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I caught the travel bug as a child and I still have it. To this day, I can’t get enough of exploring this magical place we call Earth.

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Our planet offers a vast and immense territory that would take lifetimes to discover. I have been fortunate and very blessed for the past 27 years to have encountered various kinds of travel all over the world. Because of this, traveling has spiritually expanded me, blasted open my mind and heart and has provided me with both pleasurable and challenging opportunities for personal growth.

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Whether you’re a frequent traveler or want to become one, here are my top five most common and consistent reflections I’ve had from being a globetrotter.

1) GRATITUDE

Whenever I leave home and venture off somewhere, I feel a deep sense of gratitude at being able to have the chance to do so. Whether I am exploring my own country or I am flying across the world, I am always overcome with a deep sense of gratitude for being able to have the time, energy and financial means to take time off of work or school to spend days and weeks on my own, with friends, a partner or my family.

Gratitude shows up when you allow yourself to experience the tremendous amount of beauty that our world offers. There have been countless times where I have felt as though my breath was taken away at seeing the Mediterranean Sea or the Eiffel Tower that once upon a time had been a dream for me to visit.

Traveling has the ability to deepen your appreciation for your own home too! When you get a chance to check out other cultures that do not have the same amenities, ways of living and familiar comforts that you are used to, you anticipate returning home to what you may have been taking for granted.

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I recently took a trip on my own to Mexico where I became extremely ill and was hospitalized. My father had to fly down to accompany me home. It was a scary experience to say the least, and I was so relieved and comforted at the sight of him entering my hospital room, it felt like Christmas. Gratitude and appreciation poured out of me. I felt grateful to be alive, to have the tremendous amount of love from family and friends and to be able to return home safely.

2) BEING PRESENT

Traveling helps develop a strong sense of presence. You need a certain amount of street smarts, keen observation, self-awareness and focus.

Using a map to find your way around a city. Catching a train or flight in a bustling station or airport. Driving on roads with street signs in a foreign language. Needing to find a hotel or a hostel in the late hours of the night. All of those times require being 100% in the moment by showing up fully mind-body and soul. Sometimes your very own life can depend on it!

A sobering reminder that helps me be present is the fact that many times, I don’t know if I will ever again visit that particular place and smell the aromas that are only associated with that place on the planet. Hike the mountain covered with ice caps, swim in clear blue waters of Punta Cana, or talk religion with the shoe shine man on the streets of Jakarta. So if your mind is wandering in the past or venturing forward into a future not yet created, you will miss out on a marvelous and truly heart-expanding moment.

3) FULLY BEING YOURSELF

Unless you’re a world-famous celebrity, chances are wherever you travel to no one will know who you are, what you do or where you come from. This can be a good thing. Traveling allows you the time to practice fully being yourself, which makes you magnetic. You will naturally attract interesting conversations, new friends and adventures you had not planned. You literally have the opportunity to wipe your slate clean and let go of your social inhibitions.

When I was younger, I remember traveling and always anticipating whether or not I would make friends while on vacation. I didn’t want to stay joined at the hip with my family the entire trip, so I would encourage myself to get out of my comfort zone and become friendly with other kids who were also on vacation. Nobody knew who I was and where I came from, and it clearly didn’t matter. I was accepted and made friends fast. My friendliness and choice to put myself out there clearly worked. Before I knew it, I would be off having a blast with a load of new friends that were from all over the world.

4) CONNECTION

Building a connection with local people, food, culture and the land are such enriching experiences. We truly live in a global village. Even though there are differences in the way people live, there are always aspects to our humanity we all connect to. When you start to notice the similarities between the people and the cultures you encounter, you feel the oneness that is the very essence of humanity that keeps us alive.

Even if you can’t understand a culture’s language or relate to the rituals in another country, something special happens when you give yourself permission to let go of the mind’s ability to create separation. When you allow yourself to drop into the space of your heart and feel a sense of compassion and unity, you feel no barriers between you and the rest of the world.

5) SURRENDER

Traveling grants you the chance to press pause on your life and reset yourself through the act of surrendering and letting go. When you remove yourself from your daily grind and start to relax into your being, your worries begin to melt away. By slowing down, your entire mind and body get to recharge. You then open yourself up to incorporating new perspectives and ways of handling your life.

