Waking Times » Consciousness http://www.wakingtimes.com Entering a Time of Natural Health, Elevated Consciousness, Sustainable Living and Total Freedom. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:46:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 On the Eve of Construction http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/13/eve-construction/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/13/eve-construction/#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:51:22 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=37907 Zen Gardner, Guest
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I love the sound of construction. I always have. Not the industrial sound from the kind of massive, offensive structures made with other-worldly looking machines, but the intentional, gentle kind. Small structures going up, improvements on homes, road repairs, even tending to gardens whether … More

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I love the sound of construction. I always have. Not the industrial sound from the kind of massive, offensive structures made with other-worldly looking machines, but the intentional, gentle kind. Small structures going up, improvements on homes, road repairs, even tending to gardens whether it’s tree pruning or small rearrangements.

Hammers and saws and simple equipment, busy in the hands of caring people. It’s all creation at work.

The same is happening on the conscious awakening level. New structures are being built continually. We may not get to “see” the fulfillment of what’s truly going on about us, but a new world is being born nonetheless. Just as you’d see a myriad of tiny gossamer webs sparkling with dew on a leaf or pine needle strewn forest floor, so micro and macro networks are growing and spreading around the globe continually.

And it’s something we can derive great encouragement from.

Earth’s Awakening

A very similar parallel is occurring with our home planet. It’s continual and appears to be stepping up. She recycles, she shakes things around, she sweeps her atmosphere, she builds new molten mountains…all as she careens through space no matter what alien body may confront her.

Not unaware, yet fearless.

That sounds a lot like humanity to me. We carry on, we keep building, we keep learning. We can’t help it. It’s the power of creation of which we are part. Whatever may befall us we’ll chug along right up to that moment. It’s how we are.

On an evolving planet in evolving bodies in an evolving and currently contrived social construct humanity still thrives. It’s in our nature. The nature of everything to be exact. Here’s an interesting example if not parallel.

Our Crystalline Heritage

Crystals keep building and growing. That the “rocks are alive” may be a shock to some, but it’s fact to others. And just as creation keeps growing and transforming, so does humanity, physically and spiritually. It’s natural. Sure, there’s decay but there’s always continual rebirth followed by more growth. Crystals are living fractals, the imprint of the holographic nature of the Universe.

When you consider the current manufactured societal world we’re living in, it is anything but constructive. It is destructive on more levels than we can name. From spiritual, moral and economic subversion, to continual wars and the very real potential for nuclear and/or geoengineered decimation. Our home is clearly under attack, by very serious and well coordinated forces.

Crystals and the fractal reality they evidence are a gateway to understanding the nature of our alive, holographic universe. Fractals are not just amazing in their own right, but that we can see them grow in nature in crystalline structures, including holographic human blood, should amaze and encourage anyone.

What do movie special effects, the stock market, heart attacks and the rings of Saturn have in common? They all consist of fractals, irregular repeating shapes found in cloud formations,tree limbs, stalks of broccoli and craggy mountain ranges and even in the human heart. Discovered by mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, they are the architecture used by nature.

Entropy vs Creation

Entropy is the phenomenon that breaks down complex organisms or structures to their most basic components. The whole concept of entropy, both natural and manipulated, when applied to humanity’s condition is quite profound.

It’s degradation…of thought, of intention and more importantly the underlying impetus for courage and resultant action. In the physical and at the quantum level it is a breakdown of creative structure of any kind into a lower vibrational signal. A very serious concept and reality to explore. After all, we are fundamentally vibrational so the conflict would take place at that level in some way.

That we have proliferating cell towers and other EMF relay stations, smart meters, CFL lightbulbs, nuclear contamination, GMOs etc. now deliberately working to accomplish this purpose attests to this, never mind the other manufactured influences. This may take some research, but the attempts to break down humanity have few limits.

Most of all, they are all entropic, as are the programs of the social engineers. It’s the ultimate fulfillment of divide and conquer, breaking down our complexity into easily manageable units and attempting to erase our creative nature and abilities.

I Hear the Sound of Construction

In spite of whatever influences befall us, the sound of creation continues. It’s beautiful, it’s continual, and it has so much energy! People are busy and active in all walks of life, but they’re also waking up and doing something about what they’re learning. It almost doesn’t matter what, just that they activate.

As I like the say, the boat has to be in motion for the rudder to take effect.

Individually and collectively we are taking action, and inherently building a new “crystalline” structure despite this onslaught of misinformation and misdirection. It may not appear anywhere in the media, it may seem insignificant, but it is real and happening far and wide. This reality needs our attention and focus.

As each of us activates, disengages from the beast and its web of lies, the new world is realizing. And this awakened world is rising beneath our very feet. Now.

Our Construction vs Their Entropy

The points above may seem somewhat disjointed or unrelated, but they are meant to illustrate our predicament as well as our innate empowerment against any onslaught. And this is barely scratching the surface.

Most importantly, new lives built on awake awareness are sprouting more than we could number. No matter the impotent attempts at fearful tamp downs by outside influences, we are alive and active, like a culture of warmth and truth residing safely under the earth. It cannot be extinguished. The electromagnetic, social engineering, food adaptation and other methods of subjugation will only have so much effect.

Activate with confidence. It’s ours in love for the taking.

Make your garden large, and make it green and growing. It doesn’t matter what befalls us, we are here to cultivate. Our energy outweighs theirs by quantum leaps, if they’re even in the same league as we are. Which they aren’t.

Never dread, and don’t stare at their machinations. They are crumbling even now.

Ours is to build and to plant, all the while exposing their perfidy.

Do it triumphantly.

Much love, Zen

ZenGardner.com

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Vedanta – The Science of Self Discovery http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/11/vedanta-science-self-discovery/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/11/vedanta-science-self-discovery/#comments Sat, 12 Apr 2014 02:20:31 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=37846 Frank Huguenard, Staff Writer
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At the heart of Hinduism is a spiritual and philosophical framework known as Vedanta. To understand the distinction between the two, it’s important to understand the origin of the word Hindu. When the first explorers from Persia traveled to India (then known as … More

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At the heart of Hinduism is a spiritual and philosophical framework known as Vedanta. To understand the distinction between the two, it’s important to understand the origin of the word Hindu. When the first explorers from Persia traveled to India (then known as Bharat), they came across the Indus valley region of the country and called the indigenous people there Hindus. The meaning of Hinduism then went on to connote the entire set of traditions, rituals, practices, cultures, rites and so forth for an extraordinarily complex society and lifestyle.

The root set of Hindu values, ethics, knowledge, spirituality, astronomy, mathematics, agriculture and health care practices came from ancient Sanskrit texts known as the four Vedas (Rig, Yamur, Atharva & Sama). While no one knows for sure how old the Vedas are, some estimates put the age at 10,000 years or even much older. The word Veda is very similar to the word science in that in means the methods and techniques for acquiring knowledge as well as the accumulative body of knowledge amassed.

The Sanskrit word “anta” literally means the end of, or the culmination of, and so appending this suffix to the word Veda, we get Vedanta which means the end of knowledge or the culmination of knowledge. Vendanta represents the highest spiritual knowledge within all the Vedas. Generally speaking, Vedanta refers to ancient texts known as The Upanishads, The Bhagavad Gita and certain commentaries on both by Shankaracharya.

In many traditions, God is said to be Omniscient, or All Knowing, with the prefix omni meaning ‘all’ and the word ‘scient,’ being the present participle of the Latin scīre which means “to know.” Over the past several thousand years, mankind wouldn’t have been able to move out of caves, begin to build structures, roads and cities, develop agriculture and understand the seasons and astronomy without some form of science. The spirit of science has always been about a quest for knowledge, a yearning for the truth and over the millennia, there have been many different forms of science, culminating in what has become to be known as the Modern Scientific Method around 400 years ago.

For better or for worse, the word science now generally refers to the Modern Scientific Method but the answers to mankind’s greatest questions lay outside the purview of anything the Modern Scientific Method can ever hope to resolve. Is there an immortal soul? Is there a supreme intelligence governing the cosmos? Is there life after death? What is the purpose/meaning of life? These questions fall outside of anything that modern science can possibly provide an answer for and yet these questions represent the highest knowledge attainable by man. More importantly, there is a science that provides the same necessary framework defined within the Modern Scientific Method of assumptions and definitions, postulates and hypotheses, theories, methods and techniques that can answer these profound questions and that science is Vedanta.

