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Mos Def Undergoes Force Feeding in Protest of Guantanamo Prisoners’ Treatment

Some may criticize his actions as a publicity stunt, others may question his sanity. Still others may question the moral rightness of voluntarily undergoing what others experience as torture. Either way, actor and musician Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) certainly made a bold move by teaming up with human rights group Reprieve to protest the use of force feeding at Guantanamo Bay.

In a video released by the organization as part of a larger campaign for human rights at Guantanamo Bay, the musician is seen strapped to a chair and fed using the nose-to-stomach procedure employed at the detention center. Warning: This video is somewhat disturbing and may be difficult to watch.

Over 100 Guantanamo Bay prisoners have been engaged in a hunger strike for much of this year, protesting the lack of respect shown toward them and their Qurans. Despite their legitimate concerns – especially considering that 86 of the 166 prisoners at Guantanamo have been cleared for release – the Obama administration condones force feeding as a measure against the strike.

These are men who, for the most part, had zero involvement in Al Qaeda and the 9/11 bombings, have spent the last 11 years in a detention facility where they have been subjected to torture, at worst, and extreme alienation, at best, and even after being cleared for release see no end in sight to their misery.

Their situation may be extraordinary, but their engagement in hunger strike as a form of rebellion is not unprecedented. Most famous among hunger strikes in unquestionably Mahatma Gandhi’s protest against the British rule of India. But a case that holds even greater relevance in regards to Guantanamo is that of British and American suffragettes in the early 20th century. Protesting their lack of rights and voting privileges, many women were imprisoned, and many of these brave souls engaged in hunger strike to draw further attention and sympathy to their cause. The nose-to-stomach force feeding that ensued drew criticism across the board, and it seems we are witnessing a similar concern for human rights today.

The comparison may not be entirely fair or accurate, granted. But if public opinion responded negatively to a method of prisoner treatment back in the 1910s, then we in 2013 clearly haven’t learned our lesson. A hunger strike is a dramatic way for prisoners to protest conditions at Guantanamo Bay – and they wouldn’t take such bold action for nothing.

What are your thoughts on this controversial issue? Let us know in the comments section below!

The Coolest Meditator In The World

The Dalai Lama @ The Vancouver Peace SummitHe turned 78 last Saturday and still says he meditates for three hours every day, starting at 4 am. He says he is just a simple monk and that kindness is his religion, calling for love and compassion to promote world peace.

When we met with the Dalai Lama he was standing on his veranda overlooking the beautiful Himalayan Mountain range, smiling and waving for us to come. We went to bow as is the tradition but he lifted us, took our hands, and said: “We are all equal here.”

We really didn’t know what to expect as he walked us into his sitting room. We imagined this spiritual leader to millions would be a serene Buddha-like figure sitting on a throne, yet he sat between us on his couch, still holding our hands, for forty-five minutes. He was the most ordinary person we ever hung out with. The world’s greatest meditator was simple and unassuming, he felt like our best friend, and he laughed a lot.

Ed and Deb Shapiro with the Dalai LamaJust by sitting with the Dalai Lama we realized the effect of his years of meditation, as his very presence emanated all those qualities that meditators seek, such as inner peace, loving kindness, authenticity, and mindful awareness. This is particularly seen in his devotion to ahimsa, non-injury, and his policy of non-violence, which is why he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

Research, such as that conducted by neuroscientist Richie Davidson, a friend of the Dalai Lama’s, at Wisconsin University, and shared in our book Be The Change, proves how meditation actually develops the part of our brain that increases compassion and loving kindness. “By training the mind, we can actually change the brain toward greater contentment,” says Dr. Davidson in Be The Change. “There is certainly evidence to show that meditation practices designed to cultivate compassion and loving kindness change the brain in many positive ways.”

However, the mind desires endless entertainment and much prefers being distracted than facing the constant dramas racing around inside it. The idea of sitting still and watching our breath can appear boring, meaningless, even a time-waster, and not at all fun or creative. Yet meditation invites an undoing of what isn’t and a revealing of what is; we don’t become someone else, rather we become more who we really are, which is far from boring! It is about being fully present in this moment, no matter what we are doing: if washing the dishes, then let any thoughts and distractions dissolve into the soap bubbles; when eating, be aware of every bite, taste, and texture.

