Spiritual Enlightenment Demystified: What It Is and How to Experience It

the mystical experience of spiritual enlightenment. photo: shan sheehan
the mystical experience of spiritual enlightenment. photo: shan sheehan

by Peter Ralston

Clarifying Enlightenment—Sort Of

It’s a ridiculous idea that I, or anyone, could possibly convey what enlightenment really is. The most accurate relationship to the matter would demand that I just shut up. Although that leaves you with nothing, that’s actually the best thing to be left with. Of course, the problem is you aren’t really left with nothing—you’re left with everything you assume, have heard, or think you know. Because this is unfortunately so much less than nothing, I’ll try to provide a doorway to a better understanding of the matter. Even so, this “door” can only be discovered personally, by connecting the dots through multiple layers of disparate communications. Forgive me in advance for the presumptuousness of the attempt, and try to look beyond the words to grasp what’s really meant.

Many misconceptions and myths have been built up over time and we need to shake these off of the word “enlightenment.” In Chapter One we touched on some of the ideas and beliefs surrounding the word. You know that we’re not talking about a seventeenth century movement, a modern outlook, or being informed of something. Our focus is more akin to a Zen usage, referring to what’s thought of as a “spiritual” awakening of some sort. But even here, people are often misled to believe that becoming enlightened means transforming from an ordinary “caterpillar” of a human into the “butterfly” of a transcendent soul, or some such.

“When considering what enlightenment really is, it’s important to get beyond the word and hearsay, and to realize that this Consciousness is prior to any idea, image, term, or belief.”

Whatever methods may purport to achieve such an end—whether it’s to be highly disciplined and monk-like, sit endlessly in contemplation, or learn to surrender to a higher power—at some point we’re supposed to be rewarded with a dramatic change in state, experiencing something blissfully “transcendent.” The good news about this view is that it encourages personal participation, as opposed to merely asking one to believe in religious, spiritual, or even scientific assertions. The bad news is that it’s fundamentally a false view. A change in state is irrelevant to the truth. Freeing the term “enlightenment” from the baggage of rumor and myth is useful if our goal is to know what’s true about it. When considering what enlightenment really is, it’s important to get beyond the word and hearsay, and to realize that this Consciousness is prior to any idea, image, term, or belief.

Consider that at some point in human history, even after someone had already become deeply and directly conscious, there was no “enlightenment.” In other words, no one was seeking spiritual enlightenment; they were seeking the Truth. If the legend of Gautama Buddha is to be trusted, even he wasn’t searching for something called “enlightenment.” He was trying to become free, to completely understand and transcend life and death. This is a different focus.

Turns out, of course, that you can’t transcend anything without becoming fully conscious of what it is. Ultimately, spiritual enlightenment—knowing what is absolutely true about self and reality, life and death—must occur in order to achieve such freedom. But having one or two enlightenment experiences isn’t enough or Gautama would have stopped his search early on. He undoubtedly had a number of enlightenment experiences but knew that he still wasn’t completely free of life and death, and that an even deeper consciousness was necessary. He couldn’t have known whether it was possible, much less what it would be, only that it had to be whatever is really true about existence.

In the work of trying to personally understand what self, life, and reality are all about, “enlightenment” is a term used to indicate a direct-consciousness of the Absolute truth, whatever is absolutely true regarding what “is.” In the case of you, which is the primary subject for spiritual enlightenment, it is your true nature, what you really are, the absolute reality of your existence.

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Ego

4107732661_b2e4e7964e_b“It is this watcher, this censor, which creates the sense that we need to control things, for we feel that if we were just to ‘be,’ to co-exist with the universe, we could not trust ourselves; things would not come out the way we want them to.” (The Tao of Love )

Ego does not exist anywhere else except in human beings, and ego starts growing as the child grows. The parents, the schools, colleges, university, they all help to strengthen the ego for the simple reason that for centuries man had to struggle to survive and the idea has become a fixation, a deep unconscious conditioning, that only strong egos can survive in the struggle of life. Life has become just a struggle to survive. And scientists have made it even more convincing with the theory of the survival of the fittest. So we help every child to become more and more strong in the ego, and it is there that the problem arises.

Many times during a human life span we feel our Ego is necessary so we are able to function fully as intelligent beings and to deal with the real world. But having these feelings also inhibits us and makes us fear.

Having an Ego separates us from the universe and from God, this act of separation makes the fear of loss. It is this fear of loss that makes us want control. Control of the universe and everything in it – if we cannot control it we may lose it. The Ego stops us trusting in the universe.

It is Ego that is stopping people experiencing the delights of what the universe has to offer. Without Ego we can become unlimited and boundless. We can find new powers, new creativity, new opportunities for growth, for love, for harmony, peace and joy in our lives that before we let go of our Ego we could not begin to conceive.  But how do you get rid of Ego. You have to realise that you are operating through fear, fear of loss.

We have all been taught to let your mind make the decisions and not to listen to your heart. Your mind after all, is a terrific machine and can work anything out. Ego is this barrier between the heart and the mind. The need to express your views on a given subject – because you ‘know’ it to be right, regardless of whether people want to listen or not. Ignoring the feelings of others because your actions are the ‘right’ actions to take. These are both examples of the Ego at work. Both examples of our need to ‘control’. The Ego thinks it knows best. The voice of the heart doesn’t stand a chance.

Try to understand the ego. Analyze it, dissect it, watch it, observe it, from as many angles as possible. And don’t be in a hurry to sacrifice it, otherwise the greatest egoist is born: the person who thinks he is humble, the person who thinks that he has no ego.

We have not been taught that what is simple is what is right. The universe operates simply. Balance and harmony in the natural world, in the animal world. Any world that does not have Ego, operates very simply. It seems the goal of spiritual beliefs to return us to our connection to that universe, to our Eternity so that we, too, can live simply, in balance and harmony with all that is. If indeed this is the goal, the purpose of that goal, the purpose of letting go of ego, is to also let go of the constant fear in which we all live.

