is the building block of reality; the fabric that holds the universe together. Reality is merely light and sound moving through a myriad of geometric forms growing in complexity from original basic shapes. Even thought and emotion are made up of this geometry and by understanding this simple truth we can allow ourselves to become more empathetic and loving towards each other by seeing the same patterns in others that we can see in ourselves.
This geometry was used by ancient culture alike and was highly regarded as a spiritual tool. It was used to transcend this physical dimension, heal people, activate our higher consciousness and so much more.
There are also many sacred geometric shapes found within crop circles all around the world. Each holds it’s own specific and incredibly intricate pattern. What are we being told?
If you’d like to understand the big picture, watch the whole movie to find out! Do your own research to understand how everything connects and begin to piece together your own puzzle of truth!
Every three days Nathan (not his real name), a 27-year-old venture capitalist in San Francisco, ingests 15 micrograms of lysergic acid diethylamide (commonly known as LSD or acid). The microdose of the psychedelic drug – which generally requires at least 100 micrograms to cause a high – gives him the gentlest of buzzes. It makes him feel far more productive, he says, but nobody else in the office knows that he is doing it. “I view it as my little treat. My secret vitamin,” he says. “It’s like taking spinach and you’re Popeye.”
Nathan first started microdosing in 2014, when he was working for a startup in Silicon Valley. He would cut up a tab of LSD into small slices and place one of these on his tongue each time he dropped. His job involved pitching to investors. “So much of fundraising is storytelling, being persuasive, having enough conviction. Microdosing is pretty fantastic for being a volume knob for that, for amplifying that.” He partly credits the angel investment he secured during this period to his successful experiment in self-medication.
Of all the drugs available, psychedelics have long been considered among the most powerful and dangerous. When Richard Nixon launched the “war on drugs” in the 1970s, the authorities claimed LSD caused people to jump out of windows and fried users’ brains. When Ronald Reagan was the governor of California, which in 1966 was one of the first states to criminalise the drug, he argued that “anyone that would engage or indulge in [LSD] is just a plain fool”.
Yet attitudes towards psychedelics appear to be changing. According to a 2013 paper from two Norwegian researchers that used data from 2010, Americans aged between 30 and 34 – not the original flower children but the next generation – were the most likely to have tried LSD. An ongoing survey of middle-school and high-school students shows that drug use has fallen across the board among the young (as in most of the rich world). Yet, LSD use has recently risen a little, and the perceived risks of the drug fallen, among 13- to 17-year-olds.
As with many social changes, from transportation to food delivery to dating, Silicon Valley has blazed a trail with microdosing. It may yet influence the way that America, and eventually the West, view psychedelic substances.
LSD’s effects were discovered by accident. In April 1943 Albert Hoffmann, a Swiss scientist, mistakenly ingested a small amount of the chemical, which he had synthesised a few years earlier though never tested. Three days later he took 250 micrograms of the drug on purpose and had a thoroughly bad trip, but woke up the next day with a “sensation of well-being and renewed life”. Over the next decade, LSD was used recreationally by a select group of people, such as the writer Aldous Huxley. But not until it was mass produced in San Francisco in the 1960s did it fill the sails of the hippy movement and inspire the catchphrase “turn on, tune in and drop out”.
From the start, a small but significant crossover existed between those who were experimenting with drugs and the burgeoning tech community in San Francisco. “There were a group of engineers who believed there was a causal connection between creativity and LSD,” recalls John Markoff, whose 2005 book, “What the Dormouse Said”, traces the development of the personal-computer industry through 1960s counterculture. At one research centre in Menlo Park over 350 people – particularly scientists, engineers and architects – took part in experiments with psychedelics to see how the drugs affected their work. Tim Scully, a mathematician who, with the chemist Nick Sand, produced 3.6m tabs of LSD in the 1960s, worked at a computer company after being released from his ten-year prison sentence for supplying drugs. “Working in tech, it was more of a plus than a minus that I worked with LSD,” he says. No one would turn up to work stoned or high but “people in technology, a lot of them, understood that psychedelics are an extremely good way of teaching you how to think outside the box.”
San Francisco appears to be at the epicentre of the new trend, just as it was during the original craze five decades ago. Tim Ferriss, an angel investor and author, claimed in 2015 in an interview with CNN that “the billionaires I know, almost without exception, use hallucinogens on a regular basis.” Few billionaires are as open about their usage as Ferriss suggests. Steve Jobs was an exception: he spoke frequently about how “taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life”. In Walter Isaacson’s 2011 biography, the Apple CEO is quoted as joking that Microsoft would be a more original company if Bill Gates, its founder, had experienced psychedelics.
As Silicon Valley is a place full of people whose most fervent desire is to be Steve Jobs, individuals are gradually opening up about their usage – or talking about trying LSD for the first time. According to Chris Kantrowitz, the CEO of Gobbler, a cloud-storage company, and the head of a new fund investing in psychedelic research, people were refusing to talk about psychedelics as recently as three years ago. “It was very hush hush, even if they did it.” Now, in some circles, it seems hard to find someone who has never tried it.
