Category Archives: Consciousness
by IMU instructor Richard Sutphen
In fact all your current suffering is the result of situations you have refused to confront. You’ve refused to act, repressing your thoughts, feelings and emotions until they are like a rubber life raft held just below the surface of the water.
You can stand on the emotional raft, forcing it down, but when you run out of energy to do that, or when you are not guarded, the repressed emotions surface and you experience the effects.
The only way to resolve the conflicts in your life and attain peace of mind is to deal with them as directly, honestly and efficiently as possible. There are four steps to end suffering and to attain peace of mind:
1) ACCEPT SELF-RESPONSIBILITY: In accepting karma as your philosophical basis of reality, you accept self responsibility. Your problems are karmic situations you need to experience to learn and grow. There is no one to blame for anything you’ve ever experienced. And remember, wisdom erases karma, and the law of grace supersedes the law of karma (if you give love and mercy and grace in your life, you will receive the same in return).
2) ACCEPT THAT WHAT IS, IS: Accept the things you cannot change, change the things you can and have the wisdom to know the difference. Remember, you cannot change another human being.
3) DEVELOP DETACHED MIND: The goal is to enjoy all the good stuff life has to offer, but when outside conditions change, refrain from sinking into the basement of emotions (anger, hatred, desire for revenge). Allow negativity to flow through you without affecting you.
4) HARMONIOUS VIEWPOINT: The way you experience life is based on the way you choose to view what happens to you. Your viewpoint is the deciding factor in whether you perceive life as a troublesome journey or a harmonious experience.
Four steps to end suffering and obtain peace of mind! I’ve been working on these four wisdom points for 30 years and I’m still not there. But I can’t imagine living my life without this philosophical back up.
Peace and Light,
by IMU President, Deborah Lindsey
You gotta admit, something amazing has happened here.
I mean, has anyone else ever seen the United States back down from a war once it decided to go in? Especially a war that is so obviously manipulated as this one?
When I look at this, I see a flicker of hope that the Light is finally taking over. We all watched with baited breath as the shift in consciousness so quietly took place at the end of the Mayan Calendar in 2011/2012. We KNEW it happened but had no PROOF. We also knew that it would take a while for this new level of awakening to ground onto the earth.
And so here we stand, today, on the the 12th-year anniversary of the the horrific false flag event at the World Trade Center in NYC which ushered us oh-so-easily into the last TWO unending wars, only a year or so later, asking ourselves, “do we really want to do this again?” Amazingly, Americans saw through the parade of lies that were set before us! And American’s stood up and said NO! And that NEVER HAPPENS! Usually Americans are so caught up in the hype of the corporate and government owned media that it can’t see truth if it hit them on the head. So this is AMAZING!
Even more amazingly it wasn’t a minority of Americans who saw through the lies, as it so often has been in the past, but a MAJORITY of Americans! This is huge!
For me the big indicator was when the military people started saying no. You have to understand…the military are the most deeply hypnotized of all. They MUST believe in the government agenda, fueled by propaganda and patriotism, if they are going to be able to do what they have signed up to do. (That always amazes me that people sign up to do this. If they only understood that if they REALLY wanted to protect the American way of life they would STOP signing up!)
You also have to understand that patriotism, government, and military all live in the first chakra. The first chakra is the house of group beliefs. The first chakra is the key to this whole game of awakening. While most people think it is the seventh chakra (spirituality) or the fourth chakra (heart) which are the keys (and they are absolutely critical), I personally think it all hinges on the first chakra, mass consciousness. But the first chakra, which contains things like space and time, is the absolute freaking hardest and slowest one to change. This is because it moves at the speed of the GROUP. So if the media is influencing a significant part of the group to believe something and they buy it hook, line, and sinker, it doesn’t matter much what the others think. It isn’t until a critical mass of awakening has happened that anything changes in the first chakra.
But when these changes happen, look out! The idea that women were inferior changed and in came women’s rights. The idea that polio was incurable changed and in came a cure. Etc. Etc. So if we can get the masses to awaken to an idea, we can change everything. The hundredth monkey effect will then take hold and then nothing the dark can say will matter. We will have truly won.
