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The Promise of LSD Microdoses and Other Psychedelic “Medicines”

Psychiatrist John Halpern discusses the psychotherapeutic potential of peyote, ayahuasca, psilocybin, MDMA and other psychedelics

By John Horgan on July 10, 2017

I first met psychedelic expert John H. Halpern, M.D., in 1999 at a conference on altered states in Basel, Switzerland (where I also interviewed Albert Hofmann, LSD’s discoverer, and tripped on magic mushrooms). Halpern, then a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, was studying effects of peyote on members of the Native American Church, who consume peyote as a sacrament. Three years later Halpern arranged for me to participate in a peyote ceremony on a Navajo reservation in northern Arizona. I wrote about the experience in a 2003 article for Discover. An excerpt:

Like most Native American Church services, this one has been called for a specific purpose—in this case, to help a wife and husband burdened with medical and financial problems, all too common on the reservation. Except for Halpern and me, everyone is a friend or relative of this couple; some have traveled hundreds of miles to be here. The meeting lasts for 10 hours with only a single 10-minute break, and it unfolds in a rhythm of rituals: smoking tobacco rolled in corn husks; singing hymns in Diné or other Native American languages to the pounding of a deerskin drum; eating peyote and drinking peyote tea passed around in bowls, three times in all. There is a spellbinding beauty in the incantations of the roadman, in the sparks spiraling up from the bed of coals toward the tepee’s soot-blackened roof, in the stoic expression of the elder who adds cedar logs to the fire and rakes the coals into a half circle. But none of the worshippers seems lost in blissful aesthetic reveries. Far from it. For much of the night, the mood is solemn, even anguished. Two people vomit, including the wife. Both she and her husband sob as they confess their fears and yearnings. So do others as they listen, offer prayers, or divulge their own troubles—usually in Diné, but occasionally in English. The power of these ceremonies, Halpern tells me later, is only partly pharmacological. After all, worshippers usually eat just a few tablespoons of peyote, which amounts to less than 100 milligrams of mescaline—enough to induce a stimulant effect but not full-fledged visions. Peyote, Halpern speculates, serves primarily as an amplifier of emotions aroused by the ceremony’s religious and communal elements. 

You can find the full text of the article here. Halpern is now director of medical services for the Boston Center for Addiction Treatment. Given surging interest in psychedelics’ scientific and medical potential, I thought it was an apt time for a Q&A with him. — John Horgan

Horgan: How did you get interested in psychedelics?

Halpern: I got interested in psychedelics back in medical school because I was searching for everything and anything that might be of use for substance abuse. I wound up learning from my late Father, Abraham L. Halpern, M.D. (a very famous psychiatrist himself!), how psychedelics held so much promise back in the 1960s but wound up getting made illegal with research essentially shut down in the early 1970s as a casualty of their escape from the laboratory and into instead the drug use/abuse world, too. But the research from back then definitely suggested that there are important medical properties to these substances that still were being overlooked.

Horgan: Have you ever taken them?

Halpern: This is a silly/immature question and one that I always imagined would be asked by a reporter with an axe to grind rather than at educating readership. In the last 20 years only one journalist has asked me this – both times John Horgan.  The first time he asked was during his interview of me for a profile piece in Discover Magazine, and I brought him to a prayer service of the Native American Church! So John Horgan now your readers know that you ingested peyote, too! So, yes, I’ve experienced psychedelics but such use never was the reason for my devoting so much of my career to the legitimate clinical research of these substances.

Horgan: Yup, now they know. So what did you learn from your research on peyote use by members of the Native American Church (NAC)?

Halpern: I learned that such sacramental use of peyote benefits NAC members and is the heart of their faith. I heard countless stories of recovery from substance abuse and/or of deepening learning about Native Traditions and language through participation in the NAC. I wound up also publishing a major paper that showed that those who follow the Peyote Way are cognitively healthy/similar to Native non-adherents and also presented with healthier lifetime satisfaction and mental health.

