How can we begin to commence sexual healing?
For thousands of years, our species has suffered at the hands of fundamentalist religious organizations and stunted our collective healing around sexuality. Here’s the truth: sex is normal. It is an essential part of life. It is completely not the case that sex is evil, only supposed to happen between married couples, or any of the nonsense taught by organizations like the fundamentalist Christian church where I was raised. In reality, sex is a beautiful and essential element of the human experience. Sex is a spiritual practice. When we engage in consensual sex with another individual, we are participating in a sacred and beautiful act that helps our souls evolve individually and collectively.
Sexual healing is essential. The more we learn, the more important sex becomes. In the case of men, sex is an essential part of balancing the testosterone hormone. In order to experience healthy and balanced testosterone levels, a man must maintain a healthy sex life. Symptoms of low testosterone include depression, lethargy, low muscle-mass, a weakened immune system, moodiness, and a variety of other scientifically backed principles. Maintaining a healthy sex life is essential for overall health in men and women.
So how can we facilitate sexual healing?
What must we do in order to heal collective wounds around sexual trauma and mis-information?
Sexual healing must begin. If we desire to heal our collective species and evolve into the more beautiful versions of ourselves we know is possible, it is imperative that we heal these collective wounds around sexuality. When we begin sexual healing internally, we open the doors for the collective. When we begin healing within our own selves, we magnify healing out into the world at-scale. In order to heal collectively, we must start by healing within.
Let’s explore how sexual healing can begin!
Sex is meant to be a fun and spiritual activity that helps a person express themselves fully! In today’s world, sex is demonized in many parts of the world… It is condemned as sinful or worse…
In truth, sex is a fun and exciting activity that keeps human beings healthy. Due to thousands of years of misinformation around sexuality and eroticism, we have been misled to believe that sex only serves for procreation. We are taught lies by fundamentalist organizations that tell us sex is only to be used between married folks looking to create babies. By no means is sex taught as an actual passionate art. There is no education around “how to have good sex”. If anything, the overall feel in the collective consciousness around sex gravitates more towards avoidance of sex, mentioning protective measures around sex, teaching abstinence, and helping people to essentially NOT have sex. Although it is certainly essential to practice safe-sex and only engage in sex with consensual partners, our species needs greater education around “how to have good sex” that is fun, fulfilling, and erotic.
Thankfully, there is emerging conversation around sexual healing. Our collective consciousness is awakening to the idea that sex is meant to be playful, fun, exciting, and erotic. We are realizing that sexuality is an essential part of the human experience. As we continue to explore sexual healing, eroticism, kinky fantasies, passionate sex, and passion in all its forms, we can start to mend the collective wounds. As we explore this new and exciting road, it is important to have proper education in-place to help men and women experience passionate and erotic sex in a healthy way.
Jaiya is a sex educator who helps folks unlock their erotic passion and enjoy sexual healing through her Erotic Blueprints method. For decades, Jaiya has been involved in studying and facilitating sexual healing in order to allow her clients to experience the passionate and erotic sex that they deserve to have as humans. Jaiya has published books, created courses, and opened the doors to a new era of sexual passion and enjoyment that is ours to explore collectively.
Jaiya came on the show to share here Erotic Blueprint method and help us understand how to begin sexual healing both individually and collectively:
Here’s a quick breakdown on the Erotic Blueprint model developed by Jaiya:
Here they are with a brief description of how each one works. By understanding our Erotic Blueprints, we can facilitate sexual healing internally and with our partners by understanding one another… In the same way that understanding someone’s Myers Briggs Personality Type helps you understand their personality.
Here are the five blueprints:
No. 1. Energetic.
Folks with an Energetic Erotic Blueprint are aroused and sexually awakened in the moments leading up to sex. They are energetically receptive to sex… This means they can experience no-touch orgasms, orgasms off anticipation, and a variety of other unique ways to enjoy the sexual experience. Energetic types are more turned-on by the actions leading up to the actual act of sex. In order for an Energetic Blueprint to have a fulfilling sexual experience, they must have a loooong anticipation period before any actual penetration occurs. The “shadow” side of an Energetic Blueprint is that a person not aware of their Blueprint might find themselves NOT enjoying sex because they are unaware of their need to experience a long period of foreplay and energetic anticipation prior to any sort of sexual activity.
No. 2. Sensual.
Those with a Sensual Erotic Blueprint experience sexuality through their senses. For this individual, it is essential that ALL of their senses be engaged in order for an ideal sexual experience. For example, a Sensual Blueprint might want candles lit, lights dimmed, sexy music playing, a long period of cuddling prior to sex, and blankets to keep them from getting cold. They want to enjoy having all their senses engaged. A “super-power” of the Sensual Blueprint is their ability to experience orgasm off sensations of taste, cuddling, or even music. Again, they experience sex through their senses at a much greater degree than any of the other Blueprints. The “shadow” aspect of this Blueprint could be a tendency to not allow themselves enough time to fully get “in the zone”… For a person possessing a Sensual Erotic Blueprint, it is essential to have this adequate time of cuddling and sensual arousal prior to engaging in sex.
No. 3. Sexual.
Folks with a Sexual Erotic Blueprint (like me!) want to get down to business. These individuals LOVE nudity, penetration, passion, and the actual act of sex. The “super power” of a Sexual Blueprint is the ability to become aroused quickly, orgasm quickly, and engage in some of the most passionate sex possible. Sexual folks are not complex and oftentimes make the most sense on paper… We just like sex! The “shadow side” of a Sexual Blueprint is the inability to relate with the other Blueprints. In the mind of a “Sexual”, sex is simple and does not require huge amounts of foreplay… However, if the partner of a Sexual Blueprint is NOT a Sexual, then there can be issues as it might be difficult for the Sexual individual to relate and understand the other. This is why sexual education around Erotic Blueprints is so important!
No. 4. Kinky.
The world of Kink is vast. In our interview, Jaiya explained that there are two main types of Kink: situational and emotional. Those who favor situational Kink enjoy using ropes, being dominated, or using any number of toys in the bedroom. Those who favor emotional Kink might enjoy role-playing or other varieties of situations that change the dynamic of sex from an emotional perspective. The “super power” of the Kinky Blueprint is their ability to be creative. Truly, Kink is an endless rabbit hole that only ends where creativity cannot produce more kinky scenarios. Kinky individuals often find that once one fantasy has been satisfied, another slightly more intense fantasy takes its place. The “shadow” of the Kinky Blueprint is shame at the personal or societal level… It can be difficult for a Kinky individual to discuss their desires with their partners for fear of being shamed or embarrassed. One more reason why sexual healing and education is SUCH an important movement: we have to understand one another in order to engage in passionate healing around sex and eroticism.
No. 5. Shapeshifter.
The Shapeshifter Erotic Blueprint shares aspects of all the other four types. Shapeshifters are a sort of sexual hybrid that can morph and change into whatever turns-on their partner. In a sense, a Shapeshifter is naturally suited towards being more comfortable in the bedroom. They are able to shift between blueprints and provide sexual pleasure in whatever way their partner needs. This is their “super power”: Shapeshifters are the most naturally adept at the sexual experience. However, this ability can come with a heavy price. The “shadow” side of the Shapeshifter Blueprint is the fact that they require an extremely full and diverse sexual experience in order to be truly satisfied. In order for a Shapeshifter to have the passionate sex they can truly achieve, their large appetite for sex must be fulfilled. For them to live at their fullest erotic potential, a Shapeshifter Blueprint needs to be filled in every way possible in each of the four primary Erotic Blueprints. Sometimes, it can be hard for them to receive to such a degree.
Sexuality is more profound than we know. In order for us to experience the sexual healing that is our birthright, we need to come together in education and mutual support. Instead of snickering at the mention of sex, we should pursue this aspect of the human experience and see sex for what it really is: a powerful and spiritual tool for connection. In our world, more connection is what we need… More of this conception around us all being one. We are all of us one and we all are united in the march forward in sexual healing, even if there are those of us still detracting from the conversation. Ultimately, love and connection will win the day.
Will sex with AI Technology ever be a “Good idea”? Can a robot ever replace intimate partnership with another person?
