Aug 11

Suffering and Joy, Roald Boom, The Known and the Knowing, The Imposter and the True Self

Roald Boom:

A Case of Mistaken Identity

The Spiral Girdle of Eternity

 

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Aug 11

How does time in nature transform our energy field and heal us?

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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.

We are made of the same stuff as the ‘Earth’

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.

The modern world disconnection

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.

Like an electrical cable flipping all over the place

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.

Bringing us back to life

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!

How does connecting with nature help our well-being?

  • Connecting with the Earth is an instant way to discharge unwanted energies
  • Connecting with the Earth supports us energetically
  • Connecting with the Earth restores and rejuvenates our energy field
  • Connecting with the Earth promotes an instant sense of calm
  • Connecting with the Earth improves mental and emotional clarity
  • Connecting with the Earth helps to to get in touch with our true selves
  • Connecting with the Earth can ease depression
  • The mental and emotional well-being associated with connecting with the Earth can have a positive knock on effect to other challenges in our lives, including physical, disease and illness

Becoming Earthed for Optimal Well-Being

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.

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Aug 11

The Four States of Being

four-states-of-being-feature“For the past has been left behind, and the future has not been reached. Instead with insight let him see, each presently arisen state”
-Bhaddekaratta Sutta

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.

four-states-breatheMany 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
Four States InhabitAs 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.

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Aug 11

Dogma ~ Graham Hancock

Graham Hancock discussing ancient civilisations, consciousness and human origins.

 

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Aug 11

What Plants Talk About (Full Documentary)

When we think about plants, we don’t often associate a term like “behavior” with them, but experimental plant ecologist JC Cahill wants to change that. The University of Alberta professor maintains that plants do behave and lead anything but solitary and sedentary lives. What Plants Talk About teaches us all that plants are smarter and much more interactive than we thought!

 

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Aug 11

Spirit Science 0 ~ A Vision of the Future

This special episode of Spirit Science takes a step back to look at the series as a whole, and describes a new vision moving forward, for all of us as a global family.

We believe it is very much possible to create heaven on Earth, where everyone can live in harmony with one another, despite our different views and ways of life. This video describes what this future could look like, and how we can start to tangibly create it, both collectively and individually.

We have created a road map to this future, using sacred geometry which we applied to the light spectrum and compared it to different spiritual systems and esoteric practices. Each level builds off the one before it, so as we move up the levels, we continuously create a more solid foundation as we go.

The first layer is the root – it embodies all of our physical health and how to get grounded in the world around us. This allows us to shift from surviving to thriving as we address the root issues of fear, and turn it into faith. These topics will include things like diet and nutrition, exercise, yoga, and different healing practices like massage and acupuncture.

The next layer focuses on emotional health, which naturally flows after establishing a healthy physical foundation. This section looks at how we connect with our own emotional bodies and the interactions between us and those in our lives. The more grounded we are, the more able we become to help others, practice forgiveness and be emotionally available to everyone around us.

Moving up on the spectrum, we come to the realm of our mental health! This is where we observe our thoughts and begin to understand the sheer power behind them. At this level, we explore the depths of our minds and the mental patterns we have created, as well as how to break free from them.

Then we get to the heart! From here, everything becomes a lot more interconnected. We will start to explore spiritual health, how to truly practice empathy, forgiveness and seeing everyone as a reflection of us. This section will include different meditations, the use of crystals and what it means to really live from the heart.

From here we move into the fifth level, exploring deeper into philosophy and ancient teachings. This level will focus on topics like the Hermetica, the Emerald Tablets and other mystic texts. It will dive into astrology, the history of mankind and many different ancient insights. This level is about perfecting the communication between us and others as we explore these types of ideas.

The sixth level is a representation of the cosmos itself. This section looks at the very geometric building blocks of reality. It will explore things like quantum physics, sacred geometry, the elements, astronomy, chemistry and the many different avenues of science. This merges the ideas of science and spirit to truly bring a new understanding of what is possible in our reality.

Finally, the last level is all about unity! This is where we harmonize all the previous levels and combine our entire understanding – from root to crown. This is the expansion of our awareness to new heights, from here we are able to transcend the limited view of the ego and begin to create collectively to bring this vision of the future to fruition.

This is where our ascension will really begin to take place.

As we continue to grow and evolve, this road map will change as well. It is important to adapt and shift as life is always in a state of changing. We look forward to co-creating this heaven on Earth with you, as it will take all of us working together to really make the change that we’re all longing for!

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Aug 10

Do We Plan Our Lives Before We Are Born?

dreamstime_xl_30721939-759x500by Nikkie Gray

The theory that we plan our lives was something I had never heard of before 2011. Up until that point, I could not have even imagined such a thing. Even after hearing about it 3 years ago, it took me quite a long time to let this concept into my paradigm. How I stumbled upon it wasn’t even through my avid research of the afterlife and reincarnation. It came to me through a vision I had. Before the vision, I believed in reincarnation. The idea of it had always fascinated me and I felt strongly that I did have past lives; I just didn’t know what those lives entailed. After three years of intense research and listening to many people from all different backgrounds and beliefs speak about it from all around the world, I knew it was something that needed to be shared and discussed.

