The Spirituality Of Humanness

By Jeff Brown

How to Find Sacredness in Our Shared Humanity

The healthy shift towards inclusivity—socially, culturally, politically—must also infiltrate our notions of ‘spirituality’ if it is going to bring us together as a humanity.

That is, we must get away from the idea that our spirituality and our humanness are two different realms, one higher or more meaningful than the other. In the way that it has been characterized since time immemorial—and not only by mystics, saints, and cave-dwellers—’spirituality’ has been seen as a way of being that is above and beyond our ‘faulty’ humanness, and certainly from many of the messy and unpleasant aspects of our life experience.

It has meant perpetual positivity. It has meant superficial affirmations. It has meant a pure, or absolute consciousness bereft of feeling. It has meant the transcending of the self. It has meant repressed anger and premature forgiveness. It has meant the dissing of ego. It has meant ’emotions as illusion.’ It has meant the bashing of our personal stories and legitimate victimhood. It has meant seeing God only when the sun is out.

Only in those rare moments when you can ‘transcend’ the human experience, or perhaps only when you die, do you get to have a spiritual experience. But not here, not now, not in the heart of this embodied madness.

Separation of Spiritual and Human Experience

Even Webster’s Dictionary distinguishes spiritual life from our embodied form, defining spirituality as, among other things, that which is “concerned with or affecting the spirit or soul,” “lacking material body or form or substance… the vital transcendental soul belonging to the spiritual realm,” “of or pertaining to the moral feelings or states of the soul,” and “of or pertaining to the soul or its affections as influenced by the spirit… proceeding from the holy spirit; pure; holy; divine; heavenly-minded; opposed to carnal.”

We even see this view in the famous saying by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin:

We are spiritual beings having a human experience.

Don’t misunderstand—I understand why we resonate with this saying—it reminds us that we actually are spiritual beings, something we can easily lose sight of in the heart of our daily challenges.

But what is missing is even more important. What is missing is: he doesn’t also say, “We are also human beings having a spiritual experience.” Nor does he dare to suggest that there may actually be no distinction between our spiritual life and our human life. He keeps them distinct, and at most, allows for the possibility that our humanness is one fragment of our spiritual life. And this is the same mistake we have been making for centuries.

Desacralizing the Self

We have been desacralizing the self, imagining it something less than Sacred and Divine.

This leads us in the wrong direction and, although it may provide momentary relief from the challenges of the human experience, it actually perpetuates the (illusory) divide, concretizing the idea that being human is necessarily sub-standard, ultimately turning us away from the necessary work we must do to bring ourselves into integration and make sacred our humanness.

We have been desacralizing the self, imagining it something less than Sacred and Divine.

Simply put, our definition of ‘spiritual’ has meant the bypassing of the challenges of the human experience. They have been severed, abandoned, and transcended in the name of a ‘higher’ or stiller or emptier or more evolved path. Through this lens, spirituality is a shadowless and formless skyscape, one where the sun never stops shining and where we float—peaceful, silent and still—far above the messy complexity of the human experience. Love and light and everything nice.

Mastery at the Expense of Connectiveness

Does this matter? It matters a lot, particularly for those of who seek an inclusive and humane world. In the same way greedy, unconscionable capitalism is destroying us, humanity-severed spirituality is destroying us. It’s all part of the same power-seeking patriarchal system—one that focuses on ‘mastery’ at the expense of connectiveness, one that focuses on being above rather than being among.

Because if we don’t believe that what happens to the ‘human’ is spiritually relevant, we won’t bother to improve our behavior or become more inclusive in our thinking. We won’t stop to look at our effect on each other. We won’t bother to worry about human rights, or healing our trauma, or crafting legal and political structures that reflect our sacred significance. Why would we bother to focus on inclusivity and human value if we believe that our experience of God or Enlightenment or Divinity, is not down here among us, but is way up there, far above the human fray?

Living ‘Above’ Your Humanness

This perspective, this division between spirituality and humanness, is taking us far away from our embodied lives—the only place we can heal and transform as a species.

And it invites all manner of unethical behaviour in patriarchal power-brokers. Because when you are ‘above’ your humanness, you are also above the law. And you can always claim that your actions are acceptable because your human behaviour is not you.

