Transcending Time

by Steve Taylor.

A few years ago a friend of mine was knocked off his motorbike at a high speed. The impact catapulted him through the air, and when he hit the ground he lost consciousness. The next thing he knew he woke up in hospital eight hours later. But he can still vividly remember the few moments before he lost consciousness:

I saw the car’s windscreen shattering. The glass sprayed out so slowly, like a fan, and it looked beautiful. All the pieces were shining in the sun. I felt like I was floating through the air, almost as if I wasn’t going to come down. I looked into the sun and it was like being on a plane, when you’re above the clouds and it’s a brilliant white colour.

It’s extremely common for accidents and other moments of sudden shock to bring an extreme slowing down of time. Here a person who regularly goes riding told me how she experiences a radically slowing down of time when she falls off her horse:

I am always surprised when I fall off a horse how long it takes me to hit the ground! I feel as if I am floating through the air and I always think that I am going to land really softly so I relax and wait to land. And then, when I hit the ground and am lying there winded, I am completely surprised.

The same slowing down of time often occurs in emergency situations, when our lives are threatened. There are many reports of time slowing down massively during earthquakes, for example. One woman who experienced the devastating earthquake in Armenia in 1988 reported that, “It was like a slow motion movie. There was a concrete panel slowly falling down.” The photographer Ansel Adams describes being woken up by an earthquake at 5am, with his bed crashing against the walls and windows smashing. “The roaring, swaying, moving, and grinding continued for what seemed like a long time,” he writes. “It actually took less than a minute.”

Many professional sportspeople are familiar with these kinds of experiences. Sometimes, in moments of high intensity, sportspeople find themselves entering the “zone”, a state in which everything “clicks” and they shift to a higher level of performance. New reserves of effort and energy are released inside them and they suddenly become capable of feats which would normally be beyond them. Without even trying very hard, everything they do seems naturally and inevitably perfect. Time moves much more slowly than normal – in fact, this is often the main reason why the player is capable of such astounding feats, because he or she has more time to play with, more time to anticipate his opponent’s actions and to position himself.

The American tennis champion Jimmy Connors, for example, describes how when he was in the “zone”, the ball seemed to grow in size as it came over the net, and moved so slowly that he had all the time in the world to choose how and when to hit it.

Immobilising the ego

The key to these experiences is the ego – or rather, the absence of the ego -during them. Our sense of time passing is a function of the ego. Young babies have no sense of ego, and therefore no sense of time passing. Young children only have a weak “ego structure” and so only have a vague sense of time. It’s only at the age of 16 or so – when the ego is fully developed as a structure – that we have a clear sense of the past or future and are able to accurately estimate periods of time.

This suggests that if the normal sense of ego was absent, we wouldn’t have a sense of time passing – or at least that if our sense of ego was weaker, our sense of time passing would be less pronounced, so that it would pass more slowly to us.

And this is exactly what happens in these experiences: for a short period, we lose our sense of ego, our sense of being an “I” trapped inside our heads – or at least this becomes much weaker than normal – and so we lose our normal sense of time passing. Our normal conscious mind is immobilised, and we cease to be subject to time (at least to the same extent).

Super-attention and shock

There are two ways in which the ego can be immobilised. The first is as a result of intense concentration or attention, which is what happens in sportsmen’s “zone” experiences. This can also happen in meditation, when we focus our attention on a mantra, or on our breathing. If we can keep our attention focused, we begin to experience a state of mental quietness. Our thoughts begin to slow down, until eventually (if we’re having a really successful meditation), they fade away altogether. And, at the same time, our normal sense of ego fades away. We experience a state of egolessness, of no longer being an “I” chattering away inside our heads. The act of concentrating our attention has the effect of dissolving the ego. This is why states of deep meditation also bring a sense of timelessness.

The super-attention which sports involve can also immobilise the ego. A golfer or racing driver concentrates hard for hours and, eventually, when he or she reaches a certain intense pitch of concentration, their normal sense of ego may fade away – and, as a consequence, so may their sense of time. A short distance athlete doesn’t need to keep her mind focused for as long during the actual event, of course, but she will aim to build up a state of intense “focusedness” for hours beforehand, ridding her mind of other thoughts and distractions.

The second way in which the ego can be immobilised is by sudden shocks. Teachers of Zen Buddhism try to catch the egos of students off guard by hitting them with sticks while they’re meditating, by giving them nonsensical answers to questions or by giving them koans (or riddles) to solve which make no sense at all, which the student can puzzle over for hours before his or her ego is finally immobilised by strain and confusion. It’s taken for granted that when the ego is immobilised, an experience of satori (or a higher state of consciousness) will result. And this is probably what happens in accidents and emergencies. The sheer shock of the car crash, the engine failure, the earthquake or the violent encounter, paralyses the ego. It all happens so quickly that it can’t react in time and gets left behind. As a result, with no (or at least very little) sense of ego, the person also experiences a sense of timelessness, or at least an acute slowing down of time.

Other egoless states

This connection between time and the ego also partly explains why psychedelic drugs can drastically slow down time. Drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms can, in Aldous Huxley’s words, “telescope aeons of blissful experience into one hour”. The Russian philosopher P D Ouspensky once made a series of “mystical experiments”, which probably (since he doesn’t state which drugs he used) involved inhaling ether. He experienced what he calls an “extraordinary lengthening of time, in which seconds seem to be years or decades”.

