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The adults of today grew up before the boom of technology.

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While children nowadays have iPads and laptops, the children of yesteryears had pop-up books and colouring materials.

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With all the present day distractions that consume every child’s focus and attention, it’s more important than ever that children today channel their energies into an age-old healthy habit: reading.

Start by revisiting your favourite children’s books, or check online and the bookstore for new titles that were written specifically for the current generation.

“A book in hand, new or old, it doesn’t matter truth be told. To love to read and read with love is treasure worth far more than gold.”

Okay, so I made that up. I’ve got my Dr. Seuss groove on. Think about what your children are missing every time they dive into their tablets and smartphones. So much imagination and mental stimulation is just going down the drain.

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Let’s put an end to that with this jewel of a list of 50 inspiring and motivating children’s books that you and your kids will surely love.

1. An Awesome Book!

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This book by Dallas Clayton inspires us to think outside the box and dream big dreams. The colorful drawings and simple words shoot for the heart as we are reminded that dreams fuel the world.

2. Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

Dr. Seuss is a staple name in households with children. In this book, an old man would always tell Duckie about people who are unluckier than him. This book is a total pick-me-upper, planting a sense of thankfulness and contentment to take around with you for times when you’re feeling down.

3. I Believe in Me: A Book of Affirmations

This popular book by Connie Bowen reminds us that we are all amazing. The title doesn’t leave anything to surprise, but it will astound as well as invigorate with all the inspiring words that decorate each page.

4. One Love

This heartwarming story by Cedella Marley, Bob Marley’s eldest, is full of positive messages about the beautiful things that can happen when we are united by one love.

5. The Giving Tree

This masterpiece by Shel Silverstein tells a story about giving and loving. The relationship between the tree and the boy is something that pierces the heart and teaches lessons that will last a lifetime.

6. The Little Engine That Could

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This story by Watty Piper is about a small engine that saves the day. Though small, the little engine is a big reminder that we can do something great when we put our minds to it.

7. You Can Be Anything!

Gary Craig’s book continues to inspire readers to believe in themselves. While it’s big on motivation, it also reminds us that we are special in our own unique way. It also shares the lesson of not seeing our worth through other people’s eyes.

8. Have You Filled A Bucket Today?

Carol McCloud encourages readers to be kind. The book talks about an invisible bucket each of us have, and how these buckets are filled when people do nice things for us. It emphasizes how far daily acts of kindness can go to affecting other people’s lives. Definitely the master converter of “bucket fillers.”

9. Where the Wild Things Are

This Maurice Sendak classic tells the story of a misbehaving child who learns a lesson on unconditional love. Although it touches the anger in children, it ends with a reminder that love endures all things.

[Follow up on reading the book by watching the film version: Where the Wild Things Are (2009)]

10. Love You Forever

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Its pages tell of the powerful love that parents feel for their children. Robert Munsch has touched a lot of hearts and will continue to do so through this book. Much like the undying love of parents, this literary piece will endure for generations to come.

11. Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Another masterpiece by the great Dr. Seuss, this book is perfect for all graduates — whether from nursery or law school. It talks about new beginnings and experiences and sets readers on the course of braving their new journeys.

12. Dreams to Grow On 

Christine Hurley Deriso tells the story of a young girl who imagines her future. Though for children, the lessons will likewise whisper a reminder to adults that it is never too late to dream.

13. Hug Time

Patrick McDonnell reminds us of the power of a hug. This story tells us that, though a hug is simple, its effects are powerful and life-altering.

14. The Three Questions

Jon J. Muthwrote this book based on a story by Leo Tolstoy. It makes readers think of their own answers to the three questions it asks. Offering wonderful opportunities for reflection, this book is a great conversation starter between parents and children.

15. One

Kathryn Otoshi teaches readers about numbers and colours while delivering a powerful message about acceptance and how one voice can change everything.

16. You Be You

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Linda Kranz and her famous fish explain the value and importance of acceptance. It teaches us to cherish and value the uniqueness of everyone, and that it is our individuality that makes us special.

17. Only One You

Again, Linda Kranz uses colorful graphics to convey a powerful message. This time, it’s about lessons that parents share with their children. Definitely something for all ages, its life lessons make the book an unforgettable favorite.

18. Thank You, World

Alice McGinty paints a story of eight kids who are each in different continents which serves to remind us to value and enjoy the simple things in life.

