May 29

Studies Show Cannabinoids May Help Fight Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

triplenegIn the United States alone, breast cancer affects hundreds of thousands of women and many men every year. Some non-invasive forms of the disease are relatively treatable, but many types are far more aggressive.

What is Triple-Negative Breast Cancer?

tripleTriple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is particularly challenging. Most breast cancers are largely drivenby hormone epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER-2), estrogen receptors, and/or progesterone receptors. Since TNBC cells do not express these receptors, there are less ways to fight them. Thankfully, at least some cell lines express cannabinoid receptors, making cannabinoids one of the only potential targeted treatments for TNBC.

A January 2015 study in Molecular Oncology extensively detailed the numerous ways CBD fights triple-negative breast cancer. By inhibiting epidermal growth factor (EGF) and its related receptor, CBD reduced the proliferation, migration, and invasion of TNBC cells. It also lowered the amount of inflammatory cytokines released by cancer cells, along with two matrix metalloproteinase enzymes associated with metastasis. Through these effects, CBD inhibited breast cancer growth and metastasis in two mouse models.

“For years, studies have suggested cannabinoids [found in cannabis] fight different forms of breast cancer.”

Ultimately, as the title of the article stated, CBD modulates the tumor microenvironment to inhibit cancer through multiple mechanisms. It is important to note that EGF is slightly different than HER-2, and while the latter is always absent in triple-negative breast cancer, the former is often present.

Another February 2015 study in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry found that a synthetic cannabinoid induced programmed cell death in TNBC cell lines via CB2 receptor activation. When the compound was tested on normal tissue, no toxic effects were observed. Since THC activates CB2 receptors, and CBD has some weak affinity for it, those phytocannabinoids could also theoretically kill TNBC.

Studies Prove Viability of Cannabinoid Treatments

For years, studies have suggested cannabinoids fight different forms of breast cancer. THC has been shown to induce apoptosis in ErbB2positive breast cancer cells and inhibit tumor growth in animals. CBD is known to work at the genetic level, blocking expression of the ID-1 gene to inhibit breast cancer metastasis.

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May 28

Consciousness experiences only itself

Image1by Brian Thompson.

Thought divides. Presence abides.

Thought divides the present moment into an inside ‘me’ that becomes its conceptual ‘experiencer’, and into an outside ‘world’ of objects that simultaneously becomes the ‘experienced’.

Reality then appears to be divided into two separate elements—a me and a not-me—a division which exists only within mind.

In truth however, reality is unified. The separation we perceive is false.

Pure presence however—which means to abide in absolute consciousness, unfettered by any such false separation of conceptual thought,—only knows the totality of the present-moment-experience in all of its absolute fullness, without any sense of division whatsoever.

Pure presence reveals reality as only this precise present-moment-seeing, which the mind then falsely divides into a seer and a seen—but both such entities are merely conceptual notions, neither of which actually appear within the process of seeing itself.

Neither entity nor object actually exists, as they are imagined to be.

When the mind is silenced and is trained to no longer insert its ongoing narrative into every sensory perception that is cognized within consciousness, there is no longer an inside self (me) to be experienced as separate, nor is there an outside world (them) which is apart from oneself —there is only the direct and immediate intimacy of present-moment experiencing, inclusive of all that appears to be.

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May 28

Playing it safe with spirituality – no need to

Playing it safe with spirituality- Sonia chats about the many levels of indoctrination in regards to the idea of spirituality. People are sold this sense of having to be “good” while struggling with their inner demons. Is there an hierarchy of “gods”. What is spirituality? Is it this woo woo fluff stuff or is simply a recognition of that which we are beyond these bodies. Are you simply cosmic astronauts. She talks about religion and the hypnosis of people in accepting finite conclusions about reality as delivered by religion. Sonia addresses it all in this short chat while encouraging others “know thy self” and be free to be yourself. To find out more about Sonia Barrett please visit www.therealsoniabarrett.com where you will find many DVD’s, audio downloads, articles and events that shed light on cutting edge concepts.