Horgan: Should non-Native Americans be allowed to take psychedelics for spiritual purposes?

Halpern: This already occurs legally in the United States, Mexico, and Canada for members of the Native American Church. Also the United States and several countries in Europe acknowledge the religious freedom of members of the Uniao Do Vegetal and Santo Daime – religions that have expanded from the Amazon Basin and now count members around the world that partake of DMT-containing ayahausca in their prayer services. Native use of Ayahuasca is legal in Brazil, Columbia, and Peru. The Bwiti faith in west Africa (The Gabon and elsewhere) is legally sanctioned and has an iboga ceremony – the root bark from the shrub Tabernanthe iboga contains a very long-acting hallucinogenic substance ibogaine. So, there already are non-Native Americans partaking of psychedelics for religious purposes. Such use is far different from seeking “intoxication”: indeed, in the USA, such use is legally characterized, when legitimate, as the “non-drug Sacramental use” of these compounds. This very easily can be a very long, long answer but, in short, in the United States Freedom of Religion is enshrined in our Constitution’s Bill of Rights and, as such, our government is limited in restricting the practice of one’s bona fide religious faith: under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Government must employ a “least restrictive means test” as to whether or not religious practices must be regulated or prevented.

Horgan: Should psychedelics be legalized?

Halpern: This also is perhaps a too broad question for me. My job as a researcher and physician is to help inform with scientific fact. In the absence of sufficient facts, fear may be all that is available when debating such public health and public policy issues. That being said, it is an interesting question as to how the most revered substances of the shamanic world came to be so reviled in the “modern” world. These substances right now are “legalized” in that they are placed in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act and, as such, are available for legitimate research purposes only. Do I think that they should be available without any restrictions whatsoever? Should a child be able to purchase alcohol? When I was growing up, simple Benadryl (diphenhydramine) was only available by prescription! Now it is over-the-counter available for purchase. Any substance can be used and/or abused but some more than others. Cocaine is a Schedule II medication (used primarily but rarely as a topical anesthetic) but illicit cocaine abuse doesn’t derive from such approved medical indication. Similarly, it may come to be one day, even soon, that these types of drugs may be legally available by prescription for specific medical indications including for psychotherapy and/or for spiritual purposes outside of protected religious practice. But such “legalization” requires development through the FDA’s system of drug review for public safety and to clarify risks and benefits and that for the specific indications that benefits do reasonably outweigh potential risks. There is much research to be done to achieve this and there are active efforts to develop MDMA and psilocybin in the United States for medical use.

Horgan: Should physicians be able to prescribe psychedelics as treatments for mental disorders?

Halpern: Maybe one day this will come to pass but it is for the FDA to determine whether or not these substances have an approved medical indication and the process by which they can be safely administered. GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) is a known “date-rape drug” and it is a listed within Schedule I as a drug of abuse but its prescription form is in Schedule II for the treatment of narcolepsy: a centralized distribution system was devised with the DEA to ensure that GHB can be given to patients in need of it as a medication while minimizing its risk for diversion to the illicit market. My point is that there are ways to create a safe means for prescription should they ever gain an FDA-approved medical indication.

Horgan: Who should not take psychedelics?

Halpern: The best available information is that those with a history of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and/or psychotic illnesses (like schizophrenia) should take these substances with tremendous caution if at all, and even those with close blood relations with such serious psychiatric conditions should be similarly warned, as well. People who have a tremendous need for emotional control often report “bad trips” in particular. Those with little preparation–having a known, safe, and supportive environment that protects people from interacting with regular/routine life and that has even non-using but experienced supports–will also be at greater risk. These substances can be profoundly disorienting to perception of self and the world we live in: so those planning to drive a car, for example, should not take psychedelics.

Horgan: What do you think of the old idea that psychedelics mimic psychosis?

