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.
Online Tarot Card Reading
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:
This reading happened on December 18th, 2018. I was using the deck I’ve received from Marie Brozova. This deck was originally created in colored pencil and is absolutely one of my favorites! Such beautiful artwork that always creates an amazing intuitive response based off the colors alone. Here’s the cards that popped up for us during this reading:
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.
Tarot Card Reading To Discuss Social Issues
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.
Oracle Card Predictions
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 Development Through Financial Turmoil
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:
Andrew’s show is a collection of case studies of folks making a terrible investment, losing a ton of money, and then coming back from that decision. On today’s episode of Beyond Homo Sapien, we are going to talk about the personal growth that happens following a period of financial turmoil. For many people around the world, overcoming financial hardship is an almost insurmountable mountain. On the show I did with Andrew, we talk about how to climb that mountain.
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:
Christianity And Why I Left:
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:
Jesus is saying that the angels will put these “wicked” people into some sort of cleansing fire where their sins will be destroyed and then the people will be able to ascend to heaven with everyone else. The weeping and gnashing of teeth will come from the demons who are being vanquished.
Jesus is actually encoding a message meant for his initiated disciples and the other early Christians. This is why he asks them specifically “have you understood all these things?” to imply for the reader that there is some sort of encoded and secret message in the text, meant to be deciphered (common practice in ancient religious text).
Folks who are not “righteous” (whatever that means) will go to some more glorified version of heaven and the “sinners” will go to some lesser version.
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.
Christianity Has Some Truth.
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.
Honestly, I hesitated for YEARS about talking openly about Christianity and my experiences…
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…
Let’s get into some of the ETHICAL concerns of Christianity.
Christianity And Sex
The way Christianity treats sex education is borderline criminal.
In the years since I left Christianity, I have become aware to the harm caused by eliminating sex education from a person’s life. Ever since realizing that I am gay, I have begun to embrace and accept the role that my Christian upbringing had on my lack of sexual development. You see, I grew up in a homeschooled family and a fundamentalist Christian environment across the board. Although I had a fantastic childhood overall, I am now aware of the terrible outcomes that can happen when a person is kept from their own sexuality… When a person is taught from a young age that sex is inherently evil or to be avoided, it produces an internal state in the individual that programs their subconscious mind into believing that a fundamental part of their character and human-ness is not acceptable in the “eyes of god”.
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.
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 Preys On The Weak
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 believe that humanity is tainted by what’s called “original sin”… In the Bible, it tells a story about Adam and Eve, allegedly the first two humans to ever exist. You have probably heard the story before: Adam and Eve ate from the “forbidden fruit” of the “Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil”. By doing so, they defied the word of God which had instructed them to eat only from the “Tree of Life”. When Adam and Eve defied God and ate from the Tree of Knowledge, they became aware of their nakedness, realized their humanity, and they were kicked out of the Garden of Eden. As a result, they lost their immortality.
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.
Christianity preys on the weak because this message could ONLY be widely adopted by people who already struggle with self worth and low self esteem.
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…
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”.
Healthy Lifestyles Can Be 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.
Virginia is a fitness coach and host of the Mummy Manual Podcast. Primarily, Virginia works with middle aged women are trying to live a healthier life, improve their mindset, and take themselves to the next level. She is an expert when it comes to healthy lifestyles and we cover quite a lot of ground in this episode.
Here’s what healthy lifestyles boil down to in today’s age:
Just get started doing something that is sustainable.
Cut out processed foods for the majority of your week.
Drink ALOT of water.
Use a workout program you enjoy to keep yourself in a routine.
Add in some form of weight lifting to keep your bones strong as you age.
Movement training like Yoga can help as well but should not be the sole focus.
Keep it simple.
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 Explained
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:
Consider having bloodwork done in order to assess food sensitivities you may have.
Shift towards eating non-processed foods all-together.
Conduct your own research on the food and substances you are ingesting… Ensure it works for YOUR body.
Understand the importance of sleep and make it a top priority.