Letting go of Ego is a very hard lesson to learn. Very hard. But despite its difficulty, it appears to be the only lesson if it is your goal to achieve peace. Or enlightenment. It is the only lesson if your goal is to reach that place where you can truly say: “I don’t want to be better than you; I want to be better than me.”

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The mysterious SEALED Door of the ancient Padmanabhaswamy temple

The mysterious door of the ancient Padmanabhaswamy temple is protected by two massive cobras painted on it and has no bolts, latches or any other means of entry. It is said to house unimaginable wealth, and can only be entered by a high level ‘SADHUS’ familiar with the knowledge of chanting a ‘GARUDA MANTRA’.

It is believed that door—which has no bolts, latches or any other means of entry—was sealed shut by sound waves from a secret chant lost in time.

Hindu priests say that at present, there is no human capable of opening this door by executing these chants.

chamber-b-at-Padmanabhaswamy-templeIt is a glorious ancient temple which rightfully holds the title as the wealthiest institution and place of worship of any kind in the recorded history of the world, with an estimated $22 billion worth of gold and jewels stored in underground vaults.

Its gold-plated exterior shows only a small portion of its true glory.

Located in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, this ancient temple features 8 underground vaults out of which only 5 have been opened and explored.

The Temple has been referred to in the (only recorded) Sangam Period of literature between 500 B.C and 300 A.D several times.  The temple is one of the 108 principal Divya Desams (“Holy Abodes”) in Vaishnavism, and is glorified in the Divya Prabandha.

Curiously, there isn’t a single historic record that mentions the EXACT date when the temple was founded.

Many extant pieces of Sangam Tamil literature and poetry, and even the later works of Ninth Century poet-saints like Nammalwar, refer to the Temple and even the city as having walls of pure gold. At some places, both the Temple and the entire city are often eulogized even as being made of gold, and the Temple as Heaven.

But the most impressive and mysterious feature of the temple is a hidden chamber which is guarded by two massive cobras. Legends say that anyone who dares to open the door will meet disastrous results. This mysterious door is referred to as Chamber B.

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The Morphogenetic and Holographic Universe

Image1The idea that the Universe is a hologram or holographic in nature is not a new idea. Unlike a conventional hologram, the Holographic Universe is multidimensional in nature. If you do not know what a hologram is, it is like a photograph that uses light to project its image into a three dimensional object. In other words, it is a 3D projection of light (energy).

Here is an excerpt from my book Staradigm that roughly explains what a hologram is:

A hologram is similar to a photograph but is three dimensional and multidimensional in nature. Within any point in a holographic image, no matter how small, all knowledge of the whole image is present. In other words, it has the potentiality of projecting the whole from which it emerged.

For example, take a hologram plate of a vase of flowers and break it in half. You do not have a picture of two halves of a vase; each half is still the complete picture. Break the plate into quarters and you will have four complete pictures and so on, down to small fragments. The problem is that the picture gets fuzzier at each reduction. A tiny piece still contains the whole picture but the clarity is gone.4

As for morphogenetic fields, they are invisible fields that shape and form every system in the Holographic Universe, such as stars, planets, and the human body. To be more specific, morphogenetic fields are living thought form fields that act as templates upon which matter is manifested. They also allow consciousness to create structure so that it can experience itself. For an excellent video that explains what morphogenetic fields are, watch the last video in this article.

Watch the videos below and you will have a general idea of how reality works. If you study how holograms work, you will have a good idea of how reality truly works. Once you comprehend how reality works at the energy level, you should know that the movie titled The Matrix is NOT 100 percent fictional.

For more information about how reality works at the fundamental levels, read my empowering article titled How Frequency and Vibration Create Sacred Geometry and the Structures of Matter and Life.

How Do Holograms Work?

Holographic 3D Digital Projection Explained

Rupert Sheldrake – The Morphogenetic Universe

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When You Have the Right Vibe, It’s Not a Coincidence: Synchronicities, Energy Healing, and Other Strangeness in the Field

lightningby Amy L. Lansky PhD

The following is excerpted from Active Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within [1], recently released from R.L.Ranch Press.

One piece of evidence for the holographic nature of nonstandard fields that have been proposed in recent years — the zero-point field (a candidate for the unified field [2]), the psi field of psychic phenomena, Ervin Laszlo’s Akashic field [3], and the morphic field proposed by Rupert Sheldrake [4] — is that they all share a common feature: sensitivity to similarity in vibration.

If a holographic image has many different holograms embedded within it, shining a laser of a specific frequency upon it will cause only those holograms made with lasers of the same  frequency to stand out.  That’s because things with the same vibration naturally resonate and reinforce one another — just as two violin strings at the same pitch resonate with one another. This property of resonance has [also] been used to explain how each of us might interact with mysterious fields like the psi or Akashic fields… People pick up only that with which they  personally “resonate.” Each individual’s resonant frequency, determined by their life experience, physical body, and energy body, limits what they can perceive.

Biologist Rupert Sheldrake’s theory of morphic resonance also depends upon similarity in  vibration. Members of the same species, being “on the same wavelength,” are able to tap into information that pertains uniquely to them. And while members of an entire species might be able to tune into a fairly broad spectrum of frequencies (think of Carl Jung’s notion of the collective unconscious that humans supposedly tap into [5]), smaller, more tightly connected groups — such as members of the same family or loving couples — resonate in more focused zones of vibration; they have access to their own “private frequency.” In fact, Sheldrake goes even further and suggests that morphic fields can explain how human memory operates. Instead of being stored in our brains, he suggests that memories are stored in the morphic field. Our brains then pick them up via resonance, like radios tuning to their own private stations.

The existence and importance of similarity in vibration has also popped up in psi experiments. For example, individuals gifted at psychokinesis — the ability to affect physical objects with the mind — have described the experience as a feeling of resonance with those objects. A fascinating body of evidence has also been uncovered by Dean Radin and his colleague Roger Nelson at Princeton’s PEAR lab… [R]esearchers at PEAR found that connected couples can influence random event generators (REGs) more effectively than individuals working alone. Because of this phenomenon, Radin and Nelson decided to test for even larger field effects by using these random devices as “antennae.” First they placed REGs at events where people were all focused on the same thing and therefore “vibrating” similarly-for example, at music festivals, religious events, and even at the Academy Awards. The results were as predicted; these venues did indeed cause the machines’ outputs to deviate from the norm [6, 7].

