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Haunting Animal Photos Show What Life Can Be Like In Captivity In Zoos

Sat, 2017-08-05 08:56

Can you imagine being trapped in a cage, confined to only four walls? Or being left alone in a dark space that was so tiny you couldn’t even turn around? This is the reality for far too many animals, and it’s all for our “pleasure.”

Whether it be land animals stuck in zoos, farm animals being slaughtered for consumption, or marine animals and fish being imprisoned in theme parks and aquariums, it’s happening all over the world.

Photojournalist Jo-Ane McArthur has tried to shed some light on what it’s like living in captivity by revealing what the modern day human/animal relationship truly looks like. McArthur recently launched her new book, Captive, as she captured the lives of animals in zoos and aquaria in over 30 different countries in a series of 148 snapshots.

“Increasingly, zoos and aquaria are being called upon to undertake both ideological and physical changes to their institutions,” McArthur said in a statement. “At the center of the current debates regarding the ethics of captivity are the animals and our moral obligations towards these ‘others.’ “

“Captive looks at the animals we so often fail to truly see, and is my contribution to the ever-growing conversation about keeping these individuals on display.”

You can take a look at some of her photos below:

You can view more of Jo-Anne McArthur’s work here.

Final Thoughts

To me, the most evident takeaway from this is that in order to make sustainable, positive change in the world, we need to be the change. All of these corporations make money from us, we willingly give them our dollars, and in return they attempt to satisfy our needs and wants. What happens if these needs and wants shift? Well, these corporations shift as well in order to cater to us. Without demand, there is no point in supply — it’s basic economics.

If you feel that zoos are doing a disservice to animals, then don’t support them. It’s clear that many of these companies mistreat animals and marine life, and even if they don’t perceivably harm them (though in many cases they do), they’re still holding them captive.

Put yourself in the animals’ shoes: Would you want to be held captive behind bars? These animals are literally forced into a prison against their will. They are innocent beings, so why are we treating them like our prisoners, our entertainment, and our toys?

This type of superiority mindset will only hold us back from becoming the compassionate beings we’re meant to be. We all hold love within us, and I encourage you to let that love shine through and express it toward all beings, regardless of what species, class, race, etc. they fall into.

Related CE Articles:

Divers Shocked To Find Large Sea Animals Chained Underwater Inside Cages

Here, The Visitors Are In Cages & The Animals Roam Free

The Truth About Sea World In A 30 Second Video

Why This Mom Won’t Let Her Son Accept His “Perfect Attendance” Award

Fri, 2017-08-04 13:44

When children have accomplishments or hit milestones, they often have the opportunity to be celebrated for their successes in so many ways. Awards are given for everything from winning the championship soccer game to simply participating.

The idea is meant to give children motivation to reach certain goals, while simultaneously encouraging them to do their best. However, some awards can be a bit controversial.

Remember the “Perfect Attendance” award at your school’s end-of-the-year ceremony? The kids who received this were such a select group, praised like olympic champions. The award is surely well-intentioned, giving children a goal to be present and take school seriously.

But, when one mother’s child was offered a “Perfect Attendance” award, rather than celebrating his success, she asked him to turn it down.

In a post on her blog, the U.K. mom and author Rachel Wright discussed why she would decline such an award, and while it might seem strange at first, her points are certainly eye-opening. One of her biggest issues with the award is that sometimes children cannot attend school due to unforeseen circumstances such as when they fall ill, whether it’s with a cold or something much more serious. As a result, a “Perfect Attendance” award seems entirely unfair.

She said:

In this family you are not shamed for ill health, vulnerability or weakness. In this house you are not encouraged to spread germs when you are not well. In this house we look after ourselves and the weakest amongst us.

Can you imagine a work place that at the end of each week marked out all the people who hadn’t been sick? Where all the departments with the least number of people off were rewarded — in front of everyone else? It happens in schools all the time.

Can you imagine what kind of atmosphere that would create with people who had days off because of bereavement, mental health problem or chronic conditions? What on earth are we teaching our kids about value and worth? What are we teaching them about looking out for each other and looking after the sick or disabled in our community?”
Wright goes on: Most school-aged kids have very little control over whether they get to school.

Photo by Rachel Wright

Wright reiterates the fact that children’s attendance ultimately isn’t always up to them. For instance, if there’s bad weather like snow or rain, it’s a lot easier for a child to get to school in their parents 4-wheel-drive SUV as oppose to the public bus. There are also kids with health problems and chronic illnesses.

“He had no control over his attendance,” Wright wrote. “I took him to school and it would have been my decision to keep him off. I should get the reward (or not) for his attendance.”

The viral blog post resonated with many parents sharing Wright’s feelings regarding the unnecessary and unfair award.

“The worst time was in primary school when [my daughter] repeatedly ‘lost’ her class the class award, and was bullied because of it,” wrote one mom.

“In a work place, this would never be acceptable, but we allow this to … happen for our children,” added another person.

Wright’s post relates to all school children, parents, and people in general, encouraging us to be okay with taking a day off. People shouldn’t be spreading germs in order to win an award. People shouldn’t let their mental health suffer for an award. People shouldn’t trek through unsafe weather conditions for an award. Sometimes, you just need a day off, and that’s perfectly fine.

Nike Makes Air Max Shoebox From Recycled Milk jugs & Coffee Lids

Fri, 2017-08-04 08:23

Packaging makes up between a quarter and a third of all domestic waste. One of the main issues at hand is the desire to promote brands for profit, which often leads to exorbitant amounts of unnecessary materials being used in order to make a product more appealing.

What the human really needs, or what the environment requires, isn’t taken into consideration. Minimalism is not a word easily thrown around in the world of brand packaging.

As a means for creating more mindful packaging, however, Nike has partnered with Taiwanese architect and engineer Arthur Huang to create shoe boxes made from recycled drink containers and lids in order to create “sustainable and responsible” packaging that aligns with the growing public desire to do better.

Nike released the lightweight shoebox design for the brand’s annual Air Max Day. The packaging can only be used for the Air Max Royal 01, designed by Huang as well. The shoes are also made from recycled materials, and are boasted as being the lightest Air Max 1 ever. The sneakers are encased in Nike’s Flyknit fabric, which the company stitches together using a seamless technique said to generate 60% less waste than conventional cut-and-sew methods.

The shoebox design, which uses plastics from leftover consumer packaging, requires no added chemicals in the manufacturing process.

“It cushions while at the same time reducing material usage,” said Huang, the CEO of Taiwan and Berlin-based Miniwiz — a studio that finds new uses for waste. “In this case, we’re adding features and efficiency to an existing product and by re-using non-virgin materials in a sustainable and responsible way.” Miniwiz was set up in 2005 by Huang and fellow structural engineer Jarvis Liu as a way to show how post-consumer waste could be reinvented as the next generation of products.

The finished shoebox product is made to neatly interlock for stacking or display. The top of the box splits diagonally in half, and a central section keeps the shoes in place. Extra holes in the packaging allow consumers to thread rope through and re-use the box as a backpack or carry bag. If users don’t want to do that, they can also recycle the packaging.

“These are all intentional features and qualities which revolve around the intent of every Miniwiz product—reducing the impact on the environment in every way it can,” Huang said.

“What we do here is very simple, we try to use the stuff we throw away and turn that into the most sustainable way with the least carbon footprint to create a new product. . . . It’s all about turning pollution into a solution for the future.”

Miniwiz previously teamed up with Nike to create an installation that used Flyknit material to create brightly-coloured web in a rusting gas tower. The company also created a hand-cranked power generator made from re-purposed electronic waste plastic and paper, and a brick made from recycled plastic bottles. The generator serves to build fences and roofs.

Seeing major fashion brands team up with companies created for the sole purpose to give back to the Earth offers hope to the sustainability movement, and should inspire other well-known brands to rethink their impact on our planet, too.

Someone Called This Little Girl’s Tea Party Racist. Then A Japanese Tumblr User Responded Perfectly

Fri, 2017-08-04 08:11

This article is not meant to offend others. My only goal is to inspire more love within society and help people see that their actions and words, though well-intended, could be creating further division. Thank you.

Although racism still exists, it’s obvious that we’ve come a long way over the past century as a society. People are truly starting to grasp that we are all one, that the illusion of skin colour or physical differences doesn’t actually separate us, and that’s beautiful.

However, it’s clear to me that there’s been somewhat of a politicization regarding our perceived differences, creating a heightened awareness of cultural appropriation, racism, sexism, and pretty much anything else that could separate us. Though I believe that this has helped us become a more compassionate and kinder society as a whole, I can’t help but wonder if we sometimes take our perceptions of “cultural appropriation” and “political correctness” (PC) too far.

I’ve witnessed countless examples of someone calling out another person for “being racist” or “contributing to cultural appropriation” when the individual clearly had no intention of doing so. Yet, others feel the need to speak up, dramatizing the situation and creating even more division than the original statement would have in the first place. It seems that we’ve forgotten that intentions are equally as important as actions and words.

I’m not suggesting we don’t fight for what we perceive as being “right,” nor am I saying we should just allow racism and disrespectful cultural appropriation to be swept under the rug. But by classifying every single, slightly “non-PC” term as racist, sexist, etc., are we really helping the movement, or are we creating even more separatism by aggressively calling people out?

To further explain this topic, I’ll use the example of a story I recently came across that embodies how people can be quick to make a snap judgement and call someone out.

Tumblr User Calls This Little Girl’s Party Racist

A Utah mom posted pictures from a Japanese-themed birthday party she threw her daughter on her blog. She explained how she decorated on a budget and even went to a Japanese grocer to get some traditional cuisine. Here are some photos from the party:

The images were then posted on Tumblr, where users started commenting that the mother was contributing to racism and cultural appropriation. If you actually read through the blog, it’s pretty apparent that she was just trying to throw a cute, budget-friendly birthday party for her daughter, and that her intention likely was not to offend anyone.

One Japanese user, “cheshireinthemiddle,” actually spoke up, defending the mom who was labelled a racist for celebrating another culture, explaining the difference between “appreciating” a culture versus “appropriating” it to the other user,”ginzers,” who claimed the party was racist.

You can read the full thread below or here:

Though cultural appropriation is definitely “a thing,” it just may not be “a thing” in this particular scenario. Let’s keep in mind that cultural appropriation is technically defined as “the adoption or use of elements of one culture used by another culture,” which doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. It’s only more recently when we became obsessed with political correctness that the rise of cultural appropriation became so negative.

Obviously, if you’re borrowing elements in a disrespectful manner, which really does happen far too often in society and pop culture, there’s reason to speak up. But if someone is simply celebrating another culture with no malintent, then what’s the issue?

User “cheshireinthemiddle” brings up an interesting point, explaining that perhaps the actual racist in this scenario was user “ginzers.” Ginzers made a snap judgement about a family, assuming they were racist for simply celebrating another culture. What if the reason we’ve become so sensitive to these topics is because we’re still battling our own belief systems about racism?

Part of the issue with all of this arguing about what’s politically correct and what’s not is that it further perpetuates the patriotism/nationalism belief systems. The political system thrives off of these belief systems because it forces us to identify with a specific culture, religion, nationality, etc., rather than simply recognizing that we’re just human. Appreciating and celebrating these parts of your life isn’t a bad thing; it’s only when we start to identify as being a certain nationality over being a human being that this becomes a problem.

For example, yes, I’m Canadian, but more importantly I’m a human being, and my nationality doesn’t separate me from anyone or put me above or below others. There is no spectrum here; we are all deeply and fundamentally connected, and any sort of separatism is an illusion. This doesn’t mean that I don’t love and celebrate being Canadian, it just means that I don’t hold it over other people’s heads or allow it to separate me from other people from different cultures.