As the Dalai Lama wrote in the foreword to our book:

I strongly recommend anyone interested in meditation not to simply read what these people have to say, but to try it out. If you like it and its useful to you, keep it up. Treat this book as you would a cookery book. You wouldn’t merely read recipes with approval, you’d try them out. Some you’d like and would use again. Like cookery, meditation only makes sense if you put it into effect.

A regular practice of meditation can produce discernible changes in the brain in a matter of just six to eight weeks. To feel the difference in yourself try the practice below.

Weed Pulling Meditation

Find a comfortable and upright place to sit. Take a few deep breaths, then watch the flow of your breath as it enters and leaves.

Now bring your focus to your heart, and as you breathe in feel as if your heart is opening and softening; as you breathe out, release any tension or resistance. Sit here for a few minutes.

Now visualize yourself walking in a beautiful but overgrown garden. All sorts of colorful flowers surround you, but among them are numerous weeds.

You find a place to sit amidst the plants and mindfully begin to remove the weeds. Each one represents a negative aspect of yourself or your life. Name it as you remove it, and watch it leave your mind as you discard it.

The more weeds you remove the lighter you feel, as if a weight is being removed from you. As you do this, the flowers are growing stronger and brighter.

Stay here as long as you like. You may not have time to pull up all the weeds, so before you leave promise that you will be back again to remove some more.

When you are ready, silently repeat three times, “May I be happy, may my mind be like a beautiful garden.” Take a deep breath and let it go. Then fill the rest of your day with kindness and smiles.

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What The Buddha Might Say To Bill Gates

Bill Gates by Tristan Nitot“The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.” – Buddha

Bill Gates is a rare breed. He defies what most billionaires appear to be: trapped in the hoarding of money with a large dose of poverty mind. While most people are obsessed with getting money, Gates wants to give it away.

By the time he was 32, Gates was a billionaire. In May this year he was declared the richest man in the world with a net worth of over $72 billion. He stopped working at Microsoft five years ago in order to focus on using that money to make the world a better place. He and his wife founded the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with investor Warren Buffet. The primary aims of the foundation are to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty. To begin, Gates is committed to ending polio by 2018, with tuberculosis and malaria to follow.

Although, obviously, few of us have money to spare like Gates or Buffet, and it is easy to applaud them while feeling useless ourselves, it doesn’t mean we can’t give or help another in need, using whatever means we have.

“A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things that renew humanity.” – Buddha

We were in McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, in northern India, attending the Dalai Lama’s teachings. It was crowded, cold, and very uncomfortable sitting close together on mats on a concrete floor. Deb was longing to go back to our hotel room so she could meditate quietly on her own when the Dalai Lama started talking about the dangers of solitary peace. He spoke of how tempting it can be to want to be on our own, but how easily this can disengage us from the reality around us. That it is vital to be in communication, engaged in giving, sharing and caring for each other.

Wise spiritual teachers from all traditions have taught how the path of service is the most important of all, as it means we are less self-obsessed; through caring for others we can step out of indulgence and into big-heartedness, releasing any sense of separateness.

“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” – Buddha

The generosity Gates is sharing is not the stuff many rich people are made of. It can be very difficult to give when you have so much, as it incites tremendous fear of loss. We only have to look at the upper 1% of this country to see how greed and selfishness rule the day, as they hide their money in offshore accounts, avoid paying fair taxes, and have little time for the poor or needy.

When we feel uncomfortable with generosity we get stuck in our limitations and fear. When we appreciate the joy of kindness our life is transformed. We can both give and receive. Such ego-less moments are exquisite!

We may think we have little to offer but whether it is a few pennies or a whole bankroll, a cup of tea or a banquet is irrelevant—it is the act of giving itself that is important. Mahatma Gandhi famously said, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” In other words, although life changes are inevitable we can initiate personal change so that we rise to the challenge and become a bigger and better person as a result. As Mahatma Gandhi also said, “Almost anything we do will seem insignificant, but it is very important that we do it.”

“Be generous. Give to those you love; give to those who love you, give to the fortunate, give to the unfortunate — yes, give especially to those you don’t want to give. You will receive abundance for your giving. The more you give, the more you will have!” – W. Clement Stone

As one of our teachers, Sri Swami Satchidananda taught: “Who is the most selfish person? It is the one who is most selfless! Why? Because by being selfless, you will always retain your happiness. A selfish person can never be really happy. So to be happier, be more selfless!”

