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7 Examples Where Science Meets Spirituality

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Things have drastically changed since Galileo was placed under house arrest for his scientifically accurate views, simply because they threatened the beliefs put out by the Catholic Church at the time.

Today, things have changed, to an extent. We still have information that is heavily controlled by the global elite. This small group of people and the corporations they run practically control all aspects of our lives, from media and finance to healthcare, education, and more. Most importantly, they control all of the information we see and read, whilst labelling everything else as ‘fake news.’ It’s a good thing this isn’t considered a conspiracy theory anymore, because if it were, we’d be in big trouble. Eisenhower warned us about the potential of “misplaced” power that would severely undermine American democracy. JFK warned us about the fact that there are those who wish to capitalize on an announced need for increased security, and that it would be “seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of censorship and concealment.” Today, some historians estimate that the U.S. government classifies trillions of new pages of text every single year. You can read more about that topic, the Black Budget, and Special Access Programs (SAPs) here.

Things are different in the sense that the religious and spiritual communities are much more open to information and evidence that help us to understand the true nature of reality. Many religious and spiritual teachings are actually being confirmed by science, and that is evident by the list below. Take, for example, the Dalai Lama. He’s never been a stranger to science, and throughout his leadership he’s constantly advocated for the collusion of science and Eastern philosophy.

As Vice News points out:

This intersection of interests was manifest in the diversity of His audience, which was comprised of roughly 150 Tibetan bhikkhus, academics, and students who had piled into the conference center at Jawaharlal Nehru University to listen to the Dalai Lama and a panel of physicists and monastic scholars discuss the intersection of quantum physics and Madhyamaka Buddhist philosophy.

It’s truly amazing, especially in the fields of neuroscience and quantum physics, just how much knowledge our ancient cultures had regarding the true nature of reality. In many cases, modern day science is in fact catching up to this ancient knowledge. Personally, I believe science can take us far, but only so far, as we are burdened today by scientific dogmas and an industry plagued by corruption.

Non-Material Science

“Despite the unrivaled empirical success of quantum theory, the very suggestion that it may be literally true as a description of nature is still greeted with cynicism, incomprehension and even anger.” 

– T. Folger, “Quantum Shmantum”; Discover 22:37-43, 2001

Non-material science began to emerge at the turn of the nineteenth century when physicists started to explore the relationship between energy and the structure of matter. When they did this, the belief that a physical, Newtonian material universe was at the very heart of scientific knowledge was abandoned, and the realization that matter is nothing but an illusion replaced it. The very make-up of an atom is comprised of what we believe to be empty space. At this point, scientists began to recognize that everything in the universe is made out of energy, and this has been known in the scientific community for more than one hundred years.

“Some materialistically inclined scientists and philosophers refuse to acknowledge these phenomena because they are not consistent with their exclusive conception of the world. Rejection of post-materialist investigation of nature or refusal to publish strong science findings supporting a post-materialist framework are antithetical to the true spirit of scientific inquiry, which is that empirical data must always be adequately dealt with. Data which do not fit favored theories and beliefs cannot be dismissed a priori. Such dismissal is the realm of ideology, not science.”

 – Dr. Gary Schwartz, professor of psychology, medicine, neurology, psychiatry and surgery at the University of Arizona (source linked below)

Although scientific methods based upon materialistic philosophy have contributed much to our world, this philosophy has dominated the world of academia to the point that it has restricted the sciences from exploring other models and prevented the equal study of mind and spirituality. When we discovered phenomena that could not be explained by classical physics, it led to the development of quantum mechanics. This introduced the concepts of energy, frequency, emotions, feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and consciousness. It’s since been discovered that these concepts play a vital role in what we refer to as the physical material world today.

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”

– Nikola Tesla

The points made here summarize the problem with not recognizing, acknowledging, and examining phenomena that go past the borders of the physical material world. These points were co-authored by Dr. Gary Schwartz of the University of Arizona, Dr. Mario Beauregard of the University of Arizona, and Dr. Lisa Miller of Columbia University. It was presented at an international summit on post-materialist science, spirituality, and society.

**** The Summary Report of the International Summit on Post-Materialist Science, Spirituality and Society can be downloaded here: International Summit on Post-Materialist Science: Summary Report (PDF).

As far as spirituality is concerned, the idea that you can control your thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and use them to manifest your reality, is commonplace. The existence of “Chi” or “Prana” from ancient Eastern traditions both acknowledge this non-material world. Also known to some as the “Akash” or “Aether,” or that from which all comes. The primary source of creation in these realms is non-physical forces that our senses cannot identify, but modern day scientific methods can.

“The aakaash is not destructible, it is the primordial absolute substratum that creates cosmic matter and hence the properties of aakaash are not found in the material properties that are in a sense relative. The aakaash is the eternally existent, superfluid reality, for which creation and destruction are inapplicable.”

– Paramahamsa Tewari, engineer, physicist and inventor (source)

“And they allowed Apollonius to ask questions; and he asked them of what they thought the cosmos was composed; but they replied; “Of elements.” “Are there then four?” he asked. “Not four,” said Larchas,  “but five.” “And how can there be a fifth,” said Apollonius, “alongside of water and air and earth and fire?” “There is the ether,” replied the other, “which we must regard as the stuff of which gods are made; for just as all mortal creatures inhale the wire, so do immortal and divine natures inhale the ether.” “Am I,” said Appollonius, “to regard the universe as a living creature?” “Yes,” said the other.

The Life of Apollonius of Tyana, Philostratus, 220AD (source)

These concepts are now at the heart of modern day quantum physics and neuroscience. Most of our pioneering scientists were actually mystics. Take Nikola Tesla, for example. He was heavily influenced by Vedic philosphy, and had correlations with Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902), who was one of the most famous and influential spiritual leaders of the philosophies of Vedanta (one of the six schools of Hindu philosophy, the term originally referred to the Upanishads, a collection of philosophical texts in Hinduism and yoga. He was the chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and the founder of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. He is a giant figure in the history of the Hindu reform movements.

Yo can read more about that and how Tesla was influenced by Vedic Philosophy here.

“No point is more central than this, that empty space is not empty. It is the seat of the most violent physics”

– John Archibald Wheeler

The Mystery of Consciousness

“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”  

The quote above is from Max Planck, a physicist who has been credited with originating quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918.

“It was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to consciousness.”

–  Eugene Wigner, theoretical physicist and mathematician. He received a share of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963.

There are a number who share the same sentiment, and plenty of science showing that factors associated with consciousness do indeed have an effect on our physical material world, so much so that one wouldn’t really know where to start. This topic also branched off from the information listed above.

The quantum double slit experiment is a very popular experiment used to examine how consciousness and our physical material world are intertwined. It is a great example that documents how factors associated with consciousness and our physical material world are connected in some way.

One potential revelation of this experience is that “the observer creates the reality.” A paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Physics Essays by Dean Radin, PhD, explains how this experiment has been used multiple times to explore the role of consciousness in shaping the nature of physical reality. (source)

Then we have topics such as telepathy and psychokinesis that fit into this realm.

“Broadly speaking, although there are some differences, I think Buddhist philosophy and Quantum Mechanics can shake hands on their view of the world. We can see in these great examples the fruits of human thinking. Regardless of the admiration we feel for these great thinkers, we should not lose sight of the fact that they were human beings just as we are.”

– The Dalai Lama

Related CE Article: Buddhist & Leading Neuroscientists Agree, Consciousness Is Everywhere.

Below is a discussion about consciousness, what it is, and where it is, by Deepak Chopra. There are many such discussions on this topic, and personally I don’t really think consciousness can be completely defined or understood, but I think we are close. It’s amazing to see more science examine this concept given the fact that it was spoken and written about thousands of years ago.

Super-Human Abilities

It’s fascinating to consider just how many ancient teachings tell us that humans have the capacity to gain extraordinary powers through various techniques. Some of these techniques, known as siddhis in the yoga tradition (from the Sanskrit, meaning “perfection”), include meditation, static dancing, drumming, praying, fasting, psychedelics, and more.

In Buddhism, for example, the existence of advanced powers is readily acknowledged; in fact, Buddha expected his disciples to be able to attain these abilities, but also to not become distracted by them.

A professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan, Donald Lopez Jr., describes the many abilities ascribed to Buddha:

With this enlightenment, he was believed to possess all manner of supernormal powers, including full knowledge of each of his own past lives and those of other beings, the ability to know others’ thoughts, the ability to create doubles of himself, the ability to rise into the air and simultaneously shoot fire and water from his body. . . . Although he passed into nirvana at the age of eighty-one, he could have lived “for an aeon or until the end of the aeon” if only he had been asked to do so. (source)

This is correlated with modern day scientific study of ‘super powers.’

