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How Your Mind Manipulates You

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Think of the stereotypical spoiled child, what happens when they don't get what they want? They scream and cry and generally make things very difficult for their parents until their parents cave in. It's a form of manipulation, they hold peace and quiet hostage until they get their way. If their desires aren't fulfilled, they're going to make everyone else miserable too. Of course, you can't blame the child too much, because in most cases the parents were foolish enough to start rewarding this type of behavior.

Your mind is that spoiled child, even if you don't behave that way outwardly. Your mind holds your happiness hostage and demands that its desires be fulfilled if you want any of that happiness. Your mind throws hissy fits just as obnoxious as any child when it doesn't get what it wants, but for the most part these stay hidden within so you can at least keep up the appearance of maturity.

When you fail to get what you desire, you suffer for it. Even though Peace is inherent to your Being, your mind screams and rants and repeats and repeats and repeats and repeats and repeats... Every time you cave in to the demands of the mind, you strengthen these patterns too. Your Perfect Consciousness is still there, it just becomes obscured by all the mind's chaos. Surrounded by illusion, Peace seems like something far away, while confusion, anxiety and suffering almost seem normal.

It's usually in early childhood that the desires of the mind eclipse the Joy of Being. Your life is no longer about Living, you become consumed by desire.  Your happiness becomes a carrot on a stick that's controlled by the mind, and even though every once in a while you get a little nibble, your mind can create new desires a thousand times faster than you can fulfill them.

The Optimist, The Pessimist, & The God

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There was once a house where three beings lived, an optimist, a pessimist, and a God. They were all sitting together in their living room, and they had decided they were quite hungry and that they would have sandwiches for lunch.

"I'm going to utilize the power of positive thinking to manifest sandwiches for all of us!" declared the optimist.

"Why even bother making a sandwich? We're just going to get hungry again..." mourned the pessimist.

Meanwhile, the God went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for everyone. When she was done, she brought them back out and shared them with the other two.

The optimist ate his sandwich while thinking about what a great job he had done manifesting it for himself. The pessimist at the sandwich, but made sure to find something wrong with it. It was whole wheat bread, when it should have been white. All the while the God just happily enjoyed her sandwich.

 

If you really want happiness, live in the moment. Don't live in some imaginary future, and let go of the chains of the past. Don't live in your mind, which is what both the optimist and pessimist are doing. Positive thinking isn't the cure for negative thinking, because the problem is there's too much thinking. All the attention is on the mind, and the body gets neglected, and the Soul gets ignored.

Duality and Polarity - There's a Big Difference

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One of these is essential to the way the physical realm works, the other is nothing more than a two-dimensional belief system. Some people use the terms duality and polarity interchangeably, but I'm going to make a strong distinction between the two for the sake of clarity.

The first thing to understand about duality is that it divides, it's either one thing or the other. Black or white, right or wrong, good or evil. It does this through judgement, separating things and creating conflict. Duality is how human beings, who have much more in common than not, are convinced to fight with and even kill each other. Duality is used to create an "us versus them" mentality.

Now polarity is something else entirely. Where duality has a positive and negative that conflict with each other, polarity has a positive and negative that attract each other. In the case of what recently happened with our Sun's poles, they can even switch places. Polarity is complimentary forces that work together to create balance, duality is the belief in opposing forces that conflict with each other and create chaos.

Transcending the Introvert/Extrovert Duality

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There's a lot of talk about introverts and extroverts lately, and quite frankly, I don't believe viewing yourself as either of those things is very healthy. I think we all know the dangers of defining ourselves through the ego, and that's exactly what calling yourself an introvert or an extrovert does, it's an ego definition. It limits how you see yourself, and it limits your behavior too.

An introvert is focused upon the inner, while an extrovert is focused upon the outer. Who can say their lives are fully either of those things? The inner and the outer are constantly interacting, you bring up the inner and share it with the outer, that's self-expression. Likewise, you take what you see in the outer and integrate it into your inner world, that's how you experience life. The inner and the outer aren't really separate at all, but deeply interconnected, and the "line" between them is largely an illusion created by your mind.

