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As most of the “developed” world is busy working, earning a living, paying bills, and going to school, repeating the same cycle over and over, our eyes have been turned away from atrocities that plague people around the world and the planet itself. The problem is that we feel helpless to change things, so we don’t even bother to try. Patience – we are in the process of change and hopefully the human race will rid itself of all the experiences that do not resonate. If you see something you know is wrong, don’t turn a blind eye, do something about it. Whether it’s for the planet or for one individual, your actions do matter.

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Here are some related CE articles on the topic relating to the picture below: 

These Beautiful Drawings Showcase How We Sterotype The Female Gender & Why We Need To Stop

10 Female Revoluionaires You Won’t Hear About In History Class

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3oo Years Of Women’s Beautfy Standards In A 3 Minute Video

International Women’s Day: Empowering Women – Empowering Humanity

16 ridiculous vintage posters that warn men about the dangers of women’s rights- How far we’ve come

The movie scene rant that tells the truth about male programming

It finally exists – a women’s magazine with no photoshop

It’s time we retire the statement “a real women.” Isn’t it? 

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This type of thing is seen with so many products that we use. Here is another sad example:

Chilling cruelty, unspeakable suffering and corporate denial. The real cost of Canada goose jackets.

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As far as deforestation goes, it is utterly unnecessary. Paper derived from hemp is a much more sustainable option. The list of alternatives is endless, and anybody who thinks this kind of environmental degradation is necessary really hasn’t done their homework. So ask yourself, why are we doing this? We cut down millions upon millions of acres of forest every single year. More than 20 percent of the Amazon rainforest is already gone, 150 acres of it is lost every minute. The Amazon alone is vanishing at a rate of approximately 20 square miles a year. Again, the frustrating thing about it is that it doesn’t have to be this way. 

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This is a great one – transparency. Do we really live in a democracy? Or is the politics of North America only in place to engender the illusion of democracy? One thing that cannot be debated is the fact that we live in a world of secrecy. The US government classifies hundreds of millions of pages of documents every single year. 

This became a little more well known when Edward Snowden, Former NSA employee, leaked the very first public disclosure of “black budget programs.” You can read more about that HERE

“It is ironic that the U.S. would begin a devastating war, allegedly in search of weapons of mass destruction when the most worrisome developments in this field are occurring in your own backyard.  It is ironic that the U.S. should be fighting monstrously expensive wars allegedly to bring democracy to those countries, when it itself can no longer claim to be called a democracy when trillions, and I mean thousands of billions of dollars have been spent on projects which both congress and the commander in chief no nothing about.” – Paul Hellyer, Former Canadian Defence Minister (source)

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Just because it’s not happening here, doesn’t mean it’s not happening. Many people across the planet are going through experiences no human being should have to go through, and this is a clear sign that we have a very long way to go. If one of us hurts, we all hurt. These issues cannot be ignored. We don’t often realize what other people are going through, or how much of an issue it is, until we experience something similar ourselves. Imagine if we could look at another human and instantly enter into their consciousness, feeling exactly what they feel – how would that affect us? 

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This picture was taken by Photographer Chris Jordan, who has shown the world what is known as “The Great Garbage Patch,” an area the size of Queensland, Australia where there is approximately one million tonnes of plastic spread throughout the ocean. Drag a net in any area of this part of the ocean and you will pick up toxic, discarded plastic. You can learn more about that, and see an eye opening video about it HERE 

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Did you know that at least 10,000 species go extinct every single year? According this ad, a species goes extinct every minute. (source)
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Some related CE articles on this topic:

Colbie Caillat got tired of being photoshopped so she did something about it

It’s time to retire the statement “a real woman.” Isn’t it?

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It’s a sad fact that that 270,000 tonnes of plastic are floating on the surface of the ocean, and millions more are sitting on the ocean floor.  In fact, whales have been showing up dead on beaches around the world for years, with stomachs full of plastic. You can read more about that HERE. Again, you can learn more about the “Great Garbage Patch” HERE

It’s funny how we use plastic, when we can manufacture materials made of biodegradable material (like hemp) just as easily.

Here are a couple of other related CE articles (out of many) that we have on our website.

New study finds 88 percent of earth’s ocean surface now polluted with plastic trash

These powerful ads showcase marine animals held at gunpoint. It might make you reconsider your plastic use

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No words needed for this one. 

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Again, there are multiple solutions to this problem, hemp being one of them. 

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We have better ways of generating energy. Clean, green ways that could have been implemented decades ago. There are also some new technologies that are starting to make some noise. Despite the fact that we have so many energy solutions – from wind, solar, vortex induced vibrations, and over-unity generators, to the countless other clean green ways to generate energy – we refuse to make the shift. 

