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From the back cover: “Imagine a conversation that centers around possibility—the possibility that we can be more accepting of our own judgments, that we can find unity through our diversity, that we can shed the light of our love on the things we fear most. Imagine a conversation where our greatest polarities are coming together, a meeting place of East and West, of spirituality and materialism, of religion and science, where the stage is being set for a collective leap in consciousness more magnificent than any we have known in our history.

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Now imagine that this conversation honors your uniqueness and frees you to speak from your heart, helping you to navigate your way more deliberately along your distinct path. Imagine that this conversation puts you squarely into the seat of creator—of your fortunes, your relationships, your life—thereby putting the fulfillment of your deepest personal desires well within your grasp.

‘Parables for the New Conversation’ is a spellbinding odyssey through metaphor and prose, personal sagas and historic events, where together author and reader explore the proposal that at its most profound level, life is about learning to consciously manifest the experiences we desire–and thus having fun. The conversation touches on many diverse themes but always circles back to who we are and how our purposes are intertwined, for it is only when we see that our personal desires are perfectly aligned with the destiny of humanity as a whole that we will give ourselves full permission to enjoy the most exquisite experiences life has to offer.”

14. The Two Tribes (Part 2)

Even when they were not looking for something new, the running tribe was no longer sitting still on the island of Allandon. Running itself had become the main activity, allowing them to advertise the virtues of their new-found way of life by yelling out loud as they ran in and out of every corner of the island. Those who remained in the sitting tribe believed there was no point in running, because one inevitably ended up back where one started. They could not fathom the foolishness of the running tribe. Every time the running tribe passed by them, the sitting tribe enjoyed collective amusement at the loud spectacle.

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The members of the running tribe, on the other hand, truly felt they were getting somewhere. They were proud of their quest to run faster and longer, and felt their efforts were improving the quality of their lives. They thought the sitting tribe must be lazy, or were just a bunch of simpletons. As they raced by the sitting tribe every day they laughed and jeered at them.

The leader of the running tribe was always selected through a competition that determined the strongest and fastest member. He was held in the highest esteem, and was decked with all the honor and glory one could imagine. In the sitting tribe, no such honor was ever handed out, for everyone seemed to be able to sit with equal ability. The leader of the running tribe gazed upon the sitting tribe with pity and would often endeavor to educate them on the superiority of a running life. Sometimes members of the sitting tribe were coerced into joining, and sometimes they came of their own accord. Either way, the running tribe continued to get bigger and stronger, and became the de facto rulers of the island.

It is asking a lot from any culture or group bound by their own worldview to completely validate the divergent worldview of another. It certainly hasn’t happened very often in our neck of the woods. While many of us in the West studied the colonization of America in our history classes, it is unlikely that we were given the opportunity to fully appreciate the perspective of the Native Americans, as elaborated by Chief Seattle earlier. Somehow, his words didn’t make the final cut in our high school textbooks. Now it’s fairly understandable that most of us who went to school in the West ended up with an education that had a particularly Western slant; however most of us didn’t realize that there was a Western slant at all. We were led to believe that we were simply getting the facts about the past.

In my first year of university my three core liberal arts courses formed a multidisciplinary study of politics, literature, and art through history. The three courses were coordinated to study the developments of each discipline within the same historical time period each week. The only thing was that the history started with Classical Greece, which not coincidentally marked the beginning of Western civilization. But I had no issues with that at the time. I was part of the consensus among university types that the only history worth talking about was the history of the Western world, and that everything else was literally ancient history, a term that continues to connote past events that don’t have any practical relevance to our present lives.

To penetrate more deeply into this requires a brief introduction to the prevalent Western view of history itself. Please bear with me through this bit of heavy discourse since it sketches a very important distinction for our ongoing conversation. The highly influential 18th Century German philosopher of history G.W.F Hegel believed that history was an account of the evolution of human consciousness, which brings progressively greater freedom to humankind.[1]

Hegel saw all significant historical events following a pattern that he called the dialectic. Any belief, which he calls a thesis, eventually gives rise to an opposing belief he calls the antithesis. These opposing ideas eventually come into conflict, and only through the resolution of the conflict can consciousness evolve. He calls the resolution of these opposing ideas the synthesis, a new idea that is formed which in some way incorporates both the thesis and antithesis and thus is a more complex belief. The synthesis becomes the new thesis and the pattern is repeated (figure 2).

