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Living Your Life Purpose: Are You In The Flow?

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Catherine Cates, Guest Writer

Before we can live our life purpose or be on our path, we have to answer the call as mentioned in my previous post. Then we get on the path, then we live it.

At this point you’ve already gotten plenty of practice and worked through your head game per the last phase. If you haven’t, go back and re-work it because in this phase you’re no longer doubting yourself or your mission. Now you’re living your purpose.

Being on your path is living your purpose, doing it, being it. It means you’ve identified and accepted your life purpose. You’re ready and willing to live it and you are.

Our life purpose is what we committed to do before we incarnated on earth using our skills, talents and gifts. Your purpose may be similar to someone else’s but as we are all unique, it won’t look the same. For example, your purpose, like many others, may be to be a healer. What kind of healer you are and how you do it will be different from the next person, even if you are using the same modality. Everyone has their distinctive twist on how they do things.  And you are you. No one has your energy, personality and life experiences except you.

Your Life Purpose is Your Passion

When you’re living your passion, it doesn’t feel like work. It may pay the bills, but it’s not drudgery.  It’s what gets you up in the morning. It’s what you can’t wait to do. Every day feels fulfilling. Every day is exciting.

Passion is high energy. You exude it. It’s what gives you that “spring in your step” and that “twinkle in your eye.” People are attracted to people with that energy. Because of that, people seek you out. They want to be your friend, your lover or your employee. Your energy is so contagious they want to hire you. I’m sure you’ve met or know people like that. They’re living’ the dream.

This is different from people who had a great career, made plenty of money and now have that country home to retreat to on week-ends or are retired on some exotic beach. Those people may be living the financial dream, but are they living their life purpose?

If you know people like that oftentimes they’ll reveal their true feelings in what they say. It may be: “I’m retired, but I’m not fulfilled.” Or, “I know there’s something more to life but I don’t know what it is.” They may be set financially, but there’s a hole inside. Something is missing. It’s their life purpose.

Money is great, but what we all truly desire is to be fulfilled. We long to find our life purpose. That’s why so many people post-retirement claim they aren’t satisfied, they’re still searching for meaning. Some go on to find their life purpose and then really start the rest of their life. Others get depressed and don’t do much. They’re either still searching or aren’t in touch with their hidden desire to know their purpose.

More People Are Working Past Retirement

Nowadays many people claim they’ll be working much later in life or up until they die and it’s not necessarily because they lack the funds to retire. It’s because they realize retirement isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. If we don’t have purpose, we can fade away. Once they’ve found their purpose – whether pre or post-retirement – they don’t want to quit. Why leave when the party’s just getting started?

When you’re living your purpose, you are in the flow. Life comes easy. There’s no more struggle or effort. Opportunities present themselves. People show up at the right time. Ideas come to you. The reason to be on our path isn’t to make boat-loads of money just for money’s sake because our path is generally about service. Making money is often a result, not the reason.

If you’re starting to live on your path part-time due to finances, the more energy you direct towards your purpose, the more money will follow.

Will You Make the Leap?

A client of mine knew what her purpose was years ago. However, she wasn’t ready to follow it so she continued on in her corporate job. Years passed her by. She was unhappy. She got a divorce. Eventually she quit her high paying job and moved onto the next one. She continued to be unhappy working in the corporate rat race until she was let go.

As she looked potential financial disaster in the eye, she realized she had a choice. Go back to another unfulfilling nine-to-five job or make the leap of faith into her passion.

Guess what she chose?

Her passion.

For years she had been half-heartedly on the path, not really addressing her head-game and driven by the need for money in the bank as a false sense of security (which she lost in the divorce). When the rubber met the road, she was forced to examine her self-talk. One by one she began tackling everything on her list.

Today she’s thriving with clients. All because she took the risk to go it on her own when an opportunity presented itself. It may not have been the opportunity she preferred, but she took it nonetheless. She’s brilliant at what she does and it doesn’t take much for people to see it.

That could be you. If you answered the call, are you living your purpose or are you still putting it off, waiting for the right time?

If you get up every morning with a smile on your face, eager to do what you do and money is flowing, you know the answer.

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Catherine Cates has helped thousands go from doubt to making their dreams come true. With her unique blend of intuition and twenty-five+ years in the business world she helps people find direction, focus and, success.