I slept and dreamt that life was joy

I awoke and saw that life was service

I acted and behold, service was joy. 

Rabindranath Tagore

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Why Complaining May Be Keeping You From Living Life to the Fullest

Stop complainingBy Pamela Johnston

Humans are literally born complaining. The very first thing we do upon being dragged unceremoniously out of a nice, warm, dark, cozy place into the loud, bright, cold, and uncertain world is to register a noisy complaint. It makes perfect sense; the newborn has no other way to change the state of its life. We communicate our fear, hunger, pain, or discomfort with the hope that someone can and will do something about it, and we have narcissism to blame.

Social media has in some ways accelerated our human instinct to complain. Remember “he who can rain on a parade in the desert?” He was the guy at the club complaining because all the strippers have implants. And he has a twitter account now.

Twitter is a veritable hotbed of bitching, from the classic #humblebrag,“I hate that I can’t walk into a bar and just have a quiet drink with friends because there is always some guy hitting on me.” To the nigglingly Seinfeld-esque, “How can you date someone who names their dog Newt?

At times, we all register a noisy complaint hoping that someone somewhere will fix “it.” If your complaint is bigger than you, a fundamental wrong in the world, then complaints carry evolution and can actually be productive. If you organize your complaint into a protest, then putting your complaint out in the world can be net positive; it is a form of alchemy in which you turn your impotent words into a formidable action. But this example is the exception not the rule; most of our complaints are more akin to the narcissistic cries of the infant than the exhortations of Gandhi.

Everyone has that friend – Facebook or otherwise – who just can’t seem to turn it off. Among them are the “So do something about it, girl/dude,” – the ones with the same complaint, day after day, year after year about something eminently solvable. Stop going to the restaurant where you hate the fact that the waitress introduces herself to you every time. It’s annoying, yes, but after a while, so are you.

Then there are the “I’m so clever,” complainers, your standard eye-rollers who complain to impress, because really, who ever sounded funny, ironic, wry, and sexily jaded saying something nice? So let’s clarify here: All the various reality shows you said heralded the coming of the apocalypse did, and it’s not funny anymore. Watch or don’t watch but let the rest of us enjoy our Teen Moms and Honey Boo Boos in peace.

And of course there is the “first world” perspective. Yes, it would be nice if the barista didn’t screw up your order and give you a latte when you clearly asked for a cappuccino, or perhaps you can’t believe the sommelier doesn’t know the difference between a 1969 and a 1972 Pinot. Oh go take a bath in it.

It’s clear that far more often than not, we are complaining not out of oppression but out of entitlement. Rarely, if ever, do we stop to consider whether it is productive to voice our complaint much less ask if it is reasonable to want what we wanted.

When complaining becomes wholly destructive is when you can’t or won’t take action but refuse to accept powerlessness. Every small disappointment, every expectation unmet, attaches itself to the last as the snowball rolls down hill and your positive energy leaks out into the ether and is lost. The irony is that in accepting that you are powerless you can actually restore your sense of control and move on in a healthy way. After all, that acceptance is a conscious act, a decision you are making to clear that clogged and bitter real estate in your mind and rebuild there with something better.

Seriously, because after a while, if you don’t come up with a way to make peace with the gnats and nits of the world, you are really going to have something to complain about: loneliness. Think about it. You used to have that friend, that non-stop complainer. It’s a type.

To determine the difference between healthy expression and leaking negativity when you open your mouth, consider your motivation. Most complaining is essentially a byproduct of lack of control. Something goes wrong and we can’t immediately fix it, or change it, so we do the one thing we can do: We talk about it. In doing so we are able to experience, for a moment at least, the illusion of action and of being back in control. In some subconscious way we believe that by complaining we are actually doing something – that we can set the mechanics of karma in motion and make it right.

But of course, karma doesn’t work that way. Karmically, when you complain in most cases you are merely throwing an ultimately porous and futile roadblock in front of what is, rather than letting it flow around you and accepting its place in your path.

The point is, you may well slowly be becoming one of these types and forgetting that each and every one of them are someone you no longer spend time with because frankly, who has the time to listen to all that complaining?

