Do We Need External Systems of Morality?

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Off the Press

If you look to society, you’re going to get a resounding yes, these systems are needed. Our society, as it currently exists, is based enormously on systems of morals that tell us right from wrong, so of course society is going to say you need these systems, because society itself is based upon these systems. Since you were a child, society’s morals were forced upon you, repeated constantly until they became unconscious behaviors, reinforced through rewards for obedience, and punishment for disobedience.

So how moral is society, really? Look at the big rule, “don’t kill”. That’s not really the rule though, is it? It doesn’t apply to plants and animals, so it’s more like “don’t kill other people”, but that’s still not how it really works, is it? We’re taught that sometimes it’s okay to kill, so the actual rule is something like “don’t kill other people, except when the authority you serve tells you it’s okay”.  That’s how it really works, that’s the paradigm most people operate under. Sometimes your religion, government or tribe tells you it’s okay to kill, and then you can go kill people and it won’t be wrong, right?

“Don’t kill other people, except when authority tells you it’s okay” when put that way, one of society’s core morals doesn’t sound so moral, does it? What happens when authority becomes corrupt? A better question would ask what would happen if authority wasn’t corrupt, that’s more of a mystery.

Then there’s “don’t steal”, which is another rule that has a whole lot of exceptions. It’s all tied up in the illusion of ownership, and I say illusion because ownership is an abstract concept, it’s not directly represented by reality. For example, two people can believe they own the same thing and disagree about who owns it. In each person’s mind, it’s their’s, but that’s the only place ownership really exists, in the mind. Stealing is taking something from someone, and saying “I own this now”. In our society, that’s considered wrong, except in certain situations, like when the government approves, then it’s permitted.

Ultimately, it’s always the individual that determines right from wrong, but then often a government or religious “authority” comes along and tells us whether or not we made the right choice. On the surface this seems innocent enough, there’s even people who believe this is a good thing, but it’s really a recipe for tyranny and injustice. Let’s suppose I really don’t want to kill people, in fact, let’s suppose I decide for myself that it’s immoral to fund a government that murders and terrorizes people on a daily basis. Suppose I don’t want to fund a government that goes against the very constitution it’s sworn to uphold, so I stop paying my taxes. If I’ve got something worth taking, like a house, sooner or later the government is going to come collect what they believe I owe them. They will take it by force if I don’t submit, and I can be killed for resisting. This is all legal under the rules of the people who are in charge of our moral systems. A differing in opinion about what constitutes morality can be dealt with very harshly.

The greatest justice is created through compassion, which is something a system of morality isn’t capable of. Compassion requires actual presence, it’s always different because each person is unique. Compassion is spontaneous, not systematic. A moral system is always based in the past, it cannot adapt to each unique situation. Our legal system even acknowledges this, that’s why we have juries. A random group of people can tell right from wrong better than a system of cold, unfeeling rules.

Do we need external systems of morality? Absolutely not, we’ve only been taught that we need these systems, and that teaching is a part of the systems themselves. And you’re not told specifically that these systems are needed, it’s more subtle than that. You’re taught to be afraid of losing these systems. You’re taught that the world would be even more violent and chaotic without these systems. You’re taught that you’re a bad person for not following these systems. Last but not least, you’re threatened with what will happen if you don’t follow the systems.

Consciousness is naturally ethical, if you’re truly aware of what happens when you harm another, you don’t do it anymore. If you’re really conscious, you can’t help but feel the connection you have to everyone else.  Then you start seeing the behaviors that perpetuate suffering and you stop feeding into them. Things like greed end automatically, because you see the damage it does, not only to others, but to yourself as well.

There’s no mental system that can substitute for real consciousness. Consciousness is eternally adaptable, while a mental system is always defined by its limits. A moral system doesn’t even teach you to tell right from wrong, it teaches you to follow someone else’s opinions about what right and wrong mean. That’s robotic, artificial, it’s not authentic goodness. It’s more about obedience than morality, and under the guise of creating good, it has enabled some of history’s greatest evils.

We’re told we need these enforced moral systems because people behave unconsciously, and yet these systems encourage unconscious behavior. Your government needs you to be unconscious, to not really see things for yourself, and to be told what to think. It’s survival depends upon this, otherwise there’d be a revolution, and the governments would go back to serving the people.

There really isn’t any systematic approach that can lead you back to consciousness. This is why I disagree with religion. I’m not even sure religion is any better than the materialist approach, at least materialists are more honest with themselves. I don’t recommend either approach, don’t trade one system of unconscious behavior for another and call it real progress. It’s a painfully slow kind of advancement, that goes back and forth for generations.

Your consciousness already is. It’s already here, now, and in an absolutely perfect divine form. Consciousness doesn’t need any fancy systems, in fact, all the fancy systems are what gets in the way of true consciousness. You know hoarders, those people who refuse to get rid of anything and have huge piles of junk in their homes? That’s the way it is between most people and their minds. Their minds have become hordes of unneeded junk that suck up all their attention and energy. The irony of this is that people’s thinking would be much more clear if they weren’t always caught up in their minds. A step back would allow for a much larger perspective.

