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world_viewLooking at things as an outside observer can be very powerful and telling. This was something I wrote a few years ago when traveling across the country.

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I am sitting in White Rock, BC looking out of the front windshield of the van that got us here from Ontario. I see to my left a street light with cars passing through, stopping or turning, and plazas on all four corners. In front of me is a strip of stores including a bank. Behind me is a massive Home Depot; and finally to my right is a bunch of condos being built. The first thing that comes to mind is “we have made some interesting devices and structures over our time.” But then consciousness comes in and through clear eyes I see the world differently.

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We have cast out and knocked down every living thing in our path as we make more and more shops and stores for needless consumption. Instead of having only a few stores that suffice our needs and offer some toys, we have an incredible amount. They all compete with one another because we don’t share or look out for our neighbour. Instead it is our culture to have more and be better than the rest.

We have banks who we give our money to for storage because they have convinced us that is what we should do even when it gives possession of our own money away. They then make money off of our money and charge us service fees for everything they do with our money, even though they already profit from it. Banks hand out financial information to customers that is geared towards making the bank money with very little regard for the financial well being of the customer looking for advice. Since we have associated prestige with banks, we blindly take the advice and walk away.

Grocery stores barely even sell food anymore. Other than 1 or two isles that offer produce, most of which is sprayed with pesticides, the rest of the grocery store offers products that are processed, chemical filled and fake. Simply put, about 95% of what is offered at the grocery store should never be consumed by a human who is interested in being healthy. Luckily the organic selection is increasing in grocery stores as more people are realizing the truth of what I just wrote above.

Street lights remind me of how much we truly resemble sheep. We have put up some metal structures with electrical signals and colors in them. These tell us when to go and when to stop because there are so many of us trying to get to where we need to be in a zombie state that we can’t pay attention to anything effectively. We gave regular sheep dark uniforms and weapons to make sure we don’t disobey these color changing metal structures. If we do, we are punished and required to pay money to the government in order to pay the salaries of the dark uniformed sheep. These uniformed regular sheep are no more powerful than anyone of us except for when they have this uniform on.

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We have drawn invisible borders everywhere and erected houses, apartments or condos on them so we can buy  a little plot of land off of those who own everything and so we have a place to live. They then charge us every year to live on this land in the form of a tax. Who said they have a right to own land we were all born on in the first place? They did.

The van I am sitting in was not bought from a dealer but instead from another person who owned it. The government still found a way to make money by taxing the purchase of the vehicle from the other person. Why?… Why not? After purchasing the vehicle one must get an emissions test which has been proven to be useless in determining the health of the cars emissions. Regardless of this initial money grab for the government, we then have license plate registration which again is more money, every year. The fuel that runs the vehicle is very expensive and the ups and downs of the prices are controlled contrary to public belief that it is a factor of the “economy.” This is of course regardless of the fact that for years there has existed cars that can run 20 times longer on this fuel, or on water or on battery. But, we still use this environment destroying fuel because that is what is profitable to the big companies that own everything. The patents for all these alternative fuels were all bought up by the oil companies or the inventors have been killed for silence.

The powers that be have done an unbelievable job in creating a world and system where we obey and hold up everything that they implement with little question. There is no one to blame but ourselves. We complain everyday about traffic, our jobs, money, food, our lack of time etc. But then turn around and praise our “freedom,” which clearly does not exist. The only thing holding up this handful of people, who have manipulated all of this and are pushing for complete control in years to come, is us! We have the numbers over them and can stop playing their game at anytime. So why not start making new choices? If not now, when?

It is understandable that we might have fear of what will happen if we step outside of this box. This is mainly due to conditioning we all have that states this is how things need to be and anything else is just anarchy and chaotic. No one would work if things were different. People would kill each other, we are animals! We need to be tamed!  It might even be happening now: “Wait a minute! That’s not what I was fed in school, on the news and from all other authority figures in this world!” That is precisely where we have all learned this from and each institution or structure mentioned has been manipulated in such a way to make people think this way.