 

Figure 2: The dialectic

There are numerous examples of the dialectic in all facets of human life.[2] At a time in history when we believed the world was flat, the thesis was that it must be finite, with ‘edges’. The antithesis came when we realized through experience that we could never reach these ‘edges’, implying that the world was infinite. The synthesis came with the realization that the world is round, combining qualities of being both finite and infinite.

It is through the dialectical struggle that the West has made progress by breaking away from older traditions and practices. This mindset believes that there can be something new under the sun, that man is here to explore, to discover, to invent, to make his mark on the world, to build something original rather than settling for more of the same. By all appearances, the rest of the world has succumbed to this kind of thinking. Most cultures have slowly abandoned many of their traditional ways in favor of Western practices. The Western modernization machine has been spreading its influence far and wide across the surface of the globe like a tidal wave. The globalization of the economy that is occurring in our world today is spearheaded by modern Western laws and business practices, and many traditional societies are now in the process of trying hard to catch up so they can be part of it.

It is an interesting thing to observe this shift in the everyday life of more traditional cultures. While it is obviously a slow process for a culture to fully adopt a divergent mindset, nations like Korea appear to have embraced the West and have rapidly implemented its principles of modernization. Still, during my time living there, I did notice remnants of the holistic thinking on which their civilization was founded. The reaction of my adult students to the 1998 financial meltdown in Korea, dubbed the ‘IMF Crisis’, stands out for me. While the crisis was a result of inefficient and corrupt business practices by the country’s financial elite, most of the students were willing to own their society’s problems rather than standing apart from them. “We have gotten ourselves into trouble,” they would say, and “We have to work hard to get back on track.” When Koreans were asked to go to the banks to sell their gold so that the government would have some hard currency, they did so en masse, helping Korea emerge from the crisis more quickly. If the same kind of financial crisis hit in the heart of our Western society, we would scarcely be so ready to feel that it was our problem. Instead, we would likely place blame and point fingers at our politicians and business leaders: “How are they going to fix things?” or “Are they going to get punished?”

In the Western world, for better or for worse, people stand apart from each other more. In elevating the Ego Self to the highest stature it has ever enjoyed, we have brought the physical world into sharper focus and weakened our connection with the invisible world of the Dao where we are all One. As a result we favor the individual over the community, and we have less of a sense of kinship and belonging than more traditional societies enjoyed. We have grown and moved apart from each other as the family structure itself has seen a slow disintegration. It is ironic that we live in a time where technologies like satellites, cell phones and the Internet make us think that we are more connected, because in actual fact there has never been a time in history when we have been so cut off from each other, not only physically but emotionally and spiritually.

The more strongly a society is grounded in the physical world, the more it will be fundamentally materialistic, concerned more with matter in its various forms than invisible spirit. It will invest its energies into material gains and comforts rather than spiritual satisfaction. While it’s true that Western civilization has made huge advances in the improvement of the physical conditions of living, there has been a cost. We are forced to survive in a society founded on separateness, which has spawned dog-eat-dog competition and survival of the fittest. For all our material success we are left wanting for a deeper sense of fulfillment, one that make us feel that we belong.

Although I had started to become aware of these issues during university, it was only after I graduated that a feeling of separateness and alienation really impacted me. I needed money and so I had to find a job, but the prospects were far bleaker than I would have ever imagined. I couldn’t find any job, let alone something pertaining to my field. Potential employers and government employment agencies made me feel that it was probably better if I didn’t even mention that I studied philosophy. I had to go back to school and get a degree in computer programming before I was finally able to be productive and fit in to society, albeit a round peg in a square hole.

During the next several years I harbored a growing discontent with the Western paradigm. I came to regard it as exploitative, arrogant and far too linear. I became quite drawn to traditional Eastern philosophies such as Hinduism, Buddhism and Daoism, particularly by their gentle, humble, holistic nature. Many of the New Age writers I was reading at the time made regular and glowing reference to Eastern doctrines. I came to firmly believe that these ideas were more profound and ultimately more truthful than what I had grown up with and followed in school. Perhaps one of the reasons I went to live in East Asia in 1996 was because of the desire to get a taste of Eastern life and holistic thinking. I was anxious to see and experience some of what I had been reading about.

