Jul 26

The Greatest Speech Ever Written

The-Cure-logo-edited-for-SS-website-672x372We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery.
We don’t want to hate and despise one another.
In this world, there is room for everyone. The good earth is rich and can provide for everyone.
The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way…

Greed has poisoned men’s souls; has barricaded the world with hate; has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed.
We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in.
Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want.
Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind.

We think too much and feel too little!
More than machinery, we need humanity.
More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness.
Without these qualities, life will remain violent and all will be lost.
The airplane, the radio, and the internet have brought us closer together.
The very nature of these inventions cries out for the goodness in man; cries out for universal brotherhood; for the unity of us all.

Even now my words have the ability to reach billions throughout the world, billions of despairing men, women, and little children, victims of a system that makes men torture and imprison innocent people.

To those who read this, I say “Do not despair!”

The misery that is now upon us is but the passing of greed, the bitterness of those who fear the way of human progress.
Their hatred will pass, and dictators die, and the power they took from the people will return to the people.
And so long as men die, liberty will never perish.

Soldiers! Don’t give yourselves to brutes, those who despise you and enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you worse than cattle and use you as cannon fodder!
Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men—machine men with machine minds and machine hearts!
You are not machines! You are not cattle!
You are men!
You have a love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate!
Only the unloved hate; the unloved and the unnatural.
Soldiers! Don’t fight! Stand for liberty!

The future of humanity in within the hands of mankind, not one human nor a group of humans, but in all humans! In you!
You, the people, have the power, the power to create machines, the power to create happiness!
You, the people, have the power to make this life free and beautiful, to make this life a wonderful adventure.
Then in the name of democracy, let us use that power!

Let us all unite!

Let us create a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work for a worthy idea, that will give youth a future and old age a security.
By the promise of these things, brutes have risen to power.
But they lie!
They do not fulfill their promise.
They never have and never will!

Dictators free themselves but they enslave the people!

Now let us stand together to fulfill that promise!
Let us stand for a free world!
To do away with national barriers!
To do away with greed, with hate and intolerance!

Let us stand for a world of logic and reason, a world where science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.

Humanity, in the name of peace and freedom, let us all unite!

Nobody is going to do it for us. If we want peace, it’s up to each and every single one of us to create it and maintain it.
We don’t need any government to give us permission or any aid.
This is a worthy idea and all that is required for its realization is that we the people work together.
I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I would like to help everyone if possible.

I’ve been told that this is impossible…
To them, I say “everything was once impossible until someone dared to try!”
There is a city in India by the name of Auroville. Auroville has already done the impossible and it’s been around since the 1960’s.

Who is to say that Auroville is the limit of what we can achieve?

~ Theneworld4u

Inspired by Charlie Chaplin <3

 

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Jul 26

Adam Strauss is doing fine at Dark Horse Comedy Club

 

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Jul 26

Top 10 Pieces of Modern Day Health Propaganda

Top-10-Pieces-of-Modern-Day-Health-Propaganda-800x450By Makia Freeman | Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Health propaganda is pervasive. There are many misconceptions, omissions, distortions and lies surrounding the issue of health and medicine. Many are propagated by those who own Big Pharma (i.e. the Rockefellers and their ilk) who set the platform for Allopathy or Western Medicine to assume a monopoly and dominate healthcare — or more accurately “health management” — at the start of the 20th century. (This article The Flexner Report: How John D. Rockefeller Used the AMA to Take Over Western Medicine reveals how they did it.)

Unfortunately, much of this disinformation is unwittingly propagated by well-meaning parents who want their children to be healthy but simply don’t know how to see through all the propaganda. The result is a population that has been trained to look outside of itself for healing, to depend on Government and Big Pharma to take care of its health, and to unquestioningly accept the opinion of their (Western) Doctor. Meanwhile, epidemics of cancer, diabetes and neurodegenerative diseases (such as Parkinson’sAlzheimer’s and dementia) rage throughout the US, Australia and many other Western nations.

With that in mind, here is a collection of the top 10 pieces of modern day propaganda in the area of health.

1. Your health is just dependent on chance and/or genetics.

Gotcha! How many people have fallen for this one? The common themes behind both of these beliefs are fatalism and finding an excuse not to take responsibility. If you’re fated or destined to get disease, what’s the point trying to live healthfully? If you frequently succumb to bad luck with your health, why try? It you’re stuck with “bad genes” and that’s just the way it is, what’s the point? It is true that genetics indicate tendencies and proclivities, but those tendencies and proclivities still have to be activated. Consider the groundbreaking work of Dr. Bruce Lipton on epigenetics, which affects how genes are read by cells and subsequently how they produce proteins. This website gives a sound introduction to the topic of epigenetics:

Epigenetics Controls Genes. Certain circumstances in life can cause genes to be silenced or expressed over time. In other words, they can be turned off (becoming dormant) or turned on (becoming active).

Epigenetics Is Everywhere. What you eat, where you live, who you interact with, when you sleep, how you exercise, even aging – all of these can eventually cause chemical modifications around the genes that will turn those genes on or off over time. Additionally, in certain diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer’s, various genes will be switched into the opposite state, away from the normal/healthy state.

Epigenetics Makes Us Unique. Even though we are all human, why do some of us have blonde hair or darker skin? Why do some of us hate the taste of mushrooms or eggplants? Why are some of us more sociable than others? The different combinations of genes that are turned on or off is what makes each one of us unique. Furthermore, there have been indications that some epigenetic changes can be inherited.

The point is this: you have control over which genes get expressed (activated) or suppressed (become dormant). In a sense, life is fragile. At the same time, you’re not just some powerless little speck of dust that has no choice or control over what happens – although it certainly suits those in authority for you to believe you are.

“[The] patient should be made to understand that he or she must take charge of his own life. Don’t take your body to a doctor as if he were a repair shop.” ~ Quentin Regestein

2. You can be always be cured by a magic pill from Big Pharma.

(…unless they don’t have one yet, in which case your disease is “incurable”.)

False. This is a corollary from the first point above. If you fall into the trap of not taking responsibility for your health – and I mean all aspects (physical, mental, emotional and spiritual) – then you may tend to see the body like a machine or vehicle that needs repairing by a doctor-mechanic. You may also tend to believe the lie that Big Pharma has a magic pill for everything, that this magic pill can solve all of your problems (without any side effects) and that even if Big Pharma doesn’t have a magic pill now, they’ll have one in the future. However, one need only look at the shocking count of iatrogenic deaths (those caused by Western doctors and medical methods) – which is still the #3 leading killer of Americans — to realize that Western Medicine is causing a lot of grave damage as it treats people.

How can Big Pharma and Western Medicine ever create the “perfect cure” or the “cure for everything” when they are based on limited and materialistic scientific models that fail to understand the holographic and energetic nature of reality?

Besides, by buying and suppressing genuine cures, Big Pharma has shown that cares more about “treating” and “managing” disease (which is more profitable) than curing it (or healing it, which happens at a whole other level).