So stop.

From our earliest moments, we know that this is a cold and scary world in which we are all too often anxious and tired…but you were born, and here you are. For goodness sake, suffer the minor annoyances in silence and enjoy the rest of life while you can.

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Pamela Johnston is an image and reputation expert, media expert, entrepreneur, and author who routinely takes on and triumphs over herculean challenges. Her landmark work in image management and market strategy spans numerous sectors where she has been ‘of record’ for governments, blue chip companies, consulting firms, technology entrants and incumbents, personal branding and image agencies, dating services and astrologers. She has precipitated great moments of business innovation and is a sought after speaker on innovation, authenticity and problem solving. It is her lifetime quest to help people and organizations realize their potential and navigate change.

Gabrielle Bernstein: How to Handle Negative Comments

Recently I’ve faced negative comments on my social media feed. While my immediate response was to forgive and delete, in time my ego got the best of me. I found myself stuck in the discomfort of negativity and personal attacks from people I’d never met. I felt sad, hurt, and worst of all, defensive. But rather than lace up my boxing gloves, I chose to find the lesson in the Internet backlash. I called on a message from A Course in Miracles, “In my defenselessness my safety lies.” In this video I share my experience and the spiritual solutions I used for handling negative comments.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on handling negative comments!

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Why World Peace Is Not Possible and That’s Okay

PRAYERBy Vanessa Gobes

I love writing about my spiritual awakening. And I love reading about other people’s spiritual awakenings. What tickles me most about it all, is how we all seem to feel as if we’ve just discovered uncharted insight or invented a revolutionary technique that can help not only us, but anyone who is willing to try to think like us or act like us or serve the world like us.

We’re Utopians in that respect – so sure that if the pained people of the world could just drop their weapons, feel gratitude for their challenges, treat others with kindness, be mindful of the environment and eat healthier food, that a giant wave of tenderness would wash over the planet and soothe humanity’s woes.

I’ve had a revelation or two of my own following a particularly meditative and pensive week. I’ve realized that, while world peace is the goal, it is simply impossible. Earth is designed to be a place of learning. And without suffering, there’s little opportunity to understand the incredible depth of love.

Though this tiny shift has been simmering quietly in my being for quite some time, I’ve been unable to accept it. Unable to accept that man is robbing the earth of her heartbeat; unable to accept that our children are being taught to value competition over collaboration; unable to accept that national leaders are so angry and disturbed that they truly believe nuclear attacks will heal their pain; unable to accept that children are abused and people are starving and corporate greed rules the world and there’s very little a peace-yearning person like me, like you, can do about it.

I cannot change the world. I can only change myself and, as Gandhi said, “be the change [I] wish to see in the world.”

This whole planet spins for us. So we can learn. The Universe lives only in our own hearts, and there we can find peace. This tormented planet serves our human existence so we can learn and elevate and evolve. It’s all so clear to me today. I get it.

Heal thyself.

The Universe in Krishna’s mouth.

Work hard to gain your own salvation.

Instead of wishing that the world were different, I’m replacing that wish with a feeling with gratitude. I’m thankful for the existence of this place of learning, grateful for the opportunity to serve my soul as a human experiment, joyed with moments – the highs and the lows – knowing that each experience is a valuable addition to my soul’s journey. I see that the best thing I can do to create peace in my heart is to love unconditionally and serve others as much as I can. I don’t have to fix the world, in fact I can’t. I just have to fix myself.

Honestly, I’m a bit weepy typing out these thoughts. I feel like I’m mourning a lifetime of misdirected thoughts, but I’m also relieved to come to grips with what I believe is truth, even though it’s a hard pill to swallow.

 

Photo credit: Flickr

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vanessaheadshot-3Vanessa Gobes is a full time house frau and jane of all trades. She’s currently blogging her way to awakening through a steady diet of kindness, compassion and mindfulness – considering herself not quite Buddhist, but Bu-curious. Her current intent is to work on infusing a daily morning meditation routine into each public school in her town. Vanessa is a community activista, philanthropista and newspaper columnista in Winchester, Massachusetts. Read her stories on her blog Bringing Up Buddhas.

Mallika Chopra: Great Quotes Make Me Happy

I am sitting in bed – with a cold or allergies or sinus infection – starting to get drowsy after taking a Tylenol PM.