As we continue forward into the future, this question of relationships with AI technology will become more of an issue…
Especially once VR technology is in the mix, it will become a very real possibility for someone to begin having a real romantic relationship with an artificial intelligence… What are the dangers here? Could it ever be a “good idea” to start having romantic relations with a robot?
Is it possible that this is the future of the species? That the future organism on this planet is some mix of robots and humans, perhaps somehow formulated inside of a sexual partnership between the two?
Although this might seem like science fiction now, we are moving towards a future where it is an immediate concern regarding how robots in the bedroom will play out.
Ultimately, this question relies on getting back to what’s important in life: our relationships. We might see folks using AI technology as a substitute for relationships because folks are too scared to talk to their romantic partners about what’s REALLY going on inside of the relationship. Instead of sorting it out, folks could turn to the AI lovers to fill the hole.
In order to ensure we do not have such a cold fate, it is essential that we mend our relationships. This requires folks being authentic and truthful with one another here in 2019. If we want to avoid a future where the majority of people are substituting partnerships with AI lovers, we have to step up to the plate and begin having REAL conversations with one another.
On this show I talked to Michael Lauria about the idea of intimate sexual relationships with AI technology. Here’s the real issue here: folks are lonely. We need love in this world. It’s time to understand that the reason why someone would value having sex with a robot over a human is because they’ve been harmed in their relationships.
Here’s what’s real in the world: relationships are the most important things in our lives.
If we are having a bad relationship with our romantic partner, it will show up in every other area. It will affect our business, our health, our ability to stick to goals, and everything in between. If left un-addressed, it will manifest in all areas of life.
If we are given the opportunity to begin having romantic or intimate relationships with robots, there is a danger that many folks will turn to that option because their own relationships are going south. If folks are unable to address what’s really happening in their life, it will show up everywhere else.
That’s why it’s so important to cultivate healthy relationships. Be about it… Do the work to make relationships the #1 priority in your life, because they always are even if you pretend that is not the case.
At the beginning of 2019, gender issues are increasingly more complex. On the one end, we have women who have been hurt and traumatized by the collective civilization for thousands of years. On the other, we have men who feel increasingly more misunderstood, disenfranchised, and confused by the global state of gender. With more radical definitions of “sexism” coming into our collective mind, confusion continues. In today’s world, we see folks being demonized for misunderstandings that could have been resolved over a common conversation. Is sexism real? Yes, of course. We have seen thousands of years of abuse hurled towards half of our collective species. On the other side of the coin, there is a tendency for an over-correction in the other direction as women make their claim for equality. In our increasingly more politically-correct western culture, there have been examples of instances that leave one side or the other feeling increasingly more confused and misunderstood.
Gender issues are incredibly important. In 2019, it is absolutely essential for our collective civilization to begin accepting the radical shift needed towards equal opportunity at a global scale. In many parts of the world, women are still oppressed. Additionally, when we speak about gender equality, we need only continue our conversation to also encompass the LGBTQ community or minority communities that might feel oppressed in their parent culture. Truly, equality at-scale is a goal that must be achieved before any sort of real progress can be made. As a gay man, I feel a tremendous amount of empathy, pain, and compassion for gay people living in Iraq or Saudi Arabia who have to stifle their natural sexual emotions or face persecution and death simply over their choice of partner. That being said, it is important to protect against an over-correction that will only lead towards more collective suffering.
As women, minorities, and the LGBTQ members of our tribe demand equality, there is potential for an over-correction towards the other side… How could this manifest? Just as we have collectively demonized the feminine energy within ourselves and within our collective society, we could begin to suppress our masculine tendency. To really understand the potential here for gross negligence, it is important to discuss the masculine and feminine energy and how they are incorporated into modern-day gender issues. Let’s dive in!
Our outer world is a reflection of our inner states. When it comes to learning about the law of attraction, we begin to understand and see how drastically our internal thoughts, feelings, and beliefs start to manifest our external world. Similarly, when we suppress our internal masculine energy or feminine energy, we see these imbalances reflected out into our collective society at-scale.
What is masculine energy? What is feminine energy? To define the problem, first we must explain the Universal Principle of Gender.
There are seven primary universal principles.
Here we will cover the principle of gender.
This is the idea expressed by Yin and Yang… Two sides of the coin. The principle of gender is not referring to sex (although sex – man or woman – is one expression of the principle of gender) but rather to the way in which that energy is expressed or manifested in the physical world. For example, the masculine energy is typically associated with persistence, pushing, thought, overcoming obstacles, forward motion, and action… This could manifest in the waves of the ocean crashing onto the shores, a cat pouncing on a mouse, or an entrepreneur working a 15-hour day to make their dream a reality. Feminine energy refers more towards the creative energy of nature… It is associated with nurturing, compassion, emotion, rest, daydreaming, cultivation of energy, or withdrawing… Feminine energy might manifest in the ocean waves rolling back into the ocean to “re-group” for their next hurrah, the cat taking a bath after devouring the mouse, or the busy entrepreneur enjoying a bath after a long day of work.
Gender issues are a manifestation of our misunderstandings around the principle of gender. When we suppress one side of the equation, we fail to fully enjoy the human experience. Instead of enjoying everything that we can create and manifest individually, we suppress a side of ourselves that is asking to be expressed. Oftentimes, this can manifest as health issues, business failures, financial trouble, or relationship issues. When our collective whole is refusing to recognize one aspect of our own internal nature, we can feel societal-level impacts that reverberate throughout the entire culture or civilization at-large.
Gender issues are a manifestation of our own internal suppressions. Picture this: if there were 100 people living in a town and each of those individuals had the flu, we would notice some collective issues. Work would stagnate because everyone was sick, the overall mood of the village would suffer because folks were grumpy, and the local restaurants or bars might fail because no one was able to enjoy a night-out. If those 100 people were unable to overcome their flu, eventually the town would probably fail because it would not be able to function.
The same is happening in today’s world when it comes to balancing our internal masculine and feminine energies.
Collectively, we are all neglecting to even recognize our internal feminine and masculine elements. Women are taught to lean into their feminine energies while men are encouraged to pursue being more masculine. In the United States of America, there is a collective conversation happening around gender equality and the aforementioned over-correction that could happen if women begin to ignore their feminine energy and begin working entirely from their masculine energy. Obviously, women have been unable to pursue their own internal masculine energy for some-time so a bit of an over-correction might even be necessary in order to make up for lost time. However, it is essential that we understand this global phenomena and work to heal trauma instead of casting blame towards others.
Likewise, men are experiencing a confusing time around gender equality because the average man does not want to inflict pain on women. Indeed, the actual number of men who are actually terrible sexists is in the overwhelming minority. For the most part, men want to support women in stepping into their masculine energy. However, the overall conversation around sexism and gender has left many men confused. In response to this apparent over-correction by females, makes are left wondering their place. Men might feel misunderstood or wrongly blamed for crimes they personally did not commit. Furthermore, men could feel themselves being discouraged from experiencing their own masculine energy. Suddenly, we are living in a world where “an eye for an eye leaves everyone blind”. Suddenly, women are asking for revenge for their own lack of ability to experience masculine energy via demanding that men now experience the same. If we want to heal trauma and build a more beautiful world, this travesty must be avoided.
On this show, I talk to Kevin Oroszlan about this important topic… We dive into discussing how men can thrive in 2019 and what balanced masculine energy combined with feminine energy might resemble. In today’s increasingly more polarized world, this is an important conversation to begin having at-scale from the largest platforms possible.
On this show, we talked about how the suppression of our internal feminine energy has manifested into oppression of women collectively. Just as our own bodies can sometimes demand a rest, demand more creative space, or even manifest diseases or illnesses that force us to finally take a break from our masculine energy, women around the world are standing together and demanding to be recognized. No longer are women standing up for injustices committed against them. Although this drive for equality is certainly to be encouraged, there is a tendency to demonize masculine energy. Almost as a way to get revenge for what has been suffered by the divine feminine, the divine masculine is being criticized and held accountable for sins that it may not have necessarily committed. We are risking a fall into demanding justice for crimes that were not committed by any singular person or organization.
So who is to blame?
