Waking Times http://www.wakingtimes.com Entering a Time of Natural Health, Elevated Consciousness, Sustainable Living and Total Freedom. Tue, 02 Sep 2014 05:55:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 The Transhumanism Trap: Why Biohacking Chains Consciousness to the Material World http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/09/01/transhumanism-trap-biohacking-chains-consciousness-material-world/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/09/01/transhumanism-trap-biohacking-chains-consciousness-material-world/#comments Tue, 02 Sep 2014 00:14:35 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=43595 Dara Percival, Guest
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transhumanismDara Percival, Guest
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Can technology help humanity realise its full potential? Transhumanists see the merging of man and machine as a natural “next step” in human evolution, but where does consciousness fall in the equation? Instead of bringing freedom, merging ourselves with technology could chain consciousness to the physical body and material world, overriding our natural capacity for spiritual evolution.

The search for expanded states of consciousness is part of the human experience. With technology developing at a breakneck pace, people are increasingly interested in how to best “hack” their daily life for enhanced productivity, emotional satisfaction, and even physical well being. Transhumanism, or the belief that humans can use technology to evolve past their current limited physical and mental experience of life, presents an interesting question on the subject of consciousness: can technology lead us to higher states of consciousness, or is it just the opposite — a weight dragging us back into the heaviness of the material world?

Proponents of transhumanism say that humans are clearly still in the early stages of our evolution, and the next logical step forward includes using all available technologies to evolve (humans in transition or transhumanism). There’s even the potential for us to become human beings that are so radically different from ordinary folk as to deserve the title “post humans”.

This idea of human transformation is not new — there are traditions stretching back centuries dealing with how to reach the heightened state of consciousness known as enlightenment, how to attain eternal life, and how to live a transcendent existence.

So how does one transcend the pain, problems, and general clunkiness of ordinary life in the physical world? Technology offers undeniable help in day-to-day functioning, but is it enough to actually transform the human race?

Modern biohackers, also known as “grinders”, like Amal Graafstra, have found ways to develop what you might call extrasensory perceptions, akin to a sixth sense. This isn’t something like intuition or clairvoyance however; these sixth senses require implants to extend the capabilities of the human body. Whether using RFID technology to open doors, unlock a laptop, or even perceive the location of true north, Graafstra believes that embeddable tech is the next step in human evolution. He even started his own company, Dangerous Things, which allows people to order DIY implants, ready for injection, so they can experiment with embeddable tech on themselves.

From Human to Transhuman

Is the step from ordinary person to enhanced transhuman inevitable? We seem to be going in that direction, given some of the latest technological strides which blur the lines between humans and machines.

Hacking the Brain

Brain implants already exist to help patients with Parkinson’s disease control body tremors and patients with epilepsy monitor seizure activity. But what if a brain implant could enhance your current physical capabilities, rather than mitigate a health issue?

A treatment called TDCS (Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation) involves strapping electrical nodes to your head and receiving a small zap of electricity to the brain. The outcome? Proponents cite memory stimulation, reduction of anxiety and brain fogginess, and enhanced ability to solve problems.

There’s also a recent University of Barcelona study delving into a sort of telepathic email transmission. Researchers have successfully sent brain-to-brain (B2B) thought transmissions between human subjects in India, Spain and France. By strapping on electroencephalography (EEG) headsets which detected the brainwaves from the transmitter, the thoughts were able to be received via the internet to the headset of the receiver, and then electrically transmitted directly to the receiver’s brain.

Microchip Birth Control

The company MicroCHIPS is developing a contraceptive microchip that can be implanted under the skin. This cutting-edge device is capable of storing 16 years worth of birth control which is dispensed daily in a woman’s body, and is capable of being turned “on” and “off” remotely, depending on whether she wishes to conceive. Proponents cite convenience in family planning, not having to remember to take a pill, and not needing to have the device removed for 16 years, unlike other forms of contraception currently in the market which last for only 5 years.

RFID Takes NFL Stats to the Extreme

Football fans can now track all the game day movements of their favourite players. The NFL, in conjunction with Zebra Technologies, is rolling out real-time location systems (RTLS) in 17 stadiums this year. This will allow RFID chips placed in player’s shoulder pads to transmit an unprecedented level of real-time data about their speed, acceleration, and distance run. One has to wonder if it’s only a matter of time before the RFID chips make their way from player’s uniforms into their bodies.

Is Tech Shrinking or Expanding our Consciousness?

Wearable or implantable tech and transhumanism are quite loaded subjects and raise many ethical questions, along with valid concerns about privacy and safety (hackers tampering with other’s embedded medical devices comes to mind). While being able to unlock doors with the wave of your hand or swallow a pill full of medical nanobots may sound attractive to some, it’s worth considering whether these technologies are giving us more freedom, or less.

A key tenet of transhumanist philosophy is the ability to transform our normal, mundane human experience into an enhanced, even radically different way of life. The goal is to be transformed through the use of technology — biohacking your way to a new you, as it were.

Could humanity be searching for transformed existence in an erroneous way? There are no guarantees that completely revamping your material existence will bring lasting happiness for example, and some people display sixth-sense type heightened abilities like clairvoyance or clairaudience without the use of tech implants.

Anecdotal evidence of precognition, telepathy, intuition, and out-of-body experiences suggests that human consciousness is capable of experiencing a much deeper level of life than what is commonly accepted as normal. Through spiritual practice our consciousness is capable of growing and gaining knowledge of a finer type than the best technologies can offer.

For instance, if we want to feel energised and mentally clear without the need for a battery and electrical nodes we could implement the ancient practice of awareness of the present moment in daily life. Or for those who want to really push the limits of human existence and safely explore what happens after death, astral projection is a viable option.

While there isn’t an exact point-for-point correlation between the claimed enhancements biohacking offers and the potentials that exist by developing human consciousness spiritually, the premise is very similar: exalting the human condition and surpassing the limitations of the physical senses and body.

With spiritual development however, there is no reliance on an additional chip, machine, or electrode to reach profound knowledge and heightened states of being, because consciousness is not bound by the limits of the physical body. As an added bonus, unlike modern technology, no one can remove or steal the knowledge we gain from awakening, and we’re even in a much better position to recognize and deal with those who would try to manipulate us physically or mentally when we have expanded consciousness.

The body is impermanent and will eventually die, but consciousness continues after death. This is explained in many spiritual traditions and revealed in phenomena like Near-Death Experiences (NDEs). The level of consciousness we attain in life through spiritual awakening continues when our body is no more, as consciousness itself evolves through awakening, not the body  which is just a temporary vehicle for it. While spiritual awakening sets consciousness free from the limitations of the body and the five senses, depending on a body integrated with technology for evolution and heightened perception only serves to further bind our existence and perception to the the transient material realm, which is only a small part of our existence, and has a definitive end. Furthermore, altering the body with technology could interfere with our natural capacity to use our time in the physical world to awaken consciousness.

In much the same way as our hyper-connectedness can hinder spiritual development, over-reliance on technology has the potential to keep our consciousness firmly bound to the material world, only capable of interpreting information gleaned from the five senses. This is not to say technology in itself is bad, or that we should stop our pursuit of future technologies. It would just be a shame to confuse biohacking with the opportunity to truly evolve through awakening consciousness. The generation of children growing up right now immersed in technology, not knowing anything else, could easily think the only way to experience an enhanced life is through physically augmenting oneself. But non-physical spiritual evolution, through direct contact and knowledge of the divine, will trump material progress every time.

About the Author

Dara Percival has a long-held interest in esoteric spirituality and ETs, and a strong wish for alternative spiritual subjects to remain visible and freely accessible to people all over the world. She writes and creates graphics for The Conscious Reporter, and occasionally posts spiritually-themed graphics on ReachingLight.com.

**Please visit ConsciousReporter.com where this article was originally published.**

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Shaken By Doubt? http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/09/01/shaken-doubt/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/09/01/shaken-doubt/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 23:10:36 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=43591 Ida Lawrence, Contributor
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What do you do when ‘always believe in yourself’ begins to crumble? Ask: What is it that you’re doubting. That seems to me, to be the question. There is a difference between believing in your beliefs, and believing in your Self, so let’s look at … More

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What do you do when ‘always believe in yourself’ begins to crumble? Ask: What is it that you’re doubting. That seems to me, to be the question. There is a difference between believing in your beliefs, and believing in your Self, so let’s look at it.

After six decades, it seems that I still have an evolving belief system. The spiritual ideal holding that changing picture together would be a childhood wish for a clean heart and right spirit. I suspect that’s the case for a lot of us… remembering ourselves as children, we did have a desire to do right and feel clean inside… clean and free.

Little did we know what we were going to journey through, and how it would test us. We only knew that some things felt uncomfortable, and other things felt comfortable. Then there were pressures of fitting in, and pressures of the belief systems around us. Somehow we made it through to adulthood, with the clean heart/right spirit desire still there… hopefully not too dimmed by ‘reality’. At that point of adulthood, some of us would ask, “Who am I”.

Maybe we can consider this question the starting point of the individual. I didn’t get to it until the third decade of my life when I became what you’d call a spiritual seeker. I jumped into one book after another, and occasionally visited a group that purported to have answers. But eventually there was an end of the road and a profound knowing that I knew nothing. I read my last spiritual book… for a while.

Did I go the wrong way? No. Spiritual seeking is information gathering, and stopping seeking is perfectly fine. If you look and study and ask to know, and nobody has the answer you’re looking for, move on. Later on down the road the information you gained might be clarified by experience, and it’ll be just what you need.

What showed up in my life next, was doing. I found myself ‘called’ to service, and I don’t mean that a force in the sky called me. Something within me clicked, puzzle pieces came together, and I felt… this is my job.

And there was definitely a lot of doing to be done. In helping to address and understand the lingering effects of slavery and exploitation, I would be learning about what I had no way of knowing unless I went into it… another people’s story, their state of mind, their beliefs, their strength of heart, and their fight for a matrix-free life. So I dove in and learned a great deal about myself and this world and the power of the eternal spirit within the people.

A few days ago I talked to a dear friend who had done something similar: volunteered for a work that she believed in. After years of effort, the belief burned out and she walked away, realizing she would have to start below zero and rebuild her life. She felt regret that she had been so dedicated, and she asked me… didn’t I feel the same about the time and energy I had given?

I thought about it. There were things that had to be overcome, times when my family paid a price, but no, I didn’t feel any regret. At the bottom of my heart is gratitude. Sure, it would be nice if things were never hard and no one was ever hurt, but who’s to say where we would be without those years in the trenches? We deepened our knowledge of what is.

