by Jeff | Divine Cosmos
In this article, I’m diving into a topic that I alluded to in The Origin, Purpose, and Destiny of the Earth Game — how and why we created the reality system that we are all currently experiencing. Just to be clear, By “WE” I mean our non-physical higher selves and beyond. Understanding why “we” conceived of this reality, and the key elements of its design and construction (yes, all realities are constructs) is very illuminating and will give you a whole new perspective on your experience within it. And perhaps more importantly, it might even catalyze a shift in your consciousness.
Much of the information in this article comes from The Ascension Papers – Book #1. If you’d like to explore this and related topics more deeply then I highly recommend this book and other information produced by its author, Zingdad.
In most of the multitude of realities that “we” created and then played within we knew, to varying degrees, what we were — creator beings that are integral parts of the One creator being — Source consciousness, prime creator, God, or whatever else you like to call it.
But within this great diversity of realities, there were none in which we completely forgot what we were — and this possibility intrigued us immensely. What would that be like and what could it teach us? It certainly seemed like it might be very interesting, to say the least.
So in our eternal quest to know ourselves and the nature of our existence we set out to create this new type of reality — one where we would completely lose our connection to our divine source, forget that we are creators and all integral parts of One universal consciousness. A reality where we would think we were separate from the creator and each other. A reality where we would experience the greatest degree of individuality and separation anywhere in the Multiverse — a reality that could aptly be called “The Separation Game.”
Our entire Universe is a manifestation of the separation game. It’s like a huge multi-stage set where the separation game is playing out on many worlds and at many levels. One of the worlds where the separation game is in full swing is our very own planet Earth.
When we conceived of this reality, it was not at all obvious how to create it, and many of us (our higher non-physical selves) thought it might be impossible. But eventually, with much experimentation, we hit upon a combination of many elements that did the trick.
Some of the key elements that allowed this reality system to be achieved were “The Veil of Forgetting”, the delay between our thoughts and their manifestation into reality, the role of “The Adversary”, and the “Emotion Construct Holders”. Let’s dive in and explore each of these.
The number one mechanism that enables this reality system to function as the separation game that we intended is the Veil of Forgetting. When we incarnate we completely forget that we are eternal non-physical creator beings (our souls and beyond) and that we are integral parts of the one universal consciousness. When we incarnate we completely forget that we chose and planned this incarnation and our reasons for doing so. This forgetting is obviously essential for the separation game to work. Without it, we simply would not believe that we were separate individuals at the mercy of circumstances trying to survive in a cold, cruel world. The Veil is absolutely required to produce an experience of separation.
The Veil does more than make us forget as we enter our incarnation, it also “filters” the information that might be available to us so we can’t rediscover our true nature. This function of the Veil might be best termed the “Veil of Unknowing” and what it essentially does is to guarantee that we cannot prove that all is one. Anything that approaches irrefutable proof of our oneness with All That Is will always include sufficient cause for doubt that we cannot be sure and will have to make up our own mind.
But since the most fundamental truth about everything is its inherent oneness, and since the Veil hides this from us, then it follows that it must hide the deepest nature of everything because knowing the deepest nature of anything would inevitably lead to knowing the oneness of all. So we can know about the surface of things, but the Veil blocks us from knowing the true cause. Despite the popular belief that science has gotten close to understanding everything, it is very far from the truth. If you take a long hard look at modern science, you will realize that we understand only the surface layers but don’t understand anything to its core. And this is because of the Veil of Unknowing.
The following article is excerpted from Shamanic Healing: Traditional Medicine for the Modern World by Itzhak Beery, recently published by Inner Traditions.
Uniting Shamanic Healing and Western Medicine
“I have consulted internists, dermatologists, urologists, psychiatrists, and a neurologist regarding the unexplained sensations and associated pains, but no specialist in any of these fields has found any pathology. I believe that I require soul retrieval and an entity extraction.”
So read the e-mail I received, one of many sent by people from all walks of life and professions who have tried conventional medicine without success. Why is it that Western medicine doesn’t have the answers and proper treatments for these people? How is it happening that they are “miraculously” healed by practitioners who are trained to use ancient shamanic healing tools? Something must be fatally wrong in the approach we take to health care in our society. The man who wrote me that e-mail received his answers and was healed in a session. How?
Another client wrote, “I don’t know why I came to see you in the first place. Maybe I was desperate. I tried lawyers, counselors, and the ‘normal’ ways. But nothing happened. After each of our sessions something strange happened. After the first one I found pennies everywhere even in places I could not imagine. After the second session I found dimes everywhere, and after the third I found feathers everywhere. Isn’t it strange? I think there is magic in what you do. Or maybe my awareness became wider and larger? Yes, I feel so different.”
Yes, you could say there is “magic” in traditional shamanic healing. But it only seems like magic in Western society, with its emphasis on rational thinking, scientific proofs, and materialistic consumerism, as we learn to dismiss the metaphysical energy world.
