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7 Steps To Open Yourself To New Opportunities & Possibilities

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To get something you have never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.” (anonymous)

This is one of my favorite sayings, and I keep it on the wall across from my desk, just to remind myself every day. It tells me that I have to be aware of my thoughts and ideas, of the thoughts and ideas of others, and of the wonderful new things humans are doing daily that improve our circumstances and our lives. It reminds me that I want to be a part of new things and new ideas.

I want to reach out and seek new possibilities when they present themselves. It’s a matter of staying open to them. Staying open has resulted in new work, new relationships, and new growth. If you want these new opportunities and possibilities too, here are the seven “rules” you must follow. Each of them involves embracing change.

A Word about Change

We don’t like big changes. They force us outside of the comfortable and cozy bubbles in which we live — with our friends, our jobs, our social activities. Our lives are scheduled and predictable. We resist things that threaten that comfort.

But we don’t grow unless we look around us, realize that the world is changing, and decide to explore the possibilities that those changes might offer us.

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Rule #1: Visualize the New and the Different

Most of us have thought about other “lives” we might lead. The department manager dreams about owning his/her own business; the accountant would love to be a writer; the housewife thinks about going back to school. Most of us also tend to believe that these opportunities are not really possible. We have obligations and responsibilities. Here is the first step to opening up. Before you fall asleep at night, visualize your dream. See yourself doing what you dream about. Add lots of detail as you do this. What are you saying? What are you wearing? Who is around you? Where exactly are you? Keep adding to this picture until it is complete, and, once complete, replay that picture as often as possible, throughout the day. What we place our thought upon, that is what we attract in our lives. And when you keep that picture in your mind, circumstances will begin to unfold to bring that visualization to possibility.

Rule #2: Don’t Restrict Yourself

We grow up with restrictions. Some of these we allow others to place upon us and some we place upon ourselves. We may be told that we should consider trade school instead of college; we may tell ourselves that we have reached our wall in terms of our career, and that we will just need to stay put and continue to save for retirement. We may have a deep-seated mindset that we will never be rich or have that great relationship. We feed the thought that we are just not socially brilliant and will never have a larger group of friends and associates. All of this thinking restricts what we can attract in our lives. We adopt the behaviors that go along with our “restrictions,” so we don’t even see new possibilities when the Universe presents them to us. And we certainly don’t seek new possibilities. We stay in that comfortable bubble of mediocrity and sameness. And at the end of our lives, we will wonder if things could have been different. The answer is “yes” they could have been.

Wayne Dyer had a wonderful saying related to restrictions: “Don’t die with your music in you.” Within you is a person of unlimited possibilities, but restrictive thinking let that “music” out. Today, right now, begin to say to yourself, “I am a child of the Universe — I can be all that I choose to be.” This must become your new mantra.

Rule #3: Take Risks

There are many variations of a post the periodically makes the rounds on Facebook. There are various images for this post, but in essence it states, “When I finally go, I do not want to go peacefully. I want to go out yelling ‘Woo hoo, what a ride!’ ” That “ride” means taking risks and having the life adventures that come with them. Playing it safe will let you go out peacefully, of course, but what about the adventures? Start that business; go get that degree; jump into that relationship; go on that protest march to support something you believe in; join that little theatre group and put yourself on stage; write that book; compose that song. Life is for adventures.

Ask yourself — what is the worst that could happen? That business would fail? You would flop as an actor? You get arrested on that protest march? Your book doesn’t sell? So what? The adventure is what counts, not the outcome.

Rule #4: Stop Judging

When we judge other people, we don’t define them; we define ourselves as judgemental people, and that’s not pretty. When we house the attitude that anyone with a lifestyle or beliefs that we don’t accept is wrong and to be avoided, we close ourselves off to amazing possibilities. Are you a Christian? Go visit a mosque. Get to know Muslims in your community. Are you a career professional? Join a club or group with people from all walks of life. One of the best things about Alcoholics Anonymous is the total democracy of the organization. Here are people who are corporate executives sitting in meetings with day laborers; here are Ph.D.s sitting with high school dropouts. Here are whites, and blacks, and Orientals, and Latinos, and Muslims, all sitting together with a common cause, not judging each other — they are supporting one another.

Don’t judge — accept, embrace, and love.

Rule #5: Never Stop Learning

You don’t have to go back to school. If nothing else, you have the library, TV, and the Internet. Drink up knowledge. With knowledge comes understanding. And with understanding comes all of the possibilities that the Universe has to offer you. You may find a new career path; you may find an organization to join; you may find a new cause. And you may gain great confidence in your ability to learn and to use that learning to benefit both yourself and others. You might also discover that you have much more to talk about at social gatherings, making you someone that others find interesting, even fascinating. “Oh,” as Dr. Seuss said, “think of the places you will go.”