And the beautiful thing is that everything I learned in that work, fit with what I studied before, which fits with what we are all experiencing now… it’s an unfolding.

But still, her question led me to look inside and think about things. What am I doing when I serve. Who is it for… myself, or them, or something else.

My guess is that a lot of readers know what I’m talking about. Spiritual ideals and service do create conditions that we might call sacrifice… if we wish to. Or we could just call it life. When does a spiritual warrior ever say, “I want to live a life that asks nothing of me.” We don’t. We set out to learn and grow through experience, and we work to raise our energy so we can approach challenges more intuitively, with perception and skill, and a lot less ego and fear.

So, even though I’ve moved on from that specific calling, I’m simply on another leg of the same journey. There are hills and valleys, although I don’t think of them as so ‘hard’ anymore. To be honest, I see them as self-created for the most part.

Now back to the original question… what do you do when ‘always believe in yourself’ is shaken by doubt? Evaluate it truthfully. Are you believing in a belief system and not your Self? Is the ego playing a bigger role than you realized? Are you out of sync? Are you trying to control outcomes, and you need to let go? Is fear of others and their judgments and condemnations in there somewhere? Can you leave the intellect, go to the heart, and rely upon intuition?

We are living in an incredible time. As the global ego dies, it lashes out like a dragon in its death throes. People are crying out for help everywhere, the war is on, and the call to service and sacrifice is strong. What do we do and how do we respond? I would say listen for and surrender to the truth within. Answer prayers for help if you hear them in your heart, and you are able.

Belief systems may crumble, but your true Self is always there. Even if it takes a while, get to know who you really are and love the divinity within. This is where the spiritual ideals came from. You make your wish anew every day… just hang on to that love and believe in You.

About the Author

Ida Lawrence is an author, blogger, copywriter and editor based in Atlanta, Georgia. She has contributed to and edited two books on racial justice and human rights, and numerous articles on human rights, self-empowerment and related subjects. Her latest book is entitled The Warrior’s Way to Heaven on Earth. Ida has also published a companion book of blog favorites from http://talk2momz.com/.

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Why Humanity Must Come Through http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/09/01/humanity-must-come/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/09/01/humanity-must-come/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:03:02 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=43571 Julian Rose, Contributor
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Need I say it, we are living in – and through – an apocalyptic time. Disintegration and destruction manifest at an accelerating pace as our World is buffeted by a jumbled combination of opposing energies: the distorted man made toxic ones as well as the … More

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gaiaJulian Rose, Contributor
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Need I say it, we are living in – and through – an apocalyptic time. Disintegration and destruction manifest at an accelerating pace as our World is buffeted by a jumbled combination of opposing energies: the distorted man made toxic ones as well as the universal vibratory waves that are an integral part of great cosmic changes.

Nothing we have experienced up until now quite compares with this. There is little that could prepare us for our journey through this collision of forces, aside from an emerging awareness that they are both external and internal manifestations. Manifestations of human and universal energies seeking to redefine and rebalance their shared essence.

Consider for a moment the contribution that our own specifically ‘man made’ toxic cocktail makes to this confusion: electromagnetic smog; atmospheric aerosol pollutants; HAARP inspired weather engineering; leaking radioactivity from  nuclear power plants; a highly destructive and continually active war machine; blanket agrichemical pesticide contamination of both air and soil; transgenic crops and animals; unprecedented number of highly contaminating oil spills/leaks; chemical assisted fracking for gas; pharmaceutical and industrial pollution of air water and food; and – not least – the dark side’s deliberate distortion of human energies and the mindless splashing around of these energies by its unaware recipients.

The extremity of this multi-pronged violence enacted upon our living planet, its peoples, plants and animals, has led to the suggestion that humanity will pay the ultimate price and be wiped out. Destroyed by its own hand; its own uncontrolled hubris. Its failure to overcome its own blinkered shortcomings.

Some say the World, battered and bruised as it is, will be better-off without man. That freed from its chief oppressor, Gaia will more assuredly survive and heal; will find her equilibrium anew and come through – restored.

It is quite easy to sympathize with this view, not least because it seems to provide an answer to those who feel closer to nature than to their fellow humans – and can see no redemption for a mankind so determinedly set on the path of self destruction.

Yet, even when taking into account the tragic mismanagement of humanity’s journey thus far, I do not consider this to be any kind of answer. For, it is my contention, that with man out of the picture, the advancement of universal equilibrium – however erratic – will be completely arrested. On the macro-cosmic level, I believe a world without human beings would constitute a major set-back for the entire universe. And at the micro-cosmic level, a major set back for the plant, animal and insect kingdom as well.

Why do I say this?

Imagine for a moment the vast arena we call the cosmos. It is a vibrant intelligent life force. Intelligent, because it is at once self governing and on the move. It is in a state of permanent transition – never static. As it expands (and it still is expanding) it discovers itself … just as we discover ‘ourselves’ as we gain awareness and experience. We share with the cosmos a common intelligence which is without limitation, except in as much as it is held in check by counter productive forces of entropy.

So humanity draws down unto itself the intelligence which is manifest in all elements of the cosmos. While standing behind that cosmic intelligence – and informing it – is the omnipotent, omnipresent source of Supreme Consciousness; a characteristic of which is an infinite creativity and unquenchable curiosity.

The intelligent cosmos is an expression of Supreme Consciousness’s passionate exigence. But the Supreme Consciousness cannot experience who or what He/She/It is until those exigencies solidify and take on form; offering a reflection of that which goes into them.

How do we know this?

Because it is in us that these Source based exigencies take on earthly expression. We are the earthly torch bearers of the Divine spark. It is in us that those Divine exigencies take form. And to the degree to which we earth bound beings in turn start sending back to the intelligent cosmos our own exigencies  – expressed as love, joy, pleasure, pain –  so Source gains greater or lesser degrees of awareness concerning (His) creation. In us, Source sees a third density reflection of (His) divine exigencies! But not in us alone of course. In every living being, rock, tree and sea – as they are all expressions of that same Supreme Consciousness.

However, out of the great diversity of beings and matter that compose our planet, man has emerged as the best equipped to consciously recognise in himself – that infinite exigence which has its source in the Supreme Consciousness. Not only to recognise it, but to respond intentionally to its call: that pull we call ‘aspiration’. That wonderful upwardly reaching joyous impulse which is the inherent (unblocked) birthright of all humanity.

Were this force to be wiped off the face of the planet – a great vacuum would be left in its place. For the plant and animal kingdoms cannot ‘consciously’ respond to the call of the intelligent cosmos, they can only act as reflexive recipients of its energies and act as mirror-like re-transmitters. Yet we see and experience in plants and animals a special kind of purity – because they are uncorrupted reflections of divine intelligence – and in this way – a permanent source of inspiration to homo sapiens.

The plant and animal kingdoms do not have the free will and the evolved powers of self determination that humanity possesses. So should humanity be destroyed – or destroy itself – the plant an animal kingdoms would lose their stepping stones towards acquiring states of self determination and consciousness. Homo sapiens represents this stepping stone – the next rung up the ladder of cosmic consciousness for the animal and plant kingdoms.

The fact that the great majority of mankind has so far failed to exercise its potential of cosmic consciousness is not a valid reason to conclude that it should be nullified.

We humans provide a link between the Supreme Consciousness and all other living and animated features of Gaia. It is just a small minority who set out to deliberately distort that link – and set themselves up in its place as the false gods of engineered hubris.

In our undistorted state, we are pulling on an invisible rope of which all living beings are attached. Next in line may be the dog which develops a strong affinity with its loving master/mistress. It maybe will have the chance to return to Earth as a human in the next spirit cycle. The courageous cat or the sensitized horse likewise, and so on  along the chain. Even rocks will eventuality get their transformation chance. But, critically, only as long as all of life retains its spiral of forward and upward momentum – which it can only do if we humans fulfill our role in contributing our dynamic to that movement.

Everything on that jostling, energetic chain of life is aspiring towards becoming an ever more subtle form of itself. We included. Continuously aspiring to once again become one with Supreme Source. Yet as the evolutionary energies move ever onward – and not simply in a repeating circle – that which we come from is itself also further evolving. What we yearn to return to is itself in movement, continuously evolving and metamorphosing. However its omniscient essence is retained throughout and will be instantly recognized as ‘home’.

We humans occupy a pivotal point in all this. One which draws upon that which is below and aspires to that which is beyond. This places man in an unique position of responsibility towards the evolution of both Earth and Universe.

We humans have inherited powers that, when used wisely and creatively, can positively determine the future direction of Life both on the microcosmic and macro-cosmic levels. And equally, when used unwisely and destructively, can retard that same evolution. That is our gift from Divine. We are entrusted with responsibility for this planet – and ultimately the entirety of universal evolution.

We are even gifted with the potential to influence the ongoing composition of that which our Creator imagined into existence. The Creator does not cling to power as the delusional Illuminati do – but passes on the gift through us.

Therefore, should humanity be erased off the face of this Earth who will carry on the great experiment?

We are the ones to whom the baton of life has been passed and in whose hands its future rests. We are awaking to the realisation that ‘to be human’ means that we occupy a pivotal role in furthering the work of Creation. That is a gift which surpasses all other blessings with which we are endowed.

So precious is it that we cannot but totally commit – and fully embrace our calling. And that means fully embracing the inclusivity of planetary diversity as expressed through all its multifarious species; the poverty or richness of whose lives is inseparably linked with the poverty or richness of our lives – and whether we are able or unable to fulfill the quest to realise that potential with which we are all endowed.

So for the sake of that which we call Creation, mankind must come through. Humanity must prevail.

About the Author

Julian is an early pioneer of UK organic farming, an international activist and author. He is president of The International Coalition to Protect the Polish Countryside. His widely acclaimed book In Defence of Life is published by Earth Books and available on general retail and on Julian’s website: www.julianrose.info. This article is offered under Creative Commons license. It’s okay to republish it anywhere as long as attribution bio is included and all links remain intact.

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Why We Can’t Cure Cancers http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/09/01/cant-cure-cancers/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/09/01/cant-cure-cancers/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:26:53 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=43567 Tracy Kolenchuk, Guest
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When do you think we will find a cure for cancer? Five years? Ten years? More? In 1971, Richard Nixon declared a ‘war on cancer’, over 40 years ago. Since then we’ve spent over 100 billion dollars or more searching for a cure. I recently … More

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WIKI - CancerTracy Kolenchuk, Guest
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When do you think we will find a cure for cancer? Five years? Ten years? More? In 1971, Richard Nixon declared a ‘war on cancer’, over 40 years ago. Since then we’ve spent over 100 billion dollars or more searching for a cure. I recently saw this question on Quora: “When will all cancers be curable?” – What do you think?

