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5 Limiting Beliefs That Keep Us From Mastering The Law of Attraction

Our beliefs shape our realities.  What we believe, we receive!  Therefore, to master the Law of Attraction, we must start to identify our beliefs, and realize that some of them are creating realities we do not want.

Here are 5 common limiting beliefs that attract unwanted realities:

1. Believing that other people’s successes diminish our own:  If you envy the success of others you send a message to the universe that you do not believe in your ability to be successful in your own right. If you project that belief into the world, you will receive back a life where success stays out of reach.

To drop this limiting belief you could choose to view the success of another as an indication that the Law of Attraction is bringing success closer to you.  For example, if my friend gets a promotion, I can perceive her success as an indication that the universe is pulling me toward more success in my own life, because more money and success has literally just come into my circle of friends. This perspective will get me excited about my friend’s promotion, because it means that her success is also my success.

Related Article: 4 Questions to Ask When the Law of Attraction Isn’t Working

Excitement about the success in another will attract more success to you!

2. Believing that we need to struggle and work hard to succeed: Yes, action may be required to achieve your dreams, but when you are working with the Law of Attraction that work will feel fun and effortless.

If you trudge through your work you actually tell the universe that you expect work to be hard, boring and tiresome.  As a result, you will attract more hard, boring work to yourself. To change your perspective, you can look for evidence that when you are enjoying your work time flies and you produce the best results!

3. Believing that there is only so much money to go around: If you believe that there is only so much money around you will feel envious of those who have it.  You might also feel a little guilty when you come into more of it.  Envy and guilt are negative emotions that tell the universe you don’t believe you can or should be wealthy. For some ideas on how to drop this belief, check out this article

4. Believing that the rich are greedy: This belief keeps money out of your hands for two reasons.  The first reason is that this belief literally causes a reality where rich people DO take advantage of you, and screw you out of your money.

The other reason is that you might fear that if you become wealthy it will mean that you are a greedy person.  To release yourself from this belief you can look for evidence of wealthy people who are kind, helpful and giving like Oprah or  Deepak Chopra.  Also, take some time to visualize yourself not only becoming wealthy, but using your newfound wealth to help others.

5. Believing that illness is inevitable with age: Many of us expect that as we grow older we will develop chronic health problems.  Unfortunately, this belief creates a world where many of the elderly are suffering.  To reverse this belief, you can look for examples of elderly people who are healthy and thriving.  You can also avoid television programming, news articles, and advertising that focus on medications, insurance and medical law suits involving the elderly.

Related Article: 113-Year-Old Man Credits These 5 Foods For His Long Life

Mastering the Law of Attraction requires us to identify which of our beliefs are helping us and which ones are hurting us.  If we can rid ourselves of our limiting beliefs, life will become happier, healthier and more prosperous!

About the Author: Andrea Schulman is a former high school teacher and the founder of Raise Your Vibration Today, which offers free Law of Attraction resources.  To learn more about Andrea and Raise Your Vibration Today you can follow her  blogFacebook page, Twitter (@Vibration1111) or Instagram (@andrea.11.11).

This article was originally posted here.

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Be Selfish to Raise Your Vibration (10 Steps)

Because we live in a vibrational universe, the only thing we really have to give to the world is the quality of energy that we are projecting back out into it.  When we are happy and joyous, we fill the world with light.  When we are angry or depressed, we do not.

There is a big myth that many of us believe in, and that is the belief that we should put others’ needs ahead of our own.  While it is a lovely thing to care about others and protect their best interests, if we all simply put ourselves first above others we would create a world with more positive, loving energy.

Why is this? Because when we ignore our needs to worry about others, we create a vibrational frequency within ourselves that is stressed, anxious, sick and tired.  Then, instead of radiating pure, high frequency energy, we project lower vibrational energy. We send anxiety, depression and anger into the universe instead of love, joy and acceptance.

Even though we obviously want to care for our children, the elderly, and the other people who depend on us, we are no good to them when we are anxious, depressed or angry because our energy is contagious. In most cases, your bad mood will transfer to the people you love and interact with.

The paradox of selfishness is that by putting ourselves first, we actually help others more. We are the most useful to everyone in the world when we are running on all cylinders, because our higher energy is unconsciously absorbed by those around us.

So, to that end, here are ten things you can do to raise your vibration by being selfish and putting yourself first:

1. Get enough sleep: We all know how miserable we feel when we are tired so please get the rest you need.  If you routinely need to stay up late to do chores or work, you are simply working too hard.  Life really doesn’t have to be taken so seriously.  Please go easy on yourself.

2. Walk away from conversations that upset you or bring you down: You do yourself and others a disservice when you allow others to lower your vibration with unsavory conversation.

3. Take time every single day to do at least one thing that you enjoy: Life is passing you by in each moment.  Please don’t put fun off for a later time-enjoy life now!

4. Take time to eat meals at least three times a day: So many of us eat on the go, skip breakfast, or rarely enjoy a meal with the ones we love.  Nourish yourself with meals and take the time to enjoy them- they are one of life’s simple pleasures!

5. Take a relaxing bath or shower: We feel so much better after a relaxing bath or shower!  Use your bathing time as a time to unwind and center yourself.

6. Treat yourself, at least occasionally: Some of you save all of your pennies for rent, taxes and clothes for your kids.  As much as you give back to others, you can afford to give a little to yourself.  You can’t take your material blessings with you, so you might as well enjoy some of them while you have them!

7. Take time to put yourself together: No matter what style of dress you prefer, take a little time each day to put your best foot forward.  Not because you should care what others think, but simply because looking your best will make you feel good.

8. Let go of toxic relationships, or at the very least, distance yourself from them: You will ultimately have the vibration of the company you keep, so try to keep good company!

9. Say “no” when someone asks you to do something you’re uncomfortable with: Saying “yes” when you are uncomfortable tells the universe that you don’t trust your intuition.  Your gut feelings are always correct-honor them because they’ll never steer you wrong.

10. Spend some time every day thinking about what you like and love about yourself: So often we fixate on what we don’t like about ourselves and this is terrible for our vibration and our self-esteem.  Show yourself some love every single day!

If we lived in a world where everyone took better care of themselves and did each of these things, imagine how much more peaceful, loving and kind this world would be!  A world where everyone was well-rested, well-fed, relaxed and had higher self-esteem would be a far cry from the world we live in now where so many people run themselves ragged in the name of “responsibility” and “selflessness.”

So please, take good care of yourself! Put yourself first to be your very best self.  We will all benefit from your selfishness.

(This article originally was posted here.)

About the Author: Andrea Schulman is a former high school teacher and the founder of Raise Your Vibration Today, which offers free Law of Attraction resources.  To learn more about Andrea and Raise Your Vibration Today you can follow her blogFacebook page, Twitter (@Vibration1111) or Instagram (@andrea.11.11).

 

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Positive Thinking In Bad Situations (4 Easy Techniques!)

Having a positive outlook is relatively easy when your life is all sunshine and rainbows.  But what happens when you get sick, lose your job or break up with your significant other? Here are a few ideas on how to find your way back to optimism, even in the midst of a crisis:

  1. Drop the guilt: It’s ok to be upset sometimes.  If you are in a rough spot, please go easy on yourself. Don’t beat yourself up for thinking negatively.  Tell yourself it’s ok to feel the way you feel.  Giving yourself permission to feel upset will actually help you make peace with where you are.  For a few examples of self-talk you can use in stressful times to drop the guilt, please click here.
  2. Dress in brighter colors: When we are upset or distressed we tend to dress in the colors of our protective root chakra (black, brown and red).  These colors block out danger and toxicity, but they also block out feelings of kindness and empowerment, which you need most during bad times.  Dress instead in green or pink (the colors of the heart chakra), or yellow (the color of the solar plexus chakra).  These colors will attract to you love, kindness and empowerment.
  3. Do something kind for someone else: One way to get some positive perspective on your situation is to help others.  Volunteer at a soup kitchen, send a friend flowers who is feeling down, or simply hold the door open for a mom struggling with her small children.  Every one of us is struggling with something.  Knowing that you are shining a small ray of light on someone else in the midst of their struggle will empower you and give you some perspective on your current situation.
  4. Distract yourself: Oftentimes, when we are going through hard times we fixate on the problem.  We call our friends to vent, we post our problems on Facebook and we obsessively overanalyze the situation.  Give yourself permission to take a break from thinking about your crisis and then set out to find an activity that you’ve always enjoyed.  Watch a favorite movie, go to the beach, or spend time with friends.  Fixating on the problem at hand will only intensify your negative feelings, so try to distract yourself frequently.

Again, during bad situations it is completely normal for you to feel down.  Tell yourself it’s ok to feel the way you do and then go about the business of dressing in brighter colors, providing kind services, and distracting yourself.

These small, easy steps will start to pull you towards a positive outlook on your bad situation.  With a little practice, you will find that positive thinking in the midst of a crisis IS possible!

About the Author: Andrea Schulman is a former high school teacher and the founder of Raise Your Vibration Today, which offers free Law of Attraction resources.  You can follow Andrea on her  blogFacebook page, Twitter (@Vibration1111) or Instagram (@andrea.11.11)

 

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How to Make Vertical Raised Beds for Urban Green Spaces

Emily Ingham | PopularResistance.org

With our cities getting denser and more populated, how can we create beautiful and productive urban green spaces for all to enjoy? Emily explores the potential of Sepp Holzer’s Raised Beds…

The popularity of our recent articles such as downsizingsustainable cities and low-impact transport options proves that permaculture is not merely a solution for smallholders, farmers and families living in the countryside, but for city dwellers too. Living in cities offers great opportunities for us to reduce our footprints.

This may seem like a misnomer but think about mass transit; high density living; the potential for sharing tools, equipment and facilities; and a wealth of community and entertainment options available on your doorstep.

The perception that cities are a carbon hungry way of life lays largely in the footprint associated with transporting food and other provisions to geographical areas which do not provide for their own subsistence needs. But this isn’t a reason to give up the joys of city life just yet. In this reader solution we look at more ways to encourage food security in urban areas.

Why choose raised beds in an urban setting?