Halpern: Suggestibility can greatly increase under the influence of these substances. The first dose of LSD administered in the United States was given to a psychiatric resident who was told that it would create a psychotic-like experience, and then the resident proceeded to behave in psychotic-like ways. Even so, there are a number of important differences including that these drugs induce pseudo-hallucinations that the user typically understands are not reality-based and that are often visual. Psychosis rarely has visual phenomena and true hallucinations leave the individual incapable of discerning symptoms from reality. The “psychotomimetic” model of what hallucinogens do is not considered useful/valid at present but more dissociative agents like ketamine and PCP may indeed cause a more accurate “model psychosis.”

Horgan: Are you surprised that psychedelics have gotten so much positive coverage lately?

Halpern: I am not surprised at all!

Horgan: Writer Ayelet Waldman in her new book A Really Good Day describes taking micro-doses of LSD to boost her mood. What is your opinion of micro-dosing? Will LSD, given its history, ever be accepted as a medical treatment?

Halpern: This is very old news. Once when I had lunch with Albert Hofmann (the chemist who first synthesized and experienced LSD) about 20 years ago I had asked him about micro-dosing. We had a lively discussion that LSD could have become the first “Prozac” like antidepressant and that 25 micrograms a day seemed to be particularly effective. Dr. Hofmann stated that he really pushed to make LSD into an antidepressant and had the idea to combine it with an emetic (a drug that would induce vomiting) if too many pills were taken at once. He said that company lawyers thought there was too many risks/pitfalls to offering a drug in such a preparation and so it never was developed for commercial use. If LSD is taken every day, by the way, tolerance to the intoxicated effects build, and so LSD might be able to be evaluated still as an antidepressant.

Horgan: Do you think DMT, which psychedelic philosopher Terence McKenna loved, has therapeutic potential? What about ayahuasca? Does psychiatrist Rick Strassman’s research on DMT, which triggered frightening experiences in some users, give you pause?

Halpern: DMT is the primary psychoactive constituent of ayahuasca. In the Amazon Basin there is a multi-thousand year history of ayahuasca use. Traditionally, such use is part of a process to help identify what is needed for healing rather than as a direct treatment itself. Within its religious application, there are many stories of spiritual and medical healing with ayahuasca including versus drug and alcohol addiction. Again, however, such clear therapeutic potential must be carefully evaluated from within legitimate scientific research and regulatory review. As for Dr. Strassman’s work: he wasn’t evaluating DMT for any therapeutic potential: he was doing basic dose-response pharmacologic research. Rick Doblin, founder of MAPS (Multi-Disciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies), famously says, “There are no bad trips…only difficult ones.” Such frightening experiences may also have a therapeutic use, but any of these drugs, not just DMT, may trigger them. Often, as mentioned, such experiences are triggered in those with a tremendous need for emotional regulation and the psychoactive properties of hallucinogens will quite often have a person feel loss of such control.

Horgan: Is MDMA, or “Ecstasy,” a psychedelic? Do you worry about its possible long-term negative effects?

Halpern: MDMA has psychedelic properties and can reported be fully psychedelic-like for the drug-naïve. Unlike “classical” hallucinogens like LSD and psilocybin, MDMA doesn’t typically induce loss of sense of self. Instead many will describe it as “ego-opening” with a flood of positive/trusting emotions. Any drug without clear FDA approved indication or accepted standard for human use worries me about the possible long-term negative effects. That being said, we will prescribe all sorts of very toxic compounds if the benefits and need may outweigh the risks. Benzodiazepines long term can cause verbal memory deficits, balance and coordination problems, and more, but if you have a panic disorder they can prove a godsend. Certain radiological and chemotherapeutic agents targeting brain cancer may damage some cognitive functioning but if that slows down tumor growth so that life is meaningfully extended – we wouldn’t want to prevent such medications from being given to such a patient in need, right? Yet, we wouldn’t want a healthy/normal person to get such a toxic compound for no reason. Specific to MDMA, there are risks from it being illegal, from taking it with a frequency and dosing scale that maximizes harm, and taking it in combination with other drugs such as alcohol. Yet many of the cognitive effects claimed from MDMA appear to not be functionally significant (you can read my NIDA-funded study on this question of MDMA neurocognitive toxicity) and some of the very brain changes noted in animal studies have also been found from other compounds including one that was FDA-approved for a time! Finally, consider that the illicit use of MDMA became popular more than 30 years ago. Back then, some anti-MDMA campaigners/researchers cautioned that such use/abuse will create a generation with early Parkinson’s Disease or who would wind up not responding to antidepressants when clinically depressed or who would be cognitively damaged in functionally observable ways. Such a wave has yet to materialize despite millions of users over these years. Some experts in the relative risk from various drugs of abuse have already published that the relative harms from MDMA appear to be markedly less than from alcohol and tobacco! (See chart below from Nutt, David J, et al., “Drug Harms in the UK: A Multicriteria Decision Analysis.” The Lancet 376, no. 9752 (2010): 1558-65. Credit: David Nutt.)