 

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May 27

Satsang is an Inverse Forcefield

 

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May 27

Awakening from the Illusion of Separateness

“You are not IN the universe, you ARE the universe, an intrinsic part of it. Ultimately you are not a person, but a focal point where the universe is becoming conscious of itself..”  ~Eckhart Tolle

univ3erseWe see the problems the human family is struggling with, and really want to help. Yet- if the great mystics, sages and spiritual masters are right– rather than trying to change or improve the world, the most important thing is for each of us to first realize deeply who we are… that we are the world.

Knowing this, having faith and trust in our most fundamental identity, grounds us in the unified field of love and consciousness that pervades the Universe. We are no longer the social roles we have pretended to be, we are now focal points of the Universe, playing these roles… aware of the deeper “truth.”

Such an “awakening” profoundly changes our “point of view,” transforming our speech, actions and intentions. It’s like being a wave that understands how it is an expression of the ocean, or a cell in a body and realizing all the neighboring cells are a part of our larger being, greater identity…

Call us Children of Nature, the Universe, Earth, God, Tao, Spirit, Buddha Nature, Christ Consciousness, etc… it doesn’t matter.

Much more important than any words spoken is to live with our hearts open, to empty ourselves of false beliefs, to be mindfully anchored in the present moment, to no longer be caught up in our false personas… to be awake.

To realize that every man, woman, child, bird, insect, flower, cloud, river and tree that we look upon is another reflection of our Original Face, a unique creative expression of this entire Universe.

Millions of us have had glimpses of this, we’ve been alternating between states of sleep and wakefulness for years, decades, perhaps lifetimes. We agree with the idea of our fundamental connectedness and unity.

But to really trust this as TRUTH without doubt is what transforms us in the most profound way, what opens our hearts to deep peace, joy, love, wisdom, trust and gratitude.

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May 27

Terence McKenna Reads Hermetic Lore

“Man has this advantage over all other living beings, that he possesses mind and speech.”
Terence McKenna’s True Hallucinations:
https://youtu.be/8MG5gFtZ3U8

 

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May 27

Tom Campbell: Atlanta 2016 Q & A Part 1

This is the first of two parts of the Q & A segment from Tom’s recent workshop in Atlanta.

http://www.mybigTOE.com Tom’s website

 

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May 27

Everyday Magical Things ~ Amber

Amber, it’s beautiful, its orange, and the ancients said it had remarkable properties!

 

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May 27

Confusion About Ayahuasca And Shamans

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Feedback to Shaman Links has shown that some people believe that Ayuhuasca and Shamanism are identical.

That is incorrect.

The practice of using Ayuhuasca originates in South America.  Many shamans / shamanic practitioners do not use Ayuhuasca in their practice.  For instance, the word Shaman came from healers in Siberia, and they do not use Ayuhuasca.

Shamans do their work by changing the state of their mind, or consciousness. This can be achieved through the use of the rhythm of the drum or of music.  It can be achieved through physical activities such as long ceremonies of dancing and singing.  It can also be achieved through the use of hallucinogens such as Ayuhuasca.  What shamans do to shift their consciousness is different in different cultures.  It is important to know that a large amount of shamanic healers don’t use hallucinogens.

As there seem to be a lot of confusion out there about shamanic practice, the following are a few important points you should know.  In particular, we have a warning about Ayuhuasca below.

The Ecstatic Experience

Deeply touching spiritual experiences are often related to having an ecstatic experience.  In our western culture, this type of experience is often missing from religious rituals and organized religions.  In other times, and in other cultures, gatherings of people with lots of dancing and singing (whether they were festivals or spiritual ceremonies, or community gatherings) would allow people to have an ecstatic experience.  This is because sound and physical movement can break down the barriers that keep us from feeling our connection to the infinite.

archway with starsWhen someone has a moment of feeling deeply connected to the infinite, that is an ecstatic experience.  Ecstatic experience is an important experience to be had by everyone, not just specialists like shamans, gurus, or other “special” people.  In cultures with community ceremonies of dancing or singing or praying, an ecstatic experience can be had quite regularly (yearly, or more than once a year.)

Sometimes people are drawn to drugs because they are seeking to have an ecstatic experience.  Because the ecstatic experience is not part of our common understanding, many people are longing to have something they don’t have a name for.  Sometimes drugs seems like the only pathway.  It is important to know that there are other ways to have this experience.

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May 27

The Mystery Behind Ouija Boards: What’s Really Making It Move?

13-Ghosts-3-672x372Ooh, the mystery of Ouija boards.

