Friday, October 5, 2012

Tar Sands Blockade-Protesters Arrested on Their Own Land For Trespassing

Arrested on her own property for trespassing, east Texas great-grandmother says: “From the White House to my house, I don’t want this pipe threatening anyone’s house anywhere in the world!” (Photo: TarSandsBlockade.org)

"How can you be arrested for “trespassing” on your own land?" asked members from Tar Sands Blockade in a statement. "Well, anything can happen when a multi-national corporation comes in and expropriates your farm for their profit."


Film actress Daryl Hanna was arrested in Texas on Thursday along with 78-year-old and great-grandmother Eleanor Fairchild after they put their bodies in front of heavy logging machinery and refused to move.

The arrest took place on Fairchild's own property, where Canadian pipeline company TransCanada is clearcutting forests to make a path for the southern portion of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, designed to bring tar sands oil from Alberta to Texas refineries.
Daryl’s involvement in the Fairchild Farms story brought a cascade of media attention to the Tar Sands Blockade which has been ongoing for nearly two weeks in east Texas.
On Thursday afternoon, Hannah marched across Fairchild’s property with the ranch owner to block construction crews who have cleared large swaths of land along the controversial tar sands pipeline’s route. Keystone XL will permanently bisect Fairchild’s 300 acre ranch, which includes undeveloped wetland areas and natural springs producing more than 400 gallons of fresh water per minute from her property. Hannah, whose outspoken anti-Keystone position dates back many years, expressed pride to be able to stand with Fairchild who is watching her home and its delicate ecosystems destroyed in front of her eyes.
“I am standing in solidarity with the farmers, ranchers and landowners who have been bullied, coerced and threatened by TransCanada. Texans do not want this toxic export pipeline coming through and compromising their land and water,” said Fairchild. “Texas has already experienced a tragic and epic drought. We cannot afford to compromise our water supply for a multinational corporation’s profits.”
“I couldn’t be prouder to take a stand with my new inspiration, Eleanor,” Hannah said. “We’re rising up to defend homes here and now, because if a multinational corporation like TransCanada can come in and steal private property from Texans, then they’ll do it to anyone.”
“Tar sands is the dirtiest fuel on the planet, and I want the world to know that Texans do not want this pipeline forced through their homes,” Fairchild said, pushing back against the argument that her stance was solely about protecting her own property and water supply. “From the White House to my house, I don’t want this pipe threatening anyone’s house anywhere in the world!”




http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/10/05

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

From Neurons to Nirvana: The Great Medicines Trailer

Can Psychedelic Drugs Help Us to Die Gratefully?

When acclaimed novelist and philosopher Aldous Huxley was dying, his final words were: “LSD, 100 micrograms I.M.”

Huxley’s wife Laura complied with his wishes, and the celebrated author of Brave New World crossed over the post-biological threshold into the White Light with Albert Hofmann’s magic molecules nestled in the synapses of his brain.

The inspiration for this final journey was based upon the work that early LSD researchers had done with terminally ill patients; however, the relationship between the psychedelic experience and the experience of dying, death, and rebirth is ancient, and likely began in prehistory.

Modern cultural links in art and music abound, and it’s no accident that the most celebrated psychedelic rock band of all-time is known as The Grateful Dead.

Some of the most valuable and promising research that’s been conducted with psychedelics has been in the area of treating the terminally ill.

For example, the studies of psychiatric researcher Stanislav Grof and colleague’s at Spring Grove State Hospital in Baltimore, with terminally ill patients, provided strong evidence that a psychedelic experience can be immensely beneficial for people in their final stages of life.

Between the years 1967 and 1972 studies with terminal cancer patients by Grof and colleagues showed that LSD combined with psychotherapy could alleviate symptoms of depression, tension, anxiety, sleep disturbances, psychological withdrawal, and even severe physical pain that was resistant to opiates.

It also improved communication between the patients and their loved ones.

Considering that the dying process is probably the most universally feared of all human experiences, that the death of loved ones causes more suffering in this world than anything else, and that death appears to be an inevitable fact of nature--it seems like it might be a good idea to pay attention to what researchers have learned about how psychedelics can help to ease the dying process.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Currently Reading....Psychedelic Shamanism


Psychedelic Shamanism download Free PDF Ebook

Psychedelic Shamanism: The Cultivation, Preparation and Shamanic Use of Psychotropic Plants 1994 by Jim DeKorne (Full Edition). From the foreword:
“Shamanism goes far beyond a primarily self-concerned transcendence of ordinary reality. It is transcendence for a broader purpose, the helping of humankind. The enlightenment of shamanism is the ability to light up what others perceive as darkness, and thereby to see and to journey on behalf of a humanity that is perilously close to losing its spiritual connectedness with all its relatives, the plants and animals of this good Earth. We are tearing the earth to pieces, we are spewing out toxins – and the entire planet is reacting. Psychedelics are going to play a major role in helping people to become aware of what is really happening.”

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Favorite Quotes–TBA

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Rudy Giuliani-WTF

Since when did anyone know the WTC towers were going to collapse??

 “I went down to the scene and we set up headquarters at 75 Barkley Street, which was right there with the Police Commissioner, the Fire Commissioner, the Head of Emergency Management, and we were operating out of there when we were told that the World Trade Center was going to collapse. And it did collapse before we could actually get out of the building, so we were trapped in the building for 10, 15 minutes, and finally found an exit and got out, walked north, and took a lot of people with us.”

