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An Answer to Existential Questions (Chapter 3)

Let’s take a moment to reflect on galaxies, star systems, plants, trees, animals, particles, cells and all of the ingenious mechanisms that make up our reality. Ever wondered why snowflakes show flawlessly geometrical patterns, or why plants know when to bloom and birds when to migrate? Ever wondered why you even have the ability to consciously witness such phenomena?

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“The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is comprehensible.” – Albert Einstein

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This is not an attempt to preach about a religious dogma and give all credit to some deity. It is simply an observation inviting us to reflect further than the idea that this existence is all a coincidence with no consciousness involved in its inception. Some believe that it is unscientific to think this way, but after all, what is science? It is simply a tool assisting us in understanding the already intelligent mechanics of nature. We attempt to learn about it, yet it already existed in perfect harmony before we tried to. However, many scientists insist in describing such a rich, intelligent and lively existence as an unconscious and coincidental phenomena. The only intelligence or consciousness that mainstream science seems to acknowledge is the intellect of our brain.

Does Consciousness Only Exist In Brain Matter?

To this day, we read in most science books that consciousness is merely an outcome of chemical processes in the brain, as if it emerged by coincidence out of brain tissue. It is said to be found nowhere else but in the brain. If we are going to accept that logic, then how could unconscious natural forces create a brain that is not only conscious, but that has a capacity for complex subjective experience? How could “non-consciousness” evolve into a mental system capable of asking why it exists? Why do conscious and experiencing beings—such as us—even exist in the first place? Why is there consciousness?

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Consciousness is undoubtably a problem that the scientific community continues to ignore due to its inability to provide a clear answer.

“How is it that something as unconscious as the matter of the brain ever gives rise to something as immaterial as an experience? (…) Scientists find themselves in the strange position of being confronted daily by the indisputable fact of their own consciousness, yet with no means to account for it.” – Peter Russell

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 1.13.59 PMPhysics, biology, chemistry or any other science—despite their success in analyzing the material world—simply cannot explain the purpose and origin of existence. They cannot account for the essence within each and everyone of us that makes us conscious individuals with a deep sense of self and of subjective experience. Our spark of being—the one that makes us creators, thinkers and observers with such a rich and multifaceted inner world—is undeniably beyond the bounds of mainstream science.

So what is the force behind ingenious biological mechanisms such as our brains and bodies? What is the intelligence behind this ingenious existence? In order to know the answer as well as our role within the universe, we have to explore the deepest level of our reality. What is it made of? What are we made of?

“My studies in mathematics and quantum physics explained how the entire material universe could have evolved from the simplest of the elements—hydrogen. Yet the most fascinating question for me had now become: How had hydrogen—a single electron orbiting a single proton—evolved into a system that could be aware of itself? How had the universe become conscious?” – Peter Russell

Reality Beyond The Brain

When basing our understanding on a three-dimensional experience, our automatic reasoning will surely be that reality is made up of matter. Not to mention that the word “real” is mostly tagged upon all that is perceivable through our 5 senses. However, quantum experiments and neurological studies have proven this impression to be inaccurate. Reality is actually quite different from the images filtered by the brain.

The mind may find it ridiculous to even consider that what it so clearly perceives is not exactly as it seems. But who is to say that the human brain—which only serves as a decoder of abstract electrical signals—is the ultimate point of reference as to what is real and what is not?

“Do you remember how electrical currents and “unseen waves” were laughed at? The knowledge about man is still in its infancy.” – Albert Einstein

As much as Cartesian minds may conquer, it is primordial to set aside the scientific ego and open ourselves up to a path of uncertainty. Because the first step to understanding the fundamental construct of reality is to accept that it is quite unlike our mind’s perception of what is “out there.” As the reknowned physicist Erwin Schrödinger stated, “Every man’s world picture is and always remains a construct of his mind, and cannot be proved to have any other existence.”

There is indeed no evidence, which could prove that the reality we experience “out there” is not a mere reconstruction of information received and filtered through our nervous system. As a matter of fact, studies show that the world we perceive through our eyes is merely our brain’s interpretation of electrical signals derived from light.

Light is scientifically referred to as electromagnetic radiation, or simply as energy. We often think of light as the brightness we can see with our eyes, yet visible light is but a very small portion within a vast range of light frequencies. The light frequencies known to the scientific community have been categorized and labelled in what is called the electromagnetic spectrum.

Visible light is a range of frequencies that project our three-dimensional reality. As these light frequencies enter the eye, it triggers chemical reactions in the retina, which produce electro-chemical impulses. These travel along nerve fibers to the back of the brain, which is where vision is interpreted. The brain then analyses the data it receives, and recreates its own picture of what is “out there.” However, what is “out there” is quite unlike the coherent and conceivable world we experience through our senses.

