The world of high finance and banking can seem far off, but don't we all act like debt collectors sometimes? We often keep tallies of the actions of those who’ve hurt us, and hold them to account in arguments and in our minds. While we hold people to account, they hold us to account too; with each looking to get paid back what they are owed (when we're hurt, we tend to settle things by hurting others back). The whole of nature is based on this principle of balance—we tip the scales when we hurt others, which provokes a tip back as recompense. So what part does forgiveness have to play? Letting a criminal loose who would only commit the same crime is a crime in itself; sometimes we have a duty to act, without negativity of any kind. But what about when someone could do a greater good by being freed of a debt, instead of being bound and hurt by the weight of repayment? The never-ending cycle of debts and payments in life would continue ad infinitum, as those who demand repayment must return to collect their debt and in time only amass more debts themselves. That is [...]
The word “spiritual” to most conjures up a scene of perfect peace. Like doing asanas in yoga-style garments on a secluded tropical beach at sunrise, and then returning to a retreat hut for meditation and fresh organic fruit. Spirituality has become synonymous with what makes us feel “good.” Spas, crystals, beads, positive affirmations, scented candles, eating organic, repeating spiritual verses, can all make us feel like we are more “spiritual”, but can they actually make us any more spiritual? If standards as to what is spiritual relate to pleasant ideas, and things that are external to us, then anyone can surround themselves with things associated with “spirituality” and in doing so appear more spiritual than others—when they may have no more consciousness than the next person standing in line at the supermarket. Additionally, it’s easy for someone to simply recite whatever makes people “feel good” and then look like they are giving spiritual information. But isn’t the real good to be found in the inner qualities of consciousness—like true friendship, courage, faith, and honesty—and in some of the most unexpected, ordinary, everyday, and trying of circumstances? In my view, it’s what’s within and who we are that counts. Real love [...]
A Gaia website staff member interviews Lara Atwood about some of the questions people have regarding consciousness, the vortex, and waking up to higher perspectives. Q. What is the difference between a synchronicity and a coincidence? Lara: There are infinite numbers of interactions and events occurring around us continuously. From the minute crawling of an ant in the lawn, to the thoughts about others we’re transmitting and receiving telepathically and unknowingly, right up to the passing of our sun around the centre of the galaxy and beyond. Some of these events randomly coincide, like if you pull the lever of a poker machine enough you eventually line up the same images. It’s a matter of odds, and in a universe whose fabric is dictated by mathematics and geometrical patterns, coincidences are mathematically and statistically inevitable. But our universe is far more than a machine of probability—it has a profound beauty and intelligence impossible to put down to chance. We’ve all had times where we’ve felt an unseen hand guiding us through our lives, like when we’ve had a pressing question about life and days later a friend, or even passing stranger, happens to mention something which leads us to an [...]
https://youtu.be/TWrXuyKBmos From a talk in Greece in 2005.
https://youtu.be/Z-ZVr47xSlE A video of a talk looking at how to observe and discover ego states within and how to remove them or 'die to them'. Ego states are the subconscious emotions, drives and feelings that create so much negativity within and in the world and they affect a person beyond this life. In the absence of the ego, inner peace and stillness are present. From Quebec, Canada in July 2004.
https://youtu.be/kScJEislo6U A video looking at aspects of pride and giving some observations on inner silence in the awareness of the present moment. This was from the third day of talks in Quebec in July 2004.
https://youtu.be/V4W28ie0euc A video discussing what it takes to have inner peace and its repercussions upon society and the world. The egos are temporary, they are not permanent, consciousness is the real you. Peacefulness arises from being aware in the present moment. A talk from Quebec in Canada in 2004.
https://youtu.be/M-GV1rR38ZE A video of an interview from 2002 discussing ways to understand the egos and emotions and how the study of oneself is multi-dimensional and multi-faceted. It looks at how the beginning of inner knowledge is from seeing oneself in the present moment as one really is.
Millions of hurtful interactions are taking place this very second. Arguments, yelling matches, punches, pushes, angry looks, hurtful tones, spiteful words, shouting, put downs, insults, and the endless stream of abusive posts amongst people on the internet. Hurting plays a huge part in our lives. When we did something wrong, our parents punished us. If we drive recklessly, we can get into an accident. If we hold our breath, we suffocate. It’s undeniable that we live in a universe of natural laws and of cause and effect. If it wasn’t like this, then how would we learn? But so often, hurting gets into places that it shouldn’t and we can end up harming those around us completely unnecessarily. To take an extreme example, it’s like the difference between sentencing a criminal to jail justly with fair trial and humane conditions versus a public flogging and torture in which the crowd revels in their suffering. To be better people and have a better world, we can separate the enactment and follow through of consequences that come as the result of bad actions, from the desires and urges to harm others and even feel a sense of satisfaction and enjoyment in seeing [...]