And part of the reason for this is that psychedelic drugs have an “ego subduing” effect. They often weaken our sense of being a separate I, complete with memories, beliefs and a self image, and we may feel that we’re fused with the world which normally seems outside us. (But sometimes the ego may be permanently damaged by this experience, which is one of the reasons why psychedelics can be so dangerous.)

Hypnosis can also have a time expanding effect. It’s difficult to say exactly what happens when a person becomes hypnotised, but it seems clear that the “shutting down” of the conscious mind or ego is the key aspect. When a hypnotist asks you to concentrate on his pocket watch or to listen to him counting to 20, what he’s trying to do is to paralyse your ego, to put it into abeyance, leaving you without your normal sense of identity and your own will. And in view of this, it’s natural that states of hypnosis can slow down time too.

The most striking evidence for the time slowing effect of hypnosis are the amazing feats people under hypnosis are capable of, which (like the amazing feats sportspeople perform in the “zone”) would be impossible in normal time, simply because there wouldn’t be enough “time” to do them. The psychologist Gordana Vitaliano gave hypnotised subjects a complex mathematical task to do, something that normally takes around 10 minutes, but which they completed in just 15 seconds.

In another experiment, a hypnotist slowed down his subjects’ sense of time by pretending to slow down a metronome which they were listening to, until they believed that it was only beating once every minute. He then told them they had an hour to accomplish certain mental tasks, such as planning a complicated meal. In reality, they were given just 10 seconds, but they fed back with the kind of wealth and detail of information which would only have been possible after an hour or so of normal time. In a similar experiment, a hypnotised woman produced several dress designs in less than a minute, saying afterwards that she felt like she had experienced an hour or more of normal time within that minute.

Spiritual development

All of these experiences show how bound up our sense of time is with the ego. As soon the ego is disturbed in some way, or put into abeyance, then time slows down radically or disappears altogether. This suggests that in a sense our experience of an evenly flowing linear time is a kind of illusion created by the ego. Children’s experience of time shows that it doesn’t exist before the sense of ego develops, and the experiences we’ve looked at here suggest that it doesn’t exist outside the ego, in the same way that the seeming reality of a dream ceases to exist the moment you wake up.

Most importantly, however, this suggests a way in which we can become free of time. Most of us feel that time is a kind of enemy. We feel that it’s running away from us and that we never have enough of it. We feel pressurised by its limits and deadliness. We spend so much time thinking about the future and the past that we forget to live in the present. But if time is created by the ego, then we can free ourselves from time permanently by “undoing” the ego. After all, this is the main aim of spiritual development. Through meditation, mindfulness, devotion, service and other spiritual practices, we slowly transcend the ego, and reorientate ourselves around a deeper spiritual self. In the process, the boundaries of time expand, like a river opening up to the ocean, until the illusion unravels completely, and we realise our true, timeless and eternal nature.

 

About the author:

Steve-TaylorSteve Taylor Ph.D is a senior lecturer in Psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. He is the author of Back to Sanity: Healing the Madness of Our Minds and The Fall: The Insanity of the Ego in Human History and the Dawning of A New Era. Steve’s books have been published in 16 languages and his research has appeared in The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, The Journal of Consciousness Studies, The Transpersonal Psychology Review, The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, as well as the popular media in the UK, including on BBC World TV, The Guardian, and The Independent.

 

Empathy: The Power of Connection

Originally published in Natural Health magazine, 2012

In recent years, the process of ‘restorative justice’ has been used more and more frequently as a way of dealing with crime. As a part of the process, offenders are brought face to face with the victims of their crimes, to hear how they have suffered as a result. The aim of this encounter is to bring healing, for both victim and offender. The victim transcends their rage with some understanding and forgiveness towards the offender, and the offender empathises with the victim, becoming aware of the real meaning of their crimes. This process changes lives. Victims feel free of the weight of hatred and are able to move on; offenders have a wider sense of perspective, and are less likely to re-offend. Sometimes offenders don’t meet their specific victims, but just the victims of similar crimes. But this still leads to a new awareness, and new patterns of behaviour.

This highlights the amazing power of empathy. To a large extent, all crime and all cruelty are the result of a lack of empathy. It’s a lack of empathy which makes someone capable of attacking or oppressing other people. A lack of empathy for another tribe or country makes warfare and conflict possible. A lack of empathy towards other ethnic groups, social classes or castes makes oppression and inequality possible.

What is Empathy?

Empathy is the ability to ‘feel with’ another person, to identity with them and sense what they’re experiencing. It’s sometimes seen as the ability to ‘read’ other people’s emotions, or the ability to imagine what they’re feeling, by ‘putting yourself in their shoes.’ In other words, empathy is seen as a cognitive ability, along the same lines as the ability to imagine future scenarios or to solve problems based on previous experience. But in my view, empathy is more than this. It’s the ability to make a psychic and emotional connection with another person, to actually enter into their mind-space. When we experience real empathy or compassion, our identity actually merges with another person’s. The separateness between you and the other person fades away. Your ‘self-boundary’ melts away, so that in a sense – or to an extent – you become them.

If you experience this state of connection with another person, then it’s impossible to treat them badly, except unintentionally. You recoil from their experience of suffering in the same way that you recoil from your own suffering. In fact, you feel a strong desire to relieve their suffering and aid their development.