Russell Targ, for instance, is a physicist and author, a pioneer in the development of the laser and laser applications, and a cofounder of the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) investigation of psychic abilities in the 1970s and 1980s. SRI is a research and development think tank in Menlo Park, California. Called remote viewing, his work in the psychic area has been published in Nature, The Proceedings of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), and the Proceedings of the American Association the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

He recently gave an interesting talk tilted “Everything I Know About ESP.”

The point here is that these phenomena are studied at the highest levels of government, and they correlate directly with ancient stories stemming from various cultures of people with ‘superhuman’ abilities.

Health and Fasting

“Humans live on one-quarter of what they eat; on the other three-quarters lives their doctor.”

– Egyptian pyramid inscription, 3800 B.C.

Fasting is a tradition that was incorporated into many ancient cultures, from ancient Vedic traditions to Buddhist traditions and more. Fasting is not to be confused with starvation; it’s the process of restrain and control from the sensorial experience of eating. Many religions and spiritual teachers have urged others to fast in order to rejuvenate their mind, body, and soul. It’s no secret that fasting is one of the, if not the, oldest health interventions known to man.

This is probably one of the best examples of modern day science catching up to ancient Eastern mysticism. Within the past couple of years, an enormous amount of research has shed light on the health benefits of fasting. Studies have shown that, if done properly, it completely reverses type two diabetes, kills cancer, regenerates stem cells, regenerates the pancreas, repairs damaged DNA, and flushes toxins from the body.  It also helps to reverse multiple age related diseases and repair the brain.

Despite these facts, doctors still advise against it, without any science to back it up. All of the science points towards nothing but good things, which are detailed in several articles we’ve published on the topic, which you can see below:

The Complete Guide To Fasting & Reversing Type 2 Diabetes: A Special Interview With Dr. Jason Fung

A Fasting Diet Could Reverse Diabetes & Repair The Pancreas, New Research Shows

Neuroscientist Shows What Fasting Does To Your Brain & Why Big Pharma Won’t Study

Why Researchers Are Seeking FDA Approval For Fasting & Caloric Restriction For Cancer Treatment

Scientists Explain How Fasting Fights Cancer, Triggers Stem Cell Regeneration & Changes Your Brain In A Good Way

Life After Death

Is the brain a receiver of consciousness, or is consciousness a product of the brain? Although science has not yet shown with absolute certainty that consciousness exists separately from our physical organs, there is a lot of evidence (both anecdotal and scientific) that indicates that consciousness is something completely separate — that it continues on even after we have deceased, that it is and can be a separate “thing” from the brain. There seems to be a lot of consistency when it comes to studies that have examined this issue. New findings within this field are rapidly changing how we perceive and relate to the physical world.

Life after death is obviously a common topic within spirituality and religion, although all do not agree on exactly what happens.

Below is a video of Dr. Bruce Greyson speaking at a conference that was held by the United Nations. An Emeritus professor of psychiatry and neurobehavioural science at the University of Virginia, he is considered to be one of the fathers of near death studies.

In the video, he describes documented cases of individuals who were clinically dead (showing no brain activity), but observing everything that was happening to them on the medical table below at the same time. He describes how there have been many instances of this — where individuals are able to describe things that should have been impossible to describe. Another significant statement by Dr. Greyson posits that this type of study has been discouraged due to our tendency to view science as completely materialistic. Seeing is believing, so to speak, in the scientific community. It’s unfortunate that just because we cannot explain something through materialistic means, it must be instantly discredited. The simple fact that “consciousness” itself is a non-physical “thing” is troubling for some scientists to comprehend, and as a result of it being non-material, they believe it cannot be studied by science.

A number of scientific publications have been made on this topic. For example, in 2001, international medical journal The Lancet published a 13-year study on Near Death Experiences (NDEs). (2)(3)

“Our results show that medical factors cannot account for the occurrence of NDE. All patients had a cardiac arrest, and were clinically dead with unconsciousness resulting from insufficient blood supply to the brain. In those circumstances, the EEG (a measure of brain electrical activity) becomes flat, and if CPR is not started within 5-10 minutes, irreparable damage is done to the brain and the patient will die.”

A total of 344 patients were monitored by the team of researchers, and an astounding 18% of them had some sort of memory from when they were dead, or unconscious (no brain activity), and 12% (one out of every eight) had a very strong and “deep” experience. Keep in mind that these experiences have occurred when there is no electrical activity in the brain following cardiac arrest.

You can find more examples at the bottom of this article.

We Are All Interconnected

This is a common theme in spirituality — how we are all connected to each other, and how we can all co-exist and thrive together. If we understand how everything is interconnected, we can make better decisions and become more aware of what impacts we are having not just on a physical level, but on a mental level as well.

This type of interconnectedness spoken of in spiritual teachings is also demonstrated by science. Take Quantum Entanglement, for example, a strange phenomenon that Einstein referred to as “spooky action at a distance.”

Multiple studies have confirmed this to be real. For example, an experiment devised by the Griffith University’s Centre for Quantum Dynamics, led by Professor Howard Wiseman and his team of researchers at the University of Tokyo, recently published a paper in the journal Nature Communications confirming the existence of something Einstein did not believe to be real: the non-local collapse of a particle’s wave function.

They did this by splitting a single photon between two laboratories, and testing whether measurement of it in one laboratory would actually cause a change in the local quantum state in the other laboratory. In doing so, researchers were able to verify the entanglement of the split single photon.

Elizabeth Rauscher, a nuclear physicist who is a former researcher with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Livermore National Laboratory, and the Stanford Research Institute, as well as NASA, gave an interview where she said that quantum entanglement experiments have been conducted with NASA astronauts in space.

What it means is that either information is travelling faster than the speed of light, or there is no such thing as seperation, that there is an instantaneous transfer. This would mean that space is simply the construct that gives us the illusion of separation.

Below is the trailer to a great documentary that explores this topic even further. It’s called The Connected Universe. All of the studies conducted in parapsychology, psychokensis, and telepathy (government studies mentioned above) also lend more credibility to this hypothesis.

The Mind-Body Connection

“A growing body of scientific research suggests that our mind can play an important role in healing our body — or in staying healthy in the first place. . . There are now several lines of research suggesting that our mental perception of the world constantly informs and guides our immune system in a way that makes us better able to respond to future threats. That was a sort of ‘aha’ moment for me — where the idea of an entwined mind and body suddenly made more scientific sense than an ephemeral consciousness that’s somehow separated from our physical selves.” 

– Garth Cook from Scientific American

We’ve covered this topic extensively, and it’s truly amazing. Spirituality advocates for the healing powers of the mind, and how our mind, thoughts, and emotions influence our health and those around us.

I’ve put together a few articles on the topic that go more in-depth if you want to read more about it:

This Is How Powerful The Mind-Body Connection Really Is

What Science Is Telling Us About The Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence

What Science Is Telling Us About Earth’s Electromagnetic Fields & How They Connect To Our Own

Final Comments 

Above is a quick summary of points under each heading to show you that there is a connection here. If you feel the need to explore the topics further, please do so.

I felt compelled to share these similarities between science and spirituality because, within the mainstream, they are seen as completely separate topics that don’t relate to each other at all. This is puzzling, because there are so many examples of instances where they do intersect and complement each other.

Based on all of my research into quantum physics, neuroscience, and other science in general, these similarities are not hard to see. In fact, in some cases, modern day science completely confirms ancient Eastern philosophy.

Perhaps our planet needs to return to its ancient spiritual roots, and since we are so programmed in this modern world to see science as the bearer of truth, perhaps it can help lift us into a more spiritual type of existence — one where we acknowledge these facts and what spirituality has to offer us. I do believe we are currently in the midst of a spiritual revolution, and the science coming out that’s confirming these concepts only helps the cause.

At some point we have to question our belief systems that’ve been ingrained into us over the years, and question whether spirituality is “just another religion,” because it definitely doesn’t seem that way. Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Bronner’s To Donate $5 Million To MAPS To Make MDMA Into An FDA-Approved Medicine

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In recent years there have been some very promising studies conducted on the efficacy of using MDMA, more commonly referred to as ecstasy, to treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The results have been truly astounding, and it seems using this substance to treat PTSD is becoming a very real possibility. Unfortunately, MDMA is currently classified as a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act, meaning it is still highly illegal in North America. This makes acquiring funding and permissions to conduct studies on the substance difficult.

