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HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS IS TAKING A QUANTUM LEAP: LIFTING OF THE VEIL

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Something miraculous is happening. The invisible is becoming visible. Human consciousness is taking a quantum leap into territory previously unknown, as what began with just a few saints, sages, gurus, and a Saviour is awakening in the hearts and minds of millions around the globe.

Human evolution is undergoing a shift so profound; the proof can be seen with the naked eye. This shift is causing millennia-old beliefs and social structures to be scrutinized like never before — perhaps for the very first time.

Even world-renowned physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking ditched his prior position in his book The Grand Design, arguing that “belief in a creator was not incompatible with science” and that the Big Bang was as inevitable as gravity.

As science moves closer toward solving the Unifying Theory of Everything, will Dr. Hawking change his mind one more time?

Unifying Everything

What is presently emerging out of a weary world filled with very little practical value is a new and quantifiable reality being built by those already embodying a more expansive understanding of who we are and why we are here.

Most of us without a doubt have begun to ask questions — perhaps for the first time in our lives. Whether you view current events as the end of the world or a new Golden Age is entirely dependent on whether you are bound by separation consciousness or have expanded beyond it into something new.

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle
.”

– Albert Einstein

What is currently crumbling around us is the fruit of humanity’s misguided labour along with a planet stressed by an outdated and unsustainable human belief system. Most human suffering is self-created and derived out of inherent ignorance and limitation found in separation consciousness.

Separation consciousness is the belief that we are separate from one another, our environment and even God. Separation consciousness is the veil itself.

Separation is not Real

Just as its definition implies, a veil obfuscates a sun hidden by clouds, yet the sun remains ever present. Until recently only a small number of people have transcended separation consciousness for humanity’s next stage of evolution, unity consciousness.

Whether you/we destroy ourselves is dependent on y/our ability to make the evolutionary leap from separation to unity consciousness where human suffering ends. This is both the warning and reward contained within a universal prophecy spanning many cultures in various forms. The prophecy lends itself to both the physical and metaphysical planes of our lives.

With media focus on humankind’s struggle to emerge out of our collective cocoon of separation, we may be left blind to the miracle that is taking place right under our noses. The biggest story of the millennium is the reality that millions are waking up to the realization that all life is irrevocably interconnected as the One — it always was. Most of humanity was still too unevolved to “get it” until now.

The Veil is Lifting

What unifies us and all of Creation is contained within the very air that we breathe. The all-pervasive answer to the riddle of the mystery of Life is hidden within the question, enigmatically lingering within reach. It is both the tangible and intangible aspects of our world as the scientific and unscientific.

Call it by any name you wish and you’ll find it there. The secret key that unlocks the end of human suffering is contained within you as your desire to know. Have you discovered it yet?

If you believe in a higher power or organizing force — and even if you don’t — when you awaken, you will be struck with the realization that the power that fuels and binds all of the Universe is not an outside intelligence.

What not even famous cosmologist Dr. Stephen Hawking, biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins, or even Pope Francis have yet grasped (publicly) is that the creative power that unifies us is Creation itself. There is no separation.

God is Creation

Creation was not a singular event, but by self-definition, will continue into perpetuity. What is so shocking is that this means that science and religion are not in opposition of one another, but are simply left- and right-brain interpretations of the One.

Our quest for knowledge of the One is the quest for reunion with and as the One. Joining hands in a way that has been all but forgotten, darkness turns to light. Fear becomes love. Competition changes to cooperation so that lack becomes abundance. Unworthiness becomes value ending racism, genocide, and slavery. Our planet is restored to good health.

Personal peace and of Peace on Earth depend on a new, more evolved understanding of God.

~ Excerpts from What Is God? Rolling Back the Veil and Awakening Leadership: Be the Leader You Were Born to Be for Millennials and TransGenerationals (Generations Y & Z) by Christine Horner.

Image credit: Cameron Gray

COULD SOFTWARE EVOLVE NATURALLY?

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During the last few weeks I have been confronted with several troubling images of caged and chained animals, some in circuses, which affected me deeply.

It made me wonder whether my feelings of sadness, anger, and empathy would have been similarly aroused if I had seen a computer tethered to a desk, or a rock chained to another rock.

Of course not.

It reminded me deeply of one of the Dalai Lama’s suggestions for meditation — that within stillness one try to sense the interconnectedness of allsentient beings.

