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Parables For The New Conversation (Chapter 24: The Map)

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The following is a chapter from my book ‘Parables For The New Conversation.’ One chapter will be published every Sunday for 36 weeks here on Collective Evolution. (I would recommend you start with Chapter 1 if you haven’t already read it.) I hope my words are a source of enjoyment and inspiration for you, the reader. If perchance you would like to purchase a signed paperback copy of the book, you can do so on my production company website Pandora’s Box Office.

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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.

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.”

24. The Map

One day the arborist and the scientist were rappelling down the steep southern face of the mountain in the middle of the island of Allandon. They came upon the mouth of a cave and stopped on a ledge that protruded from it.

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“I have always wanted to explore this cave,” said the arborist, still catching her breath. “I’m curious about the mysteries that it holds.”

“So why haven’t you?”

“Well, it’s so dark and so vast,” said the arborist looking inside. “I suppose I’m worried about getting lost.”

“Well this must be your lucky day,” said the scientist. “It just so happens that I have extensively explored this very cave.”

“You have?” she asked with excitement.

“Yes, and I have even made a complete map of all its nooks and passageways.”

“Really! You are my hero!” exclaimed the arborist. “If you don’t mind, I’m going to go in to look around.”

The scientist started searching through his backpack for the map, but on finding it he looked over and saw that the arborist had already unhooked her lines and ventured deep into the cave.

“Wait!” shouted the scientist into the cave. “Don’t you need the map?”

“Certainly not,” the arborist hollered back, “you’ve already given me what I need!”

We are all on a path of growth. We are never compelled to walk this path, but if we want to experience the rapture of living authentically, we need to be open to where it leads. In a way this puts us between a rock and a hard place. If we resist growth, we suffer from the weight of unexpressed passion and unfulfilled desire. When we embrace growth, we face the growing pains that come with it. There is no way to avoid them. And if there were, life wouldn’t make sense. The context for striving towards anything would be gone, and moving forward would actually feel like sitting in the same place, stagnant, until the end of time. Buddhism puts this right up front in the first of its sacred truths: Life is suffering. When we recognize this truth as more of a cause for celebration than commiseration, we go a long way towards understanding the Buddhist ethos.

In order to grow, we must expand beyond the borders of what we know. We have all had some experience of the deep satisfaction that results from moving into new realms and expanding our field of play. The world is infinitely more captivating when we penetrate into the unknown than if we simply remain in the known. Yet to some extent we continue to be afraid of the unknown. We are literally scared of the dark. And so we are afraid to truly live, because it is in the darkness that our light really shines. At every moment of the day, wherever we are, something novel, amusing, unusual or fantastic might occur to us, if we were open to it. If we could find the courage to remove the self-imposed blinders and be truly present to the world as it is, not just as we know it to be, that’s when life becomes fun—an adventure worthy of story books.

Still, a life of fun is not without a certain amount of anxiety. If we reflect back on our greatest moments, we would remember that anxiety has always been present. What monumental achievement was not preceded by butterflies in the stomach? What euphoria did not rise out of doubt and uncertainty? And in the grand scheme of things, what gives being alive the potential for such unmitigated joy but the fear of death? We have anxiety precisely because as humans we have self-consciousness, which gives us the power to act, to choose. The anxiety fuels our sense of responsibility to make choices that help us continue to grow and evolve. If we ignore it or avoid it, not only do we miss out on all the fun, we are actually choosing to be other than who we really are, to walk a path that is not our own. This leads to depression and despair, which unlike anxiety actually makes it more difficult for us to act. Anxiety calls us to make our move. It ignites the transition from reflection to action. As philosopher Peter Koestenbaum notes,

In any endeavor, how do you feel when you go from one stage to the next? The answer: You feel anxious. Anxiety that is denied makes us ill; anxiety that is fully confronted and fully lived through converts itself into joy, security, strength, centeredness, and character. The practical formula: Go where the pain is.

Many of us have become so used to avoiding our own darkness that we actually conspire with each other to live life on the surface, and pretend together that our darkness doesn’t exist. When we are struck by those impulses of anxiety that lead us into our darkness, we may try to soothe one another until they go away. But somewhere inside us we may suspect that these impulses are the calling of a vital life. If we wait until the stillness of our deathbed to confirm our suspicion like Ivan Ilych, we are likely to look upon the missed opportunities of our life with similar deep regret.

