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Posted 30 December 2016 - 02:42 PM

http://www.newstates...t-consciousness

http://www.supercons...sness-not-brain

http://www.conscious...-and-the-brain/

http://jeffkobermedi...ss-june-4-2012/

http://www.collectiv...aterial-mental/

https://www.eternea....ss_defined.aspx

http://www.chakra-an...sciousness.html

http://www.nderf.org...nsciousness.htm


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Posted 04 January 2017 - 01:11 AM

Monroe inspired Experiential Environmental Gradients Beginning at 3rd Density Earth Existence Through 8th density -

 

http://www.trufax.or.../gradients.html

 

"Most people who have even touched on the subject of consciousness studies recognize that there are different states of consciousness that one experiences, for instance, as one falls asleep. There is, of course, that famous point between waking and sleep where the body goes to sleep, often with detectable paralysis, while the mind and attention remain fully awake. What is usually discussed is the progression from alpha waves through delta waves of deep sleep, but there is more to this process than meets the eye. According to the understanding provided by Robert Monroe, as the signals from the physical senses fade out while the person remains awake, there is actually a movement of consciousness deeper into this “M” field, where one eventually begins to perceive series of whole new environments and experiences. Monroe created an arbitrary series of numbers to measure the movement into the field, called “focus levels”, matching distinct perceptual frontiers that appear as awareness moves into this field with an ever-increasing numerical equivalent, creating an initial system to measure the degree of “phase shifting”."

 

https://www.monroein...g/robert-monroe

 

https://en.wikipedia...i/Robert_Monroe

 

http://www.near-deat...xperiences.html

 

The 7 Primary Levels of Energy of Our Reality
with Integration of Other Systems -

 

http://www.energyrea...om/pgs/7lev.htm

 

7 Planes of Existence - 7 Chakras - 7 Rays - 7 Energy Bodies -

 

http://www.michaelte...om/7planes.html

 

http://www.mindbodyg...-Beginners.html

 

https://en.wikipedia...wiki/Seven_rays

 

http://www.spiritual...even-bodies.php

 

Many writings discuss 7 bodies/initiations.
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Source/God
The Spiritual Realms

Logoic
Monadic
Atmic
Buddhic
Manasic (Lower, Middle & Higher)

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Creator/Created Worlds

Psyche/Soul -
Higher & Lower Mind

Language of Religion. Myth, Symbol, Analogy & Metaphor.

Astral (Lower, Middle & Higher)
Etheric

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Physical - Brain/Body - Biological Computer
Society/Culture
Family/Humanity
Nature/Cosmos

All exists within environment.

 

Just to clarify the above chart -

7. Logoic
6. Monadic
5. Atmic
4. Buddhic
3. Manasic (Lower, Middle & Higher)
2. Astral (Lower, Middle & Higher)
1. Etheric
0. Physical

There are of course many other terms, & many different ways this information has been/is presented within a great variety of Models - the above classifications though are generally Universal within certain Esoteric writings.

 

"Lower Astral Level populated by recently deceased individuals from Earth who do not realize their transition, or believed there was no existence after physical existence (billions of entities remain here asleep), and those who are temporarily stuck. Level 23 is the temporary residence of those who separate from the physical under traumatic circumstances, through suicide, sudden death or disasters. Insane or near-insane emotionally driven beings are present. Sexual release is motivation of entity inhabitants.

Locale II (Journeys Out of the Body)"

3rd Density right up to Focus 28/Astral Bridge/Higher Astral -

Summer Land/Higher Astral/'Conventional Heaven'

 

https://en.wikipedia.../The_Summerland

It concerns me. Leaving aside all the silly polemics as to materialism VS spiritual realities, i don't doubt that there is a truth to this material, so many areas within comparative religion/spiritual/esoteric & occult writings correlate with it all. i don't want to be stuck in incarnational cycles & the Astral any longer than i have to be or is necessary.