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The fundamental ideas behind Ouija boards go way back to around the beginning of the Ming Dynasty in 1368 CE!

This was a Taoist practice that used a type of planchette writing called Fuji, also known as “spirit writing” or, what we know today as automatic writing.

Fuji uses a suspended sieve or tray to guide a stick which writes Chinese characters is in sand or the ashes of incense.

It was used for the means of contacting the dead and those in the spirit world under special rituals and supervision. Eventually, it became forbidden by the Qing dynasty and forgotten over time.

Automatic writing is similar to painting a picture or playing music; it is something that flows through us.

There is some occult mystique surrounding automatic writing; it is considered an alleged psychic ability, when really it’s just pure creativity being channeled through us. It’s not necessarily a “paranormal” phenomenon, in that it is something we do all the time.

The actual word Ouija is a trademark of none other than Hasbro Inc., the well-known toy company.

The original ouija board

The original ouija board

This is both shocking and makes perfect sense at the same time.

Originally created by businessman Elijah Bond in 1890, this board was used as a parlor game with no relation to the occult.

It was actually popularized by an American spiritualist who used it as a divining tool during the first world war.

Spiritualist believed that the dead were able to be contacted through these modalities and picked it up.

There is a lot of negative stigma surrounding these boards, especially in the Christian religion. Many people have warned against using an Ouija board. Have you ever brought up the topic of trying an Ouija board and had people coy away saying they were dangerous?

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May 27

What is Sovereignty?

sovereignty-mainby Zen Gardner

This subject or concept is a hot topic in the alternative community. I recently attended the Anarchapulco conference that featured a wide range of aspects of this important subject regarding our personal awakening and growing financial, legal and spiritual independence and empowerment.

Cryptocurrencies were featured along with our current geopolitical situation and alternative lifestyle choices, while roundly exposing the futility and anachronistic nature of statism, brilliantly done by Larken Rose and many other speakers. Understanding what we’ve been programmed to accept and learning to question every aspect of what the social engineers have indoctrinated us with is paramount to any real truth seeker.

When I approach these subjects touching on sovereignty, whether it be freedom from the binding maritime law-based legal system or questioning all forms of the hierarchical control paradigm, I look at it from a spiritual perspective.

What essentially IS freedom? How do we manifest our true nature more fully and thus naturally break the chains that bind us from whatever quarter?

It’s all about the initial question. And our perspective.

Standing Back

Conscious awareness may appear to be something vague and illusive but it’s not. It’s extremely practical. The fundamental step to be taken is to find the vantage point of our higher self. What is it that is observing you, and that speaks to you and even corrects your thoughts and behavior? What is this inner voice?

The fact that it exists at all, as Echhart Tolle so lucidly expounds upon, causes a major shift in awareness and breaks so many chains immediately. What exactly is this awareness observing the experience that is us? How do we develop and utilize that perspective and what implications does this realization the wise sages of the ages have all spoken about have on the course of our lives?

This to me is the deep and wondrous world to be explored, which in its very seemingly esoteric nature has all the so-called answers to life we are seeking. But this awareness needs to mix and gel with our mental and heart awareness at the same time to make sense of this experience we call “life”.

It’s as practical as deciding what to eat or not to eat. Whether to go by impulse and just yield to our surrounding environment and accumulated habits, or learn to make a more conscious decision as to our actions as well as thoughts, this profound realization begs a whole new way of life.

If we let it. And take action on what we’re learning and hearing from this much more pure source of information and awareness. It needs to be developed which is the challenge of this school of higher learning in which we find ourselves.

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May 27

Understanding and Adapting to the Spiritual Gift of Anxiety

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by M.J. Higby, Contributor | Waking Times

Arthur Somers Roche once said, “Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained.”

