PRINCIPLE OF THE DIVINE COVENANT

Getting to the core of our common universal mission is the most important task of our lives. So in that quest consider the following conceptual thought.

The principle of a divine covenant or pact  states each embodiment of consciousness, each living creature, is invested with a unique store of divine potential, and that by discovering and activating that potential, we realize the divine plan of creation. We ascend to become agents of source, bring peace to war, healing to disease, and love to the downtrodden.

As You Awaken You Take the Elevator of Consciousness

As we become more aware of how reality really works and how we really work, the “ascension process” is really an ascension of our consciousness. Marriah Star has done a masterful job in describing the process of describing the elevation of our consciousness in the ascension process.

There are 10 levels of consciousness between identifying with (internalizing) your environment or choosing to transform from within by heart.

 The First Level of Consciousness (We all start here)

At the first level of consciousness you identify completely with your environment whether rich or poor, peaceful or warlike, cruel or loving. At the 1st level of consciousness you accept your social and physical environments as they are: You internalize their values and become them. At 1st level of consciousness if you are wealthy you define yourself in terms of your salary, your net worth, your property and rich friends.

At 1st level of consciousness, if you are poor you accept that you’ll always be poor. You believe all efforts to become successful will fail. At the 1st level of consciousness, if you live in a peaceful environment you believe that everyone you know lives among peace and prosperity. At the first level of consciousness, if you live in a war zone, you believe you must constantly fight other people for survival or else die!

At the 1st level of consciousness, if you grow up with parents who physically, sexually, and emotionally abuse you, you in turn abuse others. At 1st level of consciousness if you grow up with parents/friends who give you love, support, and affection, you give lots of love to others. At 1st level of consciousness you have no original thoughts or creativity inside you because you are a complete reflection of your community.

At first level of consciousness you cannot adapt to changing environments that operate under different principles. Thus, you become limited! At first level of consciousness you think dreamers and idealists, advocates and change-makers, are fools who have lost their grip on reality. You make your transition from the 1st level of consciousness to the second level of consciousness when you become disillusioned with reality.

 The Second Level of Consciousness

You begin to enter the second level of consciousness when you realize that the physical and social reality you have internalized is not real. When you enter 2nd level of consciousness you’re surprised by your attraction to being alone so you can think instead of being around people. At the 2nd level of consciousness you identify with your physical environment 90% and become aware that you have an internal environment too.

At 2nd level of consciousness you define yourself by your family, your friends, your job, and your property, but you glimpse your creativity. At 2nd level of consciousness you are surprised by the fact that money and shopping no longer make you happy but that giving now thrills you. At 2nd level of consciousness you find yourself attracted to books about people instead of books about things: You want to learn about Self!

At the second level of consciousness you are shocked to realize that if you lose your job today and the money that goes with it, that is OK! At the second level of consciousness you find yourself wanting to listen to a greater variety of people than just always talk about your job. At the second level of consciousness you begin to realize that a big house is just an empty home, lots of awards are just meaningless titles.

At the second level of consciousness you realize that sex is not love, money and power are not influence, your job is not who you REALLY are. At the second level of consciousness you face a choice: Abandon your temporary physical and social illusions, or transform them from within! When people reach the 2nd level of consciousness, some of them quit their jobs, sell their houses, divorce their spouses, go search for Truth. When people reach the 2nd level of consciousness, some of them embrace their current physical reality and place it on spiritual foundations!

The Third Level of Consciousness

You make the transition from the 2nd level of consciousness to the 3rd level when you decide to take time to develop your mind and heart now. At 3rd level of consciousness you identify with your physical environment 80% and start to feel and think for yourself, creating your heart! At third level of consciousness you become very sensitive to the energies in your body, your heart and your mind. You start cultivating them.

At 3rd level of consciousness you allow yourself to cry, feel joy, experience pain, entertain strange thoughts, and see all of life’s beauty. At the third level of consciousness you start developing your artistic sensibilities, your empathy, and your need for spiritual connections!

At the third level of consciousness you begin to put your time and energy into exploring the different sensations of life: You eat and think. At the third level of consciousness you start to explore your physical appetites, your sexual energies, your creativity, and your intuitions. At the 3rd level of consciousness you can sense when people are happy and sad: You can console them and relate to them through communication.

At the 3rd level of consciousness you shift from being merely a colleague at work and a neighbor to being a true friend when people need you. At 3rd level of consciousness you shift from being a well-trained employee, living in your mind, to being a human being living in the heart! At the 3rd level of consciousness you stop reacting to people and events around you. Instead you start acting based on your values and ideas.

 The Fourth Level of Consciousness

You make the transition from the 3rd level of consciousness to the 4th level of consciousness when you begin to see that you influence life! You make the transition to the 4th level of consciousness when you realize that training crushes your personality. You develop unique gifts! At the 4th level of consciousness you identify with your environment 70% and start focusing more on your unique Spirit, changing who you are

At the fourth level of consciousness you decide what kind of person you want to be regardless of the kind of person you have been or are now. At fourth level of consciousness you decide what your lifestyle will be, what kind of friends you will have, and what resources you will use. At fourth level of consciousness you change your thoughts and emotions to match who you want to be: You practice being mindful and attentive.

At the fourth level of consciousness you realize that each second of consciousness counts because every thought you have defines who you are. At the 4th level of consciousness you systematically examine your own thoughts, emphasizing those that are healthy and eliminating the rest! At the 4th level of consciousness you examine your emotions, feeling in full those that give you joy and eliminating those that make you sad.

At the 4th level of consciousness you feel your body, choosing to eat only foods that make you healthy, eliminating the rest from your diet! At the 4th level of consciousness you look at your daily routines: You keep the routines that make you happy and change routines that don’t! At 4th level of consciousness you study your habits: Keep habits that are good and remove bad habits from your life to avoid self-judgments!

The Fifth Level of Consciousness

You make the transition from the 4th level of consciousness to the 5th level of consciousness by discovering your spiritual self within you! You enter the 5th level of consciousness when you successfully maintain your health + balance. You now have abundant love, energy and ideas! At the 5th level of consciousness you identify with your physical environment 60% and start spending more time with your true spiritual self

At 5th level of consciousness you’ve entered the 5th dimension: You have expanded from point, to line, to object, to being in time, to being. At the 5th level of consciousness you stop living for other people and you start living for yourself: You offer service based on your spirit. At 5th level of consciousness we spend most of our leisure time meditating, praying, singing, composing, loving, caring, rejoicing, thanking.

At 5th level of consciousness you choose to live instead of forcing yourself to live. If you have a job you have a renewed sense of purpose! At the 5th level of consciousness you make compromises with people so that you can be your true, Higher Self more and your other selves less. At the 5th level of consciousness you stop taking every job that will make you money and start taking only jobs that match your spirituality.

