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FREE Live Webinar with IMU Instructor Mark Perkins
Answering the Call to Shamanism: Embarking on the Shamanic Path
Thursday August 9th 9PM EST/6PM PST
About the Webinar
- What is shamanism?
- What is a shaman?
- How does one become a shaman?
- How does a traditional path compare to a modern shamanic calling?
- Can one make a living as a shaman?
- And more!
We will also talk about Mark’s courses “Foundations of Shamanism” and “Ho’oponopono” that he offers at the International Metaphysical University. This is a rare opportunity to work with such an internationally-renowned expert. Join us for this thought-provoking, informative, and valuable teaching.
About the Foundations of Shamanism Course
This course studies shamanism from the perspective of anthropology, psychology, consciousness studies, and the physical sciences and gives the student a broad perspective on how shamanic studies relates to research-oriented arts and sciences plus it gives the student a broad historical perspective of shamanism. Foundations of Shamanism is a required course for the Shamanism Degree Program at IMU.
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To Your Health and Happiness,
By Terry Lively, MA
IMU IA 512 Tarot Instructor
From times reaching back to the very beginning of our species, mankind has worried about the future and fretted about the past. According to the five stages in the classic theory Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs by Abraham Maslow in 1943, all beings have basic needs. Understanding these needs offers glimpses into the psyches of others.
Using Maslow’s hierarchy of needs as a behavioral guide, our earliest ancestors sought to discern the future availabilities of food, water, safety, health, children and to explain the mysteries of death through those first millennia. Where the deceased’s life force went was of major concern then as today.
At the base are physiological needs, such as food, water and shelter. Early man started here, foraging for the basic necessities of life.
The earliest wise men and women most likely studied their environment, learning not only the seasons, planting cycles and hunting tactics but how also how best to manage the sparks of spirit, invention and intuition arising in humanity. As humans began living longer and passing on oral traditions, the elders used their experiences to identify similar situations and intuitively picked the best solutions.
Nature proved to be a place of awe for early man. So much was not only frightening, but also deadly. Lighting killed along with the lions, floods took children, as did disease and favored elders often lost their lives to hunting-related accidents. As his awareness and intuition grew, his appreciations and fears concerning the unknown grew.
Basic symbols begin arising, etched in bone and stone. Wavy lines even today evoke water. Jagged lines still represent electricity. The stars have always fascinated mankind. They were carved in many an early settlement even as they decorate today’s houses, hoping to bring good fortune on a place.
With the harnessing of fire in Chinese caves nearly half a million years ago, according to Richard Rudgley in The Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age, mankind reached Maslov’s next level of needs for safety. Humanity soon learned the value of structures that could keep them warm, dry and safe from wild animals.
This development gave society more time to intermingle and socialize. With the time and luxury of quiet time, spiritually gifted people learned to listen to their intuition, that still, quiet voice from within.
There were individuals, then as now, more gifted in the psychic arts whose advice, warnings and information proved beneficial to the early Stone Age populace. Society recognized these gifts as comparable to a great hunter’s skill or master potter’s wares and encouraged their cultivation. These early shamans created and used talismanic devices to aid in premonitions, future events and dream interpretations.
Shamanistic traditions stretch from the poles, from the East to the West. All cultures had men and women whose intuitive knowledge saved the small tribes again and again. These early seers observed the portents and consequences of the weather, treated wounds, helped with childbirth, hunting, finding water and shelter. In addition to being psychically gifted, the shamans were intelligent, observant of the surroundings and focused on the moment.
Early bone and rock carvings from the Upper Paleolithic period nearly 40,000 years ago show our ancestors creating transformative art, instilling an idea or desire in a concrete totem to ask for or obtain good luck in obtaining the real object. The images represent magic by which the early hunters hoped would be soon replaced with a successful hunt for the real beasts.
The 30,000-year-old painting on the Chauvet cave, Ardeche, France portrays a large mixed herd of valuable food animals. Bulls horses, even a rhinosaurus thunder before the viewer, perhaps to allow a glimpse into the future, to a time/space where such a herd passed the hunter, a modern-day test run. The animals represent, on the most basic interpretation, food, hides, supplies and barter items but on a higher level showed creativity, teamwork and ritual.
With these group activities, society began, as mankind reached the social needs in the Hierarchy of Needs. Once better weapons were available, such as the spear and attlr, meat was easier to obtain so a new symbol appeared. And she was beautiful.
The ‘Venus of Willendorf’’ is one of the most famous Upper Paleolithic female figurines. A carved limestone figurine less than five inches, she represents the thousands of female figurines found by archeologists over a great geographic range and encompassing tens of thousands of years.
Looking back to that time, there are no easy answers as to what any of the figurines symbolize. Lust, protection in childbirth, sex, teens, maiden, mother, crone or the worship of the goddess are all viable answers.
