Science of the Soul : Coming Full Circle

Science of the Soul Coming Full Circle

One of the foundations of modern science is that if something cannot be measured, cannot be observed and verified, it may as well not exist. Science at least attempts to deal with tangible things, such as Newtonian physics, while less tangible things, like the human mind, start to create problems. Scientists strive to be objective, but the human mind is subjectivity itself.

There’s debate as to whether the study of the mind, psychology, even qualifies as science. It doesn’t help that a lot of what used to masquerade as good psychology is verifiably false. Many of Freud’s theories were never proven, but that didn’t stop psychologists from treating them like objective facts. That’s how religions get created, not how science is supposed to work.

Now science wants to be objective while the mind itself is biased, and it can’t help but be biased. Because of this, science tries to steer clear of the human mind as much as possible, while simultaneously being wholly dependent upon the human mind. Science itself was born from the mind, and science itself has no objective existence, it only “exists” within human minds. It’s purely subjective objectivity, but that thought creates so much cognitive dissonance within most scientists that they can’t help but ignore it.

The trees, the rocks, planet Earth, the Universe, they are what they are, while science is a method for figuring out what they are and how they work. There’s a belief that science will lead us to this ultimate truth, this Unified Theory that will explain the base nature of the Universe. The problem is that for every question science answers, two more questions arise. Instead of making the Universe less mysterious, the Universe keeps becoming more mysterious. Primitive, simplistic ideas keep being dispelled, while more and more we get this image of a Universe that’s unimaginably complex. The more we know, the more we realize how much we don’t know. If nothing else, it’s good job insurance for scientists.

Now, back to one of the fundamentals of science, that if something can’t be measured, it may as well not exist, at least as far as science is concerned. Compare that to what was discovered through the double-slit experiment, and recently re-confirmed: that reality doesn’t exist until you measure it. That can’t just be coincidence, that for something to be “real”, at least as far as science is concerned, it has to be measurable, and now science has discovered that reality doesn’t exist until it’s measured. Science has come full circle, and that ought to be mind-blowing to scientists, but it’s another one of those things that creates cognitive dissonance, conflicting thoughts. Science wants answers, yet this opens up all sorts of questions.

One of the obvious questions is, what’s reality before it’s measured? Of course, Lao Tzu already addressed this thousands of years ago:

The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.

The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.

That’s what science just discovered! To name something, you must qualify and quantify it, which is what measurement is. Then it can be known, and then it can be shared with others, it can be told. The Tao te Ching described one of the fundamentals of quantum physics thousands of years before quantum physics even existed! Difficult to believe that’s mere coincidence.

Beyond the measured reality is the Tao, and I could write a whole book about the Tao without ever actually capturing what the Tao is. It’s easier to describe it by what it isn’t, it’s not what you can know. The Tao has plenty of other “names” as well, I like to call it the Unknowable. Many people know it as God, and in the New Age it’s often called Source. Of course, the names are all just fingers pointing at the Moon, don’t get so caught up in the finger that you miss what it’s pointing at. When you see the Moon, who cares about the finger?

The Tao isn’t something you can grasp with your mind, it’s fundamentally unscientific, it’s the realm of the mystic. I know there’s many scientists who want to steer clear of mystical things, what they often call “woo”, but it’s very difficult to separate mysticism and science. The father of modern science, Newton, was an alchemist and a theologian. The Big Bang theory, the prevailing theory about the origin of the Universe, came from Georges Lemaitre, a Catholic priest who was inspired by Christian theology. Then there’s Max Planck, whom quantum physics originated from:

“As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”

I like science, as a quest for knowledge it’s a beautiful thing, and science has certainly proven its usefulness. However, it’s currently being used as a tool by militaries, governments and major corporations to further their own wealth and power. Where science used to be largely controlled by universities, it’s now mainly controlled by private businesses. It’s no longer a quest for truth, but a quest for more money.

People are wise to be skeptical of this kind of science. Science isn’t being used to discover what’s best for humans and their environment, instead the major driving force is corporate profits. Just like with politics, the influence of money has proven over and over again to be a corrupting influence, yet scientists as a whole seem to be okay with this. Of course, they get paid more, so it’s not really a mystery as to why many support that system.

A scientific study can say what’s best for the average person, the only problem is, there’s no such thing as the average person. Even if something is proven to be good for most people, there’s no guarantee it’s good for you. Science attempts to disregard the anecdotal and the subjective, but the problem with this is that our whole lives are anecdotal and subjective. It’s a fact that no human being has ever even seen this objective world that science is so concerned with. Obviously we have this shared experience, but the true nature of it remains a mystery to the limited mind.

The Feedback Loop of Negativity

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Anybody who works with audio understands what a feedback loop is. Speakers put out sound, a microphone picks that sound up, the sound is amplified, it goes back out the speaker, and then it’s picked up by the microphone again… Within a few moments what could have been a beautiful song turns into a high-pitched squeal. Negative thought works much the same way.

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I’ve heard many people explain to me how their negative thinking is justified, how they can’t help but have negative thoughts because they have negative situations in their lives. Money problems, sickness, death, oppressive governments, wars, there’s plenty of things in the world to be negative about. Negativity almost seems like wisdom, at least until you really understand how negative thinking works.

The problem is that while negative situations promote negative thinking, the reverse is also true, negative thinking creates negative situations. One feeds into the other, and vice versa. You have misery in your life, so you have miserable thoughts, yet those negative thoughts work to manifest even more misery in your life.

This doesn’t even need to be understood from a metaphysical standpoint either. Take sports for instance, if you play a game with the assumption that you’re going to lose, there’s a very good chance that’s exactly what will happen. You are setting yourself up for failure, and then when you do fail it seems like you were “right” all along. The negative thinking seems justified, when in reality it was a self-fulfilling prophecy. Through predicting failure you sabotage yourself.