Monday, August 20, 2012

The Brain of a Lucid Dreamer

 
Via Reality Sandwich:

Studies, using magnetic resonance tomography (MRT), show that the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, the frontopolar regions, and the precuneus are activated when the lucid dreamer gains awareness within the dream. These regions are associated with self-reflective functions, such as self-assessment, perception, and the evaluation of our thoughts and feelings. 

In the lucid state, "the activity in certain areas of the cerebral cortex increases markedly within seconds." All of these regions are associated with self-reflective functions. The involved areas of the cerebral cortex are the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, to which commonly the function of self-assessment is attributed, and the frontopolar regions, which are responsible for evaluating our own thoughts and feelings. The precuneus is also especially active, a part of the brain that has long been linked with self-perception. (Source-Michael Czisch, head of a research group at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry)


According to Holzinger, LaBerge, & Levitan, (2006), it is shown that there are higher amounts of beta-1 frequency band (13–19 Hz) experienced by lucid dreamers, hence there is an increased amount of activity in the parietal lobes making lucid dreaming a conscious process.

Neuroscientist J. Allan Hobson has hypothesized what might be occurring in the brain while lucid. The first step to lucid dreaming is recognizing one is dreaming. This recognition might occur in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, which is one of the few areas deactivated during REM sleep and where working memory occurs. Once this area is activated and the recognition of dreaming occurs, the dreamer must be cautious to let the dream continue but be conscious enough to remember that it is a dream. While maintaining this balance, the amygdala and parahippocampal cortex might be less intensely activated.To continue the intensity of the dream hallucinations, it is expected the pons and the parieto-occipital junction stay active (Source).



DL-PFC serves as the highest cortical area responsible for motor planning, organization, and regulation. It plays an important role in the integration of sensory and mnemonic information and the regulation of intellectual function and action. It is also involved in working memory. 

Brodmann area 10 is the frontopolar part of the frontal cortex in the human brain. Koechlin & Hyafil have proposed that processing of 'cognitive branching' is the core function of the frontopolar cortex. Cognitive branching enables a previously running task to be maintained in a pending state for subsequent retrieval and execution upon completion of the ongoing one.

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The precuneus is linked to the involvement in self-consciousness, such as reflective self-awareness, that involve rating ones own personality traits compared to those judged of other people. The precuneus is involved in memory tasks, such as the recall of episodic memories and source memory (in which the "source" circumstances of a memory are recalled). It has been suggested that together with the posterior cingulate, that the precuneus is "pivotal for conscious information processing. In addition, it is one of the areas of the brain most deactivated during slow-wave sleep and rapid eye movement sleep.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Currently Reading...The 12th Planet: Book I of the Earth Chronicles

Over the years, startling evidence has been uncovered, challenging established notions of the origins of life on Earth—evidence that suggests the existence of an advanced group of extraterrestrials who once inhabited our world.
 
The first book of the revolutionary Earth Chronicles series offers indisputable documentary evidence of the existence of the mysterious planet Nibiru and tells why its astronauts came to Earth eons ago to fashion mankind in their image.

The product of more than thirty years of meticulous research, The 12th Planet treats as fact, not myth, the tales of Creation, the Deluge, the Tower of Babel, and the Nefilim who married the daughters of man. By weaving together the biblical narrative with Sumerian and Babylonian clay-tablet texts, it challenges the established notions of the origins of Earth and mankind, and offers a compelling alternative history and prehistory of both. (Source)

Favorite Quotes:

"The first being considered to be truly manlike—"Advanced Australopithecus"—existed in the same parts of Africa some 2,000,000 years ago".



"It took yet another million years to produce Homo erectus. Finally, after another 900,000 years, the first primitive Man appeared; he is named Neanderthal after the site where his remains were first found".


"Then, suddenly and inexplicably, some 35,000 years ago, a new race of Men—Homo sapiens ("thinking Man")—appeared as if from nowhere, and swept Neanderthal Man from the face of Earth. These modern Men—named Cro-Magnon—looked so much like us that, if dressed like us in modern clothes, they would be lost in the crowds of any European or American city".



"It took Man some 2,000,000 years to advance in his "tool industries" from the use of stones as he found them to the realization that he could chip and shape stones to better suit his purposes........"Yet here we are, less than 50,000 years from Neanderthal Man, landing astronauts on the Moon".

"For reasons that are assumed to have been climatic, Man was almost completely gone from the whole area for some 16,000 years. And then, circa 11,000 B.C., "thinking Man" reappeared with new vigor and on an inexplicably higher cultural level".


"But just as Man's settlements were thinning out, just as he was abandoning his abodes, when his material and artistic achievements were disappearing—just then, suddenly, with no apparent reason and without any prior known period of gradual preparation-Man became a farmer".

"...[An] image found in northern Israel and dated to the millennium B.C., shows the carved head of a "god" shielded by a striped helmet and wearing some kind of "goggles."

"But once again progress slowed, and by 4500 B.C., archaeological evidence indicates, regression was all around".

"Commanding the city and the royal compound was a step pyramid called a ziggurat; it served as a "stairway to Heaven" for the gods".


".....[The] first written language, Sumerian".


"...the Sumerian script, originally pictographic and carved in stone in vertical columns, was then turned horizontally and, later on, stylized for wedge writing on soft clay tablets to become the cuneiform writing that was adopted by the Akkadians, Babylonians, Assyrians, and other nations of the ancient Near East"

"Sumerians rulers could assume the throne only with the approval of the gods".



"A man that shone like the heaven," by whose side stood "a divine bird," "commanded me to build his temple." This "man," who "from the crown on his head was obviously a god," was later identified as the god Ningirsu".

"......an advanced system of mathematics. The Sumerian system, called sexagesimal, combined a mundane 10 with a "celestial" 6 to obtain the base figure 60".

