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The Powerful Gift of Emotion

 

Sam WelsbyContributor

I had an exchange with a stranger last night that I know I’ll remember forever. We looked intensely at each other while I touched his arm before walking away. Tears of gratitude were beginning to form in his eyes and tears of sadness in mine.

With my train ticket paid for I was heading to the platform when a middle-aged man dressed in warm but scruffy winter clothes said, “Excuse me, Miss.” I unplugged my headphones, stopped and smiled at him. “You have a lovely smile and lovely teeth.” I smiled a little wider, knowing what he would ask next, and said wryly “What other compliments would you like to give me?” He look mildly embarrassed but carried on, “I just wondered if you had any loose change, I’m not an alcoholic or anything but…” He trailed off, looked down and saw I was giving him a five pound note. “You’re not serious?” he said as we looked at each other properly for the first time. I pushed it into his hand, gently touched his arm and could see tears forming in his eyes. I abruptly looked away so he wouldn’t see how his humility and surprise had affected me. As I started walking I could hear him call after me, “You’re such a lovely thing.” And all for a five pound note.

What’s the benefit?

For the price of a latte and a muffin I stirred a man to tears and felt sick about it. With the touch of my hand on his arm I wanted to communicate that he didn’t have to explain anything to me. If he was an alcoholic it was none of my business, how he found himself on the streets didn’t even cross my mind. He made me smile, I saw myself in his eyes and wanted to give him what I could. I’ve had enough coffee and cake to last me a lifetime and these small, spontaneous acts of kindness fill me up more than food ever would. I wish I could have given him more to make up for all the other times I’ve passed him by. Maybe he had a different face, but how would I know? Like most of us who are busy and concerned with our own lives, I rarely bother to look. Any real or imagined problems of mine disappeared when I saw the pain within him. He was thanking me when I really should have been thanking him.

Truth is in the eye of the beholder

This shift in perspective when I connected with him is something we all need from time to time. To have empathy for others, to move our attention away from our needs, our rights, our wrongs, our wants and really understand someone else is a skill not many of us use. If we did our lives would be completely different. If we felt other people’s pain instead of trying to understand it with our minds there would be no war, no homelessness, no poverty, no cruelty and no deceit. We could live by the principle “Do no harm”. That statement would be our only guide because we would know that what we do to others we do to ourselves. So why are we so often ruled by our heads and not our hearts? Our inbuilt protection mechanism, otherwise known as ‘the ego’, is always standing guard to stop us from being hurt. It will defend our rights and beliefs to the death because without them it doesn’t exist. Without duality; right and wrong; good and bad; me and you; them and us or distinctions of any kind our mind cannot make sense of the world . Many a war has been fought over the ego’s perception of separation and our need to be right.

Let your guard down

If we can move past the sentinel of our feelings we would remember it’s all a matter of perspective. We see what we want to see through our own unique lens of the past. This can lead to misunderstandings because we find it so difficult to understand what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes while we’re justifying our own position. We understand that being homeless in London during winter would be a harsh place to be, but really connecting to how it would feel would render many of us immobile. And we don’t have time to feel, we’ve got our own lives to live, our own problems to deal with, why should we help someone else when we are struggling to help ourselves? On some other night I may have walked right past this man, music blaring, head down focussing on my thoughts alone, my perception being that he’s unimportant to me right now. Someone else may have become angry because they associate begging with people who are too lazy to work. We often hold on to our beliefs so tightly that we lose relationships, our feeling centres being so shut down because we don’t want to empathise with others lest we experience more pain.

Opening Pandora’s box

But suppressing our emotions means we reject the aspect of ourselves that connects us to others. We have all loved deeply, known gut wrenching loss, abandonment, betrayal and disappointed yet we push our feelings away, shove them into a box that becomes so heavy it weighs us down. We then self medicate or distract ourselves with smoke and mirrors that convince us we like our lives just the way they are. But we can only hide from ourselves for so long. Everyone has their breaking point, the day when the house of cards begins to fall. And on that day surrender to it. You’ll be grateful for it later because you cannot live and inauthentic life and be happy. What that life looks like is yours to create. To be yourself, or selves, released from the perceived judgement of others is liberating. To be able to say the words, “This is me, what of it?” is when you are finally free. So in your darkest times when you feel sad, misunderstood, unsupported and empty know that you are are never truly alone, many others have experienced the same. Understand that we all have the strength to face our feelings and not be carried away into an abyss never to return.

Passing through the eye of the needle

If we can learn to swim in the depths of our emotions we will find we are cleansed by them. To speak, cry and fall down on our knees is to allow our inner selves to be heard. When we begin to listen to our hearts and silence our minds we can see the ego has had it’s day. Look around and witness what has been achieved. Disconnection, disaster and disease. These are the consequences of all our thoughts and actions, but we need not chastise ourselves endless, it’s no longer about assigning blame. Let us remember that we all have the capacity for great compassion and forgiveness when we look though someone else’s eyes. I was taught a wonderfully simple meditation by a friend of mine called Ho’oponopono. Whenever you need to forgive yourself or others simple breathe and recite these words “I Love You, I’m Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Thank You.” They dissolve the hardened shell of the ego and connect you with something far more powerful: love.