LSD works by interacting with serotonin, the chemical in the brain that modulates mood, dreaming and consciousness. Once the drug enters the brain (no mean feat), it hijacks the serotonin 2A receptor, explains Robin Carhart-Harris, a scientist at Imperial College London who is among those mapping out the effects of psychedelics using brain-scanning technology. The 2A receptor is most heavily expressed in the cortex, the part of the brain in which consciousness could be said to reside. One of the first effects of psychedelics such as LSD is to “dissolve a sense of self,” says Carhart-Harris. This is why those who have taken the drug sometimes describe the experience as mystical or spiritual.
This is a response to the question posed by John Brockman “What will change everything? What game-changing scientific ideas and developments do you expect to live to see?” He is the author of many books on science which aim to arrive at the edge of the worlds knowledge.Understanding that the outside world is really inside us and the inside world is really outside us will change everything. Both inside and outside. Why?
“There is no out there out there”, physicist John Wheeler said in his attempt to explain quantum physics. All we know is how we correlate with the world. We do not really know what the world is really like, uncorrelated with us. When we seem to experience an external world that is out there, independent of us, it is something we dream up.
Modern neurobiology has reached the exact same conclusion. The visual world, what we see, is an illusion, but then a very sophisticated one. There are no colours, no tones, no constancy in the “real” world, it is all something we make up. We do so for good reasons and with great survival value. Because colors, tones and constancy are expressions of how we correlate with the world.
The merging of the epistemological lesson from quantum mechanics with the epistemological lesson from neurobiology attest to a very simple fact: What we percieve as being outside of us is indeed a fancy and elegant projection of what we have inside. We do make this projection as as result of interacting with something not inside, but everything we experience is inside.
Is it not real? It embodies a correlation that is very real. As physicist N. David Mermin has argued, we do have correlations, but we do not know what it is that correlates, or if any correlata exists at all. It is a modern formulation of quantum pioneer Niels Bohr’s view: “Physics is not about nature, it is about what we can say about nature.”
So what is real, then? Inside us humans a lot of relational emotions exists. We feel affection, awe, warmth, glow, mania, belonging and refusal towards other humans and to the world as a whole. We relate and it provokes deep inner emotional states. These are real and true, inside our bodies and percieved not as “real states” of the outside world, but more like a kind of weather phenomena inside us.
That raises the simple question: Where do these internal states come from? Are they an effect of us? Did we make them or did they make us? Love exists before us (most of us were conceived in an act of love). Friendship, family bonds, hate, anger, trust, distrust, all of these entities exist before the individual. They are primary. The illusion of the ego denies the fact that they are there before the ego consciously decided to love or hate or care or not. But the inner states predate the conscious ego. And they predate the bodily individual.
The emotional states inside us are very, very real and the product of biological evolution. They are helpful to us in our attempt to survive. Experimental economics and behavioral sciences have recently shown us how important they are to us as social creatures: To cooperate you have to trust the other party, even though a rational analysis will tell you that both the likelihood and the cost of being cheated is very high. When you trust, you experience a physiologically detectable inner glow of pleasure. So the inner emotional state says yes. However, if you rationally consider the objects in the outside world, the other parties, and consider their trade-offs and motives, you ought to choose not to cooperate. Analyzing the outside world makes you say no. Human cooperation is dependent on our giving weight to what we experience as the inner world compared to what we experience as the outer world.
YOU are needed to reach a critical mass of beings holding a space of love and peace for the planet during the solar eclipse!
Since ancient times, eclipses have been regarded with fear and excitement, and associated with impending doom, tragedies, wars, disease outbreaks and the deaths of prominent people.
These days, we don’t generally try to stop or prevent eclipses, but they still tend to make us a little crazy and apprehensive. The total solar eclipse that will sweep across the entirety of the continental United States on August 21 has the population in a frenzy, and the country’s emergency services officials bracing for impact.
What will you be doing during the eclipse? We’re inviting you to embrace your power as a planetary healer, and send that energy out into the world during this auspicious event, while simultaneously receiving healing energy yourself.
What is known as the “Maharishi Effect” has been proven many times: When a group of people focus together with a unified intention of love and peace, crime rates drop dramatically and the vibration of the environment is significantly raised. By joining forces with kindred spirits around the globe who are focused on the highest good of all, you can make a big difference.
You are invited to participate in our group distant healing event on Monday, 21 August, starting at 5 pm GMT, just after the start of the solar eclipse over the Pacific Ocean, and continuing for around four hours, roughly the duration of the eclipse. See this link for starting times around the world.
As always, my articles are simply my perspective that I offer in the spirit of discovery and empowerment — take what resonates and leave the rest.
One of the perennial ideas of metaphysical and spiritual philosophies throughout the ages is the assertion that in the non-physical realms, where our higher selves exist, time as we know it does not exist — that our experience of linear time here in our physical reality is an ILLUSION. Unfortunately, the ancients never quite explained how this was possible. Thankfully, in recent times, quite a few channeled higher dimensional beings have shared information about how this works, and in this article, I present a synthesis of their explanations.
The Perceptual Illusion of Time
Our experience of linear time is a perceptual illusion created by consciousness. In fact, so is “space.” Closely related to the idea of time is the notion of “linear causality” — the idea that A, causes B, which then causes C. The apparent causal relationship between events is also just a purely perceptual illusion — albeit a very convincing one.