Source: http://soundofheart.org/galacticfreepress/content/do-we-need-external-systems-morality

Enlighten Up! 10 Spotlights on Enlightenment

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By Phil Watt Contributing Writer for SoulScience

Enlightenment is a personal journey, yet there are universal spotlights which shine on all of us. This article is a genuine but cheeky discussion of 10 spotlights illuminated on our journey of enlightenment.We should first remember that enlightenment isn’t a destination—it’s an active process of opening ourselves to understand and connect with the fundamental nature of reality.That’s right: enlightenment is an ongoing path of growth—reaching from our very core right to the paradoxical edge of infinity.In our current age, there is an explosion of awakenings from all over our stunning, but strict, Mother Earth. The enlightenment process is as diverse as the people undertaking it.

Therefore, now, more than ever, we need some practical guidance for modern-day enlightenment.So while we’re having a crack at enlightenment, let’s enjoy it, shall we…

1. Sex.

Yep, let’s start with this category just to capture our attention, because even if we don’t like sex, we still like sex.

Exploring sex is essential to understanding and embracing our human nature. Fortunately for us mere immortals, it can be both pleasurable and enlightening at the same time. Thanks, God!

LovemakingWe make love with our partners and if done in the right way, it can connect two people physically and mentally, but also invoke tantric experiences.

However, sometimes lovemaking can become monotonous and end up as a relationship chore; if so, we may have to perform the subcategories described below. Trust me, it’ll be enlightening and fun.

Lust-making—This is just as an important aspect of sex as lovemaking is. Lust-making is a release of our animalistic hard-wired instincts.

It’s naughty. It’s dirty.

It can also be combined with lovemaking so that both our emotional and instinctual energies are together, met in satisfaction.

Exploration—Mix it up! There’s much sexual adventure to be had, so let’s change our method and environment constantly to ensure that we’re keeping ourselves and our partner engaged, surprised and enlightened.

Add massage too—with a happy ending, of course.

Masturbation—The old adage, “learn to love ourselves before we love others” certainly is relevant here.

How can we possibly satisfy another if we can’t even satisfy ourselves?

We can’t.

So let’s relax and find our comfort zone—then blow ourselves right out of it. Who knows, we might even find that we’re one of our best lays.

2. Love.

We have arrived at the most fundamental virtue of life, love.

It facilitates growth and encourages the expression of all other virtues, which is a necessity on our journey of enlightenment.

Give love—it’s free to give. Give it to ourselves first and foremost and then we’ll be in a position to share it with the rest of reality. We’ll all feel great—it’s a win/win.

PartnerLoving our partner deeply helps them flourish, but also ourselves.

Our other halves are profound reflections of us, so if they’re a pain in the ass, then so are we.

They are the first people to be exposed to who we really are, so listen to what they say. They should too, for that matter.

Family—There are many people in our family who we love deeply and others that we probably wouldn’t choose as a relation if we had the option.

Fuck it; let’s love them anyway—compassionately and non-judgmentally. Be the change we want to see in our family. Then just kick back and be entertained.

Friends—What’s wrong with giving your best mate a hug? Nothing.

Let’s get over all the school yard gossip crap and start really connecting with our friends. If we can’t, they’re probably just mates who we have a good time with. If we can’t even do that, they’re probably just associates.

Either way, have love for them all.

Reality—The same goes for the universe or reality itself. Love life. Love that we’ve been given this miraculous experience. Or be ungrateful, whatever.

3. Information Filtration.

Research all types of information, including areas that we may have discounted in the past.

Focus on categories that really resonate with us, as well as ones that challenge us.

Invigorate both our left and right brain hemispheres (i.e. our reasoning and intuitive capacities). Explore as many scientific and esoteric disciplines as we can.

Writings—Old school paper books still work really well for many people, but if it’s going to be more convenient or cost efficient, try the e-book versions.

Then of course, there are plenty of other platforms, such as magazines. Some newspapers are still worthy of reading. Some, I said.

Documentaries—Online, TV, video stores; whatever the medium, there is a documentary to suit our interests.

Music—Emotional lyrics, philosophical lyrics, teen pop lyrics, no lyrics: whatever our flavor, let’s get amongst it. Make sure we remember to bust out on the dance floor too.

Independent News—Do we continue to watch the mainstream media for our current global affairs?

Of course we don’t!

We now source most of our information from independent news sites because we don’t like illusory realities forced upon us. Unless we like BDSM of course.

Conversations—Shut up and listen!

We get sick of the sound of our voices sometimes, so maybe we should just take a backseat more and listen to what people have to say.

Or, try new conversations with new people. It may be bullshit or it may not, but hey, we might actually learn something. Then when it’s our moment to talk, we’ll know.

Internet—Same websites over and over? It’s a pretty damn big inter-web. Just sayin’.

