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How to Find Some Gratitude During the Pandemic Holidays

By Kira M. Newman | Greater Good Magazine 

When Americans sit down at our Thanksgiving tables this Thursday—perhaps on Zoom with our extended family, across from just a partner, or in distanced outdoor gatherings—will we find anything to be thankful for?

Gratitude is complicated when we’re struggling. Clinical psychologist Nathan Greene knows this firsthand: He lost his mother when he was a teen, which inspired him to research the connection between grief and gratitude. These days, while witnessing therapy clients grapple with depression, anxiety, and substance use during the pandemic, he’s also seen profound experiences of gratitude and connection.

For example, the teen boys he works with have been more appreciative of their teachers, who have suddenly been humanized as they try to juggle home and work life in front of a Zoom camera. And they miss the casual interactions they had with other students who weren’t their close friends but also weren’t strangers, the friendly faces they used to pass in the hallways. As we all approach the holidays, being deprived of traditions—even ones we might have grumbled about in the past—can bring a bittersweet mix of sadness and appreciation.

“Gratitude can come in the experience of not having, too, in reflecting on what we did have in the past and what we hope to have in the future,” Greene says.

I talked with Greene about this strange juxtaposition of gratitude and loss, of connection and isolation, and how we can open ourselves up to appreciating the good even when times seem so bad.

Kira M. Newman: What do we know from research about how gratitude can arise from difficult experiences?

Nathan Greene: Gratitude is kind of counterintuitive. It can come about naturally when something really positive or miraculous or out of the ordinary comes around, like winning a lifetime achievement award or getting a new job or having a baby—these big milestones. But contrary to what capitalism or consumer marketing tells us, we often don’t feel grateful when we get a whole lot of what we want consistently.

Somewhat surprisingly, the research shows us that gratitude often arises when we’re faced with a loss or a lack or even death. That’s something that Buddhist monks have known about for centuries. They have engaged in meditations geared toward imagining their death, and they would even practice meditation in cemeteries to be reminded of that. Research more recently shows that when we’re encouraged to think about our own death in a real way, we often feel more grateful for life.

Right now, we’re facing real and imagined death, and we’re also facing so much loss: loss of our ability to be with the people we love, and loss of our plans, and loss of these celebrations, weddings, and graduations. I think some people feel a foreclosure on dreaming about the future because we’re kind of in this suspended time.

In my research with adults who lost a parent in childhood, I found that the large majority of people—not all—reported that they believed they were more grateful as a result of enduring the experience of loss. When we looked into that, we found that the reasons they most commonly gave are that they felt a greater appreciation for their life and for their families and began to view life as more precious than they had previously.

KN: How do you think that research applies to the pandemic?

NG: This is an experience of loss, as well; people are losing family members, and then there’s the loss of all of these experiences and dreams and jobs. It can give way to gratitude, but I think it’s more complicated than, say, losing a parent or loved one. This pandemic is not a singular, fixed loss that we can grieve and move on from. We’re continuously experiencing losses, and because we know that this thing will end at some point but we don’t know exactly when or how we can’t mournfully.

With gratitude coming from loss, it arises from a process of mourning and making meaning of the loss: I experience this loss and it taught me XYZ about myself and life. We often find that meaning in retrospect and looking back on it. But it’s really challenging to make meaning of an experience like this that’s uncertain and ongoing. That’s one of the challenges for us here in finding gratitude, but I think it’s possible.

For myself, it’s been a rollercoaster with gratitude, but I find myself being grateful for a lot of things that I wasn’t grateful for in the same way before—like my health, for instance. It’s much more top of mind for me, and I feel grateful each day that I’m healthy. At this moment right now, I have a family member who is hospitalized with COVID and pneumonia, and I’m thinking about him and thinking about my own body and how we’re vulnerable.

It’s also a time in which I can’t see so many of the people I love, and I’m yearning for connection, and I felt really grateful for my neighbors. I’ve formed closer bonds with them in our lingerings out on the sidewalk with our dogs. Many are also feeling a lot of gratitude, especially early on, for frontline health workers and all the essential workers at the grocery stores and vet clinics and everyone who’s out there putting themselves at risk. I feel it individually, but I think there’s also a sort of collective gratitude that can arise when we’re all experiencing this challenging thing together.

KN: If people are wanting to feel more gratitude this time of year, during pandemic holidays, what would you suggest?

NG: Our brains are naturally wired toward glomming on to the negative and toward worrying about the future, and this is an evolutionary mechanism to help keep us safe. This pandemic is a rich environment for being sucked down into negativity, and there’s a lot to be upset and worried about. In the Bay Area, we felt so deeply the impacts of climate change with the fires, and there’s such a huge reckoning around racial injustice, and a lot of people were feeling very stressed around politics and the election.

Right now, we really have to actively work toward balancing that out with gratitude. There are ways that we can do that; counting blessings is one way. In my house, we like to do that at dinner, so we express gratitude for our food, for the earth that provided it and the hands that tended to it, and for any other people or occurrences over the course of the day that we’re grateful for. Some people find a lot of support in gratitude journaling: writing down each morning three or 10 things that you’re grateful for; some people like to use different domains as prompts, like health, family, friends, work, nature.

Also, gratitude can come about more organically through just slowing down and paying attention more mindfully to the present moment, taking the stance of non-judgmental observation. For instance, when I’m on my walk with the dog in the morning, sometimes I try to really notice the hues of burnt orange and crimson in the leaves; when I’m drinking my tea right now, I’m trying to slow down and enjoy that tingling sensation of peppermint. I think mindfulness and gratitude are really closely linked—so when I take a mindful stance, gratitude is often what follows.

KN: It’s easy to feel pressure toward gratitude right now, especially if you’re healthy and employed and your loved ones are safe. But we’re not saying people should feel grateful, right? What’s your perspective on that? 


NG: I’m so glad that you brought that up because I think it can be really, really unhelpful to tell people you should be feeling grateful. So many reactions to what’s happening right now aside from gratitude are understandable and important. So many people are feeling sadness, frustration, despair, hopelessness, and fear, and to hear that we should be feeling grateful can be alienating to our experience and it can result in us feeling shame and feeling worse off.

Research shows us that we can do these things to mindfully cultivate gratitude, but we can’t force it. If we try to force it as a way to not feel the other feelings, it’s really just an avoidance strategy like anything else that can lead us to feel worse. But, again, if we can allow ourselves to focus on the feelings that we’re having without judgment and with full acceptance of that feeling, you might find that space opens up for gratitude to come in.

KN: Besides accepting our feelings, are there other strategies that you suggest to your clients when they’re working through the pandemic?

NG: One thing that’s helpful right now is to reflect on what has this pandemic showed me about myself? What have I learned about what’s important to me, about my own resilience? What are my strengths? What am I capable of that I might not have been aware of? I think many of us feel like things are just being done to us and that we have such little control right now. But we can control how we respond, and we can control how we understand ourselves and learn about ourselves in working through hardship.

KN: For the holidays, how can people navigate the loss of traditions, disappointment, and sadness?

NG: Remember first that this pandemic will pass, that all of these holidays will be accessible to us in the future—Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, whatever it is that you’re celebrating—even though it feels like we’re in this thing forever. Feelings of sadness and frustration and anger are totally understandable right now. I’m sounding a little bit like a broken record, but it’s important to feel them and honor them.

I also think about my work with people who lose a loved one. In the first year after losing someone, the holidays are often a challenge because it’s such a stark reminder of the absence. I think much of the advice that I give in that situation applies for now. I advise people to find some small way to honor the past, whether it’s making your mom’s famous pumpkin pie recipe or doing this practice of going around the table and sharing what you’re grateful for with your roommate or your partner, or hopping on Zoom and finding somebody else who’s important to you to do that with.