Know that you don’t always get what you want but you do always get what you need. These gifts sometimes come in surprising packages. Don’t throw them away before opening the box.

About the Author

Sam WelsbySam Welsby is a teacher of conscious evolution, freelance writer, social activist and healer helping people bridge the gap between their physical and spiritual selves. She offers guidance on how to navigate the catalysing energies of change through her articles, personal healing sessions and mentoring programs. Her healing techniques help people to release emotional trauma on multiple levels, so they can live life with clarity and purpose.

Through a practical approach of grounding spirit into physical reality, she teaches people to be their own gurus and supports them in taking inspired action to create the life they want. For information on how you can you can work with Sam, please visit. www.samwelsby.com

She has a BA in Education, Diploma in Hypnotherapy and Holistic Counselling a lifetime of study of esoteric information, the nature of consciousness and what it means to be spiritual.

Copyright 2014 Sam Welsby
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Raymond Aaron: Developing A Short Bridge Into The Unknown Is Key To Success

Listen to this awesome interview,  learn, and apply.

Source: CuttingEdgeConscious

Bestselling author, entrepreneurial genius and renowned trailblazer, Raymond Aaron shows up for a great conversation about moving past self-imposed limitations and making life a grand adventure. Barnet and Freeman jump off the bridge with Raymond and have a pretty fun conversation on this episode of Cutting Edge Consciousness.




Dreaming Big : Sudha Menon Shares Her Inpirational Story

Source: TEDxTalks

Ms. Sudha Menon is a former journalist and author of two very popular non-fiction books, Leading Ladies: Women Who Inspire India, and Legacy, a compilation of letters from inspirational Indian men and women to their daughters.  Watch and listen as she shares her inspirational story.

Ms. Menon is a seasoned journalist who has worked with prestigious publications such as The Independent, The Hindu Business Line and Mint. She is also an invited speaker to educational institutions and corporate campuses where she talks to women’s networks about women’s leadership and diversity issues. She is currently working on three other books two of which have subjects related to women.




What a Difference a Day Makes (music by Moby)

Source: Animal Aid

“What a difference a day makes” is the title and main theme of a beautifully produced motion graphics film launched by national campaign group, Animal Aid.

If everyone in the UK committed to just one meat-free day a week, this would result in greater carbon savings than taking five million cars off the road. Reducing the amount of animal products in our diets will also help to boost our health and, of course, help to end animal suffering. What more incentive do you need? So start with Meat-Free Monday and then try Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. And dont forget to tell your friends and family!

What a difference a day makes was created by award-winning, London-based design and motion company, Taylor McKenzie (https://www.tmck.co.uk) and features Mobys iconic track, “In my heart”, as the soundtrack to the film.

More info: https://www.meat-free-monday.com




6 Ways to Bring More Presence and Connection to Your Relationships

Source: By Dani Miller | Purpose Fairy

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“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection. Love is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves. Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare.” ~ Brené Brown

When was the last time you looked into the eyes of a stranger such as the guy taking your order or the woman at the checkout and really acknowledged their presence? Actually, when was the last time you looked into the eyes of your partner or your children for a prolonged stretch of time?

In our hectic lives we are always so busy trying to accomplish one thing or another, that it’s easy to become distracted and disconnected from the people around us. Here are my 6 top tips on how to bring more presence and connection into our everyday encounters with people. These things don’t take much time but have the potential to transform any relationship.

1. Make eye contact

“I see you.” ~ Na’vi greeting in Avatar

It seems simple and obvious but check how often and for how long you actually make eye contact with the people you encounter during your day. Then consciously try to increase that time. Eye contact creates instant connection and intimacy, even with strangers. Not only will it make you really see the other person, it will also allow them to really see you. Give people the gift or your presence.

2. Listen

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” ~ Stephen R. Covey

Don’t be one of them. How often do you find yourself already coming up with an answer in your head before the other person has finished talking? I know I do sometimes. When I do and I notice, I consciously stop, clear my mind and try to listen without an agenda. I make sure I really understand the other person before thinking of my answer and if necessary, I feed back what I understood and check with them to make sure I understood correctly.

3. Drop your agenda

“Postpone result/solution thinking until later; it’s through connection that solutions materialize – empathy before education.” ~ Marshall Rosenberg, creator of Non-Violent Communication

Often we engage in conversations and encounters with other people with set agendas in mind and we focus on the outcome we want to achieve rather than on connecting with the other person. It’s okay and natural to have a preference for a certain outcome but if we are able to keep our minds open and aim for connection and understanding first and foremost, we might just be surprised at the solutions that emerge from that openness. They tend to be better and more effective than the solutions either person could have come up with on their own.

4. Be vulnerable

“Staying vulnerable is a risk we have to take if we want to experience connection.” ~ Brene Brown

For real connection to happen you have to have the courage to let yourself be seen. People instinctively know when you are speaking from the heart and when you are holding back. Most people will happily accept your invitation and reciprocate your vulnerability if they feel safe. It is an incredibly healing and fulfilling experience to meet another person without hiding behind masks. By realizing that we have very similar fears and needs we already feel less isolated and more supported in our daily struggles.

