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Do we live in the Matrix? If so, it would explain many unexplainable things.

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In this article, I will explore how The Simulation Hypothesis, the idea that we live inside a giant video game, can bring order to chaos by explaining unexplainable phenomena.

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These include  UFO reports (often by credible witnesses), mind over matter (including experiments with quantum random number generators and spoon bending), remote viewing, out of body experiences, accounts of telepathy, near death experience, even ghosts and other spectral phenomenon.

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For more about  whether these phenomena exist, there are thousands of reported cases, and studies as well as literature from from places like the University of Virgina, the Near Death Experience Research Foundation (NDERF), SRI International (formerly Stanford Research Institute) , The Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), Princeton’s PEAR Lab, MUFON and many others.

For more about simulation theory itself, you can read my book, The Simulation Hypothesis: An MIT Computer Scientist Shows Why AI, Quantum Physics and Eastern Mystics Agree We Are In a Video Game, or read one of numerous interviews and articles.

When Our Existing Models Don’t Work

The standard scientific viewpoint is to ignore these phenomena because they cannot be reproduced or explained.  The Simulation Hypothesis, on the other hand, gives us a framework to understand how these things might not just be possible, but might be built into the fabric of what we call “physical reality”.

Several hundred years ago, scientists dismissed anecdotal evidence of “rocks falling from the sky.”  It was considered absurd because everyone knew that there were no “rocks in the sky”, so how could they possibly be falling to Earth?

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The problem wasn’t that there wasn’t any evidence, it was just anecdotal. In fact, there had been numerous reports of rocks falling from the sky since the beginning of time, and in some cases, there were even dark rocks as physical evidence (like the cornerstone of the Kaaba in Mecca, for example).  The real issue was that the most popular cosmological model bought into by the majority of scientists in those days didn’t have a mechanism or explanation for how such a thing could happen, so scientists dismissed it outright.

Figure 1: Scientists Didn’t Believe in Meteorites Until an 1803 Meteor Shower in France (source: Smithsonian Magazine)

It wasn’t until a widely seen meteor shower in 1803, with thousands of rocks falling from the sky in France, that the French National Academy of Science seriously investigated and was forced to reconsider its underlying assumptions. They had to admit that their prevailing model was incomplete.

The problem today is also not simply a lack of evidence. Once again, it is that our dominant cosmological model – the one favored by most scientists –  a type of realistic materialism, doesn’t provide a mechanism for these types of events – therefore it’s  absurd to think they could exist.

Even though the baffling findings of quantum mechanics have started to create cracks in the solidity of the wall of the current model, the meaning of its results are still being debated.  This means that in  the prevailing model, physicality, separateness and mind-body duality are the core obstacles in understanding unexplained phenomenon. Separateness assumes that physical objects and beings and locations across the galaxy are separate entities, separated by the gulfs of space and time. Mind-body duality implies, that there is no way that our consciousness or our thoughts can play a part in the clock-work like physical world.  And despite quantum physics findings tot he contrary, physicality assumes such a clock-like physical, material world.

Enter the Matrix

The model presented by simulation theory is that  we all live in inside a computer generated reality, like the sophisticated video game.  The operations system and commands render what we see around us based on information that lives “in the cloud” on a distant server somewhere, and each of us can access some subset of this information.

If we drill down on this model, one of the distinctions that becomes apparent is that there are really multiple versions of simulation theory. These are 1) the NPC version (non-player characters, or AIs within games) and 2) the RPG version (Role Playing Game) version, which I also like to call the Matrix Version.

In the NPC version, we are all simulated beings (AI) running on a sophisticated computer, and we have no independent existence outside of the running of the game.  In the RPG version, just as in the Matrix, the individual players exist outside the game, but play “avatars’ inside the simulation.

Figure 2: The Different Version of Simulation Theory: NPC vs. RPG

You’ll notice that these aren’t mutually exclusive (you can have both NPCs and Avatars in an MMORPG like World of Warcraft, for example).  Most academics who consider simulation theory – including Oxford’s Nick Bostrom, whose simulation argument in his 2003 paper, Are You Living in a Computer Simulation, kicked off the recent spate of interest in simulation theory –  imply strongly that we should focus on the NPC version. They don’t always say this outright, but the statistics at the core of the simulation argument imply that most, if not all of us, are NPCs.

On the other hand, the RPG version of simulation theory, where we exist as both “players” and “avatars”,  is potentially more interesting and explains many more things about our physical universe, so we can move beyond a statistical argument into a whole new way of looking at and understanding the world around us.

Armed with this new model, we can start to make sense of things which previously seemed “impossible” or “unexplainable”.