"The 360-degree circle, the foot and its 12 inches, and the "dozen" as a unit are but a few examples of the vestiges of Sumerian mathematics still evident in our daily life".

"Below that, there was virgin soil-nothing had been built before. The time was circa 3800 B.C. That is when civilization began".

"There is no doubt that the Greek traditions and religion arrived on the Greek mainland from the Near East, via Asia Minor and the Mediterranean islands. It is there that their pantheon had its roots; it is there that we should look for the origins of the Greek gods, and their astral relationship with the number twelve".


"Great Gods on Earth were associated with twelve celestial bodies".

"..the Greeks, the Hittites depicted bull worship".


"Did the particular battles fought by Teshub upon Earth and in the skies take place when the Age of Taurus commenced, circa 4000 B.C.? Was it for that reason that the winner was granted association with the bull"?

"It dawned on the scholars that the Hittites in fact worshiped a pantheon of Sumerian origins, and that the arena of the tales of the "olden gods" was Sumer".

"The heavens were divided into three parts, each comprising twelve celestial bodies. The afterworld was divided into twelve parts. Day and night were each divided into twelve hours".

The Egyptian word for "divine being" or "god" was NTR, which meant "one who watches".

"As we look closer at these "gods," who existed before Earth was created, we shall realize that they were the celestial bodies that make up our solar system".

"They were the "olden gods" of the epic tales, and, in the Sumerian belief, they had come down to Earth from the heavens".

Sitchin, Zecharia (1991-05-01). The 12th Planet (Book I) (The First Book of the Earth Chronicles) (p. 88). Inner Traditions Bear & Company. Kindle Edition. 


"Indeed, the very existence of Man was deemed to have been the result of a deliberate creative enterprise on the part of these gods. They were powerful, capable of feats beyond mortal ability or comprehension. Yet these gods not only looked like humans but ate and drank like them and displayed virtually every human emotion of love and hate, loyalty and infidelity".

"From the very earliest times until the cuneiform script faded away—from the fourth millennium B.C. almost to the time of Christ—this symbol (the star) preceded the names of the gods, indicating that the name written in the text was not of a mortal, but of a deity of heavenly origin".


"The second most powerful deity of the Sumerian pantheon was EN.LIL. His name meant "lord of the airspace".

Sumerian texts also stated that Enlil arrived on Earth before the "Black-Headed People"—the Sumerian nickname for Mankind—were created".

"Nor was Zu a "bird"; apparently he had at his disposal a "bird" in which he could flyaway into hiding. It was from within such "birds" that the sky battle took place between the two gods".

TBC....



Saturday, August 11, 2012

George Carlin: Logical Thinking about Religion

Zeitgeist: The Movie



http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com/ 

Zeitgeist: The Movie is a 2007 documentary film by Peter Joseph. It asserts a number of conspiracy theory-based ideas, including the Christ myth theory, alternative theories for the parties responsible for the September 11 attacks in 2001 and that bankers manipulate the international monetary system and the media in order to consolidate power.

"The last thing the men behind the curtain want is a conscious informed public capable of critical thinking. Which is why a continually fraudulent zeitgeist is output via religion, the mass media, and the educational system. They seek to keep you in a distracted, naive bubble. And they are doing a damn good job of it".

Religious Myths
    “The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the sun, in which they put a man called Christ in the place of the sun, and pay him the adoration originally payed to the sun.” -Thomas Paine

    "They must find it difficult, those who have taken authority as truth, rather than truth as authority". -G. Massey  

    "The more you educate yourself the more you understand where things come from the more obvious things become and you begin to see lies everywhere. You have to know the truth and seek the truth and the truth will set you free".  -Jordan Maxwell

    9/11 Myths
    • Molten metal
    • Mistaken identities of hijackers
    • WTC Building 7
    • WTC basement
    • NORAD
    • Controlled demolition
    • The Carlyle Group
    • Physicist Steven Earl Jones
    • Law of Conservation of Momentum
    • Bush/Cheney
    Banker Myths 

    "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous than standing armies...if the american people ever allow private banks to control the issue of currency... the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of their property until their
    children wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered"-Thomas Jefferson


    "A world banking system was being set up here...a superstate controlled by international bankers...acting together to enslave the world for their own pleasure. the fed (federal reserve corporation) has usurped the government" -Congressman Louis McFadden

    "Now, the public was told that the Federal Reserve System was a economic stabilizer and inflation and economic crises were thing of the past. Well, as history has shown, nothing was further from the truth. The fact is, the bankers now had a streamlined machine for economic manipulation"-Zeitgeist

    "Today, the money Americans make working 3 months out of the year goes almost entirely to the interest fees, charged for the debt based fiat currency. The fact is, the Federal Income Tax exists to feed to Federal Reserve / Federal Government money machine, making sure the interest payments are always there"-Zeitgeist

    There is no "They" we are all one!



