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Unveiling The Depths Of The Human Psyche: Psychedelics May Unlock Parts Of The Mind That Are Normally Inaccessible



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Dr. Joseph MercolaGuest Writer

Peace. Love. Happiness. We, as human beings, sometimes spend our entire lives trying to fulfill an innate yearning for these deep-rooted emotions, which provide a unique feeling of interconnectedness that makes us feel one with nature and the universe as a whole. Unfortunately, Western culture is largely characterized by materialism, unrealistic demands from both our personal and professional lives and constant overstimulation, i.e., the need to be “plugged in” at all times.

These misguided forms of energy often lead to debilitating health conditions such as unmanageable worry, anxiety and depression. But what if there were something in nature that could help us escape from these unnatural distractions and the pain and discomfort that so often follows? Some scientists say there is, and that that something lies in the realm of psychedelics.

The featured video, “Johns Hopkins Psilocybin Project,” is a documentary produced for the Psychoactive Substances Research Collection1 at Purdue University’s library archive, which was established in 2006 through a generous gift from the Betsy Gordon Foundation.

The purpose of the research collection is to record “the history of psychoactive substances and their applications for medicine and healing.” The collection includes materials such as research notes, photographs and first-hand accounts from research participants that document “the lives and work of researchers in the field.”

Materials for this collection are typically acquired from chemists, psychiatrists, psychotherapists and other researchers who have worked first-hand with psychedelic substances,” says Stephanie Schmitz, the France A. Córdova archivist.

Psychedelics and Their Benefits to Medicine and Healing

So, what exactly are psychedelics? Psychedelics, also called psychoactive substances or classic hallucinogens, include LSD (blotter), psilocybin (mushrooms), DMT (toad) and mescaline (peyote cactus). While these substances have been demonized in many Western cultures, research shows that psychedelics — when used appropriately — offer incredible medicinal benefits, including the ability to and, in some cases, permanently alleviate anxiety and depression.

Psychedelics have also shown to be helpful in reducing fear of death and anxiety in cancer patients.2When we think of important milestones in our lives, we think about falling in love, getting married or having kids, and for those who have tried it, taking LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) can be one of life’s most pivotal moments, says David E. Nichols, Ph.D., former pharmacology professor and distinguished chair in pharmacology at Purdue University.

Nichols, who retired in 2012, is considered one of the world’s leading experts on psychedelics. LSD diffuses into your brain for three to four hours, and it diffuses out — leading some to never see the world the same way again, says Nichols. This proved true for Frances Vaughan, who under carefully controlled conditions was given a high dose of LSD. Her experience was so powerful that it changed her life forever, and in a good way.

Transcendence of Time and Space

In 1965, looking for adventure and exploration, Vaughan and her husband participated in early research in psychedelics at the International Foundation for Advanced Study in Menlo Park. After passing all of the screening tests, they were given a high dose of LSD under the care of researchers. Vaughan says she’s able to discuss the memory of the experience, but struggles to put into words what it was actually like.

For Vaughan, taking LSD was a deep mystical experience that dissolved the boundaries between self and other, allowing her to feel one with everything. The self was no longer a separate entity, she says, adding that she came to a realization that truth takes many forms of expression, but in some way all traditions point to the same deep underlying reality. “I felt deep insight into several clichés, such as God is love; the truth will set you free; and love is at the heart of the universe,” she says.

The doors of perception were not only cleansed, but they disappeared altogether, says Vaughan. She also reported a feeling of transcendence of time and space, a sense of interconnectedness with all things, gratitude, peace, love and the opening of her heart.

Vaughan was so moved by the experience that she went on to become a pioneer in the field of transpersonal psychology,3 a practice characterized as an attempt to understand the different states of consciousness (and varying views of reality) that were revealed through experimentation with psychedelics. She went back to school to study psychology and become a psychotherapist before writing a book on intuition, titled “Awakening Intuition,”4 — a publication considered breakthrough research at the time it was published in 1979.

Most of the World’s Cultures Use Psychedelics for Healing and Spiritual Maturation

Arguably, one of the biggest downfalls in Western medicine, and Western culture in general, is its over-concentrated focus on the ordinary, waking state. Western medicine pays essentially no attention to altered states, says Dr. Roger Walsh, psychiatrist, professor and co-editor of the book “Higher Wisdom.”5

Our culture is rare cross-culturally in that it doesn’t use psychedelics for healing and spiritual purposes, he adds. Meanwhile, up to 90% of the world’s cultures use altered states of consciousness and psychedelics for healing and spiritual maturation and understanding.

