I’ve long been fascinated by Egypt as a possible connection to ancient wisdom and have written about how I see its art as a portal to a connection to consciousness.
Researchers like Graham Hancock have influenced by sense of these connections and point to the possibility of a source “super” civilization that may have had some of its knowledge recorded metaphorically or artistically in places like Central America, Mexico, Peru, India, China, as well as in Egypt.
Graham asserts that “stuff keeps getting older” and makes a strong case for a cataclysmic event that wiped out such a civilization with a comet impact about 12,000 years ago, approximately the time Plato attributed to the decline of Atlantis, which may be much more than a mere myth.
These theories are beautifully and graphically explored in the web series Magical Egypt.
The latest segment proposes that the two “polarities” of Consciousness seem to arise from (or reference) the two hemispheres of the brain.
These are the “dualities” of energetic complementarians — Yin/Yang, Plus/Minus, Male/Female, Hot/Cold, Night/Day, Sun/Moon and so on.
In Episode 4 I was introduced to the amazing work of Richart Cassaro, who is the author of two books that explore deep connections between secret societies and ancient civilizations. Written In Stone: Decoding The Secret Masonic Religion Hidden In Gothic Cathedrals And World Architecture gives the best account available in print about how religion began and how struggles over the meaning of spirituality shaped the world we live in today.
What struck me deeply — besides the wonderful comparisons of ancient structures from all of these locales and their overlapping, identical motifs, was his focus on the “Godself image.”
This ubiquitous image displays the complementary forces in either hand of a deity, mythical creature, or actual spirit animal with emphasis on the head or disc at the top of the torso.
According to Cassaro this disc is a Third Force — a reconciling or “vertical” dimension that rules over the conflicting forces and presumably “intelligently” creates the result for the potentiality of energies within the expression of THE PRESENT MOMENT.
Cassaro asserts that like modern thinkers such as Eckhart Tolle, ancients believed that time and space are mental projections affected by the sensory limitations of sentient creatures.
The sole connection to a higher dimension that affects us sporadically according to our consciousness and level of being is literally “time-less” — and is experienced only in our lifetimes within moments of complete clarity.
These beliefs can be traced back to Gnosticism and the actual parables of Jesus and again, a “lost Christian” tradition that sought transcendence of the mental realms to connect with a reality beyond thought.
Gurdjieff and his student Ouspensky, author of the classic In Search of the Miraculous, brought a teaching that he hinted came from “Pre-Sand” Egypt — a time which geologists like Robert Schoch have recently identified as more temperate and accounting for the striations at the bases of the Sphinx that were caused by water erosion (hard to imagine in today’s Sahara but possible before the great flood or other cataclysm that might have wiped out a “super civilization” or source culture).
Gurdjieff also asserted a sacred Law of the Threes — three basic forces of Nature that shape our reality — the forces were also:
Affirming – Denying – Reconciling
Gurdjieff had a prayer for these “holy” forces in his own work, Beelzebub’s Tales for his Grandson.
Transsubstantiate within me for my being.”
In the summary of Gurdjieff’s work linked above, philosopher Jacob Needleman also describes, “the idea of the three centers in man is one of the most central ideas in the whole of the Gurdjieffian system. Man’s confusion, his lack of unity, his unnecessary suffering, his immorality—in fact everything that characterizes the sorrow of the human condition—come about because these centers of perception are wrongly related, wrongly functioning, and because man does not see or care to know this about himself.”
These three centers relate to the three forces obviously, but again what is striking is that the reconciling force does not “act” in the present moment, but actually, somehow, beyond our normal comprehension literally IS the present moment.
This interpretation seems to be shared by the Gurdjieff teaching, Cassaro’s interpretation of the GodSelf imagery, and the artistic deconstruction done by the producers and other contributors to the Magical Egypt series — which is a study of an ancient science of Consciousness.
It is also known that before bringing his teaching back to Russia, Gurdjieff spent many years in Egypt working as a tour guide at Giza and apparently studying the ancient monuments and texts.