At the 5th level of consciousness you apply your abundant love and energy to making a concrete difference in other people’s lives every day! At the 5th level of consciousness you generate ideas for turning your spiritual being into physical changes and your love into relationships. At the 5th level of consciousness you get your greatest joys from being around people who enhance your loving energy and natural creativity! At the 5th level of consciousness you dig into yourself deeply in a never-ending quest to know your true, Higher Self, then manifest reality.

The Sixth Level of Consciousness

You make transition from 5th level of consciousness to 6th level when all physical reality starts running parallel to your spiritual reality. You enter the 6th level of consciousness when you put all of your energies into spiritual development and physical realities derive from you. At the 6th level of consciousness you identify with your physical environment 50% and start living a double life, in the world but not of it

At 6th level of consciousness you are in the world, not of it: You show people the physical realities they know, not the true spirit inside! At 6th level of consciousness you are bridging between spirituality and physical realities: You are a dual ambassador, a great double-agent!

At 6th level of consciousness you are constantly translating between spirituality and various social and physical realities, creating fusion. At the 6th level of consciousness you spend half the time physically manifesting inspiration, and half the time interpreting spiritual signs. At 6th level of consciousness you are a person of many masks, many social roles and identities, but only one true, Higher Self: YOU ARE LOVE.

At the 6th level of consciousness you play many games, you learn the rules of systems, and you adapt to each one so that spirit lives in you. At the 6th level of consciousness you identify the right time, the right place, and the right person to receive a spiritual message from you. At the 6th level of consciousness you meditate while working so that you can mediate people’s conflicts and help humanity move toward Heaven. At the 6th level of consciousness you have parallel thoughts in your mind, parallel emotions in your heart, because you are a spirit bridge!

The Seventh Level of Consciousness

You make transition from 6th level of consciousness to 7th level when you are no longer a spiritual bridge because everyone is now spiritual.You enter the 7th level of consciousness when you create Heaven on Earth with each thought, feeling and action every single day of your life.At 7th level of consciousness you identify with your physical environment 40% and start living from your heart, mind, spirit and soul daily!

At 7th level of consciousness you live from your heart, mind, spirit, body and soul, all simultaneously, as a complete, balanced human being. At 7th level of consciousness you live from your heart by connecting with people, animals and plants emotionally, communicating with energy! At the 7th level of consciousness you sense what is inside people’s hearts, what hurts them the most, what gives them joy, and you heal them.

At the 7th level of consciousness you live from your mind by connecting with people psychically, reading their minds, knowing their thoughts. At 7th level of consciousness you see the thoughts that motivate every action and you help people change those thoughts so they have clarity. At 7th level of consciousness you live from your spirit, connecting with people, animals, plants and energies over vast distances and times!

At the7th level of consciousness you see people’s spiritual paths, their deepest yearnings, and you help them to stay connected to spirituality. At 7th level of consciousness you live from your body, hugging people with warm, overwhelming embraces and touching their emotional centers! At the 7th level of consciousness you live from your soul, knowing intuitively how the human race is evolving and taking actions to help it!

The Eighth Level of Consciousness

You make transition from 7th to 8th level of consciousness when you expand your spirit to connect with all energies around you every second! You enter 8th level of consciousness when you become symbiotically connected to every person you meet, animal you touch, and every vibration. At the 8th level of consciousness you identify with your environment 30% but connect within yourself, with other people, and other energies!

At the 8th level of consciousness we realize that all feeling, thought and action is based on greater and lesser degrees of vibrating energy. At the 8th level of consciousness you learn how to change your vibrations to match the vibration of each form of energy you communicate with. At 8th level of consciousness you are able to sense intense vibrations from very far away: You know when people are in pain or feeling loved.

At the 8th level of consciousness you communicate with people and other forms of energy through your dreams and spiritual exercises each day. At 8th level of consciousness you know immediately when you must stop everything you are doing to send spiritual messages to someone in need. At 8th level of consciousness you can influence other people’s actions with your vibrations, somewhat like the Jedi mind trick in Star Wars!

At the 8th level of consciousness you are a servant of Spirit: You use material resources as needed to serve the purpose of awakening others. At the 8th level of consciousness you sense the spiritual needs of each energy in your environment: Their energies enter you, you enter them.

The Ninth Level of Consciousness

You make transition from 8th to 9th level of consciousness when your thoughts and feelings become so strong that they transform every person. You enter the 9th level of consciousness when you walk into rooms and everyone instantly feels pure love, changing their feelings and being! At 9th level of consciousness you identify with your physical environment 20%. You are becoming pure energy within and you transform others!

At 9th level of consciousness you transform people you meet and communicate with, improving their lives by raising their spiritual awareness. At the 9th level of consciousness you develop a powerful presence that penetrates the being of people you know: You overwhelm them with LOVE. At the 9th level of consciousness your mind, heart, body, spirit, and soul are fused together in a constant state of meditation and praying!

At 9th level of consciousness you no longer see yourself as mind, heart, body, spirit and soul because you are connected with universal love. At 9th level of consciousness you lead social movements, start religions, transform communities, and raise people’s energy levels constantly. At 9th level of consciousness you are a healer, a mystic, a clairvoyant, a psychic, a seer, a prophet, a magician, a fortune teller. Spirit!

At the 9th level of consciousness you generate so much love that people and animals make existence effortless. Work is replaced by pleasure! At 9th level of consciousness you have millions of “children” from thousands of spiritual partners, people you have inspired with pure love! At the 9th level of consciousness you spread love, joy, and peace everywhere, creating peaceful communities wherever you go and ending war!

The Tenth Level of Consciousness

You make transition from 9th to 10th level of consciousness when you no longer have to be in a place for your loving existence to be enjoyed. You enter the 10th level of consciousness when you dream and people’s lives change; you talk and people act; you write and the world changes. At 10th level of consciousness you identify with your physical environment 10%. Your spirit absorbs so much that you feel/act through others

At 10th level of consciousness you can perform seemingly amazing feats of physical and mental activities because love makes you super-human! At 10th level of consciousness you live in your own spiritual universe: You move and everyone moves with you. You accelerate your evolution! At the 10th level of consciousness your total being integrates with other people to form a collective spirit: When you act, you act together.

At the 10th level of consciousness you communicate with all beings, all energies, on all levels of consciousness simultaneously in pure form. At the 10th level of consciousness your total being absorbs the universe, focusing infinite divine power on all things around you to create! At the 10th level of consciousness you become God’s magnifying glass: Wherever your attention focuses you spread the fire of inner lightning.