Again, it may be the case that our own internal misunderstandings around feminine energy are to blame. In a sense, we are collectively at-fault for neglecting to acknowledge and value our own feminine energy. When we heal these wounds, we will notice healing permeate throughout civilization and begin to reshape our cultures into something far more profound and wholesome than we have experienced to-date.
The idea of loving our enemies has puzzled philosophers, theologians, and people for thousands of years since Jesus Christ originally suggested the idea…
In fact, if we examine the history of Christianity, it seems that there is a whole lot of hatred, blood, and persecution against the enemies of the church. Whether it is the Crusades, the Pope becoming a ruler of most of Florence and sending armies to destroy his enemies, or Christian justifications for slavery during the United States Civil War, it seems like this teaching of “love your enemies” has been thrown in the trash can by most of those practicing the belief system. What happened?
Throughout my time growing up in the Christian church, I felt pretty confused by the amount of judgment hurled towards fellow Christians and those who did not “believe in Jesus”. It seemed pretty hypocritical. For the majority of the time I spent in Christianity, a great deal of effort was put towards teaching us how to behave, how to convert non-believers, how to ensure we did not lose favor with God, and the signs to look for in fellow Christians that might help us determine if they needed to be confronted over some supposed wrongdoing. Of course, all out of “love” for that individual. I began to question if this is what Jesus really meant when he said to “love your enemies”… It seemed hairy to say the least.
I left the church for a variety of reasons. In the years since, I have re-awoken my spirituality thanks to experiences with psychedelic mushrooms, studying world religions, and exploring philosophies dating back to Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece. In the midst of this reawakening, I have begun to think more seriously about the teachings of Jesus and what he may have been trying to express. “What Would Jesus Do?” was a question we asked ourselves often when I was growing up in Christianity. In today’s world, this question might be more important than ever before. However, I believe there are alternative answers than those being propagated by the Christian or Catholic churches... Answers that these organizations might ironically dislike or campaign against spreading.
In order to really love your enemies, a person must begin to cultivate empathy. What is empathy? Essentially, it is this idea of placing ourselves in another’s position… Seeing the world through their eyes and understanding that there are logical reasons behind their actions. No one in the world arrives at their conclusions from an illogically formed idea. It is important to note: we might disagree with their reasons. This is normal and possibly even worthy of encouragement! When we disagree with one another, we build on the collective beliefs of the past and move our species forward into an elevated state of consciousness by hashing out ideas in the collective consciousness. This is why the internet is so powerful. However, to engage in this level of conversation, we must first understand and empathize that every human arrives at their decisions through a logical and relatable set of circumstances.
Daniel Roberts hosts a podcast called “Unmake My Enemy”. On this episode of the show, Daniel and I talk about the idea of loving our enemies. We discuss terrorism, religious fundamentalism, and how to apply the teachings of Jesus from a secular perspective. Daniel and I were raised together in the same homeschool group while also attending the same church. It is always a pleasure to connect with folks from the past only to find that they have walked a similar road. Check out this show:
When we observe stories like those of the Zealots through the timeline of history, we can understand the logical reasons behind why they do the things they did. We might read our history books and say “yeah, I see how a Zealot initiate might feel as if they were the good guys”. However, in the same breath, we might talk about how ISIS or Al-Quaeda are demons who need to be wiped from the face of the Earth. Now, just to be clear, I am by no means attempting to justify the actions of terrorists. However, I believe it is essential that if we want to end terrorism, we must empathize and understand why someone would become a terrorist… Are they scum? Are they degenerates? Are they less-than human? When we dive into the pages of our history or psychology textbooks, we arrive at the answer being a solid “No”. Oftentimes, they are engaging in a logical train of thinking that leads them towards making the horrible decision of becoming a terrorist.
It’s an ancient saying that “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter”.
So how can we love terrorists? How can we love those who bomb buildings, shoot up cities, and assassinate or kidnap members of our society?
It all begins in understanding that other people are the same as us.
It is difficult (to say the least) for me as an American to imagine myself committing acts of terrorism against my countrymen. In my eyes, this is an act of pure evil. The perpetrators of such actions must be violent degenerates who should be shot on site… Right?
Well, when we read some history books about the region, we begin to see how there are many reasons for why a Middle Eastern individual might end up becoming a member of a terrorist organization. In their eyes, it is impossible to imagine themselves supplying weapons and promises to the Mujahideen only to disappear and leave you struggling once the Soviet threat was eliminated.
Similarly, if you are a young man in Iraq who decides to join ISIS, you might not be able to understand how someone could ever send robotic airplanes that bomb weddings and kill innocents. In your eyes, those who vote for such actions must be violent degenerates who should be shot on site… Right?
I hope you see the point I’m trying to make: loving our enemies means putting ourselves in their shoes.
When that happens, we can begin to understand why war and violence happen in the first place. Typically, the perpetrators of violence have been harmed themselves. They are victims of trauma that oftentimes can be traced back to us. The endless cycle of war and violence will not end until we collectively come together and say “enough is enough” and refuse to do no more harm and inflict no more killing on one another. War and violence are patterns that are asking to be ended and cleared from our collective consciousness. We have only ourselves to blame for their perpetuation. If we attempt a collective solution, we may be surprised at the result. When we find ourselves inflicting no harm, we may find that no harm returns to us.
Once upon a time in a forest in Germany, I had an experience with psychedelic mushrooms.
It was a day much like today, actually… A bit cold.
This was at a point in my life where I was still struggling with autism to a great degree. My marriage was not in good shape. I had not yet realized that I am gay. Over the past year, psychedelic mushrooms had helped me significantly in my journey to overcome autism, heal my life, and develop into the person that I knew I could become. Overall, my experience of life was improving but I still had a seemingly long way to go.
To overcome autism, I was using psychedelic mushrooms consistently for a year… Multiple times per week. I was at a unique position in my life because my wife was supportive and the substance had such a drastically beneficial impact on me and our relationship that it made logical sense to consume mushrooms regularly. Honestly, this year of consistent mushroom use is where I came up with most of the crazy ideas that I share on the Beyond Homo Sapien show.
Here’s what I found with psychedelic mushrooms: at the beginning of my experiences with them, the experiences focused on me and my personal issues. In my first handful of uses, the experiences were centered around realizing I’m autistic, releasing trauma I had been holding, analyzing negative patterns in my own life, and so on.
As we progressed down the rabbit hole, the conversation changed.
Instead of focusing on me and my own conditions, the experiences shifted to talk more about human evolution and the current state of civilization… Basically, where this is all heading.
Here’s what I’ve learned.
The internet is our collective mind manifested into the world. Thanks to the powers of connecting networks together, Homo Sapiens has learned how to speak to one another across distance instantly. You might be reading this blog in Dubai, London, Hong Kong, or Moscow. I am writing it in the middle of nowhere, Missouri. Despite being separated by great distance, we can communicate and share these ideas instantly with one another. If we had each other’s information, we could hop on a video call and discuss these ideas from opposite ends of the planet.
Do you realize what has happened?
Our collective consciousness has been turned into bytes and data. We can learn what people in other countries are thinking as they go through their day-to-day life. We can watch ideas be debated and developed over Twitter comment threads. We can hop on Reddit and see “the front page of the internet” and view in real-time the most trending topics, videos, jokes, memes, etc.
Arguments over social media are a beautiful thing… This is our collective mind trying to decide something. Over thousands of comments expressed every second, we are collectively evolving in our thoughts and beliefs around homosexuality, war, crime, socioeconomics, religion, artificial intelligence, or the best food for our cats.
It is a collective organism trying to make up its mind about what it believes. We simply fail to understand what has happened because it happened too quickly. Suddenly, we can talk to people in other countries instantly. In fact, we can go one level further: we can analyze and see into their minds. Using tools like Google Trends or various keyword research tools, we can view in real-time what internet users are typing into their internet browsers. We can observe these trends changing at a large scale in real-time.
We simply have not been able to adapt our civilization fast enough for the internet’s true impact to manifest.
Folks are treating the emergence of the internet as if we have gone from the Bronze Age into the Iron Age… As if our civilization has developed some new tools and things are just becoming a bit more efficient.