I believe that this also relates to some of my own work because I am so interested in the confluence of DNA code and computer software.
As I have noted here and in my recent book, the notion that there can be code, that can be edited, without Mind as its progenitor is contrary to all actual experience and empirical evidence.
Every other program that we know of is mind-based, as are we.
The key point here is that Mind is not “resident” only in the human brain. It may well be a natural force of nature and indeed the Reconciling or Third force known to the ancients.
Just as some cultures have numerous words for “love” or even “snow” depending upon their beliefs and connection to physical reality, so too may we need to broaden our concept of Mind to accommodate different “frequencies” — some of which may occur in nature beyond our current level of understanding.
For example, the Egyptian “deities” which we consider primitive were actual representatives of the various “intelligences” of Nature worshiped by Egyptians as part of Maat — the Natural Order — such as the floods that irrigated crops, wind, sandstorms, Sun and Moon and their radiant energy, and so on.
I also cover this in a book now available on Amazon.
50 Years of Near Death Experience Research Suggests That The “Soul” Is Real
- The Facts:
50 years of research conducted by scientists into Near Death Experiences is summarized below. The research shows that consciousness, or the soul, or something continues to have awareness after "death."
- Reflect On:
Evidence of sensitive and touchy topics in science have always been dismissed and ridiculed. Why, no matter how strong the evidence, are discoveries ridiculed or swept under the rug? Are our minds that closed?
Nikola Tesla once 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.”
Fast forward to today, and we now have hundreds of notable world-renowned scientists studying “non-material” science. Science the birth of quantum mechanics, the mysteries of consciousness have been at the forefront of scientific study, and we now know today that consciousness plays a crucial part, in several different ways, when it comes to perceiving what we call our physical material world.
Most of our founding fathers of science, especially physics, were all spiritual mystics. Max Plack, a physicist who originated quantum theory, regarded consciousness as “fundamental,” and matter as “derivative from consciousness.” He said that “we cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.”
Eugene Wigner, a physicist and mathematician told the world that “it was not possible to formulate the laws of quantum mechanics in a fully consistent way without reference to consciousness.”
With all of this being said, there is still a resistance to the new discoveries that non-material science is making, especially when it comes to topics on the umbrella of parapsychology, like telepathy, remote viewing (which was used by the US government for intelligence purposes for 25 years), for example, near death experiences (NDE’s) and much more.
Here is a video of CIA contracted Physicist Russel Targ sharing everything he knows about ESP.
“Despite the unrivalled empirical success of quantum theory, the very suggestion that it may be literally true as a description of nature is still greeted with cynicism, incomprehension and even anger.”
– (T. Folger, “Quantum Shmantum”; Discover 22:37-43, 2001)
This is, again, perhaps why so many scientists are coming together to create awareness about this and emphasize some very important points about non-material science.
You can read more, in detail, about that here.
Near Death Experiences (NDE’s) are one area of study under parapsychology and non-material science. What happens when we die? Does some aspect of us survive death? Some non-material aspect, like consciousness, for example? Does consciousness originate in the brain, or is it a receiver of it?
It’s been the topic of discussion in philosophy and theology for years, and in the 20th century it has become the subject of scientific research. One of the people responsible for starting this initiative was Ian Stevenson, who, as the Chair of University of Virginia’s Department of Psychiatry, in 1967, created a research unit within the department to study if anything of the human personality survives after death.
His research investigated multiple hundreds of children who claimed to recall past lives and there are many examples. These children are able to give remarkable details about their past lives, and in some cases include describing how they died, locating past family members of who they used to be that are still living, and more details that would otherwise be impossible to describe.
You can see some specific examples in an article we’ve previously published, linked below:
Here is a video of Dr. Bruce Greyson speaking at a conference that was held by the United Nations. He is considered to be one of the “fathers” of near death studies. He is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Neuro-behavioral Science at UVA. In the video he describes documented cases of individuals who were clinically dead (showing no brain activity), but observing everything that was happening to them on the medical table below at the same time. He describes how there have been many instances of this – where individuals are able to describe things that should have been impossible to describe.