Did you know that, today, no cancers are ‘cured’. None. That’s the official cancer statistic. You can Google cancer statistics easily, and there are no statistics for cancers cured. None. Not in the USA. None in Canada. None, on the planet earth. The Word Cancer Research Fund International has NO statistics for cancer cures. WHO, the World Health Organization, has no statistics about cancer cures and no intentions either. World Cancer Day, supported by the World Health Organization – is not about curing cancer, their web page says instead it supports the Union for International Cancer Control “to promote ways to ease the global burden of cancer.” And the Union for International Cancer Control? Their name used to be “International Union Against Cancer”, they don’t say they want to ‘cure cancer today’, they want to ‘eliminate cancer as a life threatening disease for future generations.’

There are ‘cancer survivors’, people who had cancer, who might still have cancer, below the threshold of our tests. These people have, so far, survived their cancer. Many have also survived chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery – each of which can kill.

There are statistics for cancer incidence, cancer mortality, cancer prevalence, cancer survival, cancer treatments (only approved treatments) and lifetime risk of cancer. There are also statistics for deaths from chemotherapy, radiation, and cancer surgery – although these are often poor quality.

But, there are no statistics for cancers cured. There are no statistics for people who had cancer, and now are cured of their cancer. What happens when we don’t study the cases where cancer is cured? We don’t know. If someone cures their cancer tomorrow – we will see a flash of news, and then it will disappear. Because there are no statistics. If someone cured a cancer 10 years ago, we don’t know. We saw a flash of news, but there were no statistics. If some clinic in Mexico cures 1, 10, 100 cancers next year, or last year, or 10 years ago, – no-one will know, because there are no statistics. But that’s OK. It’s just a little clinic in Mexico – not important….

But wait, there’s more (or less depending on your viewpoint). There is no definition of ‘cancer cure’. Because ‘cancer cure’ is not clearly defined, it cannot be tested, and therefore, it cannot be attained. By definition (or by lack of definition): it is not possible to cure cancer.

How can we walk, talk, run, bike, swim, hike, and raise money for a cure, if we can’t recognize a ‘cancer cure’ when we see one? Or, have you noticed… We no longer walk, run, bike swim or raise money to cure cancer.

The American Cancer Society, for example, has a pop-up saying “Help today’s patients. Find tomorrow’s cures.” What about today’s cures? What about last year’s cures? Today, there is little reference to a cure. Cancer societies offer to fight cancer, to try to prevent cancer, and to support people with cancer, but there is little mention of a search for a cure. The main fundraising projects speak about “making strides against breast cancer” and the “relay for life.” But there is little serious discussion of a ‘search for a cure.” Fundraisers have learned the hard way that searching for a cure does not hold up if you can’t actually find a cure. And you can’t find a cure, because no-one counts cures.

Our medical systems have defined cancers as ‘incurable’. They recognize that cancers treated with chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, are not cured and might recur at any time afterwards. After cancer treatment, your doctor doesn’t say “you are now cancer free”, he says “we can’t find any more evidence of cancer” and “we need to keep checking.”

There are no statistics for cancer cures, because we don’t attempt to ‘cure’ cancers.

We work to ‘kill’ cancers, not to cure them. We treat cancer like a snake: “when you see a snake, don’t ask where it came from.” When we see a cancer, we don’t ask where it came from. We get out the snake poison, the snake guns, and the snake knives, and we kill them. And then we look for more. If we don’t find more, we relax. But if your city is infested with snakes – killing snakes does no good. Poisoning them, shooting them, cutting them, only results in a lot of dead snakes and new problems. Your city is an unhealthy dump. Earlier detection of snakes is not prevention, it’s a hunt for the symptom, not the cause. It results in more dead snakes – and more collateral damage, but not health. The only way to get rid of the snakes is to make the city healthier – and the snakes will fade away.

To understand why chemotherapy, radiation and surgery don’t cure cancers, we need only check the Hierarchy of Healthicine. Our health hierarchy rises from genetics and nutrients, through cells, tissues, organs, systems, body, minds, spirits and communities. Our medical systems treat cancers a disease of the cells. A bad cell is like a bad snake. But cancer is not a disease of the cells, cancer cells, like the snakes in a village dump, are only symptoms of the problem. The problem is the environment. And the environment for our cells is our tissues. If we want to cure cancer, we need healthy tissues. When our tissues are unhealthy, we develop unhealthy cells, potentially leading to cancers. If we want to prevent cancers, we need to make our tissues healthier. If we want to cure cancers, we need to make our tissues healthier.

We know that chemotherapy, radiation and surgery do not make the tissues healthier, they make the tissues less healthy. Statistics have clearly shown that chemotherapy, radiation and surgery can cause the spread of cancers, and development of new cancers. There are statistics for those causes – even though there are no statistics for cancer cures.

Our medical systems do not recognize ‘cancer cures’ from the standard treatments, but they also do not recognize any other cancer cures. You might have seen a web-page, book or magazine article claiming to cure cancer, or claiming “I cured my cancer!” But there are no statistics.

Did they cure their cancer? Did they really have cancer, or was it a mis-diagnosis? Are they really cured, or is their cancer in remission? We don’t know. No one checks them. No-one counts them on a case by case basis. Cancer cures are ignored – and we are ignorant of them.

We, and our medical systems, are also ignorant of the difference between treatments that make our tissues healthier, and treatments that make our tissues less healthy. Health is not considered relevant when treating cancers. Treatments that aim to improve health of the tissues are considered irrelevant, not studied, not counted, not discussed – simply ignored.

If you have a cancer, and you cure it – there is no-one to report to. If the cancer is gone, the medical systems are not interested. There is no incentive for follow-up. If you have a cancer, and you decide to treat it on your own – no-one will track your statistics. If you have cancer, and you undertake the recommended treatments, and also change your diet, or take other actions at the same time, actions designed to increase tissue healthiness – that information will not be tracked. Such actions will often be actively discouraged.

If you want to find a clinic that claims to ‘cure cancer’, you have to go south. It’s not legal to claim to cure cancer in the USA. If you have a cancer, and you go to a clinic outside of the country – whether you die, or your cancer goes into remission, or you are cured, there will be no statistics about your treatment, its success, or failure. The statistics are filed when you were diagnosed, when you take an ‘approved treatment’, and when you die. No-one keeps statistics on cancer cures, because officially, they do not exist.

If your cancer is cured, there is no ‘box to check’ that says CURED.

But, it’s worse. Cancer is a chronic disease.

A chronic disease is a disease that, by definition, cannot be cured. There is a long list of chronic diseases. And it’s a growing list. From arthritis to Chron’s, to multiple sclerosis, to depression, paranoid schizophrenia and panic attacks and eventually, for many of us, to macular degeneration, dementia or Alzheimer’s. There are no cures for chronic diseases. There are, therefore, no statistics for cures of chronic diseases. If you have a chronic disease, and you are cured – there is no box to check. No-one tracks ‘cures’ for chronic illness. Many people are searching for cures, but there is no box to check. If a cure is encountered – it is not counted. Cures are allowed to happen, but they are not counted. They don’t count.

Strangely enough, this is not a problem for doctors, for the medical profession or for the drug industry. Just the opposite, it has become a huge advantage. If an illness cannot be cured, then it is completely acceptable (and very profitable as well) to make money treating symptoms, as the patient gets worse and worse. If the patient gets worse from the treatment – who can tell? It’s a chronic, progressive, incurable disease. We can design and sell newer medicines, to treat the progressions, without worrying about the cause, or the cure. And the advantage of treating chronic illness? When you treat a normal illness, it goes away. You work yourself out of a job. But, when you treat a chronic illness, an illness that cannot be cured, you have a repeat customer – even if your treatments actually make him worse in the long term.

When will this end? When will we learn to ‘cure’ chronic illnesses?

When we begin to count cures. Only then will we recognize that the cure for most chronic illness is simply: Health.

Health is the opposite of chronic illness and it is the cure for many chronic illnesses. 

When will cancers be cured? 

Cancers cannot be cured until we have a clear, useful definition of ‘cancer cure’. Today, all cancer treatments aim for long term ‘remission’, not cure.

How should ‘cancer cure’ be defined? Merriam-Webster defines cure as “something (such as a drug or medical treatment) that stops a disease and makes someone healthy again”, and as “the act of making someone healthy again after an illness”.

If you have gangrene in your leg and the doctors remove your leg, they didn’t ‘cure’ your gangrene. Your illness is gone, but your health is not restored. Chemotherapy, radiation and surgery do not remove the illness, they only attempt to kill the symptoms- the cancer cells. Then the medical system goes into ‘watchful waiting’ mode – waiting for the recurrence. Scientific evidence is becoming more and more certain that it is not possible to restore the health that is lost as a result of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.

Healthicine defines cancer cure as: “removal of the illness and restoration of health“.

Cancers will be cured when we work to cure cancer – not just to ‘kill’ it. Cancers will be cured when we learn to health cancer. Most cancers, are caused by unhealthy tissues.  Until we learn to make unhealthy tissues healthier, we cannot prevent cancers, and we will not cure them either.

Cancers will be cured when we learn to track, and keep statistics on cancer cures.

Is it possible to health tissues that are ‘cancer unhealthy’? How is it done? How long does it take? We have no idea, and no-one is studying these questions.

We study illness to death, but no-one studies healthiness to health. To cure cancer, we need to replace cancerous tissues with healthy tissues. To cure cancer, we need to study healthiness and unhealthiness as thoroughly as we study illness today. To cure cancer we need to fight for health, as strongly as we might fight illness today.

We can only learn to fight this unhealthiness we call cancer, when we begin to study health.

About the Author

Tracy Kolenchuk is the founder of Healthicine.org and author of: Introduction to Healthicine: Theories of Health, Healthiness, Illness and Aging.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of WakingTimes or its staff.

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Do You Really Want to Eat Hot Dogs After Knowing This? http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/09/01/really-want-eat-hot-dogs-knowing/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/09/01/really-want-eat-hot-dogs-knowing/#comments Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:14:29 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=43563 Dr. Mercola
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The hot dog is one of America’s most popular foods, with the average person consuming 50 of them per year. Hot dogs are one of the most nutritionally bankrupt foods.