3. Cancer is a terminal disease and isn’t curable.

False! How many cancer survivors out there contradict his piece of modern day health propaganda? The number of effective and successful natural cancer remedies, cures and protocols is piling up. There are so many now: laetrile/amygdalin/vitamin B17 (usually from apricot kernels), DCA, cannabis oil, salvestrols, graviola/soursop, the maple bicarbonate treatment, intravenous injections of sodium bicarbonate (or baking soda) as pioneered by the Italian Dr. Simoncini, the Budwig diet, cesium chloride, the Gerson Therapy, the Hoxsey Cure, Essiac Tea, the anti-neoplaston treatment of Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski and others. CancerTutor.com is a great resource for those investigating it.

Yes, getting cancer may be scary, but it’s important to know there are natural options outside of toxic chemotherapy and radiation where the cure is deadlier than the disease.

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Jul 26

Could Sound Therapy Be The New Anti-Depressant?

Image2The Mayo Clinic defines depression as: “A mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.”

More than just a case of feeling sad or “down”, depression can alter your brain chemistry and may sometimes be caused by imbalances in neurotransmitters. It may require medical intervention aimed at normalizing brain chemistry.

Exercise, eating healthy food selected for its mood enhancing effects, medications, counseling, and bright light therapy are some of the options suggested by healthcare practitioners. These are options that increase serotonin, endorphins, and the chemicals your brain needs to feel optimistic, or at the very least, not “down”. These neurochemicals are needed to create a good mood.

Synctuition.com presents a unique way to achieve all these aims, from the comfort of your own home and requiring only a computer and a set of stereo headphones.

Depression and the hippocampus

There is one more treatment option that is less intrusive, and far more pleasurable. Music and sound therapy. There is evidence showing that music and sound-waves effect structural changes in the brain.

Kari Suzanne Kraus and Barbara Canlon, in studying Neuronal connectivity and interactions between the auditory and limbic systems have found that “Acoustic experience such as sound, noise, or absence of sound induces structural or functional changes in the central auditory system but can also affect limbic regions such as the amygdala and hippocampus.”

In an article on Medical News Today, it is cited that a smaller hippocampus has been tied to depression.

“For the global study – which brings together 15 data sets from Europe, the USA and Australia – the team analyzed MRI brain scans of nearly 9,000 participants: 1,728 with major depression and 7,199 healthy individuals.”

The first main finding confirms that people with major depression have a smaller hippocampus.

This finding has profound implications providing evidence that music and sound waves can cause structural changes in the brain, in the areas that are affected by depression.

Soundwaves can create new brain wave patterns and can change structures in the brain.

Reinventing yourself through sound

Brain training is a very real possibility. This means you can grow new circuits in your brain by practice.

There are two ways the brain learns and makes new connections:

Learning through study, repetition, and practice; and the second way, through experience, using your senses and being immersed in a specific environment that stimulates those senses. The end product of this learning process is emotions, feeling, and application of the learned behavior.

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Jul 26

What is freedom?

static1.squarespace.comby Brian Thompson

True freedom is being free from the search for freedom.

It is the end of all restless and anxious desire. It is the end of confusion. It is the end of any imagined sense of lack. It is no longer allowing oneself to be relative to the contents of their reactive and conditioned mind.

True freedom is absolute contentment. It is realizing inner-peace is always within one’s presence of infinite awareness—which is always here, and always now.

There is nothing but this moment, and searching for anything outside of it will lead to nothing but dissatisfaction.

There is only this—and I am That.

True freedom is realizing, with absolute clarity and conviction, that we are already That for which we have been searching. All one needs is to call off the search entirely and abide in That which they presently are—empty of the mind’s illusory and nonsensical distractions.

There is no “thing” to find, as nothing exists as it’s perceived. All that is, “exists” only within the mind, relative to its beliefs. These projections of the mind, which the world lives through, and seemingly as, is nothing but an illusion—or to put it more accurately, delusion.

There is no reality to be found, for we are both the source and substance of it ourselves. There is nothing outside us. All paths lead within. We ARE absolute reality! Not us as the “person” (which is only a product of imagination), but the “presence”.

And so, all searches lead to nowhere. They’re all fruitless, despite whatever they seem to promise with the temptation of their empty rewards.

Nothing is as it seems. Thoughts are not reality—you are.

As long as one ignores the most fundamental and unchanging aspect of one’s true self-nature—consciousness—freedom will continue to be obscured by the mind’s conceptual and limited beliefs.

True freedom is here and now—realized by abiding in the beautiful emptiness of pure presence alone. Be unattached to any thought object, emotion, or “thing”—gently flow in unicity with the “waves” arising within consciousness, accepting them each as they appear within the oceanic expanse of this infinite awareness of, I Am.

Wherever I go, there I Am. This is it. Here I Am! I AM Freedom itself!

There is nothing to find, as there is only this blissful emptiness in which this person I call “me” appears, and in which this world seems to “be”. But in my direct experience, which is all one ever has, I am the only “being” I can truly Know—while everything else is just an appearance arising within “me”.

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Jul 26

The bizarre physics of fire ants

They’re not just an animal, they’re a material. And that’s got engineers interested.

 

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Jul 24

If you say that getting money is the most important…

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Jul 24

Knowing – Sevan Bomar on Beyond the Veil Radio

A rough draft of the Cosmic Metaphysical Magnum Opus

 

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Jul 23

Zen and Quantum Physics

QuantumConsciousness.com_The following is excerpted from The Everything Answer Book: How Quantum Science Explains Love, Death, and the Meaning of Life by Amit Goswami PhD, published by Hampton Roads Publishing.

Zen Buddhism contains many parallels to quantum physics in the way it introduces the basic ideas of spiritual duality— heaven and earth, transcendent and immanent. For example, in Zen, there are two domains of reality—the domain of empti­ness and the domain of form. The wave-particle theory of quan­tum physics recognizes two similar domains—the domain of potentiality and the domain of actuality. Likewise, conscious­ness plays a role in both realms in quantum physics, as it does in Zen, as shown in this parable:

Two monks are arguing. One says, “The flag is moving.”
The other says, “No, the wind is moving.”
A master, passing by, admonishes them both: “The
flag is not moving; the wind is not moving. Your mind
is moving.”

As stories like this show, students of Zen are often puzzled by their spiritual domains in the same way that students of quan­tum physics are puzzled when first confronted with the separate domains of the quantum world. Indeed, physicist Niels Bohr once famously said:, “If you are not puzzled by quantum phys­ics, you can’t possibly understand it.” It is the same in Zen, whose students achieve understanding through a creative awak­ening. The discipline of quantum physics is not just a bunch of information to be learned. It is a way of looking at the world in which we discover the deeper implications of a new para-digm—one that gives us an awakening into the nature of reality itself.

Simultaneous Opposites

In the Zen way of thinking, opposites can exist simultaneously; contradictory things can exist at the same time, as revealed in this story:

A master is teaching two disciples; a third disciple is sit­ting a little farther away, listening. One disciple expresses his understanding of what the master is teaching. The master says, “Yes, you are right.”

The other disciple, in his turn, gives a completely dif­ferent interpretation of the teaching. Again, the master says, “You are right.”

Both students go away satisfied. The third disciple con­fronts the master, saying, “Master, you are getting old. How can they both be right?”

The master looks at him and says, “You, too, are right.”

Quantum physics works in a similar way. For every proposi­tion, the opposite can also be true, because we always have this opposition of concepts being forced upon us by the nature of objects. For example, one of the very first teachings of quan­tum physics is that a quantum object can be both a wave and a particle. But waves spread out; they can be at two or more different places at the same time. Particles, on the other hand, behave differently. They can only be in one place at a time, and they always travel in a single definite trajectory.

