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How Parents Can Consciously Talk To Their Kids About The Manchester Bombing



When things we view as tragic take place in our world, it’s inevitable that feelings arise. There may be a flurry of emotions, judgements, worries, fears, etc. that come into our minds when we witness intense experiences.

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When the world learned about the recent Manchester bombing that left 22 dead and many injured at an Ariana Grande concert, many began to go through the emotions and thoughts that came with it.

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The first thing I thought upon hearing the news was that this would likely create a lot more fear on this planet. More worry, more stress, more anger and anxiety — all things we don’t need any more of. Then I thought, how can we mitigate this? Kids were at this event and parents are going to be even more anxious about protecting them now. And that’s understandable! But I still felt like holding on to this fear is not the answer.

We were having a content meeting here in our office thinking about how we could talk about the events and offer the conscious perspective we try to take on current events. In the alternative media space, the quick approach is to start looking at whether or not it was a false flag.

However, we do know that the UK’s domestic counter-intelligence and security agency, MI5, was warned about the Manchester bomber twice and did nothing to stop him. (source) (source)

Since there isn’t yet enough information on whether or not it was false flag, and people out there are feeling many things, so we thought, why not approach this from the perspective of how families can talk about this amongst one another effectively? Most importantly, how can parents process this and talk to their kids about it?

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I was in an Uber coming back from California when I first learned of what happened. The Uber driver was clearly feeling a number of emotions and was very confused about how this could be happening in our world. It again became clear that focusing on how we can process these events properly and move through them to gain an understanding of how they might serve us, regardless of how challenging they can be, was a good approach to take.

Conscious Parenting

When it comes to events like this, I believe it’s important we don’t simply jump into fear mode and stay there. With the way the mainstream media can be, we can very quickly fall victim to fear mongering and remain in that state if we don’t know how to see beyond these agendas and process what life’s experiences are providing us. In order to create a world of peace and evolve beyond the need for such suffering, we need to face it head on and transcend it.

I myself don’t have children, and while I could tap into deeper states of consciousness to determine how I would talk to my kids about it if I did have them, I felt it would be even more beneficial to talk to someone who does have a child and who deals with conscious parenting every day.

So I decided to reach out to my friend Natalie to ask for her thoughts on how people could have this important conversation.

When I asked her how she, as a parent, would talk to her kids about the events that took place from a conscious perspective, this is what she said:

If the children are roughly 10-16 year olds, they are early teenagers/young adults who yearn for the comfort of home and stability of home, the regular rhythm. So when tragedy happens, I would make it my responsibility to ensure they are safe and ensure they *feel* safe. That their world isn’t going to turn upside down despite what mainstream media suggests.

It would be a deep talk about how everything serves us, including what we observe. It would be a lesson to examine what we need to let go of. The stories, programs, and belief systems that keep us stuck in a world that is 3-D. Fear based, ego ruled, divided and segregated. I would also say to the children that nothing would happen in our life unless there was something there for us to learn from, to free us. So it all serves. The goal is to get rid of the stories, and return to our natural state of peace. And anything that doesn’t align with that, I let go of. Whatever plays out is for the highest good of everyone concerned. Even though it may be tragic and lives are lost, our soul signs up for the experience it receives.

Now why would anyone ask for this, they might ask? For the suffering that happened in Manchester? Tragedy in general? That is beyond my very finite brain to comprehend, but only a very infinite energy can orchestrate for a purpose. But Source, that is infinite, is all knowing, all powerful, and all good, and we are meant to surrender and trust without fear. I’d probably share a story of when something tragic happened to me, how I lost faith in the community, and lost trust in a greater power/Source, but then how I gained it back again.

Through surrendering and the understanding that we aren’t here for what we project in the physical world, but we are here for soul growth. And what we experience in the physical realm is all the manifestation of what we can use as opportunity for highest soul growth. So something tragic and confusing happens? How can I use what I’ve observed and heard and seen on the mainstream media and around me for my highest soul growth? What programs, stories, belief systems do I need to let go of? What am I fearful of? Where do I feel tension in my body? Tightening in the chest? I would introduce mindfulness exercises on deep breathing and opening up to align with unity consciousness, balance, love, and peace. I would also say to the children that all souls have the opportunity for exponential growth, including those individuals who didn’t make the best choices.