I have personally experienced some of the most profound periods of expansion and transformation when traveling. I always find the first few days of travel the most difficult as my mind and body are so used to working, checking email and Facebook on my phone. But by the fourth or fifth day, I begin to let go of the tension I am carrying, my thoughts slow down and I shift into a state of being rather than doing. When I return from my travels, I feel fully refreshed and excited to get back to my daily life.

It is with hope that my list inspires you to embark on some form of travel or holiday so that you might experience these reflections I have listed and tap into the myriad of ways that traveling can enlighten you. It’s a big world out there. Book a ticket and just go.

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Fact Checkers & Big Tech Censorship Are Tearing Apart Society

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Journalist Laurie Clarke published an article in the British Medical Journal examining hundreds of millions of pieces of content that Facebook has removed in an attempt to stop ‘covid misinformation.’ As a result of censorship, we are seeing a breakdown of important dialogue. Here is our deeper written analysis of her piece.

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The Quantum Eraser Experiment: What Happens In The Present Can Change The Past

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    At the quantum scale, what we do in the present can impact what happens in the past. This is shown through what's known as the quantum delayed choice choice, or quantum eraser experiment.

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    Why are factors associated with consciousness directly intertwined with physical material matter at the quantum scale? What does this mean when it comes to our physical material world in relation to our thoughts, perceptions, feelings and emotions?

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One of the founding fathers of quantum theory, Max Planck, who is often credited with originating quantum theory – a feat that won him the Physics Nobel Prize in 1918 – once stated: “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 exiting, postulates consciousness.”

Fast forward to today and there are a number of experiments in multiple fields showing that Planck was right. Consciousness is fundamental and it is directly intertwined with what we call physical material matter. You cannot explain consciousness in terms of the existing fundamentals like space, time, mass, and charge. As a result, the logical thing to do is postulate whether consciousness itself is something fundamental to the existence of reality.

A classic experiment used to examine the role of consciousness and its relationship to matter is the quantum double slit experiment. In this experiment, tiny bits of matter (photons, electrons, or any atomic-sized object) are shot toward a screen that has two slits in it. When there is no measuring device placed at the screen, the tiny bits of matter act as a “wave” and creates an “interference” pattern on the other side where a wall is placed to catch the pattern. Because there was no measuring or observation device used to see what slit the matter went through, we cannot know what path it took. When the pattern on the wall is examined to see what path it took, it represents a wave of possibilities, meaning the matter (particle) went through both slits, and one slit, and interfered with itself, which should be physically impossible. Welcome to the wacky world of quantum physics – anything and everything is possible.

The kicker is, when an observation device is set up to observe what slit the particles go through, the particle then only goes through one, thus collapsing the wave pattern and forming a pattern that is representative of the particle only going through one slit. In other words, the behaviour of the matter changes when we decide to measure  or observe it, the particles act as they are aware they are being watched. 50 percent of the time the particle will go through one slit, and the other 50 percent of the time it will go through the other and form a two slit pattern, just as if they were balls lobbed through one slit or the other.

Observations not only disturb what has to be measured, they produce it…We compel (the electron) to assume a definite position…We ourselves produce the results of the measurement. (M. Mermin, Boojums All the Way Through: Communicating Science ina Prosaic Age (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 1990, referenced by Dr. Dean Radin, From A paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Physics Essays explaining how this experiment has been used multiple times to explore the role of consciousness in shaping the nature of physical reality

If this isn’t already mind-altering enough for you, one physicist, John Archibald Wheeler, pondered what would happen if we don’t interfere with the photons on their way through the slits? What would happen if we didn’t set up a measuring device to observe what slit the matter went through, and instead, what if behind the back wall there were detectors? One detector is focused on each slit, and just before the particle lands on the screen after it has passed through the slit device, the detectors are pulled away. When no one could detect which slit the photon had gone through, there was a wave pattern, but when the detectors were in place, there was no wave pattern. Similar to observing the particles before they went through the slit. No observation produced an interference pattern, and observation formed a one line, one slit pattern.

If they collapse to a state of particles from a wave at the moment of detection, after they have gone past the slit device, this means that even though they went through the slit unobserved and should produce a wave (interference) pattern, the very act of observing, still, instantly transforms them into particles and collapses the wave function.

This begs the question, how could these detectors interfere with something that had already happened? It would mean that what happened in the present changed the past. The very act of detecting the particles after they go through the slit determines how they went through the slit, either as a wave or as particles. How is this possible?