I coined this phrase to describe allopathic medicine because of its sickbased model, profit-minded assembly line, speed-dating-like, impersonal human interactions, and the use of medicine by trial-and-error methods. I sincerely do not fault the individual doctors and their staffs as they are under so much pressure from the corporations and their shareholders.
Today, those pressures are rapidly growing with the new capability of digital diagnostic methods and robotic surgery, which may make the work that many of these doctors do obsolete.
Fifty-nine percent of all Americans (188 million people) are taking prescription drugs daily, as recently reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association, while 15 percent of all Americans take five drugs or more each day. That is astonishing. Isn’t it? Costs and premiums are rising, quality of services are declining. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America notes that 10 percent of Americans are depressed and 18 percent suffer from anxiety. We must and can do better.
The following and surprising story illustrates this point perfectly. One afternoon as I walked into my optometrist’s office, a man I did not recognize came out to greet me. I was confused. When I finally recognized his sparkling blue eyes under his fashionable glasses, he had to help close my gaping jaws. “What happened to you? You lost half your weight?” I finally asked him as I caught my breath. He laughed out loud.
Studying the strategies of the matrix: Sonia speaks about the relevance of so called higher education as it relates to the matrix. She read an email from a 17 year old asking questions about the next phase of her life in terms of higher education, should she go to college. Sonia expands on the necessity to understand the strategies of the matrix as ruled by those believed to be in power; those who govern: education, corporation and politics. Sonia says “that since we must engage in the game/matrix then its best to educate ourselves on the game itself and the strategies in place. So attending college will allow you to understand the methods and concepts used to run our world. However attending college with this kind of understanding is far more powerful than attending based on social programming and expectations. To find out more about Sonia’s work do visit www.therealsoniabarrett.com and her documentary The Business of Disease www.thebusinessofdisease.com
The website of Scientific American currently has an excellent feature and interview with ‘maverick biologist’ Rupert Sheldrake, via science writer John Horgan. Though he considers himself a ‘psi skeptic’, Horgan’s piece is warm and open-minded (we find out that Sheldrake does a good impression of his late friend, Terence McKenna) – very pleasant to see these ‘heretical’ topics discussed in such a convivial manner for a change.
The article covers many topics, but I thought Rupert’s description of his theory of ‘morphic resonance’ was a very good summary for anybody not intimately familiar with, so have excerpted the relevant parts below. Make sure you head on over and read the entire piece though:
Morphic resonance is the influence of previous structures of activity on subsequent similar structures of activity organized by morphic fields. It enables memories to pass across both space and time from the past. The greater the similarity, the greater the influence of morphic resonance. What this means is that all self-organizing systems, such as molecules, crystals, cells, plants, animals and animal societies, have a collective memory on which each individual draws and to which it contributes. In its most general sense this hypothesis implies that the so-called laws of nature are more like habits.
…The idea of morphic resonance came to me when I was doing research at Cambridge on the development of plants. I was interested in the concept of morphogenetic, or form-shaping, fields, but realized they could not be inherited through genes. They had to be inherited in some other way. The idea of morphic resonance came as a sudden insight. This happened in 1973, but it was a radical idea, and I spent years thinking about it before I published it in my first book, A New Science of Life, in 1981.
…There is a lot of circumstantial evidence for morphic resonance. The most striking experiment involved a long series of tests on rat learning that started in Harvard in the 1920s and continued over several decades. Rats learned to escape from a water-maze and subsequent generations learned faster and faster. At the time this looked like an example of Lamarckian inheritance, which was taboo. The interesting thing is that after the rats had learned to escape more than 10 times quicker at Harvard, when rats were tested in Edinburgh, Scotland and in Melbourne, Australia they started more or less where the Harvard rats left off. In Melbourne the rats continued to improve after repeated testing, and this effect was not confined to the descendants of trained rats, suggesting a morphic resonance rather than epigenetic effect. I discuss this evidence in A New Science of Life, now in its third edition, called Morphic Resonance in the US.
…I would like there to be much more research on morphic resonance and I would like to see a lot more evidence for it. If there were, it would not necessarily refute materialism, but could expand the materialist worldview, which has become excessively dogmatic, as I show in my recent book Science Set Free (called The Science Delusion in the UK). I think something like morphic resonance is necessary to make sense of inheritance, memory, the evolutionary nature of nature, and many other phenomena. Lee Smolin, the theoretical physicist, recently put forward a similar idea, which he calls “the principle of precedence,” and perhaps his hypothesis might mesh in better with established science, since it is formulated in the context of quantum physics. The main question is whether or not the effects predicted by the hypothesis of morphic resonance – or the principle of precedence – actually happen.
