…For a moment, a person sees beyond the picture of his own reality. He sees huge open space. He knows he can act on the basis of an inner leverage. He knows he has great power.
THE REALITY SALESMAN CALLS.
Step up, folks. This is a deal you can’t afford to miss. You know that thing you cling to like a drowning man in a turbulent sea?
It’s called reality, and I represent the company that manufactures it. I’m proud to say I’ve held this job for over a hundred thousand years. So as far as product knowledge is concerned, you just aren’t going to find anybody like me.
I’m here to tell you that reality is never anything more than rocks and bricks and concrete and steel. Reality is never anything more than a house and all the things in it, and the mementos you hold on to, to remind you of the past.
And in conjunction with that, I’m really selling…guess what?
A little thing called perception.
I’m selling How You See Things.
Excursion into the realms of soil, the number 1 lifegiver on Earth…It’s fundamentally important ecological functions, our poor understanding of it as well as our destructive relationship with it. They are so essential to life and thus to us, that our survival is directly dependent on their understanding and protection!
We throw models, and concepts, and frameworks, and paradigms, and explanations at the universe, all in an attempt to bring to its knees the truths underlying reality. The problem with this is the separation it causes; we uses concepts to represent truths, which in turn convince us that we are separate from these truths. This is not the case. All truths that we identify, in psychology, physics, chemistry, biology, are still the strings that pull us towards every action, thought, and event. As a matter of fact, even the acknowledgement of these truths is the result of these truths in action. We must not fall for the dichotomy of separation from us from the truth we discover.
There is something that cannot be explained. It is a certain something that if named, would do it no justice. In fact, in order to know it, it may be necessary to be forced to search for it. It is that which gives green its greenness, love its love-ness, but also that which undermines the power of any thought. It begins to be discovered when we decide to think “let go” and also to feel “let go”. We may then think: ” Well this too is a thought” but it is the thought to end all thoughts, and in that silence, the principle I speak of is noticed, because it is all that is left over when thought is abandoned, and so one has no choice but to notice.
I do not believe that our society is short on truth-seekers, I believe society is short on truth seekers of a certain kind. See, there are some people born with this innate vision that sees existence as the shocking thing it is, and this encourages one to “figure it all out.” By the time those in our society are culturally conditioned, figuring it all out comes to mean acquiring facts in order to build a paradigm within which this reality makes sense. But for a moment, consider an alternative way of “figuring it all out”:
by Laura Fox
We assume it to be more valid than say dream states or other forms of Altered States of Consciousness (ASC) such as visions, trance, hypnosis, meditative states or hallucinations brought on by substances such as ayahuasca.
But what if this assumption is wrong? What if the realms we visit in an ASC such as dreams, are in fact just as valid, real and important (or perhaps more so) than everyday waking consciousness?
Evidence from perception science as well as quantum physics suggest this may in fact be the case. Furthermore, a deeper look into the ASC phenomenon itself reveals it may be more valuable than many of us appreciate today with dramatic implications for humanity on an individual and collective level.
The Science Behind Our Experience
The brain does a lot of work behind the scenes to create a coherent, stable and predictable experience. The following are two examples from perception that demonstrate this: Colour vision and the blind spot test.
Cannabis is gracing the cover of the latest issue of Natural Geographic. Inside is a comprehensive look by Hampton Sides on how researchers worldwide are deepening their understanding of what one organic chemist calls a “medicinal treasure trove.”
via National Geographic:
Even into the middle of the 20th century, science still didn’t understand the first thing about marijuana. What was inside it and how it worked remained a mystery. Because of its illegality and tainted image, few serious scientists wanted to besmirch their reputations by studying it.
Then one day in 1963 a young organic chemist in Israel named Raphael Mechoulam, working at the Weizmann Institute of Science outside Tel Aviv, decided to peer into the plant’s chemical composition. It struck him as odd that even though morphine had been teased from opium in 1805 and cocaine from coca leaves in 1855, scientists had no idea what the principal psychoactive ingredient was in marijuana. “It was just a plant,” says Mechoulam, now 84. “It was a mess, a mélange of unidentified compounds.”