We live in a materialistic, outward-focused society, and it's difficult to fit in if you don't conform to this paradigm. Spiritually-oriented people can't help but feel alienated in this type of society, because it discredits and ignores the inner world. The more empathic beings generally withdraw into themselves, and pull away from society because it offers little that really feeds the Soul.

How I Clear My Energetic Field & Balance The Chakras

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I want to describe the process I go through to clear stagnant energy from my subtle body and open up the chakras. This is something that has brought enormous joy into my life, peace into my heart, cleared away anxiety and depression, and also brought much greater health and energy to my physical body as well. I've learned to not worry, and to work with life instead of struggling against it. It's also brought greater intuition, empathy and artistic talent into my life. It's been a holistic change, and I could easily write a whole article just listing the benefits alone.

Before I get into the process more, I need to do a bit of a disclaimer. This is not something to be done ritualistically. It's not meant to encourage unconscious, habitual repetition, in fact it's meant to break you out of that. This is about living life, your life, and how you do that is up to you. You are beautifully unique and this isn't about telling you the right and wrong ways to live your life. This is what has worked for me, and I'm sharing it with the intention that it may assist you as well.

Now the first step is to quiet the mind. To consciously clear the energetic body, you need to be aware of it, and that's very difficult when an overactive mind is constantly demanding attention. This is where meditation comes in, learning to let go of the mind and embrace Consciousness. Meditation is simply quieting the mind, it doesn't matter so much how you do it. I started with sitting closed-eyed, alone, in a quiet room, then gradually expanded the meditation to encompass every aspect of my life. Eventually I stopped needing a peaceful outer environment to have a peaceful inner environment, though at first, a peaceful, quiet spot was very helpful in quieting the mind.

Do We Need External Systems of Morality?

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If you look to society, you're going to get a resounding yes, these systems are needed. Our society, as it currently exists, is based enormously on systems of morals that tell us right from wrong, so of course society is going to say you need these systems, because society itself is based upon these systems. Since you were a child, society's morals were forced upon you, repeated constantly until they became unconscious behaviors, reinforced through rewards for obedience, and punishment for disobedience.

So how moral is society, really? Look at the big rule, "don't kill". That's not really the rule though, is it? It doesn't apply to plants and animals, so it's more like "don't kill other people", but that's still not how it really works, is it? We're taught that sometimes it's okay to kill, so the actual rule is something like "don't kill other people, except when the authority you serve tells you it's okay".  That's how it really works, that's the paradigm most people operate under. Sometimes your religion, government or tribe tells you it's okay to kill, and then you can go kill people and it won't be wrong, right?

"Don't kill other people, except when authority tells you it's okay" when put that way, one of society's core morals doesn't sound so moral, does it? What happens when authority becomes corrupt? A better question would ask what would happen if authority wasn't corrupt, that's more of a mystery.

When Is Ascension Coming? - Updated

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A new year, and a number of failed predictions for the previous year from various sources. I see the same patterns repeating themselves, so this message seems relevant again:

This is something we get asked continually, "When is Ascension?", "When is First Contact?", "When is The Event?". I wonder if people have any idea how long these questions have been asked? This whole idea that a day or a series of events would come along to solve humanity's problems is ancient, it can be found in Zoroastrianism which predates Judaism. And this belief that it's all going to happen "soon", do you know how long people have believed this? It's part of the bible, so at the very least around 2,000 years, probably much longer.

For thousands of years this day has been predicted over and over and over again, and yet it hasn't come. Even today, we seem to get a new prediction of when "it" will happen at least once a week. It's a shortcut to popularity by predicting something will happen, people like that. We see the stats on our site, and we know how popular those messages are. People really want to believe this, and I wonder if they're conscious of the same patterns repeating over and over again?

