by Jeff | Divine Cosmos
As always, my articles are simply my perspective that I offer in the spirit of discovery and empowerment — take what resonates and leave the rest.
One of the perennial ideas of metaphysical and spiritual philosophies throughout the ages is the assertion that in the non-physical realms, where our higher selves exist, time as we know it does not exist — that our experience of linear time here in our physical reality is an ILLUSION. Unfortunately, the ancients never quite explained how this was possible. Thankfully, in recent times, quite a few channeled higher dimensional beings have shared information about how this works, and in this article, I present a synthesis of their explanations.
Our experience of linear time is a perceptual illusion created by consciousness. In fact, so is “space.” Closely related to the idea of time is the notion of “linear causality” — the idea that A, causes B, which then causes C. The apparent causal relationship between events is also just a purely perceptual illusion — albeit a very convincing one.
The reality that we are experiencing is by no means an “objective reality” as most people presume. It is more like what we would conceive of as a virtual reality, but one with some very interesting rules.
Let’s briefly review the basics about what you and the universe really are and then we’ll dive into how and why time and space are illusions.
The very fabric of the Universe is conscious, and your higher consciousness is a thread of this universal consciousness with its own focal point of awareness. We are apertures that the universe is perceiving and experiencing through.
Mainstream science believes that consciousness and our mind arises SOLELY from the operation of the brain. And indeed the PHYSICAL mind does arise from the operation of the brain, but this mind only provides limited capabilities as compared to our higher mind. Science has not yet understood that there is more to our mind and it exists in the universal field of consciousness, and our brain functions as a receiver.
All is consciousness — everything seen and unseen, large and small, are just thought forms inside of the cosmic mind. We exist within something akin to a mind-scape or conceptual space and the experiences we are having that we call “reality” are produced by selectively and sequentially navigating and perceiving the information within the cosmic mind. Our reality is a construct. ALL realities are constructs.
The information that represents every aspect of every moment of the past, present, and future all exists simultaneously, eternally, and NOW. Not just all the information for the timeline that we are experiencing, but all possible timelines — literally an infinite matrix containing everything possible, everything imaginable. Of course, this is not apparent from within the space-time construct because we are only seeing and experiencing the part that is needed to create the experience of our reality. You can think of a timeline as the path that our consciousness takes through the information, and hence experiences.
In an unbounded (unconstrained) state of consciousness, the state that our higher-self is in, we can move our point of awareness anywhere in the infinite matrix of information that represents all that is, navigating through it by either the “temporal” dimension or the “spatial” dimension. More about this later in the article when we look at remote viewing and past life regression.
Note that these dimensions are simply ways of navigating the information — the information is structured in such a way to represent 3D geometric space as well as progressive states (time) — much like how our computer games and virtual realities work.
Our physical reality is a construct that our souls are using as a learning experience. In a certain sense, our whole reality is an illusion, but the experiences it provides are very much real and leaves an indelible mark on the consciousness that is our souls. It serves as a highly formative game that drives the evolution and growth of the consciousness of our souls.
‘I am not of the East, nor of the West/Not of the land, not of the sea/Neither of this world, nor of the next/My place is placeless, my trace traceless.’
What the opening quote by Rumi hints at is that our true dwelling place does not exist in any physical location but is an integral part of a Reality that is placeless. However, as we currently exist in a physical time-place reality, it appears we are faced with a conundrum. In the first essay of this trilogy[i] I discussed how we often feel an urge toward something that is seemingly ‘beyond us’ and how we act upon this shapes the pattern of our lives. I spoke of how the ‘interior life’ recognizes that it is the essential nature of being human to seek for communion with something greater than ourselves. Also, how this fundamental need for a meaningful, developmental life has still not been met by our societies. In the second essay[ii] I mentioned that various wisdom teachings have operated within humanity for millennia with the aim of impacting and altering our individual, and sometimes collective, level of perception. And that there have been many instances of people experiencing altered states through either artificial means, shock incidents, and by other random experiences. Humankind, it was stated, is engaged on a path of conscious evolutionary development, which induces such capacities as the creative imagination. Such paths, I suggested, have been known by various names, one of them being the perennial path, or perennial tradition. Yet regardless of the outer naming, they all share basic similar fundamentals. One of these is the necessity to develop an ‘integral self’ that, on one level, functions as a balanced vessel for the receiving and assimilation of impacts and finer perceptions, as I shall discuss in this essay.
According to this perennial path, or tradition, the human being is normally cut off from contact with objective, genuine Reality, and only perceives upon a limited, restricted wavelength. The result of this is that we generally end up perceiving secondary effects and considering them as primary. Another aspect shared between the perennial traditions is that humankind is psychologically unbalanced – afflicted with dis-ease – as people are unable to perceive not only who they really are but also what the truth of their situation is. One philosopher directly referred to this as the terror of the situation.[iii] Common language often used in this respect is to refer to humanity as being largely ‘blind’ or ‘asleep’ because its latent, higher capacity is underdeveloped. In the same context, the development of the necessary perception is often referred to as ‘awakening,’ and it is to the science of awakening that such perennial traditions, regardless of their external name, have addressed. In some respects we are at the mercy of our psyche, which is critical to the notion of an integral self.
