Jan 17

Cultivating Consciousness in an Unconscious World

By Richard Smoley

2007-2-6-inspiration_photos30900822Politicians constantly evade the truth. Why can they get away with it? According to a recent study conducted at Harvard University, it’s because people have such terrible attention spans.

Behavioural scientist Todd Rogers of the Harvard Kennedy School and Michael I. Norton of the Harvard Business School conducted a simple experiment to see when and whether people can detect a dodge. They recorded a speaker answering a question about universal health care (a controversial issue in the US). Then they attached the same answer to three separate questions: the original question about health care, one on illegal drug use, and a third about terrorism. Amazingly, subjects found the speaker just as trustworthy when he gave the response about health care to a question about illegal drug use – a related but different subject – as when he responded to the original question about health care. Moreover, when quizzed immediately afterward, almost none of the subjects could remember exactly what question had been asked.

Part of the reason for these findings, Rogers believes, is simply that humans have poor attention spans. Poor attention is “universal to all animals that we managed to study,” says Rogers. “Though we don’t realise it, we go through our lives detecting just the gist of what’s going on. Even if we wanted to pay attention to each answer, we would have a limited capacity” to do so. Another, related reason is that when people are listening to a speaker, they are taking in nonverbal signals such as body language, facial expressions, and likability. In short, even when doing something as simple as listening to a speaker, the audience is overwhelmed by information, enabling politicians to dodge answers without appearing to.

These findings have more than a theoretical importance. Faced with economic and social crisis, and haunted by the spectre of global conflict, famine, and environmental collapse, people are demanding change. At the same time, however, there is a widespread suspicion of all political and economic ideologies. World civilisation at this point is like a sick man who shifts restlessly in bed, unable to find a comfortable position. It may be that what is needed is not a change in ideologies, but a change in consciousness.

The problem goes deeper than merely detecting whether a politician has answered a question or not. Many of the world’s great spiritual traditions frequently tell us that we live in illusion. The twentieth-century spiritual teacher G.I. Gurdjieff said, “A modern man lives in sleep, in sleep he is born and in sleep he dies.” The contemporary Tibetan lama Tarthang Tulku writes, “Because our powers of self-observation are usually not well developed, we are often blind to our suffering.” Could they be saying that it’s our poor capacity for attention that is keeping us in cognitive bondage?

Proposed remedies for this chronic and widespread attention-deficit disorder vary to some degree. For Gurdjieff, the answer lay (at least in part) in what he called self-remembering: an attention that is divided between the world outside and the world within. How does this work in practice? One Gurdjieffian teacher pointed out to me how, under ordinary circumstances, when you look out the window, your attention goes with it. In a certain sense you go out the window as well. Your sense of yourself is lost. To counter this, he suggested that when you look out a window, you keep some attention for yourself, even if it’s something as simple as a conscious awareness of a hand or a foot. “When you look out the window,you don’t go out the window,” as he put it.

For Tarthang Tulku, the answer lies along a slightly different route. He believes that our failure of attention has to do with a deep-seated fear of discomfort. Our suffering goes on under the surface, and we refuse to touch it out of avoidance of the emotional pain that it would bring. One alternative that he recommends is not only to touch the pain, but to explore it – to feel it as fully as possible. “Whenever we are caught in a physical or mental conflict, we can focus on it, heat it up, go into the centre of it,” he says. Going directly into psychological pain in this way will often transform it into a new, dynamic, and more creative energy.

There are many other approaches, but the point is the same: to sharpen and focus a capacity for attention does not forget what question was asked, that does not go out the window. In this the seed of will is sown. The British occultist Charles R. Tetworth writes about the training of a magician:





Jan 17

The Unified Field: How We Change the World

Artistic-view-of-the-Higgs-FieldI hope that we all at one time in our lives have said out loud (or at least to ourselves) that we’d love to change the world; to really make a difference and leave our mark. Who doesn’t want to find their unique gifts and share them with the world so that our presence echoes on future generations for the rest of eternity? Whoo!!!…now, some might say that’s a little egoic and reaching, but we ARE eternal beings! And how does one grow but to stretch out and reach high and expand?

Now, even if you’ve never once thought such a thing, what remains is the fact that we are all born with unique gifts to share and an individual energy signature that is completely our own. It is shaped and formed by choices, emotions, feelings, joys and traumas from past experiences across all lives in all time and space. The frequency our signature resonates at translates into what some would call our “level of conscious awareness”. It is another way of saying how much experience you have had as a physical incarnation here on Earth and how much you’ve applied what you have learned from your experiences collectively.

By choosing to be born human, we also are gifted with the ability to be innately connected to every other human being via a cosmic thread of life-force energy. This energy is what we draw empathy from and it comes directly from the Heart Space. When you are in true alignment with the Universe, you are also aligned with this energy as the Universe IS this energy. For some, it is very difficult to connect with this energy even though it is our natural state (resonance of peace). When we are feeling like we are not enough or have very low self-esteem, then we have misaligned from the path the Universe has set, and this will manifest itself in all areas of our lives if we do nothing.

But what if we DO do something? What if we do make a conscious effort to put a positive light into the world? What difference does it truly make in our own lives and in the lives of others? Perhaps you’ve heard of the theory of a unified field of consciousness?

John Hagelin, PhD takes us through the following video, “Is Consciousness the Unified Field?”




Jan 17

Curing Cancer With Holistic Medicine?

Abundance-1024x631-768x473Can cancer be cured? Can it be cured with holistic medicine? The answer to both of these questions is yes. Many people have done so and many continue to do so. Unfortunately, in the United States and elsewhere, we are taught from a very young age that pharmaceutical medicine is all there. We are taught that the pharmaceutical industry is still “searching for a cure.” We are taught that vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids and phytonutrients play little or no role in cellular health (which contradicts basic biochemistry).