So Mechoulam called the Israeli national police and scored five kilos of confiscated Lebanese hashish. He and his research group isolated—and in some cases also synthesized—an array of substances, which he injected separately into rhesus monkeys. Only one had any observable effect. “Normally the rhesus monkey is quite an aggressive individual,” he says. But when injected with this compound, the monkeys became emphatically calm. “Sedated, I would say,” he recalls with a chuckle.
by Arjun Walia
The clip below is from Dirt The Movie, and it features Wangari Maathai, a Kenyan environmental and political activist who tells an inspiring tale of doing the best you can under seemingly insurmountable odds.
With so much new information coming to light, we’ve all asked ourselves the same question: “What can we do to effect change?” Whether it’s the prevention of war or deforestation to the spraying of pesticides on our foods, there seem to be hundreds, if not thousands, of areas where people would like to see change occur. This can be frustrating sometimes, because the solutions to these problems are already at hand. The problem lies within humanity itself and the way we treat each other. We create invisible barriers between us that make it impossible to work together and fix things, and at the same time there are those with tremendous power pulling strings behind the scenes, making it more difficult to even try to implement these solutions. Regardless of what issue we’re talking about, the list of available solutions is quite long, and we’ve provided countless examples of this on our website.
So many people are starting to see all of this information and ponder the question, “What can I do about it?” The answer is simple, be like this hummingbird.
Are The Odds Of Changing The World Really Unlikely? No!
Are the chances of changing the world really as slight as they seem? To be honest, no, and we are only starting to witness just how much of an impact we can have as one human race if we come together in a peaceful manner to bring attention to what is clearly important. The problem is not our inability to create and implement new ideas; our potential as a human race is huge. The problem is our consciousness and that “thing” within our thinking minds that prevents us all from coming together to create change.
You often hear saddening statistics about the rate of deforestation from ecologically-minded friends and the news, but how often do you hear about the good that is being carried out to reverse environmental damage? Not as often, that’s for sure.
Therefore relish this news story, which features more than 45,000 people coming together to set the Guinness World Record for single-day reforestation efforts.
As stated by Ecuador’s president, Rafael Correa, “Ecuador broke a world record for reforestation Saturday, as thousands of people pitched in to plant 647,250 trees of more than 200 species.”
On May 16, 2015, thousands of people gathered to volunteer and reforest the Earth.
It is futile to fight one habit by another habit
Questioner: If I understand you rightly, awareness alone and by itself is sufficient to dissolve both the conflict and the source of it. I am perfectly aware, and have been for a long time, that I am ‘snobbish.’ What prevents my getting rid of snobbishness?Krishnamurti: The questioner has not understood what I mean by awareness. If you have a habit, the habit of snobbishness for instance, it is no good merely to overcome this habit by another, its opposite. It is futile to fight one habit by another habit. What rids the mind of habit is intelligence. Awareness is the process of awakening intelligence, not creating new habits to fight the old ones. So, you must become conscious of your habits of thought, but do not try to develop opposite qualities or habits. If you are fully aware, if you are in that state of choiceless observation, then you will perceive the whole process of creating a habit and also the opposite process of overcoming it. This discernment awakens intelligence, which does away with all habits of thought. We are eager to get rid of those habits which give us pain or which we have found to be worthless, by creating other habits of thought and assertions. This process of substitution is wholly unintelligent. If you will observe you will find that mind is nothing but a mass of habits of thought and memories. By merely overcoming these habits by others, the mind still remains in prison, confused and suffering. It is only when we deeply comprehend the process of self-protective reactions, which become habits of thought, limiting all action, that there is a possibility of awakening intelligence, which alone can dissolve the conflict of opposites. – Krishnamurti, Collected Works, Vol. III,73,Choiceless Awareness
Joe Dispenza, D.C., studied biochemistry at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in neuroscience. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life University in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating magna cum laude. Dr. Dispenza’s postgraduate training and continuing education has been in neurology, neuroscience, brain function and chemistry, cellular biology, memory formation, aging and longevity. Joe Dispenza was featured in the award winning film, What The Bleep Do We Know?This lecture provides basic yet powerful information on how to co-create ones day and how to use focused concentration, repetition, and visualization (mental rehearsing) to rewire the brain. These are skills we can all harness.
Time if a finite and a calculated thing right? Well if you are going by chronos time then the answer is yes. But what if I were to tell you that there is a completely different perceptional view of time that is actually what you are looking for? This new type of time is called kairos time.