The reality that we are experiencing is by no means an “objective reality” as most people presume. It is more like what we would conceive of as a virtual reality, but one with some very interesting rules.
Let’s briefly review the basics about what you and the universe really are and then we’ll dive into how and why time and space are illusions.
The very fabric of the Universe is conscious, and your higher consciousness is a thread of this universal consciousness with its own focal point of awareness. We are apertures that the universe is perceiving and experiencing through.
Mainstream science believes that consciousness and our mind arises SOLELY from the operation of the brain. And indeed the PHYSICAL mind does arise from the operation of the brain, but this mind only provides limited capabilities as compared to our higher mind. Science has not yet understood that there is more to our mind and it exists in the universal field of consciousness, and our brain functions as a receiver.
All is consciousness — everything seen and unseen, large and small, are just thought forms inside of the cosmic mind. We exist within something akin to a mind-scape or conceptual space and the experiences we are having that we call “reality” are produced by selectively and sequentially navigating and perceiving the information within the cosmic mind. Our reality is a construct. ALL realities are constructs.
The Infinite Information Matrix
The information that represents every aspect of every moment of the past, present, and future all exists simultaneously, eternally, and NOW. Not just all the information for the timeline that we are experiencing, but all possible timelines — literally an infinite matrix containing everything possible, everything imaginable. Of course, this is not apparent from within the space-time construct because we are only seeing and experiencing the part that is needed to create the experience of our reality. You can think of a timeline as the path that our consciousness takes through the information, and hence experiences.
In an unbounded (unconstrained) state of consciousness, the state that our higher-self is in, we can move our point of awareness anywhere in the infinite matrix of information that represents all that is, navigating through it by either the “temporal” dimension or the “spatial” dimension. More about this later in the article when we look at remote viewing and past life regression.
Note that these dimensions are simply ways of navigating the information — the information is structured in such a way to represent 3D geometric space as well as progressive states (time) — much like how our computer games and virtual realities work.
Our physical reality is a construct that our souls are using as a learning experience. In a certain sense, our whole reality is an illusion, but the experiences it provides are very much real and leaves an indelible mark on the consciousness that is our souls. It serves as a highly formative game that drives the evolution and growth of the consciousness of our souls.
‘I am not of the East, nor of the West/Not of the land, not of the sea/Neither of this world, nor of the next/My place is placeless, my trace traceless.’
What the opening quote by Rumi hints at is that our true dwelling place does not exist in any physical location but is an integral part of a Reality that is placeless. However, as we currently exist in a physical time-place reality, it appears we are faced with a conundrum. In the first essay of this trilogy[i] I discussed how we often feel an urge toward something that is seemingly ‘beyond us’ and how we act upon this shapes the pattern of our lives. I spoke of how the ‘interior life’ recognizes that it is the essential nature of being human to seek for communion with something greater than ourselves. Also, how this fundamental need for a meaningful, developmental life has still not been met by our societies. In the second essay[ii] I mentioned that various wisdom teachings have operated within humanity for millennia with the aim of impacting and altering our individual, and sometimes collective, level of perception. And that there have been many instances of people experiencing altered states through either artificial means, shock incidents, and by other random experiences. Humankind, it was stated, is engaged on a path of conscious evolutionary development, which induces such capacities as the creative imagination. Such paths, I suggested, have been known by various names, one of them being the perennial path, or perennial tradition. Yet regardless of the outer naming, they all share basic similar fundamentals. One of these is the necessity to develop an ‘integral self’ that, on one level, functions as a balanced vessel for the receiving and assimilation of impacts and finer perceptions, as I shall discuss in this essay.
According to this perennial path, or tradition, the human being is normally cut off from contact with objective, genuine Reality, and only perceives upon a limited, restricted wavelength. The result of this is that we generally end up perceiving secondary effects and considering them as primary. Another aspect shared between the perennial traditions is that humankind is psychologically unbalanced – afflicted with dis-ease – as people are unable to perceive not only who they really are but also what the truth of their situation is. One philosopher directly referred to this as the terror of the situation.[iii] Common language often used in this respect is to refer to humanity as being largely ‘blind’ or ‘asleep’ because its latent, higher capacity is underdeveloped. In the same context, the development of the necessary perception is often referred to as ‘awakening,’ and it is to the science of awakening that such perennial traditions, regardless of their external name, have addressed. In some respects we are at the mercy of our psyche, which is critical to the notion of an integral self.
The human psyche has, in relatively modern times, operated through a predominant linear processing that tends to view the external world in terms of separate, non-connected events. It is a manner of perception which has cut us off from a much broader spectrum of relations and has contributed to a system of thought – including science, religion, morality, ethics, and more – that is, to put it simply, restricted and constricting. The human heritage of a whole, integral perspective has been denied to the majority of us during the recent history of our species. It is for this reason that many ancient teachings include stories, tales, allegories, and similar mediums that serve to stimulate left-right brain functioning, from which integral perspective – or consciousness – is activated. According to philosopher and linguist Jean Gebser, who studied the structures of human consciousness, we have recently shifted from a mental period of consciousness (which he associates with the ‘decline of the West’) towards an integral structure of consciousness. This new integral consciousness brings with it a new relationship to space and time. Given our current state of global technologies – our instant communications and connectivity – then this would appear a prescient prediction. Our perception of events in space and time is now broadened to encompass a planetary perspective and a ‘longer term’ view that understands the need for ecological maintenance as well as the longevity of the human species. This latter issue is now emerging in recent enterprises that seek to place a human colony on Mars[iv], space tourism[v], as well as the mining of off-planet resources. This integral consciousness, I propose, is shifting human perceptions from a linear, horizontal model into a more spatial awareness.