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The hot dog is one of America’s most popular foods, with the average person consuming 50 of them per year. Hot dogs are one of the most nutritionally bankrupt foods.

Yet for decades, they’ve been given a free pass, granted one pardon after another thanks to their towering status in American culture. But when you look at what they are giving you in return, you will want to seriously reconsider their status.

The hot dog’s gustatory glow took a significant hit in 2009 when the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) issued its landmark report1 about hot dogs and cancer risk, based on more than 7,000 scientific studies.

AICR determined that every 50 gram serving of processed meat you consume daily—for example, just ONE hot dog—raises your risk for colorectal cancer by 21 percent. Despite these health warnings, frankfurters have been unstoppable.

In 2013, Americans spent $2.5 billion on hot dogs in US supermarkets, which amounts to more than one billion packages of wieners. During peak hot dog season—which is from Memorial Day to Labor Day—Americans belt down seven billion dogs.

On the Fourth of July alone, Americans consume 150 million hot dogs—enough to stretch from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles more than five times! Hot dogs pose another danger for your child that you may not be aware of—they are responsible for 17 percent of all choking cases among children, killing about 80 kids per year.2

Transformation of Slaughter By-Products Into Hot Dogs

Many blame the hot dog’s carcinogenic effects on nitrates and nitrites, but I would argue that this is an overly simplistic view. When you look at what goes into hot dogs and how they are made, there is plenty of blame to go around.

Between the type and grade of “meat” used and its sources, as well as the torrent of chemicals added to make the dogs safe and palatable—of which nitrates are only one—it’s easy to understand how serious health problems could arise.

Most of the meat and meat by-products come from Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) where animals are tortured in crowded, unhealthy, unsanitary, and cruel conditions, as the primary goal is cheap food, not quality food.

The video at the top of the article about how hot dogs are made provides a somewhat glorified view of the process, but it does succeed in portraying justhow far from natural this food really is. And when you boil it down, it’s rather disgusting.

Here is the not-glorified version. They start with an animal carcass that’s been stripped of all desirable cuts, boil the heck out of it, force it through a metal sieve, add water, grind it up into a slimy carcass paste (“meat emulsion” or “meat batter”), add a bunch of chemicals to make it taste good and binders to make it stick together, then extrude it into links.34

‘And ALL the Trimmings’

Once desirable meat cuts are removed from beef, pork, and poultry (steaks, chops, ribs, thighs, breasts, briskets, etc.), what remains is a carcass consisting mostly of gristle, fat, and offal. The meat industry refers to this as “trimmings.” According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO):5

“The raw meat materials used for precooked-cooked products are lower-grade muscle trimmings, fatty tissues, head meat, animal feet, animal skin, blood, liver and other edible slaughter by-products.”

The butchering process imparts a considerable amount of bacteria to these carcasses, but because hot dogs are pre-cooked, manufacturers can get away with using these pieces and parts even if they are teeming with bacteria.

Cooking helps kill them, as well as separating the remaining muscle, fat, and connective tissues from the head and feet bones. The slimy paste that results from this rendering brew is what’s referred to as “mechanically-recovered” meat. The process of manufacturing hot dogs is colorfully summarized in the Daily Mail:6

“In vast metal vats, tons of pork trimmings are mixed with the pink slurry formed when chicken carcasses are squeezed through metal grates and blasted with water. The mush is mixed with powdered preservatives, flavorings, red coloring and drenched in water before being squeezed into plastic tubes to be cooked and packaged.”

Where’s the Beef?

Now that you know the basics of the process, let’s take a closer look at the ingredients. Meat makes up a relatively small proportion of the average commercial hot dog. And it’s typically low-quality meat and meat by-products—which technically are not meat at all.7

Meat Turkey, chicken, beef, pork, and others Pork must be 20 percent or less due to risk of pathogens
Fillers Corn syrup, dried milk, maltodextrin, cereal grains, and modified food starch Up to 3.5 percent
Salt Sodium chloride One hot dog can contain 670mg sodium, more than 30 percent of your daily allowance8
Preservatives Potassium lactate, sodium phosphates, sodium diacetate, sodium erythorbate, sodium nitrite, and sodium nitrate
Flavorings Paprika and other spices, artificial flavorings, msg, carmine (a dye from the shells of small beetles, boiled in ammonia or sodium carbonate), and any number of other additives USDA does not require manufacturers to list these on labels, so just about anything goes when it comes to “flavorings”
Water Water thins the meat batter so that it can be extruded into the desired form No more than 10 percent, per regulations
Casings Derived from beef, pork, lamb, fibers, wood pulp, or plastic Many hot dog casings are removed prior to packaging so they don’t have to be edible; others are made from plant or animal-derived cellulose, dissolved cowhides, or the intestinal tracts of farmed animals9

At least the above list of ingredients “belong” in hot dogs… what’s far worse are the extras. According to reports begrudgingly released by the USDA under the Freedom of Information Act, foreign objects recently found in hot dogs include Band-Aids, glass shards, razor blades, metal fragments, maggots, rat legs, and pieces of eyeballs.10

Large hot dog factories can blast out 300,000 of these dogs per hour. It takes only 30 seconds to build a chain of hot dogs that would span a soccer field twice. When a commercial operation is THIS massive, you can get some rather revolting contaminants.

The Truth About Nitrates and Nitrites

Many are confused about nitrates and nitrites, so let me clear up the confusion.  Nitrates are present in many vegetables, such as beets, celery, lettuce, spinach, and most other leafy green vegetables. When you eat nitrates, your body converts a small percentage of them into nitrites. Nitrites and nitrates are not inherently bad for you—in fact, they are the precursor to nitric oxide (NO), which lowers your blood pressure and exerts mild anti-inflammatory effects.

Sodium nitrite is a synthetic preservative added to meats like hot dogs to help them maintain that nice pink color. The problem is, in the presence of heat—especially high heat—nitrites can combine with amines in processed meat to form nitrosamines, and it’s these that are carcinogenic. Nitrosamines inflict cellular damage and have been linked to cancer, typically in your colon, bladder, stomach, or pancreas. Processed meats are far more prone to nitrosamine formation than vegetables, due to being higher in amines and intensively heat processed.11121314

Vitamin C inhibits some of the nitrosamine formation, which is why 550 ppm ascorbic acid is now required added to all processed meats in the US.15 Vegetables contain more vitamin C, beta-carotene, and other antioxidants, which is another reason why the nitrates in vegetables don’t cause a problem.

According to the University of Minnesota Extension, around 90 percent of the nitrite in your body comes from vegetables, while just 10 percent comes from processed meats.16 When meat or fish is cooked at high temperatures, other potent carcinogens are also created, such as heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs). If your processed meat is smoked, you can add Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) to the list.

What About Nitrates in Organic Hot Dogs?

Natural or organic hot dogs may not be much lower in nitrite—and some may even be higher than conventional hot dogs. Companies that label their products natural or organic must use natural sources of the preservatives, which usually come in the form of celery powder or celery juice, as celery is naturally high in nitrate.

A 2011 study published in The Journal of Food Protection found that natural hot dogs had anywhere from one-half to 10 times the amount of nitrite of conventional hot dogs.17 A similar scenario exists for bacon. So, buying organic hot dogs is not necessarily going to reduce your nitrate exposure—although it will likely result in a higher quality food product in many other respects.

Brainwashing Kids Into Loving Junk Food

Unacceptable rates of childhood obesity and disease are evidence of the damage being done to our children by hot dogs, sodas, and other unhealthy foods. With such grave health dangers, the earlier that fast food habits can be nipped in the bud, the better. Kids are extremely vulnerable to and under constant bombardment by junk food marketing.

If you want to see evidence of how powerful this brainwashing can be, take a look at the eye-opening video of Jamie Oliver’s experiment, where he attempts to educate a group of elementary schoolers about what really goes into chicken nuggets. Of course, he COULD have used hot dogs for the example and the outcome would have probably been the same. Despite his success in disgusting them with what really goes into a chicken nugget, they STILL want the nuggets! This experiment reveals the depth of children’s emotional attachment to fast food—which also shows just how effective fast food marketing is to children.

An even more powerful marketing strategy has emerged for brainwashing your child, which takes advantage of smartphones and other mobile devices. The “advergame” is a game that promotes a particular brand, product or message by integrating it into play. The game IS the advertisement, engaging children to such as extent that they form strong relationships with the product or brand, so they consume more of it—and research proves it works. For example, KFC’s “Snack in the Face,” which mimics the massively popular game Angry Birds, is described as “the future of junk food advertising.”18

The Best of the Wurst

If you are going to eat hot dogs or other processed meats once in awhile, there are a few considerations that may help you reduce your risk of adverse health affects. Again, these options are not ideal as these meats are still processed, but the following guidelines will ensure you are consuming a product that is better for you than the vast majority of processed meats on the market:

  • Look for “uncured” varieties that contain NO nitrates
  • Choose varieties that say 100 percent beef, 100 percent chicken, etc. This is the only way to know that the meat is from a single species and does not include byproducts
  • Avoid any meat that contains MSG, high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial flavor, or artificial color
  • Ideally, purchase sausages and other processed meats from a small, local farmer that makes those products right on the farm, whom you can ask about the ingredients

Truly Healthy Meats Are a Much Better Option

In contrast to eating products that are little more than a heat-processed slurry of reassembled slaughterhouse remains, real meat is a different story altogether. Make sure the meat you consume is grass-fed, organically and humanely raised, preferably from a local farmer you know and trust. Grass-fed beef tends to be leaner and have higher levels of vitamins, minerals, and cancer-fighting CLA. It also has a healthier ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats. Organic farms tend to provide far more sanitary conditions, so the animals are less likely to harbor dangerous pathogens.

Organic, grass-fed standards do not permit non-medical use of antibiotics, and with antibiotic-resistant infections being a major public health hazard today, this is an important consideration. To counteract some of the harmful effects of cooking, add homemade spice rubs, herb-enhanced marinades, or even fresh blueberries to your meat prior to cooking. This will not only augment its nutritional value, but also reduce the harmful substances like heterocyclic amines that are formed during the cooking process. Consume plenty of fresh vegetables along with it, which will further enhance its nutritional value.