19. Incredible You! 10 Ways to Let Your Greatness Shine Through 

Dr. Wayne Dyer uses simple words to educate readers about how the tools and secrets to happiness and success are already within us. It also details actionable ways on how to unleash our individual greatness.

20. Enemy Pie

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It’s always hard to make friends, more so when people are worlds different. This endearing story by Derek Munson shares the ups and downs of making new friends and the joy that comes with the triumph of overcoming differences.

21. The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse

Eric Carle brings out the artist in you as you leaf through every page of his book. The story is a celebration of art, colour, imagination, and life itself.

22. The Dot

Peter H. Reynolds’ bestseller helps bring out the creative in each one of us — even in those who believe they are not. It shows us that amazing artwork can begin with a simple dot.

23. Amazing Grace

This positive and optimistic book by Mary Hoffman embraces everyone’s unique differences. It also tells us that we can achieve whatever we want as long as we never give up confidently reaching for our goals.

24. David Gets in Trouble

David Shannon tells us the story of a young boy who always has a good excuse for everything and later on feels bad about this. The story goes on to share the value of saying sorry and owning up to one’s mistakes.

25. Good People Everywhere

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This picture book by Lynea Gillen shares a wonderful story about compassion and kindness. It talks about the goodness of people of all ages, and makes you appreciate the people around you.

26. A Bad Case of Stripes

David Shannon once again delivers a memorable message, this time about peer pressure and its ill effects. It ends on a note that will help you embrace everything that makes you a unique individual.

27. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

William Joyce reminds us that books are a source of comfort. In this day of technology, a book about reading and absolutely loving it is what everyone needs to see.

28. Where the Sidewalk Ends

Shel Silverstein’s bestseller brings us to a different world. This collection of unique poems and drawings will make you laugh, cry, and embrace imagination.

29. Beautiful Oops!

This storybook by Barney Saltzberg is a certified comforter. It brings comfort upon those who make mistakes while saying that our misfortunes are gateways to new beginnings.

30. Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon

Patty Lovell introduces Molly Lou Melon, who’s not your typical protagonist. She may be different, but she is confident in who she is. Molly is an inspiration to both children and adults because of her infectious and motivating attitude.

31. Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun: Having the Courage to Be Who You Are

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Maria Dismondy’s story empowers children to be proud of who they are even if people try to bring them down. The book emphasizes the importance of being kind to others and always treating them right.

32. On My Way to a Happy Life

Deepak Chopra’s book holds ideas that can help children embrace life with love and joy. It holds insights on how to best appreciate even the smallest things.

33. My Many Colored Days

Another treasure by Dr. Seuss, this vibrant book helps readers express their feelings through the use of colour. The colours bounce off the pages and captivate the reader because of the emotions that they stir and bring to life.

34. I Think, I Am!

Reading this book will help change your negative thoughts into positive ones. Louise L. Hay tells us that we can control our thoughts and, in turn, control our lives. The confidence that this book imparts makes it well worth the read.

35. All I See is Part of Me

Chara M. Curtis brings you on an adventure that lets you discover how you are connected to everything. It helps make you appreciate yourself and all the wonderful creations around you.

36. Not a Box

When is a box not a box? When it’s a car, of course. Or a spaceship. Or anything else you want it to be. Antoinette Portis encourages her readers to let imagination take over the wheel. With generous helpings of imagination, an ordinary box can bring you to places where anything can happen.

37. If the World Were a Village

David J. Smith seeks to inspire readers to be responsible citizens. The book teaches children to be aware of what is happening in the world and to be involved and active in making the world a better place. Its lessons don’t only make it informative and motivating but inspiring and patriotic as well.

38. Yay, You! Moving Out, Moving Up, Moving On 

Sandra Boynton gives us a book that talks about change and new beginnings. While its bold messages are powerful, it’s a very light and invigorating read.

39. I Have a Dream

Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech that was made into a book is still inspiring generation after generation. Aside from providing valuable insights on history, his words about equality and slavery continue to ring true up to this day.

40. Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom & Wishes

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This award-winning book by Susan V. Bosak tells a story through wonderful illustrations, taking us on a journey highlighted by hopes and dreams, and challenging us to chase after them no matter what.