Empathy has powerful psychological benefits for us too. Research shows that people who are more empathic feel more satisfied with their lives, and have better relationships. Some scientists used to belief that human beings are naturally selfish and individualistic, but more and more research is showing that empathy – not selfishness – is ‘hard-wired’ into us. Animals often show empathy towards one another, even to members of different species, and this manifests itself in random acts of kindness. As Lynn McTaggart – author of The Bond – puts it, ‘Animals often partner up with members of unrelated species…There are even instances of an animal from one species adopting those of another.’ And within their own species, animals often share food to make sure that weaker members of their group are fed, even when they have to sacrifice their own food.

Are Women more Empathic?

Studies have suggested that women are generally more empathic than men. For example, studies have shown that women are significantly better at ‘reading’ people’s emotions purely from looking at their eyes. Other research has shown that women’s friendships tend to based on mutual help and problem sharing, whereas men usually develop friendships based on shared interests, such as sports and hobbies. Men and women have also been shown to have different speaking styles. Women’s conversations usually last longer, because of their use of more ‘back channel support’, such as nodding, smiling and other gestures. If they disagree, they tend to express their opinion indirectly rather than making a statement, helping to avoid confrontation. On the other hand, men tend to more blunt and opinionated. They use more imperatives and tend to ‘talk over’ more. As the psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen puts it, ‘men spend more time using language to demonstrate their knowledge, skill and status.’ This makes sense: after all, the vast majority of ‘man’s inhumanity’ throughout history really has been man’s. Almost all wars have been orchestrated and fought by men, and most social oppression has been inflicted by high status men, seeking to protect and increase their power and wealth.

This also makes sense in terms of women’s role as mothers. Surely their nurturing role encourages empathy, because of the need for a strong emotional connection to children. At the very least, you could say that this emotional connection would have made it more difficult for them to lose the ability to empathise.

Empathy with Nature

Empathy can spread beyond other humans, to other living beings and to nature itself. Many of the world’s tribal peoples respect nature because they sense that it’s alive, and because they feel connected to it. They sense that all natural things – not just animals but plants, stones and the whole Earth itself – are not just objects but beings, who are part of the same web of creation as them. They empathise with plants, animals and the Earth, and so are reluctant to damage or destroy them. As the great Native American philosopher Luther Standing Bear wrote, for the Lakota Indians, ‘Kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky, and water was a real and active principle. In the animal and bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept the Lakota safe among them.’ As a result, wrote Luther Standing Bear, anticipating the modern animal rights movement, ‘The animals had rights – the right of a man’s protection, the right to live, the right to multiply, the right to freedom, and the right to man’s indebtedness – and in recognition of these rights the Lakota never enslaved an animal, and spared all life that was not needed for food and clothing.’

This attitude brought a sense of responsibility. Many indigenous peoples saw – and still see – themselves as the caretakers of nature, with a responsibility to preserve harmony. As Chief Edward Moody of the Nuxalk Nation says, ‘We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.’

To a large extent, our environmental destruction is a manifestation of our lack of empathy for nature, and the Earth. Our strongly developed ego means that we experience a sense of ‘otherness’ to nature, that we can’t sense its aliveness, and so don’t feel any qualms about exploiting and abusing it.

Healing through Empathy

Just as the lack of empathy makes cruelty and oppression possible, the presence of empathy heals conflict. The wider empathy stretches – from victims to offenders, from one ethnic group to another, from nation to nation and religion to religion – the less brutal and more harmonious a place the world will become.

And perhaps most importantly, as Restorative Justice shows, to some degree empathy can be nurtured. When people are brought together in a neutral context, with an open, trusting attitude, empathy naturally establishes itself. Distinctions of ethnicity, religion and other superficial ‘identity badges’ begin to fade away, as does the sense of grievance and rage derived from past events. The same could be said of nature too: when human beings spend time in natural surroundings, relaxing into its stillness and space, a bond naturally establishes itself.

And it’s this bond which is surely our true nature. Empathy shows that the concept of separateness is an illusion. Empathy is simply the experience of our true connectedness, the exchange of feeling through the channel of shared consciousness which unites not just all human beings, but all living and non-living things.

Empathy meditation

Think of someone you love, and be aware of the warm feeling that wells up inside you. Hold on to that warm feeling, and let it spread throughout your body, including to any parts of you body where you feel discomfort. Let it flow into your mind too, so that you feel empathy and compassion to your own thoughts, even the negative ones. Think of all the people around you, in the rooms or buildings close to you, and imagine that warm glow of compassion leaving your body and spreading to them. Think of all the people in your city, in the streets and buildings, and expand the warm feeling to them too. Thinking of all the people in this country, across the towns and countryside, and expand the feeling to them too. Then expand it further, to all the people on this planet, the millions of people in all the different countries. Feel the glow of compassion spreading from your being to the whole world, and into the space above you, rising up into the sky and the whole universe.

Cultivating Empathy

  • Use your imagination to picture how the world looks through other people’s eyes. Think about how other people’s predicaments make them feel, and how their experiences mould their perceptions.
  • When you speak to other people, give them your full attention. Don’t think about other things, look into the distance or look at your i-phone. Giving people your full attention shows that your respect them, and establishes a strong connection, which enables empathy to flow between you.
  • Before you condemn another person for behaving badly, think about the reasons for their behaviour. Is it because of bad experiences they’ve had in the past, or because of personality traits that they have no control over?
  • Be altruistic and kind to others. Make sure that your life contains an element of service, where you part the needs of others before your own e.g. caring for the sick or elderly, charity or voluntary work. Altruism and service help us to transcend separateness, and to connect with others, creating a follow of empathy.