What has actually happened is more akin to jumping from the Bronze Age directly into the Enlightenment.
If you were transported directly 500 years into the future, you would probably notice because it would be an individual experience.
We have not yet noticed what has happened because the teleportation into the future happened at the collective level. We have ALL experienced this shift into “the future” and we have yet to realize what is happening. This is why so many industries are being disrupted… Companies like AirBnB, Uber, and Amazon realized the immense power of the internet and took advantage. Their conquest was swift and happened before their competitors even realized what was happening.
However, these tech companies are just the beginning. They are a preview of what is about to happen. We are going to experience a collective shift into the new age of civilization that will leave many in our civilization confused, scared, and unaware of what exactly happened.
Human evolution can be harsh. Survival of the fittest.
Does it have to be harsh? No. In fact, there is much we can do to ensure that everyone is able to experience and enjoy human evolution and the step forward into the future of our civilization. It requires education and compassion. When we share the message of what has happened and help our fellow humans to take advantage, we step into a more advantageous position that ensures we move forward into the future as equals rather than as a privileged few and a disadvantaged majority.
Is it possible for the human species to evolve here in 2019?
How would this look? Are we sitting on a powder keg just waiting to explode or will it take millions of years before Homo Sapiens evolves into something else? Although there is certainly a biological element to this question, it is essential to consider the ability for technology to speed-up the process of human evolution via allowing our species to merge with machines and/or consume psychedelic substances in order to accelerate the process. Have you experimented with Psychedelic mushrooms before? This is a factor that is not often considered… The philosopher Terence Mckenna (RIP) was an advocate for the idea that psilocybin mushrooms aided the development of the human brain and evolution over a quick period of time. Would it be possible for this to happen again?
Human evolution might look differently than we can define biologically.
Instead of a process taking millions of years to complete, human evolution might happen in the blink of an eye. When have we crossed over into something new? Does it happen when we have cybernetic chips embedded in our heads that connect us automatically to virtual reality and the internet? Will it be when we operate our lives on blockchain-integrated neuralink-platforms? It would seem that we are moving towards this future faster than we are not.
Human evolution involves a switch in our belief systems.
We are evolving out of learning from pain and into learning from joy.
What does this mean? It requires a shift in how we identify with our experiences. Instead of learning from the hardships of life, we are beginning to understand that joy and love carry just as many lessons as the painful paths of existence.
2019 and 2020 are about to be MASSIVE years for the evolution of the human species… Let’s make some predictions about this important time.
Let’s make some predictions about what is happening here in the world at-scale.
We are living through the most incredible moment in history. There are no coincidences: we are all here to play a role of some variety. For some people, that role is to resist the change and produce some final challenges. However, for many of us, we are meant to facilitate and catalyst the evolution of the species into something more profound.
2019 and 2020 predictions from the Beyond Homo Sapien foxhole:
Elon Musk is set to release Neuralink here at any moment…
This is a device that potentially could connect human beings to the machines. Essentially, it gives us the opportunity to merge with Artificial Intelligence and other emerging technologies. From Musk’s perspective, Neuralink is a survival method.
I’ve done another show breaking down Neuralink. You can watch that here at this link:
We are entering the era of AI technology implementation across the globe.
Deep Learning was the big invention of the previous few decades… Effectively, this is the mechanism that allows AI technology to learn patterns, use data to discover more about us, and really learn and analyze data and patterns at-scale.
I’ve done an episode on this topic as well… Check it out here:
We are already seeing that folks are becoming more disgruntled about government structures and entities. Honestly, what we are seeing right now is a preview of what is to come…
Sometime in the next two years, I predict we will see some MASSIVE government corruption uncovered… Something absolutely huge. It will come via Wikileaks or some random teenage hacker…
Something global… Something along the lines of exposing the folks who are really pulling the strings behind world politics.
What will be enlightening about this revelation is that we will find that this “Cabal of Illuminati” is a group of old men and women who will get caught with their pant’s down.
Instead of finding Sauron, we will find someone who looks a lot more like our grandpa or grandma.
These folks will be quickly escorted off-stage, given some sort of punishment, and sent on their way to live out the rest of their lives in some prison or nursing home.
We will realize that the “monsters” we imagined are nothing more than a bunch of old folks.
Suddenly, we will realize that we have the power
Blockchain will become more firmly integrated into our society.
We will awaken to the power of this incredibly technology.
Once this government cabal is exposed, we will turn to Blockchain as a way to ward against government corruption.
We will begin bulletproofing ourselves against these corporations and folks who are “pulling the strings” at the higher levels
Human evolution requires us stepping into the awareness that we need a better education system.
We will dispose of public education.
The student loan crisis will demand an alternative to the education system.
This is when the World Change Academy will step into the forefront of our civilization.
We will uncover some massive breakthrough about the nature of reality.
That we create every inch of our reality.
We will quickly begin asking “Why?”
“Why does my mind control reality?”
We will realize that we are a collective mind.
We will realize that we are all of us one.
We will step into that awareness completely with science on our side, confirming what sages and mystics have preached since the dawn of spirituality.
Watch this video for a more detailed breakdown:
We will recognize that everyone is an extension of ourselves.
This will empower us further to understand ourselves… We will realize that a homeless person is as much “us” as our arms and feet.
We will begin to love more strongly.
We will become awake fully to the nature of the collective consciousness.
This mindset and philosophy will stage us for expansion into space.
Just to see where humanity will go.
We will transition from learning from Pain into learning from Joy.
Because we will see that Joy is just the beginning of something more profound… The more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.
Meditation is increasing in popularity as the internet expands. More people are asking today “How do meditate”? By evolving the collective mind around meditation and encouraging more beginners to start meditating, we can create a more peaceful collective society that has all the benefits of meditation at the collective level. This is a powerful movement that needs guidance and help as more beginners start to learn how to meditate. By helping one another learn the basics of meditation, we can increase the collective movement towards peace, love, happiness, low-stress, and all the benefits that meditation has to offer.
What are the benefits of meditation? Here are a few:
Meditation everyday has been shown to produce a host of benefits. There’s also studies such as the Maharishi Effect which examine meditation at a larger scale. In this series of studies, groups of meditation clinics were facilitated throughout cities. During the weeks that the large-scale meditation events occurred, crime and violence decreased across the city. These tests were repeated and tested against one another to determine effectiveness and the overwhelming results were that when large numbers of folks were engaged in meditation, crime and violence across the city decreased. The ramifications for the collective mind are massive when it comes to meditation. Learning how to meditate could very well become a matter of public health and safety at the collective level, not to be underestimated.
So, what are some great meditation techniques for beginners?
Here’s an episode of the show where I explored this topic:
Meditation does not have to be difficult. Here are some of the easiest methods of meditation useful for a beginner whose just looking to learn how to meditate without getting too fancy or taking up a large period of time and energy. Truthfully, meditation can be time consuming at the higher levels of the art. However, this is not necessary to enjoy the numerous benefits of meditation. If you are just looking to get started, 5-20 minutes per day is all that is needed. Start with just 5 minutes a day and expand from there!
Here are some beginner friendly techniques to get started.
Guided meditation is one of the easiest ways for someone to get started meditating. In today’s world, there are thousands of videos available on YouTube to help someone learn how to meditate easily. Check out this video by Louise Hay… It is one of my absolute favorite guided meditations!
One of the simplest methods for someone learning how to meditate is to simply sit and breathe! Yep, that’s it!
Just take a seat or lay down in your bed, set a timer, and breathe in and out through your nose.
If you can, try and count to seven on your inhale and count to seven on your exhale. In and out of your nose. Focus on your breathing. If your mind begins to wander, just bring your attention back to your breathing…. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 seconds in…. pause…. 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 seconds out… pause…. repeat 🙂 Easy as that!
Although this might seem like a more complex meditation technique when you first see it, I have found that the Wim Hof Method for breathing is an excellent introduction to breath work in general. The Wim Hof Method for breathing begins with 30 breaths in and out of your mouth. After the 30 breaths, you hold your breath for as long as you can. After you cannot hold your breath any longer, you do another 30 breaths in and out of your mouth. The trick is to inhale MORE than you exhale. When you exhale, just allow a small amount of air to leave your body… As little as possible! This is an amazingly effective technique. Although it is usually done while seated, I typically do the Wim Hof Method while laying down… That is what feels good for me!
