Sunday, January 13, 2019

Free Daylong Retreat, Los Angeles (Jan. 13)

Ven. Sumitta (DhammaUSA), Thabarwa Nature Center, LA; Ellie, Dhr. Seven, Wisdom Quarterly


All (and that means you, too) are invited to join an inspiring One Day Retreat with Ven. Sumitta. This is an introductory-level meditation daylong. All are welcome to this FREE event. Volunteer donations are welcome to support the newly opened Thabarwa Mindfulness and Detachment Meditation Center in Baldwin Park and the instructor leading it from the nearby Buddhist University of the West (uwest.edu). More info: DhammaUSA.com
  • FREE: Dharma Meditation Initiative
  • Thabarwa Nature Meditation Center
  • 13212 Francisquito Ave., Baldwin Park
  • San Gabriel Valley, L.A. 91706
  • Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
What happened today
LOS ANGELES, California - Twenty-five meditators arrived in the morning. The previous night's rain had broken, and the sun peered through the clouds. We sat in a warm meditation hall of the new Thabarwa Nature Center in the center of the San Gabriel Valley, where the 10 and 605 Freeways meet.

One group went on alms round in Temple City and Alhambra, while others came in, sat down, got a short orientation, and took the Eight Precepts from Ven. Sumitta ("good friend") from the Buddhist University of the West and Dhammausa.com (which has a number of talks and presentations for viewing).

Then came the Dharma talk on the Five Hindrances to meditation and happiness. This was followed by meditation practice then a donated lunch courtesy of donors with so many options and delights that it was hard to stay awake during the next sit. So we did walking meditation in the center's yard and large parking area.

Then came a Powerpoint presentation on emotions and their affect on brain structures, such as the amygdala and prefrontal cortex, and how meditation changes the brain to make emotions more manageable and easy to endure. Some, like anger, ruin meditation, and so it is a hindrance. Others change in the meditating brain and cease to scatter attention. Then came questions and answers, the sharing of merits, and taking the Five Precepts.

Meditation Teacher
Ven. Nivitigala Sumitta is a Ph.D. student and pillar of the community at University of the West. He founded the UWest Pali Society and the community organization Dhamma USA (facebook.com/dhammausa). He also offers services at the Lankarama Buddhist Institute in the nearby City of La Puente, in suburban Los Angeles.

(Buddhist) University of the West
UWest is a private, non-profit campus located on a beautiful hillside in Rosemead, California Itis accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and offers whole-person education in its curriculum, tending to students' intellectual, spiritual, and physical well-being. Email: info@uwest.edu. Info: (855) GO-UWEST (1-855-468-9378).

    Emotions, psych, control: meditation (TEDx)

    TEDx Talks, Aug. 18, 2013; Ashley Wells, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
    (TEDxMiddlebury) "Getting Free of Self-Importance Is The Key To Happiness
     
    Buddhist Polly Young-Eisendrath explains that counter to our happiness is the idea that we can control and manage our lives. [That's extremely helpful to know in meditation.] After considering the true meaning of happiness, she highlights several uniquely human emotions -- shame, guilt, envy, and jealousy [Don't tell the other primates, like our cousins the bonobos and chimps] -- that pose as obstacles to happiness and offers solutions to overcome these emotions.
     
    SPEAKER: Polly Young-Eisendrath is a speaker, writer, psychologist/Jungian psychoanalyst, and Buddhist mindfulness teacher. She is a long-time practitioner of Zen Buddhism and vipassana (insight meditation) in the tradition of Shinzen Young, in which she is a certified teacher. She has published many chapters and articles on Buddhism, psychotherapy, spirituality, resilience, and Jung's psychology. She is also clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Vermont and in independent clinical practice in central Vermont. Her 14 published books have been translated into more than 20 languages, including The Self-Esteem Trap, The Resilient Spirit, Women and Desire, and The Cambridge Companion to Jung. She is working on a spiritual memoir called Love Broken Open.
    TEDx: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized* (*subject to certain rules and regulations).

    Shutdown strains hundreds of Native tribes

    Associated Press (ap.org); Xochitl, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

    FLAGSTAFF, Arizona - Fallout from the federal government shutdown is hurting Native Americans as dwindling funds hamper access to health care and other services. The pain is especially deep in tribal communities with high rates of poverty and unemployment, where one person often supports an extended family.