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The Archetypal Path to Getting Your Shit Together

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“We don’t so much solve our problems as we outgrow them. We add capacities and experiences that eventually make us bigger than the problems.” ~Carl Jung

Before we get into archetypes, let’s answer a vital question. What would you do if you already had a billion dollars? Forget how or why you have the money. Forget what you would spend the money on. Focus on what you would do with your life now that you’re financially secure.

What do you love to do? What are you passionate about? What makes you hungry for more (other than money)? What fills you up with fiery enthusiasm and ecstatic joy?

The answer to these questions holds the secret to getting your shit together. Becoming curious about your answers, and then honing-in on how they relate to each other, can lead you to your life’s purpose. As Stephen Kotler said, “Passion exists at the intersection of three or more things you’re really curious about.” Discovering what you’re passionate about gives you purpose, and that’s the first step in getting your shit together.

If for any reason you can’t seem to get past this first step, just skip to the second step. The second step, practiced often enough, should get you to a place where you can answer  vital questions.

The second step is giving your newfound purpose some direction, something your mind can hang its hat on. Your mind needs leverage. It needs guideposts and life-hooks and symbolic stepping stones. It needs archetypes.

Archetypes provide a powerful way to understand the human mind. They map out the multilayered manifestations of the mindscape. Because the human mind is anything but singular. It is multifariously plural.

A multitude of archetypal characters exist there. Most of which reside in the unconscious, working behind the scenes but influencing almost everything we do. They influence behavior, trigger emotions, and provide meaning.

“Archetypes,” wrote Jung, “are the living system of reactions and aptitudes that determine the individual’s life in invisible ways.” Archetypes are unconscious psychosocial symbols representing forms, themes, and concepts in the world.

Archetypes are ideas that resonate across a wide swathe of the human experience, despite differing conditions. They are kind of like a foundational human story, something we intuitively understand. They instinctively feel true.

Why is this? It’s because the human mind is a storytelling machine. It’s a symbolic generator par excellence, inputting symbols and outputting symbols almost entirely behind the scenes. Archetypes are just the mythological personification of these unconscious symbols. They are cross-cultural. So, when you think of archetypes, think about them as set patterns of behavior shared by all of humanity.

Here is a short list of the most common archetypes:

The Hero: warrior, adventurer, outlaw, revolutionary.

The Shadow: inner-darkness, darkside, fear, power.

The Trickster: fool, jester, shapeshifter, sacred clown.

The Eternal Child: inner child, beginner’s mind, youth, rebirth.

The Old Wise Man: wizard, magician, sage, monk.

The Old Wise Woman: Mother Nature, caregiver, nurturer, womb.

So how can archetypes help us get our shit together? The more we learn how archetypes work, the better we will be at identifying the patterns that influence most of human behavior. The more we understand archetypes, the more we are able to differentiate from them. Which is important because the more we differentiate from archetypes, the less unconscious influence they will have over us and the more conscious awareness we will have over them.

Differentiating archetypes can also help us recognize the influence that archetypes have over others. And the more we can identify the archetypes in others, the more we can see the patterns of behavior within ourselves. Conversely, the more we can witness these behavioral patterns in ourselves, the more understanding we’ll have for others.

Archetypes are like doorways to behavioral change. They are doorways to knowing the self. They get to the source of what ails us. They lead us down into the unconscious forces hidden beneath the surface.

Walking through the doorway of the Hero, for example, gives us courage. The archetype of the hero becomes a tool to leverage more courage into our lives. It plants the seed of a heroic bent. It gives us the ears needed to hear the call to adventure. It gives us the heart needed to take on heroic tasks. Most amazingly of all, it opens the doors into other archetypes. As Maya Angelou surmised, “Without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” Or practice getting your shit together, for that matter.

Armed with the courage gained from cultivating the hero archetype, we become motivated to take more leaps of courage. The Shadow is the next logical step.

When we walk through the doorway of the Shadow, we discover a major part of our inner state. It is a culmination of our deepest fears, shames, regrets, and judgments, but it’s also the source of our greatest power, our hidden beauty, and our sacred self.

 

 

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9 Mind Expanding Health Documentaries That Tell The Truth About What It Really Means To Be Healthy

by Alanna Ketler

Over the past decade or so, there has been a radical shift in regards to the focus we put on our health and what it truly means to be healthy. We now know, without a doubt, that our diet, lifestyle and environmental factors absolutely play a role in the potential development of disease and that we, ourselves, do play a direct role in our health from the choices that we make every day. What used to generally be thought of as out of our control, many are becoming aware that in a large way we have a choice in our overall health.