Self-esteem needs arose, as did society. The Tao te Ching (400 BCE) by Lao-tzu expresses the consequences of this behavior:
‘When people see some things as beautiful,
Other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
Other things become bad.’
When personal ornamentation, peer approval and laurel wreaths began marking individuals, people began to judge themselves against others. The Tao te Ching warns this type of behavior muddies the waters of clear, objective thinking and brings about discrimination.
Mankind reached the top level of Maslov’s Hierarchy of Needs, self-actualization with the building of large temples, monolithic structures, statues, and other earth modifications (Serpent Mound, Ohio, USA), Great Wall of China, right up to today’s skyscrapers, ships, manufacturing and internet.
Many individuals now have the time, energy and resources to seek their personal passions and needs. As you study Maslov’s theory, remember each person you meet can be at any of these stages with different needs.
Carl Jung defined intuition as an ‘irrational function using perception via the unconscious.’ The word ‘intuition’ comes from the Latin word ‘intueri’ which can be roughly translated as ‘to look inside.
Some scientists have associated intuition with innovation in scientific discovery.
It is known by countless names: artistic inspiration, common sense, cognition, déjà vu, ESP (extra-sensory perception), insight, instinct, intuition, religious experience, synchronicity, and the unconscious mind. It is an unbidden thought bringing inspiration, warning or premonition.
Countless records exist where a dream, a phrase, an image sparked the fire on new inventions, even when society pooh-poohed the inventor’s light bulb or flying machine or lasting art work. Steve Jobs, inventor of Apple computer, reported after a trip to India, the main thing he had learned about is intuition. Most likely he had been tapping into it, perhaps unconsciously, while building his new computer platform. Intuition has grown with mankind and is accessible for those who will listen.
What does it sound like? Most texts agree it comes most readily to a calm, rested, accessible mind. Generally, a small, quiet voice floats from the unconscious with specific instructions. Hard to distinguish from the normal mind chatter, the student often misses the message, only to recognize it later after an event has occurred.
Images, dreams, synchronicities, smells, feelings and symbols may also appear randomly, leaving students wondering what they mean. After receiving and recognizing the message, the student should give thanks as it is indeed a gift and try to act on the message.
Religious texts speak of prophets, mystics, sages, and normal people receiving instructions via the spiritual channel. It is and has been happening since the beginning of time so these messages should be respected and acted upon. Intuition can be understood as a blending between earthly knowledge and spiritual knowledge and appears as a flash of understanding and/or illumination. A more mundane definition would be a ‘gut feeling’ when a person or situation is signaling danger.
Often, intuition gives out warnings about a particular person’s fate. Is this person’s fate carved in stone? No, and if the seer is given a message about an individual and can safely, calmly share that information with them, an accident can potentially be averted.
That being said, the old saying, “When it’s your turn to die, it’s your turn to die” is often true. A recent example concerns a woman who was scheduled on an intercontinental flight that unexpectedly went down, killing all onboard. Oddly, the woman was killed the next day in a mundane traffic accident. So while free will does exist, there is evidence that predetermination also exists. This can safely be filed under the Will of God, Allah, Tao, Heaven or any other personal deities’ name.
Intuition can be dulled by allowing the physical body to lapse in bad health, through an excess of food, lack of physical exercise, alcohol and drugs, both legal and illegal. Using substances will almost completely shut down dreaming, thereby depriving the intuitive with additional wisdom and guidance.
A word of caution to the student as he/she grows more attuned to using their intuition and psychic power. This universal psychic power is very real and many have successfully tapped into it for negative purposes. Remember this, the intuitive power is to be used through the psychic, not by the psychic.
Using this power against others or to satisfy base desires is not only morally wrong but dangerous. When the adept uses these powers in a negative way, i.e. curses, love spells, prosperity spells, the adept invites a negative reaction from the source many times more powerful than what was sent out. It is a hard lesson but the student must realize with great power comes an even greater responsibility.
In the Diskworld series by Terry Pratchett, the wizards at Unseen University are constantly reminded that their power is not to be used. Karma definitely works, crafting retribution for misuse.
For a cautionary tale, read about Aleister Crowley, the so-called Beast. Born into a wealthy family, he died sick and destitute after a lifetime engaging in dark rites and spells.
Shamans, seers, oracles were singled out by their families, tribes, cities, countries for their ability to sense not only the future, but also the past, contacting the deceased on the astral plane and the present, asking a benevolent guiding spirit to find a lost object or person or complete a difficult task by tapping into the psychic source for assistance.
This universal psychic power channels electromagnetically through the person who rolls the dice, reads the palms, deals the cards or peers into the crystal ball. The power doesn’t belong to the diviner anymore than to a healer. Basically, those who can bring their vibrations into a certain threshold become similar to the lighting rod, attracting and channeling the spiritual force.