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Do Violent Video Games Destroy Human Empathy?

Overexposure to violent video games decreases empathy towards others and blurs one’s sense of what is right and wrong, according to arecent study at Brock University. The results of the study showed that this was not the case for casual gamers, but that it mainly held up for teenagers who play violent video games for an excessive amount of hours per day. Lissette Padilla and Elliot Hill discuss how moderation can prevent these negative effects, in this clip from the Lip News.




Cats, Dogs Have ‘Superpower’ Vision: Study

A new study suggests the household pets can see things that are invisible to humans. A house cat’s bizarre antics may be more than just feline folly. The kitty may be seeing things that human eyes can’t. Unlike humans, many animals see in ultraviolet, and a study now suggests that cats, dogs and other mammals can, too. Knowing these animals see things invisible to humans could shed some light on the animals’ behavior, the researchers say.  Read more: Cats and Dogs May See in Ultraviolet




Unite and Conquer: Fighting Back Against the Oligarchy

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By James Corbett
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In recent weeks, the Eyeopener has been examining the politics of division. In our first report, we looked at how the left/right political spectrum is used as a wedge to divide the people against themselves. In our second report we showed how this has been accomplished in recent years to defuse the anti-war movement. And in last week’s report we examined how the corporate welfare state is maintained by way of these phony divisions.

As important as the political spectrum is in keeping the people warring with each other, it is of course by no means the only wedge issue that is used to keep the public at each other’s throats. Other tools of division include race, religion, class, and a whole host of issues that do not intersect with the political sphere at all, but nonetheless effectively help to group people into warring camps.

The end result of this constant appeal to tribalism is to pit neighbor against neighbor, family against family, coworker against coworker, and even friend against friend so that our lives consist of ever-dwindling spheres of people with whom we can agree totally on every issue. Meanwhile, the people in positions of very real control over the lives of those masses go unscrutinized, their actions lost under the 24/7 babble of nonsense being generated by the politics of division.

There is, after all, a reason that the pyramid has historically been seen as a metaphor for social control. At the bottom lie millions of stones, atomized, divided against each other, but all acting in unison to support the layer above it. The further up the pyramid one goes, the fewer the divisions between the components of that layer until, finally, the capstone reveals itself as the single, unitary ruler of the entire system. This is the image of the oligarchy, rule by the few over the masses through the age-old technique of divide and conquer.

If divide and conquer is the technique that keeps the people oppressed, however, it is obvious that the one thing that the ruling class fears above all else is that the public will unite against them. If the people were ever to put aside their doctrinal differences and coordinate their efforts, the results would be staggering.

This is not mere theory, but a political fact born out by centuries of example, and one that is continuing to have dramatic effect on the world around us…

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10 Rules to Living an Endlessly Delicious Life

Purposefairy 

how to be happy“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ~ Ruth Reichl

Life doesn’t always come to us the way we want. We get jammed in traffic, have a fight with our partner, get stuck in the longest line when we have just one item to purchase (have you been there?). And yet there are simple practices and daily habits that can help us shift from angst to peace at a moment’s notice. Today I’m sharing 10 rules to living an endlessly delicious life. Enjoy :)

1. Embrace acceptance

Have you ever resisted against the moment? When you resist against what is, it strengthens that moment. For example, if you are feeling angry at somebody, or something, and you start resisting that feeling, you actually keep that negative feeling around longer! The magical tool to help you dissolve those icky times is to practice accepting it. If you are angry at someone and you allow yourself to feel the anger, the anger will dissolve itself. What keeps the anger around is a resistance to the moment and thinking “I shouldn’t feel this way”. Through allowing the moment to be as it is, the moment will naturally complete itself. Instead of the moment overtaking you—overtake the moment simply by being present.

“Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them; that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” ~ Lao Tzu

2. Be thankful

When life feels challenging, it is way too easy to get stuck in feeling bad, helpless, or lost. When something goes wrong in life, it has a potential to dampen our mood and shift our focus to the negative. This magnifies what’s wrong and how bad life is. The easiest dose of medicine you can give yourself to get out of a funky mood is to give thanks! The moment you think about that which you are grateful for, is the moment you shift your perspective from darkness to light. Through the practice of gratitude, your focus will shift to the good in your life. You can brighten the dark into lightness by focusing your mind on gratitude.

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” ~ Cicero

3. Apply the breaks

When something goes wrong there is often an immediate reaction. However, within a few seconds, you can choose to consciously apply the brakes. For example if a car cuts you off in traffic and you get really mad—the moment you become aware of that anger you can choose to apply the brakes and release the anger. Decide to let it go. That moment is over, that speed-racer is long gone, and you are only hurting yourself by keeping your mind and emotions in the anger. The next time you catch yourself re-hashing a fight in your mind, or remaining angry over an incident that’s long over, remind yourself that you can apply the brakes to the negative thoughts and move on. And the moment you catch yourself thinking about it again, just remind yourself “Oh yeah….brake time.” With continued practice this will become your new habit—your empowered way of releasing the past.