Throughout the ages, Mankind has been trying to answer the big questions — What is the nature of existence and reality, what are we, and why are we here? In our current age, with the ascendance of the ideology of scientific materialism, we have a strong tendency to reject anything that doesn’t fit our materialistic paradigm and label it as “mystical”. We have become mesmerized by the material world. Materialism and consumerism run rampant in our society. Lured by the apparent success of the reductionist method that we have used to analyze and understand our world, we have come to view the universe as purely a physical system, working something like a great machine, and with matter being the fundamental substance of reality.
The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.
Our scientific analytical methods have certainly been successful and have led us to understand the inner workings of matter well enough to create many useful technologies. But these successes have erroneously led us to conclude that our materialistic view of the universe must be correct and reject other ideas as “mystical” and backward.
The materialistic paradigm persists in the popular and scientific thought despite plenty of evidence that it is indeed not true. The Theory of Relativity and Quantum Physics have both shown that energy is more fundamental than matter. The pioneers of quantum physics in the early 20th century — Max Planck, Albert Einstein, and others — all came to the same conclusion — that everything is energy and that somehow consciousness is intimately intertwined with it. And yet this insight seems to have been lost since then. Physicists are still chasing the fundamental “particle”, and focusing on material phenomena rather than focusing on what energy is, how it forms matter, and what other forms can it take.
And modern science is still largely ignoring the role of consciousness, despite the observations of quantum phenomena that strongly suggest that consciousness is intimately related to the nature of reality. Mainstream science continues to assume that reality is objective, EG; that it exists independent of the consciousness of the observer despite much evidence to the contrary, and the conclusions of many pioneers of physics.
The accomplished English physicist, astronomer and mathematician, Sir James Jeans, had this to say — “I incline to the idealistic theory that consciousness is fundamental, and that the material universe is derivative from consciousness, not consciousness from the material universe… In general the universe seems to me to be nearer to a great thought than to a great machine. It may well be, it seems to me, that each individual consciousness ought to be compared to a brain-cell in a universal mind.” And he wasn’t alone, below Max Plank shares a similar viewpoint.
“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
Consciousness is probably the most mysterious and significant phenomena in the universe, so to treat it as irrelevant to understanding reality is a major mistake. In fact, there have been some very profound experiments (see this video about these experiments) that leave very little doubt that there is an intimate relationship between consciousness and reality. Leading some to conclude that consciousness is the fundamental substance of the universe, as many esoteric and mystical philosophies throughout the ages have claimed in one way or another.
It’s not surprising that we might get stuck on the idea that matter is the fundamental substance of reality because this idea is just a natural consequence of our perceptual limitations. Our sensory apparatus — sight, hearing, smell, touch — provide us a useful representation of the external world, but when it comes to our primary sensory channel, vision, it is well known that we are “seeing” only are very narrow band of energies. Our eyes detect electromagnetic energy frequencies and convert them to the images and colors that we perceive. But our eyes only detect an extremely small portion of those frequencies, less than 0.00018%. And we are only “seeing” the clumps of energy condensed to a slow vibration (EG; matter). We can’t see all the rest of the energy and how everything is interconnected patterns of energy.
“All matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration.”
Despite the lesson that the unseen phenomena of electromagnetic radiation should be teaching us we are still largely unaware of how the limitations of our sensory apparatus have conditioned our models of reality. There are many more unseen phenomena we have yet to detect and understand. Our visual perceptions are far less complete than we have ever imagined, and this has led to a tenacious conceptual bias that has colored our models of reality. This bias is interfering with formulating a broader, deeper more accurate model including tackling the big question we’ve been avoiding — what is consciousness and how it is related to reality.
You are already an awakened and enlightened being, you’ve just forgotten your original nature.
You don’t self-realize it, though, because you suffer from a severe habit of misperception, and it seems to obscure your otherwise-perfect presence of unbound clarity.
You have learned to trust the mind’s false projections, rather than realizing the beautiful emptiness in which all of its thoughts and beliefs appear.
In truth, the mind doesn’t even exist, nor do any of its creations.
That which requires something else to exist, so that it can, can’t claim an independent existence since it remains entirely dependent upon something else for it to be. And so, its existence is just a process of conceptual relativity. It’s a function of thought, not reality.
Such a “thing” as the mind, therefore, cannot be the distinct, separate, unique entity that thought believes itself to be. That which is conditioned, as such, cannot be absolute. And that which is not absolute, cannot, therefore, be real; including the mind, the ego, the world, and thought itself.
That is to say; nothing has an independent existence that is separate from the awareness it appears within.
The mind is relative, and so too, is the personal self and the world it perceives. Neither truly exists. It’s all a dream within the manifested consciousness in which it all appears. The Self alone is Absolute.
You ignore the inherent oneness of awareness—which is Absolute Reality. There is no reality outside of awareness, for it is the undeniable presence that unifies every possible thing within each and every moment.
Awareness is the invisible backdrop onto which all experience appears. Without awareness, nothing could be. All seeming things borrow their apparent reality from this one shared Awareness.
