It really resonated as I was having difficulties with the vegan diet and needed to “drop the label”. Hear how she takes a conscious and holistic approach to living and eating well. How yoga and meditation help with intuition and much more!
[I also share a bit of my personal story as to why I’m no longer vegan.]
In a timely YouTube episode from Byron Katie, she ‘turns around’ the “I’m afraid of Trump” dialogue. If you aren’t familiar with Byron Katie, her goal is: “to teach people how to end their own suffering.” I’ve been using her strategy of ‘the work’ for many many years now and it’s helped me to forgive the unforgivable, love unconditionally and face (some) of my own demons. And let me the first to tell you, I still have a lot of ‘work’ to do. It’s an ongoing process. I don’t expect everyone who is not familiar with her technique to understand it’s value right away, but I hope you’ll watch this with an open mind.
In a similar vain, I recently read this article from Collective Evolution. I share a quote below here that really resonates… there is a shift that you experience when go deep and take full responsibility for yourself. We are constantly projecting how we feel onto others, onto politicians, onto leaders, onto significant others, onto family members, the list goes on and on. It’s not until we look in the mirror and see the good AND bad in ourselves, and then in others, that we can stop projecting and give grace.
“Any negative reactive emotion you have towards the “man” (including his silly tweets) or his supporters is a sign of giving away your power and life energy (literally). It shows you where you work is when it comes to basic Jungian psychology of shadow work until you can come to a place of non-reactive zero-point consciousness rising above fabricated duality and tuned into your true inner power and guidance, connected to Spirit and the wholeness of nature: a sovereign embodied Individual.
If you do that sincerely and go deep, you will finally stop believing in and supporting this religion of government (that was never, ever in place for the people and never, ever can give you true freedom), and realize that it was never about Trump, Clinton, Sanders or any other authority statist puppet to begin with, stop this silly idea of “voting for change” and fragmented mechanical/programmed search for “external solutions” and “leaders, worship of authority and then really, really question everything you believe in and have been told/taught, and most of all drop and let go of your identification, which just feeds the polarization. This the path towards a true shift and evolution of consciousness. Anything else is just going in circles, re-arranging the furniture and tapestry of your prison cell (you are not aware of), instead of breaking out of it.
In the end, America got the president it “deserved” and when you act like slaves, looking for a leader/savior to follow, you get masters…and always will, as long as you support and believe in the religion of government, regardless what system is implemented. Also “democracy” seems like such a good idea until you don’t get your way, right?”
We must take responsibility for the emotions and vibes we put out the universe. I will die believing love can overcome all and my bottom line is to always promote peace, love and freedom. However, I truly believe, to really experience these things, you have to first love yourself. You have to create peace within yourself. It’s only then, that you no longer feel the need to force your will on others. When you are at peace with your own existence, you can live and let live. You can be Christ-like. You can transcend the ego. But it’s not easy and it’s always work. We have to do the work.
Full Disclaimer: I am not a Trump supporter and did not vote in the election.
Things are moving along on my solo podcast now… episode 10 has arrived! I’m planning to start posting show notes and other links and info on this blog site, so check back here for new episodes. As many know, I left my old podcast, Live Planted last fall and started Sarah Uncensored. I’ll be talking more about why I made that shift in an upcoming episode!
For this episode, Independent Journalist, David Seaman joins to talk Pizzagate, Media Censorship, the War on Cash, Bitcoin and more.
I’ve been following David’s independent journalism for years now and really trust him as a source. I know Pizzagate is quite the controversial topic right now, and thank David for this insight and information.
Right now, I sit and wonder how this world could get much crazier. Everything is upside down and backwards and we could also use a good dose of humble pie.
I want to scream when I see people genuinely throwing their support behind one presidential candidate or the other. NONE of them really care about people or this country, let alone the world. The government has been fully bought and can’t help but to wonder why they are so set on getting Hillary in office. I’ve been reading Hillary’s WikiLeaks emails and the DNC Leak emails and can’t understand why anyone would want this woman telling them how to live, how to spend their money etc.
At some point, I think we will step back and realize this system is no longer working. I was hoping (and still am) that this shill of an election featuring Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would do the trick. It’s in insult to our intelligence and beyond disturbing that we have these kind of leaders to choose from. Why are we so ready to have a leader at all? There are way too many people in this country to think we can all fall under one set of laws and rules.