Watch this video for an instruction from Wim Hof himself:
Meditation has a long history of use. Over thousands of years, our species has created countless different ways to meditate. If you are just learning how to meditate, follow one of the three methods above for the easiest point of entry. However, if you are a more accomplished meditator, here are a few techniques that are a bit more advanced!
Lately, I have become a big fan of attending Shamanic Drum Meditation ceremonies! I have been attending the drum ceremonies that the band Amalghemy holds in St. Louis and getting a lot of benefit from these experiences. If you are interested in exploring Shamanic Drum Meditation, I encourage you to find a place in your own local area where you can have a Live Experience of this modality.
If there are no shamanic drum experiences in your area, Amalghemy put together a Free MP3 to help you experience this powerful meditation technique. Click Here.
Shamanic Drum Meditation is a powerful method because it helps drown out the voice of your own internal chatter. By silencing this voice, it is much easier for you to disappear into a deep state of meditation that will have a profound impact.
Lately I have been learning more about a system of breathing called Transformational Breathwork. This is a style of breathing that induces a deep state of meditation that helps to enter into the subconscious mind and begin to re-program limiting beliefs. It is a way to detoxify the body. The first time that I tried this method, I ended up sweating quite a bit! It emptied by body of toxins that were being held onto.
Here’s how it works: lay on your back with your head flat. If possible, place a pillow underneath your knees to elevate them slightly off the ground. Once you are comfortable, open your mouth as wide as possible. Once it is open, begin breathing in and out of your mouth in a circular fashion. Do not pause. Breathe in through your mouth 1,2,3,4,5 and then immediately out through your mouth 1,2,3,4,5… Keep it going in a circle with no break in between.
Recommended time for Transformational Breathwork is 45 minutes. However, if you are shorter on time, try to do 100 breaths! This should take about 10-15 minutes total. At the end of your breaths, hold your breath for as long as you can!
I have found this to be a powerful method to experience a deep meditation. I do this every morning and its been life changing.
If you are interested in the more “traditional” forms of meditate, learning how to do Mantra is a powerful form of learning how to meditate. Mantra is a type of phrase that is chanted repeatedly to focus your mind. Although this does not have to be the case, Mantra is oftentimes in another language like Sanskrit.
Here is an example of Mantra meditation:
The collective consciousness has suffered a great deal of trauma.
Think about it: our species has endured a great deal of trauma and suffering over they centuries of existence. Dating back to antiquity, we have fended off wolves, sabertooth tigers, and (unfortunately) one another.
In today’s world, we have all the opportunity to move past this trauma. Finally, we have achieved a state of abundance and prosperity where its possible for our species to begin moving into a better future. It is now more likely that we can start overcoming trauma and move through the darkness of previous years into a more abundant future. There is much to explore and enjoy, even in the face of bitter hardship that still rages around the world.
There is so much we can enjoy once we begin overcoming trauma at the collective level. However, in order to facilitate that healing, we must help each other from a place of empathy and strength. Once we learn and accept that everyone is battling with the same demons and problems, we can grow from empathy of another’s position in the world. We can heal collectively and move into the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible. Finally, we can be as one whole.
Trauma in a variety of forms is holding back our world. What is trauma? Effectively, an emotional state where a person is unable to step into and become the individual they are meant to be due to immense hardship suffered. Psychologically, traumatic incidents can be not fully processed by the brain due to the severity of the incident. When this happens, it can lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because the brain is unable to process the event due to the severe trauma. When this happens, it can result in the brain remaining in a state where it believes that the incident is still happening at that moment, even if it happened many years before.
Overcoming trauma necessitates a societal movement towards collective healing. In truth, our entire society is traumatized in one way or another due to our disconnection with nature and our thrust towards a more anxious and stressful world that we all desperately want to overcome.
How do we collectively heal from trauma?
Starting from a place of love and compassion can help lead us towards ultimate healing from trauma. When we understand how important it is to empathize with another’s experience, we can begin to collectively heal and start overcoming trauma. When this happens at a collective level, we can free ourselves to move forward toward a better horizon.
On this episode of Beyond Homo Sapien, I talk to Jacque Ecuyer about overcoming trauma. Jacque is a life-coach and specialist in this area who helps folks move past trauma whether it be emotional trauma, overcoming childhood trauma, or a variety of other issues the client may have suffered.
Ryan Matthews is a man whose come back from seemingly insurmountable odds.
In the last decade, Ryan has battled cancer, a heart attack, PTSD, losing his business, going through divorce, and serving a jail sentence.
On this show, we talked about the importance of facing our fears head-on. Ryan did not fully recover from his hardships until he realized that PTSD and his mental health issues were the root problem behind the rest of his issues. Once he isolated this problem and began to work on his mental health, everything changed for Ryan.
This show is one for anyone looking to overcome the seemingly impossible in their lives.
Tarot Card Reading is an ancient tool that dates back to the ancient world. Card reading and psychic abilities have existed in various forms over the years since Ancient Egypt. In fact, there are many who suggest that the art of Tarot Card reading was developed in ancient Egypt and relied much on their understanding of Astrology and how the Zodiac functions in relationship to the Tarot and our own spiritual abilities.
Are Tarot Cards “Real”? In other words, can they be trusted? Is this just a way for “psychics” to take your money?
In today’s world, Tarot Card reading is making a resurgence. There is developing interest around the Tarot as the internet continues to expand and bring to light these ancient esoteric teachings that have been the domain of the spiritual “underground” of psychics, mystics, energy healers, channelers, clairvoyants, and others who have never before had the sort of platform that the internet now provides. Thanks to the advent of mediums such as Facebook groups, YouTube channels, or blogs like this one, these individuals practicing psychic abilities and mediums such as Tarot Card reading are suddenly given a platform to reach and influence the world.
As the internet has given these individuals a platform, their message has begun to resonate with the collective.
In today’s world, many folks have questions about the topics of spiritual awakening, developing psychic abilities, use of psychedelic substances, and other areas of interest that have been stuffed underground for thousands of years.
On the Beyond Homo Sapien show, we do a weekly Tarot Card reading to benefit the collective. The purpose of this reading is to educate folks around how the Tarot actually works and what it involves. This is meant as a tool to spread awareness around this powerful tool and eliminate fear that these cards are somehow “demonic” or tied with energies that might not be serving of mankind. Conversely, I have personally received so much value and clarity from working with Tarot Card reading and my own life has dramatically changed for the better.
Check out these weekly Tarot Card Reading sessions and let me know if you have questions about how the cards work!
Here’s a reading with Jax Atlantis:
First draw: Page of Coins and Seven of Cups.
Second draw (from Jax’ Zodiac Oracle Deck): Leo.
Third draw: Knight of Coins.
Check out the video for our breakdown on what these cards might mean for us in this week’s energetic cycle! Tarot Card reading is an intuitive art-form and remember to always trust YOUR intuition related to what these cards mean specifically inside of your own life. Instead of relying on the words we are speaking, listen to your own thoughts, feelings, and emotions that are created when you hear those words. THAT intuitive voice is the real message you are meant to receive during a Tarot Card reading.
What would the Tarot Cards have to say about more confusing or controversial topics? One of our favorite “hobbies” is asking the Tarot Card reading about specific issues happening in the world and using those cards to lead a discussion around a controversial topic. For example, on this episode of the show, Jax and I talked about sexism and used a variety of Animal Spirit Oracle Cards and Tarot Cards to lead the conversation. Why do we use Tarot Card Reading to lead a conversation? This is a great way to avoid our own biases clouding the conversation and ensuring that the ideas that want to be expressed get their light in the sun. It always seems to be a way to have a healthy conversation around a controversial topic. Check it out here:
Sexism in today’s world often gravitates towards discussing women’s rights. However, there is a large part of society that feels a bit alienated in this conversation: men who have experienced sexism. Nowadays, it is all too easy to gravitate in one direction or another depending on our preconceived notions about how the other side MIGHT be feeling about each other. Often our own need to be heard results in the creation of polarized sides that build due to a fear around not being heard by the “authority”. As we develop and expand the human consciousness, we are beginning to realize more that avoiding these “black and white” perspectives are a truly beneficial way to step into a more beautiful future.
