“The two most important days are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
– Mark Twain
“The two most important days are the day you are born and the day you find out why.”
– Mark Twain
March 2, 2017
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
– Albert Einstein
“Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
As a preamble, the term synchronicity was coined by Dr. Carl Gustav Jung nigh a century ago. For our purpose, synchronicity is based upon the inherent connection that connects us all, which stems from Jung’s idea of a collective consciousness. Essentially, synchronicity is multiple events taking place at the same time, which are directly related at the core, although conventional thinking would state otherwise.
Knowing that, have you ever ran into a particular circumstance in which you were searching for somewhere, something, or someone, and have that exact thing you are looking for just synchronistically fall in your lap?
This has been the type of event that has been taking place in my life for the better part of ten years, and its results have always infused me with increase of positivity, drive, poise and resolve. Having what you sought be shown to you is almost like the Universe throwing you a bone per se.
For instance, the reason for writing about this is because this very type of event just happened minutes ago. After searching adamantly for a bit of time it “just so happened” that the very information that was being searched for by myself was not only available, but there for the taking. I am not talking about searching for things which are easy to find, either. I am strictly speaking about particular things which require extended research for the most part.
Admittedly, it’s my contention that the reason this happens is because my eyes are open to these possibilities. Having learned through experience, I have learned to pay extra attention for the signature circumstances that might be beneficial for me to take advantage of it. In hindsight, there were many instances that my eyes were not open, although opportunity was knocking on the door nonstop.
Part of the reason for missing these opportunities was because my awareness was nigh non-existent, and the lifestyle lead by me just wasn’t as positive and conducive towards positive things. My life didn’t follow a negative path, per se, but it was just a cookie-cutter lifestyle that’s laden with poor choices to boot which plagued everything from my health, finances, mind, spirit, and soul.
Now however, after having learned from my mistakes, and those of others, it’s become easier to be able to pick up on these small signposts that are available for the taking. Am thankful because, had some of these very lucky draws life threw me earlier weren’t noticed by me, my life would be drastically different, and definitely not for better.
In contrast, there’s at least two ways that these synchronicities, at least in my life, can be taken. These synchronicities may be seen as either completely meaningless, as pure dominoes of destiny smashing into each other with no sense or purpose. Or, perhaps there’s more.
Perhaps, all of these instances are something emblematic of something else taking place.
Whether it is having someone ‘random’ get your attention and you hitting the breaks before getting t-boned by a car that ran a red light; whether it’s a small note falling ‘randomly’ out of someone’s backpack which points to the direction you sought to find; whether it’s that person calling you reminding you of that one thing you never told them about that you need to get done, but which they ‘happen’ to know of nonetheless; whether it’s that post on social media that you’ve been looking for, for years due to its ramifications and someone that you don’t even know posted it because they ‘felt like it’, and that drives you to create something unique and phenomenal; whether it’s that one piece of wisdom that’s so profound that changes your life, and happened to be written by someone else within a book that you didn’t even want in the first place – all of these contain signature synchronicities.
Synchronicities, to those aware, are like shooting stars for the taking, plucked out of the canvas of creation that is life, to be repurposed of your life.
So, Life can be seen as either boring, meaningless, and purposeless, which is one way to look at it.
Or, Life is an adventure of growth, meaning, and elation, which has an underlying function for a greater purpose.
Don’t know about you, but my life’s been a lot of things, but certainly never purposeless, meaningless, and definitely not boring!
What say you?
August 2, 2016
This book – The I Ching – is a veritable crash course into what can take place when people pay attention to the small intricacies in life.
As in life, this book offers much to learn from, if one just so chooses. It’s not for no reason that this book has been held in high esteem by sages and mystics going back thousands of years.
Of those sages, perhaps the most notable is Confucius who ironed out his teachings and insights from this particular book.
In any case, as the book hints at in its introduction, this book can be seen just as another book or it can be viewed as something more.
Just as with any other stepping stone that offers opportunity for growth, this particular book is no different. In fact, its insights and advice are not only reasonable, but they resonate quite well for many reasons.
The beauty of this book lies in its simplicity. Throughout its length the book takes an approach of meaning towards everything. From every event, every instance, in every day, there is something to be gained from it. However, will undoubtedly depend on how the individual so chooses to act.
With clarity and depth, the book will help the individual traverse through life by showcasing wisdom in more than ample situations.
Another benefit of this book is how it’s far easier to read than other I Ching books, at least for me. That is always pleasant for someone that’s always attempting to keep things simple.
How this book helps you will be determined ultimately by you, the reader – the individual. For me, personally, if am having trouble with certain circumstances, its helped me reassess my thought process and take a step back and be able to not only take my time, but relax, and thus allow my-self the precision of thought needed to take the next step in life.