About the author:

Steve-TaylorSteve Taylor Ph.D is a senior lecturer in Psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. He is the author of Back to Sanity: Healing the Madness of Our Minds and The Fall: The Insanity of the Ego in Human History and the Dawning of A New Era. Steve’s books have been published in 16 languages and his research has appeared in The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, The Journal of Consciousness Studies, The Transpersonal Psychology Review, The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, as well as the popular media in the UK, including on BBC World TV, The Guardian, and The Independent.

NASA Finds Magnetic Portals Connect Sun to Earth

During the time it takes you to read this article, something will happen high overhead that until recently many scientists didn’t believe in. A magnetic portal will open, linking Earth to the sun 93 million miles away. Tons of high-energy particles may flow through the opening before it closes again, around the time you reach the end of the page.

“It’s called a flux transfer event or ‘FTE,'” says space physicist David Sibeck of the Goddard Space Flight Center. “Ten years ago I was pretty sure they didn’t exist, but now the evidence is incontrovertible.”

Indeed, today Sibeck is telling an international assembly of space physicists at the 2008 Plasma Workshop in Huntsville, Alabama, that FTEs are not just common, but possibly twice as common as anyone had ever imagined.

breach_stripRight: An artist’s concept of Earth’s magnetic field connecting to the sun’s–a.k.a. a “flux transfer event”–with a spacecraft on hand to measure particles and fields.

Researchers have long known that the Earth and sun must be connected. Earth’s magnetosphere (the magnetic bubble that surrounds our planet) is filled with particles from the sun that arrive via the solar wind and penetrate the planet’s magnetic defenses. They enter by following magnetic field lines that can be traced from terra firma all the way back to the sun’s atmosphere.

“We used to think the connection was permanent and that solar wind could trickle into the near-Earth environment anytime the wind was active,” says Sibeck. “We were wrong. The connections are not steady at all. They are often brief, bursty and very dynamic.”

Several speakers at the Workshop have outlined how FTEs form: On the dayside of Earth (the side closest to the sun), Earth’s magnetic field presses against the sun’s magnetic field. Approximately every eight minutes, the two fields briefly merge or “reconnect,” forming a portal through which particles can flow. The portal takes the form of a magnetic cylinder about as wide as Earth. The European Space Agency’s fleet of four Cluster spacecraft and NASA’s five THEMIS probes have flown through and surrounded these cylinders, measuring their dimensions and sensing the particles that shoot through. “They’re real,” says Sibeck.

Now that Cluster and THEMIS have directly sampled FTEs, theorists can use those measurements to simulate FTEs in their computers and predict how they might behave. Space physicist Jimmy Raeder of the University of New Hampshire presented one such simulation at the Workshop. He told his colleagues that the cylindrical portals tend to form above Earth’s equator and then roll over Earth’s winter pole. In December, FTEs roll over the north pole; in July they roll over the south pole.

sun-earth-magnetic-connectionSibeck believes this is happening twice as often as previously thought. “I think there are two varieties of FTEs: active and passive.” Active FTEs are magnetic cylinders that allow particles to flow through rather easily; they are important conduits of energy for Earth’s magnetosphere. Passive FTEs are magnetic cylinders that offer more resistance; their internal structure does not admit such an easy flow of particles and fields. (For experts: Active FTEs form at equatorial latitudes when the IMF tips south; passive FTEs form at higher latitudes when the IMF tips north.) Sibeck has calculated the properties of passive FTEs and he is encouraging his colleagues to hunt for signs of them in data from THEMIS and Cluster. “Passive FTEs may not be very important, but until we know more about them we can’t be sure.”

There are many unanswered questions: Why do the portals form every 8 minutes? How do magnetic fields inside the cylinder twist and coil? “We’re doing some heavy thinking about this at the Workshop,” says Sibeck.

Meanwhile, high above your head, a new portal is opening, connecting your planet to the sun.

Author: Dr. Tony Phillips | Credit: [email protected]

 

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Ginger

Ginger has been used as a natural remedy for many ailments for centuries. Now, science is catching up and researchers around the world are finding that ginger works wonders in the treatment of everything from cancer to migraines. Here are ten health benefits of this powerful herb.

Ovarian Cancer Treatment
Ginger may be powerful weapon in the treatment of ovarian cancer. A study conducted at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center found that ginger powder induces cell death in all ovarian cancer cells to which it was applied.

Colon Cancer Prevention
A study at the University of Minnesota found that ginger may slow the growth of colorectal cancer cells.

Morning Sickness
A review of several studies has concluded that ginger is just as effective as vitamin B6 in the treatment of morning sickness.

Motion Sickness Remedy
Ginger has been shown to be an effective remedy for the nausea associated with motion sickness.

Reduces Pain and Inflammation
One study showed that ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and is a powerful natural painkiller.

Heartburn Relief
Ginger has long been used as a natural heartburn remedy. It is most often taken in the form of tea for this purpose.

Cold and Flu Prevention and Treatment Ginger has long been used as a natural treatment for colds and the flu. Many people also find ginger to be helpful in the case of stomach flus or food poisoning, which is not surprising given the positive effects ginger has upon the digestive tract.

Migraine Relief
Research has shown that ginger may provide migraine relief due to its ability to stop prostaglandins from causing pain and inflammation in blood vessels.

Menstrual Cramp Relief
In Chinese medicine, ginger tea with brown sugar is used in the treatment of menstrual cramps.