I think at this point in my life, I’ve officially become an anarchist. Perhaps I’m a voluntarist or an anarcho-capitalist, but I’m not sure how much faith I have left in any parts of the system. The way I see it, the government creates problems they themselves cannot even solve. We have an out of control heroin epidemic that can be traced to Big Pharma and the war in Afghanistan. We have officers playing judge, jury and executioner in the streets daily, with underlying racism more often than not. We are lied to in schools, through religion and cultural conditioning. When is it going to stop?
In an attempt to de-program myself, I’ve ventured into many new thought programs over the past few years. I’ve dabbled in new age spirituality, quantum physics, veganism and other ideas I thought would “save the world” and yet, I am still coming up short. I’m often envious of those who have it all figured out. They know that Jesus saved them, or Krishna is the way or ascension to the fifth dimension is coming and will take those who want to go. There are confident atheists and pragmatic agnostics. But where are the rest of the seekers? Why do so many seem to have answers that I think I’ll spend my whole life searching for?
I know I’m curious and have an investigative nature about me. I’ll never settle on one answer over the other. Acting like I have something figured out is just plain crazy. I have no idea what I’m doing on this planet and I’m not sure I will every really know. So what to do?
I will carry on my friends. I will keep seeking and investigating. I will refine my beliefs everyday with new knowledge. I will remain true to my ethics of living authentically and passionately. It’s a lonely road… not having it all figured out… but I’m starting to realize it’s the only road I want to be on. Here’s to seeking.
Here’s a great clip from Brian Weiss summarizing his idea of “The Truth of the Soul” and I have to say it’s pretty beautiful! Please watch and enjoy!
“as people understand then, that [soul] nature, and the nature of the true mind, the deeper mind, then values start changing because we start seeing that we shouldn’t be attached to these things we’re attached to, everyday material things, needs, people’s opinions, being liked, being rewarded, when we free ourselves of those kinds of connections and attachments, we become more soulful, because the soul doesn’t need those things…
the soul just needs to understand love in all it’s different manifestations.”
“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
Duane Elgin talks about awakening and experiencing the oneness
connection with the world around us. (You know – what Dr. Bronner talks about 😉 All one!) Anyway… this talk is just so beautiful… it perfectly describes the science and spirituality behind the feeling of oneness and how we can evolve consciously for the betterment of the planet. I highly recommend you watch the video!! But, in case you don’t want to, you can just read the summary/notes that I took:
“The universe is a single living creature that contains all living creatures within it.” – Plato
Ok… So, the video begins with a lil’ bit of science.
Key question: “is the universe itself a living system?”
First: 95% of the known universe is invisible: dark matter/dark energy. We are a part of the universe, so what aspects of ourselves are invisible?
Second: The universe is a unified whole. Quantum physics has proven non-locality, that everything connects with everything else.
Third: Immense energy is present and flowing through the universe.
Fourth: Consciousness, sentience, is found at every level in the universe – plants, animals, single celled organisms, and down to the atomic level. Electrons move as if they have a mind of their own. If consciousness is down there at the atomic matter, it means it was there at the birth of the universe, when atomic matter formed.
Fifth: Freedom. Quantum physics says the universe is probabilistic – a universe with freedom at it’s very foundation.
Elgin suggests this all points towards the universe being a living system. So then, the question is, what is the nature of our relationship with that aliveness?
Elgin then transitions into the more spiritual side of things…
“At every moment, the universe emerges out of an all nourishing abyss.” – Brian Swimme
The universe is emerging in it’s totality at every moment and the intelligence and energy that has the capacity to create the entire universe is also flowing through us. So, we have the lateral connection of participation and the deep connection of the intelligent universe flowing through us.
Next, Elgin talks about the common themes regarding the universe as viewed through the major wisdom traditions. Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Indigenous/First Peoples.
“There is a dream dreaming us.” – Kalahari Bushmen
Core idea: We live within a living universe that arises, moment by moment, as a unified whole.
Humanity is Waking Up: For this awakening to spread throughout the world, it’s going to require a great transformation in the world.
Species extinction – in the midst of 6th largest extinction the earth has ever known.
Environmental pollution – acidification of oceans and die off of coral reef.
Unsustainable population – the caring capacity on earth is about 2 billion.
We need a new story. Our story is our future. The American dream is the world’s nightmare. A universal story is needed.
Then, Elgin discusses a few solutions…
AWAKEND ACTIVISM: 5 Areas
Choosing more sustainable ways of living. Consumerism makes sense in a dead universe. Simplicity makes sense in a living universe.
