There is a popular meme that is shared by many alternative media outlets all the time which reads: “There is no way I was born to just pay bills and die.” Another popular one expresses a similar sentiment: “Get a job, go to work, get married, have children, follow fashion, watch tv, act normal, obey the law, save for old age… Now repeat after me: ‘I am free.’ ” While there is nothing inherently wrong with any of these things – we all want to be contributing members of society, and saving money for our old age is a wise course of action — there is also nothing wrong with feeling like this type of experience isn’t for you. In fact, many people can’t stand it. Whether it’s spending the majority of your growing life inside a classroom, or spending the majority of your adult life working, it can often feel like the realities of modern life force us to neglect ourselves. As a result, many of us begin to feel depressed, because we are not putting time towards the things that ignite our soul.
It’s not easy living on a planet where the possibility to provide for all people exists but isn’t taken advantage of. And living on a planet where death is inevitable if you cannot pay the bills doesn’t seem to resonate with many people either. What can be most frustrating is the fact that it doesn’t have to be this way.
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Many people are waking up to the fact that something isn’t quite right here. The global elite are hoarding the world’s wealth and resources for themselves, and knowledge of this corruption can indeed lead to depression and a lack of motivation for life.
Below are 10 ways you can feel better about the current human experience and make the best of it if you feel that you don’t belong here. They key point here is, if you do feel this way, and I know there are many who do, all you have to is change the way you look the experience. This is a tough area to try and give advice, eventually, if you are indeed in the process of ‘waking up,’ there is light at the end of the tunnel. It’s really an uplifting experience, and the journey never really seems to end. There is nothing wrong with being curious about our world.
Look At Your Challenges As Opportunities
It’s funny how our thoughts dictate our reality. By changing the way we perceive an experience we can change the way we feel instantly. For example, if you do not like your job, changing the way you think about can help you endure. And if you don’t like the world, and feel that you are stuck in a ‘matrix’ that is imprisoning you, perhaps you could use that as motivation to change your life?
Waking up and going to work every morning so you can put food on the table and a roof over your head isn’t the greatest experience, I know. As a result of being forced into this daily grind, many of us neglect our hearts and our desires. We stop striving for what we actually want to do in this world because we’ve been listening to other people telling us how to live for so long. Many people don’t even know what they are passionate about anymore because they haven’t been taught to value their own interests.
If living in this human experience is a challenge for you, changing the way you think about it can do wonders. I believe this is why many people in places of extreme poverty experience more joy than those in the Western world. Look at your challenges as stepping stones, as opportunities for growth, and this will no doubt make your time here (in a human experience you might not resonate with) a little bit easier to cope with.
You’re more powerful than you think.
Take Action & Do Something About It
This is easier said than done, I know, but telling yourself you’re a slave to the system will inevitably leave you feeling depressed and helpless, like you cannot do anything to change it. As I mentioned in the first point, if you change the way you look at something, what you are looking at will change. It is completely useless to see yourself as a victim of your circumstances. If you continue to see yourself as a victim, you’re not going to make much progress. If you don’t like the current human experience, try taking some action in your life to play a role and change it; this could be through creating awareness or helping others cope who feel the same way. Use your distaste for the human experience as a springboard for taking action rather than constantly basking in the victim vibe.
Sometimes it’s hard to take action, we are told that we have to do certain things, and live life a certain way. Completely deviating from a certain path is risky, and something we are not encouraged to do, but following your heart means taking risks. You can’t really ‘fail’ but only learn lessons. The joy lies within journey.
Realize You Are Already Halfway There
When one has the realization that something isn’t quite right here, or when one ‘wakes up,’ they have already seen the beginning of something great. Sure, some might agree that ignorance is bliss, but waking up to the truth about various aspects of our reality can really be an uplifting process.
There are many out there who choose ignorance, but going through depression and fear and making it out to the other side can really springboard you into something amazing. It’s not easy to confront certain truths about our world, but it’s necessary if we want to change it. By waking up to various truths about our reality, you are already in the process of unplugging yourself from the matrix. It’s not an easy process, which is why some people prefer to remain ignorant, but is ignorance really bliss? I believe knowledge is ‘power’ – for lack of a better word.