Do you want to know what your life purpose is? Catherine’s unique style as an Intuitive Visionary and Life Coach will help you find out by raising your awareness, highlighting possibilities and identifying the best choices for your success.

If you’re ready to level-up and transform your mindset for success, it’s time to contact Catherine. Turn your life or business from ordinary to extraordinary! Reach Catherine at www.catherinecates.com, me@catherinecates.com for a free coaching session.

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3 Powerful Tools For Pineal Gland Activation

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Joshua Eagle, Guest Writer

Of all of the countless foods, exercises and techniques used to help awaken and activate the pineal gland, perhaps none exist with as much power to take you to the highest levels of human consciousness than the following 3 tools. Since there are no quick fixes or shortcuts to activating and strengthening the pineal gland, the following techniques mentioned require self-discipline, dedication and a burning desire for ascended health and consciousness.

Ayahuasca

Ayahuasca is a sacred tea made from the vine of the Ayahuasca plant mixed with the leaves of the Chakruna bush. In the Amazon, Ayahuasca is considered the pinnacle healing medicine of the rainforests entire medical system, containing the ability to heal people on a physiological, energetic, emotional and spiritual level, from various ailments of different types.

In terms of the brain, the unique tryptamines and organic phytochemicals contained in the Ayahuasca tea works to gradually clean out every synaptic chain and neuronal cell in the brain, while simultaneously activating and stimulating the brains pituitary, hypothalamus and pineal gland to their higher functioning states. Being that various synthetic chemicals and toxins such as fluoride and heavy metals tend to get lodged in the brain’s fatty tissue and disrupt it’s electromagnetic and energetic functioning, the tea of Ayahuasca is of particular use to most people in our modern times, if just solely to help cleanse the brain and body of the 44,000+ manmade chemicals introduced into our environment since the industrial revolution.

One of the main modes in which Ayahuasca works to clean out the pineal gland and brain is through the act of methylation. Methylation problems in the body are associated with pesticides and chemicals being sprayed into our environment which the body is unable to recognize and metabolize. Methyl-donors in our body, which work to identify toxins and route them out for elimination, can become depleted when one’s body encounters too much toxicity for the liver to handle. It is in these circumstances where plants containing an abundance of methyl-donors are particularly helpful. The top three foods containing methyl-donors in order are:

  • Ayahuasca
  • Beets
  • Goji Berries

The specific methylating compound in Ayahuasca which works to jump-start this detoxification process is frequently referred to as DMT or di-methyl-tryptamine. The DMT molecule – which is found present in every single living animal and plant – only becomes bioavailable when it is combined with an MAO-inhibitor plant that prevents it from being too rapidly metabolized by the body. In the case of Ayahuasca, the Chakruna leaf is the DMT containing plant and the Ayahuasca contains the MAO-inhibiting properties which allows for the DMT to become bioavailable.

Meditation

Meditation is the art of mastering the mind through the development and strengthening of one’s awareness. Being that the subconscious mind is constantly dumping thoughts at random into the conscious mind and can hijack one’s consciousness and attention, it is critical that one develop their capacity to master their mind so that they can steer it in the direction they truly want.

As the barriers between the subconscious and conscious mind are gradually dissolved through the act of meditation, one progressively gains more and more of a leash over their consciousness, which in turn enables them to direct their will power more precisely into what they truly aim to accomplish with their life.

Being that our mind/brain is constantly in action in both our waking lives and dreaming lives, it is an organ of the body that is typically deprived of enough time to be rested and rejuvenated. In meditation, one seeks to relax the mind through putting one’s awareness and intention on stillness. In this state one allows themselves to stop their thoughts and worries and just be at peace for the meditations duration. If and when thoughts arise during meditation, it is the meditator’s mission to not engage in the thought, but to view it from a third person perspective without identifying with it.

Through the practice of this act, one gains more mastery over the subconscious mind and as well as a better perspective on their own undesirable mental programs that may be running like a feedback loop. As one progresses in meditation and the mind acquires more and more stillness, tension in the mind from over-active thinking is reduced and the grey matter of the brain becomes more soft and flexible. In turn the pineal gland which sits in the center of the right and left hemispheres of the brain is enabled to function with greater energetic receptivity and transmutation.

