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The Two Sides Of The Conscious Community: Where Do You Fall?

One of the things that I’ve noticed over the years is that there seems to be some division within the conscious community.  Two sides have emerged that often seem to find themselves at odds with each other.  For every Yin, there is a Yang.  And even in a community built on love and peace, you still find a great deal of separation.

This isn’t to say that every member of this community is polarized on one end of this spectrum.  There are may shades of gray in between the two opposites,  so you may find yourself on a middle ground between these two polarities.  It will be interesting to review this within ourselves and on a mass scale so we can try to come to an understanding that combines the best of both worlds and use the strengths of both to initiate some real change.  With that being said, here are the two sides of the conscious community:

Side 1 – Positivity Is The Only Way

On one side, you have your predominantly “positive vibes” group.  This group is usually very concerned with the quality of their vibration and they aim to live in a positive state as much as possible.  They don’t see any good reason why they should dwell on anything that makes them feel anything but blissful.  Life is too short to spend it feeling miserable.  Avoid the negative, and amplify the positive.

Oftentimes, this crowd follows the Law of Attraction and works to avoid conflict and drama.  They tend to believe that it is important to have positive thoughts, use positive language and focus on positive issues to create the most spiritually fulfilling life possible.  They typically do not like to focus on problems or negativity in any form, and tend to avoid anything that compromises their high vibration.

The judgment on people who are not always positive seems to be that they feel they are focusing too much on the negative, and are thus drawing more negative circumstances into their realities.  This side of the fence tends to believe that the way you initiate positive change is through focusing on the positive, and that negative thoughts only create more problems. Therefore, they would say, by focusing on government corruption we only create more government corruption because we are feeding it our attention.

Side 2 – Facing The Darkness Is The Only Way

This side tends to spend more time talking about the problems with the world in hopes that they can arrive at a solution.  This side of the community is very vocal about the things that they want to change.  They are concerned about issues like animal rights, immunizations, GMOs, conspiracies, and corruption in the government.  They tend to believe in the importance of spreading awareness about the problems in the world in order to initiate positive change.

These people tend to be activists, and believe that facing the negative is what allows us to transmute it into something positive.  If we don’t take the time to learn and talk about what is wrong with the world, how can we expect to change it?  These people don’t exactly dwell on the negative, but they invest more of their attention there in hopes it will result in something transformative.

The judgement appears to be that they believe the positive vibe side has their head in the sand, and are deliberately ignoring important issues to make themselves feel better.  At times those on this side will express that they believe that people who focus only on the positive are squandering their potential to initiate change.  They will often say that ignoring problems doesn’t make them go away, it just takes help and support away from the cause.  They believe it is our duty to help those in need and stand up for what’s right, even if it makes us feel miserable or uncomfortable.

The Middle Ground

The middle ground between these two polarities is that both sides have something to offer.  We should speak out against injustice, but at the same time we should not allow it to drive us into insanity.  Friedrich Nietzsche once said “Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster”, meaning that we should be careful that we don’t turn into the very thing we are fighting against.

By creating a balance in our attention on both the light and darkness, we are well equipped to be the change the world needs right now. Ignoring the darkness won’t produce anything positive, but neither with dwelling there.  By learning what we are up against and balancing that out with spiritual grounding and a well-trained mind, we have a much greater force in the world.  We can’t live in ignorance, but we can’t allow the darkness to consume us.

Although there are many similarities between these two sides, this one particular issue has created a bit of division. Do we solve today’s problems by generating awareness about them and fighting for change? Or instead, do we solve today’s problems by choosing to make peace with them and focusing instead on what’s going right with the world?

What side of this spectrum do you fall on? Do you believe positivity is the key to world change, or that fighting the darkness is the key? Or, have you developed a perspective somewhere in between? Comment below and let’s hear your take on this issue!