Do The Things That Bring You Joy As Much As You Can
When we can’t say “No,” we become a sponge for the feelings of everyone around us and we eventually become saturated by the needs of everyone else while our own hearts wilt and die. We begin to live our lives according to the forceful shouldof others, rather than the whispered, passionate want of our own hearts. We let everyone else tell us what story to live and we cease to be the author of our own lives. We lose our voice — we lose the desire planted in our souls and the very unique way in which we might live out that desire in the world. We get used by the world instead of being useful in the world. (source)
These are the words of Dr. Kelly M. Flanagan, a licensed clinical psychologist. By living in this ‘system,’ we are constantly doing the same thing as everyone else (as alluded to in the first paragraph). As a result, we neglect our hearts and fail to take action on doing what we truly love. We’ve been so programmed that many of us don’t even know what we love to do — and that’s okay. It’s never to late to learn about yourself.
The key is making time for something that brings you joy; it could be anything. As long as you are engaging in your passions, you’ve taken the first step. While much of our time may be consumed with surviving, there is always a step you can take to engage yourself in your passions.
If you don’t know what you’re passionate about, spend some time figuring it out. As soon as you feel like doing something, go do it! This will help you on the journey to discovering yourself. Remember, the joy lies within the journey itself, not the final destination.
See The Bigger Picture – Everything Is Serving
This is something that has helped me tremendously, and it’s a philosophy that can be used to look at your own individual life, as well as the human experience on a grander scale. For example, we generally look at events like 9/11, the gulf oil spill, or Fukushima in a negative light. Obviously these were all horrific, and viewing them negatively is understandable, but how would you feel if you were told that these experiences were serving us? How might that change your perception of these events and the world around you? What if you thought that 9/11 helped to ‘wake up’ millions of people around the world? Or that the Fukushima disaster is pushing us towards new methods of generating energy? In the grand scheme of things, everything is always serving as an opportunity for us to grow and learn, even though it can be difficult to see past our emotions and view things in this light.
Gratitude is a great way to unplug yourself from the matrix, or from the victim vibe. There are so many people out there who are worried about where their next meal will come from or whether they will be alive to see another day. Many of you reading this have a home and a job, a family and friends; you are alive, and have the remarkable opportunity to play in this current human experience. Regardless of how you perceive it, go play!
Every day you wake up and are able to open your eyes is a day you can be thankful for. That being said, this does not mean we should become complacent and remain silent about the things that matter.
Gratitude is a great way to feel better, and conjuring up positive emotions encodes a completely different message into the heart’s electromagnetic field, which is the biggest one produced by the body. (You can read more about that here.)
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Are You Sure You Want To Cancel 2020?
- The Facts:
Many people have been wanting to cancel 2020 given all of the challenges that have arisen this year, but are these challenges not what we need to wake up?
- Reflect On:
Is humanity living in a way we are truly capable of? Are we really going to change and create a world where we can thrive if we all remain in 'normal' with our heads down just getting by? Perhaps we need a shake up!
A massive evolution in the way we think and live is long overdue, and now the environment is perfectly set for it to happen. Many call this process ‘raising collective consciousness.’ It’s no secret, 2020 has been a intense year, and you may have noticed that many are creating memes calling for the cancellation of 2020. This comes from the idea of ‘cancel culture’ which is an ideology whereby anything we don’t like, even if it’s only some of us, has to be shamed into cancellation as opposed to dealing with what it truly says about us and why we’re triggered by it. But more on this in a moment.
Deep down I imagine you feel it. What we are doing on a day-to-day basis in our lives feels limiting and it feels like we are capable of much more. This feeling comes from an innate desire within the deepest aspect of who we are, our soul, to continually evolve and expand as a being. It’s almost as if we begin to feel uncomfortable when we become stagnant and stop evolving or growing.
Right now, our current way of living societally and our current mass unconsciousness is causing us to push away that deep desire. We do this because we have become so identified with thought, that if a desire to shift or change comes up, and we cannot rationalize nor see how we can change, and in turn, we push that desire away to hold onto what we have grown comfortable with.
Thus, intensity and chaos have ensued in our world in an attempt to wake us up. Perhaps it’s time to embrace this desire for change. Do we really want our world to simply go back to normal? Was normal truly allowing us to thrive?