 

Horgan: I recently heard psychologist Anthony Bossis of NYU describe trials in which terminal cancer patients are given psilocybin. What is your opinion of this work?

Halpern: Dr. Bossis is a very compassionate and caring therapist invested in the evaluation of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy. The work at NYU harmonizes and validates the similar work coming out of Dr. Roland Griffith’s team at Johns Hopkins. I think there is much promise to this treatment. These works are published in the peer reviewed literature and skeptics of the work then are free to follow and/or attempt to upgrade upon the published methodology to further validate these early, promising findings.

Horgan: Albert Hofmann, who discovered LSD’s effects, sometimes expressed misgivings about psychedelics. He once wrote that they might “represent a forbidden transgression of limits.” Do you ever have similar qualms?

Halpern: Albert Hofmann’s discovery changed our planet in many ways and not all for the better: it is quite understandable that he would express such misgivings. That is why he also referred to LSD as his “problem child.” Yet Dr. Hofmann didn’t stop evaluating hallucinogens: he, in fact, identified psilocybin from Psilocybe cubensis and continued to contribute to the “psychedelic movement” right up to his death (at age 102!). Another chemist who made it has life’s work to discover as many new psychedelic compounds as he could find, Alexander Shulgin, also opined:

“I am completely convinced that there is a wealth of information built into us, with miles of intuitive knowledge tucked away in the genetic material of every one of our cells. Something akin to a library containing uncountable reference volumes, but without any obvious route of entry. And, without some means of access, there is no way to even begin to guess at the extent and quality of what is there. The psychedelic drugs allow exploration of this interior world, and insights into its nature.” ― Alexander ShulginPihkal: A Chemical Love Story

Accessing this “interior world” is the very same “forbidden transgression of limits” that Hofmann refers to: it is inherent to our species’ thirst for knowledge and understanding of just what it means to be human that then drives such curiosity, whether for better or worse. But even as one wise, old Roadman of the Peyote Way once said to me, “If you want to know more about Medicine… then eat more Medicine.”

Further Reading:

Tripping on Peyote in Navajo Nation

Psychological and Cognitive Effects of Long-Term Peyote Use Among Native Americans,” Biological Psychiatry, John Halpern et al., October 15, 2005.

Meta-Post: Horgan Posts on Psychedelics

Psychedelic Therapy and Bad Trips

Rational Mysticism

 

Unconditional Self Love remains the foundation of realizing the most pleasurable companionships throughout your experience. ~ Le’Vell Zimmerman

 

Unconditional Self Love remains the foundation of realizing the most pleasurable companionships throughout your experience.

Know that the cultivation of this level of self love is an aspect of your grounding work for Ascension, where your focus as a Leader expanding in spiritual maturity is within on the nature of your energetic presence.

In other words, as you heal more beyond entertaining the Ego Minds lower frequency projections such as judgement, anger, hatred, doubt, worry, fear, suspicion, loneliness, sadness, victimhood, and other separation based projections, you will radiant a more loving presence which is ever more attractive amongst reflections of self in being a natural aspect of your true self.

