How Simple Living Is The Key To Self-Actualization

For the past ten years I have been pretty much into personal development. Well, as a teenager I was already a bit interested in not-so-mainstream topics such as the power of the human mind, psychic phenomena and plenty of other metaphysical topics. It comes to no surprise that my peers thought I was a bit weird, you know how it is.

So when I got hooked on to personal development topics later on in life, I was already primed for certain ideas and insights. It came easier for me to hop on from one book or one topic to another without needing a stretch of time to digest certain ideas. I got pretty sucked into it. I read heaps of books, started off my blog Soul Hiker and wrote a few hundred articles to share my insights and experiences with others following the same path.

In those ten years of learning and practice, I did come a long way with a wealth of inner growth but also many pitfalls. What is more relevant is that I have also arrived at a solid practical realization – a kind of a key that unlocks some doors without having to knock them down really. That key is Simple Living or the idea of simplifying life in order to shed away what is unnecessary, inauthentic and a hindrance to your life purpose. The concept might seem obvious but somehow hidden none the less.

Personal growth, or rather actualizing your highest potential and becoming the best version of yourself, requires shedding off and letting go of things which are not authentically in line with your Soul agenda rather than putting in a lot of effort to learn or acquire something else. It’s energy-wasting spending hours, days and weeks trying to relearn habits, boosting your confidence, visualizing your goals, improving your creativity, doing soul searching, etc without first simplifying your life.

Yes all these things and others are important personal development tools but I have realized that by doing one thing – engaging in a path of Simple Living – will make everything else effortless. This is particularly true to your goal of self-actualization or becoming the best You.

So in a way, if we only tried to make life simpler and nothing else, it’s already a hundredfold better than trying hard to do other self-improvement stuff – some of which perhaps fail, we give up on or take us a lot of persistence and struggle to achieve. I strongly believe that the message of Simple Living is a very important one and here are some of the reasons why:

Less Noise & Clutter:

In an online course I created about Simple Living, one of the most important lectures is one which has to do with clearing and decluttering spaces. Not just physical spaces around us (although this is also important) but our inner spaces too. In a way living a simpler life means managing your time and space better. Very often our spaces become cluttered and disordered, making life more difficult than it has to be.

On a physical level, this can be seen in cluttered living or working spaces, rooms in our homes or perhaps disorganized drawers, closets and desks. On an emotional and psychological level, this manifests as mental noise, unclear paths of action, conflicting ideas and lack of a clear purpose. So decluttering our inner and outer spaces will literally clear the obstructions for us (or others: hint) to move freely through them and this will resonate on all other levels of our life. Clearly there is much more to decluttering than routine – it is a way of opening up to life.

Understanding what is Relevant:

Another important concept of simple living is understanding what is necessary vs. what isn’t. It is about distinguishing between our real needs and socially suggested wants. Of course everyone is able to distinguish between the two but we don’t most of the time because we live in a collective trance of consumerism and mass media.

When we start becoming more aware of how much our actions and decisions are influenced by society and culture, we start standing back from it all. It becomes more and more clear that a lot of the things we were made to believe were needs are nothing more than wants and we can do without because they are not authentic to our purpose. This clarity brings with it a sense of power and freedom. In itself it is the spirit of simple living.

So in a nutshell living simply involves being clear about what is relevant, necessary and needed rather than living in a haze or worse living out a social program just like automatons.

Finding Authenticity:

The last point naturally brings forth a more interesting topic – that of living an authentic life. But what does living an authentic life really mean? In my view, living authentically means not being limited or confined to live out someone else’s life or a social template laid down to us through our socialization. It means being free of the fear of being judged or disapproved of by your peers and authorities. It means being free to follow your passions and purpose without being infected by those fear-based thoughts transmitted by others.

Creating Space for Inner Creativity:

Of course authenticity walks hand in hand with creativity. It is natural that creativity requires a degree of freedom from constraints and limited thinking. Free-thinker, artists and bohemians are considered to be creative because they live outside the norms and behavioural rules of society. They are often nonconformists because of this reason. But more importantly, creativity arises when there is enough space for it to flow through and also here I mean inner and outer space.