Then, we need to remove expectations that this holiday is going to feel like others and intentionally try to establish a radically new tradition—whether it’s going for a hike with your family or sitting on the beach on the day of Thanksgiving, or making a meal entirely unrelated to the holiday. We can pre-record funny family stories from past holidays and send them over a video to one another, or mail one another holiday baked goods. I think some people are talking about cooking the traditional family recipe together over Zoom, or saying what we’ve grateful for over Zoom before sitting down with our own families. We can also get a sense of gratitude through giving, so thinking about dropping off items or friendly notes to our neighbors, as they’re likely feeling isolated right now, too.

When we incorporate these new traditions, there’s a feeling of injecting new life and meaning into what we’re doing. Often times you may be surprised; this tradition may end up sticking and be something you want to do every year. So honoring the past with things that bring you comfort, and also trying something radically new.

About the Author
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Kira M. Newman

Kira M. Newman is the managing editor of Greater Good. Her work has been published in outlets including the Washington PostMindful magazine, Social Media Monthly, and Tech. co and she is the co-editor of The Gratitude ProjectFollow her on Twitter!




Five Ways Nostalgia Can Improve Your Well-Being

 

Greater Good Magazine

I often find myself nostalgic for days gone by—especially my young adulthood. Thinking about days when I could go backpacking with a friend on a moment’s notice or dance the night away at my wedding, without the constraints of child care or a limited energy supply, gives me a bittersweet feeling—a mixture of joy, sadness, and longing.

While I find nostalgia pleasant overall and even inspiring, doctors and psychologists did not always consider it a good thing. Staying “stuck in the past” was often associated with being unable to adjust to new realities, like when soldiers were nostalgic for their faraway homes and experienced loneliness and dread. Not that long ago, some considered nostalgia to be a mental illness, akin to melancholy, which could lead to anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders.

But more recent findings on nostalgia suggest it can be good for us, increasing our well-being, making us feel connected to other people, and giving us a sense of continuity in our lives. And it seems to come on naturally when we need to weather life’s difficulties. Rather than being a problem, nostalgia can help bring happiness and meaning to our lives.

Here are some of the ways nostalgia can benefit us, according to science.

Nostalgia makes us feel socially connected

Nostalgia about our past often includes recalling important people in our lives—people who cared about us and made us feel like we belonged. Certainly, my own nostalgic musings are centered around times when I was with the people and places I love. So, it’s not too surprising that recalling these special times would make us feel more connected to others, in general.

In one study, researchers found that people who were asked to write about an event from their past that made them feel “sentimental longing for the past” felt loved and supported, and this, in turn, helped buffer them against loneliness. Another study found that when people felt nostalgic about times in their lives when they interacted with members of an “out-group”—for example, teenagers recalling fun times with older adults—they felt less prejudice toward that group.

Nostalgia also seems to help us maintain our relationships. For example, one study found that inducing nostalgia helped people feel more optimistic about relationships in general and more willing to connect with friends. Another study found that when induced to feel nostalgia, people (especially those who find connecting with others easier) felt more able to offer emotional support to the people in their lives.

Nostalgia helps us find meaning in life

A sense of meaning in life involves knowing that your existence matters and that your life has coherence or purpose. It’s something we all strive for in one way or another.

Fortunately, research suggests nostalgia can be an important resource for increasing meaning, by highlighting central moments in our lives and giving us a sense of continuity.

In one study, researchers compared nostalgia to two seemingly related forms of thinking about one’s life: recalling a positive past event or imagining a desired future. Focusing on an event that made them nostalgic led people to feel their lives had more meaning compared to imagining a desirable future. And, compared to both other reflections, feeling nostalgic reduced people’s need to search for meaning in their lives—they already felt life had meaning.

In another study, people either listened to music that brought them back to a particular time or read lyrics to old songs. These nostalgic activities not only made them feel loved and socially connected but also increased their sense of meaning in life. And, when people read an essay that encouraged them to think that life had no meaning—which said, “There are approximately 7 billion people living on this planet. So take a moment to ponder the following question: In the grand scheme of things, how significant are you?”—they naturally turned to feelings of nostalgia for relief from that sense of meaninglessness.

These findings and others suggest that nostalgia not only heightens your sense of meaning in life but can act as a buffer when you experience a loss of meaning. And it may help you move forward in life, too. As one study found, nostalgia can increase your motivation to pursue important life goals, because it increases meaning—not just because it puts you in a better mood.

Nostalgia can make us happier

Though it does seem to do just that—to boost our mood. Even though nostalgia is by definition a blend of positive and negative emotion, the positive tends to outweigh the negative, meaning we feel happier overall.

In one very recent study, 176 university students were randomly assigned to a six-week nostalgia program where they were asked weekly to write about a past event that brought on “a sentimental longing for the past” (while a control group wrote about past events that were ordinary). Afterward, they reported on their levels of positive and negative emotions and how much the writing provided a sense of social connection, meaning, or connection to their past self. At different points in time, they also reported on their life satisfaction, feelings of vitality, and well-being.

The researchers found that nostalgia was generally beneficial, leading people to experience more positive emotions, life satisfaction, and well-being, as well as fewer negative emotions—at least three weeks into the program. These benefits mostly disappeared after that—except for people who started the experiment already engaging in nostalgia regularly. For them, going through the nostalgia program brought them greater life satisfaction and fewer negative emotions up to a month later, possibly because the program was a better fit for them.

A lot of the benefits of happiness may be connected to nostalgia’s effects on social connection and meaning. But it could also be that nostalgia helps us see ourselves in a truer, more authentic light.

Nostalgia puts us in touch with our authentic selves

When thinking nostalgically about our past, we are the prime protagonists in our own life stories. Perhaps because of this, nostalgia helps us to see our lives as continuous and coherent, providing us with a sense of authenticity.

In one study, when primed to feel nostalgic by writing about a time in their past, people saw their past self as an authentic representation of themselves. This, in turn, reduced their focus on meeting the expectations of others versus following their own, intrinsic expectations of themselves. In other words, it helped them be their authentic selves.

The researchers also studied how threats to one’s sense of self might make people engage in more nostalgia. Half of the participants read this text: “Many people feel that they have two sides to themselves. One side is the person that they show to other people; the other side is their true self—that is, the person who they truly are deep down.” Then, they wrote about times in their lives when they’d found it hard to reveal their real selves to others. The other half of the participants wrote about their daily routines and when those routines were disrupted. Then, both groups reported on their positive and negative emotions, as well as feelings of nostalgia.

Findings showed that people who focused on threats to their self-concept experienced more negative emotions, and in turn felt more nostalgic. This suggests that nostalgia helps put us in touch with our “real selves” and protects us against threats to our authenticity.

Perhaps, for this reason, engaging in nostalgia can lead to personal growth. At least one study found that feeling nostalgia made people feel more positively about themselves, which, in turn, made them more open to experiencing new things, expanding their horizons, and being curious—all signs of psychological health.

Nostalgia may help people who feel disillusioned or depressed

Perhaps because of these potential benefits, people tend to engage in nostalgia when they are feeling down, lonely, or disillusioned. Many studies have found that nostalgia seems to protect people from negative mind states, bringing about a kind of emotional homeostasis.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that nostalgia is always good or can’t have a downside. If nostalgia makes us spend too much time thinking about our past, it may prevent us from recognizing the joy in our lives right here and now. And, since we tend to engage in nostalgia when negative things occur, it could become an avoidance strategy that keeps us from dealing with present problems in more effective ways.

