Friday, April 29, 2011

Time

We perceive life through many lenses; one of those lenses is the lens of time. Time allows us to quantify the unique life experiences by removing the burden of experiencing ‘all’ at once. Time is an illusion and the most beautiful gift, as it allows us to uncover our reality frame by frame.

If we were able to view reality without the paradigm of time, we would potentially be cast into a reality of chaos unless trained or given the grace to view all simultaneous realities.

Time is the universe’s way of giving a level of order to our perception demonstrating the delicate balance of chaos and order.

The delicate balance of time and space… yin & yang



Hayaku: A Time Lapse Journey Through Japan from Brad Kremer on Vimeo.

The Mountain


The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011 by Terje Sorgjerd On El Teide -- Spain´s highest mountain @(3718m).

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

The Wolf in Loves Clothing: by Chris Jackson

A dear friend wrote this:

There are many forms of love and yet only one integral love at the same time. There is the first level of love in which we experience a love of what we are getting from others because it benefits us somehow and we say we love them, but it is really not them that we love. It is the things that they do for us. There is another level in which we feel our needs are being met and so we compromise with the other and look to meet some of their needs. This is also not a love of them. It is a love of a trade agreement. Both of these first levels are hungry wolves masking their truth behind the word of love. Then there is the One final integral form of love which is unconditional in which we give to the other, when they take from us or when they are not filling a need or doing anything for us. This is how we may know its truth by our removal of the self interest from the equation. If you ever find yourself taking love away, then it was never there to begin with for when true love is present it cannot be taken away.

The challenge for us is that we often don't see ourselves authentically when we are the wolf, because we only see through the filters of pleasure and our perceived needs. Others are only screens on which we project our expectations. To experience true love we must first center ourselves in the knowing that we are complete and that we need nothing. From here we may know ourselves to be full of love. It is only here that we are able to see things as they really are and appreciate them fully.

Do you find yourself judging and measuring others and the world around you? Do you feel you are lacking or missing anything?

When you are hungry for love it is easy to miss the universes true affection. The easiest way to tell if this is happening is if you find yourself in dissatisfaction over anything. The gift of the present is always in front of you leading you toward greater growth and love. When we are dissatisfied we close ourselves to it. Open yourself through appreciation and the world of abundance will open to you.

There is love all around you in every moment. The practice for living gloriously is in finding the gift and centering yourself in the constant flow that is being given to you in reflection of who you are choosing to be.



Meat Free Mondays

By giving up meat for one day each week you can save money, reduce your environmental impact, decrease world hunger, and live a healthier life.




In 2009, Paul, Stella and Mary McCartney launched the Meat Free Monday campaign as a simple and straightforward idea to show everyone the value of eating less meat. For more info about the Meat Free Monday campaign go to www.meatfreemondays.com

For a more comprehensive look at how our food habits effect other members of the human race you can view many great documentaries about our food, one of these great documentaries is BBC's "Future of Food India/Cuba/Kenya"

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

What is happening?


It is becoming increasingly apparent that we are living in a time where a new consciousness can be seen. The status quo is no longer. This awakening is one that must continue in order for the world to be made a considerably better place for all of its inhabitants. I am compelled to comment on the nature of mass media and how it has retarded our consciousness, the current political climate, and bring attention to and access to the “white light”.

Our current western civilization thrives on several principles and beliefs; these beliefs are ingrained in us from childhood, perpetuated by the media, the school system, our economy, and most importantly since it dictates all the others, our government.

We’re told:
You are an individual and separate from others. To survive, you must separate yourself and compete against the other individuals around you.

Happiness does not come from within, and the happiest of people have the most stuff.

You are limited and breakable.

The easiest way to indoctrinate and perpetuate this dogma into the minds of humanity is the media. A quarterly analysis from Nielsen’s Anywhere Anytime Media Measurement initiative (A2/M2) – show that the average American watches approximately 153 hours of TV every month at home, a 1.2% increase from last year. That is roughly just a little over 5 hours a day. Now the average person sleeps 8.7 hours a day and works about 8 hours… so it is fair to say that the average person has only 2.3 hours in a day that they are free to practice awareness and think. The remainder of day is monopolized by routine bombardment of the mind with mass media. This can be paralyzing to the mind and soul.

Then of course there is the Internet. The Internet is argued to be better for the mind than television, because you can actively choose what you watch…. However, as some of you may already be aware, the freedom of choice within the Internet has already begun to change. Advertisements are present in all forms on the Internet and have rapidly become even more intrusive in nature than their television counterparts. All of our actions are recorded and analyzed, used to commoditize our every online move.  The ever-present media influences whenever we search and seek information on the Internet.