“Consider our experience of the color green. In the physical world there is light of a certain frequency, but the light itself is not green. Nor are the electrical impulses that are transmitted from the eye to the brain. No color exists there. The green we see is a quality appearing in the mind in response to this frequency of light. It exists only as a subjective experience in the mind.” – Peter Russell

Even though we have labelled certain light frequencies with names such as ultraviolet or gamma rays, they are all just light. There are no definitive breaks or boundaries when it comes to light, but only a continuous range of energy, which can lower or raise its vibration speed. It is within this ocean of light, that our ingenious brain is able to translate a small percentage of light frequencies into what we call our visible “reality.” Makes you wonder about everything else we are not seeing…

The Secret Of the Quantum World

Everything is inherently made of light in different frequencies and this does not exclude solidity. Just as light can manifest itself in a frequency range that is perceivable through sight, it can also manifest itself in a frequency range that is perceivable through touch. It doesn’t mean that the objects we experience are solid by nature; it only means that our brain interprets them as solid.

“What we have called matter is energy (light), whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.” – Albert Einstein

Of course, the thought of matter being “immaterial” will seem farfetched to the mind, because its only reference point is the human senses. But let’s not forget that all of our senses are the product of an ingenious computer called “the brain” which, again, is only a decoder of electrical signals. Our 5 senses will never give us an accurate picture of what is truly “out there,” because they can only experience what they are designed to experience. Without a brain programmed to transform light into electrical signals, and electrical signals into visible shapes, colors, sounds and sensations, there is only light of different frequencies and vibrations. As the great inventor, electrical engineer, and scientist Nikola Tesla stated, “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”

“Are not millions and millions of blobs of energy and light, photons and electrons? They make up this imaginary three-dimensional solid world, which does not exist at all according to Relativity or Quantum Mechanics. The only realities we know are the ones our brain manufactures. A brain receives millions of signals every minute. And we organize them into holograms which we project outside ourselves and call it ‘Reality'” – Dr. Robert Anton Wilson

As the quote above states, “blobs of energy” and “light” are terms that would best describe the smallest, most elementary particles that make up the material world. Most linear minds would hope to find proof of their solidity, but the truth turns out to be more puzzling than the easy-to-grasp concept of size and mass.

We all know that matter is composed of atoms. Yet studies now reveal that each atom is composed of 99.9999999% empty space. They are nothing like the “solid balls” science once described them as for two thousand years. The remaining 0.0000001% of the atom represents the elementary particles that are hundreds of thousands times smaller. This means that if we enlarge an atom to the size of a football stadium, the nucleus of the atom would only be as large as a tiny grain of rice, and so are the electrons orbiting around it. As the early twentieth-century British physicist Sir Arthur Eddington stated, “Matter is mostly ghostly empty space.”

The discovery that matter is mostly immaterial seemed too uncomfortable for the minds of physicists to grasp. Therefore, in an attempt to at least ascribe solid properties and measurements to the elementary particles of matter, physicists have encountered another so-called “anomaly” within the quantum world. Experiments show that elementary particles can behave and look like particles, but are not solid in essence. They are truly and inherently “waves” of potential existence.

“With the advent of quantum theory, it was found that even these minute subatomic particles were themselves far from solid. In fact, they are not much like matter at all—at least nothing like matter as we know it. They can’t be pinned down and measured precisely. They are more like fuzzy clouds of potential existence, with no definite location. Much of the time they seem more like waves than particles. Whatever matter is, it has little, if any, substance to it.” – Peter Russell

The reason for this abstract description is precisely because what appears to be elementary “particles” behave in a most abstract manner. They are inherently spread out as waves of light—without a defined and measurable substance or location like we would expect “solid” particles to have. However, this light carries all potentialities in terms of how it can manifest itself. In other words, light has the potential to project itself in many ways, which would explain why—despite there being only light—we experience a world of many particles, textures, colors, sounds and so on.

“This isn’t the world of electrons. It’s the world of potential electrons.” – John Hagelin, Particle Physicist, Ph. D.

According to quantum studies such as the double slit experiment, that which defines what potentiality the wave will “choose” is the presence of a conscious and observing entity. Physicists can now say for a fact that the very presence of a conscious mind observing and intending to define or measure a particle, consequently determines the aspect and location in which it takes form. This strange phenomena has made the attempt of objective measurement impossible. The question modern science cannot answer is the reason why light defines itself as a particle the moment we observe and define it. This quantum anomaly is scientifically known as “the measurement problem.”

“The measurement problem is this: an atom only appears in a particular place if you measure it. In other words, an atom is spread out all over the place until a conscious observer decides to look at it.” – Prof. Jim Al-Khalili

“And anytime we attempt to look at particles beyond a certain level, the very act of observation changes (their) lanes.” – Dr. Dean Radin

To put it simply, the fundamental nature of reality is originally “open” to all potential outcomes, yet our very consciousness is intimately hooked to the one that shall be experienced. We literally are the creators of reality. As the physicist Dr. York Dobyns stated, “without us, there would just be this expanding superposition of possibilities with nothing definite ever actually happening.”

Mysterious Light

“Any exchange of energy between any two atoms in the universe involves the exchange of photons. Every interaction in the material world is mediated by light. In this way, light penetrates and interconnects the entire cosmos. (…) Although all we ever see is light, paradoxically, we never know light directly. The light that strikes the eye is known only through the energy it releases. This energy is translated into a visual image in the mind, and that image seems to be composed of light—but that light is a quality of mind. We never know the light itself.” – Peter Russell

“For the rest of my life I want to reflect on what light is.” – Albert Einstein

Modern science is not in the business of asking what this light, this energy, this empty space or this wave of potentiality is—all terms aimed at describing the fundamental construct of our reality. It aims at describing the way things work, but barely ever questions what or why it is this way. Some claim that answering these questions is a job for philosophers, not physicists. However, everyone agrees that quantum theory works, but most of those who study it are not quite sure what it means.