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Five Steps Toward A Better Life http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/08/30/five-steps-toward-better-life/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/08/30/five-steps-toward-better-life/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:41:01 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=43546 Luminita Saviuc, Purpose Fairy
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When it comes to finding happiness, many of us seem to be looking for it in all the wrong places, wasting time and energy, not realizing that the root of happiness is within each and every one of us, in our hearts. Allowing ourselves … More

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happiness love womanLuminita Saviuc, Purpose Fairy
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When it comes to finding happiness, many of us seem to be looking for it in all the wrong places, wasting time and energy, not realizing that the root of happiness is within each and every one of us, in our hearts. Allowing ourselves to experience genuine happiness is to become happiness, it is wanting happiness to be a part our lives with all our hearts and being open to receiving it no matter what form it might take.

Today I would like to share with you the five steps that will help you on this journey toward experiencing the real happiness you have been searching up until this very moment

1. Surround yourself with people who love and accept you

Surround yourself with people who allow you to be you, for who you are, not for what they want you to be.

You know those people who are always eager to help you change, even if you don’t want to change? I believe in change, I embrace change, but when a person doesn’t want to change or is not ready to change, forcing her to do just that is quite disturbing. You simply can’t “help” somebody who doesn’t want to be helped.

I can tell you from my own experience that, when you accept and love people for what they are, and you treat them, not as if they aren’t complete or whole, not as if they are inferior to you, that is when you are in fact helping them.

Goethe said it so beautifully, that:

“When we treat a man as he is, we make him worse, but when we treat a man as he should be, as he could be, we promote him to what he should be and could be, we help him grow, and you help him become more than he already is.”

And this is what I call THE POWER OF NON-INTERFERENCE!

2. Cultivate new, positive and empowering habits

It is said that negative habits are easy to form but hard to live with, while on the other hand, positive and empowering habits are harder to form but a lot easier to live with. Just think about how easy it is to form the habit of procrastination for example, which is a negative habit, in case you thought otherwise.

Now let’s try to cultivate a new and positive habit. We want you to wake up every morning an hour earlier to exercise, meditate or I don’t know, you could pick whatever positive habit you want. You will tell yourself that you must do it, you want to do it, you have to do it, and in the morning, when the alarm clock rings, what do you do? You turn it off and you continue sleeping saying to yourself: “I will wake up earlier tomorrow. Yes! Tomorrow I will definitely do it!” Is that O.K.?

3. Invest in yourself

The way I see it, there is no greater investment than the investment you make in yourself, because, just like Eckhart Tolle said it:

“You can lose something that you have but you can never lose something that you are.”

You are your most precious treasure, and if you choose to dig without instead of digging within, you will never find real happiness, you will never find long term happiness, only short and superficial happiness. Learn to see yourself as your most valuable possession, work on doing just that.

4. Lighten your load

You know how people always complain that they don’t have enough, and that they need more, they want more, they must have more? Well, let me ask you this question: Right now, do you really need more? More clothes, more shoes, more money, more stuff, more of everything? I mean, do you really need more than you already have, right this very moment, not in the future, not in an hour, not in a week, a month or a year, but now!

Take time to think about it, if you need it, but chances are that the answer will be NO. According to the 20/80 rule, we only use 20% of the things we have, only 20% … and even so, we always complain that there isn’t enough and that we don’t have enough.

I am not against having money, I am not against having beautiful things, stuff, etc., but the idea is to look over those things you no longer need, to look over those things you no longer use, and give them away, make room for new things, better things to come your way. I am 100% sure that you feel better now, knowing that you don’t just have to give stuff away just to lighten your load, but because you need to make room for new stuff to come your way, right?

5. Take time to recover

People nowadays work way too much and whenever they take a break, that is if they take one, whenever they take a vacation, some time off, instead of enjoying themselves, instead of being present in whatever it is that they are doing, they are thinking about what needs to be done at work, what they should do when they go back to work, whether it was a good idea to take a vacation or not, whether they should go back to work earlier, etc. And of course, this isn’t only about those people who have a job, but for all those people who are always so “busy”.

I want you to read these incredible words that came from no other than Leonardo Da Vinci, who clearly understood the importance and power of resting and recovery, the importance of taking some time off from your work:

“Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgment will be surer. Go some distance away because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance and a lack of harmony and proportion is more readily seen.”

You see, if we could all take some time and think about what truly makes us happy, we would come to the conclusion that our own happiness is not something that depends on how others treat and look at us, but rather on how we treat ourselves, how we love ourselves and how we treasure and work with the time we have been given here on this amazing planet.

With all my love,

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Intention and the Rite of Disengagement http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/08/30/intention-rite-disengagement/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/08/30/intention-rite-disengagement/#comments Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:16:55 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=43537 Zen Gardner, Guest
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What we participate in is pretty much the name of the game. What do we spend our time, energy and intention on? What are we consciously and/or subconsciously empowering that’s leading to our own dis-empowerment? Where attention and thus intention goes, energy flows. Where … More

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Break the ChainsZen Gardner, Guest
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What we participate in is pretty much the name of the game. What do we spend our time, energy and intention on? What are we consciously and/or subconsciously empowering that’s leading to our own dis-empowerment? Where attention and thus intention goes, energy flows. Where is ours going, collectively and individually? Something to seriously consider on a continual basis in this massively manipulated energetic world.

I’ve been blown away recently by the rapid rise in consciousness we’re witnessing and it’s hitting me between the eyes. The awakening is clearly on and reverberating as new waves of energetic truth continue to pervade every area of society. I’m receiving so many amazing articles, interviews, emails and contributions from deeply inspired people to the extent that I’m almost bewildered. It’s just so wonderful! I love getting launched into new realms of discovery, freedom and empowerment – not just for me, but for our collective consciousness.

It all begins with each of us letting go into new awakenings in our lives which in turn affects the entire cosmic field and further illuminates and empowers the new realm we’re seeing birthed.

Realizing where our attention and intention go is of utmost importance. The last thing we want to do is reaffirm the intent of the controllers, yet we are prone to doing that in fixating on their nefarious machinations, even in our efforts to expose and stop this march against humanity. Far be it from the truth of our  overall intention, but we can unwittingly reinforce their ugly parasitic vibe and bring on their end result by helping to articulate and visualize it. Like the contained and manipulated legal and political realms, it’s again the push me, pull me futile game of the matrix. All an energetic scam.

The Awakening Rolls On

It’s time we fully woke up to this ploy. Ours is to take the initiative in wondrous awakened ways to realize, at all times, our given divine birthright and live accordingly. The hourglass for this paradigm does not have many grains of sand left. It’s time we detached and departed from their veiled realm of deceit in every way possible as it crumbles into oblivion.

Fully awakening is really the core of why we’re here. Each human soul is here to find its true purpose and direction. The matrix is a snare, a negative distraction, a challenge to our very spiritual existence. How we handle this challenge is ours to deal with.

It’s fundamentally very pragmatic. Taking charge of our lives means detaching from participation in anything illusory and hence entrapping. It can be “believing” lies of the media, serving their system for financial gain, drinking in their sewage whether it be news or entertainment, or fearing, and thus worshipping, binding governmental and financial contracts simply by participating in them.

Either we play along with the game of fear and survival instincts directing us as they’ve designed, or we go with our hearts and what we have learned and are learning to be true. It’s pretty clear once you’re detached from the disinformation. A real key is seeing what’s coming at us as fact or fabricated fiction, which lends importance to a degree of alternative information. But even there we must be selective and discerning.

Enter the Exit -  What’s in a Name?

It wasn’t until I shifted into my core identity to who I truly was that I became fully liberated. Suddenly I was free to write, act and live to my fullest potential. It’s a process and takes some doing, disconnecting from attachments that reinforce the old programming. I have yet to fully make the break with all of my enslaving documentation as outlined in losethename.com but I’m down to precious little and the principle is the same. The rest will follow.

The empowerment that awaits each of us as we become who we truly are, name change or not, is what this is all about. If it works for you fine. It’s not essential nor the focal point except to illustrate the literally binding “contract” we’ve been born into.

I find it interesting that in social media so many people use pseudonyms. This is partially why. It provides a level of liberation. It doesn’t mean someone has made a drastic detachment in their life but it exemplifies a dynamic – operating from a new sense of self and identity without all the baggage of who we once were. This isn’t always good as we know, as many use this very irresponsibly to make disparaging remarks and take pot shots at their target of the day. The system does this all the time to disguise and hide behind their many masks.

The other end of the spectrum is this exciting Babylon Is Fallen phenomenon, actually fully breaking the contract you were stapled with at birth, like an electronic store alarm tag that follows you through life. But even this is not the full issue of conscious awakening, nor does this type of detachment even work unless you’re awakened first. This is clearly outlined in the losethename  materials, as so many are looking for quick fixes or get out of jail free cards for purely selfish and self serving motives.

That’s a far cry from the essence of what we’re addressing here. Nor is it the freeman or sovereign concept of working via different forms of law. This is about being completely divorced from the whole enchilada.

The real underlying dynamic is operating from a place of total freedom which can only happen with a conscious awakening that births the process. At that point we continue to evolve in awareness. The pragmatics of what to do next become increasingly evident and it’s off to the races we go! Only it’s not a race, but more like being launched like an unstoppable, free-range, anti-gravity spaceship!

Don’t Reinforce the Negative Meme

This is something I’m becoming more and more aware of and on guard about. Energy flows where attention goes we know is true. Then why the obsessive fascination with what the dark lords and their minions are doing? I don’t mean to say we shouldn’t be aware of it or stick our heads in the sand, but there is clearly a time to back off and make sure we’re maintaining our spiritual footing. And more than that, not participating in their intention and negative energy field.

To see what’s going on we can peruse headlines on many terrific alternative reporting sites. It’s important to keep track of. But we must concentrate on solutions, personal first and societal second, as well as lucid exposures of what’s truly going on and how to navigate these times.

Ultimately it’s all about the intention. Whether we tune into theirs intentionally or by habit, or learn to discern and dissolve their lies whereupon they can be either outright discarded or alchemically transmuted back into the language of love and empowerment.

Find Your Conscious Footing and Operate from There

It’s a process. We have to keep evolving and not get caught in the wash, rinse, repeat cycle. At any level. Some of these traps, pitfalls and hindrances are not easy to identify but they eventually become clear. Then we need to jump the next hurdle and not stop. It takes commitment to truth and is not always easy. It requires change. Constant change and a willingness to go with it.

While some of these changes may appear drastic at first, many are not always big things either.