How about introducing a raised bed in to your community growing space? These are easy to get started and have so many incredible benefits, such as:

  • Increasing the yield of food from a small space
  • Absorbing rain water, releasing it slowly over time, reducing the pressure on storm drains and aiding in flood protection
  • Using up waste from garden clearing, thus reducing disposal costs
  • Creating a community space which can be used for adult and child education, or as a sheltered chill out space – the raised beds can provide a barrier to city noise pollution
  • The beds can be arranged to create a visual barrier to an unattractive urban landscape
  • Being suitable for growing all kinds of vegetables

First, creating your raised bed…

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Sepp Holzer’s raised beds

Raised beds should be at least 1-1.5m high. This allows for a fantastic increase in growing space, whilst ensuring that most adults will be able to harvest the food without treading on the bed and compacting the soil.

Observe the wind direction, and plan to develop the bed as wind break, so running with its length at right angles to the wind direction.

A trench should be dug (great opportunity for getting the community involved), and filled with garden waste which will rot slowly and release nutrients over time. The life expenctency and potency of nutrients depends on the type of waste you put in – if you use chipped wood (which breaks down quickly), a large amount of nutrients will be released in the first year.

To make the most of this, Sepp Holzer suggests “selecting plants that demand a very high nutrient content: pumpkins, courgettes, cucumbers, cabbages, tomatoes, sweetcorn, celery and potatoes to name a few. In beds like these it is better to cultivate less demanding plants like beans, peas and strawberries after three years. If they are planted any earlier they might become overfertilised, and not develop a good flavour.” Where you are able to use fallen tree trunks these will rot down very slowly, providing nutrients to the soil slowly over time.

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Harvesting your produce without compacting the soil

If you can get hold of it, cover the material you want to decompose with a layer of turf, grass side down, and cover this with the material you excavated. The slopes should be at least 45 degrees, and up to 60-70 degrees if you want to increase the growing space in a constricted area.

Many raised beds ‘fail’ because they are less steep than 45 degrees. This leads to compacting of the soil, so new plants cannot establish themselves as well as they would in loose soil. It also restricts the amount of oxygen getting to the decomposing material, resulting in anaerobic rotting, which will smell unpleasant and have a negative affect on the plants.

Here is a simple table of dimensions, to save you the trigonometry!

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Next, planting the bed…

The beds should be planted immediately while the soil is still loose. Raised beds are suited to growing all kinds of vegetables: peas, beans, salad, tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, carrots, courgettes, pumpkins, potatoes and many others; with fruit bushes growing very effectively on the crest of the bed. If you wish to use the raised bed as a windbreak, make the sides steeper (60-70 degrees) and plant the top with tall plants such as sunflowers, hemp and Jerusalem artichokes.

As ever, mulching with straw, hay or newspaper is an effective way of keeping away the plants you don’t want, and also ensures that moisture is retained in the soil. This will reduce the need to water the bed in dry periods, ensuring low maintenance.

Depending on the weather and how they are used, the raised beds flatten gradually over the years. They are then either rebuilt or replaced.

Finally, encourage food growing in your community…

As Sepp notes in Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture, “an appropriately designed raised bed system can make an excellent and relaxing pick-your-own area. By harvesting food for themselves, the visitors feel connected with nature and can convince themselves of the high quality of the produce.” You can invite schools to your growing space so that children and teachers alike can learn about the potential of sustainability in urban spaces.

Other members of the community can be invited on work days, especially useful when digging the trench and filling it with garden waste. Why not let your helpers come back in a few months and reap the harvest of their efforts?

Where you have the space, raised beds can be arranged to create a maze or around a central focal point like a pond or orchard.

Produce can be sold to raise revenue for the project, and the area will be adequately sheltered from traffic to provide a relaxing oasis in an urban setting, or the perfect location for a community party!

Emily Ingham is a former environmental consultant.

Further resources

The many benefits of hugelkultur

5 Steps to Creating the Perfect Hugelkultur Garden in Your Backyard

Small-scale hugelkulter in raised beds

Sepp Holzer’s books include The Rebel FarmerSepp Holzer’s Permaculture and Desert or Paradise (For US readers, you can buy from Chelsea Green HERE)

 

How To Survive Your Spiritual Awakening

By Luke Miller | Truth Theory

A spiritual awakening can be a rollercoaster ride of up and down emotions, here is how you can ride the waves:

What is a spiritual awakening?

A spiritual awakening is an emergence of your essence (higher self), and/or a connection (or a glimpse of a connection) with the oneness that connects us all. We are born as this essence and as time passes we often lose a connection to this root existence. A spiritual awakening is us as an older being with a more developed (physical) mind and body reconnecting with this essence which can sometimes come as a shock.

What can cause your awakening?

Sometimes a singular event which breaks your current routine of thought- for example, going away on holiday could force you to reflect when you are usually busy. Meeting someone who has already had a spiritual awakening can trigger one in us. A new relationship or the ending of a relationship. A new job or the ending of a job. Experience with a mind-altering substance, or an experience similar which could be induced through meditation, breathwork, dancing, singing, art or anything that gets you out of your head. A near-death experience, or a miracle that cannot be explained rationally. All can cause what seems like a spontaneous awakening.

It can also be a series of events, such as synchronicities that continually show up leading you in a specific direction. At times like these, it can feel as if the universe is speaking with you in an unspoken language, and often it actually is.

Sometimes the cause of your awakening is not apparent and while there is usually a trigger of some kind, it is not always obvious without us taking the time to reflect upon it.

What should you do if you have had a spiritual awakening?

The first thing is to slow down, it can be a lot when your whole life gets turned upside down, so don’t make any decisions that you may later regret. This is not to say that you should not make changes, you probably will. But in a euphoric state, you can often do something drastic, expecting everything to just fall into place and this is not always how it works.

Accept that life may be different to how you thought it was, and try to take some time out and just be with yourself. Talk to friends and family who may understand, but do so without being forceful. Speak to others who have experienced the same thing, but also realize that just because someone has experienced this, it doesn’t mean they have it figured out or will have answers for you.

Most importantly (without being in too much of a rush) listen to your intuition and feelings.

How to not alienate yourself from family and friends?

It is very common to become alienated from friends and family while going through a spiritual awakening, this is often due to us becoming forceful with ideas and trying to show others what we have felt. This is not to say you should not share your experience, but to do so with people you can fully trust and to do so in a way that is not you preaching to them.

Another common behavior is for us to isolate ourselves, as we think no one will understand. This is quite often the case with our current support system, however, there are always people out there that can help to guide you.

Do things that make you happy, meet people who have similar interests to you and explore the things you used to enjoy as a young child. This is not to say you have to do the things you have done as a child, but to try to remember the feelings you had and do things that could replicate their feelings.

Techniques

Gratitude is something we can find no matter where we are in life. Look for what is good and water the seeds.

Ask for spiritual guidance, but also realize no one will do the work for you. This could be prayer, asking your higher self or just saying it outloud to whoever you believe could be listening.

Meditation practice can really help, simply focus on your breath and breathe deep into your stomach, while watching the breath. Make sure you keep your back straight and use the time to come into your body.

Spend time in nature. Nature is honest, non-judgemental and allows you to view the world from a different perspective. Spend time with the trees and feel their unconditional love.

Slow down! Like other major events there is a transitional phase, don’t be in a rush to be at the next stage. It is a bit like when you start a new job or have a child- you may (or may not) thrive in this transition but there will be hurdles and unexpected things that arise. Resist the temptation to allow your mind to make all the decisions. Synchronistic events will unfold and sometimes you will need to not cling to your current position and allow things to be free-flowing.

Trust your intuition. Your gut will tell you what is right for you in an animalistic/instinctive kind of way. Your heart will tell you if it is in line with the higher good and your mind will scream no!!! The physical brain has its uses, but intuition is not one of them, get out the brain and listen to your intuitive mind.

Write down your thoughts. This can really allow you to gain an understanding of what is going on in your head and can come in handy at a later date when you feel to reflect.

Conclusion

A spiritual awakening is a beautiful thing to go through as it is honest and reveals our true self, however our resistance to cling to the old can really make it a painful transition. Whatever stage you are in now is where you are supposed to be to have the highest realizations of where you are heading. Trust this moment and know that all passes. Much love, Luke

Image Copyright: Everest / 123RF Stock Photo

I am Luke Miller the author of this article, and creator of Potential For Change. I like to blend psychology and spirituality to help you create more happiness in your life. Grab a copy of my free 33 Page Illustrated eBook- Psychology Meets Spirituality- Secrets To A Supercharged Life You Control Here

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‘What Could Be More Important?’: World Leaders, Media Ignore Biodiversity Report Detailing Mass Extinction Event Now Underway

Scientists at the UN's Intergovernmental Science‑Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released a study showing that a million species are at risk for extinction earlier this month—but the report was largely ignored by the corporate news media. (Photo: Danny Perez Photography/flickr/cc)

By Julia Conley | Common Dreams

Scientists at the United Nations' intergovernmental body focusing on biodiversity sounded alarms earlier this month with its report on the looming potential extinction of one million species—but few heard their calls, according to a German newspaper report.

Deutsche Welle reported Thursday that partially because the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released its report on what it called nature's “unprecedented” decline on the same day that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex had their first child, news reports on the study's grave implications were few and far between.

While some international and progressive outlets—including Common Dreams—published high-profile stories on the report when it was released, just two of Britain's national newspapers included any reporting about biodiversity on their front pages on May 7, the day after the royal baby was born to Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.

Deutsche Welle's report was mirrored by revelations in a Media Matters report published earlier this week which showed that ABC News devoted more time to covering the royal baby's birth in the week after the child was born than it had to stories about the climate crisis in all of 2018—even as organizers like 16-year-old Greta Thunberg led worldwide climate strikes.

“Where [is] the breaking news?” tweeted Thunberg the day after IPBES released its report. “The extra news broadcasts? The front pages? Where are the emergency meetings? The crisis summits? What could be more important?”

IPBES's report detailed how “The health of ecosystems on which we and all other species depend is deteriorating more rapidly than ever,” the panel's chairman, Sir Robert Watson said in a statement.