The human psyche has, in relatively modern times, operated through a predominant linear processing that tends to view the external world in terms of separate, non-connected events. It is a manner of perception which has cut us off from a much broader spectrum of relations and has contributed to a system of thought – including science, religion, morality, ethics, and more – that is, to put it simply, restricted and constricting. The human heritage of a whole, integral perspective has been denied to the majority of us during the recent history of our species. It is for this reason that many ancient teachings include stories, tales, allegories, and similar mediums that serve to stimulate left-right brain functioning, from which integral perspective – or consciousness – is activated. According to philosopher and linguist Jean Gebser, who studied the structures of human consciousness, we have recently shifted from a mental period of consciousness (which he associates with the ‘decline of the West’) towards an integral structure of consciousness. This new integral consciousness brings with it a new relationship to space and time. Given our current state of global technologies – our instant communications and connectivity – then this would appear a prescient prediction. Our perception of events in space and time is now broadened to encompass a planetary perspective and a ‘longer term’ view that understands the need for ecological maintenance as well as the longevity of the human species. This latter issue is now emerging in recent enterprises that seek to place a human colony on Mars[iv], space tourism[v], as well as the mining of off-planet resources. This integral consciousness, I propose, is shifting human perceptions from a linear, horizontal model into a more spatial awareness.
Of course, this is not a recent phenomenon. Since the dawn of humanity the human species has been staring into the starry heavens and imagining all kinds of wonders and gods. Yet the modes of prior consciousness structures were not compelled toward conscious participation. The stars and heavens whirled in their orbits beyond the capacity for human participation. Prior structures of human consciousness, despite immense creative imagination, remained largely within a ‘horizontal’ perspective which depicted the primary relationship as between the individual and its environment (society/Nature), as the following diagram illustrates:
Individual/Humanity <——————————–> Society/Nature
Such a linear, horizontal model relationship reflected a limited perspective. Whilst the human mind recognized, analyzed, and interpreted the cosmos, it did not particularly feel a kinship with it. We did not possess a participatory consciousness. The integral mode of consciousness that is now becoming more dominant – within a techno-cultural global civilization – recognizes a wider temporal-spatial spectrum. We could, to use a well-known phrase, refer to this as activating a ‘cosmic consciousness.’ That is, a perspective which perceives that humanity is not, and never has been, separated or cut off from a cosmic context. Thus, the relationship can be interpreted, albeit crudely, as:
This integral relationship is at the same time more vertical and at once more spatial. It not only accurately represents an integral consciousness but also the perspective that has long been offered by the perennial wisdom traditions.
The idea that consciousness can affect reality is hardly new, if you think about it. Therapeutic intention expressed through prayer, usually through an intermediary deity or transcendental power, dates back into the mists of the past, its beginnings unknowable. And it is not just an article of faith. I and many others have carried out rigorous studies showing its effects. The studies number to several thousand each showing an effect on blood cells, bacteria, fish, and mammals, through nonlocal perturbation—affecting the well-being, for good or ill it should be noted, through conscious intention alone.
Some years ago I was the principal investigator on a study that took this a stage further. This research showed that therapeutic intention also had an effect on water, consistently altering its molecular structure by changing the H–O bonds as measured by multiple-internal reflection infrared spectrophotometry. And as these things go it was a pretty robust effect (P = .0004).
A second effect was also noted. Water samples that were in the room where the therapeutic intention was expressed, but unknown to either the healer of recipient also showed change although not as great as water immediately proximate to the palms of the Therapeutic Practitioners. This suggested two things: individual expressions of focused intentioned awareness could not only produce a therapeutic effect on the target organism—the person being healed—it could also alter the reality of the space in which the therapeutic intention was expressed in a way that could be objectively measured.
For as long as we have kept records as a species, people have talked about experiencing “sacred space” when they have gone into venues, whether buildings or groves of trees, where collective intention has been expressed through ritual, music, and movement. Indeed these earlier human cultures, before consciousness and science were rent asunder, deliberately planned for this effect. As modern researchers have discovered there is a science to it, and I have much respect for the power of empirical observation across generations, even centuries.
From an anthropological view if people from all cultures and times across the ages report an experience, and deliberately seek to evoke it, there is something to it beyond the myth and belief. I came to see it in the same way that I saw how acupuncture was developed through empirical observation over 5000 years ago.
And what we had seen in our infrared study water study made me remember a study done in the early 1970s, by biologists Graham Watkins and his wife Anita at Duke University.
They ran an unusually compassionate, particularly for the time, protocol in which a species of mice bred for research were anesthetised, placed in a small toy cradle, one mouse a control, the other the target of therapeutic intention. The goal of the participant’s intention was to awaken the treated mouse, while the control mouse’s anesthetic was allowed to just wear off. The measurement was the difference in the times of the two groups, and the Graham study showed that the mice that had been the focus of intention did in fact awaken significantly more quickly.
As it happened the same cradle without exception was always the “treated cradle” or the “control cradle.” Through this quirk of circumstance something else was revealed. One day the participant healer for a scheduled session did not show up. Since the mice were already anesthetized the Grahams decided to see what would happen if they just put the mice in the cradles. To their surprise once again the treated cradle mouse awoke before the control cradle mouse. They repeated the experiment again and again, and the mice assigned to the cradle that had been designated “treated” always awoke faster than the controls, whether a healer was present or not.
As with my water experiment, physical reality had been manipulated through consciousness, and the effect had at least two aspects.
And the results of these studies dovetails with remote viewing (RV) research, in which individuals are asked to describe in detail persons, places, objects, or events from which knowledge they are shielded by time, space or both. These studies have consistently shown that a target that has been the focus of multiple individual as well as collective acts of intentioned awareness is more often correctly selected and more accurately described than other targets that have not been the subject of such focused attention.
Literally millions of remote viewing sessions have been carried out, remote viewing has become a social movement and avocational activity, and they show that targets, which have been the focus of reiterated acts of intentioned awareness, particularly in a state of heightened emotion (whether positive or negative does not seem to matter), say for instance a religious shrine, are easier to perceive than other targets, perhaps a rice paddy, which may be visually more arresting, but harder to perceive in nonlocal awareness. It is easier for a remote viewer to see Chartres Cathedral than a warehouse of the same size. One has been the focus of highly emotional intentioned awareness for centuries; the other is a structure no one pays any attention to.