Just prior to the Psychedelic Science 2017 Conference, which was held in Oakland, California, last week, Dr. Bronner’s — the family owned maker of North America’s popular natural soap brand — announced it will donate $1 million per year over the course of the next five years to the non-profit organization Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). This generous donation was gifted after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave MAPS permission to begin Phase 3 drug trials using MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for people with treatment-resistant posttraumatic stress disorder. Good news all around!

This five-year pledge represents one fifth of a $25 million drug development budget that was set forth by MAPS to hopefully make MDMA an FDA-approved medicine.

CEO of Dr. Bronner’s, David Bronner, had this to say:

There is tremendous suffering and pain that the responsible integration of MDMA for treatment-resistant PTSD will alleviate and heal. To help inspire our allies to close the funding gap, my family has pledged $1 million a year for five years—$5 million total—by far our largest gift to an NGO partner to date. In part, we were inspired by the incredible example of Ashawna Hailey, former MAPS Board member, who gave MAPS $5 million when she died in 2011.

What Has MAPS Accomplished Using MDMA So Far?

MAPS has concluded a series of Phase 2 pilot studies involving MDMA assisted psychotherapy for PTSD, which will ultimately enable them to conduct two larger, multi-site Phase 3 trials — required to prove to the FDA that MDMA is a safe and effective substance, when combined with psychotherapy, for patients with treatment-resistant PTSD.

The $5 million donation from Dr. Bronner’s combined with the other $5 million gifted from Ashawana Hailey brings MAPS significantly closer to their goal of raising the estimated $25 million needed to develop MDMA into an FDA-approved prescription treatment. It’s incredible to see how far we’ve come when it comes to using psychedelics legally to treat psychological disorders.

“MAPS intends to use the income generated from selling MDMA once it’s an FDA-approved medicine to train therapists and set up treatment clinics around the world,” explains founder and Executive Director of MAPS, Rick Doblin, Ph.D. “Investment into making MDMA a legal medicine will turn MAPS into a self-sustaining organism, exponentially increasing our ability to heal suffering in the world.”

Why Did Dr. Bronner’s Decide to Support This Cause in Such a Big Way?

Dr. Bronner’s has long been known for donating a portion of their profits to various social and environmental causes as part of their mission to put forth the social and ecological principles from which the company was founded upon and to uphold Dr. Bronner’s original philosophy, which can be found on their iconic soap labels. If you are unfamiliar with this company or would simply like to know more, check out “15 Things You Didn’t Know About Dr. Bronner & His Magic Soap.” This will give you a glimpse into the incredible morals that guide this company. This is truly a company that is worth supporting, especially if voting with your dollar is important to you.

As Dublin explains, “Our larger goal is to see psychedelic medicine responsibly integrated into American and global culture, readily available to those who need it most, while helping the rest of us open our hearts and minds to each other and to the miraculous living world we live within.”

Much More Psychedelic Research Underway

Many promising studies have been conducted on an array of psychedelic substances like psilocybin, iboga, and ayahuasca to treat a variety of different ailments, including depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, and many other psychological disorders. If you are interested in learning more about using psychedelics to treat issues like these, check out the documentary Neurons To Nirvana. CE has also covered many of these studies before. (See links below.)

New Study Finds Psilocybin To Be A Therapeutic Powerhouse For Advanced Cancer Patients

Research Proves Psilocybin’s Ability To Effectively Treat Alcoholism

Meditation & The Psychedelic Drug Ayahuasca Appear To Change The Brian In The Same Ways

How I Quit My 20 Year Smoking Addiction

This Is What An MDMA Assisted Therapy Session Looks Like

Magic Mushrooms Erase ‘Deep Depression’ In first Clinical Human Trial

Study: Single Session Of Ayahuasca Can Defeat Depression

There are many more available. Just search “psychedelics,” “MDMA,” “ayahuasca,” or “iboga” to find them.

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Dalai Lama: Religion Without Quantum Physics Is An Incomplete Picture Of Reality

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“Broadly speaking, although there are some differences, I think Buddhist philosophy and Quantum Mechanics can shake hands on their view of the world. We can see in these great examples the fruits of human thinking. Regardless of the admiration we feel for these great thinkers, we should not lose sight of the fact that they were human beings just as we are.”

 – The Dalai Lama (source)

For a long time, science and spirituality were considered to be opposing views, creating this polarization of both subjects. You were either a “Man of God” or a “Man of Science,” with no middle ground. However, we’re now observing a merging of both science and spirituality through quantum physics and the study of consciousness, shattering old thought patterns and putting an end to the previous “tug of war” between the two subjects.

Quantum physics is verifying what Buddhists and other spiritual practitioners have been saying for years, helping people to accept their inherent spiritual nature all around the world. We are fundamentally connected to everything around us, and science is finally proving that. Nevertheless, there’s still a lingering dualistic air surrounding science and spirituality: You have religious people denying scientific facts and scientists identifying themselves as self-proclaimed Atheists. However, we’re simultaneously seeing a merging of the two, and it’s truly beautiful.

Many prominent religious figures and scientists have recognized the interconnectedness between spirituality and the scientific community, including the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama has spoken out on numerous occasions about the similarities between quantum physics and spirituality. In fact, he even attended a conference on quantum physics and delivered a speech on the subject.

The Dalai Lama Attends Conference on Quantum Physics and Madhyamaka Philosophical View

In November 2015, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama, attended a two-day conference on quantum physics and Madhyamaka philosophy in New Delhi. Madhyamaka translates to “one who holds to the middle” or “the middle way” and belongs to the Mahayana school of thought in Buddhism, which was developed by the Indian Buddhist philosopher Nagarjuna during the second century.

The conference explored a variety of topics relating to human consciousness, science, and Buddhism and included a panel of experts, physicists, and monastic scholars. The Dalai Lama was one of the speakers, and according to him, reconciling science and religious philosophies may be essential to the future of our species.

“I hope conferences like this can address two purposes: extending our knowledge and improving our view of reality so we can better tackle our disturbing emotions,” the Dalai Lama said. “Early in my lifetime, science was employed to further material and economic development. Later in the 20th century, scientists began to see that peace of mind is important for physical health and well-being… As a result of combining warm-heartedness with intelligence, I hope we’ll be better equipped to contribute to humanity’s well-being.”

The Dalai Lama also explained how he first came into studying quantum physics:

When I was about 19 or 20 I developed a curiosity about science that had begun with an interest in mechanical things and how they worked. In China in 1954/5 I met Mao Zedong several times. Once he commended me for having a scientific mind, adding that religion was poison, perhaps presuming that this would appeal so someone who was ‘scientific minded’. After coming to India as a refugee I had many opportunities to meet people from many different walks of life, scientists among them. 30 years ago I began a series of dialogues focusing on cosmology, neurobiology, physics, including Quantum Physics, and psychology. These discussions have been largely of mutual benefit. Scientists have learned more about the mind and emotions, while we have gained a subtler explanation of matter.

Perhaps the most intriguing part of this quote is the fact that the Dalai Lama interpreted Zedong’s harsh words against religion as being somewhat appealing to someone with a “scientific mind.” This speaks to the belief system of science and religion being polar opposites. If you were a scientist, it was almost a social norm to make fun of religion, and vice versa, and that still remains true today.

He continues:

About 15-20 years ago at some meeting, the Indian physicist Raja Ramanna told me that he had been reading Nagarjuna and that he’d been amazed to find that much of what he had to say corresponded to what he understood of quantum physics. A year ago at Presidency College in Kolkata the Vice-Chancellor Prof S Bhattacharya mentioned that according to quantum physics nothing exists objectively, which again struck me as corresponding to Chittamatrin and Madhyamaka views, particularly Nagarjuna’s contention that things only exist by way of designation.

What the Dalai Lama is recognizing is that the ancient knowledge within these Buddhist texts is now being proven by quantum physics. Physicists are actually catching up to what these texts revealed centuries ago, but only now can it be verified by more modern science.

The Dalai Lama ends his speech by challenging us to take action:

Right now when we see the sad things going on in the world, crying and prayer won’t achieve very much… Although we may be inclined to pray to God or Buddha to help us solve such problems, they might reply that since we created these problems it is up to us to solve them. Most of these problems were created by human beings, so naturally they require human solutions. We need to take a secular approach to promulgating universal human values. The sense that our basic human nature is positive is a source of hope [that]… If we really make an attempt, we can change the world for the better.

These last words have a very sobering effect, though I do believe that through prayer and intention we can achieve great things. The power of the mind and thoughts is strong, and science is now proving that as well. However, actions are equally as important.

What Exactly Is Quantum Physics?

Quantum physicists discovered that physical atoms are made up of vortices of energy that are constantly spinning and vibrating, each one radiating its own unique energy signature. Therefore, if we really want to observe ourselves and find out what we are, we must recognize we are really beings of energy and vibration, radiating our own unique energy signature.

