Archive for September, 2011
Where Do We Go From Here?

Humanity is at the crossroads of a critical decision point where, depending on what choice it makes, it will determine whether its future is a golden age or dystopian nightmare. We are not approaching this point…we are at it right now. The choice we make is being decided already and as of right now, it’s still unclear what will happen. What we can all do to avoid a highly likely future of agony and despair is to heighten our awareness about something very important:

Polarity is an illusion, Oneness is a reality.

The structure-process of the ego takes a stronger hold over our ability to expand our awareness to realize this universal truth as time goes on, which is why the time to act is now. Science thinks it has all the answers. Religion/Spirituality thinks it has all the answers. They are both being untruthful to themselves. Without unity, one will not see the big picture without the other just as the brain cannot have full consciousness without the left hemisphere and the right hemisphere being connected with the corpus callosum.

If we, as an interconnected human race, wish to live in a bright future then we must embrace each other for what makes us the similar. The things which seemingly divide us do not divide us at all…they are hallucinations ingrained within our minds through cultures that were influenced not by the true inner Self that is an expression of the Source of everything and no-thing but by the ego…that boundary-creating dynamic structure-process that fools you into thinking it’s real when in reality (as quantum physicist David Bohm has discovered) it has no inherent existence.

Bohm has said that “all the times when the ego exists the individual exists in a state of confused perception.” This confusion gave way to polarity. Evolution is not about polarity, but awareness…an ever-expanding and heightening awareness. Once we realize the inseparable wholeness and totality of Everything, that is when all the boundaries between us dissolve and melt away, showing that they were all along self-created illusions. What’s left is the clear vision of the most universal truth. The realization and understanding of this will transform everything. It is the catalyst spark for an incomprehensible transformation of humanity and the collective consciousness. What will be possible is so incredible that we have difficulty to even imagine what life would be like. Perhaps the definition of life itself would have to be redefined.

So where do we go from here? Transcendental unification. Selfishness will go away. Dogma will disappear. Life will be lived with the understanding that every single person is as meaningful as the next….each being an unique and integral part of a unified Whole…All that Is…the Source of everything that is everything.

Behaviors that are protective of the ego illusion such as ignorance, arrogance, and stubbornness will be acknowledged and seen for what they actually are. We will expand our level of understanding to see that advancement and evolution is not hierarchical…we are all emergent drops from the same infinite sea of consciousness. By helping others become self-realized we help ourselves. It always comes back to us…everything comes back to us. We are all part of such a vast and elaborate matrix of consciousness that to continue living and embracing the illusion would be insanity. Look all around you and see what the self-created divisions have brought us. It’s about time we become unified, for the sake of ourselves, the planet, and our very existence.

A Step Away From Peace

Imagine that you are standing under a waterfall. The water pounds down on your head and shoulders and pins your feet to the ground. The steady rush of water feels good. At times, it feels ecstatic.

But often the force of the water is too much. It hurts. You want it to stop. You tilt your body slightly, hoping to find a gap in the sheets of water cascading down on you. You do, and for a moment the pain lessens. But then the full force of the water finds you again. The pain is intense. You feel trapped.

Now imagine that one day, for no reason you can think of, you step back from the waterfall. You had no idea there was a space behind you the whole time, a cavern cut into the rock that easily accommodates your frame. The relief you feel is immense. Your body feels light. You witness the water pouring down inches from your nose. The inches seem like miles. Now the water begins to flow from you. Tears of joy are streaming down your cheeks. You have stepped away from the steady rush of water, from the endless cycle of pleasure and pain you’d been experiencing for as long as you can remember.

We spend our lives immersed in a flood of thoughts, unaware that another dimension of consciousness is available to us. It is a dimension in which we come to know ourselves as something other than thinkers. By taking a step back, we become the witness of our thoughts. Of the millions of steps we’ve taken in our lives, this subtle but radical step may be the most important because it leads to a profound sense of peace.

We cannot think our way into this witnessing dimension. It only emerges when thought subsides, hopping like a bunny from the bushes when the coast is clear. The thoughts that pleaded for our attention gradually recede in the presence of our steady witnessing gaze. In this transformative moment we have stepped back from the flow of thought into the serene space of our awareness.

This space is not as mystical as it might seem. Haven’t we all experienced moments when we’ve witnessed the thoughts flowing through our minds without getting dragged into their current?

Have you ever quarreled with someone and refrained from expressing a hurtful thought that surfaced in your mind? How were you able to perceive that thought? Was it illuminated by the light of your awareness?

Have you ever sat on an airplane, minutes before takeoff, fearing that it was going to crash and that you’d never see your loved ones again? What stopped you from unbuckling your seatbelt and bolting for the door? Was it because you were you aware, if only vaguely, that the thoughts parading through your mind were a bit far-fetched?