That, and that alone, is priceless. The beauty of it is that, the book offers many more gems than that. It’s certainly a must buy for everyone in my opinion, because knowing human nature, we can all benefit from it.
Hitch Your Wagon To The Stars
Rise from slumber and begin your travels
Hitch your wagon to the wondrous stars
Make your life’s canvas a supernova & unravel
Creating everlasting worlds way beyond Mars
Allow the infinity of creativity to be your curse
Dash through the galaxy echoing thunder
Making each new thought its own universe
Soar the heavens with passion and wonder
See yourself as a creative comet of creation
A perfect facsimile of a shooting star
Morph into a cosmic deviant of devotion
Endlessly granting many wishes from afar
Breathe in the dark matter of your cosmic soul
Breathe out the perfection within your imagination
Allow all that glistens to make you whole
As you cast echoes through life of purest elation
Manifest resonant beauty way beyond measure
Seek to perfect perfection with a thought
Infusing new worlds with your own treasure
Priceless possessions that cannot be bought
Hitch your wagon to the saccharine stars
Cast much wonder within life’s seams
So when others read all your memoirs
They are catapulted beyond new extremes
By: Zy Marquiez
August 21, 2016
March 21, 2016
(To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Exit From The Matrix, click here.)
“From the moment the first leader of the first clan in human history took charge, he busied himself with this question: ‘What can I say and do that will make my people react the way I want them to.’ He was the first Pavlov. He was the first psychologist, the first propagandist, the first mind-control boss. His was the first little empire. Since then, only the means and methods have changed.” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
I include my original article below. I want to provide a new introduction, based on the notion of “expanding thought-forms.”
A thought-form is a picture in the mind that tends to guide behavior. Its presence is usually unknown to the user.
If the behavior results in objective successes in the world, the thought-form expands, takes on more force, and even can pretend to a sense of inevitability.
Sometimes, for example, in war, an Alexander, operating from his thought-form of conquest, and piling up victories, begins to see himself destined to be the “ruler of the whole world.”
The dominant thought-form in Earth civilization today is: universal rule through gigantic, highly organized structures; e.g., mega-corporations that owe no allegiance to any nation.
Imagine a few thousand such corporations with interlocking boards and directorates; colluding with super-regional governments and their honeycombed bureaucracies; combined with regional armies, intelligence agencies and technological elites; hooked to a global surveillance operation; in control of media; cooperating with the largest organized religions on Earth.
Imagine all this as essentially one organization—and you see the thought-form in its wide-screen version.
Top-down as top-down has never been before.
Functions and compartments defined and specialized at every level, and coordinated in order to carry out policy decisions.
As to why such a thought-form should come to dominate human affairs, the simplest explanation is: because it works.
But beneath that answer, for those who can see, there is much, much more.
Individuals come to think that “effective” and “instrumental” and “efficient” are more important than anything else.
Keep building, keep expanding, keep consolidating gains—and above all else, keep organizing.
Such notions and thought-forms replace life itself.
At that point, the civilization is doomed. It may take a thousand years to fall, or it may happen all at once. But it’s finished.
The individual creative-force has gone into hibernation. It’s over.
The Machine has come to the fore. All questions are now about how the individual sees himself fitting into the structure and function of The Machine.
Which cog does he want to be part of? At which level?
Which piece of the latest technology does he want to adhere to, like a barnacle?
—end of introduction—
I’ve spent the past 30 years analyzing, taking apart, and exposing highly centralized structures:
Government, supra-government, corporate, energy, intelligence, education, medical, mind-control, media, organized-religion structures; those are some of the targets.
They all operate on the basis of stimulus-response.
The elite future is stimulus-response. It’s based on the premise that humans are inherently (biologically) programmed to be dangerous and the programming must change. In other words, a better Pavlovian dog must be created.
February 4, 2016
Can your mind heal your body? It may sound far-fetched that the power of your thoughts and emotions could exert physical, biological changes, but there are countless examples, both scientific and anecdotal, showing this possibility is very real.
Science journalist Jo Marchant shared numerous such examples, from Iraq war veterans and many others, in her book “Cure.” She told Scientific American:1
“There are now several lines of research suggesting that our mental perception of the world constantly informs and guides our immune system in a way that makes us better able to respond to future threats.
That was a sort of ‘aha’ moment for me — where the idea of an entwined mind and body suddenly made more scientific sense than an ephemeral consciousness that’s somehow separated from our physical selves.”
Your State of Mind Influences the State of Your Immune System
Your mind wields incredible power over the health of your immune system, for good or for bad. Stress, for instance, has a major negative influence on the function of your immune system, which is why you’ve probably noticed you’re more likely to catch a cold when you’re under a lot of stress.