Vedanta has slowly been integrated into Western Society’s thinking for a very long time and once we begin to look under the hood and learn a little bit about what is and is not Vedanta, we realize that the basic concepts and practices are already quite familiar to us. Here are some of the principles and tenets of Vedanta that most of us easily recognize:

  • Underneath this apparent reality is an indivisible substratum of existence that all matter, anti-matter, thoughts, emotions and memories rise up and dissolve back in to. In other words, “We are All ONE” and this theme has been scientifically proven with Quantum Mechanics.
  • While this non-dual, Supreme Being is singular and beyond comprehension, it has been given many names (Brahmin, God, Atman, Allah, etc.), characteristics and properties. From the Rig Veda, “the truth is one, the wise call it by many names.”
  • “I am That” is the basis for Self Realization. That the nature of the Self is, in fact, divine and you are the Self.
  • Our mind’s identification with our ego is what keeps us from realizing this Truth, therefore keeping us in ignorance.
  • Once we fully realize the Truth of who we really are, we attain liberation from the bondages of mind-body identification and move beyond suffering.
  • The journey of liberation is a process of passing through several levels of stages and the individual becoming more wise, compassionate, joyful and peaceful along the way.
  • There is any number of different avenues to Self Realization. No single path is the correct one.

Vedanta in the West

From Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman and Henry David Thoreau to The Beatles, Eddie Vedder and Russell Brand, westerners have a long history of turning to ancient Indian philosophies and practices to enhance their lives, bring peace of mind and provide practical wisdom. Films such as The Matrix, Vanilla Sky, Star Wars (Joseph Campbell, the renowned expert on Vedanta consulted George Lucas on the first three films), Inception and even Kung Fu Panda all have obvious Vedantic references and themes.

When Carl Jung first visited India 100 years ago, he was quoted as saying that Western Psychoanalytic Theory was in its mere infancy compared with Easter Philosophy. Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson also was influenced by Eastern Philosophies, meaning that the 12-Step program has its origins in Vedantic  Science as well. One of the most popular and effective contemporary mental health treatment programs, Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), is comprised of four primary modules (Mindfulness, Emotional Regulation, Distress Tolerance and Interpersonal Relations Skills) which are pure Vedanta, whether the creator of DBT understood  them to be or not. That’s just how much Vedanta has permeated our way of collective thought processes.

The New Thought  Movement

Successive waves of Vedantic influence have sailed across the oceans to America’s shores, from the Romantics in the early 1800s (including President Adams and William Emerson, Ralph Waldo’s father) to the India Invasion of the 1890’s when both Swami Vivekananda and Paramahansa Yogananda emigrated to the U.S., but one of the largest waves of Vedanta to impact America was the New Thought Movement.

Long before Rhonda Byrnes wrote the book “The Secret and produced the film of the same name, books like Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill, The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles and The Master Key System by Charles Haanel promoted the idea that things are thoughts and our thoughts determine what gets manifested as our reality, and in order to attract wealth into our lives, we need to reprogram the way we think. The Law of Attraction, as it is commonly known today was a significant component in The New Thought Movement started over 100 years ago by Thomas Troward.

Troward, who is considered to be by many to be the Father of the New Thought Movement, was a divisional judge in India during British Imperial rule, and when he returned to England in the early 1900s, he brought back with him the ancient knowledge, philosophy and wisdom of Vedanta.

The Religious Science Organization, another branch of the New Thought Movement, was spearheaded by Earnest Holmes who’s book The Science of Mind is still studied throughout North America by secular spiritualists who seek something more meaningful and life changing than what they feel they get from orthodox religions.

The New Thought Movement is considered to be an amalgamation of several different disciplines and philosophies including Christianity, Jainism, Sikhism, Buddhism and Hinduism but in reality The New Thought Movement is pure Vedanta. If you take into account that Jesus trained in India during the so called lost years of the bible, that Sikhism, Jainism and Buddhism all have their roots in Vedanta, and that Vedanta is the spiritual core of Hinduism, then you can understand that the movement is basically a watered down, westernized version of Vedanta.

Organizations in the West Offering Vedantic Knowledge

The reasons that Vedanta appeals on so many different levels to westerners is that it doesn’t ask that we defer to an authority and are expected to have faith in miraculous events but rather, Vedanta says “here is what we accept as truths, and here are a set of parameters, methods and techniques to test and verify for yourself.” Vedanta rationally speaks about divinity without offending a person’s sense of reason and never asks you to believe anything without having your own personal experience of it.

In North America, there are many, many Vedantic based organizations easily accessible for people interested in their own search for truth and a few of the larger ones are widely available. All of Buddhism is based on Vedanta and one of the most popular retreats is Vipassana taught by S.N. Goenka. The Self Realization Fellowship and Vedanta Society, founded by Paramahansa Yogananda and Swami Vivekananda respectively are still very popular and the TM (Transcendental Meditation) organization that was started by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1950s is very well known, primarily for meditation but also has Vedanta as its basis as well. And most recently, there is the Art of Living, which was founded in 1982 by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and is currently the world’s fastest growing Vedanta based movement.

What sets the Art of Living apart from all of the other organizations focused on providing Vedantic based retreats and practices is that after 4000 years of tradition, a new technique has been added to the repertoire of tools encompassed within Vedanta, a rhythmic breathing technique known as the Sudarshan Kriya which has been scientifically proven to bring significant decreases in cortisol (the stress hormone), cholesterol, sleeplessness, restlessness and anxieties.

Whether your motivation is stress relief, clarity of thought and better sense of well being or your motivation is expansion of consciousness, Self inquiry and ultimately Moksha (liberation), Vedanta’s universal approach is applicable as well as beneficial to everyone. And whether your preference is to set off on your own on an adventure of self discovery or you’d rather get involved with a specific organization or group, the promise and value of Vedanta is equally the same. Thou art That.

About the Author

Frank Huguenard is an author, teacher and documentary film producer, specializing in films on Science and Spirituality. You can see all three of his films, Beyond MeBeyond Belief and Beyond Reason at his website www.beyondmefilm.com.

Read more articles by Frank Huguenard, here

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10 Questions About the Pineal Gland That Add to the Mystery of Spirituality http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/11/10-questions-pineal-gland-mystery-spirituality/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/11/10-questions-pineal-gland-mystery-spirituality/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:49:07 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=37811 Buck Rogers, Staff Writer
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The  pine cone shaped, pea-sized pineal gland, located in the center of the human brain, is an organ of tremendous interest these days. To many spiritual seekers it is the ‘seat of the soul‘ and the ‘third eye,’ the … More

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The  pine cone shaped, pea-sized pineal gland, located in the center of the human brain, is an organ of tremendous interest these days. To many spiritual seekers it is the ‘seat of the soul‘ and the ‘third eye,’ the anatomical part of the human body that acts as our spiritual antennae, connecting us to the non-physical, spiritual planes of existence. However, to many scientists and rigid materialist thinkers, it is strictly an endocrine gland responsible for the secretion of the hormone melatonin, a substance which, among other things, aids in the regulation of our circadian rhythms.

Far from cased closed, this small, but intriguing piece of the human organism is the source of endless discussion and consideration, as many people believe that by cleansing, detoxifying or decalcifying the pineal gland, one can more readily achieve spiritual states of consciousness and can experience with greater depth and clarity.

Of course naysayers who disregard the possibility of the existence of any spiritual dimension to life and to the pineal gland are quick to point out that no scientific evidence has proven that the pineal gland is in fact the organ responsible for spiritual experience. Yet, many people who’ve developed the subtle awareness and inward reflection required to connect to the spiritual qualities of humanity can clearly sense that something profound takes place within the area of the brain where the pineal gland sits, including visions, intuitive thoughts, vibrations, harmonic resonance with certain sounds, and other mystical phenomenon.

As the debate between science and spirituality carries on, the pineal gland sits at the center of the brain enticing both spiritual adepts and naysayers alike to take a closer look into the mysteries that make human beings spiritual creatures capable having psychological experiences that evade validation by modern scientific research methods and modes of thought.

Here are 10 questions about the pineal gland that add to the mystery of spirituality:

1. Is the pineal gland the evolutionary remnant of a literal third mammalian eye that moved into the center of the brain and changed functions from gathering light to entraining rhythms in accordance with information gathered by the retina?

2. Why do the visionary states of consciousness induced by psychedelics and meditative practices seem to be centered around the very part of the brain where the pineal gland sits?

3. If there is no connection between spirituality and the pineal gland, how is it that the 6th chakra (Ajna chakra), according to ancient Hindu tradition, is located precisely where the pineal gland sits, and has for centuries been associated with the ‘mind’s eye,’ the eye of intellect and intuition?

4. Is there a connection between the spiritual promise of the pineal gland, which is shaped like a pine cone, and the Pigna, the colossal bronze pine cone statue of ancient Rome which now sits in a courtyard in the Vatican?

5. Does the pineal gland produce the body’s natural supply of DMT, dimethyltriptamine, a chemical compound that produces incredible visionary effects when consumed in concentrated form or in the Amazonian medicine Ayahuasca?

6. Does the pineal gland release massive doses of DMT when a person dies, or when a person nearly dies, which causes the mind to have near-death experiences, or causes the soul to return to source?

7. What is the significance of the fact that the ancient Egyptian symbol, the Eye of Horus, strongly resembles the anatomy of the middle section of the brain and upper cortex, centering on the thalamus and the pineal gland?

pineal thalamus

8. Why is the pineal gland the only organ in the human body that calcifies and solidifies with age?

9. If the pineal gland has little effect on consciousness, why is it that people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, diseases which cause them to be severely psychologically disconnected from the ‘real world,’ have pineal glands that are much more calcified than those of ordinary people?