The pharmaceutical industry has compromised the health of our world. It relies on false assertions under claims of “hard science,” when in fact, all of the big “scientific studies” being conducted is backed and paid for by the pharmaceutical industry itself. Of course they aren’t going to promote natural cures. It would bankrupt them within months and would end their false charade.

As Dr. Sunil Pai M.D. states in an interview, “Follow the money. What is the biggest industry right now? It’s the cancer care industry. So the average cancer care for a person from Stage I to Stage IV will range anywhere from $350,000- $1,400,000 by the end of stage IV.” Revealing the truth about cancer and the pharmaceutical industry would immediately put an end to numerous jobs in the Food and Drug Administration, the American Cancer Society, the Rockefeller Institute, the American Medical Association and many others. Sadly, the truth has been covered up in the name of greed and profit.

Additionally, taking information on how to live a healthy life from the pharmaceutical-backed western medical doctors is quite ironic. As Dr. Leonard Coldwell states in an interview:

“The medical doctors, statistically, has the shortest lifespan of 56 years of age on average, the highest abuse of alcohol and drugs, the highest suicide rate (only the psychiatrists are higher), and so you go to somebody that has the lowest life span, highest suicide rate, highest drug abuse rate, to ask them how to have a healthy, happy, long life? I think we should rethink our way of thinking.” 


Dr. Coldwell is someone who has cured over 35,000 patients of different cancers. His cure rate also sits at 92.3%, which means that for every 100 people who have come to him for help to cure their cancer, he has successfully cured 92 of them. Quite impressive. Dr. Coldwell’s tips for right diet when treating or trying to prevent cancer can be seen here.




Jan 17

Does Matter Exist Or Is It All Just An Illusion?

a-multiverse-of-possibility“Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.”

– Quote attributed to Albert Einstein

Yes, this is quite a bold statement, if true, that would certainly demand some sort of evidence or mathematical proof to back it up. It may seem like a paradox that the things which we can see and touch are nonexistent. However, there is an answer to this, which may be found in the bold and exciting (relatively) new science of quantum physics.

In ages past, it was believed that what we can see and touch, like a rock for instance, was the elements, in other words, matter. However, as science developed, such as chemistry, and much more recently quantum physics, it had been observed that matter seems to exist on one hand, but once one takes a deep look into the heart of the matter (no pun intended), there seems as if there is nothing. In atoms, you have mostly protons, neutrons and electrons. However, electrons for example, are insignificantly microscopic and spread out over enormous distances. Inbetween them, there is what is perceived as empty space. In fact, 99.99999% of an atom is this so-called ‘empty space’. Even if we look into electrons, protons, etc, we see that there is yet more open space. Gluons, neutrinos and the like are also in there somewhere but no matter how far into these particles we look, there is not anything that we can say quantifiably that it is the building block of all of this. What’s more, electrons literally possess no dimension. An electron is simply not an object as we know it. There is nothing. However, our eyes and observations are fooling us because indeed this nothing is something but we can not quantifiably say it is something and therefore it is nothing. There has to exist an energy that holds all these particles together like a sort of glue, or else matter would not exist because it would be akin to having a rock turn into sand that can not stay together as a rock any longer.

There have been some notable quantum physicists, such as Dr. Fred Alan Wolf, that have been looking to fuse science with spirituality…and with relative success. Below is from an article attributed to Dr. Wolf concerning his perception of this most-interesting issue at hand.

Quantum physics has thus brought about a radical new understanding both of the particles and the void. In  subatomic physics, mass is no longer seen as a material  substance but is recognized as a form of energy. When a  piece of seemingly solid matter–a rock or a human hand or  the limb of a tree–is placed under a powerful electronic  microscope: the electron-scanning microscope, with the power  to magnify several thousand times, takes us down  into a realm that has the look of the sea about  it… In the kingdom of corpuscles, there is transfiguration and there is samsara, the endless  round of birth and death. Every passing second,  some 2-1/2 million red cells are born; every  second, the same number die. The typical cell  lives about 110 days, then becomes tired and  decrepit. There are no lingering deaths here, for  when a cell loses its vital force, it somehow  attracts the attention of macrophage.

As the magnification increases, the flesh does  begin to dissolve. Muscle fiber now takes on a  fully crystaline aspect. We can see that it is  made of long, spiral molecules in orderly array.  And all of these molecules are swaying like wheat  in the wind, connected with one another and held  in place by invisible waves that pulse many  trillions of times a second. What are the molecules made of? As we move closer,  we see atoms, the tiny shadowy balls dancing  around their fixed locations in the molecules,  sometimes changing position with their partners in  perfect rhythms. And now we focus on one of the  atoms; its interior is lightly veiled by a cloud  of electrons. We come closer, increasing the  magnification. The shell dissolves and we look on  the inside to find…nothing.

Somewhere within that emptiness, we know is a  nucleus. We scan the space, and there it is, a  tiny dot. At last, we have discovered something  hard and solid, a reference point. But no! as we  move closer to the nucleus, it too begins to  dissolve. It too is nothing more than an  oscillating field, waves of rhythm. Inside the  nucleus are other organized fields: protons,  neutrons, even smaller “particles.” Each of these,  upon our approach, also dissolve into pure rhythm. These days they (the scientists) are looking for  quarks, strange subatomic entities, having  qualities which they describe with such words as  upness, downness, charm, strangeness, truth,  beauty, color, and flavor. But no matter. If we  could get close enough to these wondrous quarks,  they too would melt away. They too would have to  give up all pretense of solidity. Even their speed  and relationship would be unclear, leaving them  only relationship and pattern of vibration.




Jan 16

The Outer Limits of Truth Radio Interviews Dylan Charles, Editor of Waking Times

consciousenss-cosmic-spiritby Dylan Charles, Editor | Waking Times

Image3For your consideration, Ryan McCormick of The Outer Limits of Truth Radio recently asked for an interview, to which I agreed even though I have rarely accepted requests for interviews. Please follow the link below for the full interview plus a soul analysis and psychic reading, which are both quite interesting. In the interview we talk a bit about my personal journey in life and of several major moments of transformation, some of the articles I’ve written, a bit about my personal experiences with plant medicines, as well as the current state of the world, the awakening, and the human condition.