On a scientific level we usually attribute sentienceto the presence of a brain and nervous system; it is interesting to consider that at the smallest molecular levels some viruses are alive sometimes, and inanimate substances at other times. (Sometimes this is a matter of whether they are in a host organism.)

In any case there is something in us that seems to know or believe we know when something is animate or inanimate — alive or not alive.

This sense seems related not to that we feel but indeed how we feel — to the aspect of sensation that biologists and psychologists sometimes refer to as “qualia” — the quality of a feeling that something within us knows.

For example, we can read many articles about wine but the actual taste of a sip of wine leaves us with an ineffable taste that we can sense but for which all additional verbal description is inadequate.

Similarly we simply know that an animal that is caged or chained is suffering because of empathy — we put ourselves in that being’s position and know that for us it would horrible and intolerable.

In his book I Am a Strange Loopneuroscientist Douglas R. Hofstadter proposes that there is a depth of sensation and thought that is essentially bottomless (an endless loop of “knowing” or information) that results in our feeling and noticing an emotion–and thereby knowing or sensing that “something” is alive.

To be sure, we can be fooled. The Turing test for artificial intelligence is based on the premise that at some point an inanimate something can convince us it’s human through our verbal interaction with it.

So if we take this inquiry a bit further we know that such an “artificially” intelligent machine is powered by software that was presumably intentionally and intelligently programmed.

And as we’ve noted previously, our DNA operates as software — we can now edit and reprogram it to make biochemical changes in ourselves or even create other organisms.

But DNA is presumably the product of natural evolution. While we can now synthesize it (artificially) in the “natural” world it has preceded us by billions of years.

Biochemically DNA also interacts with the other substances and hormones in our bodies to apparently result in or produce our feelings like empathy, sadness, and anger — we know that in some instances these can be measured by biochemical monitoring.

But again we do not know the HOW. How do these biochemical combinations produce qualia — or the feeling or taste of anything?  What is noticing or evaluating these sensations and then labeling them; or better yet what notices even before a label is applied?

Going deeper, it would seem that it is precisely the ability to sense and evaluate a sensation or feeling that makes something alive, animate, or conscious.

It is the presence of a quality (not a thing) that allows us from our “inside” to know that we’re here, that we feel, and of course that we exist.

And it is the sense that the caged or chained animal also feels its existence and knows its predicament, and in fact has been horribly deprived of necessary qualia-like affection, that gives rise to our empathy, however it may express biochemically.

This is clearly a pointer to Consciousness — the discernment between what is natural and what is inanimate or artificial — and the sensing of that unique energetic quality within ourselves.

But all software that we know of through computers is inanimate.  It expresses human intelligence (encoded) but it is not a natural occurrence.  Humans created it.

So to this point ALL software that we have encountered has been “artificial” — created through programming code and having it express through inanimate silicon.

DNA, however is an anomaly. We understand it as software but it is apparently a completely organic, natural entity.

We might go a step further and claim that software is also a natural substance, since it is the product of natural beings (humans), but that would be insincere if we return to the caged animal — because we do innately know the difference (or generally do) between what is alive and what is inanimate. And we are alive – software is not.

We also know that software is the product of (human) intelligence; without human intelligence it would not exist. We call it intellectual property and protect it with patents and copyrights.

And we now allow companies to patent genetic configurations similarly as intellectual property.

So the question needs to be profoundly addressed: is the natural world in and of itself capable of intelligent evolution to the level of DNA?

Is intelligence the default in nature, and then are we just another expression of that reality?

(Or is DNA the product of another nonhuman intelligence — which simply begs the question of how did any life actually arise?)

For our current science, and sadly for our civilization, this is currently the most “inconvenient truth”:   Any scientific answer is elusive without addressing the issue of consciousness (which is precisely that aspect of reality in which recognition of one’s existence arises).

We simply cannot account for the existence of DNA as a software program without greatly broadening our entire notion of reality.  As an intellectual product how could it have evolved in a dead or non-sentient universe?  Only a living intelligence could have given rise to DNA.

But staying completely open to either not knowing the answer, or the answer being beyond our ever knowing, can lead to a deeper sense of allowing the natural flow of life to be as it is.