Angeles Arrien, Ph.D., cultural anthropologist and author of “The Four-Fold Way,”6 agrees. “Indigenous cultures have worked with plant medicines since the beginning of time,” says Arrien, adding that the drugs allow you to unveil aspects of mind that are typically hidden and inaccessible to us.

Some researchers say psychedelics align the four universal intelligences: the mind, heart, intuition or the gut and body wisdom. Others say the substances act as amplifiers, meaning they amplify your current state. James Fadiman, Ph.D., author of “The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide,”7 experienced this amplification first-hand. Like Vaughan, Fadiman came into his work after having a powerful, mystical experience with psychedelics.

He was a graduate student at Stanford University when he took a course with Professor Willis Harman, who was working with the International Foundation for Advanced Study in Menlo Park. Harman invited Fadiman to participate in a study during which he was given 200 mcg of LSD.

I put on some eye shades, laid down on the couch and listened to music,” says Fadiman. “My disinterest in spiritual things was as valid as a 10-year-old’s disinterest in sex,” he says. In other words, “it came out of a total unawareness of what the rest of the world was built on.”

During the experience, Fadiman says he went to a place where there was total aloneness and separation from the universe. But at the peak of his experience, Fadiman felt what many others have reported: feelings of gratitude, enlightenment and a new-found sense of belonging in the world.

‘LSD Wanted to Tell Me Something’ — Albert Hofmann

The story of how LSD was first discovered is quite remarkable. It all began with Albert Hofmann, one of the greatest pharmacologists of the 20th century. Hofmann discovered and synthesized tens of thousands of substances. When he first tested LSD — created from ergot, a fungus that forms on rye — on animals, it produced uninteresting results, causing only mild irritation in the animal.

But in 1943, Hofmann reported having a very curious feeling about the chemical, so he resynthesized it. A few hours later, Hofmann said he had an unusual experience and assumed he must have somehow been exposed to the substance. But he wasn’t sure how because he knew if he was exposed, it was to a very minuscule amount.

To find out if his symptoms were caused by this particular substance, Hofmann synthesized another batch and deliberately took 250 mcg, which today we understand is a massive dose of psychedelics. It was then that he found himself having the world’s first psychedelic trip.

Hofmann proceeded to ride his bicycle home. He was feeling very unusual and at one point even thought he was dying, so a friend called a doctor, who said Hofmann’s blood pressure was a little high and his eyes dilated, but other than that was fine. Strangely, Hofmann’s experience, which was initially painful and terrifying, turned into a wonderful one.

LSD wanted to tell me something. It gave me an inner joy, an open mindedness, gratefulness, open eyes and an internal sensitivity for miracles of creation,” said Hofmann. Incredibly, out of the tens of thousands of compounds Hofmann synthesized, there was only one that failed animal testing that he resynthesized, and that was LSD. Hofmann lived to be 102 years old, passing away in 2008 just 10 days after the 55th anniversary of his first acid trip.8

Using Psychedelics to Alleviate Fear of Death in Cancer Patients

Another pioneer in the field of psychedelics is Stanislav Grof, a psychiatrist from Czechoslovakia who treated mentally disturbed patients with mystical experiences to improve mental health. He was also one of the firsts to use psychedelic medicine for the dying. The New York Times reports:9

“Grof kept careful notes of his many psychedelic sessions, and in his various papers and books derived from those sessions, he described cancer patients clenched with fear who, under the influence of LSD or DPT, experienced relief from the terror of dying — and not just during their psychedelic sessions but for weeks and months afterward.

Grof continued his investigations into psychedelics for the dying until the culture caught up with him — the recreational use of drugs and the reaction against them leading to harsh antidrug laws.”

Grof conducted more experiments than anyone else, conducting trials with more than 1,000 subjects. He also helped create a new understanding of the human psyche by synthesizing reports from thousands of people from around the world. Grof created a new map of the human mind pointing to its many layers and the fact that psychedelics are unique in their ability to unveil the depths of the human psyche.

Research into the health effects of psychedelics began in the 1950s, but came to an abrupt stop in the 1970s, mainly due to the media’s focus on the substances’ damaging, rather than the positive, effects. However, as noted in the film, the demonization also had a political and cultural dimension to it.