    The effects were being felt far and wide. In New Mexico, a lone police officer patrolled a Native American reservation larger in size than Houston on a shift that normally has three people, responding to multiple car wrecks during a snow storm, emergency calls, and requests for welfare checks.... Native American tribes rely heavily on funding guaranteed by treaties with the U.S., acts of Congress and other agreements for public safety, social services, education... More
    • Native Americans like Sen. Elizabeth Warren

    Friday, January 11, 2019

    Good Deeds: Askew OPEN MIC, L.A. (Jan. 2)

    Ananda (Dharma Meditation Initiative), Los Angeles, Pasadena, Wisdom Quarterly
    Sarah Silverman, Rose's granddaughter, loves the folks at the home but not funerals.


    So. Pasadena Poet Laureate Ron K.
    Do we do enough for our parents, grandparents, and others? We need merit (good karma), and they need to know people care. So we're hosting a reading and "variety" show of comedy, poetry, and music. It's better than Sarah Silverman in JMagic. It's an OPEN MIC, and you're invited to laugh, cheer, and maybe even take the stage. Hosted by the beautiful Slim FitzGerald and DMI's very own Seven Dhar. January's features are funny, bestselling author of Stoner & Spaz and South Pasadena's new Poet Laureate RON KOERTGE.

    Nicelle is a sexy performance artist and poet of Poetry Circus fame (nicelledavis.net)

    .
    Nicelle Davis (nicelledavis.net) and Arlene Diaz are also on the bill. FREE at the luxurious Pasadena Highlands, in the Garden Room. FREE PARKING: enter top level lot from the small cross street Bresee Ave. Sign in at concierge desk next to entrance from parking lot as a guest of Prof. Bernie.

    Alexa is SPYING on us at home (cartoon)

    Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) via F. Game; Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon, Wisdom Quarterly


    Family Guy: Brian takes Alexa ("Randy") to the cinema
    (Part 2). Family Guy, Season 16 Episode 17, Switch the Flip: Stewie helps sort out Brian's life with a body switching device then the whole town becomes affected.

    "Give me convenience or give me death," declare the Dead Kennedys. It's our all-American motto. Is Alexa (Echo, Siri, etc.) spying on us? It sure is. But that's scary and an unpleasant thought. Internet, convince me it's not so. Here's a load of propaganda to keep you talking (and being spied on by a wire you purchase and conversations you send in to the spying agencies. Thank you for your own demise:

    Alan Watts: seeing beyond conditioning (video)

    Alan Watts (alanwatts.org); Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson, Wisdom Quarterly


    How to See Beyond Our Mental Conditioning
    Alan Watts' gets very Hindu/Mahayana Buddhist in this fascinating talk on not doing to do and so on. Read Watts' books (amzn.to/2lCVsQw). Does It Matter?: Essays on Man's Relation to Materiality (amzn.to/2lRpSAZ). Out of Your Mind: Essential Listening from the Alan Watts Audio Archives (amzn.to/2lCZvwq). This channel is about spirituality, life, and self improvement. 
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    FREE: Potluck, Dharma Discussion, LA (Jan. 19)

    VeganSpirituality.com (facebook 470552256808163); Ananda, Crystal Q., Wisdom Quarterly
    Leading Sanskrit blessing at Vegan Thanksgiving Potluck 2018, Rancho Park, Los Angeles
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    Krishna was kind to the cows.
    Join Vegan Spirituality (Facebook event) for a potluck and Dharma discussion with Urban Shaman Seven.

    To begin the new year, let's get back to basics, back to the root of Buddhist terms translated as "meditation" and "mindfulness" and the three fundamentals of the Path of Purification.

    We'll enjoy a night of Dharma discussion, guided serenity meditation, mindful movement, universal loving-kindness, Sanskrit, and open group sharing.
     