The Cycle Of Reincarnation & The Pre-Birth Plan

“Many people feel that reincarnation can’t exist because they don’t remember their past and my answer to the world is we do remember. We don’t have the details but we have certain key hints as to who we are. The type of music we like, the people we are most attracted to, the types of food we like, the clothing we wear, certain periods of history that we identify with. These are indications this is where we have been before and so our present incarnation or our present lifetime is a composite of all the fruits of what we were before.” Carey Williams – Co-Author: Reincarnation: A New Horizon (Ancient Mysteries – Reincarnation Documentary Hosted by Leonard Nimoy)

Through my research, the cycle of life to death to re-birth has been pretty much the same from all the sources I studied and let me tell you, there were many. It all starts with the Pre-Birth Plan. You establish this plan with a council. Some people call this council the elders or the wise ones. Pretty much, they are very old beings who know their stuff so to speak. You meet with them along with your spirit guides. You discuss the life ahead of you and are given the choice of a few different lives to pick from in the current time period you are incarnating into. To give you an example: I was given the choice of being an artist or a Samurai in Japan. You choose everything, including your parents. Once your choices have been given to you and you pick one, the tedious task starts of planning all the things you wish to experience in the upcoming life. Experience isn’t the only thing we seek; we have goals to meet and challenges to overcome. Some wish to learn patience or overcome jealousy. Many people have debated this theory but you also choose to clear up karmas. To me, clearing up karmas simply means creating a balance. There are a few other things like healing, contrast and healing false beliefs. When the life plan is being created, our guides are there with us creating what Robert Schwartz describes through his work as a flow chart. A flow chart is the plan but with free will incorporated into it. He goes into great detail about the flow chart in an interview he did with Afterlife TV which you can view here. Our guides also create synchronicities in our lives to trigger certain things in us and guide us on the best path to help us master our goals. After the plan is in place, we are born and forget the plan and who we truly are.

REINWhy Do We Forget?

“You close your eyes to the past in order to reopen them to a new existence. You can get more expansion by forgetting” – Teal Swan, Spiritual Catalyst

“It wouldn’t be a test if you knew the answers” – Dolores Cannon

Forgetting is an integral part of the cycle. It’s how we truly get to know ourselves and fully live the current life we are living. Dolores and Teal give really great, simple explanations of it. We’re living in the time of remembering and many of us are remembering who we are and why we came to Earth at this time. Those who haven’t fully awakened to their abilities but wish to have more insight on who they are and why they are here seek out mediums or people who are in tune with higher frequencies and can connect to help them access that kind of information.

How Does The Pre-Birth Plan Affect The Laws Of Attraction & Manifestation?

The Pre-Birth Plan is set in place but free will gives us the ability to create any reality we choose to live in. With that being said, there are certain things we are meant to experience and because of that, I believe some things are out of our control. For example: if you are meant to experience a certain illness or disease, you will manifest that illness. If you are meant to experience a negative relationship, you will attract that negative person into your life. I guess you could consider that to be the Law of Attraction or Manifestation but because it’s not something you are fully conscious of because you planned it before you were born, it’s hard to call it that. Lately, I’ve seen some people get confused because they know about the Laws of Attraction, how to manifest positive things and are on a high vibration but something negative comes into their life and they’re suddenly thrown off balance because they felt they were doing everything right so they couldn’t understand how they could attract something negative. When that happens, I’m led to believe that that is the Pre-Birth Plan kicking in. There’s a lesson to be learned, an experience to be had for growth, healing or balance or in some cases you have strayed pretty far away from your Pre-Birth Plan and things in your life begin to fall apart.

Are Past Lives Relevant To This Life?

On occasion, healing needs to take place from things that occurred in past lives. Other than that, wanting to know about past lives just from sheer curiosity might not be a good idea for many reasons.

“Meher Baba is fairly, fairly clear and I’m afraid maybe for many people’s taste, a bit frighteningly clear on this. There is a wall between the consciousness of the present life and previous lifetime stored records. And he said actually it’s for a pretty good reason because the variety and also the strength of those previous lifetime recordings is so varied, so complex and in many cases oppositional. This lifetime is way over here and that lifetime is way over there and if all of a sudden we break through the protective wall and these things come out you know, he said this can be or would be-if the individual has not done it-one of the most upsetting things that could possibly occur to him and in the usual human state of emotional being the individual is just not strong enough to encompass and to be able to handle and digest and go beyond this tremendously varied functions. So Baba simply says don’t tamper too much with the protective wall. He was talking primarily with people who were just for their own curiosity trying to recall previous lifetimes.”

– Don E. Stevens – Disciple of Meher Baba (In Another Life: Reincarnation in America Documentary)

Knowing about past lives can seriously mess with you mentally and emotionally. I know this because I have remembered many of my previous incarnations and asked about them in readings I’ve had with a medium I know and love. Although I personally find them fascinating and look upon them with no judgments; not everyone may be able to handle knowing about all the roles we play here on Earth.

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Aug 09

The Epigenetic Toolbox for Maintaining a Healthy Mind, Body & Spirit

DNA-moleculeBy Gilbert Ross

Science has traditionally maintained a ‘material reductionistic’ view of mind and consciousness. Meaning that the phenomenon of consciousness and mind is something to be explained in terms of physical and chemical processes in the brain. On the other hand, certain philosophies and spiritual disciplines have held the inherent assumption that physical reality is totally detached from spiritual reality and one is not accessed through the other. This is of course creating more or less the same problem as in Science.

Many pre-Scientific cultures however have since time immemorial held an alternative and holistic view which transcends beyond these problems. They have seen the human experience in its totality – mind, body and spirit – as being closely interrelated and interconnected with the environment, the healing medicines of nature, the celestial movements and the cycles of the seasons, etc. Everything is causally interconnected in the grand wheel of life.

[GARD align=”left”]Our physical and mental health are influenced by the state of our bio-energetic field which in turn is also influenced by the karmic energies of the land, the people around us and the planet as a whole. Similarly, and equally interesting, our spiritual, energetic and non-physical health can be hacked through physical means. The physical is interfaced with our bio-energetic field and also with our multi-dimensional levels of consciousness through our DNA, our nervous and endocrine systems, the energy centres in our body (chakras) and very possibly through quantum communication between the micro-cellular level of our bodies up to the bio-energetic field and beyond to the quantum field that underlies everything (this is the interesting notion of quantum coherence). These physical interfaces or gateways can be hacked, healed or optimised. For instance, we are now starting to understand that our DNA is read-write and not read-only as was previously assumed. That means that our codes are being constantly rewritten even through our diet, lifestyle and stress levels – both positively and negatively.