You see a film that you call “The World and Me”, and you take it to be real. But you have forgotten the empty, motionless screen onto which its drama appears, the invisible substance that gives the film its illusion of reality. Without this background of awareness, however, the film of life and its manifested world could not seem to exist.
by Frank M. Wanderer
By Presence, Eckhart Tolle means being free and independent of psychological time (past and future), and it is achieved by focussing our attention fully and completely on the present time, the events of the present.
This is inevitable for everyone, as this is the only way of recognizing that we are more than our personal life history. A gate opens up for us to see the world free of forms and shapes beyond the world of forms and shapes.
Ramana Maharshi asserts that the presence thus achieved is the first step towards revealing the real PRESENCE that he terms as Self.
In Tolle’s interpretation presence is the Ego itself, Consciousness of the body, which has been cleared of most of the identifications. This is, however, only a pseudo-presence, as it is subject to change. It disappears in the state of deep sleep, when there is no presence. It emerges when one is awake and vanishes when one is asleep.
That pseudo-presence is our subjectivity (I am), which is oriented on some object appearing in the present time (e. g. internal body, respiration). This pseudo-presence is the key to PRESENCE. Maharshi believes that it is only possible to reach PRESENCE through a research of ourselves.
A research of ourselves means that we must divert our attention from the object to our subjectivity and find the source from which it emerges and where it disappears. The source is the PRESENCE itself, the Absolute Consciousness. Seeing that means you recognize: there is only one Subjectivity. One wakes up in Unity and realizes: I AM THAT. I AM EVERYTHING!
They say you’re supposed to plan, to set goals, not simply go with the flow of things.
Go after what you want relentlessly until you make it yours.
Step out your process and know exactly where you are at every moment. Anything less is to be flakey and unreliable, or at best mediocre.
And so we do, we follow the advice.
We go hard after the things we want. The job, the career, the wife, the home and all the status symbols that match our ideas of success.
We make achieving the results really important.
And then for some reason, you reach a point along the road where all that effort, time and energy seems pointless.
At best the results appear inconsistent.
Sometimes your effort seemed to work for you, and at other times your effort seemed to work in spite of you.
What’s going on with that?
When I consider the most significant experiences of my life to date it appears to me that they occurred without any prior planning, goal setting or otherwise.
Buying my first home, my second home, making money, starting in business, meeting my wife and having kids, living in the US, folding two businesses, the list goes on.
Both so called good and bad experiences of the most significance seem to me to have occurred outside my conscious will to make things happen.
I certainly didn’t consciously will my business to go down the tubes – twice.
There was no planning in any of it.
In retrospect, it seems to me that the positive results were more about doing what I felt like doing and going with it, than conscious planning.
There was an effort in it, sure, but it none of it was a laboursome effortful thing.
I didn’t preconceive and meticulously plan any of it.
In fact, anything that I did plan and work on consciously went to shit..
So in the last number of years, I’ve taken to doing various stuff, but mostly sitting around thinking, to just let things happen and see where it goes.
And guess what…
My life is still good, in fact, it’s better, and nobody died.
I’ve spoken with friends who have experienced similar to me and to us who agree, it is obvious.
Pushing things around, trying to make things happen, forcing people and circumstances to bend to our will just doesn’t work long term.
Exercising the need to control things is counter productive.
All it causes is suffering.
Now, at the same time that it doesn’t work, it does serve a purpose.
Full disclosure: If you prefer to keep your sense of reality – and your cherished memories – intact, you may want to skip this article. If, on the other hand, you want to explore the fascinating phenomenon that is the “Mandela Effect” – and even take a quiz – read on.
You will be astonished by the gap between what you think you remember and what current reality tells us is true – and by the theory that may explain it all.
Whether it is “real” or not, the Mandela Effect is having a significant mental and emotional effect on many people – including those of us here at NaturalHealth365. Get ready to test your memory.
“Field of Dreams,” “Forrest Gump,” “Star Wars,” “The Wizard of Oz” … These classic movies were more than box office hits – they were engaging, inspiring films that made their way into our national consciousness. And certain iconic lines from these movies became enshrined in our memories as well. Who among us can’t repeat their catchphrases verbatim, on demand – without even giving it much thought?
Probably not you, for starters.
And, according to our own informal survey, not the folks at NaturalHealth365 either. Because somehow, all of us seem to have gotten things wrong.
Don’t believe us? Try your hand at filling in the blanks on these familiar phrases:
From “Field of Dreams” – “Build it and ___ will come”
From “Forrest Gump” – “Life ___ like a box of chocolates.”
From “The Wizard of Oz” – “Fly, ___ fly!”
From “Star Wars” – Darth Vader says, “___ I am your father.”
From “Mr. Rogers” TV show – “It’s a beautiful day in ___ neighborhood.”
From the children’s book, “Beren***** Bears.”
A famous hot dog brand, “Oscar ___.”
Are you ready to have your certainty shattered?
The ghostly voice in the Iowa cornfield says, “Build it and HE will come.” (Not “they.”)