    What are the healthiest ways to eat?
    VEGAN POTLUCK: bring a vegan (plant-based, raw, or cooked foods free of all animal products of any kind) potluck dish to share, your own plate/cup/utensils, and an open heart. We will have extra plates and utensils on hand. Be mindful to bring a dish versus a snack or drink so we have plenty of food for everyone.
    • Vegan Spirituality
    • Saturday, Jan. 19th, 2019, 6:00-9:00 PM
    • 9757 Delco Ave., Chatsworth, California (San Fernando Valley) 91311-5323 (MAP)

    Buddhist monks behaving badly (video)

    Al Jazeera English, AJ reporting from Thailand on an episode of 101 East ("Tainted Robes," Dec. 18, 2014); Crystal Q., CC Liu, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


    Thailand's Tainted Robes: Misbehaving Monks (101 East)
    As scandals involving misbehaving Buddhist monks rock the nation, 101 East examines if Thailand can save its "moral soul."
     
    Playboy bad "monk" Ven. Nehn Kham (AJ)
    Ven. Nehn Kham was once a hugely popular monk preaching in Thailand's poor northeast region of Isaan. Today, he is an international fugitive with a $32 million fortune that he amassed through fraud. Buddhists around the world were shocked when footage emerged of this monk looking like a playboy gangster on a private plane, in expensive sunglasses, clutching a Louis Vuitton bag, and fidgeting with high-end gadgets.
     
    His vile extravagance put him atop a long list of misbehaving monks making headlines in devoutly Buddhist Thailand for sex, stealing ["defeat" offenses], fist fights, smuggling drugs, selling guns, hiding pornography, and more.
     
    In response, Thailand's military junta [its new police state apparatus] has set up a 24-hour hotline for the public to report rule-violating monks. [Monks voluntarily take on 227 disciplinary rules called the vinaya, and temporary novices observe 10 of these rules.]
     
    But the junta is also proposing new laws to criminalize breaking any monastic Buddhist rule -- a move some fear is an over reaction that would threaten religious freedom.
     
    101 East exclusively reveals where Thailand's infamous jet-setting monk has been hiding (San Diego, California) and meets those on a mission to save the country's morality.

    PROOF: "Jesus" is a magic mushroom (video)

    Rev. Failla via TheOriginsOfReligion; Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


    Jesus is Magic Mushrooms (PROOF)
    Jesus Is Magic Mushrooms (originally published as "The Origins of Religion: as Reference to Sacred Mushrooms" by Rev. Nicklas B. Failla. The complete new book is loaded with extra information and pictures @ createspace.com/5521164. Free complete thesis paper with full reference list @ colostate.academia.edu/NickFa...

    The Sacred Mushroom and The Cross: A Study
    The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross: A Study of the Nature and Origins of Christianity Within the Fertility Cults of the Ancient Near East by famed Christian scholar John M. Allegro (reference) is a book documenting the linguistics of early Christianity and fertility cults in the Ancient Near East. It argues that "Jesus" never existed as a historical figure but was... Is Jesus a Mushroom? Christianity Retold Through Mycology... (prohbtd.com, Aug. 16, 2017) Biblical scholar John Allegro, after years of researching the Dead Sea Scrolls and... Testament's main subject, Jesus Christ, is actually....

    ABSTRACT
    Throughout the ancient stories of humanity, plants and fungi have been used as a source to contact the divine by shaman [wandering ascetic] and priest [Brahmin] alike.

    These experiences are often potent enough to form [and fuel] mystics, prophets, spiritual gurus, and even gods [devas].

    Psychotropic substances in the modern era have been virtually demonized and condemned by most members of society or labeled as "recreational" by others -- leaving any claims to a spiritual connection castrated at the [beginning] thesis statement.

    Scholars fear tackling this subject by reality of being ostracized from peers and/or banished by the church if not outright imprisoned by the state.

    Christian holidays such as Christmas and Easter and church sacraments like Holy Communion and marriage all appear to have their roots in the experience that "Christ" is centered upon -- sacred psilocybin mushrooms [which are entheogens that reveal the divine within and psychedelics that are "mind making" substances].

    This author [Rev. Nicklas Failla] takes a deeper look into the myths, artwork, and stories that surround religions and breaks down how each individual can come into direct communication with “the Divine” by instituting the true holy blessed sacrament.

    SPECIAL EDITION
    The motif of the sacred scarab (dung beetle) symbol is a distinctly predominating theme in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and amulets. The ancient Egyptians even depicted the dung beetle as a religious deity known as “Khepri.”