Interview link, here.

All in all, it was a fun interview and quite an honor, as Ryan’s show has featured some amazing guests, of which you can check out in his archive page, here.



Jan 16

Neuroscientist Finds Telepathic Abilities In Multiple Autistic Children: Can All Humans Do It?

brainby Arjun Walia

What we label as autism covers a vast spectrum. One autistic child may be able to communicate perfectly and perform normal daily life tasks, while others can barely move, and still others can’t communicate at all. You also have children under this label known as autistic “savants” who show extraordinary abilities.  This is why it’s more commonly referred to as autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Some savants are able to perform extreme mathematical calculations in their head, similar to a calculator or computer, and others have remarkable artistic ability spanning across a variety of subjects. The list of abilities seen in savants is long, and one ability that could one day be added to that list is telepathy.

Unfortunately, it’s commonly believed that the autistic children who lack movement and communication are ‘not there.’ Yet some evidence suggests they are not only aware, but have greater mental abilities than the average person. The communication barrier may be preventing them from sharing that with us, but perhaps we’ve been missing something?

Although often ridiculed, many scientists have been studying and publishing papers on human telepathy for decades, making some unbelievable observations with statistically significant results. In fact, in 1999 a statistics professor at UC Irvine published a paper showing that parapsychological experiments have produced much stronger results than those showing a daily dose of aspirin helps prevent a heart attack.

Some more examples will be provided later in the article, but for now, if you’d like to see a selected list of downloadable peer-reviewed journal articles reporting studies of psychic phenomena, mostly published in the 21st century, you can click here.

Telepathy is one ability included in the parapsychology group. Others include remote viewing, near death experiences (NDEs), and out of body experiences (OBEs).

Evidence For Telepathy Among Some Nonverbal Autistic Children 

Diane Powell, M.D, is an author, public speaker, researcher, and practicing neuropsychiatrist. Her education is extensive, and she’s worked with some of the best minds of the century, including several Nobel laureates. She studied biophysics and neuroscience during her undergraduate years,  has worked in neurochemistry, and attended John Hopkins School of Medicine. She co-published research on the genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease with Marshal Folstein and did neuroscience research in Joseph Coyle’s laboratory. After receiving her medical degree in 1983, she stayed at Johns Hopkins to complete postdoctoral training in medicine, neurology, and psychiatry. In July 1987, Dr. Powell joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School, where she taught neuropsychiatry and gained experience in cross-cultural psychiatry and mind-body medicine. She moved in July 1989 to engage in molecular biology research at the University of California at San Diego during the Human Genome Project.




Jan 13

That which knows is that which is known

downloadby Brian Thompson

That which knows cannot be separate from that which is known.

Experience, therefore, is non-dual. All seemingly separate parts of that which is perceived are One.

Separation exists only as an idea within the mind—it does not exist in Reality. Reality is all-inclusive, empty of concepts.

That which knows is that which is known.

Consciousness precedes all that is known.

Before any thought, belief, or concept, and before any sensation or perception, consciousness is.

Before you conceive any problem, you are aware. Before any concept of “me” arises, consciousness is. Before anything, awareness is.

Nothing can appear without the awareness for it to arise within.

No longer be burdened by that which you conceptually layer on top of your non-dual presence. Revert to your original nature.




Jan 13

Awakening from the Illusion of Separated Existence

Image1by 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: the biggest illusion of the world.

The Beginnings of the Illusion

Let us take a closer look and examine which of the two experiences is true and which 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 theillusion of the Ego is now a reality for the entire mankind, including naturally us.






Jan 12

Role Playing ~ It’s Only a Game – Alan Watts



Jan 12

Quantum Rainbows

Image1by Paul Levy

(An excerpt from Paul’s upcoming book, The Quantum Revelation: A Modern-Day Spiritual Treasure)

The appearance of a rainbow is made up of the interaction of raindrops, sunlight and our consciousness. By itself—from its own side—a rainbow has no existence in our universe prior to being observed. This is to say that there is no intrinsic, independent, objective rainbow that exists separate from the observing consciousness. Being a function of our observation, if no one were there observing it, there would be no rainbow. There is no physical rainbow existing somewhere out there in space; the rainbow is only to be found within—and not separate from—the very mind that is observing it. The highest Buddhist teachings—and now quantum physics—says that our physical universe is similar in this regard to a rainbow.

Just like a rainbow can’t be said to exist until the moment that it is observed, quantum entities can’t be said to exist until the moment of observation; the act of observation is truly creative. The quantum entities that make up what seems to be solid matter (let’s use, for example, a tree) are no more like the thing we call a tree than the raindrops are like the thing we call a rainbow. Just as a rainbow is the outcome between the raindrops and our consciousness, the tree is the result of the interaction between the quantum entities that compose it and ourselves. This is to say that in the case of the seemingly solid, three-dimensional world, there is one necessary ingredient: an observing consciousness. This isn’t some New Agey gobbledygook, but simply the logical outcome of following the insights of what quantum physics is revealing to us about the nature of the universe we live in.

If more than one person is seeing a rainbow, there is an unexamined assumption that this means that the rainbow is “really there,” i.e., that there is an objectively existing rainbow that they are all seeing. If a number of observers are seeing what seems to be one and the same rainbow, however, it is not accurate to say they are seeing the same rainbow. A rainbow appears in a different place for each observer—in fact, when any one of us sees a rainbow, each of our eyes sees a slightly different rainbow. Its position is context-dependent, rather than being innate; if we move, it moves. In a very real sense, there are as many rainbows as there are observers; each observer is seeing their own private rainbow. It is as if there is an infinite superposition of rainbows existing in a state of potentiality, each one inhabiting a virtual world until the moment it is observed.