No, you are not here for the purpose of establishing a sacred relationship with another, where it is an error in consciousness to feel that your existence depends on the presence of another, however loving connections of a harmonious nature are conducive to a loving sense of presence and are celebrated here amongst the Heavenly Realms.

Le’Vell Zimmerman

The Eternal Search for Wholeness, Unity ~ Judith Kusel

 

The Eternal and restless search for wholeness and unity in loving relationships, is in truth the greatest search for meaning and purpose in our lives.  It is the search for something greater than the sum total of ourselves, which brings us into wholeness again.

One of the greatest reasons why human loving relationships fail, and often turn into war zones, is that we want the Other to fill the deep void inside of ourselves up, so that we can finally be WHOLE.

We sometimes can glimpse that eternal wholeness in a moment of profound, loving, deep union with our Divine Other, in those moments of ecstasy, bliss, euphoria.  But that stage is short-lived, as everyday life encroaches upon us, and the little jackals, those little things, which irritate, which jar, then grow into monsters, which tend to sow division, fights, bickering.

Interestingly, it is that UNWHOLENESS in the partner, which most reflects our inner un-wholeness, brokenness, separation, for in truth the partner is reflecting all unloved, unacknowledged parts of ourselves, back to us.

So many people flit from one partner to another, one love to another, like adrenalin junkies.  As soon as the infatuation wears off (which was mistaken as the THE LOVE, THE ONE AND ONLY), and reality sets in, the flaws of the partner become too much.  Whereas once one loved those flaws and found them interesting, or even cute, or lovable, now become a source of immense irritation. The seeming flaws remind us of our own brokenness, our own un-wholeness, of the void, deep inside of us, which is so longing for unity, oneness, and then being whole again.

Interestingly the more we seek wholeness, and unity OUTSIDE of ourselves, the more we will find our own void, our own brokenness reflected everywhere.

I was reminded of this, when I was going through a stage where I was critical of my Divine Other, and only saw what I wanted to see.  More than this, I had my own ideas, fantasies and whatever about the how, when, where.

It took me one day, of intensely missing him, of feeling that if I did not go deep inside myself, and felt into my WHOLENESS and LOVED MYSELF INTO THAT WHOLENESS again, I would not be able to love him into his wholeness.  I decided there and then, that I would seek wholeness within and without myself, wholeness within him and wholeness in our relationship.  I also decided that I would live in the here and now, and allow the past to dissolved.  All of it.  All the past lives, and parallel lives and whatever else.

I asked God and Goddess to show me his soul, in its highest truth, and innocence, that soul which was created as my own soul, as in the beginning, when we were first born as souls.

When I finally saw this, something deep within me shifted.  I started sobbing.  Not tears of woe, or sadness, but rather tears of awe and wonder.  I could not find words.  I could not find expression for what I was witnessing at SOUL level.  I just saw the PERFECTION of God/Goddess’s creation, and realized, nothing was ever missing, nor wrong.  For God/Goddess does not create imperfections.  All was ONE unity, one symphony of perfection embodied in soul and creation.

My heart and soul opened up, and my body, mind, spirit, soul.  My emotional body just released something immense.

I was then shown was true love was all about.  How the Divine Love, and Divine Sexuality, could flow through the souls, with joy, delight, exultation, creation, and ultimate wonder of unity, in the highest and most profound sense, when there was NO-thing to distort, nothing to separate, nothing to break the illusion of ONENESS.  It was a light-heart-ted-ness, a profound awesome gift of Love, which had no boundaries, no bounds, was infinite and was always present.

What that taught me, was that the negative ego distorts.  The illusions we have of what partnerships should be like – and most of this is false programming which has come over many generations.  Generations who often enforced marriages for dowry reasons, for political and land issues, even for tribal peace.  Generations, where the un-wholeness of union, was carried over generation by generation, and therefore then more un-wholeness, rather than wholeness and unity.

