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Bashar – Channeled Wisdom: You CAN Manifest ANYTHING with the RIGHT Approach!

Alexis speaks with the channel of the personality known as “Bashar” – Darryl Anka

In 1973 Darryl Anka was personal witness to not one, but two close broad day light UFO sightings while in transit on a California freeway.  Feeling on some level that these sightings were part of an unraveling for him into the true nature of reality, he urgently set out to understand much more about the Universe in which we live.  This journey led him on a quest that has now lasted over 30 years.

Well known for his work in channeling the entity known as Bashar, Darryl has not only gotten a close up view of how reality works, but through Bashar, he has imparted hundreds of messages of wisdom and perennial philosophy that have been shared with millions all over this planet.  This interview is no exception.  We begin with a short anecdote that Bashar shares with an audience member during a live channeling session.  The theme is imagination and how this often underutilized ability that we all have, can literally shift our lives from one reality to another in an instant.

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darrylanka.imageAfter experiencing two, close, broad-daylight UFO sightings, Darryl Anka began to research the subject as well as becoming familiar with an array of metaphysical topics, including channeling.

His path led him to become a channel for an extraterrestrial entity called Bashar, which is an Arabic word that means “messenger.”  Darryl has channeled Bashar’s information internationally for the past 30 years, providing powerful methods by which people can change their lives in positive ways.

Bashar’s information has been published in over 20 books in the U.S. and Japan and hundreds of CD’s and DVD’s have been distributed worldwide by April Rochelle of Bashar Communications.

In addition to his channeling career, Darryl also has over 30 years of experience in miniature effects, storyboards, sets and designs on three Star Trek films, Iron Man, The Aviator, Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End, I Robot, Live Free or Die Hard, and Flags of our Fathers, among several others.

Over the past 5 years, Darryl has shifted his career to writing, directing and producing and has had one feature film produced by Nu Image Entertainment, two scripts optioned by AMI Productions and the Mutual Film Company and recently shot his first film as writer-director-producer called “Dearly Departed” – A fictional documentary shot as if the crew took a camera into the afterlife and interviewed the spirits of people who’ve passed on to get their insights on life after death.

“Dearly Departed” is now completed and is being distributed online via Gaiam TV, Fastspring and Amazon.  Darryl is developing a number of other feature film projects along with his wife and co-producer, Erica Jordan, at their Los Angeles production company, Zia Films and is currently in post production on a documentary about how he became a channel called “First Contact.”

Visit these web sites to learn more about the work of Darryl Anka and Bashar:

www.bashar.org

www.ziafilms.com

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

This article and its accompanying media was originally created and produced by Higher Journeys in association Conscious Life News and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Alexis Brooks, HigherJourneys.com and ConsciousLifeNews.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this Copyright/Creative Commons statement.




Nassim Haramein on Latest Discoveries about our Human “Fractal Antenna” & How We Connect to “The Field” (VIDEO)

Physicist Nassim Haramein continues to probe the mysteries of consciousness and how we connect to ALL things!

Despite the seemingly relentless denial that consciousness is the prime directive that drives us, and maybe the Universe itself, physicist Nassim Haramein, continues to pierce the veil – beneath the surface of perception to show that what most call an epiphenomenon of the brain may actually be the primary driver of reality itself.

But how do WE fit into this equation of consciousness?

From our connection to each other, to the universe and to the field itself. The human fractal antenna is key to tapping the infinite well of information through the use and understanding of consciousness.

In this interview filmed on-location in Los Angeles at the 17th Annual Conscious Life Expo, Nassim shares some of his new discoveries while examining the behavior of the subatomic world, curious aspects of the information field as it relates to space-time and most importantly how consciousness regulates a complex, diverse, matrix of information.

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

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Have You Ever Had THIS Kind of Synchronicity? Guaranteed it will BLOW YOUR MIND! (VIDEO)

The variations of synchronicity can be mind blowing and if you’re really paying attention you’ll discover many happen outside of time as we know it.

In this episode of Conscious Commentary, we examine synchronicity from a “retro” perspective.

While many instances of synchronicity – when two or more seemingly disparate events come together to send a message – typically happen in close proximity to one another, other, even more powerful “syncs” can happen days, weeks, or even years apart.

Additionally, if one is keen to take notice of the multitude of subtle nuances that happen in their day-to-day lives, one can and often will discover that one synchronicity can be enfolded in another.

Such was the case with me during a period over the last couple of months that PMH Atwater has described as an unprecedented Retrograde Storm!

Find out just what happened to me and how I was able to link one synchronicity with another over a period of time!

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alexisheadshotv2Alexis Brooks is the #1 best-selling author of Conscious Musings, writer/editor for CLN and host of the award-winning show Higher Journeys with Alexis Brooks. Alexis brings over 30 years of broadcast media experience to CLN. For over half of that time, Alexis has dedicated her work to the medium of alternative journalism, having researched and reported on the many aspects and angles of metaphysics, spirituality and new thought concepts.

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How to Discover Your Multidimensional Self (VIDEO)

In this episode of #ConsciousCommentary we explore the idea that we are #multidimensional beings by examining how we live our lives.

What can our current day to day lives show us about how multidimensional we are? And once we take a good hard look at what and who we surround ourselves with, what can we do to broaden our scope of reality to consciously welcome in our multidimensional selves?

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alexisheadshotv2Alexis Brooks is the #1 best-selling author of Conscious Musings, writer/editor for CLN and host of the award-winning show Higher Journeys with Alexis Brooks. Alexis brings over 30 years of broadcast media experience to CLN. For over half of that time, Alexis has dedicated her work to the medium of alternative journalism, having researched and reported on the many aspects and angles of metaphysics, spirituality and new thought concepts.

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Are Archonic Entities to Blame for Mental Illness? Jay Weidner and Paul Levy Explain (VIDEO)

Jay Weidner – “Archons are Real!”

What is mental illness and where does it come from?

Is it a psychological state of being inherited through genetics?

Is it a condition that emerges after a severe traumatic experience? Or is it a psychic virus cast upon unsuspecting individuals from the hidden realm?

These are all complex questions, but the answers share one common theme – that of multidimensionality.

In this, a follow up to our recent discussion about the metaphysics of mental illness, I bring in two well researched individuals to try and tackle this very big subject. Jay Weidner, an authority on Hermetic and Alchemical traditions, and Paul Levy, consciousness researcher and author of the landmark book, Dispelling Wetiko – Breaking the Curse of Evil.

Needless to say, this conversation was riveting, and revelational, and after you listen in, you may never look at mental illness the same way again.

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alexisheadshotv2Alexis Brooks is the #1 best-selling author of Conscious Musings, writer/editor for CLN and host of the award-winning show Higher Journeys with Alexis Brooks. Alexis brings over 30 years of broadcast media experience to CLN. For over half of that time, Alexis has dedicated her work to the medium of alternative journalism, having researched and reported on the many aspects and angles of metaphysics, spirituality and new thought concepts.