Then, in 1997, they decided to place REGs at fifty locations all over the world, run them continuously, and see if they could pick up on major world events. The results were astounding. Over the next ten years, Radin and Nelson studied the machines’ reactions to 205 major world events and discovered that they did indeed respond to events that were intense on a global level — especially those that were tragic. The most striking effects occurred in response to the events on 9/11, which caused the largest daily average correlation between the machines’ outputs. Even more amazing, this correlation became noticeable a few hours before the first of the twin towers was hit! [8, 9] An instance of collective precognition?

Whereas world events less horrific than 9/11 probably evoke more varied vibratory responses in people (and therefore do not resonate and amplify each other as well), truly frightening events tend to evoke a more common, coherent response. As this study showed, when nearly all of the people on Earth “got onto the same wavelength” on 9/11, even machines noticed…

Synchronicity and Fields of Meaning

Similarity in vibration has also been used to explain the phenomenon of synchronicity —  “coincidences” of seemingly unrelated events that share a common meaning… [A] well-known
illustration of this phenomenon was described by psychiatrist Carl Jung, the originator of the notion of synchronicity [10]. One of Jung’s patients was recounting her dream about a golden scarab beetle when he heard a rapping on the window. When he opened it, a rose chafer beetle — the insect most similar to a scarab in Jung’s region — flew into the room. Jung quickly put  two and two together. He realized that the mythological meaning of the scarab — an ancient Egyptian symbol for rebirth — was highly pertinent to his patient’s problems. And this was also the reason why the insect had appeared in waking life.

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What Is Kundalini Energy & How Can You Awaken It?

dreamstime_xl_48749107-759x500by Kalee Brown

As we come into Spring, a time that represents rebirth and growth after a period of darkness, this is the perfect time to talk about Kundalini energy! Spring relates to transformation and rebirth in nature, so what better time to focus on your personal energy and overall wellness?

As you let go of anything that no longer serves you and welcome more light into your life, you’re likely releasing energy and blockages on your chakras. An excellent way to do this is actually through Kundalini yoga, a branch that focuses on awareness, consciousness, and chakras. However, what exactly is Kundalini energy and how do you awaken it?

If you’re unfamiliar with the chakra system, please read this article first.

What Is Kundalini Energy?

Kundalini energy is an ancient concept derived from Hindu texts and ancient yogic scripts. Kundalini is a Sanskrit term that translates to “coiled one,” which is why the symbol for Kundalini energy incorporates a serpent coiled around the spine approximately three and a half times. Kundalini is often illustrated using two serpents intertwined around one another as they twist upwards, ascending the spine in a circular motion, representing the awakening and balancing of each chakra.

Here’s a standard illustration of the Kundalini symbol:

247022248Interestingly enough, the intertwined shape that the serpents form together resembles the design of the double helix DNA. It is said that our DNA contains ancient, universal information, as if it’s a living library for us to access through consciousness. Yogic texts explain that Kundalini energy is present when a fetus begins to form in the mother’s womb, and that it coils at the base of the spine at birth. Kundalini energy can stay coiled at the base of the spine until death, at which point it returns to Source, or it can be awakened.

Kundalini energy can begin to unravel, starting from the base of the spine and working its way up to the crown of the head, as a result of spiritual practices and/or life events affecting your chakras and personal growth. This process can be extremely slow or can occur suddenly and all at once, almost as if it was an explosion of energy.

According to yogis, the two nerve currents that move up the spine represented by serpents are a combination of masculine and feminine energy. Ida is the left channel, or the serpent pictured on the left, representing white, feminine, cold, and the Moon. Pingala is the right channel, which is red, masculine, hot, and is associated with the Sun.

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The Backster Effect ~ Spirit Science 34_1

Hello!

We’re going to come back to the Health series soon, but in the mean time, we wanted to begin our Spirit Science exploration into the Source Field, beginning with the notorious “Baxter Effect”, which also has been dubbed “Primary Perception”. Once ruled out as a myth that has been busted, we’re here to set the record straight, and explore just what IS the Baxter Effect, how does it work, and why it’s worth revisiting as valid evidence of a much greater subject – the energetic fields that connect us all!

 

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Return to wholeness – the true nature of healing

imagesListening to our inner voice
There is a natural flow to life beyond judgement of good and bad. The flow is designed to create each circumstance for our optimal spiritual evolution. It’s what we all yearn for at the deepest levels. Yet how many of us are really listening to that inner voice?

Nothing happens by chance. If healing is to be truly effective, then above all, we are invited to embrace the deeper meaning of our circumstance. It’s a way of life that beckons all awakening souls…

To me, spiritual healing is the return to wholeness at a soul level or in other words, the remembrance and integration of who we truly are. By ‘remembrance’ I mean at an energetic rather than an intellectual level. True spiritual healing takes us to the root cause, that will unravel our blockages through the layers.

As an energy worker, seeing Universal Life Energy in the field as I do, it’s quite surprising to see what goes on in the field. How many people override the processes that lead to our optimal evolution and return to wholeness?

I see Universal Life Energy everywhere, like most people see the third dimensional matrix. I see how it flows and where it ‘coagulates’ as blockages (often where we notionally isolate it off in ‘containers’). At times, I am given to help to recalibrate and balance energy within an individual, group or the field in general. At other times, I help to clear energetic debris being released. I see past lives and related karmic convergence of energy. Most of the time I am simply a bridge between worlds, acting as an energetic mirror to reflect an experience that is innate with us all at a soul level. It’s not about over riding and disempowering others. It’s about helping others to remember who they truly are. Above all, it is always invited on a soul level, otherwise I just don’t go there.

Two main camps in the spiritual healing world
It seems there are main two camps in the spiritual healing world:

      1. The first is about empowering others to get up, awaken and open their eyes. It does not violate free will. It can be soft and gentle, it may equally be tough, yet it is real. It seeks only to remind us who we truly are and to inspire our own soul to animate our beingness in this world.