The good news is, the opportunity to truly live is always here now, whenever we are ready to explore darkness rather than avoid it. When we reframe our life as a journey of personal evolution rather than simply a struggle for survival and comfort, all the difficulties we are beset with are much more meaningful, and can in fact be celebrated.

In the introduction to the Star Trek T.V. series, the climactic line before the starship races towards us is “…to boldly go where no one has gone before…”. This idea excites us, even if many of us would not join the crew of a real Starship Enterprise if one were launching off tomorrow. But we wouldn’t really even need to. Each one of us is going where no woman or man has ever gone before, because of our unique nature and perspective. We each bring a different pair of eyes on the visible, a different mind to every action, and so the experience itself is always unique, and adds an important entry into the ledger of our collective consciousness.

In the end, it is our struggles in the darkness that will be the foundation of what we have to offer the world. When we are able to move through our darkest places, that is when our experience can inspire others. Is it any surprise that people who speak powerfully to alcoholics in an AA meeting were alcoholics themselves? Is it strange that cancer survivors are the ones that have the ear of others battling the disease? Why is Nelson Mandela the voice of peace and forgiveness, but for his ability to transcend resentment and the desire for revenge, and forgive the captors who had imprisoned him for countless years?

When we are faced with darkness in our lives, troubles, difficulties, scary but necessary choices, it can be helpful to draw inspiration from stories of others’ heroism. After all, we really are all in this together, and becoming inspired may be the best way to honor the great models of bravery and heroism. As Joseph Campbell notes in The Hero with a Thousand Faces:

We have not even to risk the adventure alone, for the heroes of all time have gone before us—the labyrinth is thoroughly known. We have only to follow the thread of the hero path, and where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; and where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world.

Heroism is not the absence of fear and anxiety. It is the willingness to get on with our journey and act in the face of fear. Stories of heroic redemption and glory help us believe that we too can be brave. They help us believe that when we honor our yearning to leave a relationship we are not doomed to be lonely for the rest of our lives. They help us believe that if we act on the desire to speak up to our boss we will survive the repercussions. They help us believe that it is worthwhile to reach for the stars, and risk everything for our greatest dreams. And when we choose to be inspired by these stories and act on our inner impulses, we are taken on a journey that may eventually go on to inspire others in ways we could never imagine.

I am reminded of a story I heard a few years ago that continues to evoke awe and amazement inside me. Bethany Hamilton was an aspiring young surfer who was competing by age 11. In 2003, at age 13, while surfing off Kauai’s North Shore, she was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark, which tore off her entire left arm at the shoulder. She lost 70% of her blood trying to make it back to shore and needed several surgeries to survive.

In a circumstance where most people would feel justified in turning to a life of fear, shame, and self-pity, Bethany chose to do what I consider the quintessential heroic act: She decided to get over herself. In other words, she put aside her Ego Self and chose to live from her Dao Self. And she seemed to do so almost immediately. What astounded me was to hear her talk about losing her arm with such aplomb, while maintaining a cheerfulness and equanimity rarely seen in anyone, let alone someone of her age and circumstances.

Bethany even said that she was glad this happened to her, because it enabled her to share with others the profound experience of feeling part of something bigger than herself. Her identification with the part of herself connected to the divine—which I call the Dao Self—made it possible for her to deal with this tragedy with such grace and apparent effortlessness. When I first saw her, a slender left arm conspicuously absent from her side, I could not help but be immediately struck by the utter conviction she had of her own wholeness. It inspires us to believe that, in the face of our limiting beliefs of ourselves, we too can be and feel whole.

Bethany’s confidence that she would be surfing again was unwavering. Her attitude and love for her sport could not help but give rise to heroic action in the world. She returned to the water less than a month after the incident, and unbelievably, only eight months after losing her arm, she placed fifth in the U. S. National Surfing Championships.

Traditionally we have looked at heroic acts as the victory of good over evil, like the slaying of the dragon that leads to a life lived happily ever after. But actually life holds a more subtle challenge than that. If our heroic struggle in life were captured as a holographic video game, it would be more than our ‘good’ guy trying to kill the ‘bad’ guy. The ‘bad’ guy would be a part of us. We could never kill him, but we had to find a way of dealing with him to reach paradise. We would want to push forward, but the ‘bad’ guy would always try to hold us back. And he could attach himself to all our skill and even our thinking, until we had trouble discerning who we really were. This is our challenge.

