Aug 26

The Cost of Sanity…

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Aug 26

The Seven Hermetic Principles: VI – The Principle of Cause and Effect

VI – THE PRINCIPLE OF CAUSE AND EFFECT

“Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.” The Kybalion

This Principle embodies the fact that there is a Cause for every Effect; an Effect from every Cause. It explains that: ‘Everything Happens according to Law’; that nothing ever ‘merely happens’; that there is no such thing as Chance; that while there are various planes of Cause and Effect, the higher dominating the lower planes, still nothing ever entirely escapes the Law.

The Hermetists understand the art and methods of rising above the ordinary plane of Cause and Effect, to a certain degree, and by mentally rising to a higher plane they become Causers instead of Effects. The masses of people are carried along, obedient to environment; the wills and desires of others stronger than themselves; heredity; suggestion; and other outward causes moving them about like pawns on the Chessboard of Life.

But the Masters, rising to the plane above, dominate their moods, characters, qualities, and powers, as well as the environment surrounding them, and become Movers instead of pawns. They help to play the game of life, instead of being played and moved about by other wills and environment. They use the Principle instead of being its tools. The Masters obey the Causation of the higher planes, but they help to rule on their own plane. In this statement there is condensed a wealth of Hermetic knowledge – let him read who can.

 

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Aug 26

Human Consciousness Is Taking A Quantum Leap: Lifting of the Veil

CameronGray-TheNeverendingDreamer_small-759x500by Christine Horner

Something miraculous is happening. The invisible is becoming visible. Human consciousness is taking a quantum leap into territory previously unknown, as what began with just a few saints, sages, gurus, and a Saviour is awakening in the hearts and minds of millions around the globe.

Human evolution is undergoing a shift so profound; the proof can be seen with the naked eye. This shift is causing millennia-old beliefs and social structures to be scrutinized like never before — perhaps for the very first time.

Even world-renowned physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking ditched his prior position in his book The Grand Design, arguing that “belief in a creator was not incompatible with science” and that the Big Bang was as inevitable as gravity.

As science moves closer toward solving the Unifying Theory of Everything, will Dr. Hawking change his mind one more time?

Unifying Everything

What is presently emerging out of a weary world filled with very little practical value is a new and quantifiable reality being built by those already embodying a more expansive understanding of who we are and why we are here.

Most of us without a doubt have begun to ask questions — perhaps for the first time in our lives. Whether you view current events as the end of the world or a new Golden Age is entirely dependent on whether you are bound by separation consciousness or have expanded beyond it into something new.

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle
.”

– Albert Einstein

What is currently crumbling around us is the fruit of humanity’s misguided labour along with a planet stressed by an outdated and unsustainable human belief system. Most human suffering is self-created and derived out of inherent ignorance and limitation found in separation consciousness.

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Aug 26

Hybrid Landscapes – From Posthistoric to Posthuman

Image1by Kingsley L. Dennis

The collective psyche seems to be in the grip of a powerful archetypal dynamic in which the long-alienated modern mind is breaking through, out of the contractions of its birth process, out of what Blake called its “mind-forg’d manacles,” to rediscover its intimate relationship with nature and the larger cosmos.
Richard Tarnas

Reality, it seems, has been deregulated, and nothing is business as usual anymore….as ancient mapmakers used to mark on the watery unknown, “Here be dragons”
Erik Davis

Here be dragons, indeed. Our human exploration is swinging through a momentum that includes knowledge of the finer forces at work within the cosmos, which includes how we experiment in our interactions with not only the environment but also our bodies. In this article I will explore these themes, looking at memes of meta-programming to post-body scenarios – all in the framework of a human search along the sacred path of understanding our very selves.

American writer Philip K. Dick is famous mostly for his science-fiction books that question the nature and validity of our reality-matrix. In “The Android and the Human,” a speech that Dick gave in the early 1970s, he spoke about this blurring of the boundaries between body and environment:

[O]ur environment, and I mean our man-made world of machines, artificial constructs, computers, electronic systems, interlinking homeostatic components – all of this is in fact beginning more and more to possess what the earnest psychologists fear the primitive sees in his environment: animation. In a very real sense our environment is becoming alive, or at least quasi-alive, and in ways specifically and fundamentally analogous to ourselves.1 

The human-body-environment is increasingly being reconfigured as a site for a new magical animism, as distinct from the previous archaic notion of animism. Writer-philosopher Erik Davis has referred to this as a sort of ‘techno-animism’ whereby we give life to our technologies based on our imaginations.2 This new configuration is no longer anymore about technologies and us, but rather our technological bodies that now inhabit our ‘techno-imaginal’ realm. The body is becoming back into vogue as a site for experience and experimentation, as a vessel that interacts, intercedes, and interprets the sacred-mystical reality-matrix that encloses us. As modern quantum science has now aptly demonstrated, we do not inhabit a subject-object type of us-and-it world.[1] All materiality is enmeshed within a quantum entangled universe, and our bodies are somatically communicating with this energy field simultaneously.