2. The other camp owns benevolence for its self and thereby creates something it is not. It creates an alternative reality to escape from the world that we wish to leave behind. It may appear like evolution or spiritual healing, but actually just forms another illusionary bubble. Perhaps a more desirable one, but a bubble none-the-less, isolating us from full self realisation.

We all have to decide for ourselves which camp we are really in and what serves us best. Some may be quite happy in a bubble. I’m not here to convince anybody of their truth. I am here to help another discover it for themselves.

The law of karma
If we ‘take away’ the pain and suffering of another person, the karma that created it in the first place, will simply recreate it in another form.

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Reconnection…

art-brain-heart-inspire-favim-com-3770995by Visionkeeper

I’ve been doing a great deal of soul-searching these days, plunging down into the muck and mire then scrambling back up and out only to nosedive again and repeat the process. It’s all part of reconnecting with ourselves. If I happen to see something going on in the news and I stop momentarily to watch, I can see the chaos everybody is going through around the world right now and it seems to be an issue of people being totally disconnected from who and what they are. People are living in fear day after day, they are constantly being reminded of world-wide disasters  24/7 on television, they are pulled into different agendas and are shown everything that is wrong with the world but never shown how to make things right. As a result people are hanging about in the wind unsure of whom to trust or what to trust and so they remain afraid, confused and VULNERABLE!

So what do we do? We seem to be spiraling down out of control as a species, turning on one another and displaying violence that is tearing us apart not bringing us together.  It is critical that we stand up for ourselves and bring about the changes we seek for a better life. In order to promote change we must first know what we want and in order to know that, we must know ourselves! For far too long society has fallen prey to television and all of the fear driven agendas pushed on people as well as often being misled by false information. By constantly listening to and relying upon these agendas and misinformation, we are losing our ability to think for ourselves.  This is why we are seeing so much chaos envelop the world. We don’t trust ourselves therefore how can we trust each other? Trust only follows if we feel sure and secure in ourselves and our present reality. If we don’t fully understand ourselves how can we trust ourselves ?

We as a society have taken a massive detour in life that has led to our disconnection with self. The last Century we detoured and got lost within the technological/material aspects of life as well as war and all of its negative results on humanity as a whole. We were distracted by materialism creating our drive to work harder for more money to buy more goods we think we needed. This way of life hijacked our awareness and we were pulled far away from going within and connecting to who we are. This same scenario has been happening again in the 21st Century. Social media and smart phones and computers have dominated our daily lives and pulled us even further away from what we should have been doing. Discovering who we are! We don’t look up and out and ahead, we look down at our phones unaware of life passing us by or the beauty around us  that Creator has shared with us.

As a result of all of these detours we have taken we are witnessing a world filled with people running around in confusion because we have become unplugged. I see our most basic morals of humanity being ignored and forgotten which leads to a sad loss of mutual respect. Without respect for one another war will continue, violence will continue, chaos will continue, and society will continue to break down further. So we must see that there can be no respect or trust or caring for one another until we respect, trust and care for ourselves FIRST! Once we all become secure in who we are and what we want, we can join together and move ourselves forward. We cannot do that now because we are so scattered and dysfunctional, lost in our own distorted thoughts that are not supporting our personal growth.

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Why The Standard Working Model Sucks & How To Get Free

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The Standard Working Model sucks big time, and I’m gonna tell you why I think so… and hopefully avoid going into a rant.

The standard working model is a creation of the industrial revolution where farmers and rural people were convinced by powerful businessmen that moving from the land into a workforce community was a ticket to wealth and prosperity.

But it didn’t really work out too well for those people.

Today in so called developed countries, we have a more refined version, and certainly much better conditions, but there’s an inherent problem with it.

It creates robots from people. It encourages conformity and scripted behaviours that restrict growth. Even now in our “advanced societies” our education system is formulated to produce workers for our economy.

You’re Only A Number

Governments sell financial packages to high net worth investors and institutions based on the future productivity and money making capacity of its workforce.

Human beings have become commodities. In modern western civilisations we have become like fleas trapped in a jar, only there’s no lid on the jar and the fleas believe there is.

In other words we’ve got this wealth of infinite potential within us, but we are limited by the system that we are entered into. We believe ourselves to be limited and only capable of certain things.

We have an education system right from pre-school to university that trains our kids to be workers, not entrepreneurs. To be dependant, not independent.

Collectively we have created this system in which we all participate, support and perpetuate by virtue of the fact we do not consciously believe there is any worthy alternative.

In fact most of us don’t even possess the ability to see that an alternative system is even required in the first place!

The standard working model says;

Now children we’re going to teach you how to succeed in the big bad world. Learn this stuff we’ve got for you and everything will be ok. You’ll get a job when you’re older, make some money, raise a family and get your children to do the same and everything will be just great…

Yes I am being a little facetious, but can you blame me?

The truth is that the system is broken and it’s been so for a long time. The ones who have come before us have sold this system as the only way to achieve a stable society, and it has a fundamental flaw at it’s core.

It takes into account the middle ground, the majority who will actually fit in and make it “work” for them. It’s my contention that most of the people who make the system work end up largely disillusioned later in life.

The Ones Who Do Not Fit In

This system is not one person’s idea, nor is it a conspiracy held in place by the few wealthy invisible and silent dictators as some headbangers will ask you to believe.

It’s a societal system held in place by the sum of the parts involved. We are all complicit, every one of us is a piece in the puzzle. Most of us just go along with it.

The standard working model works for most, for a time. But there is a more pressing issue and it is the one that concerns our children, the ones who don’t fit the mold.

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Compartmentalized vs Holistic Thinking. Thoughts about thoughts

bigstock-Left-And-Right-Brain-Concept-T-42197983by Jordan Sather1

The yin and yang concept, or “Principle of Polarity”, is a foundational, natural law of our creation here. You’ll find a duality in nearly everything. Left/Right. Black/White. Hot/Cold. This principle has many manifestations within our body, as well. It’s a crucial concept when nailing down your health.