In our world of duality, of yin and yang, darkness comes from light and vice-versa. Even the most heroic actions in the world displace both light and darkness, and yield results that are both good and evil, positive and negative. It is only when we change our state of being, when good embraces evil, when the Dao Self loves the Ego Self, does our act move into the realm of the truly heroic and does our consciousness rise up to the next level. If we look at all things dark as simply crying out for light, then there is no longer a need to annihilate the darkness. Besides, there is no way to annihilate the darkness. It shows up again and again, in different forms, until finally light is shed on it. That is when it disappears.

The heroic act brings inner transformation and moves us ever closer to a clear perception of the outside world as only a game, a context for an internal change. For every heroic deed moves us up the evolutionary steps of consciousness, where we drop some of our arrogant, self-centered illusions, and realize ever more profoundly that the joke is on us.

The same can be said for the path of humanity as a whole. The elevation of the Ego Self to prominence in Western Civilization need not be condemned as a horrible mistake or a wrong turn. Maybe we are not on this planet, as the Eastern mindset might suggest, only to move as quickly as possible to a unity with the Dao. Physicists tell us that the physical universe is in the process of expanding, while biologists note that the nature of living things is to become more complex and diverse. Perhaps in the larger plan our current mission is to continue to sophisticate our uniqueness rather than simply contracting back into the source.

From where I stand, it does not seem for now that we are ready to shed our individuality just yet. Indeed, in the new conversation, we are just coming into a greater appreciation of it. Despite the devastation and alienation that Ego-Self domination has brought to the world, perhaps it was a necessary step in the evolution of consciousness. In fact, it has even been said in some circles that we are on the leading edge of consciousness in the universe, expanding into new territory, where the growing complexity of our individual minds is helping us find a way to move towards greater diversity and greater unity at the same time.

The more complex our mind gets, the more conscious we become as individuals, and the more exquisite the experience of life becomes. We as individuals become clearer, more refined channels for the light of the Dao. The darkness of the Ego Self becomes more translucent and, at the same time, goes further into the background as the context for the experience of life rather than the experience itself. From this powerful place our senses come alive, and our appreciation grows for everything around us, the sights, the sounds, the shapes and textures, the tastes and fragrances of life. Such, I believe, is what the next level of consciousness promises to bring.

Move on to Chapter 25…

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Coronavirus Is Proving The Human Race Can Come Together, For Anything, At Anytime

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  • The Facts:

    If we can shut down the world for months for the coronavirus, can we shut down the world for a week to clean up our oceans? Can we shut it down to spark a massive reforestation project?

  • Reflect On:

    Human beings are full of potential, and we can, if we wanted to, change this world in so many good ways any time we choose to do so.

Obviously, and understandably, many people are really worried about the new coronavirus. Personally, I’m not too worried, but that’s just me. Given the fact that coronaviruses have existed for quite a while and infect many millions of people every single year around the globe, and may be just as dangerous as the new coronavirus, I take comfort in that knowing that viruses are something we deal with every single year. It appears that the new virus will be no different in this regard, but time will tell.

This ultimately has me questioning the current measures that multiple governments are putting into place that are supposedly helping to stop the spread, and I’m not alone in my questioning. In my research, I have been relying on the expert opinion of those within the field of science and medicine. For example, a paper recently published in The International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents titled “SARS-CoV-2: fear versus data claims “that the problem of SARS-CoV-2 is probably being overestimated.” (sourceMany health experts and scientists around the world have done the same (questioning), and I’ve summarized their thoughts in multiple articles I’ve recently published. If you’re interested in going down that rabbit hole, and hearing from the scientists who are questioning what’s happening, you can read them here, here, here and here. I think critical questioning is important, especially in an age where information and even expert opinion is being flagged and censored as ‘false’ news.

People Are Coming Together

Regardless of whether or not you believe these measures are unnecessary, and that the danger of the virus is being overhyped by those who wish to gain and profit financially, economically or politically, or whether you believe this is a serious danger and threat to the human race, or if you believe something else, this event really highlights the ability human beings have to come together for a common cause. Sure, many people have different theories about what’s going on, and many are separated in their beliefs, but at the end of the day, we’ve all been encouraged to and prevented from doing certain things, in this case, work, and be in close contact with each other.