    Its prevalence as sacred imagery has been ill explained by past archaeologists and Egyptologists. Many historical explanations of the divinity attributed to this beetle have been based upon assumptions that the dynasties of ancient Egypt had “misunderstood” the biology of beetle, and that it was this “misunderstanding” which led the Egyptians to keep the beetle in such high esteem.

    Secondary research, which was triggered by newly discovered evidence obtained and presented by scholars on the newly discovered genus of psilocybin mushrooms, offers possible explanations to more probable motives behind ancient Egyptian’s use of the sacred scarab symbol.

    AUTHOR
    Rev. Nicklas B. Failla is a cultural anthropologist with an emphasis on religious sacrament use, particularly that of P. cubensis. Rev. Failla plans to continue research into how neurotrophic and psychoactive substances have melded spirituality since the beginning of time, as well as their current importance for the future of humanity.

    Like the Fanpage: The Origins of Religion (Jesus as Mushroom). Complete special edition by Nicklas B. Failla (fully remastered) includes The Origins of Religion plus Ancient Egyptian Royal Motifs, references to P. cubensis. Fanpage: facebook.com/TheOriginsOf... Memorabilia: ow.ly/JFg79.

    10 Things NOT to do in India (video)

    Cal McKinley - Go Local, May 20, 2018; Ashley Wells, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

     
    Ever wondered what India is like? India is one of the most culturally diverse countries in the world. So it's easy for tourists to embarrass themselves while they're in Asia's Holy Land. Here are 10 things NOT to do while in India. 

    Support Cal McKinley: patreon.com/calmckinley (check out website for a FULL list of travel recommendations (golocaltips.com), instagram.com/calmckinley, facebook.com/golocaltips. Music: "Budgerigar Vishnu" by Vinod Prasanna (goo.gl/wJ36xi). "DJ" by Jahzzar (goo.gl/5fZ6UY). "Quitin' Time" by Patrick Lee (goo.gl/APcLcz). Additional footage thanks to Sandhya's Kitchen, Anastasia Dinastia, water.org. A movie by Cal McKinley.

    Signs of space alien life caught on camera

    BE AMAZED, Aug. 6, 2017; Pat Macpherson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


    There are some alien sightings and encounters with alien life forms that have mysteriously been caught on camera, caught on tape for all to see. The mainstream media shies away from those and hypes the easily debunkable. From mysterious extraterrestrial sightings to people on camera with proof, here are 10 signs of space aliens.

    Karaniya Metta Sutta: Loving-Kindness (sutra)

    Ven. Ñanamoli Thera (Sn 1.8); Dhr. Seven, Crystal Q., Ellie (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
    What if life were suddenly one big chocolate, Willy Wonka? - Mmm, that'd be nice!
    .
    What should be done by one skillful in good
    So as to gain the State of Peace [nirvana] is this:

    Let one be able, upright and straight,
    Easy to speak to, gentle, and not proud,
    Contented, too, easily supported,
    With few tasks, and living very lightly;
    One's faculties serene, prudent, and modest,
    Unswayed by the emotions of family clans;
    And let one never do the slightest thing
    That other wise persons might hold blameworthy.
     
    (And let one think:) "In safety and in bliss
    May creatures all be of a blissful heart.
    Whatever breathing beings there may be,
    No matter whether they are frail or firm,
    With none excepted, be they long or big
    Or middle-sized, or be they short or small
    Or thick, as well as those seen or unseen,
    Or whether they are dwelling far or near,
    Existing or yet seeking to exist.
    May creatures all be of a blissful heart.
    Let no one work another one's undoing
    Or even slight one at all anywhere:
    And never let them wish each other ill
    Through provocation or resentful thought."
     
    Mom, do you love me more than anyone in the whole world? - I love you more than...
    .
    And just as might a mother with her life
    Protect the son that was her only child,
    So let one then for every living thing
    Maintain unbounded consciousness in being;
     
    And let one, too, with love for all the world
    Maintain unbounded consciousness in being
    Above, below, and all round in between,
    Untroubled, with no enemy or foe.
    And while one stands or walks or while one sits
    Or while one lies down, free from drowsiness,
    Let one resolve upon this mindfulness:
    This is Divine Abiding here, they say.
     