Tarot Card reading was really effective to lead this conversation. Throughout our conversation, we were visited by the “Death” card which we felt signified that there is a negative pattern in our collective mind that is asking to be cleared and removed from the conversation. Perhaps this idea that it is even possible for us to have ONE side that “wins” the conversation? It might be a healthier place for our collective mind if we begin to understand that we are all connected… We are all of us one… When we honor and respect another’s perspective, we reduce their chances of forming some sort of polarized or extremist group that could have a negative influence on society and the conversation happening at-scale. We were also visited by the “Ten Of Sword” card which often signifies that there is an idea that must end… Once more, we see this theme that there is an idea that is asking to be cleared and ended from the collective mind. Although it can be intimidating think we might need to “kill” one of our ideas, the rebirth that will happen when this occurs will be collectively healing and beneficial.
In addition to Tarot Card reading, we also chose to incorporate some Animal Spirit Oracle Cards. We were visited by the “Whale Spirit” card which asks us to “trust the great mystery”. We interpreted this as possibly meaning that there is some misunderstood aspect of the conversation that has yet to emerge in the same way that a whale lives under the ocean surface, waiting to be discovered. Additionally, there is also the possibility that we must simply watch and wait (as “Seahorse Spirit” urged us to do) and we will see this “great mystery” of an idea emerge into our collective mind. Overall, between the Tarot Card Reading and the Oracle Cards, we were led to think there might be some missing aspect of the conversation around sexism that is asking to be brought to the forefront of our consciousness. Perhaps an idea around the suppression of the “divine feminine”? Maybe a deeper understanding of our collective and intertwined nature with one another? Whatever the issue, the cards seemed to suggest that we need only watch and wait for that idea to appear.
On this show with Jax Atlantis, we are going to chat about sexism towards men and what it actually looks like… How is it possible to be sexist towards a man?
In the ever-expanding conversation around masculinity vs. feminine energy, a lot can be lost in translation…
It seems to be all too easy for folks to get offended. Sexism is a term that gets thrown around without much real reason, evidence, or thought.
On today’s show, we are going to move towards ending this tendency. Let’s talk openly about sexism and see where this conversation leads!
Enjoy this episode with Jax Atlantis? He’s a regular on the show!
Here’s an episode where Jax and I talked about problems in the spiritual community.
Angel Card Reading is a fantastic tool for tapping into our intuition and learning to access higher realms of our consciousness!
Have you engaged in Angel Card Reading before? It is a fantastic way to learn how to hear your own “inner voice” more clearly… Whether you believe in “angels” or not is irrelevant… Effectively, we tap into higher levels of consciousness that lie dormant within our collective… Once we open up these pathways, we are often surprised with what happens!
This has been my experience with Angel Card Reading.
Today I’m talking to Christy Forsyth from Clarity about Angel Card Reading for 2019!
Here at the beginning of the year, we can make an attempt to access these higher realms of consciousness and get some answers around what might be the best way to proceed forward.
Let’s learn and brainstorm around how we can start the year off right! Exciting times lay ahead for us in the coming year… Energetically, there is ALOT going on! Let’s do some Angel Card Reading together and see what we can collectively discover!
Personal development is a broad concept by nature.
When you ask 10 people what “personal development” or “self growth” means, you will get 10 different answers…
Here’s how I’m going to define “personal development”: an individual’s attempts and processes to improve themselves mentally, physically, and spiritually. Mind, body, spirit.
In regards to human evolution, personal development is one of the most important aspects! In order for our species to ascend into the future, become interplanetary, and achieve our full spiritual awakening and fulfillment, we have to achieve success in three pillars of personal development: mind, body, and spirit.
Let’s dive into a few specific areas!
Personal growth often happens when we experience an intense period of turmoil and hardship…
Self development stories that involve a person overcoming immense hardship to achieve a goal are the most inspiring for a reason: they speak to the true strength of the human spirit… The ability that is within ourselves to overcome obstacles and thrive. Andrew Stotz is a financial investor and coach who hosts a podcast called “My Worst Investment Ever”.
Here is our conversation. Andrew and I talk about some of the worst investments made by people who have been guests on his show. We also dive into the process of recovering emotionally from financial struggle and the deeply personal process of self growth that happens as a result of financial hardship. Additionally, we cover some ground about the actual tactical side of investing. If you are someone interested in expanding your financial growth, this is a great episode to watch:
From the time I was practically a baby until I was seventeen years old, the Christian religion controlled most of my world. Even after I had “left the church” at age seventeen, I still carried the “shackles” of my Christian upbringing for many years and did not fully relinquish myself from the grasp until years after actually leaving the church.
I’m making this post because I want to share with people who might find themselves in a similar situation.
Before diving in, just to be clear and up-front, I think the Bible is absolutely fascinating. Nowadays, I read my Bible (the same one I’ve had since I was a kid) more than ever. I’m absolutely obsessed with dissecting the code language that I believe was used to write the Bible. Theories about Jesus, Christianity, and the early disciples such as the one detailed in “The Sacred Mushroom And The Cross” by John Allegro absolutely fascinate me. I still pray, I ask Jesus for help and guidance, and I think often about what he would do. In more ways than one, my “relationship” with Jesus Christ has never been better than it is today.
That all being said, I have an entirely different view about Jesus, Christianity, and the history of the religion than most Christians would ever attest.
Christianity ruled my world until I was seventeen. As a high school student, I attended church almost every day of the week. On Mondays I had skit team practice. Tuesdays was prayer group. Wednesdays was bible study. Thursday I would go to my Christian homeschool group for the day. Fridays was “outreach” night where we’d try and convert some folks to the “good lord”. Saturdays I’d usually hangout at the mall with my church friends. Obviously, Sundays was church.
I was obsessed with being the best Christian I could possibly be. Over the summers, I would go on mission trips. I went on “expeditions” to Baltimore (ironically about 20 minutes away from my home…), New York, and England all in the name of spreading love and, of course, “winning souls for Christ”… Whatever that means.
Here’s an episode of the Podcast where I dive into this topic in detail:
My “doubts” first began to creep in when I was around 16.
What happened? I started reading the Bible.
Specifically, I began reading only the words of Jesus. I was becoming curious about what Jesus himself actually taught and I was looking to answer some questions about this whole “hell” thing that I was supposed to be rescuing people from suffering. Honestly, I’m not sure exactly why I began questioning the theory of hell but I knew that Jesus would probably lay my questions to rest.
Quite the opposite happened.
You see, Jesus actually does not mention hell very often. Furthermore, whenever he does, it’s mentioned in parable. It’s told in a story used to illustrate some other point he’s trying to make (oftentimes a point about loving people and other “crazy ideas”).
Here’s what struck me as odd:
If Jesus was really sent here to “save us from our sins” and bring us to an everlasting kingdom in heaven, would he not have made everything crystal clear?
If it was the case that hell existed and the ONLY way to avoid going to hell was to “believe in Christ and accept his salvation”, would not Jesus have made that perfectly clear? Would he not have laid out the rules?
I was confused. If Jesus truly was the being of love and salvation that I knew him to be, why was there no “sermon on the mountaintop” where Jesus lays down the law?
I was expecting to find something like this: “Hey everyone, I need to fill you in on something VERY important. In fact, this is the reason that I (God) incarnated as a man. Ok, everyone taking notes? Listen up: At some point in your life, you MUST say a prayer and accept that I am real and ALSO that I am here to save you from your own sins. If you do not say this prayer, you are literally going to burn in hell forever. Got it? Again, this is extremely important. Please, for the love of me, say the damn prayer at some point in your life.”
No such sermon exists in any form.
Instead, we are given a number of parables and stories where Jesus alludes to hell in an extremely metaphorical way that is open to interpretation. Most fundamentalist churches interpret these parables to be talking about a literal hell where our souls will literally go if we do not say the literal prayer and ask for forgiveness. However, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of interpretations that could also be true… Interpretations that make much more sense when compared with the loving and forgiving individual that Jesus appears to be in the stories.