By rapidly expanding livestock and crop production, degrading land, concentrating activity in urban areas at more than double the rate than two decades ago, and increasing pollution by tenfold since 1980, humans are “eroding the very foundations of our economies, livelihoods, food security, health and quality of life worldwide,” Watson said.

“If we continue to lose biodiversity, if we continue to fragment our ecosystems, then human well-being will indeed suffer. This is something the average American should care about.” —Sir Robert Watson, IPBES

In addition to the potential loss of one million species, the biodiversity crisis carries substantial risks for world economies, food security, and the spread of disease, scientists warn.

The report calls on policymakers to take immediate concrete action to protect nature by promoting sustainable agricultural practices, inclusive and equitable water management, renewable energy sources and other reforms.

On Wednesday, Democrats in the U.S. House attempted to call attention to the ecological crisis which is causing the rapid loss of life among millions of species, with a House Natural Resources Subcommittee holding a hearing on the issue, including testimony from Watson and other IPBES officials.

Biodiversity, Watson told the subcommittee, “is the substance behind food security, water security, it does control our climate in part, it does control pollination, it does control storm surges. These are things that affect everyday Americans. If we continue to lose biodiversity, if we continue to fragment our ecosystems, then human well-being will indeed suffer.”

“This is something the average American should care about,” he added.

But as The Guardian reported, lawmakers at the hearing also heard from climate science deniers who had been invited to testify by Republican committee members, diluting the urgency of IPBES's message.

Scientists have published more than 20,000 articles in 45 languages on the subject of biodiversity loss in recent years, Deutsche Welle reported.

Without the media reporting on and lawmakers expressing the urgency of the biodiversity crisis, the public has found little reason to become interested in the issue. The same day most news outlets devoted their coverage to the royal baby, Google searches for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle outnumbered those for biodiversity by 14 and 31 to one, respectively.

Deutsche Welle reported that while politicians and the news media have slightly increased the attention they've given to the climate crisis recently, under pressure from campaigners, the same consideration has not been given to biodiversity.

“Nature's unprecedented decline, which has quietly sped up, is, in isolation, less dramatic than extreme weather events brought by global warmings—such as flash floods and wildfires. Its contributions to humans are also hard to grasp,” reported Ajit Niranjan in the newspaper. “An obscure earthworm may form part of an ecosystem that keeps soil fertile and helps put food on our plates. But its death rarely stirs hearts the way a polar bear on melting ice does.”

With its latest report, IPBES aimed to change that perception.

“One of the great things about the report is that it highlights…the different ways we value nature,” environmental scientist Kathryn Williams told the outlet. “Not just tangible ways like food and clean air, but also the ways that we relate on a more emotional level.”

Read more great articles at Common Dreams.

Transcending the Illusion of Light Versus Dark

By Jeff | Divine Cosmos

A belief that seems to be prevalent in many spiritual circles is that the ascension of humanity involves some sort of battle between the forces of light and the forces of darkness — a battle between good and evil.  Associated with this belief is the idea that we (the so-called awakened and enlightened ones) must defeat those of the darkness to successfully co-create new earth.  If you haven't been drawn into this us-against-them mindset congratulations, you are probably better off without it (at least that's my contention).  For those that have been drawn into this belief, I humbly offer my perspective on this subject for your consideration.

From a superficial standpoint, there is certainly some truth to this belief — there certainly is an ongoing struggle between light and dark on our world.  But when explored more deeply, you'll find that this idea contains a great fallacy.  And worse yet, holding this belief might actually block one from ascending and contributing to co-creating the new Earth.

When immersed in a separation reality like our own, it is so easy to fall into the trap of believing that we are in a battle between good and evil, that those of the light is here to defeat those of the darkness and save the world.  Of course, this belief can only arise within a consciousness that is still in the grip of the illusion of separation.  And ironically, holding this belief can only sustain the disharmonious and fearful conditions that we have thus far co-created in our reality.  To understand and transcend the fallacy of light versus dark, you must first understand the illusion of separation that our reality was designed to produce, and why we chose to create an experience such a reality.  But before I explore all of that, let's briefly examine the state of our world.

The Darkness in Our World

There's no denying that there's more than a little darkness in our world.  Fear, conflict, and suffering have been running rampant for as long as we can remember.  It certainly appears that evil is alive and well.  At least that's the impression one might get from watching the mainstream news — whose primary purpose seems to be to sow fear.

But certainly, there is no shortage of souls that have been playing in the dark, to varying degrees, in many of their lives within the Earth Game.  Some of the most notorious of these dark ones are those involved in the so-called Cabal/Illuminati.  But there are many others, in a wide variety of positions in our society — and this includes many (but certainly by no means all) corporate, governmental, military, and even religious leaders.  These extremely self-serving people seem to measure their self-worth by how much wealth they can accumulate and how much power over others they can have, and they are typically obsessed with their own achievement and power and have little regard for the welfare of others.

The most dedicated of these people have been ruthlessly consolidating their power and wealth via their command of the international banking and financial system, by creating trans-national corporate empires, and infiltrating our governments with their minions.  Encouraging division amongst us is one of their most potent tools that facilitates their self-serving agendas.  They keep us divided by encouraging fear, competition, and conflict amongst us.

The Great Awakening

If you are reading this article, then you're probably aware that there is a great awakening spreading throughout Humanity. More and more people are awakening to their true spiritual nature, the greater spiritual reality, and the metaphysical nature of existence.  It is this awakening that will inevitably lead to a great transformation of ourselves and our world.

As a part of this awakening process, more and more people are becoming acutely aware that humanity has been under the thumb of some very negative and self-serving people bent on their own self-aggrandizement and world domination.  Many awakening souls are more than a little shocked when they realize the truth of this — when they realize that we've allowed ourselves to be unwittingly manipulated and subjugated by these dark ones.  Some are so appalled by the unsettling revelations of lies, greed, manipulation, and control that they get drawn into judgment, blame, and condemnation of those seen as responsible (some even get stuck obsessively focusing on the injustice of it, a very unproductive state of mind that I call awakening shock syndrome).

With the shock of this realization, it's no wonder that many people buy into the belief that a part of our ascension process involves a battle between good and evil and the defeat of the dark ones.  But I didn't write this article to complain about the state of the world or to encourage people to feel like victims or to fuel resentment, judgment, blame, and condemnation.  I wrote this article to point out that the supposedly spiritual idea of “light versus dark,” and the “us against them” mentality that it represents, is a subtle yet insidious trap.  A trap that is critical to becoming aware of because it can potentially stop us from ascending and co-creating a new and better Earth.

The Metaphor of Light and Dark

It's important to understand that the terms “light” and “dark” are simply metaphors for the degree of connectivity and alignment that one has with their higher-self.  When one is well-connected and aligned with the higher levels of their consciousness (their soul, over-soul, and beyond), they increasingly express a way of being that reflects the state of being of their higher-self.  This way of being is characterized by unconditional love, compassion, forgiveness, acceptance, allowance, fearlessness, positivity, and service-to-others — to name just a few.  The more you express these qualities, the more it could be said that you are “shining the light” of your higher-self into this world.

In the same vein, the term “dark” or “darkness” is simply a metaphor for the lack of connection and alignment with ones higher-self.  When one is poorly connected and misaligned with one's higher-self, one's way of being will veer off in the direction of negativity, fear, self-reservedness, and perhaps even lust for power-over-others.  How far one will go in this direction just depends on one's degree of misalignment with their higher-self and their unique set of experiences.  The more one expresses this way of being, the more it could be said that one is in “darkness” or “playing in the dark” — or if we want to get over-dramatic “gone to the dark side.”

There is No Force of Darkness

It's important to understand that there is no force of darkness. Darkness doesn't exist on its own, it is not a thing unto itself, darkness is simply the lack of light. All that really exists is the “light” of your higher-self.  If you block a light source, you create a shadow — an area where the light is much dimmer.  When you block the “light” of your higher-self, you create darkness.  Metaphorically speaking that is, because remember what we are really talking about is the degree of connection and alignment with your higher self or the lack thereof, and the way of being you express in this world.

So, there is no “force” of darkness, no force of evil.  There is nothing pushing us to become negative and self-serving other than our own unconsciousness (our own disconnection from our higher-selves).  We are creating our own darkness by unwittingly blocking the love and light and wisdom of our higher-self — our darkness and the darkness in our world is self-created! Ultimately there is nothing other than the “illusion of separation” that causes one to follow the negative path or turn to the dark side.  More about the illusion of separation coming shortly.

Eckhart Tolle eloquently echoes my point about the origin of darkness, in his book A New Earth, when he said There is only one perpetrator of evil on the planet: human unconsciousness. With this realization, your victim identity dissolves, and your true power emerges. Instead of blaming the darkness, you bring in the light.

Our true selves, our higher-selves, are the love and light we seek — we are already that if we allow it.  But we ourselves are blocking the love and light of our higher-selves and creating the darkness in ourselves and our world.  This idea was eloquently expressed by Rumi, the beloved 13th-century Persian poet, and Sufi mystic when he said:

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.

And the two most significant barriers to expressing the love and light of our higher-selves are undoubtedly our fear and ego.  These are the significant barriers that I think Rumi might have been eluding to, but of course, there is a multitude of variations.  But let's not demonize fear and ego, because they are just natural consequences of diving into the experience of a separation reality construct like our own.  And as I alluded to earlier, to understand the fallacy of the “light versus dark” idea one has to understand the illusion of separation our reality provides us.

The Illusion of Separation

We specifically created our reality construct to have a separation experience, and it indeed produces a very powerful illusion of separation.  And of course, this was not a mistake, we (higher aspects of ourselves — our oversouls and beyond) intentionally designed this reality as the ultimate experience of individuality, separation, and limitation.  So, we understood full well what we were getting into when we chose to dive into the separation game.

We wanted to experience something dramatically different than our native state as formless and non-physical threads of Source Consciousness — eternal limitless creator beings!  We wanted to explore the possibilities and experiences that such a separation reality would provide us.  We wanted to explore the states of consciousness, and ways of being that would emerge within it and all their ramifications.  We wanted to see what that would be like and what it could teach us.

