Riding the Breath: Breathing as Spiritual Praxis

The Rev. James Reho Ph.D.

The feather flew, not because of anything in itself
      but because the air bore it along.
Thus am I, a feather on the breath of God.  –Hildegard of Bingen

 

Introduction: Holotropic Breathwork

Throughout history, human beings have gone to great lengths in search of a unitive or “mystical” experience with Something greater than themselves.  Risking poisoning or permanent neural damage, seekers in many cultures ingest psychotropic substances.  Others fast to the brink of starvation.  Some seek ecstatic union though intense pain, or prolonged sexual arousal, or a combination of the two.  Some seekers push the physical limits of the body and mind through prolonged meditation or yogic exercise.  Others seek a “runner’s high” to the detriment of their knees and spines.  Any of these methods will in fact work; yet none of them is necessary.  You can simply breathe.

But breathing is never really simple.  Our breath bears our emotional history and is a playing field for our flirtations with both Eros and Thanatos.  While our relationship with our breath is often barely conscious, the quality and form of our breathing enhances and communicates much about our emotional state.  As children, we hold our breath to get what we want; breath steels and expresses our will.  When we are frightened, we gasp for breath sharply with the upper chest; breath influences and expresses our anxiety level.  When we sleep, exercise, concentrate, make love, or meditate, our breath takes on again other patterns to support our activities.

My own first memory of breath is as a two- or three-year old, breathing heavily in the sweaty aftermath of a nightmare.  Then there were childhood asthma attacks, likely due—at least in part—to my parents’ in-house smoking and the air quality of Staten Island in the 1970’s.  To overcome the asthma, I struggled with breathlessness through several painful and humiliating summers on a local swim team, at first unable to complete a single lap and hanging panting against the wall of the pool.  Finally, the weakness was broken and my breath became strong… just in time for me to pick up smoking myself, smoking several packs of cigarettes a day, until I eventually quit and took up yoga and breath practices.  The bizarre and surprisingly difficult path of smoking cessation—and the importance of conscious breathing in that process—showed me clearly that the breathing process is much more than a simple exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide: it holds the key to deep and sometimes invisible parts of our identity.

In 2009, I was lying on a yoga mat in a friend’s house, the first floor of which had been converted into a spiritual temple.  I was with about ten other people, and was about to begin my first session of intense breathwork.  After a preliminary orientation, we had begun breathing as we had been instructed: a simple breath pattern, through the mouth, with an emphasis on the inhalation, at a rate of about one breath per second.  There was evocative ambient music, candles flickering among the holy figures on the giant, multi-tiered wooden altar, and a wide Taos drum in the center of the room.  Our yoga mats were arranged around this drum like the spokes of a wheel.

After what seemed to be only minutes of this breathing, my breath began to take on a life of its own: sometimes deep, fast, and powerful… then shallow and rapid… then the breath would suspend itself for what seemed to be minutes.  My hands and mouth contracted into tetany, which I experienced as a euphoric sensation.  Soon enough, the tetany subsided.  I had entered into an expanded state of consciousness that I came to know very well as I returned time and time again to breathwork.

In this expanded and visionary state I have had several powerful and euphoric encounters with archetypal and personal-biographical figures, experienced the healing of somatic pain, and even had what in the literature of Holotropic Breathwork is called a “perinatal experience,” an experience that seems to touch a memory of our pre-birth life.[i]  The intensity and immediacy of these experiences cannot be overstated. These experiences, when they come, seem to originate from a deeper level of what’s really real than do the events of my external life.  Needless to say, these experiences now figure strongly in how I understand the world around and within me.

Tradition as well as experience and research indicates that conscious work with the breath can help heal emotional and even physical pain and disease, and can vitalize our body/mind complex in ways that are so extraordinary that I hesitate to describe them… you simply wouldn’t be likely to believe me.  Many of these practices have historically been taught in connection with faith traditions or spiritual systems such as yoga, and have been handed down from master to disciple in ways meant to protect the disciple (or the uninitiated) from psychological or physical harm.

 

The Abrahamic Faith Traditions and the Sacredness of Breath

It turns out that Holotropic Breathwork is but a very recent development of a millennia-long history of breath practices that we humans have discovered and utilized to enter states of expanded consciousness and divine union.  In spirituality circles it has been en vogue for a few decades now to point out that the words for “breath” and “spirit” in several scriptural languages are related:  ruach in Hebrew, ruh in Arabic, pneuma in Greek, and spiritus in Latin.  From this last, we have in English words like “inspire/inspiration” and “expire/expiration” that carry dual meanings relating both to breath and to spirit in various forms (creativity, vitality).

Historically, breath and expanded consciousness have been strongly linked, and these links have often been expressed through faith traditions.  The Name of God (ha Shem[ii]) given to Moses in the Biblical book of Exodus, YHVH, is thought by some Scripture scholars to represent the sound of breath itself: the YAH sound representing an inhalation, the VEH sound representing an exhalation.  The very breath, then, is a holy mantram; each breath is, whether we intend it or not, a calling out of the Holy Name.  This also means that the first thing we utter—and the last thing we say (before expiring)—is the Name of God.  The Name of God is breath.

In one of the two creation stories in the Book of Genesis God takes the human figures created out of clay and breathes into them.  Breath, which vitalizes the human being, carries with it something of the Divine presence and identity; to breathe upon, or into, something is to share life essence with that something.  This link between breath and ha Shem remains in Judaism: as one example, a recent book of Jewish prayers translated into English by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi carries the title, All Breathing Life Adores Your Name.[iii]

Mystical Christianity has taught for over 1500 years that attentiveness to the breath opens one up to the presence of God.  The Hesychastic tradition of Christian meditators (alive and well worldwide these days, and centered on Mt. Athos in Greece) teaches that one can experience the Kingdom of God within oneself:

Try to enter your inner treasure-house and you will see the treasure-house of heaven.  For both the one and the other are the same, and one and the same entrance reveals them both.  The ladder leading to the kingdom is concealed within you, that is, within your soul.[iv] tweet

This inner treasure-house is the human heart, which is entered/opened through the breath:

Breathing is a natural way to the heart.  And so, having collected your mind within you, lead it into the channel of breathing through which air reaches the heart and, together with this inhaled air, force your mind to descend into the heart and to remain there… then a [person] sees that the kingdom of heaven is truly within us…[v] tweet

In Islamic Sufism, too, breath is seen as a bearer of, and conduit of, the presence of the Divine.  Sufi poets such as Hafiz al-Shirazi, Rumi, Saadi, Attar, and others, speak of “the fragrance of God” which, of course, is sniffed in with the breath.  One of the main metaphors for the human being is the reed flute, which God presses with divine lips and through which God blows the holy breath.  For its part, the flute exists in a state comprising both moments of the ecstatic with a deep longing for the reed-bed, for full divine communion as was known before it was “cut” or individualized.  And within the breath itself lies the essence of that divine ecstasy that is searched for but can never be the object of a search:

Here’s the new rule: Break the wineglass
      And fall toward the Glassblower’s breath.[vi]

 

Breath Practice and the Erotic

Why is it, you may ask, that breath-based spiritual practices are not part of the curriculum in every yeshiva, mosque and Sunday school in America?  One guess is that the silence around these methods among the masses of the faithful has less to do with theology and more to do with the traditionally body-denying cultures within which these traditions came to reside.  At some point, as Western cultures came more and more to take on the viewpoints of Modern philosophy and the Cartesian paradigm, such practices ceased to make sense. Then as discomfort with embodiment (sexuality, death, particularity, etc.) came more and more to define the Western mind and spiritual paradigm, such practices became either feared (if their powerful effects were remembered) or dismissed and ridiculed (if their powerful effects were forgotten).  One early example of such ridicule comes from the theologian Barlaam the Calabrian (14th century, well before modernism!) who coined the term “navel gazers” (Greek: Omphaloscopoi) in his attacks upon the Hesychasts.

When you ride the breath into an experience of expanded consciousness, there is an undeniably erotic flavor informing the experience.  Notice, for example, how breath and eroticism are linked in the poetry of the medieval Spanish Jewish mystic Yehuda Halevi:

Since the day we parted,
I have found nothing that is like your beauty.
So I comfort myself with a ripe apple—
Its fragrance reminds me of the myrrh of your breath,
Its shape of your breasts, its color
Of the color that used to rise to your cheeks.[vii] tweet

The intensity of the experience of the divine union achieved through breath work makes the material world and the suffering it brings bearable, perhaps even meaningful by simultaneously filling it with meaning and relegating its goings-on to a non-ultimate position in comparison to the Really Real, the sacred breath.  As the Sufi poet Sanai writes:

Someone who keeps aloof from suffering
is not a lover. I choose your love
above all else. As for wealth
if that comes, or goes, so be it.
Wealth and love inhabit separate worlds. tweet

But as long as you live here inside me,
I cannot say that I am suffering.[viii] tweet

There is a consonance here, too, with Christian mysticism of the breath. For the hesychasts, “God appears to the mind in the heart, at first as a flame purifying its lover.”[ix] Traditional Christian mystical texts have always affirmed that the mystical life is rooted in the erotic life,[x] and has found in erotic poetry one of the highest vehicles for the expression of divine union.[xi]  It is highly likely that these Christian theologians (such as Gregory of Nyssa or (Pseudo-) Dionysios the Areopagite) cut their mystical teeth on breath practices.  And I can affirm from my own experiences using breath as a spiritual tool that such methods highlight the erotic nature of divine union: religio as conjunctio.  If you want to take a vicarious look at this experience from the outside, simply do an internet search for Bernini’s sculpture The Ecstasy of St. Theresa located in the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome.

 

Yoga and the Transformational Power of Prānāyāma

While the Abrahamic faiths have done their part in linking expanded (God) consciousness with breath, it’s likely true that no tradition has done more to elucidate, catalog, or meticulously describe the use of breath for spiritual growth than the yogic traditions of India.

