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How to Embrace Intentional Optimism and Stop Living in Fear, Anger and Blame

By Marcus T. Anthony

“Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There’s still time to change the road you’re on.
And it makes me wonder.”
Led Zeplin, Stairway to Heaven.

We live in troubling times. Daily, we twenty-first century hominoids are bombarded with disturbing news about the increasing number of perils that await us as individuals, and as a species. This is a volatile world, and we just have to live with fear and rage, knowing how it may all come to a screeching end at any moment. You want a disaster? Take your pick. COVID-19, the World Economic Forum saying “by 2030, you will own nothing and you’ll be happy,” China and Russia colluding to desecrate our precious democracy, but then there are also them damn Nazis hiding under the bed. Indeed, the brown shirts are around any and every corner.

But even if Adolf’s latter-day descendants don’t dare show themselves, there are storms of unprecedented magnitude bearing down on us, threatening to blow away our houses and our existence. Then, if the gods disappointingly steer the typhoons elsewhere, we can still pop into the cinema where Al Gore will reassure us that the climactic end is nigh. And you betta stash some of that popcorn and coke, because it’s probably too late to do anything.

In such a world why would anybody even bother to get out of bed?

Let me confide in you that I wouldn’t get out of bed either if I believed this story. But I just don’t. I reckon it’s often bullshit, the nonsense of click-bait journalists and bloggers desperate to get the hits necessary to generate a bit of attention or income.

And those foolish enough to click on such stuff mostly do so because the narrative is what they have come to believe. It’s what they want to hear. “Ain’t it awful! I told you so!”

Look, I know the doomsday story is really popular. It’s a ratings winner. And it gets all the awards at Golden Globes time, where some crusty celebrity (who has taken the precious time to leave her gated community to condemn leaders who build walls) will shed a tear for what has become of the world, and to rage against the monsters who lead it.

Meanwhile, what didn’t make the papers is the story about the old guy who walked down the street whistling, a skip in his step, smiling at babies and the pretty girls he knows fully well he shouldn’t be smiling (because, as all decent human beings living in this rape culture know, only perverts do such things). No, that old bastard was enjoying himself far too much to make the news. Or perhaps he was just happy that he’s lived so long, given that less than two centuries ago the average lifespan globally was just 28 years of age, with one in three children dying before the age of five.

Consider these strange facts, mentioned by Stephen Pinker in his new book Enlightenment Now. Surveys show that people often think that their country’s economy will get worse in the next year, but they are relatively optimistic about their personal financial future. They tend to believe that crime rates are deteriorating across the nation, but not near their home. And they believe that the environment is going to hell – but you guessed it, not around here.

Why is that? Could it be that the world of experience (our real world) is nowhere near as bad as the narrative that we are sold in the media and in many of our education systems?

Intentional Optimism

So… there is that other story – or those other ten thousand stories. They are the tales that I prefer to listen to. They are stories driven by intentional optimism. And by life itself. Not by the spin of media and social media and their enraged audience.

Intentional optimism is the decision to be fully present in the real world of experience. And the decision to stay there.

The price to pay is a small one. Tune out of the electronic news media and social media and learn how to be present to life.

But make no mistake, this other narrative is not a story of delusion (relatively speaking, as compared to the doomsday narrative that we have all come to know and love). It doesn’t deny evidence or data regarding global warming, rape or political extremism (realizing that problems should be addressed, not obsessed).  But neither does it get sucked into the collective projections of the masses, preferring grounded experience.

Instead it makes a commitment to withdraw from the fear-driven narratives and their doomsday noosphere and to make lived presence and intentional optimism the basis of life, whereupon an entirely new world unfurls before us as if by cosmic grace. The painful pasts and fearful futures that obsess the minds of the many suddenly disappear, seen as the illusions that they typically are. Abstract narratives are replaced by the fullness of life.

And what is it exactly that becomes real? It is whatever arises in the moment. It is the mother and her baby that you stop to smile at as you walk home. It is the song you choose to sing, regardless of who cares to listen. It is the tang of the orange upon your taste buds as you bite the fruit.

And in such moments these things are often joyful. And enough.

We all know that life is not always “happy.” We all experience a full range of emotions, including fear, anger, sadness, guilt, shame and so on. Intentional optimism doesn’t reject those. It simply addresses their root cause and permits them their natural expression (perhaps crying if you are sad). If action is needed, such as acknowledging that loneliness is creating sadness, then one commits to such action (for example, developing more warm relationships). If addressed in such a way, all such feelings pass in time.

The best thing is that this other story that we can choose comes with a very different attitude, and typically a different experience of life. You don’t live in fear of expected doom. You don’t blame anyone or anything for what is missing. You are just thankful to be here, now. There is little need for affirmation, visualization, or imploring prayer to the deity. Instead there are words that form spontaneously: “Thank you. I love you.” Such words have more power to transform the world than any social justice narrative one can possibly imagine.

Thus, there is a generosity of spirit that seeks sharing of experience.

Will the world be here tomorrow? Will you and I be here tomorrow? To be honest, I just don’t know. But one day soon, and in but the blink of the cosmic eye, the sun will rise and both you and I will not be here. That is an absolute certainty.

”But Marcus!” I hear you say. “My world is going to hell and you just don’t care!” And you would be (mostly) right. Unless you are my wife, someone I’m directly involved with or some twerp knocking on my door trying to sell me some contraption I don’t need, your hell is none of my business. I can’t save you from your misery, and even if I could, I’m too busy having a good time of it to give it much thought.

So, am I against social activism? Against seriously tackling political and ideological extremism? No. Not at all.  If we are to consider this from a spiritual perspective (and I realize most people won’t) an essential aspect of engaging such problems is the consciousness that underpins that activism. Social activism can be like the “liberalism” that often drives it. The latter is a nice idea, but not actually commonly practiced – not even by liberals. As far as I can tell, a great number of social activists in 2017 are too busy being morally superior and beating up enemies to truly demonstrate the justice and compassion that their souls (and all our souls) call them to actualize.

Human societies need people to develop good ideas and sound policies to create preferred futures. That includes having to deal with the darker side of human nature and of human propensity. World and local leaders do have to deal with psychopaths, extremists and despots (often in the mirror, it must be said), including those within our societies.

My main point here is that working at the essential foundation of problems – their expression of consciousness – can help all of us make more intelligent and wise decisions. It can enhance insight, where upon we can pull out of the psychic dramas that we are so prone to engage in if we do not bring things to full awareness. If we fail to assume responsibility for our fear-based projections, we may fail to tackle perhaps the most essential aspect of the problems we experience. We may end up creating conflict and suffering – a kind of self-fulling prophecy.

What I am saying is that the most logical attitude to take in this mad world, under most circumstances, is this. Stop judging and condemning everyone as stupid and immoral. Instead, give thanks, dance and celebrate this moment of existence that the cosmos has very generously granted you.

Yes. Let us give thanks. Let us forgive those Trump supporters and those libtards. But most of all, let’s love everyone and anyone who is so generous as to cross our paths and smile, who cares to talk to us or just be present with us for a moment in time. For this moment in time is all any of us have.

Who knows, maybe in a day or two I’ll be singing a song, dancing in the park with some old Chinese ladies here in Zhuhai (South China) or helping myself to a nice big piece of chocolate cake… and I will look up to the sky and see a large missile with a beaming image of our Dear Leaders Kim Jong Un or The Donald on the tail. There will be just enough to think “What the hell was that all about?” before every molecule in my body is incinerated. Maybe the Nazis really will ride into town upon their murderous tanks. Or perhaps the damn Commies will ride in upon black horses, with a bare-chested Vladimir Putin leading the way.

And that will be it.

But at least I’ll know that I stood by what was of the greatest importance for this spiritual journey as an individual, and for this human species. I will know that I refused to live in fear, anger and blame. Not even for a good cause. I will know I took the time to share a little joy and laughter with just a few other souls. All without charging a cent.

And it will be enough.




The Rebel and the Firestarter | Extract From the Upcoming Book “Power And Presence: Reclaiming Your Authentic Self in a Weaponized World.”

James Dean in the film “Rebel Without a Cause.” (WARNER HOME VIDEO)

The following is an extract from my upcoming book “Power and Presence: Reclaiming Your Authentic Self in a Weaponized World.” In the discussion to follow, I am going to use the masculine pronoun “he” when referring to The Rebel, but the discussion applies equally to both men and women. – Marcus T. Anthony

Around about now, with the US election situation having become so volatile, many people are experiencing a lot of anger. Many are active online or even on the streets, seeking what they perceive to be justice – or maybe even revenge.

Perhaps you have one eye upon the world (the object of your anger), and one eye turned back upon yourself, concerned about the strong or even destructive ideas that are moving through your mind. If you are one of these, this article is for you. It’s about noticing how angry you have become. And it’s about being The Rebel, and how that can be either a positive development, or a destructive one.

Let me leave the US election for a moment (I will return to it at the end of the article).

There is an essential idea I wish to share early on. Being a Rebel is both necessary and healthy for all humans. At some point we all need to say “No!” to someone: to our parents, to our siblings and friends, to the boss, to the priest, to our institution or to our culture.

Yet rebellion is only truly healthy if there is a sufficient level of cognitive responsibility behind the actions that The Rebel embodies. When the Rebel’s propensity for cognitive responsibility drops below a certain threshold, The Rebel can become the Firestarter. If all hope fades, he may become the Nihilist, who in turn may express violent and destructive tendencies.

The Rebel Gone Wrong has many common expressions, including:

  • The Firestarter
  • The Nihilist
  • The Tyrant or Fascist
  • The Bully
  • The Bad Boy or Bad Girl
  • The Bad Mother or Bad Father
  • The Bastard, the Arsehole or the Bitch (we can’t discuss rebellion without a few cusswords!)
  • The Trickster
  • The Crusader

Even though these expressions vary somewhat (and debatably), I will use several of them interchangeably, below.

When The Rebel is unable or unwilling to assume responsibility for what arises in his mind and emotional body, an inevitable result is a descent into drama. Drama emerges within any given life situation because we fail to develop the right relationship with our judgments and anger, and they become projected onto the other: onto the parent, the spouse, boss, the leader, the institution, the system and so on. The Firestarter typically hits out in scorn and rage, and tries to damage or even annihilate that which is around him. Fights, arguments, backstabbing, gossip, formation of angry tribes, gangs and work cliques are common behaviours for Firestarters.

If The Rebel sees no avenue for outward projection of his pain and anger, he may alternatively turn that inward. Instead of trying to destroy the other or destroy the system, he becomes self-loathing and self-destructive. Instead of, “It’s not fair! It’s all their fault!” the crestfallen cry becomes: “I deserve this. It’s all my fault.” His behaviour becomes passive, and the anger and shame is internalised. Depression is highly probable, because the anger and sadness has nowhere to express itself.

When we talk about cognitive responsibility, we have to talk about developing the right relationship with anger, because it is anger that drives The Rebel. The Rebel energy, when activated, gives a long, loud raspberry to The Man. To the system. To the Establishment. The (potential) power of the Rebel is his decision to say “No!” It is the decision to set a boundary, or at least an attempt to set a boundary against someone or some system which is seen to be undesirable or perhaps oppressive.

Russell Crowe in the movie “Gladiator” (JAAP BUITENDIJK/DREAMWORKS/UNIVERSAL)

When The Rebel expresses his defiance while exhibiting high levels of spiritual or psychological maturity (cognitive responsibility) combined with personal and moral courage, we get an empowered expression of The Rebel archetype. We get Gandhi. We get MLK. We even get Mother Teresa.

With enhanced cognitive responsibility there is then a strong potential for the healing of the pain body, and thus the integration of the consciousness that is seeking resolution. When drama arises, the healthy Rebel is able to identify his part in the chaos, assume responsibility for that and pull out of the drama. Where judgment and blame arise in his mind, he is able to witness it, work with it, and allow it a healthy expression.

There are not so many clear names or expressions for the idea of the healthy Rebel, but we can see the character in various other archetypes.

  • The Freedom Fighter
  • The Hero or Heroine
  • The Noble Leader
  • The Good Mother and the Good Father
  • The Spiritual Master
  • The Healer

As is often noted, one man’s Freedom Fighter is another man’s Terrorist. That may be because the frame is being controlled by opposing outside parties, or simply because not everyone’s values and goals are the same.

It may also be because of the inconsistent behaviour of the individual. No Rebel ever stepped forth into the world without being a Firestarter on some occasions. Indeed, it may be necessary to witness oneself as The Asshole or The Bitch, and to acknowledge that, before we can move beyond that expression, before we can pull out of any given drama and integrate the consciousness of it. To heal. To find empowerment.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (Image source:  Flickr by nrkbeta at https://flickr.com/photos/95021520@N00/32400835237)

Is it me or is it them?

The Rebel’s healthy expression of judgment and pain often requires little or no participation from the perceived opposing force. This is something that is very important to understand. It lies at the root of personal empowerment. Quite often the oppressive narrative that we are reading onto our experience – onto “The Man,” onto society, onto the world – is self-generated. Such narratives can spawn endless cycles of drama. In this situation, we merely own our part in the story and pull out of the drama.

The situation is complicated by the fact that quite often the drama we are participating in is driven by our unresolved issues or pain. Our suffering is the hook. If that is the case, we may need to develop the right relationship with our emotional body, to find some safe space where we can express our anger, hurt and sadness (more about that in my next article).