Another significant statement by Dr. Greyson posits that this type of study has been discouraged due to our tendency to view science as completely materialistic. Seeing is believing, so to speak, in the scientific community. It’s unfortunate that just because we cannot explain something through materialistic means, it must be instantly discredited. The simple fact that “consciousness” itself is a non-physical “thing” is troubling for some scientists to comprehend, and as a result of it being non material, they believe it cannot be studied by science.
To access some of the published research in this area, you can refer to this article.
Below is a lecture that was filmed at the UVA by the medical department. It features Jim B. Tucker Bruce Greyson Edward F. Kelly J. Kim Penberthy, from the Division of Perceptual Studies.
Large studies have shown that a significant amount of people who have been clinically dead, experience some type of ‘awareness’ during that time. For example, one patient – a 57-year-old man at the time, despite being pronounced “dead” and completely unconscious, with no detectable biological activity going on, recalled watching the entire process of his resuscitation.
On a side note, Certified Master Hypnotherapist Michael Newton developed a technique to regress his clients back in time to recall memories from their past lives. During this process he stumbled upon a discovery of enormous proportions. He was able to bring the souls back to the place where they go before their next life — a life between lives. Out of 7,000 regressions, a large majority had eerily similar recollections of a place that many of them called “home.”
You can read more about that here.
The proofs for the existence of worlds beyond this one go well past this topic and this article, and this cited research.
A New Groundbreaking Documentary About Post-Materialist Science
It’s interesting because as far back as 1999, statistics professor Jessica Utts at UC Irvine, published a paper showing that parapsychological experiments have produced much stronger results than those showing a daily dose of aspirin helping to prevent heart attacks. Utts also showed that these results are much stronger than the research behind various drugs like antiplatelets, for example.
“Expanding Reality is about the emerging postmaterialist paradigm and the next great scientific revolution. Why is it important? Because this paradigm has far-reaching implications. For instance, it re-enchants the world and profoundly alters the vision we have of ourselves, giving us back our dignity and power as human beings. The postmaterialist paradigm also fosters positive values such as compassion, respect, care, love, and peace, because it makes us realize that the boundaries between self and others are permeable. In doing so, this paradigm promotes an awareness of the deep interconnection between ourselves and Nature at large. In that sense, the model of reality associated with the postmaterialist paradigm may help humanity to create a sustainable civilization and to blossom.” – Mario Beauregard, PhD, from the University of Arizona
These people have exhausted their own resources in order to make Expanding Reality for the world, show your support by purchasing the movie HERE. You won’t be disappointed.
The takeaway here is to recognize the evidence existing suggesting the soul, or consciousness, or some type of awareness exists after death. Now, what consciousness encompasses, might be different from the soul, etc, but those are much deeper discussions to be had.
When will science recognize something that’s clearly observable given the witness testimony and similarity of the experiences, and that phenomena that can’t be explained can still be real?
The parameters of modern day science really prevents us from moving forward, which is why we are seeing such a large growth in non-material science, the next step after quantum physics.
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New Moon In Sagittarius: Pursuing Ideals
We are having a New Moon in Sagittarius on December 7th, 2018 in most of the world and late night December 6th in Western North America. This is initiating a 29.5-day Lunar cycle and a new wave of energy for the coming month. This cycle will peak at the Full Moon in Cancer on December 22nd.
The Sun entered Sagittarius on November 22nd, while Jupiter and Mercury Retrograde have also been in this sign, so we have already been experiencing much of its qualities already. However, in this case we can experience more of a ‘kick start’ of Sagittarian energies due to this New Moon as well as Mercury beginning to move forward.