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The Metaphysical and Mental Illness – Is There a Connection? (LISTEN NOW!)

Though many are scratching their heads over the pervasiveness of mental illness, are we asking the right questions?

When fashion designer Kate Spade reportedly took her own life on June 5th, and famed chef and host of Parts Unknown Anthony Bourdain died reportedly in the same manner only three days later, the discussion around mental illness ramped up 1000 fold.

But are we asking the right questions when it comes to attempting to address this far too common phenomenon?

In this special episode of Conscious Commentary we take a deeper look at mental illness through a metaphysical lens.

What are the true origins of mental illness?

Is this an affliction designed to show us something about ourselves or a collective curse on humanity? Or something entirely different?

And most, importantly do we have the power to heal mental illness once and for all?

This is what we’re discussing in this special episode of Conscious Commentary!

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alexisheadshotv2Alexis Brooks is the #1 best-selling author of Conscious Musings, writer/editor for CLN and host of the award-winning show Higher Journeys with Alexis Brooks. Alexis brings over 30 years of broadcast media experience to CLN. For over half of that time, Alexis has dedicated her work to the medium of alternative journalism, having researched and reported on the many aspects and angles of metaphysics, spirituality and new thought concepts.

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Why You Should Not Fear Death: Your Spirit Never Dies

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By Omar Cherif

Fearing death can control people’s lives and renders them barely alive. The truth is, we’ve been dying since the day we were born. We’ve actually been ‘dead’ for millions of years and never minded it, and most of us don’t even remember; and we’ll be ‘dead’ for some other millions and we still won’t mind it. There is absolutely no convincing reason to fear that next adventure. For where we are now is just a ride.

Essentially, there is no separation between life and death. They are both, in fact, complementary. And that is one of the many paradoxes of our mighty Universe. Unfortunately, that’s not we are taught as children.

Through the established institutions ― religions and governments ― we are made to believe that death is sort of a punishment to be afraid of; if you don’t agree with what we believe in then you will die and go to hell and suffer on the hands of burning ghouls, from one side. And if you don’t submit to our powers we’ll kill you with our guns, from the other.

It’s all a control game. When irrational fear is induced people become controllable. That’s how fearing death came to being.

Well, since this topic is part of my upcoming book and I have some things to say, let me briefly explain why scientifically speaking death isn’t as terminal as we were made to believe.

You see, our consciousness is derived from microtubules within brain cells, the neurons. When we are pronounced ‘dead,’ the heart stops beating, the blood stops flowing and the atoms come undone. However, the energy, or the consciousness within our neurons, isn’t dead with us, but it stays ‘alive’.

Consciousness does not vanish ― only transmuted beyond time and space. Simply because when energy leaves something it does not cease to exist. In our case, it just goes to a spot that usually us humans cannot reach ― the spirit realm. So even though it will be our physical time to depart this earthly life but our consciousness will live on.

Children with past life memories may be one blatant proof that consciousness does not die.

Through our soul’s transition from what we call life to what we call death, we shall be scattered back into the cosmos as stardust which we once were. Possibly visiting far away planets, or inhabiting different entities, or reincarnating in earthly bodies again.

Or, perhaps if we have completed our mission through our last life on Earth by learning the intended lessons and by working out our karma, we may ascend to other realms and become masters or guides, or even avatars and demigods. How poetic is that. But really, who knows.

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About the Author:

Omar Cherif Omar Cherif is a trilingual writer and researcher, photographer and blogger with degrees in journalism, psychology, and philosophy. After working in the corporate world for ten years, he took writing as a vocation and is currently finalizing his first book about dreams, the subconscious mind and spirituality among other topics. You can follow Omar on Facebook and One Lucky Soul and you can go here to see his Photography.




A Shaman’s Journey with Elena Skyhawk [Video]

Jan interviews spiritual shaman Elena Skyhawk on the Cosmic Creating Show. We explore the topics of power animals, consciousness, her childhood from her premature birth with brain damage to being stolen from the reservation and her abuse at the hands of her adoptive parents. What a story of triumph over adversity. Very inspiring. Let me know what you think in the comments either here or on YouTube.

Elena Skyhawk is a Shaman’s Touch Healing Master Teacher, Reiki Master Teacher, and LaHo Chi Practitioner/Teacher.

Elena studied for several years with Serge “Runningwolf” Martel, a shaman of Mohawk/Hawaiian heritage.  She trained to become a Shaman’s Touch Master Teacher and became a minister in Golden Eagle Ministries, Int.

Elena has also become a minister through I.M.M. (International Metaphysical Ministry), and also holds a Doctoral Degree in Metaphysical Sciences through the University of Sedona.

She is working on the first of several shamanic books where she will be sharing the teachings she was given by Serge “RunningWolf” Martel as well as writing the book of her life, Transformational Awakening, “A Shaman’s Journey to Ascension”. Elena is also a co-author Unscripted: How Women Thrive in Life, Business, and Relationships: Real Life Advice from Women on Balancing Their Power available on Amazon.

You can connect with Elena at:

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUamcfu-B5tGtX6BVa8N5Dw

Website: https://spiritual-shaman.com

Instagram: instagram.com/elenaskyhawk/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/contemporarynativehealing/

The Cosmic Creating Show broadcasts live from 11-1pm PST, 2-4pm EST every Saturday on Cosmic Reality Radio and broadcasts other shows daily. Join the Cosmic Reality Facebook group for daily schedules.
To listen to other recorded Cosmic Creating Shows go to my YouTube Playlist, and to listen to other Cosmic Reality Radio Shows go to The Cosmic Reality Radio Channel.

Jan Moore The Success AlchemistJan Moore – The Success Alchemist, is a Spiritual Empowerment and Intuitive Success Coach. She provides practical life and business strategies plus intuitive guidance, sprinkled with spiritual and metaphysical principles so you can create unstoppable success in life and business. Jan also hosts the Cosmic Creating Radio Show every Saturday on Cosmic Reality Radio. Get your FREE copy of her Dream Achievers Success Kit or sample the power of her coaching with a no-cost Unstoppable Success Strategy Session.




The Metaphysics of “Disclosure” – What’s Really Going On (VIDEO)

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What on Earth is Going On?

Strange Reality and Disclosure

Is something not of this earth trying to push its way through? Has there been a rip in the fabric of our known universe and our so-called 3D world that has allowed another form of intelligence to influence the events and anomalies that many are witnessing these days?

These are questions that some (including myself) are asking as the strangeness of reality is all but undeniable.

Something is going on. The mystery is deepening, the veil is lifting, and I have this sense that the people of our planet will soon be in for a big awakening.