 

This same general information continually resurfaces in my life, & has done for the past 15 years especially.

i'm going to try & make far more of an effort this year with following my own path & intuition within certain areas.

"Meeting these higher messages is the most important event in
anyone's life."

Vernon Howard - Cosmic Command, # 34

 

A very interesting book on these areas -

The Inner Journey: Pathways to the Higher Self -

 

http://www.douglasba....php?book_id=78

 

http://www.claregate.../douglas-baker/


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Posted 04 January 2017 - 11:59 PM

Antipsychotic Medication Study Focuses on Patient Experiences -

https://www.madiname...nt-experiences/

"Response to antipsychotic medication use is widely diverse. "Individual variation appears to rule the day, and what is one person’s life‐saving relief or useful tool is another’s personal burden, nightmare or hell." Study participants who came off their medications reported that withdrawal effects were also wide ranging and diverse. Some had few problems at all, and others had huge difficulties, including one person who reported, “I have come down off illegal drugs before and the withdrawals were worse than that.”

While the majority of people still taking antipsychotics said the medications improved their quality of life, the majority of those not taking them said medications made their life worse. So did taking medications lead to a better quality of life? The study shows that for all participants, quality of life was far more determined by non-medication factors such as working, going to school, coping, and having social support than it was by whether or not someone was taking antipsychotics.

These findings, around response diversity and life quality, suggest that prescribers need to emphasize antipsychotics as an unpredictable approach rather than a clinical necessity, and focus on psycho-social solutions proven to promote recovery. This is consistent with approaches that achieve high recovery rates, such as Open Dialogue in Finland, where vocational and education supports are paramount."

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Posted 08 January 2017 - 02:19 AM

"A child’s mere pencil sketch is every religion’s best description of God.
Who then will ever take issue or argue over such a naïve and innocent portrait?
Surely the intelligent, compassionate, and wise would not bother with such."

- Hafiz

Man must begin to the unitary principle of man - knowing that there are not separate men or separate individuals, but that the whole man idea is one. He must know that all mankind is connected with every other part of mankind, all geared together by the one omnipresent Light of God which centers all as ONE and motivates all as ONE. Until man knows that separation from God is impossible, even for one second, he does not begin to have knowledge.

~ Walter Russell

“In addition to our immediate consciousness, which is of a thoroughly personal nature… there exists a second psychic system of a collective, universal, and impersonal nature which is identical in all individuals.

~ C.G. Jung

“I realize today that nothing in the world is more distasteful to a man than to take the path that leads to himself.”

― Hermann Hesse, Demian. Die Geschichte von Emil Sinclairs Jugend


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 02:26 AM

The Future of Mental Health requires a lot of Rethinking; Dr Eric Maisel is set to share.

https://emergingprou...s-set-to-share/

"A retired family therapist and active coach and mental health advocate in the areas of critical psychology and critical psychiatry, Dr. Maisel writes the “Rethinking Mental Health” blog for Psychology Today and the “Coaching the Artist Within” print column for Professional Artist Magazine. His forthcoming book is Humanizing the Helping Professions (Routledge, 2018).

Dr. Maisel lectures nationally and internationally. He facilitates deep writing workshops in locations like San Francisco, New York, London, Paris, and Rome and at workshop centers like the Esalen Institute, the Omega Institute, and the Kripalu Yoga Center. He presents keynote addresses for organizations like the International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry and the International Association of Pastel Societies."

http://www.thefuture...ntalhealth.com/

http://www.ericmaiselsolutions.com/

An Interesting Reading List - http://www.thefuture...com/scrolllist/

https://en.wikipedia...iki/Eric_Maisel


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 01:54 PM

The Call of the Morrigan

http://www.patheos.c...e-morrigan.html

http://www.patheos.c...der-urgent.html


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Posted 14 January 2017 - 12:37 AM

Favourite spiritual teachers
 
i like Ramana Maharshi, Adyashanti, Sri Nisargadatta, & Jaggi Vasudev.
 
i do also feel drawn to Jeshua, But Not in any kind of Biblical or Religious sense, But as a very human spiritual teacher/healer. & Siddhārtha Gautama, But again in a very human & non religious sense.
 