4. Pause frequently

As you go about your day, it is all too common for life to pass us by. As we run from one thing to the next, we miss out on so much of the beauty staring us in the face. Throughout your day, begin to practice pausing. This means as you are sitting at work and finding yourself distracted, take a moment to pause, take a deep breath, and become fully present by noticing how your body feels, what the room looks like, and what is happening in the moment. This simple practice is an easy way to ignite your energy and focus.

5. Add a dose of daily adventure

Adventure is the spice of life. Now you might be lucky enough to book a one-way ticket and head on an adventure to the jungles of Peru. But, you don’t need to wait, or take such a radical trip to live with adventure in your life. Make adventure happen every-day. It can be as simple as going to a new coffee shop and taking the risk of trying a new spot for your morning coffee. It could be walking a different route to work. Taking little detours along your regular route adds adventure, joy, and helps your mind think more creatively.

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” ~ Helen Keller

6. Spend time in nature

Nature has a naturally calming effect. Whether you live near a body of water, a park, or even your own backyard, going out to nature is an opportunity to put everything on hold, and receive the soothing effects nature offers. Nature is naturally healing, inspiring and empowering. Nature is a wise teacher and helps fill our spirits with peace, creativity, and vitality. The next time that you feel tired, confused, or seeking inspiration—go to nature and empower your spirit.

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

7. The 5-minute miracle

Taking 5 minutes every morning to sit up in bed and follow the rhythm of your breath is a life changing practice. Some people call this meditation; I like to call it Daily Connection. Through spending the time every morning to start your day cultivating awareness and setting a foundation for clarity through taking time to practice stillness, is one of the fastest ways to live a more joyful and centered life.

Taking 5-minutes to focus on your breath, which helps to quiet your mind, is one of the most powerful ways to relieve stress and create clarity in your life.

8. Be compassionate towards yourself

Sometimes life events can trigger us so badly that in the moment we are not able to shift our focus as quickly as we would like. We may feel unable to apply the brakes as fast as our mind desires. Our emotions can take longer to resolve themselves than our mind, or intellect desires. These are the times to practice having compassion for yourself, and your experience. To know that it is OK when something really bothers you that it might take a little longer to resolve it. Practice compassion for yourself. Rather than say “Come on, you know better than this! Get out of your funk!” Remember, instead of reprimanding yourself for being in a bad mood—practice having compassion for yourself. Through the practice of compassion, your emotions and focus will shift to a more peaceful state. You cannot “trick” your mind into being compassionate just so that you will get over your upset state of mind faster. You need to earnestly send yourself some love and kindness, and through this, the situation turns around, and you find yourself moving into a more joyful and energized state.

9. Move your body

Movement is powerful. It is good for our health, mind, self-esteem, and elevates our energy. Create a plan that will get you moving every-day. You do not have to embark on an intense heart pounding workout every-day. But every-day you should integrate some movement. I suggest a few workouts that DO get your heart pumping and a few workouts that help you stretch and release tension. And remember to incorporate fun. That means if you love to dance—get shaking! And if you love sports or walking outdoors, these are the exact activities you should integrate. When you mix it up, you keep it fresh, creating more enjoyment. Plus, you will find that your workout gives you a break from your problems, sparks creativity and clarity. Even research has proven how exercise enhances our brain power! So get moving and enjoy all the benefits today.

“If you don’t move your body, your brain thinks you’re dead. Movement of the body will not only clear out the “sludge,” but will also give you more energy” ~ Sylvia Brown

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CLN RADIO NEW EPISODE: GeoEngineering and the Global Assault with Dane Wigington

Alexis Brooks sits down with Dane Wigington, George Barnes, and Doug Levine to discuss the massive implications of Geoengineering and what we can do to address this issue

This is a CLN Radio Exclusive – Done On Location in Los Angeles (Note that our regularly scheduled air dates are the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month)

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According to researcher and solar energy expert, Dane Wigington, there is no natural weather anymore!  So what is going on?  By best estimates, Geoengineering, the artificial manipulation of our global climate has been happening for sixty plus years and has created a total disruption of our weather system.

In this candid and sobering discussion, done on-location at the Conscious Life Expo in Los Angeles, I spoke with Dane, as well as commercial photographer and creator of the documentary film, Look Up!, George Barnes, and Dr. Doug Levine, executive director of Life After Cancer, about the Global distraction that keep the masses in survival mode which has greatly reduced our ability to be aware of our surroundings, including and especially what is going on in our skies.

Here are some highlights from the discussion:

Learn how commercial photographer and creator of the documentary film Look Up, George Barnes noticed odd patterns when observing time lapse photography that led him to discover that something “not natural” was taking place!

Find out why some aircraft can leave blank lines (or voids) in cloud cover.

Are heavy metals like aluminum directly affecting our cognitive abilities?

What is the connection between strong spikes in obesity, autism, Alzheimer’s and even cancer?

What is initiating the wide swings in temperature fluctuation like the well documented snow fall in Amarillo,  TX  in May of 2013 just after a record setting temperature of nearly 100 degrees?

The implications of a sustained weather modification program are huge and they affect each and every one of us!  But what can we do?  Answer: a lot!  Find out what you can do to address this issue and begin the process of putting a stop to this assault.