4. Service.

Now to the bloody giving part. Nah, just joking, if we’ve got the capacity, we have the responsibility to give back.

Give to our community, family, friends and fellow man. Make it our job, whether we’re paid for it or not.

Just imagine a tribal mentality in a modern day society—a place where everyone actually cared for one another and we treated everyone as fundamentally equal and as part of our family? It will take not just some of us, but all of us to make it work.

I’m not saying we should all hold hands and dance around in a circle singing love songs, but servicing others is literally servicing ourselves. Anybody who knows anything knows that.

Career—What do we do for a crust? Does it facilitate our empowerment and enlightenment as well as that of society?

Or, is counter-productive? Hmm, is it time for a career change? Probably.

The Street—We’ve all helped a mother carry her pram up the stairs or given our seat to the elderly on the bus.

But, what about picking up the trash that we were disappointed someone littered? Or how about the empathy we could have shared with that person in angry tears?

What about our thoughts—are we judging society because they’re not developed enough? What energy are we rippling out as we walk our path?

Being loving, compassionate and non-judgmental is a service to society, whether we just think it or actually express it.

We know the anti-virtues are cancerous, and we don’t want cancer now do we?

Family and Friends —We know what to do, although we must make sure we balance our inner child and inner guru. For more see “Nurture Your Inner Child and Free Your Inner Guru.”

5. Altered Bodies.

We know we always alter our minds, which can have many benefits, but what about our bodies? How often do we consciously activate our hormone production?

Why would we? Well we know that when our bodies are tested to their limits the chemicals released can be good for our overall health. Therefore, we should explore different activities that will release adrenaline and other beneficial hormones into our system.

Exercise is usually the main method to producing short-term healthy stress effects, but so can action sports and other hobbies, which are generally kept for die-hard adrenaline junkies. They’re actually mild forms of meditation. So, why not have some fun and face our fears whilst enlightening our bodies? We’re not scared to meditate in action are we?

Exercise—Yep, I better include exercise. Choose your flavor, and then mix it up. Try the gym, running, high intensity Training, indoor and outdoor competitions. blah blah blah. Now see below.

Surfing/Snowboarding–Tick and tick! Have you ever surfed in a re-birthing salt water bath? How about dominated gravity on a pulsating mountain? Well, why not?

Yoga/Pilates—Fitness, flexibility, strength. And yoga was originally designed as an enlightenment tool, after all.

Skydiving/Hand-Gliding—Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Or, is it us having a crack at life?

Martial Arts/Boxing—These sports require mental and physical discipline and test our limits to the edge. They enhance our confidence and strength too. It grounds us. Do it.

Four-Wheel-Driving—Camp, explore, go where no man has gone before (except maybe a few, but you get my drift). It’s also a unique way to broaden our experience of nature, especially by running it over. Take that nature.

Kite-surfing/Scuba-Diving—I’m yet to do the former, but it’s on my list (it’s on this list to motivate me). Please be assured, that I’ve found Nemo plenty of times. And treasure.

Rock-climbing/Bushwalking—We own a mountain when we snowboarded down it, so now it’s time to own it by going up. Disclaimer: no mountain can ever be truly owned.

6. Self-Care.

This should be obvious, look after ourselves! Yes it’s okay to f*ck ourselves up every now and again too. Sometimes self-care is temporarily unhealthy and/or dysfunctional because we need experience to learn and grow.

It might be an over-indulgence in exercise, work, substances, sex, emotions, food etc. But hey, when we do, just bring the balance back because that is the whole goal of self-care: balancing ourselves and reinforcing our contentment.

Work/life Balance—Unless we’ve got an awesome job that consists of us having fun all of the time, we need to balance out our work and play. Can’t do it in our current job? Get a new one.Health—There are many layers of health, such as the functionality of our physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, philosophical, sexual, behavioral and social vitalities.We don’t have to be star athletes, but we should still be able to compete. Playing is always more fun than watching.Nutrition—We are what we eat! If we want to eat meat, then don’t eat the meat that is riddled with capitalistic stress. Buy local ingredients or catch and ritualize it ourselves. Eat fresh additive-free produce.

And stop over-eating; besides emotion and sex, food is society’s biggest addiction. Seriously, get a real habit.

Exercise —- As discussed above. You don’t have to be super fit or super slim, research clearly shows that any exercise is good for us and will prolong our life expectancy. So let’s get off our ass and tear up the grass!

Reverence/Contentment—Ahhh, a state of bliss. We can’t buy it, we are it. Potentially.

Attitude—Everyone wants to be happy, right? Well with that attitude, we will be.

Altered Minds–We all love to loosen our conditioning and expand our consciousness. To achieve this, we can simply meditate; although drinking alcohol, smoking weed and undertaking psychedelic voyages are common choices too.

It really depends on what resonates with each person; just make sure it’s not abused and done in moderation. On that matter, is it beer o’clock yet?