When researchers from Carnegie Mellon University infected study participants with a common cold virus, those who had reported being under stress were twice as likely to get sick.2
And, in the event you do get sick, emotional stressors can actually make your cold and flu symptoms worse. As lead author Sheldon Cohen, Ph.D. a professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University, noted:3
“Inflammation is partly regulated by the hormone cortisol and when cortisol is not allowed to serve this function, inflammation can get out of control …
The immune system’s ability to regulate inflammation predicts who will develop a cold, but more importantly it provides an explanation of how stress can promote disease.
When under stress, cells of the immune system are unable to respond to hormonal control, and consequently, produce levels of inflammation that promote disease.
Because inflammation plays a role in many diseases such as cardiovascular, asthma and autoimmune disorders, this model suggests why stress impacts them as well.”
The opposite also holds true in that positive thoughts and attitudes are able to prompt changes in your body that strengthen your immune system, boost positive emotions, decrease pain and chronic disease, and provide stress relief.
One study found, for instance, that happiness, optimism, life satisfaction, and other positive psychological attributes are associated with a lower risk of heart disease.4
It’s even been scientifically shown that happiness can alter your genes! A team of researchers at UCLA showed that people with a deep sense of happiness and well-being had lower levels of inflammatory gene expression and stronger antiviral and antibody responses.5
The Placebo Effect Once Again Proves ‘Mind Over Matter’
By definition, a placebo is an inert, innocuous substance that has no effect on your body. However, the placebo effect, in which a patient believes he or she is getting an actual drug and subsequently feels better, despite receiving no “active” treatment at all, has become a well-recognized phenomenon.
As Marchant noted, there are many examples of the placebo effect in action:6
“Placebo painkillers can trigger the release of natural pain-relieving chemicals called endorphins. Patients with Parkinson’s disease respond to placebos with a flood of dopamine.
Fake oxygen, given to someone at altitude, has been shown to cut levels of neurotransmitters called prostaglandins (which dilate blood vessels, among other things, and are responsible for many of the symptoms of altitude sickness).”
As she explained, “none of these biological effects are caused by placebos themselves … they are triggered by our psychological response to those fake treatments.”7 The placebo effect was even found to produce marked effects even when no deception was involved at all.
In one trial, nearly 60 percent of patients given a placebo pill, who were told they were receiving a placebo, reported adequate relief from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms. Only 35 percent of those who received no treatment at all reported adequate relief.8
The exact mechanisms behind the placebo effect are still being explored, but there’s no denying that the effect is real. And, most likely, the placebo effect takes on many different forms, impacting brain mechanisms involved in expectation, anxiety and rewards.
In short, a placebo really does change your physical body, including your brain, in a number of different ways. Writing in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, researchers noted:9
“First, as the placebo effect is basically a psychosocial context effect, these data indicate that different social stimuli, such as words and rituals of the therapeutic act, may change the chemistry and circuitry of the patient’s brain.
Second, the mechanisms that are activated by placebos are the same as those activated by drugs, which suggests a cognitive/affective interference with drug action.
Third, if prefrontal functioning is impaired, placebo responses are reduced or totally lacking, as occurs in dementia of the Alzheimer’s type.”
Virtual Reality Games and Distraction Help Relieve Pain
Your pain pathways are plastic — they can be molded and transformed using a variety of approaches, because so many areas of your brain and nervous system are at play.
This is another avenue by which your mind has incredible power over your physical symptoms, as you may be able to drastically reduce your experience of pain by distracting your mind.
Researchers on the burn unit at Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center, for instance, have capitalized on the fact that the brain’s attention centers can be “distracted away” from a painful experience. Burn victims frequently undergo painful wound care procedures and debridement.
Since we all respond strongly to visual stimuli, even the mere sight of wound care instruments can amplify pain for burn victims. So researchers developed an action video game, called “Snow World,” that burn patients could engage in during wound care.
The results have been astonishing — burn patients experienced more than 50 percent less pain during their burn treatments when playing Snow World. Your brain has limits to its processing power, so if you’re highly engaged in an activity, your brain will not be able to process all of the pain signals.
The net result is that you experience less pain. Similar studies show that when your mind is encouraged to “wander” away from painful stimuli, an opiate-rich region of your brain is stimulated, resulting in pain suppression.10 Marchant told Scientific American:11
“This is just one of many lines of research telling us that the brain plays a big role in determining the level of pain we feel. Of course any physical damage is important, but it is neither sufficient nor necessary for us to feel pain. So I think we’ve got our approach to pain all wrong.
… Our focus is almost exclusively on trying to banish it with drugs, which is incredibly costly and causes huge problems with side effects and addiction.
Research like Snow World shows the potential of psychological approaches for treating pain: both to maximize the effectiveness of drugs and perhaps in some cases to replace them.”
Many thanks to B.N.W for sharing this one.