Windmills have been around for centuries but are generally speaking kept to the countryside. This all might be about to change with the introduction of the Wind Wheel. The state-of-the-art creation is from Dutch architectsDoepel Strijkers, who designed the 173-meter-high (570 foot) structure to utilize wind, water and an electric field in an electrostatic wind-energy converter that can directly produce a current for power.
The self-powered tower is quiet, low-maintenance and looks like something out of a science-fiction novel.
Designed for the port city of Rotterdam, the Dutch Windwheel is a concept for a sustainable landmark that would be able to house 72 apartments within a circular steel and glass frame, while also serving as a silent, motionless wind turbine. In addition to harvesting energy from the wind, the structure would be equipped with facilities to capture rainwater, recycle tap water and also produce bio-gas from the residents’ organic waste.
So far, the tabletop prototype produces just 12.5 milliwatts—not enough to power a light bulb. And it’s only 3 percent efficient, compared with a typical wind turbine’s 45 percent efficiency. But if the technology advances on schedule, its creators Doepel Strijkers say a 570-foot version could grace the Rotterdam skyline by the early 2020s.
People will be able to live, work, and dine inside the self-powered skyscraper as it cranks out 1 megawatt of electricity. “We wanted a 100-percent-sustainable building that serves as a platform for all kinds of innovations,” says developer Lennart Graaff.
This is definitely a project worth following in the future – we’ll keep you posted on any further developments.
What is the ego really, and why does it exist? Why couldn’t we live in a universe free of ego and all of the nasty qualities that come with it? Why didn’t God or the Universe create a world where only Spirit existed and everyone lived in harmony? Is the ego a mistake of human evolution?
Simply put, he universe needed to create an ego so that it could evolve within it’s own system of evolution. The “ego” is literally what has given rise to the modern human being through millions of years of survival. The ego is not some spiritual abstract concept, it simply refers to the part of you that is identified with the mind-body. It’s the part of you that is identified with the thinking fleshblog, which is the part of you that is ancient and left-over from the era of “survival of the fittest” prior to the evolution of modern homo sapiens.
We have to remember that the bodies we live in are not arbitrary. They are the process of 4 billion years of the evolution of life. To fully understand the ego, we have to fully understand where it came from and how it is inseparable from the body and the wiring of our brain. Here are some key functions of the ego in nature:
Survival of the fittest is a principle that seems highly egoic but is actually quite divine. It is Nature’s means of quality control. Our species competes with one another for resources, for status within the tribe, and for reproductive rights. It is the spirit of competition that weeds out members of a species that are unfit for reproduction. The species that are fastest, strongest, and most adaptable are the ones that carry over into the next generation and reproduce.
This is not needed in a modern society of rational human beings, but the sense of needing to compete with one another ultimately stems from an archaic part of our brains that is still wired through millions of years of evolution. This translates into competing for “likes” with other people on Facebook, comparing cars, bank accounts, or physical fitness levels. It manifests in needed to be recognized, the instinct to compare ourselves with others, the need to make impressions on others, and so forth.
The reason why humans can be selfish at times is because their egos have been hard-wired to think in terms of survival. The brain has evolved to think in terms of what will increase your chances of survival, what will help you avoid danger and pain, and what will increase personal happiness in the next moment.
The key here is that it is wired to increase your chances of survival in the next moment, because this can sometimes result in unhappiness down the line. For example, your brain is wired to keep the last piece of cake for yourself, but by stepping outside of yourself you may realize that by giving it to your friend you will attract good Karma back to you and it will make you happier down the line. It is our call as people who seek higher consciousness in life to see past our bodies natural instinct towards immediate self-preservation and think in terms of overall happiness spread out throughout time for us and the people around us..
3. Genetic preservation
It is in our DNA to have the urge to carry our genetic code over into the next generation. Reproduction is an essential part of life, and the existence of our species (and of life in general) literally depends on our bodies urges to reproduce with other members of our species.