41. The Wump World

Bill Peet’s book started making waves in 1981, but its message is still relevant  today, especially with the issues of environmental sustainability. This book will make you want take part in generating sustainable action in solving earth’s problems.

42. Life Doesn’t Frighten Me

Maya Angelou’s resounding words make us believe that we are indeed strong and courageous. This book takes you to a place without fear and celebrates the victories of courage.

43. Say Something

This revolutionary and timely book by Peggy Moss is about bullying and having the courage to talk about it. It also dwells on the witnesses and how, by doing nothing, they greatly affect the situation.

44. Tear Soup (A Recipe for Healing after Loss) 

Pat Schwiebert’s book is about coping with loss. Though it talks about a grown-up topic such as loss, it does so quite simply and relatably that we likewise learn how to handle grief.

45. Each Kindness

Jacqueline Woodson’s story about bullying is powerful. It talks about rejection, friendship, and how small acts of kindness can have major effects.

46. Hey Little Ant

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This big story by Phillip M. Hoose has a small ant as the main character. It’s a fun story about seeing the world through the perspective of someone else — even someone as small as an ant.

47. The Smile That Went Around the World 

A smile may be one of the simplest things to do, but it sure does have lots of great effects on people. This priceless story by Patrice Karst is about how the power of one smile can affect and change the world.

48. Unstoppable Me: 10 Ways to Soar Through Life 

Dr. Wayne Dyer writes another book that exudes positivity. Lessons include the importance of taking risks, and dealing with anxiety. It also tells us how to live in the moment and to appreciate every second of our lives.

49. You Are Special

This heart-warming story by Max Lucado makes us understand how special we all are. No matter how different we may be and no matter what people think about us, God loves us just the way we are.

50. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Very Bad Day

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This book authored by Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz tells the story of a boy who wakes up to a very bad day. This book is funny and charming, and it teaches us how everybody has bad days every once in a while — even those who live in Australia.

[Follow up on reading the book by watching the film version: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (Theatrical)]


All these titles sound pretty exciting. The best part is that this selection speaks to adults as well as it does to children. We’re never too old to learn a thing or two, even if it is from a picture book.

So what are you waiting for? Get one or all of these books now! Project Bookworm coming right up!

Bonus Suggestion

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In addition to reading, music is also key in the upbringing of your child. Rather than consistently exposing them to what the mainstream has to offer, we at CE suggest the following children’s album put together by a good friend of ours. The album is called The Greatest Me, and it features 18 inspiring songs with affirmations to empower children. It also happens to be tuned to the frequency of 432.

Dive Deeper

These days, it’s not just knowing information and facts that will create change, it’s changing ourselves, how we go about communicating, and re-assessing the underlying stories, ideas and beliefs that form our world. We have to practice these things if we truly want to change. At Collective Evolution and CETV, this is a big part of our mission.

Amongst 100's of hours of exclusive content, we have recently completed two short courses to help you become an effective changemaker, one called Profound Realization and the other called How To Do An Effective Media Detox.

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Nina Kulagina: A Real Psychokinetic Documented By The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency

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    A declassified U.S. DIA report from 1972 provides a plethora of information from the then Soviet Union regarding studies and people with "paranormal" abilities. One of them is Nina Kulagina, who could use her mind to interact with matter.

  • Reflect On:

    New discoveries have always been severely ridiculed. It wasn't long ago when scientific discoveries that challenged the accepted framework of reality were ridiculed and disregarded. Have we changed much today?

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Introduction: It’s quite odd that “paranormal” abilities are, and have been for decades, studied and confirmed at the highest levels of government or what some would consider at levels beyond the government in black budget Special Access Programs, yet brushed off as conspiracy theories, ridiculed, and remain virtually unacknowledged within mainstream academica.  These black budget programs are exempt from standard reporting requirements in the to congress in the United States, as outlined by a 1997 U.S. senate report, and based on my research there are also unacknowledged Special Access Programs that have no oversight at all from the government.

Unfortunately they’ve been studied and used for military and intelligence collection purposes, and have always remained “classified” for “national security” reasons. Developments and discoveries within this black budget world never seem to be brought to light or used for the benefit of humanity. In fact, the United States has a history of government agencies existing in secret for years. The National Security Agency (NSA) was founded in 1952, its existence was hidden until the mid 1960’s. Even more secretive is the National Reconnaissance Office, which was founded in 1960 but remained completely secret for 30 years. Our world today is drenched in secrecy.