Fasting

What do Jesus, Moses, Buddha and Socrates all have in common? Answer: They all engaged in the practice of fasting. In turn it may be no surprise that one of the best time tested ways to improve mental clarity and rejuvenate the brain, body and soul is through partaking in a fast.

Digestive systems are constantly being bombarded by the food we eat throughout the day, and as a result are often playing a never ending game of catch-up to eliminate old food and digest new food. In this state of constant digestion our bodies are never given a chance to rest and detoxify properly. When a fast is finally undertaken, a massive weight is taken off of the body which frees up large amounts of energy. This new energy is used to produce Human Growth Hormone which stimulates the production of new brain cells and neurons.

A study out of Intermountain Medical Center showed that people who partook in a 24 hour fast had between a 1300% to 2000% increase in Human Growth Hormone as a result. The biggest brain benefit from fasting however may be provided as a result of the detoxification that occurs during a fast. Since the body no longer has to work to eliminate new toxins, it is permitted to backtrack and clean up older stored toxins that have compiled in the brain and body throughout the course of a person’s life. As a fast progresses the body is enabled to consume everything that is not essential to its proper functioning. This includes bacteria, viruses, fibroid tumours, accumulated waste such as chemicals, heavy metals, pesticides, fluoride and other toxins are allowed to be further eliminated from the body as a result.

One who is new to fasting can begin by skipping a meal during the day. From there one can move onto juice fasting and/or spring water fasting. People suffering from disease or those on medication should always consult a healthcare professional before partaking in a fast.

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About the Author

detoxification, weight loss, mind ascension and longevity. After a decade of studying health through various modalities he received formal training from the Institute for Intergrative Nutrition as well as The Body Mind Institute where he studied under various Naturopaths, Nutritionists and healers of various holistic health systems.

He is also the author of the book Mind Nutrition: Timeless Secrets to Enhance Your Brain Daily, a guide to timeless natural health strategies, foods, herbs and exercises for improving one’s mind on a physical, emotional and energetic level.

Mind Nutrition

Joshua Eagle’s book Mind Nutrition: Timeless Secrets to Enhance Your Brain Daily is a step-by-step guide to timeless natural health strategies, foods, herbs and exercises for improving one’s mind on a physical, emotional and energetic level. It is designed for anyone looking to dive deeper into the field of holistic health and nutrition with a specific focus on the brain and its vast array of unlimited growth potential, including techniques for gaining: expanded states of intelligence, increased learning capacity and cognitive abilities, greater attention, focus, and clarity, self-actualization, and acceleration of the brain’s cellular, neuronal and synaptic operating system.

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A Little Green Revolution: The Rainbow Warriors Will Heal The Earth Mother

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Ethan Indigo SmithGuest Writer

“When the Earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come onto the Earth of many colours, creeds and classes, and by their actions and deeds shall make the Earth green again. They shall be known as the warriors of the rainbow.” – Hopi

The Native Americans saw the European newcomers as being spiritually afflicted. There were probably many descriptions for the craze, but one that survived is Wendigo. A Wendigo is a legendary Algonquin monster. A human infected with the Wendigo devours the proverbial or actual flesh/life force of other people, places and things with insatiable hunger.

Wendigo psychosis is similar to the Hopi description of Two-Hearts. The expression is similar to two-faced, but goes beyond it. A Two-Hearts will speak one way with you and another way about you. Two-Hearts masquerade like they are kind, when all the while they’re the ones holding people in binds. A real unhindered human being leads self with his heart and the mind follows. Two-Hearts allow the heart of another to control them, usually the imaginary, empty heart of an institution. They then speak and act for another entity and have two hearts to feed.

Ten thousand years of developmental permaculture and living in spiritual unison with Mother Earth doesn’t just happen. In fact the Hopi founded their home in the harsh Arizona desert as part of a plan; there they would all have to cooperate because of the harsh desert environment. The American Indian tribes have many stories about how conditions had to be just hard enough so they did not grow soft, fat and weak essentially and so that they maintained strong brotherhood.

The Rule of The Seven Generations

Native Americans lived according to the Rule of The Seven Generations and foretold the Prophecy of the Seven Generations as a warning to the gold crazed Europeans. The Rule of The Seven Generations is to consider the impact of one’s actions for seven generations in the future.