The obvious had been staring us in the face all along. So many cultures came up with various methods to hack the spiritual through the physical – healing herbs, entheogens, fasting, exercises and even dance movements, meditation and so on. Take for instance the healing medicine plant Ayahuasca – how is it that one molecule – DimethylTryptamine (DMT – often referred to as the ‘spirit molecule’) can unlock powerful healing and cleansing in the biological, mental, energetic and spiritual layers of Self at once?

I would like to share with you my own daily source of nutrients and supplements that can be used by everyone to gain mental, energetic and spiritual health through bio-physical means. Some of the items on the list are common foods items, familiar to most, together with herbs and supplements that are available over the counter. As a disclaimer, I would like to note that this is fruit of my own research and experimentation which might no fit everyone’s lifestyle and taste. Also please consult a physician if you have any conditions that might be affected by diet or food supplements.

Nootropics: Keeping Optimal Brain Performance

Poor diet, stress and a hectic lifestyle can sap our mental energies and brain performance leaving our brain foggy. We feel not up to task to healthily navigate our way through our daily routines. This cascades into other areas of our life, not least our work, relationships and creativity.

Nootropics are the hottest trend of the moment in both the personal development and health and fitness world. They are essentially a group of smart drugs that target cognitive and neurological enhancement most popularly memory, motivation, focus & attention and mood.

Nootropics are approved and regulated smart drugs that can be bought over the counter or internet for under $50. One of the best products on the market so far is Alpha Brain by Onnit. Alpha Brain basically targets focus, mental drive and memory performance. It seriously gives me a powerful mental boost on the tap. I feel mentally focused, clear and sharp to perform my tasks throughout the day without ‘mental fogginess’. Main active ingredients are:

  • AC-11: the ‘rainforest super herb’ shown to help the body repair DNA
  • Alpha GPC: which supports learning processes through increasing the synthesis and secretion of acetylcholine. Heightened acetylcholine has been linked to memory, focus, mental drive, and REM sleep states
  • Huperzine A: known as Northern Firmross it prevents the breakdown of acetylcholine
  • Bacopa Monniera: An Ayurvedic herb known for its cognitive enhancing properties.

The Good Fats and the Hippocampus

The benefits of essential fatty acids such as Omega-3 are well known. It is one of the most common food supplements in people’s medicine chest. However I started taking regular intake of Omega-3 seriously when I saw this insightful video by Alberto Villoldo titled “Hacking the human Bio-field”. He points out how parts of the brain like the Hippocampus are damaged by stress-related toxins such as cortisol and adrenaline that are stored in the brain by the body. A damaged Hippocampus, according to Alberto, is what leads us to live in a state of fear where we only see threats instead of opportunities. The good fats, particularly Omega-3 is what is responsible for healing and detoxifying the Hippocampus even in just six weeks of regular intake.

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Aug 09

25 Health Benefits Of Marijuana You Won’t Learn From Mainstream Media

44130808_lby Amanda Froelich | Truth Theory

Did you know? Even though there are now 100 peer-reviewed studies proving components of the cannabis plant — primarily cannabidiol (CBD) — can eliminate cancer, the herb is still classified as a Schedule 1 drug in the United States. Indeed, it’s in the same group as LSD, Heroin and Bath Salts — even though it’s killed 0 people in history.

Confusing as it may be, the misclassification hasn’t stopped the herb from being legalized for both medicinal and recreational purposes in the United States. In fact, as of June 2017, 29 states in the U.S. have legalized medical marijuana. Though use of the plant may still be considered taboo in some communities, it is losing its stigma as citizens learn about its variety of uses and medicinal benefits.

Following are 25 health benefits of marijuana that you won’t learn from mainstream media:

  1. This study found medical marijuana can reduce chronic pain in patients who are suffering from debilitating diseases.
  2. Studies who patients with epilepsy experience fewer seizures when supplementing with CBD oil. As a matter of fact, in 2014, the FDA approved Epidiolex which is a 99 percent CBD extract to help kids with epilepsy.
  3. Patients who suffer from nausea and vomiting have been found to benefit from medical marijuana. The herb is especially helpful to those undergoing chemotherapy.
  4. Medical marijuana has been found to increase appetites in patients who are undergoing chemotherapy and those who are malnourished.
  5. CBD is a powerful sleep aid and helps those suffering from insomnia get restful sleep.
  6. CBD reduces anxiety and feelings of depression.
  7. Cannabis has been shown to protect the liver from binge alcohol-induced steatosis.
  8. CBD stops the growth of cancer cells in lung cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer.
  9. Side effects associated with hangovers are typically reduced by those who take advantage of medical marijuana.
  10. CBD lotion and slaves have been found to successfully treat hives and allergy-induced rashes.
  11. CBD reduces muscle spasms.
  12. CBD provides relief in inflammatory bowel diseases.
  13. Those who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) have been found to benefit from using medical marijuana.
  14. As GreenRushDaily reports, medical marijuana may improve the quality of life for patients with Parkinson’s Disease.
  15. Components of marijuana may promote healthy digestion.
  16. CBD has been proven to ease the pain associated with female menstrual cycles.
  17. In some studies, CBD has been shown to help certain Sexually Transmitted Diseases, such as herpes.
  18. Marijuana may increase sex drive, as well as improve overall sexual experiences.
  19. CBD oil has been shown to benefit colicky babies.
  20. Salves made with cannabis have the potential to relieve the itching associated with mosquito and other bug bites.
  21. Marijuana may help athletes maintain focus throughout the duration of mundane exercise regimes.
  22. Cannabis has been found to reduce blood sugar levels in patients with diabetes.
  23. CBD can provide relief to those who suffer from psoriasis.
  24. Marijuana has been shown to reduce the pain associated with multiple sclerosis.
  25. Because CBD reduces inflammation, it can slow the progression of inflammatory diseases.