Nasty, bitey things. They make us want to shriek: snakes, spiders, wasps, scorpions, centipedes, jumping bull ants etc. In a raged frenzy with venom they strike. But what about the venom of our own anger? Like the spitting snake, we feel threatened and the same mechanism kicks in: a nasty venom of hurtful words emerge to wound the one who crossed our path. The ego of anger from the animal kingdom operates upon the same principles. Just like the bitey creature, anger makes our body stiff ready for a struggle, the tone becomes threateningly aggressive and the words sink in like venom, set to pierce any defense and emotionally hurt the one who made us feel threatened so they leave us well alone in future. It can even cause us to come back and strike a perceived opponent again and again, sometimes without warning, until we feel the threat is over. A hurtful word here, a nasty tone there, an old resentment brought up again. We probably feel like being around that as much as we’d do a hornet's nest. However, not only do we poison others in this way, but the one who becomes poisonous, is also poisoned. The [...]
We all get angry. Even if we are aware of the harm it can cause, we often can’t help feeling it and in so many different ways – outbursts, irritation, frustration, forcefulness in opinions, glares, raised tones, curt responses, hurtful words, negative moods, and on and on it goes. We tend to use it because we get what we want, like the screaming child in the shopping center. But in my experience, there is a huge catch to anger in that it is ultimately a destructive influence on our lives and a big obstacle to genuine spirituality. Destructive by design If you notice, when angry we tend to want to stomp things, force them, push or grab them. It's ironic that we can even break the very thing we are trying to angrily make work. In the animal kingdom its purpose is to knock out whatever gets in the way of a desired outcome, and that takes force and destruction when met with a perceived resistance. This makes anger by its very nature a force of destruction. So imagine then the destruction it can wreak on delicate things like the complex world of human relationships, and therefore on our lives. [...]
Illustration courtesy of Deesillustration.com Some have called ignorance bliss. But if you actually look into it, there is an incredible cost and consequence to ignorance; and there is no free ride for anyone. There is also a huge range of things both physical, emotional, and metaphysical we can be ignorant of, each with their corresponding consequences. On a Physical Level On a physical level, living a life of being ignorant of where our food comes from, its nutritional value, what is in vaccines, buying endless goods as if they come out of thin air, of the existence of chemtrails etc., means that not only do we cause suffering to animals, the planet, fellow human beings, and future generations, but we are subjected to poisoning, carcinogens, and chemicals even in our food, water, and air that causes us sickness, suffering, and premature death. Being ignorant of the hidden networks of shadow governments, of the worldwide banking system and how it works, of the real causes of many wars etc., means that we become its complicit supporters—perpetuating a system that enslaves us through debt where the individual is no longer the citizen of a country but the collateral of banks. [...]
Simply by perceiving the moment we can feel the beauty that emanates from consciousness, as inner peace is a quality of consciousness. If we perceive the whole we can be aware not only of the world we are in at that moment, but also our thoughts, feelings and emotions, and by observing these we can discover much about ourselves. While we are not aware we lose out on both inner learning and the feelings of peace that consciousness could bring. A deeply spiritual inner peace is not in its root a quality of an emotion, nor of a thought, nor is it an idea or a belief, or the absence of conflict. It is a quality of consciousness found within a perception that is clear of the ego. Consciousness experiences the form of dimensional existence most lucidly through the mechanism of a clear mind, and it’s most felt when we are aware in the present moment. Read the full article here
We should take the time to know how we respond inwardly to life, because by changing ourselves and allowing consciousness to shine, we change not only our own lives but those of others around us, and, if enough people raise their conscious level, we can bring about a real change for good in the world. If we don’t understand ourselves, no matter how many victories for truth there are, the inner level of the majority will keep dragging society downwards into corruption, disorder, and destruction. And even those who pursue truth in the world are not immune to the adverse effects of the subconscious. All of us live in the present moment - it’s a quality of being alive, but it’s the way we perceive it that can make huge difference to our lives. Within us is a multitude of constantly changing thoughts, feelings and emotions, and not all of it is good. In fact, in the subconscious are awful inner states that are usually hidden from awareness and that are the roots of corruption and destruction. Read the rest of the article here
Photo by Joshua Earle on Unsplash What is life for? So many things seem important; there are so many things to do. All of them are vying for our attention, and our interests drive our lives via the many seemingly small and insignificant choices we make each day. But what is it that is ultimately important? Why does this world, with all its limitations, struggle, opposition, and darkness exist? I believe the answer is fundamentally quite simple—that this world exists for us (consciousness) to learn about who we are. The ancients called this self-knowledge. The ever increasing number of recorded near-death experiences (NDEs) provide some of the most compelling evidence for this. Floating away from their bodies, no longer constrained by the physical world and soaring into the majesty of an eternal and spiritual realm, the experiences of those who have died and been sent back share many consistent and common themes. All of a sudden, the career, the kids, the TV, the projects they were working on are totally gone, and many are faced with what is called a “life review” in which they experience every moment of their life all over again, but feeling in a [...]