If you’ve been affected by anxiety, you not only understand this quote, but you can viscerally feel it. If its owner doesn’t lead the mind, the mind will instead lead. If you’ve been diagnosed with anxiety disorder, your stream of thoughts, untamed as they are, often lead to an ocean of worry that defines your daily existence. Drowning in this ocean of worry, you no doubt crave a vacation on a mental island called peace, even if just for a few minutes.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety is the most common mental health disorder in the U.S. affecting 40 million adults or 18% of the population. According to a study commissioned by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, anxiety costs the U.S. 42 billion dollars a year, over one-third of the yearly U.S. psychiatric expenditure. The suffering that it causes each individual is immeasurable. Likely the result of the accompanying stigma, only one-third of those affected seek treatment. This stigma is unfortunate for two reasons. The first is that when balanced, anxiety can be a useful trait, otherwise it would not have survived evolutionary pressures. The second is that when the layers are peeled away, anxiety, as well as other mental disorders, appear to be just as physical as other common diseases that are more “acceptable” to have.

Through evolution, we know that certain traits, if not beneficial to the human race, are typically weeded out. Those of us affected by anxiety have an ability, bordering on telepathy, to feel the emotions of others around us. Our mirror neurons appear to pick up subtleties in others that allow us to feel what the other person is feeling. By extension, this ability causes us to be better empathizers. This in turn makes us better friends and parents. In careers such as medicine, it allows us to become better healers since gaining the belief and trust of patients in a sickly state will, in itself, activate their healing system. Being able to conjure up worst-case scenarios can be useful in the realm of finance whether personal or professional, to minimize risk. The hyper-awareness can help us keep loved ones safe such as kids around a pool. There are countless other examples of how having anxiety can be beneficial. As such, balance, not total suppression should be the goal of treatment.

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May 26

You’re a ghost…

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May 26

Life in the Age of Shifting Paradigms

10489739_502457599885180_99425016509853008_nWe live in a Universe that grows and changes like an intergalactic forest or brain. Life in our galaxy is a creative unfolding process; every “thing” that exists actually a dynamic self-organizing symphony of form, a cosmic dance in motion. Solar systems spinning, continents moving, societies arising, children moving and growing.

All of these creative systems in our lives (and the greater Universe) are interconnected and related to one another. Unseen forces of attraction keep natural systems together, influencing how the individual parts move and self-organize. A planet and solar system comes into being because of the force of gravity, families are held together by commitment and love.

Our body’s growth is guided by the DNA of our ancestors, it’s cellular systems running on energy from photons that journey to our planet from the sun. The whole Universe swirls like a three dimensional Van Gogh painting, held together by Einstein and Newton’s cosmic laws…

VG1546-5-12-10Of course, most people don’t usually think this way. Our cultural world views and values are focused more on social, economic and political games. We are rarely encouraged to pay attention to the interdependent relationships and synergistic processes that make up our lives.

In the most dominant “civilized” cultures our languages evolved to help us exert control over a dangerous and competative world. Our cultures tend to “objectify” everything we see, dividing interconnected systems and creative processes into rigid conceptual categories based on the idea that the Universe is composed of fixed independent objects and polar opposites.

The result has been akin to living with blinders on, wearing cognitive filters that make us powerful predators, but frequently block out essential information, diminishing our capacity for greater wisdom. Our leaders tend to ignore important holistic processes and connections that require our attention, respect, care and support (and that don’t respond well to manipulation). We’ve lost touch with the organic rhythms, natural intelligence, interdependence and unity of the world.

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May 26

3 Transformational Processes Within the Spiritual Growth

002by Frank M Wanderer

There are three transformational processes within the evolution of the Consciousness. These are, in fact, three levels of development.

At these different levels of development the state and functions of the Counsciousness show entirely different signs.

If we are aware of these characteristic signs, we may easily recognize what state of development of the Consciousness we are in: ordinary Consciousness, awakening or the level of complete freedom.

The Level of Ordinary Consciousness

This is the lowest level of the evolutional process of the Consciousness. Ordinary Consciousness is rooted in, and feeds on, past times. The present moment is less important for it, it is only a gateway leading to a future we long for. Future is nothing but an improved and beautified version of the past, a future in which we will be successful in the all the things in which we have failed in the past. For ordinary consciousness, only past and future exist, it lives in those and feeds on those.

In that state of Consciousness the  appreciation and opinion of others are very important for us. We want to meet the expectation directed at us, we are pleased to play the social roles that are dictated by our community. We thrive to be good parents, a good husband or wife, useful employees and law abiding citizens. Our willingness to play these roles is caused by our complete identification with those roles. Our entire indentity is based upon those roles. We do not look for true answers to the question ”Who am I?;” we are content to be told that by others.