Of course, this is not a recent phenomenon. Since the dawn of humanity the human species has been staring into the starry heavens and imagining all kinds of wonders and gods. Yet the modes of prior consciousness structures were not compelled toward conscious participation. The stars and heavens whirled in their orbits beyond the capacity for human participation. Prior structures of human consciousness, despite immense creative imagination, remained largely within a ‘horizontal’ perspective which depicted the primary relationship as between the individual and its environment (society/Nature), as the following diagram illustrates:
Individual/Humanity <——————————–> Society/Nature
Such a linear, horizontal model relationship reflected a limited perspective. Whilst the human mind recognized, analyzed, and interpreted the cosmos, it did not particularly feel a kinship with it. We did not possess a participatory consciousness. The integral mode of consciousness that is now becoming more dominant – within a techno-cultural global civilization – recognizes a wider temporal-spatial spectrum. We could, to use a well-known phrase, refer to this as activating a ‘cosmic consciousness.’ That is, a perspective which perceives that humanity is not, and never has been, separated or cut off from a cosmic context. Thus, the relationship can be interpreted, albeit crudely, as:
This integral relationship is at the same time more vertical and at once more spatial. It not only accurately represents an integral consciousness but also the perspective that has long been offered by the perennial wisdom traditions.
The idea that consciousness can affect reality is hardly new, if you think about it. Therapeutic intention expressed through prayer, usually through an intermediary deity or transcendental power, dates back into the mists of the past, its beginnings unknowable. And it is not just an article of faith. I and many others have carried out rigorous studies showing its effects. The studies number to several thousand each showing an effect on blood cells, bacteria, fish, and mammals, through nonlocal perturbation—affecting the well-being, for good or ill it should be noted, through conscious intention alone.
Some years ago I was the principal investigator on a study that took this a stage further. This research showed that therapeutic intention also had an effect on water, consistently altering its molecular structure by changing the H–O bonds as measured by multiple-internal reflection infrared spectrophotometry. And as these things go it was a pretty robust effect (P = .0004).
A second effect was also noted. Water samples that were in the room where the therapeutic intention was expressed, but unknown to either the healer of recipient also showed change although not as great as water immediately proximate to the palms of the Therapeutic Practitioners. This suggested two things: individual expressions of focused intentioned awareness could not only produce a therapeutic effect on the target organism—the person being healed—it could also alter the reality of the space in which the therapeutic intention was expressed in a way that could be objectively measured.
For as long as we have kept records as a species, people have talked about experiencing “sacred space” when they have gone into venues, whether buildings or groves of trees, where collective intention has been expressed through ritual, music, and movement. Indeed these earlier human cultures, before consciousness and science were rent asunder, deliberately planned for this effect. As modern researchers have discovered there is a science to it, and I have much respect for the power of empirical observation across generations, even centuries.
From an anthropological view if people from all cultures and times across the ages report an experience, and deliberately seek to evoke it, there is something to it beyond the myth and belief. I came to see it in the same way that I saw how acupuncture was developed through empirical observation over 5000 years ago.
And what we had seen in our infrared study water study made me remember a study done in the early 1970s, by biologists Graham Watkins and his wife Anita at Duke University.
They ran an unusually compassionate, particularly for the time, protocol in which a species of mice bred for research were anesthetised, placed in a small toy cradle, one mouse a control, the other the target of therapeutic intention. The goal of the participant’s intention was to awaken the treated mouse, while the control mouse’s anesthetic was allowed to just wear off. The measurement was the difference in the times of the two groups, and the Graham study showed that the mice that had been the focus of intention did in fact awaken significantly more quickly.
As it happened the same cradle without exception was always the “treated cradle” or the “control cradle.” Through this quirk of circumstance something else was revealed. One day the participant healer for a scheduled session did not show up. Since the mice were already anesthetized the Grahams decided to see what would happen if they just put the mice in the cradles. To their surprise once again the treated cradle mouse awoke before the control cradle mouse. They repeated the experiment again and again, and the mice assigned to the cradle that had been designated “treated” always awoke faster than the controls, whether a healer was present or not.
As with my water experiment, physical reality had been manipulated through consciousness, and the effect had at least two aspects.
And the results of these studies dovetails with remote viewing (RV) research, in which individuals are asked to describe in detail persons, places, objects, or events from which knowledge they are shielded by time, space or both. These studies have consistently shown that a target that has been the focus of multiple individual as well as collective acts of intentioned awareness is more often correctly selected and more accurately described than other targets that have not been the subject of such focused attention.
Literally millions of remote viewing sessions have been carried out, remote viewing has become a social movement and avocational activity, and they show that targets, which have been the focus of reiterated acts of intentioned awareness, particularly in a state of heightened emotion (whether positive or negative does not seem to matter), say for instance a religious shrine, are easier to perceive than other targets, perhaps a rice paddy, which may be visually more arresting, but harder to perceive in nonlocal awareness. It is easier for a remote viewer to see Chartres Cathedral than a warehouse of the same size. One has been the focus of highly emotional intentioned awareness for centuries; the other is a structure no one pays any attention to.