As much as many children are coming to the planet as advanced souls, I know they still need to work out certain components and parts of experience being on the planet at this time. Our goals as conscious parents shouldn’t be to prevent them from being exposed to various experiences and people. Because, whatever they need to gain within any interaction and environment, will take place. So, I’d open up a dialogue with the children to help guide them through programs, stories, fears, maybe connected to their past childhood so they can be cleared. In conscious parenting, its best to try not to cover up or escape from the harsh truth of what occurs in the world around us, it’s best for everybody to interact and walk through the emotions the hard truth brings up.

And I know you don’t have a child, and may not be at that stage yet, but really how you would talk to them from a conscious perspective is how you would talk to anyone else, really. It is as much a test of us, to see them as an extension of ourselves and as a full person. Because we grew up differently. Our parents wanted to shelter us, and believed they knew better than us and wanted to direct and impart knowledge and wisdom upon us when we really had it all along!

I believe that it is helpful to see the parent child relationship as one with mutual reciprocity, balance, and flow. I don’t think of Sophia as a child, though of course she is. But I speak to her the same way I would speak to an adult. So what exactly is conscious parenting? It’s about mindfulness, authenticity, and oneness. A way of life.

The Power of a New Approach

Incredible to think of this from a different approach, isn’t it? Not only does it help us to face things head on, but it also allows us to move forward without the incessant fear and worry that we believe is necessary in our experience (when it’s absolutely not).

As Natalie mentioned above, I believe, and have for a long time, that the approach is to speak to our kids as if they were adults. Nothing seems more counterproductive than to talk down to children, lie to them about questions they ask, mislead them to “protect” them, and so forth. We only hold them back with this approach. In order to create a world that is more conscious, we must not only begin within ourselves, but also work to pass this on to our youth during their formative years. After all, many of the children being born today are already greatly challenging us and our systems to evolve. We might as well roll with it!

If you are inspired to keep in touch with Natalie’s writings about her journey through conscious parenting, check out her website!

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A Spiritual Perspective On Smoking Cannabis: An Important Viewpoint To Consider



In Brief

  • The Facts:

    In the video below, Sadhguru shares his perspective on smoking marijuana and why it's not truly needed to achieve the feeling one may receive to do it.

  • Reflect On:

    I'm not saying there isn't medicinal value and that we should outlaw this plant, I'm saying we have a very large societal challenge, just like with alcohol, where we are not facing our inner challenges and are using substances to cover them up.

I was having a conversation yesterday about something that has always been a reflection point for me. Since I was a kid, I was never drawn to substances, even alcohol. I always felt great, high even, when just being.

As I got older and I finally tried cannabis for the first time, and then a few more times after that as years went on, I started to realize it actually brought my state of being and clarity down. The tough part was trying to explain that to others when having conversations about how these substances don’t produce a true experience of higher consciousness, but more so give you a glimpse in a sense.

Before we go on, I want to bring something up. The challenge with this topic is that we tend to get very emotional and rigid about it. Not only that, but we aggressively try to lump people into FOR or AGAINST cannabis. I’m not here to do that. I’m simply creating a reflection point as my desire is to help shift consciousness and empower us within to create a world where we can truly thrive. So for a moment, set aside your own hard coded beliefs and just be open to what this article is shining light on.

Societal Cannabis Culture

For the most part society either breaks down into people who judge cannabis as a drug that is for ‘stoners’ and are very against it. These people tend to believe there are no positives to cannabis. On the flip side are the people who feel cannabis is an amazing wonder plant that can do no wrong, and that the “highs” it provides expand the mind and we experience peace.

The truth is, cannabis has good aspects and not so good aspects to it. And while the positives can be really helpful for a very small subset of people on this planet, smoking it is one of the worst ways to use cannabis health wise. Not only that, society is using its medical benefits to turn attention away from the addiction many users have to it. This is a tough pill to swallow and makes many people aggressive and angry when I bring it up, but it’s true. In a big way, but not all the time, we are using cannabis as a society to help cope with feelings deep down that we want to shut off or hide from. As a note, we are also using food, TV and other things in the same way, but right now I want to focus on this reflection.

Cannabis can assist people with autism, people who have seizures, and in some cases it may have helped people cure cancer. There are benefits that can come from this plant being used in a proper medicinal way, but we must remember to look at the downsides that come from regular cannabis use that many simply don’t want to acknowledge.

A Note On Legalization

First off, I do not believe the plant ever needed to be illegal to begin with. In fact I’ve done much research on how it became illegal and it really had more to do with protecting an industry more than anything else.

That said, there is something to consider here that many of us aren’t looking at too clearly when it comes to what legalization really means. It means that powerful people are going to be the ones who profit most from it, that’s why it’s becoming legal. Not only that, but the reason it is taking so long is so they can get in place the many aspects required to make sure they achieve what they want: stripping medicinal aspects out of the plant profiles, controlling the seeds, and ultimately feeding society cannabis focused solely on creating a THC based ‘high’. This is no different than controlling alcohol and feeding it to society in the ways we currently do.