Further, we all live in societies where our psyches are embedded culturally, ideologically and politically within narratives (and perhaps even consciousness fields) that are seeking to exploit us in order to enhance an agenda. That agenda will usually involve some push for power and control over us.

Thus it is the task of The Rebel to determine as honestly as he can how much of what is unfolding in his experience is due to his own behaviors and attitudes; how much is due to the irresponsible and disrespectful behaviors and manipulations of others; and how much is due to genuinely undesirable or oppressive systems. The distinctions are rarely black and white. No group, no system, no leader, no parent is a perfectly evolved entity. Nor are we.

Mahatma Gandhi

The 2020 US Election (again)

I write this just days after the 2020 US presidential election, where The Rebel energy – and in particular anger and blame – has emerged at levels that are historically high. The potential for an unhealthy expression of that archetype is great. Individual and tribal responsibility levels are extremely low, and both drama and the need for drama is gravely elevated.

Many – probably most – people will take sides in the battle, and this is to be expected. Human beings are tribal by nature. We identify with our group, our team, our heroes and our stories. We love to project against our villains, to blame them for the evil we see in the world. Or in ourselves.

Thus, right now we have a very high potential for a destructive expression of The Rebel archetype to (further) emerge. In particular, we can pay attention to the following scenarios.

  • Leaders and political parties may fail to assume a sufficiently high level of responsibility for their own issues and their own shadow energy, choosing instead to manipulate people and ferment conflict and chaos.
  • Your institution, profession, or tribe is probably exploiting (deliberately or unconsciously) the widespread high need for drama. Projection, judgment and blame are commonly being fermented.
  • Many of your friends and colleagues, both in real life and especially in virtual space, will currently have low levels of cognitive responsibility, coupled with a high potential for drama. Indeed, many are probably smack bang in the middle of several dramas at this moment.
  • Right now, you too probably have a high need for drama, and your cognitive responsibility level is probably much lower than usual. Therefore, you are likely more vulnerable than usual to being drafted into someone else’s frame, narrative or drama, including destructive and violent ones.

Although it may be difficult to see it, all this means that there is an incredible opportunity to further develop in your own level psychological and spiritual maturity. To become more wise. Opportunities like this do not come along all that often in any given lifetime.

The check list

So, what can you do right now in response to the current time of elevated tensions?

First, check to see if you have given your power away to a leader or group, and in particular whether you are projecting some kind of saviour – or demon –  narrative onto power figures.

Reflect carefully also upon the narratives and dramas that are now circulating through your mind, and through your information sources. Are these ideas and thoughts really yours, or has your mind become colonised? Are you possessed? How did that narrative get in there? When?

Is your consciousness expanding or contracting along with your chosen focus? You will know the answer to this last question intuitively.

Is it possible to reconfigure the story you have adopted; or better still, to pull out of the narrative and drama altogether?

If you are involved in some kind of political activism or even just some online commentary, how much of that is representative on a healthy Rebel consciousness? Or have you become the Firestarter?

In the end, we need a strong motivation for choosing to do the kind of inner work I am sharing here. For me, it is knowing that my own healing and intentionality is helping humanity evolve. The light that we shine within ourselves helps light the world, if only just a little. That light, I believe, transcends time and space, helping heal past and future; for us as individuals, and for all those whom we are connected to across time, space and mind. And for that to unfold we need to develop a high level of awareness of how our minds work, and in this case how The Rebel energy can be expressed healthily – or destructively.

You will also require a suitable set of tools to do the work. That will be the subject of my next article.

Marcus T Anthony




The Not Knowing

One of the best things you can do is not come to a conclusion about something. To leave it at a loose end.

Unknown.

Undecided.

Now is a pretty good time for not knowing, I reckon.

Imagine you had two piles of fresh, crisp writing paper. On the left pile is written all the things that you know. I mean, everything. On the right side is listed all the things that you don’t know. All of it. Which pile of paper would be highest? We both know the answer.

How high would that right-hand pile be?

Though we can’t really put a number on it, it’s going to be mighty high. It’s going high into the sky and towards forever. And we know it. Or rather, we don’t know it.

And the most incredible thing is, that pile would never stop growing. Not even when we die. All those things stacked high against an infinite sky, and beyond, in this universe of trillions of stars, of darkness and light.

Forever is always beginning, but never ends.

Why then is it that we are so certain that we are right, or that our understanding of the universe is correct?

What gives me the right to write these words, when there is so much about  everything – including this topic – that I haven’t the foggiest clue about.

Would you give your power away to someone like me, who is writing a book about power?

I wouldn’t.

But what I might do, is listen. For a moment, at least.

We people know so little. And yet each of us, with our tiny, tiny window on the world, is also a small universe of wisdom and understanding. That we know anything at all is a miracle of perhaps 13 billion years of cosmic evolution. Maybe more. Who knows? I don’t.

Yes, it’s true that there are many fools in the world, and that we are all fools. Sometimes.

I could tell you some stories. About how foolish I’ve been. And I will. Later.

And yet here I am writing, and here you are reading. Because we both believe that there is something in this exchange. For both of us.

For a moment. Till we passed.




Reclaiming Your Power From the Machines in the Age of the Sick Click

From the moment the current COVID-19 crisis arrived here in China (where I live) about three months ago, it became apparent to me that we have a devastating problem. But no, I’m not referring to the virus itself (which is a massive problem, obviously enough). Instead I’m referring to the fact that far too many of us have given our power away to the machines: to the E-World of mainstream and alternative media, and to social media.

The essential dilemma is that our minds have been captured by a Matrix-like virtual world which looks remarkably similar to the real world, but is a facade designed to suck your life force away, in order to keep the machines alive.

So, its an old story, but never more relevant than it is today.

Why is this happening, and how can we reclaim that power – before it’s too late?

About your power: Yes, I’m looking at you!

There are various ways to think of power, and most of us wouldn’t mind a bit more of it. Robert Green outlined no less than four dozen expressions of power in The 48 Laws of Power. Amongst his principles are: “conceal your true intentions;” “say less than necessary;” “court attention at all costs;” and “keep people dependent on you.” And then there are the old favorites like: “crush your enemy totally;” and “pose as a friend, work as a spy.”

Unless you are a politician, you will probably be feeling slightly uneasy at this point. But don’t be (too) alarmed. I’m not talking about these forms of power in this article. Indeed, these expressions of power and their typical agendas for control often emerge in pathological expression because there is a lack of a more essential power within us.

That is the power to be here now. The power of embodied presence.

Though this human potentiality is rarely spoken of when discussing the idea of power, I want you to realise that without the power of embodied presence, all other forms of power will ultimately be of little genuine value you.

I did not arrive at this understanding alone. It is a cumulative wisdom derived from conversations and work with many other teachers, some more learned and wiser than I. For example, the crucial importance of developing the capacity for embodied presence has long been taught by Leonard Jacobson, as I outlined in Champion of the Soul: Master of the Mind .

What is embodied presence?

The power of embodied presence is the ability to bring your body to rest and your mind into a state of silent attention at will, regardless of what is occurring around you, or within you.

Embodied presence is not innate to humans. You have to develop it. You have to work at it. While children and animals are typically far more present than human adults, they cannot be said to be masters of their minds. They neither have the introspective capacity to observe their feelings and thoughts, nor to develop the “right relationship” with them.

There are two essential ways that we surrender this power:

  • Firstly, we allow what arises in our own minds and bodies to perpetuate without responsible mediation. In other words, whatever we happen to think about and feel at any given moment is allowed to continue in whatever way it might, even as we identify with those cognitive processes. Here our thoughts and feelings run amok, like naughty children at the supermarket. If the thoughts are good we are happy; but if they are not we feel powerless and miserable.
  • Secondly, we often allow the world around us to take us in to a state of unmediated distraction. Such stimuli can include: what others say or do to us; what actually happens in our immediate experience; what is happening in our broader lives; and increasingly in today’s world, what we experience online and via electronic communication. In this article I am focusing on the last of these, but in practice one cannot simply separate all categories, as the thoughts and feelings within us are often entanglements of all these things.

The Paradox of Power and Presence

Therefore, the kind of power I am talking about here is not really about “power and control” in the traditional sense. Its primary aim is not establishing power and control over others or circumstances, but over your mind.

Yet if embodied presence is regularly established, it will result in a greater sense of control over life and your experience of self. A subtle distinction I wish to make is that this sense of control is a secondary quality which emerges from more fundamental shifts in behavior and attitude, and this entails a surrender to what is – both within and without. This is the essential paradox of Power of Presence. In order to access the power of presence, you must first relax into the right relationship with your body, your mind and your world.

How the E-World Steals Your Power

This is where E-Worlds come in. In today’s world smartphones, AI, 5G and the internet of things are becoming pervasive. We are increasingly shifting our attention onto abstract representations of the real (your car’s GPS, the weather report, travel shows instead of actual travel) media and social media. We are turning away from our bodies and the essence of consciousness.

We are giving our power away to the machines.

The present COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated that tendency. Because most of us are in an expanded state of anxiety and uncertainty, and many of us are socially isolating and away from the workplace, we are tuning into the internet and media more often than normal. By implication, in doing so we are disconnecting from our bodies and from the present moment.

Further, because of this pervasive fear, the number of articles, videos and posts on the subject of the virus has been staggering. Many of them completely contradict each other. As we stagger from one E-World to the next like dazed psychonauts, ghosts in a cosmic machine we can never quite be with, and our disembodiment intensifies, the fear and confusion spiraling into ever higher levels of intensity.

The mass monkey mind

It is helpful to think of the E-Word of media and social media as the mass monkey mind. In meditative traditions, the “monkey mind” is the term used to describe your chattering, unchecked inner world, which (if I may mix my metaphors) has a tendency to wander about indiscriminately like a blind man stumbling along a crowded street without a walking stick. The blind man keeps bumping into people, either cursing them or apologizing frantically in order to deflect their anger, even as the other pedestrians apologize or curse him back. Because he cannot see, the blind man doesn’t realise that all the other pedestrians are equally as blind, and all without their canes.

This image symbolically representgs the essence of much of the internet during the virus crisis, as the meandering minds of the masses run amok, and with little or no capacity to unplug and return to embodied presence. Whichever way the wind is blowing on E-World on any given day, that is the direction the mass monkey mind sways, unable to move in another direction nor to simply hit the off button that is but inches away.

This is disempowerment.

Shifting your gaze

Leonard Jacobson has said that when you gaze upon the vastness of the ocean, you will see the vastness within yourself reflected to you. When you gaze upon the eternity of a mountain, you will see the eternity of yourself therein. But if you gaze upon the unconsciousness of another human beings and become transfixed by that, you will become as lost as them.

The truth is that much of what is written on social media and the Internet is of little value. It does not contain much wisdom or understanding. Almost all of it is distorted by the limitations of the abstract mind, and a great deal is simply irresponsible projection from psychologically and spiritually  immature individuals. If you engage this online unconsciousness at the level at which it is created, you will become lost in the shadows of the mass monkey mind, separated from your power.

So, you have to discipline yourself when it comes to the time you spend online. It is that simple. And you have to make a commitment, to make embodied presence of higher value in your life than surfing on E-World. You have to acknowledge at a deeper level that most of what you are seeing online is a distorted and exaggerated copy of the real world. E-World is like a giant camera fixated ever-closer on a pimple on George Clooney’s nose, zooming closer and closer till the formerly handsome Mr Clooney becomes nothing but a grotesque and bloated pustule. And then you scream.

Media and madness

“If it bleeds it leads” was an old cliché from the days when newspapers were things you actually picked up with your hands and flipped through on the subway on your way to work. Yet the principle still applies today, only more so. In The Age of the Click everyone is battling for your time and attention.

This is not new. It’s not news. We all know what I am talking about. So why then are we spending so much time in fear-and-loathing-saturated online environments?

Firstly, human beings are wired for what is called “negativity bias.” This is a principle well known in psychology. The simple version is that we are biologically wired to pay far more attention to bad news than to good news, to insults than to compliments, to pain than to pleasure. Our human ancestors who survived and thrived best in physically hostile environments were those who were the fastest to spot potential threats. So those were the humans who reproduced. The rest became big cat food or got wiped out by a more aggressive tribe. Over time this characteristic of anxious alertness to potential threat was naturally selected, becoming part of the human genotype.

On a related point, when we experience fear, anger naturally follows. Biologically. As Malcolm McLaren once famously sang: anger is an energy. It seeks forceful expression. Violent, even. Ask yourself this question. Whom do you blame for the way the COVID-19 virus is impacting your country? Your community? There is a very good chance you have a very clear answer, and you have recently indignantly expressed this to others on the internet.

Online communities allow a space whereby we can express anger and frustration. In truth, your angry online expressions are probably no big deal in the greater scheme if things. If you are able to express yourself without overdue attachment to your projections, if you can then pull away, the self-damage you inflict will probably be minimal. But when billions of us are doing the same; and when you identify with that collective chorus, engage it or oppose it, you are effectively fixated by the chatterings of the mass monkey mind. Thereupon the anxious cacophony inside your skull is no longer merely your personal voice. You are possessed.

Finally, we should not forget that every click is a dopamine hit. Web designers and IT companies know that. And that’s why they have you.

The point of fear

Fear has a very practical biological imperative, and a perfectly valid one. Fear in itself is not bad, as long as we can manage it in healthy ways.