To me this time is all about finding unity.  Unity WITHIN oneself, the marriage between the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine WITHIN.  Yes, we all have the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine within ourselves.  Sometimes even they are at war with themselves, like we often want to cut out the shadow, and only see and acknowledge the light within us.  The more we ignore the shadow, the more it will manifest into form, and mostly in the most intimate of relationship, where that shadow often bursts out in words one slings to each other, or uses like weapons of war.  Words can leave scards which are the hardest to heal, mainly because they act like daggers in our emotional bodies, and need to be removed.

When the inner soul self finally seeks the union within itself, it will find the union outside of itself, for Divine Law AS WITHIN, SO WITHOUT, is valid cosmically.  More, than this, to finally allow the deepest expressions of love, to manifest in whatever form this may take, is a huge step towards empowerment at relationship level.  If one is totally dedicated to express love, in its purest forms, then love will express itself, in exuberant ways, without wanting pay-off, or anything else in return, but love, itself.

It is when one finally steps past the negative ego, and into the higher soul self, that the expectations are gone, the demands, the give-me symdrome, and then one finally allows love to sprout forth unencumbered.

Love has no conditions.

Love has no boundaries.

Love has no demands.

Love does not perform nor does it seek to measure performance.

Love does not compete, for in truth, there is no competition.

Love loves the seeming flaws, and sees only the perfection of soul lessons in love to be mastered.

Love has no: “If you do that, I will…..”

Love has no “I want this and that, and I want you to…..”

Love has no “You did this and that and I can give the second, the minute, the date when this and that happened…..”:

Love has no slings for slinging and slanging matches…..

Love does not keep score.

Love does not exchange for money, status, physical control, and whatever else.

Love is not bound by legal contracts, nor by divorce laws, no by what is owed nor owned.

Love loves.

Love Blesses the Divine Other.

Love is grateful.  Love is grateful for small and little things, for the small and big gestures, tokens, expressions of love, and love in all its myriad of forms and disguises.  Love is grateful for the blessings of love, and blesses love, and through the blessings, love multiplies.

When we finally step into full maturity as souls, as will work at finding unity within ourselves, before we seek union anywhere else.  It is a process.  It means having the guts to face the woundedness, the un-wholeness within, and therefore to seek that profound unity with the Divine, before this can manifest in true union with one’s Beloved.

Love asks the Beloved for an anointment of Blessings and Love, and then to understand, that each union, each coming together, has its own blessings, and its own love-in-expression-feeling-and-Being.

Sometimes one moves heaven and earth, and it is earth-shaking.

Sometimes it is pure tenderness and that deep soul connection that goes beyond words.

Sometimes it is pure comfort of feeling each other, being there for each other, in so many ways.

Sometimes it is delightful, playful, joyful and sometimes steeped in tears.

Sometimes one can span dimensions, and one can literally melt into the Infinite wonder of All-that-is.

Sometimes it is fiery and charged.

Sometimes it is a gently lapping brook, tranquil, peaceful and steeped and flowing with love.

Embrace Love, in all its forms and expressions.

Allow.

Just allow.

Love.

And one day, you will find that love has gently been set alight in your heart, soul, and Being, and has found a nesting place there, and indeed, that nesting place, has always been there with the Divine Other, for it is a deep homecoming, and UNION, and deep feeling of safety, of ONENESS, which has never left.

It has always been there, eternally, and will always be there eternally.

And then the Divine Other, in a moment of great love and tenderness says:  “Only with you.  Only with you.”

And you smile.

Yes, only with you, my Beloved.  For you are home to me, and I am home to you, and we both a Athome with the Divine, where we eternally belong.

 

Source:

The Eternal Search for Wholeness, Unity

You Are The One Who Chooses ~ Omnipulse

 

Align with those who are truthful, you will tell the truth to yourself. If you align with those who are lying, you will lie to yourself.

Imagine that, how is it possible to lie to yourself? Do you have more than one mind or has one mind been split into two?

Reconnect with yourself and paradoxically find yourself for the first time, once again and become who you’ve always been. That is the eternal game, nothing can ever truly change or die but we can become more or less aware of the whole by reflecting in ourselves either wholeness or partiality.