Perhaps the the idea of “terror” as an enemy is beginning to fade. We have seen the boogyman and it fades in the Light!
Is it possible that this is the turning point? Has the awakening truly begun?
I’ve got my fingers crossed. How about you?
I’m so excited about this! IMU student Nanda Kumar put together this video in conjunction with his paper for his capstone project to earn his MA from IMU. The documentary is fantastic and is a culmination of his learning and research from his life and from his time at IMU.
This is well worth the time. Put down the remote and click Go instead. You’ll be glad you did.
I’ve always been fascinated that, in the Bible, angels often introduced themselves with the words, “Fear not.” As a child, I thought this meant that the person being visited could stop fretting about their life because the angels were taking over and they would put everything right. So I prayed for the angels to visit me, too.
But they seldom appeared in the way I had hoped for. Nor did they stoop to clean up the toxic dump of my life.
Later on, I began to suspect that the words, “Fear not,” were for another reason: the shock of an unexpected encounter with ethereal beings can be down right confounding and disorienting. The one receiving the angelic visitation was probably stricken with terror over the intrusion and needed to be calmed down.
Though we may long for it, when the non-ordinary breaks in unexpectedly, our first impulse is to become unhinged. Our reptilian brain prefers an existence that is set on rails with no surprises or deviations, and hence nothing to fear. In such a life there is no room for angels with their awkward and shattering pronouncements.
Yet, when I look at the issue even more closely, I realize that when I have had an unearthly encounter, it has sometimes been preceded by an intense period of anxiety that fractured the shell of my expectations. I would find myself in an impossible situation, wanting desperately to run away from a wall of dread. But in the end, going through the fear seemed to be my only option, and sometimes that led to an awakening. So it became a mantra for me: if it scared me, I should do it.
When I was in my early 20’s I read a book in which one of the characters confessed that he was terrified of sharks. He would tell this to his friends just before scampering across the beach and plunging into the surf. I thought that was really cool, so I decided that I should always move toward my fear. It was my heroic stance to the world – my way of dope-slapping terror.
But I also found that moving toward fear is a very difficult way to live. It’s not only intense. It’s also just plain tense. And since I was prone to compulsive worrying anyway, I was miserable. Despite my attempts to “lean into my fear,” the angst never really dissipated.
That had a lot to do with my upbringing. My parents had drummed into me that if I wasn’t worrying, I wasn’t doing my job. Worry was a pre-emptive strike against the travails of this world – a lesson I learned well.
I had to worry about what other people thought of me, “Let other people do the talking about you.” I had to anticipate and sidestep their rage, “You don’t want people yelling at you!” I had to worry about making a living, “You should always have something to fall back on.” I had to worry about having expectations that were too high, “Always expect the worst and you will never be disappointed.” I had to worry about being average, “You used to get all A’s and then some B’s started creeping in. And now THIS… a ‘C’ on your report card!” I had to worry about speaking in front of people, the fate of my soul, getting a good education so I could get a good job, talking to girls when I couldn’t think of anything to say, not fumbling the football, going to the Vietnam war, whether or not to wear bell-bottoms, being cool when I wasn’t, and a host of other tribulations real and imagined.
Life was terrifying, and also exhausting.
It never occurred to me that there might be another way…until I met the woman who would become my wife. Jacquie is the first person I have ever known who lives without fear. Nothing fazes her. It isn’t that she works at being brave. Fear is just not a part of her system – one mark of an old soul.
Over the years I have gradually assimilated her stance. Mind you, it doesn’t come naturally to me. But I have begun to understand that it is possible to engage life from a very different perspective than the habitual anxiety that so many of us have been taught. If it weren’t for Jacquie’s unwavering faith in the future, in grace, and in me, I couldn’t have accomplished half the things I have.
It seems to me that moving beyond fear is central to following our essential calling. It may seem impossible to let go of fear because it has become such a habit for many of us – a habit that is constantly reinforced by news, politics and advertising.