Albeit we’ve been forced into certain measures. They do resemble what George Orwell wrote about in his book 1985, showcasing how manipulated and controlled we are by government to an extent. But at the same time, it highlights one of the most beautiful aspects of the human race, which is the fact that we can come together for each other in difficult times, and do what is necessary, or what is perceived to be necessary, when we have to do it. But why does it take the government to enforce certain requirements to do so? Why doesn’t the government put certain measures into place for other issues as well?

When it comes to the coronavirus we see a shut down to solve a potential problem, but why don’t we shut down the entire planet and make sure everybody is fed for a day as well? Why don’t we shut down the world and spend a week, collectively, cleaning up our oceans and cleaning up our waterways? If we can shut down the world for a few months for the coronavirus, surely we can do it for other matters that are just as, if not more pressing, can’t we? If we can take such an economic hit for the coronavirus, why can’t we do the same for deforestation? Why can’t we do the same for other diseases that are lethal killers? Why can’t we have two months where everyone is required to plant a certain amount of trees? There are so many issues on the list that would, could and do warrant a complete economic shutdown. But it doesn’t happen, why? What thinking chooses this and not other issues?

The current economic model it itself and its contribution to a variety of problems human beings now face, and problems planet Earth now faces is in itself to completely shut it down and re-build.

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In our latest documentary called Regenerate, we explore this question deeply as it relates to our environmental challenges. You can watch it for FREE here.

Everything has suddenly stopped because of the coronavirus, and the economic implications are and will be huge. This also begs the question about our current economic model. Do human beings have the potential to create an experience where we are not so dependent on our economy? Is our current economic model even sustainable? Can we create an experience where our livelihoods and existence are not put into jeopardy if everything suddenly stops and shuts down? Can we create an experience where human beings thrive? Can we create an experience where everybody has what they need regardless of their financial status? Do we have the potential to move beyond money and not be so dependent on pieces of paper in order to acquire what we need? Can you see this happening? Can we not explore these thoughts and possibilities without distracting ourselves with words like socialism, capitalism, and all of the other “isms” out there that really put a box around our consciousness and limit the experience we are able to create?

Buckminster Fuller, one of the most creative and interesting minds in modern history once said that “One in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a wage.” 

By now, we should have all been driving around in solar/electric cars, we could be living on a completely green planet, everybody could have a house, everybody could have food and access to to clean energy, we have more than enough technological resources to put in place to take over manufacturing and hard labour. Everything everyone could ever need could easily, in my opinion, be provided to everybody. The truth is, this kind of human experience is not hard to achieve, we have the potential to do it, we simply have to begin changing old was of thinking that limit consciousness. The concept I am speaking of would take the concept of power away from the small group of people and the corporations who run this planet, and bring it into the hands of the people.

This kind of model has no place for power, greed, competition or control, which seem to be the current backbone of our current economic model.

Creating Again

What would we do if we didn’t have to work to survive? The human race would go back to exploring, we would be more in touch with nature and our minds would yearn to discover more about the true nature of reality. We would be open and able to explore whatever we pleased, and we could develop collectively. Technologically we would not be held back my money any longer, and we could solve problems very quickly with simply resource management. We could follow our hearts instead of being driven into the same robotic system that all of us are driven towards.

Today, our world is about going to work, coming home, paying the bills and repeating the cycle. We live in a ‘slave’ like system that supports the very few – and our current economy and the way it functions represent the chains we are stuck to. How did we ever create something so counter-intuitive and so unnatural? How are we not able to come together collectively and change the entire thing? The truth is, we could do so at any time, we simply have to begin to believe, shifting our thinking, and then popularizing those ideas. This is what the CE Protocol seeks to help do.

We could have roads, services, buildings and more, and nobody needs to earn a wage for these systems to be put in place and predominately installed – we could do it for each other, we could come together and cooperate, and build together. If we did indeed do that, I would have no doubt that we’d be venturing off into the stars in no time.

I believe we are on that path, and we are starting to create that experience. But it takes time, despite the fact that when you really look at it, it doesn’t have to take time. If we really wanted to, we could create this change all at once within a few days. We have so much potential.

To truly begin exploring how these ideas can be implemented practically, watch the following videos:

Regenerate: beyond The CO2 Narrative

The CE Protocol

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Is There Life After Death? Study Finds A “High Prevalence” of People ‘See’ and ‘Hear’ Dead Loved Ones

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  • The Facts:

    A University of Milan study found that there is a "very high prevalence" of people who have experience with receiving messages from their deceased loved ones, like seeing or hearing them.

