Category: spirituality

The War on Consciousness – Graham Hancock

The War on Consciousness – Graham Hancock:

What is death? Our materialist science reduces everything to matter, materialist science in the West says that we are just meat, we’re just our bodies. So when the brain is dead, that’s the end of consciousness, there is no life after death, there is no soul; we just rot and are gone. Actually, many honest scientists should admit that consciousness is the greatest mystery of science and that we don’t know exactly how it works. 

The brain is involved in it some way but we’re not sure how. It could be that the brain generates consciousness the way a generator makes electricity, if you hold to that paradigm, then of course you can’t believe in life after death, when the generator’s broken, consciousness is gone. But it’s equally possible that the relationship — and nothing in neuroscience rules it out – that the relationship is more like the relationship of the TV signal to the TV set, and in that case, when the TV set is broken, of course the TV signal continues. And this is the paradigm of all spiritual traditions, that we are immortal souls temporarily incarnated in these physical forms. 

 If we want to understand consciousness, the last people we should ask are materialist scientists. Instead, we should look at ancient cultures, like the Egyptians, who highly valued dream states. Many ancient cultures around the world used hallucinogenic plants to understand consciousness and expand their minds.

However in today’s society, visionary plants are highly illegal because they promote a state of consciousness that does not agree with the agenda of profit. Substances, like coffee, alcohol, sugar and pharmaceuticals, are forced upon the population, but possession of even small quantities of cannabis, Ayahuasca or psilocybin will land you in jail. If we do not recognize the right of adult sovereignty over consciousness, then we can NOT claim to be free.

 Look at what our moderns state of consciousness has done. We have destroyed the natural gifts of earth in pursuit of short-term, selfish gain. We must reconnect with spirit immediately or else we will encounter disaster. Visionary plants could be the remedy for our current sickness.

Disclaimer: We are not promoting risky, illegal or dangerous behavior. Do your research before taking any action. Visionary plants are not meant for partying. They should be used responsibly, in moderation and under experienced supervision. 

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5 Things Spiritual People Practice

lazyyogi:

  1. Forgiveness. 

    “Forgiveness means giving up all hope for a better past.” ~ Lama Surya Das

    Sanity is a basic principle of the spiritual path and forgiveness is an essential aspect of sanity. As Lama Surya Das points out, forgiveness is what allows us to accept the past. It is only by accepting the past that we can allow ourselves to be present. When we are hooked on the past in the form of resentment or fear or anguish, we are constantly reliving and experiencing from a place that doesn’t actually exist now. Thus we aren’t able to be fully ourselves here and now. On the most basic level, forgiveness is for your own sanity so that Life can be Life.

  2. Compassion.

    The party is always better when everyone is having a good time. That is the underlying recognition that gives form to compassion. We wish for others to be peaceful, happy, and free because this will make everything better for everyone, including ourselves. Compassion isn’t a talent, it’s a cultivated practice. It starts with intention and then manifests into activity. We work on compassion for ourselves, then compassion for our loved ones, then compassion for strangers, and finally compassion for enemies. Furthermore, compassion provides a way for us to touch the suffering of this world and offer relief. 

  3. Mindfulness.

    Within each of us is a fathomless eternity. It is an unborn placeless place that is not our personality, not our bodies, not our minds. It is what gives us the feeling that we exist. It is what gives all living things the feeling that they exist. It has nothing to do with the world or the events happening within it. Feel your Self more strongly than you feel the world. That is mindfulness practice. This can be done anywhere, anytime. By practicing daily meditation, you will learn how to deepen your mindfulness. 

  4. Reflection. 

    Noticing our patterns, challenging our assumptions, questioning our desires, examining our perspectives, these are all activities that paralyze the ego. The ego is made up of assertions. Therefore the ego is dismantled not via new or different assertions but by questioning. The power of an insightful question can be explosive to our sense of self. Learning to be less defensive and more willing to question ourselves without being insecure about it can lead to incredible growth. 

  5. Peace.

    There is no way to peace, peace itself is the practice. We cannot afford to wait until circumstances align perfectly before allowing ourselves to feel peace. Otherwise we will just be changing the world to try to make ourselves feel better. Instead, we discover peace within the depths of our being. Then we can work with the world as needed, not trying to comfort ourselves but trying to be of genuine help. And because we have found some peace within, we actually have something to contribute and share. We aren’t trying to get something all the time, we can be abundant and give

Whatever religions, paths, or practices an individual may engage, these qualities are markers of authentic spiritual practice. They are qualities that can benefit any life. Nothing is stopping you from adopting them and triumphing. 

Namaste 🙂

Start Where You Are

rainbowtwo:

‘Start where you are. This is very important. Tonglen practice (and all meditation practice) is not about later, when you get it all together and you’re this person you really respect. You may be the most violent person in the world – that’s a fine place to start. That’s a very rich place to start – juicy, smelly. You might be the most depressed person in the world, the most addicted person in the world, the most jealous person in the world. You might think that there are no others on the planet who hate themselves as much as you do. All that is a good place to start.