The gold hungry adventurers arrived and called Turtle Island (name for North America) ‘The New World’ partly because it was so well taken care of and partly to reinforce the idea that it was open for the taking.

On seeing mining, forestry and trophy hunting, the people of Turtle Island predicted negative outcomes seven generations after the Europeans takeover. Known as The Prophecy of the Seven Generations, it’s said birds would fall from the sky, the air would burn the eyes of men and fish would perish in undrinkable water.

“In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations.”Iroquois Maxim

Another specific warning shared by many different peoples from Chile to Alaska; digging up the guts of Earth Mother will unearth great tragedy. About seven generations ago, mining for gold and precious metals was the main illustrated danger. Such mining reinforced crazed genocide and today about half the rivers in the U.S.A. are toxic to life – just like foretold in The Prophecy of The Seventh Generation – mainly due to digging up Earth Mother.

“If we dig precious things from the land we will perish.” – Hopi Prophecy

We are in the time of the seventh generation. Today we face total environmental degradation and destruction and today is the time of the NWO.

The Time of the NWO

NWO is used as the abbreviation for the New World Order. But what is new about the New World Order? The world is the same now as at any other time. The overall concept and design is basically the same, only now more technologically reinforced, more centralized and globalized. The institutional structures behind the dogmatic political trickery are basically the same and the bureaucracies are about equally rigid, favouring institutions over individuals by just about how much people will tolerate.

The order of The New World Order, society today, is basically the same as it ever was; oligarchical and pyramidal. The newness of the New World Order is not the order, but the world, the polluted, environmentally degraded netherworld of ever increasing toxicity and radioactivity spun by digging up and burning up the guts of Earth Mother.

The only thing new or transformed about the world is our environment, our water, our air, our entirety. It is newly depleted, polluted and has been everywhere marginalized and sporadically made totally toxic and permanently uninhabitable; Hanford, Chernobyl and Fukushima are a few of the more well-known locales ruined and permanently releasing poison. All the elements of the world have been permeated with the toxins of our collective creation, from cannibalizing the guts of The Earth Mother like a couple billion Wendigos.

The Five Claws of the Wendigo

The toxins humanity has unleashed upon the world can be categorized into five sources of destruction, the five claws of the Wendigo.

The first source of death and destruction, perhaps the one most demanding of our immediate attention, is global nuclear experimentation; this includes the recent utilization of “depleted” uranium as ammunition, the hundreds of power generation experiments across the planet and the thousands of detonations of the past which produced radioactive particles that still ride the wind, freckle the soil and spark your bones.

The second contributor to global environmental destruction is the extraction and burning of fossil fuels; oil, natural gas and coal included. The nuclear era began the day the first nuke went off in New Mexico, the petrolithic era began the day Diesel died. Rudolph Diesel designed his Diesel engine to be fuelled with locally sourced biofuels or earthly sourced petroleum if locally available so as to power locals, not to build up globalization.

Diesel died at sea under mysterious circumstances.

The third contributor to global environmental destruction is the tendency to resource our goods from digging up and cannibalizing Mother Earth. Mining leaves land ruined permanently and spreads toxins far and wide. The related plasticization of packaging and products has resulted in the throwaway society that poisons land and sea. Plastics are petroleum products, all of which are replaceable with less toxic alternatives obtainable through agricultural sources, particularly the conveniently illegal crop of hemp. Plastics are just another petroleum product of the petrolithic era, but plastic by itself, littered about like mined carbon, is as destructive to life as it is offensive to look at. The plasticization of our waters, rivers and oceans alike, permanently poisons, just as mining for minerals does.

The fourth major contribution to the netherworld oligarchy is the planetary war state. Nuclear experimentation as a whole could simply fall into this category, if it were not so insidiously destructive on its own. The conundrum of nuclear experimentation, spawned from war, reflects the haunting problems of the planetary war state. The war state takes, steals and kills. It makes all in the present poorer, destroys the environment and leaves death and horror equivalent to nightmares of karma demons for future generations. War poisons the present and the foreseeable future. The war state takes directly and kills people, and indirectly removes potential and quality of life those who would want peace.