Over the years that I have been watching carefully the shifting of paradigms, it came in slowly at first, then recently began speeding up to the frantic state we now find ourselves in today. We need to see things from a new perspective, a wider and deeper one that ventures way outside the box! It should be plainly obvious to all of us that the present way of governing ourselves is not working for us anymore. Simply put, we are not who we were when we made up the rules. Government has run amok and society is suffering profoundly from what is happening. The few have become the wealthy and the wealthy pretty much have run the world up until now, up until the paradigm shifted and society has had their awareness shifted by the uncovering of the rampant corruption, abuse of power and lies. The many have suffered under the control of the few since the beginning and our patience has run out.
All of the chaos we are witnessing is a result of the energy of the shifting paradigms.The powerful division we see strengthening, the sides being taken, the anger at the ready, is a matter of two factions of humans short circuiting on different frequencies and unable to find words to reconnect. Their differences are as strong as magnets being forced together on the wrong sides. The pushing apart is strong and so is the difference between paradigms. One paradigm is loving and giving and thinks with its heart and well outside the confines of the box, and is ready for change, the other paradigm is still trapped inside the meme of war, more is better, conquer the world, steal all the money, control all the people. As a collective of the new paradigm, we have come a long way, we have opened our hearts and minds and the old meme no longer speaks to who we are as a whole. Too many of us have splintered off from the antiquated meme and so the herd will no longer follow automatically in one direction. Now they question causing a fork in the road..
As part of our new paradigm we will need a new form of governance that views life and it’s rules through new and updated eyes. Cronyism is dead! Our new ways of thinking and being can no longer accept what was as what is. The scam of the two-party system will continue as long as we allow it. I wonder how many more decades it will take for us to find the courage to make the change. Humans being such devout creatures of habit, most do not like to experience change. It is unsettling and somehow threatening when in fact we should embrace it for the growth it will bring. We fear it because we have been taught we are alone rather than being taught the truth that we really belong together. Who wants to make fearful changes alone? And so we avoid change at all costs. We have been divided and continue to be divided for the sole purpose of control.We are weakened by the forcing of unrest between us and using that unrest as distraction. Once one begins to understand how the Washington machine operates the more clearly one can begin to make sense of what is going on today.
Sevan Bomar – Fear And Awareness
Excerpt from Gnostic Warrior Radio with host Moe recorded on February 10, 2017
~In this podcast, Sevan discusses with us his philosophies on Occultism, Gnosticism, and Life. He says that total awareness is total fear. Sevan shares with us the pitfalls of the illusion, fake media and false realities created to control people and cause them to react a certain way. To get emotional so we put off energies so these energy vampire beings that we cannot see in different frequency realms can feed on energy.
Sevan also tells us how thinking and though takes us further away from ourselves. There becomes a point where acquiring knowledge needs to stop. He says the end goal of all the Great Work and Knowledge is the state of All Knowing. Gnosis of all the Incarnated Worlds.
What follows is an excerpt from Evolver.net and Reality Sandwich’s cofounder Daniel Pinchbeck’s book, How Soon Is Now?
We can think about technology as an extension of our biological evolution. We evolved to be able to move through space, manipulate matter and explore the world around us. We use technology to extend our innate abilities in all directions. We augment our ability to move through space and transform matter by building cars, planes, bulldozers, rocket ships and so on. We enhance our thinking capacities through computers, media networks, search engines and the like. As human beings, we continuously seek to explore, to learn, to go further. That is part of our nature.
Even language is a kind of technology. Language originally developed so that human groups could coordinate their actions and intentions. As accidental by-products, the birth of language – the word, or the logos, which was ‘in the beginning’, according to the Bible – gave birth to conceptual thought, poetry, philosophy, culture, complex societies. As a tool-using and tool-making species, we constantly experiment and invent new technologies. These reveal new aspects of our being to us, and lead us to create, and iterate, the next set of tools. Technology and consciousness are so intimately related that they could be considered synonymous.
We currently hover on the brink of manifesting extraordinary as well as frightening possibilities, through science and technology, that may radically transform our species’ capacities. For instance, soon we may be able to extend the human lifespan indefinitely, making people ‘a-mortal’, if not immortal. Scientists are uncovering the mechanisms that cause us to age and learning how to alter them.
As Nature magazine notes, ‘Chromosomes have caps of repetitive DNA called telomeres at their ends. Every time cells divide, their telomeres shorten, which eventually prompts them to stop dividing and die.’ In studies, mice were engineered to lack the telomere enzyme. They aged rapidly. When the telomere enzyme was replaced, they bounced back and de-aged, regaining youth and vitality. This suggests ‘the possibility that normal human aging could be slowed by reawakening the enzyme in cells where it has stopped working’.
Scientists caution that ageing has complex causes. Even if we alter our telomeres, we would still die of cancer and other diseases, eventually.
Yet it is possible that breakthroughs in medicine and biotechnology will be able to address these conditions. We can currently print organs and body parts using 3D printers. Stem cell transplants may allow us to regrow damaged tissue. Our techniques for genetic engineering are also advancing incredibly rapidly.
If we were able to be ‘vaccinated’ against ageing – to have our cells rejuvenated – the vast majority of people would want that opportunity. Given the chance, I will be among them. I often feel life is shorter than it needs to be, and barely gives us time to explore a fraction of our potential. I consider the prospect of life extension as an opportunity to make a leap of species consciousness, towards a psychic realization that, even though the world may wear different disguises, our underlying reality is infinite bliss and ecstasy. After all, even if we lived for a thousand or a million years, it would be meaningless, insignificant, when we consider the billions of years of Universe Time – or the no- time of the Ein Sof.