There have been and are hundreds of techniques for fortune telling throughout the past half million years. Most have been lost in the mists of time due to their perishable nature such as bone or wood.
As weather is an elemental force, resplendent with colorful sunrises and sunsets, bright bursts of lightening in the dark night, loud thunderous noise, rain, floods, droughts, heat and cold, early humans were faced with understanding, remembering and categorizing this data.
An early human who possessed good pattern-recognition skills could, with some degree of accuracy, predict weather outcomes, thereby guiding and protecting his family, tribe, city or country. Even with modern meteorologists, after a million years, weather still catches mankind by surprise.
While a medium and a meteorologist are not the same disciplines, they were for many eons. Much of weather folklore is verbal pattern-recognition information passed down through generations.
Astrology arose from ancient man’s intimate study of the night sky. Comets, eclipses and strange night lights were early on linked with earthly events. “As above, so below” echoes down through the ages as recognition that there is an unknown force above influencing all below. Still popular today, astrology offers guidance according to studies linking certain possibilities, such as travel, love, health with certain celestial bodies and their movements.
Animal/bird movements, animal entrails and bones were also studied for their predictive powers. As man depended on these foodstuffs for existence, their influences were taken very seriously. This practice can still be seen in the African and Voodoo traditions.
Using dice for divination is called cleromancy. The earliest known dice were excavated along with a 5,000-year-old backgammon set at an archeological site in south-eastern Iran. Dice show up throughout recorded history with mentions in the Bible, the Mahabharata and Rig-Veda.
The I-Ching has traditionally believed to have been revealed to Fu Xi, one of the earliest legendary rulers of China, around 2800 BC. As with all early texts, it has undergone considerable revision over the centuries. Today the I-Ching uses 64 sets of six lines called hexagrams to offer oracle statements. The divinatory device is still widely used in China and elsewhere.
The Oracles of Delphi (900 BCE – 392 AD) in Ancient Greece were renown for their prophetic abilities. As such, their services were in great demand. A stream ran under the main temple, releasing fumes that supposedly allowed the temple priestess to prophecy.
Perhaps most telling of the power of their words is the story about when Alexander the Great (356-323 BCE) rode to Delphi to get his fortune told. Upon arrival, he was told that the Chief Priestess could not be disturbed until the following day.
The young prince got up, went to her house, took her by the arm and started dragging her to the temple when she yelled out, “My Lord, you are unstoppable!”
Alexander laughed when he realized what she had said, and then thanked her for her oracle. This is a perfect example of when intuition, synchronicity and destiny meet.
Though the knowledge of palmistry most likely arose in the Far East, Aristotle (384-322 BCE) is said to have found a tablet about palmistry on the altar of Hermes. He then presented it to Alexander the Great, who studied it and used its principles to analyze his officers.
“Lines are not written into the human hand without reason. They emanate from heavenly influences and man’s own individuality,” Aristotle said.
Celtic druids are cited as the earliest users of crystal balls. These crystal or glass balls are believed to aid clairvoyance in some people. Known as crystallomancy or crystal gazing, the reader quiets their mind, allowing images to appear in the crystal or in the mind. In past times, it was known as a shew stone. Water, either in a bowl or on the ground, was called a scrying pond.
The Romani people are most likely responsible for perfecting the art of fortune telling with Tarot cards, palmistry and crystal balls. As they moved from the center of India to the northwest Punjab region of India around 250 BC, before migrating in waves from 500 to 1000 AD, they esteemed their psychics. The Roma went west into the Byzantine Empire and Egypt. Their migration from Egypt to Europe earned the lasting but to them derogatory nickname of ‘Gypsies.’ The Roma finally ended up scattered across Europe, America and South America.
Reading tea leaves or tasseography sprang up in the seventeenth century. The British Isles, perhaps due to their love of tea, developed this type of fortune telling from splatters of molten material such as lead and wax to the tea cup. The reader must find and interpret the images in the tealeaves to the seeker.
This form of inspiration or divination when we see things that aren’t really there is called pareidolia.
Leonardo de Vinci spoke about looking for images and patterns in wood and stone. While he was looking for artistic inspiration, perhaps the practice inspired him intuitively in his artwork.
Edgar Cayce, (1877-1944) renowned as the Sleeping Prophet, often spoke of the Akashic Library, a universal or divine source of meaning, for want of a better word, where a recording from every instant that did and didn’t happen in time is stored. He credited it with giving him access to the past, present and future. This source is also referred to in the Bible as the Book of Life and Fate and in Eastern books as the Hall of Records.
Five days a week, Cayce would go into a trance and answer questions from around the world. Most were people looking for answers concerning their own or a loved one’s illness.
Thousands of times, he would prescribe unusual medications that healed. He had a secretary who asked the questions and wrote down the answers, leaving a library of records at the Association for Research and Enlightenment at Virginia Beach, VA.