Once we are able to grasp that life itself must be ineffably intelligent to have evolved DNA, our entire relationship to LIFE must change; so that instead of believing we can control life and nature from a position of superiority, we must assume our rightful place within the vast infinite Intelligence of the natural order.

THE POWER OF PRESENCE, HOW “LIVING IN THE NOW” CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE

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Presence is the powerful practice of being in the moment.

It is created through an acute awareness of one’s thoughts, feelings, and emotions, and in our modern day society, being present doesn’t always come easily. The overstimulation and distraction that come from technology, social media, work, family life, social engagements, and the never-ending “to-do” lists regularly take us out of the now and into a memory from the past or a fear about the future.

Cultivating the power of presence comes from creating the space to observe one’s mind and one’s self. This skill of observation allows us to look at our own lives and the lives of others without attaching judgment or analysis. Using this awareness, we become mindfully attuned to all that is around us through our five senses (smell, touch, taste, sight, and sound) as well as our physical sensations — you know, those signs from our bodies that we often tend to ignore.

Our bodies are equipped with a natural mechanism called the “stress response,” also known as the “fight-or-flight” response, which was first described by Walter Cannon at Harvard. When we encounter something that feels like a threat, the amygdala in the brain experiences the emotion fear. The brain then communicates to the hypothalamus, which communicates to the nervous system, which signals to the adrenal glands to release the stress hormones cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline. This assembly-line-like process of the sympathetic nervous system is a crucial part of our body’s internal self-protection mechanism. The only problem is that we are not physiologically designed to be frightened often.

In today’s world, many of us live in overdrive and operate in a constant state of “flight or flight.” This state can be a result of feeling the fear of imagined threats: financial security, societal achievement, the steadiness or demise of a relationship, a perceived health threat, the loss of a loved one, etc. Operating from this place, it is no wonder that many of us feel the perils of stress and anxiety on a daily basis. We struggle with migraines, digestive issues, difficulty breathing, lack of concentration, fatigue, depression, and innumerable other physical ailments because our body is actually attempting to flee the scene of a real threat (car crash, lion chase, assault, etc.) that simply isn’t there.

The opposite is also true. When we practice deep breathing and mindfulness, we encourage our body to employ the “relaxation response,” our body’s counterbalance to the stress response as defined by Harvard professor Herbert Benson. Being in a state of relaxation, your body will experience physiological symptoms of ease, openness, and balance.

A few days ago, I unintentionally experimented with the topic of presence when I accidentally left my phone at home. Even though I am generally good about creating intentional space to be phone free, something felt different. Normally, I choose to not bring it on a walk, I choose to keep it in my purse during dinner with a friend, and I choose to put it on airplane mode when I am writing or working during the day. Yesterday was the middle of the work week and if I had been asked whether or not I wanted to bring my phone along for the day, my answer would have unquestionably been “yes.”

Climbing up the stairs to the train platform, my hand impulsively reached into my bag in search of my phone. I was subconsciously looking for a meditative distraction during my morning commute. Remembering that it wasn’t there, I closed my eyes, took five deep breaths, and boarded the train car upon its arrival. Within moments of taking my seat, three street performers made an announcement, turned up their boom box, and had at it with their superfly dance moves. I was engrossed and totally present: wide eyes, big smile, heart beating in my chest.

Over the course of the rest of the day, I made note of a few other observations that I could have missed if I was in the phone zone:

  • A gathering of beautiful purple flowers on the sidewalk that had fallen off a tree
  • The smile from a saxophone player on the street
  • A little girl selling brownies in front of her house (although there weren’t many left because she was eating them when she thought no one was looking!)
  • The way the breeze felt on my skin between the high-rises

Upon noticing each of these observations I felt the tension in my body dissipate, I smiled effortlessly, and my body felt calm and at ease. Being fully involved in the present moment, I didn’t have the time to become entrenched in thoughts about the past or fears about the future. I was simply aware of what was going on in the now.

Now let’s be realistic. I know that we live in a technology-focused era and that our phones and our computers are significant tools for work, connectivity, and enjoyment.

They serve a purpose, and an important one at that. We also live in an age where anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18% of the population. Countless studies have begun to explore the effects of mindfulness on reducing anxiety and depression, with many of the results from these studies suggesting that mindfulness-based therapy is a promising intervention for treating anxiety and mood problems in clinical populations. If pills, therapies, and medical advice aren’t curing our ailments, it seems foolish not to give mindfulness a shot.