So, with that being said, many people are aware of this, but simply do not know where to begin. They want to make a change in their their lives and their diet and lifestyles, but simply don’t know where to start. We are bombarded with so much conflicting information every day in regards to what it truly means to be healthy. Often, we feel overwhelmed and defeated and sometimes just give up. Seems there is a scientific study to prove any point, so how do we really know what’s best for us? Unfortunately, a lot of mainstream medicine is outdated and relies too heavily on treating symptoms rather than preventing illness. If we truly want to be healthy we have to know how to prevent illness before it occurs. We could be thriving rather than just surviving, if only we had the tools.

The following is a list of the top 10 documentaries that are focused on health and the many different aspects of it and how we can get ourselves on a path that involves energy, vibrancy and joy. True healing starts within, by healing our bodies we can heal our mindsets as well. Most of these documentaries can be found on Netflix, Youtube or streaming sites such as TopDocumentaryFilms.com or DocumentaryStorm. Maybe you are someone who is already on a path of health but can pass this list along to friends or family members who are intrigued and want to begin a healthy lifestyle but don’t know where to being.

1. Forks Over Knives (2011)

In this film, researchers explore the potential health benefits gained from switching their diets from animal-based to plant-based and whether or not this can help to eliminate, prevent, or control the epidemic diseases that are plaguing humanity today; diabetes and cancer. Centred around the research provided in the most comprehensive study of nutrition ever, The China Study, Dr. Colin T. Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn share their insights on what they have seen over decades in the medical practice and why they believe that the key to longevity and health is a plant-based diet.

If you are apprehensive about this one, I say don’t forget to keep an open mind. If you don’t agree and don’t see the benefits that’s okay, but don’t disregard it until you’ve heard this perspective.

2. Fed Up (2014)

Filmmaker, Stephanie Soechtig and journalist Katie Couric, investigate the American food industry and how they may be a lot more responsible for the health epidemic facing the American people today than previously thought. We learn about how sugar, which is in virtually every single processed food, even where you wouldn’t expect it, is one of the main causes of health problems and how to be aware of this so we can avoid it. This is an eye-opener for sure, as many people are simply uninformed and completely misled by the big corporations and advertising campaigns.

3. What The Health (2017)

This controversial documentary explores the biggest conspiracy in our food industry today, simply that meat and animal products are making us sick, causing us cancer, diabetes and that big meat and big dairy are paying to keep these findings a secret. When in doubt, always follow the money. Filmmaker, Kip Anderson uncovers the secret to preventing and even reversing chronic illness. He goes in depth to uncover why the nation’s leading health organizations don’t want people to know about this. Don’t forget, the cancer industry is a multi-billion dollar per year industry.

4. Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead (2011)

Personally, I love this documentary. It is a simple story of a man, Joe Cross, who is morbidly obese and struggling with an autoimmune disease. In an effort to restore his health, he pledges to consume only fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days in a grand effort to reclaim his health. The results are not only astounding, but super inspiring. The power of fasting is real, and this documentary shows how it is possible and how we can all benefit from it. Yes, we can survive without solid food, and sometimes, contrary to what we have been led to believe, we need to give our digestive systems a break.

5. Hungry For Change (2012)

This film goes into depth about the deceptive marketing tactics the dieting industry uses to manipulate us into buying their products keeping us from losing any weight at all or keeping it off. True health has nothing to do with how many calories something has, but everything to do with what the food is made of. Don’t forget real food doesn’t have ingredients, real food is ingredients.

6. Planeat (2010)

Is it time to re-examine our love affair with meat and dairy? This film discusses this question in detail and bringing to light whether we need to be eating as much meat and animal products as we are and whether or not our current lifestyles and dietary choices could be directly related to our dietary decisions. Following the story of 3 men and their lifelong search to discover which type of diet is truly best for our health.

7. The Future Of Food (2004)

Although this documentary is a decade and a half old, it is still very relevant in regards to a serious threat that is facing our food industry today, sadly, this issue has only gotten progressively worse. But before we can do something about it we have to be aware of the issue. Unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods are changing the very nature of food  production and still, we don’t know the long term health effects of consuming this food and the copious amounts of pesticides that is used to grow it.  This documentary exposes an extremely important issue that we should all be made aware of so that we can make an informed decision for ourselves and our families every time we shop.