I’m trying to stay true to my intent today which is:

My intent is to stop thinking that I am overwhelmed. Time to change the internal dialogue.

And I am feeling truly overwhelmed. 🙂

Lots of work and opportunity (all good, thank god), a to do list in my head which seems to daunting to even write, managing kids summer schedules (can we start school again please!) and just feeling like playing a video game.

And, needing some inspiration, I surf the web to come across this amazing quote by Hafiz, written in the 14th Century.

“The place where you are right now, God circled on a map right now.” 

And with those 14 words, everything seems to have come into perspective.

This moment is just as it should be.  Its a moment I need to embrace.  A moment to be grateful for.

Its why I love to seek out inspiring quotes – often times a poet or sage has articulated an emotion or need or aspiration so magically that it moves and tranforms you.

Thank you Hafiz, and Rumi, Tagore, Gandhi, Mother Teresa and so many others for giving us words of solace, aspiration and celebration.

 

(PS We have been collecting inspiring quotes here on Intent.  Please keep sharing.)

BeSimply. . .Be The Change

Hi. I am writing and reaching out to all my tribe…the people that have touched my soul on so many levels. While, I am not sure I have everyone’s email I hope that it will reach all of you in some shape or form.

Since, I was a child I have been seeing this point and time. A time when the world would be going through a period that could appear to be the most devastating time of our lives. As we are asked to let go of old ideals and paradigms. It has become clear to me that we are being given a choice.

Last night as a I went into my astral dream world I connected on some level with Gandhi. He was the seed inspiration for my meditation this morning. I actually overslept and was reminded by Blue that I had a live meditation. As I was trying to digest all that I was shown in my dreams, I quickly let it leave my mindless chatter and got on the internet radio to do this meditation inspired by Gandhi’s Birthday and the many gifts he left for humanity.

It was in during this meditation, I understood what he showed me last night…that it is no longer about the journey about the many roads we can travel or waiting for tomorrow. It is about NOW. We have a choice to make we can hold on during very wild ride and “wait” for things to smooth out or we can come together in community and support each other in ways like we have never done before.

Gandhi historically asked US to Be the Change and showed the world how to stand up in non-violent opposition and last night he showed me…it is time to MAKE the Change. The only way we can do this is for all of us to own our gifts and deliver them to the world.

It will take each one of us to stop hiding behind the excuses, or being attached to the OLD way of making things happen and come together and support each other. There is enough to go around if we begin to support each other in community. Bring your talents together and see what happens…

I thank each one of you and bow to you and ask you from my heart to yours to step into your power for yourself first and then your community. We all have something to give and it is equally important.

I am attaching this link to the meditation I did this morning…please listen and share if your inspired as tears filled my eyes during this one…I made the choice once more to stand in a vibration with a community that is committed MAKE Change by sharing their gifts and their love with each other.

I love you all and thank you for reflecting your beauty to me.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/suzannetoro/2010/10/03/besimply-the-change

And if nothing else…during this time…have fun….it is the most important gift you will ever give your soul….nothing should ever keep us from laughing together.

The Hunt for Teaching Stories

All preachers hunt for teaching stories. Even though I’m not actively preaching at the moment, every time I see one, I collect it diligently.

Interestingly, when I read this one, I felt the familiar inner urge and realized that I will be preaching again soon.

I got this story via email from Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat’s Spirituality and Practice.

October 1, 2010

Teaching Story

“One day Gandhi stepped aboard a train as it started to move, and one of his shoes slipped off and dropped on the tracks. Unable to retrieve it, he calmly took off his other shoe and threw it back along the track to land close to the first. When an amazed passenger asked why he had done that, Gandhi smiled and said, “The poor man who finds the shoe lying on the track will now have a pair he can use.” With the eyes of his imagination, Gandhi saw a man with bare feet, saw him coming across a lone shoe and desperately searching for the other, and saw the disappointment on his face when he didn’t find it; seeing these things, Gandhi did what he could to help.”
— Donald McCullough in Say Please, Say Thank You

Lovely, isn’t it?

So is generosity.

For spiritual nourishment, visit Dr. Susan Corso’s website and blog, Seeds for Sanctuary. Follow her on Twitter @PeaceCorso and Friend her on Facebook. And discover your own Inner Peace at, To Me Peace Is … What is Peace to You?