Clearly, mass media shapes and molds our opinions and attitudes.  By defining what is normal and acceptable in society it creates the very society it is meant to reflect. This dual cause and effect nature of mass media also means that it will continue to be more complex and subliminal in our generation… and rarely are advertisements the bearers of truth and light. Buy this, Buy that!

If you are interested in reading more about advertisement, and the current subliminal messages we’re all subjected to, you can click on the following link, for the purposes of this article I will not be going into great detail on the well-researched and well accepted deceptive nature of advertisement.  

“There used to be a variety of viewpoints, ideas and opinions in popular culture. The consolidation of media corporations has, however, produced a standardization of the cultural industry. Ever wondered why all recent music sounds the same and all recent movies look the same? The following is part of the answer:” – Vigilant Citizens 


As depicted in the graph above, the number of corporations owning the majority of U.S. media outlets went from 50 to 5 in less than 20 years. Meaning we are being exposed to a more singular point of view, and consequently being subject to a more singular agenda. 

“A single piece of media often does not have a lasting effect on the human psyche. Mass media, however, by its omnipresent nature, creates a living environment we evolve in on a daily basis. It defines the norm and excludes the undesirable. The same way carriage horses wear blinders so they can only see what is right in front of them, the masses can only see where they are supposed to go.

Today’s propaganda almost never uses rational or logical arguments. It directly taps into a human’s most primal needs and instincts in order to generate an emotional and irrational response. If we always thought rationally, we probably wouldn’t buy 50% of what we own.”– Vigilant Citizens

It is no secret that the economy dictates media; and media is directly correlated to politics, and governments in power act in the favor of the economy. The saying “money makes the world goes round” is truer than we would like to admit. This is capitalism -- Money making the world go round. But the system is in trouble. Capitalism has become global, and its inequalities continue to grow and sharpen.

So, back to my original questions - what is happening? What does this mean? Countries are stock piling atomic weapons. Economies appear ready to crumble at any sign of a downturn, propped up and sustained by creating evermore complex rationalizing tools such as models, forecasts, and algorithms. Add to this that human freedoms continue to be more supervised and controlled, both through the government’s direct action and through the media that inundates us with stimuli, and I think it is clear to see that something is happening. Never before has capitalism had the global reach that it enjoys today. The lust for power is evident and is ingrained in our culture and beliefs.

I draw attention to the current state of society because it serves as a reflection to the current state of the individuals constituting that society. The awareness of these issues as a society should encourage us all to actively practice awareness, and no time has been better time to be become aware. Awareness of what is happening is not to be mistaken with paranoia or obsessions with conspiracy theories; paranoia is counter productive and oppressive in nature for the mind. Simply be aware of what you are observing on the news, TV the internet and world politics—ask yourself why and whom is this opinion benefiting.

Swami Kriyananda a world-renowned spiritual teacher and disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda stated this past week,

“We are going to enter a very major depression, much worst than the depression of the 30’s, this will lead to a world revolution because the governments have been lying to us and people won’t like it and it will lead to war-fare. We are in for a hard time now; a cataclysm is coming and its not going to be man made.

There is a change of ages happening, there is an old consciousness (fixed) and a new consciousness (fluid). A new consciousness of energy is coming in, after [this] change, the world will be very peaceful; my vision of it is a lot of greenery.

The old consciousness thought that matter was solid, and we know now that it is made of energy; we thought that ideas were solid so we had dogmas, fixed organizations, and fixed everything. Now we are in a more fluid consciousness, ideas change and dogmas are not fixed.

Energy is a reality. The word energy is being used all over the place, this is part of the new age, and it will last another 2000 years.

The depression, conflicts, and revolutions will be the result of the conflict between the old and the new consciousness. The old consciousness is going out, and it cannot hold anymore. After this shift, greed and indifference towards other people will be made more subtle, it will not go away, but will be made much more subtle and improved.

All of this will happen in the next decade. A hundred years from now, things are going to be beautiful. Harmony comes out of unrest.” -- Swami Kriyananda

So with all of this said, we shouldn’t be alarmed or feel oppressed by this old fixed consciousness, government control and mass media, rather, we should find comfort in the fact that we the people will elevate us to a higher state of being and harmony by being aware and being fluid. The deceptions and veils of capitalism are all part of our history, and necessary for the coming of the new age.

You are “One” and not separate from others. There is no real competition, only that which we create.

Happiness comes from inside of you, and the happiest of people have a happy mindset regardless of the stuff that surrounds them.

You are limitless and healable.