On the Savannah park bench, Forrest Gump shares his mother’s philosophy: “Life WAS like a box of chocolates.”(Not “is.”)
The Wicked Witch never says “Fly, my pretties, fly!”
Darth Vader never says “Luke, I am your father.” (The first word of the sentence is “No.”)
Fred Rogers sings of “a beautiful day in THIS neighborhood.” (Not “the”)
The Bears’ surname is Berenstain. (Not Berenstein)
The name on the hot dog package is, and always has been, Oscar Mayers. (Not Oscar Meyers)
According to our (admittedly unscientific) poll, the overwhelming majority of people have inaccurate memories of these famous quotes and products. If we are remembering things wrong, why are we all remembering them the exact same way?
How can this be? Millions upon millions of us watched these movies in theaters, and re-watched them on cable and videos and DVDs. The taglines in question were printed extensively in countless movie reviews, quoted by comedians, late-night TV hosts and even David Letterman at the Academy Awards (where you would think he would have gotten it right).
In short, these catchphrases became part of our national lexicon.
But along the way, they seem to have changed – for the vast majority of us. According to Google Trends, people looking for the phrase “Build it and they will come” outnumber those who look for “he” by more than ten to one.
Here is the key scene from “Field of Dreams.”
Is that what you remember? Or did you have to replay it a time or two to get your head around it?
by Iam Saums
“Until we choose our own experience of life, we will never truly live.”
There are over six billion unique interpretations of life in the three-dimensional construct we experience as reality. Although human beings have the popular inclination to gravitate toward a common one to which we are bound, our true vision and nature is remarkably multiplicit. We inevitably subject ourselves to inner and peripheral conditioning to toe the line of reality. We become social echoes for an engineered existence that is distorted, elusive, obscure and unconscious. Our desire for social amusement, comfort, identity, purpose and security significantly outweighs our quest to fulfill our being, creativity, destiny, love and truth.
Foundation of Illusion:
We are programmed to believe that our intelligence is the sole benefactor of our survival. Our insatiable fascination with ourselves and our place in the world distracts us from all that is sacred. Eventually, we exchange our passion to live with an addiction to buy. Our genuine experiences that empower and enrich us are superseded by virtual events recorded on a sales receipt. The measure of our fulfillment is in the quantity of our entertainment instead of the quality of our experience. Society turns on a worthless dime, promising a wealth of abundance, happiness and meaning, though rarely ever delivers.
Wired for Reason:
We are multi-dimensional beings with eternal possibilities and infinite potential. Our indoctrination into the complex principles and structures of the standard reality conditions, hypnotizes and manipulates us into the human imprisonment of instinct, reaction and survival. We are akin to a clipper ship with unfastened sails, bouncing upon the social seas of happenstance. Our body and brain is our hardware and our software is a two-dimensional program of instinct and intellect. We are dependent upon and obliviously tethered to knowledge and logic, conditioned to be simulations in a paradigm of thought, threat and fear.
Playing the Angles:
All of us are brainwashed and spellbound by the multi-faceted filters of our own perceptions. We are frequently presented with opportunities to choose how we behold our experience of life. Most of us view the world through an elaborate tapestry of our analysis, fears, judgements, and wants. Rarely do we observe the world as it truly is. We see it the way we would like it to be. We live from these personal fantasies and push the agendas of our positions in the pursuit of making the common reality ever more comfortable, compliant or convenient to our own desires. We engage with an illusion of what is instead of its authenticity.
The World We Enable:
Our personal power is in our creativity, compassion, consciousness, love and transformation. Yet, we express it most often with our drama, judgement, opinion and outrage. It isn’t that we are purely oblivious to our truth and purpose. We are products of the societal ethics to which we eagerly acquiesce. It seems easier to abandon our own unique experience, existence and perception as an inauthentic and noble sacrifice instead of claiming and living the life only we were meant. We are so powerful as human beings. Yet, we commit to killing our lives everyday with our denial, disinterest, doubt and obedience to the enslavement of reality.
“Lay down your right. Lay down your wrong. Lay down the lie. To which you belong.”
The Human God:
The human invention of God we accept and are expected to believe is primarily one of judgement, vengeance and wrath. It is the fear beyond the myth that captivates our allegiance. The intoxication of this false power seduces us into emulation and imitation. Though we often fail to see the most glaring truth of this “divine” influence. The raw power of our unattended ego imposes an experience and perception of cynicism, resignation and ridicule for anything that is not of our own clever design. We adopt a defense of disapproval, drama, opinion and rumor rather than be present to the possibilities of acceptance, compassion and understanding.
We often underestimate the intelligence of fellow animals on this planet, but this story will drop your jaw. Eight-year-old Gabi Mann from Seattle, Washington has been feeding crows from her family garden for more than four years now, and in return, they bring her presents – including a camera lens cap that she dropped while out walking one day – her most precious gift of hundreds so far.