This happens with every negative thought you have, and the quality of your mind affects the quality of your life. You don’t crap on the floor in your own home, at least I hope you don’t, but you do it in your mind. Your mind is full of shit, and you carry this mind with you everywhere you go, so wouldn’t it be even more important that your mind is cleaner that your home? Yes this isn’t the case at all!

If there’s no conscious intention in your Life, you just go along with society, your mind operates on auto-pilot. This is the basis of unconsciousness, and it’s actually a learned behavior that’s at the core of our society. Race, nationality and religion are only superficial differences, it’s unconsciousness that’s the root of the problem. It’s from this unconsciousness that what you perceive as evil arises. It’s not just the Hitlers that are responsible for the ills of the world, but every single person who chooses fear over love, greed over giving, and hatred over compassion.

The root is living life unconsciously, the feedback loop of negativity that most people are stuck in is simply a by-product. When you are really conscious of what your negative thoughts are creating, you stop entertaining them. Why would you continue to beat yourself up?

Now the generic solution is positive thinking, and I’m not going to beat up on positive thinking too much here, but for all its good intentions it’s still a limited and dualistic form of thinking. It’s almost always future oriented and results-based. Positive thinking can still be heavily rooted in unconsciousness, and it can be used as a tool for denial and escape. Things like greed and selfishness can easily be disguised as positive thinking.

Unconditional Love transcends positive and negative thinking. Vibrationally speaking, positive thinking is a step up from negative thinking, but Love is a whole other octave entirely. You’re operating on a whole new level, it’s a complete paradigm shift, whereas shifting from negative to positive thinking isn’t all that big a difference. For instance, you don’t even need to give up materialism to be a positive thinker.

The greatest positivity isn’t thinking positive thoughts about the “future”, the greatest positivity is joyful celebration of the Here and Now. It’s the heart-expanding bliss of Oneness that’s the birthright of every human being. The Love that transcends all fear. This is how real change is occurring, both individually and collectively.

Source: http://soundofheart.org/galacticfreepress/content/feedback-loop-negativity

When the Mind is Quiet

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Notice that when the mind is quiet, often the first thing you feel is anxiousness, restlessness. Notice the urge to constantly be doing something. This is why meditation is so difficult for people. You meditate because you want to relax but instead the opposite occurs! Instead of feeling peace, you become frustrated, and I wonder how many people quickly abandon meditation because of this?

You may feel you’re doing something wrong because you feel anxiety when you were expecting peace, or you believe you’re simply unable to still your mind. However, this isn’t the case at all, and the fact that you’re feeling this restlessness, this constant desire to be doing something, is the first step to overcoming it.

One may be led to believe that the restlessness was brought about by the meditation, but it was actually there before you even started, you just weren’t aware. The mind combats this feeling by staying constantly busy, always doing, doing, doing. The mind is constantly restless, and moments of real Peace are few and far between. Real stillness has become something foreign, and this constant anxiousness has become “normal”. Of course, because its “normal” now people are barely aware of how much stress is in their life, especially because of the way our society deals with this anxiety, through distraction.

Nobody wants to feel anxious, it’s unpleasant, but the way anxiousness is normally dealt with doesn’t eliminate it at all, it just masks it over. People keep themselves very, very busy all day long, always something that needs doing. Work, school, chores, television, internet, all of this is often nothing more than a distraction, avoidance. Subconsciously, people want to know themselves, but collectively, we keep looking outside. In our society we place huge value on the external, so what you do largely defines who you are.

To anyone who’s really done some soul-searching the absurdity of this should be obvious. What you do is superficial, you can’t really know a person based upon their job or their hobbies. While those things may reflect something of what they’ve discovered and developed within themselves, their real being transcends all of that.

So the question becomes, how do you get deeper? It’s so simple, yet so difficult because our whole society is based upon denying this deeper sense of self. We’ve created a million ways of distracting ourselves from our authentic feelings and only a handful of ways of getting back in touch with them, though in truth there’s only one way, and that is you. Even all of the various spiritual techniques and practices very easily turn into dry ritual, and then they’re just another distraction. No two people are the same, yet people try to promote this one-size-fits-all type of spirituality!

There’s no escape from those feelings of restless and anxiousness that come when you begin to get in touch with what you’re really feeling. In fact trying to escape those feelings is what makes them so powerful. Anxiety is born of avoidance, and while constant distractions may mask it, they also make it stronger.

Don’t just believe this, make sure you experience it for yourself. Can you really just be still, and do nothing? What happens when you try? For most, one of two things will happen, there will quickly be the urge to go and do something else, or they will get lost in thinking. Both are forms of distraction, we really lack the ability to just be still and feel. Simply feeling without thinking, the simplest thing in the world, yet a lifetime of doing otherwise has made it ridiculously difficult. Something a baby can do effortlessly, yet near impossible for an adult.

If anything is important in life, it’s this ability to simply Be. It may seem trivial, even lazy, but it’s truly neither of those things. It may seem completely ineffective, like you’re doing nothing, but that’s not the case either. When you’re simply Being, you stop feeding into the chaos of the world. You take a pause, and in that moment you can choose a new direction, you’re no longer living unconsciously. Living from that place of Being is how one can really make positive change, within and without. It’s not an exclusion of all that doing, in fact it breathes new life into everything you do.

The Unlimited Consciousness & The Limited Mind

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The Limited Mind….

What is the mind? It’s really not complicated, the mind is simply a collection of thoughts that you’re attached to. With everything that you believe is true, you make an emotional attachment to the thought and you keep it around. You hold on to it. All your memories, those are a part of the mind. What you believe about who you are, that’s a subset of the mind called the ego. Your whole worldview, that’s a section of the mind as well.

The mind can be viewed as a cloud of thoughts that surround the Being. Too many of these thoughts, and the mind is all the Being can see, just the same repetitive and limiting thought patterns. This is how the individual and society as a whole get “stuck in a rut”. This is why people have so much difficultly really growing and evolving. The mind is what’s responsible for ignorance, it believes that all it’s beliefs are true, and thus automatically rejects new thoughts and different perspectives. The cloud of thoughts obscures the Being’s vision, and pretty soon the cloud, the mind, is all the person can see. This is how people get so caught up in their separate illusions (sometimes foolishly called “your reality”).