I salute Lord Hanuman, Lord of the Breath,
Son of the Wind God—
Who bears five faces and dwells within us
In the form of five winds or energies
Pervading our body, mind, and soul, tweet

Who reunited Prakriti [Matter] (Sita) with Purusha [Spirit] (Ram)—
May he bless the practitioner
By uniting his vital energy—prana—
With the Divine Spirit within.[xii] tweet

The poem above says a lot about the traditional Indian understanding of breath.  Breath is the bearer of prana, the vital energy of life.  There are five pranas, or vital breaths, within the human being, each with a different field of activity.[xiii]  Working with our own breath helps balance and enhance these vital energies to elicit health, joy, and eventually, mystical communion “with the Divine Spirit within.”

Prānāyāma, the control of the breath (really, of the life essence which is carried upon the breath) is one of the eight traditional limbs of yoga.  There are hundreds of methods of prānāyāma, devised to enhance very particular aspects of one’s being and/or address very particular weaknesses in the physical, emotional, intellectual, or psychological being of the yogi.[xiv]  Practitioners claim that directing the breath in particular ways can build and enhance cross-hemispheric functionality of the brain as well as optimize the function of glandular systems and mental and physical performance.[xv]

The whole collection of hatha yoga postures (asanas) are, in one traditional understanding, useful primarily in preparing the human complex to enter into the practices of prānāyāma, which are considered to be much more powerful than the physical exercises themselves.  To put this in perspective, think back to your most intense Power Yoga or Hot Yoga experience—that yoga class that left you sore and sweaty and panting.  That class was merely a preparation so that you might endure, and profit from, the power of prānāyāma practices!

Mastery of various forms of prānāyāma is an endeavor requiring years of practice and study.  One learns to exercise precise control over inhalation (puraka), exhalation (rechaka), and breath retention (kumbhaka): through building stamina and extremely sensitive muscular control, one can “move” the breath with precision into various areas of the lung, retain the breath for extended periods with fine control over air pressure, and also finely tune the nature, rate, and form of the exhalation, creating a nearly infinite array of possible breath patterns.

The benefits and effects of prānāyāma are nearly unbelievable to those who have not experienced them. Directing the breath into various bodily energy centers can bring about experiences of expanded consciousness or incredible bliss; slow alternate nostril breathing can calm and balance the mind and emotional self; and strong, mouth-based prānāyāma such as is done in breathwork can open levels of experience and consciousness typically thought accessible only through hallucinogens or years in a snowy cave in the Himalayas or upon Mt. Athos.  Sound interesting?  Here are some starting points to begin gathering your own data on the power of breath…

 

Getting Started: Jumping into the Experience of Breath 

Here then are three entry-level prānāyāma exercises that can give you a first taste of what is eventually possible through the control of breath.  I am a certified yoga instructor, but am not a healthcare professional: please check in with your doctor or healthcare professional before beginning any of these practices, and if you become dizzy or ill… stop and rest.

Deergha Swasam (Three-part Yogic Breath): Sit in a comfortable position with a straight spine, either cross-legged on a cushion (making sure knees are lower than the hips) or in a chair with feet on the floor.  Rest the hands in the lap.  Eyes are closed. Begin by inhaling slowly through the nose into the diaphragm/abdomen.  Once the abdomen is full, allow more breath to come into the chest, expanding it forward and outward (i.e., both the front and sides of the chest expand).  Finally, bring in even more breath so that the collarbones slightly rise.  Let this long inhalation be smooth and gentle-but-firm.  Now exhale the same way: let the air come out from the collarbones, from the thoracic cavity, and finally from the abdominal cavity.  Fully empty the lungs by bringing the navel in toward the spine.  Repeat for ten minutes.

This breath builds lung capacity in a pleasant way (there are really tough prānāyāmas that do so in a less-than-pleasant way!).  Our typical, unconscious breaths usually involve inhaling about 500 cubic centimeters of air; through a full deergha swasam breath, you will inhale (and expel) about 3000 cubic centimeters of air.  Six times the air means offers six times the oxygen.  Aside from fuller oxygenation and removal of toxins, deergha swasam helps steady the emotional state and create a peaceful, alert focus of the mind.

Kapalabhati (Skull-shining Breath, or Breath of Fire): Sit as above.  Here you focus on the exhale, which is sharp and brought about by quickly “snapping” the navel in toward the spine.  The inhalation will occur naturally as the abdomen relaxes.  Build this up so that you can accomplish two or three cycles per second.  Both exhalation and inhalation occur through the nose.  This breath can be practiced with arms raised to the side at 60 degrees, elbows straight, palms up.  Bring the focus of the closed eyes to the point between the eyebrows.  Practice for three minutes, then inhale and hold the breath.  Finally, exhale and rest for two minutes with hands sweeping down at the sides and coming to rest in the lap.  Let the breath return to normal.

According to practitioners of kundalini yoga, this breath builds the aura and cleanses the blood and the lungs.  It invigorates the whole body and is great to do as part of your wake-up routine.  Although in the early stages of learning this breath we focus our energy and concentration on the exhale, there should be a balance between the exhalation and inhalation so that you do not become breathless.

Nadi Sodhana (alternate nostril breathing): Nadi sodhana is really a family of prānāyāma techniques that focus upon balance and opening of the nadis, energetic channels that are said to exist in the subtle (pranic) body.  One typical practice uses alternate-nostril breathing in order to balance and clear the two main nadis (ida and pingala) that intertwine around the main channel (shushumna) that corresponds with the spinal cord.  Ida and pingala wrap around the spinal cord/shushumna forming a caduceus.  Where the three channels meet, we find energy plexuses known as chakras (wheels).

To perform nadi sodhana, sit again as outlined above.  Allow the left hand to rest on the left thigh or lap.  The right hand forms a two-pronged pincer, with the index and middle fingers bent into the palm.  The extended thumb forms one end of the pincer and the ring finger and pinky, kept together as one finger, form the other.  Take a few preparatory deergha swasam breaths, and then after an inhalation, use the thumb to close off the right nostril.  Exhale.  Inhale.  Now use the ring finger-plus-pinky to close off the left nostril and remove the thumb to allow the exhalation to pass through the right nostril.  Inhale.  Now again block the right nostril and open the left.  Exhale and inhale.  Continue, gradually working to lengthen the inhalations and exhalations.  Once you are comfortable, you can work on having the exhalations last for twice as long as the inhalations.  To complete a cycle (let’s say, ten minutes to start), let the right hand return to the lap and the breath return to normal after an exhalation through the right nostril.

This nadi sodhana practice calms the mind and the heart and balances the hemispheres of the brain.[xvi]  It builds strength in the lungs as well, especially when one pauses to retain the inhaled breath and then pauses again when the lungs are fully evacuated as part of the practice.  Yoga teaches that we alternate which nostril is dominant roughly every 90 minutes (experiment with this; you’ll see it’s about right), corresponding to our natural “switching” between hemispheric brain dominance.  Through the practice of nadi sodhana, we simultaneously active both hemispheres of the brain, bringing both balance and deeper connectivity between the hemispheres.

 

Why breathe?

In the fifth chapter of the Chandogya Upanishad (8th – 7th century BCE) the faculties of speech, hearing, seeing, thinking, and breathing have an argument concerning which of them is primary for the human person.  These bodily functions[xvii]ask Father Prajapati (the uber-person) which of them is the finest.  He answers that the one whose departure leaves the body in the worst case is the primary function.  Speech, hearing, seeing, and thinking each in their turn leave; upon their return, they all discover together that the body can still function, albeit with some deficit.  When breath determines to leave, however, all the other faculties find they are dragged along with it; indeed, breath is the most important of these.

Aside from its obvious necessity for physical life, the breath expresses and influences our emotional and mental states.   The various techniques of working with breath—from traditional pranayama and hesychastic breathing to more modern practices such as breathwalk[xviii] and holotropic breathwork—we can utilize this often-unconscious process to affect our lives physically, mentally, and energetically:

Life is not under your control and the mind is not obedient, but there is something the mind does obey.  That is the rate of the breath… [xix] tweet

A breath rate of eight times per minute or less the pituitary starts secreting fully.  If the breath is less than four times per minute the pineal gland starts functioning fully and deep meditation is automatic.[xx] tweet

As the mainstream scientific community begins to assimilate the growing body of research that points to our ability to re-wire our brains, breath practices are emerging as one important methodological family from which we can draw in order to actively co-create ourselves and influence the flavor of our life experience.  So breathe, breathe, breathe!  Whether it’s a slow change in a habitual thinking pattern or an ecstatic experience of divine union that you are seeking, the breath can take you there.

 

FOOTNOTES

 


[i] Stanislav Grof.  Beyond the Brain: Birth, Death and Transcendence in Psychotherapy (Albany: State University of New York, 1985).

[ii] It is traditional in rabbinic Judaism that the Name of God (YHWH) is never spoken aloud.  Rather, God is often referred to as “ha Shem,” literally, “the name.”  Interestingly, when the consonants YHWH occur in scripture, “Adonai” (Lord) is often substituted in public reading.  This substitution leads to the erroneous pronunciation of “Jehovah” which is formed from the consonants YWHW pointed with the vowels for Adonai to remind the reader to make the substitution.  The word “Jehovah” is not possible according to the rules of pronunciation of Hebrew.

[iii]  Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.  All Breathing Life Adores Your Name (Gaon Books, 2011).

[iv] St. Isaac the Syrian, quoted in E. Kadloubovsky and G.E.H. Palmer.  Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart (London: Faber and Faber, 1992), p. 30.

[v] St. Nikephoros the Solitary, quoted in ibid., p. 33.

[vi] Jalal al-Din Rumi, Coleman Barks, John Moyne.  The Essential Rumi (San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1995).

[viii] Coleman Barks, trans.  Persian Poems (New York: Everyman’s Library, 2000).

[ix] Nikephoros the Solitary, quoted in E. Kadloubovsky and G.E.H. Palmer.  Writings from the Philokalia: On Prayer of the Heart (London: Faber and Faber, 1992), p. 24.

[x] For instance, see The Life of Moses by Gregory of Nyssa.

[xi] See for example, the poetry of St. John of the Cross or the commentaries on the Song of Songs by St. Bernard of Clairvaux.

[xii] B. K. S. Iyengar. “Invocation” in Light on Pranayama. (New York: Crossroad Publishing, 2008).

[xiii] Ibid., p. 12.

[xiv] Ibid., p. 16.