Rule #6: Meet New People

Many of these other “rules” speak to engaging with others. But this needs to be a rule all by itself. You have no idea of the possibilities that may open up when you put yourself out there as a person who is genuinely interested in others. Whether you begin by striking up a conversation with the person next to you in the checkout line or by joining an organization in which you know not one person, possibilities will come from the least expected places. You will meet that person who thinks your idea for a business is terrific and wants to support it; you may meet that person who calls you one day and offers you a terrific position; you may meet that person who is destined to be your life partner. If you are not constantly seeking new connections, then wonderful experiences are passing you by.

Rule #7: Travel

You may not have the wherewithal to trot the globe right now. How about to the other side of your state? Travel opens us up to so many alternatives and possibilities. We see new things that excite us; we meet new people who inspire us; we see situations and conditions that we can work to improve. We experience small towns and big cities; we see new gifts of nature. All that we see is then absorbed by our consciousness and becomes a part of who we are in an expanded “world” that may trigger new goals and dreams.

Seven rules. Which are you willing to take on right now? Even if you start with just one of these seven, your life will change, and in a good way. And all seven are interdependent. One will certainly move you into the others.

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An Animation That Beautifully Explores ‘The War On Consciousness’

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  • The Facts:

    Many feel there is a great effort to suppress human consciousness. Not just our will, but the exploration of who we truly are. This shows up in many ways, originating top-down from corporations to governments etc.

  • Reflect On:

    There is no actual 'war.' This is a state of perception. If we see it as war, we create fighting. Instead, let's simply evolve and expand our consciousness knowing we're more powerful than those who suppress. Spreading knowledge and living it is key.

The animation below is great and Graham Hancock’s message in it is also powerful, but I want to address something important quickly before we start, as what I’m about to say is a crucial part of the message we have been working so hard to convey here at CE since inception.

I get that ‘the war on consciousness’ is a figure of speech in the case of this talk, but with 10 years working in this field of journalism and consciousness, I do see many of us getting caught up in the idea that we have to fight and that there is a war to be won.

I see this as a state of consciousness that will keep us locked in a state of disconnection and loss of power.

Moving Beyond A Key Myth

One of the biggest myths that gets spread around this movement is that we must get angry to change the world. The truth is, some of us might get angry at first, and that’s totally fine! But we have to shift beyond the consciousness of being angry about our world before we can change it in any way that will TRULY cause change.

When we change things out of anger, spite, judgement or anxiety, we don’t create systems from the heart, this we will need to break them down again in a very short time. Not because we have evolved beyond them again, but because they are systems created from a polarized state of being. THIS is what we’re moving beyond in this shift.

Change Starts Within.

This is neutrality in action. This is how we evolve beyond what we see in our world.

What does it mean to evolve beyond it? It’s to be in a state of being and emotion where these events can no longer happen. When you assume you must fight for something, you are saying that there needs to be a fight, thus you are met with a fight. That emotion and idea comes from a disconnected state of consciousness where we can still create that experience.

If we as individuals evolve beyond the need for the fight, it would mean to be in a state of being where we do not need to see the fight. That comes from changing our view and perception of something.

Being present, being here now, and not identifying so strongly with the body, our identity, culture, skin color, struggle etc is powerful. We instead see and live in a state of being where we practice the knowing of our pure potential, living through the heart, collaborative oneness and true heart guidance.

Thus, to evolve beyond it is to change your state of being so that this type of reality no longer exists as it can’t be created from that new state of being. When we achieve this collectively, it no longer exists in our world.

Now that I got that out of the way, one last note is, Graham Hancock will speak of psychedelics in his talk. They have become incredibly trendy today, and while they can help people, research is suggesting this happens when done in specific ways and with specific intentions. Many are starting to put all their power into these plants as if it will do the work for them. They don’t, and won’t.

You can also achieve these exact same insights without the use of these plants. It’s important we maintain a grounded and realistic approach to these plants so they can be used with respect and for their intended purpose. We explore the purpose of psychedelics deeply in an episode of The Collective Evolution Podcast here.

 The ‘War’ On Consciousness

This animation was created by the talented team over at After Skool. You can check out their channel here.

Transcript

What is death? Our materialist science reduces everything to matter, materialist science in the West says that we are just meat, we’re just our bodies. So when the brain is dead, that’s the end of consciousness, there is no life after death, there is no soul; we just rot and are gone. Actually, many honest scientists should admit that consciousness is the greatest mystery of science and that we don’t know exactly how it works.

The brain is involved in it some way but we’re not sure how. It could be that the brain generates consciousness the way a generator makes electricity, if you hold to that paradigm, then, of course, you can’t believe in life after death, when the generator’s broken, consciousness is gone. But it’s equally possible that the relationship — and nothing in neuroscience rules it out – that the relationship is more like the relationship of the TV signal to the TV set, and in that case, when the TV set is broken, of course the TV signal continues. And this is the paradigm of all spiritual traditions, that we are immortal souls temporarily incarnated in these physical forms.

If we want to understand consciousness, the last people we should ask are materialist scientists. Instead, we should look at ancient cultures, like the Egyptians, who highly valued dream states. Many ancient cultures around the world used hallucinogenic plants to understand consciousness and expand their minds.