If you observed the composition of an atom with a microscope, you would see a small, invisible tornado-like vortex, with a number of infinitely small energy vortices called quarks and photons. These are what make up the structure of the atom. If you focused in closer on the structure of the atom, you would see nothing, a literal void. The atom has no physical structure, thus we have no physical structure, and physical things really don’t have any physical structure! Atoms are made out of invisible energy, not tangible matter.

From this, scientists have made all sorts of discoveries, including that we create our own realities.

“A fundamental conclusion of the new physics also acknowledges that the observer creates the reality. As observers, we are personally involved with the creation of our own reality. Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a “mental” construction. Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans wrote: “The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter, we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter.”

– R. C. Henry, “The Mental Universe”; Nature 436:29, 2005

Quantum physics has also shown that the present can change the past, that time is an illusion, and that an after-life exists. Quantum mechanics is essentially the science of consciousness and spirituality, proving just how connected we are to everything in existence, which is all an illusion.

If you’d like to learn more about quantum physics, check out this section of our website here.

“The atoms of our bodies are traceable to stars that manufactured them in their cores and exploded these enriched ingredients across our galaxy, billions of years ago. For this reason, we are biologically connected to every other living thing in the world. We are chemically connected to all molecules on Earth. And we are atomically connected to all atoms in the universe. We are not figuratively, but literally stardust.”

– Neil deGrasse Tyson (source)

 

 

 

 

 

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Is Something Holding You Back? It’s Time To Face Your Fears! I Did & You Can Too

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So, today I overcame a fear that I have held on to for a very long time. Some of you reading this article have perhaps read some of my articles before and know me as one of the core writers of the Collective Evolution team over the past seven years. But many of you have probably never seen me before, unless you’ve been around for a while and watched some of our early documentaries, or seen some of my very embarrassing cooking videos.

See, making videos is something that I have felt guided to do for a long time. I feel like I have a lot to share with the world and unfortunately these days people are more inclined to watch a video than to read a whole article, so this is where we are headed. In many ways this is a good thing, as it forces us to really be seen, on a new level. It’s easy to hide behind your words on a computer screen, and although these words can be very moving and heartfelt, video adds a new level to the vulnerability that is shared.

If It Scares You, You Should Probably Just Do It

Someone once told me that if there is something you couldn’t imagine yourself doing, or that seems foreign to you or terrifies you, then it is something that you probably (absolutely) should be doing. For example, as afraid as I am to be doing videos, deep down I know it is right and I have felt very guided to express myself in this way for a number of years, because as scary as it is, it is also very exciting.

Facing Your Fears

If you are letting your fear of being seen hold you back in life, it’s now time to face that fear. It is your time to shine, and this is something that can easily be overcome. For starters, and I probably don’t need to even say it, but you just have to do it. There is no other way to overcome your fears than to fully immerse yourself in them and face them head on. Yes, it’s one thing to know this wisdom and another to actually do it, but you have to ask yourself, do you want to live a life where you are holding yourself back, missing out on so many experiences and not living your highest truth, because you have a fear that you simply cannot overcome? How much is that feeling of safety, or that comfort zone, worth to you?

Once you overcome this obstacle, a whole new world will open up for you. This is something I know from experience. Why wait another moment living in a world of fear and not reaching your true potential?

Do you think anyone who has gone skydiving jumped out of a plane and upon landing said, “I wish I never did that, that was horrible”? There is a lot of excitement in our fears; I think that is what separates the various types of fear, because yes, obviously we are afraid of coming face to face with a grizzly bear or stepping into oncoming traffic — that is a legitimate fear for your safety. But if there is some excitement hidden in that fear, such as maybe going to an event by yourself to connect with other like-minded people, yes, there is some fear there, but I bet on some level there is also a lot of excitement for what this could potentially bring into your life.

So, for me personally, I realized I was always making up excuses, I would often think, No one is going to care what I have to say, why should I bother making videos, my story isn’t important, I don’t have the proper equipment to make videos, so I can’t, yada, yada, yada. But you see, when it comes down to it, those are all just excuses that cater to fear and hold me back from doing what I know deep down I should be doing.

I hope that my video below can serve as inspiration to any of you who are feeling called to step into your higher power or purpose, but feel afraid to do it. The beauty of this is that you simply cannot make a wrong decision. Anything that comes after you face your fears is there to serve you in some way or another. It’s important to remember that everything is perfect no matter what.

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There, I did it: I faced my fear and put myself out there, and you know what? It really wasn’t that bad at all. You can do it too!

Much Love

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New Moon In Taurus: A Shift In Our Personal Values & Sense Of Self-Worth

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We are having a New Moon in Taurus on April 26th at 12:16pm Universal Time. New Moons are the beginning of a new wave of energy that lasts until the next one occurs 29 days later. However, the astrological configurations at this time mostly have a stronger influence over the following two weeks.  

Mercury has been retrograde since April 9th/10th and will be finishing up during this window. It will slowly begin to change motion from moving backward to forward on May 3rd/4th, though it will appear stationary. From this point on it will pick up speed, and many of the lessons, insights, and changes that occurred over the previous three weeks will start to make more sense and things will start to fall into place and flow better. Some of the common Mercury retrograde complications can still occur during the following days after this shift in direction, but will minimize and then disappear as its speed increases.

Venus finished its retrograde on April 15th; however, it is still moving slowly, as some of the themes, both developments and challenges, around our relationships, money, values, worth, and beauty/creativity will continue to sort themselves out. Since Mercury is partially retrograde in the Venus-ruled sign of Taurus, it is giving some of the same themes an extended run. A few days after this New Moon, on April 28th, Venus returns into Aries at the starting point of the zodiac, which can possibly mark new beginnings for some and also more assertiveness toward the Venus-ruled areas mentioned above.

New Moon in Taurus Sextile Neptune in Pisces

Taurus is an Earth sign of a ‘fixed’ quality. Therefore, it is like a rock: solid, strong, and grounded to the Earth. It is practical, dependable, determined, and it is associated with Venus-ruled areas such as values, beauty, money, and self-worth. The sign of Taurus is more invested in the physical/material world, as food, nature, and anything to do with stimulating the senses are all under the domain of this sign.

Taurus energy can also be stubborn and overindulgent. As a result of its ‘Fixed-Earth’ orientation, it can also be stagnant. Taurus is a sign that works best on momentum, and while this can be a key to productivity under the influence of this sign, it could also be a catalyst for consistent laziness.

Considering that Mercury retrograde is also partially in Taurus, and its ruler Venus is in its post-retrograde period, now and in the upcoming weeks we can see significant changes and beginnings in some of these areas that may have already been playing out in the weeks or months leading up to this period.

This New Moon is making a harmonious and supportive aspect to Neptune in Pisces, which is associated with spirituality and creativity. Taurus and Neptune energy combined in this way can suggest a great time to find tranquility and stillness, which can help us to receive insights from spirit during this Mercury retrograde period. This Neptunian influence will be strongest on the day of the New Moon as well as on May 3rd/4th, when Mercury begins to change motion.

Mercury Conjunct Uranus, Saturn Retrograde in a Tight Square With Chiron

Mercury retrograde is joining Uranus in Aries on the 28th, just over an hour before Venus enters the same sign at the beginning of the zodiac. In a positive light, it can represent a time of new or inventive ideas, sudden insights, or breakthroughs in communication. It can also manifest as conflicts with others, which could be rebellious, or with communications/agreements in relation to breaking free or separating from something. This Mercury-Uranus conjunction will still be prevalent over the following few weeks until it peaks again on May 10th at the Full Moon, when Mercury is in a ‘moving forward’ period.

Saturn is returning toward a tight square with Chiron. This square energy started in early winter and will conclude in early fall, but we are currently getting a strong taste of it this week following the New Moon. For many people, this has been a time for putting effort and discipline toward any types of personal healing, whether it is physical or spiritual, and it may be associated with negative patterns. Alternatively, it can also be time for us to improve any problems we have around Saturn-ruled areas of discipline, responsibility, and commitment.

Saturn has been retrograde since April 6th and will be until late August. This is a time of revisiting, reflecting on, and making changes for anything related to the Saturn themes mentioned above, which can help us with new developments coming into our lives in late Summer and Fall. The outer planets that orbit beyond Mars are retrograde for a significant amount of time overall, but we astrologers do not emphasize them as much as when the inner planets (aka ‘personal planets’) go retrograde, such as Mercury, Venus, and Mars.

Pluto started its retrograde on April 20th and will last until September 28th. Pluto rules power, control, manipulation, underworld, secrets, hidden matters, sex, and transformation. When it goes backward, these are the types of things that we are reflecting on or revisiting in some way. The last time Pluto was retrograde was from mid-late April 2016 until late September 2016.