The cannabis industry is worth over $40 billion, making it the second-most-valuable crop in the U.S. after corn. As stated in a powerful article by GQ, “And even though weed is still federally forbidden, it sounded like whoever was behind BioTech Institute had spent the past several years surreptitiously maneuvering to grab every marijuana farmer, vendor, and scientist in the country by the balls, so that once the drug became legal, all they’d have to do to collect payment is squeeze.”

Humans should be able to make choices as to what they want to do to themselves and their bodies i.e. smoke cannabis or consume alcohol, but I believe greater education needs to be placed behind both and ultimately: we must start looking at the real reasons as to why we use both of these substances so often.

Looking At Cannabis Differently

I see that in many ways the use of cannabis is making the average user numb, in the same way alcohol does. I’ve used cannabis before, in a number of ways -smoking, edibles etc. I’m not saying the feeling is the same for every single user, but I’ve also been around thousands of cannabis users in my lifetime while they were high and you notice the same ‘vibe’ virtually every time. Perhaps there are varying degrees, but for the most part it numbs us out and sometimes quiets the thoughts to create a calmness. Is this like meditation? No, but it can be confused as that. I know, I’ve been there too.

Below is a video of a perspective on cannabis I feel is very important for us to consider. Let me be clear, I’m not saying there isn’t medicinal value and that we should outlaw this plant, I’m saying we have a very large societal challenge, just like with alcohol, where we are not facing our inner challenges and are using substances to cover them up. I am inspired to help create a world where we can truly empower ourselves form within, move beyond our mind and egoic challenges that help us grow and do just that – grow. But if we continually bury our challenges in substance, we won’t.

I believe it’s time we come to the uncomfortable truth and face the fact that as a society we have not done the greatest job in encouraging one another to truly explore, express and move beyond many of the emotional challenges life’s experiences have provided us, that are there for our growth. Think about it, do we want to just cope through life? Or do we want to truly move beyond our stuff? There is SO much suffering we can prevent by making it a societal norm to work through our challenges on a deep level. This is where I believe we must go.

Note: You can try meditation to help calm the mind and move more clearly through challenges. Here are more tools as well.

Lost relationships, divorces, losing jobs, feeling unloved, lack of confidence, depression etc. All of these things are not here so that we can use bandaids everyday to cover them up and get through them, they are here for us to learn more about ourselves, grow and evolve as people and as a society. To create a world where we can truly thrive. To get there, we must begin to face our challenges.

I made this choice 10 years ago when I started to discover meditation and inner reflection, and although I wasn’t a user of substances like alcohol or cannabis, I would use food to cover up my emotions or I would distract myself with TV, whatever worked. But I can share from experience, the incredible changes that come from shifting those stories within and gaining true empowerment will change everything in your life, and everyone can do it.

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New Moon In Virgo: Efficiency & Practicality



We are having a New Moon in Virgo on September 17th. This is initiating a 29.5 day lunar cycle and new wave of energy for the coming month; however, the astrological configurations mentioned in this article will be more prominent over the following two weeks. This cycle will include a Full Moon in Aries on October 1st/2nd.

Virgo season began on August 22nd/23rd, nearly a month prior to this Lunation, and will end on September 22nd/23rd when Libra season begins. However, his New Moon will still carry some of its Virgo themes into the first eight days of Libra season prior to the Full Moon.

This is a good period of working with and co-creating with the energies of this sign. Virgo is associated with productivity, duties, service, health, cleanliness, and purity. It is organized, adaptable, conscientious, skillful, orderly, punctual, diligent, efficient, analytical, detailed, discerning, precise, and practical.

Virgo is about problem solving, adjusting to changing conditions, and coming up with solutions. Negatively, this energy can be cynical, fussy, high strung, and perfectionistic. It can also be exorbitantly mentally oriented as well as overly critical and discriminating.

Mars began its retrograde a week prior to this New Moon which will last until mid-November. This energy is a significant part of the current astrological backdrop. Generally it is a time that can ultimately help to facilitate a change in how we apply ourselves in certain areas of life, however, the retrograde period itself can bring frustrations and challenges that help with that process. You can read more about this Mars Retrograde here.