Playing the Separation Game

We've all been playing the separation game for quite some time now — we have all played many many rounds in this game. Each time we enter the game (incarnate) the Veil of Forgetting and Unknowing takes effect, and we forget everything prior to starting the game — we forget choosing to play, we forget our reasons for playing, we forget our learning and growth objectives for playing the current round, and we forget everything about the wider reality and the true nature of ourselves.

With the in-your-face highly convincing experience of separation that our reality presents our consciousness, it's not surprising that we quickly get sucked into the drama of the game.  Because we don't remember that we are eternal consciousness (non-physical and formless), we quickly become strongly identified with our bodies as who and what we are.  And since we can't remember anything about the wider reality, the bigger picture, we quickly come to believe that the world that we perceive with our physical senses is all that there is.  And step-by-step we get drawn ever-deeper into the drama of the game, and ever-deeper into Separation Consciousness, and we become utterly lost within the game.

The Emergence of Egoic and Victim Consciousness

And once immersed in, and mesmerized by, the drama of the game we quickly lose our connection to our higher self and our consciousness, essentially, devolves.  But not really so much devolve as to attain a state unlike anything possible in any other context of experience.  A state of consciousness only possible within a separation reality like our own — an interesting and unique state that we might call Separation Consciousness.  And this state of consciousness has two major aspects; namely Egoic Consciousness and Victim Consciousness.

Egoic Consciousness is a state characterized by a very strong sense of identity and individuality — one which often expresses as self-centeredness, self-reservedness, greediness, defensiveness, and so on.  Victim Consciousness is a state characterized by the belief that one is largely at the mercy of circumstances beyond their control, and often expresses as fear, hopelessness, disempowerment, etc.  And because the state of our world is simply a reflection of our collective state of consciousness, our world is characterized by plenty of fear, greed, competition, and conflict.

Note that the common denominator here is FEAR.  Of course, fear is not an unreasonable reaction to what our reality sometimes presents us.  After all, there is plenty of apparent danger and limitation to worry about if we so choose.  Because fear naturally arises within a separation reality like our own, we don't need to demonize it, all we need to do is to understand it.

Fear is the Root of Darkness

And here's one of the most important things to understand about fear — it's the number one thing blocking us from expressing the love and compassion of our higher selves.  Ultimately much of the hurtful negative self-serving things people do is driven by their fear — fear that they aren't good enough or worthy, fear that they won't have enough, fear that they are not safe, fear for their survival, etc.

And as the beloved Yoda character from the Star Wars stories so aptly pointed out — Fear is the path to the dark side.

Quote by Yoda: Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.

The root of all the darkness in our world is FEAR.  Until we deeply understand this, we will find it difficult to unconditionally forgive and love those still playing in the dark. And until we do that we will be trapped in judgment and condemnation and be unwittingly perpetuating the world as we know it — a world of conflict and pain and suffering.  Only unconditional love can heal our world.

A recent message from one of my favorite non-physical teachers, Seth (via one of my favorite channelers, Story Waters) really hammers home this point.

Darkness is an illusion. Darkness is the absence of light and that absence of light comes through unconsciousness. And that unconsciousness is experienced as FEAR. Fear is that which hides the light. All are light.

The battle is not against ignorance (or evil) or those that are called ignorant (or evil); the battle is against FEAR… See those that appear ignorant clearly by seeing their fear. For when you see their fear you will not see them as other, you will not see them as separate and ignorant, you will see them as beings in fear.

And, when you understand they are in fear, and that they are not being driven by some nefarious force of darkness, then you will see that they are just loving beings in fear and you will be able to love them — then you will discover the compassion, the compassion of the awakened one, the compassion of the open heart that sees that all the ills in the world come from fear.

— Seth (via Story Waters, an excerpt from the Shards of Light Series)

When you understand that fear is at the root of every ill in our world, you are at the doorstep of transcending it and all that it leads too.  And transcending fear and shifting to love is one of the greatest challenges that the separation game has to offer.  Something that all the souls in the game right now we're hoping they could achieve as a part of the great awakening and transformation game plan (more about that game plan later in this article).

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Politicizing a Woman’s Body

The harm begins with the dehumanization itself—the stripping of one’s rights. (Photo: a katz / Shutterstock)

By Robert C. Koehler | Common Dreams

White men rule!

That’s the uber-message quietly emerging from the new anti-abortion laws recently passed in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, and Missouri, no matter what the public remains predominantly supportive of safe, legal abortions.

That doesn’t matter, see. The fact that the Republican Party controls the legislatures in so many states where it lacks majority status, not to mention is able to put presidents in office who fail to win the popular vote, indicates that we live in a rather limited-definition democracy: rule by the most determined cheaters. Or as some would put it, rule by divine decree.

As Ari Berman pointed out recently in Mother Jones, this divine decree is achieved primarily by voter suppression and gerrymandering, as exemplified last year in Georgia’s gubernatorial race.

“As secretary of state, Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp essentially oversaw his own election and instituted a series of policies that hurt his Democratic opponent, Stacey Abrams,” Berman writes. “On Kemp’s watch, Georgia purged 1.4 million people from the voter rolls from 2012 to 2016; put the registrations of 53,000 people, 80 percent of whom were voters of color, on hold before the election; and closed 214 polling places in six years. On Election Day, there were four-hour lines in heavily black precincts.”

In both Alabama and Georgia, Berman points out, “extreme partisan gerrymandering” has also shaped the states’ legislative districts. For instance: “After winning control of the redistricting process following the 2010 election, Georgia Republicans concentrated black voters into as few districts as possible in order to maximize the number of heavily white Republican seats. In 2018, Kemp narrowly won with 50.2 percent of the vote, but Republicans held nearly 60 percent of state’s legislative seats.”

And so on. In Alabama, it was just as lopsided, with the result being legislative control by the most full-of-itself minority, whose implicit promise to its supporters, as Leonard Pitts put it, is: “Vote for us and we will repeal the 20th century.”

So that’s what has begun: a return or at least an attempted to return, to the old days, before the civil rights era and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and certainly before 1973’s Roe v. Wade, when women did not have legal control over their own bodies. This was the era before racism and sexism were officially recognized as wrongdoing and discrimination could be openly and bluntly imposed as, simply, The Law.

Now it’s not that simple. The moral authority of white racists and sexists has been slapped down a few times and has had to regroup, regaining its power as best it can in legislative stealth.

The anti-abortion legislation that is, so to speak, being birthed — and the looming Supreme Court challenge to Roe v. Wade — may be the most blatant example of the resurgence of the old days.

The anti-abortion legislation that is, so to speak, being birthed — and the looming Supreme Court challenge to Roe v. Wade — may be the most blatant example of the resurgence of the old days. And it all feels like a joke: a desperate, “they can’t be serious,” temporary reclamation of power just to remember what it feels like to have so much power. But even if that’s the case, what’s happening is scary and will have consequences.

“Lost in this posturing — mostly by male politicians — is the basic reality,” writes Jesse Jackson. “Passing laws that outlaw abortions won’t end abortions. They will simply make them less safe, putting more lives at risk. And the posturing totally ignores the deep injustices surrounding reproductive rights, as whatever the law is, rich women, will retain the right of choice — even if it requires going to a hospital in another country — while the lives of poor women, already locked out of any federal support for the counseling and choices they need, will be at ever greater risk.”

A further effect of these laws will simply be to muddy the waters. One of the provisions of the Alabama anti-abortion legislation is that doctors who perform an abortion could face up to 99 years in prison. This, writes Dr. Warren Hern in the New York Times, could “discourage doctors from even practicing medicine in that state, lest they are accused of performing an illegal abortion and sentenced to prison for the rest of their lives. Perhaps the vagueness of the law and the confusion is the point. Vagueness and confusion are tools of tyranny.”

Ultimately, a belief in one’s moral authority, when it’s the sort of authority that manifests not in compassion and complex understanding but in domination and punishment, results in dehumanization of the Other. The term “moral righteousness” has a fiercely negative connotation for that reason. Such righteousness is merely simplistic certainty, achieved by projecting evil beyond oneself to the Other. Doing good becomes a matter of doing harm to the dehumanized Other.

And the harm begins with the dehumanization itself—the stripping of one’s rights. Denying a woman the right to have control over her own body is dehumanization of the highest order.

About the Author

Robert C. Koehler

Robert Koehler is an award-winning, Chicago-based journalist and nationally syndicated writer. His new book, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound is now available. Contact him at koehlercw@gmail.com or visit his website at commonwonders.com.

Read more great articles at Common Dreams.

Mars sextile Uranus, be bold, be brave…

Mars may now be in the watery and rather conservative energies of Cancer, but its link with the planet of rebellion, innovation and freedom, Uranus now in Taurus, is creating a real sense of excitement and fresh possibilities. Any changes made now, if we listen to our inner voice and just go for it, have a great chance of success. Look to break away from all that is stale, stuck and stymied. This really is the time to seize the day. Don’t be guided by past experiences so much, be prepared to be different and daring. Even if you are someone who loves routine, a part of your pattern can be refreshed and revitalised by embracing all that’s new.Single? Be open to those who in the past may not have been your proverbial cup of tea. Someone different can be like a breath of fresh air. Basically happily settled, but unfulfilled? Look to find ways to reinvigorate your patterns, attitudes and even approach to sensuality and intimacy. Experimentation can bring greater enrichment. Look to be spontaneous. Equally, if a tie really has come to the end of the line, don’t perpetuate the misery. Be honest with one another, and move on but on the best terms possible, for Uranus rules friendships, and the need not to be governed by possessiveness.

Whatever your situation, go on the front feet. Fortune really can favour the brave!

Embracing the Immaterial Universe | Bruce Lipton

By Bruce Lipton | Uplift Connect

How the Creative Force of Consciousness Shapes our Reality

For over four hundred years, Western civilization has chosen science as its source of truths and wisdom about the mysteries of life. Allegorically, we may picture the wisdom of the universe as resembling a large mountain. We scale the mountain as we acquire knowledge. Our drive to reach the top of that mountain is fueled by the notion that with the knowledge we may become ‘masters’ of our universe. Conjure the image of the all-knowing guru seated atop the mountain.