10. Why is it that following the methods of pineal gland decalcification and cleansing often bring genuine results to people who are seeking heightened spiritual experience, and why do these practices often result in people being able to more easily remember dreams and lead them to feel more connected to ‘source?’

Conclusion

There certainly is more to the human spiritual experience than just having a decalcified pineal gland, however, in our modern culture, which has grown spiritually bereft, the pineal gland holds special significance as people look for any possible technique or enhancement to the human body and mind that can assist them in re-connecting to divinity.

Some of these questions are better suited for serious scientists and laboratory research, however, simply pondering the role that human anatomy plays in spiritual experience can expand our awareness of the connection between the health of the body and the health of the spirit.

Please add your comments and thoughtful answers to these questions in the comments section below.

About the Author

Buck Rogers is the earth bound incarnation of that familiar part of our timeless cosmic selves, the rebel within. He is a surfer of ideals and meditates often on the promise of happiness in a world battered by the angry seas of human thoughtlessness. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com.

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Time Compression and the Psychonaut http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/09/time-compression-psychonaut/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/09/time-compression-psychonaut/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:06:13 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=37722 Julian Wash, Contributor
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Dear Humans,

Today I wish to return to your awareness an aspect of the Human condition that can sense the relative nature of time. This vibration has no perceivable beginning or end, it just simply is. It’s relative to the motion and energy of those … More

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Dear Humans,

Today I wish to return to your awareness an aspect of the Human condition that can sense the relative nature of time. This vibration has no perceivable beginning or end, it just simply is. It’s relative to the motion and energy of those things within and around, from organic internal rhythms to the cycle of the Sun, planets, moon and stars.

We seemed attuned to these natural movements. So profound are these influences, one need only consider how the moon attunes to the aspects of a woman and the rhythm of her cycles. And when we look at the position of the Sun, planets and stars we can glean a great deal about who and what we are starting from the day we were born. And so it seems that there’s much more to the nature of time than mechanized movement, rhythm and rotation. There’s an elusive awareness, a streaming consciousness that flows like stardust through an hourglass. And the Heavens whisper their knowing at every degree, arc and angle from their celestial vantage of harmony and light.

But in the hour of our moment, we’ve assailed to “modern times,” where natural rhythms have been largely ignored and replaced by convenient little time-keeping devices. Your cell phone, watch, clock, computer, satellites and most every time-keeping instrument is calibrated in one way or another to a rather innocuous oscillation emanating from a building in Boulder, Colorado. The unlikely source is a stable isotope of cesium-133. More commonly referred to as the atomic clock, the cesium resonance serves as the heartbeat for the modern world.

In the following paragraphs I invite you to take a brief trip with me outside this world of sweeping hands and swinging pendulums. We’ll launch from our powerful mind-ship as a “psychonaut” and explore an uncharted moon where time does not exist. No passing days or nights and neither a tick nor a tock, just perfect stillness. An alien landscape in every sense of the word.

We’re moving at quantum speed now, so your electronic timepiece will no longer serve you. But fear not. Upon our return trip you may begin to question if it ever really did.

Alien Moon and the Clap Echo Second

Imagine, if you will, a world void of any natural sound or vibration, without changing light and shadow or movement of any kind. Stars hang in place with neither a twinkle nor a wink. A number of neighboring planets appear frozen and static amid the inky backdrop of space. You look inside yourself for any hint of rhythm, pulse or breath, but there are none. You’re on a moon where time does not exist. For now, your only concept of time is your memory of it. Had you no recollection at all, then you would not have noticed or cared that your hair is no longer growing and you haven’t aged, not in the slightest bit.

Upon exploring this abandoned place, you discover the ruins of a concrete-like building. It reminds you of a parking structure on Earth. The concrete material has held up perfectly because there is no time effect upon it. No erosion or decay, just like new. You remember as a child how you could clap your hands together and hear the ensuing echo in a structure such as this. And so once again you feel the compulsion. You clap your hands together and to your astonishment a sound is returned.

You begin to notice the duration between the clap of your hands and the returning echo. You soon establish this interval as a “clap echo second.” It not exactly an “Earth” second, but on this alien rock you can call it whatever you want. Imagination runs unabated as you begin to assimilate seconds into minutes and minutes into hours. Not much to work with on this barren moon, but you’ve managed to mimic the duration in some mechanical way by stacking small stones on a primitive slide. The sliding of every stone is roughly synchronized to one clap echo second. Soon it occurs to you that your idea for the rock clock came about some three hundred stones ago, or 300 echo seconds. That’s about five minutes you surmise. And maybe it’s just your imagination, but did the planets in the sky move ever so slightly?

A couple thousand stones later you realize the planets have indeed moved and the edge of what was a stationary shadow has now ebbed and retreated. Once again you clap your hands to “recalibrate” your stone clock but discover something very strange has happened. The echo returns much sooner. You notice the shorter echo has a higher pitch. It’s as if time has sped up and the frequency got higher. Before too long you notice the walls of this parking-like structure had mysteriously moved in closer causing the shorter duration. What a strange building. Whoever built it must of have had a bizarre sense of humor, you figure. In order to stay attuned to this change, your rock clock must be adjusted to work faster. This thought elicits a palpable sensation, and for the first time in a long time, you feel a pulse.

Time Compression, Mind Expansion

On Earth many of us are sensing a phenomenon that feels much the same way. Time seems to be speeding up. In a sense the “walls” are closing in. We feel restriction and a modicum of suffocation. But there are no actual walls moving in. On the contrary— it may be that we are indeed expanding outward. The net effect would feel the same. As consciousness expands, those hypothetical walls seem closer. You can touch them if you like. You can bust them down if that is your choosing. Those drawn to this website might consider the latter.

As time is compressed, frequency is increased. Alternatively, as our frequency increases, time becomes more compressed. This can be exemplified by many musical instruments. Just by stretching a drum head, you can hear the upward change in frequency. Tighter the head, higher the frequency. Same is true with a guitar string. Tighten the string and the frequency goes up. When plucked, there are more oscillations per second in the tightened string than in a looser one. In other words, more waveforms are being generated in the course of a given second. When more is happening in the same amount of time, you have a form of compression.

Do you suppose that maybe your string has tightened a bit? Is there more happening in the course of a minute or an hour than ever before? Perhaps then your frequency has indeed shifted upward and your awareness has expanded in an outwardly manner. If your “operating frequency” is quicker—then there’s no doubt, your clock is also ticking faster.

Higher frequencies are lighter, more energetic and can penetrate deeper into the ethereal realms. Lower frequencies work well in denser Earthly domains. We are born and groomed under the spectrum of lower energies. But higher consciousness is a choice. When one chooses to sharpen their vision, they will eventually begin to see through the veil of illusion that’s been so aggressively promoted as real. Such an experience is both liberating and consequential. It takes courage and resolve to raise one’s energetic footprint and witness the world from this perspective. The guitar string doesn’t tighten on its own. It takes energy, effort and a conscious resolve to get there. And from there it’s always a matter of fine-tuning.

After a fleeting glimpse, there will be a good many that will choose to retreat back to a comfortable-familiar and a place of lower vision. We certainly should not judge those who have made such a decision. It is not their “time” so to speak. But with every passage of the second hand you understand that you are here at this place and time for a reason. For you, there’s no going back. As you tighten your “string” you begin to attune to a new wave of frequencies that resonate along with you. You take some comfort in knowing you’re not alone, even if the others seem far and few between.

Time is a macrocosm worthy of its own dimension and perhaps the most enigmatic of all mysteries. We may not be able to satisfactorily unravel the curious nature of time, but as psychonauts, we’re always prepared to launch penetrating questions and go where no thought has gone before.

We know time is not the linear, hardened construct that’s repeatedly inferred. In a sense, this can be proven. If time were not malleable, then how could one explain precognition, or little peeks into the future? Is this phenomenon real? There are millions that would attest to it. I am but one of them. Naturally anyone who has ever captured a vivid look ahead (no matter how simple or small) would undoubtedly challenge the standard view of time. I know that time is not what “they” say it is. I am as liberated in this knowing as I am challenged by such truth.

Final Thought

Please forgive my extemporaneous use of the term “psychonaut.” Seems I heard it somewhere and I rather like it. I’m acutely aware of the double entendre possibly associated with the expression, but still find it appealing. Just as an astronaut can explore the vastness of space, we can explore the vastness of consciousness. If visualizing oneself in a spacesuit helps—then so be it. The mind-ship will take you wherever you want to go if you will allow it.

The Human expression is not likely the progenitor of all time—but perhaps we are the progenitors of “our” time. I sense the present moment as a fracture in the eternal light, a doorway to all that was and ever will be. It is this very light that moves the planets and steers the stars. We lovingly calibrate to its measure and place it upon a dial or face with hands that point to the hour and minute. So what time is it? It’s our time.