Sagittarius is about exploration, experience, learning/teaching, travel, foreign countries, philosophies, beliefs, idealism, and optimism. It is also associated with things like marketing, media, and sales. It is passionate and instinctual, yet can be excessive, blunt, egotistical, argumentative, opinionated, preachy, unrealistic, and have a ‘know-it-all’ complex. However, this New Moon is an opportunity to work with Sagittarian energies in new or revamped ways.
Mercury has been retrograde since mid-November which ends 10 hours before this New Moon. Since then, we could have been experiencing some adjustments, challenges, realizations, or a different outlook in certain areas of our lives connected to Sagittarian themes mentioned. From this point on until December 24th, we will gain more clarity, momentum, productivity, or final conclusions around the aspects of our lives that been affected by the retrograde.
It is good to look back at the period between November 25th-28th which was the most significant part of this retrograde. Certain thoughts, conversations, and developments that occurred during that time could provide some of the more important realizations and understandings which could influence how things develop over the coming months. However, it is also important to see how things fall into place over the coming weeks.
New Moon Square Mars-Neptune Conjunction In Pisces
Mars in Pisces has been moving towards a conjunction with Neptune which peaks at this New Moon, yet this energy will also affect the entire lunar cycle to a certain degree. This can be good for doing anything creative, spiritual, inspiring, idealistic, compassionate, relaxing, selfless, or something that involves water. It can make us more easy going, in the flow, and could even feel magical for some people.
Escapism or intoxication tendencies can also be strong for people who are more susceptible to that. Our actions or drive can also be unrealistic and fantasy based. Considering that Mercury is also changing motion during the peak of this aspect, it can be more difficult to do mundane and practical tasks. We can also experience more challenges or delays due to lack of attention or cloudy thinking.
This conjunction is in a square with the New Moon in Sagittarius, which can contribute to being less focused, scattered, and/or confused. Perhaps in some cases there can be a conflict around beliefs and opinions. However, this square can also be good for taking creative, spiritual, visual, or inspired action towards Sagittarius activities related to learning/teaching, travel, or media.
Mercury In Grand Trine With Chiron and North Node while in a Quincunx With Uranus
As Mercury ends its retrograde in late Scorpio, it stays nearly still while in a grand trine with Chiron in Pisces and the North Node in Cancer. Our thinking or communications can have themes connected to healing, holistic understanding, unorthodox approaches, bridging ideas/things, wholeness, and spiritual integration.
Considerations of the future and where we are headed could come up. Moving forward instead of staying stuck in the past, or perhaps utilizing challenges of the past to help us move forward. This grand trine is occurring in water signs which can make this energy emotional, passionate, sensitive, and intuitive.
Mercury is also in a quincunx with Uranus which is strongest from December 9th -12th. This occurs just before Mercury returns to Sagittarius. This can manifest as disruptions, unexpected developments, or changes which could require us to make necessary adjustments.
This can also play out as challenges around communication, or perhaps previously unforeseen details coming into our awareness which could require a change in the way think about something. In some cases, this period can have some complications that are usually associated with Mercury retrograde.
Venus Still In Post-Retrograde Shadow Period, Moving Towards Sextile With Saturn
Although Venus ended its retrograde in mid-November, the ‘post-retrograde shadow’ period is a month long in itself. This is when it appears to gradually pick up speed in forward motion and travels back to the same parts of the zodiac where it was previously during the retrograde.
During this time, we gain more clarity, as well as forward moving developments regarding Venus, ruled areas of love, relationships, friendships, values, money, aesthetic undertakings, life’s pleasures, or perhaps other social themes. It is possible there could be some significant Venus related developments that could occur between December 6th-9th, and more likely from December 7th-8th. If so, it could be connected to what was playing out or thoughts that have occurred in late October.
Venus is also moving towards a sextile with Saturn in Capricorn which is exact on December 16th, the same day that the Venus shadow period ends. This could also be another significant period for some people regarding Venus issues. Perhaps there can be some sort of conclusion to what the Venus retrograde was about for you.