People who took psychedelics had a major shift in their values. In some ways, the shifts ran counter to society’s obsession with materialism and capitalism, calling those values into question, which the government perceived as a threat. Overnight, all legitimate research was shut down, and only recently have labs received approval to start it back up again. As Fadiman puts it:

“It’s turning around because the generation that passed all these repressive laws (banning psychedelic research) that sent people to jail for working on their own minds, are passing away or out of power. And the people coming into power are part of the 23 million people who experienced psychedelics. They are no longer preventing medicine and science and psychology from exploring these materials because they personally are no longer frightened.”

Study: Low-Dosing Psychedelics Enhance Problem Solving

Before the research was halted in the 1970s, Harman pursued his belief that psychedelics could be used to focus the part of the mind that’s interested in hard-nose scientific problem solving, not mysticism or psychotherapy, just science. Harman conducted a study of scientists, who in order to receive approval to participate in the study, had to have a problem they cared about deeply but could not solve, despite working on it for several months.

The participants were given a lower dose than those who had mystical experiences. The results from the first group showed that it had worked — most of the participants felt that they had made a huge step forward, developed a new way of looking at the problem or had a solution. Some even went on to have their products developed.

The study seemed to yield successful results, but during the seventh or eighth trial, Harman and his team received a letter from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration saying the research had been cancelled. The scientists were shocked. The government had shut down all research in the U.S., which at that time included about 60 projects, according to the film.

Studies Support Controlled, Clinical Use of Psilocybin

In addition to LSD, psilocybin or magic mushrooms have also been found to alleviate anxiety, depression and fear of death in cancer patients. Unfortunately, psilocybin, like marijuana and LSD, is classified as a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act.10

The mushrooms are typically ingested in their fresh or dried form, or can be made into tea. Large doses have been known to induce panic and/or psychosis. On the other hand, research shows it can also have the opposite effect — providing long-lasting relief from anxiety and depression. Unfortunately, being a Schedule 1 drug, obtaining scientific support for its medicinal use is extremely difficult and costly.

In 2014, London-based psychiatrist James Rucker penned a commentary in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), arguing for the reclassification of LSD and magic mushrooms — which he notes are far less addictive and harmful than heroin and cocaine — in order to make it easier to conduct much needed medical research on them. According to Rucker:

“Hundreds of papers, involving tens of thousands of patients, presented evidence for their use as psychotherapeutic catalysts of mentally beneficial change in many psychiatric disorders, problems of personality development, recidivistic behavior, and existential anxiety.”

Clinical Trials Demonstrate Remarkable Benefits of Magic Mushrooms

In a Time magazine article, Dinah Bazer recounts her personal experience with psilocybin. A cancer survivor struggling with severe anxiety (driven by her fear of a recurrence), Bazer agreed to participate in a magic mushroom trial conducted at the NYU Langone Medical Center. While fear gripped her when the drug first brought her “tumbling through space,” the experience ended up being a profoundly healing one:

“I started to feel love. I felt like I was being bathed in love and it was overwhelming, amazing, wonderful … The feeling of immense love lingered for weeks, and four years later I still feel it at times. My fear and anxiety were completely removed, and they haven’t come back …

The experience changed how I wanted to live my life. I used to get up, grab a quick snack and eat it in the car. But I no longer want to be in a hurry. Now I get up an hour early, make a real breakfast and read my paper … I used to imagine what it would be like if the cancer recurred, but I don’t think about it the same way anymore. When I don’t feel well and thoughts of a recurrence creep into my mind, I lack fear and simply think, ‘Let’s just see what happens.’”

As noted in the film, an appropriate setting is key for using mushrooms to treat anxiety and depression in cancer patients. During studies at Johns Hopkins University, volunteers remained in the presence of two guides throughout the psilocybin session. They were also provided aftercare.

Participants came out of the study reporting a new feeling of centeredness that allowed them to be more accepting of the fact that they might be dying. Several participants went on to tell their loved ones that everything was going to be OK — an immensely comforting statement for caretakers of terminally ill cancer patients.