And now we are living at the midnight hour. The sentient Human is absorbing information at an incalculable rate unparalleled to any event in recorded history. Access by way of the internet has allowed people to search for information and investigate most any question that comes to mind. And though there is considerable “bad” information on the net, those that are awakening are developing exceptional discernment abilities on a level their ancestors could not have dreamt possible.

So is time moving faster because consciousness is expanding? That’s my position and I know I’m not alone on that view. The walls aren’t closing in, awareness is pushing them outward. You’ve outgrown the room you were put in. The frequency is higher because the distance is shorter. You have seen the light and the light has spoken. And now you are processing higher information with exceptional speed and efficiency.

In this hour of uncertainty, there will be those who will set the course. For the enlightened, the path will lead to love and understanding and compassion for all things. The vibration of peace is very high in frequency. It can travel infinite distances but can be stopped by a simple layer of Earthly brick. In this shift we must be mindful of the denser energies that can interfere with the coherent and benevolent streams that lightly grace our world.

Within a higher vibration, space feels smaller and the hands of time seem to spin off the dial. But many answers are now within your grasp. And why should they not be? You are an entity of light and The Light is all-knowing.

Welcome back, psychonaut. You’re electronic timekeeping device has picked up a satellite and is now relaying Earth time in your geographic zone. Meanwhile, the frozen moon you left behind did the impossible and had its first full day of rotation. You must have left quite an impression.

As you resume your daily course of schedules and routines someone will eventually ask you for the time—and you may ponder a moment. It’s our time, you might say. Our time. And with a little luck, you’ll send another moon into rotation.

-Until next time

About the Author

There is a certain obscurity that follows Julian Wash. After all, any writer that starts off with “Dear Humans” might be a little hard to nail down. We sense he’s benevolent, a little crazy and we think rather enjoyable to read. Email: jwash@rattlereport.com

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Changing The Planet Through Sexual Healing http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/07/changing-planet-sexual-healing/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/07/changing-planet-sexual-healing/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:15:09 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=37344 Ben and Jen Rode, Contributors
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We live in a world that sells through sex and then shames us for it. Women are taught at a young age not to be sexual, and men are taught that women don’t want sex as bad as they do. we are taught … More

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We live in a world that sells through sex and then shames us for it. Women are taught at a young age not to be sexual, and men are taught that women don’t want sex as bad as they do. we are taught that if a man wants to have sex, he needs to work for it, fight for it, or even kill for it. Women are taught not to be sexual, but at the same time, we place absurd standards on ourselves about how sexy we need to look

This is what Sex Shame does to people! We need sex like we need food, water or sleep. It’s in our DNA to ensure reproduction! What will our world look like when everyone is comfortable with their sexuality? What will our world look like when everyone has confidence in the way they look, the words they speak and the beliefs they stand for?

The Neuroscience of the Orgasm

FMRI scans of a woman’s brain in orgasm show that over 80 areas of her brain light up (http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/237976.php), and PET scans show that key areas shut down. What this shows us is that orgasm is the most profound state of natural trance available without the use of drugs or plant medicine. The state of orgasm is an extremely powerful creative force and it’s the highest vibration that we can reach. Humans can manifest through the vibration of orgasm, and for a woman, clearing everything in the way of a full orgasm also clears anything in the way of a woman stepping fully into her true self, and rising to live her purpose.

Orgasm is 90% in the head, and with all the misinformation society teaches us that leaves us anxious in the bedroom, it’s easy to see why there are so many women who are not easily and regularly having satisfying orgasms. The majority of the work that needs to be done to allow a woman to release this way is creating a safe container where she can let go enough to be able to trust you and trust herself to allow her orgasm to come with ease. The female brain during orgasm completely shuts down areas that deal with self-reflection, fear and anxiety, and anything else that isn’t complete ecstasy. The human brain obsesses about what we think of ourselves, what other people think about us, and what we have to do later in the day. Judgment and vigilance centers of the brain keep us alert for survival. These centers need to be relaxed in order for her to orgasm and be 100% focused on her pleasure. When these centers are shut down, it’s like hacking a computer program, and reality as we know it can be completely re-wired and re-invented.

Re-wiring the brain

In Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), they have something called an Anchor, which simply put, is a unique stimulus that creates a physiological response. Everyone has had the experience of being out in public and smelling the same cologne or perfume an old lover used to wear. It brings you right back into the feeling state of being with them. Whether they were a good experience or a bad one, you’re right there all over again.

Our society anchors sex to guilt and shame and this can cause a person to completely disassociate from their body. This is doubly the case when there has been sexual abuse in a person’s childhood. Now, physical touch that should feel loving and stimulating and recharging, can make an adult want to check out, shut down or run away. You can see how this would be detrimental in our interpersonal relationships! So, how do we let people in on an entirely new level? We need to collapse those anchors.

In NLP, they collapse the negative anchor by bringing up the negative emotion or feeling and then collapsing it with a positive emotion or feeling. Orgasm can also be used to collapse all the negative anchors (guilt, shame, resentment, rage, apathy etc).

How to set the intention for sexual healing:

Intention is crucial for the entirety of a sexual healing experience. During the state of Gspot orgasm, the receiver will act as a super-charged antenna to download information and broadcast her desires to the universe. If you’re the receiver, write down what you want out of life. The next step is your life purpose. Write down what’s keeping you from having this – the story, beliefs, and actual physical actions that are not being taken or ones that shouldn’t be taken. Then, write down affirmations that you would need to believe on a deep unconscious body level of being that would shift Everything. There is often a fear present that is causing people to take actions that aren’t useful instead of taking actions that are.

The most powerful affirmations that people need to embody across the board are – I love myself, I am powerful, I trust myself, I forgive myself, my soul mate is here now – state each affirmation as if it had already happened. “I am” statements, or other identity level statements, are the most powerful statements you can make. Speak to your inner child. She is your manifestor.

Avoid deserving statements such as “I am enough,” and “I deserve to be loved,” because although the brain wants to go there, it places your deservingness on a scale, and this scale is created by ego. We want to get off the scale of ego. When you question whether you deserve something, a part of you still doubts you even if you think “yes.” When your identity is no longer on that scale of deserving, you just are.

Beginning the process and creating the container of love:

In order to reach orgasm, a woman needs to be in the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and relaxation) rather than the sympathetic system (fight or flight) which creates stress and releases a chemical called Cortisol. A deep tissue massage can cause the body to snap into the sympathetic nervous system, so instead, a gentle stroke, a relaxing massage, and candle light are all helpful to get her to relax.

Spiritual and Manifestation Benefits of Sexual Healing

If a woman has been looking for her man, the universe can’t give it to her because whenever you want to find something, it’s only because you don’t have it. In other words, when you desire something in the future, you don’t have it in the NOW. The NOW is the only place we can truly manifest from. When a woman uses this practice, she can recalibrate her vibrational compass, and often she brings him in instantly. If she already has the love of her life, she goes deeper. If she is manifesting abundance, it happens just like that. The giver and receiver create a morphogenic field, acting as antennas, to help her manifest love and abundance. Her field before was “I can’t find my man and I don’t know where my man is and I want him to be here now” and we create “This perfect divine pure love is here right now” and she leaves with an entirely different feeling. We anchor body sensation to love and to her man and she magnetizes love externally because she has found it internally.

The population must clear the negative connotations and judgments that have colored their sexual experience for hundreds or thousands of years. We must make peace with sex in order to integrate the frequencies within our identity. Things have been manipulated and given a boundary of limitation so that the truth of sexuality has been kept from you. You have been told that you can procreate with it and have orgasms, but you have not been told that you can open frequencies with it. Sexual healing is re-emerging as a way to dance with the divine and it ushers much-needed hope for the collective healing of our planet.

About the Authors

Ben and Jen Rode are the Twin Flame couple who co-founded Explosive Sexual Healing. Ben has been studying sexuality and relationships for 13 years. He is a certified Sexological Bodyworker, Sex Educator, Hypnotherapist, and NLP practitioner. Jen is a certified Reiki Master, Angel Card Reader, and Clairvoyant Channel. Having experienced sexual abuse as a child, her mission is to help the world release sexual shame & trauma, and to harmonize the divine feminine and masculine energies. Ben and Jen live at their retreat center in Rancho Santa Fe, California with their daughter, where they take sessions, hold workshops, lead retreats and transform the planet’s sexuality.

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Will There Ever Be A Time Without War? http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/05/will-ever-time-without-war/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/05/will-ever-time-without-war/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 19:20:51 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=37557 Dr. Stewart Bitkoff, Contributor
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Recently, I had the long awaited opportunity to visit Gettysburg, PA and tour this immense and historic Civil War Battlefield. This is one of our National Parks with many tour guides, roads for cars, bicycles and trails for hiking; it is immaculately kept, with … More

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Recently, I had the long awaited opportunity to visit Gettysburg, PA and tour this immense and historic Civil War Battlefield. This is one of our National Parks with many tour guides, roads for cars, bicycles and trails for hiking; it is immaculately kept, with stone walls, horse barriers, hundreds of monuments and dozens of cannons. As much as possible, trying to authentically replicate the actual battlefield.