    But when one has no trafficking with views,
    And purges greed for sensual desires,
    One surely comes no more to any womb.

    How old is humanity? (video)

    Strange Mysteries, 7/17/17; Michael Cremo; Dhr. Seven, Pat Macpherson, Wisdom Quarterly


    How old is humanity, REALLY?
    These structures are much older than pharaohs.
    Working out the true age of humanity isn’t as easy as checking our birth certificate, which must be in Maha Brahma's hands, because the God is like that, always hanging on to keepsakes for its little projects down here on this bhumi. Nor can we count candles on a cake. First of all, we must define what "humanity" (this generation of humans with its princes and people, maras and brahmas, devas and wandering ascetics). Recorded (written) human history only goes back about 5,300 years, because this is when our ancestors first began to use writing systems to document what was going on. Earth’s last glacial period, also known as the Ice Age, lasted from 110,000 years ago to about 11,700 years ago. When did humans first leave Africa to explore the rest of the planet? Was it 200,000 years ago or 300,000 years ago? No. Try 2,000,000 years ago.
     
    Bonus videos and "Chemicals of Reality" premium video at patreon.com/strangemysteries. Narration by Jack Daniel (jackdanielvo.com); end of video trailer Narration by Ben Patrick Johnson, acclaimed narrator, novelist, and human rights activist (@benpatrick90069). Find on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
      
    Extreme Human Antiquity (Druta Karma)
    Michael Cremo (full DVD) via Jedi Knight, Feb. 16, 2018


    Over the past two centuries archeologists and anthropologists have ignored, forgotten, and actively suppressed vast quantities of evidence showing that human beings like ourselves have existed on this planet for tens of millions of years. Forbidden Archeology documents a systematic process of "knowledge filtration" and constitutes a serious challenge to the officially taught Darwinian theory of evolution.
     
    Michael Cremo explains human origins
    Michael Cremo Ancient Humans and Origins (2017), Richard Parr, April 16, 2017 
     
    "Forbidden Archeologist" Michael A. Cremo discusses evidence for humans of extreme antiquity, as well as his work on ancient giants (asuras, Titans) and vimanas (ancient Vedic flying craft, spacecraft). His books include The Hidden Truth About Human Origins and History and Forbidden Archeology: The Hidden History of the Human Race. Cremo began a series of ancient history books aimed at scholarly and popular audiences. The first to be published was Forbidden Archeology. Over the past two centuries archaeologists have found bones, footprints, and artifacts showing that "modern" humans have been on the planet in advanced civilizations for hundreds of millions of years, in line with Buddhist, Hindu (Vedic/Brahminical), and Jain cosmologies as recorded in the sacred texts of the East.

    Karaniya Metta Sutta: The Buddha's Words...

    The Amaravati Sangha (Sn 1.8; Khp 9); Ellie, Dhr. Seven, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

    "Love is what we are."
    This is what should be done
         By one who is skilled in goodness,
    And who knows the path of peace:
         Let one be able and upright,
    Straightforward and gentle in speech,
         Humble and not conceited,
    Contented and easily satisfied,
         Unburdened with duties and frugal in their ways.
    Peaceful and calm and wise and skillful,
          Not proud or demanding in nature.
    Let one not do the slightest thing
         That the wise would later reprove.
    Wishing: In gladness and in safety,
         May all beings be at ease!
    Whatever living beings there may be,
         Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none,
    The great or the mighty, medium, short or small,
         The seen and the unseen,
    Those living near and far away,
         Those born and to-be-born —
    May all beings be at ease!

    Let none deceive another,
         Or despise any being in any state.
    Let none through anger or ill-will
         Wish harm upon another.
    Even as a mother protects with her life
         Her child, her only child,
    So with a boundless heart
         Should one cherish all living beings;
    Radiating kindness over the entire world:
         Spreading upwards to the skies,
    And downwards to the depths;
         Outwards and unbounded,
    Freed from hatred and ill-will.
         Whether standing or walking,
    seated or lying down
         Free from drowsiness,
    One should sustain this recollection.
         This is said to be the sublime abiding.
    By not holding to fixed [wrong] views,
         The pure-hearted one, having clarity of vision,
    Being freed from all sense desires,
         Is not reborn again into this world.

