Consciousness is one of the great mysteries of science – perhaps the greatest mystery. We all know we have it, when we think, when we dream, when we savour tastes and aromas, when we hear a great symphony, when we fall in love, and it is surely the most intimate, the most sapient, the most personal part of ourselves. Yet no one can really claim to have understood and explained it completely. There’s no doubt it’s associated with the brain in some way but the nature of that association is far from clear. In particular how do these three pounds of material stuff inside our skulls allow us to have experiences?
Our planet is a living system. Systems are made up of interconnecting parts. If one part becomes out of balance, all the other parts are affected too. We may not yet see much evidence of global crisis in our daily lives, but make no mistake my friends, we are slowly and surely hurtling towards it.
It is a time of awakening, a time when growing numbers of intelligent people are becoming aware of the major challenges we face and are considering the situation. With awareness and love we can undo and heal this orchestrated fiasco. Facing various major challenges, we can prepare with courage, lift up love and focus on healing and transforming the world, making it better.
We can overcome the senseless exploitation of humanity and other sentient life through the Power of Non-Compliance. Fueled by consumer demand, large corporations are exploiting the earth and seriously damaging the environment. What can we do about it? The power is in our pockets.
Members and supporters of hacktivist collective Anonymous are marking Guy Fawkes Day (Nov 5) with a global ‘Million Mask March’ to protest against government corruption, corporate corruption and the expanding surveillance state.
Chris Hedges has an important essay in Truthdig this week, Our Invisible Revolution. Essentially he describes a revolution of the mind in which people’s consciousness are raised as they become aware of the inability of the current governmental and economic systems to respond to the needs of people and the planet. When this is understood, then the revolutionary changes that seemed impossible become possible.
Psychedelics need to be made available for widespread medicinal research. They can be extremely effective in the treatment of anxiety, depression and other mental disorders, as well as having a profound impact on spiritual growth. That’s the overall message of the new psychedelic documentary Neurons to Nirvana, a film by directors Oliver Hockenhull and Mikki Willis and producer Giancarlo Canavesio.
Thousands of civil liberties activists are planning a rally in Washington, DC on Saturday to tell the US government to stop infringing on citizens’ right to privacy through the extensive monitoring of Americans’ communications by the National Security Agency. The rally, called Stop Watching Us, will also call for the government to “reveal the full extent of the NSA spying program.”
Former United States Vice President Al Gore suggests that politicians who deny climate change are like those who supported the tobacco industry and that democracy has been hacked by special interest groups.
Any conscious and aware lifestyle change to whatever degree is upstream in relation to the predominant down river current carrying those embroiled in the system. As a result we meet with criticism, cynicism, anger, a sense of betrayal from friends and loved ones, ridicule, financial challenges and other complications stirred up by those resentful of our freedom.
I am an American, and as such, I refuse to be forced to purchase anything else. I have already been forced to have car insurance, forced to purchase annually the “privilege” of driving via a license and having a (paid-for) car on the road via a license plate, and forced to pay taxes on my income and every purchase that I make.
Truckers in America are going to go on Strike Oct 11th – Oct 13th, some driving through Washington D.C., and are asking the PEOPLE to Strike with them. United We Strike fully supports this, proposing “WE” ALL participate in Solidarity. We even encourage extending it through the October 15.