We can foresee that new capacities – appearing in a period of rapidly increasing resource scarcity, mass species extinction and accelerated warming – will lead to new ethical quandaries, beyond anything we have confronted before. The only way to handle the deepening contradictions of our situation is to develop moral willpower, a core ethos of empathy and responsibility, strengthened through initiatory discipline and inner work. Before humanity can make the jump to any new condition of being, we must address the ecological and social catastrophes we have unleashed on our Earth. We must take care of all of our brothers and sisters who have been consigned to lives of squalor and ignorance, making a commitment to lift them up as equals and love them.
From where we are now, it feels, subjectively, like we have accelerated over the last decades. Things used to move in slow motion, now they are lifting off towards hyper-speed. We live in a science-fiction world that is getting incrementally trippier, with or without drugs. Every indicator suggests the situation will become more intense in the years ahead.
I believe there is an occult or esoteric reality, and this hidden dimension must be acknowledged. We must seek to know it, as much as we possibly can, permeate it with thought, and integrate what we understand into our lives. When we acknowledge the occult dimension, this also must influence our life’s purpose and mission. Occultists tell us that the hidden reality expresses itself through symbols, signs, as well as the procession and pageant of historical events. If this is true, we will learn to interpret our world differently. If reincarnation is an occult fact, then we must change our ideas about the meaning and purpose of any individual life.
According to hermetic philosophy, whatever appears to us as ‘out there’ is, just as much, ‘in here’. The physical universe, the material world, is a projection of the psyche, reflecting our current state of being. If the world is changing so rapidly, this means our inner being is also developing and transforming. Our technology – the technosphere – appears to be a ladder we must build and then climb, to reach what some have called the noosphere, the next level of consciousness.
The difference between living consciously and unconsciously. Franco DeNicola explains in detail how we can recognize the difference. This interview is a snippet from Collective Evolution’s film ‘CE3: The Shift’
You can watch it here: http://go.collective-evolution.com/sc…
Watch the full interview in CE’s Explorer Lounge: https://explorers.collective-evolutio…
Several years ago, I worked with a college tutor called John, who had a heart transplant in 1992. During the operation, he was surprised to suddenly find himself awake and alert, looking down on his own body from above. He could see the surgeon and the nurses performing the procedure, and sensed from their behaviour that there was an emergency; he could see them rushing around, trying to take action to save his life. He was also surprised to find that he could hear classical music in the operating theatre. He felt himself floating further away from his body, into a darkness which felt strangely peaceful and welcoming. Then he encountered his father, who had died a few years earlier. His father seemed equally surprised to encounter him, and told him, “You shouldn’t be here – it’s not your time yet.” Then John felt himself moving back down towards his body, and lost awareness again. The next thing he knew, he was awake in recovery. Shortly afterwards, he asked the surgeon, “How come you were playing classical music in the operating theatre?” The surgeon was amazed that he knew this, since he had been unconscious when they turned the music on.
Last September, the results of an international study (led by Dr. Sam Parnia at the State University of New York) of more than 2000 cardiac arrest patients were published. This found that 40% reported some form of awareness during the time when they were clinically dead, when their hearts had stopped beating and their brains had shut down (1). But how can we be sure that the awareness they reported actually stemmed from the period when they were “dead”? you might ask. Perhaps it was just a kind of hallucination which actually took place just before their brains shut down, or just when they were becoming active again.
However, as was the case with my colleague John, some patients reported a sensation of leaving their bodies and observing their own operations from above. They were able to describe actual events during the procedure – such as the actions of the nurses, or the instruments used by their surgeons, and the sounds of machines – which were later verified. (One man accurately described the appearance of the doctors who attended to him, and also the automated external defibrillator that restarted his heart).
Once a person’s heart has stopped beating, the brain shuts down within 20-30 seconds. So can how a person continue to be conscious during this period? Since the idea that consciousness could continue without brain activity appears highly unlikely to many people, other explanations have been put forward. First of all, can we really rely on the reports of people who believed they saw their own operations from above and described details about them? Perhaps they were simply constructing an image of what they expected from the operation, including the doctors, nurses, instruments and procedure.
And in any case, can we really be sure that the brain is completely “shut down” in these periods? Even if it doesn’t show any sign of activity shortly after the person’s heart stops beating, does that mean there is no activity at all? Perhaps there is brain activity at a very low level which is difficult to detect.
However, even if this is plausible, there would still be the problem of explaining how a very low degree of brain activity (so low that it is undetectable) could give rise to an experience of such complexity and intensity. In near-death experiences, people often report feeling much more alert than normal, with a very clear and intense form of awareness. It is difficult to see how a very low level of brain activity could generate this. If anything, there would surely be a form of consciousness which was much more vague, confused and dim.
Perhaps the best way of explaining NDEs in material terms is – as touched on briefly above – to see them as unusual experiences which occur shortly before the brain becomes inactive. Perhaps they are simply a kind of hallucination generated by a dying brain. For example, It has been suggested that cerebral anoxia – a lack of oxygen to brain tissue – causes many of the characteristics of NDEs. It results “cortical disinhibition” and intense, uncontrolled brain activity. The vision of tunnels and lights can be linked to disinhibition in the brain’s visual cortex. At the same time, the intense sense of well-being could be caused by the release of endorphins.
However, there are also problems with these explanations. You would expect intense, uncontrolled brain activity to result in crazy, chaotic experiences, but NDEs are usually very serene and well integrated experiences – certainly not what one would associate with ‘disinhibition’ and over-stimulation. In fact, cases of cerebral anoxia usually do feature bizarre and random mental activity, completely dissimilar to NDEs.
You would also expect uncontrolled brain activity to result in a very wide range of different experiences, as varied and different as dreams. However, as we have seen, the majority of people who report this continuation of consciousness report the same “core” experience (according to Pim van Lommel, 66% of NDEs included the core characteristics.) An additional (although not as significant) point is that, subjectively, people feel that, far from being illusory or hallucinatory, NDEs are much more intensely real than normal consciousness. They carry an intense sense of clarity and revelation which is very different to most hallucinatory experiences.