That’s what makes it fun, finding our way and helping each other through the maze. Dissolving the lies before our eyes takes practice but mostly it’s a way of life, a place to operate from. Anything that tries to move us into a place of shifting sands and soul sucking vortices of deceit and time and energy sapping becomes much easier to discern and hence avoid. Their war on the human mind and body is so intense for this very reason, to screw up our receptivity and draw us into another part of the sticky web of lies.

What they’re finding out though is it ultimately doesn’t work! When we operate from that place of infinite, eternal footing we are untouchable and unstoppable.

Quelling the Voice of Doubt

We all hear it. “Who are you to say that?” “Who are you to do that?” The worst ones are in our heads, but people are often dumb enough to actually voice them for you! It’s actually good to confront these types as it can only strengthen your convictions, assuming you don’t listen and back down from the true voice of conviction.

But let’s face it, it’s that barrage of truth denial and even reversal that we’re up against in this unenlightened and heavily manipulated world. Worse yet is the truth omissions. When the obvious goes unsaid it can be the most devastating to individuals as well as society. That’s why I like to dissect and see through these false portrayals we’re given and fill in the blanks as best I can. Truth is so incredibly powerful it just stands on its own. There’s no ego attached to it, no fake identity or innuendo. It just is, and open hearts and minds will recognize it and rejoice in it.

Don’t listen to those negative voices. Don’t dwell on them. Recognize them for what they are and go on your merry way. The only way anything can have power over us is if we entertain it. That negative vibration is an entropic infection of the most debilitating sort. That’s why dwelling on the negativity of this furious self immolation of these parasitic thugs attempting to co-opt the entire planet is so important to avoid.

It only plays into their game. Starve the beast and get away from it while it violently consumes itself in its final rage. We don’t have to stand there and go down with. Split, in any way you can separate yourself. Revelations 18:4 is a powerful verse that has always resonated with me and kept me living outside the system and the US for decades following the first stage of my awakening and can be applied directly to this culmination we’re witnessing:

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.

Some good advice, whoever said it.

So…

What are we participating in? How much of this beast from some hellish realm are we still serving and feeding with our energy, time and intention? That question is ever before me as I continue in my personal journey. The wonderful thing is there are so many of us, and we’re finding each other!

That has got to be freaking them out…and I don’t need physical proof to know that although there’s plenty out there if you need it.

Dark forces rage against the light, but they can’t put it out. And as we gather in momentum and conscious understanding and living free from their matrix of deceit and continue to break our contracts with them, the light is burning this beast like sunlight hitting a vampire.

Drop the chains and shine on!

Why not? What’s holding you back from the next step? It’s time to get serious about breaking free and start making a real difference. That’s the challenge – for all of us. So why not just do it? Start with one thing at a time. The idiotic psychopathic so-called “rulers” have cornered humanity and ironically eliminated the options to do otherwise. Is this Universe giving us encouragement to make the next grade? I’m inclined to think so.

Encourage yourself – do something radical today and see your real liberated self in action. It’s a blast!

Then take it from there!

We are unstoppable. It’s only ourselves that can get in the way, that stinking fear and pride.

Time to let it go. Meet you there!

Love always, Zen

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Are You Suffering From These Ascension Symptoms? http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/08/29/ascension-symptoms/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/08/29/ascension-symptoms/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:41:04 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=43492 Deidre Madsen, Contributor
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Are You Suffering From R.A.M (Rapid Ascension Movement)?

Are you feeling sad, confused, experiencing unexplained body aches and pains, disorientation, loss of time, loss of memory, sudden career or relationship changes, more alienated than ever from the world, excessively lethargic, lost, heightened sensitivities to foods, … More

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Ascension1Deidre Madsen, Contributor
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Are You Suffering From R.A.M (Rapid Ascension Movement)?

Are you feeling sad, confused, experiencing unexplained body aches and pains, disorientation, loss of time, loss of memory, sudden career or relationship changes, more alienated than ever from the world, excessively lethargic, lost, heightened sensitivities to foods, medicines, or supplements, surges of unexplained emotion, unusual dreams, lashing out, bouts of depression getting worse, alternate realities, feeling like you are in several (or more than one) place(s) at once? If so, you are not alone. If so, you are most likely experiencing DNA shifts as we [all of creation] move into a higher consciousness both physically and psychologically.

You Are Not Alone

Most everyone is experiencing these RAM symptoms to a degree. Very few it seems are gliding through Mother Earth’s ascension into the fourth and fifth dimensions with ease and joy.

Some Pass Off These Symptoms as Physiological or Psychological in Nature

This is not always the case. Everything is physically ascending. Are you still unsure about the truth to this statement? Click the links at the bottom of this article for more physical proofs of ascension. Also, please do your homework and research this topic in libraries and the internet, and it helps to ask people in-the-know. Maintaining an even keel, a balance within, working with ourselves and our issues and pain, gracing our bodies with weekly massages and nurturing healing, being kind to ourselves, forgiving ourselves and others, eating healthy and smart, all these things will help ease us through this time of transition.

As Things Get Lighter Some Things Get Darker

It sure feels like many, many people are communicating their innermost fears during this ascension. As we move through these astounding planetary energies, gifting us with incredible opportunities for greater awareness and insight into which we are in all our divinity, we have the chance to gladly and willingly love ourselves more fully than ever.

Try Not to Slap a Bandage on Your Inner Pain

Many of us have experienced a lack of love in our lives: a lack of love that should have felt something like mother love, or nurturing on a deep soul level. Instead, we have experienced harsh judging and accusations by our families and loved ones. We have experienced neglect and abandonment on many levels including what I call “bleed-through past/parallel/future lives”. It has come to my attention that there are an abundance of people (women esp.) who cannot understand why things happen to them, why their lives have been filled with wrong choices, fear and manipulation. I was one of these women and had to learn that I was not a victim to my circumstances.

There are Deep Cavernous Holes Inside of Our Hearts Begging to be Filled With Love

Often, we search for a way to fill this hole, or void space, through marriage, relationships with friends, volunteer work, owning a pet, careers, travel, great $$$ spending binges, over-eating, and addictions of all sorts. While some of these are wonderful ways to experience love, they may not be what we’re really requiring for healing. These all seem to fill this void for a little while but we always return to the deep void in our hearts and discover the falseness of our recent little foray through life.  We learn to see the truth behind the mask of our lives, that there has been no filling up of that space at all, which can plunge us deeper and deeper into despair and loneliness.

What can we do to remedy this within us? We can take a good look at what is happening during this ascension time and gain some clues that will assist us greatly along our path toward self love.

Gifts in the “End of Times”

This ascension time of Mother Earth/Lady Gaia is filled with great gifts. These are planetary, stellar energies bombarding everything multi-dimensionally (including our three dimensional world called Planet Earth) providing us with new found powers, gifts and talents we never knew we had. We are now experiencing the love of our brothers and sisters: the animal, plant and mineral kingdoms of our Earth Mother, the Deva Kingdoms, the Archangels Michael, Gabriel, Ariel, Jophiel, and Raphael respectively, as well as many other divine, loving forces of energy just waiting to assist us all in love unconditional.

We are also learning how incredible the gifts of love Jesus the Christed One has to offer. His experience as Christ Consciousness on this Earth some 2000+ years ago has taught us to love ourselves. He once said that we must love our neighbors as ourselves. When he said that he wanted us to understand how important it was/is to love ourselves fully for only then can we understand the depth and breadth of love for our brother. In order to reach out to the world, we must first reach inside. Reach into our hearts and explore, examine and experience.

Another gift from this ascension is the opportunity to let all our past life karma finally rest, be at peace, affording us the chance to fly in the face of freedom, fully. We must take responsibility for all our choices, good or bad. How reassuring this is to know that we have no need for the old patterns and belief systems we brought through to this lifetime.

There is also a greater opening up now of awareness and allowing with many people. More people are open to other spiritual options, realizing the great gifts of many of the world’s religions be they Christianity, Buddhism, Zen, Tao, Zoroastrianism, etc. What matters is there is a grain of truth in all things and it is up to us to discover who we are and what we desire to experience in our life … and then do ourselves the honor to go out and live it fully.

We are divine creations of the Creator. We are made in the likeness of our Mother/Father God/dess. What does this mean to you and me?

Mirror Mirror

Meaning we can look in the mirror and see ourselves as who we really are. When you look in a mirror, who do you see? Mirror, mirror on the wall? Who is the fairest one of all? Remember, Dear Reader, there is a grain of truth in all things … even in our fairy tales, especially in our fairy tales

Keep in mind that you are true divinity in action! Whenever I hold a Spiritual Counseling session with someone I tap into their High Self (I AM presence), and I see them for who they truly are, their higher level of being. Every single time, I am in awe of the glorious majesty that they are. Each one of us is a perfect expression of the Creator’s love incarnate, in the flesh. We are walking, talking miracles of love.

Whenever you feel sadness or sorrow, or feel like the whole world is tumbling down all around you, just take a moment or two and look into a mirror. Look deep into your eyes, the windows to your soul, and reflect upon your reflection, for there standing before you is magnificence!

“Awaken, dear friends, within this dream and realize that it is your duty and responsibility as human beings to imagine and visualize a safe world. It will be as you decree, and your own experience will thus reflect it.” - The Pleiadians, by Barbara Marciniak

We Are Never Victims of Our Reality

We are volunteers and when we feel specific oppression from someone, realize that they are including us into their reality and that we affect them on a deep level. Sometimes we will elicit a strong negative response from a person or family member that appears as if they are judging us, or hating us for something “we have done”. They wag their finger at us in admonition and accusation. Why? Because deep down inside of them, we are mirroring back to them a pain within themselves. It is amazing, really. So, Dearest Reader, realize the honor you have of just being in other peoples’ lives; they find the need to draw you into their lives for a beautiful healing experience.

This powerful lesson also applies to you, for when you are in pain, you are finding a spot inside of you that says, “Hey, this hurts me.” Then ask yourself, why. Go into your heart space and feel it out. All the answers are deep inside of you, and so is the love you seek so earnestly. These family and friends who “cause us grief, agony and pain” are actually here to help us heal.

Use the Wise Medicine of Our Dear Brother, Coyote

Coyote the Fool/the Trickster (also the Fool in the Tarot), and laugh in the face of adversity, pain and sorrow. Be like a child in your innocence and purity. Learn discernment so as not to give away your energy or power to someone who would use it against you. Draw your boundaries with the tool of discernment, but do it out of love … not against someone, but FOR yourself and your self-love and honor.