A lot of people have been sharing the idea that we want to get rid of or cancel 2020 because it has been such a ‘bad year.’ I understand what train of thought can lead here, and I understand what way of being can lead here, but regardless, I feel it’s an important time to embrace what’s going on and ask big questions about what we’re doing as a collective – living life so disconnected from anything that deeply resonates with us. What we call ‘chaos’ has always been a potent tool for evolution, only, we often get in the way of that evolution by remaining asleep to what’s really going on around us, and continually pushing away that knowing that we can create meaningful change.
Most of what is rising to the surface right now, in terms of truths regarding current events, are all realities that people have been telling others about for years – and yet most of us just went on our merry way, heads down, living life as if none of it was happening. For example, elite child sex trafficking is one collective trauma being faced right now by many, and every day I hear of more and more people facing this reality, unsure of what to do about it as they feel despair. I cannot blame anyone for wanting to hide from this information. Life can be tough and very demanding simply to get by, so questioning our reality and why it is the way it is may not be at the top of our priority list. It may feel easier to just go on with our lives as if it’s not real, continually voting, putting these ‘corrupt’ individuals in power and accepting life as it is.
But if life is providing experiences that give us a chance to evolve beyond this old paradigm, is it perhaps time we listen? Can we truly just keep our heads down as we watch our collective uncomfort rise and mental health decline as our world no longer resonates with our being?
Just because the truth makes us uncomfortable, doesn’t mean we don’t need to address it, it just means we are avoiding it, and if we continue to choose not to look, it will ‘blow up in our face’ – just as it is right now.
May years ago people would ask me ‘Joe, do you think people will one day know about all that is going on behind the scenes?’ I said yes, there are collective truths and traumas people will HAVE to face, there is no avoiding it. This is why so many people are doing their inner work and becoming helpful members of the global community who will be able to help others through their emotional upheavals when more of this truth continues to come out, just like it is right now.
The human race has been oppressed for centuries. At the core, is the suppression of human consciousness. The less we know who we truly are and what we are truly capable of, the more we can be coddled and controlled into living lives that serve a few. The reality of this is coming to the surface.
So should we cancel 2020? Or embrace what it’s trying to bring up on a deeper level, and choose to focus on inner work, personal transformation ad collective transformation? This, as opposed to mentally and emotionally running around trying to say why everything is wrong and bad, will this truly bring about meaningful change?
We’re All Playing Roles
With that said, instead of looking at who the good guys are and who the bad guys are, I challenge others to think of it in terms of roles. What role are people playing for one another that allows us to question what’s going on, learn a lesson, and change? Do you want the world as it is today to continue in this manner? Do you feel we are capable of harmony and thrivability? What do you want the world to look like?
Viewing it in this manner will bring us to solutions as opposed to arguing about what the problems are from our political point of view. Staying within the paradigm of our current world, where we create sides, argue, and remain in a political landscape, will always create more separation and will limit our potential, won’t it? It’s time for a new perspective, a new way of looking at things, and in order for that to happen we must come to terms with what not paying attention has created in our reality.
When we live in this manner, are we living life fully? Or are we just getting by? Are we caught up in the future or the past, trying to live in those states? Or are we fully living now? Are we ready to move from a state of being where we are identified with our thoughts and ego constantly, and move to a state where we are truly who we are, our awareness, living fully?
This is what this transition is about. This is what 2020 is helping to bring forth: the necessary events and revelations that push us deeply to question our lives and society. Start dreaming again, start thinking outside the box. Whatever world you choose to plug into is the one we will actively create. If you feel humanity is capable of something different, or better, beyond just the changing of a president, then now is the time to truly put your intention and action into that.
It’s a potent time for change. Perhaps we don’t want to wish normal back into existence?
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Full Moon In Aquarius: Erratic Progression
We are having a Full Moon in Aquarius on August 3rd/4th, it will appear the fullest on night of the 2nd in Western North America. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon in Cancer on July 20th/21st, as some of the themes mentioned in that article are still in effect.
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 effects slowly build up after the New Moon prior to it.