Other gifts Gabi has received from the crows include a piece of metal stamped, “best” on it, buttons, bones, earrings, polished rocks, and other little trinkets.
She began feeding the crows seed from her back patio when she returned home from school each day. This was only after she noticed she had been feeding them by accident, dropping crumbs from food she was eating herself, and noticing them gobble up the remains.
Gabi began giving the crows food scraps with her brother, while traversing to and from school. Once the routine had been established, Gabi started getting gifts from the crows. They would leave them on her patio, and in the case of her lost camera lens, it was sitting on the bird bath one day.
Her family became interested and started cataloging the gifts the crows were bringing her. All things shiny and small that can fit in a crow’s caw have been gifted to Gabi to thank her for her food offerings. However, she has also received dead baby birds, and other gory gifts that she likes less, but is curious about just the same.
Her family knows it was indeed the crows that brought her the camera lens because they installed a bird cam, and checked the footage to corroborate Gabi’s story. Gabi’s mother, Lisa says, “You can see it [crow] bringing it into the yard. Walks it to the birdbath and actually spends time rinsing this lens cap.”
John Marzluff, professor of wildlife science at the University of Washington advises that Gabi has been the perfect steward for building a relationship with these highly intelligent birds.
Human beings are a programmable system- Sonia chats about the unfolding technology explosion, the planned addiction to Apps and social media by these digital/tech companies. She speaks about Brain Hacking. How we can change the blueprint in our brains by using the same formula used by these tech corporations to ensure habitual behavior and addiction to these social/digital platforms. She speaks about human beings as systems. “Know they self” why this becomes important more than ever.
For many years I was “trying to find my self”. But to tell you the truth, I had no idea what I was actually looking for, so I never found anything other than endless headaches and infinite questions.
I scrambled around and made a mess of things, inside and out, all while trying to find myself as if I had somehow been lost (which it turns out, I was). I was like a dog chasing my tail.
I suppose I was trying to figure out what the true nature of my personality was, what my passions were, what my beliefs were, and what I stood for (whatever that means), and what is the meaning of life? Everything was just so confusing.
None of these led me to finding my “true self” however, which is why my existential search always left me feeling so empty and emotionally drained. Little did I know at the time, I just simply wasn’t asking myself the proper question. No wonder I couldn’t find the answers I was looking for.
So here I am many years later and the one single question I was always looking for has found me — the one question that can reveal the Truth. As it turns out, it’s an incredibly simple one too — “Who am I?”
Now, I don’t mean where do you live, what do you do, what are your hobbies, who are your family and friends, or who is your favourite band. Go deeper than that. Much deeper. It’s time to get abstract, metaphysical and quantum.
Answering this question requires a heady mix of quiet contemplation and persistent self-inquiry. It’s one that isn’t easily answered. It takes considerable time, patience, and an unwavering commitment to the task. But as you embark on this mission of self-inquiry, the untruths you’ve believed in your entire life will begin to fall away, one by one.
Who are you?
You’ll first realize that you are not your body. For example, if you lose a finger or a limb, you are still you. If you become paralyzed, you are still you. If you have an organ transplant, you are still you. Your body undergoes changes throughout your entire life, yet you are still you. You are not your body.
So, who are you?
You are not your mind. Yes, you have a mind — but you are not it. Nor are you the contents of your thoughts. They are merely mental perceptions. They are projections of mind. The mind is experienced by you, and so too is your personality and your sense of identity, but neither of them are you. They are only who you think yourself to be. They are only thoughts — they are not you.
What is the one absolute thing you can prove about yourself, through direct personal experience, that is unchanging? What is the one thing about yourself that is without any conceptual delineation or opinion?
You are aware. This, you can prove.
You are Awareness.
Whatever watches the mind, is not the mind, it is greater than the mind — it is Awareness — and this is your true Self.
Awareness is that which everything else within your entire human experience resides within. It is empty of any definition, empty of any problem, empty of any predicament, empty of any emotion, empty of any suffering, empty of any pain — it is constant and unchangeable — and it has been with you ever since your very first awakened thought.
It’s merely something you’ve forgot, yet it’s been there all along.
We live here on Earth, together with billions of fellow human beings. That we live is an irrefutable empirical fact. Similarly, the fact that other people live on Earth, too, is also an empirical fact. We do not merely live, however, but we are also personalities.
We are personalities who are similar to each other in various respects, and largely different from each other in other respects. That we are personalities, different from each other is also an empirical fact for us. Out of these two experiences, however, only one is true, the other is deception. Only one is a fact, the other is an illusion, and the biggest illusion in the world at that.
The Beginnings of the Illusion
Let us take a closer look and examine which of the two experiences is true and which is a mere illusion.
Our life in this world begins when we are born. It is obvious that we are alive, but we are not yet a personality. At that time only the simplicity and greatness of the present, the existence is known to us.
The society, and its culture, is what shapes us into personalities while we grow up. We become a personality when our Ego is born. This is an inevitable step in the evolution of the Consciousness, so there is nothing wrong with that.