So what does it mean?

  • The universe is conscious and intelligent, because its source is consciousness. Light is consciousness.
  • Consciousness is the singular force that projects this entire reality. (Below is a flowchart demonstrating how quantum physicists have came to this realization.)

  • Who are we? All of us are a part of this consciousness, similar to how cells altogether make up a whole body. We are the lifeforce of the universe embodied. We are all one.
  • As conscious observers, we define how light manifests itself. In other words, we define reality through our minds. 

“The tighter physics have tried to grasp on to physical reality, to understand what it’s really made of, what are the core building blocks of life at the basis of it all – life, the universe, slips through your fingers. And you come up with something that’s increasingly abstract. And that’s what the unified field is; pure abstract potential. Pure abstract being. Pure abstract self-aware consciousness, which rises in waves of vibration to give rise to the particles, the people, everything we see in the vast universe.” – John Hagelin, Particle Physicist, Ph. D.

Uniting Science & Spirituality

To this day, modern science avoids asking what light or consciousness even are. From an atheist’s point of view, we should only acknowledge whatever measuring devices or material evidence can quantify. Meanwhile, the religious community maintains the illusion of separation between man and spirit while refusing to acknowledge any piece of information that challenges religious doctrines.

Why remain in segregation when the world is full of dots waiting to be connected? Why cling to our beliefs when we could instead seek to understand the nature of reality with an open mind? Dogma—whether spiritual or scientific—seems to have clouded a truth that does not require adversity with the desire to prove ourselves “right” and others “wrong.” But once we set aside our egos and allow our consciousness to expand beyond the beliefs we cling to, we will begin to wonder how we could have missed the obvious:

The parallels between the light of physics and the light of consciousness do not contradict each other, because they are each other.

  1. Both are immaterial.
  2. Both cannot be pinned down through senses or technological devices.
  3. Both are the fundamental construct of our reality, permeating everything in existence.

From a scientific perspective, light is the source of everything we experience. And from a spiritual perspective, consciousness is the source of everything we experience. If only more scientific minds would acknowledge the conscious nature of light when observing the conscious ways in which it manifests both in nature and ourselves. And if only more religious minds would rise beyond the belief in separation and acknowledge the oneness of all life.

In the end, uniting both science and spirituality lead to the same realization: Light is consciousness and consciousness is light. We are Light. We are consciousness. We are one. There is no separate “God,” nor is there an absence of divinity. Every human, animal, plant, rock and blade of grass is an expression of the same spirit, of the same light, of the same consciousness.

 The Collective Consciousness

“The world we are experiencing today is the result of our collective consciousness, and if we want a new world, each of us must start taking responsibility for helping create it.” – Rosemary Fillmore Rhea

It is in understanding our oneness, that we become aware of our true power to create change. Our energies altogether create a collective consciousness which is what projects our reality. If we are collectively caught up in separation, hate, judgment, fear, competition and survival, it is no wonder our world reflects that energy. Our beliefs and perceptions literally shape the world we experience. As more of us raise our consciousness beyond this illusion, not only will our actions reflect greater wisdom and potential, but our higher vibration will elevate the collective consciousness and stimulate change.

The Purpose of Life (Chapter 4)

Consciousness, light, spirit, the universe or God are all terms often used to describe the source of life. But to avoid confusion and dogmatic connotations, Source is the word that we will used from now on.

If we are all Source incarnate, then why are we not born aware of this? And for what purpose would Source manifest itself as galaxies, stars, planets and living organisms? Why would Source manifest itself as humanity? These are very good questions that can be best answered by putting ourselves “in the shoes” of Source, before it has projected into numerous forms, before the “big bang.” What would you do as pure formless consciousness, with nothing outside of yourself to interact with but with the limitless potential to create and experience life within yourself? You would probably use that potential and go for it!

1. You would create worlds in which you could experience yourself (planets).

There are zillions of planets in the universe—many of which are likely to be hosting different species and experiences. But let us focus on the one we know best: planet Earth. Like all other planets; it is spherical; enabling us to explore it through and through without ever reaching an edge. It has gravity, which enables us to stick to it without floating all over the place. It has this amazing eco-system that nurtures the needs of every creature living on it. It is beautiful and full of textures, smells, tastes and colors. Doesn’t it sound like the perfect experiential playground?

2. You would split yourself into several fragments of your own light (souls).

Similar to how the trunk of a tree splits itself into several branches, you would individualize your consciousness so that you could experience and interact with yourself as seemingly separate beings. Sounds more fun than to play alone, doesn’t it? Much like it is more enjoyable to watch a movie with many characters than it is to stare at a black TV screen, it is a more enriching experience for Source to project itself into many forms rather than remaining formless.