Treating Anxiety and Depression Naturally

While research supports the notion that psychedelics offer many healing capabilities, the substances are not for everyone. People with severe mental illness or those who are frightened or distrustful do not make good candidates. Nevertheless, some 23 million Americans report that they use or have used psychedelics. Because psychedelics are illegal in the U.S., the substances are inaccessible for those suffering from anxiety or depression. Fortunately, there are many other nontoxic remedies that are effective for treating these ailments.

In addition to the creation of new neurons, including those that release the calming neurotransmitter GABA, exercise boosts levels of potent brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, which may help buffer some of the effects of stress. Many avid exercisers also feel a sense of euphoria after a workout, sometimes known as the “runner’s high.” It can be quite addictive, in a good way, once you experience just how good it feels to get your heart rate up and your body moving.

Other Antidepressive Lifestyle Strategies

Your gut also plays an important role in your mental state. Your gut and brain work in tandem, each influencing the other. This is why your intestinal health can have such a profound influence on your mental health and vice versa. It’s also the reason why your diet is so closely linked to your mental health.

Prior research has shown that the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus had a marked effect on GABA levels in certain brain regions and lowered the stress-induced hormone corticosterone, resulting in reduced anxiety- and depression-related behavior. The probiotic known as Bifidobacterium longum NCC3001 has also been shown to normalize anxiety-like behavior in mice with infectious colitis.

So, optimizing your gut flora with beneficial bacteria is a highly useful strategy. This is done by eliminating sugars and processed foods and eating plenty of non-starchy vegetables, avoiding processed vegetable oils, and using healthy fats. Additionally, eating plenty of fermented vegetables or taking a high-potency probiotic would be useful to re-establish healthy gut flora.

Your diet should also include a high-quality source of animal-based omega-3 fats, like anchovies, sardines, wild-caught Alaskan salmon or krill oil. The omega-3 fats EPA and DHA play an important role in your emotional well-being, and research has shown a dramatic 20% reduction in anxiety among medical students taking omega-3s.

Article Sources
  1. Purdue University February 6, 2015
  2. The Baltimore Sun December 1, 2016
  3. Psychology Today September 25, 2015
  4. “Awakening Intuition.” Frances Vaughan
  5. “Higher Wisdom: Eminent Elders Explore the Continuing Impact of Psychedelics.” Roger Walsh and Charles S. Grob
  6. “The Four-Fold Way.” Angeles Arrien
  7. “The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide: Safe, Therapeutic, and Sacred Journeys.” James Fadiman
  8. Scientific American April 30, 2008
  9. The New York Times April 20, 2012
  10. December 15, 2016
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Born and raised in the inner city of Chicago, IL, Dr. Joseph Mercola is an osteopathic physician trained in both traditional and natural medicine. Board-certified in family medicine, Dr. Mercola served as the chairman of the family medicine department at St. Alexius Medical Center for five years, and in 2012 was granted fellowship status by the American College of Nutrition (ACN).

While in practice in the late 80s, Dr. Mercola realized the drugs he was prescribing to chronically ill patients were not working. By the early 90s, he began exploring the world of natural medicine, and soon changed the way he practiced medicine.

In 1997 Dr. Mercola founded, which is now routinely among the top 10 health sites on the internet. His passion is to transform the traditional medical paradigm in the United States. “The existing medical establishment is responsible for killing and permanently injuring millions of Americans… You want practical health solutions without the hype, and that’s what I offer.”

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How To Discern Between True And False Synchronicities



How To Discern Between True And False Synchronicities
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Paul LendaGuest Writer

A synchronicity is something that has gained lots of attention ever since Carl Jung coined the term to refer to meaningful coincidences. Two seemingly-unrelated situations have somehow entangled to have a greater meaning or message. Michael Talbot, in his book The Holographic Universe, found evidence of the dynamics of synchronicities having something to do with the nature of this universe being a hologram. Synchronicities occur more often the more you have experience an expansion of your awareness. Synchronicities can be exciting, yet some of them can also lead you astray. Not all synchronicities are ones that are authentic.

Types of Synchronicities

Let’s go over the main types of synchronicities.