Another suggestion is that NDEs are caused by the release of large amounts of DMT in the brain close to the point of death. The basis of this explanation is the similarity of some DMT experiences (when it is taken as a drug) to NDEs. However, in actual fact, studies have shown that only a small percentage of DMT experiences have any strong similarity of NDEs. If it was the source of the experience, one would expect a stronger relationship. Other suggestions have been that NDEs are associated with high concentrations of carbon dioxide, altered serotonin activity, temporal lobe paroxysms, REM sleep patterns…
The wide variety – and lack of consensus – of these attempts at explanation is striking, and hints that the the physicalist approach may be in itself flawed. As Irwin and Watt have put it, ‘It is fair to say that no current neurophysiological or psychological theory of NDEs is satisfactory.’(2)
Since the beginning of Spirit Science, we have discussed the importance of the power of thoughts. In fact, it is the very basis of episode 1! With that said, the power of manifesting your dreams coming true using your thoughts is a remarkable and inspiring idea, one which propels people into a state of active participation with their lives when they realize that they have a creative power within it. This is however, just the tip of the iceberg.
What we often fail to fully grasp is just how powerful thoughts truly are; it not only has the power to shape our own lives and the world around us, but the lives of others. It also has the power to influence others ways of thinking; for the better, or for the worse.
In a recent article we published we explored the psychology of raising children, which looked at the various stages in life and where we learn predominant human traits. You may have noticed that regardless of what stage in life you are at, there is always one predominant experience; this is that we are always in a constant state of learning. Even if we become ignorant and choose not to push ourselves forward and grow, there is still learning that comes from this.
With that being said, we have to be very full of care about how we choose to learn, making sure to think carefully about things, observe how we feel about them, check with our “guides”, “angels”, “higher selves”, or very simply, our own “critical mental analysis”. We need to make sure that we are taking steps in the direction that is best for ourselves and those around us. It is all too easy to give away our power to others, when we believe that they will be the answer to our problems, or guide us in our lives. This is the subject of today’s article, because the truth is – you have to be your own guru.
Experience is one of the most valuable teachers of all, because it gives us first hand knowledge on which paths we choose to walk. Since you are always in the driver’s seat of your life, you have to be the one to make the decisions of who you listen to, which paths you avoid, what you bring into your life and what you let go of. Nobody can make those decisions for you – but here’s the tricky part… unless you are careful, it is very easy to come to believe that they can.
Spiritual power is one of the most powerful energies out there, but it is also one of the most dangerous. When someone believes that another person has “the answers”, it becomes very easy to put all of their faith in that person. This can lead to giving up on their own inner truth because they believe that following the word of someone else is better for them or is more powerful than their own realizations or life experiences. What’s worse is that when a plethora of people now flock to the one person for answers, it can become very easy for that individual to start observing themselves as something “special” or “different”, and see themselves as a special spiritual master above all of the rest. This concept goes by many names, one such you might be familiar with is the “messiah complex” or just basic egotism, and these things are far too common especially in the new age world of today.
Of course, this is not to say that it’s not valuable to listen to each other; quite the contrary. By listening to the insights of others, and building our understanding based off of the experiences of those who came before us we are able to really expand beyond our own internal thought patterns and grow to new heights. Whether this information comes from our peers, elders, or ancient Greek philosophers upon which all of our modern understanding is based off of.
The key here is what you choose to do with this new information. You have the key to the vehicle which is your own body and soul, use them to drive yourself through life and explore what this life story is really all about for you! If you give that key to others, then you can almost assuredly expect them to simply not have the capacity to live your life for you the way that you really want it to be lived; they will live it the way that they want to live it. It is worth mentioning that when we say “others”, we are speaking about actual living humans, and not spiritual avatars from earth’s history, like angels or ascended masters.
Giving up our personal power into the hands of another can actually be seen as lazy, because then we don’t have to feel as responsible for our decisions as they were based on someone else’s suggestion. However, you are still responsible for your actions, even if they were actions dictated by someone else and regardless of whether or not you even agreed with them in the first place. Sometimes, it’s just easier to follow the herd than to listen to your heart, but that doesn’t mean that it is the best path, nor does it always yield the best outcomes.
What are spiritual experiences? I don’t think of them in religious terms. I see them as moments in which our awareness becomes more intense and more expansive than normal, so that the world around us becomes more real and alive, and we feel a strong sense of connection to nature and other human beings. We might feel a sense of joy or inner stillness, and feel that somehow the world around us is “in harmony” or has a meaning that we find difficult to express.
If a person from a religious background has such an experience, they may well interpret it in religious terms. They might see it as a gift from God, and believe that the aliveness and harmony they perceive is a glimpse of the divine, or of heaven. But if you’re not religious, there’s no reason to think in these terms. The experience is just a psychological one. It suggests that our normal vision of the world is limited and in some ways even aberrational. In awakening experiences, there is a strong sense of ‘seeing more,’ of expanding beyond limits and perceiving a more authentic reality.
My research shows that awakening experiences are connected to certain activities and situations. They are associated with contact with nature, spiritual practices such as meditation or prayer, sporting activities (such as running and swimming), and sex. They are also strongly associated with states of intense psychological turmoil. That is, paradoxically, they often occur in the midst of stress and depression, or in relation to traumatic life events such as illness, divorce or bereavement.