Over the years that I have been watching carefully the shifting of paradigms, it came in slowly at first, then recently began speeding up to the frantic state we now find ourselves in today. We need to see things from a new perspective, a wider and deeper one that ventures way outside the box! It should be plainly obvious to all of us that the present way of governing ourselves is not working for us anymore. Simply put, we are not who we were when we made up the rules. Government has run amok and society is suffering profoundly from what is happening. The few have become the wealthy and the wealthy pretty much have run the world up until now, up until the paradigm shifted and society has had their awareness shifted by the uncovering of the rampant corruption, abuse of power and lies. The many have suffered under the control of the few since the beginning and our patience has run out.
All of the chaos we are witnessing is a result of the energy of the shifting paradigms.The powerful division we see strengthening, the sides being taken, the anger at the ready, is a matter of two factions of humans short circuiting on different frequencies and unable to find words to reconnect. Their differences are as strong as magnets being forced together on the wrong sides. The pushing apart is strong and so is the difference between paradigms. One paradigm is loving and giving and thinks with its heart and well outside the confines of the box, and is ready for change, the other paradigm is still trapped inside the meme of war, more is better, conquer the world, steal all the money, control all the people. As a collective of the new paradigm, we have come a long way, we have opened our hearts and minds and the old meme no longer speaks to who we are as a whole. Too many of us have splintered off from the antiquated meme and so the herd will no longer follow automatically in one direction. Now they question causing a fork in the road..
As part of our new paradigm we will need a new form of governance that views life and it’s rules through new and updated eyes. Cronyism is dead! Our new ways of thinking and being can no longer accept what was as what is. The scam of the two-party system will continue as long as we allow it. I wonder how many more decades it will take for us to find the courage to make the change. Humans being such devout creatures of habit, most do not like to experience change. It is unsettling and somehow threatening when in fact we should embrace it for the growth it will bring. We fear it because we have been taught we are alone rather than being taught the truth that we really belong together. Who wants to make fearful changes alone? And so we avoid change at all costs. We have been divided and continue to be divided for the sole purpose of control.We are weakened by the forcing of unrest between us and using that unrest as distraction. Once one begins to understand how the Washington machine operates the more clearly one can begin to make sense of what is going on today.
Sevan Bomar – Fear And Awareness
Excerpt from Gnostic Warrior Radio with host Moe recorded on February 10, 2017
~In this podcast, Sevan discusses with us his philosophies on Occultism, Gnosticism, and Life. He says that total awareness is total fear. Sevan shares with us the pitfalls of the illusion, fake media and false realities created to control people and cause them to react a certain way. To get emotional so we put off energies so these energy vampire beings that we cannot see in different frequency realms can feed on energy.
Sevan also tells us how thinking and though takes us further away from ourselves. There becomes a point where acquiring knowledge needs to stop. He says the end goal of all the Great Work and Knowledge is the state of All Knowing. Gnosis of all the Incarnated Worlds.
We can think about technology as an extension of our biological evolution. We evolved to be able to move through space, manipulate matter and explore the world around us. We use technology to extend our innate abilities in all directions. We augment our ability to move through space and transform matter by building cars, planes, bulldozers, rocket ships and so on. We enhance our thinking capacities through computers, media networks, search engines and the like. As human beings, we continuously seek to explore, to learn, to go further. That is part of our nature.
Even language is a kind of technology. Language originally developed so that human groups could coordinate their actions and intentions. As accidental by-products, the birth of language – the word, or the logos, which was ‘in the beginning’, according to the Bible – gave birth to conceptual thought, poetry, philosophy, culture, complex societies. As a tool-using and tool-making species, we constantly experiment and invent new technologies. These reveal new aspects of our being to us, and lead us to create, and iterate, the next set of tools. Technology and consciousness are so intimately related that they could be considered synonymous.
We currently hover on the brink of manifesting extraordinary as well as frightening possibilities, through science and technology, that may radically transform our species’ capacities. For instance, soon we may be able to extend the human lifespan indefinitely, making people ‘a-mortal’, if not immortal. Scientists are uncovering the mechanisms that cause us to age and learning how to alter them.
As Nature magazine notes, ‘Chromosomes have caps of repetitive DNA called telomeres at their ends. Every time cells divide, their telomeres shorten, which eventually prompts them to stop dividing and die.’ In studies, mice were engineered to lack the telomere enzyme. They aged rapidly. When the telomere enzyme was replaced, they bounced back and de-aged, regaining youth and vitality. This suggests ‘the possibility that normal human aging could be slowed by reawakening the enzyme in cells where it has stopped working’.
Scientists caution that ageing has complex causes. Even if we alter our telomeres, we would still die of cancer and other diseases, eventually.
Yet it is possible that breakthroughs in medicine and biotechnology will be able to address these conditions. We can currently print organs and body parts using 3D printers. Stem cell transplants may allow us to regrow damaged tissue. Our techniques for genetic engineering are also advancing incredibly rapidly.