Being afraid during a pandemic is beneficial. Those who are too blasé probably won’t take appropriate precautions like washing their hands, practicing social distancing and so on. While any given individual might not suffer because of that, if ten million people in the country behave in such a way, you have a very big problem.

So rather than attempting to eliminate fear, develop the right relationship with it and act decisively upon it, when appropriate. The fear you feel is reaching out to you to deepen your self-awareness, and your awareness of humanity as a whole. It is my perception that at this time we humans are dealing with the prime issue of the fear of abandonment and death. We need to learn how to love that fear, that wound. You might like to read more about how to deepen your relationship with your fear in another article I wrote recently.

How to Red Pill it out of E-World

Here are some simple steps you can take to launch yourself off E-World and return to the embodied presence of the real world, and begin to rediscover embodied presence.

  • Delay opening the internet for as long as possible each day. When I feel I am being distracted by online spaces, I typically set myself the first six hours of the day to be here in the real world. So I avoid the E-World, except for essential tasks.
  • Don’t keep your phone beside your bed when you sleep. You will be tempted to open it during the night, or first thing in the morning.
  • Never begin the day by going online. Meditate early in the day, or go for a walk in nature: to a place where there are trees, water or open skies. Breath into your body and allow yourself to simply be.

  • As you sense your consciousness in meditation or nature, take at least a moment or two to give thanks for your awareness. For your life. None of us knows how long we shall continue to have that gift.
  • Walk your dog.
  • Chat with someone, and just enjoy being present with them.
  • Given that being aware and informed at this time is important, decide what you wish to discover or know before you open the internet. Set yourself a time limit. I suggest limiting yourself to no more than 30 minutes at a time on the internet for general web browsing.
  • Each time you are about to enter an online space, bring attention to your body. It may surprise you that before you even click on that page that your physiology has shifted. You may also be aware of an agenda that your mind has set up to blame or project against somebody. In other words, that you are about to give your power away as that agenda hooks into somebody else’s, and become entangled in drama. Simply notice that, and make a conscious decision about whether you will allow that agenda to expand into further thoughts, comments and behaviors in your online session.
  • Make a list of web sites, groups and posters who tend to drag you out of presence and into fear, anger and blame. If you cannot think of a good reason to gaze into those monkeys’ minds, commit to NOT going there. This might take some self-discipline.
  • Acknowledge the payoff for distraction and projection. Admit it. It feels good to blame politicians and random humans on the internet for being bad and stupid (unlike me/us, the good and smart). You get a sense of community and connection with your tribe, your get to express your pent-up anger, and you get to feel morally superior and more intelligent than those whom you project against. Are you willing to let that go, or at lest bring awareness to this behavior?
  • Give thanks for the small things. Gratitude has a power that most do not appreciate. If you can enjoy a cup of tea, walk by the ocean with a friend or listen to a great song, is that not wonderful?

Dancing the two-step to embodied presence

Shifting to embodied presence is not difficult, as Leonard Jacobson likes to say. All you really need to do is sit quietly and bring your attention to your breath, or a part of your body. Alternatively, bring you attention quietly to a simple external object: a chair, a candle, a cup. Maintain your attention for a few moments, then you are present. You can also become present by stopping for a moment and gently noticing your thoughts and feelings without judgment. This helps create the witnessing effect I have written of, above.

The second step is more challenging. That is, the capacity to remain present, at will. This is beyond the scope of this article to detail, but in essence it is about deepening into awareness of what it is within you that is resisting presence. Typically, the mind resists presence because it equates it with death: self-extinction. You can read more about that in Discover Your Soul Template, if you wish.

Finally

This article has focused upon a significant broader problem that has resulted from the development of the internet, and how that has become particularly pronounced during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are tending to remove our consciousness from embodied presence, and mistake virtual worlds for the world of the real.

There are many other problems involved with both the internet and the virus situation that I have not addressed. And there are many wonderful and positive aspects of the internet that I have also left untouched.

My essential point has been to introduce the idea of the power of embodied presence. A part of that is my hope that you can avoid becoming possessed by the virtual worlds of the mass monkey mind at a time when there is a wonderful opportunity to develop a more grounded relationship with life, and a greater personal wisdom. In doing so, your actions and expressions, both in the real world and online may help us all learn and grow during a challenging time.

 

 




Finding Peace in the Time of COVID-19 (part 1 of 3)

Death, Fear and the Virus

Unless you have been off-world or in a persistent vegetative state for the past two months, you will be very familiar with the fact that the end is nigh. Well, if you can believe the media, at least. You know what I am talking about: the arrival of the COVID-19 virus.

A lot of people are scared. Very scared. And that is perfectly understandable. Mostly. The fear in many cases is because of the unknown. What will happen? Will 70 percent of the world’s population be infected, with death tolls in the millions, bringing visions of the plague back to haunt us from our ancestral past? Will I even survive it? What about my elderly parents? My sick relatives?

I am not going to attempt to answer those questions here. That is not the purpose of this writing. Instead I am going to describe a meditative process I call Emotional Alignment. There are three levels to the process, and I am going to share them with you over three posts on the topic. Today I will introduce the idea of Emotional Alignment, and describe the first level, which you will be able to begin today if you choose. The other 2 levels will be outlined in the two posts to follow soon. I will also outline some of the potential limitations of Emotional Alignment in these posts, and discuss some common errors people make using this and similar processes.

The Setting

I live in Zhuhai, southern China, close to Macau and Hong Kong. Over here we are in a different phase of the epidemic than most other countries, given that the virus was first made public in Wuhan, not too far from, here in late December. We’ve had well over two months to adjust our perspective, and embrace the new normal.

The Zhuhai coastal strip, with Macau in the distant background, top-left

Here in Zhuhai, it is not quite lockdown, despite restrictions on the movements of the general public. After all, I am writing this on my laptop in a lovely, small restaurant in the Tangjia district in the northern part of Zhuhai. Zhuhai is quite a lovely city. In terms of its environment and physical landscape, it’s certainly a very pretty place. It lies right on the coast, and has won numerous awards for its environmental policies and standards. So, it is not a bad place to wait out the zombie Apocalypse.

I suppose I am going to have to be honest, and tell you the truth that Zhuhai and most of the regions around here have not been hard hit by the Attack of the Mini-Monsters. The official figures here last time I checked were that 98 people have been confirmed to have contracted the virus, 95 have fully recovered, two are still under observation, while just one person has succumbed. In nearby Macau there have been just over a dozen cases, no deaths; less than 200 in Hong Kong (four deaths); while Taiwan has had 100 cases and no fatalities yet. Beyond the strict regulation of people’s movements, the low impact around here may be related to climate. These are humid, hot places, and there is some suggestion that these locales may be less favorable to the spread of the virus (though that is unproven at this point).

The Horror, the Horror

But I am not here to promote the Zhuhai region to brave travelers. Indeed, there are harsh restrictions here now. You would struggle to get in, and even if you did, you’d have to undergo at least two weeks of quarantine at you own expense.

Instead, my purpose here is but one. How shall we deal with fear in a time of great uncertainty? I have spent nearly 25 years working closely with my own emotional body, and have also worked intimately with others as they have sought to manage their own troubled feelings and psychological and spiritual issues.

What lies in the following article represents my own understanding. The Emotional Alignment process I detail here is suitable for those who have at least a reasonable grasp on their current mental state. It is not meant to be a substitute for genuine psychological intervention. If you find that you are really struggling with your mental and emotional states at present, or feel unable to cope, I strongly suggest you seek advice from a registered mental health professional. Most of all, reach out to loved ones. Nobody should go through difficult times alone. There is no shame in seeking help.

The Essence: Love your Fear

When I first began to meditate many years ago the very first “message” I ever received was “Love your fear.” The voice came into my head as I sat quietly in the darkness. That surprised me. I certainly didn’t expect to hear a voice while I meditated. But I realised immediately that the message was a wise one. It made intuitive sense. Don’t run away from your fear! I recalled years before reading the classic children’s book The Boy Who Was Afraid. Confront your fear. Don’t run away.

So, I began the process of finding practical ways to embody that understanding. It took me a long time, and I have modified the process over the years, but what you will find below is the most simple and practical explanation of what I have come to understand. Make no mistake. This self-work was not done alone. I got lots of help. The intense inner child work I did with a group of hardy journeyers in New Zealand twenty years ago was invaluable. The teachings of Leonard Jacobson have also been seminal. In fact, his private “alignment” session with me some 27 years ago was not that dissimilar to the process you will read of here.

I am very grateful for such help. 

The Role of Fear

Fear has a role in evolution, and that is to alert us to danger and prepare us to fight or flee. The surge in adrenaline is useful if you have to run like hell, or fight off an intruder from another tribe. But with the long burn of stress in modern societies, our biology can be counterproductive, or even harmful, as is well known. In times of prolonged crisis such as we have with the virus at present, chronic fear and anxiety can really spiral out of control. You will be well aware of this, if you have spent any time online lately.

Emotional Alignment is one way to help bring that anxiety under control.

And yet if we take the other extreme, if we reject fear or ignore it we may fail to heed its warning. Further, denial of one’s physiological state can lead to dissociation, and in turn mental and physical health issues. Many mental health advisors see that denial as a prime driver of addiction. So, what we want and need is a way to manage fear, to turn it into an ally, not to be totally rid of it. After all, there are smart actions we all need to take in the time of COVID-19: washing hands regularly, avoiding large gatherings, minimizing social outings and so on. We also need to be accountable to those around us. Our own reckless behavior could endanger not only ourselves, but loved ones and colleagues. Simply eliminating fear and going about business as usual would be foolish.

The Process: Aligning With the Feelings

Though this article is primarily about how to manage fear, feelings rarely arise in complete isolation from other feelings, and there are many feelings that may arise within us that we typically find difficult to accept or manage. Besides fear, anger and blame, grief, sadness, and shame are perhaps the most common. Confusion, a sense of worthlessness, envy and jealousy are others, and may contain a mixture of various feelings.

Fear is perhaps the most primal of all. It seems to be more pervasive than any other of the “negative” feelings. Indeed, for many of us it often sits just at the surface of consciousness. In recent years, there has been a great rise in the incidence of anxiety and panic attacks in many western countries (although this may in part reflect the fact that people are far more likely to report such feelings).

Before You Begin

The process I am suggesting here (and especially in the second and third levels) will not be for everyone. It does require a genuine intention to do inner work, as well as a fairly high level of self-awareness. Most of you should be able to manage the first level, although some kind of mindfulness practice will help. For the final two levels, it would be beneficial to have done some shadow work or emotional breath work.

Of course, you can modify the process according to your particular needs and introspective abilities. Still, if you find Emotional Alignment is not for you, seek some other kind of emotional management process.

Ideally, to adopt the process I am recommending you need a quiet, private space. Unless we are talking about very wise and accepting people, it is difficult to do the kind of vulnerability work I am suggesting in front of others. Of course, if you are in some kind of emotional group therapy session, Emotional Alignment could be done there, but during the current virus situation I am going to assume you will mostly be restricted to self-work.

The First Step

The most important step of this process I detail here is the first. That is, you should simply and gently acknowledge that you are experiencing fear and related feelings, and are struggling at some level to deal with that. If such feelings are affecting your life, work or relationships, begin by simply acknowledging that. Relax with it. There is no shame in being afraid, being unsure. It is part of the deal in residing in the human physiological system, and in case you haven’t noticed, many people are finding things difficult at the moment. You are not Jesus. You are not the Buddha. You are not even your favourite spiritual teacher or mentor. You are not here to be anyone else other than you. Your job is to accept responsibility for the task of loving and accepting yourself, as best you can.

 

A Quiet Place

I prefer to engage in Emotional Alignment when there is nobody else in the house, but I realise this is not always possible for everyone. The emotional expression which might emerge could disturb others, and if they have never done this kind of process before, or are not familiar with similar modalities, they may not understand. Still, if appropriate, explain to your partner, family members of housemates what you are doing.

Another option is to do your Emotional Alignment work in the privacy of your car, when parked somewhere private and away from observers. When my brother Jerome took his own life many years ago, I really needed to release a mountain of anger and grief. At the time I was staying temporarily with my mother and a few other family members, after my father’s funeral. I knew there was no way I could do my alignment in the house. They probably would have called the boys in white clothes to come and take me away. So, I borrowed my mother’s car, drove out to a remote location and let it all out (this is the third level of Emotional Alignment). It was one hell of an emotional outpouring, given I’d lost my brother and father in the space of a week. The next day I repeated the process, because there was just so much within me needing expression. On the third day I felt no such requirement, and stayed with my mother and family the whole day.

The process of Emotional Alignment does not need to be as dramatic or intense as the previous level three example. Such heartrending events typically occur but a few times over a lifetime. Emotional Alignment is, for the most part, simple and gentle. Yet this does not mean that it is necessarily easy. Still, I do want you to keep in mind that this is not meant to be complicated. In its essence, Emotional Alignment is as simple as allowing your feelings to have a voice, being present with them, and developing a gentle and accepting relationship with those emotions.

Surrender

Emotional Alignment begins and ends with surrender. Surrendering allows us to relax, and to develop an accepting relationship with ourselves, with others and the world.

It is one thing to experience difficult emotions. But the emotions themselves are probably not the actual problem. After all, small children often experience a roller-coaster of strong emotions throughout the day, and seem perfectly OK with it. That is because, at least when they are very young, and if they have nurturing parents, they don’t beat themselves up about it. They do not dissociate from their feelings.