[Source: GreenRushDaily Via TruthTheory]

 

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Aug 09

First Awakening, then Enlightenment

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Spiritual Enlightenment is a process – and a very long one. In fact, enlightenment is a full-time job until the rest of one’s life. Surely, after its establishment in an individual it is a job done quite effortlessly, but still it is an unfolding that knows no end.

Whoever thinks enlightenment is one moment that changes everything forever, understands only one fragment within a huge picture. It is true, of course, that there are moments which are clearly life-changing and consciousness-altering turning points – moments so powerful that essential components at the core of one’s personality come to a striking end. But without the process “before” and “after”, even they might lack the much-needed foundation on which they could meaningfully take root and expand.

We are, after all, half human half divine, and so at least a half of us requires long processes. That which is discovered in awakening is definitely not a process; it is our inherent all-encompassing divinity which is forever behind and beyond all processes. It is the unchangeable truth of that which was, is and will be, the One that abides in all – and the recognition that you, who awakens to this truth, is this one. Nonetheless, grounding in this truth and enabling it to spread over one’s body, personality, brain, emotion and human relationships are a demanding and complex process of transformation.

Spiritual Enlightenment is a process – and a very long one.

When I was 23, after an intense chain of mind-shattering experiences, an awakening took place in this spark of consciousness that had formerly known itself as “Shai”. The separate self which had governed the core of this consciousness literally exploded and was replaced by the dominion of an all-encompassing oneness.

It took me a long speechless year to “get used” to this new reality. Silently I watched the coming apart of the most basic structures of thought and feeling, time and space. My spiritual teacher at that time, to whom I conveyed this mysterious happening, recognized this awakening, acknowledged it as the first steps of a Buddha and encouraged me to teach – and others to spend time in my presence.

But honestly, though the heart of spirituality and mysticism was revealed to me constantly – a revelation followed by a powerful energy field and a spontaneous flow of spiritual wisdom – in actuality, this was far from the Buddha state. Seeds of Karma, personal longings and central conflicts were not fundamentally uprooted.

After awakening, the fire of truth starts burning up the remainings of the sense of “I” and its implications.

This stage is what I define as “Awakening”: the personal core has been replaced, yet the person is still not unified with the truth. In Awakening you know all that you should know, but you are not able to fully live up to it. The energy field evoked around you and the Charisma of the enlightened one are very high; your spiritual insight is penetrating and contagious; you find it very easy to enter profound spiritual states; you understand the ancient scriptures from within; you have a constant still presence at the center of your being. But in actuality, there is still too much of the person, as the seed of “I am” is still alive and kicking.

I did get hints to this. Three truly liberated teachers who I met throughout the years of awakening recognized that this had been a “profound experience”. I could not tell the exact difference, not until I met at the age of 26 an American Yogi and entered a seven-year cycle of studying and initiating by him. This teacher awoke in me the sense of long fructification when explaining that in his tradition, after awakening one must ripen throughout a cycle of 21 years before one is allowed to teach. Currently I am 17 years after this turning point, and fully acknowledge how necessary these processes of fructification are.

The separate self which had governed the core of this consciousness literally exploded and was replaced by the dominion of an all-encompassing oneness.

What exactly is this fructification process? It is the slow and gradual process along which that which was revealed at the core of consciousness reaches the surface of one’s personality and begins to unify with the body, thought, emotion, life experience and relationships.

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Aug 09

How to Help the Child ~ Michael Tsarion

 

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Aug 09

The Power is when you Know you are in the Mind ~ Sevan Bomar On Styxxoplix Radio

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Aug 08

A Moment Of Clarity….

by VisionKeeper

I was just outside watching a butterfly glide about on a gentle breeze, the sun filling it with energy so it can continue on it’s search for flower nectar. Here I am on my last half of life still awakening to new understandings. Love it! As I watched the butterfly flitting about, I had what I would call an epiphany of sorts. Now I am sure a great many others have already had this thought and probably much earlier than I, but we get what we get when it is needed. There are a great many things right in front of our faces and yet we do not see them or catch on to their messages right away for whatever reason. If we paid closer attention to our lives perhaps we would not over look the obvious so often.

Here is what came to me: Yes, it is fascinating to realize a caterpillar actually has to die to turn itself into a butterfly, the whole amazing process has been studied by many and awed by everyone. Several summers ago I raised a pupa in a ball jar until the birthing of a beautiful monarch butterfly. It was amazing to witness. What I failed to see until now, the message I received from this butterfly I was watching today, was that there is no need for a debate on whether or not reincarnation exists. What more proof do we need than a caterpillar that dies only to return to life as a butterfly? There is no argument. We all live many lives, improving our existence as we progress along the journey.

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Aug 08

Why Your Life Is Not A Journey ~ Alan Watts & David Lindberg

 

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Aug 08

The Purpose of Your Life is Whatever the Hell You Want it to Be

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”Here’s something awesome: You get to do whatever the fuck you want.

That’s right. This human life right here, it’s totally free. Forget what other people tell you to do: you’re free to make your own choices.

I know what you’re thinking…

It’s true that there are widely varying levels of privilege that exist in the world, and the kind of options available from one person to the next are not at all the same. I have immeasurably more options for what I can do with my life than someone living in an oppressive dictatorship, or someone experiencing poverty in the United States. On the other hand, someone with no debt and lots of money has more options than I have.

But no matter what, you still have a bottom line of freedom. Although I imagine he was an abnormally strong-willed person, to say the least, the acclaimed author, philosopher, and psychotherapist Viktor Frankl found his freedom in the confines of a Nazi concentration camp. As he said:

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.

―Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

Even if a sick person were to take you prisoner and tie your body down, you would still be free to “choose your own way” on the inside of your heart and mind. I’m not saying that people who don’t take a positive attitude in horrible situations are lacking will, or not living up to their potential. Nor do I think taking a positive attitude in such a situation would necessarily be the right thing to do. All I’m saying is that some degree of human free will always persists regardless of one’s outer circumstances.