However, one of the most interesting things about these experiences is that they are apparently becoming more common. In a 1962 Gallup poll, just 22 percent of Americans reported that they had “ever had a religious or mystical experience.” In 1994, 33 percent of people answered yes to the same question, while by 2009, the figure had risen to 49 percent. Research by the Pew Research Center in the U.S. has shown a similar trend. In 2007, 52 percent of Americans reported that they regularly felt a “deep sense of spiritual peace and well-being.” In 2014, the figure stood at 59 percent. In 2007, 39 percent of Americans said that the regularly felt a “deep sense of wonder about the universe”—a figure which had increased to 46 percent in 2014. Perhaps significantly, these increases coincided closely with a decrease in interest in organized religion.
In the U.K., the surveys of the Spiritual Experience Research Centre have had similar findings. In a 1969 survey, the question “Have you ever experienced a presence or power, whether you call it God or not, which is different from your everyday self?” was answered affirmatively by 29 percent of people. In 1978, the figure had risen to 36 percent, and then to 48 percent in 1987. In 2000, there was a further steep rise to 75 percent—a 27 percent increase in 13 years (which was, coincidentally or not, exactly the same figure by which church attendance declined over the same period). (1)
A Collective Movement?
Why should spiritual experiences be more common now than they were a few decades ago? It could simply be that people are simply getting better at recognizing them, or are more open about discussing them. Now that there is more general awareness of spirituality in our culture, and concepts such as “spiritual peace and well-being” are a more common part of discourse, it could simply be that more people are describing their experiences in this way, when they might have described them in other terms in earlier decades.
by Adam Strauss
The following article was originally published on Psymposia.
There’s a new article in The New York Times, entitled Can Psychedelics Be Therapy? Allow Research to Find Out.
While I’m a strong supporter of psychedelic research, and have donated a large portion of all proceeds from my show The Mushroom Cure to the cause, this article is just dead wrong on every significant point.
First, the entire premise—that Schedule I status is the primary obstacle to research—is flat-out wrong. I know because I also once assumed this. Then, in writing my own opinion piece for Huffington Post, I corresponded extensively with the folks at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelics Studies (MAPS), who clarified that schedule status is no longer a significant barrier—the FDA is now approving all legitimate psychedelic research.
The obstacle now is simply getting funding for research. That the author so completely misses the fundamental issue at hand demonstrates a lack of both basic understanding and even the most cursory research.
Second, the article states psychedelics “are illegal in the United States because they carry a high risk of abuse.”
Two huge inaccuracies in this one statement.
First, there is virtually no risk of abuse, at least not in the classic sense of daily use, physical dependency, selling worldly possessions to get a fix, associated spikes in crime, etc. (As anyone who’s done psychedelics too frequently will attest, these drugs will tell you pretty unambiguously if you’re pushing it too far too fast.)
Second, their alleged abuse potential has nothing to do with why they’re illegal. A full historical accounting is beyond my scope here, but suffice to say the prime motivating force behind the state and federal bans of 1969/70 was criminalizing a social movement that opposed Vietnam and the status quo in general. It was about power and politics, not public health (which some courageous politicians, most notably Senator Bobby Kennedy, recognized and tried to counteract).
Third, this: “They can also cause harm. The best-known adverse event is persistent flashbacks, though these are believed to be rare. More common are symptoms like increased heart rate and blood pressure, anxiety and panic.”
“Flashbacks” (really, the author means HPPD; flashbacks are defined as transitory, while HPPD is long term) are unheard of in any sort of responsible use context, while the other “harms” cited are all transitory—that is, they last only while one is experiencing the acute drug effects (and rarely last the entire duration of the experience). Twenty minutes of elevated heart rate or anxiety may be unpleasant, but they hardly qualify as harmful in any meaningful sense.
Finally, this piece massively understates the incredibly positive results obtained in recent research. With PTSD, addiction, end-of-life anxiety and other conditions, we’re routinely seeing massive effect sizes that dwarf anything seen—ever—for any other class of psychiatric medication. And the scientific studies establishing this are generally tracking results for anywhere from six months to several years after the administration of the drug, while pharmaceutical studies rarely collect data for more than a couple of months.
There is a lot of conversations in the New Age community about a particular concept, which can be summarized by the simple adage “we are all one”. Too often this deep and meaningful spiritual philosophy gets tossed aside as being overly incredible or outright unbelievable. So today we are going to explore this concept one more time, this time with the intention of putting a more scientific perspective on it, for those who may have previously disregarded this idea as fictional.
Let us begin by discussing the increasing number of cases which support the concept of reincarnation. We are often told that all we are is this body and once it is gone, so are you. Even in this here we must acknowledge that this idea is actually nothing but a theory, and from the evidence collected from people who have been medically pronounced dead, and then recover shortly thereafter we find staggering correlations in the experiences which transpire after our physical bodies have stopped living. The general consensus is that even after our bodies die there is still a part of us that goes into an astral form and will continue to exist long after our bodies have passed. The theory that there is nothing after we die came from the lack of evidence to support reincarnation, but as more and more of these first hand accounts explain the contrary, our theories on this topic must adapt to the new information and therefore our personal belief systems must grow and adapt as well.
Thus, it’s only logical that the first step in really understanding how deeply interconnected we all are is to realize that you are a being that is going to exist long after your body returns to dust. Millions, if not billions of people all around the world already believe this to be true, whether that comes in the form of a Christian believing in their soul living for eternity in heaven, or a Native American believing their soul will join with that of the great spirit and flow through the planet. Many faiths all support the idea of life after death and the evidence to support this claim is really mounting up.
Dr Ian Stevenson, a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia School of Medicine and former chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, spent the majority of his career searching for the evidence of reincarnation. He claims to have found over 3,000 examples of reincarnation during his time at the university which he shared with the scientific community.
Some of the evidence for this comes in the form of past life regressions, experienced by people having irrational fears of certain objects or places without any apparent reason why. Dr. Brian Weiss has been able to use hypnosis to help patients recover reasons for their phobias, and has linked these fears to past life experiences. Many similar studies are finding that things like birthmarks or even birth defects can be caused due to stress and trauma that happened either during a past life, or during the death experience which has carried through into their current life.