Let’s look at some of these phenomena and see how the Simulation Hypothesis might be the answer that we have been looking for all along, bringing explanations.

Remote Viewing, OBEs and Telepathy:

One area that is impossible according to the standard materialist model of the universe, is to perceive, without an apparent mechanism (like a telescope or a television) what is happening somewhere in the physical world other than where our physical body is.

Two areas that are related are “remote viewing” and “out of body experiences” (or OBE’s).  Again, despite there being quite a bit of information from experiments run by SRI (the Stanford Research Institute) in the 1970’s for the CIA that remote viewing sometimes works and has provided actionable data for both the intelligence community and local law enforcement which turned out to be correct, the standard response is to simply ignore or dismiss this evidence.

Similarly, there are many OBE cases, which is often, coincidentally, the first step in a Near Death Experience, where the person finds themselves out of their body, looking down on their body and the doctors and others in the room.  There is evidence that patients have been able to recall things being said by the doctors and nurses, and to describe scenes occurring both inside and outside of the room when they were under general anesthesia (including by some individuals that were born blind, describing objects on the outside of hte building that weren’t visible from the room).

However, when we adopt the Simulation Hypothesis, both of these experiences, OBEs and Remote Viewing, becomes not only easy to explain, but a natural consequence of how the “game” is implemented.

In video games, our character (or avatar) is located at a particular set of  x,y,z coordinates in an expansive three-dimensional world. The whole world consists of information and coordinates that theoretically go out to infinity, but our avatars are only able to perceive the coordinates around them.  However, in many video games, it turns out that it’s very possible to change the location of the virtual camera to any x,y,z coordinate in the entire 3d world.

The rendering engine doesn’t care which coordinates it is rendering, it’s just been told to render only the area around your avatar.  One very good explanation of how Remote viewing and OBE’s works is that our virtual camera is detached from our avatar, and we are able to move it around the three dimensional world and “see” what is happening elsewhere.

A related experience, and even more confounding experience is when a person gets knowledge of an event that is occurring many miles away in a dream. Interesting enough, one of the most common experiences of mental telepathy seems to happen around the death of a loved one.  In the RPG version of the simulation hypothesis, this means that one of your friends has left the game … and you are being notified in some way from those that run the game.  Since our “instant messaging” is clearer when we are in the dream state, they are visiting us there rather than in our waking life.

NDEs, the Life Review

There has been a considerable amount of research regarding Near Death Experiences- and much of the descriptions are similar. In his 1976 book, Life after Life, Raymond Moody catalogued a number of similar stages that were reported by people that had near death experiences.   Subsequent studies of thousands of cases, including those from different parts fo the world and from children, have confirmed many of the elements and stages that Moody found in his initial research.

One of the most commonly reported and most incredible aspects of NDE’s is the Life Review. When I wrote The Simulation Hypothesis, I interviewed Dannion Brinkley, who wrote Saved by the Light and described a particularly vivid NDE when he was struck by lightning.  He called it a “panoramic 360 degree life review” and said that he had to experience every moment in his life, but he had to experience it from the other persons perspective.  It is like a 3D broadcast where you can step into the emotions of others in your life. This was an incredible experience, which changed his perspective about the meaning and purpose of life.  He was in the military and had to actually experience what it was like to be the victim of a shooting.

This of course makes no sense from a materialist point of view. The materialist explanation is that NDE’s are just random neurons firing.  This doesn’t hold up when you look at the consistency of the reports and the testimony of neuroscientists who say that in some cases, there is no way there is any electrical activity in the brain whatsoever.

In the Simulation Hypothesis, particularly the RPG version, this could be easily explained by you “waking up” out of this simulated game, and that there have been processes which are running which have been recording not just our actions, but the results.  In computer science, we define daemons, using the Greek term for demons, which are processes which run on the server without needing any intervention. In video games, we can record every part of a 3D game like Call of Duty  or League of Legends.  In fact, a few years ago I was part of a video game company that recorded a 3D game, and you could put on virtual reality glasses and you could literally experience any scene, or ever scene of a gameplay that already happened.

In the western religious traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), this process is normally handled by recording angels, who write down in a “book” (the Book of Life or the Scroll of Deeds), everything that you have done. In the Islamic traditions these angels even have names and these deeds are reviewed with us after we die. Interestingly, we not only see the “deeds” we have done but their impact on those around us and how these deeds may have echoed in the lives of countless other people.  this sounds a lot like the Life Review that NDErs report.