While few people are gifted as Cayce, who left a mountain of written records, documentation and verification, we are all capable of tapping into this information.
In conclusion, humanity has been tapping into divination from the very dawn of civilization. Stay mentally alert for any messages that come your way to aid you and those around you.
I just wanted to pass on this testimonial from IMU student Janet DeChiaro. Janet’s has just finished her course, “Toltec/Nagual Reiki.” Toltec/Nagual Reiki was created by Rev. Randy Hastings, one of the founding deans, just prior to his death in 2009. Fortunately he had already created this course and so we were able to continue with his legacy.
So at the end of the class, students are asked to give us an overall evaluation so that we can then work to make the courses even better. I (Deborah Lindsey) actually proxy this course so I was really pleased with what she said and wanted to share it. She said it was okay so here goes…
by Janet DeChiaro
I loved this class. This class opened up so much “person of knowledge” things unimaginable. It has expanded my Reiki skills into a shamanic method I could never imagine possible. All you have to do is open yourself to the energies of Central America and Rev. Hasting’s guidance. The course has directed me to many books and directions. I have to say I am not the same person as I was before I started.
I lament that Rev Hastings has passed and had much more to teach, but reading “Toltecs of the New Millenium” by Victor Sanchez has opened my eyes to true Toltec teaching which is YOU are the teacher. I agree. I am learning to see. Rev Hastings directs through his recordings the path to where you go with this. The ceremonies are very important for connecting to the energies and must be done every day. I decided to attune myself after Lisa and after each attunement, I have had profound dreams and surges of energy.
The attunements you have given were very powerful and I find I use them more than Usui , but I integrate them depending on the healing. I’m still integrating and learning to work with the combination. Rev Hastings passed the most important part of the system before he passed, and we will see him again. He has given me great advice through my journey upper world, and the advice mostly is, pass it along. Thank you Deborah!
It’s been a great journey into this class, the beginning was infused with omens, and led to many more, to follow the heart as I did.
Examples of the learnings and omens besides powerful healing energy:
On hikes I asked ravens to gift me a feather since the raven is my left guardian. In journey the raven said you must do much more meditation before we give you that gift.
After recapitulations and meditations, right on a trail I frequent, a raven feather was waiting for me.
One hike I frequent, I saw a coyote waiting for me to come down into the trail (coyote is my right guardian) while a raven flew over. I had a meditation to not take things so seriously the day before and to use ceremony daily.
On a hike coming up to Bee Rock I saw an ally guarding the rock and waving to me. It was there for 3 hikes and left, I felt it was Randy Hastings or don Juan Matus, or both. It was a man sized figure in the distance with much luminosity around it. I asked a hiker coming up and they said they didnt see anything.
My new brakes were annoying me with a type of rub and I decided to bring them in after the drive to the store. Driving through a green light, a guy dressed in traditional African regalia just appeared and I slammed my brakes. That adjusted them. I realized he may have been an ally after I came down. I did not look where he went though I should have.
The course was wonderful and I will pass along to all who want it. I’m still working to perfect the Alleghewi clay stones..lol! OMG I will get it down and send as soon as they are good.
I know for all of us, sometimes the illusion can get very real. It seems like anytime you get caught up with the system, whether it be lawyers, accountants or even government clerks, the system has a way of taking over, as if it has any real authority in our lives. Often we forget that these are as it would be described as “The Matrix.” It is not real and it is the work from which we are here to escape.
But how do you do that, based on the “hard realities” of punishment from non-participation? It is an age old question that many people ponder time and again. I can’t tell you how many people have said to me that they’d like to start their own community or country or buy and island and just escape there. And at the same time, we all crave the connection, safety and intimacy of community. Without those connections, life is somehow barren of its greater depth. And yet history has shown through Jonestown, Waco, etc, that these types of communities ultimately come to some crazy demise, always at the hand of the government, followed by grand propaganda of how insane the leaders were. I personally wonder how much is true and how much is devised to keep us trapped in the illusion. Either way, the message is clear. Participate or suffer the wrath of those in charge.
While I have few answers, I do find myself staring the system in the face nowadays, pondering my own role in it. I have also looked at my own sovereignty as a spiritual being and as a member of our society. How does one participate and yet not subjugate?
I recently spent some time with a local law enforcement officer who was surprisingly open-minded. Or at least he came across that way, perhaps in a covert role (one can safely presume that both roles are at play). In this conversation he was telling me about his time in Iraq where he was staying in Saddam Hussein’s whorehouse. The story was that Saddam and his sons had a proclivity for 13 year old virgins and thus would send out soldiers on missions to raid birthday parties and bring them back prime girls. The girls were then picked over, raped,and impregnated. The children were then kept as the young girls were now set free.