  • Prophetic Synchronicities – These occur before something big happens in your life and when you are at a point where whatever decision you make will affect you for a long time to come, for better or for worse.
  • Wildcard Synchronicities – These happen when you do something that is completely different from your everyday routine, resulting in your future becoming more indeterminable.
  • Insight Synchronicities – These will occur as symbolic metaphors when you experience something that profoundly shifts your consciousness, where you gain deeper insights about yourself or the nature of reality.
  • Sign Synchronicities – These also occur as symbols, such as a repeating number, animal, or word that holds a message similar to how symbols in dreams offer helpful messages. Positive signs indicate you are on a good path, whereas ominous ones show you are heading down a dangerous path.
  • Artificial Synchronicities – These are artificially-orchestrated synchronicities that are designed to trick you into believing they are authentic guiding signs, yet are actually traps to get you to agree to take some action that will negatively affect you. It is external manipulation by unseen forces.
How Do You Tell the Difference?

The next time you experience a synchronicity, you can ask yourself a few questions.

  • Is there something you did outside of your usual routine that may have made it occur?
  • Were you focusing on something related to the synchronicity earlier?
  • Is the synchronicity looking like it is guiding you to do something that could harm you?
  • Do you feel your energy expand and relax or contract and get uneasy?
  • Are you making life decisions that are altering your life away from the mundane and repetitious every task you normally have your mind occupied on?

A synchronicity is usually your higher Self sending you a message in a way you can receive it more easily when you are pre-occupied with the 3D reality. When you become really in tune with your inner being, you end up not even needing synchronicities at all, because you have a direct communication channel opened up between your physical mind-body avatar and your non-physical soul. However, most of us have to go to work, take care of children or loved ones, or be involved in a variety of 3D-level things that take us out of that state where we can be in constant direct communication with the higher Self.

You should be wary of believing everything you think. This is because the mind has an easy time creating its own illusions, linking thoughts together that share no connection. Not every apparent synchronicity has some sort of high significance or is a divine revelation. That’s not to say that they are not true synchronicities, they simply are more mundane. Perhaps it’s a synchronicity to remind you that you need to take time to be present and breathe deeply. Be mindful of the self-delusion that we have a habit of creating sometimes. Everything has meaning, but not everything is as grandiose as the ego likes to make it seem.

There are no coincidences in a non-linear and holographic reality. Creative intention can lead to active synchronicity. The next time you experience a synchronicity, before you blindly accept it as true, put it through a quick discernment test to make sure. When you filter out all the false synchronicities, you will find that your personal evolution will get on an accelerated path, avoiding wasting time on decisions that will just postpone your growth.

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How Fear Will Justify Anything



How Fear Will Justify Anything
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Paul LendaGuest Writer

On the world stage, we see fears playing out constantly. The violence we see is motivated by fear. The oppression we see being done by individuals and institutions are motivated by fear. Fear will literally justify anything.

Given recent events around the world that you are probably well aware of, fear is being used as a tool to further goals and agendas that will hurt many (and already are). This, in turn, generates fear and anger in others, which adds more fuel to the fire. Even on a smaller-scale, people find things to be afraid of and become oppressors of others. It can happen on the level of a parent towards a child or a nation towards its inhabitants.

Fear is an incredibly powerful motivator to do something foolish. Think back in time to all of the moments in history when people were acting regressively against one another, justifying their actions because of some fear-based belief. Jiddu Krishnamurti once said that, “the constant assertion of belief is an indication of fear.” When someone feels the need to constantly defend their beliefs, along with what actions they take because of those beliefs, they are in a fear-based mindset.

You Have a Choice

As Nelson Mandela said, “May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears.” If you feel fear within you, there is something you can do about it. It’s important to become aware of when fear wraps its tentacles around us, before it makes us justify doing something that violates the well-being of someone or something else. Transform fear through emotional alchemy.

We are collectively making a choice whether we will live in a fear-based or love-based world. At the end of the day, remember that fear disempowers and reflects disconnection whereas love empowers and reflects connection.

If there was ever a time for embodying love rather than being ruled by fear, it’s right now. Are you strong enough to love in the face of adversity?

The true mark of a conscious and evolved person is them being able to stay within the consciousness of love when there is fear all around them. Love is only possible when you are without fear. The two cannot exist harmoniously within you. As long as you are afraid of someone or something, you will be incapable of loving. You will be able to justify the most violating thoughts, words, and actions against other people and aspects of the interconnected The whole we are all a part of.

There is always a better way to address an issue than succumbing to a fear-based mentality or belief. Fear makes the mind restless, thinking it will find peace and ease once it addresses what it perceives as being a problem. However, there will be no peace, as long as fear is held within you. Fear will find something new to focus its divisive and destructive force towards…it will never end.