Making Intentions and Things to Consider

What are your personal values and interests that you need be considering right now? What can you do to make your life more abundant financially and/or be more aligned and connected with the Earth? What are you worth?

These are some examples of what your New Moon intentions can revolve around, but they can also be related to other Taurus themes mentioned in this article, or perhaps other things that come up. The exact time of this New Moon will be at 12:16pm Universal Time on April 26th. You can click here to find out what that is in your time zone.

astrology, astrology readings, carmen di luccioIt is best to make your intentions as close to the New Moon is possible, but they can even be done within the first 24 hours following. However, the best time for making intentions would be within the first half hour following or just prior.

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Anonymous’ Controversial Message About Donald Trump: The Truth About War & Conflict

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Anonymous has come out with a new video on their YouTube channel bringing attention to the recent events taking place as a result of Trump’s call to attack Syria, which was based on intel his administration received about Assad’s apparent chemical weapons attack on his own people — an event for which we know there is no evidence.

Things have moved forward quickly, with military activity increasing around Europe as tensions continue to build. North Korea has also entered the picture, as their relationship with the U.S. becomes increasingly strained. While no attack has yet broken out, many worry one is imminent.

What to Consider

War is a big business and has been used by the elite cabal for many years to not only take over nations but also control the masses with fear. The cabal is typically always pushing for war, and while it may appear to be a fight between countries, it’s not; it’s often a collaborative effort between powerful individuals to play out big picture plans by creating conflict at various levels within a country to justify war.

“I served in all commissioned ranks from a second Lieutenant to a Major General. And during that time, I spent most of my time being a high-class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street, and for the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer for capitalism.”

General Smedley Butler, one of the highest ranking generals in American History

At the moment, everyone is pointing the finger at Trump, which they should given what he has said on TV and the actions the U.S. has taken under his ‘control.’ An interesting thing to note that has to be shared given the discussion I’ve had with insiders is: Trump’s administration has been receiving cooked intel about what’s happening in other areas of the world from members of the cabal — in other words, it has been infiltrated.

That being said, who knows if he’s receiving the right information or not? We know for certain that a secret government, for lack of a better term, is really calling most of the shots. Not many presidents have had the nerve to oppose these governments, let alone create awareness of them. Eisenhower did it when he warned us about the military industrial complex, JFK did it when he mentioned that there are those who want to capitalize on nationalism to push topics under the rug, and how national security would be “seized upon” by those who want to conceal information from the American public.

Trump’s campaign and his promises were largely against the ruling cabal and although Trump is not the knight in shining armour with a deep conscious knowing we are all hoping for, he came onto the scene as a non cabal ‘leader’ that has the opportunity to start dismantling the way things are done. This of course is part of a much bigger picture shift going on where humanities consciousness is shifting.

John F. Hylan, the Mayor of New York City from 1918-1925, referenced this secret government, saying that it is the “real menace of our Republic,” and that “like a giant octopus” it “sprawls its slimy legs over our cities, states and nation.” He went on to emphasize how “the little coterie of powerful international bankers virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes” and that “they practically control both parties” as well as “all the newspapers and magazines in this country.”

Here’s another great quote from former President Theodore Roosevelt:

Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people.

From these great tasks both of the old parties have turned aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare, they have become the tools of corrupt interests which use them impartially to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.

To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day. (source)

What Does War Really Show Us? 

It’s great to see that more people have become aware of false flag terrorism. In fact, other world leaders are bringing this up with regards to actions the U.S. takes overseas. Here’s an article we recently published about that, where you can learn exactly what this phenomenon means:

Putin: The Chemical Attack In Syria Was A “False Flag” & “More Are Being Prepared” In Syria

But, as mentioned above, war isn’t really what we’ve been made to believe it is. We are, in a sense, coaxed into accepting it. That’s exactly what false flag terrorism is all about.

“The statesmen will invent cheap lies, putting the blame upon the nation that is attacked, and every man will be glad of those conscience-soothing falsities, and will diligently study them, and refuse to examine any refutations of them; and thus he will by and by convince himself the war is just, and will thank God for the better sleep he enjoys after this process of grotesque self-deception.”

Mark Twain (source)

A couple of years ago, the Dalai Lama put it perfectly after the terrorist attacks which occurred in Paris, stating we shouldn’t simply pray for Paris, but rather, we must recognize we ourselves created this mess, and only we can solve it — not God.

He put up a post on his website regarding war and large military establishments, stating that they are the greatest source of violence in our world and they exist solely to kill human beings. Echoing the Mark Twain quote above, he went on to explain how, “since armies are legal, we feel that war is acceptable; in general, nobody feels that war is criminal or that accepting it is criminal attitude. In fact, we have been brainwashed.” (source)

There is currently a shift in consciousness taking place, and instead of seeing war as a marvellous weapon and a great piece of technology that kills living people, we are starting to see that world peace and cooperation are necessary, and that there is truly no reason for us to be so divided, or for our governments to fight each other. The justifications for war are falling by the wayside, and the cabal continues to invent problems to withhold this justification.

“No matter how malevolent or evil are the many murderous dictators who can currently oppress their nations and cause international problems, it is obvious that they cannot harm others or destroy countless human lives if they don’t have a military organisation accepted and condoned by society.” (source)

Some of these soldiers that are used by their corporate/big bank puppetmasters are starting to wake up and speak out. Linked below is an article that provides two excellent examples, with some shocking information that many people are still waking up to (graphic footage warning).

Horrible & Numbing”: Chilling testimony from U.S. Air Force Drone Operator On His First Kill”

US Soldier Uses Heart-Breaking Wikileaks Video To Makes His Point

Shifting Consciousness

If you find yourself fearing what is taking place and what is unfolding, explore it. Why is there fear? What is that fear showing you about yourself? Your beliefs? What you feel is going on? Do you feel empowered? Do you feel as though you have no control? Asking ourselves these questions helps us to understand ourselves and how we operate.

As an individual we have the power to assist the collective in massive ways by BEING from a conscious state. Processing our thoughts, worries, fears and ultimately how we feel powerless is a huge part of shifting our consciousness. Fear can serve us to show something about ourselves, but it does not serve us to remain in that state. We cannot create change from that state that is effective and that will lead to a world where we thrive. The change we are looking to create deep down will come from a place of peace.

Remember, these events and what unfolds are a reflection of mass consciousness and are providing insight into hat humanity is creating and going through as a whole. It also gives us the opportunity to reflect and create the necessary change from within in order to shift our experience which helps to shift the world.

The purpose of this is to help dispel the automatic fear state we go into and instead get us into a place where we can effectively do something from a place of peace as opposed to fear.

The Message From Anonymous

While anonymous’ message here is bringing attention to valuable things, it may not be the full story and thus far, there is not evidence Trump cut a deal with the deep state although there are actions being carried out by his administration that are of the goal of the deep state. It’s important to make the distinction so we can better understand the complexity of what is going on as it shows the influence and fight of the cabal as they lose control.

On April 6th, 2017, on the 100 year anniversary of America’s entry into World War I, Donald Trump launched airstrikes against the Syrian government; in retaliation for a gas attack supposedly perpetrated by Assad. There was no investigation, not even a hack job of a frame up like we had in 2003. The evidence we do have contradicts the official story, and the stakes are much higher this time around.

Then before the dust had even settled, Trump pivoted to Asia. Ratcheting up intimidation tactics, towards North Korea. Threatening regime change and practically begging the already insecure Kim Jong-un to do something stupid. And that’s the point. Provoke a response, and then play the victim.

If he cant get it the old fashion way he might just make one up. Trump cut a deal with the deep state, and the neoliberal, neocon, and corporate alliance. They got his back now. As long as they get their war, everybody’s happy.

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Marine Le Pen or Emmanuel Macron? The French Presidential Election: Nationalism, The Elite, & More

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There is a massive shift in global consciousness going on right now, and it’s being reflected in the global political landscape. From the U.S. presidential election to Brexit, it’s clear that people want change, and they’re willing to use their voting power to try to achieve it. However, can any real change actually be accomplished with the current political systems in place?

The latest country we’re seeing this shift in consciousness take place in is France. There are technically eleven people gunning to be elected as France’s President in 2017, all of whom have expectedly opposing views. However, even the left and the right share some surprising similarities, which makes sense given the transformations these parties have endured in France and all over the world. The left wing is becoming more right and the right wing is becoming more left; the political system is reforming right in front of our eyes.