How to Live Your Life From A 5D Mind

-Independence: What in nature is totally independent from the rest? We, I mean, we all, need oxygen from somewhere, don’t we? New age circus types love to preach about filling our own cup from the inside… Cool. Try breathing your own air from the inside and tell me that’s enough…

Doesn’t work.

It’s contrary to the laws of nature. You see? Let yourself be open to the nourishment of everything around you, and be filled in service to it.

-Dependence: a state of potential growth, subject to authority due to the absence of the ability to create it. A baby, the house pets, domestic plants. All of these require something from their caretakers. Those instances which illicit genuine dependence are meant to dissolve over time and become a new form of relating, and the effort and energy is rerouted in the relationship…

The dog, realizing it’s “role” is the submissive one, employs cuteness tactics to calm or enliven the owner, creating a mutually beneficial symbiotic partnership, bringing us to the final form…

-Interdependence: a reciprocal relation between interdependent entities (objects or individuals or groups). It is the application of the inherent authority,  combined with the recognition of the same inherent authority reflected in the world around us.

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Still Using a Microwave? You Might Want To Read This

More than 95 percent of American homes own a microwave! This says a lot about our desires for a quick, convenient meal.

Looking at the bigger picture, this isn’t entirely our fault. Our world has evolved into a fast paced race against time, and it doesn’t help that half the food in the grocery stores are packaged in plastic for quick consumption.

I’ve always been really sensitive to microwaves, I can feel the radiation emitting off of them and usually leave the room if one is on.

Here are 5 reasons why they are worth getting rid of:

Microwaves Zap Food Nutrition

Heating your food in the microwave strips away its original nutrients. The high frequencies emitted from a microwave force the water molecules to rapidly spin, creating friction which heats the food in a short amount of time.

This completely changes the molecular structure of the food itself.

Dr. Joseph M. Mercola, a licensed physician writes that the dielectric heat in the microwave bounces around and is absorbed in the food until it evolves into a sort of ‘dead food’.Microwave-nutrients-food

The nutritional value greatly diminishes the longer the food absorbs the radiation.

 

 

 

Microwaves Destroy Breast Milk And Vitamin B-12

In a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers examined the effects of microwave heating on the loss of vitamin B-12 in foods like raw beef, pork, and milk.

The results of the study show there was a 30 to 40 percent loss of the vitamin when the foods received microwave exposure.

What they found was the natural chemicals in vitamin B-12 became virtually inactive after the microwave heating process.

Researchers tested 22 freshly frozen human milk samples for lysozyme activity and antibodies by heating the samples for 30 seconds on either a low or high power setting.baby-breast-milk-bottle

Breast milk microwaved at high temperatures was found to have greater E coli growth — 18 more times than un-microwaved breast milk.

Microwaving at low temperatures also dramatically decreased lysozyme activity and also promoted the growth of harmful bacteria for babies.

 

Microwaves Create Carcinogens In Food

If you do use a microwave, never wrap anything in plastic! You can create carcinogens in the food.

The Russian government issued a warning about the health hazards microwave ovens can have on the human body and the environment.

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Foods that are frozen and meant to be heated in a microwave were found containing toxic chemicals such as BPA, polyethylene terpthalate, benzene, toluene, and xylene.

The plastic containers used to heat these microwave meals have been found to release the carcinogens along with other harmful toxins into your food which is then absorbed by your body.

 

Microwaves Can Change the Makeup of Your Blood

In a Swiss clinical study, researchers found that blood changes in individuals who consumed microwaved milk and vegetables.

They found that, with the eight participants in the study, their red blood cells decreased while white blood cells increased, along with their cholesterol levels.Healthy-and-Unhealty-Live-Blood-Cells-Anaylasis

The non-ionizing radiation of the microwave can affect changes in your blood and your heart rate.

 

 

Microwaves Can Change Your Heart Rate

A study conducted by Dr. Magda Havas of Trent University found the levels of radiation emitted by a microwave affect both heart rate and heart rate variability.