Let’s examine some of the strange anomalies of reality that have been increasing in number and why we may just be headed into a metaphysical world.

Buckle up. It’s going to be a wild ride!

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alexisheadshotv2Alexis Brooks is the #1 best-selling author of Conscious Musings, writer/editor for CLN and host of the award-winning show Higher Journeys with Alexis Brooks. Alexis brings over 30 years of broadcast media experience to CLN. For over half of that time, Alexis has dedicated her work to the medium of alternative journalism, having researched and reported on the many aspects and angles of metaphysics, spirituality and new thought concepts.

This article and its accompanying media was originally created and produced by Higher Journeys in association Conscious Life News and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Alexis Brooks, HigherJourneys.com and ConsciousLifeNews.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this Copyright/Creative Commons statement.




Synchronicity and the ET Contact Experience with FREE’s Rey Hernandez

Alexis Brooks sits down with FREE’s co-founder Rey Hernandez to discuss the multidimensional nature of ET Contact Experience

Filmed on-location at the 5th Annual Experiencers Speak Conference in Portland, Maine

People from ALL walks of life: all ethnicities, ages, cultural upbringing, it matters not – ET contact experience is happening (it seems) now more than ever!

Rey Hernandez, a co-founder of FREE (The Dr. Edgar Mitchell Foundation for Research Into Extraterrestrial Encounters) highlights the myriad dimensions included in this still mysterious and ubiquitous phenomenon.

Are what we call “ET” really extra dimensional, inter dimensional, spirit or energy beings, or all of the above?

FREE’s mission is to examine and report the data that they receive from experiencers from all over the planet, as well as support those who believe they have had an ET contact experience.

In this interview filmed on-location (our second with Rey) we discuss:

  • The consciousness factor in E.T. encounters.
  • The unique data analysis FREE uses in understanding “contact modalities.”
  • The “paranormal” crossover factor. (i.e. OBE’s, NDE’s, shadow being(s), etc.)
  • What would constitute a “hard core experiencer?”
  • Is there a family lineage or genetic component to the contact experience?
  • Are more people finding that experiences are being had (or remembered) later in life? And if so, why?
  • Are “ET’s” instigating more consciousness awakening experiences during a time of planetary shift?

To get full show notes from this episode click HERE.

Do you feel that you’ve had an ET contact encounter and have no where to turn to share your experience? Contact FREE for support!

Learn more about the amazing work of FREE by visiting their website (experiencer.org)

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alexisheadshotv2Alexis Brooks is the #1 best-selling author of Conscious Musings, writer/editor for CLN and host of Higher Journeys Radio. Alexis brings over 30 years of broadcast media experience to CLN. For over half of that time, Alexis has dedicated her work to the medium of alternative journalism, having researched and reported on the many aspects and angles of metaphysics, spirituality and new thought concepts.

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CLN RADIO NEW EPISODE: Orlando, Triple Tragedies, and the Metaphysical Dimensions

Special guest Sean Stone chats with Alexis about the metaphysics AND conspiracy of Orlando’s “Trio of Tragedies”

Within the span of less than a week (beginning June 11, 2016) Orlando, Florida suffered a triple blow of tragedies. First with the gunning down of former “The Voice” contestant Christina Grimmie outside of a concert venue where she had just performed. Shortly thereafter there was, of course, the mass shooting outside of The Pulse nightclub in #Orlando which apparently took the lives of 49 people and injured scores of others. Several days later a young boy, while on vacation with his family at DisneyWorld was apparently dragged off by an alligator and subsequently killed. Three separate events. Three somewhat different scenarios, and ONE city. Could this all happen by JUST coincidence or something more?

In this episode of Higher Journeys Radio we discuss how all events have a metaphysical or esoteric significance and how to find the clues through symbology, numerology, and even film. Additionally, what are the conspiratorial implications, if any?

Alternative researcher and filmmaker Sean Stone weighs in on these absolutely horrific triple tragedies!

For complete show notes and other “extras” for this episode, click HERE.

enterthebuzzsawSean Stone began his career by acting in his father Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, The Doors, JFK, Natural Born Killers, and Savages, to name a few.
He has since starred in and directed his first feature Greystone Park, based on his experiences with co-star Alexander Wraith of breaking into haunted mental hospitals.

Stone joined the team of investigators for the TruTV hit Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura in 2012.

Check out more of Sean’s work on Enter the Buzzsaw and RT’s Watching the Hawks.

 

 

 

 

 

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alexisheadshotv2Alexis Brooks is the #1 best-selling author of Conscious Musings, writer/editor for CLN and host of Higher Journeys Radio. Alexis brings over 30 years of broadcast media experience to CLN. For over half of that time, Alexis has dedicated her work to the medium of alternative journalism, having researched and reported on the many aspects and angles of metaphysics, spirituality and new thought concepts.

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Is The Force Really With Us? (Star Wars)

Star Wars is generally considered science fantasy (as opposed to science fiction) as it incorporates elements of my mysticism and mythology. Many hard core science buffs assume that its primary themes have no real-life equivalent in the extant universe. After all, ideas like the Force and the Dark Side (good versus evil) are mere human projections. Human values are arbitrary impositions painted onto an impersonal and mechanistic cosmos devoid of purpose or meaning.

Conscious Cosmos or Machine Universe?
Yet I believe that this latter take on a mechanical cosmos is in itself a kind of pathetic fallacy; a case of human beings projecting their own worldview out onto the cosmos and depicting it in the contours of their own psyches. My understanding emerges from several decades of having explored human consciousness at a first person level, spending many thousands of hours in meditation, mindful presence and non-ordinary states of consciousness. I have also worked with some very powerful and gifted seers, and my understandings have been mediated by their wisdom.

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Good versus evil, light versus darkness are assumed by many to be human archetypes, primal motifs which exist within the mind, but which do not reflect extant properties of life and cosmos. Yet I have come to conclude that this assumption is false. The images of light and darkness are metaphors through which the human psyche represents the play of energetic consciousness structures which are central to the experience of life and probably to the existence of the universe itself.

Ironically, the idea of a mechanical universe grinding out a purposeless existence according to preset cosmological laws is neither “rational” nor “scientific.” It is pathetic fallacy. Since the dawn of the industrial revolution the machine has become an archetypal image with the human psyche. The machine is probably now the most common single phenomenon that we encounter in our daily lives. As I write this in the Black and White coffee shop in Shenzhen, not far from Hong Kong, I am writing on my iPad. Outside the big window to my right shiny metallic machines glide past (cars). Above me and in my foreground is a large television set, and music plays softly through the sound system.

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Machines are everywhere. Today, in the twenty-first century, most people spend a large proportion of their free time with their eyes glued to the screens of the little machines they hold in their hands (and then put in their pockets when they are finished gazing at them). In days of yore human beings used to attribute acts of nature to human qualities. The volcano was angry; the thunder God cantankerous; that bit of bad luck arrived because the cosmos was in a bad mood. Yet in the moder era human beings are just as likely to attribute mechanical functions to natural events, projecting the idea of the machine onto the fabric of the universe. Could both the pre-modern and modern takes on cosmic operations may be equally fallible?