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Social media is a great place to create awareness and learn about issues we don’t often consider. If you want to create change, try incorporating action into your daily routine. You can create change in many ways. You can volunteer, create awareness, help somebody in need, or do any number of other things.

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In Canada, approximately one million Canadians that were alive at the beginning of 2009 have had a cancer diagnosis in the previous 10 years. Two out of every five Canadians will develop cancer within their life time, and one in every four will die.(source) In the United States, one out of every two men and one out of ever three women will be diagnosed with cancer. 

A host of other things have also been linked to cancer, including the pesticides that are commonly sprayed on our food and in the environment. Each year, an estimated 1 billion pounds of pesticides are applied to U.S. farms, forests, lawns, and golf courses. More than 17,000 pesticide products are currently on the market.  

Scientists have also pointed towards toxic chemicals commonly found in cosmetics, air quality, and a large host of other factors. Today, cancer is not a stroke of bad luck, it’s time to look at our environment and what we are choosing to surround ourselves with. 

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Again, plastic, as illustrated in a couple of pictures above. 

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The way we treat animals on this planet is heartbreaking. Don’t go to the circus, don’t go to the zoo, don’t go to marine land if you feel as strongly as we do about this. We are very passionate about animal rights and have several articles on our website relating to this topic. 

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It seems as if religion has been used to turn one against the other. It’s no different from patriotism, which many soldiers are bombarded and brainwashed with, or at least a false sense of it. Many believe they are actually fighting for their country, when the evidence points to political agendas and more; there are those on this planet who profit and benefit from a planet in turmoil.

Here is a great speech given by an Iraq veteran:

U.S. soldier uses heart breaking wikileaks video to make his point

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This is great, not only does it drive home the fact that there are dangerous predators out there on the internet, but it helps us realize the idea of creating an identity using social media – it’s the idea of presenting ourselves as something we are not. A couple of recent article we published elaborates on this point, looking at the things one should never do on social media.

7 things you should never do on social media and what to do instead.

5 things we shouldn’t do on social media

 

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Notable Scientist Publishes A Book About ‘Real Magic’ That Nobel Laureates Are Endorsing

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  • The Facts:

    Dean Radin, chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, has published a book called "Real Magic." It has received praise from multiple scientists, including Nobel Laureates.

  • Reflect On:

    Despite the fact that controlled scientific experiments have produced significant results, this type of study is still labelled as pseudoscience by many academics, simply because it challenges what they've been trained to believe.

Is magic real? That depends on how you define it, but yes, I believe ‘magic’ is definitely real, and I’m clearly not the only one. Cases of ‘supernormal’ powers and ‘magic’ of all kinds have been reported throughout history and across almost all cultures–at least until religion was invented and these topics were ushered into the realm of the ‘demonic.’

Proponents of what we now call ‘magic’  include nearly all ancient literature from all parts of the world, from the Vedic texts and the yoga sutras, all the way to Moses, Jesus, Milarepa and Mohammed. Donald Lopez Jr., a professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies and the University of Michigan provides a great example in describing the Buddha:

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

The crazy thing is there are also modern day examples, but they mostly come from the black budget government programs. In 2016, I published a well-sourced article providing multiple examples from a CIA document that confirms the existence of humans with ‘special abilities’ who are able to do ‘impossible’ things. You can access that here.

‘Real Magic’

A book recently published by the Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Dean Radin, entitled “Real Magic” has received some great reviews. The main premise is the idea that a hidden power resides within every single human being, a power tied to our consciousness, a power that makes phenomena like psychokinesis, remote viewing, and precognition not only possible but something that will perhaps one day be a normal part of all our lives. The book offers a vision of a scientifically informed magic and explains why magic will play a key role in the frontiers of science.

This falls into the realm of a field of study called non-material science. Nikola Tesla was a huge proponent of this, as he had said that the day humanity begins to study this subject matter is the day that humanity will advance at an exponential rate.

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Far From “Pseudoscience”

Dr. Carl Jung once stated, “I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud.” This is something we should all hold in our minds as we examine this or other claims that are not part of our current perception.

The amount of statistically significant results when it comes to this reality, usually dubbed as “parapsychology,” is very significant. We are talking about hundreds, if not thousands of studies that have been conducted worldwide for decades.