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Don’t Think Money – Think Life

By Gilbert Ross

We all think about money some time or another don’t we? When a mail-blitz of bills hit our mailbox or our financial planner software shows us that we are going to scrape it very, very thin till next paycheck, we sit back, take a deep breath and get carried away by an inundation of worrisome thoughts or daydreams about an alternative life in which money comes down thick and fast from a tap.

This takes us down a narrow road in our mind in which we get locked by thoughts of money scarcity rather than solutions.

In the below points I would like to expose some truths but also some false assumptions about money and how it affects our perspective on life:

1. Money is just a means to an end

You’ve heard it a hundred times I know but it’s a truth that can’t be overstated. When we daydream about a better, comfortable life with more means and better standards of living we inevitably bring in money into the equation since we obviously reason out that we need more of the green stuff in our hands to step up our lifestyle. The problem is that we get stuck on the money bit and forget that it is just a stepping stone (see point 4). This flattens our goals

2. Money can’t buy me love…or health or Happiness

Another piece of folk wisdom you’ve heard a lot. Do we entrench it enough in our conscious living? I doubt it. There is a Native American saying which says: “Only when the last tree has withered, the last fish has been caught, and the last river has been poisoned, will you realize you cannot eat money.” In a similar vein I’d say “Only when your health has been exhausted and your happiness traded in, you remember that money has served no real end.”

3. Money is not linked with happiness as some research shows

Scientific research has shown a very interesting fact about happiness. It shows that when you move from sub-standard income close to the poverty line towards a point where basic commodities are met and life is sufficiently comfortable, happiness increases accordingly. However, beyond this point no matter how income and wealth increases, happiness does not increase accordingly.

4. Money is the wrong focus point of success

As already point out in 1., when we focus on money rather than on our real goals in life such as having opportunities for broader experiences, traveling, comfort and better standards of living we are focusing on the wrong target. We divert our energies, planning and strategies off track. We think that money will get us more stuff and only when that stage is reached we can be happy. This is false reasoning that we all fall into.

5. Money is a short-lived motivation

Sometimes when financial demands are hard and we are in need of some extra cash more than usual, we get distracted into the thought of making money or at least improving our income. This of course is not a bad thing per se. The problem comes from having it as your main motivation for improving your life in general. It is easy to fall for it. You put your main mission in life on the backburner to start off a side-project which could earn you some extra bucks on the way. This becomes a burning motivation which is very short-lived. Some time down the road you might realize that the benefit did not justify the fact that it got you off your main path and hence wasted precious time in the process.

6. Wealth is a mindset not an accumulation of resources

We naturally think of wealth as an abundance of stuff. Partly correct. Yet wealth is not solely possessions but also a mindset and having the right qualities and predispositions to live your purpose with enthusiasm and power, creating an abundance of innovative ideas and materializing your goals under any circumstances.

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Don’t ask him to live in your world…

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The ‘Ripping Apart’ of The Collective into Parallel Realities

by Bentinho Massaro

Disclaimer: Incredibly New Agey article ahead (they have their place and time!)

I know some of you must be tired of hearing spiritual teachers blame everything on the cosmic waves, special timelines and extremely rare blood moons and eclipses that appear practically every other day now. 😀

I am too.

However, I feel like it is my responsibility to update you on my perceptions when things are excessively intense and catalyzing (and potent!). In this way, you can use those opportunities and windows of transition to align to your preferred reality, to trust itself, and allow for purification willingly and with surrender.

These translations I provide of what I sense could assist you in forming a picture of what the hell is going on and more importantly help you in generating peace of mind and camaraderie with others in the eye of the storm; where all becomes possible once again.

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Even if not all of articles like these are accurate, or even any of it for that matter, the effects of these ‘translations’ can make a positive difference nevertheless.

When it comes to well-being within the relative, conventional world, proper and empowered framing and context is everything.

But, as always, follow your own resonance above anything I might say or suggest.

Here goes…

Strong Winds

I have never to this date of this incarnation sensed an as unforgiving and yet potent and usable force rip through our collective as this one; stirring up all the hidden forces within and about us. And I think it’ll continue to amp up.