So having a simplified and clear environmental and inner spaces is conducive to more creativity. The reverse is also true. Try to work in a messy store room with machinery noise going on and see whether creativity comes knocking on your door!

Life Purpose in Focus:

People often ask me how is it that they can find their life purpose. Many times I jokingly reply that they are asking the wrong person since it took me a long while to discover mine but I know that a good part of the answer lies in simplicity. In other words, the less physical, mental and emotional obstructions one has in life, the more clear his or her life purpose comes into focus. There is no real mystery here.

The perfect analogy to vision is obvious. If you try to look for something – say your TV remote control in a disorganized and overcrowded room – it is going to be more difficult then if there was nothing else in the room besides the remote control. In this scenario, the more you start shedding away the junk and stuff in the room, the better are the chances that what you are looking for comes into view. Same thing with your life purpose. If you are trying to be approved by others by living other people’s goals and standards, the less chance you have of coming close to understand what is authentically your life purpose.

On the other hand, with less obstructions along the way, what genuinely drives you becomes clearer, which brings me to the next point.

Understanding Yourself and Motivations:

Finding your life purpose might not always be a direct result of simplifying your life although a lot of times it is. Sometimes simplifying life brings us first closer to understanding ourselves and our inner motivations which then sheds more light on our true purpose.

Sometimes our motivations and drives are not clear because very often the mind and heart are in conflict or out of sync. With simplicity comes less noise and conflict which in turn makes it easier to have a better understanding of ourself and our motivations.

More Time or Better Management of It:

The natural companion to decluttering spaces is managing our time better. Admittedly, I was always at a loss when it comes to managing my time. But then I found that time is much easier to manage when you take away all those things, chores, pressures and activities which server no purpose. In reality when you are living a simpler life, time management is not so much of an issue anymore.  Time management is more relevant when you are bombarded with a thousand chores and activities, the hallmark of a complicated and stress-laden modern lifestyle.

Simple living is moving in the opposite direction to this. So when you are doing only those things and activities which springs out from an authentic sense of passion and belonging, time management is simpler. Of course some time management skills still apply even in simple living – in fact in my course I have also reserved space for this – but it is not the rat-race time management sort of thing; it’s more of a further optimization to an already focused and simple life.

Source:  This article was written by Gilbert Ross. You can find him on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and his blog Soulhiker. You can also take his course at Udemy.   This article was originally featured on Soul Hiker, and was used with permission from the author.

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How to Open your 3rd Eye and Connect it with Others

aangThere are all kinds of things out there for how to open your 3rd eye or decalicfy your pineal gland. Everything from eating particular foods to a run in with a giant lion-turtle… And in my experiences out of all of them, there is one method in particular that I have found to be the MOST useful, and makes the biggest bridge in mental communication more than any other means.

And the best part is… it is so, so easy. So easy that you can take away ALL of that dogma that comes along with new age mysticism. You don’t have to worry about the metatrons, the pentagrams, or even making oming sounds whilst you do it.

It’s really, really simple. All you gotta do is make a triangle ^_^ It just so happens I recently made a video about how to do it!

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Raising Health and Consciousness With Geometrically Structured Water

 

We have all probably heard references to our body consisting of about two thirds water. Obviously then, consuming the highest quality water is of utmost importance in regards to maintaining vibrant health and raising our consciousness. Though I will not recommend any products personally, let’s explore a topic on water that has been gaining some momentum in recent months: geometrically structured water. 

 
The Dodecahedron
 
imageA dodecahedron is a geometrical structure with 12 pentagonal faces and is known as one of the five Platonic solids. Revolutionary 
architect and inventor Buckminster Fuller has said that the dodecahedron represents “the building block of the universe.” Esoterically, the dodecahedron has been attributed the ether element, of which the 12 pentagonal faces represent the 12 constellations of zodiac. 
 