In our everyday lives, we often face similar contradictory op­tions. We want to make a decision—to choose—but we can­not because we also want to keep all options open. Quantum theory let’s us do just that. We can keep all options open in potentiality, while making a decision—a choice—to collapse one potential into actuality. In psychotherapy, the domain of potentiality that contains all options at the same time is called the unconscious. More and more psychotherapists are realizing the value of the unconscious in therapy, finding that, when people allow their unconscious mind to process their choices, they are more satisfied with the result.

The important thing to recognize is that quantum physics is built into the nature of reality. When quantum physics says an object is both a wave and a particle, this is not a teaching tool or a metaphorical statement. It is really the case. For a long time, this was not clearly understood. Quantum theory was taken simply as a way of describing reality to make it more easily un­derstandable. But this is not the case. Quantum physics is, in fact, a new way of recognizing quantum objects that is leading to many breakthroughs in many fields.

For example, take the case of wave-particle duality. When we say that an object is both wave and particle, we are not saying that an object is both wave and particle in space and time, in this very manifest space-time domain of reality. Instead, we are saying that the wave-ness of an object is true in a domain of reality that is beyond space and time—a reality that is unman­ifest. We are saying that there is a domain of reality beyond space and time, a domain we call the domain of potentiality. In the domain of potentiality, the object is a wave of potentiality, or possibility.

The Domain of Potentiality

This domain beyond time and space is not only similar to con­sciousness; it is consciousness. This conceptual breakthrough came soon after experimental data showed that there is a way to distinguish, experimentally, between the domain of potenti­ality, where objects are waves of possibility, and the domain of actuality, in which objects are particles. French physicist Alan Aspect and his collaborators created an experiment that proved that this domain of potentiality has a unique, defining charac­teristic—communications that occur there do not require any signals, any mediation. The implications of this finding are as­tounding. For if communication can occur instantaneously and unmediated in this domain, it follows that the domain itself is just one thing. It is a continuum of interconnected stuff.

Here, we are communicating through words; I have written some words, and you are reading them using signals in space and time. But we could also be communicating through the domain of potentiality. If I formulate a thought but do not express it verbally or in writing, that thought can still be spread through the domain of potentiality and reach you. Instantly. This is what happens when we are inspired by an author’s words or an artist’s images to create a new thought or feeling. The written or spoken words, or the images, act as a trigger for a nonlocal connection that results in something entirely different.

In Zen Buddhism, we find riddles like this: What is the sound of one hand clapping? This riddle encapsulates the idea that things are born out of potentiality. Any thought is a poten­tiality with many meanings before it becomes an actual thought with one unique meaning. And in that potentiality, the possi­bility wave of that thought has many facets. The conversion of potentiality into actuality converts a many-faceted thought or object into a one-faceted thought or object—converts a wave into a particle.

Most of us tend to think that consciousness exists because there are human beings. According to the quantum explana­tion, however, consciousness already exists in the domain of po­tentiality, whether human beings are there or not. In fact, that is the whole point. But remember, this domain manifests. So we find that the manifestation of consciousness as self-awareness happens at the same time that thoughts or objects convert from waves into particles.

In this domain of potentiality, there is no form. Form is manifested in a specific way when a possibility is chosen and collapsed into actuality—manifest reality. So if we knew how to manifest a specific form in a specific way in the space-time domain—as a three-dimensional reality—we would be able to solve problems and actualize what we want in this reality. But this would require that we be able to sense or feel whatever the correct possibility is in the domain of potentiality.

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Jul 23

Your Words Are Like Orders Placed With The Universe

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The Power of the Spoken Word

Most people have no idea how of the power of their spoken words.  Your words are magnetic affirmations that draw to you the very things you talk about.  This is because the words you speak are simply a mirror of your thoughts and beliefs, and these are what define your point of attraction.  Much like how emotion increases the creative power of your thoughts so does saying them out loud.  What you speak reinforces, and therefore amplifies, the underlying thought and accelerates its manifestation

Your words will not cause instant manifestations of what you talk about, but the more often you say them, the more well-defined and less contradicted your thoughts and ideas become, and the sooner they will be manifested.

This idea is echoed in the following statement made by Mike Dooley in his highly recommended book Infinite Possibilities.

Your words are simply your thoughts out loud, making them the ones that will become things the soonest.

Emotion is part of the reason words are so powerful — the thoughts we choose to say out loud are often the ones we feel most strongly about making them very powerful attractors.

Hence, one of the golden rules of deliberate creation is…

Ensure that every word you speak, write, or think is as positive as possible for best results.

Many people don’t follow this rule very well at all.  Many have fallen into the trap of habitual negative and pessimistic thinking.  They have developed a deeply ingrained habit of focusing on what they don’t want or don’t like, rather than focusing on what they want. They focus on what could go wrong rather than expecting the best, and they focus on limitations rather than possibilities.

Pitfall – Talking About What You Don’t Like, Don’t Want, or Fear

Those with a negative/pessimistic mindset, are very easy to spot — all you have to do is listen to what they talk about.  If you do, you’ll hear them doing a lot of complaining — talking about what they don’t like and don’t want.  You’ll hear them talk a lot about their fears and what they don’t want to happen.  You’ll hear them talk a lot about what might go wrong.  All very disempowering if you understand the laws of creation. Sadly, these people are hugely miscreating, and they don’t even know it.

Complaining is one of the most obvious forms of miscreative speaking. It is the habit of talking about your problems and what you don’t like or don’t want.  Complaining is similar to worrying in that you’re focusing on what you don’t want rather than what you do, which, of course, by the Law of Attraction, only serves to maintain, or attract, more of the very things you are complaining about.

This sentiment is echoed in the following statement made by Rita Schiano, a succesful motivational and inspirational speaker.

Talking about our problems and fears is our greatest addiction. Break the habit. Talk about your dreams and joys.

What to do when you catch yourself complaining?  Immediately pause, remind yourself how miscreative this habit is, and then say something positive instead.  Say something about what you like or want, or express gratitude for something you already have — say anything positive!  Keep doing this every time you catch yourself complaining, and soon you’ll find yourself complaining less and less, and building a habit of positivity instead.

Vetting Your Thoughts and Beliefs by Monitoring Your Words

The strong correlation between our thoughts and what we talk about is a good thing because it gives us an easy way to catch ourselves thinking negatively.

It is nearly impossible to monitor our thoughts because most of them arise unconsciously, and there are a whole lot of them.  It’s far easier to monitor what we say because we utter our thoughts out loud only occasionally.  It’s not that difficult to build a habit of noticing the words you are speaking and reflecting on the underlying thought and beliefs they represent.

Armed with an understanding of the elements and principles of deliberate creation, if you just start paying attention to what you are saying, anything negative or miscreative will stand out like a sore thumb.  This will give you the opportunity to adjust your words and your underlying thinking, as well as potentially identify a core limiting belief that isn’t serving you, allowing you to remove or replace it.  To dive deeper into the extremely important topic of beliefs check out my Law of Attraction Pearl of Wisdom #9 Your Beliefs Shape Your Reality.