Our Legacy of War

A number of monuments sit on hills; the higher ground, so you can view the entirety of the battlefield and come to understand the strategic importance of fighting for this advantage. You can see the enemy approach and use your guns and cannons to shoot across long distances.

As we drove past the hundred’s of monuments for regiments who fought and soldier’s who died, and I took in the sheer size and amount of land involved: I began to have visions of thousands of country men charging strait at each other being blown apart by bullets and cannons; fighting for that piece of ground, filled with fear, courage, and conviction. This battle was the bloodiest of the Civil War; with the highest number of casualties on both sides.

A Deep Sadness

During the entire ride, I was filled with a deep, profound sadness and wondered has there ever been a time: when there was no war? Growing-up, I remember my father, and his reluctance to talk about World War II; he fought on a destroyer and was at many of the major sea battles; his ship fought at the Battle of Midway, the Coral Sea and was the third to enter Tokyo Harbor after the atomic bombs were dropped and Japan surrendered.

Rarely would he speak about his experiences and when he did – it never was with pride – always hesitancy and sadness. As the years wore along, he accepted some recognition and proudly wore his hat as a member of the Tin Can Brigade- the Association of WWII Destroyer Veterans.

Clearly, all our soldiers should be remembered and honored. Without their efforts this country and world would be a darker place; with less personal freedom and the opportunity in America to go and do what we like.

Yet, the question remains: will there ever be a time without war? Historically, violent conflict seems to be part of human nature, and military strength is needed to protect us from those who would destroy.

For the spiritual traveler, one of the most difficult things to come to grips with is the persistent question: why is there war? If there is a benevolent and loving God, why does God allow these horrific clashes?

Opportunity to Create or Destroy

In traditional spiritual discussions, it is said, man/woman is made in the Image of God and that Man/Woman is God’s vicegerent or representative on earth.

As a spiritual traveler: we have a cosmic destiny to create our own reality; and with this potential to create, comes the capacity to destroy: For he that creates a thing can also destroy it. The Yin and Yang. Good and Evil. This is the Universal Law of Opposites.

Today, across the globe, terrorists are blowing-up thousands of innocents in the Name of their God. They are being motivated by extremist’s views; that the world would be a better place if everyone believed as they did and the evil, Western Capitalistic Empire was destroyed. Slowly, we as a nation are coming to recognize that we are not entirely clean in all of this; and over the years we have taken plenty from these people in the Name of a different God (Capitalism/Oil).

One Person at a Time

From a spiritual point of view, the world is made a better place, one person at a time. Travelers acquiring an inner wisdom and understanding the importance of helping others by balancing the planet’s wealth and resources. For you see, the Law of Opposites can be trumped/transcended by the Law of One… and Love.

Globally until each child, each family, has enough to eat, gets good health care, is educated with the chance to economically prosper; they will be ripe for opportunists to scapegoat and target another population as an enemy: fighting against them to feed their leader’s need for power and wealth.

Each of us has free will and it matters what we do every moment. Until the majority of us learn to reach higher and embrace our neighbor as a member of our family – the human family – it will be more of the same.

War can be transcended. We can reach higher and many of those who died on the battlefields were doing just that . . . Trying to make the world better.

Yet, travelers forget, as Mohammad said: the greater Jihad is the inner Jihad. When we win the inner war, perhaps, we can take our personal wisdom, peace and tranquility into the outer world; and when enough of us have done this, perhaps, there will be a time without war. When and if this happens, we will no longer need soldiers and armies.

The Golden Rule

No, I am not a dreamer. On the contrary, I am a realist. Wars are started for personal reasons . . . and we must learn how to make better people who choose honest leaders.

We all know how to make better people; it is written in all the Holy Books.

First, we must put down our fears and realize, a world without war is possible; it is totally up to us. No one else. Then we must learn to treat others as part of our family. You know, the Golden Rule: “treat people the way you’d like to be treated.” Until this happens collectively . . . sadly, it will be more of the same.

Yes, we can petition God/Deity for help- but peace and prosperity is our responsibility, first.

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Tyranny & Freedom

Traveler:
O Master, speak to me of Tyranny.

Master:
Does not each traveler create
Their own chains
When they draw the cloak of expectancy
About themselves?
Are not the Laws Written?
By which traveler
May live a full life
And thereby contribute
To the good of humanity?
The fetters of tyranny are forged
Only when one traveler
Sets their need above another.

Traveler:
Speak to me of Freedom.

Master:
To be free
One must immerse them self
In the River
And let the current guide.
Freedom is absence of self
With total surrender
To the Divine Will.

Traveler:
Tell me more of the River.

Master:
Every traveler must journey to the River
And within each the water beckons.
Every Heart calls to become a fountain
Feeding of this wondrous stream.
Each traveler must dip the cup
Of God’s Grace and Mercy
To sip of the Eternal Spring.
And once you have tasted of the River
You will desire to make your Home
On its shore.

-SB

About the Author

Dr. Stewart Bitkoff, spiritual traveler, poet, is a student of Sufi Mysticism and the perennial philosophy. Professionally specializing in the healing applications of therapeutic recreation, psychiatric rehabilitation and mental health treatment; he holds a doctorate in education and served on the faculties of multiple colleges and universities.

Stewart is also the author of Sufism for the Western Seekerpublished in 2011, was nominated by ‘Foreword Magazine’ for Adult Non Fiction Religious Book of Year Book of the Year Award, placing 4th (honorable mention) and is a must read, as well as The Ferryman’s Dream. Both books are also in Kindle format and available on Amazon.com or local bookstore.

Register for an upcoming retreat weekend with  Dr. Steward Bitkoff atop Bangor Mountain, in the beautiful Pocono Mountains, Kirkridge Retreat Center on Sufism & Enlightenment, May 30- June I, 2014. For information is available here: http://kirkridge.org/programs/upcoming-programs/ - click on Detailed Information for full program highlights.

For more information about the author, please visit www.stewartbitkoff.com, and if you are interested in learning more about universal mysticism and Sufism contact: drbitkoff@yahoo.com.

Read my new book: Beyond The River’s Gate. Book is available on Amazon.com in paperback, Kindle format or local bookstore.

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From Medication To Meditation http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/05/medication-meditation/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/05/medication-meditation/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 13:03:18 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=36470 Osho
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The whole society is geared for work. It is a workaholic society. It does not want you to learn relaxation, so from the very childhood it puts in your mind anti-relaxation ideas.

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The whole society is geared for work. It is a workaholic society. It does not want you to learn relaxation, so from the very childhood it puts in your mind anti-relaxation ideas.

I am not telling you to relax the whole day. Do your work, but find some time for yourself, and that can only be found in relaxation… And you will be surprised that if you can relax for an hour or two hours out of every twenty-four hour, it will give you a deeper insight into yourself. It will change your behavior outwardly – you will become more calm, more quiet. It will change the quality of your work – it will be more artistic and graceful…

Relaxation has miraculous powers… Relaxation can transform you to such beautiful heights – and it is such a simple technique… It will bring new light to your eyes, a new freshness to your being, and it will help you to understand what meditation is. It is just the first step outside the door of the temple of meditation. With just deeper and deeper relaxation it becomes meditation..

Total relaxation is the ultimate. That’s the moment when one becomes a buddha. That’s the moment of realization, enlightenment, Christ consciousness…

Don’t be in a hurry and don’t be in haste. Move as if all eternity is available to you – in fact, it is available to you. We are here from the beginning and we are going to be here to the very end, if there is a beginning and there is an end. In fact, there is no beginning and no end. We have always been here and we will be here always. Forms go on changing, but not the substance, garments go on changing, but not the soul…

Your so-called religions have made you very tense, because they have created guilt in you. My effort here is to help you get rid of all guilt and all fear.. I would like to tell you: there is no hell and no heaven… all that exists is this moment. You can make this moment a hell or a heaven… Hell is when you are all tense, and heaven is when you are all relaxed. Total relaxation is paradise.

Osho, From Medication To Meditation, chp 6

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5 Thought-Provoking Quantum Experiments Showing That Reality Is an Illusion http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/04/5-thought-provoking-quantum-experiments-showing-reality-illusion/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/04/5-thought-provoking-quantum-experiments-showing-reality-illusion/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 00:44:25 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=37539 Anna LeMind, In5D Guest
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No one in the world can fathom what quantum mechanics is, this is perhaps the most important thing you need to know about it. Granted, many physicists have learned to use its laws and even predict phenomena based on quantum calculations. But it is … More

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No one in the world can fathom what quantum mechanics is, this is perhaps the most important thing you need to know about it. Granted, many physicists have learned to use its laws and even predict phenomena based on quantum calculations. But it is still unclear why the observer of an experiment determines behavior of the system and causes it to favor one state over another. “Theories and Applications” picked examples of experiments with outcomes which will inevitably be influenced by the observer, and tried to figure out how quantum mechanics is going to deal with the intervention of conscious thought in material reality.