The Ego is born, the separate little Self, as a focus of the Consciousness. That little Self obtains experience about itself and the world. In the natural course of evolution and as a result of the experience gathered, the Ego withdraws to give way to the process as a result of which Consciousness awakens to its own existence through a human form.
The progress of this evolutionary process can, however, be impeded by an illusion: the illusion that the individual is becoming somebody, a personality. We begin to become somebody, a personality, when we start to identify with the Ego, with that separate little Self. Under that illusion we believe that the Ego is a reality, and we are identical with the Ego, and the development of the separate little Self is in fact the foundation of our personal development. Nowadays it is virtually impossible to avoid that kind of illusion, since mankind has lived in it for thousands of years. The deception has become independent, and the illusion of the Ego is now a reality for the entire mankind, including, naturally, us.
The Nature of the Illusion
Our identification with the Ego makes us therefore somebody, a personality. On the other hand, our identification with the Ego will be the root of all our problems and misery. Since around us everybody considers the Ego as the most important centre of their life, we are also brought up by our parents to have a powerful Ego, a centrepoint in our life, by the time we reach adulthood. It is necessary because our society–and its culture–favors and worships the individuals with a powerful Ego.
Our parents and teachers bring us up in the spirit of the permanent endeavours to become somebody, to become a strong personality, to become somebody different from what are now (to become bigger, more important and better than other people). That is why we always watch the other people, we compare and measure ourselves to them. All that time, we also try to adjust our actions and deeds to the expectations and opinions of others. We keep dealing with the past and the future, and we never have sufficient time to stop and notice the immense illusion behind our life.
The End of the Illusion
An illusion may only survive if it is continually fanned and nourished. If we take a look around through innocent eyes (that is, through eyes free of any kind of opinions) we will soon realize how every society nourishes and fans, through its various institutions, the illusion of the separate little Self, the Ego. How they nourish the illusion of ”somebodyness” in us and in everybody else. All that may take place because every society, every culture is based upon individuals, and if those individuals disappear, they wake up from their ”somebodyness,” the former modus operandi of that society collapses.
Meditation training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating. The effects are even more pronounced with music.
In a recent study of adults with early memory loss, a West Virginia University research team lead by Dr. Kim Innes found that practice of a simple meditation or music listening program may have multiple benefits for older adults with preclinical memory loss.
Published research has demonstrated that the practice of regular meditation can increase brain density, boost connections between neurons, decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety, provide clarity of thought, and increase positive mood endorphins. Other published studies have shown meditation can improve physical functioning, decrease chronic disease risks, and enhance overall quality of life.
In this randomized controlled trial, 60 older adults with subjective cognitive decline (SCD), a condition that may represent a preclinical stage of Alzheimer’s disease, were assigned to either a beginner meditation (Kirtan Kriya) or music listening program and asked to practice 12 minutes/day for 12 weeks.
As detailed in a paper recently published by the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, both the meditation and music groups showed marked and significant improvements in subjective memory function and objective cognitive performance at 3 months. These included domains of cognitive functioning most likely to be affected in preclinical and early stages of dementia (e.g., attention, executive function, processing speed, and subjective memory function). The substantial gains observed in memory and cognition were maintained or further increased at 6 months (3 months post-intervention).
Several previous studies have supported the hypothesis that meditation training improves practitioners’ emotional regulation. Neuroimaging studies have found that meditation training appeared to decrease activation of the amygdala — a structure at the base of the brain that is known to have a role in processing memory and emotion
As explained in the research team’s previous paper (J Alzheimer’s Dis. 52 (4): 1277-1298), both intervention groups also showed improvements in sleep, mood, stress, well-being and quality of life, with gains that were that were particularly pronounced in the meditation group; again, all benefits were sustained or further enhanced at 3 months post-intervention.
by Shai Tubali
Spiritual Enlightenment is a process – and a very long one. In fact, enlightenment is a full-time job until the rest of one’s life. Surely, after its establishment in an individual it is a job done quite effortlessly, but still it is an unfolding that knows no end.
Whoever thinks enlightenment is one moment that changes everything forever, understands only one fragment within a huge picture. It is true, of course, that there are moments which are clearly life-changing and consciousness-altering turning points – moments so powerful that essential components at the core of one’s personality come to a striking end. But without the process “before” and “after”, even they might lack the much-needed foundation on which they could meaningfully take root and expand.
We are, after all, half human half divine, and so at least a half of us requires long processes. That which is discovered in awakening is definitely not a process; it is our inherent all-encompassing divinity which is forever behind and beyond all processes. It is the unchangeable truth of that which was, is and will be, the One that abides in all – and the recognition that you, who awakens to this truth, is this one. Nonetheless, grounding in this truth and enabling it to spread over one’s body, personality, brain, emotion and human relationships are a demanding and complex process of transformation.
Spiritual Enlightenment is a process – and a very long one.