Much of the western spiritual (Gnostic) mystical practice is interpreted as a somatically felt experience. The body is the instrument that receives and grounds the experience, whether it be in terms of the ‘great flash’, ‘illuminating light’ or the ‘bodily rush.’ The body is the human instrument for attracting and centralizing (receiving, transcribing, and sometimes transferring) the developmental energy. There are many ‘bodies’ in spiritual-mystic traditions, including the etheric, the spiritual, the ecstatic, the subtle, the higher, and others, so that the purely physical-material body is recognized as the densest and least mobile of them all. As cultural historian Morris Berman has noted, the body in history has always been a site/sight of focus.3 It has helped define the experience of the Self/Other, the Outer/Inner, and to be a material vessel for the spiritual impulse. Our earlier ancestors, who exhibited more of an animist relationship to the world, saw less distinction between the physical body and its environment. The rise of the philosophy of dualism and the mind-body split, which was supported by the mechanistic worldview, saw our modern societies further strengthen the mind/body rift. This was publicly endorsed by Orthodox/organized religions that have been quick to spurn and even demonize the body. Many so-called ‘modern’ societies around the world have, at one time or another, attempted to suppress the power and expression of the human body. The body has always been a site for the convergence of power and control. Perhaps no one in recent times has done more to expose this body-power relationship than the work of French philosopher Michel Foucault.[2] Foucault has deconstructed, in the body of work that he refers to as a critical history of modernity, how the body has been fought over as a site of power. The physical body is a location of resistance against the establishment; it is a fixed place where an individual can be located, found, and held accountable. If we cannot escape from our bodies then, it seems, we are forever within the system. The body-in-system has always been taken to represent the form of something, as a socially tangible entity. We have bodies in terms of social institutions, such as the body politic, or the social body, the scientific body, the medical body, or the body of an organization, etc. The once sacred site of the body, which was the vessel for somatic spiritual experiences, has become the subject of control and suppression.

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Aug 26

What is Our Highest Purpose?

supramentalby Frank M Wanderer

Allow me to draw your attention to an apparently surprising thing. If I told you that now, when you are reading these lines, you are in fact asleep, you would certainly believe that I have gone mad.

Your are awake, you are concentrating your attention to reading, and you are aware of your environment as well. You can see the furniture of your room, you can hear the call of the birds from the nearby forest. You are also aware of your thoughts and emotions, too. How can anyone claim that you are asleep in this very moment?

Naturally, you, just as everyone else, sleep at night, and yes, sometimes you see dreams while you sleep.  But now it is daytime, you are awake, so how could you see dreams?

You Imagine a Whole World Around Yourself

I believe, however, that you do not only sleep at night, but also at daytime. I believe that in your present state of consciousness your greatest illusion is that you think that you are awake. I believe that in your present existence your greatest illusion is when you think that you are alert. What I see is that in your present state of consciousness you are asleep, and at present you are dreaming, and what you see and hear are all parts of your dream.

Your nighttime sleep is only different from your daytime sleep in that in the night your dreams are less active. During the day you imagine a whole world around you, and you play an active role in that dream. Your personal history takes place in that world, and identifying with that world shapes your personal identity.

At present you are dreaming that, as a part of your personal history, you are reading these lines while you identify with the role of the spiritual Seeker, and you are outraged by what you are actually reading.

The question may arise in you why I claim that you are asleep and dreaming now. Well, from the state of consciousness I call Alertness I can see that you are asleep, you believe yourself to be a separate Self, you are a captive of the works of your mind.

You are not Present

What is the evidence for me that you are now asleep, and as a citizen of a dreamland you dream that you are awake?

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Aug 25

Join Us For Saturday’s Group Distant Healing Event – 27 August 2016

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Saturday, 27 August 2016

– Venus-Jupiter Conjunction –

-All are welcome to participate in this event –

By Edna Spennato

The Earth Heal Geoharmonic Research Project will be hosting a group distant healing event for participants around the world during the Venus-Jupiter Conjunction of Saturday, 27 August 2016.