In the Eastern religious traditions of Buddhism and Hinduism, there is also an idea that every act has been recorded and stored, and will have to be accounting for in the more complex version of Karma, stored in some incomprehensive global database called “the Akashic Records”.  Of course, 3d recording and video games didn’t exist at the times these philosophies were articulated, but if they were, they probably wouldn’t call it the Book of Life or the Scroll of Deeds, but rather the “database where scenes of the video game” are recorded.

Figure 3: A Depiction of a Recording Angel from Washington DC

The Life Review, whether that reported by NDErs or in the religious settings, sounds a lot like what we do when we review video game performance.  Clearly we don’t have the technology to understand how other players felt, but as video games introduce brain computer and haptic interfaces, the possibility that we might develop similar technology in the future is quite likely.

The Simulation Hypothesis provides us with the cosmological model that is the key to understanding what all of the religions have been telling us all along.  They have been telling us that there is a world beyond the physical, that we are being watched by supernatural beings, and that everything we do is being recorded, and that we will have to account for our actions after we die …

UFOs and UAPs:

One of the biggest mysteries since the end of World War II (and before) is the appearance of technological craft in the sky exhibiting behavior that seems to defy the laws of physics as we know them.  The subject is getting attention (again) since the New York Times did a prominent story in 2017, which included release of several unexplainable videos.   The Navy recently admitted that the items shown in the videos weren’t military technology and they were classified as UAPs (or Unexplained Aerial Phenomenon), the newer, less loaded term for UFOs.

In the materialistic worldview, there may be aliens on planets far far away, but it’s highly unlikely they are here.  Why not? Because our technology and understanding of the laws of physics does allow it! Once again, we are back to modern science ignoring things “in the sky” because they don’t’ fit our current cosmological model.

What might be needed to give the subject more serious consideration would be an event like the French meteor shower of 1803, which was witnessed by thousands of people.  Actually, it turns out it’s already happened, multiple times – in Washington DC in the 1950s and in Phoenix in the 1990s.  Even a little bit of serious investigation and talking to witnesses (which many materialists aren’t willing to do) of these two mass sightings (not to mention the recent Navy pilot sightings reported by the New York Times and others) would reveal that the conventional explanations (temperature inversions, flares) fall far short of the data.

Figure 4: In 1952, a whole fleet of UFOs flew over  Washington, DC and no adequate explanation was given.

However, one of the most troubling aspects of UFOs goes beyond the  fact that these craft exhibit properties that no known aircraft (based on our present understanding of aerodynamics and gravity) could achieve. These even more “absurd” or “baffling” elements come into play with reports of objects in the sky, and in the even stranger “abduction” reports, which were made famous in the 1990s in the X-Files.  In both of these types of alien-y experience, there seems to be a material as well as non-material aspect.  In the case of abduction reports, strange beings seem to “move through walls”, communicate with people telepathically and otherwise defy any ideas of our understanding of the material world.  This sounds so absurd that it’s no wonder that most scientists don’t take them seriously, right?

When I first met with Dr. Jacques Vallee, who has been investigating these phenomena longer than just about anyone else alive (he was involved with Project Blue Book, the Air Force’s investigation into UFOs in the 1960s), he explicitly made the point that UFO’s can not be seen only as a “nuts and bolts” phenomenon.  Many reports that he investigated seem to have a consciousness element to them.  He told me that there were many cases where two people standing together where one sees the UFO and one doesn’t, as if they can be seen “selectively”, and as if these events were being staged for us in some way to “gauge our reactions”.  He calls this a level of “absurdity” in UFO reports, which make them much harder to investigate and understand than even rocks falling from the sky were for eighteenth century scientists.

Even the “nuts and bolts” view of UFOs is too much outside of our existing cosmological model for most modern scientists to study it seriously.  In this view, UFOs are either advanced terrestrial or extra-terrestrial craft. But if, like Dr. Vallee, you start to look more deeply into UFO reports, you start to realize that we may need a bigger paradigm shift than that!

The conventional scientific model would be ascribe known airborne objects (weather balloons, swamp gas) to some reports, and discard the reports which involve an element of consciousness completely. After all, in a standard materialistic view of the universe, either an object is there, or it isn’t!

But this phenomenon is so widespread, and with such similar reports from around the globe, that it requires deeper investigation into what’s going on.  It occurred to me that this kind of “conditional rendering” is something we do often in video games and may not be so “absurd” after all.  If you are a level 30 character vs. a level 2 character, even if you are in the same scene, we might show your avatar something that the other avatar doesn’t see.  We might even send you a little private message (outside the rendered world) about this object, communication that would seem telepathic to another avatar since they couldn’t measure or observe it.