At the 10th level of consciousness you are not only a constant enhanced version of yourself, you enhance other people with your loving mind! At the 10th level of consciousness you project so much energy that the foolish become wise, the poor feel rich, the hungry feel full inside! At the 10th level of consciousness you can share your love with all sentient beings on Earth, from those in poverty to the rich and powerful.

At 10th level of consciousness you become aware of your spiritual mission on Earth: You focus on completing your mission, then transcending! Once you reach the 10th level of consciousness you can stay connected with the 10% of your physical environment, or you can leave and travel

At the 10th level of consciousness you complete your soul’s purpose for being in physical form. You confront a choice: Leave Earth, or stay? At 10th level of consciousness, if you decide to leave Earth you enter the 1st level of cosmic being; if you decide to stay you guide Spirit.

Author: Marriah Star – Please visit Marriah Facebook Notes

This is truly an accurate and very clear method to gauge where you are in the ascension process. Many of us are consciously on “the path” and this simply provides both a road map and insight on what is next for all of us.

Following Our Quantum World Path..Rediscovering Reality

Consider that our planet is about 4.3 Billion years old and the fact that homo-sapiens in one form or another have been walking about for nearly 2 million years, isn’t it a bit odd that we have maybe 10,000 years of known history? During the past ten years much has been discovered to refute that notion. While we have written in the past of ancient archeological discovers, we thought it timely to revisit this subject and open up a dialogue for us all to reconnect to current facts.

(John Carlo) Just after the Deluge, at the dawn of the present time cycle, an era the Egyptians called ZEP TEPI, “The First Times”, a mysterious group of “gods” appeared, to initiate the survivors in the rudiments of civilization. From Thoth and Osiris in Egypt, to Quetzacoatal and Viracocha in the Americas, traditions worldwide subscribe the origins of contemporary civilisation to this sophisticated group.
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Despite the misleading popularity of Von Danikan journalism, evidence from around the world, indicates these people were the hi-tech survivors of the previous civilization. Like the nuclear survival bunkers and secret research facilities of our civilization, there were those who arose from the underground “cities of the Gods”, after the dust settled. They were the “pre-diluvian patriarchs”, like Enoch and Methuselah, the “giants and heroes of old”, mentioned in Genesis.

The enigmatic gods of ancient Sumer, Egypt, and India, all hail from the fabulous times before the Flood. Since the declassification of the new ground-penetrating radar 2 years ago, the most staggering data has emerged of complex and labyrinthine underground systems in various parts of the world. At places like Guatemala in the South Americas, tunnels have been mapped under the Mayan pyramid complex at Tikal, which extend a full 800 kilometers to the opposite side of the country. Investigators remarked, it was possible to understand how half a million Mayan Indians escaped the decimation of their culture.

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In similar fashion, the SIRA radar was deployed in Egypt as early as 1978, mapping an extraordinary subterranean complex beneath the Egyptian pyramids. Arrangements made with President Sadat of Egypt, resulted in three decades of top secret excavations to penetrate the system. At a recent meeting in Australia, one of the key scientists on the Giza project, Dr. Jim Hurtak, showed film footage of work in progress called, CHAMBERS OF THE DEEP. The film reveals the discovery of a vast megalithic metropolis, 15,000 years old, reaching several levels below the Giza plateau.

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While the rest of the New-Age speculates about a hidden chamber under the left paw of the Sphinx, the legendary “City Of The Gods”, lays sprawled beneath. Complete with hydraulic underground waterways, the film shows massive chambers, the proportions of our largest cathedrals, with enormous statues, the size of the Valley of the Nile, carved in-situ. Researchers, risking their lives with lights and cameras, carefully negotiated rubber dinghies across subterranean rivers and kilometer-wide lakes, to penetrate sealed chambers beyond. Already, remarkable caches of records and artifacts have been found. It is the legacy of a civilization and a technology way beyond our own. Just consider the fact of a technology capable of creating a vast underground city, of which the sphinx and pyramids are merely the surface markers. The project scientist, Dr. Hurtak, likens it to the impact of contact with an advanced extraterrestrial culture. He described it as the discovery of the Fourth Root culture, the so-called Atlantean civilization, destroyed by the last earth tumble. It presents unequivocal evidence that all languages, cultures and religions trace back to a single common source, which Dr. Hurtak refers to as the “Parent Civilization”.

The technology unearthed is way beyond machine technology, as we know it. As Arthur C. Clark once joked, “any technology beyond our own would seem like magic to us.” According to Dr. Hurtak, this was a culture who cracked the genetic code and possessed the keys of the physical spectrum, the “Higher Light Physics” of the ancients… everything old Gilgamesh went searching for in his famous trek to the lost “City of the Gods” to search the tunnels beneath “Mt. Mashu” in the desert lands.

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Hurtak refers to a “language of light” and a great priest-scientist of the previous time cycle, named ENOCH, who is associated with the building of the Great Pyramid complex. Hurtak alludes to a grand spiritual science, a science which describes a genetic stairway to the stars. The priest-scientist ENOCH, is a pre-diluvian patriarch, one of the most famous and seminal characters of the previous time cycle. Father of Methuselah and great grandfather of Noah, Enoch is credited in the Bible as architect of the original Zion, the legendary “City of Yahweh”, as well as inventor of the alphabet and calendar. Enoch is also history’s first astronaut, who “is taken aloft by the Lord” and shown “the secrets of earth and heaven”. He returns to earth with the “weights and measures” for all humankind.

Known to the Egyptians as THOTH, the “Lord of Magic and Time” and to the Greeks as HERMES, “messenger of the gods”, he is even remembered in the Celtic tradition as the enigmatic wizard Merlin, who disappears up an apple tree to mythic Avalon, seeking the secret of immortality and vowing to return. As one who attained immortality, the secret of how we “might become as gods”, Thoth/Enoch promises to return at the end of time “with the keys to the gates of the sacred land.”

In the controversial Dead Sea Scrolls, revealing the lost Books Of Enoch removed from the Bible by early religious leaders, Enoch describes a wondrous civilization in the past, who misused the keys of higher knowledge and were unable to save themselves from the last cataclysm. Both literally and figuratively they lost the “keys”, they lost all higher knowledge. Yet, Enoch, along with many traditions, even the Mayan legend of Quetzacoatal, promises a return of this knowledge at “The end of time”, the end of the present time cycle.

Biblical Revelations promise “all will be revealed” at the end of the present world. The extraordinary discoveries in Egypt and other parts of the world, describe not just an advanced technology but, evolutionary path beyond our present state. Careful scientific examination of the world’s key pyramid sites, reveal them to be sophisticated harmonic structures, not only mirroring positions of the planets and stellar systems but, designed to mimic the chakras and harmonic cavities of the human body. Even each stone within the Great Pyramid is harmonically tuned to a specific frequency or musical tone. The sarcophagus in the centre of the Great Pyramid is tuned to the frequency of the human heart beat. Astonishing experiments, conducted by Dr. Hurtak and colleagues at the Great Pyramid and other sites in the South Americas, demonstrate the pyramids to be voice-activated “geophysical computers.”