Jim Tucker, a professor of psychiatry and neurobehavioral sciences at the University of Virginia has been scientifically testing the evidence in support of reincarnation. After studying many claims of past life memories he stated “I think these cases contribute to the body of evidence that consciousness – at least, in certain circumstances – can survive the death of the body; that life after death isn’t necessarily just a fantasy or something to be considered on faith, but it can also be approached in an analytic way, and the idea can be judged on its merits.”
There are also claims which say our current medical practices of using high doses of sedatives during end of life procedures is a leading factor in much of the memory loss we experience in-between lives, and that our current birthing process also creates shock for the newborn. This results in mental and emotional defensive mechanisms being triggered, causing more attachment to the current reality and a dissociation with that of the past lives.
Once we understand that we can and will exist beyond death, we can start to ask the famous question “why are we here?” One of the simplest answers to this questions comes from the practices taught by Mahajrya, illustrated by their practice of the Ten Planes of Consciousness. We introduced this in our Four States of Being article by going over what are referred to as the ‘human planes’ but we are now going to take this further and look at the ten levels from the top down.
“But isn’t the anarchist a fabulous character? Those who control public opinion associate him with terrorism and chaos; he is a dark figure, an infernal one, who in political mythology is something of a specter.” ~ Ronald Creagh, Anarchy Archives
When I think of anarchy, the wildly popular film V for Vendetta comes to mind. Released over a decade ago, the “dystopian political thriller” has, to this day, a far reaching impact. The infamous Guy Fawkes mask worn by the hero is still a symbol of freedom against tyranny, and has since been taken up by individuals rebelling against the status quo — from the Occupy Movement to the hacker group Anonymous.
Having recently watched the film again after many years, I do admit to having chills when the masses don their masks in courageous defiance of the neo-Fascist State, which has pushed its agenda too far and, consequently, is teetering on the brink of destruction. The rebel in me shares an affinity with that specific scene, as well as the overall message of the film.
However, where one person sees liberation, another is equally horrified at such lawlessness. For a majority of us, anarchy is nothing more than senseless violence meant to destabilize the land, its people and economy. Granted, anarchists don’t exactly have the most glowing track record — think masked thugs who smashed windows, sprayed graffiti and damaged patrol cars during the relatively peaceful Seattle WTO protests in 1999, or the chaotic protests against the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, which ultimately lead to violent clashes with police.
But maybe the idea behind anarchy has been misunderstood — like many ideologies throughout history which have been hijacked and distorted. Maybe the time has come to revisit anarchy — and recognize that it might just be what we need to solve many of the issues we are faced with today.
“As anarchists, we seek to bring about a society in which coercive hierarchies, such as government and capitalism … no longer exist. To be exceptionally clear, anarchists do not desire chaos, we desire freedom and equality.” ~ anonymous member of Portland Anarchist Road Care
Could figures like Gandhi be considered anarchists in the purest sense of the word? To know, we need to explore what anarchy truly is.
In a nutshell, anarchy is about dissolving hierarchy in our social structures, where we create a world that does not distinguish between rulers and the ruled — basically, it advocates self-rule. An anarchic vision of society is nonviolent, self-managed and non-hierarchical, and anarchist thinkers hold dear to the ideal of democracy — rule by the people. Anarchists do not want to seize power, they want to dissolve it. It’s a social revolution, not a political one. Family organization, schools, religion, crime and punishment, the military, taxes, technology, political structure, patriarchy all come under question with anarchy.
“The principles of Non-aggression, individual sovereign rights, and voluntary exchange are the methods most sane people, friends or those in the market place, use to interact with each other on a daily basis. Why should these principles be inapplicable when a few sociopaths don expensive suits, surround themselves with elaborate ceremonies, and call themselves government?” [source]
Mohandas Gandhi is considered a philosophical anarchist because he opposed the State and believed, “[the greatest good of all] can be realized only in the classless, stateless democracy.” But it wasn’t the Western-style democracy he valued, where the “majority binds a minority” with its centralized power that feeds violence. Instead he advocated decentralization and self-rule. “In such a state (of affairs), everyone is his own rulers. He rules himself in such a manner that he is never a hindrance to his neighbor”.
The key here is that the individual takes responsibility for his own self-rule, which requires energy and effort to reform oneself — to recognize the connection between an individual and society. The word he used for this is swaraj, “self-rule” or “autonomy.” Once individuals take steps toward self-rule in their own lives, it spreads across the community and, eventually, to entire nations.
“Independence begins at the bottom… It follows, therefore, that every village has to be self-sustained and capable of managing its own affairs… It will be trained and prepared to perish in the attempt to defend itself against any onslaught from without… This does not exclude dependence on and willing help from neighbors or from the world. It will be a free and voluntary play of mutual forces… In this structure composed of innumerable villages, there will be every-widening, never ascending circles. Life will not be a pyramid with the apex sustained by the bottom. But it will be an oceanic circle whose center will be the individual. Therefore, the outermost circumference will not wield power to crush the inner circle but will give strength to all within and derive its own strength from it.” [source]
Have you ever noticed how good you feel after going for a walk in nature? Or how relaxed you feel when sitting down in a park, pottering in a garden, walking barefoot on the beach or even sitting on a lawn?
There’s something about connecting with the Earth that harmonises our internal rhythms, induces inner-peace and recharges us.
Mother Earth is an electromagnetic being – and so are we! We are made of the same stuff. Not surprisingly, when we connect with nature our energetic frequency begins to oscillate the same frequency as the Earth.