    "That is one of the components of the LSD experience. The understanding that there is no they, there is no other. It is all one. And its really what happens here. There are a lot of experiments in psychology with figure ground that is the relation of the background to what stands out. Now in our culture we have been trained for individual differences to stand out. So you look at each person and see brighter, older, dumber, richer, poorer. We make all these dimensional distinctions put them in categories and treat them that way. And we get so that we only see others as separate from ourselves in the ways in which they are separate. And one of the dramatic characteristics of the psychedelic experience is being with another person and seeing the ways in which they are like you not different from you".-Richard Alpert (Ram Dass) from video above 4:16-5:08

    "The most incredible aspect of all: such totalitarianism would likely not be forced upon the people, rather the people will demand it. For, the social manipulation of society through the generation of fear and division has completely inhibited the culture. Religion, patriotism, race, wealth, class and every other form of arbitrary separatist identification and thus conceit has served to create a controlled population utterly malleable in the hands of the few. Divide and conquer is the motto...and as long as people continue to see themselves as separate from everything else they lend themselves to being completely enslaved.
    However... if people ever realize the truth of their relationship to nature and the truth of their personal power to affect change... the entire manufactured zeitgeist that’s preyed upon....would collapse like a house of cards"-Zeitgeist

      Tuesday, July 31, 2012

      U.S. Patents Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants

      Patent # 6630507

      Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties, unrelated to NMDA receptor antagonism. This new found property makes cannabinoids useful in the treatment and prophylaxis of wide variety of oxidation associated diseases, such as ischemic, age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants, for example in limiting neurological damage following ischemic insults, such as stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and HIV dementia. Nonpsychoactive cannabinoids, such as cannabidoil, are particularly advantageous to use because they avoid toxicity that is encountered with psychoactive cannabinoids at high doses useful in the method of the present invention. A particular disclosed class of cannabinoids useful as neuroprotective antioxidants is formula (I) wherein the R group is independently selected from the group consisting of H, CH.sub.3, and COCH.sub.3. ##STR1##

      Inventors: Hampson; Aidan J. (Irvine, CA), Axelrod; Julius (Rockville, MD), Grimaldi; Maurizio (Bethesda, MD)
      Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services (Washington, DC)
      Appl. No.: 09/674,028
      Filed: February 2, 2001
      PCT Filed: April 21, 1999
      PCT No.: PCT/US99/08769
      PCT Pub. No.: WO99/53917
      PCT Pub. Date: October 28, 1999


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      KannaLife Sciences signed an exclusive license agreement with The National Institutes of Health – Office of Technology Transfer for the Commercialization of U.S. Patent 6,630,507, "Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectants".

      CP 55,940 is a cannabinoid which mimics the effects of naturally occurring THC was created by Pfizer in 1974. It was never marketed and is currently used to study the endocannabinoid system.  The endocannabinoid system refers to a group of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors that are involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory; it mediates the psychoactive effects of cannabis.



      Other patents for Cannabinoids

      2304669 Isolation of cannabidiolDecember 1942Adams
      4876276 (3S-4S)-7-hydroxy-.DELTA..sup.6 -tetrahydrocannabinols October 1989Mechoulam et al.
      5227537 Method for the production of 6,12-dihydro-6-hydroxy-cannabidiol and the use thereof for the production of trans-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol July 1993Stoss et al.
      5521215 NMDA-blocking pharmaceuticals May 1996Mechoulam et al.
      5538993 Certain tetrahydrocannabinol-7-oic acid derivatives July 1996Mechoulam et al.
      5635530 (3S,4S)-delta-6-tetrahydrocannabinol-7-oic acids and derivatives thereof, processors for their preparation and pharmaceutical compositions containing them June 1997Mechoulam et al.



      6410588 Use of cannabinoids as anti-inflammatory agents June 2002Feldmann et al.

      Saturday, July 14, 2012

      Psychedelic Salon: A Walk Through Two Great Minds

      Timothy Leary and Robert Anton Wilson: A Walk Through Two Great Minds Podcast
      (Left) Robert Anton Wilson (Right) Timothy Leary


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      (All of the following quotes are from Timothy Leary)

      “I don’t want to legalize drugs. It’s not the government’s business to legalize anything we do privately in our own homes. Are they going to legalize masturbation."

      “By far, the number one problem facing our species for the last 25,000 years has been the relentless, ruthless, perennial, almost invisible oppression of women and children by armed men. And it starts in the home.”

      “The concept of a generation implies that young people are doing something different.”

      “The function of the 21st century is to learn how to operate our brains.”

      “The human brain is designed to design realities.”

      The way evolution, as I understand it, works is DNA, biological intelligence, Gaia wisdom, egg intelligence does not like final forms. … You’ll see the word ‘adult’ is the past participle of the word ‘grow’. In other words, an adult is someone who has stopped growing, and it is also someone who has reached their final form. And if there is one thing you can say about evolution, she does not like final forms.”

      “There really is an awesome epidemic of deliberate stupidity that is laid upon us by the media, by the press, by magazines and so forth. They simply do not raise any of the issues that challenge our interests or intelligence.”

      “I have one cause, and that’s the goal of the performing philosopher, is to encourage you, and inspire you, and empower you, to the extent I can, to Think for Yourself and Question Authority.”

      http://www.matrixmasters.net/salon/?p=215#more-215

      The Wise Terence McKenna

      “We have to create culture, don't watch TV, don't read magazines, don't even listen to NPR. Create your own roadshow. The nexus of space and time where you are now is the most immediate sector of your universe, and if you're worrying about Michael Jackson or Bill Clinton or somebody else, then you are disempowered, you're giving it all away to icons, icons which are maintained by an electronic media so that you want to dress like X or have lips like Y. This is shit-brained, this kind of thinking. That is all cultural diversion, and what is real is you and your friends and your associations, your highs, your orgasms, your hopes, your plans, your fears. And we are told 'no', we're unimportant, we're peripheral. 'Get a degree, get a job, get a this, get a that.' And then you're a player, you don't want to even play in that game. You want to reclaim your mind and get it out of the hands of the cultural engineers who want to turn you into a half-baked moron consuming all this trash that's being manufactured out of the bones of a dying world.”
      ― Terence McKenna

      Tuesday, July 10, 2012

      Currently Reading: Hardcore Zen: Punk Rock, Monster Movies and the Truth About Reality by Brad Warner

      Hardcore Zen is not your typical "Zen" book. Brad Warner, the young punk who grew up to be a Zen master, spares no one — just like Reality itself. This bold new approach to the Why of Zen Buddhism is as strongly grounded in the tradition of Zen as it is utterly revolutionary: Warner's voice is hilarious, and he calls on the wisdom of everyone from punk and pop culture icons to the Buddha himself to make sure his points come through loud and clear. The subtitle says it all: there has never been a book like this one.