The fifth claw of the Wendigo world, the fifth purveyor of the netherworld is corporate controlled factory farming/food production. The very essence of our growing children and our sustenance has been transformed into a pay by the pound business, where nutrition is meaningless. Bayer/Monsanto and DuPont among others have genetically modified our food – the fruits of Mother Earth – so they can withstand toxic pesticides which kill pests and any creatures that go near the stuff while its growing. Toxic pesticides and fertilizers end up in the food chain and water sources. Corporations also raise animals in overcrowded conditions resulting in hazards for the animals, the surrounding environment and belittled quality food.

The five claws of the Wendigo world are controlled by an ill-informed and ill-minded collective. Each problem is rooted in selfish and misdirected thinking. Each of these problems on its own is horrendous and each related, and can be traced to our collective state of mind. The destructive claws are the result of our real problem; ourselves.

Interrelated Systems of the Wendigo

The extraction, refinement and distribution of dangerous fuels, both petrolithic and nuclear, is the primary polluter of the world’s air, water and whole regions, and likely the main producers of carcinogens which spurred if not initiated the cancer era. Most plastic is a petroleum product combined with chemicals. All energy and all plastic could be sourced from agriculture, in cooperation with the Earth Mother instead of working against her. All our agricultural processes could be fashioned in a way that is cooperative with all the Earth Mother’s creatures; the creatures labelled as pests that ultimately the very soil is dependent on and integrated with.

However such systems would not be oligarchical in formation and would not profit the controlling few. There are always natural, viable choices beneficial to all life, however these are labelled as alternative because they would benefit everything instead of paying an elite few.

Perhaps war is ultimately the worst destroyer of the Earth Mother and society. War is the great expander of environmental entropy and societal stagnancy, leaving ruin no matter the weapon used. It causes destruction and leaves people unmotivated and incapable to build the environment. Whether it is a war on terror or a war on drugs, or war for Kuwait or war for anything, all war is detrimental to the whole planet and all war limits the quality life of all individuals. All war harms and hinders future generations.

The fast food diet, the live-to-eat mentality as opposed to the eat-to-live character, is destroying the planet and increasing the culture of separation. We eat food of unknown origin from plastic containers and throw them out without knowing where they’ll go. Such uncaring consumption without consideration of what is involved in raising a plant or an animal is destroying the world. It’s parasitic. Conventional monoculture and genetic modification – based on allowing a plant to survive being dosed out on petrochemicals – could have biological impacts on humanity and the ecosystem that will be comparable to horror movies.

These systems are all interrelated like fingers of a Wendigo claw. The most stark and main commonality; they are oligarchical to the Nth degree, to the Netherworld degree. All these systems benefit a very few people and cost entirety. These operations are so deadly they cost everyone alive and future generations, yet unborn will have to pay the environmental costs, basically forever equating the netherworld oligarchy of environmental destruction to the Nth degree.

The Rainbow Warriors

The Wendigo claw can only be confronted with an open human hand. Only by sharing and caring with an open hand and open and mind is the Wendigo defeated.

A rainbow is made up from clarity and also is a reflection of every color. A rainbow represents no thing and all things at the same time. In order to be clear, one must first shed any Two-Heartedness so as to stop feeding the Wendigo. When one resides in one’s own heart, without impulses to speak for and eat for a second heart of an institution, further clarity from institutional mediation is possible. A rainbow warrior is of no thing. A rainbow warrior represents no institution. And at the same a rainbow warrior represents all things. A rainbow warrior stands up for every individual. Instead of a wielding a sword, the rainbow warrior has a clear heart and open hands accompanied with a clear message that all people can understand; such as “the Wendigo world failed, let’s come together to heal Earth Mother”.

“When I was ten years of age I looked at the land and the rivers, the sky above, and the animals around me and could not fail to realize that they were made by some great power. I was so anxious to understand this power that I questioned the trees and the bushes. It seemed as though the flowers were staring at me, and I wanted to ask them “Who made you?” I looked at the moss-covered stones; some of them seemed to have the features of a man, but they could not answer me.

“Then I had a dream, and in my dream one of these small round stones appeared to me and told me that the maker of all was Wakan Tanka, and that in order to honour Him I must honour His works in nature. The stone said that, by my search, I had shown myself worthy of supernatural help. It said that if I were curing a sick person I might ask its assistance, and that all the forces of nature would help me work a cure.”Tatanka-ohitika, Brave Buffalo.