But the angels tell us a different story. “Fear not,” they whisper, and that is good advice. It’s also good to remember while lamenting the rarity of their visitations, that angels come in many disguises. They don’t always have visible wings. Sometimes they look very much like my wife, Jacquie.
In this TedTalk, serial social entrepreneur Gertrude Matshe talks of life in Africa (a continent I long to visit) as a consciousness. It is a wealthy land that has been taught that it has nothing, including the basic rights of the women who live there. She says that Africa is a land set on diamonds and yet the people have no wealth. I think it is true of so many of us. We are all living on a planet built on diamonds and most of us are unaware of our own value.
I’ve been thinking about activism a lot lately. In the metaphysical community, we have come to think of the consciousness revolution has something that is just HAPPENING. We think that by reading books and meditating and working on raising our vibration, we are participating in a revolution. On a very important level that is true. And yet, you have to ask, does action matter? Does it matter if we participate in change on a physical level? Is it enough to raise our vibration if no one is chopping wood and carrying water?
Anyway, I was impressed by this woman and what she said and so I have decided to pass it on. I, too, think that if we just looked at the person next to us in the eye and said a sincere hello, none of us would feel lonely anymore. None of us would feel alone, or separate, or lost or afraid. Why do we have these artificial barriers in the first place? It has never made sense to me. Why is it so hard to turn to the person sitting next to you in the metro or at a restaurant and just say “hi” without them thinking that you are suspect in some way?
Personally I think if we could just change the consciousness of this ONE thing…that the person sitting next to us is part of us and that we should just say “hi” it would change everything.
Let me know what you think.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2013 LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 3, 2013, 1:07 PM
Meditation is not just for new-agey folks sitting in the lotus position chanting “om.” Increasingly, mainstream medicine is waking up to the healing powers of daily meditation, with hospitals opening integrative medicine programs that use mindful and transcendental meditation and guided imagery, alongside traditional treatments. Research shows that meditation reduces stress, blood pressure and pain, improves attention span and the ability to focus and may even stimulate new brain cell growth. We checked with some local doctors to see why they’ve become big proponents of meditation.
What is meditation exactly?
There are dozens of types of meditation, from the Buddhist’s Zazen to guided imagery, but all help the mind to quiet down and heart rates to slow down. Dr. Jodie Katz, a family doctor in Ridgewood with Valley Medical Group, teaches Mindfulness Based Stressed Reduction, the most well-known and most studied. Mindful meditation has no religious affiliation. In her program, the breath is used as a guide to focus on the moment. Beginners are taught to focus on the sensation of breathing. When the mind wanders off, they are asked to simply notice where their thoughts have gone to, let go of those thoughts and bring attention back to the breath. Eventually, students work their way up to 45 minutes.
How do you do it?
There’s no right posture or pose, said Katz. You can do it sitting in a chair or lying down. It’s just important that you’re comfortable and in a quiet setting. Closing your eyes is a good way to focus inwards, but it’s not required. Begin by meditating a few minutes in the morning before the start of your day.
How do you know when you’re doing it right and getting benefits from it?
Here’s the catch: To succeed at meditating, you have to expect nothing, says Katz. “It’s really hard for us who are culturally so goal-oriented, for a moment to just experience something for what it is and see what happens.” Experts say you need to make it a daily habit to reap the most benefits.
How does meditating reduce stress?
We are wired to have a flight-or-fight response when under stress, whether you’re getting chased by a hungry lion or you’re stuck in rush-hour traffic late to an appointment — your heart and breathing rates increase, and your body releases stress hormones. We also have a physical stress response when we have anxiety-inducing thoughts about the future or past. Long-term release of these stress hormones put you at risk for heart disease, depression and digestive disorders.
Researchers are still figuring out the exact biological mechanism behind meditation and stress reduction, but a May 2013 study published in the journal PLOS ONE suggests that meditating activates a relaxation response on the cellular level that counteracts the fight-or-flight response. After a group of 26 adults underwent eight weeks of meditation training, their blood samples revealed that genes associated with cellular efficiency, insulin production and chromosomal repair became more active, and genes associated with stress and inflammation were turned off.
How does meditation affect the brain?