Intoning specific ancient sounds, the scientific team produced visible standing waves of light, above and within the pyramids and were even able to penetrate, hitherto, inaccessible chambers. Subsequent discoveries indicate the ancient priest-scientists employed some sort of harmonic sound technology within the temple structures. The lost Enochian knowledge reveals the mother tongue as a “language of Light”. Known to the ancients as HIBURU, it is the primal seed language, introduced at the beginning of this time cycle.

Modern research confirms, the most ancient form Hebrew to be a natural language, the alphabetic forms emerging from the phosphene flare patterns of the brain. The same shapes, in fact, born of a spinning vortex. It is a true language of light, coursing through our very nervous system. Encoding the natural waveform geometries of the physical world, Hiburu is a harmonic language, mimicking the waveform properties of light.

The “keys” Enoch speaks of, turn out to be sound keys, keys to be vibratory matrix of reality itself, the mythic “Power of the World”. The Enochian knowledge describes sonic equations, encoded within the ancient mantras and god names, capable of directly affects the nervous system and producing profound effect of healing and higher consciousness states. As the ancient texts declare, “If you would speak with the gods you must first learn the language of the gods.”

DNA, the ancient cabalistic “Tree Of Life” portrayed in the Biblical Torah, is now coming to be viewed as a live vibrating structure, rather than a fixed tape recording. Many modern scientists, regard DNA as a shimmering, waveform configuration, able to be modified by light, radiation, magnetic fields or sonic pulses. The legacy of Thoth/Enoch suggests this “language of Light”, the harmonic science of the ancients, could actually affect DNA. The evidence in Egypt, indicates this was the grand 6,000 year genetic experiment attempted by the Egyptians, the quest for immortality and the stars, a quest described by the great ones of old, a quest initiated by Gilgamesh so very long ago.

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We may be on the precipice of an entirely new understanding of both our origins and our destiny in this universe. These scientific and documented discoveries are pointing the way to both the end of our ignorance of our past and the dawning of a new age of man. An age when we more fundamental understand the universe around us and how it operates and more importantly how it  (the universe/reality) responds to light, sound, and frequency manipulation.

Opening your mind to how light and sound can be used in your daily life to heal your body and expand your consciousness can be time well spent.

Today is International Space Day

On April 12, 1961, the era of human spaceflight began when the Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the Earth in the Vostok I spacecraft. The flight lasted 108 minutes. Twenty years later, on the morning of April 12, 1981, two astronauts sat strapped into their seats on the flight deck of Columbia, a radically new spacecraft known as the space shuttle.

In the years following Yuri Gagarin’s first spaceflight, over 500 people from almost 40 countries have flown into space. New opportunities in space were created in the year 2000 when the first crew boarded the International Space Station (ISS), a joint space project involving 15 countries.

Since the start of its operation, the ISS has gradually turned into a huge laboratory in near-Earth space.

In spite of more than 50 years of space exploration, there remains much skepticism and doubt about humankind’s need to invest into space. Why explore space? Every time something amazing is accomplished in space, someone will make the comment “Why spend so much money, time, and effort in space or on Mars or in orbit when there are many equally important issues here on Earth, such as poverty, disease, and famine?’

The space industry is not a financial black hole; no agency launches a bucket with cash into  space. The majority of the money spent on space exploration goes toward the salaries which pay thousands of skilled workers who make each mission successful. This industry creates diverse jobs all over the world, supports scientific research at various universities, and helps people to stay employed. Moreover, rough calculation shows that, on average, the expenses for space exploration cost approximately $5 to every person living on Earth (or 0.05% of world GDP per year).

Space exploration stimulates the creation of many tangible and intangible benefits for humanity.  New devices and services enter the global marketplace as a direct result of innovations within the space industry. Space exploration leads to advances in science and technology; it furthers workforce development and pushes industrial capabilities, thus leading to an overall stimulation of private companies;all of which contributes significantly to the economic progress of space‐faring nations. Space exploration is known to attract young people into careers in science and technology, adding  to the general benefit of society and the economy. 

Exploring space has several intangible effects. Due to its inherent social and philosophical dimensions, delving into the unknown helps us to address the nature and meaning of human life. This leads to more enriched cultures, more inspired citizens, and greater international  understanding as a result of cooperation among space‐faring nations.

To be a human is to be an explorer – reaching into space is but an expansion of a basic human nature ingrained deep within us since the first tribes left the African savanna and spread into Europe and Asia. Our ancestors had a need to explore the unknown. Now, humans have visited or settled every corner of the globe. The instinct to explore is still active, but there are very few outlets. Some people seek out extreme or exotic places to satisfy this need, others look to the skies. It may be an old cliche, but Star Trek had it right: Space is the Final Frontier, and it calls to the Explorer in all of us.

Today it seems even more important to pause and think for a few moments why we haven’t been inspired lately. Now more than ever we need, as a global community, something to dream about. Something to look forward to as our future unfolds. Space exploration is that unifying factor.

 

Understanding the Quantum World and Our Quantum Nature Part Two Quantum Brain

In the first part of this series we began to understand the “quirky” nature of quantum mechanics in very basic ways. We realize this understanding is hard to get your head around, and even scientists are struggling with understanding the facts they are uncovering. Stated in the simplest manner, quantum mechanics demonstrates that the universe is really made up of sub-atomic particles which behave in ways that redefine how we have traditionally understood physics. Secondly, it appears the universe and all matter and energy in it is connected on this sub-atomic quantum level.

The basic premise is that quantum physics is not only the future of science, but is also the key to understanding consciousness, life, death, God, psychology, and the meaning of life. Quantum physics is an antidote to the moral sterility and mechanistic approach of scientific materialism and is the best and clearest approach to understanding our universe. In short, quantum physics is indeed the theory of everything.

The recent discovery of quantum vibrations inside neurons in the brain supports a controversial theory of consciousness.  If correct, it might lead to new treatments for many different conditions, as claimed in a new review of the evidence by Hameroff and Penrose (2013).  The theory – which implies the brain is connected to the universe at a quantum level – was first proposed in the 1990s, but it suffered extensive criticism.

One major point against it was that the brain was thought to be too “warm, wet and noisy” for coherent quantum processes. Recent evidence, though, from researchers led by Anirban Bandyopadhyay has found the proposed quantum vibrations inside microtubules within brain neurons. These microtubules are components of cell scaffolding – they help provide our cells with their structure – that are around 25µm in length. Other research has also found evidence of quantum coherence in living cells. It has been found in our sense of smell, in the parts of bird’s brains responsible for navigation and in plant photosynthesis.