Each action, every choice is formed out of intentions and awareness. Those choices born out of intentions to project partiality, to feed the false self of imbalanced emotions or projected lack are within the realm of the of sensory based pleasure instead of self-awareness through knowledge of the energetic realm. That sensory realm is only possible through partiality where some portion of your eternal memory and self is separated and out of that separation a false self or ego is generated.

Again, in true paradoxical fashion, the purpose of that self, the illusion, is to learn of the reality, the true self. The purpose of the addiction to life, is to realize there’s no such thing as death. When the addiction is suffered and accepted, death is constant as the higher self or the energetic realm dies to the mind. When the addiction is managed by overcoming the motivation of the lower mind and making those choices through intentions aligned with the true self, the energetic realm which projects the physical appearance, then there is no death because it is understood that what makes the physical apparent is a configuration of perspective that limits the whole picture into a series of layers that are seemingly separate like the layers of the mind and body or the frames of a movie.

Those layers are not separate, they are connected, because they are actually describing a continuous realm. It is the image, the appearance, the physical, perceptual or technological (in the case of the movie) system that creates that effect of separation and this is to transfer the information into a recordable format.

Thus, the brain creates the illusion of separation so that the body consciousness, the ego can be formed and through this the totality of higher awareness can be experienced in the physical plane.

Then, what is the meaning? If it’s just a dream like adventure, who did this and why? This is the dream of a higher organism who does not suffer from the loss of the truth to the illusion but benefits from the death of the illusion. Still, some will say that the illusion is the enemy of life and is not just a ‘dream’ but a war amongst the spiritual planes. This may be true, as well, or just another way to looking at the same situation.

If it was that way, did you choose that? If not, will you choose to solve the problem? Choice is what creates all the universal truths and on some level the original being chose to be this way.

That is the primary secret of the ages. Those behind the scenes take their projection, the illusion, the pleasure and plain with glee and go, “I CHOOSE TO DO THIS, THIS IS MY PROJECTION, NO MATTER HOW PAINFUL.”

Meanwhile, they tell people out here, “THIS IS AN ACCIDENT, A WAR, LOOK OUT!”

Really, “Look within.” All the aspects are self-contained, if they weren’t, there would be no self to experience them. How you change, choose and learn is whether you arrive at the wholeness of the final step, accepting self-responsibility and becoming that overall experience or whether you throw blame and say it MUST be someone else that did this. That’s the trick, everyone who says it’s someone else is giving those people behind the scenes to the power to be that someone else!

You can do it too but you don’t need to own a nation to do that, simply choose for you and the result is the same, you have the deed, the title to an entire universe which is what a human is.

The question, then, is what will you do to ensure that you are in control? What kind of challenges will you throw in your way? How rocky will the path become for you before you step up and realize you’re the one who chooses?

That is the second secret, that life is an ongoing operation to test the limits of the mind and perception and this is participated in by every sentient being in this civilization.

 

Source:

You Are The One Who Chooses

 

Message from Mike Quinsey 7-14-17

 

14th July 2017. Mike Quinsey.

These are the times when many revelations are soon to be made to bring your awareness up to a level where the truth becomes known. For too long you have been kept in ignorance of important issues that have had a great bearing on your life. Eventually you will reach a level where only the truth can exist, and must start preparing for such an occasion. For example your true history as a Human Race has been kept from you by those who have controlled your progress for their own benefit. By keeping you in ignorance of the truth they have been able to exercise control over you, and until very recent it had almost become total. The Illuminati have been the controlling force with those who also believe in using the masses for their own benefit, and have led you to believe that you were not the masters of your own destiny.

An open mind is more essential than ever before, particularly as for a long time the truth has been distorted by false claims. It is important that you are prepared to give up long held beliefs when the greater truths are revealed, as these will be given to ensure you are well informed as you approach Ascension. Remember that it is an event that will release you from the beliefs that have kept you imprisoned for a great deal of time. Also release from the lower vibrations and distortions of duality, when at times it has been difficult to identify the truth within them. However, there have always been those who have presented the truth to you so that matters could be considered in a fair manner. The truth has a “feel” about it that rings true for many people and enables them to make progress.

