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Buckminister Fuller & Bertrand Russel On Why We Should Work Less, and Live & Learn More

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When I came across this discussion triggered by Josh Jones,  a writer and musician based in Durham, NC, from filmsforaction.org, I couldn’t help but ponder just how many people out there feel the same way about “work” and what we do in exchange for food on the table and a roof over our heads, among other things.

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From the day we are born, we are put into school for a couple of decades and told, not taught, how the world works, what path to take, why to follow it, and how to fit in and become a “productive” member of society. This basically means we have to spend a large majority of our lives striving for a degree or a diploma in order to qualify to work long hours and subsequently earn the right to live. There are many other roots than that as-well, much more appealing but they also require us to put in our time.

This sentiment reminds me of a video published by The School of Life (click link to see), which brings to light the fact that no matter how little sleep we get or what problems we are having at home, mental blockages and other things that can arise during the human experience, we are and always have been told that we must be at work on time, ready to go without excuses.

This doesn’t seem normal or near natural, yet it’s something we are forced into.

Mental illness is on the rise, take depression for example, an issue that’s now affecting more than 15 million adults, and that’s just in America alone. Could the current human experience be one that’s contributing to this rise? Are there more miserable people now because we basically spend our lives doing what we can to survive while ignoring what our hearts want? Are we not giving enough time to our wants and desires beyond the material world, and do we even have time to do so?

Josh sums it up quite well in his first paragraph:

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“Why must we all work long hours to earn the right to live? Why must only the wealthy have access to leisure, aesthetic pleasure, self-actualization…? Everyone seems to have an answer, according to their political or theological bent. One economic bogeyman, so-called ‘trickle-down’ economics, or ‘Reaganomics,’ actually pre-dates our 40th president by a few hundred years at least. The notion that we must better ourselves – or simply survive – by toiling to increase the wealth and property of already wealthy men was perhaps first comprehensively articulated in the 18th century doctrine of ‘improvement.’ In order to justify privatizing common land and forcing the peasantry into jobbing for them.”

My favourite part of that excerpt is the fact that he calls attention to the fact that all of us are simply working for a small group of elite people that, through the corporations they run, basically control almost all aspects of our lives. Their idea of “globalisation” or a “New World Order” is one that requires our participation, and our consent. This type of system, one in which basically all of us are economic slaves, is one that we’ve become accustomed to.

A great quote comes to mind here:

“Humans are so strange. We can climb mountains, explore the deepest oceans and travel to space. But for some reason we can’t move past this idea that we need political overlords who tell us what we can and can’t do with our own lives.” –Unknown

While we blindly continue to follow others, the world has experienced something it has never really experienced before. A massive paradigm shift is happening, a shift in the way we view, feel, and perceive our world and the current human experience. Not everybody is happy, and how could they be? When living on a planet where you die if you cannot pay for your life, our passions and heart’s desires slowly drift out of sight, unless we do something about it.

While we’ve remained complacent, and simply accepted the human experience for what it is, those that created our current economic model continue to destroy our planet and have absolutely no regard for preserving the integrity of the planet and all life on it. At the same time, large amounts of information are kept from us, all we know of our world is what’s given to us by the same people who designed this life for us: the corporate mainstream media.

Information alone is a threat to so many corporate interests.

This shift has come as a result of new information that’s now hitting the eyes and minds of millions, if not billions. This became evident when alternative media sites that cover global corporate corruption, as well as new discoveries in various fields that are ignored by the mainstream, like new energy, started to receive up to a billion views per year. Furthermore, whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and organizations like Wikileaks have also helped out hugely.

That all stopped when some of these sites, like CE, were labelled as “fake news.” An ironic title from mainstream media, isn’t it? They even appointed who they felt just to determine what’s real and what isn’t, as well as started a massive campaign to censor information that does not come from mainstream media news networks.