 

3. You would want to experience and interact with yourself inside of vehicles (bodies) you carefully designed to experience the worlds you have created.

As we have learned in the previous chapter, there is no doubt our bodies are incredible mechanisms designed to decipher this “light show” into an intricate experiential playground. That is what our bodies are after all; vehicles in which consciousness experiences.

“Knowing that I am different from the body, I need not neglect the body. It is a vehicle that I use to transact with the world. It is the temple which houses the Pure Self within.” – Adi Sankaracharya

4. You would choose to forget who you truly are when entering your physical journey.

This is why we are we not born aware of it all. To understand why, we need to put ourselves once again “in the shoes” of Source. Wouldn’t you find it a tad too predictable if you entered an experience knowing you are the creator and recalled every detail about your creation beforehand? Imagine being the creator of an amazing video game and you were given the opportunity to take a pill that would wipe out your memory about every quest and mission, enabling you to experience them anew. Sounds like a more exciting way to play, right?

“I wish I could replay it, but have it all be new again, like it was when I first played it. Being able to discover everything again and have the feeling of not knowing what was around the next corner.” – Excerpt from a Video Game Forum Thread

The same intention applies to Source. Souls purposely take on temporary veils covering the memory of their origin. That way, Source can experience life with a fresh pair of eyes and rediscover itself anew.

5. You would want to experience yourself through many different journeys and perspectives.

Pure formless consciousness is not identified as one particular thing, it is in fact nothing in particular! As we have come to understand in the previous chapter, Source is a field of infinite potentiality, ready to get creative. Being nothing in particular, would you not want to experience yourself as many distinct beings and through unique journeys? That is why despite Source’s inherent oneness, every manifestation and experience of it is different. Each and everyone of us represents a unique potentiality of Source and will experience the world differently. To stick with the video game analogy, wouldn’t it become stagnant to play the same game over and over again and always with the same character? Diversity allows the Source to be enriched from many different experiences and view points.

“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.” – Alan Watts

“The cosmos is within us. We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself.” – Carl Sagan

What is Source doing all of this for? Our minds may have hoped for a more complicated purpose but to put it simply; Source is an artist. It could be compared to a painter, however it does more than simply paint the scenery and characters. It enters the painting, embodies the characters, experiences the scenery and becomes so engaged with its creation—forgetting it is in fact the source of it. A beautiful aspect of this cosmic game is that while we allow ourselves to forget our true nature, we simultaneously give ourselves the opportunity to rediscover it throughout our journey. In other words, our purpose is to play, learn and rediscover who we are in the process. The state in which we fully recall our true essence of Source is commonly referred to as “enlightenment.”

“Enlightenment means waking up to what you truly are and then being that.” – Adyashanti

It may sound aimless to “go through so much trouble” when you end up returning where you came from. But the goal isn’t so much to enter a physical experience only to rush our way back to enlightenment. It is to take with us all of the beautiful lessons and expansions that have resulted from experiencing life. Much like a painter expands his talent the more he paints, Source expands in knowledge and creativity the more it experiences.

The Enlightenment Process

Enlightenment is a gradual process, similar to peeling layers off of an onion. The center of the onion represents the core essence of Source within us all. The layers represent the beliefs and perceptions we take on that have shaped our identity thus far, all while enabling us to “forget” our core. And it is through our journey that we gradually “peel off” our illusions, layer by layer, until we uncover the core of our being—the Source of infinite potential that we are.

To put this information into context, notice how in our personal lives we often go through experiences that challenge certain beliefs and mental limitations we have adopted and held on to. Even our relationships seem to bring to our awareness all of our emotional baggage, fears and sensitivities. It is as if the universe conspires to make us transcend whatever is weighing us down. This is exactly the case. We, as souls, set ourselves up by orchestrating the perfect experiences that will enable us to learn and further uncover our true nature.

For example, someone who has taken on the fear of what other people think and has finally “peeled it off” will probably tell you that they now feel lighter, more peaceful, less limited and closer to who they truly are. They have uncovered more of who their true essence, which is of greater freedom and potential. Having released this veil, they now radiate more light, more soul, more consciousness. In other words, they have “de-programmed” certain beliefs and perceptions out of their psyche, and now have one less veil clouding the truth.

“In every moment of our lives, there seems to be two different versions of reality taking place. One, is the surface reality and it is where who you think yourself to be exists as the main character in the movie of your life. It is in this surface reality where you interact with the other characters, make choices, and advance your storyline. Deeper than this surface reality, yet always existing within it, remains a spiritual reality. This reality remains peaceful and unmoved by the actions and reactions of the surface reality. It views the characters in the surface reality as various messengers delivering the wisdom of the spiritual reality, so the characters can learn exactly what each has been brought to learn in every scene of life’s vivid movie.