Our event will begin at 17:00 or 5 pm GMT/Universal Time and continue for about 4 hours, ending around 9 pm GMT/Universal Time. To check the starting time of this event in your part of the world, please go to this link.

All people and animals everywhere in the world are welcome to join us as once-off participants in this event, or by opting for annual membership to Earth Heal, and being included in all our distant healing events for the coming year.

Those in disadvantaged circumstances can ask to be included on a pro bono basis. If this applies to you, and you would like to be a participant in this treatment and receive healing on a personal level as well as being part of the group holding the energy for the planet, please contact us at earthhealadmin [at] gmail [dot] com, with the subject line, “Pro-bono participant – August 2016 event”.

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Aug 25

The Spiritual Path from the Ego to Awakened Consciousness

mind-1074x483The development of the human spirit has three stages. This development begins with sepatazed ego, “me” and ends in the free space of Consciousness.

1. Stage. EGO –The Unconscious Patterns of the Mind

The Ego is the central figure of our personal history, based upon the past and looking into the future. The components of the Ego are thoughts, emotions, memories (with which the person identifies as “my story”), fixed unconscious roles and collective identifications (nationality, religion, etc.). Most people completely identify with these components of the Ego, and for them no self “outside” of this exists.

Our identification with the Ego makes us therefore somebody, a personality. Since around us everybody considers the Ego as the most important centre of their life, we are also brought up by our parents to have a powerful Ego, a centrepoint in our life, by the time we reach adulthood. That is why we always watch the other people, we compare and measure ourselves to them. All that time, we also try to adjust our actions and deeds to the expectations and opinions of others. We keep dealing with the past and the future, and we never have sufficient time to stop and notice the immense illusion behind our life. On the other hand, our identification with the Ego will be the root of all our problems and misery.

2. Stage. ALERTNESS – Gate to Infinity

The gateway leading us to the deeper dimensions of Life is Alertness, which appears as a result of the release of our attention from the hypnotic state of listening to our personal story. The new Alertness enables us to learn about ourselves without identifying with our thoughts and emotions.

What we first experience in this new, alert state beyond our thoughts and emotions is the completeness of existence. In that state all fragmentation disappears from our life, we recognize the inner spaciousness of our existence, our inner happiness and tranqulity. We feel at home in our own skin, and we realize that our alert consciousness is free from all kinds of thoughts and emotions. We then may decide whether we wish to continue to listen to our personal story, or we move further on, towards the quiet foundations of our existence.

3. Stage. CONSCIOUSNESS – Your Spiritual Home

The disappearance of thoughts leaves a gateway open for us towards experiencing real truth. Together with the thoughts, the Ego, the self also disappears, and the truth of I am shines out bright.

Everything will be quiet and peaceful in us. We are beyond all good and evil, we are a mere Consciousness that does not analyze or judge, only contemplates. We realize that the same contemplating soul lives in everybody, so the differences between human beings are only superficial, and deep inside we are all the same. Experiencing that unity will bring us the ecstasy of Life, the perfect joy of Existence.

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Aug 25

Stargate like Crop Circle appears in Ansty, Wiltshire Overnight!!

cropcirclefeature-672x372Last night, in a small town called Ansty, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, England – An incredible new Crop Circle appeared that is like none we’ve ever seen before.

2This one depicts a very Stargate-like glyphs circling the outer ring, surrounded by a tri-fold of flower leaves emerging from the center with a subtle Sixfold symmetrical hexagonal structure behind it, and a near flower of life like geometrical pattern beyond it.

Three’s are an important numerology in this one, three being the number of the trinity, a number which Pythagoras, considered the first “scientist” regarded as the first male number (where 2 is the first female number, and 1 being the origin of all numbers, and container of all numbers within it).

He also described it as the first complete number in linear time, being that it had a beginning, middle, and end.

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Aug 24

The sound of your existence…

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Aug 24

This Girl Remembers 10 Previous Incarnations (With Proof)

newBy Dreamcatcher

From the time Joey Verwey was just three years old, she was telling her family amazing stories that she was able to remember from her previous ten incarnations.

Stories that were so unusual and detailed, there was no way that she could have learned them on her own.

Her first life was a cave dweller about 200 million years ago. She remembers being chased by a dinosaur, and leaving stone and bone tools behind in a cave.

Today, she was able to lead investigators to a series of caves in South Africa that she had never seen before.

These were the exact same caves where Royal Society Fellow, Robert Bloom, discovered the missing link between apes and humans, Australopithecus Africanus.