HumorMake sure our day consists of plenty of laughter. Have an innie or an outie laugh, it doesn’t matter; just understand that humor is a remedy. And smile too, manners cost us nothing!

Adventure—Oh yeah, let’s go! Where to? Not important; it’s how we get there which is the self-medicating part.

Just like enlightenment, an adventure is a journey, so enjoy the process. Yes, even whilst in transit, so be creative! Or whinge in boredom, whatever floats your boat.

Meditation—Are we on a journey of enlightenment? Well, of course, we meditate then don’t we? Well, not always, sometimes consistently and sometimes off and on. Or do we always meditate? See my article We All Meditate Whether We Know It or Not.
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7. Traveling.

Have you ever had the travel bug?  So, why do we say change is as good as a holiday? Because on holiday everything changes—the scenery, elemental composition, people, conversations, food, activities, feelings etc.

Oh, and the beer too. So, it doesn’t matter where we go—just go—because it’ll force us to change, and change always does us a world of good.

Until we get home, of course—that part sucks. Let us know in the comment section below if you know of some weird, wonderful and unknown destinations that may interest our readers.

Local––Traveling to the unexplored museum or to the beach we don’t usually frequent will produce a subtle change in us. We don’t know our home towns that well, right?

Domestic—In Australia we’ve got an array of climates and environments to explore and I’m sure where you live it does too. Why not just buy a cheap air ticket to a place we’ve never been and then wing it from there? (Pun not intended, but I’ll allow it).

International —Don’t have enough cash to travel internationally? That’s not cool; however, with the right focus we can save up and achieve that goal. It’s worth it. Peru, here we come.

Internal —Uh oh, did we just mention out-of-body experiences? Bloody anti-materialist woo woo!Remember to acknowledge our dreams too.

8. Facing Ourselves.

Surely we know what our current status is, right? We know what we should face-off? What are our strengths and weaknesses? What are we striving for?

What is our next stage of growth? Are we actually content? Releasing ourselves from the suffering of the past and the expectations of the future will ensure that we truly face ourselves and purely live in the present moment.

Detach ourselves from our ego. This is inherent for truly dancing on the dance floor of enlightenment.

Philosophies—Do all of our philosophies align? Do we even know what our philosophies are? Do they translate into practice? Can we even know the answers? Who are we again?

Hypocrisies—This old chestnut. Yeah, we’re all hypocrites to some degree; otherwise we’d have no need to evolve ourselves virtuously. Right now we think we get it, but that’ll change to some degree or another.

We all make mistakes too.

The journey of enlightenment is lifelong, so better to embrace our hypocrisies instead of suppressing them. Request our own status update and then post it on our wall.

Fears—We’re still scared of stuff? Really? Why? Will it kill us? Or will we kill ourselves through the negative stress that fear and hate generates? Time to face those fears. Or suffer.

Dysfunction—We assume we have some level of dysfunction, right?

Or are we all perfect? Let’s repeat the health vitalities described above: physical, psychological, emotional, spiritual, philosophical, sexual, behavioral and social. Surely we have some dysfunction somewhere to balance out right?

Of course we do, we shouldn’t be so naive. Don’t worry, we’re still imperfectly perfect.

9. Creativity.

What are our passions? And not the passion that-is-bad-for-us passion, but the energies that invoke our creative spirit? It’s definitely not watching TV, although damn there’s some bloody good TV shows these days.

They kick ass over movies now. There are some new sho.. wait, sorry, I got side-tracked. Let’s get back to the creative activities which manifest our innate potential and actually make us feel like we’ve achieved something!

Art—We can draw, write, paint, sculpt, build, plant, mould or do an array of other activities which create something material. Cooking is also artistic — men take note.

Act—Singing, dancing, playing sports or undertaking the adrenalin-inducing-tricks described above definitely have a creative element to them. The creation may just be the growth we achieve simply by participating in these activities.

Sex—Yes, it can be creative, although I just mentioned it to keep you interested. So predictable, you lot.

Anything—We can be creative in everything we think, feel and do. Make it a rule—operate literallyand laterally. Let’s start with what we talk about. Or should we? Sometimes we really can speak shit.

10. Synchronisation.

What does it mean to align ourselves? If we’re on the journey of enlightenment, we already understand that everything is fundamentally interconnected, don’t we?

Yes, that’s right; everything at the very core of reality is the one and same thing. Essentially, we can choose to align our ego to the interconnected reality or not. Yep, we have the power, it’s on us. Own it.

Interpretation—If everything is fundamentally interconnected—whether you call it consciousness, god, quantum field of possibilities etc.—it means that the inside and outside are the same thing.

Yet, we have free will right? Of course, we bloody do, don’t succumb to the brainwashing of the materialist quacks! We can choose to understand and create how we align with the objective world.

Interpretation is the master key.

Needs versus Want —Another way to describe this synchronization is that we can fulfill our egos’ desires and do what we want, yet if it isn’t exactly what we need, then it is counter-productive to our innate destiny of growth.