Final Thoughts 

To be clear, I’m not saying you shouldn’t stand up for others, nor should you ever try to justify racism, sexism, etc. in any way. Creating more awareness of how our actions affect others in society is not a bad thing, but it has also gotten to the point where people choose to become offended by almost anything these days.

However, the next time you’re about to call someone racist, sexist, or anything else, ask yourself whether or not you believe they were intending to come across that way in the first place. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to help them reflect on where their words are coming from, but simply that you don’t need to attack them.

Though this entire trend has inspired more connectivity and acceptance, it has also created more division within society, and the elite has further fuelled it. Just look at what happened with the Black Lives Matter movement and the Women’s March; they were largely funded by members of the elite like George Soros and, in part, created more separatism than activism, which is exactly what the elite wants. If we’re too busy fighting with each other, we’ll be too distracted to pay attention to what they’re doing behind the scenes. The left has convinced society that it’s socially acceptable to literally fight for equality, increasing violence and separatism.

We further explain this concept and the elite’s involvement with these two movements in our CE article here.

We need to stop taking things so personally and start asking why they trigger us so much in the first place. It’s crucial that instead of arguing with the outside world, we learn to go within and ask ourselves why we’re getting so upset over another person’s words when we know they’re not intending to hurt other people. Only then will we be able to correctly identify when racism, sexism, and negative cultural appropriation are actually occurring.

The Double Eclipse Gateway Is On It’s Way & There Is A Global Synchronized Meditation

Thu, 2017-08-03 11:49

This August 2017 represents an opportunity for you to realize more of your unique essence that you have come with to impart into this realm.

The month of August combines the Egyptian New Year (called the Lion’s Gate), the Lunar Full Moon Eclipse in Aquarius, the Solar Eclipse in Leo, and the 30 Year Anniversary of the Harmonic Convergence to create a global movement of personal empowerment and individual embodiment that echoes into the creation of the New Earth.

Now is the time to embody even more of your true essence through letting go of everything. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” For the past century, consciousness as a collective has been on the rise. The awakening of our truest potential has gone from the masses emulating one sage per millennium to many walking avatars and the wake of all of those plunged into their own self-realization.

For thousands of years, monks, sages, and shamans have gone to sacred sites — mystic journeys to the tops of frozen alps, scorching desert mesas, the depths of damp caves, and into dense jungles — to connect to these waves of information. This space within these healers creates a clear connection within to become a physical expression of the divine, thus creating guidance for the collective. We need to take the meditation from the cave to the marketplace. It is with ease and grace that we are able to find harmony in silent meditation in untouched wilderness, but what about in the middle of a traffic jam or busy work day?

Each one of us is beginning the quest as a collective to learn how to integrate mindfulness into such a busy world. We keep seeking and peeling away the layers to find the clearest version of the divine in a modern world.

Below is a quick summary of the energies that lead into this Eclipse gateway and the context around them. We will start off with a focus on the self through the combined Leo energies, then plunge into how our unique essence contributes to the collective vision through the energy of Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius. We’ll then complete it with a more concrete embodiment of our discoveries through the final surge of the Particle Convergence and Solar Eclipse in Leo. I will now expand into each specific event and its contribution to your soul structure and the collective consciousness.

The Rise of Self Realization Through Leo Energy

The frequencies at this time serve as a dynamic mirror for the unveiling and redefinition of the ego. What is the ego? The ego is anything you associate yourself to be. The true self is within all things; it is the entirety of the universe. Leo rules the ego, the self, the masks we wear that are personalities and fragmented pieces of the one ultimate creator. These Leo energies are about unloading any limiting associations to give way to your endless nature, the true self.

May 2017 was marked by the Nodes changing signs — the North Node moved into Leo and the South Node to Aquarius. We will all experience a strong shift toward expressing our creative gifts and talents so we can reach our fullest human potential.

The message of this Nodal shift is to stop searching aimlessly for the right cause, for the right movement, or for the right community to fill the emptiness inside (South Node in Aquarius), and focus on our own creative genius (North Node in Leo).

This is also supported by the New Moon in Leo that just passed, on July 23rd, as well as the Lion’s Gate.

Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius – August 7, 2017

On August 7, the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius rises in the heavens. The Aquarian is the water bearer, meaning that it gives all of life source to the collective, pouring out the gifts of the universe to all the people through new ways of being. It is the symbol of the collective unconscious in harmony with the Full Moon energy.

The Eclipse will bring a different expression of the Full Moon. The Full Moon energy is usually an outward focused event, meaning it promotes our desire to be out and socialize. In this instance, the focus will be on how we integrate and contribute to that collective force; how our unique essence contributes to the progression of humanity.

The Eclipse energy is the time the indigenous speak of being able to go into the veil of death and rebirth — the place where you had your soul signature at the time of birth. This is a gateway opportunity to go into an open and receptive state, to strip yourself of any identity to find your truest soul’s expression. This energy will allow you to take an objective view of relationships, career choice, and life circumstances. It is the grand overview, the time when you can zoom out to see the big picture.

Think of it as a reset button on your life and give yourself grace and ease if feelings of dissolution or confusion set in. You may be experiencing a complete dissolution of everything you know yourself to be, or may be embodying a new archetype of personality with your family and friends that you have never been associated with before. This is a time for reevaluation and soul karmic clearing. This is the universe’s way of having you redefine the way you see yourself and interact with the world around you, as you.

The Lion’s Gate – August 8, 2017

The Lion’s Gate is based around the Egyptian New Year, when Sirius — the brightest star in the night sky — first becomes visible after a 70-day absence. This is also when Orion becomes aligned with the three pyramids of Giza, all aligning in the constellation of Leo, the sign of personal empowerment. It is said that a “gateway” of opportunity occurs at this time, to rebirth yourself and step into a higher state of being — the harvest of fruits from the inner working of the soul.

The Blue Star Sirius will rise with the Eclipsed Full Moon in Aquarius and, just like the Aquarians, the energy from this blue star holds the renewal of future frequencies that will be downloaded onto our planet and consciousness. The Sirians are energetic beings that hold the memories of lands like Lemuria and Atlantis, which brought forth technologies like free energy from magnetics, and Tensor and Telsa energy generators. Sirius will rise with Orion’s Belt to align with the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx to activate the Lion’s Gate.

This will also be the 30 Year Anniversary of the Harmonic Convergence. This year’s alignment will be called the Particle Convergence.

The Harmonic Convergence is the name given to one of the world’s first globally synchronized meditation events, which occurred on August 16–17, 1987. This event also closely coincided with an exceptional alignment of planets in the Solar System.

An important part of the Harmonic Convergence observances was the idea of congregating at “power centers,” or places of particularly strong spiritual energy, such as Mount Shasta, Mount Fuji, and Mount Yamnuska. The belief was that if 144,000 people assembled at these power centers and meditated for peace, they could facilitate the arrival of the new era.

The planetary alignments will create a grounding of similar energies at the power points or vortexes around the planet, creating a unique opportunity for going to altered states of consciousness to receive this information. This year, the Particle Convergence is about merging the individuated soul consciousness with a collective social memory complex, stripping away the layers that make each one of us associate with an individual experience, separate physical body, and existence, and being able to expand into the fact that we are one.

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo – August 21, 2017

The New Moon is a time to look internally to the subconscious undercurrents of your life. It’s a time when the void of possibility opens. The culminations of energies leading up to this will leave a perfect openness to dissolve any preconceived notions of who you are at this point to create the life you truly want.  This is a potent time to combine emptying yourself with the intention of the emptiness, leaving space for the new life to breathe back into your life.

It is a reset of the solar energies as the sun falls away from sight with the eclipse. Just as the Sun is the center of our universe, providing energy to all of the beings on the planet, we too mirror this property with an inner Sun, located at our Solar Plexus. This is our energy center, which progresses us through our authentic power and magnetism.

Have you ever noticed your breath follows your emotions or current energetic state? This is your energy generator fluxing from the thought waves you are producing. It is important to locate this center at this time, and see whether you are holding tension in this place. Are you honouring yourself? Are you following your life’s truest calling? Are you walking the path that ignites your heart?

Start with creating an intentional connection to this center through meditation during this download to reawaken your energy center and life’s purpose. Once you awaken the rise and fall, the stoking of your inner fire, the rest will come naturally.

Join Together in The Lion’s Gate Global Synchronized Meditation

Enter an accelerated timeline to empower yourself and the planet through The Lion’s Gate Synchronized Global Meditation. This year is very rare, combining powerful planetary alignments: the Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius, the Lion’s Gate or Egyptian New Year, and the 30 Year Anniversary of the Harmonic Convergence. The combination of these alignments will create a surge of energy into vortex points and the grid of our planet.

Click Here to Join the FREE Live Broadcasted Meditation

Imagine a world where each one of us knew we had the impact necessary to create world change. If you feel like you don’t fit in in this world, it is because you are here to help create a new one.

August introduces an expansive fluctuation in Earth’s energy that will create an opportunity to harmonize our brainwaves with the frequencies of higher consciousness. The age of the external guru is dissolving; you are the guru, you are the sages of this new age. Those who have heard the clarion call to help create heaven on Earth are being ushered into the era of shepherding consciousness.

The Lion’s Gate is a portal to finally embody your unique essence; a call to action of the greatness within you. Become the change you wish to see in this world. When the lightworkers of this Earth unite together, there is nothing we cannot transform.

Walk in the light of your truest life purpose with unwavering knowing! Become a physical crystallization of the divine light within; become one who radiates this knowing into every person they meet, creating a disruptive-yet-harmonizing tsunami of world change. Dedicate your consciousness to shifting this planet into its elevated timeline!

Banned TED Talk, Part 2: 10 Scientific Dogmas Holding Back Science

Thu, 2017-08-03 04:00

“The modern scientific worldview is predominantly predicated on assumptions that are closely associated with classical physics. Materialism—the idea that matter is the only reality—is one of these assumptions. A related assumption is reductionism, the notion that complex things can be understood by reducing them to the interactions of their parts, or to simpler or more fundamental things such as tiny material particles. . . . During the 19th century, these assumptions narrowed, turned into dogmas, and coalesced into an ideological belief system that came to be known as ‘scientific materialism.’ This belief system implies that the mind is nothing but the physical activity of the brain, and that our thoughts cannot have any effect upon our brains and bodies, our actions, and the physical world.”

Above is a quote taken from a group of internationally recognized scientists who came together to stress the importance of what is still commonly overlooked in the mainstream scientific community — the fact that matter (protons, electrons, photons, anything that has a mass) is not the only reality. We wish to understand the nature of our reality, but how can we do so if we are continually examining only physical systems?

The Summary Report of the International Summit on Post-Materialist Science, Spirituality and Society can be downloaded here: International Summit on Post-Materialist Science: Summary Report (PDF). To see more points like the one quoted above, you can check out their “Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science.

This is one of many points taken from the lecture below, given by biologist and author Rupert Sheldrake, best known for his hypothesis of morphic fields and morphic resonance, which leads to a vision of a living, developing universe with its own inherent memory. He worked in developmental biology at Cambridge University, where he was a Fellow of Clare College. He was then Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Hyderabad, India. From 2005 to 2010 he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick Project, funded from Trinity College, Cambridge.

“The Science of Delusion is the belief that science already understands the nature of reality in principle, leaving only the details to be filled in.” 

– Rupert Sheldrake

We’ve seen countless instances in science where what we think we know, and accept as a reality that can’t be challenged, changes. A great example comes from Lord Kelvin, a famous Scottish mathematician and physicist who contributed to many branches of physics, when he stated that “there is nothing new to be discovered in physics now. All that remains is more and more precise measurement.” This statement was disproven just five years later, when Einstein published his paper on special relativity. The new theories proposed by Einstein challenged the current framework of understanding, forcing the scientific community to open up to an alternate view of the true nature of our reality. This serves as a great example of how things that are taken to be truth can suddenly change to fiction. Another moment could be when we found out the Earth wasn’t flat, or the recent findings that’ve moved beyond just “theoretical” in quantum physics, that challenge some of Einsteins theories, like quantum entanglement, something he referred to as “spooky action at a distance.”