One of the most renowned philosophers of the French Renaissance, Michel de Montaigne, once said that, “A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.” You see, suffering will not only be endured by whatever is on the tail end of a fear-based action, but it will result in a self-inflicted wound as well.

Fear is being used today to justify horrifying and devastating things. It doesn’t have to be this way. Yes, it takes courage, strength, and love to transcend the fear mind virus, but it can be done. The rewards of going through the inner emotional alchemical process will benefit us on an individual and collective level, as well as the environment we call home.

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6 Shifts In Consciousness We Are All Experiencing Right Now



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Michael ForresterGuest Writer

Absolutely everything is a wave of energy and there are many new energies taking place on Earth. We’ve shifted consciousness, but we’re still using old reflections to create our reality. Abundance in all aspects of life is now much easier to achieve in the new vibration and a confidence in our abilities will soon magnify to great levels in the coming years. There will be some obstacles and challenges ahead, but know that the following shifts in our being are happening right now as all humans are born into spiritual wealth without practice.

Vibrating frequencies build a virtual construct that makes you think you are in a physical world, but you are not. You are living in a holographic universe which is an illusion – so well designed, that only the highest beings of light can see it for what it is. This is your destiny, but now you will continue to play this game called Earth at a level never played before. You are still playing with three dimensional rules in a fifth dimensional world, but you’re quickly learning how to make the transition by shifting energy.

Think about all the areas of wellness, whether they be physical, mental, social, lifestyle, morals, the spiritual aspects of life (e.g. new age, Western religion, Eastern spirituality)…  they are all enveloped and affected by energy. How you think, feel and act is all energetic. Right or wrong, black and white, good and bad don’t really exist, but we still need the perception of duality to continue the energetic game in its current form. We are discovering that everything is actually a shade of grey.

The most important thing you can do right now is listening to what is whispering to your heart. It won’t shout to get your attention so you must listen very closely to the messages you are receiving.

Shifts in Consciousness Right Now
1. The Realization of the Eternal Nature of Your Being

You are immortal in a physical vessel which you decide is mortal. Your physical vessel does not need to die, but you have come to accept that it will, so it does. There is a balance of well-being that is certain for all of us. You all have a shared pain and part of the process of integration is the understanding of why it exists. Illness is not always a sign that there is something wrong. To acclimate to new energy, many of you have chosen to push through these physical barriers first. You have been conditioned that you must all naturally contract diseases and take drugs to fix them. This is not so.

You WILL know the eternal nature of your being and you will enjoy putting down your burdens and stop struggling to defend and guard against things you feel have gone wrong and must be made right. This is where most of your pain resides. You will learn to love knowing that you don’t have to fix your planet or anybody else and that everything is just as it should be. You will come to know that your governments are exactly where they should be as are all your diverse beliefs and desires.

Things do not have to change for you to be who and what you came here to be. It is then and only then that all the “fixing” required by your egos will actually occur, but you will also know that in reality, nothing ever needed to be fixed. You will let go of any resistance and hold yourself in steady alignment. Will it not be a magnificent moment when humanity can just be without having to be something else? This is where you are headed because you are divine beings of light and you have become masters at this game you call Earth. You no longer need to allow fear and resistance to subject your life to pain. You are moving away from this and transitioning more to love.

2. Shift in Vital and Spiritual Energy

Vital energy makes up about 70% of total subtle energy and sustains the physical body, mind, intellect and ego. It is distributed through subtle channels which connect at special points of intensity most popularly known as chakras. This constructs the physical (voluntary and involuntary actions) and the subtle body (conscious/subconscious mind, intellect and ego). It is prevalent throughout the body and supplies energy to the cells, nerves, arteries, lymph etc. Some concepts relating to the subtle body are partially understood by scientists, but the level of understanding has always been rudimentary. That is now changing.

Spiritual or Kundalini energy lies dormant in a person until activated. These concepts cannot be measured with current technology. Those who have practiced meditation and spiritual principles at the qualitative and quantitative level have assisted in the continual grace of principles that leads these Kundalini forces on the right path. However, the shift in global frequencies and fifth dimensional concepts is allowing all of humanity to earn spiritual wealth simultaneously and without the efforts that were once necessary. In the past, people had to work hard to amass spiritual wealth. Now, it will be as if all humans are born into spiritual wealth without practice. You have received a magnificent upgrade that is allowing this energy to be activated by simply embracing the being that you are. It is leading to spiritual growth at an accelerated rate.