If we were able to be ‘vaccinated’ against ageing – to have our cells rejuvenated – the vast majority of people would want that opportunity. Given the chance, I will be among them. I often feel life is shorter than it needs to be, and barely gives us time to explore a fraction of our potential. I consider the prospect of life extension as an opportunity to make a leap of species consciousness, towards a psychic realization that, even though the world may wear different disguises, our underlying reality is infinite bliss and ecstasy. After all, even if we lived for a thousand or a million years, it would be meaningless, insignificant, when we consider the billions of years of Universe Time – or the no- time of the Ein Sof.
We can foresee that new capacities – appearing in a period of rapidly increasing resource scarcity, mass species extinction and accelerated warming – will lead to new ethical quandaries, beyond anything we have confronted before. The only way to handle the deepening contradictions of our situation is to develop moral willpower, a core ethos of empathy and responsibility, strengthened through initiatory discipline and inner work. Before humanity can make the jump to any new condition of being, we must address the ecological and social catastrophes we have unleashed on our Earth. We must take care of all of our brothers and sisters who have been consigned to lives of squalor and ignorance, making a commitment to lift them up as equals and love them.
From where we are now, it feels, subjectively, like we have accelerated over the last decades. Things used to move in slow motion, now they are lifting off towards hyper-speed. We live in a science-fiction world that is getting incrementally trippier, with or without drugs. Every indicator suggests the situation will become more intense in the years ahead.
I believe there is an occult or esoteric reality, and this hidden dimension must be acknowledged. We must seek to know it, as much as we possibly can, permeate it with thought, and integrate what we understand into our lives. When we acknowledge the occult dimension, this also must influence our life’s purpose and mission. Occultists tell us that the hidden reality expresses itself through symbols, signs, as well as the procession and pageant of historical events. If this is true, we will learn to interpret our world differently. If reincarnation is an occult fact, then we must change our ideas about the meaning and purpose of any individual life.
According to hermetic philosophy, whatever appears to us as ‘out there’ is, just as much, ‘in here’. The physical universe, the material world, is a projection of the psyche, reflecting our current state of being. If the world is changing so rapidly, this means our inner being is also developing and transforming. Our technology – the technosphere – appears to be a ladder we must build and then climb, to reach what some have called the noosphere, the next level of consciousness.
Several years ago, I worked with a college tutor called John, who had a heart transplant in 1992. During the operation, he was surprised to suddenly find himself awake and alert, looking down on his own body from above. He could see the surgeon and the nurses performing the procedure, and sensed from their behaviour that there was an emergency; he could see them rushing around, trying to take action to save his life. He was also surprised to find that he could hear classical music in the operating theatre. He felt himself floating further away from his body, into a darkness which felt strangely peaceful and welcoming. Then he encountered his father, who had died a few years earlier. His father seemed equally surprised to encounter him, and told him, “You shouldn’t be here – it’s not your time yet.” Then John felt himself moving back down towards his body, and lost awareness again. The next thing he knew, he was awake in recovery. Shortly afterwards, he asked the surgeon, “How come you were playing classical music in the operating theatre?” The surgeon was amazed that he knew this, since he had been unconscious when they turned the music on.
Last September, the results of an international study (led by Dr. Sam Parnia at the State University of New York) of more than 2000 cardiac arrest patients were published. This found that 40% reported some form of awareness during the time when they were clinically dead, when their hearts had stopped beating and their brains had shut down (1). But how can we be sure that the awareness they reported actually stemmed from the period when they were “dead”? you might ask. Perhaps it was just a kind of hallucination which actually took place just before their brains shut down, or just when they were becoming active again.
However, as was the case with my colleague John, some patients reported a sensation of leaving their bodies and observing their own operations from above. They were able to describe actual events during the procedure – such as the actions of the nurses, or the instruments used by their surgeons, and the sounds of machines – which were later verified. (One man accurately described the appearance of the doctors who attended to him, and also the automated external defibrillator that restarted his heart).
Once a person’s heart has stopped beating, the brain shuts down within 20-30 seconds. So can how a person continue to be conscious during this period? Since the idea that consciousness could continue without brain activity appears highly unlikely to many people, other explanations have been put forward. First of all, can we really rely on the reports of people who believed they saw their own operations from above and described details about them? Perhaps they were simply constructing an image of what they expected from the operation, including the doctors, nurses, instruments and procedure.
And in any case, can we really be sure that the brain is completely “shut down” in these periods? Even if it doesn’t show any sign of activity shortly after the person’s heart stops beating, does that mean there is no activity at all? Perhaps there is brain activity at a very low level which is difficult to detect.
However, even if this is plausible, there would still be the problem of explaining how a very low degree of brain activity (so low that it is undetectable) could give rise to an experience of such complexity and intensity. In near-death experiences, people often report feeling much more alert than normal, with a very clear and intense form of awareness. It is difficult to see how a very low level of brain activity could generate this. If anything, there would surely be a form of consciousness which was much more vague, confused and dim.
Perhaps the best way of explaining NDEs in material terms is – as touched on briefly above – to see them as unusual experiences which occur shortly before the brain becomes inactive. Perhaps they are simply a kind of hallucination generated by a dying brain. For example, It has been suggested that cerebral anoxia – a lack of oxygen to brain tissue – causes many of the characteristics of NDEs. It results “cortical disinhibition” and intense, uncontrolled brain activity. The vision of tunnels and lights can be linked to disinhibition in the brain’s visual cortex. At the same time, the intense sense of well-being could be caused by the release of endorphins.