Ensure healthy macronutrient breakdown to ensure a good night’s sleep and a healthy immune system.
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.
What is consciousness? How are we having this experience that we appear to be having?
What is the fabric of the universe? What is the fundamental building block of creation? For centuries, philosophers, scientists, kings, and influential folk have sought to determine the answer to this question. Dating back to ancient Greece, there have been theories of a fundamental form such as an atom that is at the basis of reality. Indeed, Democritus and Leucippus were two ancient Greek philosophers, predating Socrates, who theorized accurately about the existence of atomic particles.
In classic philosophy, the idea of “The Monad” has been thrown around for thousands of years. What is a “Monad”? Essentially, it is the fundamental and absolute foundation of reality… The Monad is basically the divine origin of all that we experience. The idea of a Monad was conceived and developed in part by the Pythagorean sect of ancient Greek philosophy (the same followers of Pythagoras, the founder of modern day math). In later philosophy, the idea of a Monad was further developed and embraced by Leibniz, one of the creators of calculus and a contributor to modern philosophy.
The idea of a Monad further speculates on the original state of the universe. Essentially, trying to answer the question of “What is the fundamental building block of reality?” Research and philosophical work around an atomic or sub-atomic structure (such as in modern day quantum physics) generally takes a more scientific and rationalist approach to the question whereas theorizing around a Monad generally takes the approach of believing in some sort of divine force that is at the center of reality. However, that being said, those who speculate around a Monad are oftentimes quite rational and tend to approach the question from a basis of scientific thinking. Obviously, this is an oversimplification of a work that has spanned thousands of years of complex philosophical and scientific study.
Let’s explore this topic in detail and see what can be discovered!
Here’s an episode of the Beyond Homo Sapien Podcast where I explain this theory in some detail:
DISCLAIMER: This is a theory I’m actively developing. I’ll be adding more to this post over time… If you would like to contribute to this theory, send me a message and let’s brainstorm together!
Thought As The Fundamental Building Block:
It is my contention that thought is the fundamental building block.
When we examine and explore how our world is created, it is important to take both a philosophical (or even spiritual) perspective and combine with the rational and “scientific” thinking that is being developed and understand. When combined, the multitude of different fields will illuminate the truth. When considering how religion, esoteric teachings, and science overlap, it is important to remember that for thousands of years the various fields were indistinguishable. It has only been a creation of the previous centuries that the fields have been separated. For instance, in ancient Greece, all thinkers around math, astronomy, religion, esoteric teachings, and more were called “philosophers”. Modern day science was called “natural philosophy”. As these various fields of thinking developed, they began to branch off into their own fields. In today’s world, the idea that religious beliefs could influence scientific thinking is discouraged by thinkers on both ends of the spectrum (for the most part). However, throughout history, true genius seems to emerge when folks combine the various fields into one.
Isaac Newton is a prime example. Did you know that Newton spent the majority of his time studying alchemy, astrology, and other “occult” practices? He is only one example. In fact, many great thinkers throughout history who have shaped the course of history have been intense disciples of spiritual and esoteric practices such as alchemy, channeling, psychedelic studies, and more. In their minds, these concepts are not separate but instead feed one another with inspiration and increased enlightenment.
When considering the fabric of reality, it seems unwise to discard millennia of spiritual teachings and esoteric practices that could provide “clues” to our answer when combined with modern day “rational” scientific study.
Following this train of thought, if we study Hindu beliefs, we learn that Hindus believe that the universe is “consciousness vibrating”… It is a mistake to think that Hindus believe in a pantheon of many gods. Actually, Hindus believe in one god… One source… One divine being. This being manifests itself into infinite forms. One aspect of “god” is you, another is me, another is the keyboard I’m using to type these ideas, another is Shiva, another is Vishnu, etc.
Hindus believe that the universe is generated by the aspect of god known as “Shiva”. They believe that Shiva is constantly changing “Om” to generate the universe into reality. Essentially, Shiva is what’s keeping the video game running by his constant divine chant. This is “how” the consciousness of the universe continues to vibrate.