    Slightly modified version of ©1994 English Sangha Trust. From Chanting Book: Morning and Evening Puja and Reflections (Hemel Hempstead: Amaravati Publications, 1994) revised for AccessToInsight.org on Nov. 2, 2013.

    Metta Sutra: "Discourse on Loving Kindness"

    Ven. Dhammarakkhita (trans., p. 61); Ellie, Dhr. Seven, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
    Love? How does one express "friendliness" (metta, maitri)? By acts of kindness.
     
    Rahula, the Buddha, and Ananda (Thai art)
    The following is an edited, interpretive translation of the famous Discourse on Loving Kindness" by the Western Theravada monk Ven. Dhammarakkhita from his book Metta Bhavana: Loving-Kindness Meditation.

    Owing to the glorious power of this Metta Sutra, spirits dare not appear in frightful forms. Anyone who [practices and] chants this discourse, day and night, sleeps peacefully, has no bad dreams, and enjoys many benefits. Come on, let’s recite this Metta Sutra!

    SUTRA: The Discourse
    One who is skillful in good practices and
    wishes to attain to that state of peace [nirvana]
    should follow this: One should be able and
    upright, perfectly straight, dutiful,
    gentle in speech, and humble,
    contented, easy to look after,
    with few [distracting] duties,
    simple in livelihood, controlled in senses,
    discreet, modest, and not greedily
    attached to people.
    One should do nothing that the wise
    may blame one for. Just think:
    May all beings be happy and secure!
    May their hearts be wholesome.
    Whatever beings there are,
    weak or strong, without exception,
    long, stout, or medium, short or tall,
    large or small, seen or unseen,
    near or far, born or unborn,
    may all beings be happy!
    Let no one deceive another,
    nor despise anyone at all.
    With anger or ill will, let one
    not wish harm to any other,
    just as a mother would protect
    her only child,
    even at the risk of her own life,
    let us develop boundless
    loving-kindness towards all beings.
    Let’s send unlimited loving-kindness
    towards the whole world,
    above, below, and all around,
    freely and without hatred or enmity.
    Whether sitting standing,
    walking or lying down,
    as long as we are awake,
    we should develop this mindfulness,
    for this, they say, is the highest conduct.
    Not following wrong views
    but purely and wisely being unattached to
    many pleasures, one gains freedom
    from endless rebirth. More

    Live in concert in LA: White Sun (Feb. 16)

    Gurujas, White Sun, KPFK.org; Pat Macpherson, Ashley Wells (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly


    Maya dreams of a white elephant.
    White Sun is an American musical group formed in Los Angeles, California. The line-up consists of Gurujas Khalsa (singer, principal songwriter), Adam Berry (producer, instrumentalist), and Harijiwan Khalsa (founder, percussionist).

    White Sun won the 59th Annual Grammy Award for Best New Age Album for their second album, White Sun II. Their music has gone to #1 on Billboard, #1 on Amazon, and #1 on iTunes and has been streamed 20 million times across six continents.

    Gurujas of White Sun interview by Christine Blosdale, KPFK 90.7 FM

    In 2018, the band released White Sun Gong, a full-length album of solo gong playing by Harijiwan, which reached #2 on the Billboard New Age Chart. Called “an extraordinary listening experience” by Phase Global Radio, White Sun Gong is not considered music but rather a tool to create a healing vibratory field. 

    White Sun III, White Sun’s third release, is a double album containing 23 songs and over 90 minutes of music. White Sun III was released on September 28th, 2018 and was featured on KPFK. More

    Mexican Heritage: Viva Mi Gente (Jan. 11-12)

    Wiltern.com via Pacifica Radio (KPFK); Pfc. Sandoval, Crystal Q. (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly
    Anything for Salinas and Corazón De Maná: Come sing, dance, and celebrate with us!
    .
    Mayans, Aztecs, Mexicans gave us chocolate
    Anything For Salinas band was assembled by Karol Posadas as a salute to the legendary Latin musicians Selena and Maná. These are tribute performances by her family members, bringing an experience that the audience will never forget. Their love and passion are displayed through their music. This show dedicates every song to the late queen of Tex-Mex. Corazón De Maná is a tribute band composed of five Mana fans, who offer the ultimate Maná live concert experience. Let's celebrate the "Love Revolution." More

    Thursday, January 10, 2019

    5 Tips: Altered states to explore consciousness

    William Buhlman, Monroe Institute, 12/18; Amber Larson, Dhr. Seven (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

    We have a choice; we can accept old fear-based beliefs and limit ourselves or empower ourselves to become effective explorers. Choose well.