Microwaves can produce effects on your body instantly due to the 2.4 GHz radiation — the frequency of radiation emitted by microwave ovens.imgres-1

These levels are within federal safety guidelines but that doesn’t really mean anything. We are still getting daily doses of radiation.

It’s been reported that you can experience a dramatic change in heart rate, have an irregular heart beat and chest pains if you regularly eat microwaved food.

 

With all these studies, and even just the sheer knowing that a higher level of radiation is coming out of a device in our homes, it seems like a good idea to throw them out. Or at least not use them as much.

A lot of food is designed to only be cooked in a microwave and this is no mistake. We are bombarded with unhealthy choices due to convenience.

In the end, it’s completely worth it to take the time to cook full meals. It may be more time consuming but our bodies will thank us for it!

 

Sources:

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf970670x

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/05/18/microwave-hazards.aspx

http://www.magdahavas.com/microwave-radiation-affects-the-heart-are-the-results-real-or-are-they-due-to-interference/

How to Recognize & End Toxic Fights in Your Relationship

Whether you like someone or not there are going to be times when you have disagreements with your friends, family, partners, spouse, co-workers, or neighbors. Here are some powerful tricks to make sure your relationships are healthy and balanced!

1. Bring Up Problems ASAP

Many people will try to walk on eggshells or avoid bringing up how they feel but this will actually cause a lot of extra stress and issues in your relationship.

When you don’t tell someone how their behavior made you feel it is actually a form of manipulation.  It is holding on to the power or energy instead of passing it back so that they can learn and grow.  If people don’t know how they are affecting you then they cannot fix it.

If you don’t catch it in the moment or it is not an appropriate time make sure you bring it up with them as soon as you can.  The quicker you address issues and resolve them the better everyone will feel.

ar134532768120402Have a hard time catching problems in real time?  One trick is to trust your gut.  If someone says something that creates a strange feeling in your stomach that is a sign that something happened that affected you.

When I get that feeling I will make a point to stop the conversation and if they are a close friend or loved one they will typically help me figure it out.

Example- In a calm balanced tone I will say: “Just a min please, when you said that I felt funny.  I am not sure why but I would like to figure it out before we move on so I can understand what you mean.”

Remember that what you say and what people hear is always going to be different.  This is because our mood, focus and perceptions are always filtering information.  Tone and energy can also be a huge factor in how information is transferred between people.

When issues are brought up stay calm and try to see what really happened instead of getting defensive.  I will go more into this later.

2. Be the Real You

It is very common to act different with friends and loved ones than you do alone or in public.  Part of feeling whole and being true to ourselves it to try and make these versions us as consistent as possible.

Be the real you, do what you feel compelled to do.  Say what you are really feeling.  If you aren’t interested in what someone is saying either find a way to truly get interested or find a topic you are both interested it.

Pretending to listen and be interested isn’t being true to yourself and is harmful to the people around you.  Be honest, polite and genuine in your interactions.

3. Treat People the Way THEY want to be Treated

choco_vanilla_swirl_answer_7_xlargeThats right, because we are all different we cannot treat people the way we want to be treated.  We have to learn more about the people around us and treat them the way they want to be treated.

We can’t feed a room of people our favorite flavor of ice cream and expect them to be as happy and excited about it as we are.  We need to reach out and make sure the people around us know that we know them.  We prove that to them by really getting to know them!

There is a very powerful article written by a hero of mine that goes into this topic more.  Check it out here!

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8 Fundamental Lessons My Soul Recently Remembered

Love the Void 

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Seeking external love and validation from other people to fill the little spots of emptiness and loneliness at the heart of your life is doomed to failure.

All of us have to dance with the no-man’s (or no-woman’s) land behind the mask of living and no one, no one can make that feeling go away.

But we must continuously confront it, or more so learn to love it and be tender towards it.

If we can be at ease in that space at the back of the world, then love and friendship from the outside will slowly come of its own accord.