Encouraging groups of people to feel nostalgic could also have negative consequences. For example, one study found that nostalgia made people more likely to believe political claims, regardless of their veracity. Inducing nostalgia could be an advertising ploy used to affect consumer behavior, which could lead to poor choices, too.

Still, chances are that nostalgia is more a blessing than a curse and a winning strategy for feeling better about ourselves. It can increase our connection to others, our sense of meaning in our lives, our authenticity, and our happiness. So, why not tune into nostalgia now and then? It may just help you meet the challenges of the moment.

About the Author

Jill Suttie

Jill Suttie, Psy.D., is Greater Good’s former book review editor and now serves as a staff writer and contributing editor for the magazine. She received her doctorate of psychology from the University of San Francisco in 1998 and was a psychologist in private practice before coming to Greater Good.




Success Against All Odds

2021-11-17 Cynthia boulder creek

Thanks to quantum physics, we can see bigger opportunities and better realities than seem physically present in our lives; we can help ensure success against all odds.

Handbags of the Gods

I greatly enjoyed watching the Quantum Businessman’s video discussing how “it’s bigger on the inside,” covered in his video, Gucci of the Gods.  One of the things I most enjoyed about watching the Quantum Businessman’s video about pocket universes is that it brings up some of what Chris Anatra (aka “the Quantum Businessman”) is calling soft disclosure.  This particular soft disclosure has to do with ideas about ancient artwork that shows up in many civilizations around the world–not just in one place.

This artwork indicates that there exist some kind of “handbags of the gods,” or “Gucci of the Gods,” as Chris Anatra puts it.  These mysterious handbags seem to show up everywhere, and both these bags and some watches seem like they might be more than they appear.  They might have something to do with playing with space, time, and reality, such as we see in popular shows such as “Doctor Who.”  Doctor Who’s Tardis device is famously bigger on the inside than the outside, while traversing time and space.

The Quantum Businessman’s “Gucci of the Gods” video also presents some fascinating thoughts of one of the world’s top physicists, Alan Guth.  I’ve mentioned Alan Guth many times, usually in conjunction with a physicist that I’m very fond of, Dr. Yasunori Nomura, who I interviewed in 2014 after meeting him at a premiere of the documentary “Particle Fever” at UC Berkeley.  Alan Guth and Nomura co-authored a paper, but the big deal about Alan Guth is that he is recognized as being one of the top thought leaders having to do with ideas about the Big Bang and the inflationary universe.

How does this tie in with everything about Mandela Effects, reality shifts, and things being bigger on the inside than they are on the outside?  Good question!

Classical Paradigm as Subset of Quantum Paradigm

When we acknowledge that some aspects of quantum physics can never be classical, and that all of quantum physics can be derived from five simple axioms, we find ourselves at the remarkable junction where we can start to envision the Classical, materialist paradigm as a subset and special case of the larger, more universal set of the Quantum paradigm.

If you’re familiar with set theory, then those pictures of circles with some circles intersecting and a Universal set containing all other sets may be familiar.  Basically, what we’re noticing is that Quantum Physics and the Quantum Paradigm may be more like the Universal set, rather than a subset of Classical Physics.  There’s no way we can fit quantum physics inside classical physics, but we can fit classical physics into the quantum paradigm.

Bigger on the Inside

This realization that quantum physics and the quantum paradigm is primary, and classical physics, paradigm and logic is a special case subset inside the larger quantum paradigm immediately reminds me of the notion of things being “bigger on the inside.”

When we look at the idea of pocket universes and bubble realities, we can immediately feel inspired to flip the entire conceptualization that we typically have regarding something small like a pocket or a purse.  We might tend to naturally assume that since quantum physics deals with the realm below the Planck scale having to do with such miniscule things as photons and electrons, it would be a subset and special case within our familiar classical paradigm with its associated classical logic.

As we look more closely at the extraordinary properties of the quantum realm, we see what Alan Guth describes in the “Gucci of the Gods” video by the Quantum Businessman.  Alan Guth talks about the likelihood that our inflationary universe indicates that there are lots and lots of bubble universes.  These bubble universes are out there all over the place, and essentially we are most likely living in a multiverse. This is also what I’ve been writing about in my books, Reality Shifts and Quantum Jumps, and this is a huge idea for each of us to contemplate in our everyday lives.

Why it Matters

You might well be wondering how any of this has anything to do with you, which is an excellent question.  One of the main reasons this is of such great importance is that very often, when we think of classical physics and material realism, most of our mainstream educational systems emphasize that such a materialist view is foremost, primary, and dominant.

People who consciously or unconsciously go along with this worldview can easily become confused, depressed, or just feel stuck or trapped by circumstances. We might feel that we are looking at all the facts that are right in front of us.  We might feel we are facing an indisputable, unchangeable situation. Yet nothing could be further from the truth.

When we realize that the quantum paradigm is dominant, then we are better aligned with what has been taught in spiritual faiths and traditions, including the perennial philosophies.  These perennial philosophies of love, kindness, compassion, and having faith that even when things seem extremely difficult, you can actually witness miracles.  And these miracles might come in the form of things that you need, and maybe you don’t notice that it’s happening.  You might think, “Well, I needed that.  It’s just some coincidence.”

After considering these ideas from quantum physics, we can begin to take a closer look, with a sense of wonder, reverence and awe that maybe we always get what we need.  And those times when we notice we’re not seeming to get what we are intending, perhaps what’s really blocking us is that our heart is not in it, or we’re not keeping our eyes open to the fact that in some ways what we’re dreaming of and wishing for is already here.

Success Against All Odds

The key idea we can get from this insight that reality is “bigger on the inside,” thanks to quantum physics, is to not be emotionally triggered by situations.  We can look inside every situation, to discover what is happening right now that we can be grateful for.  And to recognize that we don’t need to trust the depressing aspects of what looks like physical truth–because a lot of historical facts change.  They can change in ways that lots of us are noticing together, which is what we call the Mandela Effect.  They can also change specifically just for us, which would be a reality shift.  And if we observe a change that we  were intending, they can shift as quantum jumps.

These big ideas are brought to you from the seemingly tiny world of quantum physics, which is “bigger on the inside,” helping to ensure the possibility of success against all odds.

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Jennings, David, and Matthew Leifer. “No Return to Classical Reality.” arXiv preprint arXiv:1501.03202 (2015).
Larson, Cynthia Sue. “Primacy of quantum logic in the natural world.” Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 11, no. 2 (2015): 326-340.
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QuantumJumps300x150adCynthia Sue Larson is the best-selling author of six books, including Quantum Jumps.  Cynthia has a degree in physics from UC Berkeley, an MBA degree, a Doctor of Divinity, and a second degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won. Cynthia is the founder of RealityShifters, and is president of the International Mandela Effect Conference. Cynthia hosts “Living the Quantum Dream” on the DreamVisions7 radio network, and has been featured in numerous shows including Gaia, the History Channel, Coast to Coast AM, One World with Deepak Chopra, and BBC. Cynthia reminds us to ask in every situation, “How good can it get?” Subscribe to her free monthly ezine at:
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Simply BE in Gratitude (Take a Bold Step In Your Conscious Evolution!)

I’m going to make today’s blog short and sweet. Pretty nifty for a writer who’s so long-winded, right?

I hope I can convey this ‘new theory’ through the written word — I thought of videoing an interpretive dance for you but that would probably be more confusing. So here it goes…

I’ve discovered a new level to gratitude.

“I feel like this new ‘being grateful for no particular reason’ is a bold step in my conscious evolution. It’s the anticipation of great things to come instead of the worry about what might go wrong (which actually brings that into being).”

I’ve been practicing gratitude whenever I can and even in the most strange circumstances. Take for instance my recent loss of income streams from all different avenues — normally this would have freaked the old Cherie out completely but the new Cherie is simply loving it!