During this powerful time, this ascension process, we are to look deeply within and find the love from the Creator there.  In order to balance and be one with the universe (YOUniverse) we must continue carry a loving forgiving heart and share it with our brothers and sisters. We must step into our divine Adam Kadmon Higher Light Body, or allow it to merge with our physical body (which is what this ascension is all about anyway). To do this we must purify our temples (body/mind/spirit) through and through.

Claim your own divinity, walk with unconditional love, and keep your heart open to love, for the world reflects what and who you are at all times. Allow the gifts of Wakan Tonka, the Shekinah/Holy Spirit/Ba (Egypt. Dove), to bring forth the transmuting violet flame and transform old belief systems and patterns into unconditional love and light. Through this time of ascension – be the flow. Creator through and in YOU is the Way, the Truth, and the Light!

In Divine Service,

Deidre Madsen

About the Author

Deidre Madsen is a tenured Imagery Consultant Deidre works body, mind and spirit whole-brained holistic “Happily Inner After” retreats and sessions with clients worldwide and assists in opening to your spirit-supra-consciousness. DeidreMadsen.com

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Is Religion Inherently Authoritarian? http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/08/29/religion-inherently-authoritarian/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/08/29/religion-inherently-authoritarian/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:05:04 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=43486 Adam Lee, AlterNet
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Compared to secular reasoning, the religious establishment has been slow to act when it comes to moral progress.

Human history is a story of gradual moral enlightenment. Over the ages, we’ve become less violent, less xenophobic, more tolerant, more committed to the ideals of democracy … More

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Compared to secular reasoning, the religious establishment has been slow to act when it comes to moral progress.

Human history is a story of gradual moral enlightenment. Over the ages, we’ve become less violent, less xenophobic, more tolerant, more committed to the ideals of democracy and equality under the law. Of course, moral progress is painfully slow, with many holdouts and local reversals, and we have a very long way left to go. But it’s hard to deny that the world we live in today is less prejudiced and more peaceful than the world 500 years ago, or even just 100.

Religion is a noteworthy exception to this trend of progress. Secular moral reasoning, founded on considerations of fairness and human good, allows for continual self-questioning and improvement as less-privileged groups speak out to demand justice and call our attention to evils that we’d been overlooking. In sharp contrast to this, the immutable doctrines of religion are supposed to be elevated above skepticism. Even if we know more or see farther than the clerics who once came up with them, many religious authorities tell us we should submit our wills and believe without questioning.

The result is that, in most cases, moral progress has left the churches behind. Like the tide going out and leaving once-submerged rocks high and dry on the shore, the archaic doctrines of conservative religion are increasingly isolated and exposed as the immoral and vicious absurdities they are. This has led to more conflict and dissension within the ranks, as believers who grew up in the modern era see the contradictions between what they’re taught and know to be right, and inevitably come into conflict with religious authorities who are determined to enforce the old rules at any cost.

A case in point is the Mormon church’s excommunication of Kate Kelly, a lawyer and human-rights activist who founded a movement called Ordain Women. Kelly’s crime was calling for the all-male priesthood of the Mormon church to be opened to people of all genders, and doing so loudly and publicly enough to embarrass the church leaders. (Although the LDS church calls it a “priesthood,” it’s not a clerical or ministerial position; it’s a rite of initiation, like a Jewish bar mitzvah or a Catholic confirmation.)

Kelly wasn’t a firebrand atheist. She considers herself a faithful Mormon; she was married in the Salt Lake City Temple and went on an overseas mission trip as Mormonism requires. Yet she refused several orders to take her website down and stop speaking out, and just before her excommunication, she was defiant:

“I am not an apostate, unless every single person who has questions to ask out loud is an apostate,” Ms. Kelly said in a telephone interview on Sunday , just before her disciplinary council met.

While she may have meant this comment as a reductio ad absurdum, I think it hits closer to the truth than she realizes. Almost every religion, throughout the ages, has looked unfavorably on people who have inconvenient questions and who insist on asking them out loud. What Kelly has yet to grasp is that religion is a fundamentally conservative force (unlike, say, science, where those who overturn conventional wisdom are rewarded). To claim that the tenets of some existing religion are wrong is to implicitly claim that you understand the will of God better than the authorities of that religion. Naturally, the people who’ve gained status and power within the existing strictures of the church will always look with extreme disfavor on this.

It’s for this reason that religion is not only fundamentally conservative, but anti-democratic. Aside from a few rare exceptions, religion claims that God’s will is delivered through special revelation: it was given to certain people, at certain times and places, and not others. If that were true—if there were people in possession of special, important truths that no one else could ever discover—then it  would be the case that those people would be uniquely qualified to tell the rest of us how to live.

But that expectation bumps up against the modern world, where divine-right monarchy is a discredited theory and democracy is a nearly universal idea (so much so that even rulers of autocratic states often feel the need to hold sham elections). The clash between these principles is most visible in the religious people who believe their leaders have a specially privileged understanding of God, but who also apparently believe the doctrines of their church should be put to a vote. The lay Mormons petitioning on Kate Kelly’s behalf are an excellent example:

More than a thousand Mormons sent letters of support for Ms. Kelly to the bishop and two of his counselors considering her case in Oakton, Va. Hundreds turned out for a vigil in Salt Lake City while the hearing was underway, and smaller groups of supporters gathered at 50 sites in 17 countries, according to Ordain Women.

Mormonism isn’t the only authoritarian religion whose members incorrectly believe they’re participating in a democracy rather than an oligarchy. Roman Catholicism has the same affliction: for example, when Pope Francis was being selected, the author Anne Rice and others asked Catholics to tell the Vatican what they wanted to see in a new pope, as if such feedback would be welcomed or even acknowledged.

The sharp divide between lay Catholics and hierarchy is perhaps best illustrated by the issue of women as priests. As recently as 2013, 70% of Catholics believe women should be allowed to be ordained even though Pope John Paul II announced that the exclusion of women from the Catholic priesthood was an infallible article of dogma and could never be changed. Kindly, progressive Pope Francis has said the same, stating that the “church has spoken and says no… that door is closed” with regard to women’s ordination.

It happens in Judaism as well, even though that religion has no single central authority. In Israel, Jewish women fought for years for the right to pray at the Western Wall, braving routine threats, abuse and harassment by ultra-Orthodox Haredi Jews who believe the holy site should only be open to men. Finally, the reformers won a ruling in Israel’s courts, opening up a designated prayer section at the wall for women. The ultra-Orthodox responded by ordering their own wives and daughters to show up en masse and pack the women’s section, so that the women who actually want to pray there and who fought for the right to do so couldn’t get in.

Granted, there are some cases where churches have joined the modern world without being forced to. For example, the Presbyterian church now allows its ministers to perform same-sex weddings, joining some other mainline Protestant denominations that have already taken this step. But this is the exception that proves the rule, since most of the tolerant and progressive mainline churches are in the midst of a demographic plummet. (The more conservative and evangelical denominations are also shrinking, just not quite as quickly.)

And on the rare occasions that churches recognize their past errors, they steadfastly refuse to draw any general lessons from the fact. Earlier this year, the Mormon church formally repudiated the racism of its past rules which barred black men from the priesthood until 1978. This would be a laudable step, except that the church is determined to learn absolutely nothing from it. In its ongoing fight against women in the priesthood, not to mention its fervent and continued opposition to same-sex marriage, it is falling into the same mistake all over again, refusing to recognize that its leadership is fallible, and that any rule treating human beings unequally is morally wrong. This will no doubt be viewed as another stain on the Mormon church’s record, just as its history of racism now is.

Ethically speaking, there’s no doubt that reformers like Kate Kelly and the Women of the Wall have their hearts in the right place, but it’s legitimate to question their strategy. As the ex-nun Mary Johnson has said, at some point you have to ask yourself where your energies are best spent.

Is it worth the effort trying to change religion from within, beating your head against the metaphorical brick wall of a church that’s run by an oligarchy of old conservative men who choose their own successors and who are determined never to change anything? Or does it make more sense to leave that frozen and fossilized cathedral, to renounce religion and step out into the wild garden of the wider world, where anyone can speak their mind and no one can cite the will of God as a trump card?

About the Author

Adam Lee is a writer and atheist activist living in New York City. Follow him on Twitter, or subscribe to his blog, Daylight Atheism.

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Youtube Safety Mode Censorship: Latest Battleground in the War on Consciousness http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/08/29/youtube-safety-mode-censorship-latest-battleground-war-consciousness/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/08/29/youtube-safety-mode-censorship-latest-battleground-war-consciousness/#comments Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:41:01 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=43470 David Gardner, Guest
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YouTube was once a bastion of free speech, an open venue where alternative information could circulate and wake up millions worldwide. Now it’s increasingly a place where truth is suppressed, as YouTube’s 6 billion+ hours of content is ‘soft censored’ on the sly by More

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YouTube was once a bastion of free speech, an open venue where alternative information could circulate and wake up millions worldwide. Now it’s increasingly a place where truth is suppressed, as YouTube’s 6 billion+ hours of content is ‘soft censored’ on the sly by its mysterious ‘safety mode’. Keep reading if you prefer watching liberating information to mindless entertainment.

It seems that Youtube doesn’t care about your awakening.

With so many hours of freely available information to watch, you might think that Youtube is a great platform to spread and defend the truth. But increasingly we are seeing restrictions on the types of videos that YouTube welcomes, even when they don’t breach Youtube’s published community guidelines.

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This is what you’ll see if you try to access a restricted video in Safety Mode.

These restrictions are a new kind of ‘soft censorship‘, where videos are hidden from some users but not removed. This suppression is enforced by a mechanism known as Safety Mode. It was introduced to Youtube in 2010, and like many other recent forms of censorship it’s justified as a means to protect children from “inappropriate” content.

As stated by Google (who own Youtube):

While it’s not 100 percent accurate, we use community flagging, age-restrictions, and other signals to identify and filter out inappropriate content.

If you have ever used Youtube, you would probably have come across a video you’d rather not have seen, or perhaps abusive tirades in the comments. In spite of Youtube having community guidelines, people generally just seem to upload and say whatever they want, even in bad taste.

In light of the truly objectionable content that can appear there, Youtube’s Safety Mode might sound like a good thing, until you look deeper and realise that Youtube is blocking completely innocent and desperately needed videos  the type that uncover what’s really going on in the world and promote self improvement  while allowing terrible videos like real decapitations to continue unhindered.

And in some cases you might just find that safety mode is forced on your computer with no way of turning it off.

Youtube’s Not So Clean Censorship Record

In Youtube’s Community Guidelines they state:

We encourage free speech and defend everyone’s right to express unpopular points of view.