From the declassified literature alone, there are many examples documenting people with gifted abilities able to do some extraordinary things. This declassified CIA document and this Air Force teleportation study outlines children with the ability to teleport objects in closed containers from one location to another. The containers were never touched or opened, showing that these children could transport the object through the sealed containers. These experiments were done under double-blind controlled conditions.

Another example documents the “paranormal writing” ability of a little girl, and a woman who is able to gather information about a person from simply holding and touching an object that is/was affiliated with the person in question. Then there is the remote viewing program which yielded significant and repeatable results, according to a paper published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration after the program was declassified. Remote viewing is the ability to describe a remote geographical from another location, regardless of distance and time.

This article looks into a woman by the name of Nina Kulagina. I use “real” in the title because the Defense Intelligence Agency report referenced below refers to her as an “outstanding PK (psychokinesis) psychic.”

What Happened: Nina Kulagina was a citizen of the former Soviet Union. She apparently demonstrated psychokinetic influence on physical objects, and caused quite a stir at the time. In 1968 western researchers attending a conference were shown a video of her in action. There are a number of documents one can find within the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) electronic reading room that document her abilities and show a high level of interest in them. According to the Russians, Kulagina had been studied by forty prominent scientists, including two Nobel Laureates.

Studies of the electrical fields around her body as well as the electrical potentials in her brain, and more, were conducted by well-known physiologist Dr. Genady Sergeyev, who was working in a Leningrad military laboratory. Exceptionally strong voltages and other unusual effects were observed.

A declassified Defense Intelligence Agency document (page 35) from the United States, written by John D. Lamothe, Captain, Medical Service Corps, reads as follows:

Sergeyev has conducted several years of intensive lab research on the outstanding PK psychic in Leningrad, Nina Kulagina…Sergeyev heightened biological luminescence radiating from Kulagina’s eyes during the apparent movement of objects by pk. Sergeyev postulates that the “bio-plasma” of the human body must interact with the environment to produce pk. Sergeyev emphasizes when target objects are placed in a vacuum, Kuligina is unable to move them. Barcus in the United States reports some unusual occurrences during psychic photography especially of the eyes.

Reportedly, Kuligina has caused the movement of a wide range of non-magnetic objects: (under strict scientific control) of crystal bowls, clock pendulums, bread, matches, etc.  In one test, a raw egg was placed in a salt solution inside a sealed aquarium six feet away from her. Researchers report she was able to use PK to separate the yolk from the white of the egg. Observations by Western scientists of Mrs. Kulagina’s PK ability has been reported with verification of her authentic ability. These same Western scientists have reported that as of February 1971, they have not been able to visit or observe Mrs. Kulagina. A veil of secrecy has been placed on Sergeyev and Mrs. Kulagina for unknown reasons.

A report from 1975 when Lamothe was a Major reads as follows:

Soviet research with Kulagina…indicates that energy interchanges, or transfer between mechanisms, may be possible between gifted psychics with inanimate objects. There is evidence that Soviet research with these women (Kuligina is not the only one) also involves attempts to influence animate biological systems. In 1972, LaMothe reported that Kulagina had the capability for stopping and starting the beat of an excised, living, frog heart. If true, it supports the contention that Czech and Soviet claims for “beneficial” applications of biological energy transfer might be imposed on humans. Such dramatic effects illustrate some of the dangerous potential of controlled biological energy transfer.

According to researcher Dr. Jeffrey Mishole, who did his doctorate in Parapsychology,

There is a large gradient between the electrical characteristics in the forward part of Mikhailova’s (Kuligina) brain versus the back part of the brain (fifty to one), whereas in the average person the gradient is four to one.  The usual force field around Mikhailova’s body is ten times weaker than the magnetic field of the earth.

During PK, her pulse rises to 240 per minute.  There is activation of deeper levels of the occipital lobe and reticular formation.  This enhances polarization in the brain between front and back, says Sergeyev.  When the gradient between front and back of the brain reaches a certain level, and there is most intense activity in the occipital lobe, radiation of electrostatic and electromagnetic fields are detected by the force field detectors four feet from the body….Heartbeat, brain waves, and force field fluctuations are in ratio.  The fields around the PK medium are stronger further away than close to the head.  Mikhailova appears to focus these force field waves in a specific area.