Twice she lived as an Egyptian slave, and remembers with perfect accuracy the conditions on board a slave galley, and their ancient techniques of paving stone roads.

There are other, less undefined memories from other ages, where she remembers wearing a heavy veil, and seeing a Princess riding in a carriage on the back of an elephant.

She remembers details from her life as a persecuted Christian, during Roman Emperor Nero’s wicked reign of terror in the first century, where she may have met St. Peter.

She also recalls living in South Africa in the early 1900’s, as a grandchild of then President Paul Kruger, and then growing up to have two husbands, and ten children.

On investigation, these people proved to be real, and it was discovered that one of her children was still alive and in her nineties.

Five year old Joey met this elderly woman, who was instantly reminded of her own mother, and the two had long, convincing discussions about their past family life together.

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Aug 24

There are no forests on earth!

 

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Aug 24

When I See Myself – Neil Kramer

This is the last 11 Minutes or so, of a talk by Neil Kramer : Full Talk Gnosticism Mythos Or Actual Reality Accounts
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7R5v…

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Aug 23

Reincarnation And The Now Moment

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Presence and Reincarnation; A Contradiction in Terms?

We talked in class, about the importance of presence, and the role of meditation in bringing us back to the only moment that has ever, and that will ever, exist—Now. And then a student asked a question:

“But Hindus believe in reincarnation—isn’t that a future-worry?”

At the heart of meditation, in Hinduism, and in all the Dharmic traditions, including Buddha Dharma and Sikh Dharma, is the importance placed on nurturing our power of focused awareness. It strengthens the mind’s ability to consciously choose, anew in each moment, where to focus its attention. As it happens, the best thing to focus on is now, and although there are countless reasons why, these are the three most important ones:

1.  Now is it the most incredible and momentous event of our lives.

2.  Now is the only time and place joy lives.

3. Now is the only time and place we can discover how the mind really works, and thus, get it to work better.

Now starts with the simple sensation of our own breath flowing in through our noses, and down into our lungs. Watching this is where presence begins and where true meditation begins.

I can appreciate my student’s concern about reincarnation, and the idea that if it happens at a future time, then thinking about it would seem to constitute future thinking—a direct contradiction to the enterprise of staying present.

However—and this is at the heart of my response—Just because you know the rest of the staircase is there, doesn’t mean you ever walk more than one step at a time!

The subtler nuances of my response concern the idea of reincarnation itself, which may be conceived of in myriad ways.

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Aug 23

3 Incredible Things You Can Do In Lucid Dreams

Things-You-Can-Do-in-Lucid-Dreams-790x381by Dylan Harper

Lucid dreams, or dreams you have conscious control of, show how complicated and powerful our mind is.

I’ve written a lot of articles regarding different topics associated with dreaming. From the different reasons why dreams are so interesting, various motivations behind analyzing dreams for different people, the dangers of this analysis, and what exactly dreams might be. In this article, I intend on discussing the concept a specific type of dream. A dream state which interests everyone who studies dreams. Of which those who treasure dreams strive for. This style of dreams which I am referring to is often referred to as lucid dreams or dreams you have conscious control of.

Think about the possibilities. In a realm of your own creation, loosely reflecting the laws of physics which we are forced to abide by on a daily basis, but with us ruling over perception, perspective, occurrence, and interaction. To be conscious and acknowledge that you are in your own dream. The possibility that we can make anything happen, at will.

With this much capability, where do we start?

A lot of things come to mind immediately which would be exciting to get to experience. Flying, teleportation, living out fantasies, to name a few things to try out during your lucid dreams. But what other possibilities might exist? I’ve only ever experienced one lucid dream throughout my life, which took place in a comfortable setting, and all I wanted to do was continue “flying” over a line of trees. Though this is my only experience with lucid dreaming, a few of my friends have a lot of lucid dreams they were willing to share with me, and I was able to find some very useful websites on the topic like http://www.howtolucid.com/. From these resources, I was able to discuss a few other alternatives to lucid dreams which are in a little more mature of a mindset and very thought-provoking to consider.

1. You can meet any person that you want

Any celebrity, an old teacher, maybe a person you’ve had a crush on for a while, in any setting. What would that be like? Through deliberation and discussion with friends, I have drawn the conclusion for myself, speculatively, that they would simply be a version of themselves based on your perceptions of interactions you’ve witnessed them in. These perceptions would be far beyond conscious perceptions like “oh they’re wearing a green shirt again, so and so must like green,” but rather more insightful understandings based on small twitches and facial reactions to circumstances.