“If you have studied any area of science on your own or in school, you may have noticed there are many differing beliefs in the scientific world. For nearly every theory or ‘fact,’ there appears to be an opposing one, or many. While this statement seems impossible given that science is supposed to be based on evidence that produces provable theories, it is a delusion not to realize that much of what is strictly believed in the scientific world is only believed because it has already been accepted by the mainstream and therefore no longer questioned — much like what takes place within religion. This is not to say that there aren’t amazing scientists out there coming up with profound findings and adding powerful contributions to all fields. I simply wish to highlight the fact that, in the mainstream world, science is ‘stuck,’ or, perhaps more accurately, we have put a freeze on certain areas of science.”

– Joe Martino

The quote above comes from this article we published a few years ago that featured Ruperts’ banned TED talk. In the lecture below, Rupert makes the same points, but it is updated, longer, and delves deeper into each point.

Sheldrake’s lecture focuses on the following 10 problematic scientific beliefs:

  • Nature is mechanical
  • Matter is unconscious
  • The laws of nature are fixed
  • The total amount of matter and energy is the same
  • Nature is purposeless
  • Biological heredity
  • Memories are stored inside of the brain as material traces
  • The mind is inside the head
  • Psychic phenomenon, like telepathy, is impossible
  • Mechanistic medicine is the only kind that works – it is merely chance or the placebo effect if natural remedy or other healing practice seems to affect physical healing

 

Hempcrete Could Change The Way We Build Everything

Thu, 2017-08-03 00:00

First off, what is Hempcrete? As the name suggests, hempcrete is a building material that incorporates hemp into its mixture. Versatile and hardy, it can be used for wall insulation, flooring, walls, roofing, and more, and is fireproof, waterproof, and rot-proof, provided it’s used aboveground. Derived from the shiv or inside stem of the hemp plant, it’s then mixed with a lime base binder to create the final, negative carbon footprint product. Hempcrete is much more versatile and pliable than concrete, making it an easier material to work with. In fact, earthquakes cannot crack these structures, as they are three times more resistant to damage than regular concrete.

Hempcrete also requires less energy to produce, since lime doesn’t need to be heated to the same degree as industrial concrete. What’s more, because it contains cellulose, Hempcrete also sequesters carbon. Through its growing life cycle, it takes in large amounts of carbon, which are then built into the home or building being constructed. Carbon is thus stored rather than released into the atmosphere, and as a result, a home can save about 20,000lbs of carbon when being built out of Hempcrete.

Strong, lightweight, and breathable, Hempcrete is inarguably a superior building material. When used in exterior walls, it lets water in without accruing rot or other damage. What’s more, rather than needing to build homes with space between exterior walls, which must then be filled with insulation, you can simply use a Hempcrete wall. As humidity is taken in from the external environment, the Hempcrete holds that humidity until it is ready to be released again when air becomes dry once again.

While lime takes longer to harden than concrete, since it’s wrapped in cellulose, it  is incredibly strong. Over time, the lime essentially turns back to rock, so the material becomes harder and harder until it petrifies completely. This means the wall will last thousands of years compared to the 40–100 years of today’s standard building materials.

Hempcrete is versatile in other ways, too. If too much is mixed in during building, you can simply return the mixture to the soil as a great fertilizer. And since hemp grows to maturity in just 14 weeks, it is a very powerful, cheap, and sustainable solution.

Hemp also requires no fertilizer, weed killer pesticide, or fungicide to grow, and can be used in nearly limitless capacities. The hemp seed can be harvested as a nutritious food rich in Omega-3 oil, amino acids, protein, and fiber, while the outer fibers can be used for clothing, paper, and many other everyday items. This truly is a remarkable plant, and its use in the mainstream should be a no-brainer.

You would think that if the government and corporations were truly concerned with climate change, and the massive effects they claim it is going to have on life, they would begin implementing this solution as quickly as possible and make hemp legal again in the U.S. But this doesn’t seem to be the case. Are they exaggerating about climate change and how much OUR carbon is affecting it? Or are they so concerned with their system that they fear changing things? Either way, something is up here.

Below are a few of many related CE articles regarding hemp. 

8 Common Misconceptions About Industrial Hemp 

8 Ways Hemp Can Keep You Healthy In 2017

Reinventing Construction: The First Hempcrete Block Plant In America

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No, NASA Did Not Offer A Six-Figure Salary Position To Defend Earth From Aliens, But…

Wed, 2017-08-02 14:09

If you’ve seen recent headlines from the Independent, CNBC, Russia Today, and more media outlets claiming that NASA just offered a six-figure salary for someone to work for the U.S. government to “defend the Earth from aliens,” you may be a little confused, and for good reason.

The Independent reported: “The full-time role of “planetary protection officer” will involve ensuring that humans in space do not contaminate planets and moons, as well as ensuring that alien matter does not infect Earth.”

Business Insider reported: They’re also supposed to help prevent any alien microbes from spreading to Earth.”

These articles are referring to a position the U.S. government recently posted, titled Planetary Protection OfficerThe NASA position is “concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration.” NASA is offering candidates a staggering $124,406 to $187,000 per year to fulfill these duties.

Mainstream media has taken this job posting and severely dramatized it, claiming that one of the job duties would be to “defend Earth from aliens.” Though this could be part of the job behind the scenes, it’s certainly not explicitly stated in the posting, and so for these media outlets to be claiming this is a huge stretch.

Although many of these news outlets explained the job posting in more accurate detail deeper within their articles, their titles were misleading and could be considered “click bait.” Stories like these can actually harm the disclosure movement, as they spread misinformation and create confusion surrounding ET and UFO phenomena. In reality, there’s tons of tangible evidence regarding these topics, but this job title isn’t one of them.

On the U.S. government website, the job description reads as follows:

Planetary protection is concerned with the avoidance of organic-constituent and biological contamination in human and robotic space exploration. NASA maintains policies for planetary protection applicable to all space flight missions that may intentionally or unintentionally carry Earth organisms and organic constituents to the planets or other solar system bodies, and any mission employing spacecraft, which are intended to return to Earth and its biosphere with samples from extraterrestrial targets of exploration.

The position would be for three years, with the opportunity of extending it to five. The position itself was created after the U.S. signed the Outer Space Treaty in 1967, which was designed “to avoid their harmful contamination and also adverse changes in the environment of the Earth resulting from the introduction of extraterrestrial matter,” as the treaty reads.

Is This Proof of Extraterrestrials & the War in Space?

No, despite what you’ve read on other news outlets, the fact that NASA announced this job position doesn’t prove that the war in space or extraterrestrials exist; however, there is other evidence of this. Let’s take a look at the militarization of space first.

Some of this evidence came to light thanks to the DNC email leak, as John Podesta, former chairman of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, was in contact with Apollo 14 astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, the 6th man to walk on the moon. Within those emails, they discussed zero point energy, the war in space, and extraterrestrials.

One of the emails reads:

Dear John,

Because the War in Space race is heating up, I felt you should be aware of several factors as you and I schedule our Skype talk.

Remember, our nonviolent ETI from the contiguous universe are helping us bring zero point energy to Earth. They will not tolerate any forms of military violence on Earth or in space.

The following information in italics was shared with me by my colleague Carol Rosin, who worked closely for several years with Wernher von Braun before his death.

Carol and I have worked on the Treaty on the Prevention of the Placement of Weapons in Outer Space, attached for your convenience.

So, who is his colleague Dr. Carol Rosin? Dr. Rosin is a space and missile defence consultant who’s worked with various corporations, government departments, and intelligence communities throughout her career, and founded the Institute for Security Cooperation in Outer Space. Dr. Rosin also worked closely with Wernher Von Braun shortly before his death, more specifically on the subject of space-based weapons.

In an interview with Dr. Steven Greer, Dr. Rosin stated:

What was most interesting to me, was a repetitive sentence that he said to me over and over again. . . . And that was the strategy that was being used to educate the public and decision makers, and the scare tactics, the spin that was being put on the weapons system. And that was how we identify an enemy.

The enemy at first he said, the enemy against whom we’re going to build a space based weapons system . . . First the Russians are going to be considered the enemy . . . then terrorists would be identified and that was soon to follow . . . then we were going to identify third world crazies, we now call them nations of concern. . . . The next enemy was asteroids . . . [and] against asteroids we’re going to build space based weapons.

And the funniest one of all, was against what he called aliens, extraterrestrials, that would be the final card. And over, and over, and over during the four years that I knew him and was giving his speeches for him, he would bring up that last card.

‘And remember Carol, the last card is the alien card. We’re going to have to build space based weapons against aliens,’ and all of it, he said, is a lie.

In other words, their concerns are regarding false flag threats. The term “false flag” refers to the idea that a government would stage an attack or mislead the public regarding an event in order to justify war, the infiltration of a foreign country, or another extreme action (like war in space) for their own personal gain (whether that be for money, oil, power, etc.).

It’s also used to heighten a state of fear and security within their own country, and in order to do so, they need a villain. So, in this case, the concern is that Russia, aliens, etc. will become the fake villains. Dr. Rosin is not the first person of authority to come forward suggesting that false flags could be an issue regarding ETs and space, and I would encourage you to look further into Dr. Steven Greer’s work on the Disclosure Project to learn more about that particular subject.

Another email from Dr. Mitchell addressed to Podesta states:

Dear John,

As 2015 unfolds, I understand you are leaving the Administration in February.

It is urgent that we agree on a date and time to meet to discuss Disclosure and Zero Point Energy, at your earliest available after your departure.

My Catholic colleague Terri Mansfield will be there too, to bring us up to date on the Vatican’s awareness of ETI.

Another colleague is working on a new Space Treaty, citing involvement with Russia and China. However with Russia’s extreme interference in Ukraine, I believe we must pursue another route for peace in space and ZPE on Earth.

I met with President Obama’s Honolulu childhood friend, US Ambassador Pamela Hamamoto on July 4 at the US Mission in Geneva, when I was able to tell her briefly about zero point energy.

I believe we can enlist her as a confidante and resource in our presentation for President Obama.

I appreciate Eryn’s assistance in working with Terri to set up our meeting.

It seems that the U.S. government has been preparing for this for quite some time, as they recently split their Air Force, which will lead to the creation of the US Space Corps. You can read more about that in our CE article here.

Keep in mind that America is the only nation with a branch of military dedicated to space (as far as we know), and that they already have the United Air Force Space Command.

“This is an issue the subcommittee has studied for months and I can’t even tell you how many meetings with space experts and leaders [Democratic Rep.] Jim [Cooper] and I have had on this subject,” Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, stated.

According to IFL Science“The subcommittee believes this move will help the US maintain their strategic advantage in space. But not all members of the committee were equally pleased with this as the mark-up (proposed legislation before it is passed) was only discussed in a couple of meetings.”

So, what’s the reasoning behind the militarization of space? Who knows, but many high ranking officials have speculated that it has something to do with increasing U.S. control on this planet.

I’ll leave you with a few quotes from government officials suggesting that various governments know of extraterrestrial existence.

Mike Gravel, a former Democratic Senator, explained“Something is monitoring the planet, and they are monitoring it very cautiously, because we are a very warlike planet.”