Scientists are professional seekers, forging the path up the “mountain of knowledge.” Their search takes them into the uncharted unknowns of the universe. With each scientific discovery, humanity gains a better foothold in scaling the mountain. Ascension is paved one scientific discovery at a time. Along its path, science occasionally encounters a fork in the road. Do they take the left turn or the right? When confronted with this dilemma, the direction chosen by science is determined by the consensus of scientists interpreting the acquired facts, as they are understood at the time.

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Along its path, science occasionally encounters a fork in the road.

Occasionally, scientists embark in a direction that ultimately leads to an apparent dead end. When that happens, we are faced with two choices: Continue to plod forward with the hope that science will eventually discover a way around the impediment, or return to the fork and reconsider the alternate path. Unfortunately, the more science invests in a particular path, the more difficult it is for science to let go of beliefs that keep it on that path. As historian Arnold Toynbee suggested, the cultural–which includes the scientific–mainstream inevitably cling to fixed ideas and rigid patterns in the face of imposing challenges. And yet from among their ranks arise creative minorities that resolve the threatening challenges with more viable responses.

Creative minorities are active agents that transform old, outdated philosophical ‘truths’ into new, life-sustaining cultural beliefs.

From Reductionism to Holism

The path that science is currently navigating has inadvertently brought us to our current moment of global crisis. Since the modern scientific revolution, starting with the publication of Copernicus’s observation in 1543, science has perceived the universe as a physical machine operating on the mechanical principles later defined by Newton. In the Newtonian worldview, the universe is defined by its material reality and its operation understood through reductionism–the process of taking matter apart and studying its bits and pieces. Knowledge of the universe’s parts and their interaction would allow science to predict and control nature. This notion of control is contained within determinism–the belief that with knowledge of something’s parts, we can predict its behavior.

The reductionist approach to understanding the nature of the universe has provided valuable knowledge, enabling us to fly to the moon, transplant artificial hearts, and read the genetic code. However, applying this science to world problems has hastened our apparent demise. It’s a simple fact that society cannot sustain itself by continuing to adhere to its current worldview. So leading-edge research is questioning fundamental assumptions long held as dogma by conventional science.

In contrast to conventional reductionism, the new noetic science is based upon holism, the belief that an understanding of nature and the human experience requires that we transcend the parts to see the whole.

Materialism and reductionism engender the idea that humans are disconnected from, and above, nature. The noetic vision emphasizes that life is derived from the integration and coordination of both the physical and the immaterial parts of the universe. The resolution of our global crisis requires the integration of reductionist and holistic perspectives. This revisioning of conventional science is seeding creative minorities who will rescue us from extinction.

Over the centuries, the accumulated knowledge of scientists has been assembled into a hierarchical construction resembling a multi-tiered building. Each level of the building is built upon the scientific foundation provided by the supporting lower levels. Each floor of the building is distinguished as a scientific subspecialty. The foundation for the ‘Science’ building is math. Upon math is assembled the building’s second level, physics. Built upon physics is chemistry, the building’s third level. Chemistry serves as the platform for the fourth tier, biology. Built upon biology is the building’s fifth and current top floor, psychology.

First Floor: A Foundation of Fractals and Chaos

Fundamental to this new noetic curriculum is the foundation offered by math. Mathematical laws are absolute, certain, and indisputable. For centuries those laws have been used to isolate and divide the universe into separate measurable components. Future science will be built upon emerging new math that emphasizes the disciplines of fractal geometry and chaos theory.

Fractals are a modern version of geometry, officially defined in 1983 by IBM scientist Benoit Mandelbrot. They are actually simple mathematics based upon an equation involving addition and multiplication, in which the result is entered back into the original equation and solved again. Repetition of the equation inherently provides for a geometry expressing self-similar objects that appear at higher or lower levels of the equation’s magnitude. Organization at any level of nature, like nested Russian dolls, reflects a self-similar pattern to organization found at higher or lower levels of reality. For example, the structure and behavior of a human cell is self-similar to the structure and behavior of a human, which in turn is self-similar to the structure and behavior of humanity. In short, “As above, so below.” Fractal geometry emphasizes that the observable physical universe is derived from the integration and interconnectivity of all of its parts.

Rather than endorsing a Darwinian evolution based upon random mutations and a struggle for survival, fractal geometry reveals that the biosphere is a structured cooperative venture comprised of all living organisms. Instead of invoking competition as a means of survival, the new view of nature is one driven by cooperation among species living in harmony with their physical environment. We must own that every human being counts, for each is a member of a single organism. When we war, we are warring against ourselves.

Through mathematical equations, fractal geometry derives structures resembling those of the natural world, such as mountains, clouds, plants, and animals. The dynamics of those fractal structures are directly influenced by chaos theory, the math that is concerned with nature by which small changes may cause unexpected final effects. Chaos theory defines the processes by which the flap of a butterfly’s wing in Asia may influence the formation of a tornado in Oklahoma. When chaos theory is combined with fractal geometry, the math further predicts the behavioral dynamics observed in our physical reality, from weather patterns to human physiology, from social patterns to market prices on the stock exchange.

Second Floor: Energy Physics

A century ago, a group of creative minorities launched a radical new view of how the universe works. Albert Einstein, Max Planck, and Werner Heisenberg, among others, formulated new theories concerning the underlying mechanics of the universe. Their work on quantum mechanics revealed that the universe is not an assembly of physical parts as suggested by Newtonian physics but is derived from a holistic entanglement of immaterial energy waves. Quantum mechanics shockingly reveals that there is no true ‘physicality’ in the universe; atoms are made of focused vortices of energy–miniature tornados that are constantly popping into and out of existence. Atoms as energy fields interact with the full spectrum of invisible energy fields that comprise the universe, intimately entangled with one another and the field in which they are immersed.

A fundamental conclusion of the new physics also acknowledges that the “observer creates the reality.” As observers, we are personally involved with the creation of our own reality! Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a ‘mental’ construction. Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans wrote:

The stream of knowledge is heading toward a nonmechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter… we ought rather to hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter. – R. C. Henry, ‘The Mental Universe’ Nature 436:29, 2005

Although quantum mechanics was acknowledged eighty years ago as the best scientific description of the mechanisms creating our universe, most scientists rigidly cling to the prevailing matter-oriented worldview simply because it ‘seems’ to make better sense out of our existence. To grapple with the contradictions, the majority of physicists have chosen an easy way out: they restrict quantum theory’s validity to the subatomic world. Renowned theoretical physicist David Deutsch wrote:

Despite the unrivaled empirical success of quantum theory, the very suggestion that it may be literally true as a description of nature is still greeted with cynicism, incomprehension, and even anger. – T. Folger, ‘Quantum Shmantum’ Discover 22:37-43, 2001

However, quantum laws must hold at every level of reality. We can no longer afford to ignore that fact. We must learn that our beliefs, perceptions, and attitudes about the world create the world. Recently, Johns Hopkins physicist professor R. C. Henry suggested that we “get over it” and accept the inarguable conclusion:

The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual. – R. C. Henry, ‘The Mental Universe’

Third Floor: Vibrational Chemistry

While conventional chemistry has focused on the atomic elements as miniature Newtonian solar systems composed of solid electrons, protons, and neutrons, vibrational chemistry, based upon quantum mechanics, emphasizes that atoms are made of spinning immaterial energy vortices, such as quarks. The new chemistry is concerned with the role of vibration in creating molecular bonds and driving molecular interactions. Energy fields, such as those derived from cell phones or from thoughts, interact with and influence chemical reactions.

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Morning Inspiration: Be Fueled By Your Passions (Motivational Video)

Source: Mulligan Brothers MOTIVATION

In life, our passions are the things that drive us and make us hope for a better tomorrow. Use your passions to fuel you to become better at what you do and initiate that spark to accomplish your given tasks.

“You don't play ball 'cause you got to. I don't have to go in the gym and put up extra shots 'cause I got to. You don't run sprints cause you got to. That's how imma do it. That's me. That's how imma do it.. Do it like this.”

“Many kids, many grown-ups do figure out over time what their passions are. We let our intellectual selves over-rule those passions and that's what needs to be guarded against.”

Watch and be motivated today!!

Allergies Don’t Stand a Chance with this Herbal Arsenal

YOUR HERBAL ALLERGY ARSENAL

By: Celina Pizarro

Warmer days means allergies for many of us. Allergies can be annoying and sometimes very serious regardless of what type of allergic reaction has caused it.  It is important that we know how to naturally relieve allergy symptoms and use natural remedies so that we can go outdoors and embrace it fearlessly without having to rely on over the counter prescriptions and allergy medication which can cause a host of other problems and side effects.

All of these herbs, adaptogens, and essential oils have a few things in common including  anti-inflammatory and immune boosting qualities. This is important for reducing allergies because allergy is an inflammatory response and that is what causes the allergic symptoms that we have like runny nose, eyes feeling cloudy or hazy, headache, all of these allergic reactions or symptoms are due to inflammation.