In the state of ordinary Consciousness, the dominant character of our life is the Ego; we wish to make it larger, brighter and more individual. That is why we are learning, gathering knowledge from others, until the end of our life, in the belief that we will thus become more and more intelligent. Still, we become less and less self-confident, and we do not have enough courage to face the challenges of life on our own. We therefore need a guide, a support. We do not long for complete freedom, we follow pre-determined rules and respect authority.

The Level of Awakening

The advent of that level is indicated by moments in our life when we wake up from our ordinary life, and recognize the reality that we in fact live in the captivity of our thoughts, emotions and social roles. Under the effect of those moments, a profound desire for freedom and truth arises in us. We then begin to search for the paths leading to the desired freedom. We intend to become more conscious and alert, to find the truth for ourselves about who we are and what our mission in the world is.

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May 26

Love, Pristine Consciousness and Death: What They Have in Common

By Harry Krueger | Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Love-Pristine-Consciousness-and-Death-What-They-Have-in-Common-330x248Love – used here as a term derived from the Indo-European and Sanscrit: The desire to be united with its Beloved. Love is the Action of Intelligence when expressed through the pristine consciousness. Any other expression is a demonic spirit of the fragmented energy (mind).

Pristine consciousness is content-less and so cannot of its own have an opinion or belief about anything.

Eons ago, at the cradle of humanity (and before civilization) pristine consciousness never had to doubt what passed before it. Other than the necessary steps to provide for the necessities of living, it saw no need for personal plans because it did not see itself as separate from its awareness. It trusted in its relationship with its Beloved (Intelligence).

Over the course of many centuries, the memory-senses complex was consumed with many images provided by the experiences of pristine consciousness. Through an unfortunate mis-guided turn, those images were effective in convincing (conning) the pristine consciousness that its responses to life’s challenges are self-generated. At the time, pristine consciousness was not realizing that behind the scenes a new phenomenon was un-folding, an aberration called, mind.

Mind is a myth, a figment of its own imagination. We as pristine consciousness are presently playing the role of puppet while the puppet master (mind) is pulling the strings. That was the beginning of the Fall as spoken of in ancient writings.

Humanity was cut off from its root (the whole energy) and since had to depend entirely on the fragmented energy (mind) for its daily bread (sustenance). We became as a voice crying in the wilderness of chaos, confusion and despair that was no longer being heard. We were cast out from the light of understanding from where we did not have to make choices concerning life’s challenges, to one of living in the shadows (mind) where our responses (as re-action) were understood by those who were like minded (the “blind leading the blind”). We are presently responding to life’s challenges through the mirror of abstract illusions that mind has concocted from what it has absorbed through its cultural environment. By the making of our first choice we were cast out from the garden of choiceless living (Intelligence) to one of making choices (mind). From choicelessness to choice we lost the Age of Innocence (freedom from guilt).

Why is it that only few are inclined to show interest in observing their present state? It is not mind that wishes to cancel the status-quo. That sensing is from the pristine consciousness. It is our identification with mind that is clouding our vision of seeing that only we can bring about our own transformation. Through the natural bonding with the whole energy, we have the ability to understand the cause of this alienation.

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May 25

Life…

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May 25

A Wolf Howl, a Photon, and a Dribble of Dark Molasses: A Humorous Inquiry into Soulcraft

Image3“If you need to visualize the soul, think of it as a cross between a wolf howl, a photon, and a dribble of dark molasses. But what it really is, as near as I can tell, is a packet of information. It’s a program, a piece of hyper-spatial software designed explicitly to interface with the Mystery. Not a mystery, mind you, the Mystery. The one that can never be solved.” ~ Tom Robbins

If, as Bill Plotkin wrote in Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche, “Once one has said yes to the call to adventure, the ego is securely in the grip of the soul, and the soul serves notice that the ego will not emerge unchanged,” then the soul must be a catalyst of great power, a force to be reckoned with, a force that drives the ego into the corner wearing a Dunce Cap while the soul fills up the room with numinous wisdom.

If you want to further visualize the soul, imagine the coalescence of a hot coal in deep snow, a singularity, and a kitten all wrapped up in its little blue purr. If you want to feel the soul, just pinch the sunset between your fingertips, lick the moonlight off your lover’s skin, or touch the crisp pages of a burnt bible inside a pink My Little Pony backpack.

