There is far more to this world than taught in our schools, shown in the media, or proclaimed by the church and state. Most of mankind lives in a hypnotic trance, taking to be reality what is instead a twisted simulacrum of reality, a collective dream in which values are inverted, lies are taken as truth, and tyranny is accepted as security. They enjoy their ignorance and cling tightly to the misery that gives them identity.

Fortunately, some are born with spiritual immune systems that sooner or later give rejection to the illusory worldview grafted upon them from birth through social conditioning. They begin sensing that something is amiss, and start looking for answers. Inner knowledge and anomalous outer experiences show them a side of reality others are oblivious to, and so begins their journey of awakening. Each step of the journey is made by following the heart instead of following the crowd and by choosing knowledge over ignorance.

Knowledge is the key to unlocking our potential. It gives us the self-​determination, responsibility, and power necessary to cast off the chains of covert oppression. Knowledge is therefore the greatest protector, for it also gives us foresight to impeccably handle the challenges of life and, most importantly, to sidestep the traps on the path to awakening. The more you know of higher truths and apply what you know, the more you begin operating under higher laws that transcend the limitations of the lower. -Montalk

Redefine your perceived notion of common sense.

Subjects covered: history, science, evolution, psychology, mysticism, archeology, spirituality, the cosmos, philosophy, occultism, secret societies, UFOs, and ETs.
What does it take to understand others? Do we remain closed off due to the informational foundations we have built beneath us and our need to defend it? How can we practice more “intellectual humility”? What matters most are not the data, facts, and beliefs that we adopt to maintain our points of view, but rather our willingness to shift our perspectives and think about them in new ways, under different angles, to see and interpret them in relation to wider and more complete contexts. In other words, it is possible to study the assumptions behind our assumptions. It also enables us to improve our communication regardless of what others’ points of views may be, thus bettering our relationships among the diversity. This kind of understanding is supported with respect, while putting our guard down, and temporarily disengaging our egos. This is the real way of listening, of understanding. This is what connection is all about.

Long before there was western science, our ancestors were doing remarkable things in observing the world around us and making structures that captured the solar cycle. Chaco canyon is a great example of that.

They were very talented observers. Long before western science, western mathematics, came along, they were building these remarkably detailed structures. Our ancestors were doing it. Native people have been very talented engineers and scientists for millennia. They did it for survival. You have to be very observant to the world around you in order to survive.

On another side of that, talking about the southwest, about my tribe’s [mounds]—looking at the mounds structures, they’re oriented to the cardinal directions. These huge mounds, built by hand, align with the cardinal directions. How did they do that, measure things out and build it? It took a lot of expertise to do that. So those were remarkable engineers thousands of years ago. That’s directly related. So that’s near and dear to my heart.

I like to solve problems. I like to see how stuff works. I like challenge. My ancestors were able to rise to challenges that came their way. I’d like to say I’m doing the same thing.

Astronaut John B. Herrington, first American Indian (Chickasaw) in space, when asked in this interview ”What can Indigenous perspectives bring to space exploration?” (via karonhiake)
Allow yourself to be a beginner. No one starts off being excellent.
Saying “it’s my opinion” is meaningless. It adds nothing to a conversation. It isn’t an argument, it isn’t a justification. It isn’t even a grunt of acknowledgement that the other person has said something. It’s less than all of those. What “it’s my opinion” says is this: I can’t be bothered coming up with a reason why I think the way that I do. In addition, I can’t be bothered listening to a word you’re saying to me. If you’ve put effort into communicating with me, you really needn’t have bothered. I have this thing called an ‘opinion’. I’m too lazy to have it challenged or contemplate the possibility that it isn’t correct.

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In such meditation, one simply watches the material that arises in the mind, without grasping at it or reacting to it. In this way neurotic mental patterns and emotions are recognized but at the same time their hold on the meditator is lessened. One begins to free oneself from their affect. One begins to develop true concentration and control the mind. One also begins to become aware of the stillness that exists between the arising thoughts.
Terry Clifford, Tibetan Buddhist Medicine and Psychiatry. (via modernshxmxn)
Love isn’t something natural. Rather it requires discipline, concentration, patience, faith, and the overcoming of narcissism. It isn’t a feeling, it is a practice.
Erich Fromm (via creatingaquietmind)

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Not everything is going to go my way and not everyone gets a happily—ever—after. Life is real and sometimes it’s ugly and you just have to learn how to cope.
Colleen Hoover (via onlinecounsellingcollege)

Beginning with Santa Claus as a cognitive exercise, a child is encouraged to share the same idea of reality as his peers. Even if that reality is patently invented and ludicrous, belief is encouraged with gifts that support and promote the common cultural lies.

The greatest consensus in modern society is our traffic systems. The way a flood of strangers can interact, sharing a path, almost all of them traveling without incident. It only takes one dissenting driver to create anarchy.

A Quiet Mind:


The person is a product of the mind, not the other way around, and the incessant mind chatter has to be maintained for the person to believe he or she is outside looking in.

We know ourselves only by making mental noise, and if the mind gets quiet, this false dichotomy of “me” separate from “my” mental experience cannot be maintained.
Rodney Smith, Awakening: A Paradigm Shift of the Heart (via johnsparker)
The powers of prayer contains many layers. From a subconscious level, prayer is repetition, they could also be seen as affirmations. When said silently or verbally, with intention, we can prime our unconscious minds to direct our behavior toward an honest goal. From an energetic level, if we see thought as energy beaming out into the universe, this language is a signal to be picked up from spirits all around us who are working diligently to answer our “prayers”. Prayers become effective when they come from an unselfish attitude. Prayer is also meditation, a mantra, if we repeat any phrase with intent, we may eventually reach a meditative, theta state, a state of conscious relaxation, healing, and presence.

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DESIGN: Slow Life - Hypnotizing Macro Timelapse Of Exotic Corals Made With 150,000 Photos

Daniel Stoupin, a PhD student at the University of Queensland in Australia, has created a stunning must-see video that will open your eyes to just how little most of us understand about the many different forms of life we have here on Earth.

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Oftentimes we call Life bitter names, but only when we ourselves are bitter and dark. And we deem her empty and unprofitable, but only when the soul goes wandering in desolate places, and the heart is drunken with overmindfulness of self.

Life is deep and high and distant; and though only your vast vision can reach even her feet, yet she is near; and though only the breath of your breath reaches her heart, the shadow of your shadow crosses her face, and the echo of your faintest cry becomes a spring and an autumn in her breast.

And life is veiled and hidden, even as your greater self is hidden and veiled. Yet when Life speaks, all the winds become words; and when she speaks again, the smiles upon your lips and the tears in your eyes turn also into words. When she sings, the deaf hear and are held; and when she comes walking, the sightless behold her and are amazed and follow her in wonder and astonishment.

Khalil Gibran, The Garden of The Prophet (via observando)