Higher Consciousness

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Six Alternative Ways to Jumpstart your World into Higher Consciousness

By Gary Z McGee

“Let us curiously test new ideas and court new impressions, never acquiescing to facile orthodoxy. Philosophy may help us gather up what might otherwise pass un-regarded, for philosophy is the microscope of thought.” -A.C. Grayling

There are many conventional ways toward achieving higher states of consciousness –meditation, yoga, martial arts, a good dialectic debate, cannabis, and/or ayahuasca, just to name a few– but sometimes we may even need to think outside of thinking outside the box. Hell, with just a little imagination and a sprinkle of courage we can think outside of almost any box, ad infinitum, if we really put our soulful effort into it. So in the spirit of such efforts, I present to you my six (out of an infinite amount of) alternative ways to jumpstart your world into higher consciousness.

  • Eat Your Shadow “The greatest and most important problems of life are all in a certain sense insoluble. They can never be solved, but only outgrown.” –Jung

That’s right, ‘eat’ your shadow. Gobble it up. Let the digestive process enlighten you. In her book “Zen Miracles,” Brenda Shoshanna defines the shadow as the unacceptable aspects of ourselves that we dump into our unconscious minds. The antidote, says Shoshanna, is to “eat our shadow” –haul it up from out of the abyss and develop an authentic connection with it. This is akin to embracing the shadow so as to transform it into our ally, as opposed to suppressing it and allowing it to become our enemy. Growth, maturity and wisdom rely upon our capacity to will the whole of ourselves, the good and the bad, the dark and the light, the moral and the immoral, into an honest reconciliation that becomes a compassionate interdependent force to be reckoned with, and which launches us into higher consciousness.

  • Dance with your inner-beast “Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life. It is made up of divine paradox. To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow.” –Clarissa Pinkola Estés

That’s right. Play jazz with your animal self. Dance the foxtrot with your instincts. Tango with your untamed body knowledge of the universe; that part of you that speaks a language older than words, and speaks it loud and clear. Reconnect with that often neglected, often suppressed, often frowned-down-upon, savage, prima material heart of Man. Because try as we foolishly may, we cannot split ourselves from the cosmos. We are born of it. We are it. Insofar as we do split ourselves, it is just our own disillusionment, dissociation, and disenchantment toward the nature of things. The sooner we get back in touch with ourselves as interdependent animals in tune with nature and with the cosmos, the sooner we can put an end to the disenchantment and dissociation, and the sooner we can once again be enchanted by the awe-inspiring interconnectedness of all things.

  • Drink some Perception Overhaul Tea “To awaken to how one’s own story aligns with the story of a place, and of the planet, is to outgrow the needless omnipotent isolation that breeds so many kinds of anguish and anger.” –Craig Chalquist

Mmm, delicious! It’s called Perception Overhaul Tea, made by the good folks at Pot Calling the Kettle Black Café. It’s not just an acronym that spells “pot” it’s a metaphorical beverage that launches you into a higher state of consciousness simply by imagining that it does so, similar to a self-induced placebo effect. Drinking its contents allows for a thorough repair, renovation, and revision of our flawed outlook on life. Like Joseph Campbell’s “magic elixir” it’s a mythological symbol for psycho-physiological change. It represents the conscious intent to trump the unconscious condition. It is the lifting of the veil of inadequate perception. Whether real or imaginary, the symbolic resonance is poignant. It catalyzes by creating a state of psychological dissonance that usurps the throne of everyday comfort and control, and replaces it with open-minded awareness and flexibility, stretching our comfort zone and leaving us open to the once hidden wonders of the universe.

  • Try Archetypal Mirroring “A true artist should put a generous deceit upon the spectators.” –Edmund Burke

Dive headfirst into the human leitmotif. Jump into the collective unconscious. Look into any mirror and with a little imagination you can see any archetype. The task of archetypal mirroring is similar to standing on the shoulders of giants, but with the additional tactic of symbolic mask-wearing. It can be an actual mask or an imaginative mask or, even better, an actual mask you made from your own artistic vigor. Masks are one of the oldest forms of human expression. They can be a powerfully symbolic channeling of the universal archetypes. Besides their artistic and mystical roles, masks have a psychosocial function that can actually invert the roles of a society. They have the power to free people from stagnant perceptions and give them the ability to fully express their cosmic nature. Note: these are not masks of concealing, but masks of revealing.