A 2011 study in the journal Psychiatry Research found that novice meditators who participated in an eight-week workshop had an increase in the brain’s density within the left hippocampus (the area of the brain that controls learning and memory processes, stress response and one’s sense of self) compared to a non-meditating group.
Meditation may also make your brain sharper, the way exercise makes your body tougher. A 2012 UCLA study found that long-time meditators had more folds in the cortex, which allows information to be processed, and more connection between neural pathways than people who did not meditate. The more folding, the better the brain is at processing information, making decisions and forming memories, according to the study authors.
How does it relieve pain?
Studies have shown that meditating reduces activity in the areas of the brain associated with processing pain. At Englewood Hospital’s Center for Integrative Healing, pain management nurse practitioner Cynthia Mulder and anesthesiologist Dr. Jeffrey Gudin use a form of meditation called guided imagery, before and after surgery. Guided imagery calms the sympathetic nervous system, Gudin said, so that it stops “kicking out those stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine.”
Any reasons not to try it?
“There’s no downside,” said Gudin. “It’s worth trying,”
- See more at: http://www.northjersey.com/news/222032201_Health_care_profession_is_increasingly_adopting_meditation.html?page=all#sthash.ZjekJE3s.dpuf
Wanna learn how to meditate? Check out Geoff Byrd’s mediation class right here at IMU.
Phoenix Five Earth Changes Bulletin
2013, by Michael Wells Mandeville
MWM: As all my subscribers should know, Cayce predicted that the Hall of Records, which contains records which outlines 120,000 years of human history as recorded by the Atlantean civilization before the last avalanche of the crust (pole shift), would be opened to reveal the true origins and destiny of humanity. This would occur in the generation of the major Earth Changes “which MUST come again”, which will include several catastrophic events. Most intriqueingly, Cayce predict that the when and who would unseal the ancient tablets of Poseidon was written in the chamber. As to exactly when it would be opened, Cayce stated that there were two conditions: the right people must show up to unlock the final riddle to find and pass through the correct portals, AND, it is necessary to wait for the greater portion of self-obsessed greed to melt away from the world scene.
From this and other statements from Cayce, I concluded that the destiny of the Hall of Records was not defined by prophecy or some kind of so-called psychic prediction. Rather, the destiny is an exact plan being carried out by cultural connections which can span intent and action through 12,500 years.
Since writing this analysis 15 years ago, I did two things. I advised many people that the Hall of Records was not going to be fully opened in the current political and economic situation. And I watched silently from afar all the machinations and efforts to probe the depth of the Giza Pyramid Field. Many people with many different points of view have been poking around. It is quite clear that secret activities have been underway for some time, many lips are sealed, more has been found than has been conveyed, and more or less it appears that the location of the Hall of Records has been discovered and some outer layers have been penetrated, though the most ancient section which contains the Atlantean records still is unknown. From other “finds” in Egypt and from rumors from other people, I infer that a part of the reason for the secrecy is that the deeper they go, the more the obvious story painted or carved on the walls diverges from any western concept, both religious and merely secular) of human history in general and Egyptian history in particular. No one in the secular, Christian, or Muslim worlds know what to make of the stuff so it is just been carefully guarded and slowly discussed among a few archeologists.
This appears to “mirror” the Dead Sea Scrolls situation, where the Catholic Church worked very hard for several decades to keep a lid on the material. They have pretty good reason, it tells many other “redeemer” stories and claims which cannot be squared up with official Curia history. They find no “reflections” of their dogmatic images and believes.
Whatever is the case in the Hall of Records, below is the reason which confirms Cayce’s “conditions”.
Preserved for millennia, Egypt’s artifacts fall prey to Egypt’s protests
More than 1,000 Egyptian artifacts have been stolen from the Mallawi museum, which was ransacked the same day police violently dispersed Islamist sit-ins in Cairo.
The center of this town still bears the signs of the angry mob that ransacked it two weeks ago. A burned-out car sits in front of the torched local council building. Sandbags are piled next to the entrance of an officers’ club next door. Rocks and and a makeshift barricade of paving stones litter a street. Black heaps of wire and ash mark the place tires were burned.