[xv] Gurucharan Singh Khalsa and Yogi Bhajan.  Breathwalk: Breathing Your Way to a Revitalized Body, Mind, and Spirit (New York: Broadway Books, 2000).

[xvi] B. K. S. Iyengar. Light on Pranayama. (New York: Crossroad Publishing, 2008), pp. 209-210.

[xvii] In Vedantic thought, object-oriented thinking is considered to be a bodily function and is part of the world of matter (prakriti or Shakti) rather than being part of the world of spirit (purusha or Siva).

[xviii] Gurucharan Singh Khalsa and Yogi Bhajan.  Breathwalk: Breathing Your Way to a Revitalized Body, Mind, and Spirit

[xix] Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa, Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Harijot Kaur Khalsa, eds. Kundalini Yoga: Sadhana Guidelines, 2ndEdition (Santa Cruz, NM: Kundalini Research Institute, 2007), p. 87.

 

 

 

The Fractal Brain Theory & the Unification of Neuroscience with Psychology ~ Wai H. Tsang

Published on Sep 4, 2012 In this presentation, public speaker Wai H. Tsang reveals fully what several 2012 commentators have partially predicted, the coming of a world changing revelation to do with the Brain, Neuroscience, Psychology, Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness. The emergence of a unifying and definitive Fractal Theory of Brain and Mind. A huge and mysterious gap in human understanding will finally be filled. What some scientists, philosophers and technologists have supposed may be 50 to 100 years away in the future, is here today in London 2012.

He will explain that the brain is a fractal computing architecture and reveal an elegant way of understanding the brain’s structure and operation, showing the same basic fundamental structure and process, being repeated at all scales and all places in the brain. Something that leading brain researchers and artificial intelligence experts have only so far been able to hint at, will be demonstrated clearly in this cutting edge talk. While discussing the latest and most up to date ideas in neuroscience today, Wai will show that behind the mind numbing myriad complexity of the brain lies a stunningly beautiful and elegant simplicity. This Fractal Brain Theory, is the key to Artificial Intelligence and the Technological Singularity. This Theory will have immediate consequences initially in the worlds of Science and Technology, but will then impact dramatically on the Social, Political & Economic realms. Furthermore the Fractal Brain Theory also holds the key to explaining the nature of Consciousness. Wai will show that the reason why contemporary philosophers and neuroscientists haven’t been able to find the answer is because they are asking the wrong question by assuming that consciousness reduces to the physical brain. He will explain how the physical brain and the entire illusory physical universe reduces ultimately to One consciousness that may be called God. Thus revealing explicitly and in some detail the biggest secret and ultimate truth behind World history; i.e. that the mystery of Consciousness and the mystery of God are really one and same. And so the God in the Gaps, that science hasn’t yet explained, i.e. Brain, Mind & Consciousness; was where the True God of Esoteric Religion, was waiting to be discovered and revealed all along. i.e. The Christ within, Krishna within, Buddha within, Allah closer to you than your Jugular Vein etc. This talk will be extremely relevant and utterly compelling for anyone interested in Psychology, Neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy, and also Cosmology and Esoteric Religion i.e. Tantra, Mystical Yoga, Kabbalah, Sufism, Gnosticism, Vajrayana Buddhism and Taoism.

Whether We Live In a Hologram

New Experiment Will Answer Some Mind-Bending Questions On Whether We Live In a Hologram

The Department of Energy’s Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory is completing a unique experiment called the Holometer which has recently started collecting data to answer some mind-bending questions about our universe–including whether we live in a hologram.

Much like characters on a television show would not know that their seemingly 3-D world exists only on a 2-D screen, we could be clueless that our 3-D space is just an illusion. The information about everything in our universe could actually be encoded in tiny packets in two dimensions.

Take a look around you. The walls, the chair you’re sitting in, your own body – they all seem real and solid. Yet there is a possibility that everything we see in the universe – including you and me – may be nothing more than a hologram.

All physical matter, everything we have around us is the result of a frequency. If the frequency is amplified, the structure of the matter will change. This self-contained system is a hologram. Change any one aspect of the hologram, and you change the entire system.

All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind.

Get close enough to your TV screen and you’ll see pixels, small points of data that make a seamless image if you stand back. Scientists think that the universe’s information may be contained in the same way, and that the natural “pixel size” of space is roughly 10 trillion trillion times smaller than an atom, a distance that physicists refer to as the Planck scale.

Theoretical physicists Leonard Susskind and Gerard ‘t Hooft in the past decided to explain the idea: if a three-dimensional star could be encoded on a black hole’s 2D event horizon, maybe the same could be true of the whole universe. The universe does, after all, have a horizon 42 billion light years away, beyond which point light would not have had time to reach us since the big bang. Susskind and ‘t Hooft suggested that this 2D “surface” may encode the entire 3D universe that we experience – much like the 3D hologram that is projected from your credit card.

Theoretical physicists have long suspected that space-time is pixelated, or grainy. Since a 2D surface cannot store sufficient information to render a 3D object perfectly, these pixels would be bigger in a hologram. “Being in the [holographic] universe is like being in a 3D movie,” says Craig Hogan of Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois. “On a large scale, it looks smooth and three-dimensional, but if you get close to the screen, you can tell that it is flat and pixelated.”

“We want to find out whether spacetime is a quantum system just like matter is,” said Hogan. “If we see something, it will completely change ideas about space we’ve used for thousands of years.”

The Holometer team comprises 21 scientists and students from Fermilab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Chicago and University of Michigan. The science team includes Hogan and Stephan Meyer, who are both professors in astronomy & astrophysics at UChicago.

Quantum theory suggests that it is impossible to know both the exact location and the exact speed of subatomic particles. If space comes in 2-D bits with limited information about the precise location of objects, then space itself would fall under the same theory of uncertainty. The same way that matter continues to jiggle, as quantum waves, even when cooled to absolute zero, this digitized space should have built-in vibrations even in its lowest energy state.

Essentially, the experiment probes the limits of the universe’s ability to store information. If there are a set number of bits that tell you where something is, it eventually becomes impossible to find more specific information about the location–even in principle. The instrument testing these limits is Fermilab’s Holometer, or holographic interferometer, the most sensitive device ever created to measure the quantum jitter of space itself.

Now operating at full power, the Holometer uses a pair of interferometers placed close to one another. Each one sends a one-kilowatt laser beam, the equivalent of 200,000 laser pointers, at a beam splitter and down two perpendicular 40-meter arms. The light is then reflected back to the beam splitter where the two beams recombine, creating fluctuations in brightness if there is motion. Researchers analyze these fluctuations in the returning light to see if the beam splitter is moving in a certain way–being carried along on a jitter of space itself.

“Holographic noise” is expected to be present at all frequencies, but the scientists’ challenge is not to be fooled by other sources of vibrations. The Holometer is testing a frequency so high–millions of cycles per second–that motions of normal matter are not likely to cause problems. Rather, the dominant background noise is more often due to radio waves emitted by nearby electronics. The Holometer experiment is designed to identify and eliminate noise from such conventional sources.

“If we find a noise we can’t get rid of, we might be detecting something fundamental about nature–a noise that is intrinsic to spacetime,” said Fermilab physicist Aaron Chou, lead scientist and project manager for the Holometer. “It’s an exciting moment for physics. A positive result will open a whole new avenue of questioning about how space works.”

A positive result would challenge every assumption we have about the world we live in. It would show that everything is a projection of something occurring on a flat surface billions of light years away from where we perceive ourselves to be. As yet we have no idea what that “something” might be, or how it could manifest itself as a world in which we can do the school run or catch a movie at the cinema.

The Holometer experiment, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and other sources, is expected to gather data over the coming year. For more information about the experiment, visit http://holometer.fnal.gov/.

Josh Richardson is blogger, healer, and a constant pursuer of the natural state of human consciousness.

Source:

http://preventdisease.com/news/14/090214_New-Experiment-Mind-Bending-Questions-Hologram.shtml

Laniakea – Our Supercluster Home ~~ Home Sweet Home ~~

Superclusters – regions of space that are densely packed with galaxies – are the biggest structures in the Universe. But scientists have struggled to define exactly where one supercluster ends and another begins.

Now, a team based in Hawaii has come up with a new technique that maps the Universe according to the flow of galaxies across space. Redrawing the boundaries of the cosmic map, they redefine our home supercluster and name it Laniakea, which means ‘immeasurable heaven’ in Hawaiian.

Dr. Stanislav Grof – The Cosmic Game

The Cosmic Game:
Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness

by Stanislav Grof

Reviewed by Stanley Krippner, Ph.D. and Christopher Ryan


Stanislav Grof is renowned as a pioneer in the world of psychedelic psychotherapy and research. During more than four decades of exploration in the field of consciousness studies, Grof has accumulated data on some six thousand psychedelic sessions, having conducted more than four thousand of these sessions himself. As Grof puts it in his introduction, “This book explores the extraordinary philosophical, metaphysical, and spiritual insights that have emerged in the course of this work” (pp. 2-3). He goes on to assert that these insights are “in radical conflict with the most fundamental assumptions of materialistic science concerning consciousness, human nature, and the nature of reality” (p. 3).

The Cosmic Game is an excellent introduction to Grof’s work and the conclusions to which this work has led him. Just as Memories, Dreams and Reflections provides a biographical context helpful in understanding the genesis of many of Jung’s most important ideas, The Cosmic Game is generously leavened with fascinating — and often touching — anecdotes from Grof’s, and his patients’ personal experience — drawing on both psychedelic sessions and day to day experience. These anecdotes are invaluable not only in providing background to Grof’s research, but also in helping the reader to understand why the study of consciousness is so meaningful, both to Grof and to the rest of us.

By placing his intellectual conclusions within a spiritual, historical, and personal framework, Grof has written a book that will be especially helpful to those who may be new to the field of consciousness studies, or whose experiences with psychedelics may have led to difficulties or doubts concerning their previous understanding of reality. His work provides a succinct and very well-informed critique of mainstream scientific thought without resorting to naïve new age thinking (e.g. you create your own universe and are totally responsible for all that happens therein). He offers fresh insights into the nature of reality vs. “virtual reality” (p. 76), the inescapability of evil in the universe (p. 132), the values and varieties of unitive experience (p. 79), and summarizes his original thoughts on the links between birth trauma and aggression (p. 204), which he discusses in The Holotropic Mind, and has termed perinatal matrices.