It strikes me as ironic that one of the main things that I took from my three years in East Asia was actually a new respect for the Western mindset. I saw how a life more closely tied to tradition had its moments, but it did not engender as much critical thinking, ingenuity, and initiative. When I would ask my university students what their future plans were, their responses were generally quite vague and unoriginal. Many seemed to be waiting for someone to tell them what they should do. Students that I met who had gone over to the West for a period of time generally stood out as having a better idea of what they wanted from their lives.

And that is really what the Western mindset does, it encourages individuals to stand out, to be independent, responsible, and to believe that they could do and be anything they wanted. Hegel believed that the freedom that individuals felt and exercised was the measure of how advanced a society was. It should come as no surprise that in recent times human rights have become increasingly important in the West. We have heard about and witnessed the barriers on human freedom and expression tumbling one by one in our recent history. The abolition of slavery. The right of women to vote. The elevation of the status of the disabled. The protection of children. The acceptance of homosexuality. In more advanced societies a person is not just part of a collective, a person is suddenly a world unto themselves, equal, whole and valued for their uniqueness.

What would have happened if Western man had followed Chief Seattle’s plea to end its domination of nature and learn to live completely in harmony with it? Well, we would probably have stopped making material advancements and our society would still be without electricity, airplanes, computers, and all the other wonders of the modern world. The fact that you have this book in your hands at this moment is made possible by a mindset that broke away from the cycles of nature and did things differently from how they were done in the past. Let’s be clear: I believe Chief Seattle’s words are stirring and provocative for many of us, and shall remain a timeless petition for maintaining respect and appreciation for the beauty of our natural world. At the same time, I believe very few of us would endorse wiping out all the technological progress we have made in the last few hundred years so that we could live today in a state of nature as the Native Americans did.

The Eastern mindset sees life itself as part of a cycle. Humanity is not seen as moving forward as such but rather simply returning to the One from whence it came. The Western mindset, on the other hand, holds that man is on a mission, both individually and collectively. There is a move to what is new, to undiscovered territory and unthought ideas. To the Western mind, the idea that human life is fundamentally cyclical is a real problem. If this were true, then what would be the point of striving to do anything? Why would we need to have choice? What would be the value of freedom? The Western paradigm believes that we very much have things to learn and uncover, to create and invent. Where there is no possibility of progress or evolution, life becomes devoid of meaning.

And so, when Westerners evaluate traditional Eastern history they tend to note simply that not much significant progress was actually made, and the only reason that Eastern cultures have shown any progress today is because they have been strongly influenced by Western ideas. Without this, they would have continued to plod along with their ancient traditions to guide them in their inertia. And so Western culture tends to consider itself great and judges Eastern culture to be somewhat backwards. It does not credit Eastern culture with making much of a contribution to the evolution of mankind.

When I was in India recently a funny thing happened that got me thinking. My wife had just finished drinking a bottle of water and asked a young Indian man where she could throw it away. He took the plastic bottle from her hand with a smile, and simply tossed it on the ground. “It’s OK,” he said, continuing to smile. He seemed fully unconcerned about material things, perhaps because for many Indians material things are part of maya, the illusion of the material world, and we should always be focusing beyond the illusion to the world of spirit. I like the idea, but that does not remove the fact that we have to live in the material world, and address problems like pollution, disease, and hunger.

Perhaps this is the very challenge facing India and other traditional cultures today. The paradigm of Eastern culture has not demonstrated an ability to master material life and overcome suffering from material poverty. Turning a back on Western modernization is no longer possible. Spiritual leaders from these nations look to the West with some regret for the preoccupation with materialism and lack of spirituality, but they still retain a measure of respect for the quality of life advances that the West has made. In some way or another their own lives have benefited from these advances.

So while there is something very precious that the East can offer the West, there is also something precious that the West can offer the East. We have not yet arrived at a point where East and West can easily appreciate the value of the other’s bounty in order to facilitate a worthwhile exchange. There is a mutual desire to have the best of both worlds, but our respective paradigms don’t currently show us how to manifest it. The West can bring the East a better life. The East can bring the West a life of greater meaning. Perhaps it is indeed time to have a conversation.