1. Schrödinger’s cat

Today there are many interpretations of quantum mechanics with the Copenhagen interpretation being perhaps the most famous to-date. In the 1920s, its general postulates were formulated by Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg. The wave function has become the core term of the Copenhagen interpretation, it is a mathematical function containing information about all possible states of a quantum system in which it exists simultaneously.

As stated by the Copenhagen interpretation, the state of the system and its position relative to other states can only be determined by an observation (the wave function is used only to help mathematically calculate the probability of the system being in one state or another). We can say that after observation, the quantum systembecomes classical and immediately cease to exist in other states, except for the state it has been observed.

This approach has always had its opponents (remember for example Albert Einstein’s “God does not play dice“), but the accuracy of the calculations and predictions prevailed. However, the number of supporters of the Copenhagen interpretation is decreasing and the major reason for that is the mysterious instant collapse of the wave function during the experiments. The famous mental experiment by Erwin Schrödinger with the poor cat was meant to demonstrate the absurdity of this phenomenon.

Let us recap the nature of this experiment. A live cat is placed inside a black box, together with a vial containing poison and a mechanism that can release this poison at random. For instance, a radioactive atom during its decay can break the vial. The precise time of atom’s decay is unknown. Only half-life, or the time during which the decay occurs with a probability of 50%, is known.

Obviously, for the external observer, the cat inside the box exists in two states: it is either alive, if all goes well, or dead, if the decay occurred and the vial was broken. Both of these states are described by the cat’s wave function, which changes over time. The more time has passed, the more likely that radioactive decay has already happened. But as soon as we open the box, the wave function collapses, and we immediately see the outcomes of this inhumane experiment.

In fact, until the observer opens the box, the cat will be subjected to the endless balance on the brink of being between life and death, and its fate can only be determined by the action of the observer. That is the absurdity pointed out by Schrödinger .

2. Diffraction of electrons

According to the poll of the greatest physicists conducted by The New York Times, the experiment with electron diffraction is one of the most astonishing studies in the history of science. What was its nature?

There is a source that emits a stream of electrons onto photosensitive screen. And there is obstruction in the way of these electrons, a copper plate with two slits. What kind of picture can be expected on the screen if the electrons are imagined as small charged balls? Two strips illuminated opposite to the slits.

In fact, the screen displays a much more complex pattern of alternating black and white stripes. This is due to the fact that, when passing through the slit, electrons begin to behave not as particles, but as waves (just like the photons, or light particles, which can be waves at the same time). These waves interact in space, either quenching or amplifying each other, and as a result, a complex pattern of alternating light and dark stripes appears on the screen.

At the same time, the result of this experiment does not change, and if electrons pass through the slit not as one single stream, but one by one, even one particle can be a wave. Even a single electron can pass simultaneously through both slits (and this is also one of the main postulates of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, when particles can simultaneously display both their “usual” physical properties and exotic properties as a wave).

But what about the observer? The observer makes this complicated story even more confusing. When physicists, during similar experiments, tried to determine with the help of instruments which slit the electron actually passes through, the image on the screen had changed dramatically and become a “classic” pattern with two illuminated sections opposite to the slits and no alternating bands displayed.

Electrons seemed not wanting to show their wave nature under the watchful eye of observers. Did they manage to follow their instinctive desire to see a clear and simple picture. Is this some kind of a mystery? There is a more simple explanation: no observation of a system can be carried out without physically impacting it. But we will discuss this a bit later.

3. Heated fullerene

Experiments on the diffraction of particles have been conducted not only for electrons, but for much larger objects. For example, using fullerenes, large and closed molecules consisting of dozens of carbon atoms (for example, fullerene of sixty carbon atoms is very similar in shape to a football, a hollow sphere comprised of pentagons and hexagons).

Recently, a group of scientists from the University of Vienna supervised by Professor Zeilinger tried to introduce an element of observation in these experiments. To do this, they irradiated moving fullerene molecules with a laser beam. Then, warmed by an external source, the molecules began to glow and inevitably displayed their presence in space to the observer.

Together with this innovation, the behavior of molecules has also changed. Prior to the beginning of such comprehensive surveillance, fullerenes quite successfully avoided obstacles (exhibited wave-like properties) similar to the previous example with electrons passing through an opaque screen. But later, with the presence of an observer, fullerenes began to behave as completely law-abiding physical particles.

4. Cooling measurement

One of the famous laws in the world of quantum physics is the Heisenberg uncertainty principle which claims that it is impossible to determine the speed and the position of a quantum object at the same time. The more accurate we are at measuring the momentum of a particle, the less precise we are at measuring its position. But the validity of quantum laws operating on tiny particles usually remains unnoticed in our world of large macroscopic objects.

Recent experiments by Professor Schwab in the U.S. are even more valuable in this respect, where quantum effects have been demonstrated not at the level of electrons or fullerene molecules (their characteristic diameter is about 1 nm), but on a little more tangible object, a tiny aluminum strip.

This strip was fixed on both sides so that its middle was in a suspended state and it could vibrate under external influence. In addition, a device capable of accurately recording strip’s position was placed near it.

As a result, the experimenters came up with two interesting findings. First, any measurement related to the position of the object and observations of the strip did affect it, after each measurement the position of the strip changed. Generally speaking , the experimenters determined the coordinates of the strip with high precision and thus , according to the Heisenberg’s principle, changed its velocity, and hence the subsequent position.

Secondly, which was quite unexpected, some measurements also led to cooling of the strip. So, the observer can change physical characteristics of objects just by being present there.

5. Freezing particles

As it is well known, unstable radioactive particles decay not only for experiments with cats, but also on their own. Each particle has an average lifetime which, as it turns out, can increase under the watchful eye of the observer.

This quantum effect was first predicted back in the 1960s, and its brilliant experimental proof appeared in the article published in 2006 by the group led by Nobel laureate in Physics Wolfgang Ketterle of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In this paper, the decay of unstable excited rubidium atoms was studied (photons can decay to rubidium atoms in their basic state). Immediately after preparation of the system, excitation of atoms was observed by exposing it to a laser beam. The observation was conducted in two modes: continuous (the system was constantly exposed to small light pulses) and pulse-like (the system was irradiated from time to time with more powerful pulses).

The obtained results are perfectly in line with theoretical predictions. External light effects slow down the decay of particles, returning them to their original state, which is far from the state of decay. The magnitude of this effect for the two studied modes also coincides with the predictions. The maximum life of unstable excited rubidium atoms was extended up to 30-fold.

Quantum mechanics and consciousness

Electrons and fullerenes cease to show their wave properties, aluminum plates cool down and unstable particles freeze while going through their decay, under the watchful eye of the observer the world changes. Why cannot this be the evidence of involvement of our minds in the workings of the world? So maybe Carl Jung and Wolfgang Pauli (Austrian physicist and Nobel laureate, the pioneer of quantum mechanics) were correct after all when they said that the laws of physics and consciousness should be seen as complementary? 

We are only one step away from admitting that the world around us is just an illusory product of our mind. Scary, isn’t it? Let us then again try to appeal to physicists. Especially when in recent years, they favor less the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, with its mysterious collapse of the wave function, giving place to another quite down to earth and reliable term decoherence.

Here’s the thing, in all these experiments with the observations, the experimenters inevitably impacted the system. They lit it with a laser and installed measuring devices. But this is a common and very important principle:you cannot observe the system or measure its properties without interacting with it. And where there is interaction, there will be modification of properties. Especially when a tiny quantum system is impacted by colossal quantum objects. So the eternal Buddhist observer neutrality is impossible.

This is explained by the term “decoherence”, which is an irreversible, from the point of view of thermodynamics, process of altering the quantum properties of the system when it interacts with another larger system. During this interaction the quantum system loses its original properties and becomes a classic one while “obeying ” the large system. This explains the paradox of Schrödinger’s cat: the cat is such a large system that it simply cannot be isolated from the rest of the world. The mere design of this mental experiment is not quite correct.

In any event, compared to the reality of consciousness as an act of creation, decoherence represents a much more convenient approach. Perhaps even too convenient. Indeed, with this approach, the entire classical world becomes one big consequence of decoherence. And as the authors of one of the most prominent books in this field stated, such an approach would also logically lead to statements like “there are no particles in the world” or ” there is no time on a fundamental level”.

Is it the creator-observer or powerful decoherence? We have to choose between the two evils. But remember, now scientists are increasingly convinced that the basis of our mental processes is created by these notorious quantum effects. So, where the observation ends and reality begins, is up to each of us.

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How We Lose Our Personal Power http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/04/lose-personal-power/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/04/lose-personal-power/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 17:19:39 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=37510 Mary Rivas, Contributor
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Everyone has the potential to live an amazing life. We were all born with a vast amount of energy that, if not depleted, can absolutely be used to create amazing changes in our lives and help us live truly extraordinary lives.