If nothing else, maybe we will get the opportunity to notice small and simple details throughout the day that put a smile on our face.

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN SHAMANISM & QUANTUM PHYSICS

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Shamanism was an integral part of humanity for thousands of years. They were the first healers, teachers, and scholars. Eventually, the wisdom of the shamans was lost through the trials and travails of humanity. Now, in our modern age with technology that grants us access to knowledge from around the world, we have brought the old wisdom back, and in the most stunning of ways. Science has actually come to parallel the ancient practices of shamanism. Here is a list of 5 ways the sub-atomic level of reality parallels with the core methods of shamanic healing.

1. Observer Effect

We all know through experiments in the lab that sub-atomic particles (the fabric of the universe) are affected when there is an observer. Through rituals of music, dancing, and ceremonies, the shaman enchants the patient into a state of optimism, where their belief is that they will indeed heal once the ritual is completed. The parallel in this case is the shaman and the patient are both playing the role of the observer (and sometimes even the entire tribe), and are aiding the sick through their presence of positive belief. Sometimes the created atmosphere during the rituals enchant such powerful states of belief in the mind of the ill patient that their bodies gain enough energy to remove the illness. A similar thing can be seen when the state of particles are changed when being observed. (1)

2. Multiverses

There are many different versions of a multiverse theory today, but they all have the same conclusion: that there are multiple dimensions all existing simultaneously. The shaman can access them. Often what the shaman does is enter different realms in which multiple spirits live, through the use of psychedelic plants, and call for their help. The shaman will sometimes make an animal sacrifice in exchange for the healing energies of the spirits. The spirits will absorb the sickness in some cases. The unseen beings that all the shamans receive guidance from are from other dimensions that multiverse theory states. (2)

3. Non-Locality

The principle of non-locality states that an object can influence the behaviour of another object at a distance, without any direct or local connection between the two. The shaman can aid the sufferer through non-local means. There is no linear cause and effect in the shaman’s healing process. The entire process is in fact non-local, as the shaman and whom they are healing have no direct connection, yet the shaman manages to cause changes to the person’s physical body. Shamans use this non-locality to also gather any other knowledge or information a tribe may need, whether it’s the best spot to hunt or just some needed psychotherapy. Remote viewing is one of the non-local methods they use to find out where something is without actually physically going out and checking.

4. Planck Length/String Theory

The concept that the universe is all one consciousness has merit drawn from quantum physics. The Planck Length is a mathematical equation that denotes that the smallest measurable unit of energy that can possibly exist is the foundational energy of the universe. The foundation of the universe is an extremely low indivisible unit of energy, suggesting that there is a limit to our reality. Could that limit be pure consciousness? After all, we can not conceive of anything that is outside of our consciousness. The correlation between consciousness and the Planck Scale is certainly there. The shamans also had a concept for this. They called it the “Axis Mundi,” the connector of realms, the universe that contains all the other universes. They believed they had to transverse Axis Mundi to find the spirits they were looking for, which is same one ultimate reality that through quantum physics, and even through self-observation, is suggested to exist. (4)(5)

5. Photon Inclusion and Electron Exclusion

According to the Pauli Exclusion principle, the solidarity of matter is caused by electrons repelling each other. Electron exclusion creates the atomic structure. Light on the other hand (non-solidity), behaves in opposite ways. Photons bind and mix with each other instead of repelling each other; there is inclusion rather than exclusion. Through this, you can say the feminine and masculine energies are embedded in the universe. And as humans, we also have a bit of both masculine and feminine aspects. Shamans recognize this, and even claim that an imbalance of the two can sometimes be the cause of illnesses. The shamans have always had a very noticeable and loving energy radiating from within them. One of their goals is to balance the energies of the individual through instilling feelings of love and unity. When humans express love and sexuality physically, that is the magical dance between the photon inclusion (non-physical) and the electron exclusion (physical), which is why love and sexuality can also be a very healing or transformative experience. The shamans always express a very loving energy with whom they are healing for this very reason.

DEFINING REALITY: A LESSON IN BREAKING ALL THE RULES

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I was recently introduced to virtual reality. Sitting down in a revolving chair in my office, I placed a light headset over my face and headphones over my ears. Suddenly, I was transported to Liberia where a young woman named Decontee Davis grippingly shared how Ebola ravaged her hometown in 2014. Even though my physical body wasn’t actually in Africa, the vividness of the landscape and realness of what I was witnessing made me feel as though I had been transported to a faraway land.