It is from this spiritual reality where one might imagine the soul resides, with one’s lifetime serving as an interactive way for the soul to impart its wisdom to a world of characters. The characters we think we are, deliver soul wisdom to one another and reap the rewards by becoming more conscious.” – Matt Kahn

Many spiritual or religious beliefs hint at enlightenment, but then turn it into a means to an end, a rare accomplishment or an act of repentance to compensate for the belief in our separation and inferiority to “God.” It is not that such beliefs are wrong to have, but it is only a matter of neutral observation to find their root in the illusion of separation. Those who seek enlightenment often believe they must become “something else” than who they truly are when it is in fact the opposite. Those who follow a religious dogma often feel unworthy of “God,” as if it is this separate entity with enough of an ego that he is ready to burn any of his children who will not praise him or read a book he wrote. Does this truly resonate as wisdom? We are not separate from Source. Enlightenment is not about becoming better or more worthy, it is simply about “unlearning” every illusory perception we have taken on until we are left only with the truth of our being. We are already “it.”

“The word enlightenment conjures up the idea of some superhuman accomplishment, and the ego likes to keep it that way, but it is simply your natural state of felt oneness with Being. It is a state of connectedness with something immeasurable and indestructible, something that, almost paradoxically, is essentially you and yet is much greater than you. It is finding your true nature beyond name and form.”  Eckhart Tolle

 The Experience of Separation

Many of us are probably scratching our heads thinking “then why would Source choose to experience all the war, pollution, poverty and corruption of planet earth?” Maybe it is not that we—as Source—precisely chose to experience such things, but wanted to see how far the illusion of separation could go. What if we wanted to feel what it is like to believe ourselves to be totally separate from one another and our environment to see what would come of it. Sure, we could say that hell came of it. We could say that it was all a big mistake. But as was suggested before, we are here to create experiences, learn from experiences and enlighten. Let us remember that the intent of Source is to expand in awareness and creativity through all potentials; all routes of experience. From this higher perspective, there is no “right” or “wrong” routes, but only the opportunity to grow and rediscover ourselves through unique paths. The question we should ask ourselves is: what can we learn from this one?

The separated state we are in may have brought about a world of disharmony and chaos, but this reality offers the opportunity to learn powerful lessons. We would not have the opportunity to learn how to reclaim our true power if it was not for this challenge. We would not have the chance to grasp just how bright and powerful our light can be if it was not for experiencing our light as dim and as divided as possible. It is the illusion of separation that enables Source to undergo an awakening of its true potential and oneness—a knowing of itself via experience. Imagine how much more powerful the realization of our true nature would be coming from an experience of such disconnect.

“We have created the illusion of separation in order that we may experience the reality of Oneness. Only when we are outside the reality can we experience it. It is our wish to know ourselves as who we really are. Thus, we must first create the experience of who we are not.” – Neale Donald Walsch

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New Moon In Taurus: Steady & Serene

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We are having a New Moon in Taurus on May 11th in most of the world and in the morning hours of the 12th everywhere east of the Middle East. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned throughout this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks.

We are approaching eclipse season as we are having Total Lunar Eclipse in Sagittarius in this same Lunar Cycle, a few weeks after this New Moon. This will be followed by a Solar Eclipse in Gemini on June 10th. Eclipses can reflect shifts and evolutionary developments pertaining to the sign it is in and in the specific areas of our lives based on our individual astrological blueprints.

The effects of eclipses don’t always fully play out when they are occurring although you may experience things connected to them on these dates or in the weeks before and after. In this case Mercury will also be going retrograde in Gemini at the end of May which is the same sign as one of the eclipses. This can also highlight significant adjustments and shifts pertaining to Gemini energy playing out in the period between late May to mid-July. I will be writing separate articles on these Eclipses and Mercury Retrograde, you can join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive them.

New Moon In Taurus

Although Taurus season began on April 19th/20th, this New Moon emphasizes its energy even more so. Ruled by Venus, it is associated with values, sensuality, beauty, worth, money, possessions, food, and pleasures of life. As an Earth sign, it is practical, realistic, and very much invested in the physical world.

Taurus is one of four fixed signs with the others being Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius, which are all the middle signs of each quarterly season. However, being an Earth Fixed sign, it is as fixed as it gets. It is slow, steady, solid, grounded, routine oriented, and thorough.

Taurus is also associated with nature and it is very fitting and reflective for Earth Day to occur during this time. It is the second sign of the zodiac and therefore is more self-oriented as is all the earlier signs. Negatively, Taurus can be too rigid, lazy, habitual, overly self-indulgent, greedy, possessive, stubborn, materialistic, and very slow.

New Moon Sextile Neptune, Trine Pluto, & Square Jupiter

This New Moon is in a tight sextile with Neptune in Pisces. Although this isn’t a very strong type of aspect, this brings an energy that can be spiritual, compassionate, creative, and soothing. It can trigger intuition and inspiration. With the Taurus influence, it can be a ‘chilled out’ combination. This energy will be more present from the New Moon until May 13th.

The New Moon is also in a trine with Pluto in Capricorn which will be strongest on May 16th/17th. We may feel more determined, strategic, or resourceful. Some people may feel empowered or experience financial benefits. This can also be good for uncovering things, making positive changes, and emphasizing what’s important and real.

The furthest applying aspect to this New Moon is a square with Jupiter which will be strongest from May 19th-21st (and somewhat on the 22nd in the countries furthest East). Although this can feel expansive, we can more easily overextend ourselves, get scattered, have blind spots, and be excessive. However if we stay focused and cautious, this energy can be great for learning and education.