Hameroff and Penrose explain that their theory suggests: “Consciousness derives from quantum vibrations in microtubules, protein polymers inside brain neurons, which both govern neuronal and synaptic function, and connect brain processes to self-organizing processes in the fine scale, ‘proto-conscious’ quantum structure of reality.” They claim that their theory is: “The most rigorous, comprehensive and successfully-tested theory of consciousness ever put forth. From a practical standpoint, treating brain microtubule vibrations could benefit a host of mental, neurological, and cognitive conditions.” They also think that the electrical ‘brain waves’ which can be detected by an EEG machine could be a result of these deeper level microtubule vibrations.

The restatement of the theory has produced a flurry of criticism in the journal where it was published, Physics of Life Reviews, but the authors maintain that their theory suggests: “Conscious experience is intrinsically connected to the fine-scale structure of space – time geometry, and that consciousness could be deeply related to the operation of the laws of the universe.”

Deepak Chopra was asked to comment from the viewpoint of Eastern philosophy, which at first glance will seem irrelevant to most physicists. The essence of Eastern philosophy is to approach reality through subjective experience. Science takes the objective world as a given and has excluded subjectivity. On the face of it, the two worldviews face in opposite directions, even though it cannot be denied that our only access to reality is through subjective experience. If there is a reality beyond human awareness, it will remain unknown to us.

The potential for reconciling science and consciousness was first glimpsed during the quantum revolution a century ago when several of the greatest physicists, including Schrödinger, Heisenberg, Planck, and Pauli, surmised that consciousness might be so fundamental that it can’t be gotten around. This line of inquiry proved uncomfortable, however, and although the observer effect and the measurement problem brought consciousness to the fringes of experimentation, the Eastern view that reality is best explained through investigations into human awareness – our vehicle for knowing reality – was steadfastly ignored.

The landscape is changing now. Physics has never come closer to describing the quantum foundation of consciousness than in this article by Penrose and Hameroff. It begins with the brain as a testable locus of the mind, the standard materialist position. But by tracing brain activity to quantum events at the microtubule level, the Orch OR model positions itself at the halfway house between the physicalist perspective and the “spiritual” perspective most purely represented by Vedanta. Vedanta is non-dual theory (Penrose–Hameroff claim that “spiritual” systems are dual), that posits that the cosmos is the play of consciousness, which undergoes transformations into what we perceive as matter and energy. By inserting Platonic values from mathematics, Orch OR, while still accepting the primacy of a world “out there,” opens up a choice.

The choice is between two non-dual explanations for how mind came into being. Vedanta says that mind is innate in creation. To be viable, this brand of monism must show how mind created matter and energy. The challenge from the Penrose–Hameroff side is to show how matter and energy created mind. Of the two, Vedanta, in our view, has the upper hand. Mind creates matter every time we have thoughts that generate unique electrochemical activity in the brain. But no one has credibly shown how molecules learned to think. This article is an optimistic step in a project that is paradoxical when viewed by Vedanta.

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The paradox is that Vedanta rejects materialism as unsound while at the same time allowing any model to be valid on its own limited terms. Since all models are created in consciousness, and since consciousness creates reality, the scientific model is a creative use of consciousness – all models, including the religious and philosophical, are equal in this respect. Science isn’t privileged, but neither is Buddhism or Theosophy or aboriginal animism. Vedanta can live with the paradox that all systems of thought are viable and inadequate at the same time. The only privileged thing is consciousness itself.

Orch OR provides a credible, testable model for how mental activity enters the physical world. Take its optimism and turn it around: the mind-brain problem is indeed closer to being solved, not because quantum events give rise to mind but because these events indicate that an invisible agency (consciousness) is producing orderly, intelligent, information-infused activity at the very interface where space-time emerges. The Platonic values of mathematics are undeniable, and once they are admitted into the picture, Vedanta would allow in every other Platonic value (truth, beauty, love). Then “nothing” – pure awareness without qualities – is the only viable explanation left standing for the origin of mind and reality itself.

We are beginning to see how quantum physics affects our understanding of:
– Zen
– Thoughts, feelings, and intuitions
– Dreams
– Karma, death, and reincarnation
– God’s will, evolution, and purpose
– The meaning of dreams
– The spiritualization of economics and business, politics and – -education, and society itself

This goes a long way in explaining our shift into a fourth and fifth dimensional world. It really isn’t that difficult to comprehend when the science defines the esoteric more clearly, is it? Your consciousness really does create your reality, and if we take that one step further; our collective consciousness creates our entire world and how we experience it. The important take away here is that we don’t have to believe, we can know scientifically we are participatory in our creation.

Piercing-the-Veil-711x560Interestingly, this quantum reality is alluded to in the bible, not once, but twice. In Luke 17:6, “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘be uprooted and planted in the sea,’.  In Matthew 17:20, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Now that this is beginning to make sound scientific sense, what kind of world are we going to create together?

Understanding the Quantum World and Our Quantum Nature Part One

We are beginning a three part series to help us all understand the true “nature” of the new reality that is currently unfolding. It really isn’t as mysterious as we might think. It is more a matter of our evolution reaching a point where we are beginning to understand the quantum nature of the universe and more importantly the quantum nature of our consciousness.

It is our hope that this series of articles will allow many of our readers to “wrap their head” around what they sense is happening and by that understanding be able to more actively direct their consciousness in such a manner to explore more fully the new reality they find themselves entering. It is a little heady, but this is the real science of our reality.

Philip Ball of the BBC wrote earlier this month an interesting article to get to the first basic understanding of this new reality.   “ I cannot define the real problem, therefore I suspect there’s no real problem, but I’m not sure there’s no real problem.” The American physicist Richard Feynman said this about the notorious puzzles and paradoxes of quantum mechanics, the theory physicists use to describe the tiniest objects in the Universe. But he might as well have been talking about the equally knotty problem of consciousness.

Some scientists think we already understand what consciousness is, or that it is a mere illusion. But many others feel we have not grasped where consciousness comes from at all. The perennial puzzle of consciousness has even led some researchers to invoke quantum physics to explain it. That notion has always been met with skepticism, which is not surprising: it does not sound wise to explain one mystery with another. But such ideas are not obviously absurd, and neither are they arbitrary.

For one thing, the mind seemed, to the great discomfort of physicists, to force its way into early quantum theory. What’s more, quantum computers are predicted to be capable of accomplishing things ordinary computers cannot, which reminds us of how our brains can achieve things that are still beyond artificial intelligence. “Quantum consciousness” is widely derided as mystical woo, but it just will not go away.