The aspect with Saturn could bring some stabilizing or solidifying energy to Venus-ruled areas, and perhaps can having something to do with commitments or responsibilities. Mars will also be in a sextile with Pluto at the same time. These energies combined can be good for making great progress in different areas of life, depending on how this is all interacting with your personal natal chart.
Making Intentions And Things To Consider
What insights or developments have occurred in the last few days? What thoughts or intuitions have you been having? Have there been any synchronicities or repeating themes coming up around you, through communications with others, or perhaps through any type of media you have been consuming? How does that connect to what has been playing out for you over the last 5 weeks? How do you currently think you should proceed based on this?
In what ways do you need to expand in your life? What can you do to better live your truth? Have your beliefs or perspectives changed or perhaps challenged? What are your relationships showing you? What are your ideals?
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. However, the closer the better and can be as early as 30 minutes prior to the exact moment of it. This New Moon will be occurring at 7:20am Universal Time on December 7th. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.
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Dalai Lama Sparks Outrage With Remarks On Refugee Crisis: But Is He Right?
- The Facts:
In speaking engagements through Europe, the Dalai Lama has repeatedly said that the refugees that have flooded European countries over the past few years should have plans to eventually go back to their homeland.
- Reflect On:
Can we step back and provide ourselves a greater context for the Dalai Lama's opinion, so that we can appreciate a bit of the nuance inherent in the matter he is addressing?
We live in interesting times. With an unprecedented amount of information now readily accessible on portable electronic devices, and the ability to broadcast publicly from those devices is becoming a matter of a few keystrokes. We are being presented with the opportunity to interact with and give our opinions on what other people are saying when they’ree thousands of miles away in real time.
This opportunity can be used to deepen the dialogue of our personal and collective understanding about life, and share wisdom and insights that can be used for the benefit of all. All too often, however, this space becomes a forum for knee-jerk reactions and simplistic black-or-white characterizations on important issues that only serve to polarize rather than advance the discussion.
The Dalai Lama’s Remarks On Refugees
The remarks the Dalai Lama made on immigration and the refugee crisis during a recent tour of Europe are a case in point. I think we will all concede that the Dalai Lama is a pretty intelligent fellow, and certainly believes highly in compassion for all of humanity. He may not be the most eloquent speaker of the English language, and so he may not always be able to convey the optimal nuance when speaking about highly-charged geopolitical issues like refugees. That being said, his ideas certainly deserve a step-back and an examination of the bigger picture, which involves not only the context of his Buddhist faith but the realities of material-world geopolitics.
While speaking to an audience in Rotterdam in the video below, one questioner said that she was surprised to have read statements the Dalai Lama had made, specifically that ‘Europe belongs to the Europeans,’ and that the refugees should go back to their home country. She asked him to give more details as to how that squares up with all the wonderful things he has said about love, acceptance, and equality. He acknowledges the responsibility that countries have to provide shelter and other necessities to those escaping unlivable and dangerous conditions at home, but stays true to his point on the matter:
The refugees, from different countr(ies), I think, they themselves also should think, their home is their own land. So, in their own home, killing, bully(ing), a lot of suffering, therefore, they, something like, escape, so European countries must provide shelter to them…then the aim is, eventually they should return to their own land, to rebuild their own country. That’s my view, right from the beginning.
Social Media Response
For those who like to make the most simplistic and polarized interpretation of the Dalai Lama’s words, social media provides an immediate outlet for rebuking the words they seem to be taking very personally:
Dalai Lama: Europe belongs to Europeans. Refugees should go home.
Where were you when these European countries bombarded these muslim countries and destroyed everything. Bloody Hypocrite and bootlicker. @DalaiLama
— Younis A Bhat | یونس بٹ (@NtzYBhat) September 13, 2018
Dalai is a bigot of the first order. “The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, told an audience in Malmö that refugees should return to their native countries to rebuild them.” Should the Dalai not lead by example by returning to Tibet.https://t.co/jcUrgvg3la
— Sabina Basha (@SabinaBasha) September 13, 2018
However, this form of sound-byte communication, where all context is shed and key words and phrases are highlighted to give rise to extremist interpretations, is not going to contribute to the evolution of this discussion about immigration. I believe the Dalai Lama’s words, which represent a bold step into the material realm of geopolitics, are worth ruminating over through a basic context about cultures, nations and borders.