Along with The Holotropic Mind, The Cosmic Game offers several fascinating avenues for future research. For example, the link between birth trauma and aggression, mentioned above, could be explored. An investigator could check birth records of people who commit aggressive acts (clearly defined beforehand) to see if they had had more difficult (i.e. traumatic) births than people who do not exhibit such behavior.

The Cosmic Game is carefully written and edited — we noted very few errors: moral rather than morale on page 168, and, arguably, referring to shamanism as a religion on page 255 (we would contend that shamanism is a spiritual technology and practice that predates organized religion by tens of thousands of years).

Although The Cosmic Game is essentially an introduction to and summation of Grof’s unique perspective on human existence, we would not hesitate to use the word “classic” to describe it. We look forward to a future work in which Grof goes further in presenting his own paradigm, which may someday help to dislodge the current one, which The Cosmic Game so clearly and thoroughly exposes as being defunct.

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“Mistaking a specific archetypal image for the ultimate source of creation leads to idolatry, a divisive and dangerous mistake widespread in the histories of religions and cultures. It might unite the people who share the same belief, but sets this group against others who have chosen a different representation of the divine. They might then try to convert others or conquer and eliminate them. By contrast, genuine religion is universal, all-inclusive, and all-encompassing. It has to transcend specific culture-bound archetypal images and focus on the ultimate source of all forms. The most important question in the world of religion is thus the nature of the supreme principle in the universe. “

 … excerpt from “The Cosmic Game: Explorations of the Frontiers of Human Consciousness” by Stanislav Grof

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Cannabis Takes on Alzheimer’s And Dementia Successfully: Story And Studies

 

By: Paul Fassa, Natural Society 

You’ve probably read about the positive effects of coconut oil’s medium chain triglycerides (TCMs) to produce ketones that energize brain cells in lieu of dysfunctional brain metabolism (how coconut oil can stave off and reverse Alzheimer’s). And there are herbs from Traditional Chinese Medicine or Ayurveda that are helpful while Big Pharma flounders with failures to create a profitable Alzheimer’s pharmaceutical that might help more than harm.

But now there is another effective non-pharmaceutical solution to add: Cannabis.

A Personal Story of Cannabis Ameliorating Symptoms During Late Stage Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is the third most prevalent disease killer in the Western world after heart disease and cancer, and its rate of diagnosis continues to soar. In addition to the obvious cognitive dysfunctions, Alzheimer’s victims are dysfunctional with mundane matters and daily routines, have little or no recollection of close relatives and friends, and tend to be very grouchy and feisty.

A daughter tells the arduous caretaker story of helping her mother’s final stages of Alzheimer’s by getting her on medicalmarijuana and off pharmaceuticals in stages. Her mother, who arrived to her daughter’s Oregon home as she was approaching 80 years of age, was not the type who took advantage of holistic medicine and organic foods and supplements. In addition to her Alzheimer’s, she was on several other medications for other ailments.

But the crafty inclusion of some home cooked organic meals and cannabis produced very positive results with the mother’s cognitive abilities. The herb stews made her much more sociable and cooperative instead of feisty, angry, inappropriate and anti-social, which are all symptoms of Alzheimer’s, in addition to the gross absence of memory.

Her mother did pass away peacefully and lovingly at age 83 after the mother-daughter bond was firmly re-established. In other words, she exited the Earthly realm in a much better state than if she had not been exposed to cannabis.

Scientific Studies Support this Woman’s Story

A 2013 in vivo (mice) study in Spain, a vanguard for cannabis research, did a study on cannabis for Alzheimer’s entitled “CB2 cannabinoid receptor agonist ameliorates Alzheimer-like phenotype in AβPP/PS1 mice”.

The researchers concluded that:

“… the present study lends support to the idea that stimulation of CB2 [cannabinoid] receptors ameliorates several altered parameters in Alzheimer’s disease such as impaired memory and learning, neuroinflammation, oxidative stress damage and oxidative stress responses, selected tau kinases, and tau hyperphosphorylation around plaques.”

But that’s not the only Alzheimer’s study of recent that has come to similar conclusions. Researchers who worked on a study published inMolecular and Cellular Neuroscience came up with the most advanced understanding of Alzheimer’s mechanics and how cannabis demonstrates efficacy without toxic side effects. Their studywas preceded by similar ones showing cannabis efficacy for Alzheimer’s.

Gary Wenk, Ph.D, professor of neuroscience, immunology and medical genetics at Ohio State University, told Time Magazine:

“I’ve been trying to find a drug that will reduce brain inflammation and restore cognitive function in rats for over 25 years; cannabinoids are the first and only class of drugs that have ever been effective.”

Let’s hope our brain dead, oppressive government and medical system wakes up to raw cannabis’s medical potentials.

Source:

http://www.thesleuthjournal.com/cannabis-takes-alzheimers-dementia-successfully-story-studies/

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5 Ways To Harness Neurogenesis: Boost Your Brain

Neurogenesis is the birth of new neurons from neural stem or progenitor cells in the brain. It was long considered that the number of neurons was fixed and they did not replicate after maturity of the brain. It wasn’t until the 1990’s that neurogenesis was observed in the brains of humans, other primates and a number of other species that led to its widespread scientific acceptance.

There are a number of behavioural, environmental, pharmacological and biochemical factors that affect this process, many of which we have considerable power to influence. Neurogenesis is also linked to changes in neuroplasticity, which is referring to changes in synapses and neural pathways in the brain.

This area is an example of a complete scientific turn around.

Neurogenesis has been found to occur in two brain regions; the subventricular zone and the hippocampus.

The latter part of the brain plays a key role in learning and memory, and alterations have been linked to a variety of cognitive pathologies such as anxiety, depression, addiction and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s. A reduction in hippocampus volume has been observed in patients with depression and other cognitive disorders.

To reverse this process we need to harness neurogenesis. In this article I will cover a wide array of things we can do (for example: meditation, Ibogaine, turmeric) and stuff we can eat to boost our brains.

Exercise

Cardiovascular exercise such as running, interval training, cross fit and or yoga are the single most effective ways of boosting neurogenesis; they come with a vast array of health benefits for mind and body, and are also important stress relievers. The endorphins produced acting as a potent antidote to cortisol, the stress hormone. Exercise has been found to increase levels of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and glial cell line-derived trophic factor (GDNF), two key growth factors supporting neurogenesis. It also increases hormones such as testosterone which also seem to have a extremely beneficial effect on neurogenesis, and act as a buffer against the effects of psychological stress. This is increasingly more important as we age.

Diet

Diet plays an important role in brain health and neurogenesis. Excess refined sugar has a detrimental effect on the brain, and refined and processed foods should be avoided when possible. The brain is 60% fat, and the right fats are essential to healthy brain function. These may constitute a certain proportion of plant and animal fats. Omega 3 fatty acids, in particular docosahexaenic acid (DHA) seems of particular importance with regard to neurogenesis, with rich sources including oily fish and some plant oils, hemp in particular. This fatty acid is a major structural component of the brain and many other parts of the body.

Other things such as blueberries and green tea may also be beneficial to brain health and supportive of neurogenesis. Some foods have more direct effects on the process, such as the spice turmeric. Curcumin is the main active compound in the spice, and has been found to increase BDNF levels while acting as an antidepressant with an effectiveness equivalent to SSRI’s but without their side effects.

Meditation

There is an ever growing body of scientific evidence to support the benefits of meditation. It has been found to lead to cause an increase in grey matter density in a number of different brain regions, including the hippocampus. The method is straightforward in theory but a challenging thing to practice. It doesn’t require any belief in Buddhist or other religious or spiritual doctrine to be effective.

One sits comfortably, with spine erect. Eyes are closed or half closed, and a few deep breaths taken, while feeling the various sensations of your body wherever you are sitting. Become aware of your breathing, and allow attention to rest on the sensation of breathing. If your mind wanders, bring it back to your awareness of breathing. Sensory phenomena may be experienced; one can notice these but should not engage with them. Allow them to rise and pass away and turn attention back to focus on breathing. If you find your mind has wandered, return focus to breathing. Persevere with this for ten to fifteen minutes a session when you are starting out.

Done at night meditation may also increase melatonin levels, which has a number of beneficial effects, including being supportive of neurogenesis. Yoga may also benefit brain function, with increased hippocampal volume observed in elderly yoga practitioners.

Lifestyle

A variety of other life style factors influence neurogenesis. Sleep deprivation reduces hippocampal neurogenesis, but following short term sleep deprivation the brain can recover deficits with a temporary increase in neurogenesis. Recent research suggests sleep plays a key role in brain detox, and long term sleep deprivation is highly detrimental to brain function.

Exposure to sunlight is well known for its role in increasing vitamin D, but it also increases serotonin levels and GDNF expression in the brain. Exposure to sunlight is a healthy act, if exposure times are limited to times of day when it is safest to do so, when exposure to UV rays is reduced. Only a brief exposure of around ten minutes to the face can have a positive effect on the brain.

Sexual experience is beneficial for brain function, elevating levels of feel good neurotransmitters, while promoting neurogenesis.

Calorie restriction has been linked to increased BDNF and improved memory function with the brain responding to this stress via increasing neurogenesis.

An enriched environment has also been found to have a positive effect on neurogenesis, via increasing the survival rates and assisting in the integration of new neurons into the hippocampus.

Psychoactive Compounds

With a few interesting exceptions, the majority of psychoactive compounds tend to have a negative impact on neurogenesis. Of these chronic alcohol use is likely one of the most important and widespread causes of impaired hippocampal neurogenesis. Alcohol intake also increases cortisol levels, having a further knock on effect. Tobacco, stimulants, opiates, entactogens and some psychedelics are associated with a reduction in neurogenesis.