Advaita / nondual is something that i keep coming back to -
 
 
The realisation of the Sacred/Divine Nature of all Life, the ideal of Compassion & Service to All. The idea that all the thousands of religions/sects/denominations, mythologies, pantheons, systems are like poorly drawn sketches & are all fingers pointing to the moon.
 
i'm also very interested in contemporary science, especially quantum & astrophysics.
 
What people & areas are other people drawn to here?

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Posted 14 January 2017 - 12:44 AM

"Even when you see the world as a trap and posit a fundamental separation between liberation of self and transformation of society, you can still feel a compassionate impulse to help its suffering beings.

In that case you tend to view the personal and the political in a sequential fashion. "I'll get enlightened first, and then I'll engage in social action."

Those who are not engaged in spiritual pursuits put it differently: "I'll get my head straight first, I'll get psychoanalyzed, I'll overcome my inhibitions or neuroses or my hang-ups (whatever description you give to samsara) and then I'll wade into the fray."

Presupposing that world and self are essentially separate, they imagine they can heal one before healing the other. This stance conveys the impression that human consciousness inhabits some haven, or locker-room, independent of the collective situation -- and then trots onto the playing field when it is geared up and ready.

It is my experience that the world itself has a role to play in our liberation. Its very pressures, pains, and risks can wake us up -- release us from the bonds of ego and guide us home to our vast, true nature.

For some of us, our love of the world is so passionate that we cannot ask it to wait until we are enlightened.”

 

― Joanna Macy,
World as Lover, World as Self


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Posted 14 January 2017 - 03:50 AM

Am thinking of reading some Bill Plotkin. He wrote -

Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness in a Fragmented

Soulcraft: Crossing into the Mysteries of Nature and Psyche

Wild Mind: A Field Guide to the Human Psyche

He also contributed to -

Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth by Joanna Macy

http://www.animas.org/books/

http://www.animas.or...us/our-founder/


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Posted 15 January 2017 - 12:50 AM

Global Greens Charter

https://en.wikipedia..._Greens_Charter

https://www.globalgr...g/globalcharter

https://www.britanni...-Greens-Charter

The six principles so distilled, in addition to the greens’ commitment to global cooperation, are the following:

    "ecological wisdom—that is, the requirement that humans learn to live within Earth’s ecological and natural resource limits;
    social justice, which rests on a fair, equitable, and stable world economy, the eradication of poverty, and equal rights for all;
    participatory democracy—that is, the form of government that empowers individuals through the maintenance of transparent and democratic electoral systems;
    nonviolence, which emphasizes a reliance upon cooperation, sound economic and social development, and peace between states and within states;
    sustainability, which emphasizes the sustainable and responsible use of natural resources; and
    the respect for diversity, which spans all cultures, linguistic groups, ethnic associations, spiritual and religious affiliations, and sexual orientations."


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Posted 15 January 2017 - 06:15 AM

I love your stuff, cpuusage!  Thank you for sharing it.


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Psychologist and Psychotherapist

Prozac 20 mg for approx 3 months during 2000, withdrew, no w/d sx

Prozac 10 - 30 mg Jan. 2008 - Dec. 2014

Ritalin 30-40 mg Jan. 2008 - Mar. 2015

W/d sx from Prozac started around 3 months after cessation--crying spells, depressed mood, lethargy; resolved in 8 - 12 mos. post cessation

Used and continue to use a TON of alternative methods--meditation, mindfulness, nutrition. supplements, exercise, etc.


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Posted 15 January 2017 - 12:41 PM

I love your stuff, cpuusage!  Thank you for sharing it.

 

Thank you. It's a rather random variety of stuff from my web browsing, but i do find things that i feel are of interest. Am glad some people appreciate it all.