 

It is a land where suffering and ease, sickness and health, sorrow and celebration grow up side by side. A land filled with struggles wildly different than my reality, but containing people with emotions that I have no difficulty relating to. A land that felt both incredibly real and simultaneously light years away due to my acute awareness of the screen attached to my face.

Ironically, a few days after this experience I had an incredibly vivid dream about virtual reality (how meta). In the dream, a professional was prepping me before I entered my altered state: My toenail polish was removed, my head was shaved, and I was dressed from head to toe in a hazmat suit. Obviously, my subconscious was aware of the otherworldliness that was about to ensue. I was transported through a vacuum tunnel to the other side, which in this particular scenario was a wild dance party at a club in New Orleans.

You thought I was going to learn the cure to cancer or the solution to loneliness, didn’t you?

Instead, these oddities laid the foundation for a newfound mental perspective that I carried with me into a coaching session. My client, an utterly delightful human being, had shared his inability to know what makes him happy, to understand his own needs, and to make choices for himself without feeling guilty or self-indulgent. Upon unpacking this information, he alluded to the fact that taking risks had never been a part of his vocabulary. Stepping outside of the “shoulds” and “ought to’s” didn’t seem to fit within the blueprint of how he had always been told his personal house should be built.

The concrete had been poured, the wood framing had been set, and yet here he was screaming inside that the layout felt confined, stifled, and alien.

Years ago, I highlighted the following sentiment in a book so worn that I can no longer read the title or author:

Doing what makes you feel good about yourself is really the opposite of self-indulgence. It doesn’t mean gratifying an isolated part of you; it means satisfying your whole self, and this includes feelings and ties and responsibilities you have to others, too. Self-indulgence means satisfying the smallest part of you, and that only temporarily.

During our time together, my client mentioned an event that he was attending out of social obligation on Saturday. Although he was filled with dread, he had already bought a gift for the host, RSVP’d, and organized his transportation to and from the gathering. In his mind, there was no alternative to showing up. This thought was of course shared with me after he vividly described his current feelings of being depleted, overwhelmed, and like a shell of himself.

Immediately upon hearing this information, I opened my computer, asked my client to sign into his e-mail, and draft an email to the host. These were the words he wrote with shaky hands:

I’m so honored that you invited me to your party this weekend. I have had two incredibly long weeks at work and I feel exhausted. I need to recharge and take care of myself and tomorrow is the only day I am able to do so. I am sorry I won’t be able to attend and look forward to connecting soon.

With a gentle nudge from my staring eyes, he sent the e-mail and sat there dumbfounded in his seat. Without saying a word, he closed his eyes. I humbly and knowingly looked on as my client began to experience the earthquake that comes when our perceptions of reality are challenged and when everything that we believe begins to shake and crumble.

I thumb back to this passage in my weathered, dog-eared book:

If we cannot love ourselves, where will we draw our love for anyone else? People who do not love themselves can adore others, because adoration is making someone else big and ourselves small. They can desire others, because desire comes out of a sense of inner incompleteness, which demands to be filled. But they cannot love others, because love is an affirmation of the living, growing being in all of us. If you don’t have it, you can’t give it.

Picturing myself those weeks ago, all alone in my experience with a device strapped over my face, I begin to wonder if there really is any such thing as reality. And if so, why do many of us create a reality based on cultural norms, familial obligations, social constructs, wildly untrue thoughts, and rules that we didn’t write for ourselves? No wonder we feel the perils of exhaustion, stress, and anxiety in leading lives that are not our own and yet not anyone else’s to claim.

When we make the active choice to turn away from our own hearts, our own values, and our own self-care it is almost impossible to not turn toward the magnitude of distracting numbing agents that prevent us from fully feeling the feelings of the living. In doing so, we are allowing our souls to walk around outside of our bodies, when in fact, our bodies are the container for our magnificent spirits to shine.

As we begin to go deeper and deeper into the land of the unimaginable through technology and numerous other forums, may you have the courage to question everything around you. May you listen to your body. May you respect your personal boundaries. May you invest in your self-care as a rich opportunity of selflessness. May you feel confident saying no and delighted when you say yes. Most importantly, may you make your own damn rules and live by them moment to moment.