What’s more is that anytime Jesus DOES say something with crystal clarity, its in verses like the following:
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Matthew 7:1-2)
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30-31)
Now let’s contrast these verses with a parable that is often used as justification of how Christians need to save people from hell by getting them to say a very specific prayer:
“The Parable of the Weeds Explained
Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear.
The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.
The Parable of the Net
“Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.
“Yes,” they replied.
He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”
This parable is interpreted by fundamentalist Christian churches that Christians must go out to the world, share the gospel of Jesus with non-believers, get them to say a prayer where they accept Jesus into their heart and repent for their sins, or else those individuals will burn forever in a literal fiery hell.
Now, let’s come up with a few alternative explanations:
There’s three examples literally off the top of my head that make a bit more logical sense than the extrapolation that Jesus is saying that there is a literal hell where the “sinners” will be burned forever.
Christianity extrapolates on these stories when there is no basis for them to create meaning where there is none.
Granted, I understand that there are supporting verses and that other parts of the New Testament (such as the works of Apostle Paul) elaborate more on this theory of folks going to hell. However, I have always been concerned with the words of Jesus himself. In my view, the Apostle Paul and all the others are just one more set of pastors and priests who are adding their own interpretation to the words of Jesus to suit their own ends. In fact, here’s an excellent article on how the Apostle Paul pervaded the words of Jesus to manipulate and control the early church.
Although there were many reasons in general that I left the fundamentalist church, this was the one that I could not overlook.
I lost believe in hell. It just does not make sense.
How could a loving God possibly send people to hell ESPECIALLY when the “message” about hell is so confusing and encoded?
If you want to read more on this topic, check out the groundbreaking book “Love Wins” by Rob Bell. This book outlines the argument is a great deal of clarity and essentially establishes in the author’s view that Jesus’ message is actually that everyone is going to heaven and that it is Satan and his demons who are going to be cast into the fires of hell. This is a great example of how a person can remain a Christian while also not believing in hell.
You see, for many years after leaving the church, I struggled with feeling bitter.
Christianity had me feeling as if I had just wasted a hell of a lot of time…
I had begun training in martial arts and began to get completely obsessed with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Judo. As I began to develop as a martial artist and fall even more in love, I felt like Christianity had robbed me of a childhood. I felt betrayed. I felt a bit traumatized. I felt like a victim.
I carried this feeling forward into my early twenties. At the time, I was suffering from some pretty severe mental illnesses as a result of being on the autism spectrum and suppressing my homosexuality. Although it would be a few years before I had this realization as a result to using psychedelic mushrooms and going through some intense spiritual and personal development, I credited Christianity as part of the reason that I was so unhappy.
“If only I had not spent so much time living a lie in the Christian church, I would have had more time to develop myself as a ‘normal person’ and I would not be having so much trouble at my job!”
It was not until I realized I was autistic and took responsibility for my own personal development that my life changed.
I began to experiment with psychedelic mushrooms in an attempt to gain more empathy and heal the relationship I had with my wife at the time.
What followed was a journey deep down the rabbit hole of psychedelic mushrooms that resulted in me 1. Realizing I’m autistic. 2. Realizing I’m gay. and 3. Realizing that there is “god” of some sort after all.
You see, on the psychedelic experiences that I had, it became abundantly clear that there is some sort of spiritual force at work. It was obvious that there is more to reality than meets the eye. Thanks to psilocybin mushrooms, I was able to experience spirituality firsthand instead of going through a “third party” preacher who told me what spirituality was supposed to be about.
Christianity is hiding some deep truths about our world. In fact, I’ve begun to think that Jesus (if he was actually a real person) was influenced by the psychedelic mushroom. In fact, the theory of John Allegro I mentioned before is essentially that Jesus WAS a mushroom… That the disciples and early “Christians” created the character of Jesus to relay the teachings they were receiving from the psychedelic mushroom.
If you’ve experienced psychedelic mushrooms in some detail, you will see how this theory makes a great deal of sense.
Christianity very well could be influenced by the teachings of psychedelic mushrooms and other psychedelic plants like the Acacia which were native to the area.
Why is this the case? On a psychedelic journey, oftentimes one is exposed to all sorts of “beings” and “entities” that relay lessons, teachings, and messages from some sort of divine mind or collective consciousness.
Could it be that this is where the teachings of Jesus originated?
I’m going to write more on this topic soon and expand on various theories of religions. However, for now, I hope this post has helped in some regard.
If you have suffered with leaving the Christian church or any other fundamental religion and you are looking for a new way forward or someone to talk to about leaving the church, reach out to me! I’m here to help.
You know the old saying… “You don’t talk about religion and politics”…
Well, personally I’ve come to believe that THIS way of thinking is the very reason why these organizations continue to have a harmful influence over our world: we “can’t talk about them”.
It’s bullshit… It’s a contrived notion created by the organizations themselves in order to remain above criticism. Frankly, they are terrified by criticism because they rely on fear to maintain control the masses.
Someone has to start talking about this shit…
The way Christianity treats sex education is borderline criminal.
This is the fundamental teaching of Christianity that is poisonous: that we bear original sin… That humans are inherently “not OK”… That we come into this world completely broken and we are only made acceptable by solving the riddle of salvation, repenting for our horrible sins, and accepting the forgiveness of Jesus. When this happens, we are redeemed (to an extent). Until that point, we bear the weight of sin.
Christians are taught that sex or lust with anyone other than your own wife or husband is completely immoral and full of sin. However, conversely, once married these are desirable. Outside of marriage, lust and sex are completely criminal. Once in marriage, these are acceptable (and encouraged!) behaviors but only within the confines of marriage… Sex or lusting towards anyone other than your husband/wife are completely forbidden and reprehensible. Of course, homosexual behavior of any sort is also evil and forbidden.
Where does this teaching come from in the text? Well, primarily, this verse from Jesus in his famous sermon on the mountain:
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
-Matthew Chapter 5, Verses 27-30, NIV
This is the only time Jesus directly addresses the topic of lust, sex, or anything remotely similar in a condemning manner. Besides this example, Jesus is typically hanging out with prostitutes, ministering to those who want to stone adulterers, and generally being a loving and great individual full of criticism for the religious authority.
Most of the references in the Bible to adultery, sex outside of marriage, sexual “impurity”, or lust come from archaic verses in the old testament or the teachings of the Apostle Paul. Here is a very Christian influenced source listing a few of these examples, straight from the “horse’s mouth”.
Christianity mis-uses this quote from Jesus, in the first place. Typically, it is understood to mean that a person who LOOKS “lustfully” at someone who is not their wife/husband is committing a sin. This is used to demonize porn, skimpy dresses, Victoria’s Secret, and much more. Here’s the thing: just taking this verse itself at face value… Jesus is speaking to a MARRIED AUDIENCE. He is speaking to a culture that got married when they were thirteen. In this day-and-age, everyone (for the most part) had a spouse! It seems more that Jesus is essentially saying “Hey don’t envy someone else’s wife… Be thankful for your wife” (decent advice, right?). However, this verse is taken literally to mean that non-married young folk (or anyone) should never ever ever lust over one another, under any circumstances.
Christianity leans heavily on the above quote by Jesus to talk about the evils of premarital sex. I have heard and seen this verse used in a variety of circumstances… Everything from explaining why Christians should not kiss anyone until marriage up to arguments about why women should not dress inappropriately because they are causing their “brothers to stumble”. Over my years in Christianity, I heard many moronic and sexist arguments for why Christian women should never dress “inappropriately” because their “brothers” cannot help but look. It was taught that Christian women who dress “inappropriately” are behaving in a way that is unkind, unloving, and much more.
Here’s the issue: first of all, this is completely against what is obviously moral. It is not OK to teach kids that they are responsible for the sexual reactions of others to them. This is encouraging of rape culture, victim blaming, and much more. When we teach our kids that they are at-fault in any way for how another person feels about them, especially sexually, we open the doors for kids to not understand boundaries regarding sexuality. A person is NEVER at-fault for unwanted sexual advances or harassment from another.
Furthermore, the very idea that sex is “bad” is steeped in puritanical tradition and hierarchy.