The story was clearly designed to make me see how bad the Iraqi’s are but instead it reminded me of how horrible ANY government can be if left unchecked and our very important role of checks and balances. I think it is particularly important for the lightworker’s who so clearly see through the illusion. We KNOW we are sovereign beings, inherently, ruled by the laws of the divine and the laws of nature. We know that no man has sovereignty over us. And yet, we also understand that the sleeping ones often need a strong hand to keep them from making real trouble and causing everyone distress. It is a delicate balance indeed for how do we maintain a society of sovereign beings if most people have no capacity to maintain themselves without someone telling them what to do or be?
As to my point of this story, I think the key is to remember our role as leaders to remain the objective all-loving observers. We need to remember that the matrix is not real and that ultimately we are our own decision makers, guided by a higher being. It is an important place from which to walk and one worthy of consideration.
Your thoughts are welcome.
IMU President Deborah Lindsey was a guest on “Beyond the Realm” with hosts Steve Tackett and Mike Rebold on Tuesday at 6 pm. She talked about IMU and was scintillating as was expected! lol! Click in to enjoy the show. Below is the write up from their webpage.
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Beyond the Realm a voice for the New Age of body,mind ,spirit and earth.The show seeks to inform enlighten and entertain by being an open forum for the discussion of the mystical,metaphysical, mysterious and paranormal.The intent of the show is to jolt people out of thier intellectual ruts from limiting beliefs that are restricting thier lives and to present alternative ideas for expanding awareness and self growth
We encourge listeners to share experiences they have had with ghosts UFOs,alien abductions,angels and miracles. Anything that is “Beyond the Realm” of the ordinary.
The hosts of the show, Steve Tackett and Mike Rebold take their work seriously, but not themselves we never know who is going to pop in, It may be Skyler, Aunt Willoghby or a cast of characters that offer thier unique perspectives.
Thanks for allowing us to be a part of your world. Everything we do is for the purpose of entertaining and enlightening our audience!!
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We’d LOVE to hear from you.
by Mike Adams, Natural News
(NaturalNews) The ultimate goal of the study of physics is to decode the rules and laws of the universe; to understand what “makes it all tick,” so to speak. That goal, of course, has remained elusive, but great strides have been made toward it over the last few thousand years. Newton’s formulations of the laws of gravity, Kepler’s laws of motion, Bohr’s modeling of the atom, Maxwell’s equations on electromagnetic behavior… these all contributed to a deeper understanding of the very fabric of reality. Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity, and then General Relativity, soon followed.
Our understanding of physics accelerated throughout the 20th century with theories on the Big Bang, inflation and the inflaton field, string theory, M-theory, supersymmetry, quantum mechanics, parallel worlds, bubble universes and much more. It’s truly fascinating to observe all this as a conscious being sitting inside the very universe we’re all trying to figure out, and one thing I really appreciate about physicists in general is that they require an extraordinarily convincing burden of proof before they announce something to be “discovered.”
That’s in great contrast to the pharmaceutical industry which essentially just “makes stuff up” and passes it off as “science.” Drug companies give science a terrible name, but physicists are the redeeming individuals who help restore credibility to the very name “science.”
(For example, in clinical drug trials, a pharmaceutical only has to work on five percent of the test group in order to receive FDA approval as “safe and effective for everyone!” In the realm of particle physics and cosmology, however, experiments usually have to reach a level of certainty approaching 2,999,999 out of three million (5 sigma), thereby leaving only one chance in three million of the conclusion being wrong. Now that’s what I call confidence!)
This is why physicists, chemists and other “hard sciences” people who end up throwing their hats in with the pharmaceutical / vaccine / chemotherapy industries only end up discrediting themselves. The for-profit health care industry is largely based on quackery that merely borrows the label of “science” but follows none of its stringent requirements for proof. Physics and cosmology, in great contrast, has (almost) nothing to patent and nothing to sell to the public at monopolistic prices. Particle physics, cosmology and even quantum field theory is truly all about the quest for knowledge and not about hyping up some false pandemic to sell more dangerous vaccines to an unsuspecting public.
Even with the extreme attention to evidentiary detail, however, there’s still something the physicists have been overlooking for a long, long time: Consciousness.
The quest for particles (while ignoring consciousness)
Why would anyone want to spend a few billion dollars smashing atoms together and analyzing the results of the splatter? To find out what atoms are made of, of course. But more importantly, to find out what the universe is made of. That’s what CERN is all about, and as long as its results are understood in the proper context, it’s valuable science.
There’s a huge gap in all this, unfortunately, and that gap has its origins in the thinking that atoms are made entirely of particles. The wildly misnamed “God particle” known as Higgs boson has been the single most sought-after particle by physicists in their quest to find physical evidence to back up their mathematical equations of the “Standard Model” of the universe.