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.

We've watched more of these predictions fail than I care to count. Even now, I know there's at least one prediction of something happening sometime this week, and another predicting something 8 days from when I write this. So easy it is to just believe someone else and wait, but is that how real change occurs? How long have people tried this for?

Compassion for the Police

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There's been a lot of talk about police corruption recently, as well as the public's reactions to it. A lot of foolish violence on both sides and a few murders too. Such an unpleasant situation for everyone involved, except of course, the news media, who's practically been celebrating all the violence. They've been feeding into it, encouraging this growing divide between the police and the public they're supposed to be protecting.

This is a very old dilemma, do the police serve the government, or do they serve the people? When the government is the people, there's no issue, but that's very clearly not the case right now. When the government stops serving the people, which side do the police choose? Do they enforce oppressive laws or actually help people?

The American people are very unhappy with their federal government, probably the least happy they've been since they were under British rule. People want change, they know their government is betraying them on a regular basis. I feel the government knows the people are right on the edge of open rebellion, so they do the bare minimum to appease the people and keep them complacent.

The government, as well as the rich and powerful few the government represents, need the police to protect them. They need the police on their side. When a bank takes a home away from someone, who actually enforces that? It's not the bank that ends up doing the dirty work, it's the police that end up having to throw someone out if they refuse to leave.

Awareness, The Key To Awakening

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If you're like most people, you live almost entirely in your mind. There's a constant internal dialog going on, the mind always talking to itself. "I need to do this...", "What if that...", "Yesterday I...".  As soon as one thought is finished, another pops up. This is going on non-stop, so much so that really paying attention to all these thoughts would start to drive you nuts, so all the thinking starts getting pushed into the unconscious where it goes on automatically, habitually.

This is dangerous though, and the fact that nearly everyone else is doing it too doesn't make it any less so. Your thoughts influence enormously how you perceive your world. In new age jargon, this is the "you create your reality".  Your beliefs are the lens through which you see the world, though for most, it's more accurate to say your beliefs are your world. To let the mind ramble on unconsciously is very dangerous because it will go on absorbing, and modifying beliefs without any conscious direction from you, and these beliefs will direct your whole life.

When you're unaware of your own thoughts, you're like a leaf blowing in the wind, and it becomes very easy for people to manipulate you. The media can just repeat something over and over again, and whether or not it's true, the majority of people will start repeating it as fact. Most mainstream forms of media, advertisers and politicians have refined manipulating people into an art. They even know the emotional triggers people have that feed into unconsciousness, one of which is sex. Get people a little bit aroused, get the mind excited and it becomes easy to sneak thoughts into them. Other common triggers are things like violence, fear, or the promise of money. If someone can convince your mind that they can fulfill your desires, they can very easily control you.

One Size Fits None - On Spiritual & Societal Conformity

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"You have to do things my way!" I see this quite often in the spiritual community, whether it's in regards to specific practices, diets, or beliefs. There's always a few people are eager to spread a new set of commandments for being "spiritual" and are quick to condemn those who don't follow. I'm not going to tell you that you have to do things my way though, in fact, I'm going to tell you the opposite, that if you truly want to realize God, Source, Enlightenment, however you choose to conceptualize it, you have to find you own way.

Your own way, your inner beauty, your Uniqueness, your gift to Creation, your True Self, this is your connection to God. You can't find God without finding Yourself, and you can't find Yourself through following someone else. A true Master can assist in this process, they can help clear away the crutch of belief systems, they can help direct your attention inwards, but ultimately it's up to you to take the step. A true Master doesn't make you reliant upon them, they help you rediscover self-reliance, self-responsibility, and self-empowerment. The phoney-baloney master will give you a list of rules, requirements, disciplines, practices, the standard religious fare, and usually things that didn't even come from the "master" themselves, they learned it from some other phoney-baloney master. Much like a disease, these beliefs systems are spread from person to person through the generations.

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