Deliberately Speaking About Your Hopes, Dreams, and Desires

The words you speak spontaneously in conversation are often spewed out nearly unconsciously, and, because of this, they certainly reflect your existing thoughts and beliefs.  But you can also intentionally and deliberately speak, both during conversation with others and to yourself during private moments.

During conversations with others, deliberately share your positive expectations of situations working out in your favor, of your future, and of attaining your dreams and desires.  Share them with people you know are positive and will be encouraging.  If you encounter naysayers, who want to rain on your parade, just remind yourself they are unaware we are creators and we exist in a field of infinite possibilities, and ignore them.

During private moments, deliberately and passionately talk to yourself and the Universe about your positive visions of yourself, your future, and the attainment of your dreams and desires.  This process is called affirmations and is a great tool that can be used regularly to put your focus on your highest aspirations and expectations, thereby making them your predominant point of attraction.

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Jul 23

The Imperative to live without constant Narrative

Stop thinking and rest in Eternity

 

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Jul 22

The Zen Thinking Podcast — Episode 73 — A Quiet Contemplation of Self-Inquiry

Join me in a meditation of Self, an inquiry into understanding the true nature of this knowing presence that you are and that I am.

Self-Inquiry, otherwise known as atma-vichara in Sanskrit, is a tool used in Advaita Vedanta’s seminal practice of Jnana Yoga, which is the Yoga of Wisdom.

This wisdom is not of the intellect however, it is the wisdom of knowing your Self as you truly are, and not how you think you are. Self-Inquiry is used to dispel the illusion of mind which is continually projected onto the world (and self) you perceive.

Self-Inquiry dissolves the ignorance of the falsely perceived personal self into the silent awareness of pure consciousness, which is the very presence of being which you acknowledge through your utterance of, I am.

I often speak of Self-Inquiry, but few understand how to approach it in their daily life. So, if this interests you, please join me in this podcast for a quiet walk-through of this inner-inquiry, which is the oldest question in the Universe—Who am I?

Delve into the nature of your being, of consciousness, and find your Self.

Om shanti shanti shanti
Brian Thompson

 

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Jul 21

Where To Next?

by Visionkeeper

art-blue-human-moon-favim-com-3233251We here in America are seeing a great deal of chaos swirling out of control and yet nobody is asking why, just like the opioid crisis that everyone is screaming about to fix it, yet nobody asks why there is a Opioid crisis in the first place. What is causing it? What is driving societal chaos into a frenzied state? The best way to describe what is going on is to paint a picture for you to envision. See yourself walking through beautiful woodlands and coming to a brook. You stop and look for the most secure looking rocks to step on to cross over and then you carefully venture out. Try hard to imagine the feeling you get when your first foot reaches out to the rock in the middle of the stream and there you stand momentarily straddled between the known and unknown. Carefully you pull your second foot away from its shoreline anchor and  towards the rock making sure there is room for both feet and you land there. Now you stand precariously in the middle of the stream and begin the last steps towards the opposite shore line. You keep going until you successfully cross the bubbling stream. You were able to risk the move because of one very important reason. You knew where you were going and what you were going to. Solid ground.

The chaos we are witnessing unfolding around us is being driven by the unknown because there is no solid ground where we are going. We do not feel safe with ourselves to get us to where we need to go because we don’t know where we are going! We are disconnected from self and have been for the majority of our lives. The Internet is quite the complex beast to understand. On the one hand it can bring souls all across the world together in powerful ways that can propel us forward, while on the other hand it has driven us into isolation from human contact. Texts, emails, calls, Tweets, whatever, is allowing us to interact without being in the other persons presence. Not having eye contact or body language leaves us wide open to assumptions and misinformation as we try to communicate. We are now depriving our souls the comfort of  one to one contact that reminds us that we are validated and necessary.

The only  way for us to move forward from land to rock to land again as we move forward in life is to feel safe enough to make that move because we can see the land we are headed for.  I think we can begin to maneuver this journey of evolving  by honestly admitting to ourselves first and foremost we have been hoodwinked. Life is not at all what we have been told. You think the fake news situation is bad now, imagine the same lies forever telling us how life is meant to be lived. We listened, we obeyed and our souls were dying a slow death. We are not doing what we truly are meant to be doing and we don’t know what we are meant to be doing because we are disconnected from ourselves and from reality. Reality today exists within the boundaries of a smart phone, a cell phone or a computer. We have allowed everybody and everything else to tell us where to go and what to do and we gave up thinking for ourselves. Big mistake!

Third dimensional living is a distortion of truth. Life is not, nor was it ever meant to be, working 9-5. This is where the biggest hoodwink happened. We believed the agenda we were fed of working 9-5. We allowed it to define who we were and created beliefs within ourselves that our careers=identity and self-worth. NO! You have all the self-worth you need whether you work or not, but it is hard to see this fact and believe it because we have been convinced otherwise. Race inequality was created to further a divide amongst the people as well, then we fell into the trap set by materialism which eroded our authenticity and drove us into the mindset of the haves and have-nots.  To further our divide we began losing our morals and allowing ourselves to get lost in judgment against one another and drowning under the need to always be right.  These became tools for us to use to control our reality. It is no wonder we are spinning out of control, unsure of who we are or where we are meant to go.

Enter we the people. It is now up to us to wake up, reconnect with ourselves and begin to reinvent our reality. Our mission is to be that piece of solid ground on the other side of the stream providing the lost and confused with the courage and reassurance of landing safely in a new world. We ARE that new world. That means for every thing in 3D we are experiencing, we must now create in 4D or 5D so everyone knows where we are going, then they can take the steps necessary for us to get to the other side. We all came into being with gifts/skills that we can use to create what we need in the new world. We take the old and figure new ways of recreating it to fit the new world. Figure out what you don’t like and invent new ways of doing it better. It takes getting off our butts and saying no more to what is and joining together to create what will be. It takes interacting with life again one on one, it takes changing our beliefs and our story and trusting a new way forward is what should & must unfold. Holding on to what was will only drag you down with the sinking ship.

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Jul 21

The Journey: just like flying

Image2Whether we know or not, each of us is on a journey. Even when you touch presence, that’s not the end, just the beginning. It’s not a fixed journey, it’s constantly shifting and changing according to the realisations we make. Destiny is not a destination, but a way of being. There’s a constant underlying pull designed purely to reveal the majesty and splendour of who you are. If we know how to align with this underlying pull, in every moment, then our lives will become simply magical. The “aha” moment lands that actually, there’s simply nothing else going on…

A natural organising flow

I remember well a previous existence where control and ego were running the show. Life was to be shaped according to an agenda, outcomes that I thought I needed. Whether it be in career, relationships or relaxation, there was always something to be ‘fixed’ according to the illusionary ambitions that had been inculcated within me by society. And even when I awoke to unity consciousness, there was still a desire to shape the world, even if this time, it was according to a higher perceived sense of compassion.

The world does not need shaping! And neither do you or I. Even in the apparent mess the planet may be, there’s an organising flow which is totally natural, inherent, integral to the order of life itself. There’s being awake yes, but what then happens with that awakeness? The answer is The Journey.