Mars Sextile Uranus & Square Chiron, Mercury Trine Saturn

Mars in Cancer is in a very tight sextile with Uranus and square with Chiron at the time of this New Moon. This can be good for applying ourselves in a new, unusual, experimental, stimulating, progressive, technological, rebellious, healing, or liberating way. Issues or conflicts around blockages, wounds, negative patterns, anger, sexuality, or holism can come up.

On May 12th/13th, Mercury in Gemini will be in an exact trine with Saturn in Aquarius. This is good for practical, disciplined, and realistic thinking. Discussions or thoughts may involve long term goals, commitments, or what we are building towards. This can also reflect putting things or structures in place that involve communication or delivery of information.

Jupiter Going Into Pisces, Mercury Entering Pre-Retrograde Shadow Period

Jupiter had recently gone into Aquarius in December and has been quickly making its way towards entering Pisces on May 13th/14th. It later returns to Aquarius this summer after it goes retrograde, and then re-enters Pisces late December of this year. We are going to be getting a taste of Jupiter in Pisces until July 28th, yet will still be somewhat of a mix of Pisces/Aquarius until the end of the year.

Jupiter is the planet of expansion, growth, learning, beliefs, exploration, travel, abundance and therefore it will affect Piscean areas and qualities in those ways. Pisces is associated with spirituality, mysticism, retreats, compassion, energy healing, psychedelics, dreams, creativity, divine inspiration, imagination, idealism, and psychic abilities. It is also associated with escapism, intoxication, delusion, disease, and lack of boundaries. Jupiter can have an excessive effect as well when it comes to these Piscean expressions.

Pisces is one of Jupiter’s homes as it is the traditional ruler of this sign. It gets to express itself in ways that it wants to and is more free and limitless in the eternal sign of Pisces. Since late 2019 Jupiter has been in Saturn ruled signs with Saturn also present which has been very restricting for a boundless planet.

This will be a big shift for Jupiter, but keep in mind that this is a just taste. It will still be returning to Aquarius which is traditionally Saturn ruled with Saturn also present there. From now until the end of the year it will be like Jupiter is having one foot in each sign, however, once it re-enters Pisces in late December, it will be more free from the restrictive Saturnian domain.

Mercury is going retrograde at the end of the month and will be entering its pre-retrograde shadow phase on May 14th/15th. It entered Gemini, the sign it will be retrograde in, on May 4th/5th. Some of the things that have been coming up recently, and especially after mid-May, will contribute to a process of adjustments and shifts that will occur in June and July.

As we get closer towards the end of May, Mercury will be slowing down and the complications that Mercury retrograde is known for can occur before it actually changes motion. I will be writing a separate article on this, join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.

Taurus Ruler Venus Conjunct North Node, Sextile Chiron, & Trine Saturn

Venus, the ruler of Taurus, is moving towards a conjunction with the Lunar North Node in Gemini and a sextile with Chiron which will be exact from May 17th-18th. New relations, or developments around past relations, could have a fated quality that can bring growth and help us to move forward in a better or constructive way.

Our perception or approach to Venus ruled areas, such as relationships, values, finances, art, may evolve in a helpful manner. It can also reflect healing, expressions of wholeness, bridging, integration, or solutions around Venus areas or connected to communication with others.

Following this aspect, Venus will then be in a trine with Saturn which is exact on May 19th/20th, but may be felt in the days prior as well. This can reflect commitments, practical approaches, discipline, structure, constructive efforts,  or some sort of stabilization pertaining to friends, lovers, financial matters, artistic endeavours, or things that are aesthetically related.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

Is there anything that you are currently doing that requires you to be more practical or thorough? Do you need to incorporate some sort of routine or structure? Are there aspects of your diet that you need to change? Is there anything that you’d like to experiment or take new approaches with? How can you be more proactive when it comes to healing or addressing personal blockages? How can you make your life more beautiful? Are you spending enough time in nature? What ways do you feel are best for you to grow spiritually?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 7:00pm Universal Time on May 11th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Super Moon In Scorpio: Realism & Depth

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We are having a Full Moon in Scorpio on April 26th/27th, which will appear the brightest on the night of the 26th for the majority of the world and on the night of the 27th in the countries furthest East. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon in Aries on April 11th/12th. It will also be a ‘Supermoon’, which is when the Moon appears larger and brighter due to its closer proximity to the Earth.

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.

They are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Scorpio and the Sun in Taurus. 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 Scorpio side and others expressing the Taurus side. In some cases, Full Moons can also reflect/trigger some sort of change or release.

Sun In Taurus Opposite Moon In Scorpio

Taurus season began on April 19th/20th and will last until May 20th/21st. It is about practicality, thoroughness, pleasures, food, possessions, beauty, and nature. It is a sensual, tangible, and grounded energy. As a ‘Fixed Earth’ sign, it is like a rock, and is the most invested in the physical/material world in comparison to the rest of the signs. It can also be slow, rigid, habitual, and lazy.