To understand why that matters, let’s back up for a minute. Physicists and especially cosmologists spend an enormous amount of time working in the abstract realm of mathematics. The purpose of the mathematics is to attempt to model physical reality, which is, of course, engineered into the fabric of the universe with the language of mathematics. (Consciousness is also woven into the fabric of reality, many argue, but that’s a subject I’ll revisit later.)
What’s often lacking in this scientific quest is physical experimental evidence that backs up the math. So it only makes sense to attempt to conduct real-world experiments to either prove or disprove what the theory predicts. That’s what CERN is all about. Now that the Higgs particle has been convincingly demonstrated to exist, this helps nail down all sorts of answers, thereby leading to a deeper exploration of other questions, each of which grants a measure of understanding to human civilization.
Ultimately, physicists are attempting to understand the origins of the universe, which has turned out to be a tricky question for lots of reasons, some of which are almost impossible to imagine. In addition to the parallel worlds and multiverse theories that have joined the complexities, there is also “brane theory” to deal with. It’s a theory that says, in a nutshell, multiple universes coexist intertwined with each other but not interacting. You can’t touch another brane world even though it may exist right alongside our own brane world.
What’s important to realize in all this is that even the so-called “Standard Model” of explaining everything is currently an unsatisfactory patchwork of equations and mathematical transformations that don’t play well together when it comes to different physical contexts such as really small things or really large, massive things. Try to meld large-scale equations of gravity, for example, with really small phenomena such as quantum fluctuations of atomic nuclei, and you get nonsensical mathematical answers such as “the answer is X divided by zero!”
Virtually all present-day reality modeling equations break down at singularity events such as black holes, too. The Standard Model is seriously lacking, in other words, and one of the reasons there is so much excitement about Higgs boson is because it would help fill in the gaps of the Standard Model explanation.
There’s little doubt that the Standard Model is only a temporary quick fix in the bigger picture, of course. It’s not “wrong” in the sense of being terribly incorrect; it’s most likely just incomplete. Ultimately, physicists hope to find a “unified theory” that explains everything with a single set of mathematical understandings and equations that apply to all observable phenomena in the universe: electromagnetism, gravity, mass, light and so on. Einstein spent a considerable portion of his life in search of the unification of these fundamental forces but was unable to achieve it. This is a goal of understanding that may yet take lifetimes to achieve.
If it were achieved, it would represent one of the most profound achievements in the history of humankind.
Yet, as I hinted above, there’s still something missing from all this: Consciousness. Without consciousness, the universe cannot be fully explained, as consciousness is increasingly emerging as a fundamental force impacting the very fabric of reality. This is really, really frustrating for many scientists because, for starters, the majority of them don’t even believe in the existence of consciousness. Stephen Hawking is famous for his rather short-sighted remarks that people are mindless, soulless beings — “biological robots” — and that religion / spirituality is a realm for “people who are afraid of the dark.”
He titles chapters of his book, “The Theory of Everything” and yet does not even acknowledge the existence of consciousness or free will — two things that are fundamentally tied into quantum theory equations in the context of the “Observer.” It goes without saying that until modern-day physicists can embrace and attempt to understand consciousness and the role of the Observer in shaping the physical universe, even their most determined efforts to find a unified theory of everything will come up short.
This is frustrating for physicists because, to date, there are no equations that describe the behavior or properties of consciousness. Although consciousness can be experienced first-hand by conscious beings, it so far has defied measurement and experimental validation. How can anyone prove consciousness exists? Other than the fact that it is self-evident to those who possess it, is there an independent way to measure it and thereby confirm its existence?
This may ultimately prove impossible because of an error in the question. An “independent” measurement, in classical physics, describes a measurement being conducted by a mechanism that has no ties to any conscious observer. Yet in order to become aware of the measurements, a conscious being must, one way or another, interact with the results of the experiment. This interaction, as quantum theorists are increasingly realizing, is itself part of the experiment and may alter its outcomes even after the fact. The Observer cannot be isolated from the events observed.
This also means that all of today’s science is, in fact, biased toward consciousness. All the evidence that makes up the entire history of known science suffers from a glaring “selection bias” because it was all observed and selected by conscious beings. Even this recent Higgs boson discovery may have been brought into existence solely because so many conscious beings were focused on bringing into reality what they imagined to be real. I know this almost starts to sound New-Agey, but such is the nature of things in a conscious universe: All science being conducted today is carried out under the influence of “consciousness bias.” And so we need to understand what this means and how it impacts our understanding of reality.
Gaining a deep understanding of this may be exceedingly difficult for human beings to achieve. It may, in fact, be beyond the capabilities of biological beings with limited neurological capacity. Nevertheless, I believe that the more modern science understands about the Higgs boson, quantum theory, particle physics and cosmology, the closer science will be to initiating a scientific study of consciousness.
We’ve got to get the hard sciences out of the way first, in other words, before the interaction between mind and matter can even be approached.