SSRI antidepressants

SSRI antidepressants have been found to increase hippocampal neurogenesis, which may play a key role in their antidepressant effect. These antidepressants are only effective for a certain proportion of the population however, they come with a range of side effects and there can be unpleasant and prolonged withdrawal effects following cessation of use. If the increase in neurogenesis is part of the antidepressant effect of these antidepressants, there are certainly healthier and more natural ways of enhancing this process. In the future, new antidepressants may be screened for their neurogenic potential.

Psilocybin

Psilocybin has recently been found to increase hippocampal neurogenesis in mice, and increased the speed of their ‘unlearning’ of negative fear behaviour responses when compared to drug free controls. This could mean psilocybin may have applications for treating PTSD in humans, a syndrome characterised by highly abnormal brain function, including impaired hippocampal function.

Studies with high doses of psilocybin have found they can induce long term, positive changes in personality and feelings of life satisfaction and well being. Openness is one of the five measures of personality, and is significantly changed in the long term by psilocybin, especially if people have a mystical experience during a session.

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This is of great interest, as after the age of 30 personality is thought to be fixed and openness is generally thought to decline with age. This change in personality remained as strong 14 months after the session, and appears to be long term. Openness covers personality traits such as an appreciation for new experiences, broadness of imagination and finding value in aesthetics, emotion and curiosity, with an increased hunger for knowledge.

These changes are associated with enhanced neurogenesis and neuroplasticity. Thus psilocybin has the potential to act as a multifaceted brain tonic, and could have a number of therapeutic applications, yet remains highly illegal and is deemed to have “no medical use and a high potential for abuse” around the world.

Ibogaine

Ibogaine is a key alkaloid responsible for the psychoactivity of the root bark of Tabernanthe iboga used for spiritual and healing purposes in central Africa. It has been found to increase levels of GDNF, and in a long term fashion via an autoregulatory, positive feedback loop. The increase in GDNF expression in turn signals neurons to increase levels of mRNA levels to support further GDNF production, and a single dose of ibogaine can increase GDNF expression for weeks, depending on dosage.

Ibogaine is also highly lipophilic (it loves fat) and remains in body tissue for months, gradually being released, further extending its influence on GDNF expression. It appears this increase in GDNF expression is responsible for part of ibogaine’s well known addiction interrupting effects. GDNF infusion has been used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, but is an invasive procedure. It may be possible for future compounds to act as pharmacological vectors to increase GDNF expression in the brain in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and of cognitive pathologies such as addiction.

Ketamine

Ketamine has been found to significantly increase expression of hippocampal BDNF in rats, and has the ability to induce growth of new synapses and reverse synaptic deficits associated with chronic stress and enhance neuroplasticity. It has been known to work as a potent and rapidly acting antidepressant in treatment resistant depression, and it is possible that part of this effect may be down to the role it plays in modulating neurogenesis. Chronic use of ketamine is associated with bladder damage and potential neurotoxicity, but it is possible it could form the basis of a new range of safer and more effective antidepressants.

Cannabis

Cannabis may have a positive effect on neurogenesis. Studies with a synthetic cannabinoid closely related to THC in rats found an increase in hippocampal neurogenesis, with associated anti anxiety and antidepressant behaviour. When this process was blocked via X-irradiation, neurogenesis was blocked and the anti anxiety behaviour was no longer observed, suggesting a link between the two.

Much cannabis has been bred to be high THC (responsible for the psychoactive effects) and low cannabidiol (CBD), which competes for the same receptors in the brain. CBD is more common in indica strains and has been implicated with neurogenesis and as a neuroprotective agent, and research implies it may be neuroprotective against both heavy THC and alcohol exposure. It is a molecule of increasing medical interest; as well as being a powerful antioxidant; it is an anti psychotic compound that balances out the effects of THC.

High CBD containing strains may be preferable with regards to brain health, and to get the most out of cannabis, vaporizing and consuming it orally are the most healthy and efficient methods. CBD levels in cannabis can be increased in strains that produce it via time of harvest. CBD is one of the main metabolites of THC breakdown, so harvesting later increases the proportion of CBD to THC. Curing also increases CBD levels.

Noopept

The dipeptide compound Noopept (N-phenylacetyl-L-prolylglycine ethyl ester) has been found to have nootropic and neuroprotective properties in animal studies, and chronic treatment has been found to cause an increase in BDNF expression in rat hippocampus, with an increase in expression of mRNA for BDNF and NGF following acute administration. Agents such as noopept may prove of value in the treatment of some forms of brain damage and associated learning and memory deficits. However long term treatment with noopept may lead to a downregulation of TrkB receptors, which are associated with neurotrophins and of neuronal survival and differentiation in the brain. Thus Noopept may be best used in a cyclical fashion, allowing the brain time to reach equilibrium between uses. Of interest is the fact that the compound may provide little benefit to already healthy brains.

Ayahuasca

Plants such as the ayahuasca vine (Banisteriopsis caapi) and Syrian rue (Peganum harmala), are sources of harmine and both have a long history of human use as medicines. Harmine acts as a reversible monoamine oxidase A inhibitor increasing monoamine levels which has an antidepressant effects in humans. Acute administration has been found to increase BDNF levels and induce antidepressant-like effects in rat hippocampus and may suggest a novel pharmacological target for the treatment of depression. Use of ayahuasca has been found to lead to a long term increase in platelet 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) transporters and recent neuroimaging research has shown changes in brain structure in long term users, with associated beneficial effects, this being indicative of changes in neuroplasticity. DMT is very closely related to psilocybin which has neurotrophic properties, and it has been hypothesised this endogenous compound may play a role in neurogenesis, neuroprotection, brain development and cellular regeneration.

Melatonin

Melatonin is an endogenous neurohormone produced by the pineal gland that has neuroprotective and antioxidant properties and may maintain and augment neurogenesis. It has been found to increase cell proliferation and survival in the hippocampus of ageing mice. The hormone has also been found to enhance the survival of new neurons, and encourage growth and maturation of dendrites and lead to greater dendritic complexity and an increased volume of the granular cell layer in the hippocampus of adult mice. The modulating effect of melatonin in neurogenesis could have important implications regarding cognitive ageing and neuropsychiatric disease.

Although melatonin levels decline with age, there are ways to increase production of the hormone, via life style activities such as certain types of meditation and yoga, and one can supplement their own melatonin production through diet, with certain foods such as fruits, seeds, grains and vegetables being rich sources of dietary melatonin and its precursory amino acid, 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP). Dietary melatonin appears to be far superior to taking it in the form of a synthetic supplement. (especially cherries, walnuts and ginger.)

Neurogenesis

Neurogenesis is a cutting edge frontier of research, and there is still much that remains unknown about the implications of this process and the functional role it plays. We have the power to influence this amazing process however, and it may act to keep depression, anxiety and neurodegenerative diseases at bay, while allowing us to maintain healthy brain function into old age.<

One thing is certain, and that is growing yourself new brain cells isn’t going to cause you any harm.

Source:

http://www.highexistence.com/boost-brain-harnessing-neurogenesis/

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A Recipe To Make Cannabis Oil For A Chemotherapy Alternative

 

Awareness with regards to cannabis as a treatment and potential cure for cancer has been rapidly increasing over the past few years. Several studies over the last decade have clearly (without question) demonstrated the anti-tumoral effects of the plant. Cannabinoids (any group of related compounds that include cannabinol and the active constituents of cannabis) activate cannabinoid receptors in the body. The human body itself produces compounds called endocannabinoids and they play a very important role in many processes within the body to help create a healthy environment.

Since radiation and chemotherapy are the only two approved treatments for cancer, it’s important to let people know that other options do exist. There’s nothing wrong with exploring these options and finding out more information about them so people can make the best possible choice for themselves. It’s always important to do your own research.

A number of people have used this treatment to help treat their cancer. The latest article we wrote is a great example (amongst many), where a 9-year-old girl used cannabis to cure her cancer. You can read more about that HERE.

Below are some links to articles that have sourced studies and provide more human cases as examples. For more information you can browse through our website:
20 Medical Studies That Prove Cannabis Can Cure Cancer
Teenage Girl Uses Cannabis To Treat Leukaemia & Great Results Were Seen
Molecular Biologist Explains How THC Completely Kills Cancer
Studies Show Cannabis Relieves Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease
Cannabis is Key to Good Health When We Eat it vs. Smoke it
Oregon’s Youngest Medical Cannabis Patient is Curing Her Cancer – See How She’s Doing It

As more become aware of the healing power that this plant has, the next question to be asked is how is it used? Linked above (second from the top) is an article titled “Teenage Girl Uses Cannabis To Treat Leukaemia & Great Results Were Seen,” you can click on the case study embedded within the article and email the doctors, hopefully they can answer your questions if it is an emergency.

The article highlighted in the second paragraph about the 9-year-old girl who used cannabis to treat her cancer has a link to her website. Click HERE to go there. It goes through all the steps they took, they titled it “Making Medical Marijuana 101.”

So, you can start there. Another option that seems to be quite popular is Rick Simpson’s Hemp Oil. He is a medical marijuana activist who has been providing people with information about the healing potentials of Hemp Oil medications for quite some time. His inspiration came from his own experience when he cured himself of a metastatic skin cancer in 2003.

Again, I just want to help others further their research on how to do it. You can try contacting the doctors mentioned in the paragraph above, you can take a look at the way 9-year-old Mykyala (also mentioned in above paragraphs) did it and you can check out Rick Simpson’s way. Hopefully this will lead you to what you are looking for. Feel free to also contact me with any questions or concerns.

Here is Rick Simpson’s Hash Oil Recipe:
(HERE is his website)

To make Rick Simpson’s hash oil, start with one ounce of dried herb. One ounce will typically produce 3-4 grams of oil, although the amount of oil produced per ounce will vary strain to strain. A pound of dried material will yield about two ounces of high quality oil.

IMPORTANT: These instructions are directly summarized from Rick Simpson’s website. Be VERY careful when boiling solvent off [solvent-free option], the flames are extremely flammable. AVOID smoking, sparks, stove-tops and red hot heating elements. Set up a fan to blow fumes away from the pot, and set up in a well-ventilated area for whole process.

1. Place the completely dry material in a plastic bucket.

2. Dampen the material with the solvent you are using. Many solvents can be used [solvent-free option]. You can use pure naphtha, ether, butane, 99% isopropyl alcohol, or even water. Two gallons of solvent is required to extract the THC from one pound, and 500 ml is enough for an ounce.