Yet if we reject ourselves because we experience difficult emotions, it is difficult to find the love that healing requires. So, begin by forgiving yourself. Nobody can stop you from accepting yourself. Of course, it is ideal if those around you accept you, but that is not necessary nor sufficient.

If your emotional difficulties are negatively affecting others, that adds a little pressure to the situation. For if you are lashing out, have a high need for drama, and are dragging others into conflict, then the situation becomes more complicated. But the first step is not that much different. Acknowledge where you are at and admit to yourself your part in what is happening. Make a commitment to rise above that by taking responsibility for what you are experiencing. That is a necessary step towards freedom.

The Emotional Alignment Process

Begin by sitting quietly in a chair, on a bed or even on the floor (preferably with a mat, don’t make yourself uncomfortable). As I suggested above, you can also do this in any private place. I have done Emotional Alignments in cars, in bushland, while wading in the ocean and even by arriving at work early when others are absent.

I am going to suggest three levels of Emotional Alignment: the first one in this article, and Levels 2 and 3 will be outlined in the two articles to follow. Choose the level most suitable for you and your needs.

Level 1

If you are not very familiar with the practice of emotional body work, then Level 1 is the best place to start. Think of it as being a bit like going to the gym. You don’t begin with an advanced program. That would be overkill. But be mindful that unlike going to the gym, this is not a forceful activity. It is a letting go process, like relaxed stretching with deep breathing.

There is a witnessing process involved here, where you become the observer of your own mind (ego, if you prefer) and its emotions, beliefs and stories. Yet that mind needs time to begin to trust “you” (as observer) again. You have probably been pushing at least some feelings away for a long time, so a gentle easing into the reconnection is advisable.

This is where inner child work is very useful. In that process you separate yourself from the hurt, becoming a parent to your inner child. This allows you to re-parent your “wounded child.” Emotional Alignment is in many ways the same thing, just using a different framework.

Begin

As you sit, bring attention to your breath, and relax deeply. Notice any tension in your body, and just bring awareness to that. Breath into that tension and relax further.

Notice your feelings. If you feel fear, anger or some other sensations, where do they reside in your body? In your abdomen? Your shoulders? Your forehead? Bring attention to that, still breathing deeply and relaxing that part of your body.

Your task is to bring attention to the tension, to the feelings, and to be present with them. You are not trying to judge the feelings as good or bad, nor attempting to get rid of them. The relaxation and non-judgment will tend to diminish the fear indirectly.

Sit and do this for as long as you feel you need to. But do so for at least five minutes. The goal is to be able to achieve a sense of calm embodiment.

As you feel yourself relax, as you become more calm, return your focus to your breath. This will help you to finish the session with a strong sense of embodied presence.

I suggest you practice Level 1 Emotional Alignment regularly, at least once a day if possible. During stressful or uncertain times, you might feel the need to do several shorter sessions.

What I have described above is the basis of the first level of Emotional Alignment. This may be enough for you. Many will find it to be helpful in reducing anxiety and regaining some sense of calmness and emotional control.

Yet there will likely be times when such a process brings forth an awareness of deeper emotions and troubling thoughts. Simply being present with the feelings will be helpful, but may not alleviate the underlying issues.

In part two of this three-part series of articles on using Emotional Alignment during the COVID-19 situation, I will describe how to take the process to the next level, and begin working directly with the emotions themselves, and the fears and beliefs that may lie beneath them. There are also some potential problems to look out for as you engage in these kinds of practices, and I will share my understanding of those in the next two articles.

Part 2 will be posted here within a few days. Please feel free to comment or share this article with friends.

Regards,

Marcus




How to Heal Your Inner Child and Dissipate Dark Energy

Dreams and visions are a fascinating source of much insight and wisdom. I have used them as a source of understanding for a couple of decades now, and they have taught me much of what I understand about the nature of consciousness. I define a dream as a story that emerges as we sleep, while a vision occurs while we are awake (although it could be in a state of deep relaxation).

There is an appendix in the back of my book Discover Your Soul Template goo.gl/VZDMeL that is a useful guide on how to understand dreams. One of the dream categories I outline is that of “Psychic projection dreams.” This category is equally valid for visions. This is where the mind will show you the nature of psychic energy you are exchanging with another person. Consciousness has an energy or vibration, and the mind will sometimes show you explicitly what that is.

About three years ago I had a dream which showed me very explicitly that my understanding of “dark” projections is correct. In the dream I saw an older male relative of mine. Let’s call him Dave. In the dream he was sitting down with a guitar in his hands. This is a little peculiar, because as far as I know, Dave has never played a musical instrument. Yet the next event to unfold within the dream showed me that this guitar was a symbol, not a literal reality. For Dave suddenly plucked one string of the instrument, and a vibration rang out – the vibration of terror. A feeling of deep fear filled me as the energy permeated my own consciousness field.

The dream told me that my own mind was being badly affected by Dave’s projections. Having learned years ago to channel the psyche of others, I saw that he was attempting to disempower me through the projection of shame and derision.

Such projections occur unconsciously, of course, and Dave does not know what he is doing. However when one becomes aware of this level of mind, then it does become something of a problem. What can be done to shift the energy?

Many new age practitioners suggest imagining being surrounded by white light. That may help in the sense that it may help dissipate fear, but the problem is that in many cases this method does not address the underlying cause of the “drama” between the parties involved in the vision.

What I prefer to do is to look at the actual reasons for the connection, and this is what I did with the situation surrounding the energy fields of Dave and I.

When I was about 14, my father took a holiday from his little bakery shop, and Dave took over for a few weeks. I worked there every morning before school and on weekends. During this time Dave took every opportunity to criticize and ridicule me, often deriding me in front of other workers. Being a shy kid, I just ‘took it.’ That brief period in my life created a wounding within me. It occurred just at the point where I was physically becoming a man, and much of the energy Dave projected at me was centered on shaming me for lack of masculinity. When I grew into adulthood, the development of my male power was affected by this shaming energy.

When this psychic drama occurred, I saw it as an opportunity to heal that hurt. I allowed the 14 year old within me to feel all he needed to feel. It was a combination of a sense of shame, inadequacy and fear of ‘psychopathic’ males, but also a deep rage. I allowed this part of me to have expression for a short time. Then I re-parented that inner child (I explain this in detail in Discover Your Soul Template).

Again, this process is about allowing a particular vibration of energy to resonate through the mind/body/soul – again, much like striking the right chord on a guitar. It is when that energy vibrates within a person’s consciousness field and is lovingly witnessed that it is possible to shift it. It unfreezes the trapped energy within the psyche – as long as we don’t become attached to the story surrounding it.

It is also very important to bring ourselves fully present after doing such inner work, because it is in the present moment that the truth of life can be seen. In a sense, the psychic dramas which circulate though our energy fields are expressions of unresolved stories from the past. The energy is very real, but the actual events are often long gone. Bringing the inner child into the truth of the present moment helps to allow that part of ourselves to let go of the past and to feel loved and safe in the now. Yet we have to learn to stay present with that energy – or it will continue to affect us.

It is clear to me that there is a yet undiscovered energy involved in the projection of consciousness, and the dream I mention here gave greater weight to this belief. By ‘energy’, I do mean it in the scientific sense. Consciousness probably contains “field” properties, but is not any of the four known forces of nature: gravity, the weak and strong forces, and electro-magnetism. I suspect it is related to them, and I do know from experience that it interacts with them. Psychic energy transcends space and time, which is one reason why I am pretty certain that it is not one of the other four forces.

It is said that when the student is ready that the teacher will appear. It is equally true that when the wounded child is ready to heal that the monster will appear! Sometimes it is via a psychic drama, sometimes a real life drama. On the surface it may look like a bully persecuting a victim, but at a deeper level it is God’s grace in action. The catch is that in order to heal we must not assume the role of victim (and blame the monster); and we must be prepared allow whatever energy is contained in the event to express itself. And that may be, quite literally, painful.

Marcus

Marcus T Anthony, PhD, is a visionary, futurist and spiritual counsellor. He is also the author of many books. His web site is www.mind-futures.com .

 

 

 

 

 

 




Why You Should Befriend The Darkness Within You

“Love ‘n light.” That’s how a certain spiritual teacher I knew used to sign off on his newsletters, back in the day when people actually had newsletters. I’m pretty sure he was – and is – not the only spiritual dude/girl ending his communications with a flourish of Light. After all, the spiritual journey is all about love and light. Right?

Of course it is. In the end.

But it isn’t always about that. And this is something that many of we spiritually-inclined folks of this world need to understand.

Spirit may well be ultimately about love and light, but the planet you live on contains many a thing that is anything but cute and lovely. In fact, the polar opposite of the Light is also in interplay with us in this dimension.

The Darkness.

Sounds scary, doesn’t it. And that is why so many people simply choose to bury their head in the sand and pretend the darkness doesn’t exist.

So, what do I mean by “darkness”?

Here I am basically referring to two things which are separate but related. Both may be considered unpleasant. Both may be fearful to confront. Yet both ultimately lead us towards the Light. 

Suffering in the world

We live in a world where suffering is common. Frustration, failure, conflict, sickness and death are inevitable. You will experience all of these things in your life – both in the sense of experiencing your own, and in witnessing them happening to others. If you take the naïve approach and refuse to acknowledge their existence, you are setting yourself up for even more suffering.

Not all people are good. And none of us is all good (or all bad). So you had better learn to get to understand people and how they function. Expect the best, prepare for the worst.

You will inevitably also encounter within yourself feelings, thoughts and behaviours which are difficult to accept or understand. What are you going to do when it is YOU who is the bad guy? Because sometimes you will be.

One of the great weaknesses in the entire idea of “safe spaces” in today’s universities is that it perpetuates the idea that harm and evil are only found outside the group that one identifies with. And they are, it is assumed, only to be found outside oneself. In the other. There is thus little or no shadow work in progressivism today. The inevitable result is a polarisation of self and society, where evil is projected onto a “demonic”, dehumanised other.

All genuine psychological and spiritual work has to begin with an examination of one’s shadow. Ideally, this is done without the baggage of the idea of “sin”, where confession before the Deity is supposed to cleanse one’s spirit of darkness.

Instead a simple and gentle recognition of one’s “darker” impulses is ideal. You can think of this as a relationship between you (the observing mind) and the wounded child. Your own darkness. For behind most darkness lies the hurt and traumas of our past. 

Dark energy

I now move on to the most uncomfortable part of my post today. It is convenient to think of human evil as merely about bad behavior, about people and groups making mistakes because of their faulty desires, narratives or perhaps their human biology. These aspects of human badness are true enough. But the truth is that it goes to a more fundamental level that that. Right down to the consciousness of the Darkness.

Consciousness contains non-local properties. I came to see this clearly many years ago, when, at the age of 26, my third eye opened spontaneously. It was at this time that I began to perceive things that were not within my immediate spatial and temporal locale. These perceptions came through visionary and auditory perceptions, and also through an enhanced sense of feeling. It was both an exciting confusing time.

First, I had to work out if what I was seeing had any basis in reality, or whether it was merely all my imagination, or even mental illness. Then, once I saw that a great deal of it did correspond with real “events”, I then had to work out how I was going to integrate such information into my everyday life. After all, at that time I lived in 1990’s Australia, a modern western nation where the official philosophical doctrine was scientific materialism.

That was a journey of many years in itself, but even that was not the most difficult part.

By far the most challenging aspect of my Integrated Intelligence was seeing that my mind, and all human minds, are being constantly pushed and pulled by psychic forces which almost nobody has any awareness of. The non-local nature of mind means that many of our desires, fears and unconscious projections get played out in psychic space. In particular, anger and fear (which are intimately connected) produce dark fields of intention which can influence others negatively, or even hurt them greatly.

Later, I was interested to discover that NDE experiencers such as Anita Moorjani (author of Dying to Be Me) saw and experienced the reality of such dark projections while in the near-death state. I had the unpleasant and downright terrifying experience of having to deal with such perceptions on a moment-to-moment basis, in my normal waking and sleeping moments.

I do not have the space here to go into detail about how this tends to play out. And the truth is that even if I did, it would do you (the reader) little good to know about it. It is an incredibly complex and intricate web of consciousness, and even intimate knowledge of its functions does not guarantee one immunity from its effects.

But here’s what I learned in the end. In revealing this I am saving you many years of excruciatingly disciplined self-work (I wouldn’t normally give it away for free, but I need the good karma).

Dark energy moves within our consciousness field upon two waves: shame and ego.

The ego, the shame and the Darkness

Shame is the energy of self-diminution and worthlessness that becomes lodged within our pain body, as the result of prior trauma and projections from others. It typically contains messages such as “I am worthless”, I am unlovable,” and “I am dirty.” When an externally projected field of consciousness contains messages which resonate with our internal beliefs, they can become lodged there, for shorter or greater periods of time. In other words, our entire sense of self and well-being may be greatly diminished by the projections of others, until such time as that way passes (sometimes they never pass – in which instance it becomes a case of psychic possession).

The ego becomes involved when we have agendas for power and control over others and/or other situations. Projections from others which resonate with those agendas can become ledged within our psyches, thus elevating our egos and taking us further into power and control modes of behavior. If we are not careful, we can become trapped there. Notably, even though the ego may get what it wants, the “victory” cuts it off from the Light, as the initial ego agenda is always a convoluted attempt to avoid internal pain (or suffering in an imagined painful future).