Listen to the interview here!

More about our guests:

DaneWigingtonDane Wigington is the lead researcher for GeoEngineering Watch.  He is a solar energy expert who has been working in climate/geoengineering research for over a decade. He owns a 1,600-acre “wildlife preserve” next to Lake Shasta in northern California which was featured in a cover article on the world’s largest renewable energy magazine, Home Power. Dane has investigated all levels of geo engineering from stratospheric aerosol geoengineering (SAG) to HAARP.

 

 

 

George_BarnesGeorge Barnes is the director of “Look Up!,” creator of the SkyderALERT app, and founder of SkyderALERT, Inc.

Barnes is a multiple award-winning Producer/Director/DP with over 20 years of experience.  He has served on the Executive Office of the Governor (Florida) and Association of Independent Commercial Producers and shot thousands of campaigns, commercials, and films for clients including Lamborghini Aventador, Hard Rock Hotel, HBO,  and Viacom.  George is currently the Senior Producer and Head of Production East Coast for UVAmericas and managing director of Skyder, Inc., a 501c4 not-for-profit corporation, creator of the award-winning mobile app SkyderALERT, and director of the award-winning environmental social action documentary “Look Up!”

 

Dr_Doug_LevineDr. Doug Levine is the Executive Director of Life After Cancer, and bestselling author of Answer to Cancer – A Guide to Living Cancer Free.

Dr. Levine is a licensed Chiropractic Physician with a private practice since 1983. He is the founding Executive Director of “Life After Cancer Network” a non-profit cancer survivor’s organization dedicated to the natural restoration of health for people who have had cancer, their families and caregivers.  He holds free workshops for cancer survivors, their families and caregivers and has been a guest speaker at the American Cancer Society, Cancer Care, Inc., Gilda’s Club of Northern New Jersey and the Florida Chiropractic Physician’s Association.

 

 

Be sure to tune in to Conscious Inquiry Radio every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, FREE and on-demand!




Joining the Rising Tide of a new Human Consciousness

Openhand | Feb 18th 2014

I am a UkrainianThe Great Realignment of consciousness is upon us. People are bubbling under, agitating and rising up against inequity, injustice and the fear based control within society. Here’s an emotive video plea from the Ukrainian people that ought to go viral. How can we help?…in a way that humanity has not done before. We can help with the power of our consciousness and in so doing, join together to overthrow injustice and oppression everywhere. We can each amplify the movement within our hearts and speak out widely…

You can feel it all around can’t you?…

The movement to a higher vibrational consciousness is demanding the break down of the old fear based reality and the emergence of higher harmonies where people take back personal responsibility and co-create in self supporting communities.

It’s a yearning that is rising up from the depths of our souls.

Now is the time to take a global view but then act locally. Due to the widespread injustice of society, the kind of civil unrest you’ll witness in this video could come to practically any country in the world. By being a part of this consciousness shift, we can ease the process for all people.

How might we do that? Watch the video and read a few suggestions below:

Five simple steps:

  • First as the eloquent lady narrator impels us, we can share the video (and ones like these) to friends and family.
  • Second we can begin to address the problem for all people by confronting the feelings we have inside. We can unwind any judgment we might have, any karma or negativity.
  • Then we can become amplifiers for the realigning flow, just by bringing our attention inside to the sense of divine connection and how it wants to work within these unjust situations in the world.
  • It’s not just about being peaceful. We must also invoke the warrior energy of change. Not fighting, but a willful compulsion to take back personal responsibility for our choices and stand in our truth.
  • Meditate. Send out your love to join the rising tide of human consciousness.

We are all One

We are all one, brothers and sisters together. Each deserves a little of our help today. And when we give in such a way by bringing our consciousness to bear, then we also receive in many bountiful ways.
Our hearts are filled. We are uplifted.

From my heart to yours

Open
(on behalf of Openhand)




Akashic Memory – Ervin Laszlo with Lilou Mace

Lilou Mace interviews Professor Ervin László about Akashic memory and more.

Ervin László (born 12 May 1932 in Budapest, Hungary) is a Hungarian philosopher of science, systems theorist, integral theorist, originally a classical pianist. He has published about 75 books and over 400 papers, and is editor of World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution. He underscores the importance of developing a holistic perspective on the world and man, an outlook he refers to as “quantum consciousness.” In addition his many writings, Laszlo has also recorded several piano concertos.

Akashic field theory

László’s 2004 book, Science and the Akashic Field: An Integral Theory of Everything posits a field of information as the substance of the cosmos. Using the Sanskrit and Vedic term for “space”, Akasha, he calls this information field the “Akashic field” or “A-field”. He posits that the “quantum vacuum” is the fundamental energy and information-carrying field that informs not just the current universe, but all universes past and present (collectively, the “Metaverse“).

László describes how such an informational field can explain why our universe appears to be fine-tuned as to form galaxies and conscious lifeforms; and why evolution is an informed, not random, process. He believes that the hypothesis solves several problems that emerge from quantum physics, especially nonlocality and quantum entanglement.