The Little Green Book of Revolution

The Little Green Book of Revolution  is an inspirational book based on ideas of peaceful revolution, historical activism and caring for the Earth like Native Americans.

A pro-individual and anti-institutional look at the history of peaceful proactive revolution; it explores the environmental destruction inherent to our present energy distribution systems and offers ideas to counter the oligarchical institutions of the failing ‘New World Order’.

The Little Green Book of Revolution is available here on Amazon.

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About the Author

Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen sense of integrity and humanity, Ethan’s work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humour.

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Hate: The Ultimate Social Control Mechanism

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Ethan Indigo SmithGuest Writer

Many of the layers and subtleties in Orwell’s 1984, though fixed for the sake of fiction, so perfectly reflect the non-fictional world – the impulses of totalitarian institutions and the spirit of individuals – that it has become a near timeless representation. Arguably the most significant political fiction ever written, 1984 begins with the daily Two Minutes of Hate during the time period “in preparation for Hate Week.”

Orwell Knew…. Hatred Is A Control Mechanism

The more repressed a society the more hateful all within must be. In order for oligarchical collectivism to take hold – in order for the few to benefit over the many without recognition or revolution – hatred must be infused. Hatred leads to the “us and them” mentality which drives clever reasoning to convince people to kill and be killed in the name of an institutional godhead. The more repressive and evil an institution, the more hatred they will drive and instill.

During World War II, from which much of 1984 is derived, hatred was used amongst all sides so as to enable the killing of others. During World War I, both sides believed they were fighting for liberty and freedom, and believed the others were evil to enable the killing of others.

Today hatred is used just as it was in 1984 to stagnate society and keep our minds closed. Hatred results in close-mindedness and being closed to our own power.

Buddha taught compassion and became an enlightened being by meditating on it. Compassion is the opposite of hate and has the opposite effect on our body, mind, spirit and surroundings. Hatred allows us all to be tricked into not seeing the brotherhood of man. Hatred allows institutions to promote war and killing. Hatred leads to closed mindedness and closes one off to healing spiritual energy.

The reason many spiritual or energetic practices will not allow certain people to learn them is because our energy is closed, blocked off and littered with hatred, so much of it we sometimes don’t realize it’s there.

There is no way to reap the reward of spiritual energy if you are closed off and have hatred within. There is no way to begin to heal yourself and surroundings if you hold hatred for any of god’s creatures on different paths. If you have hatred and are inspired by hatred, you have been convinced like some Outer Party shmuck in 1984 to serve institutional interests.

The only way to be open to energy, the only way to be open-minded, is to be completely open to compassion and forgiveness. That does not mean to accept foolishness or violence, but accept that every one of god’s creatures is on a path of ascension, and that we were all fools at least once – perhaps many times – and are capable of being fooled at any time.

Esoterically, being open to compassion leads to open access to energy. Exoterically, being open to compassion makes it so we cannot be fooled into taking action on behalf of violent or exploitative institutions who promote hatred – as a control mechanism.

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Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen sense of integrity and humanity, Ethan’s work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humour.

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Samsara And Nirvana – The Ultimate Duality

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Ethan Indigo SmithGuest Writer

The more I learn about Buddhism, the more I appreciate the many teachings of Buddha and the subsequent learned people who followed him, and the more I hear people speaking on such lessons – whether they realize it or not.

Truth resonates like that. To find resonating truth in the time of the Kali Yuga – the Fourth Age of Deception – I try to find correlation of information among many subjects, and Buddhism both reveals truth and also correlates with truths from other cultures and also others systems; those of science, psychology and the esoteric.

I will attempt to summarize one of the most profound teachings of Buddhism that can require an immense amount of absorption (another term for meditation or contemplation) to integrate — that there is Samsara and Nirvana. Understanding this duality can lead to a greater understanding, being the ultimate contrast of Buddhism.

First though, here are some teachings as a base to this idea.