According to ancient Greek there are two different ways of viewing and experiencing time. The first is known as chronos or chronological time. This is the type of sequential time that most people focus their lives around. Working 8 hour days, having weekends off, taking an hour off for lunch are all examples of the strict scheduling of your chronos time.
There is another time, or experience of time, that they also talk about in ancient Greek called Kairos time. Kairos time is “the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment)”. Kairos time ” signifies a time lapse, a moment of indeterminate time in which everything happens.” – wikipedia
This is the now moment, the timeless experience of universal flow where is seems like either regular time doesn’t matter, slows down, or stops completely. There are people out there doing research to learn more about this type of flowing experience because it is often linked to super human perception, eureka inspiration, divine creativity, and powerful life changing moments.
As shared by Associated Press, the Agriculture Department has developed a new government certification and labeling for foods that are free of genetically modified ingredients. This eventful move by the USDA comes as a response form consumer groups’ pushing for mandatory labeling of GMOs.
The first of its kind, this certification would be voluntary and companies would have to pay for it. If approved, however, the foods would be able to carry a “USDA Process Verified” label along with a claim that they are free of GMOs.
The costs of homelessness is rarely discussed. We mostly hear statistics about the number of children living on the streets, the vast number of hungry individuals fed in soup kitchens, and the dangers that homeless families face during severe weather. As communities, we pull together by donating to food banks and participating in homeless outreach programs, even though government regulations are putting limits on where and how we can help the homeless. (see: 90 Year Old Man Arrested for Feeding the Homeless).
We are naturally inclined to want to help people in need, but most of us don’t understand the economics of caring for the homeless.
The Costs of Homelessness
Often funded by government subsidies, charity organizations and sometimes private patrons, taking care of the homeless carries a significant price tag, once you add up the cost of running emergency shelters and transitional housing, collecting and distributing food and clothing, offering mental health, rehabilitation and employment assistance, etc. What do these costs amount to?
Ted Clugston, Mayor of Medicine Hat – a small town in Canada that has recently reached its goal of eliminating homelessness – estimates that it costs up to $100,000 a year to “support” a person that lives on the street, versus about $20,000 a year that it would cost to house someone. Why is the cost of homelessness so high? In addition to the services listed above, Clungston found that homelessness also carries with it indirect costs such as increased emergency room visits and more interactions with the police.
How many cups of coffee do you drink every day? In fact, the average American drinks more than three cups a day, which makes it 400 million cups for the whole population per day! Can you imagine how much trash is being produced in the country from the disposable coffee cups only?
Of course, cardboard coffee cups are neutral to the environment as they can be recycled a few times. But what about the styrofoam ones? According to the US Environmental Protection Agency, 25 billion styrofoam cups are thrown out in the US every year, and it will take more than 500 years for this waste to decompose.
Now, a new start-up based in California has come up with an awesome idea for coffee lovers which could help solve two environmental issues at the same time – the problems of excessive waste and deforestation.
The company called Reduce. Reuse. Grow. has created a biodegradable coffee cup which can be buried in the ground after being used and will then plant the seeds embedded in its fibers. Moreover, the seeds embedded in the cup are native to the area where it is bought! Till now, these are only California seeds, but the company plans to expand its activity to other states if its campaign on KickStarter goes well.
by Gary Z McGee
“Doing new things invariably means obstacles. A new path is, by definition, uncleared. Only with persistence and time can we remove debris and impediments. Only in struggling with impediments that made others quit can we find ourselves on untrodden territory –only by persisting and resisting can we learn what others were too impatient to be taught.” ~ Ryan Holiday, The Obstacle is the Way
The obstacle, the problem, the hindrance, the difficulty, the complication, the impediment, the whatever-is-standing-in-your-way, is not in the way. It is the way! As this ancient Zen parable reveals, “every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.”
It’s the very thing that will make you stronger, more resolute, and more robust. It’s the struggle that will sharpen you into an instrument powerful enough to cut through all red tape. It’s the rub that will polish you into a more refined version of yourself. Within every obstacle is an opportunity to enhance our current condition, we just have to be present with it.