3. Crush the plant material using a stick of clean, untreated wood or any other similar device. Although the material will be damp, it will still be relatively easy to crush up because it is so dry.

4. Continue to crush the material with the stick, while adding solvent until the plant material is completely covered and soaked. Remain stirring the mixture for about three minutes. As you do this, the THC is dissolved off the material into the solvent.

5. Pour the solvent oil mixture off the plant material into another bucket. At this point you have stripped the material of about 80% of its THC.

6. Second wash: again add solvent to the mixture and work for another three minutes to extract the remaining THC.

7. Pour this solvent oil mix into the bucket containing the first mix that was previously poured out.

8. Discard the twice washed plant material.

9. Pour the solvent oil mixture through a coffee filter into a clean container.

10. Boil the solvent off: a rice cooker will boil the solvent off nicely, and will hold over a half gallon of solvent mixture. CAUTION: avoid stove-tops, red hot elements, sparks, cigarettes and open flames as the fumes are extremely flammable.

11. Add solvent to rice cooker until it is about ¾ full and turn on HIGH heat. Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area and set up a fan to carry the solvent fumes away. Continue to add mixture to cooker as solvent evaporates until you have added it all to the cooker.

12. As the level in the rice cooker decreases for the last time, add a few drops of water (about 10 drops of water for a pound of dry material). This will help to release the solvent residue, and protect the oil from too much heat.

13. When there is about one inch of solvent-water mixture in the rice cooker, put on your oven mitts and pick the unit up and swirl the contents until the solvent has finished boiling off.

14. When the solvent has been boiled off, turn the cooker to LOW heat. At no point should the oil ever reach over 290˚ F or 140˚ C.

15. Keep your oven mitts on and remove the pot containing the oil from the rice cooker. Gently pour the oil into a stainless steel container

16. Place the stainless steel container in a dehydrator, or put it on a gentle heating device such as a coffee warmer. It may take a few hours but the water and volatile terpenes will be evaporated from the oil. When there is no longer any surface activity on the oil, it is ready for use.

17. Suck the oil up in a plastic syringe, or in any other container you see fit. A syringe will make the oil easy to dispense. When the oil cools completely it will have the consistency of thick grease.

For even further information, check out Rick’s written recipe here.
For dosage information, please click here. But remember, consult a physician and do your research before you do anything to make sure you understand how everything functions.

Source:

http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/06/29/a-recipe-to-make-cannabis-oil-for-a-chemotherapy-alternative/

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We are all enduring immense cellular transformation that is speeding up our entire atomic structure.  This quickening is affecting every system in our body, being especially noticeable in the nerves, the hormonal pathways and the immune system. The body is working overtime to both clear releasing toxicities while transitioning the biological system to a brand new frequency attunement.

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If you cannot make options #1 or #2, you may receive this transference any hour on Saturday after London 9 am. We will upload the transference as a “packet of light” on to the planetary Unity Grid. You will receive it by going through the same procedure as everyone else… and simply calling it to you. You must make the space, however, to meditate in full receiving mode for 45 minutes without interruption.

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 Initiatives such as this beautiful one being offered by Children of the Sun are not only for the well being of those actively participating but for All and Everything. There is a monumental difference between active participation in such an event and to be fully Aware with Presence of Being of the Harmonic Resonant fields of the healing energies and to be simply a non-conscious receptor. We are all, without exception, fractals of One Consciousness. To know this from a mental  level and to Know from an experiential level of No-Mind  centered within the Infinite depths of a Heart centered state of Being is … Knowing-ness.

Millions of people every day are praying, chanting, healing, blessing in infinite ways all with the same purpose. Discover it. Synchronize with it. Be it.

In Infinite Loving Service

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Nassim Haramein – Science behind the Unified Field & Its applications

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For more information, visit http://resonance.is

As early as 9 years old, Nassim was already developing the basis for a unified hyperdimensional theory of matter and energy, which he eventually called the “Holofractographic Universe.”

Haramein has spent most of his life researching the fundamental geometry of hyperspace, studying a variety of fields from theoretical physics, cosmology, quantum mechanics, biology and chemistry to anthropology and ancient civilizations. Combining this knowledge with a keen observation of the behavior of nature, he discovered a specific geometric array that he found to be fundamental to creation and from which the foundation for his Unified Field Theory emerged.

This unification theory, known as the Haramein-Rauscher metric (a new solution to Einstein’s Field Equations that incorporates torque and Coriolis effects) and his last published paper The Schwarzschild Proton, lays down the foundation of what could be a fundamental change in our current understandings of physics and consciousness. This groundbreaking theory has now been delivered to the scientific community through peer-reviewed papers and presentations at international physics conferences. Further, The Schwarzschild Proton paper recently received the prestigious “Best Paper Award” in the field of physics, quantum mechanics, relativity, field theory, and gravitation at the University of Liège, Belgium during the 9th International Conference CASYS’09.

Fluent in both French and English, Haramein has been giving lectures and seminars on his unification theory for over 20 years. His lectures are engaging multimedia presentations that lead his audiences through the validity of his theories with extensive observational and theoretical data.

In addition to his scientific papers, Mr. Haramein imparts this theory in a layman’s paper, a 4 DVD set entitled “Crossing the Event Horizon: Rise to the Equation,” a 90-minute DVD entitled “Black Whole,” and his international speaking tours.

In the past 10 years, Haramein has directed research teams of physicists, electrical engineers, mathematicians and other scientists in exploring the various aspects of unification principles and their implications in our world today . He has founded a non-profit organization, the Resonance Project Foundation, where, as the Director of Research, he continues in developing a research park in Hawai’i where science, sustainability, and advanced technology come together to generate viable solutions for our planet’s current energy crisis.http://theresonanceproject.org/

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Do Consciousness and Thought Create and Change Reality?

by PL Chang

 

To understand how reality works at the fundamental levels, we must study the relationship between the physical and metaphysical realm and understand how they work. We also need to study energy mechanics because it is the mechanics behind energy that organize energy into codes, patterns, and structures, allowing energy to manifest itself into material things. Before I discuss some scientific studies that show how consciousness and thought create and change reality, let us explore what consciousness and thought are.

Defining the exact nature of consciousness is very hard to do for the reason that language has limitations. For example, when we experience something so amazing that it takes our breath away, trying to find the right words to explain it to someone is nearly impossible to do. Even though language can’t explain what consciousness truly is, we can still use it to understand consciousness to a large degree.

What is consciousness?

Consciousness can be expressed in many ways. However, at its core it is basically energy that is self aware and intelligent. Furthermore, consciousness is an intelligent and information field of infinite possibility and creativity. One important thing you need to understand about consciousness is that it exists in many different stages. The current state of human consciousness is still in its infancy stage, which is why we don’t feel like we have infinite potential.

A spiritual truth seeker who does a good job of explaining consciousness in a way that most people can understand is Mark Passio. He stated that consciousness is “the ability of a being to recognize patterns and meaning with respect to events taking place, both within oneself and in the realm in which the self exists and operates.” Another important thing you should know about consciousness is that everything that exists in the material realm has some levels of consciousness within it, including minerals, rocks, water and even the air you breathe. In other words, everything is alive but lives in different states of consciousness.

What is thought?

Thought is subtle energy that is conscious of itself. The pure form of thought is extremely powerful for the reason that it has infinite potentiality. Thought is used by nature to focus everything into existence and to achieve intelligence. The fundamental definition of intelligence is nothing more than thought thinking within itself and observing itself. Contrary to what we have been told, it is thought that give us the ability to think, not the brain.

One of the reasons why most conventional scientists believe that thinking occurs in the brain is because they don’t understand how the brain truly works. The human brain operates like a biological quantum computer. For this reason, when the brain processes information, it can trick us into believing that it is the one doing the thinking. If an organism needs a brain to think, then jellyfishes, starfishes and bacteria wouldn’t be able to survive since they don’t have a brain to tell them what to do.

Do consciousness and thought create and change reality?

Since you have a general idea of what consciousness and thought are, let us explore how consciousness and thought affect reality. One scientific experiment that shows how thought and consciousness affect reality is the famous “double slit” experiment created by theoretical physicist Richard Feynman.

As described at Sott.net.

“In some strange way an electron or a photon [or any other elementary particle] seems to ‘know’ about changes in the environment and appears to respond accordingly,” says physicist Danah Zohar.

A group at the Weizmann Institute in Israel has done a variation of the famous “double-slit” experiment. They used electrons, instead of photons, and observed how the resultant interference pattern (which indicates wave-like properties of the particle) dissipated the longer you watched the electrons go through the slits. As a wave the electron passes through both slits simultaneously but if, according to E Buks, it “senses” that it is being watched, the electron (as a particle) goes through only one path, diminishing the interference pattern.

The double slit experiment shows evidence that particles have a certain degree of “intelligence” and awareness of their surrounding. In addition, it shows that our thoughts can affect how particles behave. Since matter is made of particles and atoms, our thought and consciousness can affect the structures of matter to a certain degree.

The relationship between reality and thought

The new discoveries in quantum mechanics and spiritual science are pointing toward the view that reality is thought construction. Since thought, energy and consciousness are closely related, then they do play major roles in creating reality. Below is an excerpt from an article published by Nature Publishing Group about the relationship between reality and thought.

… Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a “mental” construction. Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans wrote: “The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter, we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter. Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual.”

How thoughts and emotions change the properties of water

For the past few decades, many experiments have been done to show evidence that thoughts and emotions can affect the properties of water. One of these experiments was done by Dr. Masaru Emoto and his research team. Other researchers have also found evidence that thoughts and emotions can change the structures of water. This evidence can be found when examining ice crystals formed from samples of water that are energized with thoughts and emotions before being frozen. Researchers discovered that water exposed to positive thoughts and emotions produces symmetric and beautiful crystal structures. On the other hand, water exposed to negative thoughts and emotions produces asymmetric and unattractive crystals.

If you understand that your body is made of nearly 70 percent water, you should start to see how your thoughts and emotions could affect the structures of water in your body. To learn more about this frozen water experiment, read this article titled Water Memory: Is Water Conscious and Intelligent?.