So what does that mean?

That means we don’t have to limit ourselves to the paths offered by others.

Look…

People are always trying to convince us that there’s a “right way”, and that it’s the only right way. Your parents, schools, religions, the government, and even your well-intentioned friend – everybody has an idea about what you should do and who you should be while you’re here on Earth.

Go to school, get a degree, start a career, and make something of yourself. Then you’ll feel satisfied.

Marry your perfect match. Everybody has one, and when you find yours you can settle down and be content.

Believe in this god, this prophet, and this teaching. Read this book and do what it tells you. Keep your spiritual rap sheet clean, and your soul will experience eternal bliss after you die.

Buy more stuff! With this car and that shaving razor you’ll be the hottest person around. Don’t you want to impress everybody?

Or the flip side…

Travel the world, meditate, make art, do some yoga. Mainstream culture will never fulfill you, seek happiness in the unconventional.

Despite everyone’s best efforts to convince each other that their preferred way is the “right” way, the reality is…

There is no rulebook to life.

You’re free to live how you want. We don’t have to fulfill any cosmic demands from above, and there is no high score for which to strive.

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Aug 08

The Life Altering Power of Magic Mushrooms and Why the Government Doesn’t Want You to Know About it

maxresdefault-2The war against drugs has left a lot of victims in its wake, and chief amongst them is the pursuit of knowledge and growth of medical research. The way marijuana prohibition is presently being torn apart, is the same way the prohibition of psychedelics will be dismantled.

Over the years, different world civilizations have taken advantage of the mystical experience of psychedelic substances by using magic mushrooms, mescaline, and ayahuasca to carry out religious rites and healing.

It was not until the 1940’s that western medicine began to discover the healing powers of psychedelics in the treatment of addiction and psychiatric disorders. It was used to treat thousands of people and was rapidly becoming recognized as mainstream medicine, only for the worst form of oppression to occur.

In 1967 and 70, the American and British government prohibited all psychedelic substances. People began to realize the awful truth about the fact that their government had plans to subject the world to a state of war, and that they intended to keep them sedated under the guise of consumerism. They used boots and truncheon to bring the enlightenment of that era to a halt. In this global age, where information can easily be disseminated without the influence of the state, we shall continue medical research on psychedelic substances. Scientists are beginning to challenge the classification of psychedelics as “class A” in the UK and “schedule 1” (US) substances, which characterizes it as lacking medical relevance and having a high addiction potential.

The unjustifiable Schedule 1, and Class A prohibition has really put a clog in the wheel of research. Getting the required license to embark on trials can last for as long as two years, and everybody involved, from the manufacture, to the researcher, down to the hospital, must acquire this license. It also stipulates that the drugs have to be bolted to a wall in a safe in a locked room that is within another locked room, like a toxic substance. Another consequence of prohibition is that it makes procurement a lot more expensive, making it very difficult to get funding while pharmaceutical companies are unwilling to produce the necessary products required to carry out the study.

In spite of all these hurdles, modern research is once again uncovering the power of psychedelics to treat disorders like depression, anxiety and addiction. The chosen drug for the clinical study is psilocybin – the active ingredient within “magic mushrooms” which lacks the power and lasting effect of LSD or mescaline.

Tony Bossis and Stephen Ross carried out a clinical trial at New York University in 2014, which produced amazing results in patients with advanced cancer suffering from anxiety.

According to Ross, cancer patients receiving just a single dose of psilocybin experienced immediate and dramatic reductions in anxiety and depression, improvements that were sustained for at least six months.

{The patients} were saying things like ‘I understand love is the most powerful force on the planet,’ or ‘I had an encounter with my cancer, this black cloud of smoke.’ People who had been palpably scared of death—they lost their fear. The fact that a drug given once can have such an effect for so long is an unprecedented finding. We have never had anything like it in the psychiatric field.

Roland Griffiths and Katherine Maclean had carried out prior studies before this at Johns Hopkins, and they discovered that psilocybin led to a mystical experience in their subjects. From the Pahnke-Richards Mystical Experience Questionnaire, they discovered that, the ‘completeness’ brought about by this mystical experience, includes, progress in personal well-being, openness, satisfaction with life, and a positive change in behavior for close to 14 months following the experience.

Griffiths also carried out a study on the treatment of smoking addiction using psilocybin, with remarkable results. About 80% of the subjects of the study abstained from smoking for 6 months after undergoing the treatment, which is a higher success rate than any other nicotine-replacement therapy in existence. According to one of the subjects, “Smoking seemed irrelevant, so I stopped.

An evaluation of some of the trials carried out in the 60s and 70s revealed that LSD was able to help people overcome alcohol dependence as effectively as any treatment in existence today.

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) plays a huge role in the understanding of the mechanisms of the treatment of addiction and depression with psychedelics. Psychedelics, through the stimulation of serotin 2A receptors can decrease activity in some parts of the brain, particularly the “the default mode network” (DMN) which is connected to our deep-rooted thought patterns and behaviors. Reducing DMN stimulation can help people break away from brain patterns that are destructive.

John Hopkins Medicine carried out an exhaustive survey which supports the conclusion of the clinical research which holds that “A history of psychedelic drug use is associated with less psychological distress and fewer suicidal thoughts, planning and attempts…

There’s a research carried out with FMRI which reveals that, the brain goes into a pattern of activity akin to a dream state, when under the influence of psilocybin. The primitive parts of the brain connected to memory, emotions, and arousal assume a more synchronized position, while the part involving a higher level of thought and the “sense of self” assume an unsynchronized role.

40 years later, it appears that science and logic is beginning to leave a dent in the amour of prohibition. Prominent medical schools, including organizations like the Heffter Research Institute and the Beckley Foundation, are beginning to stand against oppression and are returning psychedelics back to mainstream medicine.