Notes on Quantum Warfare…

I would like to talk about a term that I have coined, Quantum Warfare.  I don’t know, perhaps someone else has applied this expression before to this subject.  But I use the term, rather than the other historical terminology, because I think its important to see to the value in it, that the other terms that have been used may not be as useful to capturing the imagination.  Those older expressions are: non-violence, ahimsa, non-cooperation.  While those terms have served well those in the past who have practiced them, ie Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., they may leave the rest of humanity uninspired.  And mankind is too much in need to be inspired in this direction, its survival may depend on it…

 

Many people may see those older terms that express the principle of non-violence as being nothing but passivity, just letting someone beat up on you in the hope that if you don’t hit back they will eventually feel bad about it and stop.  From what I can see, this was Gandhi’s attitude.  But I think that there is even older evidence that to practice non-violence is not really passivity.  That it is ultimately the most powerful counter measure that one can take.  An action that can actually overwhelm the opposition in ways that neither you or the opposition can imagine.  That there are not just philosophical or religious reasons why non-violence is powerful, but there are quantum mechanical reasons.  And while a combatant using quantum warfare may be taking a very proactive stance to defeat the opposition, there is no way for the opposition to use the same principles and create anything but peace.  It is my belief that quantum warfare is the most powerful strategy in existence, more powerful than any weapons system that can be devised.  And while powerful, it has the ability to achieve its ends without endangering the global environment.  It is also my belief that it has the capacity to defeat those forces that are currently endangering the existence of mankind…

 

I am a student of the Tao Te Ching.  It is a spiritual teaching on government that was written 2500 years ago, traditionally believed to be written by a man named Lao Tzu.  But it does not represent something that Lao Tzu thought up on his lonesome.  It is a codification of ancient Chinese folk religion, going far deeper into antiquity than the period that the writer of the Tao Te Ching lived in.  He indeed speaks of the "ancient masters", so it is anyone’s guess how far back these masters lived…

 

It is my belief that the Tao Te Ching contains evidence that these ancients had learned how to live in cooperation with the quantum field, aka the non-local intelligence, called by Lao Tzu "the nameless Tao".  It is in the Tao Te Ching that one sees a radically different approach to the subject of warfare, one that humanity desperately needs.  It is my belief that the non-local intelligence, from which all reality springs, has presented us with the tools for survival, we need only to apply them.  It is this non-local intelligence, that gave the brain of man the ability to read, while there was yet no language to read.  Such is the anticipating provision that the evolutionary force of the universe has provided and I believe one can trust will continue to provide…

 

It is perhaps ironic that quantum physics, that branch of science that has endangered the existence of man more than any other, is that which holds the greatest hope of perpetuating the species in safety.  But perhaps this the non-local domain’s way of funneling us in a direction, in essence saying "swim or die".  Indeed, we are surrounded by evidence of the power that understanding the quantum realm has given man, ie computers, cellphones, televisions, and lasers.  But anyone who lived through the 20th Century is also haunted by the equally real uranium, plutonium, and hydrogen weapons.   The mythical but probably already existing neutron bomb, capable of destroying living beings without destroying real estate, also hovers menacingly over our continued existence.  Predator drones, able to engage an enemy without endangering the operator, also is a result of quantum physics and serves to prove that the freedom fighter, as well as the supposed terrorist, can be dealt blows without the ability to directly engage the attacker…

 

But the good news is that those who use force, fear and intimidation are completely vulnerable.  Indeed, their weapons are only symbols of the their fear and vulnerability.  For it is a principle of quantum warfare, that those attempting to create fear in another can only do so because they are operating in a consciousness of fear.  Fear is a low energy quantum attractor field. (See my other notes on the Hawkins Index of Human Consciousness)

 

So I would at this point bring in my first evidence of this ancient technique of warfare…

 

The 69th verse of the Tao Te Ching:

 

"There is a saying amongst soldiers, "I dare not make the first move, but would rather play the guest".  "I dare not advance an inch, but would rather withdraw a foot".  This is called "going forward without advancing", "pushing back, without using weapons".  There is no greater misfortune than feeling, "I have an enemy".  For when "I" and "enemy" exist together, there is no room left for my treasure.  Thus when two opponents meet, the one without an enemy will surely triumph.  When armies are evenly matched, the one with compassion wins"…