Okay, how can I love having money and security taken away from me?

Easy.

New Adventures, New Directions

I’ve assigned my life with new meaning. You know how life is meaningless (as in neutral until you assign it either positive or negative meaning)? Well, I’ve decided and really FELT like the Universe is redirecting me big time and it couldn’t have come at a better time.

I was actually getting quite bored with the Ground Hog day my life was becoming, so, this breath of fresh new adventurous air is a God send (he he…literally).

I won’t lie, I’m still in the throes of the transition but I’m injecting fricking gratitude into every moment. I can’t wait to see what’s coming and I can just feel it’s going to be awesome.

I am already starting to experience the new opportunities and contacts coming in and — from my vantage point — I’m super excited.

I feel like this new ‘being grateful for no particular reason’ is a bold step in my conscious evolution. It’s the anticipation of great things to come instead of the worry about what might go wrong (which actually brings that into being).

I’m starting a whole new way of thinking and using gratitude to boost it. I hope you join me on this journey. So, even when things look pretty shitty — try to see the Universe offering you something even better, more exciting and tailor-made to suit your soul.

Read related articles: GRATITUDE: A Vital Catalyst to Bring Positive Change into Your Life; How to Realign with Innate Gratitude and Are You Expecting Good Things to Happen? Why You Should…

Cherie Roe Dirksen is a self-empowerment author, multi-media artist and musician from South Africa.

To date, she has published 3 self-help and motivational books and brings out weekly inspirational blogs at her site www.cherieroedirksen.com. Get stuck into finding your passion, purpose and joy by downloading some of those books gratis when you click HERE.

Her ambition is to help you to connect with your innate gift of creativity and living the life you came here to experience by taking responsibility for your actions and becoming the co-creator of your reality. You can follow Cherie on Facebook (The Art of Empowerment — for article updates). She has an official art Facebook page (Cherie Roe Dirksen – for new art updates). You can also check out her Facebook band page at Templeton Universe.




Enter the Limitless Field for Profound GRATITUDE with Sri Krishnaji

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Watch this transformational video with Sri Krishnaji (starting at 24:15) to enter the Limitless Field and receive immense blessings for your heart to awaken with gratitude: gratitude for family members, and for people who you work with. Entering the limitless field is entering the field of the Divine.




How Sacred Words Can Rewire Our Brain

By Linda Summer

Take a break from cyberspace, head into nature, connect with the living soil and immerse yourself in Gregg Braden’s latest & possibly the greatest book, The Wisdom Codes. Weather permitting, of course.

“These timeless codes are designed to bring us the greatest strength and the deepest healing, in the quickest way possible.” Gregg Braden.

In his “easy-to-read, quick-access, modern-day manual”, Braden guides us on a timely, mystical pilgrimage to an ancient world of “trusted words”; intuitively encoded healing word patterns that can literally rewire our brain and heal our heart. He teaches us that we can become masters of our destiny by consciously applying sacred words of the past to our present challenges because we are no longer victims or defined by our circumstances.

Writes Braden: “For over 5000 years, our most ancient and cherished spiritual traditions have recognized the relationship between the words we use and the way our brains function. They relied on specific word patterns that they would recite — prayers, mantras, hymns and chants — to provide them with inspiration, safety, comfort and healing when they were faced with the inevitable challenges of everyday life. And although ancient indigenous people were not scientists by today’s standards, they understood the effect of the word codes full well.”

Braden’s intensive research resulted in a core group of deftly decoded wisdom codes and concise instructions about how to apply them to our lives, especially in times of need. Put simply, the words are wisdom codes:

“In their presence, we are changed. When we speak words either out loud or silently to ourselves, something shifts within us and that something is where the power of words, chemistry and neurons converge in a beautiful way.”

Sacred Word-Brain Relationship Origins

As a lifelong lover of fine language, but reasonably new to the captivating art of linguistics, Braden continued to spark my interest, especially his reference to the renowned American Linguist Benjamin Lee Whorf who discovered the Northern American Hopi people’s unique structure and “paradigm-altering use of language”. Having traveled to this ancient land in 2018, I appreciated the deeper insight into why ‘Hopi’ translates into ‘good; wise; knowing’.

Whorf discovered our word-brain relationship by a happy accident in 1937-38 when he unexpectedly instructed a graduate level Native American linguistics class. This enabled him to recognize “a previously overlooked nuance” whereby the Hopi people used words to describe the present moment, but not to directly describe the past or future.

For example, when the Hopi refer to lightning, they describe the experience as lightning-ing, indicating that lightning is a state of being; or the wave is waving. Whorf believed that these word structures were responsible for the harmonious way of the Hopi and their relationship with the cosmos.

Recent enlightening studies have confirmed Whorf’s theory that “Words of our everyday language directly influence the way our brain “wires” itself when it comes to how we think and even what we are capable of thinking about.”

This discovery naturally sent shock waves through the scientific community but also inspired ongoing biological and neuroscientific studies about the structure of language. Hence, the recent confirmation of his word-brain theory.

“A single word has the power to influence the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress.” Andrew Newberg, M.D., Neuroscientist, and Mark Robert Waldman.

Empowering Prayer Through Words

Of equal interest was Braden’s recollection of a pilgrimage with 40 invited guests to an ancient Tibetan monastery in the Himalayas — one of the most remote, sacred places of knowledge remaining today. When they met with the abbot of the monastery, “on a cold stone floor in a windowless chapel,” Braden asked: “When we see your prayers, what are you doing in your body? When we see you tone and chant mantras for fourteen to sixteen hours a day on the outside, what is happening to you on the inside?”

The abbot’s (condensed) translated reply reflected the discoveries that had been reported in recent journals:

“You have never seen our prayers because a prayer cannot be seen. What you have seen is what we do to create the feeling in our bodies. The feeling is the prayer and the words create the feeling.”

Upon hearing the abbot’s response, Braden immediately recognized that the words of ancient chants were catalysts that elicit the feelings that change the body of the person that offers them. He refers to early translations of the biblical book of John (chapter 16, verse 24) where “we are instructed to empower our prayers through words that invite us to be surrounded by the feeling that our prayer is already answered. Ask without hidden motive and be surrounded by your answer. Be enveloped by what you desire so that your joy may be full.”

Braden then offers a succinct summary: “Here we see that it’s the words that ignite the emotion that empowers our prayers as the cascade of events that follow. When we allow ourselves to fully embrace what our spoken words mean on the deepest possible level of awareness, they trigger the neurological and biological responses that reflect the intent of the codes.”

To say that “the implications of the word-life relationship are profound” is almost an understatement. Note to self: Given that words we choose appear to form the framework for the unity or separation that we consequently experience, ensure that I refocus on practicing the art of living consciously and choosing my words with care. Always.

Wisdom Codes Reflect Common Life Issues

The main body of the Wisdom Codes book is divided into 7 sections, featuring 17 individual codes that reflect some of our most commonly faced issues in life: Protection, Fear, Loss, Strength and Love. Braden also includes two bonus Power Codes and two concluding parables.

Some origins of the carefully selected codes include the ancient Sanskrit Vedas, the Mahabharata, the teachings of the Buddha, “lost” texts of the Judeo-Christian Bible and sacred mysteries of indigenous traditions. Having had a liberated upbringing that bypassed all forms of religious indoctrination, and allowed me the freedom to find my own spiritual way and explore religion in my own time, I have found this book to be as beneficial as Braden intended it to be — if not more.

