Archive for March, 2012
Music for Meditation: Ian Hawgood – Super 8 Films of Youth

Soundtrack to a Film in my Head

Today’s music for meditation comes from Ian Hawgood, a music artist that creates music that sounds like a move soundtrack, except this movie is Life. The ethereal droning compounded layers of musical sound are such that they put you into a trance. You can feel yourself being taken away down a stream of nostalgic memories that either existed or that you wish existed and allowing yourself to become fully immersed within its waters of harmonic muzzy tones. As ambient as Ian’s music is, there is an incredible richness to it in such a way that you feel the harmonics surround you and take you on a journey deep into your mind…

Don’t Play the Blame Game

love through understanding

When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce. Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument. That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Music for Meditation: Carbon Based Lifeforms – World of Sleepers

world of sleepers

Meditation music doesn’t have to be limited to the likes of what is typically thought of as music for meditation. Far from it. The purpose of the Music for Meditation series on Peace and Loveism is to light up the waters of awareness to the incredible soundscapes that come from modern artists who are bringing the music of the future to us today. In the past we have looked at Essay, Eluvium, Aphex Twin, and Sundrenched. Today, I bring to you my absolute favorite ambient music artist that I have ever had the pleasure of hearing…Carbon Based Lifeforms. The two people behind the mesmerizing music are Johannes Hedberg and Daniel Segerstad who stream a synergy of creative energy into harmonic form. Their stated goal with their music “is to combine earth and space in their music.”

Nature & Technology. These are the focus of CBL and you can certainly hear this throughout their ambient musicscapes. As stated elsewhere, “they like to represent both the positive and negative effects that this collaboration can lead to, including the negative impact that incorrect technology can have on the environment.” When you listen to their music, particularly their World of Sleepers release, which is 1 hour and 20 minutes long, you feel as if you are taking a journey that flows uninterrupted and takes you on an inner path to outer spaces that you cannot help but close your eyes and allow yourself to be swayed ever which way the harmonic harmony takes you. You will feel a wide spectrum of emotion as the musical tides go through their motions of being and becoming.

Listen to the full release of World of Sleepers below and allow your meditation to evolve itself past what you thought meditation was. Experience a full richness to an experience where you are solitary yet connect with everything, experiencing a collective Whole that emanates pulsations of existence that lovingly are the reason why you exist.

What a Real Miracle Looks Like

girl with flowers

To live in the present moment is a miracle. The miracle is not to walk on water. The miracle is to walk on the green Earth in the present moment, to appreciate the peace and beauty that are available now.

Thich Nhat Hanh

The Most Important Realization of a Near Death Experience

 

birds in love

Near Death Experiences, or more accurately called Death Experiences, are when a person is clinically dead, but he or she is still has conscious awareness. It is estimated that millions have died and come back to life, so to speak, within a half hour of their clinically-pronounced death. According to a Gallup and Proctor survey in 1980-1981 in a sampling of Americans, data showed that 15% had an NDE.

Some death experiencers are not even aware they died at the time of their NDE so in that case the numbers may actually be higher. This may indicate how insignificant the experience of death feels as it is happening. It potentially reveals that death is only a very brief transition from the physical to the non-physical dimensions of existence. Matter, after all, doesn’t actually exist according to the latest discoveries in physics and the reality we experience on a daily basis may very well be holographic in nature.

NDEs have also been described by some experiencers to be similar to the process of waking up from a dream; the dream being the physical world (Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll once wrote, “Life, what is it but a dream?” after all). Rather than look into the science of the NDE, what I’m going to focus on is something that should receive more attention but doesn’t…the inspiring life-improving messages and lessons that people bring back with them from their NDEs. Without producing theories or hypotheses concerning how or where these thought-forms come from, these messages will be looked at for inward reflection, self-growth, and motivation to live life blissfully.

The Experiences
Lesson 1

The entire experience halted. I discovered that I was in control of the experience. My request was honored. I had conversations with the Light. That’s the best way I can describe it. The Light changed into different figures, like Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, archetypal images and signs. I asked in a kind of telepathy, “What is going on here?” The information transmitted was that our beliefs shape the kind of feedback we receive. If you are a Buddhist or Catholic or Fundamentalist, you get a feedback loop of your own images. I became aware of a Higher Self matrix, a conduit to the Source. We all have a Higher Self, or an oversoul part of our being, a conduit. All Higher Selves are connected as one being. All humans are connected as one being.