But if you really want to dig deep into the guts of the soul, you’ll need cataclysmic forceps, a bowl of existential water, a scalpel sharpened by Death’s silvery scythe. You’ll need patience, Koch-curved time, the will to be a flicker of nothingness amidst a majesty of infinity. You’ll need love, salve, a plethora of masks, a spool of crisis stitches, sutures and wax. It will be an arduously Nietzschean task that will flabbergast your hearts all-too-serious tangle –for which you’ll need all the algorithms of paradox to untie the knots and unpluck the splinters of rebirth from the shattered mess.

But if you should make it through this infinite jest, this jokes-on-you, ludicrous tenderness, and if you are able to piece back together all the bones that make a spine, all the love that makes a heart, and all the ache that makes up the spirit, then you, my friend, will have discovered a laughter of the most-high, with a numinous transcendence that will make the gods sigh as they trip over their halos, righteousness, and plight. Who’s to say this cannot be Soul?

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May 25

The occult Power in individualism vs the group mind

Image1Individuality is a key component in the magic of creative expression

by Sonia Barrett

Reality is a series of concepts and ideas. To define it as such offers new meaning and new perceptions. A “concept” is defined as:

Merriam Dictionary: something conceived in the mind (2): an abstract or generic idea generalized from particular instances

What we experience as reality are these concepts and ideas crystalized into form. They are adjustable and alterable making reality a pliable experience. Endless expressions of reality are played out both on an individual and on a collective level. We become emotionally bonded to these experiences.

There is an occult source of power accessible to the individual. On the collective platform this degree of individual power is down played and overridden by a hive and borg mind program. There is tremendous misrepresentation in the promotion of collective or group power. There is no doubt that there is power in numbers but the fact is that a single individual who is fully invested in his or her power has the capacity to have an even greater impact than a group. Although this is disregarded, the fact remains that groups can collectively function in a lesser vibration than that of a single being. How is that possible? It’s very possible when the individuals of a group are diminished in their individual level of power. The word “Power” says it all; we are speaking of the electromagnetic frequency (emf) output; the level of vibrational output. This inner power emits a vibration or frequency, which is contingent on the degree to which we are aligned with the more expansive aspect of who we are. . How deeply rooted are we in disabling beliefs and programs.

Much of the “oneness” movement has encouraged and supported limiting interpretations and limiting programs. It is crucial to understand that for thousands of years we have been programmed to operate in a group capacity in support of the weakened state that we as humans now exist in. When “super-natural beings” became human, over time the powers once held gradually became weakened or lessened and eventually became a forgotten memory. Operating as a group then became essential both physically and mentally. Group function has less to do with our overall “oneness” in creation. We are filled with reasons and validations for certain actions and beliefs held. This does not mean that groups should be abandoned but instead they are strengthened by individuals standing in their own power and not solely dependent on the power of the group. The group mind formula often reduces individual strength and creativity as the individual conforms to the beliefs and guidelines of the group. We see this in our societies, in religious and spiritual group, support groups etc.

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May 25

Parallel Realities

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Life is vibration, and it is infinite. Everything is vibration humming at different frequencies. If you consciously knew how to shift your frequency, you could do the seeming impossible.

Your frequency is constantly in flux as you move through infinite realities. All potential exists here and now.

The conditioned mind has been trained to see the infinite parallel realities that we are constantly moving in as limited, which serves the purpose of flow and congruency. For most of us, each reality we move into is so similar to the one we experienced in the previous moment that it seems like time is needed to accomplish things, and that it is impossible to reach that which is “gone”.

Time is an illusion for the mind to play this game of here, there, and then. It’s all HERE and NOW. All potential (and “past”) exists in infinite parallel realities.

A fun example…

I’ve just returned from a one-month excursion on the east coast visiting family, and working. I brought my two favorite pairs of earrings, one on my ears and the other wrapped in a tissue in my wallet. I came down with a Big Cold the day before I left (you may see where this is going). At one of the airports on my way to FL, I threw out handfuls of tissues I had stashed everywhere, including in my wallet. It was two days later when the fog lifted from my head that I realized I’d thrown out my earrings.

I had an ache in my heart, as they were a sweet gift from a dear woman, and that’s where my energy was focused.