Similar to how there is not one “objective” rainbow that exists as an “object-per-se,” quantum physics has discovered that there is no invariant way the universe “really is.” To quote Philip K. Dick, “for every person there is a different universe which is the result of a mutual participation between him and the macrocosm, a field that is a syzygy between them.”[1] There is no single reality that all observers share. Wheeler writes in his notebook, “Idea, surely not new, that there is not ‘one world’ but as many worlds as observers.”

Dick continues, “If reality differs from person to person, can we speak of reality singular, or shouldn’t we really be talking about plural realities? And if there are plural realities, are some more true (more real) than others? What about the world of a schizophrenic?”[2] Are some of us more “in touch” with reality than others? It is easy to presume that the differences between people’s worlds is caused entirely by the subjectivity of the various human viewpoints, i.e., that people are just interpreting the one, objectively existing world differently. Quantum physics suggests that our situation might, however, be one of plural realities superimposed onto one another—akin to the potentiality of the wavefunction—like so many film transparencies. At any given moment, based on our observation, one of these transparencies takes on substantial form and appears, to our mind, to be the real and therefore only existing reality, while the other potential universes disappear as if they never existed.




Jan 12

The Biocrystal, Human Energy Field and Hyperdimensional Water

spiritual-blue-energyBy HoloFractal.net

The Biocrystal

The human energy field exists as an array of oscillating energy points that have a layered structure and a definite symmetry and these properties fulfill the definition of a normal crystal in material form” – Marc Vogel

The human body is a universe onto itself; a vast, intricate system of incredible sensitivity and detail. It has been the subject of wonder, philosophy and scientific study for centuries, yet its most elemental design is still shrouded in mystery. What is the relation of biological life to the Cosmos – to the fabric of space and time itself? Is our body the “earthen machine” of Descartes; an “automaton” of discrete mechanical function? Are we really locked in an endless struggle against the ticking clock of thermodynamic entropy – of increasing disorder – as is the view of contemporary physics? The fractal-holographic model sheds new light on these questions; a unified description of the Cosmos reveals its true relation to Man, a relationship so entangled, so intimate that the two cannot be viewed apart…

473969_10150701329305081_1506434851_oThe Immensity of Biological Complexity

xlarge_cell_nucleus-1_01The building block of life, the biological cell, is an entity of astonishing coherency; billions of chemical processes take place within it every second – metabolism, molecular transport, gene expression, DNA replication, extracellular communication, reproduction, cell differentiation just to name a few. There are 50 trillion cells in the human body and their combined DNA unraveled would cover the distance from the Earth to the Sun well over 400 times! All of this cooperates beautifully to maintain a living breathing organism adapted for interaction with an exterior universe of innumerable physical processes. What underlying physics can account for such extreme levels of organization? The laws of thermodynamic entropy do not readily explain the complexity of biological evolution, nor can it account for the elaborate function and cooperation of cells. In terms of conventional physics several questions begs to be answered in this regard, for how does 50 trillion cells act in flawless symphony? Or what natural process compelled the inert minerals of ancient Earth to form intricate cellular machinery in the first place? Calculations by laws of probability indicate that the time needed for universal forces to generate even as much as a single blade of grass by processes of trial and error would vastly exceed the postulated age of our universe, not even to mention the entire biosphere of Earth. Obviously there is a self-organizing element present here, a naturally inherent movement towards order and coherency; left alone the universe will produce incredible complexity on its own accord.

Another problem in our contemporary physics is known as the “anthropic principle”, a hypothesis put forth as a possible solution to a central question in modern cosmology: why and how did we end up here? By an as yet unexplained reason, our vast universe seems carefully tailored for the creation of complex life forms. The physical parameters of the natural forces that enable atomic structure, and thus molecular composition, is precisely where they need to be to form stable molecular chains such as the DNA-strand. Had e.g. the Strong force connecting the atom, been a fraction higher or lower biological life would be impossible. As would the fact that you are reading this text, which is what led to the anthropic principle: we are here because we live in a universe that allows us to be here. Sure enough, it’s a simplistic and circular argument, loosely based on the idea that there are countless universes out there, each one with different physical laws, ours being one that happens to allow life, and thus – us, and you reading this article. As is appropriate, many are dissatisfied with this hypothesis as its logically circular and fundamentally unprovable.

In short, there is a preeminent problem with modern physics, namely us – Life. Everything works pretty fine with current models but the presence of life poses a significant challenge to them. However, a unified theory of physics should be able to explain universal processes, from the microscopic to the macroscopic, including life, consciousness and everything it entails. Until such a theory exists, we really cannot claim to know what kind of cosmological phenomena we really are. Our vision of ourselves is still incomplete. The notion of a universe moving towards ever increasing disorder is disproven by our very existence; the living, breathing human body is a system of incomprehensible interconnectivity, intertwined with the universe at the very quantum level, and, as we shall see, the underlying matrix making this organization possible is the very space in which it exists.




Jan 11

The Butterfly Effect

What if one small event was taken away from your past? How would your life be now?



Jan 11

How Soon is Now: Initiation

downloadby Daniel Pinchbeck

There are two central elements to my thesis. First, I believe our social and technological development is an extension of biological evolution, following the same paradigm we see in the natural world, in many respects. Second, I see the ecological crisis as an initiation – a collective rite of passage – for humanity, forcing us to reach another level of consciousness , individually and as a species.

In traditional cultures, the function of initiation is to impel the young member of the tribe or community to overcome their ego-based identity. They undergo a dangerous, frightening ordeal which forces them to realize a visionary or transpersonal state. Once they have survived this passage, they have the capacity to take responsibility for the community as a whole, overcoming self-interest when necessary.

Similarly, I believe we have subconsciously self-willed the ecological mega-catastrophe in order to force ourselves to break free from limiting constructs and egotism. By undergoing a universal calamity, humanity can overcome hyper-individualism and alienation, becoming self-aware agents of a regenerative biosphere, constructing a new social design based on shared responsibility, mutual aid, and universal empathy. I also believe we require this crisis as it will force us to access dormant capacities of the Psyche – our psychic abilities, which include intuition, telepathy, and more.