I am aware that my own recent circumstances might add to this perception a bit, but I am exercised enough in my seeing to be able to see beyond my own circumstances, and I believe this ripping apart is happening all around the world now with more ‘pressure’ and potential for ‘insanity’ as well as positive quantum leaping than ever before.

In short: This is a tricky but exciting time! Awareness and proper framing of what’s going on is crucial.

The ‘Psychic Winds of Change’ blowing through our collective Mind are crazy fast and volatile at the moment and it’s not showing any signs of slowing down yet.

Much like when a hurricane hits, this is the time to gather yourself and those vibrationally closest to you in silent meditation and ‘hunker down’ in vibrations of trust and faith until the storm purifies your environment. Stay really true in your Heart and let go of any old resistances or memories.

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I tend to avoid words like ‘dangerous’ etc., but indeed it is a time where erratic and anomalous behavior will reach unpredictable peak states in people, especially those unaware of their shadows and blind spots. You’d be surprised how quickly someone can turn on you without any seeming heads up.

This is not to say one should not keep an open mind and heart; but stay alert and true to your intuition.

In short, you may find that there are moments where you cannot ‘count’ on anyone but your closest, most aware and most aligned friends. Seek out clear people and communities to whom you naturally gravitate.

The cases of people suddenly dying, committing suicide, entering into deep depression or confusion, or ‘losing their minds,’ or in less extreme cases just being plain unpredictable and unreliable, seem to be increasing in the past few weeks. It’s ridiculous and abnormal in its frequency in my estimation.

Many, if not everyone, in this window of time are being tempted with negative thoughts, more than ever before in my opinion. The collective’s shadow-subconscious mind is coming to a boil right now and it isn’t always pretty butterflies and unicorns. A chaotic purge of sorts seems to be occurring.

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The Splitting Off Into Parallel Realities

Currently co-existing realities are splitting up into parallel ones.

Few know how to truly navigate this massive ripping apart of realities into separate (parallel) ones in a harmonious way. An inner surrender and trust is crucial. And meditation. Please sit your butt down regularly and become silent and clear…

Things may get more messy before they get more harmonious and peaceful. But this collective shadow-purging and the consequent splitting off of parallel realities IS a necessary part of the process of generating an ultimately peaceful world.

One way to imagine this is Bashar’s example of the trains leaving the station. Not everyone you know may be on the same train as you, and vice versa. Where up until now you have spent most of your time with those beings and reflections on the same train station–each waiting for, or seeking for, which train is their authentic train.

Currently we are in a time where everyone has entered into their own trains whether they realize it and are satisfied with it as ‘their highest reality’, or not. And although you can still look out of the window and see the other trains, or even run toward and jump on an alternate train if you really commit, the tracks are separating at an accelerated pace and it’s becoming harder and harder to communicate with the other trains.

Most people used to stability in their circumstances and relationships are not used to handling this amount of change, pressure and choice so quickly or in such a compounded fashion.

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At some point, the trains you were used to seeing around you simply disappear from view altogether and the only train you are aware of is the one you choose/chose to be on, and the only people you are aware of are those who are part of the same train (vibration).

I will not name specific examples–because this may affect some of those people–but suffice it to say that there are many key people (people who are through natural vibrational selection appointed to drive or conduct certain sub-collective trains) are themselves as representatives of these different realities going through some truly complex and fascinating journeys at this moment.

Their realities, much like mine, are being completely re-imagined and re-structured at this timing, or at least they are challenged and encouraged to. And whatever they choose will affect the people who choose to share the train with them, so to speak, to at least some degree.

I’m lucky enough to have done as much work on myself as I have that I am able to navigate complex and challenging waters with relative ease and be able to step willingly into what is asked of me without attachment to my former realities, comfort or self-image.

As a result, my experience is generally one of great and deep joy and powerful clarity/insight whenever big changes pass through my awareness. Whatever comes, I accept and navigate from there in the most exciting possible way, ever re-generating my reality from Source, and from scratch, with each opportunity and change in the tides.

This keeps me nimble and malleable, able to anticipate and flow with the highest benefit. I recommend you practice the same capacity of trusting life and not identifying with any of the changes, your body, mind, circumstances and even relationships. The last one being, admittedly, the most challenging.

BUT: letting go of even the most long-standing relationships, family members and friendships isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it can be a most beautiful, forgiving and loving experience for you. Even if it isn’t experienced that way on their end.