The problem is as … More

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Everyone has the potential to live an amazing life. We were all born with a vast amount of energy that, if not depleted, can absolutely be used to create amazing changes in our lives and help us live truly extraordinary lives.

The problem is as time goes by, we start to lose our personal power. We lose our inner power over time not because our body ages but because we simply haven’t been taught how to build and conserve our energy.

We lose huge amounts of energy when we allow ourselves to be drained from ordinary daily living. We get weighed down by heavy  emotions such as anger, sadness, anxiety, and self-doubts–emotions that deplete our vital energy. When is the last time someone or an event drained you of energy? People close to us in our lives, such as those at work and home, can be the catalysts that drain our energy! At the same time, they can also be our greatest teachers. When our energy becomes depleted, we simply don’t have enough strength to take charge of our lives. Drained of energy, we stay in the same old rut day after day.

Ancient wisdom teaches that self-importance is one of man’s greatest enemy. What weakens us is often feeling offended by the acts and misdeeds of  others.  Self-importance requires that we spend most of our life offended by something or someone.  Simply stated, when we indulge in self-pity, we lose our energy.

To achieve extraordinary results in life we must preserve our energy and build it up.

How Do We Preserve and Build Our Personal Power?

A powerful way to preserve and increase our energy is by being impeccable with our thoughts. Our thoughts and beliefs have incredible power–they can empower us or drain us of vital energy.

It’s a simple formula: Thoughts lead to emotions, emotions lead to actions (or lack of actions), which lead to results.

What holds us back is what we’ve learned growing up. We never learned to question beliefs that we acquired growing up. We’ve just accepted them as true. How many times were you told that “life is hard” or that “it’s not possible” or that “you don’t have what it takes” and on and on. Most of the time, we’re not even aware of how we give our power away day-to-day through our thoughts and interactions with people.

Unless you practice expanding your awareness and do self-observation practices, you’re likely to be holding onto limiting and false beliefs about yourself that are keeping you stuck without even knowing it.

One simple practice to lift your spirit and give you the extra energy you need is just to observe how many times in a day you say limiting words such as “can’t” or ‘but” and how many times you have thoughts that limit possibilities such as “that won’t work.” Practice this form of tracking by writing down your observations in a notebook. Even just one day of self-observation will reveal a great deal about your personal power. One day in your life is a microcosm of your life as whole.

As you learn to develop awareness, you’ll let go of false beliefs that you have about yourself. Self-observation practices empower you, lift your spirit and give you the extra energy you need to live the life you want to live. The truth will set you free!

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Mary Rivas is the founder of www.UnlimitedInnerPower.com, a website that helps you discover how to use mind powers to eliminate negative thinking and realize your life dreams.  Mary is the author of The Warrior Spirit: How To Use Mind Powers & Ancient Wisdom To Create Wealth and Much More! She has a degree in psychology and attended graduate school in clinical psychology. For over ten years, she has immersed herself in ancient wisdom teachings, including shamanism.

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Illumination and the Artificial Womb http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/02/illumination-artificial-womb/ http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/04/02/illumination-artificial-womb/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:59:22 +0000 http://www.wakingtimes.com/?p=37438 Julian Wash, Contributor
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Dear Humans,

Today I wish to return to your awareness an aspect of the Human condition that yields to imaginary lines and abstractions. In a world otherwise composed of natural beauty and harmony, there’s an artificial grid, a template of conformity that grips the planet. … More

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Dear Humans,

Today I wish to return to your awareness an aspect of the Human condition that yields to imaginary lines and abstractions. In a world otherwise composed of natural beauty and harmony, there’s an artificial grid, a template of conformity that grips the planet. And within its broad, sweeping grasp we find lines and boundaries and numbers of all sorts. They are not real in any physical sense, they are only real because we make it so. These handy little abstractions are ubiquitous throughout this synthetic construct, the artificial womb we call society.

We don’t see them for what they are. Because they’re so prevalent and so deeply woven into the fabric of our daily existence, they’ve become essentially real to us. Those lines between the states, the lines that separate one country from another, are also very real to the keepers of illusion. So real in fact that if one were to disregard any abstract law associated with crossing an abstract line, then one may face a very real experience within the confines of a concrete and steel prison cell. In such case, one would surely be assigned a number to stand on and a line would be drawn between what they can and cannot do.

In the following paragraphs we’ll briefly explore the curious abstraction of lines and boundaries, numbers and laws. To help heighten the experience, perhaps you would like to choose a line and number of your own. Stay on the line until the bell rings. When the bell rings you may stand on your number. If you are female you must stay on the left side of the designated number platform, unless it’s Tuesday. Tuesday is that crazy mix-up day where you’re allowed to stand on the right side. This was carefully integrated to make you believe society isn’t so tightly woven after all. Heck, it’s a lot of fun! And you have a choice of making your number any color you like, as long as it’s red, yellow or blue. A subset of options disguised as free choice is the name of the game.

–Ready to play?

The Artificial Womb

From the day we’re born we are placed in this artificial construct of numbers and laws, lines and dots designating regions and rules as formal abstractions and imaginary structure. The conscious mind at first rejects these boundaries as real. For instance, a young child has difficulty comprehending a border between two countries. It’s not until that young, malleable mind is reshaped into seeing things that aren’t really there does it begin to grasp the concept of boundary. So these lines are drawn in mind consciousness and become very real in that sense. But how real?

It is important and perhaps necessary to have these lines and boundaries. We have incremental time pieces that dissect the motion of the Sun into 24 handy little hours. We have laws to enforce “staying off the grass” or to drive at the designated speed. We have calendars and dates and phone numbers and street numbers that keep us on time and on track. And how convenient really that our paycheck is also little more than a number. Some of it may be converted to tangible cash, but most of it is often surrendered to a checking account where we pay the number abstractions called bills. The abstractions can transform into uncomfortable realities if one chooses to not pay an expense such as an electric bill. But at the fundamental core, none of this is real. None of it. The keepers of the illusion know this all too well. They sure don’t want you to know it though. This society can only function under the spell of illusion.

So today I’m here to suggest that we not completely break the spell, unless of course that is your choosing. We are already steeped too deeply in the illusion to just walk away. As I alluded to earlier, the imaginary boundaries and numbers are really quite handy. This artificial template instills order and conformity. It allows businesses to function and can organize a given day into functional little bits and pieces. But I am suggesting that you re-awaken to this artificial womb. See it for what it is, a control apparatus. There’s smoke and mirrors everywhere you turn. If one is lost on this ride it can become a house of horrors. If one is able to disengage from the abstractions, and see the strings and little puffs of smoke that occlude clear vision, then the ride can be entertaining to an extent. Much of those things you assumed were real, you swore were real, are in fact illusions or actors in costume. How fun. How creepy.

The keepers of the illusion take all this very, very seriously. On an illusionary stage, they can command someone into a combat zone where one may lose their life or take the life of another. Everyone seems to wear the appropriate costume with stripes designating illusionary levels of importance. A lifetime of illusionary bombardment makes our soldier obedient and willing to do the bidding of another. Our young and brave are primed and ready for action. But the so-called enemy is also blinded by illusion. Being disengaged with truth is the reality.

War is only real because we make it so. Fighters on both sides have bought into their respective illusion. If war were relegated to just “leaders” physically hashing it out, then that would usher in rapid resolution to most conflicts. Problems would be quickly remedied without much bloodshed. Leaders historically have always preferred to dish it out rather than take it. Enlightenment is only a concept they’ve heard about but paid no mind to. Anyway if they did, they’d likely dismiss it as a weakness. There may be a soldier or two on the frontline that experiences enlightenment, but their orders from command remain washed in illusion. Carry-on, they say.

Status Quo and the Nonconformist

Societal rules of conduct are dictated through an illusionary system of fear and reward. If one does as expected they will carve out a nifty little life indeed. It will have all the appearances and pretenses of being “normal” right down to the color of their house and their proud allegiance to a certain political party, so long as it’s either donkey or elephant. They will be congratulated and praised for their relative conformity and blind work ethic throughout the course of their short life. Praise may come in the form of diplomas and accolades and little congratulatory pins and ribbons. Recognized as a “pillar of society” they will be embraced by local government and their church and will likely boast a good many military citations as well. But ten years or so after passing, this person will be all but forgotten. Such a person may likely leave this world with more questions than answers, assuming of course they could formulate one.

On the other hand, if one chooses to challenge the status quo and carve their own path they will be met with one obstacle after another. The web of the artificial womb mandates a certain flow and direction. Go against the flow, and you’ll feel the resistance. When a nonconformist transitions from this world, they will have fine-tuned many thoughts and questions. They’ve spent their life thinking, agonizing and wondering. They ran on principle and faith even when others dictated a more calculated course for them.