One of the most revealing testimonies was provided by Paul Hellyer, Canada’s former Defence Minister:

In one of the cases, during the Cold War, 1961, there were about 50 UFOs in formation flying south from Russia across Europe. The Supreme Allied Commander was very concerned and about ready to press the panic button when they turned around and went back over the North Pole. So they decided to do an investigation, and they investigated for three years, and they decided that, with absolute certainty, that four species, four different species, at least, have been visiting this planet for thousands of years. . . . There’s been a lot more activity in the last few decades, since we invented the atomic bomb, and they are very concerned about that, and the fact that we might use it again, because the whole cosmos is a unity and it affects not just us but other people in the cosmos, they’re very much afraid that we might be stupid enough to start using atomic weapons again and this would be very bad for us, and them as well. (source)

Dr. Edgar Mitchell, who was previously discussed in this article, said, “Yes there have been crashed craft, and bodies recovered. . . . We are not alone in the universe, they have been coming here for a long time. . . . I happen to be privileged enough to be in on the fact that we have been visited on this planet, and the UFO phenomenon is real.” (source)(source)(source)

Lord Admiral Hill-Norton, former Chief of Defence Staff, 5 Star Admiral of the Royal Navy, and Chairman of the NATO military committee, explained:

There are objects in our atmosphere which are technically miles in advance of anything we can deploy, that we have no means of stopping them coming here … [and] that there is a serious possibility that we are being visited and have been visited for many years by people from outer space, from other civilizations. That it behooves us, in case some of these people in the future or now should turn hostile, to find out who they are, where they come from, and what they want. This should be the subject of rigorous scientific investigation and not the subject of ‘rubishing’ by tabloid newspapers.

Final Thoughts 

The subject of extraterrestrial and UFO phenomena is huge, and I strongly suggest you research these topics on your own. You can check out the Exopolitics section of our website to learn more!

As per other resources, the U.S. government website is an excellent place to start given that there are tons of declassified documents you can review, as well as checking out the work of Dr. Steven Greer and Richard Dolan. Happy researching!

8 Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than Necessary

Wed, 2017-08-02 13:42

On a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being incredibly easy and 10 being extremely challenging, if I were to ask you to rate your daily life’s current level of difficulty, what score would you give it?

I’m willing to bet that the vast majority of you would score your life as at least a six. But even if your score did fall below this bold prediction of mine, I’m confident none of you have ever stated, “Man, I wish my life were harder.”

But what if I told you that despite never stating this desire, most of us expertly, if unintentionally, fulfill it all the time? 

In hopes of giving you the keys to a simpler life, here are eight common ways you could be making your life harder than necessary, in both video and written form:

1. You Bottle Things Up Inside 

When it comes to things that are largely insignificant, you’ll open up to pretty well anyone and everyone. But when it comes to addressing substantial and deep-seated issues, you keep them to yourself and adapt the “you against the world” mentality.

While all change does ultimately need to come from within, we can’t forget about the incredible power that can also be found in opening up to and seeking advice from others. Even if the person you confide in offers little of value in return, the simple act of releasing your feelings can in itself work wonders in helping you sort them out — and strengthen your friendship in the process.

2. You Open Up to the Wrong People

An extension upon number one that could be further complicating your life may be that, when you do decide to express yourself, you’re choosing the wrong people to open up to. Rather than seeking out the council of someone you can trust and know will give you honest feedback, you instead find yourself turning to the people you either clash views with or, even worse, those who are likely to only further feed the drama you are looking to move beyond.

Most of us have at least one person in our life that we know we can safely turn to for help with different issues, but if no one comes to mind, don’t feel any shame in seeking the support of a professional.

3. You Hold Onto, Rather Than Learn From, the Past

We’ve all dealt with our fair share of hardship, and one surefire way to make your life even more difficult is to hold onto that hardship to such an extent that it pollutes the present moment. Rather than basking in victimhood, resentment, regret, or any other feelings that your previous challenges may have engendered within you, choose to focus instead on what you learned from each experience.

We may not be able to control whether or not we are struck with hardship in the future, but we can better equip ourselves for it by applying what past experiences have taught us to new ones, making it less likely we’ll repeat the same mistakes and patterns over and over again.

Recommended book to help with this: The Power of Now.

4. Your Desires Are Dominated by Immediate Gratification 

You have the long-term goal of getting in shape and have been hitting the gym somewhat regularly to help get you there. But when that delicious tasting sweet — the one you know is only going to set you back further from meeting your goals — is offered, you simply can’t refuse.

Whether it be our taste buds, our laziness, or our sexual desires, we all know what it’s like to have our decision-making ruled by whatever will provide immediate gratification. It’s not to say that these things need to be completely avoided, as such pleasures are a part of life, but rather, to point out how indulging in them too frequently could be preventing you from reaching your goals, or reaching them as quickly as you’d like. 

Recommended book to help with goal setting: Awaken the Giant Within.

5. You’re Allowing Your Attention Span to Shrink 

This is without a doubt a byproduct of social media. Whether it’s the consistent scrolling through news feeds or the 7-10 second videos, we are all allowing our attention span to shrink in favour of consuming as much as possible as quickly as possible.

While this may seem beneficial to our productivity, a short attention span can also make it difficult, if not impossible, to accomplish anything that requires persistence or (God forbid) patience.

6. You Blame First, Reflect Second 

Something unfortunate happens and, before you can even fully process it, you’re already looking for something, somewhere, or someone to blame for it. While this may come with the immediate benefit of potentially getting you off the hook, it can, over the long term, wreak havoc on your ability to take responsibility for your actions.

Challenge yourself to regularly take the time to reflect on things that happen and don’t be afraid to own up to your mistakes, flaws, or anything else. Doing so demonstrates a maturity and wisdom that everyone in your life will notice and appreciate. 

7. You Neglect Gratitude

Nothing has had a more profoundly positive impact on my life than daily gratitude (find out more). And a great way to make your life a lot more difficult than necessary is to completely neglect everything for which you can actively be grateful.

Practicing gratitude may not solve all your problems or make your issues disappear, but it can work wonders in changing the mentality that you apply to them. Feel stuck? Challenge yourself to list off at least 10 things you are thankful for in life and then re-approach what’s stopping you. You may be surprised by what a grateful mind is capable of thinking of and solving.

Recommended book to help with this: The Five Minute Journal: A Happier You in 5 Minutes a Day.

8. You Believe Your Excuses

Our minds are incredibly powerful tools capable of concocting some of the most elaborate stories, ideas, and belief systems, sometimes out of thin air. When applied to creative tasks, this is a remarkable superpower that each of us can tap into, but when it comes to personal issues, our mind often makes things unnecessarily complicated. 

Before you can even begin to piece together what you’ll need in order to do something that comes to you, your mind will likely already have a dozen reasons why you shouldn’t even bother. This seeming “gift” is not the issue; the challenge lies in your willingness to buy into what your mind tells you.

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How I Lost My Mind & Then Got It Back Again

Wed, 2017-08-02 11:05

I recently got to sit down and interview a good friend of mine, Kasper van der Meulen, founder of mindlift.com. An inspiring guy and fellow Wim How Method instructor, he used a few simple tools to pull himself out of a dark place that many people I speak to (including myself at one point) are in. I asked him to share his experience in the article below. If you want to view the full interview. you can find it at the end of the article.

How I Lost My Mind, Took It Back, and Lifted It Up 

Written by: Kasper van Der Meulen

“This is what going crazy must feel like,” I remember thinking as my anxiety slowly turned my stomach upside down and sent a tidal wave of dark thoughts into my consciousness. My mental space used to be clear and orderly, with everything correctly in its place, but now it’s like I’m being terrorized by a rampant monkey that’s opening up the cabinets, tossing around my files, digging up old junk, and placing all of it into the front of my mind, all while screaming, “Look, this is wrong! So is this! Remember this? That’s wrong too!”

A few years ago, flashes of anxiety like this would come upon me regularly, and would seriously make me doubt my sanity. It turns out that this question of sanity is rooted in the wrong mindset, however; sanity had nothing to do with it. You see, it’s easy to feel like we are alone in our struggles, like we are somehow inherently different, inherently not good enough. In my experience, our inherent worth is out of the question, and our daily choices, habits, and behaviours are the things that shape our mental and emotional states.

Interestingly, in that period of mental and physical distress, I had not linked my collection of bad habits, including some popular favourites like smoking, drinking, overeating, binge-watching, and anything else I could use to escape reality, to my eighty pounds of excess weight, heart arrhythmia problem, back and shoulder pains, migraines, low energy, and poor concentration, or to the way that they led to feelings of anxiety and depression.

After some internal struggle, I finally went to visit a therapist, who was really a meditation teacher. He gave me a few mental exercises to get a grip on my thoughts, and I learned to work with the instant gratification-seeking, anxiety-producing monkey in my mind. Instead of trying to suppress and fight the monkey, I started studying it like a wild animal by simply paying careful attention to it and testing how it reacted to certain things.

Training the Monkey

I now had clarity to observe how my mental intention completely changed every physiological state in my body in a split second. That’s when it hit me — maybe my mind, my physiology, and their connection were tools that I could learn to work with. In that moment, a subconscious change of mind made the difference between feeling okay to feeling absolutely miserable. But what if a conscious change of mind could have a similar effect, just in a constructive and positive direction? If the mind is just a tool that I can learn to use, maybe I can decide how to use it, in a similar way that one can use a hammer to build a house or to bash someone’s head in. The hammer doesn’t care — it’s just a tool. The owner of the tool decides its application. That’s when I decided to become the owner of the tool that is my mind and lift myself into a new way of living.

This was not my first attempt at getting a grip on life, but this one was definitely different. There are three stupendously important mindset changes that caused me to finally make it happen:

  1. I used to blame external circumstances. Now I took full responsibility for everything in my life.
  2. Instead of trying to change who I was, my inherent identity, I set out to change what I did, my behaviour.
  3. I started to see my health and happiness not as a fixed state, but as a skill that I could practice.

As a science teacher and an education innovator, I was used to plowing through research papers and studies, so I looked for ways to translate the scientific literature into simple applications that I could use right away. This personal study took me to the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and biohacking, but also to ancient esoteric philosophies such as Zen and different types of breathwork. Science can be great for qualifying and quantifying things, but it can also develop a blindspot for the unquantifiable. Esoteric practices can be great for delving into deeper states of consciousness, but can also be clouded by ‘woo woo’ concepts, mystique, and tradition. I decided to apply a semi-scientific, personalized approach to testing it all, stripping it down to the core and
just keeping what worked for me.

The first game-changers I found were:

  • Meditation: It trains the monkey mind to not react to every single thing.
  • Mindful running: It strengthens the mind to stay focused, keeping the monkey busy.
  • Nutrition: In my case, sugar and dairy feed the monkey, so I took them out.

With every lifestyle change I felt better. My concentration skyrocketed, my heart palpitations and deep anxieties almost disappeared, I lost weight, and cut down substantially on smoking and all-night video game and junk-food binges. I was out of my immediate mental and physical distress and back to a “normal” level of health. Still, I felt the need to continue. If I could move from bad health to normal health this effectively, what else could I gain? I decided to continue to optimize my development, both personally and professionally. I had already climbed out of my hole, so why not keep climbing to the top of the mountain and see what the view is like?

My insight into the role that focused attention and mental fitness plays in our lives inspired me to continue to study, experiment, and apply everything that could improve my mental and physical fitness. In the following years, I lost eighty pounds, quit smoking, fine-tuned my nutrition, and adopted a host of helpful habits and practices. I started to hunt down and challenge any and every limiting belief that I had about myself. Soon enough, all the “impossibles” I had learned to believe melted before my eyes.

The second set of game-changers I found were

  • Breathwork: It taught me how every breath I take influences the state of my physiology.
  • Cold exposure: Extreme environmental stress acts like a mirror of the ego and allows one to deeply train focus, effectively shutting up the monkey.
  • Re-wilding: A daily practice to get in touch with nature, human nature.

Just a few years earlier, I had days when I was bedridden with migraines, back pains, and bad knees. I would spend weeks battling anxiety and stress and was so unfocused that I could hardly finish a sentence. By now, I’ve run multiple marathons on my bare feet, can lift twice my body weight dead off the floor, have climbed freezing mountains in just my shorts, created a successful business, wrote a bestselling book about focus in 30 days, and am travelling the world, teaching others these principles. The main difference between then and now? A series of conscious decisions and the willingness to put in the work.