3. Energetic Harmony

Imagine creating a unified harmony through 800 trillion cells and vibrating them into health and wellbeing. Humming itself produces overtones which can heal your mind, body and spirit. You will begin loving your voice and humming or singing from day to day to assist in accelerating your spiritual growth. It will come natural to you. You will begin feeling mystic silent overtones vibrating through your cells and body. This will also awaken your deepest desires to be unified with overtones of love and help breakdown stiffness and pain and facilitate your spirit body to flow.

As you begin to break down the veil, you will realize you have a shared pain on this planet and it is not your own. It is connected to everyone and everything. There is beauty in that shared pain and you will learn to see it for what it is through energetic harmony. You will move past specific body pain you thought was your own when it was actually part of the collective. Once embraced, this pain will cease to exist. You will let this pain go because you will understand its origin. Many of you will heal from pain and disease in ways you will think are miracles, but it will be simply the miracle of who you are and nothing more.

4. Energetic Causation

What scientific studies have failed to address on our  planet is causation. They have tried through many different methods to obtain conclusive results in their scientific research through a countless number of double blind, placebo controlled and random studies which are considered the highest standards for scientific experiment. We can tell you that there has never been one published scientific study based on this standard that has identified causation beyond sub-atomic levels. Yet it is precisely those levels that cause everything to manifest in the physical body as it does.

Contrary to what they tell you… you are not a limited material being” ~ Amit Goswami PhD, Theorhetical Quantum Physicist

Scientific studies can only derive correlations because they do not address energetic causation which is the underlying mechanism behind every single experience and event whether physical or non-physical. 100% of your diseases are based on energetic components within your field. There is NO other cause of disease. Diseases are primarily third dimensional experiences and will cease to exist when you learn to remain at higher vibration  –  and you will.

This will be a big one for scientists as many will learn in the coming decade to factor energetic principles as causation before initiating any study. You will all begin to have a better understanding of the effect of energetic resonance and the effects on all physical things. This will revolutionize science and remove many obstacles that have hindered scientific inquiry from progressing on the planet. The physics and the metaphysics will soon combine.

5. Energetic Transfer and Reflection

You can only attract what is within your vibrational field. There are no experiences that you can obtain in physical form without attracting them from a vibrational perspective. That includes the most horrific experiences and the most beautiful ones.

What you will learn to do is accept relationships and experiences for what they are. People and experiences serve as a reflection to teach you something about yourself. If somebody says something that offends you, it is because your vibrational field contained an element that needed to be addressed. You will see these people differently. You will thank them for being that reflection and the transfer of energy that was necessary for you to recognize your own vibration. You will honour these people for coming into your life and teaching you what would otherwise be quite difficult to learn without their assistance.

You will come to enjoy the effect that all people have on you, even those you now consider to be obnoxious, rude, insensitive, careless, ignorant, etc. These are qualities you have always judged in yourself and the reflection is only there because you attract it. So start thanking your overbearing boss, nosy neighbour or rude co-worker for what they bring to your energy field, because you’ve attracted them into your life for a reason and they’re only doing their job… to be the light you want them to be, and most of the time, it was a mutual effort and request.

6. Polarity Consciousness and Neutrality

Perhaps one of the biggest victories awaiting humanity is the shift from polarity or duality consciousness and the dichotomous right vs. wrong which has resulted in much of the conflict and suffering that exists between men and women, people of various races, the wealthy and poor, the strong and weak. Hierarchies have also been formed creating further degrees of separation, (good, better, best) where particular persons or events were rigorously judged within this context. This will end.

All of humanity will begin to understand that all experiences and perceptions are neutral in nature and it is only the ego which places an emphasis on good vs. bad, or right vs. wrong. This shift will be part of the grand awakening which is currently well on its way.  You will begin uniting and accepting each other as equals, and this will be passed to your children liberating successive generations from the shackles of duality. Humanity has already begun transcending this pattern.

Life’s experiences which are now viewed in extreme polarity and prejudice will be viewed as the natural order of one’s life. Being present in that observation by loving, allowing and accepting the world will lead to joy, happiness and enlightenment.

What Next?