We can understand the process we are undergoing as purposeful, teleological, and even, implicitly, designed – in the same way that nature designs, or orchestrates, conception, fetal development, and birth on the level of an individual organism. We find ourselves in an evolutionary trajectory that will ultimately lead to our extinction or to the collective realization that humanity, as a whole, constitutes a planetary super-organism: one unified being. We are in an ongoing, symbiotic relationship with the ecology of the Earth, as a whole system. The more we can prepare and awaken to our situation now, individually – choosing to pass through the portal of initiation, before disaster strikes – the less collective suffering may be experienced by humanity, as a whole.

In Non-Zero: The Logic of Human Destiny, Robert Wright proposes, “the entire 3-billion-year evolution of plants and animals is a process of epigenesis, the unfolding of a single organism. And that single organism isn’t really the human species, but rather the whole biosphere, encompassing all species.” Wright noted that humans keep developing increasingly larger and more complex forms of social organization over time – from the small tribe to the city-state, to national governments today, to extra-national bodies like the United Nations and the European Union. For Wright, this suggests an eventual transition to global government. I look at it slightly differently, and propose we will eventually transcend national governments by establishing a harmonic planetary orchestration, where local communities function like the cells and organs in an efficient, self-regulating body.


Daniel Pinchbeck Releases New Podcast, “How Soon is Now”

image2Daniel Pinchbeck and The Woke Network have just released a new podcast, “How Soon is Now,” which explores ecology, politics, spirituality, technology, and social change. This podcast looks at our current world and proposes new ideas and solution-oriented approaches to the problems facing us.

Two episodes have already been released. In the first, Daniel discusses our post-Trump reality and spiritual activism with thought leader Marianne Williamson and author Charles Eisenstein. In the second, Daniel is joined by Alnoor Ladha and Margaret Klein Salamon for a discussion about climate change, humanity’s place within the ecological system, and the Samurai perspective.

Daniel Pinchbeck talks about our strange post-Trump reality, spiritual activism, and “the more beautiful world we know in our hearts is possible” with thought leader Marianne Williamson and author Charles Eisenstein.

This podcast is available on iTunes — check it out here.




Jan 11

Open-Mindedness: The Key to A Bright Future

image1By Shift

Very few individuals can claim to be enlightened and those who are enlightened wouldn’t claim to be so. This curiosity of life leaves us with the reality that we are all experiencing a life of continuous growth or the opportunity for growth. Spiritual transcendence by minimizing the ego’s harmful influences over our actions is something that can be greatly helped by having an open mind and letting artificial blocks dissolve away.

Having an open mind is an essential factor in nurturing spiritual growth and conscious evolution. It acts as a humbling mechanism where we realize that we do not know everything there is to know in an objective way. It demonstrates an ability to allow other perceptions of reality and positions of awareness to become things that are looked at with great curiosity, with the possibility of taking away something that benefits our personal development and spiritual growth.

The importance of having an open mind cannot be stressed enough. Growth of any kind begins with open-mindedness. Look at a child and see the barrage of “Why?” questions and see how open that child is to learning and exploring new things. This is something that should never go away no matter how old we get and no matter how much we think we know. There is always room for more understanding.

If we stay narrow-minded with the belief that what we know is the truth of the matter and any differing view is a falsehood we can do severe damage to our path of spiritual transcendence, not to mention straining relationships with our friends and loved ones. As a wise man once said, listen to me but don’t believe me, because the truth that I proclaim is the truth as I experience it and is only the truth for me. No person alive today sees reality fully for the way it really is, but instead we all see reality through a subjective lens that’s been influenced by all the various life experiences we’ve had since we were born. Although some more than others are more aligned with objective Truth, we all have different perceptions of the one Reality which leads each of us to different understandings of the same things.





Jan 11

How To Let Go Of The Struggle In Manifestation

struggle-in-manifestation-790x381By Dylan Harper

Do you know how to let go of the struggle when trying to manifest something new? Letting go is perhaps the most important part of the manifestation process. This is especially true when it comes to the big dreams.

Because letting go is often a counterintuitive subject, I wanted to take a moment to explain the importance of it, and how to do it.

Lots of people believe that if they “let go” of their dreams, the dreams will not come to them.  They believe that in order to make the Law of Attraction work for these dreams, they must focus, focus, focus on what they want.

Now, focus CAN work, but it’s very important to understand that focus only works when it is accompanied with positive expectation.

When you pair focus with negative expectation, all you are focusing on is the fact that you don’t believe you are going to get what you want! Focusing on something you don’t believe you can have will result in you not receiving it.

So, what’s a conscious creator to do when he or she can’t focus on a subject in positive anticipation?

LET GO.  Honestly, you’ve got to let go.

Why let go of the struggle?

Holding on to a dream that is making you feel insecure, worried, anxious, angry or sad will not work for you.  You’ve got to let it go.

To be clear, letting go doesn’t tell the universe “I don’t want this thing.” Instead, letting go just says “I’m choosing to follow my happiness, and I’m choosing to let the universe figure this all out for me while I enjoy the ride.”

Letting go allows you to drop the negative focus/resistance that is holding you apart from your dream. It allows you to stop practicing the vibe that screams “I don’t think I can have this!!!”

For this reason, sometimes just the simple act of letting go is enough to snap a dream into focus.




Jan 10

A comedian explains why we need to challenge the stigma of psychedelics

psilocybe_mexicana_53966-1-770x469by Sam Woolfe

American comedian Shane Mauss is about to embark on his biggest tour to date. A Good Trip is a science-based psychedelic comedy show. In a recent interview about the tour, Mauss explained one of his aims – to erode the stigma surrounding the use of psychedelics.