Why am I telling you all this?

Here are a few things you should know:

You Are Not Alone

You either are or know someone who is dealing with (or has dealt with) burnout, depression, addiction, obesity, anxiety, etc. It seems to be a natural part of life. What’s unnatural is suppressing the truth about it and wearing an armour of fear-based conditioning that’s keeping you from truly living your life. Let’s start standing up, telling our stories, and seeing that we’re all not so different.

I Am Not Special

In this phase of my life — being a bestselling author travelling the world to teach people about these things — it’s easy to think that I have some kind of talent or special ability that allowed me to go from that unhealthy and unhappy past version to this current, more optimal version of me. I don’t. It’s abut doing the hard work day in and day out. That’s something you can do, too.

You Can Do It

The statement “you can do it” has lost a lot of its power due to overuse in the motivation industry. I’m not saying this to motivate you. I’m trying to say that this actually can be done. Once you start disconnecting your behaviour from your self-worth, learning about how your brain works best and what you really need to function optimally, it can be done. But it takes time, discomfort, and a lot of practice.

It Is As Simple As You Make It

The process of taking charge of your life can be very simple — hard, yes, but simple. In my book I have described the process of mental fitness. What is the mental muscle you want to train? What is the minimal amount of training you need to start to strengthen that muscle? If you can boil it down to just five minutes a day, you will be amazed at what you can do in 30 days, let alone a year. Here are some of my favourite five-minute practices for lifting your mind:

  • Start breathing: Box breathing, 4,7,8 breathing, belly breathing, or just sitting down and watching your breath happen can all be super powerful. But if you really want get into it, check out the Wim Hof Method.
  • Cold showers: It’s a little get-out-of-your-comfort-zone practice to start the day. If you do what is hard, life will become easy, and the cold shower is a great way to start (again, check out the Wim Hof Method).
  • Learn to run barefoot: Jogging for just five minutes on your bare feet will strengthen your feet and improve your proprioception (spatial awareness).
  • Sit down and shut up: Step back and watch the monkey mess around without interrupting or judging it. That’s it. Just  5-10 minutes a day. Another word for this is meditation.

Below is the audio and video of a full interview I did with Kasper where he shares more about his personal journey and some of his experiences.

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Woman Receives Touching Letter 11 Years Later From Little Girl She Used To Babysit

Wed, 2017-08-02 10:42

When a child is given the encouragement and positive reinforcement they deserve, they are more likely to grow into a confident adult.

I truly applaud the women and men who dedicate their lives to ensuring that every child on this planet is afforded not only their basic needs, but also the love and attention that they should naturally receive. Among these heroes are surely, babysitters.

The role of a babysitter may initially seem unimportant. You don’t hire a babysitter so your child has a friend to play with, but rather, because you need someone to care for them while you are out of the house. But care can take many forms, and we may not realize that in these moments of one-on-one time, the babysitter has a choice: Do they simply stand by and watch over as they are required to do, or do they engage further, ignite your child’s curiosity, teach them, or even take them on adventures?

When Raquel was 12 years old she used to babysit a little girl who loved to draw. Raquel took to her Tumblr to share with others her story:

when i was 12 i babysat this girl for a few years and she would come to me and show me her art, drag me by my wrists and point at the pieces she’d made during the week. and she’d be like “do the voice” and i’d put on a sports-announcer olympics-style voice and be like “such form! this level of coloring! why i haven’t seen such perfection in crayola in a long time. and what is this? why jeff, now this is a true risk… it seems she’s made … a monochrome pink canvas…. i haven’t seen this attempted since winter 1932… and i gotta say, jeff, it’s absolutely splendid”  and she’d fall back giggling. at the end of every night she’d check with me: “did you really like it?” and i’d say yes and talk about something i noticed and tucked her in.

she was just accepted into 3 major art schools. she wrote me a letter. inside was a picture from when she was younger. monochrome pink.

“thank you,” it said, “to somebody who saw the best in me.”

It’s moments like these that children will never forget. We have the amazing ability and opportunity to help any beautiful young mind believe that they can achieve anything they imagine. Positive reinforcement like this is what brings a child to better understand and accept that their abilities and talents are worthy of being seen.

Thank you xo

How CGI & AI Could Promote Fake News & Be Used To Create Fake Videos

Wed, 2017-08-02 10:35

Earlier this year, we witnessed a lot of skepticism from the public regarding Julian Assange’s whereabouts. Given the extent that Wikileaks affected the last U.S. election by publishing the leaked DNC emails, there was heightened concern for his safety, and some people even thought he was dead.

Julian Assange hadn’t had any public appearances for a long time, and the only form of visible communication he had with the public was through videos. Many speculated that these videos could have been modified with computer-generated imagery, hence why some people thought they were fake videos and that he could be in danger.

Though many brushed this idea to the side, deeming it a “conspiracy theory,” the reality is that concerns like these cannot be simply blamed on increased paranoia or conspiracy theorists. I’m obviously not saying that Julian Assange is dead, but I’m suggesting that you should be wary of fake video footage and it’s understandable if you hear others expressing concern over it. 

Mainstream media is no stranger to producing fake content, and this could potentially further progress the issue of “fake news” and make it more difficult for the public to decipher the truth from fiction.

First of all, the U.S. government and mainstream media have created fake terrorist videos to support an ongoing propaganda model. Second of all, technology is rapidly advancing, and we’re now at a point where computers can generate extremely realistic videos of specific people talking, so much so that you’d likely never know the difference between a real video and a fake one.

How Can CGI and AI Create Fake Videos?

Researchers from the University of Washington created a new video, titled “Synthesizing Obama,” using AI to produce a fake video of former President Barack Obama speaking. This can be done easily using footage from his past speeches, though Business Insider pointed out that the audio could easily come from anywhere to create any type of fake video.

Supasorn Suwajanakorn, a researcher who worked on “Synthesizing Obama,” agreed that it could be used to create fake content, but also believes it could create more healthy skepticism, which is a tool more people could benefit from developing.

“It could potentially be used to create fake videos when combined with technology that can generate a person-specific voice,” Suwajanakorn said. “On the other hand, if such tools are widespread and well-known, people can be more cautious about treating video as a strong evidence. People know Photoshop exists, and no one simply believes photos. This could happen with videos.”

You can watch the following fake video of Barack Obama here:

We previously wrote about a similar technology referred to as Face2Face. Borne of a collaborative effort between Germany’s University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, the Max-Planck Institute for Informatics, and Stanford University in California, it was tested on George W Bush, Donald Trump, and Vladimir Putin.

The study, titled “Face2Face: Real-time Face Capture and Reenactment of RGB Videos,” “animates the facial expressions of the target video by a source actor and re-renders the manipulated output video in a photo-realistic fashion,” according to the researchers.

You can watch the original video from that study here:

You can read more about this particular study in our CE article here.

How Does Mainstream Media Already Create Fake News?

To be perfectly honest, this isn’t much of a stretch from our current reality when it comes to fake videos and fake news. The U.S. government has already been caught creating fake videos to manipulate the public, as the Pentagon paid a PR firm over $500 million to create fake terrorists videos.

North American mainstream media (MSM) has also been caught falsifying data and images; for example, multiple MSM news outlets reported that Russia bombed a hospital in Syria when in reality that hospital still stands. The fake ‘al Quds hospital‘ news story was reported by both CNN and PBS, stating that Russian airstrikes took down the hospital in April 2015, killing innocent civilians — none of which is true. In fact, Russia released satellite imagery proving that the hospital was still standing later in the year.

The following video features world renowned Canadian journalist Eva Bartlett discussing the White Helmets, an organization that Western media paints as “heroes” who are in reality terrorists funded by the West, and other fake MSM news reports on the Syrian war:

None of this information is very surprising if you’re well versed in the U.S. government’s history in creating and funding terrorists like al Qaeda and ISIS. The U.S. government is in the pockets of MSM as well, routinely paying many stations to create false narratives that adhere to their political agenda.

Amber Lyon is a three-time Emmy award winning journalist at CNN who went on record stating that mainstream media outlets are routinely paid by the U.S. government as well as by foreign governments to selectively report and manipulate information on specific events. She has also admitted that the U.S. government has editorial control over mainstream media content.

The CIA even designed an entire program around manipulating MSM. The CIA’s Operation MOCKINGBIRD is the government program referring to its interest and relations with mainstream media. MOCKINGBIRD stemmed from the CIA’s forerunner, the Office for Strategic Services (OSS, 1942-47), which, during World War II, created a working relationship with journalists and psychological warfare experts operating primarily in the European theatre.

Together, MSM and the government have been painting a false picture of terrorists for a while now. A recent study found that terrorist attacks receive five times more media coverage if the “terrorist” is Muslim (read more about that in our CE article here).

The sad truth is that you can almost always guarantee that you’re not being told the full story when MSM is discussing “terrorism” because MSM is controlled by the U.S. government, and so any dialogue that comes from the media has been heavily censored by the very organization that created and funded these terrorist groups.

“Al Qaeda and the Al Qaeda affiliated organizations, including the Islamic State, are not independent organizations, they are sponsored, and they are sponsored by the United States and its allies. It is documented that prior to 2011, there was a process of recruitment of mujahideen to fight in Syria, and this was coordinated by NATO and the Turkish high command. This report is confirmed by Israeli news sources and unequivocally, we are dealing with a state-sponsorship of terrorism, the recruitment of mercenaries, the training and the financing of terrorism.”

– Dr. Michel Choissudovsky (source)

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard even proposed a bill recently in an effort to put an end to this government corruption, titled the “Stop Arming Terrorists Act,” which only received an alarming 13 supporters.

Gabbard was quoted as saying that the “CIA has also been funneling weapons and money through Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Qatar and others who provide direct and indirect support to groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda. This support has allowed al-Qaeda and their fellow terrorist organizations to establish strongholds throughout Syria, including in Aleppo.”

It’s clear that MSM isn’t often as truthful as they should be when reporting on certain subjects, particularly those relating to the U.S. government. Despite the overwhelming amount of evidence supporting this claim, many people still trust MSM. Perhaps these new CGI and AI discoveries will make people a little more wary of everything they see on the media, regardless of how “trusted” the source may seem.

A little bit of skepticism can go a long way in changing people’s perceptions and opening the minds of others. Let’s hope that, although this could be used to generate even more fake news stories, this new technology may also help awaken people to the reality of MSM!

 

Notable Scientists Gather To Emphasize: Physical Material “Matter” Is Not The Only Reality

Wed, 2017-08-02 00:00

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” – Nikola Tesla

A group of internationally recognized scientists have come together to stress the importance of what is still commonly overlooked in the mainstream scientific community – the fact that matter (protons, electrons, photons, anything that has a mass) is not the only reality. We wish to understand the nature of our reality, but how can we do so if we are continually examining only physical systems? What about the role of non-physical systems, such as consciousness, or their interaction with physical systems (matter)?

Fortunately, some scientists are studying non-physical systems, and the double slit experiment is a great example of  this. You can read more about that here. A paper published by Dean Radin, PhD, in the peer-reviewed journal Physics Essays, explains how this experiment has been used multiple times to explore the role of consciousness in shaping the nature of physical reality. (source)

“Despite the unrivaled empirical success of quantum theory, the very suggestion that it may be literally true as a description of nature is still greeted with cynicism, incomprehension and even anger.” (T. Folger, “Quantum Shmantum”; Discover 22:37-43, 2001)

Just to reiterate, at the turn of the nineteenth century, physicists started to explore the relationship between energy and the structure of matter. In doing so, the belief that a physical, Newtonian material universe that was at the very heart of scientific knowing was dropped, and the realization that matter is nothing but an illusion replaced it. Scientists began to recognize that everything in the Universe is made out of energy. This has been known in the scientific community for more than one hundred years.