The mind is what creates the illusion, the mind is the reason people believe they’re separate from God. Now I’m sure there’s some people who will read what I just said and have a automatic reaction, believing I’m saying the mind is “bad”. There’s nothing inherently wrong about the mind, in fact it’s the mind that creates “good & bad”, “right & wrong”, those types of dualistic thinking are what the mind does best. If you believe the mind, or anything else for that matter, is “bad” or “wrong”, you’re actually just strengthening the mind.

The basic patterns of your mind were not really created by you. The mind and its ego are not the source of your individuality, quite the opposite. The core of the mind and ego were given to you by society, they’re the things that make you the same as everybody else. They contain this superficial “coke or pepsi” kind of individuality, you get to define yourself based upon these extremely shallow things like political party or what job you have. If you display any real uniqueness, you’re outside of society’s box (the collective mind) and you’ll be largely ignored or rejected.

Sometimes people talk about the “god mind”, “higher mind”, or “divine mind”, to me those are all oxymorons. The mind is what’s responsible for the illusion of separation, the mind is the illusion that there’s something other than God. When God Is Present, there is no more mind. There’s even a common term for what happens when Divine is revealed to you, “mind-blowing”. The mind wants to be God, but the mind doesn’t understand God. The mind gets burned when God is near, so the mind created this imitation of God. The mind created a “god” in the mind’s image, a rather psychotic and bipolar entity that’s supposed to be in control of the whole Universe. This is the religious “god”, a pale reflection of the Real Thing. The Real God Is All There Is, everything working together flawlessly. The “god mind” is some separate entity that reflects the individuals desires for power and control.

Unlimited Consciousness…..

So what is Consciousness? Well, who’s the one that observes the thoughts? Who is there watching them, hmm? Really look, don’t just read over this quickly.  It’s something you have to witness for yourself. If you’re just believing, you’re missing It. Who’s there watching your thoughts?

I’m not kidding, really look at the mind, the thoughts, who is the Observer? Who is still there even when the mind is still? This is the whole point of meditation, to stop feeding into the mind and really connect with your Consciousness. It’s also what is meant by being Present. What does this mean about who are you? When the mind and the ego are gone, you still remain. The nature of self is Consciousness, the nature of God is Consciousness. Consciousness Is Everything.

The mind likes to divide everything up into categories, to analyze and compare. The mind seeks knowledge of things the Being already understands intuitively. Ultimately, all the knowledge of the mind is still a limited view. You can’t get to God through the mind, you cannot reach the Unlimited through what is limited. It’s like using a stepladder to try to reach the Sun.

The mind isn’t meant to usurp Consciousness, that’s what creates unconsciousness, fear and suffering. The mind is like a servant who is holding its master hostage. The servant doesn’t understand how to run the household, and it has created an absolute mess of the place. A society is built up around the internal mess, and the dysfunctional behavior is called “normal”.

One of the major issues as to why people have so much trouble going beyond the mind is because their efforts actually feed into the mind. You try things like spiritual techniques, and you just replace one mental pattern with another, calling this “progress”. It may be a slightly bigger mental box, but it’s still not the freedom of real Consciousness. You can’t use the mind to get to Consciousness, so despite the thousands of spiritual teachers and techniques, people still have a very difficult time seeing past their limited minds. It’s not something you can read in a book, it takes a complete paradigm shift, a willingness to let go of everything you’ve ever believed. You don’t really reach Consciousness, it’s not someplace you get to, not something you do or achieve, It’s Where You’ve Always Been. Love, and not the mind’s imitation of Love which is really desire, but Unconditional Love, God’s Love, that is the path back to Consciousness.

Source: http://soundofheart.org/galacticfreepress/content/limited-and-unlimited-mind-and-consciousness

How to Release Fear Before It Manifests

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How to Release Fear… Do you know what you’re afraid of? Awareness of a fear is the first step to releasing it, someone who isn’t aware of their fears is controlled by those fears. People don’t like to think of themselves as being afraid though, people would rather think of themselves as brave, it’s a matter of pride. The fears are stuffed down into the unconsciousness so they don’t have to be acknowledged. This is probably the worst thing you can do though, as in the unconsciousness is where the fears fester, multiply, and eat away at the person.

Uncovering the fears is quite simple, simply pay attention to your behavior, it will give away the fears. Look at what you avoid, is it simply because you don’t enjoy that thing, or is there a deeper reason? Look at what you attack or condemn, especially when it stirs up anger or hate, what’s behind that? Also, things you aggressively defend such as beliefs, possessions or other people, are you afraid of losing something? When you get all riled up emotionally, there’s a fear somewhere behind those emotions.

Your mind is like a house, and the thoughts are your guests. Fears are obnoxious and unruly guests who will trash the whole house if unchecked. A mind without Awareness is like a house where the owner has left and rowdy guests have taken over. The guests aren’t going to leave on their own, they like being in control of the house even while they destroy it.

Awareness is the first step, a fear that you’re conscious of doesn’t have the same kind of power. It’s manageable, but wouldn’t it be far better to be free of that fear entirely? Your fears attract what you don’t want into your life, fear keeps people living unconsciously, keeps people enslaved, keeps people searching outside of themselves. Fear keeps you locked in the same patterns, it kills growth.

Releasing fears is simple, yet your mind makes it complicated. How do you let go of a physical object? You simply stop holding on to it, the same is true with fear. Your fears stick around because you feed them your energy, you cling to them. You give your fears “life”, either consciously or unconsciously. It may seem your fears have a grip on you, but that’s just part of the illusion fear creates. It’s really you that is holding on to them.