The answer is that there is now an abundance of scientific evidence which suggests that consciousness (mind) plays an important role in life and perhaps in the nature of the universe itself. The evidence for ESP (clairvoyance, remote viewing, telepathy and so on) is strong, and well supported by well-documented reports from both history and the modern world. There are certain (though not clear) parallels with quantum physics, and these suggest that non-locality may be an important aspect of both cosmos and psyche. The universe may possess an innate intelligence. The question then becomes, what is our relationship with that cosmic “mind”?

Is the Force Really With Us?
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This brings us to the idea of “the Force?” Can human beings tap into some kind of cosmic intelligence (with good or evil expressions) and employ it in their lives in ways that are either creative or destructive? The idea, of course, is not new, and it certainly isn’t exclusive to the Star Wars franchise. The idea that human beings can align their minds with the currents of universal intelligence is found in many religious and spiritual traditions. Sometimes this is given personified form, as with the ideas of God, Jesus, Allah and so on. In other traditions the universal mind appears to be similar to that represented in Star Wars, more a kind of impersonal intelligence that one can tap into.

Perhaps the closest classical equivalent in that of The Way (Tao) in Taoism, the ancient Chinese teachings which emerged from the spiritual master Lao Zi, half a century before the birth of Christ. Taoism drew strongly form Budddhist thought. Lao Zi spoke of a kind of feminine or receptive power that could be aligned with, but not grasped in the sense of more patriarchal expressions of power. Without leaving the room, one could know the world. One could be a master of men, but not by rising above them, but by lying below them. Softness could be strength. In silence all could be revealed.

My own experience as a mindful individual is that this intelligence is indeed an extant quality of life and can be activated and subtly employed. I call it Integrated Intelligence, and it has both an impersonal nature (reading the tones of fields) and a personal aspect (personal spiritual guidance from conscious spiritual entities). I have experienced a great deal of both, as I outline in my book Discover Your Soul Template.

It is, however, a skill that may require a lifetime of mastery, as the human mind is prone to impose its own wilful delusions upon the cosmos. We must learn to listen carefully with the heart, follow our deepest intuitions, and acknowledge the many errors we will inevitably make. In the Buddhist traditions they say “Not this way, not that way” as one follows the middle path. This means that we must be contantly mindful in each moment, even as the mind tends stray from the path. Another way of thinking of this is that the mind has a propensity to leave the real world of the present moment and travel to imagined fearful or expectant futures. Or it will return to painful pasts and the self-limiting beliefs embedded within hurtful memories. Once this habit is concretised, we become lost in the mind and its delusional thinking.

To the Dark Side!
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And what of the dark side of the Force? Is there any real-life spiritual equivalent? The bad news is yes, and in many ways it is very similar to that depicted in Star Wars. All life is embedded within fields of intention, within consciousness fields. Each species and life expression has both an individual and collective field. In fact, we are all embedded within multiple fields: such as family, race, religion, the human collective and so on. Each field contains a general “tone”, or energy structure. These tend to have a controlling or normative aspect. If your mind is part of the Chinese collective, for example, that collective will tend to pull your mind along with it. It is our beliefs, judgments and unconscious needs to belong that attach us to such collective fields. It is very, very difficult to pull one’s mind out of a collective field in which it is embedded. The simple recognition of being controlled by the group mind is insufficient to free one. The individual must first look long and hard within himself and identify exactly why it is that he has given his power away to the group. This is much, much more difficult in practice than in theory.

It is very possible for people to become ensnared within dark fields of intention without conscious knowledge. The most common reasons for this are twofold. The first is desire for power and control, and again this is similar to what we see in the Star Wars movies. Darth Vadar is the classic example, driven by anger and lust for power and domination. In this scenario the human ego seeks to set itself above others, to elevate itself in importance, status, hierarchy.

Given that many cultures on this earth explicitly operate according to honour, face and status it is unfortunately quite the norm for human beings to fall into collective dark fields of intention in this way. In fact, virtually all of you reading this article will currently be “possessed” by several fields in such a manner. We human beings like to think of ourselves as “good” (or victims of bad others), and have a strong tendency to deny acknowledgment of our own manipulative and deceitful intentions. But we all have such propensities. In fact, it is not a question of whether you are a “dark” human being. It is a question of how “dark” you have unconsciously allowed yourself to become. I believe that if we were beyond these dynamics of power, control and self-deception we would not be here on this plane of experience. For it is our relationship with this reality that defines much of the human experience here.

If we think of it like this, enlightenment or awakening becomes about fully acknowledging the unconscious parts of our minds that we generally prefer to avoid. This realisation is quite a shock to the human ego at first, because such awareness requires that you acknowledge how far you have turned away from the truth of yourself, of your life. Can you do this without self-judgment, without condemning the others who have unconsciously cooperated with you in your story of deception? Can you forgive humanity, life, and ultimately God for this development? For at the bottom of the human story many of us find an unspeakable rage at “God” for allowing us to fall so far into darkness. This is certainly what I found within myself, and I have witnessed it within many other human psyches as well.

What about the practical employment of such universal intelligence? Can we, for example, employ it in going about setting and pursuing goals, in creating our ideal lives? The answer is yes. But… and there is a caveat… the power that this afford us as individuals is directly proprtional to the degree to which we surrender our personal will to it. This is an irony, no? It means the more you seek power via the universal mind, the less available it is. It becomes increasingly unreliable as we turn away from the light.

Nonetheless, there are forms of human intuition which can be readily employed regardless of intentionality. You can employ these intuitive modes of awareness no matter whether your intention is to serve the light, or to serve the separated consciousness of the darkness. All you have to do is relax and allow your mind to sense the tone of a field in order to make its essential nature known to you. In this sense both Hitler and the Dalai Lama can simply focus upon the same field and get pretty much the same “data”. However, it is far more likely that the minds of the Hitlers of this world will be manipulated by the malevolent intentions of the darker fields of intention that they are connected to.

While dark consciousness fields are impersonal in much the same way that a destructive tornado is impersonal, the truth is that such darkness is channeled via individual minds. This means that certain individuals can become channels for demonic energies. They then become ensnared with a pool of minds with similar intent via the deceitful stories that they have come to invest with their intention. These other “dark” minds can be either other living human beings, or they can be discarnate entities. This is one of the most terrifying realities to personally witness. I wish I could write that it is a fantasy, but this would be a lie.