Sorry, there’s less of a role for ego here. Our ego will hate that its illusory separation isn’t defended or glorified, although it can be trained to accept and embrace its unreal nature. Ultimately our goal should be to align our wants to our needs.

Understanding what our needs are is the tricky part and requires a sustained focus. And, if we’ve already forgotten how much fun we can still have, see previous spotlights. Attachment to desire only causes suffering anyway, Einstein.

Symbolism—This is a tool to understand the connection between the inside and outside and then align our choices accordingly.

Simply, symbols reflect an array of information in experience which is interconnected with our minds. They manifest in many forms such as words, animals, shapes, colors, sounds and basically anything in the external world which represents a pattern and flow relating to the concepts and themes that we experience in our thoughts.

They usually just signify subtle linkages of information and are obvious due to their impeccable timing, yet with absolute precision symbols consistently manifest in such a profound way that it blows our minds and holistically reinforces whatever we were learning in that moment.

It’s fucking magic.

Virtuous Living—We become conscious of our connection by tapping into the symbolism and flow of our experience.

The more we focus on it, the more we rewire our brains and skill ourselves to understand and create the alignment. Through this process we also realize the importance of virtuous thinking, feeling and action—a way of living that I call the v-three.

Okay, that wraps it up. This was originally intended to be a short list so thanks for your patience getting through it. Yes that’s right, patience is virtue, good on you.

Feel free to add some more spotlights in the comment section below.

One more thing—it should be reinforced after reading this article that our journey of enlightenment isn’t meant to be a strict or unenjoyable process—so seriously, enlighten up!

Happy Spotlighting! 

Previous Articles by Phil Watt

http://isoulscience.com/2015/03/nurture-your-inner-child-free-your-inner-guru/

http://isoulscience.com/2015/03/how-astrology-works-the-ancient-art-of-symbolism/

http://isoulscience.com/2015/03/the-orchestra-of-reality/

http://isoulscience.com/2015/03/be-the-change-you-want-to-see-in-the-world/

http://isoulscience.com/2015/03/whats-disturbing-your-inner-peace/

http://isoulscience.com/2015/03/laughter-is-the-best-meditation/

About the Author

Phil WattPhil Watt has served in the Government and Non-Government Community Services sectors for a decade working with a diverse range of clients. This includes therapeutic intervention, case management, project management and policy development for the Australian Government. He has a degree in Social Science & Philosophy and has been trained extensively in health services. He also provides tailored programs for personal growth which are facilitated face-to-face, via Skype and over the phone.It is by embracing the roller-coaster of emotional highs and lows where we find contentment and Phil is passionate about helping others to find their own permanent peace. You can find Phil on his website at www.vitalityguidance.com Phil is also a member of the hip-hop band “Vital Logic”, who give a poetic snapshot of riding the roller-coaster in today’s unprecedented global culture. Find them on Facebook here

Origins of Abracadabra

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The word may have its origins in the Aramaic language, but numerous conflicting folk etymologies are associated with it.

The word Abracadabra derives from an Aramaic phrase meaning “I create as I speak. ”

In the Hebrew language, the phrase translates more accurately as “it came to pass as it was spoken.”  Abracadabra may also comprise the abbreviated forms of the Hebrew words Ab (Father), Ben (Son) and Ruach A Cadsch (Holy Spirit).

Though an alternative derivation relates the word to Abraxas, a god with snakes for feet who was worshipped in Alexandria in pre-Christian times.

The word may also have originated as a way to remember the alphabet by pronouncing the first letters ABCD… It becomes more pronounceable and easier to remember by adding repetitive vowel “a” or “ra” sounds where there are none and adding an alliteration “bra” at the end. Writing and the alphabet were a form of magic to most people in those times. Other theories suggest the origins of the word stem from the word “abraxas,” whose letters in Greek numerology add up to 365 (number of days in the year)

The first known mention of the word was in the third century AD in a book called Liber Medicinalis  by Quintus Serenus Sammonicus,physician to the Roman emperor Caracalla, who in chapter 51 prescribed that malaria sufferers wear an amulet containing the word written in the form of a triangle:

 

A – B – R – A – C – A – D – A – B – R – A
A – B – R – A – C – A – D – A – B – R
A – B – R – A – C – A – D – A – B
A – B – R – A – C – A – D – A
A – B – R – A – C – A – D
A – B – R – A – C – A
A – B – R – A – C
A – B – R – A
A – B – R
A – B
A

While the origins of Abracadabra are still shrouded in mystery, the “power” of the word has never lost its potency. Aleister Crowley wrote about it in his book, The Book of the Law, but called it “Abrahadabra” (the word in what he believed as the true spelling)

According to evolveandascend.com “In metaphysical practice, there seems to be a fine line between magic/manifesting, and creating/attracting. Perhaps Abracadabra is the magic word to allow miraculous healing, manifesting, attracting and creating… or maybe it’s just a word, nothing more. Whatever the case may be, the history of this mystery is interesting nonetheless.”