“I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulating consciousness.”  –  Max Planck, theoretical physicist who originated quantum theory, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918.

We are talking about what is known as post-materialist science, and the points made below summarize the problem with not recognizing, acknowledging, and examining phenomena that go past the borders of the physical material world. These points were co-authored by:  Dr. Gary Schwartz, professor of psychology, medicine, neurology, psychiatry, and surgery at the University of Arizona, Mario Beauregard, PhD, from the University of Arizona, and Lisa Miller, PhD, from Columbia University. It was presented at an international summit on post-materialist science, spirituality, and society. They (and hundreds of other scientists) have come to the following conclusions:

1. The modern scientific worldview is predominantly predicated on assumptions that are closely associated with classical physics. Materialism—the idea that matter is the only reality—is one of these assumptions. A related assumption is reductionism, the notion that complex things can be understood by reducing them to the interactions of their parts, or to simpler or more fundamental things such as tiny material particles.

2. During the 19th century, these assumptions narrowed, turned into dogmas, and coalesced into an ideological belief system that came to be known as “scientific materialism.” This belief system implies that the mind is nothing but the physical activity of the brain, and that our thoughts cannot have any effect upon our brains and bodies, our actions, and the physical world.

3. The ideology of scientific materialism became dominant in academia during the 20th century. So dominant that a majority of scientists started to believe that it was based on established empirical evidence, and represented the only rational view of the world.

4. Scientific methods based upon materialistic philosophy have been highly successful in not only increasing our understanding of nature but also in bringing greater control and freedom through advances in technology.

5. However, the nearly absolute dominance of materialism in the academic world has seriously constricted the sciences and hampered the development of the scientific study of mind and spirituality. Faith in this ideology, as an exclusive explanatory framework for reality, has compelled scientists to neglect the subjective dimension of human experience. This has led to a severely distorted and impoverished understanding of ourselves and our place in nature.

6. Science is first and foremost a non-dogmatic, open-minded method of acquiring knowledge about nature through the observation, experimental investigation, and theoretical explanation of phenomena. Its methodology is not synonymous with materialism and should not be committed to any particular beliefs, dogmas, or ideologies.

7. At the end of the nineteenth century, physicists discovered empirical phenomena that could not be explained by classical physics. This led to the development, during the 1920s and early 1930s, of a revolutionary new branch of physics called quantum mechanics (QM). QM has questioned the material foundations of the world by showing that atoms and subatomic particles are not really solid objects—they do not exist with certainty at definite spatial locations and definite times. Most importantly, QM explicitly introduced the mind into its basic conceptual structure since it was found that particles being observed and the observer—the physicist and the method used for observation—are linked. According to one interpretation of QM, this phenomenon implies that the consciousness of the observer is vital to the existence of the physical events being observed, and that mental events can affect the physical world. The results of recent experiments support this interpretation. These results suggest that the physical world is no longer the primary or sole component of reality, and that it cannot be fully understood without making reference to the mind.

8. Psychological studies have shown that conscious mental activity can causally influence behavior, and that the explanatory and predictive value of agentic factors (e.g. beliefs, goals, desires and expectations) is very high. Moreover, research in psychoneuroimmunology indicates that our thoughts and emotions can markedly affect the activity of the physiological systems (e.g., immune, endocrine, cardiovascular) connected to the brain. In other respects, neuroimaging studies of emotional self-regulation, psychotherapy, and the placebo effect demonstrate that mental events significantly influence the activity of the brain.

9. Studies of the so-called “psi phenomena” indicate that we can sometimes receive meaningful information without the use of ordinary senses, and in ways that transcend the habitual space and time constraints. Furthermore, psi research demonstrates that we can mentally influence—at a distance—physical devices and living organisms (including other human beings). Psi research also shows that distant minds may behave in ways that are nonlocally correlated, i.e. the correlations between distant minds are hypothesized to be unmediated (they are not linked to any known energetic signal), unmitigated (they do not degrade with increasing distance), and immediate (they appear to be simultaneous). These events are so common that they cannot be viewed as anomalous nor as exceptions to natural laws, but as indications of the need for a broader explanatory framework that cannot be predicated exclusively on materialism.

10. Conscious mental activity can be experienced in clinical death during a cardiac arrest (this is what has been called a “near-death experience” [NDE]). Some near-death experiencers (NDErs) have reported veridical out-of-body perceptions (i.e. perceptions that can be proven to coincide with reality) that occurred during cardiac arrest. NDErs also report profound spiritual experiences during NDEs triggered by cardiac arrest. It is noteworthy that the electrical activity of the brain ceases within a few seconds following a cardiac arrest.

11. Controlled laboratory experiments have documented that skilled research mediums (people who claim that they can communicate with the minds of people who have physically died) can sometimes obtain highly accurate information about deceased individuals. This further supports the conclusion that mind can exist separate from the brain.

12. Some materialistically inclined scientists and philosophers refuse to acknowledge these phenomena because they are not consistent with their exclusive conception of the world. Rejection of post-materialist investigation of nature or refusal to publish strong science findings supporting a post-materialist framework are antithetical to the true spirit of scientific inquiry, which is that empirical data must always be adequately dealt with. Data which do not fit favored theories and beliefs cannot be dismissed a priori. Such dismissal is the realm of ideology, not science.

13. It is important to realize that psi phenomena, NDEs in cardiac arrest, and replicable evidence from credible research mediums, appear anomalous only when seen through the lens of materialism.

14. Moreover, materialist theories fail to elucidate how brain could generate the mind, and they are unable to account for the empirical evidence alluded to in this manifesto. This failure tells us that it is now time to free ourselves from the shackles and blinders of the old materialist ideology, to enlarge our concept of the natural world, and to embrace a post-materialist paradigm.

15. According to the post-materialist paradigm:

a) Mind represents an aspect of reality as primordial as the physical world. Mind is fundamental in the universe, i.e. it cannot be derived from matter and reduced to anything more basic.

b) There is a deep interconnectedness between mind and the physical world.

c) Mind (will/intention) can influence the state of the physical world, and operate in a nonlocal (or extended) fashion, i.e. it is not confined to specific points in space, such as brains and bodies, nor to specific points in time, such as the present. Since the mind may nonlocally influence the physical world, the intentions, emotions, and desires of an experimenter may not be completely isolated from experimental outcomes, even in controlled and blinded experimental designs.

d) Minds are apparently unbounded, and may unite in ways suggesting a unitary, One Mind that includes all individual, single minds.

e) NDEs in cardiac arrest suggest that the brain acts as a transceiver of mental activity, i.e. the mind can work through the brain, but is not produced by it. NDEs occurring in cardiac arrest, coupled with evidence from research mediums, further suggest the survival of consciousness, following bodily death, and the existence of other levels of reality that are non-physical.

f) Scientists should not be afraid to investigate spirituality and spiritual experiences since they represent a central aspect of human existence.

16. Post-materialist science does not reject the empirical observations and great value of scientific achievements realized up until now. It seeks to expand the human capacity to better understand the wonders of nature, and in the process rediscover the importance of mind and spirit as being part of the core fabric of the universe. Post-materialism is inclusive of matter, which is seen as a basic constituent of the universe.

17. The post-materialist paradigm has far-reaching implications. It fundamentally alters the vision we have of ourselves, giving us back our dignity and power, as humans and as scientists. This paradigm fosters positive values such as compassion, respect, and peace. By emphasizing a deep connection between ourselves and nature at large, the post-materialist paradigm also promotes environmental awareness and the preservation of our biosphere. In addition, it is not new, but only forgotten for four hundred years, that a lived transmaterial understanding may be the cornerstone of health and wellness, as it has been held and preserved in ancient mind-body-spirit practices, religious traditions, and contemplative approaches.

18. The shift from materialist science to post-materialist science may be of vital importance to the evolution of the human civilization. It may be even more pivotal than the transition from geocentrism to heliocentrism.

* This Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science was prepared by Mario Beauregard, PhD (University of Arizona), Gary E. Schwartz, PhD (University of Arizona), and Lisa Miller, PhD (Columbia University), in collaboration with Larry Dossey, MD, Alexander Moreira-Almeida, MD, PhD, Marilyn Schlitz, PhD, Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, and Charles Tart, PhD.

** For further information, please contact Dr Mario Beauregard, Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health, Department of Psychology, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. Email: mariobeauregard@email.arizona.edu

**** The Summary Report of the International Summit on Post-Materialist Science, Spirituality and Society can be downloaded here: International Summit on Post-Materialist Science: Summary Report (PDF).

Source:

http://www.opensciences.org/about/manifesto-for-a-post-materialist-science

The Great American Eclipse: An Astrological Analysis

Tue, 2017-08-01 12:01

On August 21st, 2017, we will be experiencing one of the most powerful and significant total solar eclipses of our lifetime. Its path of totality goes right across the United States from coast to coast, starting from Oregon in the West to South Carolina in the East. This eclipse has been on the radar for both astronomers and astrologers for years and has been dubbed ‘The Great American Eclipse.’

Astrologically speaking, all eclipses have an effect on everybody on the planet, however, the location it travels over will experience it more potently. The effects of solar eclipses can start to be noticeable months prior and up to 6 months later, however, its influences and results have long term significance. I will be writing another article on this eclipse touching on more about what it means for us as individuals. This article is addressing its potential influence on geopolitical matters.

This Solar Eclipse Is In Leo Trine Uranus, With South Node in Aquarius

We have started to experience a series of both lunar and solar eclipses in the Leo-Aquarius polarity axis which initiated in February and will last until early 2019. Eclipses always occur when the New Moon or Full Moon is in close proximity to one of the two Lunar Nodes. The North Node of the Moon is in Leo which means there is new beginnings and a push towards this sign. The South Node is in Aquarius, which represents where endings are trying to be facilitated associated with that sign as well that are getting in the way of fulfilling the North Node in Leo.

This upcoming ‘Great American Eclipse’ is near the North Node in Leo and because it’s also a New Moon, it really emphasizes the forward energies of the North Node. The Lunar Eclipse that occurs prior on August 7th in Aquarius near the South Node also emphasizes the ‘past’ energies wanting to be shifted.

Leo is the sign of the leader, the ‘king’, and the performer. When expressed negatively, it is dramatic, egoic and arrogant. Aquarius is associated with the group, collective ideology. Negatively expressed, it can overshadow the way an individual can shine in doing things their own way. When we look at what is happening politically, Donald Trump and his style of governance is representing the Leo energy while most of the other Western leaders/countries (which have been US allies) who are globalists represent the Aquarian side.

This Solar Eclipse is in a tight trine aspect with Uranus in Aries which gives this eclipse a theme of independence, separation, and freedom. Uranus is also associated with being unconventional and also rules technology and innovation.

One of the major reasons for Trump winning the election is because many US citizens have grown upset over globalist policies (Aquarian) that have costed the country a lot of money. For example, the US has been the largest contributor to NATO, the military alliance that protects Western Europe and North America. Also, the country has also been suffering financially due to trade imbalances with other nations.

Leo energy is more self-orientated, strong willed, wants to stand out from the crowd, and create its ‘kingdom.’ This combined with the Uranus influence mentioned above is exactly what we are seeing under the Trump-ruled United States. This energy is also somewhat connected Britain’s exit from the European Union as well which is currently underway.

Saturn is also in a loose trine with this eclipse and Uranus. Saturn has been in Sagittarius for the last few years. Sagittarius rules countries and Saturn is a restricting and redefining influence which is why we have been seeing conflicts around immigrants and refugees coming into Western countries and Trump’s muslim ban.

This Solar Eclipse Is Aligned With Regulus and Trump’s Astrology Chart

The star regulus is one of the major stars observed by astrologers. It is the ‘heart of the Lion’ in the Leo constellation and is associated with leaders, rulers, and traditionally being referred to as the ‘star of kings.’ Donald Trump was born when Regulus was rising, which is also aligned with his Mars which traditionally is associated with strong military leaders.