This Full Moon is in its opposite sign of Scorpio, triggering a push-pull or integration effect between both of these signs. Scorpio energy is deep, complex, investigative, passionate, intuitive, driven, powerful, calculated, observant, primal, purging, regenerating, transformational, mysterious, intense, desiring, and sexual. It is associated with fears, shadows, death, secrets, hidden matters, conspiracies, and the extremes of Love and Hate. Scorpio energy can also be controlling, obsessive, jealous, aggressive, savage, vengeful, and manipulative.

While Taurus is more concerned about what is tangible, pleasant, and what’s on the surface, Scorpio likes to dive deep even if it gets ugly, scary, or uncomfortable. Both signs are associated with money, resources, values, and worth; with Taurus’ expression of these things being more ‘self-oriented’ and Scorpio being more ‘relationship/shared oriented.’ Scorpio is associated with taxes, debt, credit, investments, inheritance, which all include more then one party to be involved. Both signs also share qualities of being loyal, stubborn, and possessive.

Pluto Is Stationary, Going Retrograde Shortly After Full Moon

Pluto is going retrograde less than 12 hours following the peak of this Full Moon. It is nearly stopped in the sky (from our geocentric perspective) which is referred to as being ‘stationary’, as it transitions from moving forward to backward. Whenever a planet is in the process of changing motion, its energies become very strong and concentrated. This has been building up in the weeks prior to this Full Moon and will wane in the weeks following.

Some astrologers observe Pluto as the ruler of Scorpio and I personally view it as a sub-ruler or representative of Scorpio energy. Therefore having it stationary at this time amplifies the themes of that sign, mentioned in the above section. This can also be a time of changes pertaining to these themes or perhaps to do with power dynamics, control, hidden matters, obsessions, or things involving sexuality.

Pluto also rules fears, viruses, psychoanalysis, and shadows. The combination of this Scorpio Full Moon combined with Pluto stationary retrograde can be good for initiating a process of deep inner healing, purging, release, or transformation.

Full Moon Part of a T-Square With Saturn, Uranus, Venus, and Mercury

In February, Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus made their first of three exact squares with each other, which will be followed by another in June and the final one in December. However, this energy will be an important part of the astrological backdrop throughout all of 2021 and somewhat in 2022 as they will still be close.

This Full Moon will be triggering this aspect as the Sun will be close to Uranus and this along with the Moon will be in a T-square with Saturn. Saturn themes of restrictions, limitations, tradition, caution, contraction, structure, responsibilities, delays, seriousness, are at odds with Uranus themes of freedom, surprises, progressiveness, rebellion, innovation, science, technology, and metaphysics.

Mercury and Venus are also in Taurus ahead of the Sun in which the Moon will also be opposing and tying in all of these planets together. This configuration can play out as struggles, complications, or restrictions between emotional needs, social life, relationship dynamics, sexual matters, communication, shared values, financial matters, and other ways as well. However, with Saturn serving as the apex of this t-square it could also point to a solution that involves responsibility, discipline, structure, caution, or implementing boundaries.

Things To Consider

Are there any aspects of your life calling for transformation? What do you need to purge? Do you feel like you need to do some shadow work or psychoanalysis? What makes you fearful and why? In what ways do you need to be more responsible, disciplined, structured or cautious? Do you have any attachments or habits getting in the way of feeling free or being your best self? Do you have any financial matters that need to be addressed?

Scorpio Full Moons, and the weeks following during the waning moon, are a great time to initiate different types of cleansing. It can be cleansing of the physical body, clearing/overcoming negative patterns or habits, or purging aspects of our external environment. Scorpio is associated with the colon, excretory system, and reproductive areas of the body, so it can also be good to approach healing modalities connected to those areas.

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 3:32am Universal Time on April 27th which is the night of the 26th in much of the world. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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A New Media Approach For Improved Sense-Making Through Physiological Coherence

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The simple exercise you were just introduced to is designed to help create a physiological heart brain connection that has been shown to improve memory, learning, problem-solving and discernment.

Since 2009, Collective Evolution has been committed to forging a radically new approach to media and the discussion of current events. Over the years scientific research has come to support the approach we have been taking to help improve the way people consume and synthesize information in order to make meaningful choices in their lives and in society.

Since part of our mission at CE is to observe what is happening in our world from a more neutral point of view, asking what about us and our current human story creates our world, society, ideas, day to day choices, and policies to be the way they are, it was important to us to develop a style that encourages people to be in a state of mind and being where they’re more open to exploring new ideas without bias, cognitive distortions, and immediate resistance.

This discussion is worthy of consideration as most platforms either focus on simple ‘feel good’ or ‘well being’ based content, or focus on news from a purely journalistic sense, often with a political bias. Since our content focus is on both personal transformation and news/current events from a new approach, we have chosen to actually measure whether or not people are having a more positive experience consuming current event information. A recent research survey that will be publicized in March 2021 will show the positive results of CEs approach on audiences well being, emotional state, and development of critical thinking over the 12 years CE has been doing this work.

Coherence & Optimal Function

Decades of research shows that our hearts send more information to our brains than our brains send to our hearts. When our body’s heart is beating in what is called an ‘incoherent rhythm’, it sends a message to our brains and nervous system that produces suboptimal function that leads to a reduction in our ability to learn, make effective decisions, problem-solve, critically think, and self regulate our emotions.