After reading this article, do you think consciousness and thought have the ability to create and change reality?

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http://energyfanatics.com/2014/06/24/consciousness-thought-create-change-reality/

Reblogged with the kind permission of PL Chang

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NEW MATERIAL SUCKS WATER FROM THE AIR AND STORES IT

As the changing climate pushes arid regions around the world to become drier, many are asking how we will continue to provide enough water for the people and crops in those areas.

Some Rice University researchers decided to look at how desert animals have adapted to their waterless conditions. Take the Namib beetle. It sucks water out of the morning fog by facing into the wind and opening its wings, which consist of a combination of water-loving bumps and water-repelling troughs. The bumps pull water droplets from the breeze and collect them, until they become large enough to fall into the troughs. The troughs quickly get rid of them by propelling them into the beetle’s mouth.

biomimicry, water, technology, nanotechnologyInspired by the beetle, the researchers decided to incorporate a similar system in a set of carbon nanotubes a few nanometers across and about a centimeter long. They applied superhydrophobic, or water-repellant, coating to the bottom of a “forest” of the tubes and a hydrophilic coating to the top side. The tubes then sucked water out of the air above them, and spread it throughout the forest thanks to gravity and capillary action. The water didn’t leak out because of the hydrophobic bottom, and the setup slowed evaporation.

The forest absorbed 80 percent of its weight in water over 13 hours in humid air. It sucked up 27 percent of its weight in water in a slightly shorter time in dry air, according to a paper recently published in Applied Materials and Interfaces.

“It doesn’t require any external energy, and it keeps water inside the forest,” said Sehmus Ozden, a graduate student in Pulickel Ajayan’s lab and the first author of the paper.

The nanotube forest is also reusable: You can wring it out like a washcloth. biomimicry, nanotechnology, technology, water, nanotubesYou could also think of the forest as a futuristic cup that gets the water for you and contains it until it’s needed.

The next step would be a futuristic water tank that could provide water for an entire family or town with no energy requirements. But — there’s a but — the method for making clusters of nanotubes like those used in this experiment (called carbon vapor deposition) doesn’t work at the larger scale, so researchers will have to find new methods before the approach can provide water for groups of people.

Believe it or not, the other materials it-girl, graphene oxide, has also been explored as a possible way to provide more water. In that case, it pulls the salt out, making the ocean potable. But it too lacks large-scale production methods.

Of course nanotubes  and graphene oxide are being looked at to solve many different problems, from energy production and storage to space elevators. If one of those applications really takes off, it seems likely that researchers would find a way to produce industrial-scale sheets of the material.

Then again, there are any number of proposals for dealing with expanding deserts. For instance, simply making sand hydrophobic can ensure that condensation and any rainfall are put to good use on crops. The real question is whether they’ll be working and in use before climate change causes any more humanitarian disasters.

 

Source:

http://singularityhub.com/2014/06/30/new-material-sucks-water-from-the-air-and-stores-it/

 

Time Travel and Teleportation – Andy Basiago’s disclosure interview

It is disclosure time.

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“People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” – Albert Einstein

 

“Matter is energy. Energy is light. We are all light beings.”

If you can not understand that simple concept, you can never understand the complexity of simplicity

 

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The Illusion Of Matter: Our Physical Reality Isn’t Really Physical At All

The Illusion of Time ~ Dr. Bruce Lipton & Eckhart Tolle

Ralph and Marsha Ring : Anti-gravity and conscious awareness in aether technology

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Vimanas- ancient flying machines of India

SCIENTISTS TRIGGER STEM CELLS TO PRODUCE NEW BRAIN CELLS

 

It turns out that an apple a day — or at least an apple spinach salad — does keep the doctor away. But it’s not true that when brain cells die we can’t make more. When and how remain active questions, however, so there’s no free pass to collectively disregard our mothers’ safety tips just yet.

Researchers at Duke University have shed some light on the subject with findings that suggest that down the line doctors may be able spur the brain to repair itself.

The subventricular zone, a structure within the fluid-filled lateral ventricles, was one area scientists knew could generate new neurons from neural stem cells. They had also conjectured that the brain can somehow place orders for more cells.

The Duke researchers, led by Chay Kuo, found neurons in the subventricular zone of mice that had not previously been identified. These neurons are one mechanism for creating new cells, the researchers lay out in a recent paper in Nature Neuroscience. Amplifying and dampening the neurons’ activities using laser-based optogenetic tools first discovered in 2010, Kuo and his colleagues saw corresponding changes in how many neural stem cells were on hand in the brain.

neuroscience, AI, brain, artificial intelligence, stem cellsThe new neurons express an enzyme called ChAT (or choline acetyltransferase), which is required to make the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. They’re calling them ChAT+ neurons.

“Kuo’s team was able to control CHaT’s action pretty much like a dimmer switch, and the stem cell production of neurons rose and fell in concert with what they were doing. This is the first piece of a new circuit that’s never been seen,” Karl Lief Bates, Duke’s director of research communications, said in an email.

The findings boost hopes that the brain may be able to repair itself from within.

Kuo hopes to eventually find the way to “engage certain circuits of the brain to lead to a hardware upgrade. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could upgrade the brain hardware to keep up with the new software?”

It’s hard to argue with the promise of a new computer, but a lot of the details still need to be worked out. Beyond lending credence to the theory that acetylcholine is involved in neurogenesis, the researchers don’t yet know how the ChAT+ neurons would normally place their order for new nerve cells.

“We have not found the command codes used normally in the brain. Using laser lightswe programmed up some artificial commands to these neurons and they worked,” Kuo explained in an email interview.

In the mouse study, the new neurons went to the olfactory bulb. But because smell is a much more important brain function for rodents than for humans, it may well be that in humans the new brain cells get delivered somewhere else. Wherever that final destination is would point to the functions maintained or repaired through the process.

There’s one promising coincidence. The subventricular zone is deep inside the brain by the striatum, and just last month Swedish scientists identified newly made neurons in the striatum. The striatum plays a role in movement and self-control.

One thing is for sure: The brain doesn’t do as much self-maintenance as one might like. It’s sophisticated hardware that can sometimes be fixed, sometimes not. It’s certainly not software that updates on its own in the background.

We asked Kuo if his findings point to any medical approaches that would force the brain to repair itself after injuries such as stroke or traumatic injury. Would drugs that affect acetylcholine work for brain damage like SSRIs do for depression?

Kuo said the seeming parallels probably don’t hold true. Rather, he thought that stem cell therapy — to add new hardware to replace what was damaged — combined with behavior therapy — to load it the new hardware with data — holds more promise.

If stem cells can help repair intellectual hardware once deemed kaput, other studies suggest they may be able to perform other health major upgrades as well. Stem cell therapy could help keep cancer at baymaintain muscle mass as we age and put the anti-aging skin care industry out of business.

The future looks bright — but wear sunscreen and don’t kill too many brain cells, just in case.

Images: VLADGRIN / Shutterstock.com, Johan Swanepoel / Shutterstock.com

Source:

http://singularityhub.com/2014/06/18/scientists-trigger-stem-cells-to-produce-new-brain-cells/

 

 

DELIVERING CAPSULES OF STEM CELLS HELPS REPAIR INJURED BONES

For the recorder of potentially breakthrough medical technology, sometimes it seems that the list is just so many applications of three new technologies: smaller electronics, new materials and stem cells. Any electronic device set up to function inside the bodyrelies on smaller, flexible parts and new biocompatible casings, for example. Stem cells, properly manipulated, seem capable of mending nearly everything that ails us.

But the details of how best to cultivate certain kinds of cells and spur them to function in the body are still being worked out. According to University of Rochester researchers, materials science may be a big help.

One trouble with stem cells is that they don’t stay put. When doctors put cardiovascular progenitor cells in the heart to heal damage from a heart attack, the cells are whisked away in the bloodstream in a matter of hours.

Researchers, and a couple of renegade doctors in Colorado, have shown that stem cells do help bones heal. While bones, even the intricately shaped jawbone, have been grown in the lab, researchers have been somewhat stymied in their efforts at the seemingly more banal task of using stem cells and grafts to help heal major fractures, bones removed in surgery and other hard-to-fix injuries inside the body.

stem cells, technology, medical research, bonesThat’s where materials science comes in.

University of Rochester biomedical engineer Danielle Benoit encapsulated bone progenitor cells in a hydrogel wrapper and placed it on the bone she aimed to heal. Benoit hoped the wrapper would result in fewer stem cells being washed away and more sticking around to do the work of healing the bone. Others have used similar approaches to try to repair cartilage. (Nanomaterials have also been used to create new cartilage.)

Hydrogels are polymers that absorb water, and their texture is similar to that of bodily tissue. They are sometimes used to grow stem cells in the lab. But Benoit wanted to use them to grow cells in the body.

The pores in the gels Benoit used are smaller than cells, so the stem cells couldn’t escape. The wrappers were designed to dissolve in a couple of weeks — after the cells had begun their work but before the body identified them as interlopers and launched an immune attack.

It worked, Benoit recently reported in a biomaterials journal. As many new cells (tagged with fluorescence) remained at the site in a mouse as did in a petri dish, meaning that blood flow didn’t wash them away. And they managed to attach to the bone after the hydrogel wrapper dissolved.

If the wrappers work on human patients, they will mean that doctors can place stem cells very, very precisely in order to repair even the trickiest structures.

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Because some tissues heal faster than others, Benoit demonstrated that different hydrogels that dissolve at different rates all worked.

“What we needed was a way to control how long the hydrogels remained at the site. Benoit said in a press release. “Our success opens the door for many — and more complicated — types of bone repair.”

Theoretically, the hydrogel wrapper could allow doctors to place stem cell seed bombs, if you will, anywhere in the body. Scientists at Emory University recently used a similar approach, but with a natural gel, to repair mouse hearts.

The first round of simply testing whether stem cells can help this or that problem (mostly they do), researchers may now turn to investigating how to make them work better.