But then we take it to the next level. There are those who see these truths about our world and express it in order to help others see it so we can make change. We quickly cast out and make fun of others who see this because that is what we are taught to do to them. Why? The answer is really simple and can be expressed in one word, ego. We all walk around with a false sense of self in our consciousness that often has complete control over us without us even knowing it. We essentially have been tricked into thinking we are something we are not. We walk around thinking we are this genetic space suit and our thoughts and feelings are who we are. The truth is, we are infinite consciousness living out an experience and the observer state who sees things neutrally and lovingly is who we truly are. Until we become aware that we are not our thoughts, we don’t often get easily in touch with the true aspect of who we are.

The purpose of this observation is to simply encourage us all to take a step back and look at what we are doing here. Is this really what we want? Don’t immediately think about what it needs to look like next, instead just ask yourself if this is truly what you want. Once we know the answer to that, we can figure out how to move forward. Many of us are stricken with the desire to discover more about who we are and how we can free ourselves from our thoughts. This feeling is coming from a desire deep within that realizes there is more to life, there is more to the mundane repetition of doing the same thing over and over again. Take a chance, follow that crazy idea that states maybe it is time to learn more about yourself -you’ll be surprised at what you uncover.

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How To Ground Yourself: A Simple Yet Powerful Technique

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Mental health challenges, depression and even physical illness, are all on the rise. All three are believed by emerging research to be linked to trauma.

Thankfully, nervous system health and trauma are becoming a big part of what people talk about as it seems people are looking to get to the root of these issues more now than ever before.

After coming to my own realization that I was traumatized from experiences I had, I began studying trauma to not only help myself but to see how I could further improve my own media work – which has been, in essence, trauma-informed, since 2009.

What I’ve come to feel is that trauma affects almost all of us in some way, while there is not much data to back that up, I truly believe this to be the case. Learning useful skills to work through that trauma is becoming important in order to take our health into our own hands.

In the video below, I talk a bit about how events going on in the world can make us feel anxious and worried, and how that affects our bodies, minds, and health. I also share a simple yet powerful technique for sensory grounding.

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Why Hugging Is Powerful: Especially When We’re So Isolated

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When’s the last time you had a good hug? Can you even recall a time when one lasted longer than 10 or 15 seconds? Hugging releases oxytocin, a bonding hormone, as well as serotonin and endorphins. These hormones are a big part of what makes us feel good and build a sense of community and connection with others.

When we hug our friends or family, or even spend a good few hours with them, we often don’t know what exactly the mechanism is that makes us feel good, but often times it’s touch, eye contact and reading facial expressions.

Throughout COVID, once we got a sense of what it feels like to not have as much touch, see smiles, see our friends or family, we might have gained a greater awareness of how important this really is. Intense isolation, like we’ve all experienced, leads to touch deprivation, and one could argue, has led to collective traumatization throughout the course of this pandemic.

Humans biologically need touch, it’s built right into our physiology. When we are babies, touch is a crucial part of our ability to regulate our nervous systems and feel safe. When we’re very young, our bodies have not yet built the ability to self-regulate (feel safety and comfort), and thus our caregivers play the important role of not only touching to bring regulation and safety, but also using facial expressions to send the message that ‘all is OK.’

Further, humans thrive in a sense of community and connection. When we are too isolated, without a deep and dedicated practice like monk’s might do in a cave in Tibet, we begin to lose the benefits of co-regulation, and in turn our psychology can begin to suffer over time. Humans have built incredible things – together – when in community, and touch plays an important role in that.

It most cultures around the world, hugging is part of daily life. Other cultures might decide to greet one another with cheek kissing instead, but touch is often a common denominator. But it’s true, there are places that may be ‘less touch-y’ and will certainly find other ways to connect.

One thing I can say though, especially during this unprecedented time of isolation, make it a point to hug those close to you when you can. Make it a good one, 15 or 20 seconds! Pay attention to how you feel after.

As mentioned, hugging is not the only way we get a sense of co-regulation and connection. Looking into one another’s eyes, sensing facial movements and reactions are also important. We have millions of mirror neurons in our brains that are constantly reading what is happening in another person, and sending information to areas of our brain, subconsciously, that tell us how a person might be feeling, for example. When we witness someone taking an action, neurons in our brains respond to that action in the same way as if we were taking that action ourselves – hence ‘mirror neurons.’