When it comes to mental health, in this case information processing, this polarity shows it’s two-sided face again. On one end we have compartmentalized thinking, on the other we have what is known as “holistic” thinking.

Compartmentalized thinking is “left brain” thinking. Calculated. Scheduled. Scientific minded. This is where you focus on specific topics, gathering as much data as you can to formulate your theories with.

This is how our education system teaches us. Chemistry. Biology. Physics. Everything is separated. Our medical system is compartmentalized, too. “Neurologists”, “immunologists”, “oncologists”. Teaching us this way has issues, and is not by accident. It’s easy to fool people when you lead them down one path their whole lives. They may think they are “logical”, but they’re anything but.

Holistic thinking is what is on the other end of the spectrum, this is right brain processing. Intuitive thinking. It is being able feel how the dots of information connect, bringing it all together to solve problems. “Holistic health” workers bring every avenue of what makes some “healthy” into the picture, to find the best path. They’re exploding in popularity and solving many issues that others can’t for a reason. Logic needs intuition to balance it. To make sure you ain’t being “bullsh**ed”. You gut feeling is usually right, right?

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The Spiritual Suicide Vibe

consi-990x556Author: Soren Dreier

Good people are saying: ‘I see no more point in this, when I wake up I feel like the only sensible thing to do is putting an end to this life and it’s the last thing on my mind when I go to sleep’.

This is not financially related but seems to be a state of mind in people traveling the spirituality/awakening trail.

The downtrodden in austerity-ridden countries are killing themselves in numbers, well, I only have to read the Southern European and the U.S. Papers to understand that economy is reason to commit suicide. Just goes to show what power finances have over people, and if it dries out like a Californian riverbed, the choice is to end life.

There would be better ways to deal with poverty, but somewhere I get it — don’t follow the logics, since finances has too much authority in the Matrix anyhow, in a society that measures personal success in life by the things you are able to iPurchase, or just plain being able to feed your family.

Reading such stories, breaks my heart and on an ‘awakening’ note, it seems like the Matrix really doesn’t mind, hence: There would be no manufactured crises and people wouldn’t be left to live on the streets. Folks are killing themselves on a lie of a dream.

Most people who are hit by this other vibe have gone through years of spiritual awakening, and are well aware of the matrix and its construct. Yet, still, their eyes and souls stray to the heavens in a deep longing for home.

So it is not an ‘ego-kill-off’, it comes from a deeper place:

The souls gone tired and it makes the hearts implode, retract into some vibe where there seem only to be sadness and hurt. Not self-indulging and not seeing himself or herself as a victim of anything: ‘Just’ a very deep feeling of purposelessness, a feel of:

‘What can I do?’

‘This world isn’t going to change’

‘I’ll leave this world to itself’

‘I’m so lonesome’

‘No friends on my trail’

‘I long for my real home among the stars’

‘I can’t find ‘holy’ anymore’

Are some of the words I hear.

Obliviously I had some doubts whether to write about this, but the wave is too massive and too synchronistic to let it slip away.

So lets look at this state of mind – state of Zero.

First thing that strikes me is that a suicide, if it is not a reaction to the matrix, normally takes the route of a depression. A genuine psychological depression that is. But the heart people here don’t have that Matrix defined anatomy of a depression which would indicate as symptoms: No appetite, no sex drive, mostly sleeping, no action — life is halted and the famous light that goes through the cracks and over shines the mind seems to be on a long term vacation — incognito — not to be found.

A Matrix depression takes statistically 2.5 years to go through. So anyway, folks that fall under that category is really not clinically depressed — they are just feeling low, and the Pill popping fix it al Big Pharma fake daylight, makes it down their throats. Treating a bit of moodiness with mind-altering Matrix chemistry just creates a new dependency on the Matrix and it’s wonderfully well-trained psychiatrist, home doctors and what have we. Shame on them = follow the money.

Normally a ‘life-suffering’ being that doesn’t believe in either spirituality or awakening — is right!
There is something profoundly wrong in this life, in this persons life, and that is a paradox, since that would be the turning point in this person life in witch he or she could go: ‘I am’ — instead of ‘I exist’. And the matrix cleverly dulls those moments of longing/insight down at warp speed.
People don’t awake when they are feeling good — no, they awake when feeling low, since their measurement of the programming in which they live is correct: It is hollow, evil, cold as steel and the matrix wants you to trade cold comfort for change.

What a deception.

For the spiritually engaged it has a different cause or causes.

Often we have been where I just described, dodged the pharmaceutical bullets and came out okay by the rapture and promises in a new found spirituality, which has its consciousness locked into the exposure of the patterns that imprisons us. That is very liberating and we: ‘Understand’ the mechanics we got tangled up in and sets out to dissolve them.

So far so good.

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Mental Real Estate ~ Sevan Bomar [04/18/2017]

“Sevan Bomar goes in on how the current system would like all humans to be at their command 24/7 making them robotic and reactionary he discusses a variety of agendas and their innerworking including the “dream machine” and frequency wars via the media.”

“Every now and then something comes along that changes everything…

It’s all too often we wish to pursue the higher meaning to life, however, the structure of modern society allots very few opportunities to engage in true, vivid esoteria. James Evans Bomar III (more popularly know as “Sevan”) has spent over a decade in diligent pursuit of the esoteric inner workings – extracting hidden knowledge and innovative methods of application from the worlds most proficient spiritual resources.

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Anthroposophy and Rudolf Steiner: A Brief Guide for the Perplexed

Screen-Shot-2017-02-27-at-12.02.49-PM by Jeremy Johnson

“To truly know the world, look deeply within your own being; to truly know yourself, take real interest in the world.”

Rudolf Steiner was an intellectual mystic and polymath who lived nearly a century ago. He developed a philosophical and spiritual system called “anthroposophy.” “Anthropos” meaning human, and “Sophia,” meaning wisdom. Steiner was prolific—he produced thousands of lectures, wrote many books, and developed systems of medicine, education, architecture, and what he would come to call the “occult sciences.” Many readers will be familiar with the Waldorf schools, but few know that Steiner’s anthroposophical vision of a spiritual education—based on psycho-spiritual principles of childhood development—were behind them. Waldorf education continues to thrive today with over 1000 schools in 65 countries.