Keep the child close at hand

Over the years I thus found that the best way to avoid both sources of dark consciousness projections is to keep the wounded child close. In other words, to work on my shadow and do my healing work. The desires of ego for power and control dissipate when “the wound” begins to heal; and externally projected shame bounces off us when the inner child no longer holds the corresponding beliefs about its worthlessness.

Therefore, to protect yourself against the darkness, you do not really need to be super-clairvoyant, nor to be able to see the murky world of psychic projections. Let me assure you that the latter is about as exciting as being a sewer diver. Better to work above ground, and get your shit together before it hits the fan. So to speak.

I use that crappy metaphor deliberately. The shame that permeates human psyches and which underpins the projection of dark energy fields is predominantly grounded in sexual shame, as well as in the shame associated with defecation and urination. They are associated with the sense of disgust. The physical site of these bodily processes is very close together at the lower abdominal region. It is also juxtaposed with the base chakra, which is associated with personal power. I don’t know why this is the case, but what it means practically is that the way human beings are (unconsciously) controlled psychically by each other is typically via the projection of shame projected at the base chakra.

In the end, integrating the shadow and the darkness (and embracing the Light) is mostly about being present to both, and having the courage to stay present rather than running. Yet to do that you have to allow a deeper awareness of both your own dark projections, and of the repressed pain that is almost always associated with them. And that is rarely simple or easy work.

Here I have not gone into any detail about how you might work with the inner child, nor with consciousness fields. But check out my book Discover Your Soul Template for some specific processes. You might also be interested in The Mind Reader, which is a fictionalised, dark-but-funny representation of my development as a practitioner of integrated intelligence. The book is based upon real-life experiences.

Finally, remember that whatever shadow work you do is not an end in itself. Being present in the body and finding peace and joy in the present moment should be your focus. Shadow work is only ever to get you to that point.

Marcus T Anthony




The 12 Key Distinctions That Grant You Profound Intuition

intuition vs judgment

This is the fifth and final (for the time-being) part of a series of posts I am writing here on CLN about how to develop powerful intuitive skills (integrated intelligence). Integrated intelligence is closely related to the classical idea of intuition, connecting us with a stream of consciousness which transcends the limits of immediate space and time. Each of these posts is an extract from my upcoming book “How to Develop Profound Intuition.”  Here are my first four articles in this series:

I have been employing intuitive intelligence for many years. During this time I have learned a great deal about how it works, why it sometimes doesn’t, and the common pitfalls people make when using such “integrated intelligence.” Normally I wouldn’t give away these hard-earned secrets for free (or for the mere price of the little upcoming book this article is taken from, How To Develop Profound Intuition). But I need the good karma.

So here we go. You may have seen some of these stated or implied in earlier articles, but it won’t hurt for you to see them again in this context, as a little repetition will help you realise how important they are.

1) Not all feelings are intuitions. Feelings arise from the mind-body system for various reasons. Some are conditioned or biological responses, like sexual attraction, fear of snakes, disgust, or physical pain responses. Just because you get a feeling deep in your loins for a beautiful woman or a handsome guy doesn’t mean it is an instruction from God to begin fornicating with them.

Your biological conditioning generates feelings, and these sensations may bubble up from the subconscious of their own accord. If a dog bit you when you were seven years old, it’s quite likely that you will have a conditioned fear response to dogs. This fear may be detected by any given dog you meet in your current life, and the dog may even respond aggressively as a result. Yet the key point in this scenario is that your initial feeling may have nothing to do with any threat or intention the dog initially has – the feeling emerges from your own biological conditioning. The dog just plays along.

Thoughts also produce feelings. Imagining something desirable or fearful produces an emotional reaction, for example. Conversely, intuitions (at least as I define them) emerge from an empathic connection with a person, entity, collective consciousness field, thing, event, time or place (and often a mixture of several of these at once).

And here is what you must realise. Feelings that emerge from the imagination, conditionings, biology etc. are largely indistinguishable from the feelings produced by intuition (although many intuitions tend to be more subtle). Therefore, the best way to develop profound intuition is to first quiet the mind, then focus upon the thing you wish to “know”, while in a state of presence.

Secondly, if you have a spontaneous “intuition” about something, simply relax and reflect upon how that feeling emerged within your mind. Were you imagining a fearful or desirable future? Do you have any bias, conditioned attitude or beliefs about the object of your intuition? If so, you might like to question the validity of the feeling.

After working with intuition for some time, it is often unnecessary to be so deliberate with checking them. You will become quite adept at discerning the distinctions amongst all these mental operations. Then you will often be absolutely certain of an intuition without needing to analyze it in at length.

2) Not all intuitions are feelings. I believe feelings are the most important kind of intuitions, and the kind that can be most readily developed. Intuitions can also be visual, auditory and olfactory, but these tend to be most pronounced in the gifted. The good news is you don’t need to be gifted, have opened your third eye or reached enlightenment to have feeling-based intuitions. They are innate to the human organism – and to many animals – and they probably emerge from evolutionary imperatives, at least in part.

3) The best intuitions to act upon are those that are either strongly positive or negative. I have found this to be true from experience. When your intuition tells you the situation is clearly good or bad, trust the process and follow through.

Nonetheless, many situations and problems are multi-faceted. Any given thing, place, past or future may have both positive and negative components. For example, some years ago I travelled to Thailand for a week’s holiday. I had a fun time, most memorable indeed. However, on the first day the ATM machine must have been a little hungry, because it ate my bank card – leaving me largely penniless, and without even enough money to pay for a hotel room. It was an absolute nightmare trying to get money wired through to a Thai bank. It took a full week. Yet serendipitously, I met a Thai woman who let me stay at her place for free. Well, almost for free, as the were one or two “requirements” on my behalf. Let’s just say the arrangement was highly agreeable to both of us.

I wonder what intuitions I would have gotten if – before travelling to Thailand – I had used an intuitive process to ask the universe “Will I have a fun time traveling to Thailand this summer?”

When intuitions are mixed or vague and you have time to spare, either wait for clearer guidance or begin to conduct research so that you gain more knowledge of the situation. Then you will be able to analyze the problem and make a more informed choice.

4) You do not need to be psychic to develop intuition. Some people have innate psychic and visionary capacities, and this may include the ability to connect with realms of being that normal humans just can’t see or hear. At least in some cases, including my own, this may involve the opening of the third eye. Major life events such as near death experiences or crises may also trigger an opening of those psychic channels. Such people may communicate with spiritual entities, or be able to perceive the thoughts within other minds. I know this seems incredible to sceptics, but I know it to be true from my own experience.

The key point is, you do not need to become the next Uri Geller to develop great intuitive abilities, because the simplest and often most profound intuitive capacities emerge from the feeling sense, and we all have that capacity. It’s just that most people have never spent the time to develop that intelligence. You too can develop that capacity, regardless of your sex, age or other abilities or non-abilities.

5) You do not need to be an enlightened master to develop profound intuition. You merely need to develop the capacity to trust your intuitive prompts and act wisely, based upon them. One of my favourite teachers, Leonard Jacobson likes to say that anytime you are fully present, you are an awakened being. Yet the difference between the awakened master and the novice is that the novice soon allows his mind to drift back into the world of thoughts, projections and stories. But even if you are a novice, you can develop the capacity to be fully present at will, where genuine intuitions are best accessed.

6) You strengthen intuition by trusting it and acting upon it. To do this you are going to have to be prepared to be wrong – because you WILL be wrong at times. Intuition is a fuzzy intelligence. It isn’t completely reliable. When you are wrong, simply admit it. Go back in your own mind and analyse the process you used. Did you allow the projections of your mind to influence your decision?

Begin practicing intuitive decision-making by investing in situations that have minimal consequences. Don’t begin by investing your life-savings on a hunch – for obvious reasons. You need to make lots of little intuitive choices at first – possibly making lots of mistakes – so you get good at the process, and begin to understand your mind better. Decide which movie to see, book to read or place to visit based on intuition – then see how correct your feelings are.

7) Intuition is compatible with reason. You just have to learn the strengths and limitations of both. Yes, intuition has its limits. It’s a fuzzy intelligence and it is not always easy to correctly identify and comprehend the feelings and images that emerge from the intuitive mind. This is why you also need to develop a strong analytical capacity to complement intuition. Careful planning and analysis of problems is often necessary. For example, deconstructing the learning process involved in learning a second language can be very helpful in optimising learning. Don’t make the mistake of devaluing the so-called left-brained learning and cognitive processes because you think your intuition is great. God gave us all these capacities so that we can use them. So use them well, and use them wisely.

When you develop profound intuition you will tend to allow it to lead your decision-making, because intuition often grants us insight into the big picture. But you will then also employ reason and analysis to complement the process. Lead from the right, manage from the left, as Stephen Covey used to say.

8) Intuition does not make you omnicient, and it does not grant you a free ride through life. Intuition offers you potentially transformative insight into the nature of things, people, places, times and life itself. But this does not mean you will become some kind of awakened avatar. Most people I know who have advanced intuitive skills are all-too-human, and they have the common strengths and weaknesses found in the general population. Nor does intuition necessarily free you from suffering. Don’t place these expectations upon the intuitive mind, for the promise can never be fulfilled.

9) Intuition can make you delusional. I deliberately use strong language here because the ego tends to like the idea that it is smarter and superior to others. So when you develop strong intuitive abilities your ego will tend to identify with the process and begin to see itself as special; superior to others. In the most problematic cases it leads to the Christ complex – the spiritual ego. And once the spiritual ego has a hold of you, it is very, very difficult to escape its grasp.

Developing some degree of spiritual ego is almost inevitable to some degree, so the key is to facilitate your capacity to witness the mind as it plays this game – and assume responsibility for the drama. Having an ego is just part of being human, so there is no need to feel ashamed or beat yourself up about it. Merely take the ego by the hand and offer firm and loving discipline – a bit like you might guide a child as he or she matures.

10) Don’t expect acclaim and public recognition for being intuitive. In fact, it is far more likely that you will meet strong resistance from others, especially if you try to explain to them how you came to make up your mind using intuition. So don’t even try to explain yourself, unless the other person has a strong understanding of such things. This is particularly true in corporate and academic settings.

You are just going to have to get used to disguising your intuitive decisions and communicating your insights as being driven by reason. What else are you going to do? Tell them you have a good feeling about it? Describe the vision you had during meditation? Communicate that the message came into your head while you were napping?

I don’t think so.

11) Intuitive intelligence expands with expertise. There are some expressions of intuitive intelligence which first require you to develop mastery over a subject matter, and this is particularly true of creative intuitions. Many people claim that Michael Jordan was a very intuitive basketball player, a real natural. Yet without the thousands of hours of practice and court time, such intuitive intelligence could never have flourished within him. The same can be said of the genius of Mozart, Steve Jobs, Einstein or my spiritual teacher Jessica (whom I spoke about in my TEDx talk). In short, hard work and deliberate practice may be necessary in many fields before you can apply your intuition in profound ways.

12) The true value of intuition cannot simply be reduced to material, measurable outcomes. The greatest value of intuition is that it potentially transforms the way you relate to the world, other people and to your own mind. It is a quintessentially spiritual cognition. Yet some people see integrated intelligence merely as a ticket to get rich or achieve power over others. And if they cannot utilise it to achieve these ends, they see it as worthless. A prime value of intuition is that it can help you awaken from the dream of mind, the illusion of separation. Never forget that.[spacer height=”20px”]

So there you have the twelve keys to developing profound intuition. If you enjoyed the article or found it useful, please like this page and feel free to share the link. And do keep your eyes peeled for my book How To Develop Profound Intuition on my Amazon page.

Marcus

Marcus AnthonyMarcus T Anthony, PhD is the author of ten books about human awakening, including Discover Your Soul Template. He is also a life coach and teacher of profound intuition. His web site is www.mind-futures.com.




What to Do When Life Pushes Your Buttons

By Marcus T. Anthony, PhD

 

As I mention in more detail in Discover Your Soul Template, as you step forward into unknown territory, life will tend to push your buttons. Your energy will react with some people, and personal dramas will ensue. Self-doubt, fear, anger and blame will surface from time to time.

What a great opportunity to deepen your relationship with your mind!

All that is happening here is that your personal pain and the stories that lie behind it are surfacing from within your psyche. In the instance of my failing to secure a university post, what lay behind it was the experience of rejection and neglect as a child – and in past lives. The story was

“Life is so hard! Everything is so unfair. What about me!? Nobody cares if I live or die! Fuck you, fuck this world!”

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It’s an amusing little story, isn’t it? You could write a Hollywood script based on those themes. But it wouldn’t be terribly original, as this same story has been told a million times before. That’s why mystic Leonard Jacobson tells people to shut up (more or less) when they start on with the tale of Poor Little Me. It’s been done to death.

It’s just another game you play to deny yourself divine love.

Whatever the specifics of your story, it is easy enough to identify. When the shit is hitting the fan and you feel like taking a semi-automatic into McDonald’s and setting things right once and for all, just make time in a private place to get in touch with your inner terrorist. You might like to try Deepening Tools 7 and 9, in Appendix 2. Let the ego and the wounded child speak. And as you wail and scream and blame and hate everyone and God itself, you might even find the voices of lives past begin to rise from within. If so, just let them have their way. Then, when they have done doing the victim thing, gently but firmly tell them that what they are “seeing” is not real. It’s just that old story playing over again.