What is going on in our brains?

Quantum mechanics is the best theory we have for describing the world at the nuts-and-bolts level of atoms and subatomic particles. Perhaps the most renowned of its mysteries is the fact that the outcome of a quantum experiment can change depending on whether or not we choose to measure some property of the particles involved.

When this “observer effect” was first noticed by the early pioneers of quantum theory, they were deeply troubled. It seemed to undermine the basic assumption behind all science: that there is an objective world out there, irrespective of us. If the way the world behaves depends on how – or if – we look at it, what can “reality” really mean?

Some of those researchers felt forced to conclude that objectivity was an illusion, and that consciousness has to be allowed an active role in quantum theory. To others, that did not make sense. Surely, Albert Einstein once complained, the Moon does not exist only when we look at it!

Today some physicists suspect that, whether or not consciousness influences quantum mechanics, it might in fact arise because of it. They think that quantum theory might be needed to fully understand how the brain works.

Might it be that, just as quantum objects can apparently be in two places at once, so a quantum brain can hold onto two mutually-exclusive ideas at the same time?

These ideas are speculative, and it may turn out that quantum physics has no fundamental role either for or in the workings of the mind. But if nothing else, these possibilities show just how strangely quantum theory forces us to think.

double-slit-experimentThe Famous Double-slit Experiment.

The most famous intrusion of the mind into quantum mechanics comes in the “double-slit experiment”. Imagine shining a beam of light at a screen that contains two closely-spaced parallel slits. Some of the light passes through the slits, whereupon it strikes another screen.

Light can be thought of as a kind of wave, and when waves emerge from two slits like this they can interfere with each other. If their peaks coincide, they reinforce each other, whereas if a peak and a trough coincide, they cancel out. This wave interference is called diffraction, and it produces a series of alternating bright and dark stripes on the back screen, where the light waves are either reinforced or cancelled out.

This experiment was understood to be a characteristic of wave behavior over 200 years ago, well before quantum theory existed. The double slit experiment can also be performed with quantum particles like electrons; tiny charged particles that are components of atoms. In a counter-intuitive twist, these particles can behave like waves. That means they can undergo diffraction when a stream of them passes through the two slits, producing an interference pattern.

Now suppose that the quantum particles are sent through the slits one by one, and their arrival at the screen is likewise seen one by one. Now there is apparently nothing for each particle to interfere with along its route – yet nevertheless the pattern of particle impacts that builds up over time reveals interference bands. The implication seems to be that each particle passes simultaneously through both slits and interferes with itself. This combination of “both paths at once” is known as a superposition state. But here is the really odd thing.

If we place a detector inside or just behind one slit, we can find out whether any given particle goes through it or not. In that case, however, the interference vanishes. Simply by observing a particle’s path – even if that observation should not disturb the particle’s motion – we change the outcome.

The physicist Pascual Jordan, who worked with quantum guru Niels Bohr in Copenhagen in the 1920s, put it like this: “observations not only disturb what has to be measured, they produce it… We compel [a quantum particle] to assume a definite position.” In other words, Jordan said, “we ourselves produce the results of measurements.” If that is so, objective reality seems to go out of the window. And it gets even stranger. Particles can be in two states.

If nature seems to be changing its behavior depending on whether we “look” or not, we could try to trick it into showing its hand. To do so, we could measure which path a particle took through the double slits, but only after it has passed through them. By then, it ought to have “decided” whether to take one path or both.

An experiment for doing this was proposed in the 1970s by the American physicist John Wheeler, and this “delayed choice” experiment was performed in the following decade. It uses clever techniques to make measurements on the paths of quantum particles (generally, particles of light, called photons) after they should have chosen whether to take one path or a superposition of two.

It turns out that, just as Bohr confidently predicted, it makes no difference whether we delay the measurement or not. As long as we measure the photon’s path before its arrival at a detector is finally registered, we lose all interference. It is as if nature “knows” not just if we are looking, but if we are planning to look.

Whenever, in these experiments, we discover the path of a quantum particle, its cloud of possible routes “collapses” into a single well-defined state. What’s more, the delayed-choice experiment implies that the sheer act of noticing, rather than any physical disturbance caused by measuring, can cause the collapse. But does this mean that true collapse has only happened when the result of a measurement impinges on our consciousness?

That possibility was admitted in the 1930s by the Hungarian physicist Eugene Wigner. “It follows that the quantum description of objects is influenced by impressions entering my consciousness,” he wrote. “Solipsism may be logically consistent with present quantum mechanics.”

Wheeler even entertained the thought that the presence of living beings, which are capable of “noticing”, has transformed what was previously a multitude of possible quantum pasts into one concrete history. In this sense, Wheeler said, we become participants in the evolution of the Universe since its very beginning. In his words, we live in a “participatory universe.”

To this day, physicists do not agree on the best way to interpret these quantum experiments, and to some extent what you make of them is (at the moment) up to you. But one way or another, it is hard to avoid the implication that consciousness and quantum mechanics are somehow linked.

Beginning in the 1980s, the British physicist Roger Penrose suggested that the link might work in the other direction. Whether or not consciousness can affect quantum mechanics, he said, perhaps quantum mechanics is involved in consciousness.

What if, Penrose asked, there are molecular structures in our brains that are able to alter their state in response to a single quantum event. Could not these structures then adopt a super-position state, just like the particles in the double slit experiment? And might those quantum super-positions then show up in the ways neurons are triggered to communicate via electrical signals?

Maybe, says Penrose, our ability to sustain seemingly incompatible mental states is no quirk of perception, but a real quantum effect. After all, the human brain seems able to handle cognitive processes that still far exceed the capabilities of digital computers. Perhaps we can even carry out computational tasks that are impossible on ordinary computers, which use classical digital logic.

Penrose first proposed that quantum effects feature in human cognition in his 1989 book The Emperor’s New Mind. The idea is called Orch-OR, which is short for “orchestrated objective reduction”. The phrase “objective reduction” means that, as Penrose believed, the collapse of quantum interference and superposition is a real, physical process, like the bursting of a bubble.

Orch-OR draws on Penrose’s suggestion that gravity is responsible for the fact that everyday objects, such as chairs and planets, do not display quantum effects. Penrose believes that quantum super-positions become impossible for objects much larger than atoms, because their gravitational effects would then force two incompatible versions of space-time to coexist.

Penrose developed this idea further with American physician Stuart Hameroff. In his 1994 book Shadows of the Mind, he suggested that the structures involved in this quantum cognition might be protein strands called microtubules. These are found in most of our cells, including the neurons in our brains. Penrose and Hameroff argue that vibrations of microtubules can adopt a quantum super-position. But there is no evidence that such a thing is remotely feasible.