The human body apparently resonates at around 7.8 Hz. I’ve also heard that the brain waves associated with relaxation, intuition, insight and inner-calm also resonate at around 7.8 Hz. Without getting too scientific here – this just happens to be the same frequency as Mother Earth.
Our modern world has encouraged us to become increasingly disconnected from nature. We live indoors, wear shoes that create a barrier to the Earth, work in offices, are subject to constant distraction, hyper-stimulation and generally (many of us at least) have a distinctive lack of connection with nature. In our ‘modern’ world we pick up frequencies that are not us; electro magnetic frequencies (EMF) from the swathes of gadgets and appliances that surround us.
In essence we are constantly taking on frequencies that aren’t particularly supportive to our minds and human bodies; frequencies that conflict with out natural resonance.
Without being connected to the Earth, we become unearthed (a bit like an electrical cable, flipping all over the place, that isn’t grounded). Without grounding, it becomes difficult for us to discharge the frequencies that we’ve taken on board. We become overwhelmed and washed through with chaotic energies. When I say energies I mean negative energies/projections from others, energies from the ‘go-go-go’ hyper-stimulation of the modern world, unnatural things and other challenging situations.
This stress on our system creates stress and anxiety. Overtime, it takes its toll on our mental and physical health too. Without a connection with the Earth we don’t get that incredible sense of supportive calm and well-being that happens naturally when we are earthed.
Connecting with the Earth, literally brings us to life. It breathes us. It restores and rejuvenates our energy field. The frequency of Mother Earth is incredibly healing. It’s perfectly configured for optimal human beingness.
Earth is like an enormous battery – connect with it and we recharge!
I’ve discovered many techniques for grounding and connecting with the Earth. The most effective are often the most simple.
Walking in nature is powerful, as well as spending time in a green park. I find that being barefoot and feeling the ground beneath my feet, instantly rekindles my affinity with the Earth. I love to spend time connecting with anything natural; communing with the trees; adoring wildlife; feeling the majesty of the the rolling hills and mountains; running my hands through a flowing river. Connecting with the Earth also includes sand and the ocean. I don’t often get the opportunity, but when I do, I love to walk barefoot on the sand and connect with the water.
The intention behind this article is to bring awareness of what are commonly referred to as ‘The Four States of Being’, to help us gain a deeper understanding of ourselves through meditating on these states of conscious awareness. It’s not uncommon to hear of struggles from early meditators claiming they are unable to silence their mind, or that they do not even know where to begin when it comes to meditation. This article will create a simple guideline to help illustrate how to observe ourselves in a way that may help us take a step outside of our mind and into the great cosmic unknown!
This information is based off of the 10 Planes of Consciousness as described by Mahajrya, an organization that take concepts primarily from the Hebrew Kabbalah, Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity to help spiritual seekers find the connecting truth between the various belief systems without the dogma or claiming any one specific path, except that of personal growth. If you wish to learn more about Mahajrya visit Mahajrya.org.
In this practice, they describe the 10 Planes of Consciousness in a way that can be expressed similarly to our basic understanding of the dimensions. There is consciousness, and this consciousness exists in different densities or levels, the highest of which would be source consciousness, or God if you will, and then expands outward to encompass the realms of our soul right down to that of our human experience. The top three planes are therefore often referred to as “The God Planes” while the three planes below that are called “The Soul Planes”. This leaves four levels remaining, “The Human Planes” and the meditation to work your way through these planes is know as “The Four States of Being”.
First State: Breathe
The root of all sentient life as we know it is the breath. Regarding the essential ingredients for life, we can go weeks without food, days without water, but try going even an hour without breathing. Our breath is the first action we take as we are born into this world and is the last action we make as we leave it. So at the very root of the human experience, the bottom of the human planes, is our breath.
Many practices including the common western yoga techniques have placed tremendous importance in the value of deep and wholesome breathing. The understanding is simply that as our breath is so essential to our life, by becoming aware of exactly how we are breathing we will create a deeper connection to the higher planes, grounding us in the present moment, and help establish a state of internal peace.
One of our common expressions is “breath check!” meaning to take a moment right now to check how deep is your breath. Drunvalo Melchizedek in his book “The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life, Volume 2” goes through the steps of the Merkaba meditation, and in this practice your inhales and exhales must be a minimum of 5-7 seconds per direction, for a total of 10-14 seconds for one full breath cycle. Is your breath this deep? Try taking a few really deep breaths and time your inhales and exhales. Being mindful to keep the inhales and exhales the same length.
As we breath in this manner we can observe the fact that we are now focusing our thoughts on our breath, and knowing that as we breath deeply there is more than just air flowing in and out of our bodies, but etheric energy too! As you breath deeply, picture the breath starting at the crown of your head as you inhale and pouring energy into you. Try feel as though you are breathing with your pineal gland, not just your lungs. As you do this you may feel your ears pop, this is normal and a great sign that you are maintaining the pranic breath! Once you are grounded in your ability to observe yourself breathing you can move on to the next plane.
Second State: Inhabit
As you feel your breath on each inhale and on each exhale, take a moment to observe your physical body. Inhabiting yourself in this moment. Observe your body moving as you breathe, if you feel comfort or discomfort, observe the sensations and breathe into them. Try for a moment to exist as a single cell within your body, and look at all the life that surrounds you. Our blood is composed of countless cells, all of which are conscious of the role they play within our bodies, as is every organ or every tissue within us. Take a moment to observe yourself at this physical level.
This body is your container. The vessel in which you exist and are able to reach out and interact with the world. This plane of consciousness is very dense and meticulously structured, which is a good thing as it builds the very fabric of the reality we can see, feel, taste, smell and touch. While meditating on inhabiting your body, you can keep your eyes open and reflect on what you see around you, what you can smell, the tastes in your mouth. Observe yourself, and observe the sensations of your deep breath within you.