Finally, in the quiet of that private place, bring your attention back to your body, your breath, and to the eternal present, where you can be still. This is where you surrender to God, or Spirit the Universe or whatever you want to call it.

The power of prayer

I personally find prayer to be of the utmost importance as part of the surrender process. Many people use prayer to ask for what they want. While this is not intrinsically wrong, it is not the most powerful form of prayer. In fact prayer can be an act of surrender to a power and Grace that is beyond you and your conscious ability to fully comprehend. Indeed, there are three times that surrendering via prayer is most appropriate.

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1) When you realize that you are powerless. Sometimes there is nothing you can consciously or deliberately do to change the situation. This may include personal behaviours, habits and beliefs. For example, after I have done a personal session to connect with my wounded or karmic child, I then surrender to God. I know I have done everything in my conscious power to see the issue and feel what is within me. The rest is out of my control.

2)  When you do not know whether you have any power or not. Such a situation tends to create confusion, and confusion is not an ideal state to access your intuition or take action. If you are genuinely confused, it is better just to give it over to God. And wait.

3)  When you do not know whether you should attempt to take action to change the situation or not. This may be related to the second point, or it may simply be that you don’t have a clear sense of what to do.

No doubt you are probably thinking that all this is very different from what you will find in many naive Law of Attraction teachings, such as The Secret. In those teachings you often get told that you are the God of your own universe, that you can have it all.

I am telling you that there are many occasions in life that you will not get what you want. I am telling you that there are times when you will try and fail. And there are times when your ego will react with fear and anger – the times when your soul issues and soul pain get triggered.

And there are times when you just don’t know what the hell is going on.

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These are the times when surrender and prayer are so very powerful. In the process of complete surrender you release all control of the outcome, including all attempts to control your psyche; and you release all judgment of yourself, the world and others. This is the state in which true love and forgiveness arise spontaneously, like a flower emerging from the earth after the spring rains. Often it is a moment of awe and wonder, as the simple act of surrender may dramatically shift your energy from struggle to relaxed presence.

Paradoxically, this state of powerlessness is where your true power rests. For surrender washes away the last resistance of ego. And you are free; free in the silence of the moment, resting within the nothingness that is everything.

That moment is the base from which you can, when ready, begin to move back out into the world and create preferred futures with your focused intention. And in true alignment with Spirit.

Just remember to take your wounded and karmic children with you, as they tend to play up if they are not given the love and attention they need.

Action and imagination

Regardless of what has occurred in the immediate past – whether you are just emerging from an ego fall, a genuine spiritual test, or a more gentle time of relaxed joyfulness – you can use Creative Imagination to visualise your desired future, and to attract that which you desire.

You will note that there is an essential difference between using visualisation before Gentle Aligned Action and the way many Law of Attraction books and videos recommend mental imagery be used. In many of the latter teachings, you visualise yourself in a specific future regardless of the energy that future contains. I am suggesting that before you go about doing any creative visualisation for specific goals that you should first check to see if that future is aligned with your highest good, and the highest good of the cosmos.

Remember, just because you would like to see yourself placed strategically before the heaving bosom of that aforementioned porn star does not make it an appropriate destiny. That poor lass probably has other plans, anyway.

This is an extract taken from the book A More Attractive Law of Attraction, (https://ow.ly/lwKC9)

by Marcus T Anthony

Marcus Anthony

Marcus T Anthony, PhD is the author of ten books about human awakening, including Discover Your Soul Template. He is also a life coach and teacher of profound intuition. His web site is www.mind-futures.co




How You Can Find Your Soul’s Purpose Using Intuition

imageAs a life coach (a self-described “intuitive” one) and published writer of many books related to human psychological and spiritual development, I often get emails from people seeking clarity on certain issues. Sometimes these people book online sessions with me, but just as often I simply respond by email as fully as I can. So, for my weekly article here on Conscious Life News, I thought I would share an email – and my responses – from someone who contacted me recently. I have changed the writer’s name and one or two details to respect her privacy, but other than that the email remains the same as was originally written. I share this particular email because the issues it addresses are very common ones, and the subject of many of the emails – and life coaching sessions – that come my way.

Michelle’s words are in bold, my responses in normal font.

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Dear Michelle,

Thanks for your email. You can see my responses to your questions, below.

Hi Marcus,

I’m writing to you as I’ve been thinking lately about the meaning of life, the universe & working out just what it is I’m meant to be doing or have some success at. I guess this has come about because I’m getting older and I have had a spat off illness that has got me thinking, how is it I can heal myself on all levels, etc.

Sometimes there isn’t any one right “career” or job for a person, and it isn’t always possible to turn a passion into a money-making venture.

By all means, use your intuition to guide you towards doing what you love. However I recommend people think of their life purpose as being more related to being, rather than doing. When you are fully present with what you are doing, then our highest “states” tend to emerge – gratitude, love, joy, creative expression and so on. In the end, we are here to shine our light, not to do a job. This is our greatest gift to humanity, and it is the greatest gift to our own soul. The job is secondary. Neale Donald Walshe teaches this principle, too.

Another way to think of this is to first ask yourself what states of being reflect the highest expression of your soul? These will always be positive states, such as the ones in the previous paragraph. Then ask yourself how you can allow these states to emerge in whatever you are doing. Also, what kinds of work will most readily allow you to express these states?

The best thing about this approach to “finding my purpose” is that it takes away the pressure of having to find “the one right calling”. The latter really creates an “all or nothing” scenario, and sets people up for a lot of suffering if they cannot find, or achieve that one correct career path.

I haven’t read your books, just have listened to a few YouTube’s and your website, you seem fairly genuine? For that reason I think, I thought maybe you would be able to help me somewhat. I’m wanting some guidance to know that intuitive side of myself and tune in to some of my own self-healing education.

There’s a bit about spiritual stuff that holds me back and that is whether I would attract any badies into my world when meditating and stuff. I have always been a super sensitive kind of girl and have had many prophetic dreams, vision and the like that have come true. At times I would of rather not known these circumstances I would encounter and they have left me wondering how I can work with the fear of encountering nasty’s, yet not get bogged down or use it as a mechanism to scare my silly self.

The answer is that you should not make the psychic the focus of your life or spiritual journey. This is a mistake many people make in new age circles. Instead, your focus should be on being fully present in the now.

It is when you are present in the moment that your intuition is most profound, anyway. Intuition can come in many forms, not merely in visionary or clairaudient experiences. You can spend time developing the ability to connect with and understand these realms, but they can be confusing. It isn’t always easy to know where the information comes from.

The most powerful form of intuition, and the one I recommend people develop first, is the ability to feel intuitively. This means being able to relax fully into the body and into the present moment, releasing all expectation and fear, and allowing a feeling for the thing they are trying to understand to arise within them.

As for “nasties”, the truth is that all humans are entangled with other consciousness fields. Most of these are from living family members, friends, partners. Projections from discarnate entities are actually far less of a problem. And at any rate, whether the energy is from an embodied or disembodied being makes little difference. It is all pretty much the same. If you develop an awareness of such things, it won’t cause any more entanglements to occur, as long as you don’t create a “drama” out of it, by going into judgment, condemnation or fear. But it does make life more problematic, which is why I don’t think it’s a good idea for most people to explore psychic projections, unless they have a strong “calling” to do so (such as in my case). Instead, stay grounded in presence.

Much of this psychic stuff is about power and control over others. But it is not a simple “good vs bad” scenario as in, say, Christian folklore. The nature of these psychic interactions is unconscious, and reflects our own psychological and spiritual “issues”. For example, if your consciousness field is being heavily manipulated by a certain man (via unconscious projections), you may have abandonment issues which means that you are “inviting” his energy in to “save” you.

Again, the best protection against such energy is to ground yourself fully in the body. It is when parts of ourselves become disconnected that we open up “holes” in our aura which allow other projections to affect us.

Now a lot of this stuff happened when I was younger, and my visionary side is defiantly not like it used to be. Nevertheless some of this stuff still scares the crap out of me, so I am always torn between knowing and not knowing.

If you are present, and your energy fully in the body, there is little place for fear. Fear normally emerges from thinking about an imagined future. It is rarely about what is actually happening.

I’m in my fifties now and with age has come wisdom and cynicism. So I seem to forever jump between these feelings depending on how desperate, unwell, optimistic or courageous I feel.

All these feelings emerge from the mind – or ego if you want to use that term. The key is to be able to develop the right relationship with the thinking mind, so that there is a witnessing of the thoughts, not an identification with them.

I strongly suggest you spend some time developing a greater capacity for presence.

I live in (place name removed) and on one of your YouTube video’s you said you spent some time here and you came a cross some people that taught you some spiritual teachings. Where do you find these people? I’m not even sure where there are authentic people out here anymore? ( I know, that sounds terrible )

That was back in the 90s, and I no longer have contact with anyone there. Still, there are many people in the world who are well-intentioned and wise. But nobody is perfect, and you should not define people by their limitations. It’s true that there are also many in healing and spiritual circles who are best avoided. But that might be, say 10-20%. There’s always something you can learn from others, even if it is how NOT to do something!

The key with spiritual groups and teachers is not to give your power away to them. Develop the ability to stand in your own power.

You can do this by making presence the foundation of your life.

Now I know you must charge a service fee for your guidance. I have just recently left 2 jobs in a row because my health has been failing me somewhat, so I don’t have a lot of money and have to be wise where I use it. However I’m wondering if you have a sliding scale for your fees. It’s cheeky I know, but If I don’t ask, I’ll never get.

(Here I simply offered her a session at 50% normal cost).

You might also like to read one or both of my books Discover Your Soul Template of Champion of the Soul. You can find them on Amazon. Champion of the Soul is an ebook only. These books go into more detail about the kind of things I have mentioned here.

I hope that helps.

All the best,

Marcus

 

Marcus T Anthony (PhD) is a futurist of the human mind, writer and spiritual adviser. He is the author of Discover Your Soul Template and many other books.




Your Brain Is Not Your Mind: An Exploration of the True Nature of Consciousness

By Marcus T Anthony, PhD

Our knowledge of the nature of the objects treated in physics consists solely of readings of pointers (on instrument dials) and other indicators. (Therefore) what knowledge have we of the nature of atoms that renders it at all incongruous that they should constitute a thinking object?(Thus) science has nothing to say as to the intrinsic nature of the atom. – Sir Arthur Eddington.

What do we really know about the intrinsic nature of consciousness and its essential role (if any) in the nature of cosmos? Probably a lot less than many would assume. There is no question that our knowledge of brains has expanded massively in the past century. But what does all this data about brains really tell us about consciousness? Not a great deal, I suspect. Yet mainstream psychology and neuroscience continues to ignore the obvious implications of the question: “Are brains and minds the same thing?”

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Instead, these discourses tend to ignore the question, replacing it with an unquestioned presupposition: mind equals brain. Worse still, much of science still tends not even to bother with consciousness, intention, and the importance of the role of the perceiver. Ironically, the scientific detachment that was born of the awareness of the fallibility of first-person perception has typically led to the dismissal of the role of mind in nature, evolution and cosmos.

Galen Strawson in a well-known paper entitled “Realistic monism: why physicalism entails panpsychism” points out some of the logical inconsistencies in materialist science. Strawson is incredulous at the denial of personal experience which lies at the heart of the materialist worldview that still dominates much of science, especially biology, psychology and neuroscience. This, he states, is akin to the denial of “the existence of experience.”

At this we should stop and wonder. I think we should feel very sober, and a little afraid, at the power of human credulity, the capacity of human minds to be gripped by theory, by faith. For this particular denial is the strangest thing that has ever happened in the whole history of human thought, not just the whole history of philosophy. It falls, unfortunately, to philosophy, not religion, to reveal the deepest woo-woo of the human mind. I find this grievous, but, next to this denial, every known religious belief is only a little less sensible than the belief that grass is green.

Strawson is correct. What is it about first-person experience that science is so afraid of? What has created this absurd rejection of the “I”?

We could of course run through the history of science in the past several hundred years, talking about the necessity to challenge religious authority on matters of reason, and the subsequent discrediting of theology or mysticism in providing adequate explanations of most mundane things (it has to be admitted). We could also talk about the rise of more sophisticated ways of knowing such as calculation (e.g. Newton), classification (Darwin), analysis (Comte) and experimentalism (Hemholtz) by the mid nineteenth century. And we could acknowledge the massive impact and success of technologies which arose from that – the microscope, telescope, computer and so on – and how these in turn generated exponential increases in our capacity to “perceive”, collate and analyse data.

Out of all this a new culture, a new paradigm, a new way of looking at life and cosmos emerged. Materialism was a defining feature of this science. In this schema, things – including people, animals and minds – were at their very basis material objects, regardless of what properties or behaviours they exhibited at a macro-level.

All this has been widely discussed by philosophers of science, as have been the many challenges to such a reductionist approach to knowledge. Those challenges have always been around, of course, with perhaps the emergence of quantum physics early in the nineteenth century representing the most pronounced challenge. And yet even today materialism – and the denial of mind – remains strongly embedded in many of our sciences.