However, there are also problems with these explanations. You would expect intense, uncontrolled brain activity to result in crazy, chaotic experiences, but NDEs are usually very serene and well integrated experiences – certainly not what one would associate with ‘disinhibition’ and over-stimulation. In fact, cases of cerebral anoxia usually do feature bizarre and random mental activity, completely dissimilar to NDEs.
You would also expect uncontrolled brain activity to result in a very wide range of different experiences, as varied and different as dreams. However, as we have seen, the majority of people who report this continuation of consciousness report the same “core” experience (according to Pim van Lommel, 66% of NDEs included the core characteristics.) An additional (although not as significant) point is that, subjectively, people feel that, far from being illusory or hallucinatory, NDEs are much more intensely real than normal consciousness. They carry an intense sense of clarity and revelation which is very different to most hallucinatory experiences.
Another suggestion is that NDEs are caused by the release of large amounts of DMT in the brain close to the point of death. The basis of this explanation is the similarity of some DMT experiences (when it is taken as a drug) to NDEs. However, in actual fact, studies have shown that only a small percentage of DMT experiences have any strong similarity of NDEs. If it was the source of the experience, one would expect a stronger relationship. Other suggestions have been that NDEs are associated with high concentrations of carbon dioxide, altered serotonin activity, temporal lobe paroxysms, REM sleep patterns…
The wide variety – and lack of consensus – of these attempts at explanation is striking, and hints that the the physicalist approach may be in itself flawed. As Irwin and Watt have put it, ‘It is fair to say that no current neurophysiological or psychological theory of NDEs is satisfactory.’(2)
Since the beginning of Spirit Science, we have discussed the importance of the power of thoughts. In fact, it is the very basis of episode 1! With that said, the power of manifesting your dreams coming true using your thoughts is a remarkable and inspiring idea, one which propels people into a state of active participation with their lives when they realize that they have a creative power within it. This is however, just the tip of the iceberg.
What we often fail to fully grasp is just how powerful thoughts truly are; it not only has the power to shape our own lives and the world around us, but the lives of others. It also has the power to influence others ways of thinking; for the better, or for the worse.
In a recent article we published we explored the psychology of raising children, which looked at the various stages in life and where we learn predominant human traits. You may have noticed that regardless of what stage in life you are at, there is always one predominant experience; this is that we are always in a constant state of learning. Even if we become ignorant and choose not to push ourselves forward and grow, there is still learning that comes from this.
With that being said, we have to be very full of care about how we choose to learn, making sure to think carefully about things, observe how we feel about them, check with our “guides”, “angels”, “higher selves”, or very simply, our own “critical mental analysis”. We need to make sure that we are taking steps in the direction that is best for ourselves and those around us. It is all too easy to give away our power to others, when we believe that they will be the answer to our problems, or guide us in our lives. This is the subject of today’s article, because the truth is – you have to be your own guru.
Experience is one of the most valuable teachers of all, because it gives us first hand knowledge on which paths we choose to walk. Since you are always in the driver’s seat of your life, you have to be the one to make the decisions of who you listen to, which paths you avoid, what you bring into your life and what you let go of. Nobody can make those decisions for you – but here’s the tricky part… unless you are careful, it is very easy to come to believe that they can.
Spiritual power is one of the most powerful energies out there, but it is also one of the most dangerous. When someone believes that another person has “the answers”, it becomes very easy to put all of their faith in that person. This can lead to giving up on their own inner truth because they believe that following the word of someone else is better for them or is more powerful than their own realizations or life experiences. What’s worse is that when a plethora of people now flock to the one person for answers, it can become very easy for that individual to start observing themselves as something “special” or “different”, and see themselves as a special spiritual master above all of the rest. This concept goes by many names, one such you might be familiar with is the “messiah complex” or just basic egotism, and these things are far too common especially in the new age world of today.
Of course, this is not to say that it’s not valuable to listen to each other; quite the contrary. By listening to the insights of others, and building our understanding based off of the experiences of those who came before us we are able to really expand beyond our own internal thought patterns and grow to new heights. Whether this information comes from our peers, elders, or ancient Greek philosophers upon which all of our modern understanding is based off of.
The key here is what you choose to do with this new information. You have the key to the vehicle which is your own body and soul, use them to drive yourself through life and explore what this life story is really all about for you! If you give that key to others, then you can almost assuredly expect them to simply not have the capacity to live your life for you the way that you really want it to be lived; they will live it the way that they want to live it. It is worth mentioning that when we say “others”, we are speaking about actual living humans, and not spiritual avatars from earth’s history, like angels or ascended masters.
Giving up our personal power into the hands of another can actually be seen as lazy, because then we don’t have to feel as responsible for our decisions as they were based on someone else’s suggestion. However, you are still responsible for your actions, even if they were actions dictated by someone else and regardless of whether or not you even agreed with them in the first place. Sometimes, it’s just easier to follow the herd than to listen to your heart, but that doesn’t mean that it is the best path, nor does it always yield the best outcomes.