France has two candidates who are perceivably leading the race: an anti-establishment, far right, outspoken candidate, Marine Le Pen, and a centrist, progressive, globalist candidate who has ties to the big banks, Emmanuel Macron. France’s election is starting to sound dangerously similar to the U.S. presidential election we just witnessed. Though the main issues on the table seem to be national sovereignty and immigration, France’s political system affects all of us as a collective!

France Clearly Wants Change

Traditionally, the National Front (FN) party has been seen as relatively extremist, but Marine Le Pen is starting to change that. Yes, the media is still referring to her as “far right,” but she’s changed the dialect. She has some perceivably extreme views like committing to suspend all immigration while new rules are drafted if she gets into office and stating that France had no responsibility for the Paris round-up of 13,000 Jews deported in WW2; however, her speech has softened since running for office, making the far right slightly more “socially acceptable.”

Le Pen has also made some anti-establishment comments, making her seem even more similar to U.S. President Donald Trump. Like Le Pen, Trump has many conservative views, but he strangely provided a breath of fresh air for those looking to vote anti-cabal. Of course, that doesn’t mean anything these people say is morally “correct” or even honest, but it certainly provides people with the option for change they so desperately crave. Le Pen even recognizes her similarities to Trump, as she explained in an interview.

“He [Donald Trump] made possible what had previously been presented as impossible,” Le Pen told Andrew Marr of the BBC in an interview cited by the Independent. “So it’s really the victory of the people against the elites.”

“If I can draw a parallel with France, then yes, I wish that in France also the people upend the table, around which the elites are dividing up what should go to the French people.”

Le Pen spoke to ITV at the opening of her presidential campaign headquarters, saying, “The forces at work in these various elections are ideas, forces which could bring about my election as the president of France next May.”

Those forces refer to the shift against “unchecked globalization, destructive ultra-liberalism, the elimination of nation states, the disappearance of borders.”

I’m not saying that she’s actually anti-establishment, but she has clearly made some anti-elite comments, just as Trump did during his election campaign. However, who knows if these politicians are actually against the elite or if they’re a part of it themselves. As I’m sure you know, politicians have an uncanny ability to spin words and will often lie to get votes.

On the other side of the spectrum, the other top contender is Emmanuel Macron, who exited Parti Socialiste (PS) to create his own movement, En Marche, which translates to On The Move. Macron is a strong supporter of the EU, NATO, and the UN, all of which relate to a globalist agenda. Macron has traditional progressive views, such as exiting gas and transitioning to entirely renewable energy, but his socialist policies don’t cross over into the business community. His stance on the economy and proposed changes, like significantly cutting corporate taxes, has raised opposition from the left, which is why he’s considered a “centralist” or redefining the left.

A US State Department document, which was apparently prepared for Hillary Clinton in 2012, referred to Macron as “a banker in mergers and acquisitions at Rothschild in Paris,” stating that he used to work at the general inspection of finances and “could also become the top civil servant at the Finance Ministry.”

His ties to the elite bankers certainly draw an interesting parallel between him and Hillary Clinton. She held very close ties to the Rothschild’s, the elite banking family that profits off war, terror, separatism, and government leniency toward corporations. Macron’s supporters are also mostly very young and progressive, a trend we saw with Clinton.

His supporters probably think he provides a refreshing change from the staunch left side of the political spectrum. His views are still fairly left, with the exception of some points swinging more toward the right. To me, this reflects a shift we’re seeing across the global political landscape: a merging of the left and the right wings. In many countries, especially in the U.S., the left and the right wings are still controlled by “the same bird,” so to speak, or the corporations and the elite, but they’ve still traditionally always taken a firm divide.

How the Right and the Left Are Merging

The media often portrays a strong sense of duality between the left and right wings. Society in general perpetuates the division between the left and the right: We define ourselves as “left” or “right” wing voters and start to identify with a certain side. Politics has painted this tug of war picture for many years, but for the first time this polarizing view is starting to shift.

The global elite have slowly been planting seeds in the left wing, like billionaire George Soros, who helped create the Black Lives Movement in the U.S. in order to capitalize on separatism and fear. The left, which used to be defined by more progressive views and staunch equality, has slowly shifted toward imperialism and globalization. The left has slowly become more supportive of military force and “soft” power, allowing the big banks and the elite to gain more control over societies. They’ve convinced society that it’s socially acceptable to literally fight for equality, increasing violence and separatism.

This seems a little backwards: How could society be tricked into thinking that war can be justified in the name of “equality” and “anti-racism”? Well, when you think about previous false flag terrorist attacks like 9/11 or even what’s going on in Syria, it starts to make more sense. The U.S. launched missiles at Syria after an alleged chemical attack in an effort to “stop violence,” when in reality those missiles just resulted in more death and destruction.

We’re observing a huge transition in the French political spectrum, as the left and the right are starting to merge. In some cases, you even have the far right candidates and the far left candidates preaching the same thing. For example, the “far left” candidate, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, and the “far right” candidate, Marine Le Pen, both support leaving the euro, both want to either exit the EU or negotiate with them to improve treaty terms for France, both support social policies to benefit workers and low income individuals, both want to improve relations with Russia, and both have discussed leaving NATO. Perhaps their greatest similarity is that they both have been categorized as “sovereignists.”

The primary difference between these two candidates is their stance on immigration. On one end of the spectrum, you have Le Pen, who views immigration as being “not an opportunity for France, it’s a tragedy for France,” whereas  Mélenchon apparently has a more welcoming approach toward immigration and refugees. Of course, this is a very delicate issue in Europe right now, as we’ve seen some countries seriously struggle as a result of opening their doors to refugees. Though I strongly support equal rights and oneness, given the current state of the world, it’s clear that immigration policies are needed (though they shouldn’t be too strict, either).

When it all comes down to it, national sovereignty is going to play an integral role in the upcoming French election. Many people feel that France has lost its national sovereignty to the European Union, which is understandable. The EU has tried to implement some questionable trade deals like the TTIP and has strong ties to the financial elite. It’s no wonder people like Macron support the EU and that some people are questioning the EU’s overall antics (read more about the EU in our CE Brexit article here).

Nationalism and patriarchy don’t have to be “bad things,” either. In the past, they’ve been tainted with an air of separatism. That’s because historically people have used patriarchy to defend their support for war and foreign invasion, which is where the problem with patriarchy lies. However, there’s a big difference between appreciation for your culture and identification with it.

It’s perfectly fine to appreciate and be grateful for the country you were born in or the country you live in and recognize how that has served you. It’s a completely different thing when you start to identify with that country. Yes, you may be French, but more importantly, you’re a human being. There shouldn’t be any hierarchy when it comes to nationalism, and sometimes when people begin to identify with their nationality, separatism grows.

Why the Current System Doesn’t Allow for Significant Change

A serious issue for the countries within the European Union (EU) is that whatever politicians promise in their electoral platforms may not come into fruition because of the EU. Some people, like candidate François Asselineau, claim that there’s no way to actually improve the EU from the inside, as any proposed changes would require unanimity between the member states, who often disagree on key problems.

This is why many candidates are proposing withdrawing from the EU, just as the United Kingdom is doing now. This would allow France to actually make its own decision and implement true national sovereignty and democracy. It could be argued that the merging of the left and the right in France is because of the EU, and that without it there could be a more distinguishable left and right (though I believe it is more so due to the elite’s agenda, but the EU probably plays a role).

Another issue is that many people only vote to ensure that one candidate doesn’t win; for example, many people may have voted for Trump to ensure Clinton didn’t win. This happens all of the time; even I’m guilty of it over here in Canada. I once voted in order to keep Stephen Harper out of office, despite the fact that I didn’t wholeheartedly support any of the other candidates. It’s called “strategic voting,” and it’s more of a problem than it is an actual strategy. In this case, people may vote for Macron to keep Le Pen out of office, or vice versa.

If we’re just voting for whatever candidate we dislike the least, how is that truly reflecting our wants and needs as a society? Shouldn’t we be voting for the people we love and actually want deciding the future of the countries we live in?

Unfortunately, politics is largely about the image that the media paints of the politicians and their status quos, making this more difficult to achieve. We’ve seen how much the media convolutes elections by twisting information, falsifying polls, and expressing biases toward candidates, particularly during the last U.S. election. Globalist media is already getting involved in France’s presidential election, with some outlets even preparing to place the blame of electing a “sovereignist” candidate on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

As previously mentioned, some of the “sovereignist” candidates want to restore relations with Russia, and news outlets have been quick to jump on this, claiming that Putin allegedly supports only those candidates. For example, on April 20, the EU Observer published an article titled “Russia-linked fake news floods French social media,” which addressed articles that were allegedly influenced by Russia and supported only the “sovereignist” candidates. However, the EU Observer’s article could be argued as being just as politically biased as the articles in question.