The obstacle isn’t to be avoided. It is to be confronted. It should be embraced and transformed into an excuse to be courageous. It should be transcended in order to provide purpose. Taking the “easy” way is not always the best way. Like Darnell Lamont Walker said, “Sometimes our walls exist just to see who has the strength to knock them down.” Indeed, knock those walls down and then build steps that can launch you into an adventure of the most high. It’s actually the struggle of life that makes life great. It’s a matter of disposition: get busy growing or get busy idling.
by Wes Annac, Contributor | Waking Times
It can be easy to forget why we’re here or why we’re doing everything we are, and it can especially be easy to give up and turn to things that distract us from our purpose and keep us from helping others. We have to persevere when the stresses pile up and we don’t feel like we can handle it all, because we know on a deeper level that we can.
It’s common knowledge in the conscious community that we’re capable of more than we realize at the surface, and to do anything significant to advance our collective evolution, we have to recognize that we’re infinite and find the inspiration to help the world in ways we enjoy.
Along the way, we’ll inevitably meet difficulties and stresses that we’ll have to persevere through, but we’ll come out of it all with a new inner wellspring of knowledge and experience.
The stresses will be difficult to navigate if we don’t learn to tap in to our intuitive wisdom, and our intuition, along with the higher consciousness we access through it, will help us through any hard times that confront us.
Everything gets easier when we realize that we aren’t on this journey alone, and we have the intuitive assistance of the higher self and, I’d imagine, plenty of other guides who can be with us if we request their assistance.
by Arjun Walia
It’s May 23rd and millions of people across the planet are gathering (again) to voice their desire to no longer have a corporation like Monsanto in control of the entire global food supply. It’s become known as the “March Against Monsanto” and it’s become so large over the years that it has gained the attention of the mainstream media, who continually present this topic as if it is debatable. They seem to do this despite the fact that the information and science clearly point to one thing – that GMOs should in no way be approved completely safe for human consumption. A large majority of nations feel the same way, having imposed bans or severe restrictions of GM food products citing health and environmental concerns. Russia is a great recent example, but there several dozen great examples.
It’s quite a remarkable time to be alive right now, because millions of people around the globe are starting to look at what has been taking place on our planet and as a result, they’re coming together in an effort to change it. This has been happening with regards to multiple topics that include police brutality, government secrecy, war, water fluoridation, vaccinations, and various other “controversial” topics where information continues to come out into the public domain. One of the best examples showing that yes, we can make big changes on our planet is the growing global resistance against big biotech corporations like Monsanto. They manufacture Genetically Modified Food(GM) and the world’s most widely used pesticides – including the ones that are commonly sprayed on our food. Despite the fact that studies have outlined various dangers associated with these pesticides, and pesticide accumulation in the human body is dramatically reduced when eating organic (see studies here), they are still approved completely safe for consumption, and the same goes for GMOs.
The more I ponder about life, the more I come to one solid realisation: The biggest curse and predicament of modern Man is forgetfulness. Like a creeping malaise, forgetfulness has seeped through all of Man’s being and doing. Individually, collectively, historically or culturally, we are spellbound to forget.
We haven’t only forgot our past but also our place in the present and our responsibility of the future. On a personal level, our ego-based state of consciousness is on a mission to keep us in this state of forgetfulness – to break the link to our being as a whole and to the interconnected web of life and universal consciousness. On a collective level, this forgetfulness is perpetuated and reinforced by social and cultural means – mainly by being tranced into a reality of unconscious consumerism, inauthentic lifestyles and a materialistic mindset.
The brighter side of it is that we all have the chance to re-member and re-connect to ourselves and the universe at large. The power of remembering is at the centre of the spiritual path to self-discovery and realisation.
Here is a list of what I believe we have forgotten, or more importantly, a list of things to remember:
1. We forgot our place in the natural world:
In the last couple of hundred years we have detached ourselves from nature. We have exploited, ravaged, consumed and attempted to control nature to appease our greed driven by self-absorbed madness. We tried to distance ourselves from the natural circle of life. We forgot how to listen to and understand the natural rhythms and cycles of the earth – its signs and languages. We forgot to follow nature’s path and live in balance with it.
2. We forgot our connection to life and the cosmos:
By detaching ourselves from nature, we forgot that we are deeply connected to it and to the cycles of the universe. Some tribes on the outskirts of ‘civilisation’, and who still follow ancestral ways, have preserved this connection with respect and reverence. We, on the other hand have instilled a sense of separateness which drove us out of balance and in dis-ease. We forgot how all consciousness is interconnected and weaved into a delicate and beautiful dance.
by Frank M Wanderer
We live here on Earth, together with billions of fellow human beings. That we live is an irrefutable empirical fact. Similarly, the fact that other people live on Earth, too, is also an empirical fact. We do not merely live, however, but we are also personalities.