Steiner would also contribute to agriculture—far ahead of the organic movement—with biodynamic farming, and economics with early versions of cooperatives through CSAs, or community-shared agriculture. With the Goetheanum, a building in Switzerland, he would contribute to new, expressionist styles of architecture. Cultural philosopher John David Ebert describes Steiner as the “Aristotle of the New Age,” and with the prolific, “Renaissance Man” output of his life’s work, it would be hard to disagree.

His ideas would influence individuals like C.S. Lewis, Owen Barfield (an “Inklings” fellow and friend alongside Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien), the environmentalist Rachel Carson (Silent Spring), the scientist James Lovelock, and many others.

Steiner’s thinking was rooted in his background in German philosophy—particularly the works of Goethe—and bringing together of imagination, intuition, and intellect. This, I believe, is what made him unique amongst 20th century mystics—he didn’t shy away from engaging with materialists, scientists, or philosophical nihilists of his day. Steiner’s anthroposophical philosophy worked towards uniting spirit and science, attempting to see through the materialism of his time—which is still present in ours—to present a vision of reality where the spiritual and the physical were utilized what we might call an imaginative science. He was also what we might call an “evolutionary mystic” and kindred soul to other contemporaries of his time like Teilhard de Chardin and Sri Aurobindo in that he saw the physical world as an outward process of inner, spiritual worlds. The human being was the product of a vast, evolutionary process rooted in those subtle, esoteric dimensions

Through Geisteswissenschaft, or “spiritual science,” Steiner believed a person could gain some level of mastery over their physical lives and spiritual destinies. They could realize greater degrees of freedom.

It is difficult to offer any version of an “Anthroposophy 101” for the reader. Steiner’s work is so vast, and so sprawling, that each take on it will be different. Each emphasis unique. So it’s my hope that this article will simply be a starting point for the curious reader—a biography, an overview, and a few recommended texts, places for those curious readers to wish to go further, and try some exercises.

So, where does one start? When in doubt, it is best to begin at the beginning.

Spiritual Realities

Screen-Shot-2017-02-27-at-10.52.57-AMRudolf Steiner was born in 1861 in Austria-Hungary, now Croatia and spent his early years moving frequently with his parents. His first brush with the supernatural would occur while sitting in the waiting room at the train station where his father worked. He was around five or six years old. A woman entered the waiting room and approached him. She spoke: “Try now, and later in life, to help me as much as you can.” She turned and walked to the other side of the room before disappearing. Steiner would later find out, from his distraught father, that his aunt had committed suicide that same day. Gary Lachman, Steiner’s biographer, notes that Steiner had never met this relative or heard much about her until he saw her in the train station. In a lecture, Steiner notes it was from this moment on that he began to have access to another, supersensible world.

When he was eight years old, Steiner borrowed a book of geometry. It seemed to activate something in him, and gives us another insight into one of the key anthroposophical ideas. In his Autobiography, he writes:

“In this early relation to geometry I recognized the first beginning of the view of the world and of life that gradually took shape within me… It was impossible for me to regard thoughts as mere pictures we form of things. To me they were revelations of a spiritual world seen on the stage of the soul…I felt that knowledge of the spiritual world must actually exist within the soul as objective reality, just like geometry.”

For the anthroposophist, one’s own inner imagination and thought become tools for accessing spiritual realities. This idea relates to Carl Jung’s own model of the psyche, where one’s personal unconscious is inextricably linked to the collective unconscious, and a person can gain insights and personal growth through imaginative, visual exercises, or the “active imagination.”

Grasping Thought

“He who is unwilling to trust to the power of thinking cannot, in fact, enlighten himself regarding higher spiritual facts.”

Despite being sent to a trade school by his father, Steiner would take an interest in German philosophy, particularly the works of Goethe. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe deserves his own, if entirely brief, introduction. Both scientist and artist, he contributed to early ideas of evolutionary theory through a study of the morphology of plants, authored Theory of Colors, and is perhaps best known in the English speaking world for the novel Faust.

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They (Still) Live: John Carpenter’s Classic Movie is More Relevant Than Ever Today

In recent years I’ve been struck by how much John Carpenter’s 1988 movie They Live seems to be more and more relevant as the years pass by (e.g. we posted this They Live inspired Pepsi satire just last week). The power of corporations continues to grow, from the ‘too big to fail’ mantra that now puts their welfare above ours, to the Citizens United decision that allowed unfettered financial backing of politicians by the mega-wealthy, creating the ideal environment for plutocracy.

It seems I’m not the only one to have noticed this though, as the above short film about the relevance of They Live also focuses on how it applies in the modern day. As John Carpenter himself points out in the film:

[In the 1980s] there was a great deal of obsession with greed and making a lot of money, and some of the values that I grew up with had been pushed aside. So I decided to scream out in the middle of the night and make a statement about that.

And They Live is partially a political statement. It’s partially a tract on the world that we live in today…and as a matter of fact, right now it’s even more true than it was then.

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The Cosmic Hologram: Beyond the Brain

cosmic-hologramExcerpt from The Cosmic Hologram by Jude Currivan PhD

Realizing that everything we call physical reality is the expression of the in-formational intelligence of cosmic mind completely reframes the question of human and indeed all consciousness and cognizance. The view of most neuroscientists has been that our consciousness somehow arises from the brain as a localized phenomenon. Just as a turbine generates energy, so the view goes, our brain generates consciousness—somehow.

That final “somehow” is crucial. While neuroscience has managed to map neural networks in the brain, identifying which areas light up during certain mental processes and progressively noting their holographic nature, there remains no mechanism for the integration of neuronal activities with the immaterial perception of self-awareness.

Based on numerous experimental data on the nonlocality of our consciousness, an alternative has been to view the brain instead as a computer: a receiver and transmitter of nonlocal information. However, with increasing discoveries and the emerging understanding of the cosmic hologram, the computer-brain-mind metaphor is also coming to be seen as too limited in its perspective. Not only does it fail to account for the inter-dimensional communications reported extensively by transpersonal experiencers, but—and even more fundamentally—it still implicitly suggests a duality between the physical world and consciousness.