When I was 23, after an intense chain of mind-shattering experiences, an awakening took place in this spark of consciousness that had formerly known itself as “Shai”. The separate self which had governed the core of this consciousness literally exploded and was replaced by the dominion of an all-encompassing oneness.
It took me a long speechless year to “get used” to this new reality. Silently I watched the coming apart of the most basic structures of thought and feeling, time and space. My spiritual teacher at that time, to whom I conveyed this mysterious happening, recognized this awakening, acknowledged it as the first steps of a Buddha and encouraged me to teach – and others to spend time in my presence.
But honestly, though the heart of spirituality and mysticism was revealed to me constantly – a revelation followed by a powerful energy field and a spontaneous flow of spiritual wisdom – in actuality, this was far from the Buddha state. Seeds of Karma, personal longings and central conflicts were not fundamentally uprooted.
After awakening, the fire of truth starts burning up the remainings of the sense of “I” and its implications.
This stage is what I define as “Awakening”: the personal core has been replaced, yet the person is still not unified with the truth. In Awakening you know all that you should know, but you are not able to fully live up to it. The energy field evoked around you and the Charisma of the enlightened one are very high; your spiritual insight is penetrating and contagious; you find it very easy to enter profound spiritual states; you understand the ancient scriptures from within; you have a constant still presence at the center of your being. But in actuality, there is still too much of the person, as the seed of “I am” is still alive and kicking.
The following is excerpted from The Humming Effect: Sound Healing for Health and Happiness by Jonathan Goldman and Andi Goldman, published by Inner Traditions.
An examination of the majority of spiritual paths and religions on this planet reveals an overriding belief that sound was the primary force of creation. Examples of this come from the Old Testament (“And God said, ‘Let there be Light’”) and the New Testament (“In the beginning was the Word”). It comes from many other traditions—Egyptian, Hopi, Mayan, Polynesian, and more—which all have creation myths that invoke the power of sound. It is said in the Hindu spiritual path that “Nada Brahman”—everything is sound. Even from a Western scientific perspective, we talk about the “Big Bang,” signifying that the creation of the universe was somehow sonic in origin.
Modern scientists, like our ancient mystics, tell us that everything is in a state of vibration, from the electrons moving around the nucleus of an atom to planets in distant galaxies spinning around their suns. From the very tiny to the very large, everything vibrates. As many of our modern physicists understand, energy and matter are interrelated. Thus, if all forms of energy are putting out a vibration, all that energy can be considered sound, whether we can hear it or not.
Sound is energy that travels as a wave. The wave enters our ears and travels through our auditory pathways into our brain, ultimately affecting our breathing, heart rate, and nervous system. We experience this wavelike energy primarily as a phenomenon that we hear. However, these waves also pass into our body, affecting us on a cellular level.
Sounds are measured in cycles per second, or frequency, as measured in hertz (Hz). Slow-moving waves of sound create deep tones. A sound with a frequency of 60 Hz, for example, is very bassy and low. A sound with fast waves, such as 1,000 cycles per second, would be a relatively trebly and high-pitched. The lowest note on a piano has a frequency of about 24 Hz, and the highest note is around 5,000 Hz.
Our range of hearing extends from around 16 Hz to around 16,000 Hz (or sometimes higher—young children, for example, can hear upwards of 18,000 Hz or more). However, just because we can’t hear something doesn’t mean a sound isn’t being created. As an example, our friends in the ocean, the dolphins, can project and receive frequencies upwards of 180,000 Hz—that’s more than ten times our best range of hearing.
Sounds with a frequency below the human level of hearing are called infrasound; sounds with a frequency above the human level of hearing are called ultrasound.
Knowing that all matter vibrates, we can move on to explore the idea that every object—including every organ, bone, and tissue in our body—has resonance, or a natural vibratory state. There’s been much speculation on how to determine the natural frequencies of a healthy organ. Some find that they are within the audible sonic range (between 16 Hz and 16,000 Hz). Others find that they fall well below this audible range or, like ultrasound, far above it. When the body is healthy and balanced, these vibrations are in harmony with each other. When the body is imbalanced, it is in a state of dissonance—the resonant qualities of its constituent parts are in disharmony.
One of the most extraordinary demonstrations of the effects of sound and resonance was conducted by a visionary Swiss doctor named Hans Jenny. Dr. Jenny’s seminal work titled Cymatics (a Greek word that means “wave form”), whose first volume was published in 1967, showed the effects that sound waves have upon different types of material, including water, pastes, and other liquids. Dr. Jenny placed these substances on a steel plate and vibrated the plate with a crystal oscillator, which produced an exact frequency, and then he photographed the effects. He photographed liquid plastic (a material similar to Silly Putty) that formed into an object resembling a sea anemone, and lycopodium dust (a material similar to talcum powder) that took on shapes resembling the cells of the body. Some of his most amazing photos were of water, which took on astonishing geometric forms, depending upon the vibrational frequency that was used.