So feel free to don the Buddha Mask and discover inner peace by sailing the nautical ley lines toward enlightenment. Don the Christ Mask and walk upon the waters of self-sacrifice while anchoring your soul to salvation. Don the Nietzsche Mask and rage against dogmatism while surfing the waves of nihilism into eternal ecstasy and self-overcoming. Or don the mask of any of the twelve common archetypes and use them as tools to make your spirit soar beyond what you once found to be possible.

  • Practice the Art of Drowning “He is a sane man who can have tragedy in his heart and comedy in his head.” –G.K. Chesterton

This is the art of catharsis. Change is constant. Old unhealthy ways must die in order for new and healthier ways to emerge. But it doesn’t come easy. It is a painful process. It requires a new form of courage. It requires falling into the abyss and climbing back out again. It involves “drowning” yourself in the abyss, in your anxiety of death and your fear of oblivion. It requires dying a small death and being reborn again, realizing that you’re already a tiny oblivion in and of yourself, and that’s okay. Embrace your own existential anxiety as a means toward coming to terms with it. Smile at death. Shake hands with doubt. High-five fear. Laugh at the meaninglessness of it all. Allow all previous knowledge to drown in the dark existential waters of the abyss and then let the “cream rise to the top.” What remains is an open-minded, open-hearted platform from which all higher learning can be staged. Use it to build new and amazing progressive technologies and philosophies; ones that have the potential to launch our species into a whole new era of healthy evolution.

  • Use McGee’s Guillotine “One Buddhist monk leaned over to another and quietly asked, “Are you not thinking what I’m not thinking?”” –Anonymous

Is cognitive dissonance getting the best of you? Try McGee’s guillotine. Is your worldview stifling, close-minded, rigid, and/or dogmatic? Try McGee’s guillotine. Is your weltanschauung preventing your inner ubermensch from howling? Try McGee’s guillotine, an addendum to Occam’s razor. Its single task and raison d’etre being: Worldviews should not be aggrandized unnecessarily, therefor when you’re faced with two competing worldviews that oppose each other, the healthier one tends to be the right one, and the unhealthier one should be learned from and discarded. McGee’s Guillotine chops away the ignorance of human opinion and replaces it with natural dictation. It goes beyond shedding the superfluous and cuts the human head (ego) out of the equation, so that a new healthier head (ego) can grow back: open-minded and non-dogmatic, flexible and elegant, and confident in its self-actualization of the original equation. So is your independence or codependence preventing you from experiencing interdependence? Try McGee’s guillotine. Is your cultural preconditioning preventing you from seeing that there are more ways than one to live under the sun? Try McGee’s guillotine. Is attachment to the ego preventing you from individuation and potential enlightenment? Try McGee’s guillotine. It’s free, or your money back. Shipping and handling is inherently included. Namaste.

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Purifying Your Space

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 “Positive or negative energy is exchanged like a fair trade, the more you give, the more you receive.” ~ Master Jin Kwon

Every space holds energy. Even though you can’t see it, you’ve probably sensed it. When you enter sacred places be it like temples, monasteries or meditation centers, we experience a state of calmness and peace. Simple reason is the positive intent, the constant cleansing of energy by using bells, chants, hymns, and even smudging. Smudging is an ancient practice used for healing and energy clearing.

The simple rule energy follows is, ‘like attracts like’. Our thoughts, feelings, intentions are voluntarily transfusing energy – positive thoughts attract positive energy and negative ones attract energy. Our house is an integral part of the space. We consciously and unconsciously create both permanent & temporary energy patterns. Feng Shui professes, whether positive or negative, gradually energy begins to clog and congest all around the house depending on the way we move around. This stagnant energy becomes directly proportional to our thoughts.

Let’s say if we had an argument with a family member and it has left both the parties with anger, stress, depression and guilt for the words said were not the best ones. What happens to energy here? Dr. Maya Angelou believed in the power of words, she said, “They get on the walls. They get in your wallpaper. They get in your rugs and your upholstery and your clothes. And finally, they are into you.” This is how energy works and affects the dwellers.

While such and many more circumstances are inevitable, we can still clear the negative energy using different cleansing techniques. To clear out old and make way for new, we would need: some time, small tools which are easily available and a conscious intention to get rid of the negativity.