David Wheeler states, “Recent mathematical calculations by astrophysicists, using new spectroscopic analysis of background radiation emitted billions of years ago, has established the theoretical foundation that the universe is shaped like a dodecahedron.”
 

Would consuming dodecahedronally structured water then be a building block of higher consciousness and health? DNA’s double helix is structured as a dodecahedron. Would drinking this structured water be a case of “like attracting like” to create better health and higher consciousness at the DNA level? Is the symmetry of the universe telling us something here? 

 
Properties of Structured Water
 
imageAccording to Pristina Natural, when the hydrogen and oxygen atoms align as stable, structured water,  the hydrogen atoms are angled at precisely 104.5 degrees.
This allows for the 3 dimensional shape of the dodecahedron to form. Interestingly, we find that hydrogen is the least electronegative element in the periodic table whereas oxygen is the most electronegative.
This creates a situation where the oxygen can act as a gateway for energized water, sometimes known as “living-water” or “water with life-force.”
 
imageIn nature, water is structured and energetically enhanced through what we call the hydrologic cycle. Water is purified by nature’s evaporative distillation process and then is charged or energetically enhanced by the far-infrared frequencies (FIR) of the Sun.
Like a battery, water also needs to be charged to restore the natural crystal structure and vitality. The end result is pH neutral, pure, crystalline structured water.
 Founding President of the American Holistic Medical Association, C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D., has said, “Water represents the interface between the 4th dimension in which we live and the 5th dimensional sphere of our soul.
Many studies have shown subtle effects of healers upon hydrogen bonding and infrared absorption of water.” Furthermore, famous scientist Dr. Masaru Emoto stated, “I believe water crystals that I research on is in the world of the 4th and 5th dimension.” Could we call structured water a truly cosmic elixir?
 
Health Benefits
 
Dr. Mercola and Dr. Pollack support consuming structured water because of its ability to improve the delivery of oxygen to our cells, the removal of waste in the extracellular environment and because of it’s pH neutrality. Just as nature’s purest rainwater is pH neutral and that fact that our body tries to always maintain neutral pH, structured water aligns nicely with the natural order of a neutral pH. Structured water, which is the way nature prefers her waters to be, may also partly attribute to the healing powers of fruits and vegetables in their raw, organic state. 
 
imageCan consuming water structured as a dodecahedron improve one’s health and help to raise one’s consciousness over time? Does the dodecahedron structure of water hint to us that water truly is from a higher, cosmic order?
As author Elizabeth Clare Prophet writes, ” the study of geometry, which descends to us from Pythagoras, is a meditation on the harmony of the cosmic order, and it is a meditation upon music.
If you meditate upon geometry instead of just learning it in a linear way, you can actually hear the music of the spheres, because the geometric forms will key the eye and the ear to the inner sound. “ 
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3 Ancient Spiritual Concepts Science Helps Us Understand – How Spirit & Science Interact

In response to popular demand, it is time to formally make a bridge between the worlds of science and spirit.  How do they interact with one another?  What evidence is there to support spiritual concepts and philosophies?  The truth is, there is so much scientific evidence out there that you could fill an Encyclopedia.  In this article, we will look at three of the most important spiritual topics that science helps us understand.

Before we look at them, it’s important to remember that science is just one way to measure natural phenomenon.  Because it studies the natural world (and not things which are beyond nature), there are some topics which are simply inaccessible using the scientific method.  But even following the rigidity of the scientific method, we can still see an overwhelming amount of evidence that gives credence to spiritual concepts people have been teaching for thousands of years.

Spirit is consciousness.  Science is the measure and study of the natural world.  When you begin to see how consciousness mingles with physical reality (or how spirit interacts with science), a world of total magic opens up.

Let’s take a look.