You can release your fears before the situation that you fear arises. In fact, dreams are great for doing this, but you don’t have to be dreaming either, simply imagine a situation that you fear. If you’re afraid of heights, afraid of falling to your death, imagine yourself standing on the edge of a cliff, looking down. The fear will arise, and depending on your imagination, it may be just as strong as if you were really there. It’s an unpleasant feeling, isn’t it? There will be the urge to avoid the fear, to run away from it, and that is precisely the kind of behavior that empowers fear. Don’t back down, really look at the emotions. When you feel the fear completely, a funny thing happens, the fear loses its power over you.

Fear is nothing more than negative emotions. As far as thoughts go, they’re weak, minor ones. Your mind makes mountains out of molehills though, and gets you believing they’re big, scary things. Awareness of the fear, looking at it without backing down, reveals its true nature. Suddenly it’s something you have control over, whereas unconscious fears have control over you.

You can repeat the process I mention above with any fear, I just used a common one as an example, the fear of heights. If you’re afraid of public speaking, you can imagine that scenario, if you’re afraid of losing your teeth, you can imagine that scenario. Another thing to understand is that it’s not always a quick and easy process. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t fully release a fear on the first attempt, or even on the hundredth attempt. Sometimes it’s only a little bit of release in each instance. Of course, any technique is ultimately limiting in the long run. If you get attached to it, it’s a restriction upon your consciousness, so if it doesn’t work for you, let it go!

A final consideration: Fear is always rooted in attachment, fear of heights is usually a fear of death, which is attachment to the physical body. Fear of public speaking is usually fear of embarrassing yourself, which is attachment to the ego. The release of attachments and the release of fears are deeply connected, attachment is the fear of loss. The funny thing is that as you release your fears/attachments, you get closer to Oneness, and you don’t lose anything except your illusions. Nothing is lost, and Everything is gained, the exact opposite of what the mind is afraid of.

Source: http://soundofheart.org/galacticfreepress/content/releasing-fears-they-manifest

The End of Mental Suffering

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Most people accept mental suffering like it’s a fact of life, like it’s completely unavoidable. People believe that suffering is something that happens to them, they believe it’s this outside thing and they’re a victim. That’s all an illusion though, your own suffering is something you do have the power to change.

When I say suffering here, please understand that I’m talking about mental suffering, and not physical pain. Physical pain is something that’s going to happen in your life, it’s unavoidable. Furthermore, in most cases it’s not such a negative thing. It’s a great indicator that there’s a problem with your physical body. If you stick your hand in boiling water, it’s good to feel pain because then you’ll pull your hand out and prevent any further harm. In this case the pain is very helpful.

Mental suffering can make physical pain ten times as bad. The anticipation of pain, the fear of pain, and trying to avoid pain can create enormous mental suffering even when no physical pain is present. Physical pain doesn’t have to create mental suffering, and you have a direct example of that in the people labelled “masochists”. These are people who derive pleasure from pain, not something I recommend, but it goes to show that mental suffering doesn’t have to be a reaction to pain.

All mental suffering is self-inflicted. For most it doesn’t seem this way though, since the suffering is an unconscious reaction. The patterns that have created the suffering have been repeated so many times they’re automatic, without any conscious awareness. This is why it’s so incredibly important to be aware of everything that’s going on in your life. If you really want change, you have to acknowledge the patterns that exist, and then make a different choice.

Mental suffering doesn’t even have to be related to physical pain at all. Simply waiting for something can cause suffering in people, so can a minor annoyance. It’s no secret where suffering comes from, Buddha explained it over 2,000 years ago. Suffering comes from desire. If one desires to be free of pain, which is something most people want, and then pain comes along, the desire is unfulfilled. The mind didn’t get what it wants, and it throws a tantrum like a child, it brings suffering upon itself. Do you see the foolishness of this? You don’t get what you want, which I would think people would be used to by now, and on top of that you create misery for yourself! As if not getting your desire wasn’t enough!

You don’t have control over what happens in your life. You have enormous influence over your life, but not control. You’re not going to get everything you desire, and that’s a good thing to accept right now. I recommend simply having preferences for what you’d like to see, but not attachments or expectations on the outcome. Allow for all possibilities, don’t expect life to conform to your desires. You can barely know what’s going to happen in 5 minutes, let go of the future. Release your desires and expectations, and not only will you ease your suffering, you’ll open yourself up to new and grander possibilities for your life.

Source: http://soundofheart.org/galacticfreepress/content/ending-mental-suffering

Can You See Your Own Cage?

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How can someone be free if they can’t even see their own cage? Even worse, what if they believed the very thing that was keeping them caged would someday set them free?

And what is it we want freedom from? Wants, needs, and desires? Fear, pain, and suffering? Daily toil, drudgery, and boredom? Money problems, relationship problems? All of our problems? Wouldn’t that be nice to not have to worry about all those things?

Let’s get to the core, what is the root of all these issues? Simple, every single problem we have is a thought in our minds. A physical situation may exist, but it is the mind’s reaction that makes it into a problem. Our own thinking turns it into a problem and through this we become slaves to the thoughts in our minds.

A prisoner who knows nothing other than prison would simply think that’s the way life is. A prisoner who has tasted freedom will suffer far more when locked away, even though the reality of the situation would be the same for both prisoners. It’s simply a difference in perception.

Because the mind can create the illusion that we aren’t free, the illusion that we are dependent upon the body, mind and ego, the mind may seem very powerful. It’s not powerful at all, but to a person who can only see through the filter of their mind, it’s the most powerful thing in the world. The Being Within is where the power comes from, but that power is unconsciously given away by feeding into illusions.

Your Consciousness isn’t meant to be bound to any specific thought, but that’s exactly what the mind does. The mind is all the thoughts you are attached to, and these thoughts are what makes up your illusionary world. It takes a lot of energy to keep thoughts static, to hold them in place, and because of this all your attachments greatly weaken your energetic body. These problems with your energy body then manifest as disease in your physical vessel.

The mind seems like it has the solution to your problems, it seems like your problems can be solved through your mind by thinking about them. In a sense this is true, but it’s because the problem was created by the mind in the first place. The mind is the master of illusions, in fact, the mind is the illusion.