  • Reflect On:

    Does consciousness exist outside of the body? Is biology necessary for for consciousness to thrive?

What happens when we ‘die?’ We can’t quite answer that question, but we can perhaps say that something indeed does happen. The evidence for reincarnation, for example, is quite unbelievable. There have been a number of cases of children who clearly remember their past lives, describing in detail their previous family members as well as how they died and other factors that have been confirmed by their supposed past families. This is precisely why Carl Sagan said that reincarnation is worthy of “serious scientific study.” Other near death studies have suggested that consciousness does not depend on our biology, as those who are close to death or pronounced dead and then come back to life have told tales and described details about their surroundings at the time that would have been impossible had they not been ‘outside’ of their bodies. This information was presented to the United Nations, and you can read more about that here and watch the full video presentation.  

There could be multiple things that happen when one passes away. Perhaps their soul can go multiple routes, as if it has a choice? Perhaps consciousness is something separate from the soul? Perhaps bits and pieces of our consciousness stick around while our soul goes off to a new experience? Who knows, but again, the evidence suggesting something does indeed happen is pretty interesting to say the least.

A study conducted a couple of years ago added to the mystery, as researchers from the University of Milan found that there is a “very high prevalence” of people who have experience with receiving messages from their deceased loves one, like seeing or hearing them. The study, however, labels these as “post-bereavement hallucinatory experiences,” and the researchers don’t seem to be open to the idea that these experiences could actually be real.

Through their work, they believe that 30 to 60 percent of people experience this type of thing, or at least widowed subjects.

They published their findings in the Journal of Affective Disorders. 

Jacqueline Hayes, an academic at the University of Roehampton, has studied the phenomenon for a long time. She’s been interviewing people from across the UK who have lost spouses, parents, children, siblings and friends. She told the Daily Mail: “People report visions, voices, tactile sensations, smells, and something that we call a sense of presence that is not necessarily related to any of the five senses. I found that these experiences could at times be healing and transformative, for example hearing your loved one apologise to you for something that happened – and at other times foreground the loss and grief in a painful way.”

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The report follows research from the University of Southampton, which suggested there might be such thing as life after death. That study, published in 2014, found evidence that awareness can continue for at least several minutes after clinical death, which was previously thought impossible.

Russel Targ, a renowned physicist and co-founder of the US government/Stanford remote viewing STARGATE project also shared an interesting experience he had with his deceased daughter. During a formal meeting with other people that he was not involved in, his daughter asked one of those people to give a message to her father, Russel. This is one experience he had that convinced him that consciousness does indeed survive after death. He expressed this in an interview with UFO researcher Richard Dolan. You can watch that here in its entirety.

The scientific investigation of mediumship actually started approximately 150 years ago. Members of the British and American Societies for Psychical Research studied it heavily, which involved many prominent physiologists, psychologists and scientists.

Over the past few years, scientific research on mediumship has gained more popularity too. This could be due to the fact that recent research has confirmed that mediumship is not associated with conventional dissociated experiences, psychosis, dysfunction, pathology or over-active imaginations. (source)  In fact, a large percentage of mediums have been found to be high functioning individuals. (source)

“Most prior research on this phenomenon has focused on whether mediums can genuinely report accurate information under blinded conditions, and whether their personalities deviate in significant ways from population norms. But little is known about their physiological and electrocortical processes. Scientists have long proposed and used electroencephalography to study mediums in trance (deeply dissociated) states (Prince, 1968Mesulan, 1981Hughes and Melville, 1990Oohashi et al., 2002Hageman et al., 2010), but to our knowledge mental mediums who do not experience trance states have not been studied using these techniques.”

A team of researchers, including scientists from the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), published the very first paper on mediumship in the Journal Frontiers in Psychology in 2013. (source)

Paul Mills at the University of California, San Diego, Julie Beischel and Mark Boccuzzi at the Windbridge Institute, and Arnaud Delorme, Dean Radin and Leena Michel from IONS teamed up to design and conduct a study to collect psychometric and brain electrophysiology data from six individuals. They had all previously reported accurate information about deceased individuals under double-blind conditions, and did so again in this study. Correlations between the accuracy of mediums’ statements and their brain electrical activity were examined, and the differences in brain activity were studied when they intentionally evoked four subjective states: perception, recollection, fabrication, and communication.