Remember the Ferris Wheel

I have no thoughts on the actual existence of Karma or reincarnation but more often than I can account for I wake up in the middle of the night and have the overpowering sense that all of us have been flipping around on the cosmic cogs for a very, very long time. We have been passing by each other – fighting, loving, fucking, drinking, crying, dying together – since the first sputtering spark erupted from the furnace of creation. So trying to foster some compassion is probably worthwhile. Even if we may be enemies, in the larger light of things we are all old friends.

Humor as a Spiritual Practice

I recently realized that in general my sense of humor tends to deepen in stride with my sadness. A renewed sense of laughter and playfulness may be the most valuable gift received from surviving bouts of severe depression. It also supplies a strengthened coping mechanism for any future trips to the underworld.

Hug Some Animals

Seriously hug your dog or cat. Say sweet things to the crow dive bombing your head. Cause if a crow is dive bombing your head you are out of sync and should thank them for kindly reminding you that you are out of sync. Thank you Crow of last week for dive bombing my head. I didn’t want to eat that crappy sandwich you made me drop anyway. Love you, Brother Crow!

Be Gentle With Yourself

We should treat our own bodies and minds as the vulnerable, sweet animals that they are. They fade and perish, and we should allot ourselves a love worthy of someone who is fading and perishing every day, right here, amidst the confusion and sunshine.

Cultivate Forgiveness

Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 9.15.16 PMI don’t feel like I have ever had any real enemies in my life (though I am sure they are out there) but over the last couple of years I finally had the experience of being deeply disappointed and hurt by a few of the people I loved most in the world.

For the first time in my life I think I actually felt real anger and resentment (I suppose it was not so bad making it to 25 without such feelings) but I also know that while it is important to take in and process such feelings, it would be a shame to walk away from them without taking the opportunity to work on my own capacity to forgive.

We are all neck-deep in this burning, chaotic web and we should do our best to hold no grudges against any one for the steps they take. There are only choices to be made and no true guides to help make them. Likewise the work of forgiving ourselves is equally as daunting and important. We are all stumbling along fucking shit up, because there is no other option but to stumble along with the high probability of fucking shit up. So let’s stumble along and still be friends.

Do Stuff

There is a lot to be said for staying home, for reading, writing and meditating. My natural inclination is to be slightly monkish. But the world is a divine game and the stakes are high and one must regularly leave the safe-spot to risk touching a lava tile. Because it’s the rawness of the wound that opens a spot for grace and the properties of renewal.

Enjoy What is Here While it is Here

We should of course be passionate and work towards a better more open world but along with that we should also foster an aesthetic appreciation for what already exists. All of this is temporary: You, Me, Monsanto. Relish the forms the world takes and enjoy its particular incarnations, inflections and limitations. Because one day it will all fade, and whatever other world may or may not exist after the fading, it surely will not abide by the same laws and physics as this one. This is a temporary set of rules in a game of endless variety. Witness it while you can.

Seth Jani, Contributor
Waking Times

How To Use The Powerful Practice Of Eye Gazing To See Beyond This Dimension

The very first time I experienced eye gazing I was floored by what I felt and saw. The connection you feel with another human being, the visualizations of past lives, future potentials and more, all can become very real while engaging in this exercise. Of course, there are many different intentions you can set before a session of eye gazing that can bring out an array of outcomes, but let’s jump into a rundown of how to go about an eye gazing session and from there we can explore what the benefits of such a practice might be.  

When eye contact between two people is initiated and maintained, an invisible energetic circuit is established between the two participants, dissolving the barriers that ordinarily separate them from each other, drawing them ever closer into a shared awareness of union.”  Will Johnson

Right off the top it’s possible that some of us might think this is some “new-agey” or spiritual practice. I can assure you that eye gazing can be used by anyone and while the experiences we may get from a session might be different, everyone will certainly feel something and likely benefit from it.

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