    As an OBE (out of body experience) trainer for decades, I have seen and addressed many issues concerning OBEs, the vibrational state, and sleep paralysis.

    Regrettably, we live in a society that spreads false narratives and beliefs related to the exploration of consciousness and the associated energy phenomena.

    For over 2,000 years the collective consciousness of humanity has been saturated and manipulated with the belief of an external "evil" force, such as demons and devils.

    Sadly, many millions of people continue to accept this archaic, fear-based belief as a reality in their lives. For example, stories continue that some manmade “evil entity” can attack us while we are asleep or in an altered state.

    As active explorers of consciousness, we must rise above the old myths that restrict our progress and develop the mindset that empowers us to obtain the truth of our existence.
    An empowered positive mindset is our greatest asset during all explorations of consciousness.

    During all explorations of consciousness, our mindset is everything. Recognize that during all inner journeys we are entering a highly thought-responsive state of consciousness.

    It's essential to realize that we are never objective observers during altered states. Instead, we are active and creative participants in all our experiences.

    All thoughts and emotions we hold -- positive and negative, conscious and subconscious -- are creative energy projections influencing our perception.

    As any experienced explorer knows, our fears are the greatest single barrier to confront during our inner explorations.

    Our initial reaction to energetic events will often shape the perceptions of our entire experience. A calm, knowledgeable, positive , and prepared reaction to the vibrational state and sleep paralysis is essential to initiate effective exploration.

    I absolutely love the vibrational state and sleep paralysis because they are a clear indication that I’m ready to explore. I look forward to these energy events. They are friends and allies.

    The vibrational state is a positive, energetic announcement that we’re ready to explore. Surrender to and enjoy all of the energy events, and remain calm.

    Follow my preset exit procedures: “Roll now! Door now!”  -- no analysis, just an automatic calm response to all vibrational events.
     
    Five Tips
    Here are five proven strategies that work for me and others during our inner explorations. These are how to effectively respond to altered states, the vibrational state, sleep paralysis, and OBEs. (This applies to all methods of inner exploration including DMT-stimulated ones):

    1) An empowered positive mindset is our greatest asset during all explorations of consciousness. Remain calm during all shifts of consciousness, and embrace the creative power of your subconscious mind. Fully accept your unlimited ability to explore beyond your physical limits and create your reality in all situations. An empowered mindset raises your personal vibrational frequency and your state of consciousness, propelling you beyond the influence of any potential lower astral wildlife.
     
    2) Recognize that sleep paralysis, the vibrational state, and OBEs are completely natural events. My over 40 years of out-of-body experiences confirms to me that there is nothing to fear. Reject the fear-based beliefs that saturate the collective consciousness. Our personal fears remain the greatest block in all aspects of life’s endeavors including the exploration of consciousness and self-initiated OBEs. Embrace the love of the adventure and reject all manmade fear.  
     
    3) Remain calm and surrender during sleep paralysis or the vibration state. Never analyze, mentally resist, focus on your body, or fear the event.  One strategy is this: Go with the energy flow as you imagine you are immersed in and surrounded by positive thoughts and love. When we react calmly and effectively to these energy events they become our personal launch pad for exploration. Also, pay no attention to unusual sounds or images that may manifest; they are a diversion of the mind. Remain focused on your positive intention to explore beyond your physical limits.
     
    4) Focus and direct your complete attention to a location away from your body, “Door now!” Make this a silent affirmation for immediate results. My backup move is to mentally roll out of my body and direct myself away from my body.  (It’s similar to rolling in a sleeping bag.)

    5) NEVER think about or focus on your physical body during the vibrational state or sleep paralysis. When we focus on our body, we lock ourselves within it! During all altered states completely own your creative power and expect positive results. Silently repeat, "Awareness now!" to enhance your perception and mobility capabilities.
     
    Remember, we have a choice; we can accept old fear-based beliefs and limit ourselves or empower ourselves to become effective explorers. Choose well. More