Strawson’s paper argues that any rational take on the relationship between cosmos and mind has to admit at least a “micropsychism”, if not quite the idea of panpsychism (that consciousness is present in all things, to some degree). He states that “realistic physicalists… grant that experiential phenomena are real concrete phenomena… and that experiential phenomena are therefore physical phenomena.” He argues that everything concrete is physical and everything physical is comprised of physical ultimates. Conscious experience is part of that concrete reality. Therefore consciousness is an intrinsic aspect of cosmos.

Although I do not specifically define myself as a panpsychist, clearly the idea is quite compatible with the existence of the non-local mind. If there is at least a little bit of mind found in all things, it helps to explain how it is that minds can perceive of things that are not readily perceptible with the eyes, ears and other sensory organs. I believe the latter is now undeniable. I base that conclusion upon three sources: my own extensive experience with expanded and non-local mind; first-person insights gleaned from the world’s great wisdom traditions and recorded for posterity; and upon the scientific data which has been gleaned from psychic research for more than a century.

What lies at the heart of the debate is the mind-body problem. Even if one rejects the evidence for psychic phenomena and the extended mind, we still have the issue of how we get consciousness from brains. How does conscious experience arise from the firing of neurons? Implicit within the mechanistic paradigm is that consciousness IS the firing of neurons. Because if it isn’t, then what is it?

A key issue is how to explain why it is that our experience of mind is so utterly different from what we experience when we look at, say, a brain in a vat, or an fMRI scan of neuronal activity. Clearly there is something very qualitatively different between brains and consciousness. What exactly does that difference represent, and what is the relationship between these two things?

The question has not been adequately addressed in neuroscience. As Lawrnece Le Shan points out in his wonderful book “A New Science of the Paranormal,” there is an explanatory gap which lies at the heart of the mind-equals-brain model. We have sensory inputs, we have electrical signals and we got them neurons firing and then… wala! Thought, sensation, consciousness.

Such is one of several very, very big “miracles” that go unimaginably unexplained within modern science. The other two big, big problems which I can point to are how the cosmos arose out of the nothingness that lies at the moment before the Big Bang; while the third is the puzzle of biogenesis. How did life arise from lifeless matter? For the last query, reductionism arguably works for the bio-machinery of the organism, but fails miserably to account for the rise of consciousness.

And after all, the most wonderful and surprising aspect of life is consciousness, at least as it exists in multi-cellular organisms such as we human beings. An explanation for the emergence of life which fails to account for the origin of consciousness is a bit like an account of airplanes without bothering to mention that they tend to fly. Such “explanations” are ultimately merely descriptions.

Lawrence Le Shan points out an obvious double standard with a common criticism of psychic research. In the latter critique, it is incredulously stated that research into phenomena like ESP, telepathy, precognition and so on fail to provide an adequate explanation for how information might travel from one place or mind to another place or mind without some mechanical process to mediate that transfer (note: the idea of “travel” is highly problematic in regard to non-locality).

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Yet as Le Shan indicates, this explanatory gap merely mirrors the explanatory gap in psychology and neuroscience regarding how we get consciousness from neurons. As yet there is no adequate explanation, and this remains more than a merely small problem. It begs the question of what the essential nature of consciousness actually is!

And still the discourse continues without so much as a pause for reflection, hailing His Majesty the Neurone With no Clothes. Perhaps it is about time that we finally admit that the emperor is totally buck naked – and duly tell him, such that in the long run we save him from further embarrassment, when he is informed that his game is up.

Marcus T Anthony, PhD is the author of ten books about human awakening, including Discover Your Soul Template. He is also a life coach and teacher of profound intuition. His web site is www.mind-futures.com




A More Attractive Law of Attraction

The universe tends to reflect back to us the contents of our own minds. I call this the general principle of attraction. I don’t like to use the term “law of attraction” (even though I used it in the book title, below), simply because the latter term tends to be used to suggest that we have ultimate control over life and cosmos. Even if I believed this to be true, I couldn’t honestly help you put that into practice, as I have never experienced life in that fashion. As I often joke, if I could control life, the universe and everything I’d be a very dangerous man indeed. So just as well I can’t.

The general principle of attraction states that we can often influence the way life unfolds through being attentive of our attitudes and intentions. But I do not believe that we human beings always have the final say in how things pan out. There are just too many forces beyond our immediate control. This is why I suggest that the most important aspect of “manifestation” is that you first develop the right relationship with the mind and with life.

The right relationship with life is being able to observe what unfolds in your present experience with mindful attention, and without allowing judgment to colour your experience of it.

Now, unless you are from some other dimension of existence you will know full well that it is not possible to experience most things without judgment. Judgment is just what the mind does. It is, I believe, a human evolutionary cognitive process with a function to keep us alive. So right-mindfulness is not about eliminating judgments, but being able to observe judgments as they arise from the mind without believing in them or becoming identified with them.

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If you have practiced the law of attraction you will know that visualisation and affirmation are typically encouraged as a means to “manifest” desired outcomes. We are told to imagine, say and feel things as if they are already present in our lives. I agree this process is very worthwhile. It is the ideal way to resonate a desired outcome within our consciousness field.

For example, if you wish to raise your income from one thousand dollars a month to two thousand dollars a month, you might sit quietly and imagine that two thousand dollars being deposited into your bank account at the end of the month, every month. You might visualise yourself a the ATM machine seeing the desired monetary figure on the machine, or even withdrawing all of it from the teller inside the bank. Better still imagine yourself working effectively, satisfying clients or your employer, even as they hand you the cash. You would then feel what it feels like to have that money every month. Along with the visualisation you might repeat an affirmation such as, “I happily receive at least two thousand dollars a month from my work. The universe is abundant, and all my financial needs are met.”

This is all very well. But there is a catch. Whenever we set out to achieve any particular goal it will automatically trigger our resisting belief structures. These will rise from your psyche like so many ghosts from the crypt. Limiting beliefs and narratives are the shadowy vestiges of past pain and failures. Alternatively, they may be implanted within your psyche by your culture or your ancestral lines.

One way to approach these energy structures is to simply ignore them. But this is often unwise. You may well be able to carry on and achieve your goal, despite your “issues.” If this works, then all good. No need to go on to step two.

However, often the issues develop into “blocks.” These energy structures within your consciousness field tend to effect the way you behave, the kind of actions you take (or don’t take), as well as influencing the metaphysical energy structures around you. For example, if you believe that the universe is a shitty place that trips you up when everything is looking good, making all things end in disappointment, you are not likely to take empowered action towards your goal. And your mind will tend to get drawn into even the smallest and most irrelevant peripheral events which affirm your inner beliefs, then turn them into self-sabotaging dramas.

Your mind will tend to recreate whatever narrative you believe in.

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How to work with your self-limiting beliefs

There is a simple way to deal with blocks like this, and you don’t need to wait until the universe kicks over your sandcastle, calls you a ninety pound weakling and steals your partner.

The mistake most people make is trying to get rid of blocks. You can’t get rid of an energy structure in the mind. In trying to eliminate it, you reject that wounded part of yourself. This is about as effective as trying to get a kid to stop crying by repeatedly smacking him in the head.

Resisting energy structures are best dealt with by bringing gentle, loving attention to them. This includes being present with any feelings, traumas or memories which may arise out of those energy structures as you observe them.

As I stated above, as soon as you set a challenging goal or try to visualise or affirm it, the resisting energies will tend to rise from within your psyche. You will notice this either when you do your visualisation session, or in the day or two afterwards (though it could be longer).

To demonstrate how I work with resistant energy structures, I am going to use an example from my own life. Here the beliefs I had to deal with were relatively significant. But you can apply this process even when you notice relatively light resistant narratives within your mind. In the latter case the “session” required may be quite short, perhaps nothing more than a gentle acknowledgement, bringing attention to what you are experiencing.

My story involves a time I was very keen on a professor’s position at a certain university. As soon as I saw the position advertised online I knew it was too good an opportunity to miss. So I spent a great deal of time preparing the application, then sent it off via email. A few days later I was surprised to get a return email saying I had been invited for an interview.

Now right there, upon opening the email, I knew an “issue” had arisen. What was that sense of surprise I had just experienced? I noted a subtle sense of “darkness,” which continued to surface in the following days. That feeling made itself known to me as a kind of heavy, helpless sadness. I had a week to prepare for the interview and I didn’t want to blow it, as I knew opportunity might never come again. Yet the sense of heavy hopelessness kept rising.

I knew that much of this sense of foreboding had to do with repeated rejections for similar positions in the past – well over a dozen failed interviews in fact. My mind had built a narrative, and it was already deciding the outcome of the story.

What I did regularly throughout that week was to spend time alone and visualise myself having a great interview, and being granted the job. The first step was thus to visualise these positive outcomes, bring the images and associated affirmations to mind, then feel these things as having been accomplished.

Yet I was very aware of the resisting energy. Instead of just trying to push the feelings away and shove in some affirmations, after the positive visualisations I simply allowed the resisting feelings to rise. This is what I refer to as an “alignment.” In an alignment process I simply allow the shadow speak. In this case there was heaviness in my stomach. I wanted to bend over into a sad, depressed, defeated state. So that is exactly what I did. A child-like voice then emerged from within me, a kind of sad, whimpering, victim-like voice.

“It doesn’t matter what I do. Nobody wants me! I always fail! The world is f….d! It’s no use trying! It always ends up the same!”

Along with this voice there was a lot of anger. There was a sense of childhood disappointment, never being able to please my father. And there was anger at God, which seemed to be karmic. So I just let all that have a voice, too.

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Now, the key is that even though I let these parts of myself find expression, I didn’t judge them, try to get rid of them or believe in them. I simply gave them to “God” (even as I cursed him! – God can take the hits, trust me). For me, God is simply the unconditional love that sits within and beyond all things. So I imagined a great sphere of light and just “confessed” the truth of what I felt in the moment. But note, this was not a guilt-based religious confession. It was an opening to the light, allowing myself to become transparent before God. Although the feelings were sometimes intense, even violent, the experience was ultimately gentle and loving. I become the witness to what arose within me. I just keep allowing myself to feel the feelings with love and acceptance, no matter what came up. I let go. I surrendered to God. I (as the parent) also firmly but gently spoke to that hurt part of myself, correcting the self-limiting beliefs that emerged.

You can use this process with any resisting energy that arises within you. Note that it is important to rest with that energy in loving attention for at least a few minutes after you feel it has revealed itself. Just be present with it. This is where the genuine healing begins.

When I apply this alignment process, once I feel that the energy has relaxed sufficiently I then gently return to visualising the positive expression of that energy, as it relates to the desired outcome. So in the case mentioned, I again imagined the interview for the professor’s job going successfully, and then being offered the job. I almost always find that it is easier to imagine the successful outcome with integrity, after embracing the shadow energy structure. Yet in this case the “negative energy” never quite dissipated. I didn’t judge that as wrong, just kept giving it to God. I kept giving loving attention to it whenever I felt it it begin to rise. I usually did this about once a day. Sometimes the resisting energy was great. Sometimes it was not significant, and just required a little gentle attention.

Just as importantly, I worked hard on preparing for the interview, thoroughly researching the university, the nature of the position, and anticipating the kinds of questions I would likely get. I prepared answers based on what I genuinely believed I could bring to the position. When the interview arrived (done via Skype) I felt relaxed and confident, and knew exactly why I was there. I was relaxed because I had released the outcome to God and was fully present. As a result I greatly enjoyed the interaction with the interview panel and felt the interview went very well.

In the same way, at the end of any visualisation or alignment session, release the outcome to the universe, giving thanks. Don’t grasp the goal. Of course, you may ask the cosmos to grant it, if that is for the highest good.

As you apply this process, you can continue to listen to the universe throughout your day (and night), paying attention to any guidance you get from synchronicities, dreams and intuitions. This will assist you to make the necessary decisions which guide the actions you take towards your goal. In the end, this is all any of us can do.

Regardless of whether your goal manifests, this process represents a wisdom journey. You will develop a more loving and gentle relationship with yourself, the world and the universe. The process promotes peace, loving relationships with others and facilitates the joy that presence grants to all of us. It is quintessentially healing.

This is how I work with the general principle of attraction.

And, oh yes, I did get the job.

Marcus Anthony

 

Marcus T Anthony, PhD is the author of ten books about human awakening, including Discover Your Soul Template. He is also a life coach and teacher of profound intuition. His web site is www.mind-futures.com




Why You Shouldn’t Believe in Karma

By Marcus T. Anthony

After twenty years of exploring the human psyche at intense depths – both my own and others, I have come to accept many aspects of certain spiritual teachings as either true, or true beyond reasonable doubt.

The spiritual traditions have got it more correct than modern science when it comes to the essential nature of consciousness and the meaning of life. I can tell you beyond any shadow of doubt that consciousness is not confined to the mind or body, and that minds interact with each other non-locally. That means that ESP is genuine. Both spiritual guidance and interference from dark spiritual entities are also genuine. And life after death and reincarnation are genuine as far as I have been able to determine.

So what I write here follows on from these insights which I have perceived directly through clairvoyant perception. This perception is in part a gift, but also enhanced through thousands of hours of meditative and introspective practice.

I am not asking you to believe that I am super-human, merely that I have spent a considerable amount of time exploring spiritual dimensions at a direct level. And I am certainly not asking you to give your power away to me by blindly believing what I write. With all spiritual teachings, the ideal way to process them is not with the mind, but with soulful meditation or reflection. So I merely invite you to reflect upon my undstandings.