Each participant performed two tasks with their eyes closed. In the first one, the participant was given only the first name of a deceased person, and was then asked 25 questions about them. After each question, the participant was asked to quietly perceive information that was relevant to the question for 20 seconds and then respond verbally. Each response was recorded and then scored for accuracy by individuals who knew the deceased people.

Out of the 4 mediums, the accuracy of 3 of them was significantly above chance, and the correlation between accuracy and brain activity during the 20 seconds of supposed communication with the dead was outstanding. Researchers discovered that brain activity during the 20 seconds of silent mediumship communication was significant in the frontal theta for one participant.

These results (and researchers) don’t point to this as definitive proof of mental communication with the deceased, but the accuracy ratings in the tasks and the unique brain activity measured in the second activity certainly call for further scientific inquiry into this under-studied phenomenon.

The Takeaway

The idea that consciousness exists beyond the physical realm is still greeted with harsh skepticism, but with all of the interesting evidence out there, this shouldn’t be the case. It should actually be studied further with an open mind, but the fact remains that no matter how strong and plausible the evidence is for something, if it upsets and disrupts the current accepted framework of knowledge, it will often be greeted with harsh opposition and ridicule. Countless amounts of ‘sane’ people have had experiences that suggest to them that their loved ones aren’t really ‘gone,’ but are simply in another place, so why do we assume that these are only hallucinations? Why do we instantly jump to that conclusion instead of actually entertaining the idea that there is indeed some sort of life after death, regardless of the fact that we may not be able to fully understand it yet?

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Meditation & Intention Alone Won’t Really Change Our World

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In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Quantum physics has illustrated that our consciousness likely plays a huge role in creating our reality. But, people might have taken this a bit far, thinking that it alone can bring about the incredible changes we all deeply know are possible

  • Reflect On:

    Considering the totality of your being, are we simply only to focus on intuition, consciousness and spirit, and disregard the mind, creativity and the body? Or do these all work as part of this physical experience?

I’ll be honest, sometimes I feel like the stuff I share, both here on CE and personally, is in between two worlds and I get picked on a lot for it. From time to time, I take it personally. To express simply, I’m not “new agey” enough to be accepted by those who think we can solely change our world through meditation and intention, and I’m not conspiracy/newsy enough for people to think I have any physical action associated with my work.

Thus, one group thinks I’m a conspiracy theorist, and one group thinks I’m ungrounded and have my head in the clouds. Yes, there is a middle group who truly understands what sentiment I’m offering in my work, and it’s that group I hope to help increase in numbers with this piece.

For me, I’ve spent years playing in and observing both worlds I mentioned above. Through that, I’ve really gone within and distilled down what I honestly feel is a message people would truly benefit from hearing, and that is that creating collective change on this planet is about using your total being.

What do I mean by this? Well, some people think there is no point in talking about some of the ‘deception’ behind how our world functions, it’s negative of course. Others think there is no point in talking about meditation because we need to fight to create the change we want. The truth to me is that as you awaken to who you truly are and what stories, paradigms, and ideas are behind the creation of our world, you begin to understand how to create differently and actually be part of shifting this world.

Of course, we can’t just intend our way to a new world, because that’s only a piece to the puzzle, instead, there is a journey, a process of shifting how we think, feel and act, which then informs how our world will be created as we consider change.

A friend said something the other day that I loved, and chuckled at it. I was on an Instagram with them and we were discussing the Coronavirus just briefly. I shared that I don’t believe knowing every single detail about the virus, what’s happening etc is important, but that there is value in questioning our narratives, perceptions, what we are told etc, as it gives us a chance to expand our mind and consciousness. As a note, I shared a ton of details about this in a recent video I did here.

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What is Information?

As we were talking about these things, another friend of mine commented saying “if there was a hurricane coming, would you tell your friends and family who are in its path?” In other words, would you inform them about what’s happening?

Of course, most people would indeed pick up the phone and call their friends and family to at least let them know what’s up and perhaps ask if they needed help. We do this because we can see how this action will help people we love immediately. This is a very basic action, a physical choice to express information to people who will use it to make new choices and decisions. But do we see the information we get about the true nature of what’s going on in our world in the same light?