When we learn about these spiritual teachings, we have two options: we can discard them as some “weird belief” or we can say “maybe this system of belief that has existed for thousands of years is hiding some basis of truth?”
Personally, I believe religious doctrines are discarded because they are taken too literally. These ideas make a bit more sense when we ask “What ideas and hidden secrets could be behind this belief system?”
If we examine the “common denominators” of all these esoteric teachings and spiritual practices, we identify thought and consciousness at the core. Everywhere from Christianity to Hinduism and all occult practices in between, we are continually introduced to this idea of the power of the mind, the creative ability of belief, the power of our thoughts, and more.
Could it be that all reality is formed by thought? That everything at its core is composed of an original thought?
“The Universe Is Consciousness Vibrating”
What does it mean for consciousness to be vibrating?
That sounds like a bunch of hippy woowoo buzzwords thrown together. However, in our modern world, scientists at the forefront of quantum theory are struggling to identify the answer to the question of “what is consciousness?” As we make advances in Artificial Intelligence, and other new technology, we begin to ask ourselves questions about when these advanced machines will become “conscious”… You see, if we closely examine the nature of our experience, we grow all the more confusing. In other words, what is actually going on here? How is it possible that I am typing these words? WHO is typing these words? As understanding of anatomy and human physiology advances, we understand that many of our decisions are controlled by the bacteria in our gut and the various substances we consume. Is this blog being typed by those microscopic bacteria? Who am I? Who are you? WHY is this all possible?
As our understanding of the brain develops, we grow all the more confused. Essentially, our brains are a connection of transmitters that radiate throughout our body to drive how we perceive and operate in this ever more confusing world. In his book Homo Deus, Yuval Noah Harari expresses this conundrum and why it is so confusing to modern science:
“When thousands of cars slowly edge their way through London, we call that a traffic jam, but it doesn’t create some great Londonian consciousness that hovers high above Piccadilly and says to itself ‘Blimey, I feel jammed!’ When millions of people sell billions of shares, we call that an economic crisis, but no great Wall Street spirit grumbles, ‘Shit, I feel I am in crisis.’ When trillions of water molecules coalesce in the sky we call that a cloud, but no cloud consciousness emerges to announce, ‘I feel rainy.’ How is it , then, that when billions of electric signals move around in my brain, a mind emerges that feels ‘I am furious!’? As of 2016, we have absolutely no idea”
(Yuval Noah Hararis, Homo Deus, Pg. 110-111)
The past two years have only been more confusing with no real answer emerging to this question.
If purely rational scientific thinking struggles to explain the origin and reason for consciousness and the human experience, perhaps it is logical and recommendable to copy Isaac Newton, Pythagorus, and other great thinkers as we turn towards a more spiritual explanation for the basis of reality.
What if there are some clues?
Here’s the challenge: obviously religion and spirituality in general are pervaded with mis-translations, misunderstandings, biases, crazy teachers, and a whole lot of quackery.
In order to find some semblance of truth, we should study a wide spectrum of religious or spiritual beliefs and ask ourselves “what is at the foundation?”
From my own foray down these spiritual rabbit holes, here is what I have found: consciousness IS somehow the fundamental building block. There seems to be no other explanation.
In other words, the very fact that we are alive and having this experience IS the “monad” and the very basis of reality itself. If we were not here to have this experience, there would be no experience to have. As a combined and collective whole, we are the “great being” that is generating this reality.
Essentially, we are collectively Shiva chanting “Om” to keep the whole video game going.
If we were to stop, the video game would get unplugged and there would be nothing to see.
We Are A Great Mind:
What I’m trying to express makes the most sense if I use some examples or parables. Personally, I think there is a reason Jesus and other spiritual teachers use parables and stories to explain their points: sometimes that’s the only way that things make sense!
Let’s use the example of Jeff Bezos founding Amazon.