      Favorite Quotes:

      "Religions, the supposed institutional repositories of humanity's understanding of the deeper mysteries of the universe, have never offered anything more to me than sophisticated methods of avoiding the truth, of building elaborate fantasies in place of reality".

      "The last thing Buddha told his followers before he died was this: "Question Authority"."

      "Suffering occurs when your ideas about how things ought to be don't match how they really are".

      "........Even if you get what you want it's still suffering because it won't last".

      "Nothing can possibly live up to the ideals and fantasies you’ve created. So we suffer because things are not the way we think they ought to be. Rather than face what really is, we prefer to retreat and compare what we’re living through with the way we think it oughta be. Suffering comes from the comparison between the two".

       "Things can never be other than they are. This moment can never be other than it is".

      "We have a world in our minds that we call “perfect” and a world in front of us (and within us) that can’t possibly match that image. The problem is the way we let our desires stand in the way of our enjoyment of what we already have".

      "The past and the future—even the present—are just inventions by the conscious mind for dealing with reality in an organized way".


      "True right and wrong don’t necessarily overlap completely with society’s definitions of right and wrong—and different societies don’t even agree on those definitions in the first place!


      "It’s not that a “good person” has only moral thoughts. It’s that they act only upon the moral thoughts and not the immoral ones................Your desires are not what you really are. Not even close. Your thoughts aren’t the real you either. They’re just electrical energy bouncing around in your brain".

      "Experiencing anger is like sitting in the bathtub frantically thrashing around and throwing handfuls of water into the air while simultaneously wondering why the hell your head and face keep getting wet. You’re in a stupor so deep you cannot even see that you’re the one causing the problem".






      "The universe desires to perceive itself and to think about itself and you are born out of this desire".

      "There’s no room for souls or for reincarnation because in order to have a soul, you need to have a past and in order to be reincarnated you need to have a future".









      References
      http://www.amazon.com/Hardcore-Zen-Monster-Movies-Reality/dp/086171380X

      Saturday, July 7, 2012

      The "God"damn Particle

      Physicists at CERN discovered what they think is the Higgs boson...but that does not prove the existence of God! The Higgs boson is nicknamed the "God Particle" after Leon Lederman's book,
      The God Particle: If the Universe Is the Answer, What Is the Question? Lederman actually wanted to name the particle that "goddamn particle" (because It’s been that frustrating to find) but his editor wouldn't let him. Lederman gave this name to the particle because he felt it is "so central to the state of physics today, so crucial to our understanding of the structure of matter, yet so elusive, that I have given it a nickname ..." I like this statement from free thought blogs, "It’s not proof of God, it’s not evidence for an intelligent creator entity, if anything it could help us understand how the fuse on the Big Bang was lit without a God".

      P.S. For those of you who don't know what the Higgs boson is..... "the existence of the Higgs boson and the associated Higgs field explain why the other massive elementary particles in the standard model have their mass". And what's are bosons? Bosons are subatomic particles with integer spin and obey Bose–Einstein statistics. And for Hadron's...These particles are combinations of quarks. They have mass and reside in the nucleus. The two most common examples of hadrons are protons and neutrons.
      Large Hadron Collider

      The Higgs boson particle was found using the Large Hadron Collider (the world's most powerful atom smasher) at CERN, which smashes beams of protons together.

      A recent poll from the Guardian showed that 83% of people think that now that scientist have discovered the Higgs boson that people should stop referring to it as the "God particle".












      References
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2012/jul/04/higgs-boson-cern-scientists-discover
      http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/tgc/2012/07/06/faqs-god-and-the-god-particle/
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Higgs_boson
      http://freethoughtblogs.com/zingularity/2012/07/04/why-is-it-called-the-god-particle/
      http://www.quora.com/Particle-Physics/Why-is-the-Higgs-boson-called-the-God-particle

      Friday, July 6, 2012

      Favorite Books



      Holographic Universe–Michael Talbot
      Cosmic Trigger–Robert Anton Wilson
      Be Here Now–Ram Dass
      Global Brain–Howard Bloom
      The Power of Now–Eckhart Tolle
      The Tibetan Book of the Dead
      You Are Not the Target–Laura Huxley
      Between Heaven and Earth–Laura Huxley
      Wholeness and the Implicate Order–David Bohm

      Thursday, July 5, 2012

      Currently Reading: Holotropic Breathwork by Stan and Christina Grof

      Stanislav Grof and Christina Grof describe their groundbreaking new form of self-exploration and psychotherapy: Holotropic Breathwork. Induced by very simple means, the breathwork utilizes the remarkable healing and transformative potential of nonordinary states of consciousness and integrates the insights from modern consciousness research, depth psychology, transpersonal psychology, anthropology. Eastern spiritual practices, and mystical traditions. Written in a clear, easily understandable style, this indispensable book summarizes the Grofs' remarkable insights.

      Link to Google Books


      Favorite quotes: 

      Friday, June 29, 2012

      Chapel Perlious

      Chapel Perilous is an occult term referring to a psychological state in which an individual cannot be certain if they have been aided or hindered by some force outside the realm of the natural world, or if what appeared to be supernatural interference was a product of their own imagination.