For example, let’s say there is a meat-packing company that doesn’t properly clean their facility, leaving it heavily open to having bacteria grown on its product which will eventually be eaten by consumers. A whistleblower from within the company comes out and tells people what’s going on, and to perhaps avoid buying the meat. But people view the information as negative and don’t bother to look into it because apparently we should only focus on or look at that which is positive. A couple of weeks later, 10,000 people get a bacterial infection, and 50% of them die. Some of them were the ones you tried to tell.

What actions might have been done differently if we knew the person was bringing forth information that was useful, yet we chose to ignore it because we didn’t want to face it? Would it have helped to create a more thriving community? Would it inspire a change within that company?

Now of course, what people choose to do is their choice, and you can’t save anyone, but that’s not really the sentiment I’m getting at here. What I’m trying to draw attention to is the common mindset today, especially those who strictly stick to spiritual development, that there is no point in exploring the truth about our world, but instead to just focus on the positive or focus on advancing one’s consciousness only. I feel this is a major misstep.

What Does ‘Expanding One’s Consciousness Mean?’

What does it even mean to advance one’s consciousness? Is it sitting and meditating? Is it releasing anger? Is it learning to meditate? Is it staying in a state of bliss all day long on your own, with no care of what others are doing in the world that you share?

We are in a time where we are having to face “the shadow”, as people call it, within ourselves and humanity. This is the aspects of ourselves that is built within the old and dying paradigm of disconnection, fear and scarcity. It’s a state of consciousness and being where we see ourselves as separate from one another, in competition and fighting to survive. This way of being identifies strongly with ego, our material self only, our identity, beliefs and so forth. Within this way of thinking, we are not truly connected to our true and authentic self.

Shifting consciousness means becoming aware of what drives you, what stories, beliefs and programs are creating the actions and decisions you are making. This is what drives you and the collective. Meditation can help us quiet the mind and get clear on who we truly are, but it alone will not change our world because we must then act from that new state of consciousness.

We live in a world that is physical. We came here to experience what it’s like to mix our spiritual nature with a physical reality, and thus we must engage with that physical experience, not simply sit back and hope that all will change with mere consciousness. Consciousness and intention definitely play a role, but acting through that new state of being is the missing ingredient I want to bring attention to. Indeed there are multiple studies showing the power of consciousness and how it affects our reality, we have written about this for over 11 years and I’ve dedicated an entire documentary to this subject.

After all, the sentiment behind my work is Change Starts Within because it begins with our thinking/consciousness, but that is simply the start.

To explore this further, watch season 1 of Elevate on CETV as it dives into how the human experience functions.

Shifting Our Stories & Paradigms

Given that we have been operating in a world built on that state of consciousness and that state of being for so long, it means that we will have a lot of it to face, process, let go of, and understand so we can clearly see what that way of thinking and story it has created in our world. This observation and reflection allows us to let go and have our authentic self emerge. We aren’t moving through this process of letting go because that old state of being is bad and we must judge it, instead, we are seeing this because deep down there is an inkling within us that knows we are ready for a deep shift, a deep change in how we live on this planet. Our consciousness and awareness are prepared and asking for all to be revealed as it acts as a catalyst to further move us forward.

Remember, it’s not the information that is negative or bad, it’s how it’s delivered and how we choose to react to it that can feel icky. If you notice yourself getting angry and upset at it, great, it’s reflecting back at you what stories you have associated with what you are learning. A great chance to free yourself from that.

Of course, this doesn’t mean we should focus on drama all day long, it simply means that to shift and expand consciousness we have to actually face that which we are currently creating head on, and understand what story within ourselves is creating it – individually and collectively. This is why conscious media is so important. Because it seeks to help understand the human story behind what we are seeing happen. When we understand the stories and beliefs that create decisions and actions in our society, we can then consciously ask if we wish to continue with these beliefs and stories. Change is then possible because we will actually create from a new state of consciousness and not just the old story of separation.

Truly Engaging In Creating Change

I’ve outlined this process in what I call the CE Protocol, which really just outlines the journey or ingredients involved in creating the changes we truly know are possible in our world.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out those videos, I truly feel they will provide value. It’s my hope that they further inspire just how important it is for us to engage in the process of seeing through the veil of our world and act in creating change from an expanded state of mind and consciousness, versus sitting back and waiting for something like Q to do all the work, or simply sitting back and just meditating.

You’re here to play, join in the fun!

Check out the CE Protocol here.

To see how a shift in consciousness relates to how we can shift something like our environmental woes, check out my latest film Regenerate: Beyond Th CO2 Narrative.

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