Sources:

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Seeing Past the Distractions

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Soul healing only comes when the being is fully Present, no need to make it any more complicated than that. You can bring incredibly transformative healing upon yourself in any moment, this one included. Any place, any time, those factors are really quite trivial, the only thing real healing takes is Presence. An intense awareness of what’s going on within yourself, that’s how you rediscover your authentic self, which is all that true healing is.

With all the recent spiritual authors, this knowledge is practically mainstream, but knowledge and actually applying that knowledge are two entirely different things. Everyone has beautiful moments of Presence, but they’re usually very brief and not quite what it takes for radical transformation. Why is Presence usually so brief? That’s easy, it’s because we get distracted.

Modern life has become one big distraction, and there’s a near endless supply of little distractions. People even carry around little computers around with them now, “smart” phones, so they can watch videos and play games everywhere they go. Such amazing potential for learning and communication through things like television and the internet, yet the potential is largely wasted. Now there’s nothing wrong with entertainment, but making it a higher priority that your own personal growth is a very foolish thing to do. The entertainment becomes a distraction, a coping mechanism for dealing with emotional pain. It’s used to avoid dealing with the pain, and through reinforcing these patterns you build up the bars of your own prison.

Be very aware of why you do the things you do. If you’re like most, your life is almost a mechanical thing. Same patterns over and over again, try throwing a monkey wrench in the gears. Why not? Look at the things you do, do you really enjoy them? Or do you just do them out of habit? What’s the motivation, avoiding pain? Avoiding boredom?

Boredom is a sign of a being who isn’t content with themselves. There’s a saying, “Only boring people get bored”, and I couldn’t agree more. People believe their life is boring, but it’s not your life that’s boring, it’s your own mind. Life is too incredible, too exciting, always changing, always different, it doesn’t get boring. It’s the mind that’s boring, it calls a lack of distractions “boring”, yet these moment are some of the greatest opportunities for Soul growth. It’s an opportunity to look within, to learn to be content with simply Being.

Anything in your life can be a distraction, but every moment is also an opportunity for Presence as well. This is why it’s said that what you do isn’t nearly as important as Being. Even reading this message can be a distraction, I know there’s plenty of people who read spiritual messages for entertainment. The most popular messages are rarely the most truthful, the most popular ones often read like a Hollywood movie, and do things like make predictions for the future. The future, perhaps that’s the biggest distraction of all. If you really care about the future, let it go. Understand that the “future” is only the result of what you create in the Present.

You mind is one big distraction from your Soul. Your mind has usurped your own Soul. The mind desires power, and for the mind to create the illusion that it has power, it has to deny the Soul. It has to ignore the connection to God, if it didn’t, the true nature of the mind would be revealed, and it would have to play second fiddle to the Being. The whole illusion that you’ve invested so much of your energy in, and that continues to drain your energy, would come crashing down. For the mind to stay dominant, it has to distract from the Soul.

It would be nice if there was some magic pill that created Presence, but it simply doesn’t exist. Searching for that “magic pill” is just another of the mind’s distractions. You yourself have to create the change, that’s a part of the realization of Who You Really Are, and what it means to be Present. Love will help you through all of this, but Love doesn’t do it for you, it takes your participation as well. Life doesn’t happen to you, Life is expressed through you. This is a big part of what you’re here to learn and experience, once you can see past all the distractions.

Source: http://soundofheart.org/galacticfreepress/content/seeing-past-distractions

Why is Real Change So Difficult?

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Note that I said real change, I’m not talking about switching from drinking Coke to Pepsi, changing political parties, switching religions, or changing your diet because of some article you read online. I’m talking about real changes, not superficial things, but deep, lasting changes that are a part of your growth as a human being. Things like becoming more loving, more compassionate, living with honesty, integrity and responsibility. Releasing fears and living freely and joyfully. How do we bring these kinds changes into our lives?

Superficial change is easy, the underlying patterns don’t have to change, only the surface beliefs. Your identification with one limiting thought is just traded for another limiting thought. These kinds of changes occur all the time, once the novelty of one belief is worn out, it simply gets exchanged for another. Sooner or later though, the inherent emptiness of these types of changes becomes apparent. They’re food for the mind, but they leave the Soul hungry.

So why is substantial change so difficult? Well, it’s really not that difficult, or rather, it’s as easy or as difficult as you make it for yourself. Most everyone has been taught to resist change, though it’s largely unconscious. It’s rare that a parent will tell a child directly that change is bad, but it is still taught through actions. Life becomes very structured, the same static patterns repeating over and over again, each day just like the last. Then the child goes to school, where repeating the same patterns is strictly enforced, then they get a job, and they get even more locked into this rigidly structured life.

You could let all of that go right now, you’re perfectly free to do so. Where I live, in the United States, citizens have every right to direct their own lives, yet it rarely happens. This is because most people are simply continuing patterns that have existed since before they were born, and also because of the greatest tool for enforcing any system of conformity, fear. If you can create fear in people, they will lock themselves up in their own cage. Their own minds will impose limitations without any physical control needed. Just look at any conservative politician, their whole careers are based around resisting change, and fear is their greatest weapon.