Now let me get to the main thing that I wish to discuss. I have come to the ultimate conclusion that there is no karmic debt in the sense that there is no absolute requirement for a soul to repay debts incurred in current or previous incarnations. The ideas of reward and punishment are human concepts which we impose upon the cosmos. They tend to become entangled with guilt and shame when we feel we have done something wrong. And then when we feel we have been “good” we set up a subtle expectation that we are going to be rewarded. These are overly simplistic ways of viewing life, and the mind or ego turns them into agendas. “I must be punished” and “I will be rewarded” take us away from love and acceptance of ourselves, the world and the present moment.

The ultimate imperative in the evolution of the human Spirit – both for the human collective oversoul and the individual – is the return to oneness from separation. This is effectively saying that the goal of your existence and mine is a return to love.

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What stands between your mind and this evolutionary end is your refusal to surrender to the truth of what is here in this moment; a bad habit that locks you into that illusion of separation. And what is it that can transcend all this illusion? The answer is simple. Unconditional love, which is the natural flowering of consciousness when the present moment is fully embraced. When the soul learns to love all parts of itself without conditions, then all latent energies within the soul will emerge into the light. Then the light of the soul is no longer impeded by your mind’s constant rejection – of self and of world. For the self and the world (as we experience it) are effectively the same thing. When you reject yourself, you deny your lovability. When you reject what God has placed before you in this day, in this moment, you reject divine love. You reject God.

All judgment destroys love.

The flower of spirit will bloom when the water of love is poured upon all that you see and experience, both within and without. In this “state” all binaries are acknowledged and accepted, including happiness and sadness. The mind relaxes. In such a state morality becomes largely irrelevant, as the natural expression of the soul is gratitude, love and compassion. It is when we lose touch with such an awakened state that we turn against ourselves and others, create suffering and becoming destructive.

Karma may be said to exist then, as the process of bringing that awareness to the soul. How our spiritual guardians and the cosmos bring that about I do not know precisely. Yet do I know that punishment and reward are too simplistic as concepts to describe what happens.

But such an awakening process does not typically occur instantly, even when a person instantaneously makes a complete commitment to love. There are latent emotional and “karmic” energies which exist within the soul (embedded energy structures and soul memories). In a certain sense, there is truth to the old saying that “to heal it you have to feel it”. Yet for almost everyone, those latent energies are piled up from many years of suffering, both in this lifetime and previous ones. It would be overwhelming for you to experience all this at once. So what happens is that the energies unwind slowly. The image that came to me as I explored my own repressed emotions was that of a giant ball of string slowly being unwound. I had to learn to be patient. So will you.

All this means that as you relax and allow what is within you to emerge, you will almost certainly experience some disconcerting waves of emotional and psychic energy rise from your soul. Some of these waves will represent repressed pain from childhood and your current life. And yes, some of these energies will emerge from past lives. The third source will be the energy of your ancestors, which has been passed down from generation to generation and implanted into your mind at birth. Finally, you may become aware of the way your mind has become entangled with other minds and entities in a game of shadows, reaching across space, time and other possibly other dimensions.

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Here is something of utmost importance, and I hope you are paying attention. If the latent “karmic” energy within you is simply fully permitted expression without resistance and processed in the present moment, there is then no absolute requirement to experience it in physical form. In other words, you do not necessarily need to be re-born into a body to get the lesson, as you will have gotten the same consciousness through the awakening process.

Therefore it is not true that you have to pay off karmic debts or sin before you awaken. Awakening essentially requires the embracing of the total truth of who you are in this moment, including all repressed energies from within.

I believe that the idea that you need to repay debts in the physical world before awakening is a false teaching. It is possible that your soul journey may require experiences which provide the opportunity for you to develop deeper awareness of your soul story and soul habits. But these are not punishments or rewards. They are opportunities. The universe is ultimately compassionate, as is the nature of the soul. It is not punitive.

Ironically, a blind belief in karma as punishment and reward will hold you back from awakening. Let me explain a little more why this is so.

Firstly, by bringing your focus into the here and now you transcend the illusion of past and future. The essence of reality is occurring here, now. In a sense time and identity are illusions.

Secondly, freely embracing your repressed emotional and karmic energy with unconditional love will allow you to sense the lesson contained within that biographical or karmic event. This may bypass your need to return to “get” that lesson in another lifetime.

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Finally, when you “believe” in karma it is no different from believing in any other story or belief. You are forming an attachment to a story. And taking that one step further, if you believe in the specific story that you have seen or sensed from a previous existence, you are simply granting energy to the story, whatever it may be. The soul will never relax into presence, into love, while it believes in such things.

The greatest value of uncovering soul stories is to release them, along with the unresolved energies and beliefs contained within them. This includes the stories of both our personal biography and past lives.

Believing in karma as reward and punishment is a self-fulfilling “prophecy” if ever there was one.

Marcus

This article is an extract from Marcus T Anthony’s book The Truth About Karma, which is available on Amazon.com.

Marcus AnthonyMarcus T Anthony, PhD is the author of ten books about human awakening, including Discover Your Soul Template. He is also a life coach and teacher of profound intuition. His web site is www.mind-futures.com




Thinking Outside the Box – and the Brain

While I prefer not to make judgments about thinkers (after all, we all see the world through our own culture, experience and education) occasionally I feel compelled to highlight some of the unimaginative, sloppy or just plain lazy thinking that sometimes passes for intelligent discourse on this important subject.

Michio Kaku is a chronic offender in this area, which is rather surprising given that his entire career is devoted to imagining science-based futures. Here’s what he says about telepathy in his book “The Future of the Mind”.

True telepathy, found in science-fiction and fantasy novels, is not possible without outside assistance. As we know, the brain is electrical. In general, anytime an electron is accelerated, it gives off electromagnetic radiation. The same holds true for electrons oscillating inside the brain, which broadcasts radio waves. But these signals are too faint to be detected by others, and even if we could perceive these radio waves, it would be difficult to make sense of them. Evolution has not given us the ability to decipher this collection of random radio signals, but computers can.

The question that I pose is why Kaku has not bothered to do even a simple Google search on the evidence for telepathy? If he had, he would know that there is – in the very least – a compelling body of evidence for its existence, stretching over a century. Certainly, this is not evidence for people sitting down and talking to each other via their minds. It is, nonetheless, evidence that information passes from mind to mind non-locally.

Part of the answer to my previous question lies in the title of Kaku’s book: “The Future of the Mind”. Note the use of the singular form of “future”, as opposed to futures. For Kaku there is only one future of the mind, and it is based on simple, linear extrapolation of current data and models of thinking.

Having addressed the lazy aspect of Kaku’s thoughts on telepathy, let’s move on to his lack of imagination, which is astounding. Research gleaned from parapsychology strongly suggests that the extended mind operates beyond our commonly accepted models of space and time (but not necessarily non-locality in quantum physics). Knowing is immediate regardless of distance, and there are EEG correlation experiments which suggest that projected thought may even travel backwards through time (which in itself does not violate relativity theory). This suggests that the mechanism is not one of the four known forces of nature (including radio waves).

As an imaginative futurist, Kaku should, at the very least, be able to question the assumptions of the current dominant paradigm and mainstream scientific worldview. He should be aware enough of the large body of research into the area, and he should be willing to consider alternatives to current conservative thinking. And his Ivy-league-educated future mind should be able to consider the possibility that the electrical aspects of neurophysiology may not comprise the totality (or basis) of consciousness. Further mind-beyond-the-skull may not operate with the assistance of radio waves. But alas, these things appear to be beyond his capacities – or his motivations.

Whatever your take on the idea of telepathy, one thing is certain: no genuine understanding of thinking beyond the brain is going to occur without thinking outside the box.

This is a short extract from Marcus T Anthony’s upcoming book “The Great Psi Shift”.

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How To Develop Profound Intuition (4): Intuition vs Judgment

intuition vs judgmentMarcus T. Anthony Notes:

This is the fourth part of a series of posts I am writing here on CLN about how to develop powerful intuitive skills (integrated intelligence). Integrated intelligence is closely related to the classical idea of intuition, connecting us with a stream of consciousness which transcends the limits of immediate space and time. Each of these posts is an extract from my upcoming book “How to Develop Profound Intuition.” So stay tuned over the next few Saturdays for further insights.

Here are my first three articles in this series:

Excuse me for the slight sexism of the term “master of intuition.” “Mistress of intuition” doesn’t have quite the same ring! I use the masculine pronoun “he” merely to be consistent.

Allow me to present an important distinction that you must become aware of if you wish to develop your intuition to profound levels.

Appearances can be deceiving. A true master of intuition knows how to suspend judgment and see behind the surfaces of people, places and circumstances. He can sense the true nature of things, that which is their essence.

The problem for all of us is that the mind tends to be highly judgmental. It likes to make immediate and definite discriminations regarding what it sees. Yet those judgments are often informed by past experience, one’s knowledge base, beliefs, and the way things look up front.

You should be aware of this tendency of the mind. You should learn to notice when the mind creates judgments. You need to be able to discern the difference between a judgment and a genuine intuition.

Let’s use an obvious example. When Steve Jobs first went to work for Atari as a young man, his personal hygiene was so bad they put him on the night shift because he smelled so bad. What is more, he was obnoxious and arrogant, seemingly lacking in basic people skills. Nobody liked him, and they were glad to put him out of sight.

Who could possibly have seen that this young man, the in his early twenties and an Arts school drop out, would become one of the most successful IT entrepreneurs of all time and launch one of the biggest companies the world has ever seen? Not many, I suspect.

Nonetheless, a genuine intuitive might well have sensed Job’s potential. Such an intuition would most likely have formed as a general feeling of expansive energy or greatness. The knowing might also have come via a dream or visionary experience.

An individual who is dissociated from his intuitive intelligence tends to ignore such feelings and images, and typically they do not know how to interpret them.

It is easy to be deceived by surfaces. And it is easy to respond to people, circumstances and ideas based upon preconceived conceptions. Many would have dismissed the young Steve Jobs as a “hippie”, as an ungainly individual who might end up collecting cardboard on the street while nursing a bottle of cheap wine. Such is the nature of judgment.

The master of intuition is able to observe his mind’s biases, preconceptions and stereotypes. He is then able to assume responsibility for these and the feelings that emanate from them. He is then able to relax and activate genuine intuition.

Let me relate the key distinction here.

Ideas have feelings.

If you have a judgment about a person, place or idea, it creates a feeling in the mind. Whether the feeling is positive, negative, or neutral does not matter. The important thing to recognize is that such feelings are not intuitions. They are mental projections. They emerge not from the nature of the thing being perceived, but from your own mind.

This is a very, very important distinction to recognize. Most people confuse intuition with projections, and they do this because they are slaves of the mind, not masters of it. They simply do not know themselves; nor are they familiar with the machinations of their mental apparatus.

Therefore, if you want to be a master of the intuitive mind you need to get to know yourself better; and in particular to know when your feelings arise from genuine intuitions, and when they arise from judgments and projections.

This is not necessarily easy. It takes time and a little practice. But it is actually very simple. All you are really doing is becoming more honest about your own mind. You becoming a master of intuition.

Don’t allow circumstances to fool you. Sometimes things can look great on the surface, but contain a dirty, filthy rotten core. Sometimes things look rough or uninviting on the surface, but under the unpolished surface of stone lies a diamond in the rough.

I will conclude with a simple anecdote which will explain this most readily. Some time ago I was offered a job in a foreign country. I applied for this job based purely on an intuition.

I was meditating one day, asking the universe for insight into making my next career move. Suddenly the name of a city came into my head, and I recalled that I had sent my CV to an employer in that city some time before, but had received no response. Two days later that employer contacted me, arranged and interview and I was subsequently offered a position there.

This position contained a lot of unknowns, but I accepted it based on intuition. Still, the employer was very young and inexperienced, and it quickly became obvious he was basically clueless. Almost every step of the process of moving to that country and beginning the job was a mess. When I got there the apartment they offered me was so filthy it was unlivable. The company messed up my visa and I had to work illegally. And they showed little interest in my well-being. My partner at the time – who did not travel with me – was aghast. She – and everybody else I talked to about the job – advised me to quit immediately. “Why do you let people treat you like shit!?” my partner scolded.

On the surface, my new job had all the appeal of living in a nuclear fall-out zone. However, I had looked at the energy of it, and knew it was right. I felt intuitively that this lump of dirty, stinky coal would ultimately reveal a diamond – or at least something of genuine value.

And I was right. Within a month everything had settled down. The apartment was clean. The job turned out to be a dream – very low hours and little pressure for a very good income. When I spoke to other foreigners in the region about how little actual work I did and how much I earned, their jaws dropped. So much for being “treated like shit.”

Beyond the satisfaction of having trusted my intuition when all superficial indicators suggested I was deluded, that job allowed me to spend most of my time researching, writing, and learning the local language – which was what I really wanted to do. The actual job was merely what supported me financially.

In this instance, I could have allowed the opinions of others and the superficial surface of things to really distract me. In truth, they almost did. But I felt things would pan out, and because my intuition had been strong at the start, I decided to stick with it.

It was as if the universe had dropped a huge gift into my arms. But I had to be able to read the genuine energy and potential of the situation to receive the gift.

Marcus AnthonyMarcus T Anthony, PhD is the author of ten books about human awakening, including Discover Your Soul Template. He is also a life coach and teacher of profound intuition. His web site is www.mind-futures.com.

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