You will never be free until you free yourself from the prison of your own thoughts- Philip Arnold

All suffering, all problems, all hate, ugliness, fear and desire, the only place these things “exist” is in your mind. All the things people want to escape from, are just thoughts in the mind. When seen this way, one can see the insanity of trying to use the mind to escape these things.

The mind is the servant who tricked the Master into becoming a slave, and this was done through the ego. The ego is the mind-self, the “self” that exists solely within the confines of the mind. To the ego the mind is god, because the mind has immense control over the “reality” the ego experiences. Anything that contradicts what the mind believes is simply ignored. This is why many people believe they create their own reality, when they really just manipulating the illusionary world they’re trapped within.

There’s the belief that we need to go beyond the ego to find God, and that’s true, but the approach most people take is flawed. They try to use the mind to escape the ego. On the surface it seems like progress is being made, but unconsciously the mind wants to keep the ego. The ego and the mind are deeply connected and the mind’s power depends upon the ego’s survival. Instead of really clearing out the ego, the mind just makes the ego more subtle, more clever. Complete and total surrender to Spirit is an infinitely more effective approach than using the mind to get past the ego.

The mind presents itself as the path to salvation, the path to freedom. You could call this religion. True Awakening is impossible through the mind, you don’t find Reality through illusion, and the mind has no intention of actually setting you free. If that happened the mind would go back to being the servant, so the mind gives you this false path that keeps you very busy and makes everything far more difficult than it needs to be. This is the reason Enlightenment is so dang difficult for people, they seek freedom from illusion through illusion.

So many spiritual teachers will give you paths to freedom that subtly contain the teacher’s own limitations. Perhaps that should be the motto of the “spiritual” mind, freedom through limitations. The new patterns may be less limiting than the old ones the person was stuck within, so to them it appears that they’re becoming free, but it’s still not True Freedom. You just keep getting a little closer without really taking the Leap.

One of the huge mental limitations that masquerades as a path to freedom is this idea that you have to purify your body to raise your Consciousness. Utter nonsense! It’s completely backwards thinking. Not that I’m against keeping your body healthy, but the belief that it’s a requirement is materialism pretending to be godly. As if your Consciousness is dependent upon your body! That belief is one of the more damning ones, yet here’s all these “spiritual” teachers subtly promoting it. Raise your Consciousness, and you’ll naturally bring health to your temporary physical vessel. Begin by clearing out the poisons in your mind though.

Reality simply is, very simple, natural, effortless flow, Tao. The mind makes it complicated. The waves have no conflict with the shore, yet someone’s mind can come along and turn this into a problem. In trying to solve the problem with the very thing that created the problem, more problems are added. It’s a vicious cycle, and exactly why the human world is in the state it’s in.

You dont have to keep repeating these mistakes though. You can free yourself. The absurdity is that you’re only freeing yourself from the illusion that you’re not already free. See the ridiculousness of the mind! Stop taking it so seriously and you’ll stop giving it so much power.

Source: http://soundofheart.org/galacticfreepress/content/understanding-nature-illusion

Duality & Polarity The Big Difference

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One of these is essential to the way the physical realm works, the other is nothing more than a two-dimensional belief system. Some people use the terms duality and polarity interchangeably, but I’m going to make a strong distinction between the two for the sake of clarity.

The first thing to understand about duality is that it divides, it’s either one thing or the other. Black or white, right or wrong, good or evil. It does this through judgement, separating things and creating conflict. Duality is how human beings, who have much more in common than not, are convinced to fight with and even kill each other. Duality is used to create an “us versus them” mentality.

Now polarity is something else entirely. Where duality has a positive and negative that conflict with each other, polarity has a positive and negative that attract each other. In the case of what recently happened with our Sun’s poles, they can even switch places. Polarity is complimentary forces that work together to create balance, duality is the belief in opposing forces that conflict with each other and create chaos.

In duality one is “better” or “above” another, and this is responsible for so much suffering on the Planet. Some people believe they’re more worthy, more deserving than others, and they take far more than they need. People compare themselves to others, and judge themselves as being “better” or “worse”, which leads to an inflated ego or hating oneself. If you really want peace in your life, I recommend letting go of duality altogether.

Where duality divides things into black or white, polarity includes the full spectrum, it’s all inclusive. Duality takes the spectrum and draws a line somewhere, cutting it in half. Duality really only exists in the mind, it doesn’t directly relate to the physical realm. What people call “evil” is only the product of not seeing clearly, it’s human judgement, not something inherent to the Universe itself. What is “evil” varies from culture to culture, and also between individuals. It changes over time, as people minds and opinions change.

The only darkness is that which you can’t see, what you don’t know. It’s the fear of the unknown that makes darkness menacing and “evil”. Your eyes only see a tiny fraction of the full spectrum of light, and yet all the light you cannot see you call “darkness”. This is a perfect example of why people believe in duality, it’s a product of limited perception. It’s a judgement based upon limited senses, people see only a tiny fraction of Reality and make assumptions about the whole thing.

Understanding vibration is key to understanding polarity. Take a guitar string for instance, is a low pitch “bad” and a high pitch “good”? That’s a lot like how duality interprets things. With polarity, you go up and down the full scale to make a beautiful song, the low notes complimenting the high notes. This is a “secret” to how Creation works, not through opposing forces, but Everything coming together to create a beautiful song.

Source: http://soundofheart.org/galacticfreepress/content/duality-and-polarity-theres-big-difference

You Are the Chosen One

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You are the chosen one… and so is everyone else.

I want to remove the whole hero archetype from people’s minds. Now why would I want to do that, aren’t heroes a good thing? Well, let’s look at the big picture…

Consider this: religions and governments, two of the most oppressive societal control structures there are, promote hero worship. Same with Hollywood and the mass media, they love to promote this idea that a hero will come to fix everything for you. It’s the central theme of thousands of movies, and the basic story goes all the way back to our most ancient mythology.