Detect negativity

The energy debris can be a result of negative emotions, thoughts, occurrences, and stress that you have experienced in your space. But how to determine which place requires more attention and when to cleanse your house of the negative energy? If certain areas feel colder than the others, it indicates negativity. Also, the corners are hiding places for the blocked energy, working on these places would be favorable. Areas behind the bed, couch, fixed chairs, and cupboards etc. where heavy furniture is placed are home to such kind of energy.

Other indicators are if there is a lack of communication among the members, constant arguments, criticism in attitude, death or illness in the house or even when you move into a new house. Lastly, if your gut feeling says, any particular place requires cleansing, then you must.

Tool & ingredients needed: Sea salt/rock salt (preferably), flowers, incense, bells or Tibetan bowls, candles etc.

Cleaning the clutter

In order to create momentum and improve the energy, one needs to clean the house of all the unnecessary objects that have not been used for more than 2 years, are expired or just falls under the tag of useless, as per Feng Shui. When we clear the clutter, we are doing two things. One, we physically cleanse and secondly we are spiritually getting rid of the negative, stale and unwanted energy.

Another thing to do is, after every few months or maximum 6 months, move or rearrange the big pieces of furniture. When rearranging is not possible, simply moving them for over 12 hours, so that energy patterns break for good, will be helpful too.

Once moved, we can sweep first, pat the pillows, cushions, and clear the cloth mountain. Later on, sprinkle salt over the area. Salt is one of purest elements in the earth and it’s believed that no negative energy can stick to it. When it comes in contact with negative vibrations it neutralizes them.

Spreading light in the house

This is a slightly longer version of removing negativity and requires movement around the house a couple of times. It involves elements of earth, fire, water and sound. We would move around the house and stay for longer time where a sense of heavy energy is felt. Just be in focus and trust your intuition while performing this easy procedure.

Starting from the front gate is ideal. First offer prayers & thanks, start with a positive affirmation & intention of removing away all the negative energy in order to bring in vibrant, healthy energy. Lighting the candle/incense stick, saying a prayer and burning sandalwood incense or dried sage at the start enables one to ignite positivity.

Salt: Now fill a bowl with salt (rock/table/sea) and start by sprinkling it in the corners of every room or area where you feel energy is heavy and stuck. Salt can be sprinkled on cloth worn by diseased, or on the bed and couch if you feel the need. You are the best judge at the moment and follow your inner voice.

Clap: Using the element of sound, we will both recognize and remove pessimistic energy. Start again continuously clapping and go around the whole house. When we clap, we break the energy patterns, this is the reason why we clap when we are chanting hymns, bhajans and prayers.

If the clap is crisp and light, it is positive and if the clap is heavy and sluggish, it indicates negativity. Continue to clap for a certain amount of time to steer clear the negative elements.

Bells/Chimes: We would again use the sound element by using bells, chimes or Tibetan bowls, to break the patterns. Sound is a strong method to create peace and harmony. If needed, stay at a place longer when you feel energy is heavy and stale.

Mantras/prayers: An affirmation, prayer and mantra which soothe the mind can be chanted in every room. Simply walk in a room, say/chant/pray and feel the positivity seeping into the house. You can play an audio recording of any prayer anytime during the day. The sound of the mantra will rinse the negativity out of the house. You can also choose Gayatri Mantra for its powerful incantation and effect.

Natural fragrances: Infusing fresh aroma of the flowers, essential oils and incense is another great way to expel and evacuate the house of negativity. Under Hindu culture, at the time of sunset, lighting the candle/incense sticks at the entrance is an invitation to positivity, because sunset is the time for union of day and night.

When we invite people to our house, be aware of the kind of energy they scatter around. If negativity is felt, make sure to cleanse the house after they are gone. Feng Shui, Vastu and are other sciences have suggested multiple remedies to fix or cleanse specific areas in the house. Follow these simple steps or call an expert for cleaning the house, depending upon the situation persisting in the house.

By Sonali Bansal

A healer, yoga teacher, traveler & philanthropist, she is an independent writer/blogger. A creative soul, her inner calling lies in spiritual oneness. Overcoming the hurdles of human birth, she is a karma yogini. Channeling the light wherever she goes, her focus is on self development as this is the real art of divine worship for her.