Building new forms of community. Co-housing and eco-villages.
Awakening our Collective Consciousness. The internet acting as the “global brain”… reaching more people.
Co-Creating Great Transition Stories. Humanity is growing up. We are acting like adolescents and we need to move into adulthood in relationship to the earth and each other.
Midwifing our planetary birth. There are contractions and relaxations. It’s painful, but there is unstoppable movement to new life.
Fostering truth and reconciliation. Be willing to foster truth and reconciliation. We need to end division.
Responding to the trauma of transition: acknowledge confusion, chaos, guilt, blame, anger, conflict, sorry, grieving and that will lead to acceptance and reconciliation.
What is the great transition? It’s going from separation to initiation and integration. We can move into integration with one another as a human family and with the universe that is our larger home. Deeply, we are learning how live in a living universe, understanding that the living universe also lives within us. <3
If you watch the video, leave comment and let me know what you think!
YouTube video description: We may tend to think of ourselves as physical beings and regard “awakening” as an experience that happens inside our biological brains and bodies. Yet, a nondual view does not regard awakening as happening exclusively within our physical bodies; instead, it is an experience of relationship that occurs when the deep aliveness within ourselves connects with the unbounded aliveness of the larger universe. When our life connects with the aliveness of a living universe, we awaken into an oceanic and unbounded sense of self. This view does not assume the universe is “alive” like a biological organism, instead it regards the universe as being infused with a unique life-force that sustains all that exists. In turn, our physical bodies are biodegradable vehicles for acquiring soul growing experiences by connecting with this larger aliveness.
In this session we will explore three, major areas:
1) how the frontiers of science view the universe as a unified system that is infused with an ecology of consciousness,
2) how the world’s wisdom traditions regard the universe as being continuously regenerated anew at every moment, and
3) how science and spirituality converge in a nondual understanding
of reality and what this means for our everyday lives—the source of the “power of Now,” the meaning and purpose of our lives, our relationship with our consumer society and the natural world, and pointing out a path of awakening as resting in the creative aliveness of a living universe.
Duane Elgin Speaker, Author, and Social Visionary
Duane Elgin has an MBA from the Wharton Business School, an MA in economic history from the University of Pennsylvania, and an honorary PhD for work in “ecological and spiritual transformation” from CIIS. In 2006, Duane received the International Goi Peace Award in Japan for his contribution to a global “vision, consciousness, and lifestyle” that fosters a “more sustainable and spiritual culture.” His books include: The Living Universe: Where Are We? Who Are We? Where Are We Going? and Awakening Earth: Exploring the Evolution of Human Culture and Consciousness. http://www.duaneelgin.com
I seem to experience a fair amount of random synchronicity.
synchronicity: the simultaneous occurrence of events that appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.
I’m not sure synchronicity is the right word, since that implies meaningful coincidence. However, here a few examples of things that have happened in the past few months…
I experience this with the radio all the time. I think or talk about a song and then hear it later that day. For instance… one night I was watching an episode of That 70’s Show and Eric engraved lyrics from the song Lowrider into Donna’s engagement right (he had a semi-good reason). Anyway, I flipped off the show, hopped in my car and Lowrider is the first song I hear on the radio. Of course.
While sitting in a restaurant in Boulder recently, I read an email about a Foster the People Tour, and sure enough, one of their songs came on in the restaurant next.
The other day I saw a South Park meme thing on Instagram. It made me laugh and I thought “I want to watch that show tonight.” I headed over to my guy’s later… he was working on my computer and we were just going to hang out. Without even asking what I wanted to watch, he put on South Park. Perfect. Then later as he was updating the ram on my computer… he said the word “Ram” and then a commercial started playing for Dodge Ram. Turns out the episodes we were watching were all sponsored by Dodge Ram. Again, no real significance… but funny!
Recently I was walking in OTR and noticed this t-shirt store… they had “Surf Ohio” shirts in their window and I was very confused as to what exactly they were referring to. (I think it’s supposed to be funny?) Anyway…. we stopped and looked at the store before and after dinner and talked about it a little bit. Then the next morning I get a message from a friend who moved away, (we only talk every few months)… She sent me a coupon code for that store! She had just shopped there and thought I might be interested.
Now, none of these examples are particularly meaningful. However, I can’t help but to think I’m sending out something that others are somehow receiving. I have had some very meaningful synchronicities as well… but I think I’ll save those for another time :). Until then… I’ll continue to pay attention and consider the small synchorincities a gentle nod from the universe. Do you experience synchronicity? I’d love to hear some stories!!