We experience these brief but revealing glimpses of our witnessing capacity without recognizing their value. We move past them inattentively, the way we might a Rembrandt at a yard sale. But to spend one clear-eyed moment in this space is to observe that the territory of thought is limited, that it is easily contained within the greater space of our awareness. This flash of insight will awaken us to a new identity. By observing thought, we are born as its witness.

If we wish to dwell rather than dart in and out of in this vibrant dimension, we must do more than simply change the way we think; we must change our relationship with thought. We must become its ever-present witness to avoid being its ever-suffering accomplice. Helpful one moment and devious the next, thought is like a petulant child requiring our constant attention.

As thought’s witness, we are its master. We can summon it if we wish to bake a cake or split an atom, and dismiss it when it shows up uninvited. But for this cozy relationship with thought to last, we must keep it permanently in our sights. This will take every ounce of energy we have, and at first even that won’t be enough. We have been thought’s servant for so long that we’ll continue to obey it by sheer habit.

But in time our tolerance for suffering at the hands of thought will lessen. The pleasure will no longer seem worth the pain. And those isolated moments when we glimpse the chains and pulleys driving our thought process will begin to connect like stars in a constellation. As we step further and further back from the realm of thought, we will see it in its entirety and know that we exist beyond its borders.

This article has been written by John Ptacek. Visit his website at www.johnptacek.com.

Evolve Fest: A Convergence of the Consciously Evolved

Hidden away in the hills of northwestern New Jersey is a 4 day music and yoga festival that comes around on Labor Day weekend for the past 5 years. Evolve Fest has grown significantly from its former self and continues to expand each year, attracting more and more consciously evolved souls who are awakened to the reality of an interconnected consciousness matrix of which we, as well as everything within our environment, are a part of. Dave Bryson, the incredible man that makes Evolve Fest possible, is not creating an event on which his primary mission is to make money. For him, there is something that is more important than the that…putting together this festival is his way of helping bring about a profound shift in the transpersonal consciousness of humanity.

There is a very small percentage of the total human population needed to help initiate such a quantum leap in consciousness, and getting together even as little as 10,000 people can greatly assist in turning such a dream into a reality (Evolve has not reached this amount of people yet, but will with the help of people like you). The following statement from Evolve’s website explains this when it says that “we can all participate in what may be the most significant event in the history of the Cosmos- the birth of a new being, Universal Human. A Universal Human is one who is connected through the heart to the whole of life, attuned to the deeper Intelligence of Nature, and called forth irresistibly by Spirit to creatively express his or her gifts in the conscious evolution of the Self, Community and the Cosmos.”

The happenings are Evolve Fest center around music, yoga, and various workshops that are well worth the price of admission ($50 if you get your tickets early, $125 at the gate). I definitely found no trouble finding something interesting or exciting to do, as there is such a diverse amount of activities you can immerse yourself in. The vendors, of which there are more every year, have all sorts of great wares and experiences for the having (the hookah lounge is particularly enjoyable). There are also various setups in and around the campsites that include didgeridoo lessons, harmonic healing through gonging, a ‘time machine’, drum circles, singing bowl healing, and more. These things, combined with the uplifting vibes of the people who converge at the festival, can make for a transcendental and even life-changing experience.

The overall vibe of the festival as I experienced it was at such great heights that out of the 10 or so festivals that I’ve been to, only the Rainbow Family Gathering could compare. This is not too surprising to me, since one aspect of Evolve Fest’s mission is to raise consciousness. I met so many incredible people at the festival who radiated beautiful energy that was both comforting and exhilarating at the same time. As with the Rainbow Gathering, there was a certain magic at Evolve that shows me that something good, something extraordinary, is happening there. I could only imagine how powerful the localized collective consciousness of the festival will be when even more souls get together next year.

What Evolve Fest and its creator Dave Bryson are doing is not at all different from what we here at Peace and Loveism are doing. We both have as our focus the creation of a positive shift in humanity’s consciousness to unity-oriented mind states that will not be fleeting but become an integral part of the collective consciousness permanently. As we move forward into the future of our timeline, as the future of our environment and our species becomes more and more uncertain, we must focus our intentions on the positive. We must create the world in which we can live sustainably and harmoniously. Nobody will do this for us…it is up to each of us to bring this reality into existence together.

Much is being done right now to make this happen, but more needs to be done. It is a wonderful thing that Evolve Fest is doing, and by writing this review, it is my hope that even more awakened souls converge in those northern New Jersey hills next year so that the collective energies of that consciousness organism will radiate into every crevasse of humanity’s collective consciousness, positively affecting all. A paradigm shift needs to take place right now, before it becomes too difficult. I am grateful for a festival such as Evolve (as there are others which have the same vision in mind) doing what it is doing to help accelerate the consciousness shift because it certainly feels as if ‘time’ is running out. For those of you interested in being a part of something special, something magical, come to Evolve Fest and let us redefine what the future is like.