To truly embrace change, we must release our fear of the unknown. You don’t know with any certainty what’s going to happen tomorrow, you can’t even be sure of what’s going to happen in the next minute. Isn’t this true? The whole “future” is unknown, you are living a life where anything could happen, don’t pretend this isn’t true. Accept that you’re living the unknown in this moment, and your fears of the unknown, and hence change, will start to fade.

Another thing that makes change so difficult is the fact that we have such a hard time letting go. When a person does go through a major personal evolution, it’s often only after some major tragedy. The death of a loved one, a crippling injury, I’m sure you’ve heard stories along these lines. Often people only seek deep change after the problems in their life become unavoidable, it’s being reactive instead of proactive. I’ve seen it many times that people only actively seek God when they’re unhappy. This is making misery into a prerequisite for your own evolution, see the problem? Seeking God brings joy, but in that joy you get lazy and stop moving forward. The joy fades and unhappiness starts to creep in, then the cycle repeats itself. Be very careful of this pattern, I know I’ve fallen into it a few times.

If great change only comes after great difficulty for you, what’s going to happen if you ask God to bring great change into your life? For some people, that’s what it takes to get them to let go of what is holding them back, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Not that you can avoid all the unconscious pain and emotions if you truly want to grow, but you don’t have to do things in a way that amplifies them either. There’s an easier way, so long as you learn to live in the moment, embrace the unknown, and always keep your heart open to the Divine. Shake things up, try new things, learn new skills, especially if you’re clinging to bullshit excuses like, “I’m too old” or “It’s too hard”. There’s so much positive change possible in every moment, and you’re the only one stopping you.

Source: http://soundofheart.org/galacticfreepress/content/why-real-change-so-difficult

Its Time For Change The Dalai Lama Spoke Today

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According to the thetibetpost.com

The Dalai Lama met with approximately 1100 people from 56 different countries today including Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America and Africa.

“Some time ago I thought it would be good,” he said, “if, when there are quite a number of visitors here, I could meet with them and share with them some of my thoughts and experiences. So, you can not only see my face, but also hear about what I think.”

“We should adopt such a secular approach to inner values and moral principles, which should be taught in schools, where everyone can hear them, not just in temples, churches and mosques.”

He continued on to discuss three aspects. Firstly the values of love compassion contentment and tolerance and second he made reference to the philosophical views and how they differ as compared to traditions that believe in the creator god with those that believe in causality.

(1) “The notion that good actions yield happiness while unwholesomeness yields sorrow.” He joked about how people lazily blame their circumstance on ‘karma’ as if their destiny is beyond their control. They forget that ‘karma’ in fact means action and that they are its agents. Lastly, he mentioned the cultural aspects of religion and customs that are subject to change. He cited the general principle of equal opportunity that the Buddha granted to men and to women and yet men are predominant.”

“It’s time for this to change,” he said, “We should have more real equality. Similarly, the Buddha disregarded India’s caste system and today it’s time for an end to caste discrimination. This is a cultural aspect of religious tradition that spiritual teachers should speak out against.”

His Holiness spoke about the importance of preserving Tibet’s culture of peace, non-violence and compassion; values that can be of benefit to everyone. He touched on his concerns about Tibet’s natural ecology, noting that in terms of glaciers, Tibet should be considered a third pole. From these sources flow all the major rivers of Asia that are crucial to the water supply of a billion people.

He closed the gathering of earnest listeners with a final appeal: “If anything I’ve said has been of any interest, think about it some more and discuss it with your family and friends. Thank you. The day after tomorrow I’m leaving for Japan. See you again.”

Source: thetibetpost.com

 

Archaeologists Find Underground Pyramid in Bolivia

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Photo Credit: ancientorigins.net

The ancient fortress site of Tiahuanaco (Tiwanaku) in western Bolivia is again revealing secrets thousands of years after its peak as capital of an empire, and home to one of the most important civilizations prior to the Inca. Archaeologists from the Tiahuanaco Archeological Research Center have discovered an underground pyramid at the site with the use of ground-penetrating radar.

Not much is known about the pyramid yet — the archaeologists found it with ground-penetrating radar, but they haven’t begun excavating the area. The radar data also revealed “underground anomalies” that may be monoliths, EFE reports.

According to Fox News Latino, the Bolivian government has announced excavations are set to begin this summer on the new find at the Kantatallita area of Tiahuanaco, 71 kilometers (44 miles) west of La Paz.

Using ground-penetrating radar, researchers also have reportedly found “underground anomalies” which they suspect might be monoliths, but further analysis will be carried out before reaching official conclusions.

The site was once home to one of ancient America’s most important cities,Ancient Origins notes, and the city spanned roughly 231,000 square miles. Other finds from the site have included sculptures, palace ruins, and stone monuments.