In the 1975 report from Lamothe mentioned above, he also mentions that Kulagina experiences dizziness, elevated heart rate, anxiety and sometimes felt ill while performing in front of scientists and military personnell. Lamothe mentions that she had a much easier time and didn’t experience these symptoms and feelings of discomfort, which also affected her ability, when demonstrating her abilities in front of friends, or those who were already open to this type of phenomenon.

There are multiple videos of Kuligina that can be found on YouTube, and various articles attempting to, as with all other “psychics” who have in some way gone public or have been brought into the limelight of the public by others, debunk her and label her is a fraud. This is why I refer to official documentation published and archived by intelligence agencies, because it’s a fact that they took the matter quite seriously and those that claim to debunk Kuligina never really provide any sources. Keep in mind that she is one of many examples. The fact of the matter is that people with these types of abilities, and the idea that these abilities may be real and lay dormant within all of us simply threatens the beliefs and world paradigm of many people. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t frauds out there by the way, but it seems that everybody in this category seems to be listed as one.

Concluding Comments: Humanity still seems to have a difficult time accepting or even looking into concepts and phenomena that may not fit the frame. When it comes to topics like parapsychology, it can be especially difficult due to the fact that it’s been completely ridiculed, labelled as a hoax and deemed a “conspiracy theory” for many decades. This massie ridicule campaign has really closed the collective mind when it comes to even entertaining this type of thing.

That being said, we here at Collective Evolution continue to cover such phenomenon because it’s one of many that is and does have the potential to greatly expand human consciousness and the way we perceive our world. There is still so much to discover about the nature of reality. This is why I believe Nikola Tesla said that “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence. ((Saad & Medeiros, 2015) I believe non-material science represents the next scientific revolution.

As I’ve said many times before, it’s not new discoveries, developments and technological advancements that will change the world, it’s the consciousness behind these factors that determines which way as a collective we move. Do we use our discoveries and advancements for the betterment of humanity and in service to others? Or do we use them for control, profit, greed, to build weapons and to feed the ego? Real change comes from within. We cannot change and transform the human experience without an inner transformation, and I believe humanity is currently going through that process.

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Amongst 100's of hours of exclusive content, we have recently completed two short courses to help you become an effective changemaker, one called Profound Realization and the other called How To Do An Effective Media Detox.

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Scientists Think They Have Found A Portal To The 5th Dimension

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    A new study claims to have found an explanation for dark matter, but relies on the discovery of a particle which leads to another dimension.

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    How do discoveries shift our understanding of reality and perhaps, who we are? Can a journey down the rabbit hole of non-material science cause understanding of the nature of human consciousness that can shift how we live our lives?

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I know, it sounds like science fiction a little bit, but our world is a hell of a lot more mysterious and fascinating than much of our mainstream news and information lets on. A quick tour down the lane of post-material science returns many fascinating discoveries about superhuman abilities, extrasensory perception, remote viewing, non local consciousness and more. In short, we are extraordinary, and I believe science has shown this, even though mainstream culture lags behind in opening up to these ideas.

In a new study in The European Physical Journal C scientists are proposing the there exists a particle that can act as a portal to a fifth dimension. What exactly is the 5th dimension? Good question. Let’s start with what we know now about dimensions. To scientists there has been four known dimensions in our universe. Three that make up space (up and down, left and right, back and forth) this gives you “3D,” and a fourth dimension of time.

To understand the 5th dimension, we have to begin looking into dark matter, which is what scientists believe make up most of the mass in our universe. Dark matter happens to be something we don’t know too much about as well. We technically can’t see it, and so scientists measure what effects its mass has on other observable matter. In the most recent study the authors – Adrian Carmona, Javier Castellano Ruiz, Matthias Neubert – said their original intention was to “explain the possible origin of fermion (particle) masses in theories with a warped extra dimension”. They sketched out a new scalar associated with the fermion, which they claim is similar to the Higgs field and Higgs boson particle.

“We found that the new scalar field had an interesting, non-trivial behaviour along the extra dimension,” the researchers told VICE. “If this heavy particle exists, it would necessarily connect the visible matter that we know and that we have studied in detail with the constituents of dark matter, assuming the dark matter is composed out of fundamental fermions, which live in the extra dimension.”