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Aug 23

Are We Living Inside a Virtual Simulation?

universe-matrixby Jon Rappoport

A 2012 study out of Bonn University led to a new round of speculation about the nature of the universe. (See here and here.)

The study proposes that cosmic rays undergo a strange energy shift. The energies are “re-fitted” to align with an underlying pattern or lattice. There is only one proper fit; no exceptions are permitted.

If the lattice is, indeed, a basic pixel-like Reality we are interacting with every day of our lives, then we could be living inside a created artifice.

A simulation.

Put this description alongside the hypothesis that the universe is a hologram: lines of code inscribed on a two-dimensional surface deliver instructions on how the lattice is built, and what its properties are.

In other words, the software which holographically projects the universe includes the exact structure of the lattice.

Then, by the rules of the game, energies which don’t automatically plug into the lattice framework precisely as they’re supposed to are “snapped to” a correct fit, as Mike Adams (Natural News) has suggested.

Mike has made the analogy to a television picture, which consists of pixels that have their own dimensions and structure. So if we imagine an all-encompassing “television picture,” this would be the lattice-controlled reality we live in.

In the long-term project of putting together my collections The Matrix Revealed and Exit From The Matrix, I did a great deal of research on other notions of creation or “reality-building.”

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Aug 23

Exploring The True Story Behind Japan’s Eerie Suicide Forest

959_14_w480-016762n-759x500by Mark DeNicola

At the northwest base of infamous Mount Fuji in Japan lies Aokigahara, a 14 square mile forest of immense natural beauty. It’s also the most common location for suicides in Japan, which as a nation has the third highest suicide rate in the world.

To many, suicide is completely unthinkable, yet according to the World Health Organization, over 800,000 people end their own lives in this way per year. The severity of this global issue is most present in 15-29 year olds, as a 2012 study revealed it to be the second leading cause of death in that age group.

Aokigahara, also known as the Suicide Forest or Sea of Trees, has been the final destination for what is believed to be over a hundred individuals annually, despite efforts by both the Japanese government and volunteers to end this grisly tradition.

Many attribute the forest’s popularity as a suicide spot to the tragic novel Kuroi Jukai, written by Seichō Matsumoto in the 1960s. Within the popular novel, a heartbroken lover retreats to Aokigahara to end their life, possibly beginning the forest’s ascent into one of the most commonly used suicide locations in all of the world.

Hoping to put an end to or at least drastically decrease the incidence of suicide in this forest, the Japanese government has instituted a number of features, including increased patrols, security cameras at each entrance, and uplifting/thought provoking signs throughout the forest.

Volunteer-led searches are also said to be held annually with the intention of hopefully saving lives, but at the very least recovering and providing a proper burial for discovered bodies.

Bone Chilling Oddities About Aokigahara

  • According to folklore the forest is haunted with angry souls (called yūrei) that are created when a person dies with a feeling of anger or disdain. These souls are believed to play a role in persuading visitors off the path.
  • Despite the annual sweeps many bodies are still left unfound due to the forest’s natural density.
  • Death by hanging is said to be the most popular form of suicide committed, followed by poisoning.

A Density Unlike Any Other

Aside from its eerie reputation, what truly sets Aokigahara apart from other forests is its natural density, a feature that undoubtedly attributes to its use in this way. Not only could individuals easily carry out their suicidal act without notice, but many could also very easily get lost amidst the literal sea of trees that the landmark offers —potentially trapping and ending the lives of even those no longer or never intending to kill themselves.

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Aug 23

You Are The Final Frontier

dancer-portraits-dance-photography-alexander-yakovlev-131-880x556by Soren Dreier

I wrote in a previous post: ‘When the laws of society go against the knowledge in our souls, we have no choice but to become an outlaw.’

There is another choice though: To stand down and do nothing. Override the calling of the soul and thereby the collective suffering and deceit and slip into cold comfort on the account of nothing changes. Because it seems contradictive to Spirituality – it is not.

Some people don’t have that choice: The old souls that arrived prior to the spiritual awakening.

With the seed of divine justice in their souls and hearts. With the ability, across emotions, to put their finger on the weak spots of the Matrix. Being able to see into more or less any given construct and sensing: Things are not cool here- it’s a trick.

We can call them what we want but no labels will be sufficient.

Truth seekers, keyboard warriors, trail blazing awakeners, spiritual warriors, who give a little more attention to the overall health of this planet and its inhabitants than: ‘322 ways to use Baking Soda.’