Instead, the paradigm-shifting view of the cosmic hologram, which recognizes the actual immateriality of the physical realm and the ultimate unity of consciousness, is offering a new view of the brain and its purpose. By identifying the brain as playing an important role in the in-formational organization of the embodied awareness of human beings, it redefines each of us as a unique and microcosmic individuation of the intelligence of the cosmic hologram of our Universe, literally making us co-creators of reality.

Existence, Experience, and Evolution

Following Russian theatre director Constantin Stanislavski’s lead, acting coach Lee Strasberg introduced the idea of method acting to the United States in the 1920s. Such “method” immerses an actor in the personal identification of the role he or she is playing, often remaining “in character” not only when onstage or on a film set, but beyond.

As individuated consciousness, when we incarnate on Earth, most human beings also undertake a process of such acting, where, as spiritual method actors, we immerse ourselves in the drama of our lives. By identifying with the roles we play, and, as we’ve seen, the erroneous perception of materiality, we may marginalize or even forget our innate spiritual consciousness. The egos of our self-awareness instead immerse us in the perception that we’re separate, both from each other and the world around us.

The personas we inhabit during our lives are thus the lenses through which we perceive the Universe—how we relate to it and how it relates to us. So such method acting offers an intensity of presence, which our associated experiences could otherwise appear less “genuine” to us, and in the sense of the cosmic hologram, less creative in its universal manifestation of the nature of physicalized reality.

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You are in conflict with Nothing

static1.squarespace.comby Brian Thompson.

When any personalized thoughts regarding ‘I’, ‘me’, or ‘mine’ happen to arise within the mind, give them no attention. The stories the mind tells you about yourself are not true—they can’t be. You are not a thing that is separate and limited, or that is static and dormant. You cannot be defined by any concept created by the mind—so stop trying.

You have no characteristics whatsoever; you are absolute emptiness. You are a vacant space of knowing in which all forms of phenomena seem to move in and out. You are an infinite field of consciousness in which the spontaneity of thought appears, but your truth remains unaffected and unchanged by its projections.

Know yourself as pure presence, not as a bundle of thoughts, and allow all things to pass effortlessly through your endless expanse of awareness.

Whatever shows itself within this vast, open space of intimate knowingness that you are is just a visitor. So, welcome and accept each thing that appears within your presence—every thought, emotion, and physical sensation—knowing that all things are harmless. Just allow them each to flow through your silent and empty consciousness, without resistance.

All things pass through awareness, but none can ever remain. This is self-evident. Despite all things that seem to come and go, nothing remains—nothing but you. Your presence allows everything to be perceived, without which, nothing could be known.

Awareness can hold onto nothing, despite the mind’s best attempts to keep something alive within its mental grasp. Any effort to sustain any experience, sensation, or thing will prove to be a detriment to one’s mental well-being, because you cannot keep that which does not exist. To attempt to do so will only result in suffering.

If you attempt to separate one mental impression from all the rest by isolating it and focussing the energy of your attention on it, you unknowingly identify yourself by your estimated relativity to it. If you trust the thoughts appear to you through this emotional attachment, then without further inquiry into the thought’s true nature their concepts will seem real.

Another word for this activity of the mind is ignorance.

Through a persistent practice of self-inquiry however, all such self-reflecting thoughts are revealed to be inherently untrue. “To whom do these thoughts come?” is the question one must continually ask, which will then dissolve their false appearance. Prove to yourself that the questions only seem to exist through the attention and importance you place onto them. Notice their appearance only, but do not react. Realize they belong to no one. They are like bubbles that spontaneously form atop the foam of wave in the ocean. As soon as one appears it is gone. It doesn’t truly exist—it was only a temporary appearance. Thoughts are no different. They are like momentary illusions created by the egoic mind.

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Jim Carrey Is Preparing To Play Terence McKenna By Taking Shrooms, Staying In Nature

“I’ve seen things which no human being has ever seen before, and no other human being will ever see again. I retreated to nature and took five grams of dried mushrooms in order to prepare for this role,” said Carrey.

14352627_1089459314424589_8137054273443799278_o-768x432Because Jim Carrey is one of the more outspoken and aware individuals to have consistently held the public’s attention, there may be no better actor to portray renowned ethnobotanist, mystic, psychonaut, lecturer, author, and an advocate for the responsible use of naturally occurring psychedelic plants, Terence McKenna, than the comedian himself.

According to rumors which have circulated the net and were first shared on mckennite.com, Carrey is preparing to play McKenna because he has been greatly affected by the late philosopher and has personally experienced positive effects from experimenting with psychedelics. Reportedly, Carrey told reporters:

“Much of the problem of the modern dilemma is that direct experience has been discounted and in its place all kinds of belief systems have been erected.”

The consensus thus far is that Carrey will portray McKenna in a variation of the experimental documentary “True Hallucinations,” in which McKenna portrayed himself. The documentary is about “the chaos at La Chorrera, the imagination, time, the Logos, belief, hope, madness, and doubt.” Created by Peter Bergmann, the project is intended to be an expansion of ideas which were first shared with the public in “The Transcendental Object At The End of Time.”

THE ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARY CAN BE VIEWED BELOW:

Based on insights shared by Carrey, it would seem he is undergoing a massive transformation from allowing himself to ‘trip’ on psychedelic plants, such as psilocybin (“magic mushrooms”). He can be quoted telling the press:

“The real message of psychedelics, I think, is to reclaim experience and to trust yourself. Your perceptions are primary. Your feelings are correct. Everything must constellate out and make sense and parse with what you know. If you don’t start from that assumption then you are off center to begin with. And the psychedelics will dissolve the cultural programming that has potentially made you a mark and restore your authenticity.”

download-768x441True Activist would like to note that there is no conclusive source confirming the rumor as of yet. This article will be updated as further information is obtained.

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How to (Not) Give a F**k Like a Zen Master

how-to-not-give-a-fuckyou must learn to give a fuck and not give a fuck at the same time.