      Chapel Perilous, like the mysterious entity called "I," cannot be located in the space-time continuum; it is weightless, odorless, tasteless and undetectable by ordinary instruments. Indeed, like the Ego, it is even possible to deny that it is there. And yet, even more like the Ego, once you are inside it, there doesn't seem to be any way to ever get out again, until you suddenly discover that it has been brought into existence by thought and does not exist outside thought. Everything you fear is waiting with slavering jaws in Chapel Perilous, but if you are armed with the wand of intuition, the cup of sympathy, the sword of reason, and the pentacle of valor, you will find there (the legends say) the Medicine of Metals, the Elixir of Life, the Philosopher's Stone, True Wisdom and Perfect Happiness.

      Video: Antero Alli speaking about Chapel Perilous and the 8-Circuit Brain



      From The Game of Life by Dr. Timothy Leary
      Level of IntelligenceMedium of OperationEcological NicheReality Goal
      SpiritualSubatomic MysteriesAtomic/Gravity fieldsCosmic mind
      MythicDNA and the PlanetDNA structureDNA Mind
      PsychicCNSOne's own BrainMind Control
      SensoryThe Body's 5 SensesOne's own BodyBody Control
      CHAPEL PERILOUS
      SocialCode of EthicsMonotheistic Hive: CitySocio/Sex Role
      ConceptualConceptual FrameworkMan-made Symbol/ArtifactHive Sanity
      EmotionalBelief SystemsLandHerd Security
      PhysicalThe OrganismWaterSafety
      CHAPEL PERILOUS is an initiatory phase marking the transition between the first four intelligences and the latter four. It relates to post-Factor X activities in that both refer to 'out-of-body' states. However, CHAPEL PERILOUS is where souls go when they are lost and Factor X communications refer to how souls are found. CHAPEL PERILOUS is the place 'souls' go after leaving their robot bodies...while these bodies are still alive and walking the planet's surface. Also known as 'The Dark Night of the Soul.' Can also be seen as a negative activation of the 'neurosomatic circuit,' which is endured for as long as it takes the neophyte to effect a positive activation, or permanent body rapture


      References:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapel_perilous

      http://www.mindmined.com/public_library/nonfiction/anonymous_my_cosmic_trigger_finger_is_broken.html

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yk2osyjDqtQ

      Tuesday, June 26, 2012

      Brain Entrainment

      
       * BETA - 13-30 cycles per second - awaking awareness, extroversion, concentration, logical thinking - active conversation. A debater would be in high beta. A person making a speech, or a teacher, or a talk show host would all be in beta when they are engaged in their work.

       * ALPHA - 7-13 cycles per second - relaxation times, non-arousal, meditation, hypnosis

       * THETA - 4-7 cycles per second - day dreaming, dreaming, creativity, meditation, paranormal phenomena, out of body experiences, ESP, shamanic journeys.

      A person who is driving on a freeway, and discovers that they can’t recall the last five miles, is often in a theta state - induced by the process of freeway driving. This can also occur in the shower or tub or even while shaving or brushing your hair. It is a state where tasks become so automatic that you can mentally disengage from them. The ideation that can take place during the theta state is often free flow and occurs without censorship or guilt. It is typically a very positive mental state.

       * DELTA - 1.5-4 or less cycles per second - deep dreamless sleep

      Monday, June 25, 2012

      Robert Anton Wilson: Namu Amita

      Zen Koan-Learning To Be Silent


      The pupils of the Tendai school used to study meditation before Zen entered Japan. Four of them who were intimate friends promised one another to observe seven days of silence.

      On the first day all were silent. Their meditation had begun auspiciously, but when night came and the oil lamps were growing dim one of the pupils could not help exclaiming to a servant: "Fix those lamps." 

      The second pupil was surprised to hear the first one talk. "We are not supposed to say a word," he remarked. 

      "You two are stupid. Why did you talk?" asked the third. 

      "I am the only one who has not talked," concluded the fourth pupil. 

      Read more Zen Koans 

      10 Facts about Cannabis

       
      1. 42% of the US population admits to trying cannabis at least one time. This equates to about 100 million people.
      2. The percentage of Americans favoring cannabis legalization is the highest it has been in 40 years: 41% think it should be legal.
      3. 75% of Americans favor legalization of medical cannabis use.
      4. Mexican drug cartels make up to 80% of their profits from cannabis exported to the US.
      5. The value of the annual cannabis crop exceeds the value of wheat, cotton and corn combined, making cannabis by far the most valuable agricultural commodity in the US.
      6. 900,000 Americans were arrested in the last year for crimes related to cannabis.
      7. Nearly one half of all prisoners in America are serving sentences for drug related offenses.
      8. This amounts to about half a million prisoners at an average cost of $40,000 per year per prisoner.
      9. Legally regulated cannabis would save $7.7 billion in government expenditures on prohibition: $2.4 billion at the federal level and $5.3 billion at the state and local level.
      10. Revenue from taxation of cannabis sales could range from an estimated $2.4 billion per year if taxed like ordinary consumer goods, to $6.2 billion if taxed  like alcohol or tobacco.

      Click here to read more facts.
      Facts from Ralph Metzner's Blog

      Biblical UFOs?