[1] For Hegel the history of Eastern civilization could be summarized in one phrase: the movement from a state of utter barbarism to the development of the idea that the One is free. People could achieve freedom, but only through a denial of their individual self by melding into the One, the Dao. It is only when we get to Ancient Greek and Roman societies that the idea that people as people can be free. However, these founding societies of Western civilization were built on the assumption that in order for some to be free, a major portion of humanity needed to be enslaved to support the freedom of the few. From there, Western history chronicles a series of events that have gradually moved humankind closer to its pinnacle, a society where all are free. When this condition is fully attained in the world, it would signify the end of history as such.
[2] Human relationships are always fraught with opposition, and they can only go forward when the struggle between different points of view results in a higher truth that encompasses both. The history of philosophy was driven at every turn by the capacity of human genius to synthesize conflicting schools of thought. So too does science and technology continue to progress out of the tension between established belief and new theory. And politically speaking, our Western democracies have grown as a result of a long series of clashes and subsequent resolutions between the powerful few and the masses. Our democracies continue to be governed by the pull of opposites, the ruling and opposition parties, whose debates and struggles are supposed to bring about higher ideas than those embodied by either two camps. Well, in theory, anyway.

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Full Moon In Aquarius: Rationality & Seriousness

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We are having a Full Moon in Aquarius on July 23rd/24th. It will appear the brightest on the night of the 23rd throughout most of the world and on the night of the 24th in the time zones East of Japan. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon in Cancer on July 9th/10th.

The energies of a Full Moon are strongest in the days surrounding it yet its astrological configurations also play a part over the following two weeks. You may start to see its themes slowly build up after the New Moon prior.

This is a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Aquarius and the Sun in Leo. It can play out as either a conflict, an integration, or some sort of dynamic between the energies of both signs. The Moon reflects the expression of feeling and emotion while the Sun reflects the expression of ego and conscious self.

We may feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us; with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Aquarius side and others expressing the Leo side. In some cases, Full Moons can also reflect/trigger some sort of change or release.

Full Moon In Aquarius Opposite Sun In Leo

Leo season began 36 hours before the Full Moon and will continue until August 22nd/23rd. This is the sign of self-expression, creativity, love, affection, children, courage, vitality, passion, leadership, generosity, and playfulness. Ruled by the Sun, it is also about shining in our power and being in alignment with what really lights us up and gets us excited.

The negative expressions of Leo can be egotistical, self-absorbed, authoritarian, dramatic, stubborn, jealous, and hot-tempered.  As it is associated with seeking praise and attention, it can be demanding of respect and be boisterous without considering or caring about how others respond to that.

The Full Moon highlights and brings the energies of the opposing sign of Aquarius into this Leo backdrop. This is the sign of friends, networks, social dynamics, social issues, groups, teams, humanity, and being in the best interest of the collective. This energy is unconventional, idealistic, innovative, progressive, scientific, original, inventive, technological, reforming, and even revolutionary.

Negatively, Aquarius can be overly detached, aloof, unemotional, and very invested in the mind at the expense of the heart. Traditionally ruled by Saturn, it can also be unyielding when it comes to the ideas and perspectives that it has already decided on.

Both Leo and Aquarius have some similarities. They are ‘Fixed’ signs and therefore can both be determined yet stubborn. They are also both associated with originality and authenticity. In Aquarius, this comes from its unconventional and innovative attributes while in Leo it comes from being inspired by its heart centred self-expression.

Full Moon Quincunx Venus, Conjunct Saturn, & Square Uranus

This Full Moon is in a quincunx with Venus which has recently entered Virgo. Our feelings, emotions, needs, or domestic lives may be at odds with friendships, values, finances, pleasure, or matters of love. It can be hard to integrate these areas but being flexible and making adjustments can be the solution.

The Full Moon is moving towards Saturn in the same sign. This can reflect a serious energy and we may be faced with limitations, restrictions, delays, or obstacles. We or others may be emotionally distant, pessimistic, or reserved. However, this can be good for some sort of effort that requires discipline, structure, and orderliness. After the Full Moon period, some of these energies will be strong again on August 1st/2nd.