When our heart is beating in a coherent rhythm, it sends coherent signals to the brain and nervous system that then brings each of these systems into synchronization physiologically. The result is opposite of that of incoherent signals. Research shows an improvement in our ability to think clearly, navigate information, make decisions, remember things, and communicate. All of this can come from as little as 60 – 90 seconds of practices like the one we place at the top of each of our articles. Over time, these practices also helps to build self-awareness which helps us see our own bias’ more clearly.

Further research has shown that a connection between thoughtful breathing and the production of a compound in the cerebrum called noradrenaline. This compound goes about as a “mind compost” that is delivered when we are feeling tested, inquisitive, or centered.

Our Unique & Research Backed Style

At CE we have found that the pathway to meaningful and sustainable change in our lives and society comes from being able to self-regulate our emotions, understand and change our habits and patterns, and also from learning how to navigate information in our world in such a way that allows us to carry our personal transformation into the realm of societal change.

In other words, sometimes people can have a spiritual practice or work on personal transformation, but don’t often apply their transformation to questioning or re-imagining things like current events, society, or politics. We are at a critical time in humanity’s history where faith in existing institutions is deteriorating rapidly, typically based on a right intuition people have that these institutions don’t work in their favor. We must begin exploring why our world is in need of change, and at the same time be able to shift our consciousness and thinking enough that we can make societal changes from a new way of thinking and being.

In 2009, we chose to focus our journalistic, video and education content in alignment with these findings. Focusing on a sense of ease, curiosity, and playfulness in our style. We don’t intend on trying to convince people to believe what we are reporting on, instead we encourage them to openly explore and question. This has had a dramatic affect on how people feel when consuming our content, and how they understand what we’re producing.

Commonly reported feedback from our audience includes things like feeling more grounded, hopeful, inspired, clear, and empowered to take action in their personal lives and society. Our readers also report that they tend not to feel a notion of ‘us vs. them’ and division that often occurs when consuming media about current events. Interestingly, readers have also commonly reported that after repeated consumption of our articles, videos, podcasts or courses, they notice a stark difference in how they feel when they consume content from more traditional alternative or mainstream media. This was also a huge discovery for us as it suggests that people’s relationship with other forms of alternative media can bring them new information but does not necessarily help their well being and sense of inspiration to act.

To us, all these suggest that our style not only informs but helps to create a noticeable shift in our audiences state of being. We don’t feel that it is us doing this for our reader, we feel the style and platform invites the reader to, by nature, build their self-awareness, practice emotional regulation, and think more clearly. Imagine how this will ripple out into the world as a result. Imagine how different conversations would be about current events if more had access to this approach.

Controversial Topics & Meaningful Change

At CE, we sometimes cover ‘controversial’ topics that as a society we are often resistant to explore, whether we have a spiritual practice or not. Many of our colleagues and friends in the personal transformation space have chosen not to explore some of these subjects much as they don’t quite align with their brand messaging or line of work, we respect and agree with their choices. However, we saw this as an important challenge to take on in our work as these ‘tough’ conversations need to be had, and we believe they can be done in a way that inspires change and well being.

Culture today is often uncomfortable with uncertainty and thus open inquiry and examination of new evidence has shut off around certain subjects. In our minds, this is causing a very societally impactful sense-making crisis in which we have become divided, distressed, emotional, and unclear as to what is actually going on around us. With this, we are quick to react and are often living on edge. As research shows, when we make decisions within our lives and society based on this state of being, they are often ineffective, suboptimal, and create further disharmony.

Our research has shown that 63% of our audience feels that CE helps them explore tough or controversial subjects while feeling less emotionally charged when compared to when others report on it, whether it’s a mainstream or alternative media source. This was a very inspiring statistic for us as we feel this makes a meaningful contribution towards shifting the way media is told to bring about a better society, without being limited to only focusing on ‘good news’ which has many limitations and, we feel, does not lead to deep societal change.

In our work we have found that combining personal transformation and emotional regulation with the openness to re-imagine society and explore new ideas, even when they are controversial, has created the greater sense of empowerment, clarity and well-being amongst our readers.

In short, our work has helped to provide a path to self-awareness, practice, and the skills to tackle information openly and coherently, thus readers are not triggered by disagreements and different perspectives, and are able to synthesize information into meaningful practice, solutions, and actions steps.

We’re at a critical time for developing a greater sense of self awareness, openness, and increased critical thinking so that we can better explore information without our emotions, biases, and pre-conceived notions getting in the way and shutting down our inquiry.

At Collective Evolution we feel that the journey to creating collective change is one founded upon personal transformation, what might be called a shift in consciousness, which is to say: we must generate a greater conscious awareness of ourselves, how we function, how to regulate our emotions, and think more clearly about what is going on around us. When we make this shift, our perception about life, society and what is possible dramatically shifts, and we begin to tap into a new story about humanity and what we want to create.

With this new story, coherence, and connection to self, we have found that people are inspired to work towards creating a greater sense of harmony and coherence in their lives and society as well. Effectively being able to see how new and emerging ideas can build a new foundation for society, instead of making small adjustments to our current society that’s built on an old and outdated story.

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