The inner inquiry creature

The outer journey is inspired and shaped by the inner inquiry creature, a being that is yearning to unveil and express itself in the fullness of who you are. It’s so easily buried by the weight and density of this world, with its goals, ambitions and targets we must apparently meet. Even if it’s just paying the rent or putting food on the table, society apparently has you by the proverbial balls.

But it doesn’t have to! Just as separation was an illusion to the asleep, so is lack of authentic purpose to the directionless. The universe has a purpose. To me it is a singular purpose: since everything is of the One, every single aspect and movement, then there is only the One going on! It’s simply Presence, trying to realise and figure out who it is, amidst the apparent confusion and chaos of reality.

The journey unfolds itself

The ‘trick’ is, that when we realise this, that there is only the unraveling energy at work, when we can surrender to this as the singular yearning, all other requirements and needs become resolved. You simply have to surrender to the truth of the moment, as its revealing itself, and then give yourself totally to the aspect of being that’s yearning to express. The Journey then unfolds itself. It becomes obvious what to do and how to do it.

airplane-kidThink of a toy aeroplane: those with a large elastic band up the middle as their means of propulsion. As you wind it up, you’ll see it forming twisted knots of the elastic band as it stored the energy. Then you launch the plane into the air and watch as it takes flight.

Who guides the plane as it flies? No one. It’s direction, it’s bobs and weaves and loops take shape simply by the unwinding affect of the elastic band and then how the propulsion shapes the air over the plane’s wings. It’s a great metaphor for the authentic journey of life itself.

Life is just like this. We’ve spent eons being wound up internally. If it’s not psychological programming, then its emotional and ultimately karmic. We need to unwind the elastic band. “Yes!” I hear the collective sigh. Yet it’s not always that easy is it? There’s knowing what tightness we’re actually confronting, there’s knowing what to let go of and how. That’s the tricky part.

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Jul 21

How We Create Our Own Pain

Image1by Ben Schwalb

Most of our suffering is self-inflicted. How does this happen?

It all starts with desire: we want something. Then we make a leap from desire to belief: we believe that our desire should be fulfilled. We “should” lose weight. We “should not” eat that dessert. Someone “should” invite us to their party. Someone “should not” cut us off in traffic. The cake we baked “should” taste great. Our roof “should not” leak.

These beliefs are rigid mental constructs that we tell ourselves must not be violated, and that if they are violated, then that must be a horrible occurrence. So when someone cuts us off in traffic or our roof leaks, we react with emotional pain because we’ve already told ourselves that we must react that way. It’s premeditated.

The problem is not so much the life events that occur, but our beliefs about them. If events themselves caused suffering, then everyone would suffer equally from each event. But that’s not what happens, is it? Some people get very upset when someone cuts them off in traffic, while others don’t react at all. Why? The former people believe that other drivers must respect them by maintaining a certain minimum distance when passing them. When events go contrary to that, they still cling to their belief. “That jerk shouldn’t have gotten so close!” The latter folks are not saddled with such a belief, so there is no mental construct to be violated.

When people claim that such-and-such should or should not have happened, they argue with reality. It is an unwinnable argument because reality is what is. Period. It’s not necessarily what we might prefer. It simply is. The more we try to fight it, the more we torture ourselves. The only way to avoid this pain is to stop creating and upholding beliefs. Reality is to be accepted, not battled, because it’s a battle we can never win.

Accepting reality does not necessarily mean that we enjoy every event. Nor does it mean that we shouldn’t take steps to prevent or alleviate unpleasant situations. We do not enjoy the fact that our roof is leaking. Nor should we pretend to. But to insist that it “should not” leak is absurd. It is leaking. Any insistence that it is not a leak is a waste of time and energy. Instead we should call a roofer. That is the sensible, less painful thing to do. We accept (not enjoy, but accept) that the roof is leaking and we know that water causes damage, so we get professional help in order to alleviate the current situation and prevent further damage. After it’s fixed we feel a pleasant sensation of relief, and we appreciate our non-leaky roof more than ever.watch Get Out movie now

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Jul 21

Precognition and Remote Viewing: Tom Campbell

 

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Jul 20

Living From Your Soul Vs. Living From Your Ego

 

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Jul 20

Consciousness alone Is

static1.squarespace.comby Brian Thompson

Consciousness alone is.

All else is an appearance arising within it. Including all thoughts of there being a separate entity called “I”, or you, or even the rest of the entire “outside” world.

All is consciousness. All is within. Not within “me”, but within consciousness itself, in which this avatar I call “myself” is nothing but an apparent appearance.

Everything appearing within consciousness is nothing but a dream, which is every possible thing experienced, sensed, perceived, believed, or known.

There is nothing that could exist “outside” of this all-pervading consciousness that is all that you know.

There is only consciousness, which is the totality of this “awakeness” you and I both feel, which we can only express as “I Am”.

I Am, and I know that I Am—this I am certain. “I” exist. Not “me” the person, not me the so-called personality, but this aware presence that I seem to be.

My I Am-ness alone is real, nothing else is. Everything else is nothing but an unreal thought-object appearing within it.

This consciousness that I Am is all-pervading. It is omnipresent and omniscient. It is Absolute Reality. It is all I ever know since this “I” that I am is consciousness itself.

I Am That. I Am.

There is no personal me, as that is nothing but an illusion arising within the totality of the purity which is this unadorned presence of I Am.

When I think of myself as separate, I seem to be. But, when I know myself as impersonal, selfless Beingness, I realize that my I Am-ness is universal, interdependent, and co-arising with the totality of the whole.

There is no person to protect or defend. There is no separate individual called me who needs this or that to feel one way or another. There is nothing to avoid or resist. There is nothing to desire, as there is no sense of lack. For what could consciousness need? All such nonsense is nothing but an egoic illusion which only appears real when its apparent existence is believed in by the desperately seeking mind.

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Jul 20

Everybody Leaves This World Empty-Handed

empty-handedAn elementary endeavor of every Ego is growing: to be “more”, larger and powerful. They strive to be higher and higher in the hierarchic structure of the world, conquering more and more territory. The individual’s ambitions grow and grow, reaching larger and larger areas.

Ambitions are planted in a child by parents and teachers. Parents tend to think of an even yet unborn child as someone who is going to achieve the parents’ own’s unfulfilled ambitions.

With the educational means of reward and punishment, children are conditioned to excel among their peers, to be the best, strongest, most beautiful, etc. When the children meet the parental–and thus the social–expectations, they are rewarded, when not, they are punished. They therefore soon learn to be ambitious.

These ambitions, though based upon the past, always aim at the future. All through our lives we pursue illusionary objectives, spurred by various ambitions. Naturally, it is not impossible to satisfy an ambition, but it is immnediately replaced by a thousand others, as there are so many areas of life where we have not yet reached our ambitions.

That is how we chase senseless goals all through our lives until we die, when we realize that everybody leaves this world empty-handed, even those who lived their whole lives chasing mirages of past and future. Look into yourself to see what is in you now! See what ambitions are driving you along on the sea of life and in what direction?

 We in every moment spent awake face two alternatives: a choice is to be made between the ambitions stretching between past and future, or the quiet, simplicity, purity and emptiness, full of vibrating life, of the present. It is, however, only the latter that brings to our lives the awakened Consciousness

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Jul 20

‘Dirt is Good’: Why Children Need More Exposure To Germs

gettyimages-570141263-8f8946f4cb98648e79818ce86f0c6d263dd151d7-s800-c85-759x500by Amanda Monteiro

New parents often inundate themselves with information to ensure that their child is being properly cared for. Our world is a ceaseless source of information, and trying to determine what information will benefit our family and children’s well-being, and what is just being marketed to us for profit, can be an overwhelming and difficult process.

NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro recently conducted an interview with scientist Jack Gilbert, who studies microbial ecosystems at the University of Chicago. After his second child was born, he, like many other second-time parents, adopted a more relaxed approach toward child-rearing. As part of this process, he decided to investigate the science behind germs and the risks they pose to children in the modern era.

Perhaps surprisingly, his research demonstrated that most germ exposure was actually beneficial.

As adults, we naturally want to protect our children from anything that could hurt them, but what we may not realize is that, by trying so hard to protect them, we could actually be hindering their ability to develop a strong immune system. When we rush to wipe their hands and faces after playing outdoors, or block the affectionate licks of our pets, we prevent germs from working their magic.

Gilbert references the way life used to be, explaining that “we would have eaten a lot more fermented foods, which contain bacterial products and bacteria. We would have allowed our children to be exposed to animals and plants and soil on a much more regular basis.” Today we are so careful to ensure anything on them or around them is sterile, when in fact, that lack of exposure and over-sterilization creates a hyper-sensitized immune system:

You have these little soldier cells in your body called neutrophils, and when they spend too long going around looking for something to do, they become grumpy and pro-inflammatory. And so when they finally see something that’s foreign, like a piece of pollen, they become explosively inflammatory. They go crazy. That’s what triggers asthma and eczema and often times, food allergies.

By allowing your child to play out in the dirt and remain relatively “dirty,” you are increasing their chances of building a strong immune system. One main crime most parents are guilty of, despite the good intentions behind the behaviour, is over-sterilizing their environment. Gilbert specifically mentions how using hot or even warm soapy water is fine for washing your child’s hands, and much healthier than using a hand sanitizer.

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Jul 19

The Emergence of Connected Consciousness

ConnectedConsciousnessFeatureBy Azriel ReShel

Tap Into Your Natural Flow

Nature, when we’re open enough to listen to it, always provides us with the clues for living a harmonious life. A life of higher awareness where we are present and aware of everything around us. Sometimes things in nature appear seemingly unconnected, even disconnected, yet, when you look a little deeper, they are more connected than we could ever imagine. Trees are an exceptional example of this, as are birds.

The murmuration of starlings is something exceptional to witness. There’s a harmony and perfection that goes beyond the mind. As thousands of individual birds move as one being, it’s like watching a miracle. A mesmerising pattern of life that appears almost as an animated sacred geometric screensaver, but is, in fact, a massive group of little black starlings; each with their own life and consciousness. What is amazing is that these thousands of birds do not ever collide as they move as one in a connected consciousness, where their individuality is no more. They fly like one great bird.

The mysterious phenomenon of murmations may not be so mysterious after all.

The Synchronistic Nature of Life

This incredible oneness and intuitive connection can happen with humans too. And not just in the presence of great spiritual masters. Joanna Macy, well-known author, Buddhist scholar, systems thinker and deep ecologist, is a respected voice in movements for peace, justice, and ecology. She shares her wisdom on connected consciousness in her book, Active Hope, co-authored with Chris Johnstone.

Something very interesting occurs when a group of jazz musicians improvises together. A number of separate individuals, all making their own decisions, act together as a whole. As the music flows, any of the musicians can take the solo spot, that leading role gliding seamlessly between the players. Who decides when the piano or trumpet player should come forward? It isn’t just the person playing that instrument, for the others have already stepped back just a little to create an opening. There are two levels of thinking happening at the same time here; choices are made from moment to moment both by the group as a whole and by the individuals within it. When people coordinate their actions through a collective thinking process, we can think of this as ‘distributed intelligence.’ No one person is in charge; the players act freely while being guided by their intention to serve the purpose of the group. For musicians to improvise together, they need to listen very attentively, expressing their individuality in a way that contributes to the overall sound. When they tune into the group and become connected with it, it is as though the music itself plays through them.

Are We Ever Really Separate?

Something magical happens when we gather in groups, to meditate, sing, pray, create, dream, dance, tell stories, cook. The individuals drop away and there is a yoking. A synchronisation, almost of breath and heartbeats; much like what can happen between deeply intimate lovers. We are never truly separate. Our survival depends on our interconnectedness. We need each other, for food, shelter, water, and love. We depend on the generosity of others and the earth, for our very life.

Musicians jamming is an example of the synchronisation that can occur, when we let it.

Musicians jamming is an example of the synchronisation that can occur, when we let it.

In these moments, it’s like we let go of our individual identity in order to belong to and access something transcendent, and totally beyond ourselves. Our consciousness can shift into something universal.

A key feature of distributed intelligence is that no one part has to have the whole answer. Rather, the intelligence of the whole emerges through the actions and interactions of its parts. ~ Joanna Macy & Chris Johnstone

Surrendering to the Whole

Joanna Macy speaks of this shift as a wider sense of self and one of the most exciting developments of our time. When we give up our individual wants and needs and surrender to the needs of the whole, we open ourselves up to experience and develop the most profound of spiritual qualities, like humility, truth, service, unconditional love, connection and trust. It’s this shift into profound connection with something greater than each one of us, that will save the planet.

In a creative team, an idea may arise in conversation, then be added to and refined by other team members, its development shaped by everyone present. What allows a team to gel is a shift in identification, so that people identify with, and act for, the team rather than just themselves. Could the next leap in evolution arise out of a shift in identification, in which we shed the story of battling for supremacy and move instead to playing our role as part of the larger team of life on Earth? Could the creativity and survival instinct of humanity as a whole, or even of life as a whole, act through us? Connected consciousness stems from a widening of our self-interest, where we are guided by the intention to act for the well-being of all life. Within Buddhism, that intention is known as ‘bodhichitta.’ Bodhichitta moves our focus from personal well-being to collective well-being.

…We stand at an evolutionary crossroads, and we, collectively, could turn either way. Our own choices are part of that turning. We can choose, to borrow a phrase from Star Trek, the ‘prime directive’ of our lives. When our central organising priority becomes the well-being of all life, then what happens through us is the recovery of our world.

Connected consciousness, or being at one with all that is, is not something to only be experienced by mystics or dedicated spiritual practitioners. It is the natural state of each one of us. And all we need do to experience is, is to let go of everything that blocks it. To return to our child-like innocence, trust and reverence for all of life.

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Jul 19

Lessons From The Great Mother – What ‘Death’ in Ayahuasca Teaches Us About Life

By Juliet Tang | Contributing writer for Wake Up World

“Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.” – Schopenhauer

Lessons-From-The-Great-Mother-What-‘Death%u2019-in-Ayahuasca-Teaches-Us-About-Life-Art-by-luis-tamani.com--350x471The death experience during ayahuasca is quite common, though we can experience ego death at any point in life without external assistance. ‘Ego death’ refers to the surrender of the old ego – the one that operates based on duality, separation, fear, limitation, defense mechanisms, programmed beliefs, lifelong conditioning and need to control. When we go through an ego death, there is neither an actual death, nor an elimination of the ego. Rather, through the many stages of death and rebirth, the ego transcends and awakens to the knowing and embodiment of the True Self that resides in non duality. Once we surrender the old ego, though we are still in the physical realm, this is when we can live our lives from the divine and consciously create heaven on earth.