An important thing to mention is that when there is a total solar eclipse, the Moon completely cuts off the light of the Sun. Traditionally, when there would be an eclipse like this aligned with Regulus or a similar type of star, it could mean a significant change regarding a leader or ‘king’, and in some cases a downfall or symbolic death.

Similar Eclipse Occurred In 1998 Leading To Bill Clinton’s Impeachment

The last time we had a solar eclipse aligned with Regulus was in 1998, which was also conjunct then President Bill Clinton’s Sun sign. At that time Bill Clinton admitted to having sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky and his impeachment process was underway in the months following. This echoes what is currently currently going on with lots of talk around impeaching Donald Trump.

The ‘Great American Eclipse’ is also part of a series of connected eclipses, called Saros Series 145. The years that these eclipses take place usually correlate with the fall of a leader. John F Kennedy was assassinated, Franklin Roosevelt died, a Russian Prime Minister was fired, and the downfall of former Yugoslavian/Serbian President Slobodan Milošević occurred under ‘Saros Series 145’. There were also assassination attempts on Ronald Reagan and William Taft during these eclipse years and even John F. Kennedy’s son died in a plane crash.

Uranus will also be making a tough square to Donald Trump’s career ruling planet which could also indicate potential impeachment or other major disruptions or changes around his role of President. Also, considering that his Mars is being activated this indicates that he may go to ‘war,’ either domestically with the people trying to bring him down and/or perhaps even with another country. Saturn and Uranus are also in a trine with Mars that is loosely aligned with this eclipse. This could also indicate some sort of military action or upgrade.

Potentially Dividing The Country Further

The interesting thing about this eclipse is how its pathway literally draws a line over the United States from one corner to the other. Symbolically this could represent the sharp division between the US citizens that has been brewing since the rise of Trump. In October 2016, I personally predicted that Trump was going to win the election because of this ‘dividing pathway’ while also considering the alignment with his chart and Regulus.

Perhaps when we consider all of this so far, it is very possible that an attempted impeachment of Trump could trigger further domestic turmoil both in Washington and amongst US citizens across the country. Trump supporters would likely revolt towards the political establishment which could potentially lead to civil unrest that could potentially escalate into a civil war.

The Connection With Pluto In Capricorn

Pluto has been in Capricorn since 2008 and will stay there until 2024. Pluto is the planet of secrets, power, manipulation, as well as transformation, death and rebirth. Capricorn is associated with government as well things like business and banking. Therefore to put it simply, this is a period in which government structures and the hierarchy of the geopolitical arena will continue to have problems, which will ultimately help to initiate major changes set to develop over time beyond 2024.

The last time Pluto was in Capricorn was from 1762-1778 and at the end of that time period the US Declaration Of Independence was signed and the US was birthed. All of this occurred during the American Revolutionary War in which the colonies were in a battle with an oppressive and troubled Britain. This period marked significant new beginnings as the US would eventually become the leading country of the world, taking Britain’s place.

However, with this edition of Pluto in Capricorn, the US is now the troubled and oppressive power. Over the years since it started, a lot of disappointing secrets have been revealed due to Wikileaks, Edward Snowden, and the rise of conspiracy related media platforms. This has created a dissatisfied population which led to the election of Trump. However, as Pluto’s influence is growing stronger, Trump also represents the ‘abuse of power’ qualities of Pluto as well.

Saturn Entering Capricorn In December, Another ‘American Eclipse’ in 2024

Over the next 7-8 years, there will continue to be a lot of turmoil in the US, which will ultimately lead to greater new beginnings which will have both a domestic and global impact. This eclipse, which strongly influences the next 6 months, is triggering this energy. During this 6 month window of time, Saturn will enter Capricorn on December 21st (winter solstice) and will stay there for approximately 3 years.

This will amplify Pluto’s energies mentioned above and reflect further problems for government and banks. This could manifest as a major recession and economic downfall which may even start earlier then December, building up slowly after Saturn ends its retrograde on August 25th.

On April 8th, 2024, there will be another total solar Eclipse travelling over the US. This is the same year that Pluto ends its passage through Capricorn and it will also coincide with other astrological aspects/cycles that suggest this will be the period in which the new beginnings will start to take place.

The way I see it, this ‘Great American Eclipse’ marks the beginning of a 6-7 year window of major changes and will conclude around the time of the next Solar Eclipse travelling over the US on April 8th, 2024. A lot of changes are underway, not just in government, but also regarding banking, currencies, and the way business is done. I suggest reading my article which further covers Pluto in Capricorn to get a better idea of what to expect.

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Why Having a Sense of Purpose Could Help You Sleep Better

Tue, 2017-07-25 04:00

We’ve surely all had one of those days where life seems to get the best of us. We become overwhelmed by all we have not accomplished. We compare ourselves to others. Our negative self talk ultimately results in a feeling of worthlessness. It can be enough to throw you back into bed, the covers above your head. You think maybe sleeping it off will be better. And while waking up to a new day is a great way to get over your bout of insecurity, some people find themselves experiencing this negativity day in and day out. Others may not even know it’s happening to them, and are suffering from other health issues as a result.

If you’re a bad sleeper — which tens of millions of people are — you might want to consider your sense of purpose in life.

The findings of the new study, out of Northwestern University, which looked to finding new options for treating such issues as sleep apnea and restless legs syndrome, provide scientists new data on how our state of mind may affect how well we sleep. It’s the first to examine such a connection over a longer period.

The study, which took place over a year, involved asking 823 adults between the ages of 60 and 100, 32 questions about their sleep habits and outlook on life. The sleep quality measured in the study spanned trouble falling asleep, staying asleep through the night, and feeling sleepy during the day.

The study also had the participants answer a series of statements, which included “I feel good when I think of what I’ve done in the past and what I hope to do in the future” and “some people wander aimlessly through life, but I am not one of them,” as a means for pointing out someone’s outlook on life.

Of the participants who said their lives had the most meaning, 63 percent were revealed to be less likely to experience sleep apnea, and 52 percent were less likely to have restless legs syndrome. They also had moderately better sleep quality overall.

“Helping people cultivate a purpose in life could be an effective drug-free strategy to improve sleep quality, particularly for a population that is facing more insomnia,” says lead researcher Jason Ong. “Purpose in life is something that can be cultivated and enhanced through mindfulness therapies.”

Though some might believe the age range is fairly old, the researchers believe the same connection likely applies to the broader population.

To feel good about life is always a positive thing. Science aside, think about your actions when you aren’t happy. This study just gives more weight to how having a purpose in life is an indicator of better physical and mental health. And naturally, better sleep is a result of being in a good place.

“Collectively, the emerging data indicates the benefits of positive psychology on sleep health,” conclude the researchers.

How New Genetically Engineered Yeast Could Clean Up Heavy Metal Pollution

Tue, 2017-07-25 00:00

The term “genetically engineered” usually gets a lot of flack, and rightfully so given the fact that, whether you’re for or against GE-modified foods, you likely want labels to let you know what you’re purchasing. But there’s something positive coming out of the GE world in terms of food.

There’s now a genetically engineered version of the fungus found in bread and beer that can help clean up the environment. And as we know, the environment severely needs our help.

A team of seven scientists at institutions in Romania and Norway developed the yeast that has the potential to clean up heavy metal pollution, with, according to their research, the most effective strains able to soak up 80 percent of metal ions.

The process, in which plants, microbes, or fungi are used to remove pollutants, is called bioremediation. And it’s being touted as one of the best ways to clean the environment. It is important to note, nonetheless, that when heavy metals are involved, the process is a bit trickier, since some plants don’t grow big enough to make an impact on cleaning contaminated water.

Heavy metal contamination is harmful to both humans as well as wildlife, capable of increasing risks of both carcinogenic and systemic health effects. This knowledge makes finding a solution pressing, and so a team of scientists led by Lavinia Liliana Ruta at the University of Bucharest made it their duty to create genetically engineered yeast to soak up toxic metals.

The researchers created genes made up of a cell membrane anchor, green fluorescent protein, and a metal-binding peptide. The yeast was accompanied by different types of peptides to clean up different types of heavy metals. Cysteine peptides, for instance, were found to best soak up cadmium and silver, while histidine peptides were good for nickel and cobalt.

As of yet, the eco-friendly yeast is limited to the lab, with several years anticipated to go by before it can be used as a cleanup tool. The next step for the team is to find a way to make the genetically engineered yeast serve in a real world setting, such as in a water treatment plant. The team also faces the setback of how to dispose of the yeast once a site is restored. Still, the prospect of such a tool is promising.

The US Military Says That Human Beings Actually Have A Sixth Sense

Mon, 2017-07-24 10:45

In 2014, the Office of Naval Research began a four year research program, costing approximately four million dollars, to examine premonition and intuition. Dr. Peter Squire (above left), Office of Naval Research (ONR) program manager, expressed to Time that:

“We have to understand what gives rise to this so-called ‘sixth sense,’ says Peter Squire, a program officer in ONR’s Expeditionary Maneuver Warfare and Combating Terrorism department. Today’s Navy scientists place less emphasis on trying to understand the phenomena theoretically and more on using technology to examine the mysterious process, which Navy scientists assure the public is not based on superstition. “If the researchers understand the process, there may be ways to accelerate it — and possibly spread the powers of intuition throughout military units,” says Dr. Squire. The Pentagon’s focus is to maximize the power of the sixth sense for operational use. “If we can characterize this intuitive decision-making process and model it, then the hope is to accelerate the acquisition of these skills,” says Lieutenant Commander Brent Olde of ONR’s Warfighter Performance Department for Human and Bioengineered Systems. “[Are] there ways to improve premonition through training?” he asks.

These types of phenomena are referred to as parapsychology (psi), often dubbed as pseudoscience within the mainstream. Not many people are aware of the fact that a number of publications have been published for decades showing statistically significant results.  In 1999, a statistics professor at UC Irvine published a paper showing that parapsychological experiments have produced much stronger results than those showing a daily dose of aspirin helps prevent a heart attack. She also showed that these results are much stronger than the research behind various drugs like antiplatelets, for example.

This is obviously serious legit stuff, especially if it’s being researched within the highest levels government, the Department of Defense. This specific research program came from reports within the field, where soldiers have used intuition for various operations.

“These reports from the field often detailed a ‘sixth sense’ or a ‘Spidey’ sense that alerted them to an impending attack…or that allowed them to respond to a novel situation without consciously analyzing the situation.” Commander Joseph Cohn, a program manager at the naval office, told the New York Times.

Even in the Times article, they admit that “If it saved lives, it was real,” and that “Since 1972, CIA and DoD research indications that premonition, precognition, appears to be weak in some, strong in others, and extraordinary in a rare few.”

This is true, and yes, research into these types of phenomena have been ongoing for a long time. This became most evident this year, as well as in 1995 when the US government released Project Stargate files. The files also show that these initiatives are international in scope.

Here is another one titled “Research into Paranormal Ability To Break Through Spatial Barriers”  that touches upon the same thing. This is elaborated on later in the article.

This particular document, which was declassified through a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA), outlines specific people with very special abilities and how they’ve been studied by thousands of scientists and governments around the world for a very long time.

The document is on the CIA website, but only seems to be accessible from the Internet Archives, a San Francisco–based nonprofit digital library with the stated mission of “universal access to all knowledge.”

These facts were also outlined in a declassified US Air Force report on teleportation, which was made available through the Federation of American Scientists.