Unfortunately history shows otherwise. In 2007  the year after Google bought Youtube for $1.65 billion  Google shareholders were asked to vote on an anti-censorship proposal. But the CEO and founders of Google encouraged shareholders to vote against it, despite having the power to personally veto the motion, as they owned approximately 66% percent of Google’s shares between them.

The text of the proposal, as shown on Wikipedia, stated that:

  • Data that can identify individual users should not be hosted in Internet-restricting countries, where political speech can be treated as a crime by the legal system.
  • The company will not engage in pro-active censorship.
  • The company will use all legal means to resist demands for censorship. The company will only comply with such demands if required to do so through legally binding procedures.
  • Users will be clearly informed when the company has acceded to legally binding government requests to filter or otherwise censor content that the user is trying to access.
  • Users should be informed about the company’s data retention practices, and the ways in which their data is shared with third parties.
  • The company will document all cases where legally binding censorship requests have been complied with, and that information will be publicly available.

Sounds awesome doesn’t it? But given the proposal was not passed, can we assume that the opposite is occurring?

Since then, there have been many instances of Google / Youtube censorship, including censorship of activists and journalists in the global awakening and truth movement. In fact the Electronic Frontier Foundation read Youtube’s terms and conditions as stating that they reserve the right to remove or block any content they choose for any reason whatsoever.

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Mark Dice’s hugely popular Youtube channel was deleted in March despite him not having violated Youtube’s community guidelines Source

Recently the activist Mark Dice got a firsthand experience of Youtube censorship. Mark is famous for his Illuminati exposes and man-on-the-street videos showing just how unaware of critical issues many members of the American public are (apologies if you’re a socially aware American). His channel had over 800 videos, 55 million views and 265,000 subscribers before it was shut down by Youtube for “severe violations” of the community guidelines, despite Mark having a reputation for keeping his videos and language clean and free from hate speech or the promotion of violence in any way. Thankfully his channel was later reinstated after there was an uproar and outpouring of support from others in the alternative truth movement.

He’s not the only activist or citizen journalist to experience censorship. In this interview by truth activists Dahboo7 and FreeRadioRevolution (first 25 minutes most relevant) they talk about experiences where their videos have been targeted in organised mass flagging, down-voting and comment spam to get their comment sections shut down and videos removed.

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This is the message you got if trying to watch Prison Planet’s Family Guy / Boston Marathon bombing expose

Alex Jones’ Prison Planet Youtube channel has also been censored in videos exposing underlying agendas in society.

YouTube deleted the video claiming it contained, ‘spam,’ ‘scams’ or ‘commercially deceptive content,’ when it contained none of these things. YouTube has also placed a strike against the host channel and threatened to delete it. Source

Why does Youtube censor critics who follow all the rules?

A New Kind of “Soft Censorship”

Soft censorship” is a phrase usually used to refer to indirect governmental censorship that influences news coverage through financial pressure, rewarding journalists and media outlets seen as friendly. This is a practise that often goes unnoticed as it is not usually obvious to the public.

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A search for the words “astral projection”. “Some results have been removed because Safety Mode is enabled” – but which ones?

Youtube’s Safety Mode represents a new kind of “soft censorship”; one where videos can be blocked from many people while not removing the videos from the site completely.

In some ways censorship via Safety Mode is worse than having your video or channel deleted. If your videos are taken down and you get a strike against the community or copyright guidelines, you are notified of the reason for the ban and given the opportunity to counterclaim if you feel the strike is unjust. Many people have had their videos reinstated through this process.

However if your video is deemed “objectionable” and restricted in Safety Mode, there is no oversight, no notification and no means to challenge the restriction if you feel your video has been inappropriately targeted. While deleted videos will appear with a message in their place stating why the video has been removed, if you have Safety Mode on, videos will simply disappear from your search results or the channels you want to view and the only way you’ll find out that Safety Mode is blocking a video is if you try and access it via Google search results.

Crowd Sourced Suppression

So how do videos become restricted?

Google states that:

Users upload over 72 hours of video to YouTube every minute. With so much content on the site, it would be impossible to review it all. That’s why we rely on YouTube community members to flag content that they find inappropriate. [emphasis added] Source

and

“Safety Mode gives users the option to choose not to see mature content that they may find offensive, even though it’s not against our Community Guidelines. When you opt in to Safety Mode mode, videos with mature content or that have been age restricted will not show up in video search, related videos, playlists, shows and movies. While no filter is 100% accurate, we use community flagging, hide objectionable comments and porn image detection to identify and hide inappropriate content. Safety Mode on YouTube does not remove content from the site but rather keeps it off the page for users who opt in.” Source

But who is doing the flagging? What is their agenda? How are flagged videos reviewed if there have been instances of censorship for reasons having nothing to do with video content? Who gets to say what’s objectionable content and what’s “safe” for Safety Mode users to view?

An article from the Wall Street Journal shows that there may be many forces at play in the censorship of Youtube videos. Recently Google gave roughly 200 people and organisations ‘trusted flagger’ status.

A person familiar with the program said the vast majority of the 200 participants in the super flagger program are individuals who spend a lot of time flagging videos that may violate YouTube’s community guidelines. Fewer than 10 participants are government agencies or non-governmental organizations such as anti-hate and child-safety groups, the person added.

These super flaggers are given the ability to flag up to 20 videos at a time and 90% of the videos they flag are either deleted or restricted  a much higher percentage than in the general population of Youtube users.

It seems that what we are seeing is essentially crowd sourced censorship. Youtube seem to have opened the door to abuse through the false flagging of videos, having created an easy method that could be used by anyone with an agenda against awakening consciousness (including government and non-government organisations) to attack messages that disagree with their world view.

As discussed in the Dahboo7 / FreeRadioRevolution interview, false flagging and trolling attacks are rampant against alternative truth. Trolls have even admitted that they have been acting under instruction when trying to suppress videos.

This is particularly concerning as it stops minors from accessing the truth at an early age. By the time they’re old enough to escape Safety Mode (if they can), will their indoctrination already be so ingrained that they write off anything that challenges the status quo?

What kind of things are being blocked?

I was wondering what Youtube considers inappropriate material for minors and how that relates to what’s actually being blocked.

On their page about age-restricted content Google says:

Some videos don’t violate our policies, but may not be appropriate for all audiences. In these cases, minors or logged out users may not be able to view the content.

When evaluating whether content is appropriate for all ages, here are some of the things we consider:

  • Vulgar language
  • Violence and disturbing imagery
  • Nudity and sexually suggestive content
  • Portrayal of harmful or dangerous activities
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Categories in Youtube’s policy centre

Recently I was told that an interview I did for the Total View Show about my article ‘How Fear is Used to Turn You Against Spirituality‘ had been age-restricted. I knew it contained none of the inappropriate content mentioned above, so I headed over to the policy centre to learn more and checked out what a video could be flagged for.

The categories contain things like:

  • Sexual content
  • Violent or repulsive content
  • Hateful or abusive content – content that promotes hatred against protected groups, abuses vulnerable individuals or encourages cyberbullying
  • Harmful dangerous acts – Content that includes acts that may result in physical harm
  • Child abuse
  • Spam or misleading
  • Infringes my rights
  • Captions report (CVAA)

Still not understanding why the video had been restricted, I decided to check out some other popular alternative truth and spirituality Youtube channels to see what else might be hidden.

Below is what I found, in no particular order. If you’d like to see a graphical representation of this research, it’s here. (I couldn’t include it in the article as the image is too large.)

To test it out for yourself, Safety Mode can be turned on and off at the bottom of your browser. I have to select and save the option two or three times and refresh the page before the settings will actually change.

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Many of these channels have the majority of their videos hidden when in Safety Mode. Censored subjects include among many other things:

And last but not least investigative journalist Luke Rudkowski of We Are Change, whose channel has hundreds of videos and exposes Bilderberg and many agendas in society. This content is apparently so objectionable that Youtube is censoring all of it.

What’s the Big Deal? Just Turn Safety Mode Off

If only it were that simple, but unfortunately it’s not! All you have to do is Google “youtube stuck in safety mode”, or “can’t turn safety mode off youtube” to see the number of people struggling with this issue.

Safety Mode is enabled by the browser and can be locked to ‘on’ by a user when logged in. It stays in the browser memory due to a cookie being downloaded to your computer. If that cookie becomes corrupted Safety Mode can get stuck on.

If you are running web filtering software like Bluecoat’s K9 or Microsoft Windows 8′s in-built “Family Safety” filter, these programs can force Youtube to stay in Safety Mode no matter what you do. Bluecoat was recently exposed on this site for its discriminatory blocking of alternative beliefs.

If you are using a computer on a public network, say in a library, at a school or a  university, then the network administrator can force Safety Mode to stay on.

A Google employee has stated that entire countries can force the Safety Mode on at the network level.

Is there anything we can do?

If you find yourself stuck in Safety Mode, here are some things you can try to give yourself the freedom to choose which videos you watch rather than having your options restricted:

  • Try deleting all the cookies on your computer. If the Safety Mode cookie has become corrupted it may be locking you in safe mode. Search for “delete cookies (+ browser name)” in your favourite search engine for instructions.
  • Safety mode is browser specific, so try a different browser. If that doesn’t work, try the anonymous browsing function available in many browsers.
  • Remove or disable any filtering programs that may be forcing Safety Mode on.
  • If Safety Mode is not being forced on by any programs, try turning it off in secure mode by adding an “s” to the URL directly after “http”.
  • Use a VPN. You may need to try more than one IP if you find the IP you choose is still forcing Safety Mode on.
  • Try viewing your channel of interest through a mobile browser which may still have a safety option but you may have more control over it.

Make sure you do this ethically of course. Don’t try to breach work policies on Youtube usage for instance which might get you fired.

And be sure to keep in mind that when you’re looking at Youtube, what you’re seeing in Safety Mode is nowhere near the full extent of information available to you.

Don’t settle for mindless entertainment in place of the truth. If you do, then the corporations and the powers behind them have already won the war on consciousness. They may not want you to wake up but we do!

If you’ve noticed any other ways alternative information is being censored please let everyone know in the comments.

About the Author

David has a deep interest in spiritual development, but has discovered there are many forces in the world working to keep people asleep. His recent interest has been researching the psychological tactics and techniques used to limit people’s spiritual potential, writing about his discoveries at The Conscious Reporter.

**This article first appeared on TheConsciousReporter.com.**

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