Wisdom Code 3 – The Lord’s Prayer

Without giving away too much away about the actual Wisdom Codes, I will finish with some intriguing passages about the widely debated origins of one of the Protection Codes: Wisdom Code 3 – The Lord’s Prayer. I found these revelations to be of particular interest because of my recent studies into the occult origins of church, religion, and government. (Note that Braden chose the English translation closest to the original words of Jesus’s time as possible, prepared by George in Lamsa in the early 20th century):

“The controversy about its origins stems from the fact that the Lord’s Prayer is not recorded in what’s considered to be one of the most reliable records of historic events that occurred in Jesus’s day: the Book of Mark. The question is why it would be noted in the books of Matthew and Luke, yet would be curiously absent in Mark? The answer has emerged with the discovery of a hidden, yet revered, biblical gospel discovered only recently, in the late 20th century: the Lost Gospel of Quelle. Quelle means “source” in German. Scholars typically shorten the name to the Gospel Q or simply Q.”

Braden further explains that the Gospel Q did not appear suddenly like the “lost” Gospel of Thomas or the Dead Sea Scrolls:

“In fact, it does not exist today as a stand-alone text. Rather, this “lost” gospel emerged slowly over a period, emerging from within the paragraphs and pages of already existing texts. It was only through the meticulous and scholarly work of text comparison among various translations of different gospels that Gospel Q was eventually recognized by 20th-century biblical scholars.

I’m describing Gospel Q here because it holds the key to the protective power of Wisdom Code 3.”

Wherever ‘Q’ goes, controversy follows, it seems. This revelation naturally reminded me of the alleged birth of the contentious ‘Q’ movement, thought to be a covert military alliance that was created following the ruthless assassination of President John F Kennedy.

In closing, The Wisdom Codes is a truly unique, compelling, and reassuring reference book that has earned a place in my highly competitive ‘beloved favorites stash’ which is always within arm’s reach. Just the tonic for these profoundly transformational times on earth and a vital addition to my spiritual resilience kit.

For anyone that has not yet discovered the exceptional work of Gregg Braden, he is a science-meets-spirit pioneer, scientist, lecturer, inspirational thought leader, and five-time New York Times bestselling author.

Learn about the power of The Wisdom Codes and much more in this awesome video by Gregg Braden:




5 Ways the Mind-Blowing Power of Gratitude Makes Your Life Better

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The more gratefully we fix our minds on the Supreme when good things come to us, the more good things we will receive.” – Wallace Wattles

1) Gratitude Connects You With the Divine

Gratitude is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. Gratitude actually connects us with the creative power of the Source. Wallace Wattles, in his book, “The Science of Getting Rich” (it’s one of the greatest self-help books ever written – you can get it here for free along with 21 other transformational books) said this about gratitude:

“You cannot exercise much power without gratitude because it is gratitude that keeps you connected with power. The creative power within us makes us into the image of that to which we give our attention. The grateful mind is constantly fixed upon the best, therefore it will receive the best.”

2) Gratitude Brings More Good Things to You

Gratitude is so vitally important, Wattles said it is a predictable and repeatable law of the universe:

“There is a law of gratitude, and if you are to get the results you seek, it is absolutely necessary that you should observe this law.”

Wattles goes on to say:

“The law of gratitude is the natural principle that action and reaction are always equal and in opposite directions.”

In other words, when you live in gratitude, you are given more to be grateful for:

“Gratitude will lead your mind out along the ways by which things come.”

3) Gratitude Makes You Happier

Research has shown that we can actively choose to practice gratitude, and in so doing our happiness increases. In this 2003 study, researchers randomly assigned one group of study participants to keep a short weekly list of the things they were grateful for, while having two other groups list negative or neutral events. Ten weeks later, the first group was significantly happier than the others.

Other studies have shown the same pattern and have come to the same conclusion. If you want to be happy, choose to be thankful. It’s that simple.

4) Gratitude Makes the People Around You Happier

In addition to increasing our own happiness, choosing gratitude can also bring out the best in those around us according to this 2011 study. Think of gratitude as contagious, and try to spread it around as much as you can.

Think about how you feel when you’re around a really grateful person. It’s uplifting, isn’t it?

5. Gratitude Makes People Like Us

Gratitude makes us nicer, more trusting, more social, and more appreciative. As a result, it helps us make more friends, deepen our existing relationships, and even improve our marriage. (See: Why Gratitude Enhances Well-Being: What We Need to Know)

Cultivate Your Gratitude by Keeping a Gratitude Journal

One of the best ways you can increase your gratitude is by keeping a journal of the things for which you are grateful. Grab a notebook, and at the end of each day, write down at least 10 things you feel grateful for over the last 24 hours.

When you do so, be sure to connect to the heart-felt feelings of gratitude. Really engage your emotions in this process.

Be sure to include at least a few things you are grateful to YOURSELF for: how you’ve handled your day, positive actions taken, things you’ve done to care for yourself like exercise and healthy eating, kindness towards others, etc.

By doing so, you will not only be happier, you will attract more in your life to happy about. It’s a wonderful, circular process.

MUST SEE: Watch This Stunningly Beautiful TED Talk by Louie Schwartzberg on Gratitude


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Be Grateful for Life Itself

It’s not too difficult to give thanks for the blessings in our lives.  In the song Hallelujah, songwriter Leonard Cohen takes thankfulness to another level, suggesting that we should be grateful not only for our blessings, but for ALL of our experiences in life (good, bad, happy, and sad). Read more (and watch 4 breathtaking renditions of Hallelujah): Why Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” Is The Ultimate Thanksgiving Song (You’ll Be Amazed By Its Meaning!)

I am incredibly thankful for you visiting CLN and reading especially for reading this article. Please share with friends and family.

Ross Pittman
CLN Editor




Breathe In & Out NEW Solar Light Codes to Augment the Lunar Eclipse Frequencies on Nov 18-19 | Patricia Cota Robles

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Patricia Cota Robles shares a transformative prayer for each of the 12 solar aspects of deity to augment the powerful lunar eclipse frequencies occurring on Nov 18-19, 2021. The activity of light that is present during this time will assist us to in-breathe the highest possible frequencies and then project that light on our out-breath through the bridge to freedom.

According to NASA, for people on the U.S. East Coast, the partial eclipse begins a little after 2 in the morning on Nov 19, reaching its maximum at 4 am—that’s when you’ll really want to be watching the moon. For those on the West Coast, the partial eclipse begins at 11 pm on Nov 18, with a maximum at 1 am.

PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT

Hi, precious heart. Thank you for joining us for our weekly Vlog. On November 19th, we will be blessed with a full moon. partial lunar eclipse. And on December 3rd, we will be blessed with a new moon, total solar eclipse. The company of Heaven has revealed that with the integration of every person’s I AM presence, the full restoration of our threefold heart flame, and the presence of Unity Consciousness now secured in our heart, we will be able to receive higher frequencies of the twelve, fifth-dimensional crystalline solar aspects of deity during this powerful Eclipse series than ever before.

This is an important step in raising awakening humanity to a frequency of vibration that will help us to perceive on a conscious level the resplendent patterns of perfection contained in the new contingency plan for Mother Earth’s ascension process.

These patterns are flowing into the mental and emotional strata from the fifth-dimensional record keeper crystals recently placed in Earth’s crystal grid system by the mighty Elohim.

The company of Heaven has given us an activity of light that will assist us to in-breathe the highest possible frequencies of the 12 solar aspects of deity from the heart of our Father-Mother God. And then project that light on our out-breath through the bridge to FREEDOM, which is a tremendous pillar of light that connects Heaven and Earth. This sacred fire will then expand through Mother Earth’s planetary grid of comprehensive Divine love to bless every particle and wave of life on Earth. If you have the heart call to participate in this essential facet of the present unfolding divine plan, please join with me now. And we begin.