10 Valuable Life Lessons to Learn from Children

Thenille Marques| Purposefairy

KidsPlaying“The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives.” ~ Albert Einstein

I am a Mom to two awesome boys. They have taught me more in the last 7 years than I could have learned in the 25 years I was without children. Here are the top 10 lessons my Children have taught me (so far):

1. Keep Discovering. Keep Exploring

From discovering their hands and feet as infants, to discovering that monsters really do not live in the closet or under the bed. From exploring letting go of what has held them up and finding out they can put one foot in front of the other to walk, to exploring a new sport they were so intimidated by before and finding out they are really good at it.  They have taught me to keep exploring and to keep discovering. Discovery can be so rewarding, but we have to be willing to open ourselves to it. We have to continue to spark our curiosities and to stop assuming we know the answers. It is amazing what happens when we approach life knowing we actually know nothing at all.

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” ~ T. S. Eliot

2. Be yourself. “…those that mind don’t matter and those that matter don’t mind”

My oldest son has dressed himself since age 2. One summer day at age 3 he decided to wear his bright orange bubble vest along with some shorts and rain boots. We were going to get ice cream and that is how he wanted to go. Hand in hand, we went. There were plenty of people there and all of them looking right at him and smiling (some laughing). He was very comfortable with the attention and was more into the ice cream than at the kids who were staring at him. He was himself. To him, it was about self-expression and it did not matter who laughed or pointed. He was comfortable in his own skin, orange bubble jacket and rain boots. That day, he taught me to be comfortable in mine as well.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ~ Oscar Wilde

3. Dance like no one is watching.

Put some dance music on and watch how children react. Most of them don’t think twice about it, they just dance. At weddings, at school dances, at parties, they always dance. They dance with whatever rhythm they may have and they don’t care who is watching. What do the adults do? They stand around and watch the kids or continue their conversation. I have joined my oldest son many of times on a dance floor full of kids. It was fun, I danced with whatever rhythm I thought I had and I danced like nobody was watching.

“Dance as though no one is watching you, Love as though you have never been hurt before, Sing as though no one can hear you, Live as though heaven is on earth.” ~ Souza

4. Cuddling is underrated.

It is my pleasure to cuddle with my children. I enjoy having their little hands in mine. I enjoy feeling their little arms around my neck and having them curled up on my lap. Whenever they want to cuddle, I CUDDLE! It is those moments I treasure most because one day, they will be too big to curl up on my lap and too cool to put their arms around my neck.

5. Keep Dreaming and develop a plan. 

I asked my son what he wanted to be when he grows up and he said a DJ and a Car Designer. He has elaborate plans on how he will achieve this. He is 7 years old and this dream is completely attainable for him. I admire this and have told him I support him in whatever he wants to do and to let me know what he needs from me so he can become what he wants to be. As adults, we become so distracted by our responsibilities (job, children, etc) that we have let go of our long lost dreams of becoming whatever it was we wanted to be. I understand being an astronaut may be far reaching for many of us now, but studying astronomy is not. Looking through a telescope and admiring the universe is not. You had dreams of becoming a musician? Pick up an instrument, take some lessons and sing away! Show your children that dreams do not have to stay dreams.

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” ~ Walt Disney

6. Have Patience. 

I have learned patience from the day I found out I was pregnant. From those long 40 weeks of pregnancy to the 15+ labor hours with my first and a nice 8 labor hours with my second. Patience is learned early. Patience was also learned while up at 4am with a wide awake infant and while teaching my 5 year old how to read the words Cow, Car and Dog. Although I have not mastered patience, my children are sure to help me every single day.

“Our patience will achieve more than our force.” ~ Edmund Burke

7. A messy home is not the end of the world. 

I would not consider myself OCD, however, I feel a clean home is a  happy home. I say this knowing my children and the dog completely disagree.  I like things in their place, my floors spotless and the kitchen sink free of dirty dishes. With this said, I also now understand, toys are best all over the place and keep the kids entertained while I try to prepare dinner. Muddy paw prints on the floor makes for a good laugh after the fact and the mess made by the kids fuels exploration, imagination and discovery. A mess is just that, a mess, it can be cleaned up and is not the end of the world.

8.Take risks. 

Jumping from couch to couch, dangling off of monkey bars upside down, rolling right off the bed without the slightest concern of the drop to the floor, attempting to jump into the pool before I make it in to catch them, you get the picture. I am sure there are many more events to come that will give me minor heart attacks, but the fearless attitude a child possess is something to be admired. Although my oldest child is a bit more cautious than other children, the risk taking that children feel comfortable with should be a reminder to us that we will never know the result unless we try it. I am not talking about the skydiving or bungee jumping risks, I am talking about the job change or even that new hair cut risk. Assumptions do not do anything but create a false sense of security or self-doubt. Stop assuming and do it. If you fall, get up clean yourself up and either try again or move on to the next risk you have been contemplating over.