Like the quantum double slit experiment, the delayed choice/quantum eraser has been demonstrated and repeated multiple times. For example, physicists at the Australian National University (ANU) have conducted John Wheeler’s delayed-choice thought experiment, and the findings were recently published in the journal Nature Physics.

In 2007 (Science 315, 966, 2007), scientists in France shot photons into an apparatus and showed that their actions could retroactively change something that had already happened.

“If we attempt to attribute an objective meaning to the quantum state of a single system, curious paradoxes appear: quantum effects mimic not only instantaneous action-at-a-distance, but also, as seen here, influence of future actions on past events, even after these events have been irrevocably recorded.” (source)

To make the experiment easier to understand, Wheeler used a cosmic scale explanation. Imagine a star emitting a photon billions of years ago, heading in the direction of planet Earth. In between, there is a galaxy. As a result of what’s known as “gravitational lensing,” the light will have to bend around the galaxy in order to reach Earth, so it has to take one of two paths, going left or going right. Billions of years later, if one decides to set up an apparatus to “catch” the photon, the resulting pattern would be an interference pattern, as explained above in the double slit experiment. This demonstrates that the photon took one way, and it took the other way. A “wave” of possibilities, but the way it took has not been defined.

One could also choose to “peek” at the incoming photon, setting up a telescope on each side of the galaxy to determine which side the photon passed to reach Earth. The very act of measuring or “watching” which way the photon comes in means it can only come in from one side. The pattern will no longer be an interference pattern representing multiple possibilities, but a single clump pattern showing “one” way.

What does this mean? It means how we choose to measure “now” affects what direction the photon took billions of years ago. Our choice in the present moment affected what had already happened in the past.

Below is a great video of Wheeler explaining.

My mind is blown just writing this article, I can’t stop thinking about it and what it could possibly mean, and how factors associated with consciousness are, in more ways than one, intertwined with what we perceive to be our physical reality. I recently published an article regarding consciousness and how it might be fundamental to the creation of our physical material world. You can read that here if interested.

“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

Why does all of this matter? Because it’s one of multiple experiments showing a strong connection between consciousness and physical matter. What does this mean at the classic physics scale? What does it mean with regards to the way we think, feel, perceive? What does it mean when we are talking about solutions to problems we are facing on our planet? If human consciousness could be so fundamental with regards to the ‘creation of our reality’, why aren’t we talking about it more? What impact would changing the way we look at our world have on the human experience? What would happen if we started to see things in a different light?

We tend to believe in our culture that we are beings where everything in our world is happening to us, as opposed to us being intimately connected to everything in our world. How might that knowing change the nature of our choices?

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Study Finds That Humans Would Be Quite “Upbeat” About The Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life

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As the possibilities of a non-human intellect being present on Earth increase on a daily basis, one critical question must be addressed: How will we deal with it if we make contact? Will we be terrified if we feel threatened? Will we accept it? Will we be able to comprehend it? Or will we dismiss it as just another item to cope with in our increasingly fast-paced world?

Researchers from Arizona State University performed a study to try to find out the answer, and the article is titled “How Will We React to the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life?”

“If we came face to face with life outside of Earth, we would actually be pretty upbeat about it,” said Arizona State University Assistant Professor of Psychology Michael Varnum.

The pilot study’s articles focused on the 1996 discovery of possibly fossilised extraterrestrial Martian microbes, the 2015 discovery of periodic dimming around Tabby’s Star, thought to indicate the presence of an artificially constructed “Dyson sphere,” and the 2017 discovery of Earth-like exoplanets in a star’s habitable zone.

The pilot study discovered that the language used to depict these events elicited much more positive than negative feelings.

In a second study, the researchers invited over 500 people to write about their potential reactions to the discovery of alien microbial life, as well as humanity’s possible reaction. When considering their individual sentiments as well as those of mankind as a whole, participants’ replies revealed substantially more positive than negative emotions.

“I’d be a little excited about the news,” one participant remarked. “Even if it existed in a rudimentary form, it would be fascinating.”

The scientists discovered evidence of considerably happier than negative emotions in responses to the alleged finding of alien life, and this impact was larger in response to reading about extraterrestrial life than in response to human-made synthetic life.

“This discovery demonstrates that other planets can support life,” one participant stated. “It’s an intriguing and fascinating discovery that might be only the beginning.”

According to Varnum, “taken together, this implies that if we find out we’re not alone, we’ll take the news rather well”

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