The Other Side of the Dark Side
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The best way to avoid dark energies is to ground yourself in presence, in your body and to witness your own mind’s lust for power and control over others. But take note. And here we come to the second way that “the Dark Side” can ensnare us. Much of the power and control of dark energy structures is not a classic lust for wealth, status and political power. It’s not simply a Hitleresque lust for world conquest. Much of the darkness emerges from a desire to control others such that we do not have experience our terror of abandonment and death. In other words we unconsciously seek power and control over others so that we do not have to experience the painful state of separation. We then seek to gain power over others for this purpose.

Now here is a very important point. Such power and control over others is primarily achieved through the projection of two contrasting human manipulative tactics: shame and flattery. Shame is an attempt to make the other feel worthless and “dirty.” The projection of sexual and toilet shaming is central to this. This represents body shaming. The light cannot shine through is while we are embodied in a physical system that we feel is dirty and disgusting.

Flattery is also unconsciously employed as a means to ensnare minds, as the human ego is particularly susceptible to the perceived elevation of status.

So the idea of going to the Dark Side as depicted in Star Wars, is accurate. It is just that the dynamics that underpin the process are more complex than than Star Wars suggests.

Success and Failure
Ultimately, what we humans consider success and failure may not comply with a greater cosmic appreciation of success. For Hitler, the invasion of Poland was a success. On a less demonic scale, your becoming CEO may be your definition of success. But from a deeper and more expansive perspective, there may be other factors at play in such scenarios which do not mirror your (nor Hitler’s) personal value hierarchies. When you become CEO your mind might become ensnared in your company’s story of power and control of a certain financial market. You might get rich. But from a universal perspective you may be playing a part of your soul group’s learning about the abuse of power and control. And there may be suffering in that, both for others and yourself.

So, we can indeed say “May the Force be with you!” as we go about living our lives. Yet to some degree it is a matter of grace as to how this plays out. We can invite such “awareness” through prayer and meditation, and by grounding ourselves in the truth of the present moment. But the rest is up to the cosmos. And if you fight that reality, well, you are resisting “what is” and this rejection and anger may open pathways to the “darkness.” It’s all a little unfair from the mind’s point of view. But that is the way it is. The best thing you can do is relax, surrender, be as transparently honest as you possibly can be, and enjoy the journey.

Marcus

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




5 Practices to Expand Your Awareness and Harmonize Your Brain

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By Justin Faerman | Waking Times

While the brain and consciousness are inextricably linked, groundbreaking research into the nature of consciousness is revealing that their relationship is much different than had previously been assumed and confirming what spiritual teachers have been telling us for ages: that we are simply awareness having an experience in physical form, of which the brain is intricately involved in facilitating. This is because consciousness, which encompasses the mind itself, is in fact a non-local field of energy, [Jahn, Radin, Stapp, Targ,1,2,3,4,5] which means that the brain is simply an organ which interfaces the mind with physical reality. To draw an analogy, it is a translator of physical sensation and other experiential phenomenon from the body to the mind and from mind to the body. The brain allows consciousness and the mind to control and move through the body, but they both exist as an energetic field independently of the brain, which is why scientists have never been able to trace consciousness to any specific part of the brain or even to the brain itself. Because the eyes tend to be the focal point of our awareness, it seems as though we are perceiving reality through the brain, which then leads to the incorrect assumption that awareness is a product of the brain, when in truth it simply moves through the brain

However, the brain is still an incredibly important organ in the manifestation of consciousness in physical form, so much so, that if it is not functioning optimally, it will distort the experience of consciousness and the mind considerably. If our brain is undernourished, nutrient deficient, stressed out or in chaotic brainwave patterns, our experience of consciousness in physical form (otherwise known as personal reality) will be diminished, which means that we’ll tend to experience more stress, depression, anxiety, fear, frustration, mental cloudiness and undesirable mental and emotional states with a noticeable diminishment of higher, intuitive-transpersonal mental functioning. In other words, a shutting down of our higher intuitive abilities and spiritual awareness.

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On the other hand, if our brain is well nourished, relaxed and the two hemispheres are operating in sync and harmony, our experience of reality will be exponentially improved. This is the basis of consciousness hacking—by bringing our brain into greater harmony, health and balance, we can expand our consciousness. We’ll find ourselves experiencing more inspiration, more creativity, clearer intuition and thinking, deeper peace, happiness, joy and an abundance of other positive emotional states. And while there are certainly many factors that influence the health and functioning of our brain, and hence our expression of consciousness, including our our diet and nutrition, our deeper psychodynamics and our level of accumulated toxicity from environmental pollutants, among quite a few other things, in this article, I’d like to focus in on one specific aspect that is relatively easy (and pleasurable) to control and has a very significant positive impact on your experience of reality as far as all these things go. And that’s your dominant brainwave state.

Expanding Consciousness Through Brainwave Shifts

In essence, your brainwaves are a reflection of the synergy and harmony (or lack thereof) that your brain is experiencing in any given moment. As described below, different brainwave states correspond to different experiences of consciousness. Because the brain is the filter through which consciousness moves, by adjusting your brainwave state (e.g., the filter), you can essentially hack your experience of reality, meaning that you can expand certain aspects and abilities of your mind and awareness.

So how exactly do you shift your brainwave state? We’ll get into that in a second, but first it’s important to understand how your brain operates and the nuances of each brainwave state. While many have been mapped there are at least five core phases you’ll likely want to experiment with. Each has their own unique characteristics and related psychosomatic phenomenon and so not all of them will be appropriate to whatever you are trying to achieve.

The brain functions largely through electrical impulses sent across a network of approximately 100 billion neurons (nerve cells) spread out across the brain’s two hemispheres and the lower regions surrounding the brain stem. The rate at which the neurons fire and the synchronicity between the firing generates wavelike rhythms of activation and rest, which can be detected by sensitive machinery, allowing brain researchers to correlate certain brainwave patterns to various states of consciousness as follows:

Alpha Waves: 8 Hz – 12 Hz

In the alpha wave state, you’ll most likely feel awake but also simultaneously quite relaxed and without a loss of brain function like you would if you were very tired. When you get up in the morning and just before you fall asleep, you are naturally in this state. It’s interesting to note that when you close your eyes your brain naturally starts producing more alpha waves, however there are varying degrees of the alpha wave state and when you really drop in deep it’s far more powerful and profound than what you might feel or experience just from closing your eyes. Deep alpha wave states are frequently seen in and experienced by meditators. Alpha activity also heightens your imagination, visualization, memory, learning and concentration and is correlated with a decrease in stress and anxiety.

Beta Waves: 12 Hz – 27 Hz

In the beta state you are essentially wide awake. Beta brainwaves are associated with normal waking consciousness and a heightened state of alertness, logic and critical reasoning. This is the dominant mental state most people are in during the day and the majority of their waking lives. Although this state tends to be uneventful, don’t underestimate its importance. Many people who lack sufficient beta activity may experience mental or emotional disorders such as depression or ADHD, and low SMR production (a sub-range of beta at 12-15 Hz) may be related to insomnia. While Beta brainwaves are important for effective functioning throughout the day, they also can translate into stress, anxiety and restlessness.