Let me be very clear on The Warrior Energy – You only have it when you have something to lose. Lots of folks calling themselves Spiritual Warriors are all locked up in pretty conformity, all safe.
It has nothing to do with the Spiritual concept of: Warrior Energy.

It’s a matter of who you are.
Didn’t you come to share a sense of wonder?
Didn’t you come to lift your spirit high?

It all comes down to you. The final frontier.

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Aug 23

At 1,075 years old, this might be the oldest living tree in Europe

OldestTreeHeader_1024It was 750 when Isaac Newton came up with his laws of motion.

by Josh Hrala

Researchers might have just identified the oldest living tree in Europe: a Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii) that has been growing in the highlands of northern Greece since 941 AD, making it at least 1,075 years old.

While the find is just plain awesome in itself, the team says the tree – which they’ve named Adonis – might offer a unique glimpse into the region’s climate history, allowing them to better understand how the environment around it has changed over the past millennium.

“Many years ago I read a thesis about this very interesting forest in Greece. In our research, we try to build long chronologies to construct climate histories, so finding living trees of old age is one of our motivations,” said team leader Paul Krusic from Stockholm University in Sweden.

The tree was discovered during a research expedition aimed at examining the effects of climate change in a forest near Greece’s Pindos Mountains. It’s been dated using dendrochronology – a method that involves counting the rings inside a sample of the tree’s trunk.

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“To age the tree, we needed to take a core of wood, from the outside to the centre. The core is 1 metre (3.2 feet) and has 1,075 annual rings,” Krusic explained.

He also said the sample used to count the rings wasn’t taken from the base of the tree, meaning that it might be even older, though he can’t say for sure how much.

The cool thing is Adonis isn’t alone. The team reports that there are about a dozen other trees nearby that are also over 1,000 years old, with Adonis being the most ancient.

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Aug 22

Accessing Higher Levels of Consciousness

 

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Aug 21

King Ragnar & Concepts of Spiritual Warfare

vikings-990x557Author: Soren Dreier

Yesterday the temperature here in Andalusia went from very hot to unbearable in the shade. Since the house isn’t equipped with AC, the metal shutters went down to keep the heat out. It has been so for quite some time, so I thought: too hot to work, but not too hot to chill to a series on TV. I am not plugged into the Matrix via TV, so it’s either DVD or Netflix.

I gave ‘Vikings’  a go, and it caught my interest so I stayed with it for four seasons.

I understood when I researched it, that it is fairly correct, historically. There have been some doubts whether they wore the right clothes, but it’s minor. In the center of events we have Ragnar Lothbrok and we follow his early years as well as his last? Time will tell.

During the first part of Ragnar’s life he is busy conquering land and women and engaging in sneaky business to get himself to power, first as an Earl – Later a King.

Ragnar has a feminine side to him that is shown brilliantly by little gestures of his hands and eyes and in his relationship to women. He only conquers them with consent, dazzled by their softness, and he does not engage in rapes on women and children. He finds that disgusting.

Ragnar is curious about this world and his need for power combined with his thirst of knowledge leads him to go West, and as the first Viking, to set his foot on English and later French soil.They loot and they slaughter and that story is generally well known.

Ragnar finds his soulmate in a British monk named Athelstan.

He finds himself drawn to Christianity and the monk only survives because Ragnar sees him as a source of knowledge and protects him against the hard-core Norse Religion followers who wish to kill his ‘pet’ Christian.

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Aug 20

Emptiness is the fullness of potential

Image2by Brian Thompson.

Emptiness is often discussed in Zen, Advaita, Non-Duality and Buddhism, but, what does it truly point towards? There are subtle differences in how each tradition uses its teaching, but its essential essence remains the same.

Emptiness is complete inner-silence; a quiescent mind, empty of the belief that oneself is a separate entity with an independent existence, apart from all others.

Emptiness is empty of any egoic influence.

Emptiness is when a person’s inner-storytelling and self-conceptualizing has stopped entirely, leaving only an aware, empty presence of stillness, joy, contentment and peace. To realize true emptiness is to no longer be distracted by any thought that spontaneously appears, intuitively knowing that you are not any of them, and that you are the empty and pure presence of consciousness that perceives them.

To abide in emptiness is to have the non-dual realization that you are not the personal “doer” who you’ve always thought yourself to be. It is an absolute understanding that there is nothing that needs to be done, as there is no separate entity within who is able to assert any such independent volition over its life.