Photos: Grzegorz Placzek / Shutterstock.com, Praisaeng / Shutterstock.com, Andrea via Wikimedia Commons

Source:

http://singularityhub.com/2014/06/23/delivering-capsules-of-stem-cells-helps-repair-injured-bones/

The Dance of the Holographic Universe

 

Art by Adam Scott Miller

For more than three quarters of a century now, modern physicists have known that scientific thought based solely on the previously accepted Newtonian view of a mechanical universe is fundamentally incorrect. What is now referred to as the ‘new science’ has emerged from new understandings and discoveries that were simply not possible by scientific ideas prevailing from the time of Isaac Newton to the early twentieth century. These new realizations have interesting implications on the role human consciousness plays in our understanding of reality.

Before these new discoveries, the world was assumed to operate according to concrete physical laws, and any idea of consciousness having any importance was shunned. As Henry Stapp puts it in his book Mindful Universe: “Any notion that your conscious choices make a difference in how you behave was branded an illusion: you were asserted to be causally equivalent to a mindless automation.”

As Stapp goes on to explain, even though this incorrect view of human functioning was proven false long ago, its influence can still be seen in all aspects of our society: governments, schools, the media, courts, medical institutions and ultimately, ourselves. This fundamental flaw in the worldview of a vast majority of people in the world could be the reason why there is so much widespread neglect of the environment, social injustice and the general degradation of humanity as a whole.

What follows from a mechanistic view of reality is a sense of detachment from one’s true nature. If a person views him or herself as having no control over the material forces that are assumed to run the universe, a hopeless state is bound to take hold. If everything is happening ‘out there’ beyond our control, what meaning is there to be found in life and humankind’s place in the universe?

We are now at a point in the evolution of humanity where the new discoveries of scientific research are more accessible than ever, as is the ancient wisdom which has been with us all along. It is becoming obvious that the mainstream media and the majority of the current educational system do not actually have an interest in elevating the consciousness of humanity. Rather, they are concerned with perpetuating misleading memes and keeping the majority caught in the fatalistic worldview of a mechanical universe.

The new Holographic Paradigm
Our-Thoughts
Elevated states of consciousness, which were once only accessible by the mystic, are rapidly beginning to be investigated by scientific minds of our time. A new paradigm is emerging: that of theholographic universe. It is a paradigm in which consciousness, once thrown out as a useless imagining, is now acknowledged as the long sought after ‘missing link.’

Researchers like the late David Bohm of the University of London drew on large bodies of contemporary research to formulate a new theory of the role consciousness plays in our understanding of the universe. Bohm viewed thought as an organizational framework by which we categorize our experience of the world.

In this sense, thoughts can be seen as world views, or a sort of filter through which we can understand the totality of the world. These world views are dynamically linked to the energetic fields we resonate with. From this, it stands to reason that the clearer our minds become, the more we are able to see reality as it truly is.

David R. Hawkins, another recent leader in the field of consciousness research, summarizes this new theory as follows: “Our brains mathematically construct concrete reality by interpreting frequencies from another dimension, a realm of meaningful, patterned, primary reality that transcends time and space. The brain is, therefore, a hologram interpreting a holographic universe.”

From this new perspective, it is evident that our conscious intention has a prominent role in determining our experience of the material world around us. If our physical brains are interpreting the energy fields of higher dimensions, then it stands to reason that our thoughts hold far more power over our material world than is currently accepted.

Thought as an Emergence from a deeper reality
holographic-universeThought itself has begun to be understood as emerging from energetic fields, which are beyond time, space and the material brain. When we think we are tapping into and simultaneously broadcasting these fields into our environment. Thus, we have a conscious choice as to which energy fields we decide to tap into, and each of these different fields has its own world view.

We can tune the dial to pick up the fields of anger and resentment, and adopt its corresponding view of a world of frustration. Likewise, we can tune the dial to pick up the energetic fields of acceptance and peace, and its corresponding view of the world as helpful and nurturing. The choice is ultimately ours.

A basic law of consciousness, which has long been realized by the mystic, is that what is held in mind tends to manifest itself. It is interesting that the direction of contemporary theoretical physics is now pointing towards this exact same realization. Scientific research is now confirming that our minds have the power to shape and create our reality.

This shift in perception changes everything. We are no longer resigned to the hopeless idea that we are too small and insignificant to do anything about the ‘problems’ of a mechanistic world. The holographic world can now be seen as a grand stage on which various energetic fields interact and play with each other.

We are actors upon this stage, and our roles are influenced by the various energetic fields we tap into. Some are the actors of positive, life affirming energies; others tap into the apathetic and pessimistic world view of negativity. Each person gravitates towards an energetic field that resonates with their current level of consciousness.

The beauty of the play is that all of the actors have the choice, in any moment, to adjust the dial and consciously choose which energetic fields to align with. The only way to positively transform ourselves, and the world, is by elevating our own consciousness, and this is done simply by holding the intention to align ourselves with energetic fields of a higher vibration.

When understood in this way, everyone has the opportunity to step into the energetic dance of the holographic universe.

Explorer, Healer and Servant of Peace. His path has taken him through areas such as Amazonian Shamanism, Advaita Vedanta and Bhakti Yoga, to name a few. He strives to constantly bring awareness of the dance of the Mystic into the modern world.

source:

http://fractalenlightenment.com/29087/life/the-dance-of-the-holographic-universe

 

This Tower Pulls Drinking Water Out of Thin Air

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In some parts of Ethiopia, finding potable water is a six-hour journey.

People in the region spend 40 billion hours a year trying to find and collect water, says a group called the Water Project. And even when they find it, the water is often not safe, collected from ponds or lakes teeming with infectious bacteria, contaminated with animal waste or other harmful substances.

The water scarcity issue—which affects nearly 1 billion people in Africa alone—has drawn the attention of big-name philanthropists like actor and Water.org co-founder Matt Damon and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who, through their respective nonprofits, have poured millions of dollars into research and solutions, coming up with things like a system that converts toilet water to drinking water and a “Re-invent the Toilet Challenge,” among others.

Critics, however, have their doubts about integrating such complex technologies in remote villages that don’t even have access to a local repairman. Costs and maintenance could render many of these ideas impractical.

“If the many failed development projects of the past 60 years have taught us anything,” wrote one critic, Toilets for People founder Jason Kasshe, in a New York Times editorial, “it’s that complicated, imported solutions do not work.”

Other low-tech inventions, like this life straw, aren’t as complicated, but still rely on users to find a water source.

It was this dilemma—supplying drinking water in a way that’s both practical and convenient—that served as the impetus for a new product called Warka Water, an inexpensive, easily-assembled structure that extracts gallons of fresh water from the air.

The invention from Arturo Vittori, an industrial designer, and his colleague Andreas Vogler doesn’t involve complicated gadgetry or feats of engineering, but instead relies on basic elements like shape and material and the ways in which they work together.

At first glance, the 30-foot-tall, vase-shaped towers, named after a fig tree native to Ethiopia, have the look and feel of a showy art installation. But every detail, from carefully-placed curves to unique materials, has a functional purpose.

The rigid outer housing of each tower is comprised of lightweight and elastic juncus stalks, woven in a pattern that offers stability in the face of strong wind gusts while still allowing air to flow through. A mesh net made of nylon or  polypropylene, which calls to mind a large Chinese lantern, hangs inside, collecting droplets of dew that form along the surface. As cold air condenses, the droplets roll down into a container at the bottom of the tower. The water in the container then passes through a tube that functions as a faucet, carrying the water to those waiting on the ground.

Using mesh to facilitate clean drinking water isn’t an entirely new concept. A few years back, an MIT student designed a fog-harvesting device with the material. But Vittori’s invention yields more water, at a lower cost, than some other concepts that came before it.

“[In Ethiopia], public infrastructures do not exist and building [something like] a well is not easy,” Vittori says of the country. “To find water, you need to drill in the ground very deep, often as much as 1,600 feet.  So it’s technically difficult and expensive. Moreover, pumps need electricity to run as well as access to spare parts in case the pump breaks down.”

So how would Warka Water’s low-tech design hold up in remote sub-Saharan villages? Internal field tests have shown that one Warka Water tower can supply more than 25 gallons of water throughout the course of a day, Vittori claims. He says because the most important factor in collecting condensation is the difference in temperature between nightfall and daybreak, the towers are proving successful even in the desert, where temperatures, in that time, can differ as much as 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

The structures, made from biodegradable materials, are easy to clean and can be erected without mechanical tools in less than a week. Plus, he says, “once locals have the necessary know-how, they will be able to teach other villages and communities to build the Warka.”

In all, it costs about $500 to set up a tower—less than a quarter of the cost of something like the Gates toilet, which costs about $2,200 to install and more to maintain. If the tower is mass produced, the price would be even lower, Vittori says. His team hopes to install two Warka Towers in Ethiopia by next year and is currently searching for investors who may be interested in scaling the water harvesting technology across the region.

“It’s not just illnesses that we’re trying to address. Many Ethiopian children from rural villages spend several hours every day to fetch water, time they could invest for more productive activities and education,” he says. “If we can give people something that lets them be more independent, they can free themselves from this cycle.

source:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/this-tower-pulls-drinking-water-out-of-thin-air-180950399/?utm_source=facebook.com&no-ist

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Black Hole Son ~ Danny Wilten

 

Danny Wilten, an analyst, alchemist, symbolist, & hermeticist joins us to discuss his Ebook, Orion In The Vatican. There is a mystery associated with the Orion Constellation found in indigenous cultures all over the world that dates back to ancient Egypt. Danny discusses man’s connection to the Orion Nebula and its association to the human body and consciousness. He talks about the mystery of how the Orion Nebula has been subconsciously depicted by some of the greatest masters in religious art including Michelangelo, El Greco, Bernini, and others, yet the intimate knowledge of the Orion Nebula found mysteriously in these paintings precedes the discovery of the telescope and still would require technology that rivals some of our most powerful telescopes today. We’ll point out what art pieces reveal important clues. In the second hour, we discuss symbols such as the winged disc and the all-seeing eye. Danny will talk about the Orion Constellation and Pleiades as mentioned in the Bible. Later, we’ll discuss Ellen G. White who founded The Seventh-day Adventist Church as well as other seers and visionaries who have mentioned Orion in their work. Wilten further explains why the findings he’s made can’t be explained away as Pareidolia, seeing patterns in random data.