Challenging public perceptions

Mauss wants to enable people to think about psychedelic substances in a different light. He said:

The show isn’t about getting high and doing something stupid like most drug humour. The show is about using humour to highlight the potential meditative benefits of psychedelic experience as meditative, therapeutic aids.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that he won’t talk about the weirdness of psychedelic experiences. In the show he pays special attention to a compound called DMT. Mauss said:

…DMT is the weirdest thing that I’ve ever experienced in my life. It’s about the most powerful psychedelic that there is. It’s such an intense experience that it can’t be put in the same category as something like LSD or mushrooms. I talk a lot about it at the end of the show but I would sound like a lunatic trying to explain it in a couple of sentences.

But the main thrust of the show is about using humour and science together to de-stigmatise psychedelics. Firstly, Mauss touches on his personal experience with psychedelics as a way to challenge public perceptions about what these drugs actually do. Mauss emphasises:

On a personal level, psychedelics have seemingly cured the chronic depression that made my inner world miserable for 20 years. They’ve also helped me be a more thoughtful and creative person.

As previously reported at The Canary, these substances are not without their risks. Although even difficult psychedelic experiences can end up being positive in the long run.

Focusing on the evidence

Mauss also maintains a scientific approach when talking about these experiences. In his podcast ‘Here We Are’, he hosts weekly interviews with scientists from around the world. He has spoken to psychedelic researchers such as Rick Doblin, executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelics Studies (MAPS), a non-profit which is working with the US Food and Drug Administration to legalise MDMA (Ecstasy) for the clinical treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Mauss’ focus on evidence-based thinking informs a lot of his material. He said:

My show is about moving toward a more reasonable society that allows these things to be tested. I’m an advocate for scientific research.

He added:

People have lots of different opinions. This is why we research things. Are psychedelics bad? Show me the data.

The renaissance of psychedelic research

Since the Controlled Substances Act (1970) in the US, and the Misuse of Drugs Act (1971) in the UK, it has been a regulatory challenge to study psychedelic drugs. But recently, we have seen a revival of research into psychedelics.




Jan 09

The Mind – Change Your World

“Rule your mind or it will rule you.”



Jan 09

The Force Awakens: Why Free Will Triumphs Against the Dark Side

by Josh Adler

The following article was originally published on Medium

1-7x5tyby68xgvxyjiom3caa-1024x576Unlike the rest of the world, I didn’t see the Star Wars flick, The Force Awakens, until three months after its release. While the film certainly made a flight from Canada home to NYC much more enjoyable, more importantly it left me with some questions related to my recent studies in the science of consciousness: Why do the Jedi always triumph in Star Wars films? Why are they always terribly disorganized and leading oppressive lives at the beginning of the saga, yet victorious and exalted by the end? What social narrative is at play that allows rag tag teens to turn into self-realized warriors of the Force? How do the Jedi leverage their minds over matters of the Dark Side?

If you ask today’s Jedi of quantum biology, the case can be made that your response is how matter means.

WTF am I talking about?

Basically, our will is limited to biologically structured pathways of perception since we can’t make choices without involving the physics of our bodies. The consequence is we can’t always, or even often, directly change the minds of others because our thoughts and actions have to go through their physical filters of perception. Yet, like Jedi, we existentially “always” have the freedom of mind to change our own sense of mind. While limited, this choice is essentially fundamental.

From The Independent UK

From The Independent UK

Enter “The Force.”

No matter the matter at hand, whether it be riding a bike or wielding a lightsaber, we can choose to either ‘react’ or ‘respond’ to our circumstances. Reacting means making no disruption to our physiological programming, while responding means consciously shaping the action we take.

The argument here is supple yet profound. Within the two words’ minute semantic differences, lies the fertile void of all humanity’s creativity. Reacting, or giving over to instinct, is the first step towards the Dark Side, while responding within a truthful manner begins the path to awakening the Force within us all.

Responsiveness, within all scales and organization of life, generates an opening — a “hole in the sky,” a space in time, a gap in reality — a possibilityto act freely, playfully, and skillfully where the Force can take root. Go back and watch the films (as if you needed an excuse), responsiveness is how every Jedi cultivates their inner life into courageous acts, the appreciation of elegance, and freedom from all and for all.

Just like in the movies, in our daily lives our wielding of the Force of response-ability can create new possibilities, or bring discordance and harm to the people in our lives. Even if we can’t predict our absolute impact on social or professional challenges; nonetheless we can always indirectly influence the conversations and behavioral trends around us by being more response-able. Part of the secret of the Force is that we “show up” better prepared for whatever we encounter in life. Every event becomes an opportunity to exercise our creative capacity, or skillfulness of response. This kind of responsiveness teaches us to tune into what’s true for ourselves, and eventually we become Jedi of making up our own minds.




Jan 09

Are You Considering Trying Plant Medicine? Watch This Film First

plant_medby Alanna Ketler

If you are someone who is interested or curious about plant medicine and higher levels of consciousness, you’ll want to keep reading. The Reality of Truth is a new documentary featuring some of the top thought leaders of our time, including Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass, Marianne Williamson, and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Hosted by Mike ‘Zappy’ Zapolin, it takes us on a journey of self-discovery through various tools of consciousness expansion.

So, What Is Plant Medicine?

Plant medicines, like Ayahuasca, Iboga, and San Pedro, are all sacred plants that shamans and medicine men have used for centuries to help people connect to and learn about the divine within and the greater universe. Historically, these plants have been used by tribal people or medicine men in South America or Africa, but they have gained popularity among Westerners in recent years. Many people, myself included, have gained tremendous insight by taking one or more of these plant medicines in a traditional ceremonial setting.

What I have gained from Ayahuasca specifically is nothing short miraculous, and I can say confidently that it has helped me to completely change my life. The Reality of Truth offers real-life examples of people who have also had life-changing experiences via these outlets and shares with you their stories.

These plants bring you face to face with your issues, be they past traumas, addiction, lack of purpose or motivation, and even depression, and help you to heal these experiences and become the highest possible version of yourself.