The hard part is over. The only thing left to do now is alter your expectations and enjoy the ride. You are a divine being of light and your true nature will soon be all you know. The pace is now accelerating and the coming changes will also be met by shifts in monetary systems, the political landscape and well as modifications in social and economic infrastructures. This will happen sooner than later, but likely before the end of this year. Many of these events will happen simultaneously and when the greater cycles begins, you will know. It will be difficult, but that is the time to be cantered and focus on seeing all the good that will come in the age of empowerment. You are a truly empowered human… own your mastery.

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The Origins Of The Spirit Animal, Totem And Power Animal



The Origins Of The Spirit Animal, Totem And Power Animal
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Aletheia LunaGuest Writer

“Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul.” – Pythagoras

It was bizarre and unexplainable: I kept having recurring dreams for about a month, where I would walk into an eerie, foreboding forest at night with a leopard peering at me through the shrubs. Its stare seemed kind, almost motherly, but very intense … somehow I knew that it was trying to tell me something about the depths of the forest ahead.

It was only recently that I discovered the existence of Spirit Animals, and that mine was the Leopard. It is said that we, as human beings, possess at least one Spirit Animal, or totem, in our lifetimes that serve as our personal protectors, guides, helpers and companions. But usually, it is common for us to have many Spirit Animal helpers throughout different periods of our lives.

In this article, I will explore the mysterious origins of the Spirit Animal.

Primitive Origins

The concept of ‘Spirit Animals’ draws its origins from ancient Animistic and Totemistic beliefs about the world and our connection to it.

Totemism, a system of belief practised by the Native American Indian people, and the Australian Aboriginal people for example, incorporates the notion that each human being has a spiritual connection to another physical being (e.g. a plant or animal).

The Kpelle people of Liberia for instance, possess animal, plant and natural phenomena (wind, rain etc.) totems that are thought to guide and protect their people. Their totems are also thought to be a form of alter ego, or second self.

Animism, on the other hand, is more in line with the world view held by many Buddhist, Shinto, Pagan and Neopagan groups of people, that all plants, animals and objects have spirits.

However, not everyone is convinced of the validity of Animism. 19th century anthropologist Sir Edward Tylor for instance, was not only one of the greatest sceptics of Animism, but was also responsible for forming the currently accepted definition of ‘Animism’. Tylor believed that Animistic beliefs were characteristic of “primitive” and “childish” peoples, who typically possess “cognitive underdevelopment”, thus discrediting the whole Animistic world view in one fell swoop.

However, it’s not necessarily intelligent to subscribe to Tylor’s opinion. When we look at Animistic belief, we see that it treats all humans, animals and plants as being equal and interdependent of each other. In other words: to the Animist it is morally imperative to treat all forms of life with respect. Not only that, but to the Animist we are part of nature, rather than being superior to nature, or separate from nature.

This belief is on the opposite end of the spectrum of the modern day “refined” and “cognitively developed” man who believes that he is the master of the world, and everything is subject to his rule. No wonder the earth’s forests, streams, oceans, park-lands and wildlife are polluted, pillaged and dying every day. “Mature” developed man has such a sickly and unintelligent mindset towards nature that he creates nothing but destruction and death wherever he treads.

So, who truly has the primitive mindset here?

Those who believe in the presence of Spirit Animals not only respect the flora and fauna of the earth as equals, but they often perceive the world around them as consisting of one and the same universal energy. This is similar to pantheistic thought which believes that man, nature and animal-kind are all the manifestations of God.

Not all new age kooks vouch for the validity of Spirit Animals either. Philosopher Baruch Spinoza concluded similar thoughts about the world:

The mind of God is all the mentality that is scattered over space and time, the diffused consciousness that animates the world.

Even famous physicist Albert Einstein was considered to be a pantheist after writing one letter to a friend in 1954:

We followers of Spinoza see our God in the wonderful order and lawfulness of all that exists in its soul as it reveals itself in man and animal.

So, does this further add to the validity of Spirit Animals existing in our lives? In the end, it’s up to you to decide whether Spirit Animals are merely primitive social constructs, or whether their long history throughout many peoples and cultures points to a higher, deeper truth.

Read our article on Spirit Animals.

Note: The phrase “Power Animal” refers to the shamanic idea that certain animals (or tutelary spirits) can physically and psychologically empower us. The Power Animal, just like the Spirit Animal, is thought to lend its wisdom, attributes, and instincts to us in times of need.

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