Full Moons are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Aquarius and the Sun in Leo. It can play out as either a conflict, an integration, or some sort of dynamic playing out between the energies of both signs. The Moon reflects the expression of feeling and emotion while the Sun reflects the expression of ego and conscious self.
We may feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Aquarius side and others expressing the Leo side. In some cases, Full Moons can also reflect/trigger some sort of change or release.
Full Moon In Aquarius Opposite Sun In Leo
We have been in Leo season since July 22nd and will continue until August 22nd/23rd. This is the sign of self-expression, creativity, love, affection, children, courage, vitality, passion, leadership, generosity, and playfulness. Ruled by the Sun, it is also about shining in our power and being in alignment with what really lights us up and gets us excited.
The negative expressions of Leo can be egotistical, self-absorbed, authoritarian, dramatic, stubborn, jealous, and hot-tempered. As it is associated with seeking praise and attention, it can be demanding of respect and be boisterous without considering or caring about how others respond to that.
The Full Moon highlights and brings the energies of the opposing sign of Aquarius into this Leo backdrop. This is the sign of friends, networks, social dynamics, the group, the team, humanity, and being in the best interest of the collective. Associated with Uranus, it can be unconventional, idealistic, innovative, progressive, original, inventive, technological, reforming, and even revolutionary.
Negatively, Aquarius can be overly detached, aloof, unemotional, and very invested in the mind at the expense of the heart. Traditionally ruled by Saturn, it can also be unyielding when it comes to the ideas and perspectives that it has already decided on.
Both Leo and Aquarius have some similarities. They are ‘Fixed’ signs and therefore can both be determined yet stubborn. They are also both associated with originality and authenticity. In Aquarius, this comes from its unconventional and innovative Uranian attributes while in Leo it comes from being inspired by its Solar heart centred self-expression.
Full Moon Square Uranus, Sextile Chiron
The Sun and Moon are in a T-square aspect with Uranus bringing its energy strongly into the equation. This planet is associated with Aquarius and viewed as a modern ruler of this sign, therefore it emphasizes some of the Aquarian themes mentioned above.
This can also reflect an energy that is disruptive, unpredictable, erratic, nonconforming, and rebellious. It can be hard to focus and more prone to sudden changes, accidents, loss, or separations. However, it can also reflect liberation, breakthroughs, excitement, and is a good time to shake things up and try new approaches to things.
This Full Moon is in a supportive sextile with Chiron which shares unorthodox and innovative qualities with Uranus. Chiron is also about bringing healing and wholeness to a situation and is associated with personal growth. It brings a potential for integration, learning, problem solving, finding solutions, purpose, and the elevation of consciousness.
Full Moon Sextile Mars, Squaring Jupiter & Pluto During Pre-Retrograde Shadow
The Sun-Moon opposition is in a harmonious aspect with Mars which can bring an active, asserting, energetic, sexual, or even a competitive or fighting energy. Mars is also in its own sign of Aries as it slows down to go retrograde on September 9th/10th. We will be experiencing a period of adjustments over the coming months in how we apply Mars in certain areas of our lives depending on our personal birth charts. Some of the things that are happening this month, leading up to it, will contribute to that process.
At the time of this Full Moon, Mars is also in a tight square with Jupiter which has been building up in the days prior. It also moves towards a square with Pluto over the following two weeks. We may overextend ourselves during this time or do things in an excessive, overconfident, compulsive or obsessive way.
Conflicts around beliefs, perspectives, hidden matters, or abuse can also arise. As we get closer to mid-August the energy becomes more intense with an increased potential of power struggles. This aspect can trigger passion and is good for strategic actions. All of these factors mentioned in this section are cranking up Mars energy overall. I will be writing a separate article on the upcoming retrograde as we get closer to it, join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.
Mercury & Venus In Hard Aspects With Saturn, Venus Conjunct North Node
Mercury is in a tight opposition with Saturn. This can reflect thoughts or conversations that are cautious, hesitant, pessimistic, or limiting. We may experience delays or obstacles around commuting or communications with others. The need to be realistic around certain issues may also come up.