You could draw comparisons here to the U.S. election, as Western mainstream media blamed Russian hackers and alternative media sites for Trump’s victory. There were countless accusations of fake news sites spreading misinformation about Hillary Clinton and even the CIA claimed Russia hacked into the system, causing Clinton to lose. It’s ironic that alternative media was blamed for taking an independent stance and actually reporting on Clinton’s wrongdoings, instead of covering them up like many mainstream media outlets did. In reality, news stations that report using a political bias hold far more influence over the elections than independent journalists.

Public opinion in the West is already preparing for protests against whoever the winner will be of this year’s French election. This may also influence people’s votes; for example, people may not vote for Le Pen in fear of the future protests against her, or any other candidate for that matter. If we’re already anticipating significant protests, doesn’t that mean that whoever’s voted in clearly doesn’t reflect a true democratic election?

The issue isn’t even necessarily with the candidates, it’s with the entire system, which includes us as a collective. It was never about Trump versus Clinton, just like it’s not about Macron versus. Le Pen. This is the type of mindset that keeps us in the system, forcing us to go in circles and further perpetuating the “warship authority” mentality.

We can’t simply blame authority for not handing us ideal presidential candidates, because the system is designed to serve authority and the elite, not the people. However, in some way, all of these candidates are a reflection of us, whether you like the candidates or not. The same can be said for the U.S. presidential election. America got the President it “deserved,” because when you act like slaves searching for a single leader to follow, you get a master like Trump in return. This can be applied to many countries that follow this “democratic system,” including France.

It wants us to polarize our beliefs and choose one opposing side of the spectrum, and then help the side we choose destroy the other side. Regardless of whom you choose, you are rendering yourself powerless because you are gifting your power to others. This system certainly served an important purpose a long time ago, and many people considered their right to vote empowering at that time; however, that has shifted over the years, largely due to the elite’s involvement. Democracy gives you the illusion of freedom and “human rights,” because only without an overarching, elite-serving government could you truly have these things.

Even if your involvement is simply a product of indoctrination and adhering to social norms, if you’re voting within the system, then you’re enabling the system. As long as you support the “religion” of government, this system will continually be perpetuated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8 Fantastic Health Facts About Terpenes

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Nature is a wonderful thing. Not only does she bless us with an endless array of floral beauty that is a feast for our eyes, but then she gives us the double whammy of divine aromas and fragrances as well.
 
All flowers, herbs, and plants get their unique scent from organic compounds called terpenes. So when you dowse your pillow with lavender essential oil to help you sleep, or inhale eucalyptus oil to clear your bronchial tubes, it’s the terpenes that are the aromatic, active ingredients.
 
So, let’s get better acquainted with the aromatic world of plants in this homage to their secret smelly agents, terpenes.  

1. Terpenes Have Therapeutic Effects

Aromatherapists have proclaimed the healing benefits of essential oils for years, but do they actually cause any physiological changes in the body? Turns out, yes they do. Any terpene with a concentration of over 0.5% is considered to be of pharmacological interest and can alter behaviour or indeed bring about physiological changes. One study in which depressed patients were exposed to citrus aromas not only saw depression reduced, but 9 out of the 12 patients actually discontinued taking antidepressants.  

2. Terpenes Don’t Exist to Make Humans Feel Better

We humans like to think that evolution has our species at its centre. In the case of terpenes, rather than existing to ease our troubled minds and heal our ailing bodies, they are in fact part of a plant’s defense mechanism, protecting against pest invasions and high temperatures. It’s just one of those mysteries of nature that terpenes also happen to make us feel better, too.

3. The Cannabis Plant Contains Approximately 200 Terpenes

Yes, you heard it right. The cannabis plant contains an astonishingly complex array of terpenes that determine each strain’s unique aroma and some would even say its effect. Many terpenes in cannabis can also be found in more common or garden flora such as Myrcene in hops, wild thyme and lemon grass, Pinene in pine resin and conifers, Limonene in citrus fruits, Linalool in lavender, and β-caryophyllene in black pepper, leafy greens, and cloves.

4. Some Terpenes Have Been Found to Cause Cancer Cell Death

While most research into the effect of terpenes on cancer cells has been carried out in preclinical studies, this doesn’t take away from the promising nature of the results. Limonene has been shown to have “antiproliferative, apoptosis-inducing and chemopreventive effects,” meaning it stops cancer cells from spreading, can cause cancer cells to commit suicide, and even prevent cancer from forming. Β-caryophyllene has also been found to bring about cancer cell death, suppress tumour growth, and inhibit metastasis.

5. Linalool — A Terpene That Inhibits Seizures

We all know how relaxing a quick whiff of lavender oil can be, but did you know Linalool, the dominant terpene in lavender, has been found to have anticonvulsant properties? Scientists found that glutamate — the main excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain that initiates seizure activity — is modulated by its application. However, so far no research has been carried out on humans.

6. Β-caryophyllene — A Terpene That Acts Like a Cannabinoid

In cannabis, terpenes and cannabinoids make up the majority of the 400 compounds found in the plant. Most people these days have heard of THC and CBD, the two most abundant cannabinoids in cannabis. THC in particular creates a physiological effect by activating the endocannabinoid receptors in the body. But it is not alone. The terpene β-caryophyllene is considered cannabinomimetic, meaning it acts like a cannabinoid by activating CB2 endocannabinoid receptors. This explains why β-caryophyllene has an anti-inflammatory and immunomodulating effect on the body.

7. Terpenes Work In Synergy With Other Compounds in the Cannabis Plant

Nature is a mystery unto itself, especially when it comes to the cannabis plant. For a few years now, scientists have been researching the mechanisms of cannabinoids like THC and CBD, but it’s only now that they’re starting to examine all the other hundreds of molecules, including terpenes. Neurologist and research scientist Dr. Ethan Russo suggests in the paper “Taming THC: potential cannabis synergy and phytocannabinoid-terpenoid entourage effects that many of the other compounds in cannabis, such as terpenes, act as inhibitors to THC’s intoxicating effect, as well as having pharmacological effects in their own right.
 
He goes on to say that terpenes “may contribute meaningfully to the entourage effects of cannabis-based medicinal extracts.” By the “entourage effect,” he is  referring to the synergy between the various compounds in the plant, so that, as Aristole put it, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.”

8. Pharmaceutical Companies Aren’t Interested in Developing Cannabis-Based Drugs That Include Terpenes

It’s common practice for pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs containing one or two molecules. They’re easier to study, to patent, and consequently to turn in a tidy profit. Sadly, the cannabis plant doesn’t fit within that model. It’s a sprawling labyrinth of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and who knows what else.
 
So far, any cannabis based medication that has made it to market has either been single molecule or synthetic versions, apart from Sativex (Nabiximols), which combines CBD and THC. However, studies show that medical cannabis containing the full spectrum of active components is more effective than isolated or synthetic versions, and terpenes almost certainly perform an important role in that therapeutic plant synergy.
So it’s up to us to fight for the cannabis plant to be studied in all its messy, synergistic glory, not just shoehorned into a model that fits a reduced understanding and fills pharmaceutical companies’ coffers.

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RFK Jr. Gives Eye-Opening Interview On Live TV About Vaccine Fact That Many People Still Don’t Know

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr was recently a guest on Tucker Carlson’s show for Fox News, and in it he revealed it was only the second time he’d ever been allowed to discuss the dangers of vaccines on such a platform. This restriction is hardly a surprise, and it’s no secret that networks and shows are paid vast amounts of advertising dollars by big pharmaceutical companies to paint a particular picture — one that continually promotes vaccines as necessary and safe.

Hundreds of scientists and doctors from around the world who are now publishing studies that raise concerns about vaccine safety share this sentiment. Dr. Christopher Shaw, a professor at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Neuroscience, Ophthalmology, and Visual Sciences, is one such scientist. Regarding the HPV vaccine, he writes, “It is a vaccine that’s been highly marketed, the benefits are over-hyped, and the dangers are underestimated.” (source)

Industry insiders also agree. Here is a clip taken from the One More Girl documentary, a film that explores the Gardasil vaccine, which was designed to prevent Human Papillomavirus. In it, Dr. Peter Rost, a former vice president of one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world (Pfizer), shares the truth about the ties between the medical and pharmaceutical industry.

When it comes to the science, Robert F. Kennedy is currently focusing on one (out of many) concerns regarding current vaccination, which is mercury, one of the most dangerous toxins known to man — 100 times more poisonous than lead . He recently held a press conference at the National Press Club bringing this point up, offering a $100,000 reward for any scientist, journalist, or doctor to present a study showing that it is safe to inject mercury into babies. And it’s a difficult task, considering hundreds of studies (that were also present at the press conference in print form) show it isn’t safe at all, and can significantly increase the risk of developing neurodegenerative disorders, .