The idea that we are living in a world that is conditionally rendered fits the UFO data much better than either conventional explanation (that they don’t exist, or that they are misidentifications of terrestrial craft).

The rendering idea doesn’t contradict the materialist world view – once they are fully rendered, they are considered “physical” objects. And anyone who has played Second Life or an MMORPG can realize that sometimes you can move your hand through the wall or walk right through it, while the rendering process is still on-going.

When you have a better model, suddenly things go from “impossible” to almost “trivial”.  Armed with the simulation hypothesis, the most baffling and difficult to understand aspects of UFOs begin to make much more sense.

Ghosts and Apparitions

Ghosts and spectral phenomenon have been reported in almost every country on earth for thousands of years.  Sometimes, the reports include seeing the image of a person who died (often violently) at the particular location.

While some sightings might be classified as “interactive”, there are many more cases of sights and sounds which seem to come from another time, but the same place.  These reports often are related to a person who died and sound like seeing a “replay”.

Investigative journalist Leslie Kean, in her 2017 book, Surviving Death, provides many examples.  She says: “People perceive figures, sounds, and voices related to people or activity, smells, and even sensations that they conclude are caused by a ‘ghost’ …  However, these ghosts seem to be acting in a repetitive patterns and are essentially locked to a location such as a house, bar, restaurant, hotel, plot of land, or on rare occasion to an object … These phenomenon are called hauntings, or alternatively, place memory.”

In the materialistic world view, there is no basis for these reports, and so they should be ignored as “imagination”, a much less than satisfactory explanation (in fact, no explanation at all, really). But the universality of these reports is what makes them interesting.

The simulation hypothesis, on the other hand, provides a reasonable explanation of what is happening: the scene that is recorded is simply stuck in a “playback” mode, and the pixels/hologram of the scene are being projected into the same physical space. However, since the physical space doesn’t actually exist, but is being rendered by our brains based on data, it’s very possible that we are picking up data from another time – a bug in the system if you will.   Keane further explains: “However, these are more like holograms .. they are like a loop of a videotape playing itself over and over,” and she even refers to them as “recordings.”

One scientists who thinks this is possible is University of North Carolina at Wilmington computer scientist Curry Guinn, who made news in late 2019 by suggesting that ghosts could be “glitches in the matrix” from a simulated reality. “Glitches in the system. Deja Vu, such as in the Matrix movie when a character sees a cat crossing a doorway repeatedly, may be one glitch. Ghosts, ESP, coincidences may be others.” Curry said, according to WRAL Techwire.

But there are even stranger aspects to apparitions that are interactive and respond to living beings. In some cases, they apparitions are deceased family members who seem to be “looking in” on the grandkids, for example.  In general, children seem to be more susceptible to interacting with these apparitions.

As an example, Kean documents a case in Livermore, CA, of a family who moved into a house that they later learned was “haunted”. The son, Chris had been seeing and talking to the ghost of a woman, Lois.  Upon research, Lois turned out to be the previous owner of the house who had been born in the house in 1917 and died in 1980. The ghost even told Chris that she had “let” the parents see her sometimes, but not as often or as interactively as she did with Chris. This “friendly ghost” case got even more complicated when Kean brought in a psychic to communicate with Lois, and Lois said that she had the ability to decide if “everyone” could see her, or if only “certain people” can see her.

This seems to imply that, separate from the “playback” scenario, there is another scenario: where some players of the game are making decisions about who can see them or not. Based on their “advanced” level, they can decide who can see them, and who they can interact with. The Simulation Hypothesis provides a reasonable explanation of how this could work.

Mind over Matter, Telekinesis and Spoon Bending

Finally, we come to another baffling set of phenomena that are so outside of our standard model that scientists can clearly dismiss them without listening or investigating. Can consciousness actually influence physical objects and processes?

Of course, we don’t need to go back 200 years to find scientists who would dismiss this idea outright. Even 50 years ago, the idea that mental stress could impact a physical disease seemed “absurd”.  The “machine” model of the human body had no place for consciousness or stress or emotional states.  Everything was physical so of course your state of mind cannot play a role in whether you get a certain disease or not!   This model has, grudgingly started to change, with the acceptance that activities, including mental activities which reduce stress can influence the body. The mechanism isn’t fully understood, but at least there is a mechanism (thoughts influence the immune system, the immune system then influences the physical body). Alongside of this realization, western medical science is still (also very grudgingly) beginning to admit that practices that storied doctors of the past may have dismissed as “absurd”, like Meditation, Yoga, Visualization, as well as body oriented therapies like Acupuncture and Massage, could actually have a material impact on the body.