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Fractal Enlightenment

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“Why is geometry described as ‘cold’ and ‘dry?’ One reason lies in its inability to describe the shape of a cloud, a mountain, a coastline, or a tree. Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line… Nature exhibits not simply a higher degree but an altogether different level of complexity.” –Benoit Mandelbrot

The vacuum of space connects us all. Atoms consist of 99.9999999% empty space. That means everything from the chair you’re sitting on, the computer you’re staring at, even you, are only 000000001% there. Even the Planck Length is simply a renormalization of the infinitely dense vacuum of space. As such, matter does not define space, space defines matter.

Matter is just a perceptual division of the vacuum itself. However, matter does inform space. Reality creates us. The vacuum creates us, but we inform the vacuum. We are interacting with the structure of the vacuum over and over again in a fundamental way. All the electrons and positrons in the atoms that make up our bodies are constantly interacting with the vacuum like a game of hide-and-seek: appearing and disappearing, over and over again.

We are informing the universe about our unique point of view of the structure of reality. We are recursive, self-similar structures of consciousness at arbitrarily small scales that represent the universe as a whole; like a wave represents the ocean, or a water-drop represents the wave.

Fractal feedback loops are a prime example of this. The functioning architecture of the human brain is a fractal feedback loop in itself. Brains are water-drops representing a cosmic wave that represents a cosmic ocean. As the research of Wai Tsang proposes the organization of the brain is fractal not just in structure but in process, similar to the way a tree is fractal in structure and process. It is through this feedback loop that we inform the universe that created us.

Our eyes are a literal extension of the universe seeing itself. Our ears are an extension of the universe hearing itself. It’s the same with the other three senses, even the sixth sense of imagination. Our imagination is an extension of the universe imagining itself. These are all phenomenal faculties of our miraculous fractal brains.

In the universe of fractal structure, infinity is the final answer. Infinity is not only horizontally and vertically infinite but also infinitely infinite, where even seemingly finite structures are inherently infinite at all points. Context is to object as horizon is to boundary. Full conscious awareness requires both objective and subjective balance and perspicuity, a self-aware equilibrium between the vacuum and the feedback loop.

This can be experienced indirectly through the opening of the Crown chakra. When the individuated-self possessing absolute, decisive and divisive boundaries evolves into the transcendent-self, there is a broadening of scope that unravels and absolves the illusion of self into a permeable, flexible, horizon of infinite possibilities. From which a fractal consciousness emerges.

Each and every conscious observation is a microcosmic butterfly effect that has macro cosmic consequences. A fractal brain begets a fractal consciousness begets a fractal cosmology. Conscious observation is a water drop interpretation of an infinite wave. Without conscious observation, there is merely an infinite wavefunction with only the potential to be collapsed into an objective reality.

With conscious observation, however, the infinite wavefunction collapses into a finite objective reality; giving us perceivable objects. Consciousness is the medium by which reality, as we know it, exists.

But it goes beyond this. Each and every unique conscious observation creates a domino-effect of alternate realities which are collapsing and re-collapsing ad infinitum throughout the fractal universe (or multiverse). It’s enough to make our brains do backflips in our skulls.

But the beauty of the fractal cosmological perspective is the understanding of the infinite interconnectedness of all things. It can be explained in a multitude of ways: from mathematics to geometry to chaos theory, while it is elegant enough that it correlates with such far-reaching scientific ideas as Hugh Everett’s Many-worlds interpretation of the quantum enigma, Cantor’s Set Theory, Godel’s Incompleteness theorem,Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle, and Zeno’s paradox

And it is personal enough that it resonates strongly with what’s occurring during acts of meditation and other altered states of consciousness.

Blaise Pascal once challenged us when he wrote, “Man is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness from which he emerges as the infinity in which he is engulfed.” Fractal cosmology, and the fractal consciousness that comes from it, may be just the passage we need to bridge the gap between the nothingness from which we emerge and the infinity in which we’re engulfed. One could even go as far as to call it Fractal Enlightenment.

Gary ‘Z’ McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned philosopher, is the author of Birthday Suit of God and The Looking Glass Man. His works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages and his wide awake view of the modern world.
If you have time be sure to watch the video, Wai H Tsang talks about the Fractal Brain Theory. (Video in article source.)
He is fascinating and he became my Facebook friend. Cool.
School was cancelled today as Phoenix had the wettest day in history, causing flooding.
Namaste
Sindy