      "The Annunciation" by Carlo Crivelli
      "The Madonna with Saint Giovannino"

      "The Crucifixion"
      Summer's triumph



      Glorification of the Eucharist
      The Assumption of the Virgin
      ''The Baptism of Christ'' by Aert de Gelder, ca. 1710
      ''Miracle of the Snow: Foundation of Santa Maria Maggiore'' by italian painter Masolino da Panicale, around 1430

      Tuesday, June 19, 2012

      Currently Reading: Prometheus Rising


      File:PrometheusRisingCover.jpg

      Prometheus rising is a book written by Robert Anton Wilson, about how the human mind works and how to get the most use from one, Wilson describes it as an "owner's manual for the human brain". The book, which examines many aspects of social mind control and mental imprinting, provides mind exercises at the end of every chapter, with the goal of giving the reader more control over how one's mind works. The book, which has found many readers among followers of alternative culture, also discusses the effect of certain psychoactive substances and how these affect the brain, tantric breathing techniques, and other methods and holistic approaches to expanding consciousness.

      Favorite Quotes:

      " Who you are, and what you are, is a creation edited and orchestrated by your brain".

      "Mind" is a tool invented by the universe to see itself.

      "We are all giant robots manufactured by DNA to make more DNA". —Herbert Muller

      The brain is not a dirty garment but an electro-colloidal information processor—a living network of over 110 billion 2733000 nerve cells capable of (10 ) interconnections, a number higher than the total of all the atoms in the universe.
      References
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prometheus_Rising

      Saturday, June 16, 2012

      Miracle of the Sun at Fatima


       On October 13th, 1917 approximately 70,000 witnesses gathered at Fatima to see a promised miracle by the Holy Mother Mary. The witnesses waited in the rain for the apparition to appear. When the rain stopped, a silver disc appeared that changed colors and spun in circles like a wheel.
       "The sun was then reported to have careened towards the earth in a zigzag pattern, frightening those who thought it a sign of the end of the world. Witnesses reported that their previously wet clothes became "suddenly and completely dry, as well as the wet and muddy ground that had been previously soaked because of the rain that had been falling".


      In 1917, an apparition of Mother Mary appeared to three children in Fatima, Portugal. The children returned and told their mother what they had seen. The oldest of the children, Lucia reported that see saw a woman "brighter than the sun, shedding rays of light clearer and stronger than a crystal ball filled with the most sparkling water and pierced by the burning rays of the sun. Word spread of the stories and people began flocking to Fatima to see if what they heard was true. In total, there were six accounts of the apparition of the Holy Mother Mary from the children between May 13 and October 13, 1917.


      Mother Mary told the children three secrets about the future that they must not speak of until the time was right. The first secret was a vision of Hell...
                                          
       Our Lady showed us a great sea of fire which seemed to be under the earth. Plunged in this fire were demons and souls in human form, like transparent burning embers, all blackened or burnished bronze, floating about in the conflagration, now raised into the air by the flames that issued from within themselves together with great clouds of smoke, now falling back on every side like sparks in a huge fire, without weight or equilibrium, and amid shrieks and groans of pain and despair, which horrified us and made us tremble with fear. The demons could be distinguished by their terrifying and repulsive likeness to frightful and unknown animals, all black and transparent. This vision lasted but an instant. How can we ever be grateful enough to our kind heavenly Mother, who had already prepared us by promising, in the first Apparition, to take us to heaven. Otherwise, I think we would have died of fear and terror

      The second vision was of World War I and predicted World War II....
      You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end: but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the Pontificate of Pope Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light*, know that this is the great sign given you by God that he is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the Consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred; the Holy Father will have much to suffer; various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me, and she shall be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.


      The third vision was announced in May 2000, 83 years after the first apparition. This vision was recorded by Bishop Silva, when Lucia became very sick.

      I write in obedience to you, my God, who command me to do so through his Excellency the Bishop of Leiria and through your Most Holy Mother and mine. After the two parts which I have already explained, at the left of Our Lady and a little above, we saw an Angel with a flaming sword in his left hand; flashing, it gave out flames that looked as though they would set the world on fire; but they died out in contact with the splendour that Our Lady radiated towards him from her right hand: pointing to the earth with his right hand, the Angel cried out in a loud voice: 'Penance, Penance, Penance!'. And we saw in an immense light that is God: 'something similar to how people appear in a mirror when they pass in front of it' a Bishop dressed in White 'we had the impression that it was the Holy Father'. Other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious going up a steep mountain, at the top of which there was a big Cross of rough-hewn trunks as of a cork-tree with the bark; before reaching there the Holy Father passed through a big city half in ruins and half trembling with halting step, afflicted with pain and sorrow, he prayed for the souls of the corpses he met on his way; having reached the top of the mountain, on his knees at the foot of the big Cross he was killed by a group of soldiers who fired bullets and arrows at him, and in the same way there died one after another the other Bishops, Priests, men and women Religious, and various lay people of different ranks and positions. Beneath the two arms of the Cross there were two Angels each with a crystal aspersorium in his hand, in which they gathered up the blood of the Martyrs and with it sprinkled the souls that were making their way to God.
       As predicted by the Holy Mother Mary, two years later, at the age of 10 years and 10 months, Francisco died of influenza, to be followed a year later by Jacinta, now aged 10. Exhumed in 1935, fifteen years after her death, and again in 1951, Jacinta’s body was found to be incorrupt.

      Were these sightings really from Mother Mary or from extraterrestrials? Is it scientifically possible for the sun to "zig-zag" across the sky? Read this quotes below....

      "Suddenly I heard the uproar of thousands of voices..."

      "I could see the sun, like a very clear disc, with its sharp edge, which gleamed without hurting the sight".

      ".....the sun's disc did not remain immobile, it had a giddy motion, [but] not like the twinkling of a star in all its brilliance for it spun round upon itself in a mad whirl".