There is a lot more to the world than what we are presented with. Being so busy with our 9-5 and trying to survive, many people still can’t be bothered about it. When presented with information that’s outside the box, it’s common for cognitive dissonance to sink in.

What’s most frustrating about the current human experience is that it doesn’t have to be this way. This is where Buckminister Fuller comes in. Fuller, one of the most creative and interesting minds in modern history once said that “One in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a wage.” 

This is something we at CE are well aware of. We’ve personally come across technologies that can revolutionize the planet. Although it depends what consciousness is operating behind that technology, it exists. Our entire planet could be, in a modern way, completely off the grid. There are so many wonderful creations and ideas out there that make a utopian society possible, it’s so simple that most people have a hard time believing it. The idea that we don’t really have to work to live on this planet and live a good live is still impossible to imagine for most, and that’s because we’ve been indoctrinated to believe that the current world economic model and globalization are the only way for humanity to move forward, when it’s doing the exact opposite. In my opinion, food, clothing, shelter and more should not require little pieces of paper along with a bits of our soul to receive it, a human experience that utilizes all of our developments instead of concealing them, one in which our leaders look out for humanity and the best interests of our planet instead of following the orders of their financial masters is desperately needed. Michael Jackson’s famous line, “they don’t really care about us,” rings true, but it’s not true for everyone.

Along with this consciousness shift, this realization that the wool has been pulled over our eyes, is the fact that consciousness interacts with our physical material world in ways that are not yet understood, and that is an encouraging thought given humanity’s change in thinking with regard to concepts that might not have fit the frame approximately a decade ago.

I won’t go into any specific examples. I’ll let you ponder how a utopian society would work, or how all of our needs could easily be provided for. Scarcity is something that doesn’t have to exist, neither does supply and demand. These were all creations by what’s known today as “the 1 percent.” The system was designed to benefit them, not us. Something new needs to be created, a new way of life that requires the complete shut down and change of our current economic model. Just as Fuller said:

“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” 

Fuller did not believe that we need to have wage earning jobs to live, and that if we do, we are not able to pursue our passions and interests unless they are for monetary gain. That’s an interesting thought, since when we grow up there are several “careers” to choose from. Is this simply the illusion of free will? We already have set paths chosen, there are only so many options, and our entire purpose of being “educated” or, as I like to call it, indoctrinated, is to make money. Do we really love what we do? Or do we just tell ourselves that? Can we even determine or identify our passions, wants, and needs in this world? Or are all of our wants, needs, desires, and passions given to us from the corporate world in the form of mass media, advertising, and marketing? Why is it that so many of us are all into the same material things, acquiring the same material things, yet never questioning the human experience? Have we become too comfortable? Change is never easy, and always greeted by ridicule. This is exactly what the human race is going through: we are recognizing the need to change currently on that path.

In New York Times column on Russell’s 1932 essay “In Praise of Idleness,” Gary Gutting writes, “For most of us, a paying job is still utterly essential — as masses of unemployed people know all too well. But in our economic system, most of us inevitably see our work as a means to something else: it makes a living, but it doesn’t make a life.” Bertrand Russell, a prominent British philosopher, mathematician, historian, writer and political activist agreed, stating that “Immense harm is caused by the belief that work is virtuous.”

Jones puts it well:

“In far too many cases in fact, the work we must do to survive robs us of the ability to live by ruining our health, consuming all our previous time, and degrading our environment. In his essay, Russell argues that “there is far too much work done in the world, that immense harm is caused by the belief that work is virtuous, and that what needs to be preached in modern industrial countries is quite different from what has always been preached.”

I agree. We do tend to glorify the idea of “hard work” as something to be proud of, without ever really taking a step back and looking at this human experience through an observer’s lens.

Russell referred to this type of an existence as a “slave state” operated by “those who give orders.” He calls it politics, which he elaborates on as having no real “knowledge of the subjects as to which advice is given, but only to manipulate: the art of persuasive speaking and writing.” This reminds me of the Sophists in ancient Greece, who used their intelligence and their ways with words to make life difficult for people.