In the year 2018, Amazon is a corporation that runs most of the “developed” world. In Europe, North America, and many other places around the globe, it is possible to receive just about anything via Amazon within a handful of days… Whether that be a book, a bookshelf, or hammer and nails to assemble the bookshelf. In many cities, a person can even have food delivered over Amazon.
However, all of that was made possible by a complex series of thoughts that had to emerge in the minds of many people before it was made possible.
For example, in order for Jeff Bezos to create the idea for Amazon, he had to first imagine (in his own personal mind) the general framework of the plan. This involved a complex equation that he personally began to sort out in his mind before ever taking action and bringing this idea to fruition.
Creating Amazon involved some of the following and much more:
Examining a need in the “market” that Jeff and his team could solve.
Evaluating the power of this new technology called “the internet” and how it might help solve this problem.
Identifying “things” that could be “sold” over “the internet”.
Choosing Books as a potential item that could be sold.
Discussing with “like-minded” individuals about holes in the plan, ideas to improve, and refining the concept.
Assessing the shipping system in the USA to assist in sending Books all over the country and, later, the world.
Jeff conducting an extremely personal journey of overcoming limiting beliefs such as “I’m not good enough to do this”, “this won’t work”, “I am not made like those who succeed”, and many more which had to be overcome before this idea could ever be actioned. In other words, Jeff had to establish a certain degree of self-esteem, confidence, and self-worth to even be able to begin actioning this plan.
A risk/reward evaluation of going forth with this idea despite potential failure. If you read Jeff Bezos’ biography, you learn that founding Amazon was his answer to the question “what would I regret never doing when I’m on my deathbed?”… In other words, Jeff had to come to terms with his own mortality to begin actioning this plan. Again, a personal and spiritual journey of self reflection and the human condition.
Discussing with his mate (his wife Mckenzie) the whole concept, plan, and execution. Thankfully, she was “like-minded”. However, for many humans, it is difficult to speak with our sexual partner about such a risk because we are tapping into extremely primal and evolved systems of survival, risk/reward, and questions such as “will I be able to provide for the family?”… “Will this venture be enough to prevent my sexual partner from leaving me for a ‘stronger and more capable male’?”
Many of these thoughts and beliefs were formed at the subconscious level. Nevertheless, they were questions which needed to be answered either consciously or unconsciously. All of the above and much more had to happen in the minds of Jeff Bezos and the others who supported him in the early days of Amazon. At this point, Amazon is still just a thought in the minds of these individuals. However, as these questions are answered, this thought begins to take form.
What is conscious evolution? Higher consciousness is the idea that the human experience will begin to shift as we collectively increase in our awareness and personal development. We begin to shift into a higher collective experience because we are beginning to recognize and utilize our abilities as creative forces here on earth.
Conscious evolution is the idea that it is possible to have a more enlightened and “awakened” experience here on earth. For example, a person who has been able to shift their emotional states to a point where they no longer experience fear has effectively achieved a “higher consciousness” and exists in a new state of reality. Their reality has shifted to support their new internal states.
If we believe that we exist in an infinite living mind, the idea of conscious evolution has much to do with our expanding experience. How is this the case? Well, let’s say that hypothetically there are 100 people living on an island. As these people collectively begin to align their thoughts, feelings, and beliefs more with love, courage, and optimism, the “universal consciousness” of that 100-person island will shift. The 100 people will collectively have a better experience because the collective whole has achieved a state of higher consciousness.
These ideas of a “higher consciousness” make more sense when we consider ourselves living in a universal and collective mind. In the same way that a person’s individual situation improves when they shift from being afraid to being courageous, the collective consciousness will shift into a higher state of being when we collectively rid ourselves of beliefs, thoughts, and “vibrations” that are not serving of where we want to go.
Conscious evolution is a confusing topic with a lot of “fake gurus” peddling confusing answers.
On this episode of the Beyond Homo Sapien Podcast, I talk to Lucas Heisserer about conscious evolution and we get to the bottom of how this might actually work in the “real world”.