Prevention of Diabetic Nephropathy
A study done on diabetic rats found that those rats given ginger had a reduced incidence of diabetic nephropathy (kidney damage).

Sources: http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/10-health-benefits-of-ginger.html

Deprogramming Society

Written by Zac Lole

www.humanmetamorphosis.net

Have you ever looked back on your schooling days and thought “Why did they insist upon jam packing my mind with so much information that has been of very little use to me since”? Seriously, aside from learning to read, write, perform basic calculations and interact with others, what commonly applicable knowledge did you gain from your first ten years of formal education? How crucial and beneficial has your knowledge of algebra, chemistry, trigonometry and history been in your adult life? There’s no denying that we all indirectly benefit from the implications of such subjects… But, for the vast majority of the population, they’re simply not useful on even a slightly regular basis. So why do they receive such exaggerated emphasis in our curriculum, and why weren’t those crucial early learning years invested in more useful knowledge?

Imagine if, as a child/teenager, you learned about effective financial planning, instead of how to calculate the circumference of a circle… How much more financial freedom might you now enjoy? What if you were taught how to manage and process negative emotions, by questioning and altering your perspective during troubling situations?… Wouldn’t lifelong peace of mind be more useful than knowing of the gruesome happenings in Auschwitz? Is teaching children the molecular structure of copper really a higher priority than teaching them how to make wise critical decisions?

The truth is, instead of being taught what really matters, like how to live and coexist with ALL other earthly residents in a peaceful, harmonious and synergistic way, children are simply trained to grow up to be efficient worker drones. From a very young age we are taught what to think and how to fit in to the “desirable” societal mould… Go to school, get a job, buy a house, have a family, buy more stuff, work like a SLAVE to pay off your debt, and sacrifice your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing in the process so you can retire at 70, as a burnt out wreck. Sounds fairly common, right? So you’ve got to ask… who does that system serve?! Did you choose that lifestyle because it’s in your best interest? Or did you fall in to it by default because you didn’t question the societal program that is designed to serve the interests of others, at your expense?

Wouldn’t it be great if the emphasis of our education system instead focused upon teaching our youth how to navigate this world with grace and wisdom? What if every child on Earth was taught about non-violent conflict resolution, how to meditate, how to minimize impact on the environment, the importance of respecting the free will of others, means of self reflection and correction etc? What if every teacher taught and modelled love, respect, compassion and understanding, rather than punishment, fear and tyranny? This alone would see much of the issues humanity faces today resolved in a single generation.

However, the matrix of societal programming reaches far beyond the education system alone. Religious institutions program the most fundamental beliefs and, therefore, actions of billions worldwide. Media outlets further program the beliefs of countless watchers by distorting facts and favouring stories that involve bloodshed, catastrophe or misery of some kind. The entertainment industry and celebrities are hugely influential upon how people want to live and behave. Huge budgets are spent on marketing campaigns to convince you to buy things you don’t need. The entire economic system is quite intentionally designed to create perpetual debt… And none of this is an accident!

COMMENTARYreligionWEB1Everything about our modern society is very well thought out and deliberate. War… deliberate. Poverty… deliberate. Debt… deliberate. Fear… deliberate. And it’s all there for one deliberate reason, which is to keep the general population distracted from what is really important – Spiritual growth. Because, the powers that be are quite aware that a spiritually awakened population would render their power and control useless.

The more one sees through the many distractions and chooses instead to invest their attention in spiritual pursuits, the less they are enslaved by the illusory program. When wisdom is valued higher than being “right”, we will know true peace. When questioning that which does not serve the all becomes more common than blind subservience, we will know true liberation. When all people see all others as equal, we will know true prosperity. When unity is sought over division, we will know true love.

Our societal program is only able to exist, as it is, because it’s supported by the choices of individuals. However, a great deal of our choices are made in relation to the fundamental beliefs that were INSTALLED upon us during childhood… So I urge you to consider your core beliefs and priorities in life, and ask the question “Did I choose this way of thinking, through my own experience, or was this way of thinking chosen by others and pressed upon me?” Don’t brush it off and think this doesn’t apply to you. We ALL have programmed beliefs – some that serve us well and others that don’t.

Think of the religious influence of your family, and imagine how different your worldview might be if you were born in to a family following a very different religion, or no religion at all. Think about your parent’s occupation and consider how the morals, values, priorities and ethics they modelled to you might have been very different if they were instead a banker, farmer, teacher, nurse, military man/woman etc. How might your fundamental beliefs be different if you were born in a different country, with different skin colour, and as the opposite gender?

Needless to say, most beliefs are circumstantial and/or inherited from others. Meaning, they often reflect WORLDY experiences, as they are INTERPRETED by you and your peers, but don’t necessarily compliment that which you truly are, as a spiritual being. The trouble with this is we end up with all manner of beliefs that don’t serve our highest good and are often incredibly detrimental, without us even knowing it. This is equally true on all levels of society, from the individual to the global, and everything in between.

In order for us to transcend the limitations of our current paradigm, and evolve as interconnected spiritual beings, we must all play our part by questioning our own beliefs and changing those that don’t serve the greatest good of the all. Any belief or system that does not promote unity, equality, harmlessness, love and joy in yourself and all others must be questioned, and a higher perspective sought.

There is no way the priorities of our societal program can change unless we do first.

Love always,

Zac Sole

 

What Are Synchronicities?

synchronicity

Synchronicities are more than happenstances, these experiences are expertly crafted to give us important messages at important junctures of our lives. When we begin to pay attention to when where and why and how they happen we then begin to notice a pattern emerging. Recognizing this pattern we learn to understand and master the principles of the Universe we interact with everyday.