All these institutions that have the most to lose from people being set free, all these institutions that are restricting people’s freedoms, are the ones promoting this idea that a hero is coming to save you.  Sound a little suspicious? Any day now Jesus is supposed to come back and fix all our problems, so instead of people actually focusing upon collectively fixing their problems, they wait and hope and wait and hope and wait and hope and wait… thousands of years of this behavior.

Remember when Obama was going to fix the U.S.? He was surely the hero we were waiting for, he was going to clean up the federal government and steer America in a new direction! When he was elected president, there were celebrations around the world, finally things were changing for the better! What a joke that turned out to be… the same decades-old policies continued anyway. In all but the most hopeful, Obama quickly went from being a hero to representing the very things he had promised to change. Obama did do Americans a few favors though, he helped unite the country in a mutual dislike of the federal government, and helped to prove the systematic corruption goes far beyond the left/right dualism.

Just to demonstrate exactly how screwed up our obsession with heroes can get, remember that Hitler was worshiped as a hero, at least up until World War 2. This obsession with Hitler as a heroic figure wasn’t just limited to Germany either, and a few disturbed individuals still worship him as a hero. If the man widely regarded as one of history’s most evil people was also one of the most popular “heroes” of the past century, what does it even mean to be a hero?

A hero has to be larger than life, and because of this, the image of the hero is never truly represents the actual person. The hero is our societal image of perfection, and often the individual’s highest dream of what they could be themselves, but projected onto another person. People live vicariously through their heroes, the hero is the person they’re afraid to be. The hero inspires the individual to go beyond their limits, which likely seems like a good thing to you, but it’s actually part of the control structure.  Where we could learn to find inspiration within, we’re taught to find it outside, which creates an unhealthy dependency on role-models and heroes. It’s because most people come from a place of almost totally dysfunctional behavior, that something almost functional seems like a great thing.

The current power structure loves heroes, they aren’t really a threat. When change depends upon a single person, it’s easy to manipulate that person, to buy them off, to chase them away, to silence them, and when those options fail, to kill that person. Let the masses believe these people are going to bring change, it keeps them hopeful and focused upon outside solutions. When people began to idolize and worship Jesus, it just made things all the more easy for a very corrupt institution to take over and control his image.

No hero is coming to save you, though you could be the hero that saves yourself. This whole idea of an outside person coming to fix you is just laziness, it’s an excuse to live in fear and suffering. Someone else is supposed to come along and lift you out of that. Well, where are they? See how the whole paradigm of heroes and saviors can be incredibly disempowering? I’m not saying all of this because I think people are weak and stupid, quite the opposite, I say it because I know people have a strength within them beyond their wildest dreams.

The most blasphemous thing you can do is live a dull, dispassionate life. God, Source, The All That Is, chose you to be Alive! HOLY SHIT! If you don’t celebrate your own Life, it’s like saying God made a mistake. Was God stupid for choosing you, or are you stupid if you don’t choose yourself? Dumb humans create dumb gods, Brilliant Humans shine with God’s own Brilliance, because there’s no separation between the “two”. Why continue to be the damsel in distress when you could be the hero of your own story?

Spirituality One Size Doesn’t Fit All

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“You have to do things my way!” I see this quite often in the spiritual community, whether it’s in regards to specific practices, diets, or beliefs. There’s always a few people are eager to spread a new set of commandments for being “spiritual” and are quick to condemn those who don’t follow. I’m not going to tell you that you have to do things my way though, in fact, I’m going to tell you the opposite, that if you truly want to realize God, Source, Enlightenment, however you choose to conceptualize it, you have to find you own way.

Your own way, your inner beauty, your Uniqueness, your gift to Creation, your True Self, A true Master can assist in this process, they can help clear away the crutch of belief systems, they can help direct your attention inwards, but ultimately it’s up to you to take the step. A true Master doesn’t make you reliant upon them, they help you rediscover self-reliance, self-responsibility, and self-empowerment. The phoney-baloney master will give you a list of rules, requirements, disciplines, practices, the standard religious fare, and usually things that didn’t even come from the “master” themselves, they learned it from some other phoney-baloney master. Much like a disease, these beliefs systems are spread from person to person through the generations.

What I’m telling you is fundamentally different from that sort of thinking. Don’t look to me to tell you what you should do or shouldn’t do, and also notice the paradox in me telling you that. You want to become a Hare Krishna? While I wouldn’t recommend it, if that’s what you really want to do, go for it! Just be aware.  Are you really being yourself? Or are you imitating someone else?

Many of these spiritual practices do produce results, but not because of the reasons most people believe. If you repeat some chant over and over again with the intention of feeling peace, chances are you will feel peace sooner or later, at least temporarily. This isn’t really because of the practice though, but because of you. Those feelings were already within you, all you did was give yourself permission to feel them, albeit in a rather complicated manner. Your own Consciousness holds incredible power, yet you give that away when you put faith into these external systems.

Awareness is what’s needed most, but all your shoulds and shouldn’ts, all these preconceived notions and belief systems, work against awareness. When you already know how things are supposed to be, there’s no need to pay attention to the way things actually are. If you believe some practice is going to bring you happiness, then you repeat it mechanically. Finding happiness in this life is no more complicated than breathing, but something so simple is also the most difficult thing in the world. Your mind is fixated, almost non-stop, on the things that drain your energy and take your happiness away.

You can’t just simply breathe because of the hysteria of the mind. It needs constant attention, or else all the precious nothingness you’ve horded in there would start to disappear. Most are too proud to admit that the vast majority of their lives have been wasted on things they find no real joy in. They’ve been building castles made of sand, empty and trivial things. Admitting this is such an enormous blow to the ego that very few people can do it, at least not until the inevitable comes and they realize they have no choice but to let go.