You see, here’s the issue: if the idea of a universal mind is indeed factual… If we all really do exist in an infinite living mind… It should be somehow logically provable. It should explainable. In today’s world, it is so easy for folks who are uneducated to create misleading content that fails to actually explain and explore the realities of our situation. This comment is not intended to put others down but instead to encourage a greater depth of questioning when it comes to the topic of universal mind, consciousness, the law of attraction, and other universal laws.
In order for these theories to be taken seriously by the mainstream world, it is necessary to have a logical answer to the question “what is consciousness” that relies on greater explanation than what exists on the average Instagram user’s feed.
If we consider that we do in fact exist in a sort of infinite living mind, this could dispel much of the confusion around the topic of spirituality in general.
For example, is god real? Honestly, in the modern “spiritual awakening” crowd, “the universe” is often used as the new name for god. Even if the user of this phrase does not actually mean for “the universe” to replace the word “god”, this often seems to be the case.
Growing up in the Christian fundamentalist church, I’m quite familiar with the type of vocabulary used in those circles… The types of quotes and explanations that are used to describe complex situations and scenarios:
“God has got your back”
“God is watching out for you”
“Trust in God and he will provide”
“You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength”
etc. etc. etc.
I cannot tell you how many times i’ve seen almost those exact phrases but replaced with “the universe” instead of “God”.
For example, the Instagram page “Healing Energy Tools” provides a daily update on what “the universe” would have you do… Take this example from their “October 10th, 2018” post:
“The universe is saying to you today: Look within and find what warms your heart and allow it to lead you towards joy, accomplishment and happiness. You have within you the power to choose and create the kind of life that you wish to experience”
What the hell is actually being expressed here??
Please do not mistake what I’m saying: I certainly agree with the overall theme of this message.
You do indeed have the power to choose and create the kind of life you wish to experience.
However, the reason for that is not because “the universe” authorizes or approves you to do so… Thinking and reasoning along these lines is how we will create new explanations that continue to not make any sense, not persuade anyone at the collective level, and not make any real impact on the world.
For these ideas of universal consciousness to have impact, they have to make sense.
Superfluid Vacuum Theory
Are you familiar with Superfluid Vacuum Theory (SVT)?
Basically, the theory that space is a sort of superfluid. The fluid would have to have a viscosity (aka a “thickness”) of zero, meaning that it is not exactly noticeable… Effectively, this theory suggests that space and “the universe” is primarily a sort of watery substance.
Sound a bit crazy? Here are two videos to get you thinking about this theory, presented by folks with way more knowledge of traditional physics and quantum theory than I possess here today in December of 2018:
Let’s give this a bit of thought. Honestly, I’ve been exploring this narrative for several months now and have been attempting to take a layman’s perspective on this theory. In other words, I know almost nothing of physics, quantum theory, complex mathematics, biology, or chemistry. However, what I can offer is an “Average Joe’s” analysis of this theory and how it might factor into the larger universe. Could it be possible that we are neglecting logic in the favor of complex sounding theories with difficult descriptions? Only one way to find out…
So let’s try assuming that the Universe is water and see where it goes.
What would also have to be true?
If the Universe is fundamentally water (again, a superfluid with a viscosity of zero), then you and I can act as stones in the pond. In other words, in the same way that we might throw stones in the pond, we could similarly have an impact on our surrounding world through the universal law of cause and effect. For example, if we want to “manifest” a certain outcome, perhaps taking action towards achieving that goal via changing our thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs about the world could result in the intended effect because we are behaving like the rock in the pond? Is this why the Law of Attraction seems to work?
To further illustrate this point, let’s take another example:
Think about the Butterfly Effect… Namely, that small changes in the universe can have a “ripple effect” that eventually turns into a much larger change further down the chain of cause and effect.