In simpler terms, this new study suggests that the particle in question may be able to provide a greater explanation for dark matter, the more we know about dark matter, the more we can understand the finer workings of our unseen universe.

The authors described the particle as “a possible new messenger to the dark sector”.

The hard working is just beginning however. Scientists have to now isolate this particle. The Higgs boson particle mentioned above was spotted by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator. However it is not powerful enough to find this new particle and thus a new device would have to be created.

What intrigued me about this story was one of the statements physicists made about a new study they wrote exploring the potential of a 5th dimension:

“This new particle could play an important role in the cosmological history of the universe, and might produce gravitational waves that can be searched for with future gravitational-wave detectors.”

It’s always been my fascination to explore the deeper perennial questions that make up our current collective paradigms. As we understand more about the nature of the reality, the cosmos, and our relationship to it, we in essence are developing a greater understand of who we are.

My research over the years has taught me that many of the mainstream assumptions we make about ourselves and our world are likely false. Things like “consciousness originates in the brain” or “our consciousness cannot affect things non-locally” or “that the universe is random, and human consciousness cannot impact it.” From the many studies I’ve read exploring these subjects, the basic assumptions of modern materialist science simply don’t hold water when considering hundreds of studies telling a different story.

When you consider the paradigm shift that comes in realizing that our human consciousness may in fact have the ability to affect things non locally, something seen through hundreds of ‘intention experiments’ rigorously studied around the world, one has to think “what is the true nature of our reality and who we are? Are we a lot more extraordinary than we have been led to believe? Do our thoughts, intentions, and emotions have a greater impact on our lives than we realize? How might these changes in understanding who we are shift the way we live our lives?

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These days, it’s not just knowing information and facts that will create change, it’s changing ourselves, how we go about communicating, and re-assessing the underlying stories, ideas and beliefs that form our world. We have to practice these things if we truly want to change. At Collective Evolution and CETV, this is a big part of our mission.

Amongst 100's of hours of exclusive content, we have recently completed two short courses to help you become an effective changemaker, one called Profound Realization and the other called How To Do An Effective Media Detox.

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Scientists Successfully Perform A ‘Memory Transplant’ Between Living Organisms

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    A few years ago researchers discovered that memory can be transferred between, in this case, snails. The research changed the standard theory of memory and thoughts about how the brain remembers.

  • Reflect On:

    How much do we have yet to discover? Are we even physical beings? Could memories be stored beyond the physical world or what we can perceive with our senses? Can our we change our biology with our thoughts, feelings and emotions?

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Animal testing is extremely heartbreaking. All beings in my opinion, are intelligent, emotional, and have the ability to feel deeply. All life on this planet is so similar in so many ways. These days, living life forms are bred for experimentation and consumption, this not only harms the being in what some would perceive as an extreme act of cruelty, but in many cases it’s harming the integrity of our planet when it comes to environmental issues and human health as well. This is why I am always very conflicted when presenting information that’s discovered through some type of ‘testing’ that’s done on another being. There are other ways scientists can conduct studies without the use of live life forms.

The last time I was conflicted about sharing this type of information was when scientists injected aluminum into animals, mimicking the childhood vaccine schedule, to see what the difference between injected and ingested aluminum was and where it ends up in the body. You can read more about that topic here.

Theodora Capaldo is president of the New England Anti-Vivisection Society. Founded in 1895, NEAVS is a Boston-based, national animal advocacy organization dedicated to ending the use of animals in research, testing and science education. Through research, outreach, education, legislation, and policy change, NEAVS advocates for replacing animals with modern alternatives that are ethically, humanely and scientifically superior. It’s one of many organizations bringing alternatives to light. It’s a big time bioethics issue, and I just wanted to mention this before getting into the subject matter at hand.

What Happened: This may be old information to some, but I recently came across it. In 2018 a team of researchers successfully transplanted memories in snails by transferring a form of genetic information called RNA from one snail into another. The snails were trained to develop a response to a mild electric shock to their tails, after these shocks were administered the snails’ defensive withdrawal reflex – where the snails contract or curl up to protect themselves from harm – became more pronounced. Yes, again, this is extremely cruel, the thought of inflicting any type of pain or fear response in another living being is heartbreaking. But that’s just my opinion.