Synchronicities are those moments of “meaningful coincidence” when the boundary dissolves between the inner and the outer. At the synchronistic moment, just like a dream, our internal, subjective state appears, as if materialized in, as and through the outside world. Touching the heart of our being, synchronicities are moments in time in which there is a fissure in the fabric of what we have taken for reality and there is a bleed through from a higher dimension outside of time. Synchronicities are expressions of the dreamlike nature of reality, as they are moments in time when the timeless, dreamlike nature of the universe shines forth its radiance and openly reveals itself to us, offering us an open doorway to lucidity.

Synchronicity was one of Jung’s most profound yet least understood discoveries, in part because it cannot be appreciated until we personally step into and experience the synchronistic realm for ourselves. Jung’s discovery of synchronicity was in a sense the parallel in the realm of psychology to Einstein’s discovery of the law of relativity in physics. Because it is so radically discontinuous with our conventional notions of the nature of reality, the experience of synchronicity is so literally mind-blowing that Jung contemplated this phenomenon for over twenty years before he published his thinking about it. Jung’s synchronistic universe was a new world view which embraced linear causality while simultaneously transcending it.

wgwirs_Wallpaper_SynchronicityA synchronistic universe balances and complements the mechanistic world of linear causality with a realm that is outside of space, time and causality. In a synchronicity, two heterogeneous world-systems, the causal and acausal, interlock and interpenetrate each other for a moment in time, which is both an expression of while creating in the field an aspect of our wholeness to manifest. The synchronistic universe is beginning-less in that we are participating in its creation right now, which is why Jung calls it “an act of creation in time.”

In short a Synchronicity is the coming together of inner and outer events in a way that cannot be explained by cause and effect and that is meaningful to the observer.

In order to understand synchronicity as it appears now, has appeared in your past, and will appear in your future, let’s look at the circumstances in which synchronicity shows up in your life and at the patterns it takes—single incidents, strings, and clusters.

As you read the following descriptions, read actively. Scan your memory for similar events. Think of what’s happened to you in the last few weeks and months and see what patterns emerge.

We experience synchronicity most often when we’re open and aware, which in turn is affected by the outer conditions in which we find ourselves and the inner conditions in which we put ourselves.

  • Special circumstances such as births, deaths, and times of upheaval are outer conditions that push us toward openness because, as the ground shifts beneath our feet, we feel more vulnerable.
  • Mundane circumstances of daily life can be rich with synchronicity if we have the right inner conditions—if we make ourselves more open to the world through personal awareness and inner work
  • Cycle or cyclic changes that come into your world. For example, at the present moment you have three new people in your life all with the same name. This could mean your life is setting up for some kind of shift or change. You may also begin to notice that your life flows in cycles. For example every about 7 or so years, a major change has come through your life.

Explore these thought further and see what kind of synchronocities you can recognize!

Sources:

http://www.awakeninthedream.com/wordpress/catching-the-bug-of-synchronicity/

http://www.flowpower.com/understanding_synchronicity.htm

Understanding Our Etheric Bodies

Barbara Brennan on the Etheric Body
The Etheric Body (First Layer)
 
“The etheric body (from “ether” the state between energy and matter) is composed of tiny energy lines “like a sparkling web of light beams” similar to the lines on a television screen. It has the same structure as the physical body including all the anatomical parts and all the organs.
The etheric body consists of a definite structure of lines of force, or energy matrix, upon which the physical matter of the body tissues is shaped and anchored. The physical tissues exist as such only because of the vital field behind them; that is, the field is prior to, not a result of, the physical body. This relationship has been supported in the observations of plant growth by Dr. John Pierrakos and myself. Through the use of High Sense Perception, we observed that an energy field matrix in the shape of a leaf is projected by the plant prior to the growth of a leaf, and then the leaf grows into that already existing form.
 
The web-like structure of the etheric body is in constant motion. To clairvoyant vision, sparks of bluish-white light move along its energy lines throughout the entire dense physical body. The etheric body extends from one quarter to two inches beyond the physical body and pulsates about 15-20 cycles per minute.
 
The colour of the etheric body varies from light blue to grey. The light blue colour has been connected to a finer form than the grey. That is, a more sensitive person with a sensitive body will tend to have a bluish first layer whereas a more athletic, robust type of person will tend to have a more grayish etheric body. All the chakras of this layer are the same colour as the body. That is, they will also range between blue to gray in colour. The chakras look like vortices made of a net of light, just like the rest of the etheric body. One can perceive all the organs of the physical body, but they are formed of this scintillating bluish light. As in the leaf’s energy system, this etheric structure sets up the matrix for the cells to grow; i.e., the cells of the body grow along the lines of energy of the etheric matrix, and that matrix is there before the cells grow. If one were to isolate the etheric body and look only at it, it would look like a man or woman made of bluish lines of light in constant scintillation, rather like Spiderman.
 
By observing the shoulder of someone in dim light against a plain white or plain black or dark blue background, you may be able to see the pulsations of this etheric body. The pulsation rises, say at the shoulder, and then makes its way down the arm, like a wave. If you look more closely, there appears to be a blank space between the shoulder and the blue hazy light; then there is a layer of brighter blue haze that slowly fades as it extends from the body. But be aware that as soon as you see it, it will be gone, because it moves so fast. It will have pulsated down the arm by the time you take a second look to check yourself out. Try again. You will catch the next pulsation.” from Barbara Brennan, Hands of Light pp.49-50
 
For more information Barbara Brennan and her work see: Barbara Brennan School of Healing. Holistic, spiritual healing through working with the human energy field or aura.