Think of all cultures as collective experiments. Each culture has within it a morality, a notion of what they consider to be good and bad. Friedrich Nietzsche, often lauded as the great ‘Historian of Culture,’ said it this way in his epic allegory Thus Spoke Zarathustra:
Many lands saw Zarathustra, and many peoples: thus he discovered the good and bad of many peoples. No greater power did Zarathustra find on earth than good and bad. No people could live without first valuing; if a people will maintain itself, however, it must not value as its neighbor values.
Much that passed for good with one people was regarded with scorn and contempt by another: thus I found it. Much found I here called bad, which was there decked with purple honors. Never did the one neighbor understand the other: ever did his soul marvel at his neighbour’s delusion and wickedness.
A table of values hangs over every people. Behold. it is the table of their triumphs; Behold. it is the voice of their Will to Power. It is laudable, what they think hard; what is indispensable and hard they call good; and what relieves in the direst distress, the unique and hardest of all, – they extol as holy.
Each culture evolves and becomes strong (or becomes weak or dies out) based on the effectiveness of their ‘table of values,’ their ideas of what is right and wrong. The more the citizens of a culture all reach for the things that are hard and yet are indispensable (what they consider ‘right action’), the stronger the collective becomes.
Note that a ‘culture’ is often associated with a ‘race,’ but these are not really the same thing. Race is genetic, culture is ideological. Hence many races can be part of the same culture.
Nations And Borders
Now think of nations with borders as the incubator for their experiment of culture, in which there is territorial space where it is safe and possible to carry out the experiment of that culture’s particular morals.
Let’s not think about nations and borders as restrictions and limiters of the human experience, or as the ‘source’ of war in the world, before we first recognize that much of human progress has been achieved through the incubation of cultures within bordered territories. This is not to say that nations and borders should be considered the be-all and end-all of human evolution; again, let’s keep things in perspective here.
Recontextualizing The Dalai Lama’s Words
If we can accept the general definitions I’ve laid out, then we can see that the Dalai Lama is very much talking with a deep understanding of the purpose behind cultures, nations, and borders. We are at a stage of human evolution where we are not quite ready to abandon the nation/border model, because the various cultural experiments have not quite run their course, and we have not quite developed nations that have become fully self-realized. There are currently no nations that have become sovereign enough to be in a position to do nothing more than be of service to all other nations.
And so, while recognizing on the one hand that love, humanity, acceptance, and charity are all aspects of the human experience that he espouses deeply, the Dalai Lama also recognizes that the pattern of increasing refugee migration in the world is causing a serious breakdown in the ‘evolution experiments’ going on in each host nation, to the extent that conditions globally for human life and human evolution are deteriorating. It is, I believe, with a deep compassion for the entire human race and our prospects to collectively evolve to a higher place that the Dalai Lama says that refugees should consider in their heart their role of potentially returning to their homeland when conditions allow it.
While many people still jump the gun to judge statements made by public figures, our task in the awakening community is to appreciate–even relish–the delicious depth of nuance in these complex issues. For example, the Dalai Lama is not telling people that they should not immigrate to another country if they have a strong desire to assimilate into that country’s culture. He is addressing the massive exoduses of one culture into another, where those involved have not necessarily made a conscious choice to leave their culture behind and adopt a new one, in order to strengthen the cultural experiment they are going into.
Yes, of course, ultimately the aim is for unity, and the grandest experiment that overlooks all the other experiments is one in which the elimination of all borders, nations, and cultural identities will be part of the human collective becoming one. Let’s just not get ahead of ourselves here, and ground our words and ideas in an understanding of where human evolution is at right now, as I believe the Dalai Lama does.
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