I personally had my first ego death out of the blue years ago after having wandered at rock bottom for about a decade, I could only say it was as gloriously turbulent as it could get where everything I knew and held onto crumbled to the ground. Just recently, another layer of ego death came during one of my ayahuasca ceremonies and it was just as amazing and powerful as the first one though on a completely different level. The first layer of ego death was to burn away all the illusions in my life and awaken my spirit so I could clear the space to welcome the new, the second layer allowed me to experience and transform everything I knew intellectually so I could embrace the full power of the True Self and cement what truly matters in my life.

‘Death’ in Ayahuasca – 7 Lessons for a More Joyous and Fulfilling Life

#1 Even Death is an Illusion

During my experience of being trapped in hell and death — which I briefly described in my previous article Teachings of Ayahuasca – Creation, Death, Rebirth, and 15 Essential Life Lessons — as tormenting as it was, a part of me from time to time received a glimpse of the knowing that it was just a dream, or a state of mind like everything else.

From that night on, ayahuasca bombarded me with different visions of random realities for many days to come. Finally one morning I woke up and a light bulb went off, I understood her purpose of relentlessly showing me those realities was to help me see through the illusions of my current life challenges, and wake myself up from them!

How many of us are feeling imprisoned in a life situation at this moment? While I was having my death experience, I know I spent what seemed like an eternity condemning the hell I was in during every semi-conscious moment I had. I shouted “shut up” to all the voices in my head that I couldn’t distinguish whether were coming from an internal or external source, I cursed at my horrific luck of being stuck in that dimension and the increasing possibility that I’d be trapped there forever, I wept at all the physical, emotional and mental pain I was forced to endure, and I screamed silently at the injustices of having to die such a terrifying and unexpected death. Isn’t this what we do when life throws us lemons?

The truth is, the more energy we invest in our struggles by judging, complaining and condemning the hell we are in, the more life mirrors hell back to us in every way until we are completely locked up in the hell of our own making simply because life is set up to be a fool-proof interactive feedback system in which it only responds to our current vibration. The only way to break free from our mental prison is by first realizing even this cage that seems real in every way is an illusion.

What are the illusive cages you are currently in?

#2 We Always Have a Choice, and Surrendering is One of Them

Though life presents us with endless challenges, our power to choose how we experience any challenge will never be taken away from us, and that was something I was shown again and again that night. In the midst of endless agony, I was left with two choices, I could continue to battle against that reality which only seemed to strengthen it, or I could choose to release my resistance and embrace it. I fought and fought by holding onto the ideas of my identity in the other reality, random memories of important moments of my life, my loved ones and dear friends whom I would never see again, my upcoming classes and adventures, the hobbies I enjoyed and the things I was yet to try, and my dream of being a part of a conscious community in Costa Rica so I could continue my work with the medicine and help those integrate the experience. Though she continued to show me none of those things were real and they had been ideas in my head all along since Creation, the battle of holding onto my stories went on for a millennium because without those stories, I was left with nothing after having lost everything I held near and dear.

Lifetimes went by and in the end, in a state of total chaos that led to a moment of complete peace and clarity, I chose to surrender every story and dream to her and embrace the present without having any way to know what was to follow. I made peace with dying in that tormenting dimension full of agony and screams and being story-less and identity-less. What I did not expect, or have the mental capabilities at the time to understand was an awakening followed my death. Very gradually, I began remembering more and more I was in a waking dream, and the only thing I needed to do to walk out of death was to wake myself up, acknowledge that every story in life, even the darkest hell was part of one dream, and I had the power to choose any dream I wanted to wake up to without having to allow any dream, or story to determine who I am.

When life seemingly deprives us of all choices, that is life’s invitation for us to step into our infinite power and choose to be present, and embrace all that is being offered to us at the moment. We are never given anything we cannot handle, and all of the challenges we are presented with are here to help us awaken to our immortal and divine True Self that is without stories or limitations, and learn to completely trust life to take us to the next step. Even death, whether it is the death of the ego or the body is never an end, but a new beginning.

#3 Decide, and Keep Deciding

Every time when we make a decision, we are activating that reality in the quantum field and making it more visible to us. In the space between my death and waking, I had to decide not once, but a thousand times I wanted to wake up from the dream. I would literally get on my fours, crawl a couple of steps only to collapse from exhaustion and fall back into the dream again with my eyes closed without remembering why I even got up. Yet I’d get up again and again regardless of how many times I fell as the decision of waking up burned like a fire inside of me and slowly breathed life into my mind and body. Eventually, that decision became so strong that it woke up my body just enough for me to get on my feet and take my first step.

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Jul 19

15 Ways Hemp Can Save the World

hemp_0Hemp is one of the world’s oldest crops. It also happens to be one of the most versatile.

From plastics to paper, the hemp plant provides a way to live in harmony with the environment and the ecosystems that support it.

Just to give you an idea how far this plant can take us, here are 15 amazing ways hemp can be a game-changer for planet Earth.

#1) Growing hemp prevents pesticide pollution

Did you know hemp is naturally resistant to pests? Unlike cotton or flax (which are estimated to consume 50% of all pesticides) growing hemp does not require pesticides or herbicides.

When pesticides are sprayed on land, they can easily seep into water sources such as a river, ocean, or pond. If pesticides contaminate a body of water it can harm the living creatures within that water source (fish, frogs, insects, and more) along with anyone ingesting it.

Pesticides have been linked to cancer, birth defects, ADHD, and Alzheimer’s Disease to name a few. So not only are pesticides dangerous for the environment, they are also a hazard to our health.

By integrating hemp, we can significantly reduce our exposure to unnecessary toxins and pollutants.

#2) Hemp helps restores soil fertility

Hemp can grow in a wide variety of terrains and soil types. It forms deep roots helping to hold the soil together. This in turn prevents soil erosion.

In fact, hemp also increases the microbial content of the soil. And the incredible benefits don’t end there.

The stem and leaves of the hemp plant are rich in nutrients. After harvesting, these nutrient-dense remnants of the hemp plant can be returned to the soil, rejuvenating it for a richer yield the following year.

#3) Hemp can produce biodegradable plastics

Americans used over 45 billion plastic water bottles in 2015 alone. Even crazier: plastic water bottles can take anywhere between 400 and 1,000 years to decompose.

Considering the United States’ recycling rate for plastic is only 23 percent, there is room for improvement to say the least.

The basic building blocks of plastics are cellulose derived from petroleum. Yet petroleum is highly toxic. Hemp on the other hand happens to be the greatest cellulose producer on earth. It also happens to be biodegradable.

Why not use non-toxic and biodegradable hemp for producing plastics? Instead of stuffing our landfills with toxic chemicals we could reuse and recycle natural products.

#4) The hemp plant absorbs toxic metals

Soil sustains life. The plants that feed, clothe, and house us originate from the earth. Yet we’ve become increasingly detached from this basic human need. Meanwhile, man-made waste has contaminated soil across the globe.

Both our planet’s health and our personal health are under duress, and the need for change is imminent.