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Aug 08

Your brain hallucinates your conscious reality ~ Anil Seth

Right now, billions of neurons in your brain are working together to generate a conscious experience — and not just any conscious experience, your experience of the world around you and of yourself within it. How does this happen? According to neuroscientist Anil Seth, we’re all hallucinating all the time; when we agree about our hallucinations, we call it “reality.” Join Seth for a delightfully disorienting talk that may leave you questioning the very nature of your existence.

 

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Aug 08

Identity: A Short Film About Our Masks of Identity

“Living in a world where everybody wears masks due to lack of self-identity, a brave girl encounters the truth that sets her free”

 

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Aug 06

Played By The System: It’s Time For a New Paradigm

Played-By-The-System-It%u2019s-Time-For-a-New-Paradigm--350x312By Paul A. Philips | Guest writer for Wake Up World

People are waking up in droves, but the majority continue to be played by the system, unaware that almost every subject under the sun is rigged: In effect we are confined to living in a false or limiting paradigm.

Against seemingly ‘insurmountable odds’, will there ever be a new paradigm experience? Having seen through the grand deception, will the awakened ever change the control system? Can we somehow go on to cultivate new theories and practices for a humane new paradigm experience, one that will create a world that truly makes a difference for everyone?

Before examining these questions, here are just some of the ways in which the majority people are played by the system in the current false or limiting paradigm:

Fake science

Corporate/Banker sponsored pseudo-science has had a grip on humanity for quite some time, headed by highly dogmatic fake guru scientists. Try telling some followers in the church of scientism that these so-called Gurus are fake and wrong; they may look at you as if you have 3 heads, no matter how knowledgeable you are or good at communicating the real science.

(Hint:  Why were we taught very little or nothing about Nikola Tesla in school..?)

Also see: The Top 10 Tricks Used by Corporate Junk Science

Fake political parties

Indeed, the awakened know that regardless of who’s in power all the major political party leaders are only puppets to the ruling elite puppet masters. Thus, the ruling elite make all the major political decisions regardless of who’s in power, making the parties and their leaders irrelevant. The masses are distracted from waking up to the realization of this: For instance, one of the latest tricks used to con the masses into giving their support has been to make the leader of a political party look like an ‘outsider’ who will not walk the dictated political white line.

As in the case of Trump during his presidential election campaign, he came across as an ‘outsider,’ telling the masses what they wanted to hear. He came across as anti-establishment. But in the end, his long lists of anti-establishment promises did not get fulfilled: The false promises were nothing more than gimmicks to win votes, while the same old same old still continues…

Also see: Proof the Entire U.S. Presidential Election was Fake, From Start to Finish

Fake wars

Sadly, the majority are still falling for the fake wars narratives with their related psyops; false flags or divide and rule tactics, pushed on us for the ulterior motives of power, profit and political gains. The warmongers, aided and abetted by the mainstream media (real fake news) threaten the existence of not only every man, woman and child, but all life forms on this planet if nuclear war breaks out.

To find out what those war-hungry leaders don’t want you to know about, go HERE.

Played by the ‘beneficial’ deception

As part of the deception, to get approval, the ruling elite present their agendas as ‘beneficial’ when, in fact, they are actually harmful or enslaving to the masses. The greater the difference between something that is perceived by the masses as ‘beneficial’ compared to the opposite of what it really is, the easier the elite can advance their agendas.

Agenda 2030 (Agenda 21 on speed) is a classic example. To take a look at how the perceived ‘benefits’ are presented, but, are in truth, extremely damaging, go HERE.

Played by ‘confusion’

One of the tricks used to cover-up information and allow hidden crooked agendas to continue is to put the masses into a state of confusion or neutrality.

For example, through Big Pharma shills with their disinformation and/or the cover-up of scientific evidence in the elite’s owned and controlled mainstream media, the masses have been duped into confusion, not knowing what to do regarding choices on life-saving alternative health practices.

Also see: Monopoly Medicine: How Big Pharma Stops Its Competitors and Monopolizes the Health Industry

Played into being comfortably numb

Are you comfortably numb or a truth-seeking activist?

Ruled and divided, wilfully ignorant and apathetic to the woes of the world, some people love their comfort zone so much they will do all they can to remain there. To avoid confrontation, they go into agreement with the general consensus of the masses while blindly accepting the rule of authority without ever questioning.

Labelled as Stockholm Syndrome, some people even love and defend their servitude under the rule of authority. Such individuals affected work away their lives in victimhood without ever realizing they’ve been ensnared in a web of deceit, while their cognitive dissonance and denial plays a major part in maintaining the status quo…

Also see: The Psychological State of The State: the Societal ‘Stockholm Syndrome’

Many folks have been played into mindless habituation. For example, many spend endless hours languishing away, watching the T.V (moron box) brainwashed by mainstream media broadcasts. In effect, consistent with the Pink Floyd song, these people have become “Comfortably numb…”

Indeed the list goes on…

Creating the New Paradigm

Disconnect from the imprisoning control system. Here are just a few examples:

Disconnect from giving your support to those power-drunk, dishonest, egomaniacal puppet politicians. All Western World government is a myth because it has been designed to give the illusion of choice or change. It’s the puppet masters we really need to get at not so much the puppeteered politicians. We need to expose their inhumane criminal activities to the world…

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Aug 06

Amazing City Where People Live Without Politics, Religion Or Money

Upon learning this, you will think that happened long ago, but no. There is still a place to live, and not say for its scenery, but for their ideals as a society who do not follow the standards to which we are accustomed. In this town there is no money, no religion, no politics. This is truly a paradise to live.

This place exists and is called “Auroville!


http://www.auroville.org/

 

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Aug 06

We Accept The Reality With Which We Are Presented

 

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Aug 06

Why We Don’t Know What We Want ~ Alan Watts

 

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Aug 04

Sonder: The Realization That Everyone Has A Story

sonder – n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.