The example we use is the meeting of my Mom with a person named Lee Garth. Long story short: when my Mom was attending college, she entered an elevator to find herself with Lee Garth. A conversation broke out and my Mom found herself getting invited to a local church. This church would eventually lead my Mom to meet my Dad, resulting in me. The birth of me resulted in my parent’s decision to homeschool me, bring me to church, and do other parent things. Their decision to raise me in that environment would ultimately lead to me leaving the church and later on attending Lycoming College in PA where I would enroll in ROTC. I would join the Army, move to Germany, marry a woman, consume psychedelics discover that I’m gay, start podcasting, begin sharing wild and crazy ideas, and perhaps influence some people to think more openly about human evolution.
All of this (and much more) because my Mom entered that elevator with Lee Garth and they began talking.
And what prompted that discussion?
Well, obviously, Lee Garth had to first find Christianity, become a pastor, start a church, enter an elevator, speak with my Mom, invite her to church, etc. etc… Each of those incidents had to involve its own set of causes and effects that stretch backwards in his own timeline. Similarly, my Mom had her own story of how she found herself in that elevator. Likewise, my Dad would have his own series of causes and effects to spur him towards meeting my Mom at a Christian conference in Indiana.
What is the “cause” of these ripples? Again, we have thought at the center of it all. Thinking about our lives and how to improve them… Thinking about choices and changes in directions that potentially alter the course of history when they all begin to interconnect and morph with one another.
Could it be that our thoughts, beliefs, feelings, and action are like ponds in the pool?
Thought is the originator of that great chain that eventually leads a person to take action and impact the world around them… To become a stone in the infinite pond that is the universe. If space is indeed a superfluid of sorts, then perhaps our thoughts are the wavelengths that create ripple effects on the world. In other words, that’s WHY the world seems to respond to our minds. That is the reason behind why the Law of Attraction and similar modalities “work”… We are literally bending reality around our minds through use of projecting wavelengths out into the universe. These wavelengths are what cause the ripples that produce cause and effect at massive scale. When we create a large enough ripple, we successfully influence the world by creating enough of a “cause” to have a massive effect.
Of course, this is all just going off assuming that it is true that the universe is a superfluid. Obviously, that is still being determined. However, if we begin to conduct a few thought experiments around this idea, it could explain some of the phenomenon in our world that defies our current models of explanation and understanding.
Esoteric tradition has been saying for millennia that “All is Mind” or that “the universe is mental”. In many of these texts, the universe is referred to as a “living brain” or an “infinite living mind”.
Perhaps we exist in the brain fluid of that infinite mind?
Let’s take a moment and consider the Water Molecule.
I am about to take a side-step away from logic and science and crossover into “hippy woowoo spiritual land”…
In early January of 2019, I had a dream. In that dream, I was told to take a look at the water molecule because it has some clues to this question. I woke up, filled with skepticism, and quickly Googled “water molecule”… here is a photo of what one looks like if you’re not too familiar:
A water molecule looks quite a bit like the top of the Inverted Tree of Life… Essentially, the Chakra system of Kaballah:
Kaballah is an ancient Jewish branch of the mystic and occult tree. Allegedly, it comes to us from Moses. The story is that when God gave Moses the Ten Commandments for the people, he also gave him the Kaballah for the initiated priesthood under his brother Aaron. The traditions of Kaballah can be explored at-length through The Zohar and other holy texts of Jewish mysticism.
Kaballah revolves around the Inverted Tree of Life system. Essentially, the teachings argue for the existence of a chakra system inside every human. This is our connection with the divine world and the heart of our spiritual power. Kabbalists teach that becoming aware of this power and our innate connection to the divine world is our ultimate purpose here on the earth… By connecting with our divine origins, we self-realize into our full spiritual power, thereby empowering us to have the most impact in the world.
The Inverted Tree of Life contains three pillars. There is the right pillar of justice, the left pillar of mercy, and the central pillar of neutrality. The right pillar is associated with masculine energy, the left with feminine energy, and the middle with neutral energy.
Perhaps there are clues hidden here? Maybe this slight connection between Kaballah and the idea of water could give us a clue of where to look? Maybe there’s some keys in the principle of gender to be understood?
Principle Of Gender And Consciousness
So what is consciousness?