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Posted 15 January 2017 - 06:56 PM

Cosmic Pantheism Modern cosmology may rule out a personal God, but leaves open a broader conception of divinity.

 

http://cosmos.nautil...osmic-pantheism

 

Neil Theise, M.D. - Complexity Theory & Panpsychism



Fundamental awareness: A framework for integrating science, philosophy and metaphysics -

https://www.ncbi.nlm...les/PMC4951167/

"The ontologic framework of Fundamental Awareness proposed here assumes that non-dual Awareness is foundational to the universe, not arising from the interactions or structures of higher level phenomena. The framework allows comparison and integration of views from the three investigative domains concerned with understanding the nature of consciousness: science, philosophy, and metaphysics. In this framework, Awareness is the underlying reality, not reducible to anything else."

 

http://www.mind-your...ersal_mind.html


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Posted 16 January 2017 - 03:30 AM

1. The Case for the Soul (Neuroscience)

The Case for the Soul
The Mystery of the Mind - Wilder Penfield
The Mind and the Brain - Jeffrey Schwartz
More than Matter - Keith Ward
The Matter Myth - Paul Davies & John Gribbin





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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlBO0Y9GJhk


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 12:28 AM

Neoliberalism is Destroying the World -

http://www.wakingtim...stroying-world/

Dylan Charles, Editor
Waking Times

"More destructive than bombs, money has become the weapon of choice for the global elite, for the hidden hand of finance can plunder and conquer entire nations, assimilate whole cultures, exploit resources and rape the earth while force billions into poverty, all with the surprising stealth of pen-strokes and business contracts.

Neoliberalism is the economic and political philosophic driving force in the world today. It suggests that human progress is the result of competition, best expressed by an extremist version of unfettered capitalism, where privatization of profits and socialization of losses are acceptable ethics, regardless of human and environmental costs incurred along the way."


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 09:44 AM

The DSM and the Medical Model

https://www.madiname...al-model-video/

"Since mainstream “mental health” care directly affects the public, the public deserves an overview of the issues raised by the critics of these practices. For this reason, I have created a short video lecture titled The DSM and the Medical Model (embedded below). This summary of criticism of the medical model of mental distress is intended to fill a void in public information, and offer a sharp rebuke of psychiatry and its narrative. The video is also intended to give voice to the disenfranchised faced with the injustices of their interaction with the mental health care system. It lays bare the counterproductive nature of the medical model and the pseudoscience and elitism that support it.

I am seeking feedback on my video from the Mad in America community, with an eye toward re-editing it to give the most impact possible. I am especially interested in feedback about the social welfare paradigm that is introduced as a better, alternative narrative of mental distress. I am also interested in ideas about how to promote the video, which will be presented free to the public after editing."


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 09:54 AM

Facing the shadow, both the darkness within us and that of others…

https://beyondmeds.c...ing-the-shadow/

January 17, 2017 By Monica Cassani    

"Rage is nectar from the gods. Rage is Kali. We shun her at our peril.

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Healing for me required learning to hold joy and devastating loss together at the same time. Such is life.

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The dialectic — staying safe and getting our feet dirty both — we need to learn to do that. Lately on twitter there has been a meme about being willing to get into “good trouble.” In these times, I dare say, it’s a necessity to our survival. Be willing to get into good trouble!

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It’s very easy to want to turn away from stories like the one I shared the other day. The one about the woman killing her beautiful, young, innocent child.  I’ve looked away from such stories many times…they’re incredibly painful to consider.

We must learn to be willing to look however, because this is a completely preventable story. It also seems that if we are willing to look into the shadow of humanity unflinchingly that we might heal it. Much of this stuff simply need not happen. Truly need not happen but there is no will to actually look and see what is really happening. When we look and deeply tend to ourselves and others we heal ourselves and others. When this doesn’t happen we see a world out of control. The world as we see it now."


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