They might have been called “black sheep,” “misfit” or “visionary” depending on which side of the financial divide they fell upon. They likely had difficulty in school and rejected authority figures. Many unfortunately turned to alcohol or other drugs as a modality for escape. They may not have ever known the sinister force that kept eating away at them. They only knew that “Mr. Normal” down the street, who had attuned to the template of conformity within the societal construct, had painted his house a non-offensive, neutral tone that conformed fully to HOA guidelines. When our nonconformist saw the house, with its perfectly manicured lawn and neighborhood welcome flag fluttering in the breeze, they wanted to throw-up. Ultimately they blame themselves for their irrational feelings, which only add to their confusion.

A Speck in the Cosmos

Some time ago I had a conversation with a very fine and formally-educated gentleman. He admitted rather humbly that he “knew just enough to know he doesn’t really know anything at all.” Expecting perhaps that I might be impressed by his level of insight, he went on to say that “he realized he was just a tiny speck in the grand scheme of things” an “insignificant dot in all there is to know.” He smiled contently as if this was a high-minded and noble position that I might readily accept.

I recognized this admission as a type of mind manipulation extruded from the artificial womb. It is vitally important for the illusion keepers to foster feelings of inadequacy within the masses, preferably under the guise of high-mindedness. If done intelligently, then even the most gifted minds fall into the trap. Not only is this attitude of insignificance meticulously maintained and groomed by society, it’s also humbly embraced by the individual, as if it’s a good thing. So we’re supposed to insert our tongue into our dopey cheek and sheepishly admit to our cosmic insignificance. Collectively we are powerful, we’re told, but individually we are consumers at best, parasites at worst, as if there’s a real difference between those terms.

I asked this gentleman what his “speck” would look like under a microscope. His eyes widen as if that thought never occurred to him. He could not structure a response. I asked if he thought perhaps it might appear as a fractal of the greater picture containing the entire cosmic DNA of the conceptual Universe? This elicited more of a tremble than response. The mind is not supposed to go there.

I asked what color was the background of “all there is to know” since he attests such a state exists. He shrugged as if the thought never occurred to him. For the sake of discussion he asserted that perhaps the fabric may appear as black “just as all time and space.” I asked if his speck were to be removed from the fabric would the fabric then be torn? No response, though I sensed a polite change of topic was being sought. But here was an opportunity to reverse some of the illusionary construct.  I went on to ask that if the “speck” he defined as “self” were removed from the fabric then what color would the opening be? “White perhaps,” a “white light contrasting the black” he suggested. So I asserted that within the infinite folds of Universe by simply not being there one would create a rather conspicuous “white light” opening in the inky black fabric of the time-space continuum. Rather provocative, wouldn’t you say?  Your omission would therefore draw considerable attention. I do see you as that “white light” my friend, I told him. Now tell me again what you meant by insignificant speck?

Illumination, Twinkie and a Nugget

Today I’m here to dispel illusions, at least for a moment. The construct of the societal womb, whether useful or not, is still just an illusion. Those shackles are really just strings. Once they realize that YOU realize that, they may put the real ones on depending on your behavior. None-the-less, I’m here to remind you that you are not an illusion, but the artificial womb in which you live in is indeed just that. You are made of atoms -atoms of pure energy. As an energetic expression, atoms are “light.” Your atoms have been touched by a Divine presence and forged from eternal love and awareness. You are illuminated. You are the shining ones.

You are innately above any illusion the world may try to ensnare you in. Illusions only work when you don’t see them for what they are. But there’s the problem. Because your mind possesses infinite powers you can readily manifest illusions as reality. This is not a low-level function but a very advanced and sophisticated ability. These illusions can only be maintained through the super-intelligence of the Human. The artificial boundaries, the lines, numbers and all the illusionary dots do not work on any other creature upon this planet. You’re special. And since they got to you when you were young and highly impressionable, you bought into the abstractions hook, line and sinker. You went from a living womb into an artificial one, almost seamlessly.

You are much too powerful and impossible to control as an awakening, enlightened being. So your mind has been horribly assaulted with illusionary abstractions ranging from social-political idiocy to religious lunacy. They tell you these concepts are rational and sound, so if you don’t get it “you’re” the crazy one. They unmercifully drilled notions of “right and wrong” into your developing brain to the extent of cognitively severing it. You have memorized a nine digit number that they know you by and that you protect and value as if it were your true identity. You abide with rules and laws in a de facto world where one is continually reminded of their limitations. You have not been allowed or encouraged in any meaningful way to cut your own path or create an original thought. And when you do, they’re quick to tell you someone already has already beat you to it. Big deal, they say, there are no original thoughts left. They don’t tell you that perhaps you’ve tapped into a collective consciousness or that the thought is indeed a novel vibration unique to your existence.

They will, however, tell you in no uncertain terms to repaint your purple door because it does not conform to HOA guidelines, rules and regulations. The fine, upstanding neighbor Mr. Normal over on the next block took it upon himself to file a complaint. And then there’s the Twinkie.

In this world we are handed a heap-load of tasty but nutritionally-deprived philosophies that roughly equivocate to the physical representation of a Twinkie. We are sold illusions because they encapsulate little morsels of truth within the sugary corn syrup substance we’ve grown so addicted to. So when religious institutions teach us that it is wrong to kill, that seems valid and resonates with internal knowing. But isn’t that what we do in battles and in our wars and in some cases to our own prisoners? But that’s different they say. To accept it is wrong to kill is to also accept the exceptions. The Twinkie cake contains a nauseous amount of conflicting reasons why exceptions are necessary and why they should be embraced. Oh yes it’s sad, they tell you with feigned sensitivity, but it just must be. Really? The illusion attempts to hi-jack truth so it can manifest a sort of skewed reality. This skewed sense of reality seems sufficient for most people. But you’re not “most people” or you would not be at this website and you certainly would not have read this far.

Religious, academic and legal institutions use the Twinkie construct all the time. By adding a pearl of wisdom to a mountain of subterfuge, one is expected to consume the whole lot. It’s exactly the same when congress attempts to pass a meaningful bill but with tons of “pork” attached to it.   In a real and perfect world we would just be handed the pearls. The meaningful bill would have no strings attached. But in an artificial womb, we are handed the whole Twinkie because we sense the nugget within it. You want the nugget, then eat the whole damn Twinkie.

So we are turned and led by the nose in pursuit of the truth but never really getting there. We’ll eat ourselves into toxic exhaustion before really being able to embrace the pearls of wisdom. Along the way we accept things only because of their proximity to truth. That’s how the illusion is maintained. The artificial womb lures you into various belief systems by using a kernel of wisdom as bait. You associate other ancillary aspects as truth since it shares company with the nugget. But all you really have is a sugary, cavity invoking, syrupy sweet Twinkie cake containing somewhere a tiny, nutritive morsel.

Final Thought

The illusionary construct is useful to an extent but make no mistake- it is all about control. If we could start over again with enlightened, benevolent guidance our world would be very different. Instead of competing for resources we could have joined our efforts. Instead of fighting, we could have loved one another. We could feed everyone on the planet and so there would be no insincere charity campaigns emptying the pockets of well-meaning souls through their campy televised spots that elicit guilt in exchange for favor. It would be real, not illusionary. There would not be overpopulation issues, since overpopulation is a type of survival mechanism, a type of “social security” for societies with a history of suffering. These stresses would fade.

In the “real” world we would ascend to higher consciousness. We would reconnect with the animals instead of eating them. We would embrace society and nurture individualism. The talented would not be tricked and exploited into building bigger and better bombs for the military industrialized complex. They would not have to sign security clearances or submit to patents that would effectively remove their talents from the rest of us. In a real world, their talents would be shared by all and soon most every disease would be eradicated. In this cooperative real setting, achievements of all sorts would be possible.

In a real world there would be peace and powerful connections with benevolent off-world entities that would come to visit upon our request. Sensing the stability and love with these attractive Human creatures much would be shared. All energy would be available for love and life. You would not be taxed, pained and slowly bled by the hooks and barbs of the artificial womb. You would breathe contently, with enthusiasm, purpose and passion.

I’ve said perhaps too much today. This is, however, the way I feel and to that extent I make no apology. Every day I see the numbers and the lines, the boundaries and the little strings. The worst part is I see how the others don’t see. The truth remains just outside their grasp. So close, yet so far.

I see you’re still standing on your number. Thank you for playing along. Do you suppose that number offers any real significance to your life? Perhaps so. But for me it’s all an illusion. In my mind I can see a better world, a REAL world. I can see how easy it could be achieved once the angry, competitive and divisive instruments of the synthetic construct are fully eradicated.

In the meantime, I’ll close my eyes and go to that place no one knows about but me. And maybe someday, if I’m lucky, I’ll see you there too. I’ll know you by your light.

-Until next time

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There is a certain obscurity that follows Julian Wash. After all, any writer that starts off with “Dear Humans” might be a little hard to nail down. We sense he’s benevolent, a little crazy and we think rather enjoyable to read. Email: jwash@rattlereport.com

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