Consciousness, parallel worlds and more
Consciousness, you see, isn’t made of particles. Thus, you can’t smash consciousness in a particle accelerator and hope to see the tiny bits of what it’s made of. (You can crush free will, of course, but that takes a government.) Yet there is increasingly compelling evidence that consciousness interacts with the physical world and may even create parallel physical worlds when it is exercised. Hints of this are emerging from the study of quantum physics, which immediately leads to the possibility of “multiple worlds” and parallel realities.
The search for Higgs boson, ultimately, is an important one, but the approach is incomplete if our civilization seeks to uncover the fundamental forces that unify our observable universe. Those forces do not exist in a vacuum absent the minds of the conscious inhabitants of the universe. Where there is life, there appears to be consciousness, and if there’s one thing most physicists and cosmologists agree on, it’s that life is ridiculously abundant across the cosmos. Not in terms of units of life per square meter, of course, since most of the universe is, physically speaking, just empty space. The average density of the known universe (roughly 28 billion light years across) has been estimated at 6 hydrogen atoms per cubic meter. That’s a lot of empty space, but it’s filled with literally trillions of stars, each of which may harbor life and therefore consciousness.
To achieve a fundamental understanding of the origins and mechanisms of our known universe without factoring in the impact of consciousness and the conscious observer is, to put it bluntly, a blind approach to ultimate understanding. It’s like trying to bake a cake but leaving out the flour. The recipe of reality from which our universe has sprung must take into account consciousness. If it does not, no unification of fundamental forces will ever be complete, I believe.
Who or what created our reality?
Then there is the question of the Architect of this reality. Even if humankind manages to decode the fundamental laws which govern the physical universe, there’s not only the question of “Who or what created the universe in the first place” but the even more difficult question, “Who or what created the laws of physics that govern the universe?”
Because on that question, even a particle accelerator the size of the entire planet can’t shed a single photon of light on the question. The consensus view in physics circles today — which is dominated, remember, by people who don’t believe in consciousness or free will — is that our universe created itself out of nothing, without any intelligent intervention. This is a strange argument of “effect without a cause,” and it simply doesn’t add up.
The far more believable argument is that our universe was created by a Great Intelligence — an Architect or Creator, if you will. The explanations for this Creator run the gamut. Several prominent physicists are right now suggesting that our universe is a simulation, a physics experiment created by a vastly superior race of beings who inhabit a higher dimension. On the more spiritual side, the explanation quickly centers on a single consciousness known as God. There are seemingly endless additional theories and thoughts on this subject involving a vast array of philosophical and religious beliefs, but they all have in common one idea which should be obvious to even a brilliant physicist: The reason there is something rather than nothing is because someone (or something) had to put it there, and that means there is an intelligence — a consciousness — that exists above and beyond our known universe. Something with the power to create our known universe, in other words.
That creative force / intelligence / consciousness is what I call The Divine. It is divine because it is a Creator in every sense of the word. It creates realities. It carefully selects cosmological constants so that those realities have the capacity to support life. It imbues that life with small slices of consciousness and grants that life the capacity for self awareness and self determination.
These are divine concepts that underpin the deepest inner workings of our universe… far beyond Higgs boson or any theory of particle physics. This gets to the Creator behind the very laws of physics. How was the framework of quantum mechanics created in the first place? Who selected and fine-tuned the cosmological constants to support the formation of stars? How was the framework of dark matter and dark energy engineered?
I intend to begin exploring precisely these questions in a series of upcoming videos and articles on NaturalNews and other websites. I call this “exploring conscious cosmology,” and in my view, it dwarfs the importance of almost anything else that might normally concern us, including politics, nutrition and even exposing fraud.
Watch for announcements on “conscious cosmology” here on NaturalNews.com.
And yes, for the record, in case you were wondering, I am trained in the sciences and have long been a student of many fields of knowledge, including physics, philosophy, cosmology, anthropology, neurology and spirituality. I’m not a master in any of these fields but rather a student of them all. My strength is in understanding complex concepts and explaining them in simple, everyday terms, usually in a way that’s interesting to read. I intend to bring that skill to the forefront as I spend more time focusing on conscious cosmology which necessarily encompasses philosophy, spirituality, quantum theory, physics and more.
After all, if we are conscious beings, shouldn’t we exercise our consciousness and do something with it?
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/036376_Higgs_boson_conscious_cosmology.html#ixzz1zms17jAr
Overcoming Emotional Scars: How EFT Can Transform Your Life
One of the greatest challenge of our times, I think we would all agree, is learning technology! As an online school we are constantly gifted with new opportunities to learn how to make friends with technology. Well, the webinars have been just another such challenge. So today, technology got the best of us at the last minute and so we did what any great company would do….we found a way to make it work.