Like Mercury, Venus has social qualities and is also in a hard aspect with Saturn, this one being a frustrating quincunx. It can be hard to integrate or juggle Saturnian areas of responsibilities, commitments, boundaries, discipline, and structures with Venus areas of friendships, love, pleasures, sensuality, values, money, attraction, or other things that are aesthetic related. We may need to be extra adaptable or make adjustments.
Venus is also moving towards a conjunction with the Lunar North Node in Gemini in the days following this Full Moon. 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 (mentioned in above paragraph) may evolve in a helpful manner.
Things To Consider
In what areas of your life should you try new approaches? What can you do to shake things up? What are some potential solutions for issues you are facing? How can you use your creativity in an innovative way? What are your relations with others pushing you towards? How can you be more of a team player? How can you better balance needs of self with the needs of the group? What parts of your life are calling for originality and authenticity?
These are just some examples of themes that could come up during 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 connected to what has come up at this Full Moon, it is best to do so anytime over the two weeks following when it is waning. The exact moment of this Full Moon is on August 3rd at 3:59pm Universal Time. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.
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The Benefits of Keeping A Dream Journal
Recently, scientists from Caltech university proved that an ancient species of jellyfish has a sleep cycle. All known mammals, birds, reptiles, and fish on planet earth sleep, but this finding means sleep does not require a brain, and is one of the most ancient evolutionary traits around. So, a very important one.
If sleep is so important, could dreams be too? Dreams aren’t given much importance in modern society. In fact, dream sharing is considered oversharing around most office water coolers. But there are big benefits to taking your dreams seriously, and to keeping a dream journal. Even the Ancient Egyptians were known to keep “dream books.”
Faster Problem Solving
Many studies show that a well-rested mind is a smarter one. Students preparing for a test, for example, scored better when they dreamed about the test beforehand. Every night when you dream, your brain processes and categorizes all the day’s events. Your brain needs to dream to make sense of your waking life. But sleeping is not all you can do. By taking the extra step to remember and interpret your dreams upon waking, you are telling your brain that dreams are important to you. As a result, your dreams will take on a much more educational and beneficial role in your life.
Nightmares are no fun, but they serve a purpose. Even rats have nightmares! A bad dream can help reveal your innermost fears, and give you a way to cope with them safely. If you’re like most people, you forget your dreams whenever you wake up. A dream journal will help you develop dream recall, causing you to notice different dream patterns, including reoccurring nightmares. This will give you valuable insight into all the anxieties that are holding you back in life, and give you a head start on addressing them. If you are having a reoccurring nightmare about being fired from your job, for example, you should practice positive thinking at work and confront any workplace challenges you have sooner than later.
Opportunity to Lucid Dream
Lucid dreaming, or becoming aware during a dream, can be induced by dream journaling. Lucid dreaming is a relatively fun and healthy hobby that has its own set of powerful mental health benefits. Many lucid dreamers regularly converse with “spirit guides” that give them advice and predictions to be used in the real world.
Better Spiritual Awareness
Ancient Egyptians believed that dreams contained messages from the gods, and so kept a careful record of them. The Egyptians weren’t the first to come up with this concept, and certainly weren’t the last. Every culture, it seems, from the Greeks to the Native Americans, have had similar beliefs about dreams.
Modern day mystics, including the late psychic Edgar Cayce, often focus on dreams as a way to remember past lives. Unbelievably, scientists have proven that memories and dreams can be inherited, passed on from generation to generation just like eye colour.
Whatever your belief system, keeping a dream journal forces you into a daily habit of thoughtful reflection, making you more aware of your deeper, wiser self over time.
Deciding to keep a dream journal could be one of the easiest, yet more life-changing decisions you’ve ever made! Luckily, there are many resources online to help get you started with a dream diary. Here are some beginner’s tips for keeping a dream journal:
• Write in your dream journal every morning after you wake up
• Don’t worry about stylist things like grammar, punctuation, or spelling
• Keep your dream journal next to your bedside
• Focus on dreams that are reoccurring
• Remember to bring your dream journal with you when you travel
Before radio, television, and the Internet, people relied heavily on the dream world for entertainment and guidance, and this may have helped them to be more in touch with their inner self and spiritual side. By keeping a dream journal, you too can learn to tune out the outside world and tune up our own inner, conscious self.
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