Following the conjunction with Saturn, the Moon forms a square aspect with the disruptive Uranus in Taurus. This is activating the square between Saturn and Uranus that is happening throughout the year which I’ve covered in previous articles. Themes around ‘old versus new’, ‘restrictions versus freedom’, ‘the status quo versus revolution’, ‘commitments/responsibilities versus liberation’, ‘elder versus youth’, ‘progressiveness versus tradition’ and so forth.

Jupiter Going Back Into Aquarius

Jupiter entered its home sign of Pisces in mid-May for a short stint as it is returning back into Aquarius on July 28th/29th. The planet of expansion, freedom, beliefs, perspective, education, is unrestrained in Pisces and gets to express itself more ideally in this sign. We have seen examples of this as many jurisdictions loosened up covid related restrictions during this period.

With it going back into Aquarius, a traditionally Saturn ruled sign with Saturn currently present there, Jupiter will be more inhibited until late December when it re-enters Pisces again. It’s possible that during this 5 month period may experience more restrictive measures return or new ones implemented. We may also experience this in different ways in our personal lives such as not being able to expand the way we’d like to. However, this might not be noticeable immediately.

The combination of Saturn and Jupiter in Aquarius (which began last December) can be good for building towards something or planting seeds pertaining to some sort of technological integration, social networking, collective or social pursuits, activism, new scientific approaches to things, and innovation.

Venus Square Lunar Nodes, Mars Opposite Jupiter

Venus will be in a square with the Lunar Nodes which will be strong from July 28th-30th. We may be reflecting on the past and future, or perhaps at a crossroads, when it comes to friendships, love, values, or financial matters. We may need to complete something and address what is holding us back  to help us move on and take a step forward in an evolutionary way when it comes to these areas of life. Venus is in Virgo so therefore discernment, details, practicality, health, organization, or efficiency may be key.

At this time Mars will be switching from Leo to Virgo while in an opposition to Jupiter. We may begin to feel the need to apply ourselves in a way that is more productive, sustainable, healthy, and clean. However, we can overextend ourselves and take on more than we can handle. This can also play out as conflicts around beliefs, perspectives, opinions, or judgements.

Mercury’s Superior Conjunction

Mercury will be in its Superior Conjunction on August 1st/2nd which is in an important phase of Mercury’s cycle with the Sun. From this point onward we may have a better perception around certain things that were seeded or occurred in the previous two months which may also help our momentum forward. .

Circumstances and developments that happen at this time can help us gain more clarity or facilitate necessary realizations to help us make the right decisions and appropriate mental focus. During this conjunction, the Sun and Mercury will be opposing Saturn which can play out as hindrances or the need to be pragmatic as part of this process.

Things To Consider

How can you balance or integrate your personal passions with the needs of the collective? How can you resolve any conflicts between leadership and a team or group? Are you experiencing any challenges or conflict between your heart and intellect? What areas of your life do you need to be more orderly, structured, disciplined, or take more seriously? Is there anything that you need to separate from? How can you apply yourself in a more noble way?

These are just some examples of themes that could come up or ways to approach this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well.  If you wish to do any sort of intentional release, it is best to do so after it begins to wane following the peak or during the two weeks afterwards when it is waning before the next New Moon. The exact peak of this Full Moon is at 2:37am Universal Time on July 24th, night of the 23rd. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.

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How To Embrace New Ideas & Envision A Better World

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In this video I explore how to look in our minds and bodies for resistance towards new solutions and ideas. If we are to create a more thriving world, what has to happen within us? How do we use new and emerging solutions in a pure form, without applying the old dominance or capitalistic stories to them?

It can, very understandably, be hard to imagine something different than what we’re doing now. Especially when we consider we don’t know HOW things would change or what will happen to the current life we’ve built.

What if real global solutions involve shifting our long term plans? How do we gain a sense of comfort and stability in challenges we seek to solve at their core?

Every time I’ve been faced with some pretty big changes I had to make in my life, if I ever sensed resistance in myself, I had to find it in my body as well as navigate it in my mind.  I explain more in the video below.