 

Consciousness has many levels.  These levels can be high energy or low energy and are quantum attractor fields that the person’s reality springs from.  Each level of consciousness has a corresponding set of beliefs and expectations of how that reality will manifest.  According to quantum mechanics, the observer (which is anyone observing the world) collapses the quantum wave functions, just by the act of observing.  This collapsed wave function becomes matter.  Any quantum physicist will tell you that all the material universe, that supposed solid thing you see all around you, is 99.9999% empty space.  And what is in that space, are only spinning vortexes of energy.  So it can be said that the perception of solidity is in fact, an illusion.  This ephemeral quality of the material world is effected by one’s perceptions and perceptions are effected by one’s beliefs and expectations.  One can discern the level of consciousness that someone is operating at by the expressions of these beliefs and also by their corresponding actions that spring from their beliefs…

 

It is interesting that according to the most recent science, explained in Dr. Bruce H. Lipton’s book, "The Biology of Belief", the principle dogma of Francis Crick, that genetics is the driving force behind all of life, is completely false.  Lipton, who has been a genetic researcher since the 1960’s, when he first started with stem cell research, explains that genes are only a "blueprint", that have the dynamic ability to manifest their design, with the same genes, according to the organisms "perceptions" of the outside environment.  That messenger molecules, driven by the organism’s perceptions, are received by the cell’s receptors and tell the cell when the protein sleeve on the chromosomes should retract to allow the chromosomes to produce the RNA to create a required protein, corresponding to the perception.  For example, when the mother of a forming fetus has a perception that the environment she is in is dangerous, this sends stress hormones, messenger molecules to the cells of the fetus, through the placenta.  This causes the chromosomes to form proteins that produce a more muscular child.  But the downside to this is that the energy is withdrawn from the formation of the child’s brain, so the child will be less intelligent.  But the point of this is to demonstrate that even in the womb, the child is being programmed with expectations of the outside environment, according to the perceptions of the mother.  And the mother’s perceptions can be based on high consciousness beliefs and expectations or low consciousness…

 

In that quote of the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu says that the perception that one has an enemy is a great misfortune.  The previous paragraph reveals some of the ramifications of believing that one has an enemy.  And that perception has a great effect on the person having the perception, on every level of their existence, quantum, mental, and physical.  It is each person’s domain to choose what they believe and those beliefs will generate their reality.  Everyone is the same distance from the non-local domain and the highest reality is that we, as this thing called humanity, are linked together by quantum entanglement.  The quantum attractor fields of our beliefs overlay, penetrate, exclude, include, cancel, amplify, lower, raise, the level of consciousness of each other.  On a quantum level, culture can be defined as an amplification of a set of beliefs and expectations of a particular people group.  Just as in a symphony orchestra, the collective sound of say the first violin section, all playing the same note, creates a greater amplitude of that note than a single violin.  The baroque instrument, the harpsichord, utilizes "terrace dynamics", including or excluding of layers of strings of the same pitch by means of foot pedals, to make the instrument louder or softer.  In a similar way, each member of a community of the same mindset creates a greater amplitude of the quantum attractor fields that are generated by their collective beliefs and expectations, to produce their reality.  So a culture that believes that they have enemies, will be amplifying that aspect of reality to manifest.  The only good news is, that fear that springs from a perception of the existence of enemies is a low energy attractor field, so it is not as quick to manifest changes in reality.  But it is characteristic of the higher energy attractor fields, more and more the higher in consciousness they rise, to manifest what can be classified as miracles, sudden quantum shifts in reality.

 

One of the attributes of these high levels of consciousness, is the abandoning of the perception of "separateness".  That someone believes, has the perception that enemies exist, is a manifestation of the belief that they are separate from others, that there are "others".  The higher an individual’s consciousness, the more the illusion of separateness falls away, revealing the consciousness of oneness.  It is also true, that the higher one’s consciousness, the exponentially greater the power to effect reality, to indeed supersede the collective consciousness of an entire culture, that of millions of people, and that by a mere individual.  So this shows the importance of each person taking responsibility for their own level of consciousness, to seek to raise it to the highest level possible and thereby raise the consciousness of their culture and that of the whole of mankind…

 

to be continued…

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