Regardless of what one believes in the future predications made by Swami Kriyananda, one must agree that the only image of the future is the failure of the present. Unless we change our unjust ways, the future is likely to be deeply unpleasant. Let’s realign our society with ideals that everyone can agree upon and that is balanced in fairness, equality, self-fulfillment. Powerful reform can be supported by people of all races, nations, religions, and civilizations. One that is centered on nature and our respect for life. There are human rights that everyone can agree to and they should be used as the foundation for creating a society that we want to pass to our children. We describe her as mother nature, but a more accurate way of viewing nature is as our child, one that must be cared for, nourished, and protected.

I would like to finish with some quotes:

“If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.” 
-- Thomas Jefferson

"He who rejects change is the architect of decay." -- Harold Wilson

"Be the change you want to see in the world." -- Mahatma Gandhi


Monday, April 18, 2011

Living Service


"Be like a ladder, not like a leader. If you become a ladder, then everyone develops themselves. And try to love all, serve all." – Jayesh Patel


Jayesh Patel is the co-founder and director of Manav Sadhna, an NGO based in the Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India. Formed in 1990 with the mission to serve the underprivileged, Manav Sadhna now provides health and hygiene, education, and employment services to over 4,500 women and children through over 38 projects.
During this short flim, entitled “Living Service” Jayesh Patel, shows us how the Gandhian principles inspiring the organization are put into practice in the vast slums of Ahmedabad.
There are enough good ideas, says Jayesh; what is needed to make real change is the commitment to one another through humble service. Ultimately, it is heartfelt compassion and sincere spirituality that motivates effective service to humanity.
The written material on this blog entree is directly taken from the Global Oneness Project website. The www.globalonenessproject.org is an inspirational website bringing light to some unifying projects, people, and films. 

Thank you Global Oneness Project

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Find the Rhythm


“Foli” is the word used for rhythm by the Malinke tribe in West Africa. Rhythm, is not only found in the Malinke music, rather in all parts of their daily lives. This rhythm reverberates in every action and word, as the Malinke man says, “Tous les choses, c’est du rythme.”  (“Everything is rhythm.”)

I am sure many people can relate to finding themselves moving and jiving to an invisible rhythm at times -- perhaps some more than others. As a child I had been told to be quiet, stop fidgeting, stop dancing around, and be still, but I wonder if many children of today whom are labeled as hyper active as I had been are simply giving into an insatiable desire to move to an invisible rhythm, the rhythm of the earth.

We know now that everything is energy (wave-particle duality), from the smallest subatomic particles, to atoms and molecules, everything is energy. Everything is vibration. Everything is rhythm.

I hope you enjoy this beautiful short film directed by Thomas Roebers that portrays the people of the Baro, a small town in eastern-central Guinea, giving you a glimpse inside their culture of rhythm. This film has been edited in such a way to preserve and reflect Malinke rhythms.

Find the rhythm :)

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I have no authority in this world--many people in the world are elevating humanity


First, let me say that I have no authority in this world. I want to share the stories and findings of amazing people in this world because they have inspired me. Many people in the world are elevating humanity with their travels, research, writings, and services. I will try my best to share their stories; some will be stories about my friends and some about complete strangers—because talking only about my own experiences and myself can be tiresome and counter productive not to mention a heavy responsibility that I do not have the authority to take.

Anything that I discuss on this blog is an internal dialogue or commentary on other individuals’ achievements and services, not a set of beliefs, guidelines or principles; rather the thread of ever changing thoughts in my mind as I continue to observe the world. In fact, sometimes I may not comment at all :) 

This blog will celebrate all of the people living in "white light". I do not hold any key to enlightenment, and I don't even think that enlightenment is place that one can achieve by following a set of beliefs or principles. Enlightenment is a state of being, defined by it's non-permanence; one can achieve enlightenment and visit the "white light", alternatively one can easily descend out of the "white light".

So, I know nothing, I am not a leader. I am not looking for followers—I actually removed the follower gadget at the bottom of my page, because I felt it defeats the purpose of this blog. You are amazing, and I want to follow you and your stories. 

P.S. if you ever have something funny you would like to share…. I LOVE funny videos, stories, and jokes…. here is a funny video from The Onion News about our current trend of blogging and social networking, hope you like it


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

What has been will be again, and that is ok :)

Our arrogant misconceptions that our advanced civilization will outlast are delusions. Non-permanence is continuously demonstrated to us through observable patterns and our capitalistic civilization will be humbled, as many advanced civilizations of the past have been humbled before. Capitalism is a distraction; it veils our inner-eye from seeing the true oneness that exists between us all.