“Children have a lesson adults should learn, to not be ashamed of failing, but to get up and try again. Most of us adults are so afraid, so cautious, so ‘safe,’ and therefore so shrinking and rigid and afraid that it is why so many humans fail. Most middle-aged adults have resigned themselves to failure.” ~ Malcolm X

9. Fill your heart with Love. 

Although this seems cliche, the unconditional love I have for my children is something I only found to be true when I had children. It is so hard to verbalize. It is a love encompassed by so many other feelings. To name the ones I am able to verbalize best: joy, admiration, respect, appreciation, reward, pride, anxiety, worry, adoration and amazement. I am so very grateful to be able to feel and do the unconditional love I have for them and am even more grateful and humbled that the love I give to them, they return to me every day.

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” ~ John Lennon

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Help Stop the Abuse of Children in the Fashion Industry

Source: Jennifer Sky

Jennifer Sky: As someone who was abused as a child model, I am calling for the creation of an action committee to define and enforce labor protects in the fashion industry. 54% of models begin working on or before the age of sixteen. Agencies start recruiting at age thirteen. Many of the pictures in your favorite fashion magazines are little girls dressed up to look like women. This past fall, New York State passed the Child Model Law, granting protections for minors working as models in the fashion industry. Protections such as school-night curfews and on-set hour limits, chaperones, tutors and mandatory financial trusts are now law. Endentured to their agencies, models often return home traumatized and with little to no compensation. With the global clothing and textiles industry now generating upward of 2.5 trillion dollars a year, fashion can afford to offer positive work environments for their models. Please join me in helping to improve the labor conditions for these young workers. Sign this Change.org petition NOW




The Matrix of Conformity – Top 9 Traps for Today’s Youth

Dylan Charles | Wakingtimes 

matrix-More than ever our world needs a new generation of youthful and caring people capable of comprehending the problems we face, while maintaining the clarity of mind and compassion needed to seek and find creative solutions to this morass. For this, our youth need to be healthy, energetic, and free from the myriad traps that our society offers today.

Our young people should be given every opportunity to lead healthy, free, and prosperous lives in our earthly world of abundance, yet the opposite is unfortunately the case in these times, as government grows beyond control, our health is assaulted at every turn, and predatory schemes of all types target us to entrap us in false belief systems and destructive cultural paradigms, such as the wanton materialism and greed that surrounds us.

The broad message to young people nowadays is to conform and submit to norms and phony authority rather than to develop personal integrity, personal liberty and true happiness. Society beckons our youth to imitate others, to compete with others for no end, to pick a team and stay with them till the bitter end, and to neglect the most important virtues in life like spirituality, intellect and compassion.

Leadership for our youth is needed now more than ever, but the wisdom of older generations is rarely coveted as tool for development for the youth. To right this in some degree, here is a comprehensive list of conformitytraps for today’s youth, to help them more easily identify some of pitfalls that lie between them and true success and happiness on their journey to maturity.

1. Debt – Debt is the modern form of the slavery of old. The amount of debt in America alone is staggering, and unfortunately the next few younger generations will feel the brunt of this impending disaster. There really is no way for an individual to mitigate the public debt incurred just by being born a US citizen, and right now, each American already owes something between $50,000 and $200,000 to the national debt, depending on how this is calculated. However, personal debt is within the control of the individual and stands as one of the most freedom-limiting and stress-inducing aspects of modern life.

Our predatory lending system deliberately targets young people at an early age to purchase anything and everything with easy credit and credit cards, and there is tremendous peer pressure to live a fabulously materialistic lifestyle. In addition to credit card debt, the amount of debt that young people take on to participate in college is exorbitant, and this system is intrinsically designed to generate heaps of profit for the banking system and the US government, and it unnecessarily saddles young people with life long financial commitments that can weigh them down for decades.

There are many free and affordable options for gaining a higher education nowadays, and with consideration and commitment it is perfectly possible for young people to live an enjoyable life without dependence on credit cards.

2. Materialism and Consumerism – Made possible by access to easy credit and triggered by a predatory marketing infrastructure, one of the greatest conformity traps for young people today is the encouragement to develop a lifestyle centered around the purchasing of goods that people don’t even need to survive. Often, the drive for materialism is born of an encouraged psychological condition that both creates unhappiness while covering up unhappiness. It is a road to nowhere, and the feelings of liberty that come from maintaining fewer material possessions is one of the truest and most attainable forms of liberty today.

Rejecting the consumptive and materialistic patterns that govern modern society is a keen habit to develop so that one can truly discover who they are and what their role is in this world.

3. Addiction to Drugs and Alcohol – Our culture strongly encourages people, especially our youth, to conform to a lifestyle centered around drinking, drug use, and ‘partying.’ While this certainly might be fun to a degree, there is tremendous pressure for young people to assimilate these rituals as lifelong habits, which can shamefully trap a person at an early age, and prohibit opportunities and good health later in life. Furthermore, this is an assault on positive mental and physical health, meaning that over-indulgence early on in life can cause serious health and psychological issues later on. Moderation has become a four letter word in our world, but should be developed at an early age so that one can live in balance with the social pressures we all face.

4. Hyper/Over Sexuality – Primarily a design of the marketing industry which sprang up in the early part of the 20th century as part of a push towards mass-consumerism, our culture is ridiculously overly sexualized and pornographic. Marketers and psychologists realized that sex and sexual images are the number one way to trigger false desires within a person to inspire them to desire needless material objects.