It has been suggested that the idea of quantum super-positions in microtubules is supported by experiments described in 2013, but in fact those studies made no mention of quantum effects. Besides, most researchers think that the Orch-OR idea was ruled out by a study published in 2000. Physicist Max Tegmark calculated that quantum super-positions of the molecules involved in neural signaling could not survive for even a fraction of the time needed for such a signal to get anywhere.

Quantum effects such as super-position are easily destroyed, because of a process called decoherence. This is caused by the interactions of a quantum object with its surrounding environment, through which the “quantumness” leaks away. Decoherence is expected to be extremely rapid in warm and wet environments like living cells.

Nerve signals are electrical pulses, caused by the passage of electrically-charged atoms across the walls of nerve cells. If one of these atoms was in a super-position and then collided with a neuron, Tegmark showed that the super-position should decay in less than one billion billionth of a second. It takes at least ten thousand trillion times as long for a neuron to discharge a signal. As a result, ideas about quantum effects in the brain are viewed with great skepticism.

However, Penrose is unmoved by those arguments and stands by the Orch-OR hypothesis. And despite Tegmark’s prediction of ultra-fast decoherence in cells, other researchers have found evidence for quantum effects in living beings. Some argue that quantum mechanics is harnessed by migratory birds that use magnetic navigation, and by green plants when they use sunlight to make sugars in photosynthesis. Besides, the idea that the brain might employ quantum tricks shows no sign of going away. For there is now another, quite different argument for it.

Could Phosphorus Sustain a Quantum State?

In a study published in 2015, physicist Matthew Fisher of the University of California a t Santa Barbara argued that the brain might contain molecules capable of sustaining more robust quantum super-positions. Specifically, he thinks that the nuclei of phosphorus atoms may have this ability.

Phosphorus atoms are everywhere in living cells. They often take the form of phosphate ions, in which one phosphorus atom joins up with four oxygen atoms. Such ions are the basic unit of energy within cells. Much of the cell’s energy is stored in molecules called ATP, which contain a string of three phosphate groups joined to an organic molecule. When one of the phosphates is cut free, energy is released for the cell to use.

Cells have molecular machinery for assembling phosphate ions into groups and cleaving them off again. Fisher suggested a scheme in which two phosphate ions might be placed in a special kind of superposition called an “entangled state”. The phosphorus nuclei have a quantum property called spin, which makes them rather like little magnets with poles pointing in particular directions. In an entangled state, the spin of one phosphorus nucleus depends on that of the other.

Put another way, entangled states are really super-position states involving more than one quantum particle. Fisher says that the quantum-mechanical behavior of these nuclear spins could plausibly resist decoherence on human timescales. He agrees with Tegmark that quantum vibrations, like those postulated by Penrose and Hameroff, will be strongly affected by their surroundings “and will decohere almost immediately”. But nuclear spins do not interact very strongly with their surroundings.

All the same, quantum behavior in the phosphorus nuclear spins would have to be “protected” from decoherence.

Quantum particles can have different spins. This might happen, Fisher says, if the phosphorus atoms are incorporated into larger objects called “Posner molecules”. These are clusters of six phosphate ions, combined with nine calcium ions. There is some evidence that they can exist in living cells, though this is currently far from conclusive. In Posner molecules, Fisher argues, phosphorus spins could resist decoherence for a day or so, even in living cells. That means they could influence how the brain works.

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The idea is that Posner molecules can be swallowed up by neurons. Once inside, the Posner molecules could trigger the firing of a signal to another neuron, by falling apart and releasing their calcium ions. Because of entanglement in Posner molecules, two such signals might thus in turn become entangled: a kind of quantum superposition of a “thought”, you might say. “If quantum processing with nuclear spins is in fact present in the brain, it would be an extremely common occurrence, happening pretty much all the time,” Fisher says. He first got this idea when he started thinking about mental illness.

“My entry into the biochemistry of the brain started when I decided three or four years ago to explore how on earth the lithium ion could have such a dramatic effect in treating mental conditions,” Fisher says. Lithium drugs are widely used for treating bipolar disorder. They work, but nobody really knows how.

“I wasn’t looking for a quantum explanation,” Fisher says. But then he came across a paper reporting that lithium drugs had different effects on the behavior of rats, depending on what form – or “isotope” – of lithium was used. On the face of it, that was extremely puzzling. In chemical terms, different isotopes behave almost identically, so if the lithium worked like a conventional drug the isotopes should all have had the same effect.

But Fisher realized that the nuclei of the atoms of different lithium isotopes can have different spins. This quantum property might affect the way lithium drugs act. For example, if lithium substitutes for calcium in Posner molecules, the lithium spins might “feel” and influence those of phosphorus atoms, and so interfere with their entanglement. If this is true, it would help to explain why lithium can treat bipolar disorder.

It does not help that there is now a New Age cottage industry devoted to notions of “quantum consciousness“, claiming that quantum mechanics offers plausible rationales for such things as telepathy and telekinesis. As a result, physicists are often embarrassed to even mention the words “quantum” and “consciousness” in the same sentence.

But setting that aside, the idea has a long history. Ever since the “observer effect” and the mind first insinuated themselves into quantum theory in the early days, it has been devilishly hard to kick them out. A few researchers think we might never manage to do so. We do not understand how thoughts work.

In 2016, Adrian Kent of the University of Cambridge in the UK, one of the most respected “quantum philosophers”, speculated that consciousness might alter the behavior of quantum systems in subtle but detectable ways. Kent is very cautious about this idea. “There is no compelling reason of principle to believe that quantum theory is the right theory in which to try to formulate a theory of consciousness, or that the problems of quantum theory must have anything to do with the problem of consciousness,” he admits. But he says that it is hard to see how a description of consciousness based purely on pre-quantum physics can account for all the features it seems to have.

One particularly puzzling question is how our conscious minds can experience unique sensations, such as the color red or the smell of frying bacon. With the exception of people with visual impairments, we all know what red is like, but we have no way to communicate the sensation and there is nothing in physics that tells us what it should be like. Sensations like this are called “qualia”. We perceive them as unified properties of the outside world, but in fact they are products of our consciousness – and that is hard to explain. Indeed, in 1995 philosopher David Chalmers dubbed it “the hard problem” of consciousness.

“Every line of thought on the relationship of consciousness to physics runs into deep trouble,” says Kent. This has prompted him to suggest that “we could make some progress on understanding the problem of the evolution of consciousness if we supposed that consciousnesses alters (albeit perhaps very slightly and subtly) quantum probabilities.” In other words, the mind could genuinely affect the outcomes of measurements.