There is only life being lived—which is empty of any conceptual meaning, empty of any praise or blame, empty of any separation or division, and empty of any personal entities who can control what is spontaneously happening.

Life happens—and “you” are its witnessing consciousness.

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Aug 20

Neolithic Human Cultures: The Earliest Phase of Virtual Reality

cave-of-forgotten-dreamsImmersion is a key feature of virtual reality. VR headsets like the Oculus Rift quite literally dictate your audio and visual input. It was hardly a century ago that humanity was in the pre-digital age. Hypnosis and imagination have always been the keys to dreamlike immersion in a fantasy. Like today’s movies and games, religious stories play upon archetypes deep within the collective human imagination. Virtual reality simulations may appear futuristic, but they can be traced back through the whole of human civilization, to its inception point in tribal animistic and spiritual cultures of the neolithic era.

Lascaux_paintingThe Allegory of the Cave

Human civilization has always been a virtual reality.  At the onset of culture, which was propagated through the proto-media of cave painting, the talking drum, music, fetish art making, oral tradition and the like, Homo sapiens began a march into cultural virtual realities, a march that would span the entirety of the human enterprise.  We don’t often think of cultures as virtual realities, but there is no more apt descriptor for our widely diverse sociological organizations and interpretations than the metaphor of the “virtual reality.”  Indeed, the virtual reality metaphor encompasses the complete human project.

Virtual Reality researchers, Jim Blascovich and Jeremy Bailenson, write in their book Infinite Reality; “[Cave art] is likely the first animation technology”, where it provided an early means of what they refer to as “virtual travel”.  You are in the cave, but the media in that cave, the dynamic-drawn, fire-illuminated art, represents the plains and animals outside—a completely different environment, one facing entirely the opposite direction, beyond the mouth of the cave.  When surrounded by cave art, alive with movement from flickering torches, you are at once inside the cave itself whilst the media experience surrounding you encourages you to indulge in fantasy, and to mentally simulate an entirely different environment.  Blascovich and Bailenson suggest that in terms of the evolution of media technology, this was the very first immersive VR. Both the room and helmet-sized VRs used in the present day are but a sophistication of this original form of media VR tech.

Today, philosophers and critics have pointed out that businesses such as McDonald’s and Starbucks are like virtual realities in and of themselves.  They have a specific and immersive decorum as well as sanctioned behaviors, symbols, and even philosophies.  When you enter Starbucks, you enter Starbucks World.  In contemporary jargon, these are called hyperrealities—they are microcosms with their own purposes and messages.  Disneyland and Times Square are the epitome of consumerist hyperrealities in the United States.  These hyperrealities are cloned (copied and pasted) and hold a global footprint in an ever-homogenized worldwide monoculture.  They are a touchstone of the global capitalist project; many stores in many locations that are nearly exactly the same.  (Similarly, even restaurants that aren’t franchise mega-chains offer differing atmospheres; competing little worlds to wine and dine in.)  Where did the hyperrealities that typify contemporary life get their start?  What happened between the cave paintings, and these franchises that nearly everyone on the planet today knows intimately well?  I’d like to suggest they got their start with the codification of certain places of worship and the belief systems that joined them.

[To read the whole article, by Elliot Edge, click here]

[via Evolve and Ascend…]

 

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Aug 20

How Your Mind Affects Your Health

Screen-Shot-2016-08-17-at-11.53.53-AMby Ed and Deb Shapiro

We hold huge amounts of repressed or denied grief, anger, trauma, memories, or emotional pain deep in the cells of our body, and every so often they make themselves known, as in an aching lower back or migraine headache.

“I try to just notice myself, without judgment,” says Christine Evans in Your Body Speaks Your Mind: “I notice that I feel sick when my ex-lover rings, or sad when my lower back is massaged. I notice the area between my shoulder blades that aches when I’m tired or feeling tense. I notice that the sick feeling, the retching and vomiting, is about not accepting how I really feel and not believing that I have the right to feel whatever it is.”

Become aware of the physical effects in your body of different situations, thoughts or feelings. As you do this, you will see how closely all the different parts of your being, both physical and psycho/emotional, are interwoven.

What happens when you are irritated or frustrated
If you are stuck in a traffic jam, a client is late for an appointment, or the children keep interrupting your conversation, what happens to your breathing, or your shoulders, or your stomach muscles? Does your breathing get short and shallow? Does your stomach tighten?