A nurse started recording the regrets of those who were dying, she even wrote a book about it,The Top Five Regrets of the Dying. Here’s the #1 regret:

I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

That’s the whole point of what I’m saying here, for you to live a life true to yourself. It’s also the path back to lasting peace, joy, and Source. Exactly what that means is unique to you, and that’s part of what makes you so amazing.

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” – Helen Keller

We live in a world full of people who are more than willing to run your life for you. Parents, governments, bosses, teachers, spiritual gurus, spouses, while many are good intentioned, it’s ultimately a form of self-denial to listen to them over your own feelings and it’s also a recipe for misery. If you can’t find your own direction in life, you’re like a leaf blowing around in the wind, being pushed around by external forces.

You’re supposed to feel obligated to serve this external system, you’re supposed to be dependent upon it, yet the system that’s been created has no use for individuals. It needs machine men, predictable automatons. A unique individual is a threat to the system, a unique individual can’t be predicted, they can’t be fit into a little box. They threaten the whole stability of the system of greed and ignorance that runs this world. It’s no coincidence that unique individuals who stir things up often end up with holes in their heads. Psychiatrists even drug children now simply for being outside of the norm. Everyone is supposed to learn the same things in the exact same way, and if you don’t you’re “diseased”. It’s really the norm that’s the disease, a type of madness that refuses to see its own self-destructive nature.

Society is literally self-destructive, that’s no hyperbole. A bit of you has to die, or at least be suppressed, just to fit in. That’s exactly why people who are dying wish they’d been true to themselves. They can finally be honest with themselves and others, the old and the dying don’t have anything to lose anymore. But you, you’re not allowed to be yourself, you’re too weird, so you need a cookie-cutter personality if you want to avoid being mocked, judged, rejected, and perhaps even locked away.

I know according to the New Age belief systems, I’m supposed to think only positive thoughts. It’s all supposed to be rainbows and butterflies, and while the Planet has plenty of that, the human world still has a ways to go. I don’t believe you can just ignore away the negative, in fact, ignorance itself is a type of negative thought. I seek the roots of negativity, the roots of dualism, I want to heal the core, not gloss it over. Too much focus upon the surface without seeing what’s underneath is why society has become so superficial. We need awareness, especially inner awareness, and not more denial. We need joyous self-expression without judgment.

Source: Galactic Free Press

The Ego Friend or Foe?

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This discussion seems to come up over and over again, and has people heavily polarized. The ego, is it some evil to be fought against, some sinister force that steals our happiness? Or is it like some unruly child that needs to be tamed, controlled and eventually befriended? Is the ego an enemy or an ally?

I see this question creating much conflict between people, and within them as well. It’s a simple question, so why no simple, clear answer? That’s easy, it’s the question itself is flawed. Only being able to see the ego as a friend or an enemy is a great example of a false dichotomy, which is the illusion of only having two options.

Duality is based upon false dichotomy, good or evil, right or wrong, light or dark. It presents this image of a universe of opposites that oppose each other, and you’re supposed to choose one or the other. It’s such an incredibly limited, two-dimensional way of looking at things and it’s precisely why people have such a hard time transcending the ego.

If you view the ego as a friend, something to shape and control, you’re giving your energy away to a false sense of self. If you view the ego as an enemy, something to fight against and defeat, you’re still giving away your energy to a false sense of self. Either way you’re giving it power, even when fighting it. Somewhere within the mind of the person who fights with the ego is the belief that the ego has control over them, that’s why it has to be fought against, correct? And so long as you believe this, it will be true. This belief that the ego has control over you sits in the unconscious, while the ego is struggled with on the surface. You have to look deeper, ask why does the ego have control, and who’s giving the ego control?

You cannot transcend a dualistic thought through dualistic thinking. The ego is, by its very nature, dualistic thought. Seeing it as either a friend or an enemy, which is a dualistic type of thinking, is just going to strengthen the ego. Such limited thinking blinds you to the truth: The ego is, for most people, both a friend and an enemy. When you succeed at something, you feel proud, a “positive emotion” from the ego playing the role of a friend. When you fail, you feel shame, a “negative emotion” from the ego playing the role of an enemy.

I don’t recommend trying to make the ego into a friend, an enemy, or viewing it as both, simply see it for what it is. Suppose consciousness is a car being driven around, it’s going to start to pick up dirt on the outside, is it not? Now suppose the car is never cleaned, the windows start becoming difficult to see out of. The car picks up so much dirt the original color is forgotten, and the dirt itself becomes the new color of the car. This is the relation between consciousness and the ego, and it doesn’t mean the dirt is an enemy. In fact, the whole idea of having an enemy is part of the dirt that was built up.

When is Ascension Coming?

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This is something we get asked continually, “When is Ascension?”, “When is First Contact?”, “When is The Event?”. I wonder if people have any idea how long these questions have been asked? This whole idea that a day or a series of events would come along to solve humanity’s problems is ancient, it can be found in Zoroastrianism which predates Judaism. And this belief that it’s all going to happen “soon”, do you know how long people have believed this? It’s part of the bible, so at the very least around 2,000 years, probably much longer.

For thousands of years this day has been predicted over and over and over again, and yet it hasn’t come. Even today, we seem to get a new prediction of when “it” will happen at least once a week. It’s a shortcut to popularity by predicting something will happen, people like that. We see the stats on our site, and we know how popular those messages are. People really want to believe this, and I wonder if they’re conscious of the same patterns repeating over and over again?

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.

We’ve watched more of these predictions fail than I care to count. Even now, I know there’s at least one prediction of something happening sometime this week, and another predicting something 8 days from when I write this. So easy it is to just believe someone else and wait, but is that how real change occurs? How long have people tried this for?

His disciples said to him, “When is the Kingdom going to come?”
Jesus said, “It is not by waiting for it that it will come. No one will say, ‘Here it is’ or ‘There it is.’ Rather, the Kingdom of the Father is spread out over the earth, and people do not see it.”
Gospel of Thomas 113

What’s a better source of telling where humanity’s consciousness is at? Looking at the way they actually behave, or believing a channeler? The fact that we rely upon channelers to tell us where we’re at, instead of looking and seeing for ourselves, says a whole lot about where humanity’s consciousness is at.