Sonder. You are the main character—the protagonist—the star at the center of your own unfolding story. You’re surrounded by your supporting cast: friends and family hanging in your immediate orbit. Scattered a little further out, a network of acquaintances who drift in and out of contact over the years. But there in the background, faint and out of focus, are the extras. The random passersby. Each living a life as vivid and complex as your own. They carry on invisibly around you, bearing the accumulated weight of their own ambitions, friends, routines, mistakes, worries, triumphs and inherited craziness. When your life moves on to the next scene, theirs flickers in place, wrapped in a cloud of back-story and inside jokes and characters strung together with countless other stories you’ll never be able to see. That you’ll never know exists. In which you might appear only once. As an extra sipping coffee in the background. As a blur of traffic passing on the highway. As a lighted window at dusk.

From “The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows” (http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows…)

 

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Aug 04

My Journey with Ayahuasca – How I Learned to Overcome Negativity (and How You Can Too!)

Teachings-of-Ayahuasca-Creation-Death-Rebirth-and-15-Essential-Life-Lessons-art-by-Alexander-Ward-350x232By Nanice Ellis | Contributing writer for Wake Up World

From Darkness to Light

Although this is my story of defeating darkness, this article is intended to help you defeat all forms of negativity in your life and in the world. Whether it is depression you face alone, suppression in a difficult relationship, or the fear of global oppression, the core answer is always the same. Fortunately, you already possess the key, and by the end of my story, you will know exactly how to use that key for healing and transformation.

I’m about to take you through my dark journey in the Amazonian jungle; however, once you begin this journey with me, please stay tuned until we reach love and light at the end.

My Quest for Answers and Awakening

 With over three decades of searching for truth and spiritual awakening, my quest brought many answers, but every answer ignited more questions. Finally, desperate to find the missing pieces of the puzzle, in 2009, I decided to do something I swore I would never do; I traveled to Peru, and in the heart of the Amazonian Jungle, I drank the mysterious tea, Ayahuasca, for the very first time.

Ayahuasca is an ancient healing medicine that is brewed by combining two Amazonian plants, and although it is impossible to understand how Ayahuasca works without experiencing it yourself, it’s fair to say that it awakens consciousness and can facilitate healing in a way that is therapeutic and unique for each person. Oftentimes, profound shifts in consciousness result in deep and permanent transformation, but this is not just about Ayahuasca; this is a story about overcoming extreme negativity…

Journey to the Amazon

Sitting in the circular shamanic lodge, just hours after arriving in the Amazon, I found myself among twenty fellow journeyers from all over the world. As I quietly watched the shaman prepare Ayahuasca, anxiety swept over me, and, yet, when it was my turn to drink, I courageously drank every last drop ….

During the first ceremony, Ayahuasca offered me many lessons, but, most of all, I was shown the chaos and crisis overshadowing the planet. As this awareness triggered a familiar desire to save the world, the medicine “asked me” to take on planetary pain and suffering in order to purge it. Since my desire to help humanity outweighed any personal fears, I said yes, and, within minutes, my body became an energetic container for humanity’s pain and suffering, and that of the entire planet. Despite deep emotional pain, and the intention to release it, purging was nowhere in sight.

With no relief or resolution during the first ceremony, the second ceremony, on night two, continued where the first left off. However, by dawn the next morning, the emotional pain had only deepened, but along with it, my determination for healing and resolution. I had come too far not to finish what I started, so, despite great trepidation, on night three, I drank the tea once again…

Third Time’s the Charm

Unlike the gradual onset of the first two ceremonies, the medicine hit like a hurricane. All at once, a horrific energy descended upon me, and the shamanic lodge transformed into a house of horror. As bone chilling fear surged through my veins, an all pervasive energy morphed into a dark force that quickly had me under siege, and the more I struggled to resist, the more powerful it became. In the blink of an eye, I was drowning in a thick sea of diabolical energy that represented centuries of horrific traumas and tragedies – from worldwide holocausts to personal atrocities.

Even though I knew I was under the influence of Ayahuasca, it didn’t matter because it felt more real than anything I had ever experienced in my life. No matter what I tried, there was no way to escape and no place to hide. Even when I closed my eyes, this faceless, nameless energy greeted me on the other side. Nothing offered the slightest relief, and, if I dissociated or checked-out for even a moment, this unforgiving force energetically tortured me in ways I cannot describe. With no end in sight, absolute terror flooded every cell of my being.

The journey was no longer about saving the planet or healing humanity. Now, I was fighting for my life; fearing that even in death there would be no escape from this relentless tormentor.

Indeed, I was all alone with no hope of anyone saving me. What had I done?  Why did I drink this terrible tea again? Even as these regretful thoughts did somersaults in my head, I was acutely aware that there was no way to undo this nightmare, and the only way out was through. But, this would be no easy feat, because in order to confront this horrific energy, I would first have to confront my own paralyzing fear. Therefore, with no other choice, I summoned up every ounce of courage, and remembering the Peruvian word for illusion, I silently commanded, “Maya, Go Away — only love and light are welcome!”

As I executed this command over and over, the dark energy began to slowly retreat, and, thankfully, my commands were working just enough to provide some degree of relief. However, if I stopped, or my thoughts strayed for even a second, or doubt crept in, the oppressive energy instantly regained control, and every time this happened, I had to begin the whole process over again. Moreover, since each round was increasingly difficult, it became perfectly clear that my salvation depended solely on my ability to stay conscious. Indeed, to keep the darkness away I had to remain fully present.

Although I was beyond exhausted, I made the commitment to stay conscious and focused until the medicine wore off – it seemed like an eternity, but the alternative was intolerable. Once I made this commitment, I wiped my mind of regrets and I dropped all resistance. No longer paying attention to mental exhaustion and firmly ignoring my body’s pleas for rest, from there on out, my commands possessed greater intent and more power.