This problem continues to get worse with our insane mainstream media who ceaselessly produces shallow images of lust and hyper-sexuality that chip away at a young person’s self image and esteem, encouraging them to objectify others and allow themselves to be objectified by others. Life shouldn’t be this way, and sex and the human body should be treated with dignity and respect, both qualities that must be nurtured as a person matures to adulthood.

Recognizing the blatant effort to over-sexualize marketing and entertainment at an early age can give someone the opportunity to view these cultural pressures with skepticism and caution, preventing them from getting trap in shallow trap of hyper-sexualization.

5. Mediocrity – We have, sadly, become a nation of the mediocre, and the idea of American ingenuity and exceptionalism has been completely hollowed out. Young people are encouraged to fit in and conform to what others are doing, too often in resulting the over-achievement of the lowest common denominator, which is typically a sincere focus on base desires rather than on the development of virtuous qualities that bring opportunity. Entertainment based living has become the norm and now mediocrity in effort, mediocrity in ambition, and mediocrity in expectation are contributing to severe cultural decline. Human beings are capable of so much and to conform to mediocrity is to miss out discovering one’s true potential in life.

6. Corporate Work Slaves – The education system we have was designed by industrialists and social engineers to produce people who are more suited to be workers than free-thinkers and revolutionaries. More than ever, Westerners live meaningless lives of servitude to corporations, often performing mind-numbing and redundant jobs on an oppressive schedule without ever growing to know what true happiness and fulfillment really is.

Due to the economic stranglehold that a corrupt baking and monetary system has on our society, many people think that the only option they have in life is to get whatever job they can obtain, all too often forgoing self-examination, spiritual cultivation and worldly experience in favor of the false sense of security offered by corporate America. A life of corporate work is not exactly a life of service, and young people should instead be encouraged to set out on a path of self-discovery in search of creative inspiration rather than a mediocre life of commitment to robotic corporate work. The rat race is failing us all while keeping us boxed into the addictive consumer mindset that has dangerous ecological repercussions. Rather than being encouraged to ‘get a job’ people would be better suited to first figure out what they are good at and love, then pursue education and training based on the contribution they’d like to make to the world.

Not all jobs are bad, of course, but the societal design of pushing young people to be part of a frivolous workforce in order to contribute to an overly consumeristic and unhealthy society should be recognized for what it is, a subtle form of slavery.

7. Poor Health & Medical Dependence – The standard American diet and lifestyle breeds stress, disease, unhappiness and dependence on a corrupt health system and pharmaceutical companies to cope. Advertising and marketing are aimed at turning people into unhealthy dependents, but young people should instead be encouraged to care for and strengthen their bodies and minds rather than waste away in sedentary lifestyles consuming toxic poisons instead of real food. Habits are set an early age, and the sooner a person can adopt the habits that breed good health and a positive mental attitude, the happier and more enjoyable their lives will be in the short and long run.

8. Contemporary Consciousness – Human physiology supports amazing potential for consciousness and elevated perspectives. However, and without question, there is a war on consciousness right now that seeks to limit a person’s perception of what life can and should be about. This trap is set by government/corporate propaganda and Draconian laws, is reinforced by the psychological warfare that is mainstream media, and is traditionally looked over by tired religions and aging dogmatic assertions that grant phony authority to anyone who joins an agency or organization that issues fancy uniforms.

By seizing control of the mind and one’s consciousness, and learning to protect one’s self from unseen negative influences, young people can set themselves on an enlightening path that will forever offer solace and reward, preventing them from becoming prey to the conformist fear-mongering that defines modern Western culture.

9. Social Conformity – By far the most insidious conformist trap that keeps young people from developing to their full potential is the pressure that we as individuals put on each other. Seemingly a natural feature of the human psyche, people fear being different from other people more than anything else. This type of conformity has us policing each other on behalf of organizations that betray us all, and is the primary source of dangerous group-think. In these interesting times, when humankind seems to be determined to snuff itself out with its own stupidity, developing the self-confidence and assuredness to think beyond the box should be our most prized virtue.

Conclusion

Upon reflection, it is easy to see how all of these traps are all inter-related and part of a broader matrix of conformity that has the Western world locked in self-destructive patterns and harmful cultural traditions. The youth of today are the world of tomorrow, and it is sad to see so many destructive influences clouding their judgement and confusing their worldview at a time when such tremendous positive energy is needed to bring about a major shift in human evolution.

Perhaps pre-consideration of the conformist pitfalls built in today’s society may assist some in steering clear of the traps that so many of us have fallen in.

About the Author

Dylan Charles is a student and teacher of Shaolin Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, a practitioner of Yoga and Taoist esoteric arts, and an activist and idealist passionately engaged in the struggle for a more sustainable and just world for future generations. He is the editor of WakingTimes.com, the proprietor of OffgridOutpost.com, a grateful father and a man who seeks to enlighten others with the power of inspiring information and action. His remarkable journey of self-transformation is a testament to the power of the will and the persistence of the human spirit. He may be contacted at wakingtimes@gmail.com.

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