Portals, Galaxies & Chakras: Understanding Our Galactic Bodies

To understand who we are takes looking inside of ourselves, because its only by looking inside we realize that we have had all of the answers all along.

The answers to our origins, our connection to the universe, and the answer to who we are in the spectrum of the galaxy in which we exist.

Chakra1As we know, our earthly bodies in the traditional sense, consist of 7 chakras. A chakra can be understood as a “vortex or whirpool” a turning of the wheel.  A portal is determined as a doorway or a gate.

6_nasaspacescapes_0014_15A galaxy is deemed as a gravitational bond system, consisting of a large grouping of stars.

So here’s what needs to be understood.

The spark, that Buddha is asking us to find, the spark that lights the fire inside is the star. We are all stars.

Also depicted in Vincent Van Goh’s drawing of “Starry Night”, notice how he draws the stars as swirls or vortexes of energy, turning like a wheel. vincent_van_gogh___starry_starry_night_by_devlin2011-d6dehup

It give us the understanding that we are connected to the universe, and that we are simply, a star bound to a body.  

The chakras on our body, can be viewed as galaxy’s. The turning, swirling vortex of each energy point symbolizing our connected being to the universe at large.  To understand the universal body in which we exist check out Are We Cells inside of A Solar Body?

 

Written by LJ Vanier- Originally Published www.soul-sciences.com

NASA Has Found Hidden Portals In Earths Magnetic Field

 

According to Nasa :

A favorite theme of science fiction is “the portal”–an extraordinary opening in space or time that connects travelers to distant realms. A good portal is a shortcut, a guide, a door into the unknown. If only they actually existed….

It turns out that they do, sort of, and a NASA-funded researcher at the University of Iowa has figured out how to find them.

“We call them X-points or electron diffusion regions,” explains plasma physicist Jack Scudder of the University of Iowa. “They’re places where the magnetic field of Earth connects to the magnetic field of the Sun, creating an uninterrupted path leading from our own planet to the sun’s atmosphere 93 million miles away.”

Observations by NASA’s THEMIS spacecraft and Europe’s Cluster probes suggest that these magnetic portals open and close dozens of times each day. They’re typically located a few tens of thousands of kilometers from Earth where the geomagnetic field meets the onrushing solar wind. Most portals are small and short-lived; others are yawning, vast, and sustained. Tons of energetic particles can flow through the openings, heating Earth’s upper atmosphere, sparking geomagnetic storms, and igniting bright polar auroras.

NASA is planning a mission called “MMS,” short for Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission, due to launch in 2014, to study the phenomenon. Bristling with energetic particle detectors and magnetic sensors, the four spacecraft of MMS will spread out in Earth’s magnetosphere and surround the portals to observe how they work.

Just one problem: Finding them. Magnetic portals are invisible, unstable, and elusive. They open and close without warning “and there are no signposts to guide us in,” notes Scudder.

Actually, there are signposts, and Scudder has found them.

Portals form via the process of magnetic reconnection. Mingling lines of magnetic force from the sun and Earth criss-cross and join to create the openings. “X-points” are where the criss-cross takes place. The sudden joining of magnetic fields can propel jets of charged particles from the X-point, creating an “electron diffusion region.”

To learn how to pinpoint these events, Scudder looked at data from a space probe that orbited Earth more than 10 years ago.

“In the late 1990s, NASA’s Polar spacecraft spent years in Earth’s magnetosphere,” explains Scudder, “and it encountered many X-points during its mission.”

Data from NASA’s Polar spacecraft, circa 1998, provided crucial clues to finding magnetic X-points.

Data from NASA’s Polar spacecraft, circa 1998, provided crucial clues to finding magnetic X-points.

Image Credit: NASA

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Because Polar carried sensors similar to those of MMS, Scudder decided to see how an X-point looked to Polar. “Using Polar data, we have found five simple combinations of magnetic field and energetic particle measurements that tell us when we’ve come across an X-point or an electron diffusion region. A single spacecraft, properly instrumented, can make these measurements.”

This means that single member of the MMS constellation using the diagnostics can find a portal and alert other members of the constellation. Mission planners long thought that MMS might have to spend a year or so learning to find portals before it could study them. Scudder’s work short cuts the process, allowing MMS to get to work without delay.

It’s a shortcut worthy of the best portals of fiction, only this time the portals are real. And with the new “signposts” we know how to find them.

Dr. Tony Phillips
Science at NASA

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sunearth/news/mag-portals.html

 

The Benefits of Sun Gazing

Sun gazing is an ancient practice that can induce healing of body and mind. Meditation and sun gazing are used to activate the third eye or the “pineal gland” in order to perceive higher dimensions of reality. To do this  the pineal and the pituitary must vibrate in unison. When both are operating cohesively the “personality” operating through the pituitary, and the soul operating through the pineal, creates a magnetic field around the body. This is why many spiritual teachings tell us that the best time to meditate is early morning.

Below is an excerpt from Andreas Moritz – “Heal Yourself With Sunlight”  it illustrates the benefits of sun gazing.

“The technique of sun gazing takes little time and is very simple. Gaze at the sun only in the morning or evening hours, when its potency is less heavy.  The first day, look at the sun in a relaxed manner for a maximum of 10 seconds. The second day, look at it for 20 seconds, adding about ten seconds every succeeding day.