1) Universal consciousness

In Hinduism, ‘Brahman’ is the unchanging reality amidst and beyond the world.  Everything in existence exists is and as Brahman, which is though to be the highest level of reality and the creative principle out of which all things were born.  It is the only thing that exists, and everything you see and experience (including your own consciousness) is a manifestation and formation of Brahman.

Brahman is really just another word for universal consciousness, and is one of the most influencial spiritual teachings in Vedic philosophy and Hinduism.  So how does this tie into science?  Everything in the universe is made up of molecules, which are made of atoms, which are made of subatomic particles, which are made of quarks, which are made of vibrating superstrings.

These superstrings are thought to be made of consciousness by people like Dr. Amit Goswami, Dr. Michio Kaku, and Dr. John Hagelin.  At the fundamental levels of reality lies a field of universal consciousness that peculates up through the layers of reality and ultimately gives rise to subjectivity. Here is Dr. John Hagelin explaining more about the scientific concept of this Unified Field.  If you can really understand and come to grips with this video, you will begin to see the bigger picture:

 

Every mystic and guru through the ages taught us that reality is not merely material, but is a manifestation of a universal intelligence that lies at the basis of everything.  Some call this God, or Brahman, or Source, but what they are hitting at is now being explored by Unified Field theories that can be found in any theoretical physics textbook.

Consciousness does not arise from physical matter.  Physical matter arises out of Universal Consciousness, and we can tap into Universal Consciousness through practices such as meditation and yoga.  When you come out of meditation feeling more unified with everything, that is because you are literally existing in a deeper more fundamental dimension of reality.

“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, postulates consciousness.” – Max Planck, Nobel Prize winning originator of quantum theory, as quoted in The Observer (25 January 1931).

2) How our thoughts influence the material world

“We create our reality” is a spiritual term that refers to the fact that we create the reality we experience with our thoughts.  This phrase has now become a literal description of the creation of physical reality after recent scientific discoveries.  When you think about something, you create a ripple within your field of consciousness, and any emotions those thoughts generate within you create a ripple from the electromagnetic field of your heart.

When large groups of people collectively experience the same thoughts and emotions, it has a scientifically measurable impact on the flow of electrical currents.  A study published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Scientific Exploration showed that REGs were found to produce anomalous outputs when deployed in various group environments.   Ok, so what does this mean?  REGs use computer technology to generate ones and zeros in random sequences. The numbers are printed on a graph. The laws of chance dictate that equal numbers of ones and zeros should be churned out, represented by a nearly flat line on the graph. Any deviation would show as a curve or a spike.

What they found was that enormous spikes were correlated with times of global trauma where panic, anxiety, or excitement was experienced in a large population of people.  Whenever massive social and political events took place (such as presidential elections, terrorist attacks, international court cases, etc.), patterns would begin to emerge within the REGs which were specifically designed to never produced patterned sequences.

“High degrees of attention, intellectual cohesiveness, shared emotion, or other coherent qualities of the groups tend to correlate with statistically unusual deviations from theoretical expectation in the FieldREG sequences. If sustained over more extensive experiments, such effects could add credence to the concept of a consciousness “field” as an agency for creating order in random physical processes.”

Another study conducted in part by Dr. R.D. Nelson who is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University showed that this effect was extremely observable during the twin tower attacks on September 11, 2001. “We attribute this result to a real correlation that should be detectable in future replications. This study suggests the existence of some form of consciousness-related anomaly in random physical systems.”  The original study can be found HERE.

These studies, and others like them, provide hard scientific evidence that:

  1. Our thoughts directly affect physical reality
  2. Our consciousness is not contained within our heads and can influence things outside of the brain
  3. Our consciousness is connected to all things around us
  4. That we literally create physical reality to a degree.

3) The soul

The soul has gotten wrapped up in a lot of dogma, liturgy, and ideologies over the ages, but all different philosophies and religions ultimately teach the same thing:  There is a non-physical part of us that exists within the body and lives on after the death of the physical body.  We have all heard of NDEs right?  Is there any scientific explanation for the soul or the experiences people have outside of the physical body?