Observe anxiety reactions
What happens when you are worried or anxious about something, perhaps a child who is late coming home, a presentation you have to give, or the results of your partner’s blood test? Where do you hold the anxiety? What physical effect does it have? Do fears about the future create a pain in your stomach? Or does your back always ache in the same place?

Watch how you feel when anger abounds
If your boss or your partner shouts at you, what happens to your heart, your head, or your insides? What do you do with angry feelings? Do you bury them inside? Is your headache because of unexpressed anger? Do you swallow hard, get a sore throat, clench your teeth, or get constipated?

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Aug 20

The Pineal Gland: A Modulator Of Human Consciousness?

Image1by Tim Bryant

Often referred to as the third eye, the seat of the soul, or the epicenter of enlightenment; the pineal gland has been something of a mystery when it come to science, yet this small gland in the brain has earned high praised amongst many esoteric/metaphysical schools of thought as being quintessential to spiritual development. What’s even more fascinating is that the pineal gland is not just an important concept to one or two cultural traditions, but is applauded for extraordinary abilities to raise consciousness among a variety of cultures all over the world.

Not only is the pineal gland a praised tool for spiritual enlightenment, but scientifically it has many special properties that make it quite unique when it comes to the human physiology. Roughly just the size of a pea, the pineal gland not only receives the most blood flow of any organ in the body, minus the kidneys, but it is one of the largest producers in the body of the all important chemical serotonin.

Pineal GlandUnfortunately, trying to find hard data on the pineal gland that is reliable is few and far between, given that speculation of its powers are rampant, yet scientific research on the gland is lacking to say the least. Due to the many questions that are still unanswered on the subject, Jay the Explorer and I have decided to put our minds together and dive deeper into just exactly what the pineal gland is, offering both known research and speculation as to what lies deeper beyond the surface.

There is a lot to be learned from current research and even further that still needs to be explored. The hope is that this podcast will provide people with a solid foundation as to what exactly the pineal gland might be, as well as a few tantalizing theories as to what we might discover as we move into future studies.

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Aug 19

From the Heart of the World: The Elder Brothers’ Warning (Kogi message)

This documentary was the world’s primary introduction to the Kogi and their crucial message about the serious negative consequences of modern Man’s way of existing on this Earth. It was originally released in 1992, and is not currently available online (except on Youtube).

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The latest message from the Kogi is available at www.alunathemovie.com. Please watch and share.
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If you watch this video and feel inspired by the Kogi and their message, please know that they have NO interest in people coming to visit them and their sacred lands. This includes visiting La Ciudad Perdida (The Lost City), which for the Kogi was never “lost”. Rather, it was purposefully hidden, because it is an incredibly sacred site that even many Kogi are not permitted to visit… and certainly not tourists.

The Kogi have gone to GREAT lengths, for the past 500+ years to keep their sacred lands free from the energy and unconscious spiritual issues of outsiders. This is something the average “Westerner” might have a hard time understanding. But all we need to understand is that the Kogi DON’T want people visiting their lands, and whether we understand the spiritual reasons for this, or not, is unimportant. Being in their territories uninvited is like walking into a complete stranger’s house, uninvited, and walking through the rooms of that house as if it were your own. It is rude and inappropriate. Please take this to HEART and KNOW what it means to violate their wish to NOT have outsiders in their sacred lands.

If you feel—and KNOW within your heart—that you have a genuine calling (not just idle curiosity) to support the Kogi in some way, my only recommendation is that you take a serious and sincere interest in recovering your attention from the great many distractions—most especially “spiritual” distractions—and doing what it takes to come into greater consciousness of who you are as Spirit, where you are from as Spirit, and precisely why you are here, as Spirit. This is hard and, at times, painstaking work.

Most importantly, know that the message of the Kogi is a practical one. That we day-by-day apply ourselves to the deep work of resolving our issues, misconceptions, projections, negative tendencies, etc. And that we do EVERYTHING within our power to stop living a lie (the Modern world) which is quite obviously destructive and out of alignment with LIFE. In simple terms, they are making it clear that the Western world must drastically change its ways, less we go through drastic changes. If you’re reading this, that likely includes you. The Kogi are not simply something interesting for our entertainment or idle curiosity. They do NOT wish to be idolised, for that only marginalises the deep importance of their message, which is, in reality, the Mother’s message. AND once more, they do NOT want people trying to visit their sacred lands in Columbia. Such actions are deeply inappropriate.

To see the most recent documentary on and by the Kogi, please look online for Aluna The Movie. It can be streamed for a nominal price, and is worth watching. It was released in late 2014.

 

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