We are personalities who are similar to each other in various respects, and largely different from each other in other respects. That we are personalities, different from each other is also an empirical fact for us. Out of these two experiences, however, only one is true, the other is deception. Only one is a fact, the other is an illusion, and the biggest illusion in the world at that.
The Beginnings of the Illusion
Let us take a closer look and examine which of the two experiences is true and whcih is a mere illusion.
Our life in this world begins when we are born. It is obvious that we are alive, but we are not yet a personality. At that time only the simplicity and greatness of the present, the existence is known to us.
The society, and its culture, is what shapes us into personalities while we grow up. We become a personality when our Ego is born. This is an inevitable step in the evolution of the Consciousness, so there is nothing wrong with that. The Ego is born, the separate little Self, as a focus of the Consciousness. That little Self obtains experience about itself and the world. In the natural course of evolution and as a result of the experience gathered, the Ego withdraws to give way to the process as a result of which Consciousness awakens to its own existence through a human form.
The progress of this evolutionary process can, however, be impeded by an illusion: the illusion that the individual is becoming somebody, a personality. We begin to become somebody, a personality, when we start to identify with the Ego, with that separate little Self. Under that illusion we believe that the Ego is a reality, and we are identical with the Ego, and the development of the separate little Self is in fact the foundation of our personal development. Nowadays it is virtually impossible to avoid that kind of illusion, since mankind has lived in it for thousands of years. The deception has become independent, and the illusion of the Ego is now a reality for the entire mankind, including, naturally, us.
According to a number of dictionaries, slavery is defined as
“Slavery; bondage, servitude refer to involuntary subjection to another or others. Slavery emphasizes the idea of complete ownership and control by a master: to be sold into slavery. Bondage indicates a state of subjugation or captivity often involving burdensome and degrading labor: in bondage to a cruel master. Servitude is compulsory service, often such as is required by a legal penalty: penal servitude. 4. moil, labor.”
Typically we don’t correlate our experiences with reality as one of slave and master. Most all humans are in servitude to their reality. Reality becomes this clutching and controlling force selectively allowing what we will and will not control or so the illusion seems. Regardless of our class, cultural or monetary status we are all in this illusionary state of servitude. We are chemically bonded to the illusion.
The illusion is experienced in layers. Servitude is supported by a series of applications we call rules and laws. The purpose of rules and laws is to maintain the structure or shape of the overall reality; the main playing field. What we view as morality, principles, various forms of etiquette/manners, ambition, class, civilized, values etc., are all structured social rules put in place to regulate and keep our animal nature under control. How these rules play out is based on the cultural code of each environment. These rules are immediately adapted according to where we are born. Because of this automatic adaptation very few will see through the smoke and mirrors of reality from its most basic platform of operation. This is not to say that this was not an essential edifice based on the level of consciousness from which human beings were operating and continue to operate.
by Laura Weber
As far as the consciousness movement in concerned, when we talk about the ego self or the physical mind, we often throw the baby out with the bathwater. What I mean by that is we have identified the limitations of the ego or physical mind in and of itself which has its truth, yet often we are advised to go so far against the ego and the physical mind that we completely negate its value and purpose and go from one imbalanced extreme to the other.
Simply put, if we had no need for our physical mind and our personal ego, we would not have one in the first place. I have more than once heard channels and spiritual luminaries describe life as a human on earth at this specific time as a sort of Harvard university for the soul. In other words, in the scope of the entire expansive universe, the experience of being a human on earth right now is an experience of unprecedented and extreme transformation from dark to light, from forgetfulness to remembrance of who we are, and from the experience of ourselves as individuals to our recollection of our true state of oneness with all that is.
Yet if we look at the nature of our reality in this 3rd dimensional existence, we will see that it is the ego which provides much of the framework with which we are able to experience this reality that we do. If you were to imagine ‘higher’ dimensions or the feeling of being at a higher rate of vibration, how would you imagine that would feel? I get the feeling of spaciousness, quickness, coolness, light, peace, and expansion. In contrast, our reality in this domain can feel uptight, full of struggle, turmoil, extremes, excitement, and upheaval.