Below are examples of herbal allergy weapons for combating allergens that are in our home or natural environment. (Safe for children and adults, always check with your practitioner first)

  • Astragalus is in root form and it has a woody texture and it is quite sweet. Some places sell it in slices and you can also get it in powder form. It can be taken as a tea or you can get it in capsule form. It is used for a variety of different reason and it has been a traditional Chinese medicine herb for thousands of years. It eases allergy symptoms and relieves runny noses. Many people use it in the winter when flu season is starting because it’s so good to add the root slices to a broth or stew.
  • Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapples and this protein breaks down swollen tissue. You can get it in a supplement form or by eating pineapples.  It will aid in reducing the inflammation on your sinuses.
  • Garlic has been using as a healing food for centuries and can be used it so many ways. You can cook with it or take it in as a supplement. It helps with congestion and it works as anti-histamine, even better than any antihistamine that you buy over the counter. It works to boost your immune system and can help with bronchitis. You can use it in more ways than you can think of. An old recipe called honey garlic is used when children get flu/fever. They would put or soak garlic and honey and wrap children's feet with it. The feet will absorb the properties of garlic from your bloodstream. So instead of trying to get a small child to eat garlic, you can wrap the baby’s feet instead as its readily absorbed through the feet. Try it for yourself, buy soaking a cut head of garlic in a jar of local raw honey. Let it sit for 72 hours up to 3 months in an airtight glass container. And always remember when cooking garlic you don't wanna cook it too much because it will decrease the properties in it.
  • Ginko Biloba is very widely known now as having energetic qualities. It is also a Chinese herbal medicine that has been used for more than 5,000 years. It is the longest living tree species on earth. It has histamine qualities and helps allergy symptom by halting the cells that secrete histamine. For maximum effectiveness, take this in capsule form a couple of weeks before an allergic symptom start and if it might be too late, just up your dose of herb and going forward you will have that anti-histamine effect.
  • Stinging Nettle sounds scary but they are not. When will find them in the wild they can be quite prickly. However nettles can be sauted and eaten as all the vegetables.  Nettles are also used in teas and tinctures, they have an antihistamine effect. A lot of times in nature, those things that are freakish are those types of leaves are actually very therapeutic and beneficial for us. A lot of times what they look like and how they develop to protect themselves is often used to help our immune system.
  • Yogurt can reduce your allergies due to the natural probiotics found in live cultures of grass fed yogurt according to a research made by the UC Davis Institute.
  • Rosemary has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant properties and also good for asthma.
  • Local honey can help with any allergies to the pollen that is in your local region. If you have the eat honey on your regular basis as with tea you will build a resistance to the pollen.  Honey bees collect pollen and nectar as food for the entire colony, and as they do, they pollinate plants. Nectar stored within their stomachs is passed from one worker to the next until the water within it diminishes. At this point, the nectar becomes honey, which workers store in the cells of the honeycomb.it has small bits of pollen in it so over time you build up a resistance to that pollen.
  • Turmeric is useful in so many ways. As far as allergies are concerned, it acts as inhibitor to an allergic response and actually improves nasal airflow. Iit is just as effective in doing this compared to some prescriptions. You can use turmeric as a spice or either take it in a capsule form.  When using as a spice I always recommend adding black peppercorn as the bioperperine increase the bioavailability of the turmeric.

DIY Essential Oil Blends

A study was done on patients who all had seasonal allergies. They all have the same type of obstructed airway out. A mixture of frankincense, lavender, peppermint, chamomile, and eucalyptus was added to a diffuser. The patients were divided into 2 groups. One of the groups got the chamomile oil and the other group got the mixture of 5 essential oils in a diffuser is reading about 12 inches away and breathing it in for about 5 minutes twice a day.

There was a reduction in their allergy symptoms after 8 days of this home therapy treatment. Now this study showed essential oils helped improve discomfort from allergies and it also helped reduce fatigue symptoms.

You can use the essential oil blends in two ways for allergy relief. Topically as a roll on or through a diffuser. To make your own, take your empty roller and fill it probably a little bit more than three or five quarter with your carrier oil. Add 2 drops of each essential oils: lavender, frankincense, peppermint, and tea tree oil to a carrier oil such as almond or jojoba oil. You can use the roller blend you made in applying it to your lymph nodes. neck, wrists. The close proximity to your nasal passages and lymphatic system will help readily deliver it to the inflamed areas. You want to purchase from a reputable supplier and make sure that you are using 100% pure essential oil as you are applying it directly to your skin.

If you don't have a roller you can use the same combination in a diffuser. Fill up the diffuser with filtered water and put the same amount of drops in or 10-15 drops total using the same suggested essential oils  (lavender, frankincense, peppermint, and tea tree oil).

As with all herbal remedies check with your practitioner first and test them sparingly until you are familiar with how your body will respond.  Though there are no general contraindications with prescription medications, it’s always best to check with your local herbalist or naturopath first.

I hope this helps you get outside and and enjoy nature without suffering from allergy symptoms.

Celina Pizarro is a former Competitive Body Builder and Behavioral Health Hospital Director turned Healthy Habits Dr. She is an Author, Coach, Doctorate Honorarium and Speaker. She is on a mission to help women who are overwhelmed and overweight reclaim control and create the body and life they desire and deserve. Celina is on a mission to ‘prescribe' the hack to effortless healthy and happy habits for busy mompreneurs. She believes all women can ‘Live Well’ free of Rx. medications. Signup at www.cpfitpro.com to receive her newsletter full of health, wellness and fitness tips. You can contact her at Celina@cpfitpro.com

 

Have You Had a “Spiritual Emergency?” – Here’s What You Need to Know

They’ve been called ecstatic experiences, mystical experiences, spiritual or kundalini awakenings, whatever you may call them, they are powerful and often change the experiencer in profound ways.

For some their own peak experience evokes a sense of exuberance and for others, deep anxiety, also referred to as a “Spiritual Emergency.” 

For some, it’s a bit of both.

According to Dr. Robert Davis, a neuroscientist, researcher AND experiencer himself, more people are having deep spiritual awakenings (and spiritual emergencies) than ever before.

Whether triggered by a near death experience, out of body experience or completely out of the blue, the peak experience, which is how Robert Davis refers to it, is a serious and life changing event, and unfortunately our own psychological community has yet to recognize it as a real and valid human experience.

In this conversation with Robert, right on the heels of his ground-breaking book, Unseen Forces, The Integration of Science, Reality and You, he shares his thoughts on what the Peak experience is and why its time to take notice and embrace this most powerful and paradigm shifting event.

► Previous Episode with Dr. Davis: The Science of ET Contact and Other Paranormal Phenomena

► Book: Unseen Forces by Robert Davis, Ph.D.

 

Alexis Brooks is the #1 best-selling author of Conscious Musings, writer/editor for CLN and host of the award-winning show Higher Journeys with Alexis Brooks. Alexis brings over 30 years of broadcast media experience to CLN. For over half of that time, Alexis has dedicated her work to the medium of alternative journalism, having researched and reported on the many aspects and angles of metaphysics, spirituality and new thought concepts.

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Women: Here Are 6 Simple Things You Should Do For Good Sexual Health

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By Tamekia Reece | Savvy Miss

You’re practicing safe sex and have gotten tested, so you’re in the clear, right? Wrong. Even if you’ve already crossed these two off your list, there are still some things you need to do to ensure your sexual health. Check out these six things women should do for their sexual well-being.

Related Article: Orgasms are Good for You: 12 Health Benefits of Sexual Climax

Sexual Health Tip No. 1. Get to know “you.”
When was the last time you stared yourself down in a mirror? Not your face, down there! Your first step to maintaining good sexual health should be getting acquainted with your genitalia. “Learn about your anatomy and look with a mirror on a regular basis—every two to three months,” advises Dr. Elizabeth Gunther Stewart, an Ob/Gyn and spokesperson for Vagisil Women’s Health Center. Knowing what’s what and determining what’s normal for you—what your vagina looks like and how much discharge you normally have—can help keep you alert to changes that can put a damper on your health and sex life.

Sexual Health Tip No. 2. Rethink your bath.
No, we’re not telling you to skip it altogether. Just revamp it. Nix the scented soaps, bubble bath, and scorching hot water. Instead, simply go with mild soap and warm water. The fragrance in some scented soaps and bubble baths can lead to vaginal irritation and dryness. Using water that’s too hot can be a moisture-zapper too. It doesn’t make much sense to have a wonderfully scented vagina that feels like the Sahara desert.

Related Article: “Outercourse” Anyone? 6 Ways to Be Sexual Without Penetration

Sexual Health Tip No. 3. Don’t go too dry.
Speaking of dry, think about how you dry off. It’s fine (and ideal) to pat dry the outer (hair-bearing) labia, but don’t attack your inner labia with a towel or hair-dryer, says Stewart, who authored The V Book: A Doctor's Guide to Complete Vulvovaginal Health. “The inner labia are more like the lining of the mouth. It’s used to being moist so that it doesn’t grate around as you walk and do things,” she explains. Another bonus: The moistness of the inner labia helps keeps sex feeling comfy!

Related Article: Why Sex Should Be Treated as a Spiritual Practice

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Are Aliens Trying to Contact Us? Mysterious Radio Signals Emanate from Deep Space

By Vandita | We Are Anonymous

The Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico have detected six bursts of strong radio signals originating from a constellation 3 billion light years away from Earth. Known as Fast Radio Bursts or FRBs – they only last milliseconds but generate as much energy as the Sun in an entire day – 11 FSBs were captured by high-powered telescopes in March, from similar sources in deep space.

A team of researchers from McGill University wrote in a paper published in The Astrophysical Journal:

“We report on radio and X-ray observations of the only known repeating fast radio burst source, FRB 121102. We have detected six additional radio bursts from this source: five with the Green Bank Telescope at 2 GHz, and one at 1.4 GHz with the Arecibo Observatory, for a total of 17 bursts from this source.

“We find that the intrinsic widths of the 12 FRB 121102 bursts from Arecibo are, on average, significantly longer than the intrinsic widths of the 13 single-component FRBs detected with the Parkes telescope.”

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Given the signals’ energy, repeating nature and location, speculation has already begun on whether an advanced alien civilization is trying to contact us. The scientists haven’t ruled out the possibility that the signals originated from extra-terrestrial intelligence, however, they say it is more likely to be solar flares from a young neutron star.

“Our discovery of repeating bursts from FRB 121102 shows that for at least one source, the origin of the bursts cannot be cataclysmic, and further, must be able to repeat on short [less than 1 minute] timescales. Whether FRB 121102 is a unique object in the currently known sample of FRBs, or all FRBs are capable of repeating, its characterization is extremely important to understanding fast extragalactic radio transients.”

In May 2015, RATAN-600 observatory in Russia’s Zelenchukskaya detected a mysterious burst of radio signal (lasting no more than two seconds) coming from a 6.3 billion-year-old star in a constellation 94.4 light years away from Earth. Astronomers who are engaged in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) are now examining the radio signal and its sun-like star, HD 164595, in the hopes of determining its origin using the Allen Telescope Array in California.