It does not, in this view, exactly determine “what is real”. But it might affect the chance that each of the possible actualities permitted by quantum mechanics is the one we do in fact observe, in a way that quantum theory itself cannot predict. Kent says that we might look for such effects experimentally. He even bravely estimates the chances of finding them. “I would give credence of perhaps 15% that something specifically to do with consciousness causes deviations from quantum theory, with perhaps 3% credence that this will be experimentally detectable within the next 50 years,” he says.

So first there does seem to be a real quantum connection to how we consciously perceive the universe around us. We, in fact, alter our reality by how we anticipate we are going “see it”. So for example, if we “anticipate” contact with other civilizations, and our collective consciousness “concurs, that possibility may indeed manifest itself, as it is in the realm of quantum possibilities. Anyway, try to digest this a bit and forgive this rather long and nerdy article, but it is absolutely necessary to understand the power of our minds and how our thoughts alter the universe around us.

Exiting the Merry-Go-Round and Freeing Yourself from the Madness

If you spend some time and pay attention to the reality of your everyday life, you will find a stunning discovery, because our everyday reality shows a great deal of resemblance to movie’s virtual reality. Our virtual reality may not be generated by a computer, but by our mind, our constantly flowing thoughts and emotions. And so we are living in the imprisonment of our thoughts and feelings’ matrix. Let’s see what features this matrix has and how to get rid of them.

  1. 1 The World of Permanent Change

We chase our desires and unfulfilled dreams. We are attracted by money, power, prestige, a wholesome, happy life. All this lies there hidden behind a powerful iron gate that is towering in front of us. Spurred by our ambitions, we pursue various goals all through our lives. We aspire for something all the time. We always want to achieve something. This restless rush is instigated by our fear that we are still not what we want to be. We are never satisfied, we always want something else, we would like to be better, more beautiful, and richer than we are at present.

That is how we pursue our goals until death. When we reach that defining moment we realize how meaningless the whole thing has been. But why are these goals meaningless at that moment? The protest is caused by the very nature of the forms and shapes, as in their nature every form and shape is subject to permanent change, birth and death. Whatever we attract to us, we are going to lose it, as everybody departs from this world empty-handed. All of us who pursue their goals are living in the spell of past and future.  We realize the past has disappointment, failure, or the realization that what we desired so arduously really didn’t bring the expected joy and reward. We also sense a future that will probably not be realized. This is the nature of an ever changing world. Remember the saying that life happens while we are making plans?

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Step. The Spiritual Seeking

We, however, wish to find the security of permanence in our life. We would like to find what is beyond the world of constant change. In order to do so, we become spiritual seekers.

As a first step of spiritual seeking we start to look for enlightenment, Self-recognition in the world of shapes and forms (that is, outside ourselves) in the hope of thus reaching the state of permanent happiness. We intend to find a dogma, a great Master, an elevating spiritual experience that expands our Consciousness. If it is not found here on Earth, we will be looking for it in the other world, in the heaven of a religion.

We use the mind as a mean of spiritual search. It is through the mind that the Ego intends to understand what is beyond mind and forms. The mind in this way prepares the mental image of enlightenment, seeking, happiness etc. The mental images are born through the comprehensive process of the mind. For comprehension, we also require information, so we shall gather bits of information like a busy ant. From books on religion and spirituality, lectures heard and conversations attended, we are attempting to screen information, ideas, opinions and experience necessary for them. The same takes place with spiritual experience. We assume that if we gather a sufficient amount of experience, as a result we will reach a certain point, we will increase their spirituality.

These mental images motivate us to make efforts at implementing the mental images at the level of daily life, to make these images the cornerstones of our life. Achieving spiritual objectives, however, these efforts affords only momentary satisfaction for us, so after achieving one specific goal, relentlessness returns, urging us to start working for new objectives. The mind produces new mental images, and the seeking starts all over again.

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Step. The Stop

We then go on seeking, until we eventually become tired of the process, and finally recognize the true nature of this process is our own ego. Therefore, for most, we stop and abandon spiritual seeking. We recognize that all the objectives we have so far been looking for outside ourselves, are only found within ourselves.

We will stop when we recognize the activities of the mind and refuse to follow it any longer. We realize that with the help of the mind we will not be able to surpass the mind. We will experience that stopping is the inactive moment of the mind, the silence between thoughts. In that silence, we will experience the Consciousness without forms, and recognize that we are in fact the Presence without thoughts. We then leave behind the spiritual seeker, with all the accumulated knowledge and lofty spiritual experience and begin just to be. When this happens, all judgment stops, including the harsh judgment of ourselves. We begin to realize the beauty and diversity of our reality.

  1. Step. The Inner Journey

This is the beginning of an inner journey which takes us out from the matrix, beyond the mind. Once we have started our journey, we leave the world behind and abandon everything that has hampered us in our progress. We give up unimportant things in order to be able to concentrate our attention exclusively on the important ones. That is possible by means of a major mental clean-up.

When  we begin doing that clean-up in earnest, we will soon face the vast multitude of our thoughts, opinions, ideas and the emotions attached to all these. After a period of time, we realize that we need to abandon all the unimportant things and trivialities, since these things will be found false in the light of our inner journey. Then we find ourselves all alone, and realize, that we still have not finished. We are still to shed the shadow that we believed to be ourselves. We begin to understand the true divine nature of our experience.

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  1. Step. The Awakening: Coming Home

The awaking is the awakening of the Consciousness to its own existence through the form and shape that we formerly identified with ourselves. After the great clean up nothing remains but the empty space.

But if we examine that space closer, we find that it is full of Consciousness, which is the inner peace, quiet and tranquility. We then realize that we are at home. Whatever now happens in that internal space, we must experience that. We must experience whatever life has to offer, there and then in that specific moment, The NOW. The next moment does not need to bear the burden of the experience of the previous moment. The question then arises: have we already gotten rid of the matrix? The emptiness is perfect, but we still must take the last step in order to be completely free.

6. Step. Comeback

That step will take us to the point where our entire journey began. We return to the Matrix, to the world of daily life. We, however, return in a state different from the one in which we departed, since we have undergone considerable changes during our journey. The Mind, the Ego and, together with it, selfishness has vanished from ourselves. The emptiness, pulsating with life, and the Consciousness, awakened to its own existence, continues to stay with us.

In this way the world will be entirely different for us. We no longer feel n urge to run away from it, and we do not submerge in the swamp of identifying with the world. We are now free from all that, and the world is now a new adventure for us. We abandon ourselves into the streams of Life, and we merge with the Universe. In the meanwhile, we help others in awakening and we share the joy of existence and sympathy with everyone we encounter during our spiritual journey.

~From the book: Frank M. Wanderer: The Revolution of Consciousness: Deconditioning the Programmed Mind