Lesson 2

I believe my actual physical existence resides in the river of life as its natural form when not present in this reality or life. As a drop taken from a cup of water and then returned, so the individual drop exists, yet is part of the whole. I believe there is a retained knowledge of life experience that becomes part of collective knowledge yet remains intact as a unit. There is no body in the sense we know one, no love, hate, or any emotion as we know it. In a perfect existence devoid of need or want, all needs and wants, positive and negative, do not exist. The purpose of our physical existence and life is to provide every possible variation of action so an omniscient knowledge base can exist. There is no heaven and hell, as we perceive it. There is no punishment for wrong behaviors, nor rewards for right behaviors. There is no judgment process. All experience, good, bad, mixed, is part of omniscient knowledge.

Lesson 3

The highest purpose of our earthly connections is love.

Lesson 4

Love is the law of the universe. Hatred is a disease that kills nations.

Lesson 5

Love never hurts. Only the absence of love hurts.

Lesson 6

The absolutely only thing that matters is love. Everything else, our achievements, degrees, the money we made, how many mink coats we had, is totally irrelevant. It will also be understood that what we do is not important. The only thing that matters is how we do what we do. And the only thing that matters is that we do what we do with love.

Lesson 7

I was shown that love is supreme. I saw that truly without love we are nothing.

Lesson 8

Above and beyond anything else, we must first learn to love ourselves non-judgmentally and unconditionally. Then we will actually love all people and all things the same way.

Lesson 9

How are we saved? By unselfish love. If we do only good things we will eventually run out of bad karma and only good things will happen to us, and vice versa. The purpose of karma is to force us to learn life’s lessons whether we want to or not. The only way to bypass karma is to develop so much unselfish love that paying for bad karma will serve no purpose – much like a college student challenging a course he already knows. We evolve faster through unselfish love.

Lesson 10

I saw myself [in a life review] perform an act of kindness, just a simple act of unselfishness, and I saw the ripples go out again. The friend I had been kind to was kind in turn to one of her friends, and the chain repeated itself. I saw love and happiness increase in others’ lives because of that one simple act on my part. I saw their happiness grow and affect their lives in positive ways, some significantly.

Lesson 11

We are all one. I comprehended that our oneness is interconnected by love and is an available, much higher level and means of communication than we normally use but to which we have access. This love is available to anyone who is willing to do the hard spiritual work that will allow us to open our hearts and minds and eyes to Spirit.

Lesson 12

What counts is what comes from the heart, not what one professes to believe. The most difficult thing for a person who has been deeply steeped in a particular religious tradition is to realize that the form alone is not what elevates a person; it is the heart.

Lesson 13

When I asked what a person should do while on Earth to make it better for him when he dies, he answered, “All you can do is to develop along the lines of unselfish love. People don’t come here because of their good deeds, or because they believe in this or that, but because they fit in and belong. Good deeds are the natural result of being good, and bad deeds are the natural result of being bad. Each carries its own reward and punishment. It’s what you are that counts!”

Overall Message

From all of the NDEs above, I had noticed that there was one underlying message that the people who died but came back to tell the tale spoke about.  The most important realization that these people had was one centered around unconditional love. Over and over, this message is repeated by a good amount of people who have talked about their near death experiences. The message is that we must replace anger with love, learn to love more, learn to forgive and love everyone unconditionally, and learn that we are in return, loved.

As Martin Luther King once said, “Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” This seems like a very reasonable lesson for life that can only enrich our lives and the lives we interact with. However, do we always follow such a simple path? If we make this a part of our lives–of who we are, then we’ll be able to collectively manifest a fundamental positive social transformation, through the power of interconnected consciousness. Let us learn from these near death experiences and live a life guided by the uniting power of love.

Music for Meditation: Sundrenched – The Sun Sets, My Room Turns Blue, I Throw Away All Our Old Polaroids

sundrenched

The beauty of this track by Ray Willson, the man behind Sundrenched, can be felt in its warmth and sense of nostalgia as it takes you forward into a future becoming amidst the sound of travel. The organic feeling of this song makes you feel as if it could arise at any moment whilst you sit in a meadow far away from all civilization barring a passing train, which in itself becomes meditative in its repetitive motions that propel it to where its fate destined it to go.

 

 

Happiness is a State of Mind

smily happy

If you want to be sad, no one in the world can make you happy. But if you make up your mind to be happy, no one and nothing on earth can take that happiness from you.

Paramhansa Yogananda