Meditation and Yoga

This film also delves into the amazing transformative qualities of meditation, yoga, and breath work. We all have the ability to connect to our higher purpose; it’s just a matter of finding the modality that works best for us. We have these tools available for us to use, but many people are completely unaware of their existence or simply brush them off as “spiritual mumbo jumbo” or “hippy nonsense.”

The fact of the matter is, these tools are ancient, and have been helping those who know about them for centuries. These techniques have been used by some of the top thought leaders of our time, and they can certainly help you along your path as well. The Reality of Truth features doctors, scientists, and spiritual leaders, allowing them to explain how these tools work, how they and others have benefitted from them, and how they can help transform our planet.


From TheRealityOfTruth.com:

This highly provocative documentary explores the relationship between spirituality, religion, and plant medicine. Featuring top thought leaders including Deepak Chopra, Ram Dass, Marianne Williamson, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, and hosted by Mike “Zappy” Zapolin, the film explores how to access the true reality through plant medicine, Ayahuasca and meditation.  It includes first of its kind interviews with top spiritual gurus, celebrities, and people of all faiths, about this intriguing connection and their personal experiences with spirituality and transcendence.

Throughout history human beings have searched for gateways to spirituality that have included meditation, prayer and plant medicine. The Judeo Christian religions, Vedic traditions, and Shamanistic rituals all incorporate techniques focused on transcending the physical reality. These ancient techniques have been uncovered and are now available to society, enabling our ability to tap into our true reality and awakening.

Interviews with leading scientists validate the merging of spirituality and science.

The worldwide awareness of the film is meant to break through the “illusion of reality,” and allow viewers to move forward toward a more meaningful and peaceful future. The filmmakers are conducting interviews with today’s thought leaders from around the globe, while capturing the culture and energy of some of the most spiritual places on earth, including Peru, Rome, Maui, Costa Rica and the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.

Celebrity Involvement

The film also follows Michelle Rodriguez on her journey toward finding inner peace through San Pedro. She shares her struggles and what has led her on this path of self-discovery. Go with Michelle to Machu Picchu, Peru, via this film and get an inside look at a San Pedro ceremony!

[More + film trailer…]



Jan 08

Forms, Dancing in the Formless

download-1by Brian Thompson

You experience life through the myriad forms appearing to you, one after the next, in constant and continual, never-ending succession. You take these forms to be the verifiable stuff of reality. Whatever you see, sense, and feel, you assume to be real.

But, what is the truth of this experience?

And, to whom are these sensations of changing, shifting, and disappearing forms appearing?

A form is an appearance within awareness that becomes cognized, regardless of whether it’s mind or matter. It could be a thought form such as an opinion, memory, concept, or belief, or it could be a sense perception of something physical in the world, either outside the body, or within.

You see this world of forms coming and going before you, and you become lost in how they appear. You become hypnotized by their dance, and you forget the formless presence in which they appear. You become enamoured by their beauty, bored by their plainness, and repulsed by their horror. You become addicted to the pleasure of how things look, clinging to that which you love while resisting what you detest.

When you attempt to define yourself by the gross (the world of forms), rather than the subtle (empty awareness), happiness becomes limited by the mind’s falsely created self-identity. When you overlook your true self of Awareness, the mind defines itself by its egoic impressions of the world, which creates the illusory self-concept called, “me”.

The mind’s image of itself (me) is always relative to the world it’s perceiving—which is the dance of false appearances—forms which have no independent reality of their own.

When you overlook the inherent emptiness of things, the contents of the mind appear to become a reality.

The world then becomes falsely personal, dominated by the ego’s subjective perceptions, sensations, thoughts, and beliefs, which it affixes to all people, places, and things.

And this is what it means to be asleep within the egoic dream—being ignorant to the absolute reality, which is the undeniable and unchanging impersonal presence of awareness.

Forms are nothing without you; you lend your invisible reality to all seeming things. The illusory world of form cannot be trusted. It is not real—only you, awareness, are real. No longer ignore your subtle emptiness that is your ever-present formless presence.

Something only seems to exist because of the nothingness in which it arises. It is the unknown, alone, that reveals the known. The form reveals the formless; the formless reveals the form. You cannot perceive fullness without emptiness.

This is the paradox of Truth—whenever you focus solely on forms, you ignore the formless. And when you focus only on the formless, you ignore the forms.






Jan 08

Synchronicities – Dance With The Cosmic Flow

synchronicities-790x381By Dylan Harper 

Could It Be Choice or Synchronicities?

We are being led. There is a presence moving through our heart, mind, and soul that guides and directs us. Meaningful coincidences or synchronicities, open us to new insights and help us to understand ourselves and what is happening around us in new ways. Synchronicity is intuition expressed in the outer world.

Synchronicities are no accident. The universe has carefully orchestrated the seemingly impossible convergences of things, people, events, and conditions. It does not matter how great or small the coincidence may be. We immediately recognize when we intersect with the cosmic. Although others may not always be able to feel and see it, we know when we are touched by the transcendent. The heart smiles, the mind opens, and like an Olympian gymnast, the soul joyously flips and leaps.

Offering a Glimpse into a Forgotten Reality

Synchronicities provide us with a glimpse into a reality that we have forgotten. They speak to the authentic self that is comfortable and at home in the realm of cosmic truth. Despite the powerful effect that a synchronicity can have on us, we all too soon attempt to dumb it down by rationalization.

We want to creep back into the logical and the rational as if the cosmic doors had not flung open. The thinking mind wants to take charge and explain away the magic and unexplainable; don’t let it. Live with the mystery and allow it to flow through the mind, body and spirit like a healing balm. Synchronicities invite us to experience life through thecosmic portal of connection and oneness. Soak in the deep rays of the universal life force current and allow it to promote and support aspects of self that we may not always have the courage to know.