What are spiritual experiences? I don’t think of them in religious terms. I see them as moments in which our awareness becomes more intense and more expansive than normal, so that the world around us becomes more real and alive, and we feel a strong sense of connection to nature and other human beings. We might feel a sense of joy or inner stillness, and feel that somehow the world around us is “in harmony” or has a meaning that we find difficult to express.
If a person from a religious background has such an experience, they may well interpret it in religious terms. They might see it as a gift from God, and believe that the aliveness and harmony they perceive is a glimpse of the divine, or of heaven. But if you’re not religious, there’s no reason to think in these terms. The experience is just a psychological one. It suggests that our normal vision of the world is limited and in some ways even aberrational. In awakening experiences, there is a strong sense of ‘seeing more,’ of expanding beyond limits and perceiving a more authentic reality.
My research shows that awakening experiences are connected to certain activities and situations. They are associated with contact with nature, spiritual practices such as meditation or prayer, sporting activities (such as running and swimming), and sex. They are also strongly associated with states of intense psychological turmoil. That is, paradoxically, they often occur in the midst of stress and depression, or in relation to traumatic life events such as illness, divorce or bereavement.
However, one of the most interesting things about these experiences is that they are apparently becoming more common. In a 1962 Gallup poll, just 22 percent of Americans reported that they had “ever had a religious or mystical experience.” In 1994, 33 percent of people answered yes to the same question, while by 2009, the figure had risen to 49 percent. Research by the Pew Research Center in the U.S. has shown a similar trend. In 2007, 52 percent of Americans reported that they regularly felt a “deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being.” In 2014, the figure stood at 59 percent. In 2007, 39 percent of Americans said that the regularly felt a “deep sense of wonder about the universe”—a figure which had increased to 46 percent in 2014. Perhaps significantly, these increases coincided closely with a decrease in interest in organized religion.
In the U.K., the surveys of the Spiritual Experience Research Centre have had similar findings. In a 1969 survey, the question “Have you ever experienced a presence or power, whether you call it God or not, which is different from your everyday self?” was answered affirmatively by 29 percent of people. In 1978, the figure had risen to 36 percent, and then to 48 percent in 1987. In 2000, there was a further steep rise to 75 percent—a 27 percent increase in 13 years (which was, coincidentally or not, exactly the same figure by which church attendance declined over the same period). (1)
A Collective Movement?
Why should spiritual experiences be more common now than they were a few decades ago? It could simply be that people are simply getting better at recognizing them, or are more open about discussing them. Now that there is more general awareness of spirituality in our culture, and concepts such as “spiritual peace and well-being” are a more common part of discourse, it could simply be that more people are describing their experiences in this way, when they might have described them in other terms in earlier decades.
While I’m a strong supporter of psychedelic research, and have donated a large portion of all proceeds from my show The Mushroom Cure to the cause, this article is just dead wrong on every significant point.
First, the entire premise—that Schedule I status is the primary obstacle to research—is flat-out wrong. I know because I also once assumed this. Then, in writing my own opinion piece for Huffington Post, I corresponded extensively with the folks at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelics Studies (MAPS), who clarified that schedule status is no longer a significant barrier—the FDA is now approving all legitimate psychedelic research.
The obstacle now is simply getting funding for research. That the author so completely misses the fundamental issue at hand demonstrates a lack of both basic understanding and even the most cursory research.
Second, the article states psychedelics “are illegal in the United States because they carry a high risk of abuse.”
Two huge inaccuracies in this one statement.
First, there is virtually no risk of abuse, at least not in the classic sense of daily use, physical dependency, selling worldly possessions to get a fix, associated spikes in crime, etc. (As anyone who’s done psychedelics too frequently will attest, these drugs will tell you pretty unambiguously if you’re pushing it too far too fast.)
Second, their alleged abuse potential has nothing to do with why they’re illegal. A full historical accounting is beyond my scope here, but suffice to say the prime motivating force behind the state and federal bans of 1969/70 was criminalizing a social movement that opposed Vietnam and the status quo in general. It was about power and politics, not public health (which some courageous politicians, most notably Senator Bobby Kennedy, recognized and tried to counteract).
Third, this: “They can also cause harm. The best-known adverse event is persistent flashbacks, though these are believed to be rare. More common are symptoms like increased heart rate and blood pressure, anxiety and panic.”
“Flashbacks” (really, the author means HPPD; flashbacks are defined as transitory, while HPPD is long term) are unheard of in any sort of responsible use context, while the other “harms” cited are all transitory—that is, they last only while one is experiencing the acute drug effects (and rarely last the entire duration of the experience). Twenty minutes of elevated heart rate or anxiety may be unpleasant, but they hardly qualify as harmful in any meaningful sense.
Finally, this piece massively understates the incredibly positive results obtained in recent research. With PTSD, addiction, end-of-life anxiety and other conditions, we’re routinely seeing massive effect sizes that dwarf anything seen—ever—for any other class of psychiatric medication. And the scientific studies establishing this are generally tracking results for anywhere from six months to several years after the administration of the drug, while pharmaceutical studies rarely collect data for more than a couple of months.
Dr Robin Carhart-Harris (Head of Psychedelic Research at Imperial College London) discusses unlocking the unconscious, the potential therapeutic uses of psychedelic drugs, and why research into their benefits has been shut down for over 40 years.