When we lust after another person, it is simple our brains way of telling us “Reproduce with them. Have babies with them. They will help you produce healthy offspring”. In our society, we tend to think of this feeling in us as being a product of internal flaws or being too “shallow” of a person. In reality, this mechanism is the most fundamental part of life and is what got all of us here in the first place.
When people think to themselves that they have a big ego, they tend to feel bad or beat themselves up for it. The ego is not a bad thing, it just can’t be top priority within our consciousness. The ego is not a mistake and it still serves a valuable role within the evolution of our species, but in our day and age, we are ready for the next step in the evolutionary process. The next step is the evolution of consciousness, and this step requires that we have the ability to see beyond our egos, beyond our urges to compete, beyond our urges to be selfish, and beyond our urges to spread our genetic code wherever we can.
So did the universe mess up by creating the ego? The ego was necessary to get our species to where it is today. Do we still need it? Here is what Eckhart Tolle has to say on the matter:
We all have fears – they are the indication we need to grow. Shine the light on the darkness of your life and watch yourself become truly filled with light, life and love.
1. You take responsibility for your Feelings
We live our lives thinking that our discomfort or unhappiness is caused only by others. Whether someone hurt you or had a big impact in your life, blaming this person for the emotions you create yourself is unfair.
You are the writer of your own story; you get to choose how it’s going to end.
Accounting for feelings like anger, sadness or jealousy can be a difficult thing to do but that is how you grow. Own your feelings, or they will own you.
2. You are not Alone
Just like you are hurting, so is the person who hurt you; it’s just that you will don’t know how they really feel. They are human just like you and they feel just like you. They might not be feeling the same thing at the same time but guaranteed they, too, feel lost and insecure in their own way, at their own time.
Try to understand that we all go through the same thing in our own way. We are all reflections of each other and that’s beautiful; it brings us together. We can reflect our shadow aspects off each other to shine the light on them and grow from our mistakes. Continue reading →
It was summer of 2011; I was in London in a taxi. All of a sudden there was a loud crash and everything came to sudden halt. We had crashed hard, but we didn’t realize how bad it really was. It was as if something stood in between us as a cushion. When we got out of the cab we saw it was completely destroyed and we we’re all fine.
It felt like someone held us in their loving arms. Someone protected us…
Angels and our beliefs
Our belief system structures our reality. It is what allows us to see and experience life on a ’3D’ level. If the collect consciousness of our planet was open to ideas like angels, aliens, afterlives, etc, we could easily interact with what we call ‘angels’
Those who have not experienced any degree of an ‘awakening’ would find it harder to just understand these concepts under a logical lens.
We are programmed to think that logical, hard science is the only aspect of reality.
For those who follow that feeling within them that compels them to seek deeper, they will experience the magic life has to offer. There is magic for those who have eyes to see it.
What is an Angel?
Everything is energy. We are slowed down light, a lot more dense then something like a ‘light being’, but fundamentally we are all the same.
It is a consciousness that is expressing itself in the form of light. They choose to present themselves with wings and dressed in white because it comforts us. Continue reading →
Imagine if these peaceful tribes we’re never raided and their land and lives never taken. The history of our world would have transpired completely differently. We would be in touch with nature, ourselves and the Earth.
We would be able to connect with animals, the stars, the flowers and each other so deeply; something so simple that has been lost through modern reality. Let us never forget the wisdom these natives shared. Let us re-create the world of cosmic, earthly and universal understanding they once knew.
“Don’t be afraid to cry. It will free your mind of sorrowful thoughts.” - Hopi
“It is better to have less thunder in the mouth and more lightning in the hand.” - Apache
“All plants are our brothers and sisters. They talk to us and if we listen, we can hear them.” -Arapaho
“Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I’ll understand.” – Tribe Unknown
“When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us.” – Arapaho
“Those that lie down with dogs, get up with fleas.” – Blackfoot Continue reading →