The snails exhibited a defensive contraction lasting about 50 seconds. The researchers extracted RNA from the nervous systems of the snails that had been shocked and injected the material into the snails that had not been shocked. RNA’s main role, from what we know (and there is a lot that we don’t know) is to serve as a messenger inside of cells, it carries protein-making instructions from DNA. When the RNA was injected into the unshocked snails, the snails also had the same type of response as shocked snails for an extended period of time after a soft touch, something they weren’t doing before. They were reacting to something that had never even happened to them. Control snails that received injections of RNA from snails that had not received shocks did not exhibit a response for as long.

It’s as if we transferred a memory. – Professor, Integrative Biology and PhysiologyNeurobiology at UCLA (source)

The researchers also showed that Aplysia sensory neurons in Petri dishes that had been shocked were more excitable if they were exposed to RNA from the shocked snails. Exposure to RNA from snails that had never been shocked did not cause the cells to become more excitable.

The results, said Glanzman, suggest that memories may be stored within the nucleus of neurons, where RNA is synthesized and can act on DNA to turn genes on and off. He said he thoughts memory storage involved these epigenetic changes – changes in the activity of genes and not in the DNA sequences that make up those genes – that are mediated by RNA (source)

It’s also interesting to note that Michael Levin at Tufts has replicated McConnell’s experiments on headless worms under more controlled settings.

Glanzman said one of McConnell’s students, Al Jacobson, demonstrated the transfer of memories between flatworms via RNA injections, coincidentally while an assistant professor at UCLA. The work was published in Nature in 1966 but Jacobsen never received tenure, perhaps because of doubts about his findings. The experiment was, however, replicated in rats shortly afterward. (source)

Another example,

Steve Ramirez, a 24-year-old doctoral student at the time, placed the mouse in a small metal box with a black plastic floor. Instead of curiously sniffing around, though, the animal instantly froze in terror, recalling the experience of receiving a foot shock in that same box. It was a textbook fear response, and if anything, the mouse’s posture was more rigid than Ramirez had expected. Its memory of the trauma must have been quite vivid.

Which was amazing, because the memory was bogus: The mouse had never received an electric shock in that box. Rather, it was reacting to a false memory that Ramirez and his MIT colleague Xu Liu had planted in its brain. (source)

What Does This Tell Us? Can Living Organisms Transfer Memory?  Yes, we already know that living organisms can transfer memory. For example, a Nature Neuroscience study published several years ago shows mice trained to avoid a smell passed their aversion on to their children as well as their grandchildren. This study dealt with phobia and anxiety research, as the animals were trained to fear a smell similar to cherry blossom. The researchers then looked at the mice’s sperm and found that the section of DNA responsible for sensitivity to the cherry blossom scent was much more active in the sperm. As a result, the offspring were “extremely sensitive” to cherry blossom and would avoid the scent despite never having experienced it in their lives. “The experience of a parent, even before conceiving, markedly influence both structure and function in the nervous system of subsequent generations,” the report concluded.

Research has since showed that ‘memories’ and behaviours may actually be passed down 14 generations.

This is very important, and it suggests that a number of ‘memories’ can be passed down from our previous generations, including fear, anxiety, trauma, perhaps susceptibility to substances like alcohol for example, and much more. This opens up a wide plethora of discussions when it comes to human behaviour in general.

What’s more important to recognize is that what’s encoded into our DNA and into our genes also has the ability to be changed using the power of our own mind. There is a lot of evidence emerging suggesting that thoughts, feelings and emotions can change our DNA. This also corroborates with the research posted above given the fact that emotions, like fear, are used. So my question is, what happens when the organism overcomes that fear, and does not react in the same way? What happens when it makes a conscious choice to perceive events in a different manner?

Imagine what love, peace and other “positive” emotions can do. If we can code fear, anxiety and trauma into our DNA and pass them on, can an organsm change that by changing themselves within and training themselves to experience more “joyful” type of experiences and/or mind/heart state?  Scientists have shown how the feeling of gratitude, for example, can literally change the structure of the human brain.

According to the HeartMath Institute,

The power of intentional thoughts and emotions goes beyond theory at the HeartMath Institute. In a study, researchers have tested this idea and proven its veracity.