Below is a brief outline of the document:

  • In 1979, a major Chinese science journal, Ziran Zachi (Nature Journal), carried a report on “non-visual pattern recognition” in which numerous accounts of exceptional human body function were confirmed. As a result, an unofficial preliminary organization to study this type of thing under the watch of Nature Journal
  • In 1980, the Journal and the Chinese Human Body Science Association held a parapsychology (remote viewing, telepathy, psychokinesis, clairvoyance and more) conference in Shanghai with participants from over 20 research institutes and universities
  • In 1981, over 100 centres to study children with purported exceptional abilities and mental capabilities were formed with the cooperation of more than 100 formally trained scholars
  • In 1982, the Chinese Academy of Sciences sponsored a public hearing in Beijing that more than 4000 scholars attended regarding cases of parapsychological  abilities within humans. They called for “fair but  strictly controlled” tests to lead to a final judgement. After this happened, two Chinese scientists, Chen Hsin and Mei Lei, gave a speech on it at the joint convention of the Parapsychological Association and the Society for Psychical Research held at Cambridge University.Shortly after that in 1983, “a series of PK experiments with the subject Zhang Baosheng were conducted by 19 researchers led by Prof. Lin Shuhang of the physics department of Beijing Teachers college.”After this became known, as written in the document,  “in 1984, Zhang Baosheng became a full-time subject of the military-run psi research team.”

The document outlines how many of these scholars agreed that the scientific evidence for the ‘paranormal’ was not sufficient enough to make any conclusions. The next point is arguably the most important one disclosed in the document.

One of Zhang’s accomplishments involved moving sealed objects in and out of sealed containers. Which is also listed in the document above.

Is this really that far fetched? After all, at the quantum scale, teleportation has already occurred.

The list goes on and on, and it’s quite large.

If You Want To Learn More About This Type of Thing, Listen To Russell Targ

Russell Targ is a physicist and author, a pioneer in the development of the laser and laser applications, and a co-founder of the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) investigation of psychic abilities in the 1970s and 1980s. SRI is a research and development think tank in Menlo Park, California. Called “remote viewing,” his work in the psychic area has been published in Nature, The Proceedings of the Institute of Electronic and Electrical Engineers (IEEE), and the Proceedings of the American Association the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

The paper published in IEEE before the program went classified was titled “A Perceptual Channel For Information Transfer Over Kilometer Distances: Historical Perspectives and Recent Research.” It presented scientific evidence for the existence of a perceptual capacity channel whereby certain individuals are able to perceive and describe remote data not perceivable to any known sense.

He is author or co-author of nine books dealing with the scientific investigation of psychic abilities and Buddhist approaches to the transformation of consciousness.

TED even banned a talk by the co-founder of a 23-year government research program investigating parapsychology at Stanford Research Institute for the CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency, Air Force and Army Intelligence, NASA, and others.

“In this $25 million program we used ‘remote viewing’ to find a downed Russian bomber in North Africa, for which President Carter commended us. We found a kidnapped US general in Italy, and the kidnap car that snatched Patricia Hearst. We looked in on the US hostages in Iran, and predicted the imminent release, who was soon sent to Germany. We described a Russian weapons factory in Siberia, leading to a US congressional investigation about weakness in US security, etc. Our scientific findings were published in Nature, The Proc, IEEE, Proc. AAAS, and Proc. American Institute of Physics. I thought a TED audience would find this recently declassified material interesting. And no physics would be harmed in my presentation.” (source/Cancelled TEDx Talk)

You can view it below:

 

 

Russian Election Hacking and Syria Gas Attack: Debunking The Real Fake News With Scott Ritter

Mon, 2017-07-24 10:33

Ex Marine intelligence officer and the UN’s Chief Weapons Inspector for Iraq, Scott Ritter, recently joined three time presidential candidate Dr. Ron Paul to discuss the idea that “17 intelligence agencies agree on Russian election hacking” story. They also discuss why the sari gas attack in Syria was an issue, especially after multiple world leaders called out the attack, saying that it was planned and orchestrated by a power outside of Syria, and had nothing to do with the Syrian government. The discussion also goes into the real purpose of the “White-Helmets” and why they’re in Syria.

Unfortunately, especially when it comes to the realm of big politics, we are living in a sea of deception, manipulation, ulterior motives and greed. This has become more evident than ever, as more people are starting to see that, if we want global change, we can’t continue to rely on a couple of “candidates” to do so.

These “elected leaders” that we put into power are taken by special interests, financial ties, and other influences that come in and “take-over” the decision making process. Everybody has a boss, and so does the president of the United States.

Who’s really in control?

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.”

– Edward Bernays (“the father of public relations”), Propaganda, 1928

“Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people.

From these great tasks both of the old parties have turned aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare, they have become the tools of corrupt interests which use them impartially to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government, owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.

To destroy this invisible government, to dissolve the unholy alliance between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the statesmanship of the day.” (source)

Below the video you can find some more related CE articles that go into a deeper discussion with more examples regarding the topics discussed above.

15 Quotes on False Flag Terrorism & The Secret Government That Will Make You Re-Think Your Patriotism

Putin Calls Out The Powers That Be In A Big Way & The “Imaginary” & “Mythical” Threats They Use To Control Us

The Deep State Institutions That Control America: They Don’t Care Who You Vote For

Putin – The Chemical Attack In Syria Was A “False Flag” and More Are Being Prepared In Syria

Who Are The White Helmets? Do We Really Know What They Are Doing In Syria?

Assad Says Syria Chemical Attack Was “Fabricated,” and That The US Is “Hand In Glove” With Terrorists

Assad’s Top Political Advisor Says US Missile Strike Killed The People Fighting Terrorists

Former CIA/NA Officials Team Up To Debunk Russian Hacking Conspiracy Theory

Mainstream Media Anchor Gets Schooled By Vladimir Putin About The Chemical Weapon Attacks In Syria

 

Scientists Accelerate Backward Time Travel Under Laboratory Conditions for First Time

Mon, 2017-07-24 10:31

Nearly a decade ago, cosmologists proved negative mass can exist in our Universe. But until now, no one has been able to create a substance with negative mass in a lab.

Physicists from Washington State University have now broken the mold, creating the only matter in the world with negative mass — mass that accelerates backward under pressure.

The phenomenon can be used to explore some of the more challenging concepts of the cosmos, according to Michael Forbes, a WSU assistant professor of physics and astronomy and an affiliate assistant professor at the University of Washington.

Scientists were hesitant to accept the reality of negative mass, as it would defy Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity. However, scientists such as Saoussen Mbarek and Manu Paranjape from the Université de Montréal in Canada claim they’ve found a solution to this theory that permits negative mass to exist without putting into question any essential assumptions. According to the scientists, these different positive and negative masses would form a plasma that could allow for space travel.

Newton’s Second Law of Motion is: force is equal to the mass of an object times its acceleration (F=ma)). “With negative mass, if you push something, it accelerates toward you,” says Forbes.

For their work, the physicists created negative mass — or mass that acts like it were a negative mass — by cooling rubidium atoms close to absolute zero, which created a Bose-Einstein condensate. Here, particles move extremely slowly, acting like waves. The team then used lasers to aggravate the atoms into spinning backwards. Upon the rubidium rushing out fast enough, it behaved as if it had negative mass. The atoms also synchronized and moved in unison like a superfluid — where no loss of energy occurs from the atoms flowing.

“Once you push, it accelerates backwards,” says Forbes. “It looks like the rubidium hits an invisible wall. What’s a first here is the exquisite control we have over the nature of this negative mass, without any other complications.”

This physicist-created negative mass can serve to test theories regarding everything from dark matter and black holes to astrophysics, and time travel.

“It provides another environment to study a fundamental phenomenon that is very peculiar,” says Forbes.

It’s certainly intriguing to think that, while we have assumed every single other physical object in the world does not accelerate backward under pressure, there is a mass that does. The phenomenon itself is known as the intuitive side of Neuton’s Second Law of Motion.

Related CE Article

Just as the double slit experiment illustrates how factors associated with consciousness collapse the quantum wave function (a piece of matter existing in multiple potential states) into a single piece of matter with defined physical properties (no longer a wave, all those potential states collapsed into one), the delayed choice experiment illustrates how what happens in the present can change what happens(ed) in the past. It also shows how time can go backwards, how cause and effect can be reversed, and how the future caused the past.

You can read more about this in the article linked below:

Quantum Experiment Shows How Time Doesn’t Exist As We Think It Does. (Mind Altering). 

 

 

We Are All On Drugs…

Mon, 2017-07-24 10:21

This is something that has been on my mind a lot lately: There is such a contrast between the scrutiny and criticism that come along with illegal drug use, from psychedelics to heroin, and the total acceptance of many other harmful substances that are praised, glorified, and even pushed in our society just because they are legal, such as caffeine and alcohol. What makes one substance a drug suitable for degenerates of society only, and the other a socially acceptable — almost requirement — of society?

To put it simply, it’s the media and the law. Because some are illegal and others aren’t, we view them differently, especially the unquestioningly law-abiding citizens of this world. Who can honestly say they don’t use drugs? Not many. Maybe someone doesn’t smoke weed, but do they drink? Do they avoid alcohol but drink soda every day? Who wakes up every morning and has a coffee? Do you take an aspirin a day? Believe it or not, these are all addictions and all a form of drug use. Just because some are illegal and some aren’t doesn’t change the fact that they are all drugs to begin with.

Drugs Are a Part of Life

It is safe to say that drugs are a part of our everyday life. We all use them, if not always to the same extremes, but on some level I believe most of us can understand addiction. The big question is, how did some drugs become illegal, while some remained acceptable to society? Alcohol is responsible for FAR more deaths than other illegal drugs each year, not to mention violent behaviour, yet is the drug most heavily promoted and encouraged in our society. it really makes you think, doesn’t it?

I have friends who claim they do not do drugs almost as if they are superior because of it, yet have no problem getting completely wasted on the weekends. Why is there this double standard? We are taught that drugs are bad in school, but are we taught about how alcohol and prescription pain medications can have equally, if not worse, devastating effects on your health and life? Legal drugs are often thought of as medicine yet illegal ones are “dangerous substances.”

Check out this clip below from Dr. Carl Hart as he outlines his perspective on drug use, illegal drugs, and addiction. He puts these concepts together quite nicely.

According to Dr. hart, 10-20% of people who use drugs will struggle with drug misuse. This means that 80-90% of people who use illegal drugs are not addicts. They don’t have a drug problem. Most are responsible members of society. They are employed. They pay their taxes. They take care of their families.

Has the System Been Designed This Way For a Reason?

In our society it seems we have compassion for people who use legal drugs, but turn our backs on people who use illegal drugs. Why is this? Both users are using to escape from pain, either physical or emotional or both. Some people self-medicate, and some people let the doctor prescribe the medication. Is there a real difference? Should these illegal drugs be made legal?

What About Substances That Are Illegal That Can Heal?

Perhaps the most frustrating part of this whole debacle is the fact that there are some substances out there that have a tremendous capacity to help people struggling from disorders ranging from depression, anxiety, post traumatic-stress disorder, and believe it or not, addiction, yet these substances are generally defined as illegal by the Controlled Substances Act. Because of this, gathering funding to study these substances and implement their use is exceedingly difficult.

Fortunately, however, thanks to organizations such as the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and John Hopkins University, we are seeing some amazing results in the study and treatment of various mental illnesses involving psychedelic substances such as psilocybin, ayahuasca, and iboga. Read more about this here and here.

What do you think? Are those struggling with addiction less worthy because their drug of choice happens to be an illegal one? Or do they deserve the same compassion, understanding, kindness, and treatment as those who happen to be addicted to drugs that are considered legal?

Perhaps our drug policies should come from the approach of public health and not criminal justice. The more you see yourself as a drug user or someone who does have addictions, whether legal or illegal, the easier it becomes to have compassion for those who are struggling with drug abuse, legal or not. Once you are able to do this, you’ll soon be able to see that it doesn’t make sense to arrest people for simply using or possessing drugs, and that it is time to end the failed War on Drugs.

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