There seems to be a deep concern that the whole field will be tarnished by studying a phenomenon that is tainted by its association with superstition, spiritualism and magic. Protecting against this possibility sometimes seems more important than encouraging scientific exploration or protecting academic freedom. But this may be changing. Cassandra Vieten, PhD and President/CEO at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (source)

A lot of the statistical results for parapsychology are just as strong, if not in some cases more significant, than a lot of the results which emerge from hard sciences, like physics and mechanical engineering. The Department of Defense has stated that results in this area are a clear sign that these phenomena are real, despite the fact that they are still somewhat unexplainable. As far back as 1999, a statistics professor even published a paper showing the results dealing with parapsychology and mind-body connection are a lot stronger than the results used to approve some of our medications. That study was done by Dr. Jessica Utts, as statistics professor in California who had this to say about Radin’s book:

Real Magic illustrates the limitations of 20th century science and proposes a more comprehensive view that incorporates ideas that have been associated with magic throughout the ages. Blending history, humor, and plausible hypotheses, Dean Radin illustrates that there is a staggering amount of evidence for a broader view of science that offers hope for the future of humanity.” 

Another review:

“A thought-provoking book. The author makes a convincing case for the reality and significance of magic.” —Brian Josephson, Nobel Laureate in Physics and Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of Cambridge

Today, hundreds of scientists are coming together to emphasize that matter is not the only reality. They’ve created a manifesto, and you can find links and access more information about this initiative, which started a few years ago, in an article we published here.

“Some scientists are confident that we already know what is and is not possible. But the truth is that science is very much in its infancy. To advance our understanding requires bold excursions into domains some might consider heretical, including esoteric legends about magic that have persisted for thousands of years. This is what Dean Radin sets out to do with Real Magic. In my judgment, it succeeds in blazing new trails. Well worth the read.”  Kary Mullis PhD, Nobel Laureate (Chemistry)

The Global Elite Use Magic

While talking about magic in this sense, it’s also important to mention the global elite, and the idea that they also use metaphysical/magical ‘knowing’ and concepts. Unfortunately, they do so not for the joy of discovery, or from a place of good intention, but from a selfish, egoic place, a place that is in service to self, and not in service to others. This is a big point to consider when discussing whether humanity needs to take down the global elite in order to evolve. You can read more about my thoughts regarding magic and the global elite in the article ‘How Some of The World’s Elite Use Black Magic Rituals To Conjure Up Entities For More Power.’

I believe that as human consciousness evolves and we become more aware of who we are, and our capabilities, we will also realize that love, compassion, and empathy are all needed for us to thrive. Once we completely grasp this, I believe, these ‘abilities’ that lay dormant within us will begin to show themselves more and more.

The Takeaway

The takeaway here is to keep in open mind, and to recognize that what we think we know is always subject to change. Sometimes these things take a while, even if a sufficient amount of evidence has been provided. This type of study opens up new understandings about the nature of our reality, and would change ‘science’ and the current laws that govern it forever. Non-material science truly represents the next scientific revolution.

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Note To Selfie: Drop The Mask

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  • The Facts:

    On social media, it's common to see pictures that don't truly represent us or the situations we are capturing. In many cases, we photograph ourselves 10 - 15 times before selecting the 'accurate' photo we will use.

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    Why do we spend so much time creating an image of ourselves, even if it is not accurate?

What if we all put down our masks? What if we agreed, that there would be no more disguises? What if we allowed each other to be our authentic self? Imagine the effect on Instagram. It boggles the mind.

Too many people believe the content uploaded on social media is actually showing us truth. Far from it. The material chosen to be uploaded to Facebook, or liked on Instagram, bears little resemblance to true life. Each photo has been carefully chosen after taking a mind-numbing series of retakes.

Each photo must be meticulously studied to ensure the subject looks nothing like the real thing. After all, the real thing isn’t going to garner followers. No one uploads pictures of themselves returning bottles to the beer store in their slippers, or cleaning out the kitty litter. Followers equate to love. More follower = more love.

We are terrified that people will see our true self and our mundane lives won’t be nearly glamorous enough. So we take 12 pictures before deciding one is good enough.

Note to selfie: Make sure you extend your arms and snap the picture from above. You must be looking up. You will look younger. Social media doesn’t like wrinkles … bad skin … or skinny lips.

“Before I started being body positive on Instagram I would’ve posted the photo on the left (sucking in my tummy as much as possible) and said something along the lines of ‘gained a bit of fat this week’ when in reality, what I look relaxed currently is like the photo on the right.”

The harm that has been done to our psyche is profound. Apparently, the psyche is quite gullible. It does believe the stories shown on social media are true. So our psyche starts putting on some pretty outlandish masks to keep up with the Jones’ psyche. It is a constant challenge to keep up with the Joneses. The Joneses can’t even keep up with Joneses. No one can. It’s a sucker’s game.