      "The sun, at one moment surrounded with scarlet flame, at another aureoled in yellow and deep purple, seemed to be in an exceedingly swift and whirling movement, at times appearing to be loosened from the sky and to be approaching the earth, strongly radiating heat." ― Dr. Domingos Pinto Coelho, writing for the newspaper Ordem

      "…The silver sun, enveloped in the same gauzy grey light, was seen to whirl and turn in the circle of broken clouds…

      "It began to revolve vertiginously on its axis, like the most magnificent firewheel that could be imagined, taking on all the colors of the rainbow and sending forth multi-colored flashes of light, producing the most astounding effect".

      "I looked fixedly at the sun, which seemed pale and did not hurt my eyes. Looking like a ball of snow, revolving on itself, it suddenly seemed to come down in a zig-zag, menacing the earth. Terrified, I ran and hid myself among the people, who were weeping and expecting the end of the world at any moment." Rev. Joaquim Lourenço, describing his boyhood experience in Alburitel, Portugal which was eighteen kilometers from Fatima. 

      The upper right corner, shows an unidentified object in the sky.






















       References
      http://www.shrineofsaintjude.net/home1341.html#Eyewitness%20Accounts%20of%20The%20Great%20Miracle%20of%20the%20Sun

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miracle_of_the_Sun

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjWPAjuME5Q



      Jill Bolte Taylor: Stroke of Insight

      Tuesday, March 20, 2012

      My Little Lion Dog Marley-All About the Lhasa Apso

      Marley my Lhasa



      Lhasa Apso



      Himalayas
       History

      The Lhasa Apso originated in
      the area of Tibet over 4000 years ago as a small breed of mountain wolf. Referred to in Tibet as Apso Seng Kyi, which can be translated as "Bearded Lion Dog", the Lhasa's primary function was that of a household sentinel, guarding the homes of Tibetan nobility and Buddhist monasteries, particularly in or near the sacred city of Lhasa. The large Tibetan Mastiffs guarded the monasteries' entrances, but the keen hearing and sharp bark of the Lhasa Apso served to warn residents by acting like a burglar alarm if an intruder happened to get past the exterior guards.

      “These little dogs are wonderfully agile, and intelligent; when used to gather a flock of sheep, the Tibetan would give a signal and the dogs would leap off up the mountainside...Often the mountainside would be like the side of a house, almost precipitous, but the dogs would leap from rock to rock, disappear down a gully and then reappear further up. If they misjudged the distance or size of the landing place, or if they slipped on the icy slopes, they would be killed—there was big, BIG drop below them.

      “In their lives there was no room for mistakes, or less than perfect fitness— they were tremendously agile, jumping with cat-like precision and little apparent effort.”
      --Early description from
      The Tibetan Terrier,
      by Angela Mulliner
      Tibetan Lion

      In 1933, C. Suydam Cutting introduced the first Lhasas to the U.S. gifts from the 13th Dalai Lama.
      Recently, DNA Analysis has identified the Lhasa Apso as one of the 14 most ancient dog breeds, verifying that lap dogs and companion dogs were among the first dogs bred by humans.
       It was believed that the bodies of the Lhasa Apsos could be entered by souls of deceased lamas while they awaited reincarnation into a new body.

      Certain characteristics which are part of the breed type evolved as a result of geographical and climatic environment - the high altitudes, the dry windy climate, the dusty terrain, the short hot summer and the long bitterly cold winter of the Himalaya region. Among these are head features, the coat, eye-fall, the musculation and body structure, the general hardness and longevity of the breed. 
      Reincarnated Dali Lama?
      In Tibetan art and literature, the Manjuri Buddha, the God of Learning is often in the company of a Lhasa Apso, which changes into a lion when danger threatens the Manjuri Buddha. Its role as a guardian was also based its excellent hearing, its terrific memories, and its superior ability to distinguish intimates from strangers. All this made the Buddhist monks value them as excellent watchdogs and guardians.
      If you were not a Tibetan noble or holy man or you were an outsider, the only way own a Lhasa Apso was to receive one as a gift from the Dalai Lama. Because the Dalai Lamas saw the Lhasa Apsos as a sacred blessing and believed them to bring luck and good fortune to their owners, the Dalia Lamas began presenting the dogs to the Emperors of China, visiting diplomats, and other foreign dignitaries

       Characteristics
      The Lion Dog
      Having been bred as an indoor monastery sentinel dog by Tibetan Buddhist monks, Lhasa Apsos are alert with a keen sense of hearing and a rich, sonorous bark that belies their size

      In truth, the adult Lhasa Apso is one of the hardiest, toughest, and strongest willed of all the small breeds. It is said that "when a Lhasa Apso looks in the mirror, he sees a lion."


      These dogs are good for apartment living. They are very active indoors and will do okay without a yard.
      The AKC Standard, showing great restraint, calls the Lhasa Apso "chary with strangers."  With his acute senses, keen observation skills, and distrust of anything new or different, Lhasas take their watchdog responsibilities seriously.
      • Doesn't need a lot of exercise
      • Is very loyal to his own family and makes a keen watchdog 
      • Suspicious toward strangers 
      • Strong-willed mind of his own, requiring a confident owner who can take charge  
      • Quickness to retaliate against firm corrections or teasing 
      • Barks a lot!
      • Stubborn
      • Independent
      • Low activity level, lazy
      • Requires a lot of grooming and maintenance


      References
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lhasa_apso
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Himalayas
      http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/lhasaapso.htm
      http://www.akc.org/breeds/lhasa_apso/
      http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/reviews/lhasaapsos.html
      http://www.terrificpets.com/articles/10289265.asp