These results alone should give scientists pause with their certainly that consciousness is unable to influence matter. Of course, thus far we were only talking about influencing matter one’s own body, which is much easier to accept in the standard model.

In peer-reviewed research conducted at Princetons’ PEAR Lab, which was started to explore anomalies like telekinesis, experiments found that individuals could influence quantum random number generators. These are processes, which according to the laws of quantum mechanics might be the only true random things in our universe.

In the basic experiment, the quantum random number generators were translated into bits of information (simulating a quantum coin toss), which theoretically should even out over time to 50% for each value as the number of trials went up.  The experiments were run with control groups and with individuals who were told to try to “influence” the RNGs with just their thoughts.=

The results varied significantly from what chance might allow, varying from one in a million to one in a trillion.  The results of this experiment were not only peer reviewed, in some cases they were reproduced such as by Dr. Dean Radin at IONS.  In his experiments, the evidence that individuals can influence quantum states of matter with only thoughts is stronger, for example, than evidence that you should take a daily dose of aspirin to help prevent heart attacks.

To be clear, in both the Princeton and the IONs experiments , while the results exceeded what chance would allow, there was high variability based on the individual. Some people could influence quantum phenomenon in laboratory settings much more than others.  Our current scientific models of reality don’t allow for different effects based on individual talents or proclivities, which is why these results are still “controversial” in mainstream circles.

Speaking of controversial, this brings us to the most odd example of mind over matter that viewers of the Matrix will be most familiar with: the phenomenon of spoon-bending.  This phenomenon recalls the famous scene where Neo is trying to bend the spoon and is told by a young, bald kid the secret to spoon-bending: Remember, there is no spoon!

When I spoke at Google and showed a picture of this scene, it drew chuckles.  Then I showed a picture of a spoon-bending party that had been conducted at the IONS conference just the week before down the road in Santa Clara who writes about it (here ), there was shock and disbelief that I could be suggesting anything other than spoon-bending was all a hoax.

The protocol for PK Parties like this one was set up by aerospace engineer Jack Houck, who came up with the idea after meeting researchers from SRI and hearing about their results on remote viewing.

How does it work? The physics aren’t understood, but Houck claimed that there was something about a group intention that allowed the metal to become pliable for a “short period of time”. In fact, Houck states (on a website setup  that the “fun” of a party is important not just in having the intention but making it light and playful so that people can “let go” of their inner beliefs.

He states that the worst PK party he ever had was at Los Alamos, where there was a group of nine PhD physicists who worked together, along with their wives families.  He found that none of the physicists were able to achieve any results. At the same party, though, their wives, and many of their children, were able to bend the silverware!  He ascribes this not to their being physicists but the fact that they all worked together – since individually without their co-workers present, physicists didn’t have an issue producing results.

These results don’t make sense in a world fully described by the materialist point of view. On the other hand, if we are conscious agents playing a video game, rendering objects around us, then we can, with our thoughts, which exist outside of the rendered world, influence what gets rendered. It’s like issuing a super-user command into the game while watching the scene.

These anomalous results – the spoon bending, the quantum random number generators, and others like them, suggest that not only is our “material” reality not all there is, but that it can be manipulated by our thoughts.

Conclusion

In the Matrix, Neo was told to remember that the spoon doesn’t exist

Science has always relied on models of the universe to make sense of it. As we have been able to put together precise mathematical descriptions, we have been able to make incredible progress. Unfortunately, models are, by their nature, incomplete.  They try to describe some aspect of reality, and by doing so, almost always leave out other aspect of the real world that cannot be explained, reproduced.

The best example of this was rocks falling from the sky, which were dismissed outright by scientists because the models of the time didn’t acknowledge that there were any rocks in the sky – so of course they couldn’t be falling from the sky!   This is similar to the reaction that most scientists give to the unexplained phenomenon explored here – life after death, ESP, ghosts, remote viewing and even telekinesis.

The Simulation Hypothesis provides an alternate model that could push us light years forward in understanding these phenomena.  If we view “the physical universe” as a rendered version of information that is stored somewhere on the “cloud”, then many of the things which are currently labeled “impossible” or “unexplainable” become not only “possible” but “explainable”.

In other words, there is no matter, only information.

This would mean that there is no spoon, after all.  There never was.

Rizwan Virk is the founder of Play Labs @ MIT and the author of The Simulation Hypothesis: An MIT Computer Scientist Shows Why AI, Quantum Physics and Eastern Mystics All Agree We Are in a Video Game. Visit his website at www.zenentrepreneur.com

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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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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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