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What is the result of wearing a mask? – depression, anxiety, frustration, shame. The “Mask-Wearer” knows it’s not true. And they are terrified of being found out. Imagine the fear of being outed as a fraud. And more unsettling is this; if someone falls for that mask you’ve been wearing, don’t believe they’ve fallen for you. They are enamoured with the mask: the image. And the image isn’t real.

Let’s bring a Revolution of Real. Put down the mask. And promise yourself that you will never be anything other than your most authentic self. Masks wear very thin, very fast. Authentic beauty lasts forever.

recommended Read: Instagram User Reveals The Truth Behind Those Fitness Photos

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7 Thought-Provoking Short Films You Can Watch Now For Free Online

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  • The Facts:

    Film has the ability to capture our emotions and move us in what are sometimes very productive ways. We'll show you 7 thought-provoking short films you might love watching.

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    How do these films make you feel from watching them? How do they relate to your own life? What action can you take after watching these?

The world of film has always captivated me. Whether it be its ability to present a supernatural reality I’ll never get to experience, or its ability to accurately depict an emotion I can relate to, there really is something surreal about going to or staying in to watch a movie.

And while the subscription numbers to popular film and television streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime certainly suggest that I likely don’t need to sell you on choosing to watch them, I do believe that a pitch needs to be made for the particular variety of them that I’m suggesting within this article.

That variety of course, is short films. The unofficial younger sibling to feature-length films that aside from those that happen to play before a popular Pixar film, or those that are nominated for an Academy Award, often go largely unnoticed by the masses. So I’d like to present a list of 7 thought-provoking independently made short films that you can watch for free online now as part of the Spirit Film Festival until the end of October.

1. Uncaptured

How often do you consciously choose to sit in silence? And better yet, is it even readily available to you? The short film Uncaptured explores the emotional and physical impact that setting aside conscious time to be in silence can have on the thoughts, programs and belief systems we have stored within us.

Through a series of interviews we are given insight in alignment with the famous Thomas Carlyle quote the film presents just after its title card: “Silence is as deep as eternity; Speech is as shallow as time.” WATCH UNCAPTURED

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2. The Nine Billion Names of God

Based on the book by Arthur C. Clarke -most infamously known as to co-writer of 2001: A Space Odyssey with Stanley Kubrick –The Nine Billion Names of God tells the story of a Tibetan monk who seeks to list all of the names of God with the help an automatic sequence computer.

Based in 1957, the short film is beautifully shot and is carried from start to finish by a beautiful score, perfectly setting the stage for a thought-provoking adventure. WATCH THE NINE BILLIONS NAMES OF GOD

3. Leave Of Presence

If you were asked to list what would make you happy in life, a well-paying job and vibrant social life would likely make the list. Yet the presence of both of those elements didn’t stop Sudha Suthanthiram from dropping everything to head to India in search of her true calling.

This short narrative film runs less than 5 minutes in length yet it offers great food for thought for all of us questioning our purpose in life. WATCH LEAVE OF PRESENCE

4. Nectar of Devotion

Nectar of Devotion shares the fascinating transition made by the one-time frontman for an acid rock band into GuruGanesha Singh Khalsa. While his former life offered much of the surface-level pleasures that so many of us fantasize about, GuruGanesha delves into how his new life has created a happiness unlike ever before.

The short film runs under 7 minutes in length and goes into detail on the difficulties associated with making the transition and how his new kirtan rock band is making the type of impact he always desired having on others. WATCH NECTAR OF DEVOTION

5. Graham: A Dog’s Story

Whether or not you consider yourself a dog lover, Graham: A Dog’s Story is a funny and touching short film told from the perspective of a dog. From being introduced into the family, to “letting go” we’re led through so many of the stages that owners and their favorite pets often go through in life without much attention.

While the short film is carried by a comedic voiceover, it delves into many unexpected stages of a dog’s life including the impact that they have on us even long after they are gone. WATCH GRAHAM: A DOG’S STORY

6. Bekia

In just 6 minutes, Bekia powerfully shares the story of Hamdy, a seller of used goods doing everything he can to make a living on the streets of Cairo. Director Alia Adel effectively takes us into a world that most of us would never have otherwise known about.

The short is beautifully shot and well worth 6 minutes of your life. WATCH BEKIA

7. I Am Here

I Am Here is a unique short put together by the National Film Board of Canada that follows a mysterious animated travellers journey to discover the origin of life. Carried by a riveting score by composer duo Menalon, the film delves into themes and subject matter we would all benefit from pondering on.

Running just over 5 minutes in length, I Am Here manages to take a look at a lot of the questions so many of us have buried within us. WATCH I AM HERE

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