“I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is”
If this is you’re first encounter with Alan Watts, I implore you to sit back, relax and let this oratorical wizard cast his esoteric spells over your consciousness.
His words, which use his keenly sharpened intellect as a vessel to directly resonate with the part of your mind that just knows. This seems to me to be how all of the great philosophers and teachers deliver their message, never in a patronising or belittling way, always pointing you inward to find the answers.
He draws from all aspects of life in a holistic fashion, he nondenominationally takes the most appropriate parts of histories ideologies, religions and philosophies to help further his own individual understanding. Never preaches or tries to convert anyone, for in the end, it is only you, the individual who can change and grow you. But through that growth you can inspire others to do the same.
Another classic by OSHO.
I’ll let you decide for yourself ;o)
I think we can all agree, meditation is great (transformative!) and more people meditating is only a good thing. The trouble is, the world we live in these days is so fast-paced and mentally stimulating that people find it incredibly difficult to still their minds enough to enter a meditative state. Enter binaural beat meditation.
Binaural beats work on the premise of entrainment, to bring your brains dominant frequency into a required range for a particular result. Which can range from delta (between 0–4 Hz: deep sleep) to alpha(between 8–12 Hz: deeply relaxed or meditation) and beta(between 12 and 30 Hz: normal waking consciousness). There are of course many more but these are the main frequency ranges our brains reside in.
It may sound complicated or invasive but its a perfectly simple and safe technique which produces amazing results in a very short period. I myself have had my deepest and longest meditations using an entrainment program called Lifeflow and more often than any other mediation technique.
The video above has a 10-minute deep binaural beat meditation soundtrack and must be used with headphones. I crafted it in 2011 and posted it on YouTube where it has received almost 300,000 views since and some great comments etc. Put on your headphones and test it out!
So why not give it a go and decide for yourself!
Culture, its something we’re immersed in these days. It seems to permeate into our lives weather we like it or not, but have you ever actually stopped to think what culture is exactly? Are you a part of it, is it a part of you? To a biologist, a culture is an artificially created environment to allow for microorganisms to propagate, it effects and results are predetermined. This it seems, isn’t too far removed from what modern human culture has actually become.
If culture is anything, its a representation of everybody’s unique individual creative potential…
What McKeanna so eloquently proposes here is just that, modern culture is something predetermined and artificial. A culture created within strict guidelines by a privileged few to then be willingly(sometimes unwillingly) consumed by the masses. A sterile and homogenised creation that provides no real sustenance or creative value, an artistically bankrupt entity that, “is not your friend”.
If culture is anything, its a representation of everybody’s unique individual creative potential and not just a throwaway or disposable thing. Instead of mindlessly consuming this supposed cult-ure, lets instead realise that inner creative potential! Its time to create new shapes, new sounds and stories! Time that we all put those artistic pedals to the metal!
I had previously touched on Rupert Sheldrake and Graham Hancock’s censored TED Talks in an older post on DMT. I feel as though they warrant a little more attention due to their controversial nature(usually a sign that someone is onto something) and pertinence, with regard to consciousness/spirituality.
First of all, let me just say that this isn’t a full on assault on TED. They’re an organisation who have over the years educated and inspired millions of people, but have recently found it necessary to censor any talk of consciousness existing outside of the human cranium.
He also shows up science’s complete disregard of objective reasoning when it comes to the paranormal.
The funny thing is, that what both these men propose isn’t some outlandish theory but a very balanced(intuition+intellect) and grounded, albeit slightly fringe look at the nature of reality in relation to consciousness.
In Sheldrake’s case, he picks apart the “10 Great Laws(dogmas) of Science” and focuses mainly on the scientific view that your mind is solely located inside your head and all consciousness is just brain activity. He also shows up science’s complete disregard of objective reasoning when it comes to the paranormal.
Hancock in turn takes a more esoteric angle but ultimately comes to the same conclusion. He speaks in his typical emotive style about his experience with ayahuasca, the sacred entheogenic plant mixture. Of how while under its influence during ritual ceremony his conscious was wildly expanded and taken on a vision quest with “Mother Ayahuasca”. This entheogenic experience helped him to kick a 40 year marijuana habit but more importantly revealed to him the symbiotic and conscious relationship we have with all of reality, his account of which is truly inspiring.
Personally, the idea that everything in existence has some level of conscious has always sat pretty well with me. I can’t prove this intellectually, its more of an intuitive knowing born through felt experiences. But to claim that consciousness only exists within the brain, seems to me to be the height of arrogance! This is the kind of narrow minded reductionist thinking that leads people like, the frankly scary futurist Ray Kurzweil, to see nature as just unintelligent and unconscious matter. And that only through human intervention(imbuing it with nanotechnology), will it ever “wake up” and become conscious. Nature…unconscious…unintelligent…really?!? His TED talk wasn’t banned by the way…