We know that this causes some stress, and that some people may have missed the live event as a result. For this we apologize. We too had to “tap our way through it.” lol. But we made it work and now everyone gets a chance to hear what we have created through the webinar. If you would like to enjoy the webinar, you still can.
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The Art of Psychic Protection with Jeffrey Seelman, Available on Replay
You can also still catch the replay of Jeffrey Seelman’s webinar on “The Art of Psychic Protection.” There’s still time to join the class in progress.
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We also want to thank you for your patience and understanding as we tackle yet another learning curve in creating this amazing school.
While I don’t agree with this article completely (I personally think that mandated vaccines are a travesty not “important”) and that they ultimately do so much more harm than good, I wanted to show from a mainstream perspective (it is Forbes Magazine afterall) that someone has FINALLY stepped forward and peeled back the curtain to show that Merck has been deluding all of us.
Millions of people who have autistic children are aware of how the MMR vaccine (measles, mumps, and rubella) is the most dangerous of all. Healthy children walk into a doctor’s office and damaged children, who will never be the same again, walk out. Parents are burdened with the grief of watching their dreams and the dreams of their children die with this one oh-so-horrible shot not to mention a lifetime of expenses that ensure in the hope that one day the child will heal.
With this lawsuit, more and more people will see that Merck is truly an evil company out to corner a market and make billions off of you and your children. If there is any justice in the world, we can hope that at some point we will learn that Merck has also paid for government lobbyists who get laws past to require the vaccination of children who can’t speak up for themselves, and paid for media blackouts and propaganda that has kept people believing that these things are actually GOOD . If there is any justice these truths will come to light soon. In the meantime, it is a small victory that few will report I’m sure.
by Gergana Koleva, Contributor
Anyone who falls on either side of the debate about vaccines’ alleged potential to cause harm is sure to have heard the big news this week — the unsealing of a whistleblower suit against Merck, filed back in 2010 by two former employees accusing the drugmaker of overstating the effectiveness of its mumps, measles, and rubella vaccine.
The scientists claim Merck defrauded the U.S. government by causing it to purchase an estimated four million doses of mislabeled and misbranded MMR vaccine per year for at least a decade, and helped ignite two recent mumps outbreaks that the allegedly ineffective vaccine was intended to prevent in the first place.
“As the single largest purchaser of childhood vaccines (accounting for more than 50 percent of all vaccine purchasers), the United States is by far the largest financial victim of Merck’s fraud. But the ultimate victims here are the millions of children who every year are being injected with a mumps vaccine that is not providing them with an adequate level of protection against mumps. And while this is a disease the CDC targeted to eradicate by now, the failure in Merck’s vaccine has allowed this disease to linger with significant outbreaks continuing to occur,” the suit alleges.
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It refers to a 2006 mumps outbreak in the Midwest, in which 6,500 cases were reported among a highly vaccinated population, and another in 2009, in which 5,000 cases were confirmed. By comparison, the annual average of mumps cases in the U.S. in the two decades preceding the 2006 outbreak was 265; before the introduction of the single-shot Mumpsvax vaccine in 1967, there were approximately 200,000 cases of the disease, according to the 55-page document.
If the accusations are true — thus far Merck has denied wrongdoing — the case would lend credence to the perception held by many that pharmaceutical companies are more interested in pursuing profits and preserving their market share than in protecting consumers’ health.
Specifically, the suit claims Merck manipulated the results of clinical trials beginning in the late 1990s so as to be able to report that the combined mumps vaccine, known as MMR-II (a revised version of the 1971 MMR shot containing a different strain of the rubella virus), is 95 percent effective, in an effort to maintain its exclusive license to manufacture it. This percentage is the benchmark used by the FDA to grant Merck approval to sell its original mumps vaccine in 1967. It is believed by vaccine authorities to guarantee herd immunity for people who have skipped on the shots.
However, instead of reformulating the vaccine whose declining efficacy Merck itself has acknowledged, the company reportedly launched a complicated scheme to adjust its testing technique so that it would yield the desired potency results. The virologists say they witnessed firsthand the fraud and were asked to directly participate in the dishonest testing, which was dubbed “Protocol 007″ and is outlined in great detail in the complaint.
While the Justice Department has refused to rule on the case after conducting its own two-year investigation, the allegations are crucial for a couple of reasons.
Without doubt, if true, they offer an extremely damaging view into the inner process of a company accused of misleading both regulators and consumers about a vital medical product. This is exactly the kind of profit-centered, patient-careless attitude many consumer advocates, vaccine opponents, and non-believers of all stripes ascribe to Big Pharma.
But the suit also serves to remind that vaccines are essential to preventing disease and that any drop in their efficacy is likely to result in disease resurgence and endanger the public’s health.
Unfortunately, what should be a clear distinction between scientific truth and a single alleged case of scientific misconduct is all too readily muddied by anti-vaccination advocates who conflate the two in order to advance their particular kind of dogma.