This might mean that when we watch a nervous moment in sports for example, although we are not playing, we might take actions like covering our mouths or holding our chest, feeling the nerves the players are likely feeling. As you can imagine, this is not a perfect science. Sometimes we are nervous but the player is cool as a cucumber, but generally, mirror neurons tend to help us connect to what others are feeling or doing, giving us a sense of empathy.

It goes even deeper. Research from Institute of HeartMath has shown that the human heart emits a measurable electromagnetic field that contains information other people can pick up on and decode in their brains. Regardless of how ‘new-agey’ this might sound to some minds, it’s a reality of our physical bodies.

Just think, have you ever walked into a room with multiple people in it and noticed the energy of it? Perhaps you noticed right away it was very tense or very jovial. This sense likely comes from having an awareness of how our electro magnetic field is interacting with the collective field of the room.

What you’re feeling is how someone’s general emotional state is affecting the field they emit. The more we feel tension, anxiety, or depression for example, the more we also put that signal out into our communities. Now, this isn’t a call to get stressed out about how we’re affecting others, this is simply a realization of what’s going on.

In our current chaotic world, it’s quite common to feel anxious or uncertain about what’s happening, and acknowledging that is OK is perfectly fine. The next question becomes: how can I manage my emotional state and create a a felt sense of calm? (Which of course will change the field you emit as well.)

Managing Our Emotions & Energy

One very simple option is written at the top of the article we post here on The Pulse. It’s a simple technique I adapted from my training at HeartMath, but I added in my own flair learned from my trauma specialist training as I felt a greater focus on interception, our awareness of sensations in our body, was important to be in the mix.

As go move through your day, stop, take a breath and release the tension in your body starting from your head all the way down to your feet. Take a few moments on each muscle group if you like. Place attention on your physical heart and breathe slowly into the area for 60 seconds, focusing on feeling a sense of ease.

I wrote a much more in-depth article here, where I share more detailed steps and how this helps improve our overall energy levels as well.

Our bodies are filled with tools that sense anything from obvious to ‘unseen’ signals coming from others and our environment. These tools suggest we are beings of connection, and we thrive when we get enough of it. They also suggest it’s important to pay attention to more than just the material aspect of our world, as there is much that needs to be ‘taken care of’ in the ‘unseen.’ By that, I mean, as we manage our emotions and regulate our nervous system’s, our felt electro magnetic field communicates a different message to others out there.

What message are you sending?

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Full Moon In Aquarius: Rationality & Seriousness

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We are having a Full Moon in Aquarius on July 23rd/24th. It will appear the brightest on the night of the 23rd throughout most of the world and on the night of the 24th in the time zones East of Japan. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon in Cancer on July 9th/10th.

The energies of a Full Moon are strongest in the days surrounding it yet its astrological configurations also play a part over the following two weeks. You may start to see its themes slowly build up after the New Moon prior.

This is a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Aquarius and the Sun in Leo. It can play out as either a conflict, an integration, or some sort of dynamic between the energies of both signs. The Moon reflects the expression of feeling and emotion while the Sun reflects the expression of ego and conscious self.

We may feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us; with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Aquarius side and others expressing the Leo side. In some cases, Full Moons can also reflect/trigger some sort of change or release.

Full Moon In Aquarius Opposite Sun In Leo

Leo season began 36 hours before the Full Moon and will continue until August 22nd/23rd. This is the sign of self-expression, creativity, love, affection, children, courage, vitality, passion, leadership, generosity, and playfulness. Ruled by the Sun, it is also about shining in our power and being in alignment with what really lights us up and gets us excited.

The negative expressions of Leo can be egotistical, self-absorbed, authoritarian, dramatic, stubborn, jealous, and hot-tempered.  As it is associated with seeking praise and attention, it can be demanding of respect and be boisterous without considering or caring about how others respond to that.

The Full Moon highlights and brings the energies of the opposing sign of Aquarius into this Leo backdrop. This is the sign of friends, networks, social dynamics, social issues, groups, teams, humanity, and being in the best interest of the collective. This energy is unconventional, idealistic, innovative, progressive, scientific, original, inventive, technological, reforming, and even revolutionary.

Negatively, Aquarius can be overly detached, aloof, unemotional, and very invested in the mind at the expense of the heart. Traditionally ruled by Saturn, it can also be unyielding when it comes to the ideas and perspectives that it has already decided on.