However, in today’s society, visionary plants are highly illegal because they promote a state of consciousness that does not agree with the agenda of profit. Substances, like coffee, alcohol, sugar and pharmaceuticals, are forced upon the population, but possession of even small quantities of cannabis, Ayahuasca or psilocybin will land you in jail. If we do not recognize the right of adult sovereignty over consciousness, then we can NOT claim to be free.

Look at what our moderns state of consciousness has done. We have destroyed the natural gifts of the earth in pursuit of short-term, selfish gain. We must reconnect with spirit immediately or else we will encounter disaster. Visionary plants could be the remedy for our current sickness.

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Smiling At Cashiers & Other Sparks Of Divinity

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  • The Facts:

    It is possible to have profound experiences in some of the most mundane encounters with others.

  • Reflect On:

    How would your life change if every interaction you had with other people was infused with the conviction that we are all one?

It’s one of the things I like to do, as the receipt is being put in my hand: offer a grateful ‘thank-you,’ and look in the cashier’s eyes for an extra split-second and smile, and see if they are ready to share a spark of divinity that crosses between our souls.

Sometimes they are, as happened to me recently at a ‘No Frills’ express lane. I looked at the girl as she handed me the bill, she looked at me, and then came the recognition in her eyes, in her smile, whether conscious or not, that we are connected, that we see each other, that we are grateful to be alive to have this kind of experience. Magic.

Sometimes the cashier is not ready, and my smile is met with a furtive glance, back to the next matter at hand, the next customer in line. No matter. No effort to connect is wasted. Some of the energy still gets through and gives the person a lift.

Sometimes it is me who is not ready, and the smile from the cashier awakens me into appreciation. Imagine, they are the ones working a long, tiring, repetitive job and they take a moment to wake ME up!

When the cashier is efficient, friendly, light, then my appreciation for what they are doing pours out into that moment. When the cashier is slow, tired, fed-up, it is not so easy for me. But at times, I am prepared to take the opportunity to help reconnect that person to the vitality of life. Have you ever eased a busy, ragged, overwhelmed cashier into a moment of divinity with a warm smile of empathy? Have you ever made a frowning, wrinkled face light up? Try it! This may be the best experience of them all.

Learned Practice

I’m just grateful to have found this practice. It did not come naturally to me. I was always shy, cautious, pensive, ‘in my head’. It was through years of watching a few trusted friends, seeing how they interacted easily and openly with strangers, that I started to try to adopt a new approach.

I had long been a student of philosophy and spirituality. But if the study of esoteric matters remains on the pages, in the words, in the concepts, simply a tool of the intellect to make one feel smart, evolved, superior, then the whole point is missed, not only about spiritual knowledge but about life itself.

At first, the practice for me was about trying to feel connected myself; it served to make me feel more comfortable in the world, especially around other people. As I continued to practice, and expand that practice into other situations, not just with strangers but with friends, loved ones, enemies, it really broadened and deepened my understanding of spiritual principles which I had previously fancied myself an expert in. Perhaps one of the most important realizations I’ve had through all this is that true knowledge is humbling. If one’s knowledge base serves to inflate one’s sense of self-importance in the world in comparison to other people, then it is not true knowledge.

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being

Our lives on this planet are fraught with difficult emotions: fear, sadness, anxiety, and many others. One of the great healing salves is to endeavor to demonstrate to others the knowledge that we are all one. Most likely, you have had this kind of experience in some situations in your life, like smiling at a cashier or hugging a loved one. The key to a great life is to work to expand this experience into all our interactions with people, to overcome the barriers of separation, not only in others but especially the ones within ourselves.

This is the task of the bringers of light. And whether we are conscious of it or not, we are all here to bring our light upon the darkness, and collectively transform our world into our shared vision of harmony.

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Expanding Reality Through Consciousness: A Fascinating Interview With A Neurosurgeon

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  • The Facts:

    Joe recently sat down with Dr. Mario Beauregard for an in-depth discussion into consciousness, current events and how we can begin responding to the emerging desire for change.

  • Reflect On:

    What direction is our global society moving towards with regards to understanding the true nature of consciousness? Is a new consciousness emerging within us that no longer resonates with the 'old world?'

Mario Beauregard, PhD., is a neuroscientist currently affiliated with the Department of Psychology, University of Arizona. He has received a bachelor degree in psychology and a doctorate degree in neuroscience from the University of Montreal. He has also underwent postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Texas Medical School (Houston) and the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI), McGill University.

Dr. Beauregard is the author of more than 100 publications (articles, essays, book chapters) in neuroscience, psychology, and psychiatry. He was the first neuroscientist to use neuroimaging to investigate the neural underpinnings of voluntary control in relation to emotion. Because of his research into the neuroscience of consciousness, he was selected (2000) by the World Media Net to be one of the “One Hundred Pioneers of the 21st Century.”

In the episode below, Collective Evolution founder Joe Martino and Dr. Beauregard sit down to discuss what transhumanism, AI, near death experiences and our current events have in common, which is consciousness. They all stem from what level of consciousness we are creating these things out of. Joe explores this topic with Dr. Beauregard in a recent episode of The Collective Evolution Show on CETV.

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