Samsara and Nirvana

Samsara literally means “continuous movement” and is commonly translated as “cyclic existence” or “cycle of existence”. In Buddhism, Samsara refers to the continual repetitive cycle of birth and death that is created by our fixating on the self and experiences, specifically, the process of cycling through rebirth after rebirth within the six realms of existence. In the Buddhist view, one can only be liberated from Samsara through Nirvana.

Nirvana literally means “extinguishing”, and refers to the extinction of the fires of attachment, aversion and ignorance. In the Buddhist view, when these fires are extinguished, suffering comes to an end and one is released from the cycle of rebirth.

Buddhists perceive reality and its volatile predictability through a set of conditions or principles, known as the Four Thoughts. One, we have a precious human body capable of gaining enlightenment and assisting others in the process. Two, everything is impermanent; ourselves and the condition of the natural and man-made world, if you will. Three, everything is made up of Karma; you are the result of it and everything that’s been done results in karma bouncing around. Four, we exist in the state of Samsara, this gross physical realm where we can be either animals chasing tails or carrots tied to string – or we can become elevated beings.

An optimal response to these conditions is contained in The Four Immeasurables. These are Love for self, Love for others, Love for the happiness of others, and Love for all in equanimity. The conditions of Samsara require that we take compassionate courses of action via the Four Immeasurables – the four forms of love – otherwise we enhance our suffering and the suffering of others. Buddhists, having addressed reality thoroughly, realize that in every meeting there is parting, in every spring there is fall, and in every birth there is death.

Samsara is the happiness and hell on earth, the everything. Its opposite is Nirvana. Samsara is everything in reality. Nirvana is nothingness; the bliss that just IS, the essence beyond birth and death and even beyond duality. It is oneness.

Here in Samsara, practically everything is polarized and more specifically in a dualistic state of polarity, a state where there is spring, there is fall and for every winter there is summer. Samsara is a war world, a place of ego and power, of total contradiction. We fight in the name of peace, poison our bodies with toxic “medicines” and unnatural foods, and view our religious faiths as a point of separation, not of Oneness. And so Samsara will remain a war world until the Majority of Love takes control from the oligarchical institutions that rule over us globally. Until then, humanity will continue on the treadmill of birth and death, while it struggles to reconcile the duality of its own existence.

There are lessons and concepts in Buddhist teachings that can be applied spiritually and intangibly, in a multitude of ways. But Buddhism can all be seen as an allegory for how we approach our daily life and reality. We all have the ability to manifest Samsara or Nirvana, here and now. We can act on behalf of lifeless institutions, ignoring the Four Thoughts and Four Immeasurables, or we can proceed in peaceful compassionate unison with each other – and remove the roadblocks of failed institutions along the way.

Each of us, in equanimity, is just a wandering sentient being – and most of us are extremely compassionate at heart. In fact there is mounting evidence that humankind is evolving (from necessity) to become more compassionate. We have the technology and resources to provide for the energy, food and water needs of every human being on the planet, but dismayed, we stand back and watch our institutions direct our resources toward war and corporate empire-building.

Something is not right here.

Why is it that we collectively fashion billions of dollars and thousands of people together for war instead of building equal infrastructure to help one another? Why are we allowing the others to dictate priorities to us which are so unaligned to our true nature?

Because the majority of us are living in a state of warring consciousness; we were born into it; we exude that consciousness and manifest it outwardly via what are now long-standing war machines — those military, nuclear and industrial institutions and legislative devices that are either built to kill, or are slowly killing us anyway. But the Powers That Be forget the important lessons of history… the inquisitors and oppressors never win the battle, and no empire lasts forever.

Choose peace over war, choose individuals over institutions, choose compassionate helping instead of passionate hindering. Remember The Four Thoughts and Four Immeasurables. When institutions try to build another war machine or oligarchical institution, or try to illicit another senseless war, remember: if it’s not done out of love it’s not worth doing. The only way out of Samsara is through Nirvana.

For more information, please check out my previous article Meditation and Intuition in the Fourth Age of Deception (the Kali Yuga)

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Activist, author and Tai Chi teacher Ethan Indigo Smith was born on a farm in Maine and lived in Manhattan for a number of years before migrating west to Mendocino, California. Guided by a keen sense of integrity and humanity, Ethan’s work is both deeply connected and extremely insightful, blending philosophy, politics, activism, spirituality, meditation and a unique sense of humour.

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