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Is humanity ready? Well, ready for what exactly? I know a lot of people think ETs are going to come share advanced technology with Humanity, yet I don’t believe the ETs are that dumb. You don’t give a gun to a 3 year-old, and you certainly don’t give something capable of far more destruction to a race of beings who demonstrate daily they’re not ready for that level of responsibility. How many wars do you think are happening right now, how often do people still kill each other? The more naive might believe the world is at peace right now, or there’s only a couple isolated wars. I count 43 wars that have had at least some killing since 2013, and there’s around 20,000+ deaths from these in 2014 alone [Update: Now 45 wars, and a total of around 175,000 deaths in 2014]. Is this a race of beings ready for Higher Consciousness?

On the internet, we have the ability to search the whole world for news stories, and cherry-pick only what we want to hear. You can believe the people in countries like Egypt are “waking up”, standing up for themselves and doing something about a corrupt government. Now that they have a new government, do you know what it’s up to? Have you heard the recent news? They’re planning mass executions, how incredibly barbaric! An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind, and I do not have much hope for the new Egyptian government when they behave just like the old one. Revolutions are often like that, ones that make substantial progress instead of just keeping people spinning in circles seem to be the rarity. I wont even get into the horrors happening now in places like South Sudan and Syria.

Is this what it looks like when humanity is ready for “ascension”? I don’t believe that, collectively you would begin creating Heaven on Earth, not killing each other and poisoning the Planet. Even now when the incredible corruption of the business, banks and governments has been revealed, they still get to operate like they’re “above the law”. Collectively, people have reacted with apathy. They don’t want to look at the ugly reality of what humans are doing, they want someone else to come fix things. So many people are waiting for an honest politician to come fix things, religious people are waiting for God to come fix things, new agers are waiting for ETs to come fix things. Meanwhile, the mess grows bigger while everyone waits for someone else to come clean it up.

This whole myth of external salvation is part of what keeps people apathetic and complacent. Every day I see it though, people claiming someone or something is coming along with the solution to all our problems. Meanwhile I don’t see much lessening of our problems, at least collectively. The world’s drama goes back and forth, progression happens, but so does regression.

Part of this disease is people believing it’s up to a single person to fix the whole world. Often people believe that they’re the “Chosen one” with the “solution”. I personally know multiple people who believe they’re the second coming of Jesus, the new “world teacher” or the Matreiya. It’s a common delusion, and one our society actually encourages. People want someone else to come along and fix their life, to tell them exactly what to do. This is a form of ignorance, it stems from people not wanting to take personal responsibility, yet all the unauthentic religious and spiritual teachers encourage it.

You’re not going to fix the world through avoiding personal responsibility. The world you have now is a result of what this collectively creates. You are responsible for the way your life is, not someone or something else, and when the majority of people really understand this, they’ll start creating the world they’ve always wanted. They’ll realize what a beautiful Planet they’re already living on, and human beings will reflect that beauty instead of working to destroy it.

To some, it may seem like I don’t believe in ascension, but this isn’t true at all. What I don’t believe is that the current behaviors of Humanity are going to get them there. There is slow progress being made, but it’s not the kind of radical transformation yet that brings people to God. Collectively you’re still inching forward, and when people are truly ready for Peace, they will collectively be choosing Love, not the fear that’s still being spread.

I’m not even sure what exactly is meant by “ascension” for most people, it seems to me this idea seems caught up in the Christian religion. People want this day to come when all the “evil” people get what’s coming to them, and the “good” people rise up to Heaven. To me, ascension is the realization that you never left Heaven, and it’s the reawakening into your own Multi-Dimensional Nature. You don’t need to go anywhere or wait for anything, in fact doing those will just push Heaven further away. Individually, you can choose this for yourself right now, though don’t expect it to happen overnight. It’s a process, and it’s far more about living your own Life than expectation or beliefs.

When people are ready for ascension they will actively be creating Heaven on Earth, they wont be just believe and wait for it to come. Waiting and believing isn’t really change, it’s repeating the same mistakes of the past over and over again. I wonder if it has occurred to people that perhaps the ones who don’t want change are the ones telling people it’s coming soon and they just have to wait for it? It’s a wonderful recipe for slowing real change, even politicians use it. Remember when Obama was the “change we can believe in”? And yet the U.S. government is remarkably similar to what it was before, in some aspects even worse.

I wonder if the “new age” movements are even really growing now? I know when 2012 didn’t bring the changes so many were spiritual teachers and channelers were promising, a lot of people got very discouraged. I often see people getting fed up and leaving after putting so much faith in a failed prediction. These types of things seem to create division just as much as they unite people. I feel much of the “new age” movement is working to create new religions and belief systems instead of real change.

On SoulScience we learn though, we don’t just try to repeat the same failed patterns again. We’ve switched focus recently to the kinds of messages that encourage personal transformation instead of faith in some channeler and their predictions. As a result, we’ve alienated many of our previous readers, I’ve noticed people would rather be told when the “new world” is coming instead of how they can work to create it. This speaks volumes about whether or not people are really ready for the Higher Realms.

So when is “it” coming, this miraculous thing that fixes our lives? For the people that didn’t just wait for it to come, for the proactive people, the ones who understand what it really means to be a human being, Heaven already Here. There’s nothing keeping you away except for what you believe in your own mind, what you hold on to yourself, what you alone are responsible for.

When will it happen collectively? So long as humanity perpetuates the current patterns they’re in, it’s not going to happen. They could break out of those chains tomorrow, or it could take a thousand years, I don’t really know. What I do know though is that repeating the same patterns isn’t working, and that the spiritual community can do a whole lot more to help things along than just waiting and believing.

His disciples said to him, “When will the rest for the dead take place, and when will the new world come?”
He said to them, “What you are looking forward to has come, but you don’t know it.”
Gospel of Thomas 51