The voice of beta can be described as being that nagging little inner critic that gets louder the higher you go into the range. On the other hand, stimulating beta waves in under active individuals can improve energy levels, concentration, attentiveness and emotional stability, however, most people notice more benefit from shifting their brainwaves into other less frequently experienced states such as alpha, delta, theta and gamma.

Delta Waves: 0.2 Hz – 3 Hz

Delta is the slowest band of brainwaves and is experienced in deep, Stage 4, dreamless sleep. When your brain is in a full delta wave state, your body is healing and repairing itself and resetting its internal clocks. You don’t actually dream in this state and are more or less completely unconscious. Delta has also been seen in very deep states of meditation as well.

Gamma Waves: 27 Hz and up

The Gamma wave state is associated with expanded awareness, creativity, activation of the pineal gland, heightened intuition, enhanced mental clarity and focus, deep feelings of peace, joy and oneness, formation of ideas, language and memory processing, and various types of learning. As such, this is generally a highly desirable state to be in. Unsurprisingly, Gamma waves have been identified as a characteristic brainwave pattern of regular meditators and monks and are present when we are dreaming, although they can arise in normal waking consciousness as well. However, research has shown that by practicing forms of meditation and mindfulness regularly, you can literally rewire your brain to experience Gamma waves more frequently.

Theta Waves: 3 Hz – 8 Hz

Theta brainwaves are present during deep meditation, relaxation and light sleep, including the dream state. Theta has been shown to be a very receptive brainwave state that has proven useful for hypnotherapy, as well as self-hypnosis using recorded affirmations and suggestions. They are also strongly correlated with bursts of creativity, inspiration and vivid daydreams and visualizations. According to brainwave experts, it is at the Alpha-Theta border, from 7 Hz to 8 Hz, where the optimal range for visualization, mind programming and using the creative power of your mind begins.

There are clearly great benefits to be had by shifting your brainwaves into various states, allowing your consciousness to experience reality through different ‘filters’ that help give rise to inherently positive, expansive and often times deeply healing experiences.

5 Exercises to Shift Your Brainwave State

All of the exercises outlined below have been proven to shift brainwave patterns and improve trans-hemispheric communication in the brain, which leads to an expanded experience of consciousness and reality itself. They are a combination of both organic, ancient practices and more modern technologies and advances in neuroscience, allowing you to blend the best of both worlds to your liking and to suit your specific goals and needs.

1. Deep Rhythmic Breathing Meditation

Brainwave Patterns Generated: Gamma, Theta, Alpha, Delta

There’s a massive and growing body of research showing that meditation has permanent positive effects on the brain in terms of repair, growth and developing new neurocircuitry that locks in many of the benefits you gain from the practice. And it is also one of the easiest and fastest ways to alter your brainwave state. What’s more is that the longer and more frequently you meditate, the longer the brainwave state shifts last. In every sense, meditation is one of the fastest and most powerful ways to expand your consciousness. In fact, studies have found that those who practice meditation and mindfulness regularly tend to experience a semi-permanent to permanent brainwave spectrum shift toward gamma, alpha and theta, as they literally recondition their neural pathways and stimulate new growth that reinforces these patterns [Liou, Litz, Udo,6,7,8, Holzel, 2011, Neff, 2009 & 2011].

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Furthermore, this is what I refer to as an organic method of influencing your brainwave state, meaning that the practice and the associated benefits are initiated by the individual from within without relying on supplements or various technologies. I believe this is ideal and part of the natural evolution of our consciousness and mental capacity—to be able to activate one’s own innate capacity for healing, expansion and transformational change is part of the journey to higher consciousness that so many of us are on. In addition to the meditation outlined below, adopting a regular mindfulness practice throughout the day is a great way to making lasting brainwave shifts and practice a form of active meditation. Learn more about the immense benefits to the brain and how to do it here: 5 Powerful Mindfulness Exercises for Finding Peace of Heart and Mind.

Perhaps the best method I have found for organically entraining and shifting your brainwave state is through what I call ‘Deep Rhythmic Breathing Meditation,’ although other forms of meditation can be effective for achieving these same results as well. It’s a relatively simple practice once you get the hang of it:

1. Get into a comfortable seated position where your spine is as straight as possible while still being relaxed and free of tension. This can be accomplished by using pillows, props, chairs, floor, etc. if necessary. Find whatever works for you. Your hands can be comfortably placed in your lap or whatever other position you prefer and can be held comfortably for some time.

2. Once you’ve gotten yourself into a comfortable seated position, close your eyes and take a handful of deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth to relax further. Then begin the Ujjayi breath, an ancient Yogic and Daoist form of breathing, the instructions for which are as follows:

a. Start off by taking an inhalation that is slightly deeper than normal. With your mouth closed, exhale through your nose while constricting and lightly tightening your throat muscles. When you are doing it correctly, you should sound like Darth Vader from Star Wars. Some also liken the sound of this type of breathing to the sound of the ocean or what you hear when you put your ear up to a shell.

b. Another way to get the hang of this practice is to try exhaling the sound “haaaah” with your mouth held open. Now make a similar sound with your mouth closed, feeling the outflow of air through your nasal passages. Once you have mastered this on the outflow, use the same method for the inflow breath, gently constricting your throat as you inhale.

For maximum effect on your brainwaves, you’ll want to continue to use the Ujjayi breath throughout the entire meditation. The Ujjayi breath allows you to slow down and lengthen your breath significantly versus normal breathing methods, which facilitates deep relaxation in the body and brain.

3. Keep your awareness focused on your breath throughout the meditation. With each breath, inhale a little bit more air and slightly more deeply, without straining. With every out breath, exhale a little bit more slowly and deeply, again, without straining. This should be almost effortless and the process will begin to unfold naturally as you relax and your body senses the rhythm..

4. Keep this breathing pattern going indefinitely. You may hit an edge where your breath can no longer be extended. That’s perfect and just stay breathing at this length. You may find that one single breath may end up lasting a minute or more. As you continue to breath deeply you will find an exquisite and extraordinarily pleasurable peace wash over your mind and body as you move into various brainwave states. You can literally feel your brain moving into a state of deep coherence, harmony and relaxation. It is quite uncommon to become very inspired and have intuitive insights flash into your awareness. As such, you may want to keep a pen and paper by you to jot down notes. You will also find your mood elevated and many experience waves of pleasure and bliss. All these phenomenon and anything else you experience can be traced back to your brain waves moving into deep gamma, alpha, delta and theta wave states.