It has already been proven that hemp can eliminate toxins from the environment. Hemp is so effective at absorbing toxic materials it has even been considered for removing radiation from Fukushima.

#5) Hemp is an outstanding renewable biofuel

Imagine if there was a non-toxic fuel source that could be domestically produced and was totally renewable. Turns out that material already exists. It’s been on this planet for hundreds and thousands of years.

Hemp converts to biodiesel at a 97 percent efficiency rate. It also burns at a lower temperature than any other type of biofuel.

Plus, when burned in a diesel engine, hemp eradicates the exhaust odor of petroleum with the pleasant smell of hemp.

With over 4,000,000 miles of roads in the United States, transitioning to hemp biodiesel could help heal our planet one mile at a time.

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Jul 18

Huachuma – The Visionary Cactus from the Peruvian Andes

By Sergey Baranov | Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Huachuma-Visionary-Cactus-350x245Huachuma is the original name given to the various mescaline-containing columnar cacti native to the Andes and used traditionally in Peru for millennia for healing and divination.

The cactus thrives at around 3000 meters ( 10,000 feet ) above the sea level and flowers between October and March with beautiful flowers gifting the lucky observer with a gentle scent. Its flower opens for just one day and closing over the next two days. After this the flower gradually dries out and forms a cocoon with new life-seeking seeds. Then it is the turn of the grown cocoon to dry out while releasing the seeds to the will of the wind. Thus the new life is begun.

The most commonly used botanical names are Echinopsis Pachanoi (spineless) and Echinopsis Peruviana (spiteful) but these names, of course, are only a shadow of the real essence of the plant, which is spiritual, not verbal. To realize this, it takes more than knowing the plant’s name. An experience is like a cloud which floats beyond the horizon of botanical study.

My introduction to this ancient mystery which begun in 2005, was nothing less than a life-changing event; a fact that has slowly revealed itself over time. Back then, I was a spiritual seeker, who intuitively knew that plant-medicine shamanism held the key to a kind of knowledge that could not be found in books. This type of knowledge was experiential, not intellectual. I was not satisfied with reading about the experience; I wanted the experience. Led by a burning desire and a spiritual thirst that up until then had resulted mainly in disappointment, I was fortunate to find people in Peru who had practiced shamanism for many decades, and were dedicated healers.

This new acquaintance and introduction to an ancient path became a new starting point in my life. My urge was calmed. My thirst was satisfied and spiritual hunger fed. A path of self-discovery ahead was now opened to me with a friendly and welcoming gesture. I kept coming back to work with the same people for three and a half years before I made the decision to move to Peru, which I did in April 2009, after feeling the call to serve the sacred medicine. This of course did not come without a price. I had to make a large payment for the pass. It wasn’t in terms of the money but in terms of the fear of death which was my unwelcome friend from an early childhood. My near-death experience in Mexico while working with Huichol Indians and the sacred Peyote is described in detail in my book. Shortly after that, I moved to Peru. Landing in the Sacred Valley in the Andes, felt like coming home. I knew I wanted to build my new life here around this sacred medicine.

Shamanism was something I had been drawn to since my early childhood. But living under the Soviet regime, this prospect did not look hopeful. Already as a kid I felt sharply the pain of separation from the sense of life being a miracle. And ‘growing up’ seemed to threaten this further. I didn’t want to grow up believing that life is a process of collecting stuff and saving for retirement. This prospect seemed rather too bleak.

Fearing death as a child, and seeking self-fulfillment from an early age were significant factors in the formation of my spiritual quest. This quest led me eventually to shamanism in Peru, where sacred medicinal plants were not only legal, but embedded in the culture, reaching back as far as the dawn of history.

“San Pedro” is the post-colonial name given to the psychoactive Andean cactus known under different names. ‘Huachuma’ is the old Qechua name, which means: ‘vision’ or ’that which makes one drunk’. It is a visionary cactus with an amazing potential for healing. Seeing the world through its “eyes”, is like being born again, but this time consciously.

Huachuma - SergeyWith the invasion of the Spaniards in the early 16th century, native shamanic traditions of Peru faced the very real threat of extinction. The brutal intolerance of the Catholic Church would only allow for obedience and conversion, and certainly not ‘paganism’ and ‘devil-worshipping’ practices, as they generally viewed them. How exactly some of these ancient traditions survived, nobody knows, but I have been entertaining the following thought as for potential possibility. There could have been a deal made. And this was simple – the natives could continue their use of their sacraments whilst worshiping Christian Saints. San Peter was an apostle who, according to the Christian theology, received the keys to Heaven from Jesus Christ. A visual representation of this biblical scenery can be found in the painting by Marco Zoppo from an early epoch of Renaissance (1468) which depicts the saint holding the Keys of Heaven.

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Jul 18

Abandon the “wanting” mind

static1.squarespace.comby Brian Thompson

Abandon the “wanting” mind. Drop your desires, one by one.

Let each craving dissolve, as they arise—knowing that the fulfilment they promise is nothing but a worldly lie. Pleasure is fleeting; it is impermanent. You cannot keep it or even maintain it. You can find no peace in forever chasing things which you can’t catch.

Lasting happiness cannot be found through attaining any object, or in having any experience, or in achieving any goal, or in earning any recognition.

Nothing lasts—nothing but awareness.

All things are limited and relative. But, to whom are they relative?For whom do such things and experiences temporarily appease? Who is the real “you” who wants them, who feels as if they need them to be happy, or who self-identifies with what they seem to promise?

All such attainments “of the world” will only briefly satisfy the restless mind who self-identifies with what it believes it lacks. A mind focused on what it thinks it needs will never be content.

As soon as one desire is satisfied, the seeking mind will then chase the next thing it wants, which is whatever it perceives it lacks. The sense of lack never ends. Once believed in, it perpetuates itself, and since it is entirely conceptual, it is infinite—and so is the delusion.

There is no end to that which you believe you don’t have. And, once you self-identify yourself with this nonsense, it (the feeling of dissatisfaction and despair) will seem to permeate your entire being.

When you live in such a way, your whole existence is then defined by whatever you believe you lack—including happiness, self-worth, confidence, peace, love, contenment, and joy.

Drop out of the game entirely. No longer seek anything at all. Free yourself from your imagined self.

Surrender the contents of mind to your awareness of it.

Just be as you are, here and now—empty of wanting, empty of searching, devoid of thinking about your self-ideas entirely. Be empty—empty even of the sense of emptiness itself, for that too is nothing but a state of lack from which all unease grows.

All states of mind are a delusion—transcend them all. Be of no-mind. When there is no mind, there is no problem. The mind will continue to happen, just as the wind will continue to blow—but it will no longer have any effect upon you—as you will know yourself as its selfless witness, consciousness itself.

Allow life to flow through you, as it already does. Observe this. Know this. There is nothing to be kept; there is nothing to “be” or to “have” other than this essence of Beingness that you are—that IS the entirety of this precise moment, as it is presently unfolding. You are forever this invisible and limitless awareness that is the knowledge of all “things”, and yet, is beyond them all.

Rest in your effortless Self—the presence of being that is the very suchness in which this moment called Now is forever flavoured. You are like the sweetness contained within sugar—an invisible essence that permeates it, and yet, cannot be found—it can only be tasted.

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