Credits: Ancient Origins

 

Striking at the Heart of the System Wake Up World

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Sorry to hit it hard folks and kill the vibe.. but here is truth right smack dab in your face. We are being robbed. Its time to wake up. I dont want to be a part of this any longer. How about you? Its time for revolution of mind and spirit. You may not want to but these next 3 minutes will rock your entire existence if you haven’t realized it yet already.

 

 

12 Ways to Raise Your Vibration

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12 Ways to Raise Your Vibration

Whether you know it or not every action word and even thought and emotion carries its own vibrational frequency.

It comes back to the Law of Attraction or what I like to call Spiritual Magnetism. Whether you consciously perceive what you are doing or not your thoughts are drawing in situations, people or objects that are in line with your own resonance vibration.

The more positive thoughts, feelings and actions you have the more positive vibrations you are giving off. Ever heard that song by the Beach Boys “Good Vibrations” Maybe that makes a little more sense now. The same goes for your negative emotions, the more negative your thoughts, etc. the lower your vibration and as such you will unintentionally draw in negative experiences into your life.

The choice is simple, but it is the hardest to achieve. You can choose the vibration of Love or you can choose the vibration of Fear.  It is a common misconception that Hate is the opposite of Love. It is not, it is fear.

Scientific experiments have been done to monitor the emotion of fear on a scale and it has been shown to have a low and short vibration whereas Love has a longer and higher vibration. When we are encompassed by fear, we call on a lower vibration resonance whereas when we act out of love, we are aligning ourselves with a higher vibrational resonance and attracting more positive experiences.

Raising your vibration is definitely not hard to do but it can be hard to maintain.

The Following are 12 ways to Raise your Vibration: via www.foreverconscious.com

1. Gratitude: the most beneficial way to raise your vibration is to count your blessings and really allow your self to experience a deep sense of sheer thankfulness and gratitude. Keep a daily gratitude journal, or keep a list close by to remind you how lucky you truly are.

2. Appreciate: beyond gratitude are daily appreciations. Learn to recognize and appreciate beauty wherever you go, from a simple flower to the beautiful pattern the clouds make. When you begin to notice and appreciate all that is around, you begin to tap into a greater sense of awareness and mindfulness which in turn, raises your vibration.

3. Breathe: Noticing the rise and fall of your breath can help calm the mind and the spirit. Whether you choose to mediate or do breath work, going within and listening to the rise and fall of your inhale and exhale can help to raise your vibration.

4. Meditate: Similar to breath work, allowing your mind to tune out and listening to the stillness within your heart and breath can do wonders for your mood and your vibrational resonance. Whether you prefer guided mediations or sitting in stillness, the wondrous effects of this practice reach both the physical, energetic and spiritual levels.

5. Create: Find something you love to do, such as playing music, cooking, creating art etc and do more of it! When we are engaged and happy in what we are doing, our mood elevates and our vibration does too. When we move into the creative headspace we also help to activate our chakras and still our minds, creating space and awareness.

6. Give: giving from the pureness of your heart has been shown to not only improve your health but it can also raise your vibration. By doing something for someone in need, or donating your time to a local charity, you are not only giving back but you are also giving to yourself.

7. Abundance: when you realize that there is enough on this earth for everyone, and that you are not in competition with anyone, you begin to understand the flow of abundance. Abundance is the complete awareness and acceptance that all your needs will be provided for and that you are given everything you need in order to survive and live a fulfilled life. Trusting in the abundance of the Universe and Mother Earth raises your vibration and in-turn attracts more abundance towards you.

8. Wise with Words: the words you speak and think carry their own powerful vibrational resonance and whether you talk ill about someone else or towards yourself, there is no difference. When we gossip, complain or put others down we align ourself on a negative vibrational path. When we speak and reflect without judgement, and understand that our words carry their own frequency, we begin to raise our vibration.

10. Let it Go: Walking around with a victim-like mentality stems from fears developed in our past and the ones we imagine for our future. By letting go and realizing the present moment we can release the fear and begin to understand that we do have control over our lives and how we choose to handle situations. No matter what events present themselves to us, it is our attitude that determines the outcome.

11. Conquer: By conquering a fear you instantly raise your vibration and put yourself on the path of freedom. Fears often stem from ignorance as once we know and understand the situation, we tend to stop fearing it. When you face your fears you also release their control over your life which opens up infinite possibilities and opportunities. When you let go of your fears, you stimulate the energetic flow of abundance, joy and love.

12. Loved Ones: spending time with family and friends is also a great way to raise your vibration and to put you in a positive mind set. Having a meaningful conversation with a loved one can help develop a sense of connectedness and community, both of which help to raise your vibration.

Source: www.foreverconscious.com

A Message From The Future

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In the future technology, evolves faster than any human mind can think. When this singularity occured we became like gods , every thought we had, had a drastic immediate impact. All of our dreams became a reality and so did our nightmares….

Check out this amazingly insightful video of the future to come!  I want to be there now! How about you?