What you do for yourself, any gesture of kindness, any gesture of gentleness, any gesture of honesty and clear seeing toward yourself, will affect how you experience the world. In fact, it will transform how you experience the world. What you do for yourself, you’re doing for others, and what you do for others, you’re doing for yourself. When you exchange yourself for others in the practice of tonglen, it becomes increasingly uncertain what is out there and what is in here.’

– Pema Chodron, Comfortable With Uncertainty.

Stillness Speaks

rainbowtwo:

‘The equivalent of external noise is the inner noise of thinking. The equivalent of external silence is inner stillness.

Whenever there is some silence around you – listen to it. That means just notice it. Pay attention to it. Listening to silence awakens the dimension of stillness within yourself, because it is only through stillness that you can be aware of silence.

See that in the moment of noticing the silence around you, you are not thinking. You are aware, but not thinking.’

– Eckhart Tolle, Stillness Speaks.

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Spirit Matters: Occult Beliefs, Alternative …

Spirit Matters: Occult Beliefs, Alternative Religions, and the Crisis of Faith in Victorian Britain Hardcover – March 15, 2018

by J. Jeffrey Franklin (Author)

Spirit Matters explores the heterodox and unorthodox religions and spiritualities that arose in Victorian Britain as a result of the faltering of Christian faith in the face of modernity, the rise of the truth-telling authority of science, and the first full exposure of the West to non-Christian religions. J. Jeffrey Franklin investigates the diversity of ways that spiritual seekers struggled to maintain faith or to create new faiths by reconciling elements of the Judeo-Christian heritage with Spiritualism, Buddhism, occultism, and scientific naturalism. Spirit Matters covers a range of scenarios from the Victorian hearth and the state-Church altar to the frontiers of empire in Buddhist countries and Egyptian crypts. Franklin reveals how this diversity of elements provided the materials for the formation of new hybrid religions and the emergence in the 20th century of New Age spiritualities.

Franklin investigates a broad spectrum of experiences through a series of representative case studies that together trace the development of unorthodox religious and spiritual discourses. The ideas and events discussed by Franklin through these case studies were considered outside the domain of orthodox religion yet still religious or spiritual rather than atheistic or materialistic. Among the works―obscure and canonical―he analyzes are Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s Zanoni and A Strange Story; Forest Life in Ceylon, by William Knighton; Anthony Trollope’s The Vicar of Bullhampton; Anna Leonowens’s The English Governess at the Siamese Court; Literature and Dogma, by Matthew Arnold; and Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

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Exopolitics

Most people I meet think I’m foolish for focusing on spirituality, the paranormal, UFO etc. I get it. There’s so much going on in the world. But the way I see it : it is impossible to divide these subjects from one another. You can’t untangle science from spirituality, or those from politics. You can’t untangle the mysteries of our present world without looking at our past – one we all know has been tampered with.

I know the phenomenology which constitutes UFO and consciousness would completely rewrite history. I know that because both realities have had a steady impact on humanity as far back as we can go. The mysteries and evidence of visitors to our planet, past and present, and the mysteries of the mind … How are they not intrinsically linked with our place on this planet?

This Life, Next Life (Documentary by Dr. Kei…

This Life, Next Life (Documentary by Dr. Keith Parsons~Life After Death)

This documentary by Dr. Keith Parsons offers empirical evidence for the Afterlife. A sequel,  ‘This Life, Past Life’  is now also available on Youtube. You can watch it HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2Aty…

You might also like his racy yet ‘spirituaI’ novel, ‘Lucky James?’ Its on Amazon as a paperback for UK, with a Kindle version for global download.

 There are global Kobo and iPad/ePub versions too. To find it, input both author and title. All proceeds go to Medecins Sans Frontieres. Link at bottom of description:

This video documentary, ‘This Life, Next Life’, covers the Cross Correspondences, the Scole Experiment, drop-in communicators, EVP, the mediumship of Mrs. Leonora Piper, together with a discussion of brain and mind. Are they the same or different? Interviews with Prof. David Fontana & Prof. Archie Roy, (former presidents of the SPR); Victor Zammit, former Australian attorney; Robin Foy, the Scole Group leader; Dr. Anabela Cardoso, Editor of the ITC Journal; Prof. Bruce Greyson of the University of Virginia; and Dr. Peter Fenwick – a consultant neuro-physiologist.

Link to Books on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos… 

 Documentaries by Dr. Keith Parsons include:

This Life, This Life

This Life, Next Life

This Life, Past Life

Can Spirits Materialise?

Surgeon from The Other Side

The Medium and The Airship

And DarwinBalls!

How do you let go of attachments to things? Do…

How do you let go of attachments to things? Don’t even try. It’s impossible. Attachment to things drops away by itself when you no longer seek to find yourself in them.

Science and Spiritual Practices: Transformat…

Science and Spiritual Practices: Transformative experiences and their effects on our bodies, brains and health Hardcover 

– November 2, 2017

by Rupert Sheldrake

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/147363007X/theanomalist