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Raising Our Vibration Through Compassion & Unconditional Love

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An internationally recognized nonprofit research and education organization, the Institute of HeartMath dedicates itself to helping people reduce stress, self-regulate emotions, and build energy and resilience for healthy, happy lives. HeartMath tools, technology, and training teach people to rely on the intelligence of their hearts in concert with that of their minds at home, school, work, and play.

It’s becoming clearer to many of us that working together with kindness, compassion and acceptance are the missing pieces for resetting humanity’s fast and furious trajectory into separation and division. It’s also becoming obvious that we cannot create solutions from the same consciousness level that’s creating the problems. Raising our consciousness vibration for drawing peaceful solutions is an undertaking that calls for kindness, forgiveness and an inclusive love that respects our differences.

A large portion of their research has investigated heart and brain interaction. Researchers have examined how the heart and brain communicate with each other and how that affects our consciousness and the way in which we perceive our world. For example, when a person is feeling really positive emotions like gratitude, love, or appreciation, the heart beats out a certain message. Because the heart beats out the largest electromagnetic field produced in the body, it can yield significant data for researchers.

HeartMath has discovered that  emotional information is actually coded and modulated into these fields. By learning to shift our emotions, we are changing the information coded into the magnetic fields that are radiated by the heart, and that can impact those around us. We are fundamentally and deeply connected with each other and the planet itself.

This is very important work, as it shows how the heart plays an important role far beyond what is commonly known. For instance, did you know that your heart emits electromagnetic fields that change according to your emotions, or that the human heart has a magnetic field that can be measured up to several feet away from the human body? Did you know that positive emotions create physiological benefits in your body, and that you can boost your immune system by conjuring up positive emotions? Did you know that negative emotions can create nervous system chaos, and that positive emotions do the complete opposite? Did you know that the heart has a system of neurons that have both short term and long term memory, and that their signals sent to the brain can affect our emotional experiences? Did you know that in fetal development, the heart forms and starts beating before the brain is developed? Did you know that a mother’s brainwaves can synchronize to her baby’s heartbeats? Did you know that the heart sends more information to the brain than vice versa?

All of these facts, published research papers, and more can be accessed at heartmath.org.

I recently came across an article published by HeartMath titled “Raising Our Vibration Through Compassion & Unconditional Love” written by Sara Childre, Pres. of HeartMath Institute and Doc Childre, HeartMath Founder. I thought I would post it below for those who are interested.

Vibrations

HeartMath and many systems use the term vibration in reference to the quality of thoughts, feelings, emotions and attitudes that are generated and influenced by our beliefs, memories, choices, environmental stimuli and more. For example, you often hear people say, “I had to leave that office, the vibes were so low it was draining my energy, or, “I felt a lift from being in her positive vibration.”

The vibration of our moods, attitudes, thoughts and feelings can rise and fall throughout the day, based on our actions and reactions to others, ourselves, or to life’s issues. The vibes we emanate to others and to the environment vary, based on our resilience for balancing our mind, emotions and disposition – especially in today’s dynamic emotional climate.

Lower-level vibrations can occur at every turn in connection with frustration, anger, disappointment, sadness, judgment, comparisons and much more. These emotions are part of being human, but it is within our power to shift out of these debilitating feelings into higher vibrational attitudes and perceptions.

An easy way to maintain a higher vibration is to interweave the qualities of our heart in our connections and interactions. These heart qualities include love, care, compassion, kindness, appreciation, forgiveness, and more. Anyone who experiences these qualities knows their power to lift our feelings into a kinder and more stress-free outlook.

Raising Others’ Vibrations

For evidence that the heartfelt intentions of one individual can raise the heart vibration of others, HeartMath cites studies it has conducted. You may be familiar with the study in which a dog’s incoherent heart rhythms became coherently aligned with a boy’s heart rhythms as he radiated intentional love and care to his dog. Go to Josh and Mable to read more.

Science tells us that human beings and all creatures radiate an electromagnetic field produced by the heartbeat. Our feelings broadcast like radio waves through this field. When you are in the presence of a group of friends, family or others, everyone’s thoughts, feelings and attitudes are intermingling in your immediate area — which HeartMath calls the field environment.

