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What ‘Wild Wild Country’ Reveals To The World About Osho

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A new docuseries has popped up on Netflix and it’s all the rave right now. It chronicles the story of Osho’s commune that was built in Oregon back in the 80’s and all of the wonder, spirituality and…  shocking things that went on there.

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This article isn’t a hit piece, it’s not a piece casting judgement, it’s simply one where we’re going to observe a few basic points that I have been drawing attention to for many years. I feel they are more relevant today than ever before. I’m also going to share what I believe is the MOST IMPORTANT take away from this series.

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If you have not watched the series, there may be a few spoilers in here but not much. If you have watched the series, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this interpretation of what has gone on. Instead of going through and nitpicking all of the things that happened, as to me that isn’t entirely the point, I’m going to look at what I feel are the important high level pieces that are worthy of reflection.

To get us all up to speed regardless of whether we have seen it or not, this is what the docuseries is about: ‘When a controversial guru builds a utopian city in the Oregon desert, it causes a massive conflict with local ranchers. This docuseries chronicles the conflict, which leads to the first bioterror attack in the United States and a massive case of illegal wiretapping. It is a pivotal, but largely forgotten, time in American cultural history that tested the country’s tolerance for the separation of church and state. Brothers Mark and Jay Duplass serve as executive producers on the series.’

Osho

I first heard of Osho through his spiritual teachings. I never got hugely into his work, but resonated with many aspects of what he was saying, and I still do. There are some things in his teachings that don’t hit home with me, but that’s OK, the journey is all about us learning to trust and know ourselves and intuition, not just relying on others for all of our info.

Osho

One day I wanted to know more about who Osho was and so I began to look up pictures of him on Google. To my surprise something was ‘off’ about his eyes. I have always used a person’s eyes as a way to learn more about them and I have been practicing building intuition this way my whole life, so seeing what I saw in Osho was not really something I expected given his teachings. Interestingly, I didn’t look into him or his life much further at that point as I was simply resonating with much of his teachings.

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Then I come across this new docuseries on Netflix and the feeling I had when looking into his eyes began to make sense. This leads to a few of the main points I’d like to call reflection to.

Authenticity Is Key – LIVE Your Truth

This one might sound harsh, but it may be the most important thing I can share right now.

If you know Osho’s work, you may know a lot of his message is fantastic, very empowering and can help create effective shifts in consciousness. This is key. But there is one thing I feel many of us struggle with at times: we don’t implement and stick to much of what we learn. Today, it seems it’s common to brush teachings off with “I know that already” and then pound another beer while and speak poorly of people in our lives. For me personally, a big eye opener in the community has been how many seem to only have one foot in and one foot out when it comes to truly living this stuff. I’m not referring to ‘who’s more conscious than the other’ or ‘it’s a rush to be enlightened’ or anything. I’m simply stating why are we not acting on what we know?

I have made it a practice to live this message as authentically as I am aware of because deep down I know that more than simply saying it, DOING IT is what will create real and lasting change.

It felt as though in 2018, there was going to be a lot coming to light about authenticity. We would continue to hear the truths of what’s really going on with companies, people, governments etc, but it would intensify and in many ways this year seems to be about moving from the head to the heart… which is where authenticity comes. This is where we’re really going to see how much we are committed to living our truth.

I thought to myself, what better way to start us off than to have this docuseries come out and challenge us all to think about authenticity. Sharing a message.. that’s one thing. But TRULY living it? That’s another.

What I saw in this docuseries was that the commune began to reflect the true nature of the main leadership, which was Sheela and Osho. They were not authentically living the message and thus when it came time to do things like harm other people, potentially killing other people and cheating your way to getting what you want, the commune was willing to follow suit. They too were not living authentic to their message.

Reflect: Do you feel you are truly living and committing to what you know in your heart?  

Osho followers devote themselves at the commune.

Why Do We Give Up Our Power To Gurus & Idols?

With authenticity comes TRUE empowerment. There is so much talk of empowerment these days, but in a lot of cases it’s coming from forms of ego. Wanting to be in control, the leader, strong and aggressive etc. – true freedom and true empowerment do not look this way. It’s about knowing yourself deeply, and having the ability to act even when others challenge you or try to push you off course. It’s about acting from peace and a knowing within yourself, not simply saying ‘meh, screw you, you’re not going to stop me,’ as if we’re trying to prove something as opposed to doing it from a deep knowing.

Again, I know this can be a tricky point to talk about, but to truly be living from our hearts we must be willing to look at how we function as individuals. I’ve been through it a lot, I’ve had to ask myself throughout my journey why I think the way I do, act the way I do, make decisions etc. Through this reflection you can learn a lot about the difference between acting from the mind and ego vs acting from the heart. The heart requires no set of belief systems as it already knows. When we act from belief systems, we act from the mind. The moment something doesn’t fit into the belief system, we begin to get confused and don’t know what to do.

In the case of this docuseries, we see as things begin to unravel that people were more concerned with the us vs them mentality, and I need to listen to and protect my guru mentality than they were with living authentically from the heart. All of their power went to what the ‘leadership’ said. This disempowers our journey immensely.

My mentor always taught me to learn to explore truths within myself. Even when he would share information, he’d always create the space to challenge me to go within. And when I wasn’t doing that, he would remind me to. When you go to ‘teachers’ and they are always giving you the answer, in many cases you may not truly gain the relationship with self required to make truly begin to know and discover information for yourself.

Reflect: what does a world look like when we become so patriotic to something or someone that we will do what they say at all costs? What happens when teachers hold all the answers and we never learn to gain them for ourselves? What are you practicing to develop a strong relationships with your inner voice and intuition?

What We Learn About Osho

I’m going to keep this brief because again I don’t care as much about the nitty details as I do about the overall message. We learn that Osho is a messenger with insight and the ability to assist others. This is great. We also learn that he did not live his message authentically and thus it created disaster and disharmony. This is the most important point.

We can go on all day saying “we all have flaws, not everyone is fully enlightened, don’t shoot the messenger!” And that’s fine, you could say that, but that doesn’t address the obvious message here. The obvious message is that it’s not about who someone is and what their message is and how perfect all the details are, it’s about are they authentically living it and thus creating an ACTUAL heart-based world? This is for you to decide.

My takeaway was that we see a microcosm of a beautiful community that had all the external elements you would imagine are needed to create peace and love on earth, yet because the INNER world wasn’t clear, authentic and practiced, it eventually created extreme disharmony and chaos. Our external solutions cannot make up for not living our knowing and message authentically within ourselves.

 

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

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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

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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

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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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