“What is work? Work is of two kinds: first, altering the position of matter at or near the earth’s surface relatively to other such matter; second, telling other people to do so. The first kind is unpleasant and ill paid; the second is pleasant and highly paid…in a world where no one is compelled to work more than four hours a day, every person possessed of scientific curiosity will be able to indulge it, and every painter will be able to paint without starving, however excellent his pictures may be. Young writers will not be obliged to draw attention to themselves by sensational pot-boilers, with a view to acquiring the economic independence for monumental works, for which, when the time at last comes, they will have lost the taste and capacity.” (source)

His stuff has been talked about for decades:

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic societyThose who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.” – Edward Bernays (“the father of public relations”), Propaganda, 1928

So, you see? Our lack of questioning and/or complacency has led to an interesting experience, one in which many are desiring change.

Can We Really Do What We Love In This Type of Human Experience?

So, is it possible to do what we love? Well, it might be a task to even figure that out when we are given our choices and paths in life. Furthermore, we have to pay rent, put food in our stomachs, and provide ourselves with the basic necessities. Even individuals with full time jobs are struggling to do this. These jobs take up to 8-10 hours of our lives every single day, so if you come from the belief that you cannot pursue your passions, you are in the company of many, including the two brilliant minds listed in this title.

To pursue something you love in this world, and are extremely passionate about it, it won’t be for monetary gain all the time. But we still have time to pursue the things we love as opposed to spending that time going to bars, or partying with friends. No matter how many excuses you have, if you love something there is always time to pursue it, but tell that to someone who just came home from a hard day’s work and has no mental/physical energy.

I am a big believer in the power of manifestation, meaning that one can manifest experiences into their lives with a shift in consciousness. Sure, the current human experience is a very hard one. It’s not easy, and for a soul to thrive here means they are very strong, especially if they will not quit in their pursuit to follow the call of their heart. That being said, what happens if you let the fear go and just start doing what you love, as much as you can? What if you take that road, and if you do so without worry, things workout for you? I believe if we want something badly enough, through the power of consciousness, we can manifest our own human experience, especially if it is something that’s rooted in the desire to do good for all. Based on all the science, history, philosophy and most of all, my intuition, this is something I firmly believe.

I’ve been able to be part of the CE team for several years now, and prior to it, it’s what I dreamed about. Being part of a team and having a platform to share information that we’ll never see in the mainstream media and to be in a position to bring new ideas and information to the world is all I wanted to do. I wanted it so bad that it’s what I did during school and when I had to work another job. I was always engaged in my passions, yet always heartbroken that I could not go through life solely pursuing what my heart beats for. But look at me now – I’m doing it.

I had a tough experience waking up to facts I was once unaware of, and on top of that was the normal human experience that just wasn’t resonating with me. What helped me manifest my experience?

The first thing was changing my perspective of the human experience. Instead of seeing it as a slave-like system, and labelling it as that, I chose to view it as an experience. I believe that this short lifetime is not our only one, and that this is my opportunity to “play” within the human experience. I looked at it as a challenge, and an opportunity to overcome many obstacles.

This helped my outlook on life big time, and instead of taking on a victim role where I felt hopeless and unable to change anything, the very perception of me looking at life as an opportunity is what helped me.

Life is too short to not put forth the effort into pursuing what your heart beats for. Yeah, it’s not easy I know, and it’s not hard to see why so many people believe it’s downright impossible when we have so many other duties to tend to.

Personally, I never perceived it as impossible. I was willing to die, go homeless, or whatever. There was no fear in me. We even have modern day science conforming that factors associated with consciousness, like thoughts, feelings and emotions, can actually affect our physical material world.

If you believe it’s possible, it is. If you don’t, it isn’t. The last thing I would say to you is that it’s not going to be easy, and will provide your life with a number of challenges/opportunities for growth. The joy lies within the journey itself, not the in the ends.

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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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