New Moon Trine Saturn & Quincunx Mars Retrograde

This New Moon is in a tight trine with Saturn in Capricorn which is transitioning out of its retrograde at the end of the month. This can be a good period for operating in a responsible, cautious, orderly, productive, realistic and practical way. However, considering that Saturn is finishing up its backwards motion, these next couple of weeks are generally better for getting things sorted out and prepared as well as perhaps focusing on tasks that you have already been working on.

It is possible that in late September and in early October, we can experience some sort of shift, or change in gears, that can take things into a different direction. Saturn will be in a square with Mars Retrograde at that time, and we may have to contend with limitations and obstacles that can affect how certain things move forward.

This New Moon is also in a quincunx with Mars retrograde which can reflect annoyances, tension, or conflicts that may require adjustments and adaptability. Issues that come up may be at odds with our needs or the way we want to express ourselves. This energy is the strongest on the 19th/20th but can also be more noticeable on the day of the New Moon.

New Moon Square Lunar Nodes, Mercury Square Jupiter

This New Moon is also in a close square to the North Node in Gemini opposing the South Node in Sagittarius. We may be at odds between the past (South Node) and the future (North Node), beliefs (Sagittarius) and facts (Gemini), our immediate aspects of life (Gemini) and the world at large (Sagittarius).

However, the focal point should be the North Node in Gemini and expressions of the South Node in Sagittarius energy should be serving that focal point and not be the emphasis. The rulers of the Nodes, Mercury (Gemini) and Jupiter (Sagittarius) are also in a tight square with each other at the time of this New Moon. This can reflect tension between these two sides and potentially conflicts between ideas, viewpoints, and opinions.

Jupiter is in the limiting Saturnian sign of Capricorn while Mercury is better placed in Libra, the sign of diplomacy, seeking common ground, considering different needs/perspectives, and fairness. Mercury square Jupiter can be good for learning but it can also be excessive when it comes to information and we can more easily be mentally scattered.

Mercury Quincunx Neptune, Then Square Pluto, Saturn & Opposing Mars

Mercury is in a quincunx with Neptune which is strongest on the 18th/19th. This energy makes it harder to integrate or juggle our intuitive, creative, imaginative, compassionate or spiritual expression with our mind, communication, tasks, and thought process. Issues pertaining to lack of boundaries, flakiness, delusion, escapism, intoxication, may come up.

Mercury moves towards a square with Pluto which is strongest on the 20th/21st. Our thoughts and communications can be deep, powerful, penetrating, investigative, raw, real, and potentially intense. This can also reflect obsessive or compulsive behavior, suspicion, fears, anxiety, or conflicts pertaining to power or authority.

Mercury then moves to a square with Saturn (22nd/23rd) followed by an opposition to Mars retrograde (23rd/24th), creating a t-square formation in that time period with the separating Pluto energy (20th/21st, mentioned above) tied into it a bit. This can be a time of obstacles, delays, communication issues, pessimism, and conflicts while we can get more easily irritated or angered. Circumstances may come up that can be pushing us to be more cautious, realistic, or responsible.

This period is the beginning of Mercury’s pre-shadow period in which it will be returning to another square with Saturn. Some of the issues or developments that occur at this time may be connected to things that will play out during the retrograde (October 13th/14th until November 3rd/4th) and weeks surrounding that period. It will also be the Equinox and therefore this energy is imprinted into the following three months in which it can manifest in other ways/areas separate from this initial period.

Making Intentions & Things To Consider

What can you do to be more practical, productive, and efficient? Is there anything you can or should implement to improve your health and functionality? What have the circumstances, developments, or challenges over the last week (leading up to this New Moon) shown you in how you should be applying yourself? Do you need to implement stronger boundaries? Do you need to be more adaptable? Are you clinging to the past or are you willing to take steps to help you grow? What aspects or details of your immediate life, surroundings, or relationships do you need to focus on more and what excesses or broad aspects of your life are getting in the way of that?

These are just some examples of what to consider or focus your intentions on at this time. However, it is good to reflect on anything else that is coming up for you. It is generally best to make any intentions within the first 24 hours following a New Moon. The exact moment it will occur is 11:00am Universal Time on September 17th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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Why We Get Into Fights When Sharing Information



We’re in a time when mainstream media and traditional conversations are failing to address a number of important topics within society, anything from current events to politics and so on, and this is birthing a great deal of ‘alternative conversation’ that often stems from alternative media.

But with this, comes to the common ‘fight’ between various ideas and ideologies that is much more avoidable than we often realize. I wanted to share a quick tid bit from a recent episode discussing how we can reflect to develop better communication and connection faculties that can make a big difference in how we communicate important ideas that are emerging without creating such huge divides ad tension.

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