Both Leo and Aquarius have some similarities. They are ‘Fixed’ signs and therefore can both be determined yet stubborn. They are also both associated with originality and authenticity. In Aquarius, this comes from its unconventional and innovative attributes while in Leo it comes from being inspired by its heart centred self-expression.

Full Moon Quincunx Venus, Conjunct Saturn, & Square Uranus

This Full Moon is in a quincunx with Venus which has recently entered Virgo. Our feelings, emotions, needs, or domestic lives may be at odds with friendships, values, finances, pleasure, or matters of love. It can be hard to integrate these areas but being flexible and making adjustments can be the solution.

The Full Moon is moving towards Saturn in the same sign. This can reflect a serious energy and we may be faced with limitations, restrictions, delays, or obstacles. We or others may be emotionally distant, pessimistic, or reserved. However, this can be good for some sort of effort that requires discipline, structure, and orderliness. After the Full Moon period, some of these energies will be strong again on August 1st/2nd.

Following the conjunction with Saturn, the Moon forms a square aspect with the disruptive Uranus in Taurus. This is activating the square between Saturn and Uranus that is happening throughout the year which I’ve covered in previous articles. Themes around ‘old versus new’, ‘restrictions versus freedom’, ‘the status quo versus revolution’, ‘commitments/responsibilities versus liberation’, ‘elder versus youth’, ‘progressiveness versus tradition’ and so forth.

Jupiter Going Back Into Aquarius

Jupiter entered its home sign of Pisces in mid-May for a short stint as it is returning back into Aquarius on July 28th/29th. The planet of expansion, freedom, beliefs, perspective, education, is unrestrained in Pisces and gets to express itself more ideally in this sign. We have seen examples of this as many jurisdictions loosened up covid related restrictions during this period.

With it going back into Aquarius, a traditionally Saturn ruled sign with Saturn currently present there, Jupiter will be more inhibited until late December when it re-enters Pisces again. It’s possible that during this 5 month period we will likely experience more restrictive measures return or new ones implemented. We may also experience this in different ways in our personal lives such as not being able to expand the way we’d like to. However, this might not be noticeable immediately.

The combination of Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius (which began last December) can be good for building towards something or planting seeds pertaining to some sort of technological integration, social networking, collective or social pursuits, activism, new scientific approaches to things, and innovation.

Venus Square Lunar Nodes, Mars Opposite Jupiter

Venus will be in a square with the Lunar Nodes which will be strong from July 28th-30th. We may be reflecting on the past and future, or perhaps at a crossroads, when it comes to friendships, love, values, or financial matters. We may need to complete something and address what is holding us back  to help us move on and take a step forward in an evolutionary way when it comes to these areas of life. Venus is in Virgo so therefore discernment, details, practicality, health, organization, or efficiency may be key.

At this time Mars will be switching from Leo to Virgo while in an opposition to Jupiter. We may begin to feel the need to apply ourselves in a way that is more productive, sustainable, healthy, and clean. However, we can overextend ourselves and take on more than we can handle. This can also play out as conflicts around beliefs, perspectives, opinions, or judgements.

Mercury’s Superior Conjunction

Mercury will be in its Superior Conjunction on August 1st/2nd which is in an important phase of Mercury’s cycle with the Sun. From this point onward we may have a better perception around certain things that were seeded or occurred in the previous two months which may also help our momentum forward. .

Circumstances and developments that happen at this time can help us gain more clarity or facilitate necessary realizations to help us make the right decisions and appropriate mental focus. During this conjunction, the Sun and Mercury will be opposing Saturn which can play out as hindrances or the need to be pragmatic as part of this process.

Things To Consider

How can you balance or integrate your personal passions with the needs of the collective? How can you resolve any conflicts between leadership and a team or group? Are you experiencing any challenges or conflict between your heart and intellect? What areas of your life do you need to be more orderly, structured, disciplined, or take more seriously? Is there anything that you need to separate from? How can you apply yourself in a more noble way?

These are just some examples of themes that could come up or ways to approach this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well.  If you wish to do any sort of intentional release, it is best to do so after it begins to wane following the peak or during the two weeks afterwards when it is waning before the next New Moon. The exact peak of this Full Moon is at 2:37am Universal Time on July 24th, night of the 23rd. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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