The same goes for aluminum adjuvented vaccines. Aluminum has been being added to vaccines for approximately 90 years, and still the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and vaccine manufacturers have not conducted or included any appropriate toxicity studies/testing to prove its safety.

A fairly recent meta-analysis published in the journal Bio Med Research International determined:

The studies upon which the CDC relies and over which it exerted some level of control report that there is no increased risk of autism from exposure to organic Hg in vaccines, and some of these studies even reported that exposure to Thimerosal appeared to decrease the risk of autism. These six studies are in sharp contrast to research conducted by independent researchers over the past 75+ years that have consistently found Thimerosal to be harmful. As mentioned in the Introduction section, many studies conducted by independent investigators have found Thimerosal to be associated with neurodevelopmental disorders. Considering that there are many studies conducted by independent researchers which show a relationship between Thimerosal and neurodevelopmental disorders, the results of the six studies examined in this review, particularly those showing the protective effects of Thimerosal, should bring into question the validity of the methodology used in the studies. (source)

This topic gained a lot more attention within the mainstream a couple of years ago, when Dr. William Thompson, a senior scientist at the Centres for Disease Control (CDC), revealed that the CDC has known about a link between autism and vaccines for a long time. He even provided personal examples where his colleagues and superiors disposed of important data. This was a huge story, and I am mentioning it here because Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is also a lawyer and represented Dr. Thompson when he had to invoke whistleblower protection status. What makes this even more eye opening is that Dr. Thompson authored multiple CDC studies completely debunking a link between vaccines and autism (Thompson, et al. 2007, Price, et al. 2010Destefano, et al. 2004).

He said it was  “the lowest point” in his career when he “went along with that paper.” He went on to say that he and the other authors “didn’t report significant findings” and that he is “completely ashamed” of what he did. He was “complicit and went along with this,” and regrets that he has “been a part of the problem.” (source)(source)(source)

A  study with revised information and no data omitted was published by Dr. Brian Hooker (a contact of Dr. Thompson) in the peer reviewed journal Translational Neurodegeneration, and it found a 340% increased risk of autism in African American boys receiving the Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. The study has since been retracted.

You can read the full study HERE.

“Despite their long use as active agents of medicines and fungicides, the safety levels of these substances have never been determined, either for animals or for adult humans—much less for fetuses, newborns, infants, and children.”  

-Dr. Jose G. Dores, a professor at the University of Brasilia’s Department of Nutritional Sciences (source)

The Interview

In the interview below, RFK brings up a number of good points, but it’s important to remember there are many other issues regarding vaccine safety that demand our attention.

Many of these issue are brought up in an article we published a few years ago, which should provide you a general overview of: Why More & More Parents Are Choosing Not To Vaccine Their Children.

One point I’d like to touch upon from the short interview below deals with how, after 1989, pharmaceutical companies received complete protection from wrongdoing, which meant they stood to make significantly more money. Even with all of the modern day examples of scientific fraud, they were and are always protected. This means that they can literally do anything they want, and approve anything they want, while at the same time claiming it’s beneficial to human health.

Related CE Article written by RFK: New Study Finds DTP Vaccine Increases Mortality In Young Infants 5 to 10 fold compared to unvaccinated infants. 

“I’m pro-vaccine, and I’ve never said anything anti-vaccine, but I’ve read the science, and the science is very clear.” 

 

 

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My Spiritual Re-Connection – Stories From The Inipi (Sweat Lodge)

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“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”

As with most people, I think, I never really took this adage seriously in the past. And then people literally starting popping up in my life who had something to teach me, provided I was ready to listen.

Living in Ontario, North America, I knew that these lands had been occupied by  indigenous peoples for thousands of years, yet I had had absolutely no contact with any of them.

Other than through information gleaned on television and the internet (both questionable sources, I know), I knew very little about their traditions or way of life. But then one day, I just had this curiosity arise out of nowhere. I desperately wanted to learn about them, or rather, had a feeling there was so much knowledge I needed to obtain.

If I could pinpoint it, it was probably just after I had travelled to South America in 2013 to participate in my first Ayahuasca ceremony. Why would I need to travel to South America to learn about Native Culture and ceremonies when there must be something comparable nearby?

I set the intention to connect, and sent out a few Facebook messages to people I thought might help, but nothing really happened.

It wasn’t until about three years later when the message was answered. I guess that was when I was ready.

One day I was up at Luminous (CE’s Consciousness Advancement Center) and a guy (who is now a close friend) named Stew pulled into the driveway. He said,  “Your friend Justin said I should come check this place out.” Little did I know at that time that two of my prayers had been answered. I needed someone to help me build a natural pool (another article will definitely follow about this), and I also needed someone to connect me to the native tradition. I would never have imagined that a fair skinned, blue eyed, bearded and burly Canadian would be that person.

We quickly connected the dots and realized that his coming there was much more than a coincidence. In hardly any time at all, we had a sweat lodge built and the Inipi ceremonies had begun.

Inipi is a purification rite and is necessary in order to help the vision quest seeker enter into a state of humility and to undergo a kind of spiritual rebirth. The sweat lodge is central to Inipi. Prayers offered there draw on all the powers of the universe — Earth, Water, Fire, and Air.

Stew started telling me about his mentor, Sal, and we decided that we should bring Sal up to perform a workshop for the Collective Evolution team and some of our close friends and family.

My first ceremony was a shock. I thought it would just be a relaxing experience, similar to sitting in sauna, but that was far from the truth. Once inside the Inipi, it is like you have entered the womb, ready to be reborn. I have felt so many things move within me during ceremonies — at times I’m on the verge of throwing up and literally crying like a baby as I release what feels like lifetimes of emotions. I’ve seen visions and felt things words would do no justice describing — all without ingesting any substances other than water. As the door opens after the final round I emerge as a new person every time, changed in a way that I am just starting to understand.

I found myself in the ceremony with my face to the ground, gasping for air, begging for mercy, and right then and there learned a serious lesson. If I wanted to lead, and maybe one day teach others about this tradition, first I had to learn humility.

Since this humility experience I immediately set the intention to work more closely with Sal and get further initiated into the tradition. Sal has a similar story regarding how he connected to it.

Here’s a bit about Sal’s story and how he found his teacher:

My journey with the indigenous traditions of the Lakota began almost 30 years ago. As a young teenager, I began a mentoring journey with a traditional healing family of the Oglala Sioux Tribe from Pine Ridge South Dakota.

A few months before my mentoring began, at the age of 15 years old, I wakened to the reality of modern man’s disconnection from nature and the Earth. I was touched by the ancestors who brought a visionary message. They communicated to me the future of humanity and that the Earth would reject modern man’s unsustainable lifestyle. I saw the devastation we would bring upon ourselves. I felt the pain and suffering of the children and of nature in this possible future reality.

In that moment, I made a commitment to do whatever I could to change this potential fate. With all my heart, I begged for guidance and for a teacher to show me the way. Within months I began my mentor ship in the traditions and healing practices of the Lakota.

After years of apprenticeship, I entered my next phase of commitment. I went upon the sacred mountain and offered my life in a 4-day ceremony called a Hanbleciya (Vision Quest). During these 4 days and nights, I sacrificed all that it takes to live; food, water, and sleep. I gave myself to the Powers of Creation and to the Creator. I begged for the ability to help this world and all my loved ones. During this ceremony, I was touched by holiness and a song awoke in my heart. After that experience, I started to take my first independent steps in bringing these teachings to all.

More recently, I was swept up by another huge revelation. I know nothing about my own lineage. I don’t even know my great grandfather, nor do I have any sacred traditions that really mean anything to me. Meanwhile, indigenous peoples here in Canada have held traditions for thousands of years and maintained an intimate relationship with nature. This led me to realize how disconnected we’ve all truly become.

Another friend of mine, Darren Austin Hall, discussed with me the concept of the “white man’s” indigenous roots. Maybe this calling I felt was in some way a reconnection to my roots. How deep do they go? Can I really connect with them, and how long have they been severed? I am seeking answers to all these questions as I continue my spiritual Re-connection.

On this episode of The Way Within show, Sal shares some of the incredible things he has seen and witnessed in his time practicing the Native tradition over the last 30 years. Some of the stories are almost unbelievable, and he even says he rarely shares them because they are that difficult to believe.

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Sal will be hosting a week long intensive workshop at The Luminous center this summer (2017). For more information, you can connect with him @ http://ift.tt/119J92I.

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