However, despite steadfast determination and continuous commands, I could not get the dark energy to retreat beyond a certain parameter. Not giving up, I searched for the magic words that would dominate the energy and make it back-off. Lo and behold, the instant I commanded, “Only Love is Real” the energy retreated beyond the parameter, and after a few minutes, love formed a circular boundary that protected me from all directions. It was profoundly clear that love was the more powerful force.

Ask and It is Given

Although I was extremely relieved to find those magic words, I still had to command them over and over to keep the new parameter in place. However, the instant I thought, “There has to be an easier way?” I heard a non-physical “voice” say, “Project Love” – and I was shown that the vibration of love could be projected with intention. (I would later realize that this “voice” was the spirit of Ayahuasca).

So, as I commanded, “Only Love is Real,” I imagined projecting the vibration of love into the darkness, and, to my surprise and amazement, the energy was not only retreating, it was also losing power. Although I desperately wanted to embrace this first sign of victory, after hours of continuous torment, I didn’t trust it. So, just to be safe, I fiercely projected more and more love! Minutes later, my dark energetic tormenter, along with the house of horror, dissolved into nothingness. No battle, no fight, no negotiationwithout the slightest resistance, darkness was defeated by love.

Beyond extraordinary, the only thing that remained was deep unconditional love like I have never known before – and it just kept growing. This exquisite love was millenniums beyond human love and it was literally everywhere. Not only overflowing from me; it was in everyone and connected everything, and, for the first time, I understood how we are all One, and I experienced Oneness as the source of my being!  Even though I had been depleted of all resources, suddenly, I was bubbling with zest and energy, and I knew that the magic words were in fact true Only Love is Real!

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Aug 03

Are you Sleepwalking? Coming Home Out of the Dream State

are_you_sleepwalkingby Sam Austin

This is an extract from ‘Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality’ by Anthony De Mello.

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Come home to yourself. Observe yourself. That’s why self-observation is such a delightful and extraordinary thing. After a while you don’t have to make any effort, because, as illusions begin to crumble, you begin to know things that cannot be described. It’s called happiness. Everything changes and you become addicted to awareness.

AWARENESS

There’s the story of the disciple who went to the master and said, “Could you give me a word of wisdom? Could you tell me something that would guide me through my days?” It was the master’s day of silence, so he picked up a pad. It said, “Awareness.” When the disciple saw it, he said, “This is too brief. Can you expand on it a bit?” So the master took back the pad and wrote, “Awareness, awareness, awareness.” The disciple said, “Yes, but what does it mean?” The master took back the pad and wrote, “Awareness, awareness, awareness means — awareness.”

That’s what it is to watch yourself. No one can show you how to do it, because he would be giving you a technique, he would be programming you. But watch yourself. When you talk to someone, are you aware of it or are you simply identifying with it? When you got angry with somebody, were you aware that you were angry or were you simply identifying with your anger? Later, when you had the time, did you study your experience and attempt to understand it? Where did it come from? What brought it on? I don’t know of any other way to awareness. You only change what you understand. What you do not understand and are not aware of, you repress. You don’t change. But when you understand it, it changes.

I am sometimes asked, “Is this growing in awareness a gradual thing, or is it a ‘whammo’ kind of thing?” There are some lucky people who see this in a flash. They just become aware. There are others who keep growing into it, slowly, gradually, increasingly. They begin to see things. Illusions drop away, fantasies are peeled away, and they start to get in touch with facts. There’s no general rule. There’s a famous story about the lion who came upon a flock of sheep and to his amazement found a lion among the sheep. It was a lion who had been brought up by the sheep ever since he was a cub. It would bleat like a sheep and run around like a sheep. The lion went straight for him, and when the sheep lion stood in front of the real one, he trembled in every limb. And the lion said to him, “What are you doing among the sheep?” And the sheep-lion said, “I am a sheep.” And the lion said, “Oh no you’re not. You’re coming with me.” So he took the sheep-lion to a pool and said, “Look!” And when the sheep-lion looked at his reflection in the water, he let out a mighty roar, and in that moment he was transformed. He was never the same again.

If you’re lucky and the gods are gracious or if you are gifted with divine grace (use any theological expression you want), you might suddenly understand who “I” is, and you will never be the same again, never. Nothing will ever be able to touch you again and no one will ever be able to hurt you again.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU WAKE UP

You will fear no one and you will fear nothing. Isn’t that extraordinary? You’ll live like a king, like a queen. This is what it means to live like royalty. Not rubbish like getting your picture in the newspapers or having a lot of money. That’s a lot of rot. You fear no one because you’re perfectly content to be nobody. You don’t give a damn about success or failure. They mean nothing. Honor, disgrace, they mean nothing! If you make a fool of yourself, that means nothing either. Isn’t that a wonderful state to be in! Some people arrive at this goal painstakingly, step by step, through months and weeks of self-awareness. But I’ll promise you this: I have not known a single person who gave time to being aware who didn’t see a difference in a matter of weeks. The quality of their life changes, so they don’t have to take it on faith anymore. They see it; they’re different. They react differently. In fact, they react less and act more. You see things you’ve never seen before.

You’re much more energetic, much more alive. People think that if they had no cravings, they’d be like deadwood. But in fact they’d lose their tension. Get rid of your fear of failure, your tensions about succeeding, you will be yourself. Relaxed. You wouldn’t be driving with your brakes on. That’s what would happen.

There’s a lovely saying of Tranxu, a great Chinese sage, that I took the trouble to learn by heart. It goes: “When the archer shoots for no particular prize, he has all his skills; when he shoots to win a brass buckle, he is already nervous; when he shoots for a gold prize, he goes blind, sees two targets, and is out of his mind. His skill has not changed, but the prize divides him. He cares! He thinks more of winning than of shooting, and the need to win drains him of power.” Isn’t that an image of what most people are? When you’re living for nothing, you’ve got all your skills, you’ve got all your energy, you’re relaxed, you don’t care, it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose.

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