It is a method of control.
You see, sex is as important to human life as eating good food and drinking clean water… It is essential to healthy hormone production. It is necessary for health. It is obviously essential in furthering the species and reproducing. Sex is an essential part of personal expression, individual health, and feeling connected with the world and our community. Sex is a part of living a healthy life. Demonizing sex means demonizing an essential part of the human experience. We are suppressing a crucial element of the human experience.
Christianity and other fundamental religions are responsible for furthering this belief system and thought in our culture.
It is time for us to move past this error in thinking. We must teach our children that safe and consensual sex is a crucial element of the human existence. It is no longer OK for these fundamental religions to teach our children otherwise.
Christianity and other fundamentalist religions prey on folks with low self esteem.
In the Christian theology, there is the idea of “original sin”… If you’ve grown up in a religious environment, you are probably familiar with the concept of original sin. If you are not, let me break it down quickly:
Christians interpret the story of Adam and Eve literally. In Christianity, it is taught that THIS decision essentially signed humanity up for a sinful existence of defying God’s word. Due to this initial disobedience, humanity is doomed to hell unless they accept Jesus’ salvation. If that is done, they will go on to heaven and live the eternal life they were originally promised before Adam and Eve committed the “original sin”.
Oftentimes, the ridiculousness of this interpretation is lost in translation and overcomplicated by thousands of years of Christian teachings that throw their own spin on this story…
Basically, here is what Christians believe… Broken down clearly.
Christians believe that two people existed thousands of years ago as the first two people ever. They think that because these folks ate the fruit of the wrong tree, that all of humanity is doomed to hell for all of time. This would be like if your great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents disobeyed their parents and didn’t eat their vegetables at dinner and, because of that disobedience, you and the rest of the world are doomed to be tortured for eternity.
However, Christians give God a pass because he sent Jesus to “save the world”… Of course, they forget that Jesus didn’t arrive on-scene for a few thousand years thereby condemning plenty of folks to hell before he got off his ass and came on down here… Even when I was a Christian, I would wonder about this predicament… What took Jesus so long to get down here and start saving people?
So Jesus is our “way-out” of this deal.
However, as I have mentioned before, the whole message of Jesus is a bit encrypted.
It is not as if there is a passage in the Bible where Jesus clearly lays out “the deal”…
He never gets up on the mountain-top and lays out the rules of the game. Instead, the whole plan is hidden in parables, obscurity, and messages that do not give clear instruction on how to actually achieve eternal salvation. Furthermore, he does not lay out WHY salvation is even necessary. In fact, Jesus does not actually describe people as sinners who are in need of his forgiveness. From his perspective, everyone is… well… saved!
It is the Christians that twist around this message in the same way the pharisees were twisting the message back in the days of Jesus…
It is the same pattern repeated.
The only way that a person reliably “buys into” this message is if they already do not have much self worth. Throughout my time growing up in Christianity, this was my experience. The majority of Christians I know struggle with their own self esteem and self worth… Obviously, many people all over the world struggle with their self esteem! It is an epidemic in our world. As I discuss on this blog relatively often, there is an epidemic of limiting beliefs in this world that is collectively holding back our species.
It is not a person’s fault that they have limiting beliefs… It is a natural result of going through any sort of traumatic event. However, these events are meant to be overcome. Instead of educating people on how to overcome their limiting beliefs and improve their self esteem, Christianity and other fundamental religions teach people that they are on the right track! It teaches people that their suspicions are true! Indeed, they are pieces of shit… Thankfully, there’s this guy named Jesus and if you just say a certain prayer and keep showing up at church, your sinful nature won’t land you in hell for all of eternity…
In other words, they get people who ALREADY are struggling with confidence and they convince them that they were right all along! Indeed, “you are worthless!”
This is a completely immoral message that must be purged from our collective consciousness. It is poisonous.
Want to know what is really fucked up? This message is taught to kids… All over the world, kids are taught by these fundamental religions like Christianity that they are tainted by original sin and inherently worthless. No wonder we have an epidemic of limiting beliefs…
The school system teaches folks that they better “stay in line” or get in trouble and then, on Sunday morning, folks are taught that they better “stay in line” or suffer eternal damnation…
It is almost as if there is someone who invented this whole thing… It makes you think that weird YouTube videos about “The Illuminati” might be onto something.
Being healthy in the 21st century can be a challenge. Our world is increasingly more infested with unhealthy foods, more preservatives, and increasingly complex healthy lifestyle plans that breed a sort of false narrative around the idea of being healthy. It is difficult to know where to begin… Vegan or Paleo? Vegetarian vs. Carnivore Diet? “Zone Diet” or Intermittent Fasting?… When it comes to working out, should we do CrossFit or Brazilian Jiu Jitsu? Olympic weightlifting vs. Powerlifting? Bodybuilding vs. Bodyweight?
There’s too much information online to be able to make an easy decision!
What’s the result? More often than not, folks delegate themselves to the couch and continue struggling to build healthy lifestyles.
Here’s the truth: creating healthy lifestyles, realistic diet plans, and reliable and effective workout schedules does not have to be difficult. In fact, if you talk to the real experts and successful coaches, it is actually quite “easy”.
Personally, I struggled for years to find the right diet, workout plan, and lifestyle health plan that worked well for me and my schedule. I bounced between CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting, Kettlebell training, Bodyweight training, long Yoga sessions, running, and a whole lot more… In my diet, I fluctuated between Vegetarian to Intermittent Fasting to high protein and carbs and a whole lot more (also plenty of days where I was sick of the whole thing and just ate whatever the hell I wanted…).
It’s a bit confusing when there’s so many “experts” online and each one seems to have an amazing idea for how to live healthy lifestyles… In a world where we are all busy, overworked, stressed, and looking for quick fixes, it can be quite difficult to find the right lifestyle health plans.
That’s why I brought Virginia Czarnocki onto the Beyond Homo Sapien Podcast!
Here’s what healthy lifestyles boil down to in today’s age:
The simple and sustainable effort that can be maintained for a period of months or years will beat the fancy diet and workout regime every time.
Being healthy and having your ideal body will be more achievable when you don’t go for a “get healthy quick” scheme. Ultimately, if you bounce between diets and workout programs, you will get frustrated, put yourself at risk for injury, and confuse your metabolic system.
Healthy lifestyles that rely on consistent and simple efforts over long periods of time are generally the ones that will win over some sort of “get fit quick” program that will probably just leave you feeling confused and frustrated.
Virginia recommends the Beach Body Workout System if a person is just looking for a simple program to get in good shape. The workouts are simple and encourage a person to remain consistent while they’re getting started with healthy lifestyles. Best of all: they can be done from home!
Holistic living is gaining in popularity around the world. As folks begin to wakeup to the fact that Western medicine gravitates towards over-prescribing medication and ignoring diet and exercise, our species is collectively demanding a better way to have a healthy lifestyle. As knowledge around holistic living expands, more folks are beginning to integrate this into their life.
On this episode of the show, Cynthia Henry Thurlow and I are talking about how to integrate holistic living to help you enjoy a more abundant future free from worries about the future of healthcare! Cynthia is a Registered Nurse and was educated at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She has a wealth of experience in the traditional western medical system but branched over to Holistic living when her child began to experience severe eczema. Her total move over to holistic living came from her own struggles with auto-immune disorders and other medical issues that prevented her from having a healthy lifestyle. Cynthia is now passionate about helping others integrate holistic living into their life!
We are also exploring what the future of healthcare might resemble and why we think a shift towards holistic living is the answer! Think about it: why is it deemed “odd” by our society that integrating healthy food and exercise into our lives is somehow “woo-woo” or “unproven”? Doesn’t that method just make sense when checked against our common sense?
Cynthia gave some great advice on this show about how to integrate a healthy lifestyle with holistic living:
The importance of drinking water and having enough sleep cannot be understated. In my journey, drinking more water was absolutely life changing. A shift towards consuming MUCH more water helped me to eliminate many of the mental health conditions I struggled with as a result of being on the autism spectrum. When combined with good exercise, great sleep, going for walks, Yoga, and a true holistic approach, my health has never been better.