HeartMath researchers have gone so far as to show that physical aspects of DNA strands could be influenced by human intention. The article, Modulation of DNA Conformation by Heart-Focused Intention – McCraty, Atkinson, Tomasino, 2003 – describes experiments that achieved such results.

For example, an individual holding three DNA samples was directed to generate heart coherence – a beneficial state of mental, emotional and physical balance and harmony – with the aid of a HeartMath technique that utilizes heart breathing and intentional positive emotions. The individual succeeded, as instructed, to intentionally and simultaneously unwind two of the DNA samples to different extents and leave the third unchanged.

“The results provide experimental evidence to support the hypothesis that aspects of the DNA molecule can be altered through intentionality,” the article states. “The data indicate that when individuals are in a heart-focused, loving state and in a more coherent mode of physiological functioning, they have a greater ability to alter the conformation of DNA.

“Individuals capable of generating high ratios of heart coherence were able to alter DNA conformation according to their intention. … Control group participants showed low ratios of heart coherence and were unable to intentionally alter the conformation of DNA.”

As far as memory goes, perhaps they are not even completely a product of our physical make-up? Who is to say that human consciousness, for example, resides in the brain? Perhaps there is a non-physical aspect, or a place we cannot perceive with our senses where memories and experiences are stored. After all, memories themselves, despite having physical characteristics as exemplified in this study, are in a sense themself non physical things. DNA has also been shown to have some non-physical aspects, you can read about one of many examples here.

The mind-body connection is also gaining traction,  As Garth Cook from Scientific American points out:

A growing body of scientific research suggests that our mind can play an important role in healing our body — or in staying healthy in the first place. . . There are now several lines of research suggesting that our mental perception of the world constantly informs and guides our immune system in a way that makes us better able to respond to future threats. That was a sort of ‘aha’ moment for me — where the idea of an entwined mind and body suddenly made more scientific sense than an ephemeral consciousness that’s somehow separated from our physical selves.

The mind body connection suggests that we can change our biology through belief, which suggests we can break the cycle of ‘negative’ aspects we’ve inherited through epigenetics. These types of interventions require a shift in human consciousness, a shift in perception.

Suggested reading: The Biology of Belief.

When it comes to learning about the mind-body connection and its relationship to our health, it can be difficult to choose a starting place amongst the vast and growing body of research; one of the best places to start, however, is the placebo effect, which demonstrates that the mind can create physiological changes in the body. Neuroscientist Fabrizio Benedetti explains:

There isn’t just one placebo effect, but many. Placebo painkillers can trigger the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins. Patients with Parkinson’s disease respond to placebos with a flood of dopamine. Fake oxygen, given to someone at altitude, has been shown to cut levels of neurotransmitters called prostaglandins (which dilate blood vessels, among other things, and are responsible for many of the symptoms of altitude sickness.

This goes to show that based on our thoughts alone and how we perceive our environment, we can alter our biology.

Then there is the the idea that thoughts and human intention can alter physical systems. If thoughts can alter physical systems imagine what they can do to our own biology as well as the body of another. For more information this, you can read the publication titled “Distant Healing Intention Therapies: An Overview of the Scientific Evidence.”

There are also multiple credible reports of mind/matter interaction beyond the quantum scale, where we already know it exists. You read about one example here.

The Takeaway: At the end of the day, the evidence showing that our ‘memories’ can be transferred down many generations is quite strong. What seems to be left out of the mainstream conversation is the importance of our perceptions. Our environment, yes, plays a key role in shaping our biology, but we can begin to counteract the effect of our environment, especially if it is ‘negative,’ by changing our perception of that environment. We are not bound by the genetics we inherit from our ancestors, we can actively change them. If mice are trained to fear the smell of a certain substance, for example, yes their offspring also fear it but they are not doomed to that destiny. The mouse that can expand its consciousness, think, and realize that there is no reason to be afraid is the one that then changes their DNA.

The science of human consciousness, also known as non material science, is advancing quite rapidly, and it goes to show that if more of us can operate, or at least make an effort to operate from a place of peace within we can truly make the world a better place as well as transform our biology. The term “change comes from within” comes in many forms. If you look at the modern history of the human race, although there are many beautiful aspects and memories, there is also a lot of trauma. As a human collective we still have a lot of work to do on ourselves, and I believe we are currently going through that process and I believe it’s being triggered by the fact that more people are having a big change in how they perceive their environment.

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