It appears to be a connection created by thought. Again, when we examine our reality, thought is at the core of everything. If we believe in some sort of divine creator, we could imagine that this divine being thought us into creation. The Hermetic Principle of Correspondance tells us that “as above, so below” meaning that the laws on the higher planes of reality are reflected in the lower planes of correspondance on this plane where we find ourselves. Worded simply: heaven and earth operate on the same laws… The difference is a matter of degree, not a matter of type.
Is thought where this conversation ends?
Upon further consideration, thought appears to be half the puzzle. When we examine the Principle of Gender, we remember that there are two halves to all coins. All truths are but half-truths. Everything in the universe exists along a polarity. When it comes to the framework of reality, we might consider that this Principle of Gender must be expressed. What is the Principle of Gender? It is the idea that there is a masculine and feminine aspect to all of creation… There is a “yin” and “yang” expressed in everything we observe.
When it comes to deciding upon a set framework of reality, it would be logical to presume that there is a masculine and feminine form. If we explore the Principle of Gender, we find that the idea of thought is associated with masculine energy. Emotion is the primary force of feminine energy. When we consider feminine force, we are discussing ideas of creativity, nurturing, self-care, emotion, generation, daydreaming, and passive energy. Inside of every human is both sides of the Principle of Gender… Both men and women contain feminine and masculine aspects. When these aspects are out of balance, they can result in trouble. For example, a man who refuses to take a break, consider his emotions, or be nurturing to his family might find himself suffering from family or health concerns. Similarly, a woman who exists only in her feminine energy might never execute her business ideas, become disciplined enough to maintain a workout regime, or might fail to meet deadlines for getting into university. These are just some simple examples but it is important to understand that the Principle of Gender has nothing really to do with sex… It has everything to do with how the energies in our bodies are balanced.
Similarly, we see the Principle of Gender reflected in the natural world. We observe masculine energy at-work when the waves of the ocean crash onto the shore. We see the feminine energy at-work when the waves return back to the ocean, gathering energy to make their next crash. In the esoteric tradition, the atom is understood to be a manifestation of this principle: the proton is associated with masculine energy and the electron is feminine. Again, “as above so below”… The reason we observe the Principle of Gender existing in the universe is because it can be expressed through the very fundamental building blocks of reality.
However, this still does not answer our question… What is consciousness?
Thought Vs. Emotion
The Principle of Gender expresses that feminine emotional energy is combined with the thinking masculine energy in all aspects of life.
Therefore, it must be true that this is expressed in all aspects of creation down to the very foundations of what we observe.
If thought is the divine masculine force behind creation, what is the divine emotional force?
Maybe it is just… emotion?
Descartes said “I think, therefore I am”… but couldn’t we also say “I feel, therefore I am”? Two sides of the same coin… Both are reflected in reality: thought and emotion.
When we are answering the question of “what is consciousness”, perhaps it is a two-pronged approach? It is not “this or that”… Just as we disregard our own emotional intelligence and live in our masculine energy, we oftentimes act too emotionally towards one another. Instead of regarding a person with love and compassion, we lash out in anger or frustration during an argument. Instead of approaching a person with compassion, we respond from our own insecurity and fear. Similarly, instead of utilizing the divine gift of our minds to accomplish our goals, we fall prey to our own fears. You see, everything is a spectrum:
Fear ———————— Courage
Hate ———————- Love
Masculine ————– Feminine
Balance ————– Instability
This is the Hermetic Principle of Correspondance expressed… Everything in the universe exists along a spectrum. All truths are half-truths.
So perhaps we could say that thought and emotion are two sides of the same coin?
Is thought the opposite of emotion or are they two separate spectrums all together?
It would seem they both fall under the idea of “experience”. Again, to paraphrase Descartes: “I experience, therefore I am”.
We are having this experience of our thoughts and emotions at-work.
This experience is what connects us with our world, reality, and ourselves.
So what does this mean for consciousness? Has our question been answered?