Helpful Suggestions to Increase the Flow

Here are some suggestions that can help to increase the flow of synchronicities:

Ask for Synchronicities

Simple, but true, when we ask for synchronicities, we experience them. As we let go of our expectations of how and when they occur, they naturally flow into our life in surprising ways. Just make the intent and allow the universe to manifest it.

Notice the Effect

However big, small or insignificant they may seem to be, the effect that a synchronicity has on our heart and soul is what matters. When we notice synchronicities and embrace them, they multiply.

Communicate with Your Surroundings

Imagine synchronicities as a form or communication with the universe. We don’t always notice when divine presence is answering and responding to our needs and requests. Synchronicities let us know that we are known and heard. They are a calling card informing us that we are watched over and that we are in the flow of our soul’s current.




Jan 08

Spirit Science ~ Happy New Year 2017!!



Jan 08

The Metaphysical Cause of Insomnia

spiritual-awakening-sleep-problems-insomnia-790x3811You know what it’s like. You go to bed, tired and yet you lie there for hour upon hour, tossing and turning, trying desperately to go to sleep. The more you try to go to sleep the more sleep evades. When you finally drop off, it seems like only minutes before the alarm clock wakens you to face another day. Many of us are trapped on this merry-go-round of lack of sleep and mind/body exhaustion. The harder we try the more anxious we become. 

OR…maybe falling asleep when you go to bed isn’t the problem. The problem is, you’re always waking up like clockwork between 1:00 am and 3:00 am every morning. We may not realize it, but our bodies have many duties to perform while we are sleeping—between 1:00 and 3:00 am is when the liver rejuvenates itself—to do so, it needs glycogen. Glycogen is stored within the muscles and liver as a form of glucose; its role is to increase blood sugar levels in the body when they drop. Therefore, it’s possible waking up at 3:00 am every morning is an indicator of low blood sugar, which causes our cortisol levels to spike.

 (As blood sugar drops it’s the liver’s job to make glucagon, a substance that triggers the breakdown of ‘complex carbohydrates’ glycogen into glucose or blood sugar.   The glucose then streams out into the blood, raising the sugar level again. If a person’s blood sugar is unstable, leading towards hypoglycemia then psychologically there’s a problem with the liver, such as a loss of stamina fatigue and quick to anger. Frustration, anger, resentment, emotional turmoil and repressed emotions can all lead to the stagnation of chi or life-force energy, when this happens our blood circulation is affected and can cause us to suddenly wake-up from a deep sleep.) More on the liver later in the article…

“Have you just lost your job? Has your rent increased unexpectedly? Have you lost a loved one. Has your reputation been tarnished? Did you think you’d be further along in life by now? If so you are probably blaming yourself for not being more in control! Any and all of these so-called setbacks teach us that we cannot control the change in our lives, we can only control how we handle that change.” When Life Changes Or You Wish It Would ~ Carol Adrienne

How well you sleep affects how you feel both physically and mentally—sleep affects how you behave, how well you handle the ordinary stress of life, how well you can get along with other people, and how happy and productive you are. If you are waking up feeling deprived of sleep and drag through the day in an irritable fog, then you have a sleep problem—regardless of the number of hours you spend in bed with your eyes closed.


Major life changes can cause insomnia, such as the loss of a job, financial setback, serious illness, divorce or the death of someone dear.   All these come at a time when we must face certain pain or self-concepts we’ve pushed down into our subconscious.   When we have suffered defeat, setbacks and other losses we are called to deal with painful unresolved personal issues. We are forced to confront our fears about ourselves—fears that have been ignored and rejected. Shame or fear has so much power our former self has little value at the moment.

“Insomnia (long-term)—Inability to relax. Feeling unsafe and unable to let go. Worrying, playing things over in your mind, dissecting situations. Feeling scattered, fearful, anxious, on guard. Harboring feelings of guilt and resentment.” The Secret Language of Physical Ailments ~ Inna Segal

Most people who suffer from sleeplessness have tremendous energy but they frit it all away in a hyperactive kind of way. When tensions accumulate, chronic insomniacs work harder to repress their growing emotional pain and anxiety. In a sense they’re trying to distract themselves so their attention stays occupied—the problem is they pump out more and more energy, becoming more anxious—in a frustrating way.   Most insomniacs are gifted and intelligent but they do not stay with something long enough as they get bored easily and move on to something new. Without much sleep, concentration and focus become increasingly difficult for them and all those great ideas they’ve thought of aren’t always followed through.

Excess touches every area of their lives, including measures to protect their health, which is very important to them. The problem is, they will try everything in their pursuit to happiness—unfortunately this throws the pendulum the other way—they become unhappier—which causes more anxiety. The more anxious they become, the more they lose energy; the lower their energy the more they experience fear and the cycle starts all over again. Anxiety and tension is a downward spiral fueled by fear and lacks conscious understanding.

“Insomnia is defined as chronic sleeplessness, or sleep deficient in either quantity or quality. Psychological studies have proven that insomniacs are generally emotional and anxiety-ridden. If you suffer from frequent insomnia, your sleeplessness probably reflects restlessness in your waking life. You are trying to stay awake so that you will resolve the issues that are preoccupying you. Once you understand that sleep brings comfort and solutions, you will find you are determined to settle the unrest in your life.” Your Body’s Telling You: Love Yourself ~ Lise Bourbeau

We all have our little quirks of habits and behaviors that we know we’d be better off without. We all wish we had more self-control, but when thoughts spin out of control, and become so intense, they take over, against our will. When logic can’t get a grip on something, we go into a tizzy and when this happens our intuitive side is unable to grab the attention of our conscious or unconscious minds.





Jan 06

To have faith is to trust yourself to the water…





Jan 06

How to See Energy in the Air

How to See Energy in the Air

Learn a simple technique will have you actually seeing energy that makes up the world around you within minutes. The more you work with this technique, the more you will realize that life really is an illusion.

“This sea of energy connects us all together and flows through us. It exists within this Dimension, but on a different frequency than physical matter, kind of like radio waves that move through the walls, and share the same ‘space’ as physical matter.”



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