Enjoy the aftereffects for hours, and often times, even days if you are able to stay in the meditation for close to 10 minutes or more. Repeat daily for maximum impact and lasting effects on brain function and brainwave patterns. Studies have found measurable alterations in brain size and epigenetic markers of stress reduction in as little as a few weeks.[9]

2. Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhana)

Brainwave Patterns Generated: Gamma & Theta (longer practice), Alpha (shorter practice)

As amazing and as powerful as the brain is, it is actually split into two hemispheres that often have trouble communicating with each other. They are connected by a band of nerve fibers knowns as the corpus callosum, which sends neural signals between the two and facilitates connection and communication within the brain. And it’s this very fact that allows us to proverbially hack our brains and consciousness in another interesting and powerfully effective way. Practices that cause us to use both sides of the brain simultaneously synchronize the functioning of the two hemispheres and have the effect of harmonizing neuronal firing and hence shifting brainwave activity away from beta and into the positive end of the spectrum towards alpha, gamma and theta. There are a number of ways to do this, including the meditation above, however, each practice has its own unique effects and lends itself toward giving rise to specific brainwave states, each with their own nuances and benefits.

The Yogic practice of Nadi Shodhana, which is commonly known as ‘Alternate Nostril Breathing,’ is an ancient breathing technique that has the effect of shifting brainwave patterns by synchronizing hemispheric communication through a series of hand and breath coordinated movements. Although this practice works on a number of different levels to bring balance and harmony to the body and mind (energetically, emotionally, mentally), it works to shift brainwave state due to the fact that the right hemisphere of the brain controls the left side of the body and the left hemisphere of the brain controls the right side of the body. Nadi Shodhana forces the brain and body to constantly alter attention and muscle control between each side of the body and each hemisphere of the brain. As such, it stimulates communication and synchronization between the two through the rhythmic, alternating movements and breathing patterns. This has the effect of shifting brainwaves into an alpha state during shorter practice (1-5 breath cycles) and even into gamma and theta with 5 or more breath cycles. This is because the longer practice becomes more meditative in nature, which tends to lead toward gamma and theta states.

1) Find a comfortable seated position, making sure your spine is straight without straining.

2) Relax your left palm comfortably into your lap and bring your right hand just in front of your face.

3) With your right hand, bring your pointer finger and middle finger to rest between your eyebrows, lightly using them as a stabilizing anchor. The fingers you’ll be actively using are the ring finger and thumb.

4) Close your eyes and take a deep breath in and out through your nose with both nostrils left open.

5) Close your right nostril with your right thumb. Inhale through the left nostril slowly and deeply.

6) Close the left nostril with your ring finger so both nostrils are held closed; retain your breath at the top of the inhale for a brief moment.

7) Open your right nostril and release the breath slowly through the right side of your nose; pause briefly at the bottom of the exhale.

8) Then, inhale through the right side slowly and deeply.

9) Hold both nostrils closed for a brief moment.

10) Open your left nostril and release breath slowly through the left side. Pause briefly at the bottom.

11) Repeat as many cycles as you like, although 5-10 is a good starting point, allowing your awareness to track and follow your inhales and exhales.

Note that steps 5-9 represent one complete cycle of alternate nostril breathing. If you’re moving through the sequence slowly, one cycle should take you about 20-40 seconds, although it could be shorter or longer. Repeat daily for cumulative effects and this practice can be used as often as you’d like, although once in the morning and once at night is a good starting point.

3. Binaural and Monaural Beats

Brainwave Patterns Generated: Alpha, Delta, Gamma, Theta and more, depending on the music

Sound itself is wavelike, and so it should come as no surprise that it is one of the most powerful influencers of mood and brainwave states known to man. Pioneering research in the 1950’s and 60’s conducted by Robert Monroe showed that by playing two acoustically different sounds with slight differences in their wave frequencies, one into each ear simultaneously, resulted in a standing wave pattern in the brain that matched the differential between the individual sounds broadcast into each in ear. Held for long enough, the brainwave state of the individual will eventually synchronize with the acoustically produced standing wave. Technologies that make use of this phenomenon have come to be known as binaural beats, with other variations on this original technology surfacing in recent decades including monaural beats and isochronic tones, all working along similar lines.

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Binaural beats/tones are often combined with music as they tend to be somewhat monotone in nature, however, this does not lessen their impact. It is the rhythmic desynchronization of the two binaural sounds heard through each ear that produces the psycho-somatic effects—so as long as quality headphones or properly placed stereo speakers are used, the brain will respond appropriately.

An interesting and useful feature of binaural and monaural beats is that they can be designed to synchronize your brainwave pattern into any specific state that the creator of the sounds desires, and therefore the experience can be much more precise and controlled than you can otherwise achieve with more organic methods, which tend to be more dependent on a number of factors that are not fully understood. With monaural and binaural beats you can literally pick the flavor of brainwave state that you’d like to experience, which can be very useful for getting yourself into specific states of consciousness to achieve various ends, for example, if you want to deeply relax, then you would want to listen to a delta-wave-inducing track, or if you want to experience enhanced intuition and creativity, you’d probably want to listen to a gamma wave or theta-wave-inducing track.

4. Bilateral Eye Movement Therapy

Brainwave Patterns Generated: Alpha, Gamma, Theta

By far one of the quickest and easiest ways to generate harmony and hemispheric coherence in the brain and shift your brainwave patterns into the positive end of the spectrum is through the use of bilateral eye movements. Bilateral eye movements, which are actually quite simple despite the academic sounding name, are a component of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, which has been gaining widespread popularity in recent years for its use in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, among many other things. A number of studies and research papers have shown that specific exercises from the EMDR process have a measurable, positive impact on brain hemisphere synchronization and communication and tend to shift brainwaves toward the alpha end of the spectrum, although gamma and theta wave patterns have been recorded as well[10].

The practice is quite easy to get the hang of: spend about 20 seconds to a minute or so shifting your eyes back and forth from right to left and back in quick but relaxed succession, without straining. It’s not uncommon to begin feeling your brainwave patterns shifting almost immediately. You should be able to feel your mental coherence increasing as you practice, and many report noticing shifts and sensations in the brain as they do so. However, if you don’t feel these it doesn’t mean it’s not working. You may just be less sensitive than others.

For an advanced practice: try using the movements to work through difficult emotions as they come up. When you begin to feel a negative emotion surface, breath deep and begin the eye movements. Notice how things shift for you as you go through the process.

5. Resonant Vowel Sound Chanting & Organic Instrumentation

Brainwave Patterns Generated: Theta, Gamma, Alpha

While binaural and monaural beats are amazing tools for shifting your brainwave state and expanding consciousness, equally as powerful and perhaps even moreso are sounds you generate yourself. For millennia before the advent of musical technologies, a number of spiritual traditions and indigenous peoples discovered that specific types of sound could readily influence consciousness, and hence brainwave state, in very tangible and dramatic ways. Although the mechanisms by which this occurs are not fully understood, although it likely works in similar ways to some of the other methods outlined in this article, specific forms of chanting and various forms of musical instrumentation have been shown to reliably shift brainwave states to alpha, delta, gamma, theta and beyond.