A week later while driving with my mother, my water container leaked and saturated her purse and my wallet. We took everythingout so things could dry. A couple of days later my wallet was back in order.

I was in the zipper pocket of my wallet MANY times since the tissue-toss in NY on April 14…my license, a credit card, a couple of buss cards, a safety pin, and no earrings.

About a week ago as I was working with a client, reminding him of our infinite nature and the infinite parallel realities that are simultaneously existing here and now, it dawned on me that my energy was focused on the loss of my earrings and not on the possible magic of finding them.

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May 24

Time Lapse Photography of Mold

 

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May 24

Alan Watts – Articulates an LSD Trip (Lecture)

“One of my earliest experiences with LSD was also one of my most powerful and transformative. At the peak, I was unable to tell whether I had my eyes open or closed, and I remember thinking to myself, ‘If there is no difference between the inside and the outside, where am I?'” – Alan Watts

 

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May 24

The Perfect Allegory For Today’s Awakening

 

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May 24

Language Rewires Our Brain

“Shakespeare can free us from ourselves. His lush, prismatic verse grants us ‘a small but metaphysically glorious holiday’…”

 

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May 24

How This Simple Educational Model Can Change the World

By Carolanne Wright | Contributing writer for Wake Up World

How-This-Simple-Educational-Model-Can-Change-the-World--330x214“In the modern age of production and consumption, in the age of money and power, the meaning of education has become distorted. The Latin root of the word education – educare – means to ‘bring out’, whereas the present implication of the word education is to ‘put in’.” ~ Satish Kumar

America — and the world at large — is in crisis. From education to the environment and how we relate to one another, most would agree, something needs to change — and quickly. As overwhelming as this state of affairs can be, Satish Kumar, a former Jain monk, long-time peace activist and ecological champion believes we can radically re-establish balance to our planet and its inhabitants with one straightforward idea. The key to such a metamorphosis? Our educational system.

Satish Kumar is best known for his 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage. Without money and relying on the helpfulness and hospitality of others, he and E.P. Menon walked from India to America, via Moscow, London and Paris, to present a packet of “peace tea” to leaders of the four nuclear superpower countries. For over three decades, Satish has been a significant voice of spirituality and ecology movements. He’s also a firm believer in the power of love and education to transform the world. His formula is exceptionally simple. So much so that we seem to have overlooked it completely.

“Hands, Heart and Head”

Through his spiritual discipline and love of all life, Satish is passionate about befriending planet earth — nature, animals, people and plants, the whole package. He emphasizes that we are not stewards of the environment, nor are we masters. In reality, we are a part of nature’s family. But we’ve become disconnected with our “civilized” and numbing ways. Instead of cherishing the earth and those that live on it as good friends, we’ve become adversaries — attacking, destroying and disrespecting. He believes one of the main reasons behind this lack of harmony stems from our modern educational model.

“Children are not empty vessels in which you pour information and knowledge. The word educare means to bring out, rather than put in. So all the knowledge, all the wisdom and all the insights which are required are already in every child, because every child is divine. The presence of the divine is there. It is like the acorn—an oak tree is already in that acorn. The work of a gardener is to find fertile soil where that acorn can be planted. The work of a forester or gardener is to build a little fence to protect that little seedling so that cows or pigs don’t destroy it, and perhaps to give it a bit of water in dry weather. But otherwise the acorn has the capacity to become an oak tree. In the same way every child is a potential Buddha or enlightened being—and the work of a guru, a master, a teacher or parent is to provide that fertile soil, to provide support and protection, so that the child can become who it is. The work of education is to help the child become self-realized—not to become a doctor, a lawyer or an accountant, someone that they are not, just to earn money. Education is a spiritual activity,” Satish told New Renaissance Magazine

We can bring out a child’s potential by cultivating a good relationship with them, which cannot happen in classrooms filled with 30 or 40 children, in schools with hundreds of students. Each child should be well-known by the teachers and staff. Satish also feels children should be involved in practical activities using their hands, like baking bread, making lunch, washing up. Every activity should be considered education, not viewed as a chore. Students can grow some food, use their hands in the soil. Making clothes, pottery, building a house, weaving — all can foster a balanced school environment. Sadly, these activities are rarely included as part of the curriculum.

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