— jordan bates (@_jordan_bates) August 10, 2015

About three months ago, I whimsically typed the above tweet and hurtled it out into the twittersphere for whomever’s wandering eyes might happen upon it.

The tweet was basically a passing thought, a random splash from my ceaseless stream of consciousness.

But I continued to reflect upon it. Masticated it. Digested it.

And I came to see it as a particularly concise, memorable summary of many of the transformative perspectives I’ve gained through studying Zen and Taoism.

Not Giving a Fuck

On one hand, Zen and Taoism are often popularly summarized as Philosophies of Giving Zero Fucks.

No joke: There is actually a great Taoism website called HowToNotGiveAFuck.com.

And one time on the Internet I stumbled upon this quote, which is supposedly from the philosopher and countercultural hero, Robert Anton Wilson:

“After years of vehement and passionate study of the ideograms of the Tao Te Ching, I think I have summarized it all into a couple of words . .

Fuck it.

And if you can’t fuck it, ignore it. It’ll go away.”

Indeed, Taoism (and Zen, its close cousin) encourage us to relinquish expectation, desire, preferences, and attachments. The vast majority of people in the world have endless expectations, desires, preferences, and attachments, but Taoism and Zen are like, “Nah, you should let go of all of that shit. It’s only going to make you suffer a shit-ton.”

The Taoist sage, as illustrated by the Tao Te Ching and other Taoists texts, is something of a feather on a breeze, a bobber atop a wave, drifting along in whatever direction the currents may flow, eternally content with whatever comes because (s)he does not give enough of a fuck to bother with preferring one thing over another. All things and all experiences are viewed as necessary, complete, sufficient, sacred even.

Taoist_Triad

Giving a Fuck

And yet, I’ve always found it slightly problematic to use “not giving a fuck” as a shorthand for the Zen or Taoist approach to life.

I think “not giving a fuck” can too easily be associated with a reckless brand of nihilism that values nothing whatsoever and wouldn’t bat an eyelash at malicious violence.

It might be true that a realized Taoist or Zen Buddhist would see acts of violence as necessary expressions of the Tao, or the Buddha-nature, accepting them with equanimity.

However, based on everything I’ve read, the realized Taoist or Zen Buddhist would not partake of malicious violence, would not deliberately inflict suffering on another being.

Both Taoism and Zen emphasize that gaining true insight into the Tao or the Buddha-nature results in compassion toward other sentient beings. 

Once one realizes that all beings are “cut from the same cloth,” involved in the same predicament-opportunity, experiencing suffering, one gains a deep empathy for the condition of all sentient life. One does not wish to inflict harm upon any living being.

From the Taoist or Zen perspective, the person who “gives zero fucks” and is prone to violence is still consumed by delusion, unable to see the essential sameness of themselves and the being they wish to injure. This person has not recognized that hatred, anger, and ill will poison the vessel which carries them as much as anyone toward which they are directed.

Combining the Two

And so the realized Taoist or Zen Buddhist does give a fuck. And also doesn’t give a fuck.

The sage seems to care on some level about the well-being of all sentient beings, having lost the capacity to maliciously harm any life-form. And yet the sage also, supposedly, has no preferences, attachments, desires or expectations.

These two items seem almost self-contradictory, paradoxical. Possessing compassion would seem to be the same as having a preference, or desire, for good will, peace, non-violence, right? And aren’t those Zen Buddhists and Taoists supposed to, like, have no preferences and desires?!

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The Illusion Of Time; Does Time Exist In Fundamental Reality?

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Is time merely an idea, an apparent function of relativity? Does Time Exist only in our minds, or is it something real, that we should spend carefully?

Time is sold to us as a precious commodity, something real and tangible. We’ve been raised with this idea that we live along some invisible line from birth to death and that it holds some kind of invaluable currency that we must spend wisely.

I think it’s a dumb idea and it doesn’t fit for me. It’s like a square peg round hole kinda thing. For me it’s merely a concept, one that has been afforded far too much relevance in modern life.

Time seems more like a tool to me, one that we should use to get things done in the relative world, and put back on the shelf when we’re done with it.

Like a ruler or other measuring device, the clock and calendar are tools to gauge our position relative to other things and each other.

Time can be helpful, allowing us arrange our affairs, plan meetings, go on holiday, celebrate events like birthdays and such, but we’ve become slaves to it.

We see the effects of something we have labelled “time” and state with assurance that it’s real. However, I’ve explored this at length and I’m left in no doubt about its unreality.

Mind you, there are times when I forget, like when I get up late and I’m firing the kids out the door to school. But when things quieten down, it becomes apparent.

If time is precious and valuable then it looks like most of us are in trouble, because we seem to spend it like we have no regard for it whatsoever.

According to Science…

Quantum Theory and non-locality goes something like this (in simple terms); Take two particles, A and B (photons or electrons for example). Pair them, then separate them, and put them on either side of the planet. Stimulate particle A, and particle B will react without any perceivable time delay.

In other words both particles act at the same moment in time regardless of distance. This is remarkable right, how can this be? We need to have a physical connection, we need to observe some kind of interconnecting frequency waveform or something! This also means we’ve got an interaction between particles happening way beyond the speed of light, right?

Well, not really.

Quantum studies are showing science, at the fundamental level, that our concept of time as thought of as a linear passage of events is totally wide of the mark, and in fact there is no mark.

All points of reference are arbitrary, they are conveniences, they are non existent in fundamental reality.

What’s actually happening when we denote a point in space is we are collapsing a fluctuating field of vibration into matter.

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The Extended Mind – Recent Experimental Evidence by Rupert Sheldrake

“From the 2014 Synchronicity Symposium © Gary S. Bobroff 2016 http://www.GSBobroff.com

Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D. is a biologist and author of more than 80 scientific papers and 11 books, including Science Set Free. He was a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, a Research Fellow of the Royal Society, Principal Plant Physiologist at ICRISAT (the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) in Hyderabad, India, and from 2005-2010 the Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Petaluma, California, and a visiting professor at the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. http://sheldrake.org.

 

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