According to Seth Shostak, an astronomer at SETI, the energy an extraterrestrial beacon would need to produce to send a signal in all directions, would be a mind-blowing 100 quintillion watts. The aliens who sent it are hugely more advanced than we are, he states; just how advanced depends on whether they were targeting Earth or transmitting radio waves in all directions.

“It’s hundreds of times more than all the energy falling on the Earth from sunlight. It goes without saying this would require a power source far beyond anything that exists on Earth.”

Astronomer Douglas Vakoch, president of METI International (which searches for life beyond Earth), told CNN:

“The signal from HD 164595 is intriguing, because it comes from the vicinity of a sun-like star, and if it’s artificial, its strength is great enough that it was clearly made by a civilization with capabilities beyond those of humankind.”

Such a civilization would likely be Type II on the Kardashev scale, adds Paul Gilster of the Tau Zero Foundation (which conducts interstellar research). In 1964, Russian astronomer Nikolai Kardashev defined three levels of civilizations based on their capacity to harness and use energy (the Kardashev scale):

Type I – a civilization that is capable of harnessing the total energy of its own planet including solar, wind, earthquakes, and other fuels;

Type II – an interstellar civilization that is capable of harnessing the total energy output of a star;

Type III – a galactic civilization that is capable of inhabiting and harnessing the energy of an entire galaxy.

At present, our civilization is somewhere near Type I on the Kardashev scale. International Business Times observes:

“If the newly-received FRBs’ source is artificial, they could have been sent by at least a Type-II extraterrestrial civilization as a means to reach out to other, similarly intelligent civilizations. That is because the amount of energy in these FRBs cannot be produced by any conventional means known to man, but could be emitted by an artificial source from a civilization that has harnessed the power of an entire star.”

While scientists are still investigating the radio signals and are far away from concluding whether aliens could be trying to contact Earth, theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking warns humans should not respond to alien signals from outer space because aliens would be far more advanced than us.

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6 Ways to Get More Happiness for Your Money

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By Kira M. Newman | Greater Good

More than a decade of research looks at how our spending choices can make us happier—or leave us disappointed.

When we think about spending our money wisely, we usually focus on getting the best value for the lowest price. We comparison shop and download apps to find the latest discounts and deals; we’re seduced by the daily special or the limited-time offer.

But, for those of us lucky enough to have disposable income, what if we defined wise spending in terms of the happiness that it brings? That’s a completely different way of thinking about our purchases, and one that we have little practice in.

“Most people don’t know the basic scientific facts about happiness—about what brings it and what sustains it—and so they don’t know how to use their money to acquire it,” write Elizabeth Dunn and her colleagues in a 2011 study.

Luckily, more than a decade of research has been investigating how different types of purchases affect our well-being, and it can help us turn to spend into a happiness practice in its own right. The key, it seems, is to spend money in ways that bring you closer to other people.

1. Spend money on experiences

In a landmark study in 2003, researchers found that buying experiences—like seeing a Broadway play or going for coffee with a friend—improve our well-being more than buyingpossessions. Across different surveys, more than 1,500 participants tended to say that experiential purchases made them happier and were better investments and that their moods were more positive when recalling them.

Thus began more than a decade of research into this phenomenon, unearthing some of the reasons why buying experiences is so beneficial—which can inform our financial choices in the future.

But first, some definitions: Although the distinction between experiences and material goods is sometimes fuzzy (think: books and cars), we tend to intuitively understand which is which. Researchers typically define experiences as things we buy in order to do something, which doesn’t endure in the form of possession; and material goods as things we buy in order to have something.

2. Better yet, spend money on experiences you share with others

Not all experiences are created equal, though, and it’s up to us to choose the ones that are most fulfilling. In a 2013 study, when researchers separated out experiential purchases into social ones and solitary ones—going out to dinner with friends or alone, for example—participants reported that the solitary experiences brought just as little happiness as the material things.

“It may be less the doing that creates happiness than it is sharing the doing,” the authors of that study explain.

Even if we can’t share an experience with others initially, we can share it with them later by telling the story—another advantage that experiences have over material things. Our new kitchen gadget or trench coat loses its conversation value shortly after we buy it, but “talking to others allows us to relive experiences long after they have happened. In this sense, experiential purchases are gifts that keep on giving,” write the authors of a 2015 study.

In fact, that study found that the more we chatter about our experiential purchases, the more happiness we derive from them. This’ll make a great story later is actually a real benefit. A 2012 study also found that people are more likely to mention experiences they bought (vs. material things) when recounting their life story.

With a little change in perspective, though, we can extract more happiness from our possessions by focusing on the experiences they facilitate. At least three different studies found that thinking about gray-area purchases like music and TVs more as experiences than objects helped people see them as more self-expressive and reduce the risk of buyer’s remorse. So the next time you buy a new flatscreen, think of it not as a fancy piece of technology but as a prop for cozy evenings with your spouse, and you might enjoy it all the more.

The story emerging from the research is that experiences become part of our identity, which makes them feel valuable in their own right. Compared to possessions, we worry less about what others will think of our experiences, and they don’t generate the same kind of regret. If anything, we lament the experiences we didn’t buy: the shows we were too busy to attend, the trips we put off. Though experiences may be fleeting, they’re essential to our happiness—so now you’ve got a science-backed excuse to invest in them.

3. Spend money on other people

If you want to bond with other people, you could buy experiences to have with them—or you could spend money on them directly.

In a 2008 study, researchers gave participants up to $20 to spend on themselves or on others that same day, then called after 5 pm to see how they were feeling. In the end, contrary to expectations, participants reported being happier after treating others than treating themselves. The same was true of employees who spent more of their bonuses on donations and gifts, rather than personal expenses and treats.

And this effect may not be restricted to rich, white Westerners. For a 2013 study, researchers gave participants in Canada and South Africa the choice to get $2.50 in cash, take home a $3 goody bag, or give a $3 goody bag to a sick child. Those who made the generous decision reported greater positive emotion at the end of the experiment, in both countries. So did participants in India who simply remembered purchases made for others, compared to remembering purchases for themselves or not recalling anything in particular.

But just because it typically feels good to spend on others doesn’t mean that all generous purchases make us feel warm and fuzzy. Research is starting to understand exactly when so-called “prosocial” spending contributes to well-being, and how to find the most fulfillment in giving.

For example, another 2013 study distinguished between spending on others that strengthens our social connections and spending on others that doesn’t. Researchers gave participants a $10 Starbucks gift card to use that day, in one of four ways: treating themselves to a coffee alone, giving the card to someone else, taking a friend but spending the card on themselves, or taking a friend and treating them. In the end, the happiest participants were the last group: the ones who combined spending on others with social connection (and venti caramel lattes).

4. Spend money on the right people

Does it matter whom we spend money on? Preliminary research suggests that it might. In a 2011 study, participants who recalled spending $20 on someone close to them reported feeling more positive emotion than those who recalled spending $20 on an acquaintance. In the context of evolution, the researchers explain, this makes sense: Early humans who enjoyed helping family members were more likely to see their DNA survive.

The research about spending on others is particularly relevant when we consider donating to charity. For example, it’s important for donors to see the positive impact: When Canadians were given the chance to donate to the charities UNICEF or Spread the Net, bigger donors reported feeling more positive emotion and more satisfaction with life than smaller donors—but only those who gave to Spread the Net, whose pamphlets emphasize that a single bed net can prevent malaria and save a child’s life.

Simon Fraser University assistant professor Lara Aknin, who was involved in both of these studies, applies this research to her own life by treating friends and family to small gifts and trying to make donations that have a big impact. The upshot of her research is that if giving leaves you feeling detached or drained, there may be smarter ways to allocate your dollars so everyone can benefit.

As you might have noticed, almost all of this research asks people to recall spending from the past, or contemplate imaginary choices. Researchers will gain even greater insight when they start to survey participants in real-time to see how they’re feeling about their purchases, like this 2016 study did, or follow them for years after a purchase to see how those feelings change with time.

5. Express your identity through spending

Although dozens of studies support the notion that spending on experiences and other people is advantageous in general, perhaps you’re skeptical. Sure, that may be true for other people, but not for me, you might think—and in some cases, you just might be right. Once general trends are identified, the researchers of a 2016 study explain, the science of happy spending will have to start accounting for individual needs and preferences.

For example, demographics and personality may influence how spending affects our happiness. Several studies found some evidence that the happiness advantage of experiential purchases (over material ones) is even stronger for women than it is for men; in that pioneering 2003 study, it was also stronger for young people, highly educated people, and city dwellers.

In contrast, people who behave more materialistically—tending to accumulate possessions rather than experiences—seem to derive equal happiness from both types of purchases, a 2014 studyfound. Why? Researchers discovered that experiences are less critical to their identity; these aren’t people who define themselves by the things they’ve done, like the fun-loving adventurers who splurge on plane tickets or the foodies first in line at five-star restaurants.

Meanwhile, and perhaps unsurprisingly, people who have little concern for others don’t seem to derive greater happiness from prosocial rather than selfish spending. Future research will have to investigate whether all these findings are mere blips or evidence of real and robust differences.

A 2016 study specifically tested whether personality influences the happiness we get from our purchases, analyzing six months’ worth of spending by customers of a UK bank. Purchases were grouped into 59 categories, from gardening to coffee shops, accounting to dentists, which each got a Big Five personality score. (Spending on charities might reflect conscientiousness and agreeableness, for example, while spending on tourism might reflect an openness to experience and extraversion.) Participants with a better match between their personality and the personality of their purchases reported more satisfaction with life.

In a follow-up study, the researchers contrasted two stereotypically opposite purchases: shopping in the quiet, reflective haven of a bookstore or the bustling, social environment of a bar. They found that spending $10 at a bookstore increased the happiness of introverts, and spending at a bar increased the happiness of extroverts—but not vice versa.

“Money enables us to lead a life we want,” says coauthor Sandra Matz, a Ph.D. student at the University of Cambridge. As she and her coauthors write, “Finding the right products to maintain and enhance one’s preferred lifestyle could turn out to be as important to well-being as finding the right job, the right neighborhood, or even the right friends and partners.”