If it helps, you can think of it as ‘setting each other free’ rather than ‘letting go.’

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The Point of No Return?

I generally really dislike giving out any message that can be misinterpreted as ‘doom,’ and I realize this article may be misinterpreted in this way by some. However, I still want to give you guys a heads up and trust you understand that the intention is to generate a positive and inspiring energy in you as a result of reading this.

I believe in each of you and your capacity to bring empowered views into any scenario. (If you don’t feel confident in this, check out Super Accelerated Living on Amazon for practical methods and understandings.)

And I believe that being more, rather than less aware of what’s happening is helpful in being able to frame things more positively and thus extract from it a more empowering result.

I think we’ve entered into a ‘belt’ of energy, or rather ‘timing’, from which there is no return… Unlike before with other belts or ‘timings,’ this one causes a more abrupt, radical and irreparable ‘tear’ in the fabric of our chosen collectives. It’s shift will be, for all intents and purposes, ‘permanent.’

Like butter being boiled to purify it and separate the ‘ghee’ from the butter. Or like a pile of trash or objects approaching the separator/filter. Once it passes through the filter into the corresponding box to which it belongs, there is no immediate way to unseparate what has just been separated. You cannot unscramble a scrambled egg.

 

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How to Go Vegan for Good in Twenty-Four Hours: An Interview With James Aspey

by Thais Gibson

This article is not meant to push anything on anyone. It is meant to help people make a big transition in a short amount of time if you so choose. The key word is choice. Titles, labels and identifications are often limiting, but decisions and commitments we make to ourselves can often come with unlimited benefits.

My personal journey to going vegan was not easy. I can’t eat gluten, so the initial idea of committing to a vegan lifestyle felt like I had nothing left to eat. Every person has their own perceptions and limitations and every one of them are valid until we reach a point where they no longer serve.

In my experience, I stayed a vegetarian for quite some time. For almost three years I would try committing to being vegan for a few weeks and fail. I was gentle with myself about it, but it was no longer a struggle the day I sat down and committed to seeing the truth.

I decided that to motivate myself, I needed to understand what livestock farming looked like. I was aware of the health benefits and aware of how animal agriculture impacted the environment, but I had always justified not watching the terrible videos on the internet.

I figured I might as well check out the actual conditions each species was subjected to, in order to avoid any denial that might exist. I told myself I would make whatever personal choice I wanted to after I did this research.

How This Decision Came Easily 

The first video I saw showed an injured cow getting violently kicked and beaten while she couldn’t get up. I was horrified. I noticed a part of myself try to justify ending my “research,” but chose to take a different approach this time.

I decided that if I’ve been eating this food for decades, I might as well commit just one hour of my time to investigating what the process of getting my food looked like. I figure this was the only way to make an honest decision about what I was eating.

I knew this way, the decision would be up to me. I’m a firm believer in making clear decisions based on all the details, so I had to see what those details were.

After one hour, I knew eating animal products was in the past for me. There weren’t words to describe the horror that goes on, and I had no real idea about the implications of the industry I was supporting until I saw the truth with my own eyes.

How to Properly Make a Decision For Yourself

The subconscious mind is programmed through repetition. If we have repeatedly seen ads and positive confirmation regarding eating animals or animal products for years, this is simply embedded in our perception. This isn’t an excuse, but it is a reason to be gentle on ourselves as we see these things.

This bombardment in the media has desensitized us over time and even made us defensive because we associate our habits with our identity. If our lifestyle feels threatened, we interpret this as a threat to our survival and our fight/flight mechanisms in the reptilian brain are activated to defend ourselves immediately. This often stunts our ability to investigate with an open mind. This is completely normal, but being aware of it can help us to move beyond this step.

If we want to change our programming, it requires a good amount of research and emotionality to actively change what has already been stored subconsciously regarding our relationship to food.

Exercise Self-Compassion

This is nobody’s fault, and nobody should be forced to do this either. But if we want to make autonomous decisions, we must investigate both sides of what’s happening. There is a tremendous amount of financial incentive for large corporations to keep information hidden and to repeatedly feed us with ads about the “benefits” of animal products.

Everyone is entitled to their own lifestyle and decisions, but they should be made with information that is not just what we see on television or through advertisements that are geared to create a specific perception.