All this post has proven to do so-far is to loop back to “yes, we appear to be having an experience”. What does this have to do with consciousness? Again, this is the basic framework that philosophers and scientists have questioned for thousands of years. At the end of the day, it has proved difficult to break free from Descartes original notion of “I think, therefore I am”… In other words, this idea of our own experience of the world being all that we can really be “sure” exists. How can we somehow prove our experience? How can we validate scientifically that we are, indeed, conscious?
How can we prove that reality is more than meets the eye? That there is more going on here than just what our experiences and sense would suggest… That consciousness might even exist after death or perhaps that there is some divine purpose behind all that is going on in this reality. How can we get to the bottom of consciousness and what it is all about?
Is it even necessary?
Well… frankly… seemingly No!
The whale does not care if the Homo Sapiens ever figure out what’s going on here. How can it benefit the monkey or the rabbit if we deduce the true meaning of reality? Do the aliens in outer space give a damn? If we never answer this question, won’t the universe just keep going on?
I propose that it does matter.
Why? Because we hold onto this selfish idea that we have to know what is going on around here. For our own sake, it is an important question to answer. Even if the whale, the monkey, and the rabbit could care less, WE care. Why? Why do we care?
Going back to Descartes, one of his theories was that BECAUSE thought is our validation of our existence, anything that we comprehend is possible, important, and worth considering. He tried to use this line of reasoning as a “proof” for the existence of God: namely that because humans have a comprehension and curiosity around this idea of God, there must be something there to explore, right? If there was simply no God, then it would not be an idea in the back of our collective mind. He tried to use this reasoning to prove the existence of an actual deity. Personally, I think he’s mis-aligned. We cannot use that line of reason to prove the existence of a bearded God living up on a cloud… The two ideas are not co-dependent. However, he is onto something.
I would argue that it MUST be important to answer the question “what is consciousness” precisely because it has stuck around for so long.
Obviously, it is a question we value…
There is some hidden importance in this question that we intuitively know is important beyond our scared selves wanting to figure out what’s going to happen after we die… For some reason, we feel it has global significance that extends beyond the human species. For some reason, this idea seems paramount to the human experience.
Who are we?
Why are we here?
Where are we going?
These questions all remain unanswered. These questions are not going anywhere which speaks to their significance. Perhaps there is a divine purpose behind the answering of these questions and that somehow their answering will bring us in closer connection with ourselves, the planet, the animals, the plants, and all of the universe. Could it be the case that answering these questions will somehow allow the planet to come together and journey into the stars? If we discovered the truth of this question and answered “what is consciousness?”, maybe the answer will be more impactful than we know? If we knew that answering this question somehow saved our world and perhaps the universe itself, would we be more motivated to find the answer?
Here’s what I think: the reason these questions stick around is because we are attempting to solve our divine connection with one another.
Answering these questions about consciousness extends beyond ourselves. The answer to this question is that our thoughts and emotions connect us together in a global or perhaps universal consciousness that extends out infinitely in all directions. The implications of this being true are profound and of vital importance to the human experience. Understanding our divine connection with one another could mean the end of war, famine, and our extension into the stars.
The truth is that if we exist in a divine mind, that means our minds are one.
If our emotions are tied to the emotional divine mother, then our hearts are one.
We are all of us one.
We are one with the universe and all of creation.
This is different than us being connected… Obviously we are connected.
We are much more than connected… We are literally the same. Every fiber of our being speaks to this divine oneness. We exist in a world of our own collective thoughts, powered by our collective emotion. The two are symbiotic and they exist at scale.
This is why it is paramount to have balance and health internally… Our internal struggles are magnified out into the collective consciousness. By overcoming internal adversity, we contribute to the whole. When we help someone less fortunate, we help ourselves. By loving and respecting one another, we are loving and respecting ourselves. If we fail to love and accept each other, it is only because we fail to love and accept ourselves. If we fail to help each other, it is because we often fail in helping ourselves.
When we change on the inside, everything on the outside changes to reflect.