Another study, with 40 participants, explored the effects of being in a coherent field environment. The participants were divided into 10 groups of four people who were seated around a table. They were all connected to equipment that simultaneously measured their level of heart rhythm coherence. Three of the participants had been previously trained in the Heart Lock-In technique and were instructed to get into a coherent state at random times unknown by the fourth untrained person. Overall, as the coherent vibration of the three HeartMath-trained participants increased, the untrained person’s coherence level also measurably increased from being in that more coherent field environment.

Poised in Higher Vibrations

When poised in our higher vibration, we experience many benefits. Decisions and solutions flow more easily due to increased access to our heart’s intuitive wisdom; our discernment becomes more inclusive and our choices become clearer and more effective; it gets much easier to deflect frustration, anxiety, impatience and other chronic stress producers that strain our critical thinking and reasoning.

Most all of us feel more self-secure when in our higher vibrational composure, yet it can be harder to maintain in the midst of challenges and ramped up stress. We can learn to lift our vibration to meet challenges by adding heart qualities of conscious care, kindness, gratitude or compassion in our interactions. As these qualities of love move through our system, it lifts our attitudes automatically for the highest way to deal with the situation at hand.

Unconditional love and compassion are among the highest vibrations of love and are not subject to preconditions, limitations, or requirements of others. They serve the greater interest and benefit of all sentient beings and the environment in which they exist. Many people are realizing that unconditional love and compassion are from our higher consciousness potentials with the capacity for healing and attracting solutions for social transformation.

Uncountable numbers of people have experienced the benefits of compassion and more individuals are resonating with this powerful expression of love in these times of robust change. Practicing compassion is something we can do that benefits all, yet it takes heartfelt commitment to anchor this responsibility to the whole of which we are a part.

Summary of Benefits From Raising Our Vibration Levels

  • Increased care and kindness flow more automatically in our connections.
  • We are more clear-minded and self-secure in our choices and actions.
  • Our mind and emotions interact more harmoniously to suit our needs.
  • We deflect common stress triggers – frustration, impatience, intolerance, etc.
  • We are much more resilient and resistant to fears and self-doubt.
  • Our heart’s deeper care is not overridden by our disruptive mind and emotions.
  • The lift in our attitude wards off anxiety, excessive worries and overwhelm.
  • We tend to lift others and the environment when our vibration is up.
  • We are less judgmental and intolerant with others and ourselves, which prevents mega stress accumulation.
  • Lifting our vibration amplifies our intuitive heart feelings for better choices and outcomes.

Simple Exercises to Raise Your Vibration

(Adapted from exercises in the Heart Intelligence: Connecting with the Intuitive Guidance of the Heart book.)

How to replace lower vibrational feelings, such as sadness, anger, insecurity, anxiety, self-judgment, rejection, etc.

1. Exercise: Find a quiet place where, for a few minutes, you can breathe easily, imagining with each breath that your mind, emotions and body are becoming still inside. In this stillness, desire the uplifting feeling you would like to have, and as you breathe, imagine breathing this new feeling into your being for a while. Imagine you are creating it with your breath.

2. Another Exercise: When feeling low, just sit quietly and imagine radiating love, compassion and stillness into your mental and emotional nature. Self-care is often allowing ourselves to have a low moment without compounding it with self-criticism. When our light is dim, it helps to give ourselves the feeling of compassionate heart warmth that we would give a child or a pet that is infirm. Even if it doesn’t stop the pain, we know it can help energetically. If we feel awkward while trying this, it helps to ask ourselves, “What’s the difference in nurturing ourselves with compassionate intention than taking the vitamins and health foods we consume for self-care?” Or, “Why do we teach kids to put their hand over a hurt area and radiate sunshine from their heart to help it feel better?” We do this because it’s a natural expression of self-compassion, with benefits to their mental, emotional and physical nature.

You can soon feel a difference when doing these exercises, unless extremely challenged. If it doesn’t work the first time, be patient and simply try again later. Being genuine makes a difference. This activates your heart energy. Practicing for a few days in a row strengthens your capacity to reset unwanted feelings and lower vibrations.

Simple exercises such as these can do more to lift your vibration than you may think. Make it fun to consciously reset your vibration throughout the day and watch your spirit lift and the stress accumulation diminish.

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