I am my I Am presence and I am one with the I Am presence of every man, woman, and child on Earth.

Collectively, humanity’s I Am presence’s now merges into one luminous being of light. It is cradling Mother Earth and all life evolving upon her within the divinity of our unified heart-flame.

Humanity, the elemental kingdom, and Mother Earth are now breathing in unison with me as one elevated, holy breath.

I accept and know that the light of God is exponentially expanding within the hearts and minds of all Humanity during this powerful Eclipse series. Mother Earth and all life evolving upon her, our daily ascending into new, celestial and cosmic coordinates, Earth’s adjusted position in the universe is allowing all life on Earth to daily receive higher and higher solar light codes through the portals of the Sun’s in-Earth’s lineage.

This includes the solar light codes flowing through the portals of our physical Sun, Helios, and Vesta, our Central Sun, Alpha and Omega, our great Central Eloweh and Elowah, and our great, great Central Sun, El and Allah.

Beloved Father-Mother God, beloved solar logos, and beloved Elohim, I ask that you now breathe the new solar light codes for the 12 fifth-dimensional, crystalline solar aspects of deity through the 12-pointed, crown of the Elohim above the Earth, the 12-pointed crown of the Elohim on the brow of Humanity’s Collective I Am presence, and the 12-pointed crown of the Elohim on the brow of every person’s individual I AM presence.

On the holy breath, expand this Divine Light through every person’s fifth dimensional, crystalline solar spine, our 12 fifth-dimensional, solar chakras, our Acupuncture meridians, and our Acupuncture points. As this occurs, simultaneously expand these news solar light codes through Mother Earth’s planetary grid of comprehensive Divine love.

Now, I inhale and exhale deeply as we begin.

I am in-breathing the new solar light codes for the sapphire blue, first solar aspect of deity, and the Divine qualities of God’s will, power, protection, illumined faith, and God’s first cause of perfection. On my out-breath, this sapphire blue, solar light blazes through the bridge to freedom, that unifies heaven and Earth, transforming this bridge into a pillar of blue light that blesses every particle and wave of life on Earth as it expands through Mother Earth’s planetary grid of comprehensive, Divine love.

I am now in-breathing the new solar light codes for the yellow-gold, second solar aspect of deity, and the Divine qualities of unity consciousness, and enlightenment. On my out-breath, this yellow-gold solar light blazes through the bridge to freedom, transforming it into a pillar of yellow-gold light that blesses every particle and wave of life on Earth.

I am now in-breathing the new solar light codes for the pink, third solar aspect of deity, and the Divine qualities of God’s comprehensive Divine love, oneness, and reverence for all life. On my out-breath, this pink solar light blazes through the bridge to Freedom, transforming it into a pillar of pink light that blesses every particle and wave of life on Earth….

(Patricia continues with the remaining nine solar aspects of deity.)




5 Ways to Live a Good Life

In the beginning…sometimes there is no choice.  We are born for instance, seemingly there is no choice there, in the physical sense.  Yet, how we end something is entirely our choice.  

The way we end something is also how we live our life. The ending is part of the flow or the conflict, it’s our choice. Do we wish to struggle, resist or get upset?  Make a decision on what is important, develop what is useful, and determine to have a good ending.

How to Develop a Good Ending and Live a Good Life in the Meantime

1. Set an intention for peace. Relax. Breathe. Be.   

2. Be observant. Witness what is going on around you or in a current situation or relationship.  Make room for things to be ok, without strife, conflict. How? Let go of feeling you have to be in control of the situation. Don’t get caught up in results. Allow your expectations to be open-ended. Keep them in an open hand. Agree with another as much as you can with another, otherwise, show polite disinterest or just nod your head. 

3. Go opposite of the crowd. Instead of following or listening to the masses telling what you must think, do or be.  Listen to your heart. If you can’t discern with your heart, then set an intention to develop it. Remember, the heart is not only a muscle that pumps blood, it is a communicator of inner knowing and wisdom. Your heart has much to offer: get quiet and learn. Ask, what do I need to know right now?  Get quiet and listen. As an adult, you can choose what to think about, how to use your time wisely. Train your brain!  Listen to your heart.

4. Embrace synchronicities and serendipities. If something pops up that is convenient, use it, otherwise embrace the ‘walk’.  The walk is your life, activities and all that goes on around you. When you develop your heart and live with higher intelligence, then synchronicities come more often. Or do they?  Possibly you are in tune, now recognize and utilize them.  As these synchornicites happen be grateful, when they don’t enjoy the process. The process will often take you where you need to be. This is living a serendipitous life. Serendipity is finding something you needed while doing another thing. As you live serendipitously, it is almost like being part of a game.

5. Live so you never have to say you are sorry.  In other words, don’t be a jerk. Be kind, be patient and gracious. Grace is a gift. It is a good attitude, a gesture of love, good intentions and is given even when the recipient is, in your estimation, undeserving.   

Remember, how you live your life is up to you. Make good choices and live well. Love, Julia

Julia Parsell is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor with an emphasis on the intersection of science and the sacred.  She writes from experiences and transformative understandings that have led her to an authentic and peaceful life. She goes by these names: mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. As home educator of her three children, she also developed/ran cafes, and maintained various leadership roles within her community.  Her greatest desire is to encourage others to live life fully.  Her passions are family, art creation, writing, and trail blazing. She loves her life in Western North Carolina.   

 




How To Improve Self Confidence

By Yoshita Swarup Sharma

If you were to do a google search to look for how to be more confident, you’re going to get a whole host of suggestions and advice that would range from “love yourself” to “being positive and looking for positive in every situation” to “trying something new” and “knowing your strengths”. However, as a leadership coach, I do come across a lot of people who struggle with self-confidence, and in my experience, here are some things that you can do to handle this lack of confidence.

Step 1 – Know Yourself

When I say “know yourself”, I’m not talking about knowing your strengths, but I’m talking about really deeply understanding the situations where you feel the lack of confidence. These could be different kinds of situations. For example, it could be a lack of confidence at work or in a meeting, or when suddenly asked a question. Maybe one feels tongue-tied, unable to say what they want to say. The way to build awareness of these situations is to start journaling. Every day, write down incidents that have taken place where you felt unsure or lacking in confidence, in your journal.

Step 2: Identify the Pattern

Once you have done journaling for, let’s say, 15 days, you would be able to identify a pattern. This means that while there could be different types of situations where you don’t feel confident, there is likely to be an underlying theme around which your confidence gets shaky. For some people, it could be that it’s shaky around people in authority, like clients or bosses, or elders. It could be a lack of confidence when you’re in the spotlight. Or it could be a lack of skill/ capability that is making you feel that way.

For example, through journaling, you may figure out that every time you’re suddenly asked a question or when you have to do public speaking in front of a large group, you feel inadequate. Whatever your pattern, you need to be able to identify that.

Step 3: Identify the Underlying Belief

Having understood the pattern, the next step is to dig deeper and identify the underlying belief, because of which you lack confidence. Once, a client of mine was really struggling with her confidence. After many souls searching, what emerged was that her underlying belief was that “I don’t know how to express myself clearly.”  This was strange because she could express herself quite clearly. She was extremely articulate, but her belief was that she was not a good communicator. Whenever she was called upon by anyone to answer a specific question or to talk about a certain situation, she would just feel a panic attack coming on to her.