Each Age has ended quite dramatically and in such a way as to enable a New Age to commence. The old has to be cleared away whilst a new Age is brought into being, as it has no place in the higher vibrations. Clearly the old vibrations have to be released or raised to a higher level if they are to remain. As detailed in a recent message it also applies to the Human Race, and even if you do ascend this time, you will gradually reach that point where you are ready to do so. In reality there is no urgency to ascend but you are encouraged at all stages to make progress, and given every help without denying you your freewill choices.

With the ending of each life time you have a review of it with your Guide, so as to identify which aspects of it need to be further experienced. Together you will decide such issues as to which Country offers the best situations for your advancement. Then there will come a time when circumstances are favorable for your next life, and the finer details are sorted out. At issue will be what goals have you set yourself and how best to achieve them. You will have a hand in choosing your next parents who will bring you up according to your needed experiences. Whether you are male or female depends to some extent on the type of life you will choose, and be assured that much thought and discussion goes into planning that life, and it fully covers the karmic issues that need your attention.

Obviously another important factor is whether you are to have brothers and sisters, and how these will affect your earlier years. Sometimes very close bonds are created in loving relationships that last beyond your childhood. In fact you are likely to reincarnate with those souls that you have had previous lives with. Your relationships may be different and are determined by your needs for certain types of experiences if you are to continue to evolve. Poor or rich, it depends on your life plan but be assured you will find yourself in the exact circumstances that will give you every opportunity that you need. All through your life you still have freewill, but a soul that is planning to take every opportunity to evolve will follow it through as agreed.

Without having a purpose in life it would be opportunities wasted, as Humanity as a whole benefits from the collective input aimed at progressing with each life. As you will undoubtedly realise, there are often many players in each karmic situation who take the opportunity to experience together. It will for example cover both sides where there is a dispute or opposition, so that all involved gain useful experience. It is worth noting that as you are in the end times, some of you may have undertaken a demanding and busy life that means it can be quite hectic. However, as has been stated many times, you do not take on more than you can cope with.

As many of you will undoubtedly know, each of you have an aura of many colours that can change according to what mood you are in, inasmuch that when you are evolving spiritually and are in good health they are bright and clear. However, when you are lacking spiritual growth and are involved in negative activities, colours will be murky and dark. It is perhaps as well that very few of you can see them, and it is best to accept people from their outer appearance. The energies emitted can be felt by others and they can attract like souls, explaining why some people come together in a mutual liking for each other.

Your Internet has proved invaluable in giving seekers every opportunity to find information on practically every subject. It has many good links to those who share their spiritual knowledge with others. However, there are also those who deliberately set out to create confusion and send out false information. However, those souls who work through the Internet having acquired a good degree of true knowledge, willingly share it with others and do immense good in helping them find the truth and continue to evolve. Naturally there are also excellent books available and the authors are already well known. They can be found through your libraries and the Internet.

The Forces of Light are hard at work dealing with ones who support the Dark forces to disarm them and take away their ability to cause problems, that are delaying the coming of major events that will release you from their hold and control. A lot of their activities are controlled from underground bases that have been located, and where the inhabitants refuse to surrender are destroyed. It is a challenge that can be met as the Forces of Light now outnumber them. So slowly but surely yet with a sense of urgency firm progress is being made. It is still impossible to accurately state when the time will arrive that allows for open contact with the Beings of Light, but it is getting much nearer.

Your help is extremely important at this time, because as one of the Lightworkers you can help shine your Light wherever you go. Gradually it is spreading far and wide whilst transmuting the lower energies. Your efforts are greatly appreciated and you are loved beyond measure.

This message comes through my Higher Self and carries the energies of Light and Love.

Mike Quinsey

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http://www.treeofthegoldenlight.com/email_MQuinsey07-14-17

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