Last week, I went to the World Premier (in Cincinnati) of the film, Unity. Ohh, ahhhh. I heard about this super late (the night before when the premier happened in other cities). Apparently I wasn’t the only one who missed any promotion… because, I was the only one there! Well, almost the only one there, I invited a sensitive soul along… who ended up crying five minutes in… go me. Maybe films about moving into love consciousness, or the new term I learned, “homo spiritus”, are just not popular in this town (yet)? 😉 Well, this kind of thing is right up my alley, and it was cool to see a film like this on the big screen instead of hunched over my laptop!
Unity is a beautiful and inspiring film about the need for recognizing ego for the sake of world peace and saving the planet. Sounds like a simple, yet enormous task, right? Imagine turning a world into one, where we are no longer “living by killing”, but “living by loving”. It emphasizes the importance of compassion and seeing the oneness we all share… because, well, the world could use some healing right now.
The film is broken down into five chapters… Cosmos, Body, Mind, Heart, and Soul. It touched on the human history within each of those and how we have evolved and could evolve in the future. It got to the heart of the gut wrenching questions I’ve been asking my whole life… why war? why do we kill each other? It explores our obsession with the material, our relationship with animals, the land and each other. It asks what love really is and gives a beautiful answer… which you can watch in the first 3ish minutes here:
In an interview with msnbc, he [Shaun Monson, Writer/Director/Producer] pined for a return to that halcyon time. “The point of the film is really about perceptions, and why we cultivate compassion and empathy and love for some beings – the inner circle, you might say – while in the same breathe cultivate an attitude of aggression toward others, the outer circle,” Monson said. “This is behavior modification and a hard thing to get across.”
The movie did a wonderful job of asking the viewer to make the connection with our shared humanity and to see the similarities instead of differences. We are all on this planet to experience life and each journey is equally valid. My main criticism is that there weren’t enough solutions offered. This project was started seven years ago when fewer people were seeing the problems, so I believe it’s purpose is to get you asking the hard questions. However, I am ready for some solutions! That being said, it did a great job of explaining the hindrances of the ego, and how we need to acknowledge that to move forward. While I personally don’t think the “ego” is all bad, (it’s how we experience this reality)… we do need to keep acknowledging it and tear down the walls within ourselves and between each other.
Here is the Official Trailer if you’d like to watch, and I hope I’ve sparked someone’s interest into watching the whole thing sometime! Let me know what you think! <3
Seven years in the making, the new documentary, UNITY, takes an in-depth look at what it truly means to be human. Writer/Director Shaun Monson (EARTHLINGS), collaborates with an astounding cast of 100 celebrity narrators to present a message of love, tragedy and hope, all set against the backdrop of some of the most compelling 20th and 21st Century footage imaginable.
While I’ve never seen the movie, I just love this clip from My Dinner with Andre. It starts off a bit dark, but it’s short, ends light, and is worth watching! I think it summarizes our current journey of spiritual evolution quite nicely. 🙂
Sound familiar? I think it’s safe to say we are living in age where many are brainwashed by politics, religion, and culture in general. Who were you before someone told you who to be?
In other words we’re talking about an underground, which did exist in a different way during the Dark Ages among the mystical orders of the Church. And the purpose of this underground is to find out how to preserve the light, life, the culture. How to keep things living. You see, I keep thinking that what we need is a new language, a language of the heart, languages in the Polish forest where language wasn’t needed. Some kind of language between people that is a new kind of poetry, that’s the poetry of the dancing bee that tells us where the honey is. And I think that in order to create that language, you’re going to have to learn how you can go through a looking glass into another kind of perception, where you have that sense of being united to all things.And suddenly, you understand everything.
If you are looking for some ways to un-do the years of brainwashing, I recommend you start by getting rid of the ole TV. Not only are the shows complete crap these days, the advertising has a much greater impact than most are willing to admit. The sub-conscious brain is responsible for something like 95% of our daily actions, and it’s constantly being programmed by outside stimuli, so be careful what you listen to and watch!
If you aren’t ready to get rid of TV just yet, I HIGHLY recommend you stop watching mainstream news media. It is propaganda and you are being lied to – it’s really that simple. Getting rid of TV is my best recommendation for starting to re-program your brain. [and this is coming from a person who used to believe you should have more TVs than people per household!]
It’s time to usher in a new, heart-based consciousness, but we have to be willing to get rid of the old first!