6. Think less about spending

In the end, though, the best way to cultivate happiness through spending may be to not focus on spending so much in the first place.

In one 2002 study, for example, researchers found that adults were happier around Christmas—feeling more satisfied, more positive, and less stressed by the holiday craziness—when they put greater emphasis on family and religion and less emphasis on giving and receiving. Just this year, a new study found that people who valued time over money tended to be more satisfied with their lives in general and felt more positive and less negative emotions recently.

It’s certainly misguided to stake all our hopes of happiness on our purchases. But so is ignoring the role that they do play in our well-being, a role that is becoming clearer and clearer. Buying is an opportunity to express our personality, to connect with others, and to craft a meaningful life story, and what better definition is there of money well spent?

Kira M. Newman is an editor and web producer at the Greater Good Science Center. She is also the creator of The Year of Happy, a year-long course in the science of happiness, and CaféHappy, a Toronto-based meetup. Follow her on Twitter!

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“How to 5G Proof Your Home” Video – Free Online

By B.N. Frank | Activist Post

In February, Telecom Industry executives gave congressional testimony that they cannot provide any scientific evidence that 5G is safe.

There is research that proves 5G is harmful.  There is research that proves all sources of cell phone and wireless WiFi radiation is harmful.  Exposure is especially harmful to children.  Our pets are also affected by exposure.  Wildlife and nature are affected by exposure.

Regardless of why forced 5G installation is happening – it’s happening – so it’s a good time to start thinking about protecting ourselves and our loved ones.  Thanks to Press for Truth for producing this free video with tips on how to protect our homes from 5G.

Activist Post has published many articles on the promotion and forced installation of 4G and 5G small cells along with Internet of Things (IoT) technology.  People in the U.S. and all over the world – including elected officials – are trying to stop installation in their communities.

For more information on what you can do to stop this in your community, visit the following websites:

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The Solution to Social Media Censorship Is Simple

By Atiller Sulker | Foundation for Economic Education

Individuals from all corners of the political spectrum have been stirred up by the recent bans of various figures including Alex Jones and Louis Farrakhan. Some have praised these bans for providing good constraints on what they deem “fake news” or “hate speech.” Others have attacked these bans for being influenced by nefarious motives that are contra free speech. The debate regarding the extent to which social media sites may regulate speech has been going on for years now. Perhaps it is time for a reassessment.

One of the biggest fallacies people fail to avoid in these debates is that all social media sites are homogenous goods. The successful entrepreneur understands the importance of differentiation in marketing their product, for it is differentiation that allows the entrepreneur to narrow down his market and attract consumers.

Just as in any other market, the social media titans, Facebook and Twitter, have developed very differently from each other, and each has its own distinctive features. Facebook has developed best for allowing like-minded people to connect with each other, while Twitter has become a bully pulpit for various figures in the political and pop culture world.

If we step back and look at the bigger picture, it is a fallacy to paint all social media sites with a broad brush stroke.

It would thus be wrong to compare all social media sites as if they were the same. The various consumer ends each social media site serves to satisfy determines its overall development. Many different factors will influence these ends. Among one of these factors is the extent to which speech is regulated.

If a given social media site aims to assist individuals and firms in networking with each other, they will likely not have any role in the market of sharing controversial opinions. Conversely, the social media platform that aims at giving a voice to those on the fringes of society will likely have no interest in entering the market of business networking. If we step back and look at the bigger picture, it is a fallacy to paint all social media sites with a broad brush stroke. Each one of them serves a unique purpose, and this purpose has a huge impact on how the site will develop in the longer run.

So perhaps the solution does not lie in calling for state interventions and boldly proclaiming that social media sites are ruthless monopolies trampling on free speech.

Perhaps a site like Facebook is not meant for the sharing of controversial opinions or genuinely serious discussions. Perhaps it serves the market of people who want to connect with each other through shared interests and friendly banter. Perhaps the initiation of controversial discussion is irrelevant and disruptive to Facebook's purpose. Perhaps the sentiments of Farrakhan and Jones don’t fit in the environment Facebook is trying to create.

The market has offered solutions to this already. Where the “networking social media site” is lacking, the “controversial opinion sharing site” will compensate. Gab is a good example of this. The site claims to be a bastion of free speech and individual liberty and has become a platform for many controversial figures who identify with the so-called “far right.” The differentiation of various sites can, of course, be based on different premises. There could perhaps be the “leftist social media site” on the one hand, and the “right-wing social media site” on the other.

By advocating for repercussions for social media platforms that practice censorship, we are merely treating the symptom of a much more fundamental problem, i.e., government intervention. Let the “safe space junkies” and the “rugged individualists” go their separate ways.

Rather, we should be advocating for the splintering of all governmental partnerships with firms such as Facebook, among others. It is these economic interventions that fundamentally stymie voluntary freedom of association and replace it with militant, state-enforced censorship.Those who are truly against censorship will let the market gradually filter it out. One has to support the property rights, and consequently, free speech of his political enemies in order to uphold that of his. Thus we must advocate for a system in which the state doesn’t take sides, nor try to fix the consequences of interventionism through further intervention.

Just as in the physical realm, individuals on the internet associate with whom they have shared interests. Market mechanisms have allowed for the exercising of this freedom of association, and state intervention only blurs the lines. Let the “safe space junkies” and the “rugged individualists” go their separate ways.

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3 Time-tested Strategies for Improved Memory

Memory loss is often associated most with the elderly, but one in nine people age 45 and older say that they experience difficulty with cognitive decline, which shows it is more prevalent than formerly realized. For millennials, there is more scientific focus now on brain activity and loss prevention through the practice of memory improvement. Strategic behaviors also help program, store and retrieve information and experiences as they relate to present and future needs. Within this article are three time-tested strategies for improved memory as well as how to use them effectively.

Creating, Storing and Recalling Memories

The brain is designed to send signals via neuron patterns called synapses, which allows for the creation of memories. Without the ability to recall them, they disappear as the brain assumes it is not so important. The brain also can combine memories and store them in the short- or long-term so a person can recall them when they are needed. How does that happen? As the brain has it stored, a person can remember them, which supports the brain’s ability to recall them using the same brain synapsis pattern used when the memory was created. The loss of these memories is natural, but you can do a few things strategically to slow it down.

1. Enhance Cognitive Performance With Nootropics

Proper diet has for some time been associated with brain function, so it is little wonder that nootropic supplements are on the world’s radar as they contain many natural ingredients that boost cognitive performance and ward off memory decline.  Studies first linked diet to cognitive performance with foods such as blueberries and strawberries.

Blueberries were found to boost performance because of the high flavonoid count while strawberries reduced memory decline. The problem with these studies is that they also showed that people would need to eat an abnormal amount for the brain to benefit. Studies on caffeine have also promoted recall when taken right after memory is created.

That is where the importance of nootropic supplements come into play as they contain these critical ingredients in the amounts you need them to ward off cognitive decline naturally. Caffeine was also found to strengthen memory creation and consolidation. How does nootropic supplements boost performance? They enhance cognitive function.

Nootropic studies have found that they boost the performance of memory, attention span, motivation and creativity, which involved both natural and synthetic products. The studies also found that smart drugs affect the brain’s pathway process, which is why nootropics are used to treat memory disorders like Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.

Recent nootropic studies have also looked at the effects of natural ingredients like ginkgo biloba and have concentrated research on the dopaminergic and cholinergic pathways. The presence of amyloid precursor protein was also exclusively linked to enhancing mental performance because of the absorption in the neuron’s synapsis.

Commercially, nootropic supplements are often called brain boosters or smart drugs, along with its primary ingredient that enhances mental performance. There are also two types consumers can use, including herbal nootropics like American ginseng and L-Theanine or synthetic compounds like Ritalin, Racetams, Modafinil, and Vinpocetine.

2. Meditate to Enhance Memory Synapsis Process

There is much to be said about how the brain temporarily holds information during the working memory process. As you learn new pieces of information, your mind keeps them until you no longer require them. When they are vitally useful, you store them as short and long memories. When they are not necessary, your brain discards them completely.

The brain’s working memory process can only hold about seven memories, but most people do not use it to its full capacity. How can people boost the working memory function? Studies have shown that meditation strengthens concentration, memory recall and attentiveness because it slows the brain’s memory processing of information.

Under normal circumstances, the brain continues to process information, even when asleep. When the body is meditating, it slows down brain activities but strengthens its functioning capacity. Other meditation studies have found that prolonged practices will enhance your memory, learning capacity, stress level reduction, and self-awareness.

Meditation also changes brainwaves by reducing the brain’s beta waves that process information. When meditating, the brain replaces them with alpha waves like acetylcholine or NGF production that are responsible for memory organization and mental clarity. You will be able to focus better, perceive faster and reason thoughtfully.

3. Exercise to Boost Memory Recall

Like all muscles in the body, your brain is no different when it comes to the benefit of exercise because it stimulates muscle growth and strength. Studies show that regular physical fitness workouts have several advantages, including memory recall, cognitive ability and information processing, which all slow down the memory decline process.

Research also focused on the shrinking of the hippocampus as a person ages. As the aging process occurs, people have a higher likelihood of having memory impairment or dementia. In those who exercised and were physically fit, researchers found that the medial temporal lobe and the hippocampal were more prominently present in the brain.

Scientists also focused their research on neurogenesis within the nervous system’s neurons, which are produced by stem cells and responsible for spatial memory. Participants who exercised experienced weakened memory declines, which researchers found that fitness partially was accountable for memory volume recall.

Whether you are young and looking for ways to enhance cognitive abilities or an aging person who wants to avoid memory decline, a fitness routine would benefit brain function strength and memory enhancement. Next time, try muscle toning, aerobics or resistance training to improve your memory and thought processing.

Because recollection first starts in the brain’s hippocampus, it is crucial to try these three strategies together to improve your memory functioning. As each of these strategies supports a different brain function, you’re going to boost your ability to create, store and recall memories successfully rather than forget them as people tend to do very quickly.

Try it for yourself by taking the time to learn about the benefits of nootropic supplements, meditation techniques and exercise routines that improve the brain’s cognitive abilities.

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