Perhaps the easiest and in a certain sense the most powerful way to begin practicing this organic method of brainwave influence and consciousness expansion on your own is through resonant vowel sound chanting.

The mechanics and practice are fairly simple: start by saying and holding a specific letter of the alphabet for an extended period of time, adjusting the tension in your throat and the shape of your tongue and mouth to fine tune the pitch of the toning to facilitate the feeling of resonance in the body and brain. By shifting these four elements—mouth, throat, tongue shape and pitch—you will literally be able shift where you feel the sound in different parts of the body and into the brain. As such, shifting these four elements in such a way that you feel the sound in your head tends to have the most profound impact on brainwave state, although letting sounds resonate in other parts of the body can still produce shifts in brainwave state as well, in addition to having other positive effects in the body.  Studies have shown that our DNA itself is wavelike in nature and responds to vibration both internally and externally. Resonant vowel sound chanting is one way to activate these inherent mechanisms.

A good place to start is by practicing with the letter ‘O’. Take a deep breath in through your nose and on the exhale, say and hold the letter ‘O’ as long as you can without straining. It can be helpful to close your eyes and tune into the finer subtleties of what you are feeling in your body as you tone and chant. After you get the hang of it, try experimenting with different vowels and letters. Some good ones to start with in order to get a strong resonance going are: O, A, E, I, U, M as these lend themselves best to chanting, toning and holding for extended periods of time. The legendary ‘Om’ or ‘Aum’ chant combines multiple vowels and consonants in a single tone to produce a deeper, consciousness-expanding effect. Practice as long as you’d like although benefits tend to peak around the ten-minute mark in my experience, although that’s just a guideline and not a hard-and-fast rule. Noticeable shifts and effects can often be felt much sooner than that as well. Even just a handful of repetitions can help shift your brain into an altered wave state and bring your consciousness into more coherence and harmony.

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What I love about toning and chanting is that it’s an organic method of brainwave influence—everything you need is within you. With that being said, certain musical instruments are also known to operate by similar principles and can be a useful adjunct to your practice, either in combination or on their own, for a more passive and perhaps relaxing experience. While all sound shifts brainwave patterns to some degree, there is an entire class of instruments that are truly designed for this purpose and specifically to bring more coherence and balance to the body and mind and shift brainwaves to the positive end of the spectrum. Gongs, handbells, chimes, singing bowls (crystal or Tibetan), didgeridoos, flutes, and even certain types of drums, among other more exotic instruments have been used to induce expanded consciousness and brainwave coherence for thousands of years by ancient cultures worldwide.

Feel free to combine and blend all of the practices and tools outlined in this article for a greater effect. However, more is not always better, and typically combining two or three techniques is the point of greatest return. Introducing too many sounds can often times have the opposite effect. A good way to calibrate the ‘sweet spot’ is to use what you are feeling in your body and brain to guide you. If you feel greater harmony, coherence, resonance and pleasure, you are headed in the right direction.

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Justin Faerman is a visionary change-agent, entrepreneur and healer dedicated to evolving global consciousness, bridging science and spirituality, and spreading enlightened ideas on both an individual and societal level. He is the co-founder of Conscious Lifestyle Magazine and a sought after coach and teacher, known for his pioneering work in the area of flow. He is largely focused on applied spirituality, which is translating abstract spiritual concepts and ideas into practical, actionable techniques for creating a deeply fulfilling, prosperous life. Connect with him atconsciouslifestylemag.com and artofflowcoaching.com

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10 Lies Everyone Accepts As Truth

Jesse Herman | Spirit Science & Metaphysics

We go through life with belief systems. Some of these beliefs deal with external forces, such as government and corporations. Other belief systems are internal, propelling ourselves one direction or another. Right now I want you to take the opportunity to see if some of these truths listed below are actually lies you’ve been telling yourself all along.

1) You Have To Struggle

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To succeed one has to put in the time, the grind the blood, sweat and tears, right? To an extent it is true but also true is the fact that being relaxed, focused on what works and having the ability to step away and do other things is critical. Many people try to do everything all-at-once instead of focusing on something small that works, working that angle and growing slowly. Consistency and discipline are far more important than frantic hours of wasted time or burnout that leads to a crash.

2) Life is A Competition

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Competition can be fun. My older brother and sister refused to play board games with me because I was too competitive. We like to intellectualize a primal instinct to get the most bananas and attract the opposite sex. Once one goes through enough of these ‘competitions’ it becomes obvious that fighting to win these battles will lead you down a path of losing the war. There is not winner or loser, there are only  paths that we must blaze.

3) My Mistakes Define Me

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We like to convey a ‘perfect’ life to the outside world. Look no further than Facebook for proof. If my friends on Facebook are as happy as they appear, then I might just have the happiest friends that every existed. Most of us don’t announce are failures to the world and beyond some self deprecating humor, truth in follies is rarely revealed. There are no mistakes, only learning that goes on with experience, which will lead to a goal if one can pay attention to the lessons that failure brings.

4) Time Is Real

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We are in a hurry because of the watch on our hand. The years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds are continually ‘tick tock’ ‘tick tock’ ‘tick tock’ …. in our minds. We all have time as long as our priorities are in order.

5) Money Is Real

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Money sucks our energy and can consume us. It rules our life but it’s just paper. Society agrees to a centrally controlled value and we go about our business of trying to collect as much of it as possible, often losing our minds in the process. They key is to flourish without all the worry and letting money work for you.

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CLN RADIO NEW EPISODE: The Mystery and Metaphysics of D.I.Y. Magic

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Alexis speaks with the Anthony Alvarado, author of D.I.Y. Magic about how anyone can utilize the power of magic as a tool to tap our inner power and creativity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eq31CuA3laE

“…It does not do harm to the mystery to know a little about it.”

This is a quote from physicist and philosopher Richard Feynmann as he marveled about the mystery of the heavens and embraced the spark of imagination he ignited as he pondered such wonders. Anthony Alvarado has a similar philosophy. In his best-selling book DIY Magic he charms  the reader through both whimsy and wisdom to exercise the power of magic that literally lies within. Through fun and exploratory magical spells, some of which you’d never think were magic in the traditional sense, he feels you can unlock the riches of true reality creation and discover a life that’s filled with surprises all along the way.


 

anthony_alvarado2Anthony Alvarado has been a forest fire fighter, a high school science teacher, a library delivery truck driver, a telephone psychic, and a mental health counselor. He lives with a cat, a dog, and a girl in Portland, Oregon. When he is not doing magical experiments he spends his time writing and trying not to drink too much coffee.

www.anthonyalvarado.net