Step 4: Identify the Genesis of the Belief

Once you are able to identify the belief, you have to look for the genesis of that belief. Sometimes, people skip that step. But I think it’s a very important step. You must ask yourself, “ Why do I believe this about myself? Where did I first hear it? Who did I hear it from? Who were the people who made me believe that I am lacking in this aspect of myself?” Most of the time, this lack of confidence comes from outside. It has come from someone’s opinions of us that we have accepted as truth, maybe at a very young age. It is very important to understand this. Sometimes you’re even able to access an old memory of a teacher or a parent saying something in childhood in a given situation. As a child, we take their word as gospel truth and that becomes our narrative of how we see ourselves. So, when you start understanding the genesis of a belief, you can separate from it. You can see it from a different perspective, without getting attached emotionally to it.

Step 5: Question the Belief & Reframe It

Identifying a belief and its genesis allows us to move forward. We can now question the belief and reframe it. You can question the belief by asking: “Is this really true?” For example, if I think I’m not articulate, I ask myself, “is it really true? What is the evidence supporting it and what is the evidence against it?” And then, you start understanding that, it’s not true. In the above example, my client was able to think of a situation, where she was able to express herself really well and even got appreciated for that. So, she realized that it is her limiting belief. Once you realize your limiting belief, you can reframe it. You can look at the situation again and reframe it in a different way. So, for example, the belief that “I cannot express myself well” or “I’m not good at articulation” can be reframed as “If I’m well-prepared, I can speak with a lot of logic”.

Step 6: Affirmations and Experimentation

Finally, when you are trying to replace old beliefs with new ones, you have to do two things – affirmations and experimenting with new behaviors.  Affirmations refer to repeating the new belief statement to yourself such that it forms new neural pathways in our brain, ie new ways of thinking about the situation. Secondly, you support the affirmations with new behaviors that will help you gain confidence in certain situations. For example, you have reframed the belief that when you are well-prepared, you can articulate very effectively. Now, you can support that new belief with the behavior of going through that extra preparation. Thus, you feel more equipped, more confident, and more ready to deal with the situation that was earlier making you feel inadequate. Doing this repeatedly over a period of time is a good way to build genuine confidence.

I hope you can follow these 6 steps of deeper exploration of your lack of confidence. That way, you are much more likely to understand its root cause, and then to replace limiting beliefs with new beliefs and new behavior. And don’t forget, you are awesome!

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Yoshita Swarup Sharma, CEO & Founder of A Brighter Life, is an internationally certified executive coach (PCC). For the last ten years, she has coached several senior leaders and CXO across the globe. She brings with her 22 years of overall experience and has worked as a Marketing professional incorporating Coca-Cola, Dabur, and Ranbaxy in brand management roles handling brands like Volini, Gulabari, Hajmola, etc, and doing P&L management. Recently she was awarded as one of the most influential coaching leaders of India by the World HRD Congress. She’s a leadership facilitator, advanced NLP Practitioner, and a specialist on personal transformation. Themes that she has worked on include stakeholder management, building executive presence, developing people, becoming an inspiring communicator, etc. She frequently conducts leadership workshops and has worked with clients like L’Oréal, Adidas, Vodafone, Siemens, HDFC Bank, ITC, and many more. She’s also a Kathak student and founder of Subah, A Covid Widow support group.




A Call For ALL Sovereign People to UNITE For the Survival of Humanity

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“We need to look after our babies, your grandkids, my grandkids… Here’s the thing: By the time I die, when I’m closing my eyes… I want to look into my grandkid’s and my great-grandkid’s eyes and I want to be able to look them in the eye and say: ‘When it was bad. I stood up for you. And I’m leaving you something healthy because we stood up.’ I cannot leave this world knowing that we are leaving our children to a cesspool of parasitic sickness and knowing that I did nothing. And that’s why I’m in this fight brother. Because as the ancestors, it is our responsibility to stand up for future ancestors. And when our great, great grandkids and me, and you are gone, and we’re finished, they’re going to be looking back in this time. The difference now to what’s been going on in the last few hundred years is they’re going to be able to SEE what we’ve done. They’re going to be able to stand in pride in what we’ve done… This is about the survival of humanity and our babies. Failure is not an option! When they look back and they see that we have stood up and we have not only ensured that their future is one of prosperity and health, they’ll also see a nation that is built on truth, honor, and respect. I once read a long time ago that a country is not a nation until its people are walking in unison. This is our chance.” ~ David Cole (aka Lurnpa)

Watch and be inspired by this extraordinary master class on Australia’s past, present, and future with David Cole (aka Lurnpa) and Ricardo Bosi, the leader of the AustraliaOne Party.

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11/11 Mass Meditation for UNITY of hUmaNITY REPLAY

CLICK the above image to watch the REPLAY of this super powerful event.

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“Join us on the potent 11/11 portal to hold and raise our energy together for the UNITY of beautiful HUMANITY in this most glorious EVOLUTION of human consciousness! When powerful, awakened, sovereign individuals come together in harmony we are invincible. There is immense power in synchronization and mass meditation. Through coming together and holding high intentions and focus at once we create massive energetic ripples of consciousness around the world. Now is the time more than ever to take advantage of such powerful tools as we anchor in extremely high frequencies of light for humanity and the Earth.” ~ Regan Keely

Today on 11/11 at 11 am MST, Regan Keely is leading a mass meditation for the unity of ALL of hUmaNITY. Here’s why this is an incredibly important meditation for lightworkers (which you can replay at ANY time):

“During the next 40 days from November 11th through the solstice on December 20th and 21st, 2021, we will experience several powerful influxes of light from both celestial and global events. These events will provide a tremendous opportunity for lightworkers around the world to greatly enhance our unique individual and collective facets of this awe-inspiring, divine plan… Assisting awakening humanity to reach a level of unity consciousness is the divine mission we are all being called to assist with during the remaining months of 2021.” ~ Patricia Cota Robles

Watch Patricia’s full, inspirational, and instructional message to lightworkers regarding the time we are in right NOW:
For 40 Days Beginning on 11-11, We Will Receive Powerful Influxes of Light To Uplift Humanity and Gaia – STAY STRONG!

To put you in an awesome state of being prior to the meditation, listen to this heavenly angel music:
11/11 SPECIAL: 1111Hz Angels Love and Blessings | Receive Help & Protection | Angel Number Frequency

And, here’s a great article about why mass meditations are so important and effective:

Rise Up: Meditations, Messages and Tools to Dramatically Accelerate Planetary Awakening




What the World Can Learn From the Buddhist Concept Loving-Kindness

Avalokiteshvara, 1656, Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi (4). Richard Mortel via Flickr

As the world deals with the trauma caused by COVID-19, World Kindness Day, observed on Nov. 13 annually, is a good opportunity to reflect on the healing potential of both large and small acts of kindness. Indeed, it was the kind acts of essential workers that helped save many lives.

As a scholar of Buddhist studies, I have researched the ways in which Buddhist monks talk about kindness and compassion toward all beings.

The Dalai Lama has famously been quoted as saying “My true religion is kindness.” Although there is more to Buddhism than just kindness, Buddhism’s teachings and exemplary figures, I believe, have much to offer to a world experiencing intense suffering.

Loving-kindness teachings

Some of the earliest Buddhist teachings developed in India – which are recorded in the Pali canon, the collection of scriptures in the Pali language – emphasized the idea of “metta,” or loving-kindness. One teaching from this collection of scriptures is the “Karaniya Metta Sutta,” where the Buddha exhorts the good and wise to spread loving-kindness by making these wishes toward all beings:

In gladness and in safety,

May all beings be at ease.

Whatever living beings there may be;

Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,

The great or the mighty, medium, short or small,

The seen and the unseen,

Those living near and far away,

Those born and to-be-born —

May all beings be at ease!

In order to put these words into practice, several Buddhist teachers from North America teach meditation practices meant to develop one’s own metta or loving-kindness.

During meditation sessions, practitioners can visualize people and chant wishes of loving-kindness using variations of phrases based on the Karaniya Metta Sutta. A commonly used version is from a well-known Buddhist meditation teacher, Sharon Salzberg.