Next to the council building is the Mallawi museum, built to resemble an ancient Egyptian temple and now in ruin.
Windows are broken and several rooms are burned out. In the high-ceilinged main rooms, where artifacts of the 18th dynasty of ancient Egypt from as early as the 1350s BC used to sit in neat display cases, piles of shattered glass now litter the floor. The broken cases stand askew or toppled over, their contents gone except for a few broken shards of ancient pottery. Handwritten display cards explaining the exhibits lie scattered throughout the rubble.
The museum was looted and ransacked on Aug. 14, when mobs across the country attacked churches, Christian homes and shops, police stations, and government institutions after police <http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2013/0814/Cairo-erupts-into-violence-as-security-crushes-protest-camp-video>forcefully dispersed two Islamist protest camps. The devastated museum serves as a reminder of the toll that Egypt’s two and a half years of upheaval – including the most recent episode – have taken not only on Egypt’s people, but also on their history.
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Among the more than 1,000 artifacts stolen from the Mallawi museum were “special masterpieces,” says Monica Hanna, an Egyptian archaeologist who has been working to draw attention to the looting and destruction of archaeological sites in recent years. She traveled to Mallawi to salvage what was left of the artifacts there soon after the attack. The damage will not be felt just by historians and archaeologists like herself, but by the people of Mallawi, she says.
“It was part of the community that is lost. It had great value to the community of Mallawi,” says Ms. Hanna. School children would regularly visit the museum and, when she was there after the attack, young people told her how they used to visit the museum to sketch the artifacts.
“The community itself is very upset,” she says.
One of the stolen artifacts was a statue of the daughter of Akhenaton, the father of Tutankhamun and husband of Nefertiti. He was notable for instituting the worship of one god, rather than the pantheon of ancient Egyptian gods, during his reign from roughly 1350 to 1334 BC. The period of his rule was marked by art that depicted the ruler and others with exaggerated features, a stark departure from previous depictions. The stolen statue of his daughter “is one of the very rare masterpieces,” says Hanna. Artifacts from the Graeco-Roman period, animal mummies, and other items were also stolen or destroyed.
Many archaeological sites in Egypt have <http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2013/0728/In-Egypt-journey-down-a-Nile-of-discontent>suffered looting and destruction since the uprising that unseated former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and ushered in a period of upheaval. Not far from Mallawi, looters come to the site of Antinopolis to dig for artifacts every day.
The Mallawi museum was ransacked after the police attacked the protest camps in Cairo filled with supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, killing hundreds. A violent crowd gathered in the city center, and though there were several tourism police stationed outside, they were no match for the armed mob and fled, according to museum employees. The attackers shot and killed the museum’s ticket seller before breaking in, burning administrative rooms, and ransacking the museum.
Museum employee Nazih Hosni says the attackers took 1,043 pieces, leaving fewer than 50 behind. “They only left the big pieces they could not carry,” he says. “And those, they broke.” He said the attackers ransacked the museum throughout the night. Though the museum is only a block from the police station, security forces did not intervene.
Hanna decided to go to Mallawi when she realized that authorities were not sending anyone to salvage what was left, she says. When she arrived, “I told them I’m not leaving until you properly remove the objects and put them in a safe place,” she says.
The tourism and antiquities police helped remove the objects the following day. They managed to salvage wooden sarcophagi, human and animal mummies, papyrus, and other fragments. But many objects were not just stolen but destroyed.
The head of UN cultural agency UNESCO, Irina Bokova, said in a statement on the attacks on Egypt’s cultural institutions that they constitute “irreversible damage to the history and identity of the Egyptian people.” The organization offered to help Egyptian authorities prevent the trafficking of the objects outside Egypt.
The police announced that anyone who returns stolen objects will not be prosecuted, and have so far recovered at least 131 artifacts.
But at the museum, employees stood watch over the ransacked interior and mourned the loss of their colleague as well as the artifacts. “Everyone who comes talks about the antiquities, but no one mentions the name of the one who died,” says employee Majdi Tohamy. “Write his name – Sameh Ahmed Abel Hafiz.”
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