Check Out World-Renowned Activist James Aspey

After an incredible interview with James Aspey, a vegan activist who did a 365-day vow of silence for animals, I learned some more excellent tips and tools to keep me dedicated to my journey. James has over 30 million views on some of his beautiful speeches and is a sensational international speaker. He is also a beautiful human being who has a wonderful story about his own transformation.

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Earthlings [Documentary]

“Earthlings is a 2005 American documentary film about humanity’s use of other animals as pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and for scientific research… Covering pet stores, puppy mills, and animal profession, Earthlings includes footage obtained through the use of hidden cameras to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely on animals. It draws parallels between racism, sexism, and speciesism.”

 

 

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Navigating Psychedelics ~ Sam Harris

In this audio clip Sam Harris speaks to the powers and wonders of psychedelic substances as something that needs to be differentiated from other drugs. Sam attributes the most powerful experiences of his life to psychedelics and claims he wouldn’t be the person he is today without them. He also cautions that psychedelics are not toys and need to be handled with the upmost respect. I found this speech powerful and important for anybody interested in these substances and the mystical qualities they produce.

 

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FREE Episode | Psychedelica: Psychedelics And Consciousness

Click here to continue watching the series: http://bit.ly/2sMUF6S

In this ground-breaking original series, experts explore the history and use of psychedelic plants including political ambitions, the perceived shadow side and the proper environment to experience these substances. From the origins of Shamanism to the spiritual expression of modern awakenings, discover the role of sacred medicine as a gateway to expanded consciousness, and its continued influence on humanity.

 

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With, Or Without Purpose, That Is the Question

by Gary Z McGee

“A man’s reach should exceed his grasp.” ~ Robert Browning

It turns out that life is a choose your own adventure. After you’ve answered Shakespeare’s critical question ‘to be, or not to be’, there is the vital question ‘with, or without purpose’.

‘Not to be’ is choosing suicide. ‘To be’ is choosing life. ‘Without purpose’ is choosing a life half-lived. ‘With purpose’ is choosing a life well-lived.

But do we want that life to be healthy and meaningful, or unhealthy and meaningless? That is the vital question.

Choose your own adventure, sure, but it’s incumbent upon you to choose wisely (with purpose). It just so happens that choosing wisely is synonymous with choosing to be healthy and choosing to inject meaning into an otherwise meaningless universe. It’s solely your responsibility to do so.

You’ll reap no Eudaimonia (human flourishing), if you don’t sow a little health and create a little meaning.

Without purpose (unhealthy and meaningless)

“The first principle is to not fool yourself. And you are the easiest person to fool.” ~ Richard Feynman

A purposeless life tends to be unhealthy because it usually comes with the heavy baggage of nihilism, boredom, and depression. These three can put you in a serious rut. Or worse, an angry abyss. From which some people never emerge.

Nihilism is unhealthy because your crippled with ennui and angst, unless you’re able to turn the tables and cultivate a good sense of humor about the inherent lack of meaning in the universe (see humorous nihilism).

Boredom is unhealthy because you become lazy and indifferent toward aesthetic and numinous experience. You become ignorant and stuck, laboring under the delusion that there’s nothing more. Having lost touch with both your Inner Child and Beginner’s Mind, you are no longer awake to novelty, astonishment and awe.

Depression is just plain unhealthy. A dark insidious cloud cast over all things. And for many of us, there is no choice in the matter. But to the extent that there is a choice, finding purpose despite depression can be deep, soul-feeding medicine that can, at the very least, soothe the ache.

When we have no purpose, we are floundering vessels cast aimlessly in a chaotic sea of meaninglessness, sail-less and precarious. When we have a purpose, on the other hand, the sea may still be chaotic and inherently meaningless, but we are robust vessels with a compass, with resolve, with passionate intent. Our sails are pitched full and heading True North. We are prepared for the worst, but there is fierce desire in our heart.

With purpose (healthy and meaningful)

“The powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse.” ~ Walt Whitman

What will your verse be? Finding your purpose, and then being proactive about living it, is contributing a verse.

But then how do you find your purpose? As I explained in Three Steps to Self-purpose, finding your purpose is finding what you love to do, what you’re passionate about. It’s remaining open to discovery, which requires courage and vulnerability. But most of all it requires curiosity.

If, as Stephen Kotler said, “passion exists at the intersection of three or more things you’re really curious about,” then it stands to reason that whatever that curious intersection may be is your purpose.

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