May all beings everywhere be safe and well.

May all beings everywhere be happy and content.

May all beings everywhere be healthy and strong.

May all beings everywhere be peaceful and at ease.

Practitioners spread this kindness toward themselves, people close to them, people they do not know – even distant people or enemies – and finally all beings throughout the world. After visualizing this attitude of loving-kindness, practitioners find it is easier to radiate kindness toward others in real life.

In addition to metta, Buddhists also practice compassion (karuna), sympathetic joy (mudita), and equanimity (upekkha) for a peaceful state of mind.

Cultivating compassion

Later forms of Buddhism in East Asia and Tibet developed the idea of compassion further through the figure of the bodhisattva.

The bodhisattva is a practitioner who has vowed to work selflessly for the enlightenment of other beings. The development of this state of mind is known as “bodhicitta.” Bodhicitta provides the motivation and commitment to this difficult path of putting others before oneself.

One practice for cultivating bodhicitta is exchanging self for others. In this practice, those on the bodhisattva path would regard the suffering of others as if it were their own and would offer help to others as if helping oneself.

As the Indian Buddhist monk Santideva writes in his classic eighth-century work on the path of the bodhisattva, “The Bodhicaryavatara,” one should meditate with this sentiment in mind: “all equally experience suffering and happiness. I should look after them as I do myself.”

Many bodhisattvas and their meanings

The Buddhist figure most focused on kindness is the bodhisattva of compassion, known originally as Avalokiteshvara, who became popular in India by the sixth century A.D. A popular way to depict Avalokiteshvara is with 11 heads and 1,000 arms, which he uses to benefit all sentient beings. Tibetan Buddhists believe that all Dalai Lamas are manifestations of this bodhisattva.

This bodhisattva is known by various names across Asia. In Nepal, the bodhisattva is known as Karunamaya, and in Tibet as Lokesvara and Chenrezig. In China, the bodhisattva is a female figure called Guanyin and portrayed as a woman with long, flowing hair in white robes, who holds a vase tilted downward so she can drop the dews of compassion upon all beings.

Throughout East and Southeast Asia, this is a popular figure. People make offerings to seek help, especially in regards to success in business and starting a family.

With practices that urge people to practice compassion toward others and with figures who can be asked to bestow it, Buddhism offers unique and diverse ways to think about and express kindness.

By Brooke Schedneck, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies, Rhodes College

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.




The Connection of Prayer and Why it is Important

Prayer is More!

Is it asking, requesting, or petitioning? At times yes, however, overall it is more.  It is being in alignment with your highest self. It is a mediation, a visualization, an expectation that propels one from the ordinary to a peaceful state.

How long shall I pray?

Prayer lasts a moment, a day, even a lifetime. When it ends, it begins again.  There is no failure, just hope. Disappointments still exist, yet don’t remain and are transformed by the renewing of the mind. In prayer there is quiet. A quiet mind and a heart that is hopeful. Prayer may not change the immediate landscape, experience or circumstance however it provides a means of compassion, love and the desire to be part of the solution. In this it allows satisfaction and clarity to arise.  It allows a soothed heart and peaceful mind.

How does one pray?

The answer is the same for all and yet as varied as each individual. It is all about connection.  Connecting within and recognizing an all-knowing, honoring, loving being resides there.  Getting to this point may take many paths, yet has one requirement. Surrender, letting go, yielding to the heart knowledge that the great I Am is within. Always and forever. The words are inconsequential, the stance matters not. The connection is paramount.

Why is connection paramount?

Because this is your truth. This connection will and does express itself for your and others highest good. It is the light within that glows from your eyes. It is the sound within that emanates from your heart. It is complete presence.

Prayer is acceptance

Prayer is accepting ‘the more’. More than you can see, have known, learned or even understood. Prayer is communicating beyond your ability to understand and it is the realization that all is as it should be. Prayer is the comfort for a wounded soul. It is the celebration of melding of hearts.

Prayer transforms

Prayer transforms the darkness by absorbing the light. It changes perspective so that conditioned thought does not prevail and harmony reigns.

What to do about Prayer?

Pray without ceasing my friends. Live this life in much hope, with much love and shine.  Be at peace within, this is prayer.

 

Julia Parsell is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor with an emphasis on the intersection of science and the sacred.  She writes from experiences and transformative understandings that have led her to an authentic and peaceful life. She goes by these names: mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, niece, cousin, and friend. As home educator of her three children, she also developed/ran cafes, and maintained various leadership roles within her community.  Her greatest desire is to encourage others to live life fully.  Her passions are family, art creation, writing, and trail blazing. She loves her life in Western North Carolina.  




There’s Not Enough Of Them To Stop Us | NEW DAVID ICKE 2021

Source: Inspired

We don’t need a solution. We need to remove the cause of the problem. The only way the few have always controlled the many is because the many have acquiesced to the few. We can put an end to the tyranny right now because there are not enough of them to make us comply. ~ David Icke, Author, Researcher, Speaker, Legend

WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE.

TRANSCRIPT

People say what’s the solution? Well, I’m not interested in solutions. I’m interested in removing the cause of the problem because that is the solution. You can constantly look for solutions to a problem. And what solutions normally do (see politics) is lead to more and more problems, which need more and more solutions, which lead to more problems. If you’ve gonna break the cycle, then you have to remove the cause of the problem. If you remove the cause of the problem, the problem must disappear because its cause is gone.

And the problem, and you look right the way through human history, the problem with humanity, which is why the few have always controlled the many – I don’t care what the culture is; I don’t care what the historical era is; it’s the same – is because the many give their power to the few in the form of acquiescence.

And that is how the few have always controlled many. And if we didn’t do that, the few have no power over us. So if someone comes out of Downing Street or the White House and says “we’ve had a discussion” (they do it all the time these days) and this is what’s going to happen. If enough of the population said, “We’re not doing that. WE’RE NOT DOING THAT.” – then they have no power. There’s not enough of them to impose it.

I’ll give you an example. When the Covid era started and the first lockdown started, people went under house arrest meekly, because they thought well, we gotta do this to protect ourselves from the virus. And at that point, only a few people were protesting, which made it that easy. Along came the police, arrested them, and away you went. But as the summer unfolded in 2020, more and more people started to question it. This doesn’t make sense – there’s a lot of things that do not make sense here.

And so I spoke in two events in Trafalgar Square in August and September of 2020, which I had about 35-40,000 people. And the police try to come the brutal route on the second one, but there were too many people to just drive people away.

And then by the spring after another lockdown through the winter, hundreds of thousands of people walked through the streets of London. I’ve been on most of them. And instead of the police coming and arresting people and breaking it all up, they stand on the side of the road and watch the people go by – because there are too many people for them to do anything about it. Now, that is a visual expression of how we bring an end to this: we stopped cooperating with our own enslavement!

You know, through this whole period I’ve never worn a mask, have never social distance. I will go out of my house when I choose, thank you very much. And I’ve not done any of it. I thought this is nonsense. I can show it’s nonsense and I’m not cooperating.

And what’s happened through this period up to the present day is more and more people have realized there’s a scam going on, because it’s become more and more obvious. They have to now refuse to cooperate with the system. It doesn’t need violence. Just say no and mean it, because the next lockdown is meant to be the last one. We are not meant to come out of it.

And if people want to see the vaccine agenda, look to Israel. If you want to see the Orwellian agenda in terms of lockdown, look to Australia because that’s the blueprint. They’re the 2 blueprints. And so we stand up now and it’s stop cooperating, or we acquiesce to fascism, which is what’s planned – as I’ve said it in my books for 30 bloody years!