After ten continuous days of sun gazing you will be looking at the sun for about 100 seconds. The eyes can blink or flicker and don’t need to be steady. To receive the main benefits of sun gazing, you need to increase the duration in the above manner until you reach three months. This brings you up to the length of 15 minutes of gazing at a time.

At this stage, the sun energy of the sun’s rays passing through the human eye will be charging the hypothalamus tract – the pathway behind the retina leading to the human brain. As the brain increasingly receives extra power through this pathway, you will find a drastic reduction of mental tension and worries. With access to this additional source of energy, you are likely to develop a more positive mindset and increased self-confidence.

If you suffer from anxieties and depression, you will find that these go away. Sadness and depression are known to increase with reduced or lack of exposure to sunlight. With fewer worries and fears, your brain may use the saved and additionally supplied energy for healing and improvement of mental and physical wellbeing.”- Andreas Moritz

Want to know more about Sun Gazing?

Andreas Moritz is a writer and practitioner in the field of Integrative Medicine. He is the author of 13 books ( http://www.ener-chi.com/book.htm ) on various subjects pertaining to holistic health, including The Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush, Timeless Secrets of Health and Rejuvenation and Cancer Is Not a Disease.

His most recent book is titled ‘Vaccine-Nation: Poisoning the Population, One Shot at a Time’. Moritz is also the creator of Ener-Chi Art and Sacred Santémony.

Much of his life’s work has been dedicated to understanding and treating the root causes of illness, and helping the body, mind, spirit and heart to heal naturally.

 

Earths Core Has an Inner Core?

Recently by the use of  seismic waves to survey the inside of the Earth (the same way that a doctors uses ultrasounds), researchers at University of Illinois and Nanjing University in China have made a strange discovery. What they  found was the Earth’s inner core has an inner core of its own, like a Russian nesting doll.  russian_dolls

Scientists once thought that the Earth’s core was composed of an outer core of liquid iron and a solid inner core of iron crystals that are aligned in a North-South direction. However the new results from the testing show there is also an inner-inner core, whose crystals point East-West. The inner-inner crystals behave differently also.

“Even though the inner core is small just smaller than the moon  it has some interesting observable features,” said University of Illinois geology professor Xiaodong  Song, co-author of a study just published in the journal Nature Geoscience. “It may tell us about how our planet formed, its history, and other dynamic processes of the Earth. It shapes our understanding of what’s going on deep inside the Earth.” “The fact that we have two regions that are distinctly different may tell us something about how the inner core has been evolving,” Song said in a press release. “For example, over the history of the earth, the inner core might have had a very dramatic change in its deformation regime. It might hold the key to how the planet has evolved. We are right in the center – literally, the center of the Earth.”

earth inner coreCambridge University professor Simon Redfern told BBC News that the new study is significant, because it means that “something very substantial happened to flip the orientation” of the inner-inner core. He said other studies suggest that the Earth’s magnetic field underwent a major change in the distant past, switching alignment between the equator and the polar axis.

“It could be that the strange alignment Prof. Song sees in the innermost core explains the strange palaeomagnetic signatures from ancient rocks that may have been present near the equator half a billion years ago,” Redfern told BBC.

The Earth’s inner core has its own inner-inner core. Credit: Lachina Publishing Services, via University of Illinois

Fate & Destiny How to Break Free

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Fate and Destiny. Wow now these are big words to be talking about. So what is the difference between your “fate” and your “destiny”, and how do we take control of our lives?

Unfortunately, most people when they talk about Fate, usually are referring to it as a negative circumstance. For instance, something bad happens and you throw your hands in the air and say “Ah, well I guess that’s my fate”

So the hard part about this is to realize that your fate is determined by you. Fate and Destiny can be one in the same if all is balanced. If you are walking the path of your own destiny, your fate is then the same.

So how do we walk in the path of our own destiny?

By connecting to our inner selves. The astral/metaphysical/spiritual YOU. The higher you is the one who knows what is best for your soul called journey. The reason for your being in this plane of consciousness, at this “time” in the universe. The experiences and people who are intended to encounter so that you may grow.
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If Every day you walk, you must know that you are walking in the footsteps of your  own destiny. You will know this because each day you will see a sign, or memory that comes flashing through your head. Telling you I have been here before, or that you have seen this already.

How to end suffering is simple, when you understand and are connected to your spirit, your higher self, the observer you. You are connected to everything.

 You begin to understand that you are simply here to walk, and only walk.

You, who you think “you” are is not you. The paths you are to take, the experiences you encounter, are already decided.

Simply walk.

Walk without a preconceived notion as to where. Have no thought for where you are going, everything will unfold as it is destined to by you.

The more your struggle, the harder the walk. It turns into a climb, the more you struggle the more you fall down the hill. The hill turns into a mountain.

But if you let go, release.

Reconnect.

Then, the mountain will move. The sun will shine again and you will remember who you are. You will remember what you are. You will know that you can never die.

You will know that if you come to a point of illness or physical death, that your spirit, your energy, your essence, your consciousness is eternal.

You will have no fear, because fear is only an emotion. It is not real. It is only transmitted and received.

You will understand that you have power, so much power. You are the creator of your world. We have the light within us.

We are all stars, burning in the abyss. Don’t let your light grow dim, shine always.

Shine your light.

Written by LJ Vanier

Originally Publihed www.soul-sciences.com