According to Dr. Stuart Hameroff, a professor at the University of Arizona, a near-death experience happens when the quantum information that inhabits the nervous system leaves the body and dissipates into the universe.  Contrary to materialistic accounts of consciousness, Dr. Hameroff offers an alternative explanation of consciousness that can perhaps appeal to both the rational scientific mind and personal intuitions.

Consciousness resides, according to Stuart and British physicist Sir Roger Penrose, in the microtubules of the brain cells, which are the primary sites of quantum processing.  Upon death, this information is released from your body, meaning that your consciousness goes with it. They have argued that our experience of consciousness is the result of quantum gravity effects in these microtubules, a theory which they dubbed orchestrated objective reduction (Orch-OR).

Consciousness, or at least proto-consciousness, is theorized by them to be a fundamental property of the universe, present even at the first moment of the universe during the Big Bang. “In one such scheme proto-conscious experience is a basic property of physical reality accessible to a quantum process associated with brain activity.”

He adds: “If they’re not revived, and the patient dies, it’s possible that this quantum information can exist outside the body, perhaps indefinitely, as a soul.”

Here is a conversation between Hameroff and Deepak Chopra:

 

This account of quantum consciousness explains things like near-death experiences, astral projection, out of body experiences, and even reincarnation (which I consider to be the strongest scientific evidence for the existence of a soul) without needing to appeal to religious ideology.  On top of anecdotal evidence, philosophical arguments, and scientific evidence, we now also have a theoretical framework that can accommodate the existence of the soul.

As you can see, the bridge between science and spirituality is very clear.  And we are only touching the tip of the iceberg here.  I hope this can act as inspiration to you to continue your own independent research, and restore your faith in some spiritual philosophies you may have been doubting.  Here are the facts about spirituality as supported by mainstream scientific research.  You are on with everything.  Your thoughts affect reality.  You are a soul within a body.  Always remember these things.

Here is one more video by Dr. Amit Gosami, a theoretical physicist who was a professor at the University of Oregon for 30 years, talking about the relationship between spirituality, quantum physics, and consciousness.  This is a great watch:

 

Thanks for reading!

Steven Bancarz,

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Joe Rogan Has Some Advice On Women And Relationships Everyone Needs To Listen To

I’m sure this video will resonate on some level with everyone who takes the time to listen to it. I love Joe Rogan for his openness and honesty and also for his ability to communicate on a very ‘real’ level which everyone will be able to understand. I firmly believe that only when we learn to love ourselves will we be able to love everyone in our lives. It’s very hard to teach people this, we can only show them the way and then they have to teach themselves but listening to videos like this will most certainly help on the journey of self-education.   Kasim Khan – Team Spirit

”I don’t hate everyone I used to date. In-fact with time I love all of them. Even the ones that I didn’t get along with. When I look back at every single girl I ever dated I swear to God that I will only allow the positive things into my mind, I have some negative stories that are really funny and I tell them but in my mind when I’m thinking about that person I only think about them when I love them, no matter what went wrong or what horrible things were said I refuse to define them by that and I instead define them by their potential – by what they meant to me when they were at their best, but it’s really fucking hard to teach people that . . .” ~ Joe Rogan

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5 Toxic Products in Your Home You Need to Throw Away

There are so many toxins in the products use daily – and that’s not by accident! Taking the time to read the labels of ingredients can truly save our health. When we’re conscious of what we’re putting in our bodies – that can make all the difference in the world.

Take the steps necessary to have a safe, chemical free home!

1.Fluoride Toothpaste

toothpasteFluoride is an extremely toxic chemical present in too many of our local products.

So many studies have been done showing the negative effects it has on our health.

In this one particular study, they concluded that children having more exposure to fluoride had lower IQ than children that weren’t exposed to it.

Seeing as brushing your teeth is one of the first things you do in the morning; it seems wise to have toothpaste without fluoride in it. Brands like Toms, Auromere and many more are great for this! Continue reading

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