Mind the Shift
By Anders Bolling
Mind the ShiftMay 24, 2023
106. The Censorship Industrial Complex – Jay Bhattacharya
Everybody wants to forget about the pandemic, this bizarre period of aberrations. But the assessment of what played out and whether the many harsh policy decisions were called for has only begun. One of the saddest aberrations was infringements on freedom of speech. Few have experienced that more than Jay Bhattacharya, professor of health policy at Stanford. As one of the initiators of the Great Barrington Declaration (GBD), he was actively silenced by the government, which, it turns out, orchestrated a censorship campaign by way of the social media companies. The GBD promoted focused protection instead of sweeping lockdowns: Shield the elderly and let the young go to school. The signatories opined, on evidential grounds, that lockdowns were more harmful than the disease. They based their proposition on the fact that there is an extremely steep age gradient in the risk of dying from covid. There were early signs that this view was held by thousands of doctors. But the ruling class was not amused. People like Francis Collins, head of the NIH, wanted to take down the declaration, and its initiators were ostracized and censored. ”My life is fundamentally transformed”, says Jay Bhattacharya. ”I used to be a quiet scientist, but during the pandemic, I have had to take a very public role. That has been in some ways gratifying, but at the same time it has been traumatic. Many friendships have been broken.” At one point, he says, one hundred of his colleagues circulated a silent petition to try to get the president of Stanford university to silence him. ”I have had lots of practice in how to forgive other people.” Since the summer of 2022, a lawsuit has been underway in which the Biden administration is accused of breaching the First Amendment, which protects freedom of speech. Jay Bhattacharya is one of the plaintiffs. ”The evidence of this is remarkable. Government officials have coerced social media companies to censor ideas and certain people”, Jay says. ”There is a censorship network in the government and a dozen agencies. You could call it a ministry of truth”, Jay says, referring to a term in George Orwell’s dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. ”This is the most important First Amendment case since at least the Pentagon papers (NYT v. USA; 1971). It’s been shocking to see the American government behave in this way.” According to Jay, the censorship may actually have led to more deaths than almost any other single policy, because harmful errors were not corrected in time. Jay thinks the lawsuit will go all the way up to the Supreme Court. – I don’t see how the government can win this. In this episode we also talk about • What the GBD did and did not propose. • How the declaration has been vindicated. • The Swedish pandemic model (”the best in the world”). • How leaders in almost the whole world were hypnotized by the draconian Chinese measures. • The continuous excess deaths (primarily caused by extended lockdown harm, according to Jay). • That more power to WHO is a ”terrible idea”.
The Great Barrington Declaration: https://gbdeclaration.org/ The lawsuit: https://nclalegal.org/state-of-missouri-et-al-v-joseph-r-biden-jr-et-al/ Jay at Stanford: https://profiles.stanford.edu/jay-bhattacharya
105. The True Art of Self Mastery – Eva Beronius
”The Self Mastery work was what shifted my life after years of therapy, stress management and a feeling of hopelessness”, Eva Beronius tells me before this interview.
”I changed my internal world from a state of depression, PTSD and panic attacks to joy, peace and excitement about life. And a brain and heart in coherence.”
Today, years later, Eva is herself a transformational teacher and guides others who want to go through this shift.
So, what is Self Mastery? Well, it is not about control. It is rather about letting go of control.
”We think we want to control our thoughts and emotions. To me that is coming from the protector part of our ego mind, which says ’these emotions and thoughts are what is causing me to suffer, so I need to change them’. But we need to embrace them and meet with them”, Eva says.
”When I think of Self Mastery, I think of a skillful artist, like someone who masters the piano. It’s about practicing. It is about being here and being human.”
What are we doing most wrong?
”That we believe the lies we tell ourselves. They come from societal conditioning, upbringing and avoidance of certain emotions. It’s not until you take those inner lies apart you can see the lies from the outside as well.”
(And, by the way, even the concept of right and wrong is a belief.)
Attention is a force, a superpower, Eva explains.
”Think of yourself as the sun, and the rays are your attention. Things appear when you put your attention on them. When you realize that, you can start using that, questioning your bullshit.”
There are several practices one can use to stop believing the programmed lies inside. Eva recommends journaling.
”And you should do it in third person. That makes it easier to see your programming.”
We talk about masculine and feminine energies and the misconceptions that surround those archetypes versus what is actually there.
Eva is just now complementing her healing community with a sister community called fembodiment, which is about embodying our feminine energy.
On sexuality, she says:
”It’s important to understand that it’s there for you. We tend to give it away. We think it’s about performing, something we do for someone else. When you shed that, you start to experience sexual energy as a force. We are living in an orgasmic universe. It’s everywhere. I mean, thermonuclear reaction in the sun, what is that?”
Eva has a very special relationship with the Toltec spiritual tradition in Mexico in general and the ancient site Teotihuacán in particular.
”My first visit to Teotihuacán was like coming home. That was where I had my first awakening, in a sense. It all came out of necessity. I was suffering.”
Teotihuacán was a spiritual university, a place where men and women came to wake up from the dream and realize their divinity.
”When you visit the place today, it’s like it is alive, and it wants to play with you”, Eva says.
She arranges power journeys to the site in October every year.
At the core of the Toltec spiritual tradition is the art of dreaming: to be dreamt or to be the dreamer.
”In the world there is a dream of suffering, a dream rooted in fear. That dream is what is dreaming you if you are not a conscious dreamer. Right now, the majority of people are being dreamt by this dream.”
”When you shed that dream of fear, you don’t need to learn how to love, because love is where you came from. Love is the force that created everything, and it is inside you”, Eva says.
Eva’s podcast: https://open.spotify.com/show/1eCcU4XLdZzBbIaOslrPtH
Eva’s website: https://selfmasteryandbeyond.com/
Eva’s Instagram: @evaberonius
104. Possibly the Most Spectacular UFO Case Ever – Gary Heseltine
We have all heard about the Roswell incident in 1947. But a series of UFO encounters and sightings at and around two air force bases in Suffolk in Eastern England in December 1980 amounted to something at least as spectacular.
The Rendlesham Forest Incidents (RFI), as the 1980 events are called, were a sensation when they became known to the public in 1983. But in the decades since then, the hugely complicated case has been subject to massive cover-up and denial, according to a new book by Gary Heseltine, Non-Human The Rendlesham Forest UFO Incidents: Forty-Two Years of Denial.
With his background as an interviewing expert with the police force, Gary has managed to dig up an impressive amount of new, mind blowing information; find new witnesses and elicit new information from known witnesses.
”I surprise myself. I really thought I knew the case really well”, Gary says, laughingly.
The area around Rendlesham forest was the scene of a number of mysterious sightings and experiences: Strangely and fast moving intense lights, beams scanning the weapon storage area, at least two landed craft and a handful of testimonies about alien beings.
In the book, Gary Heseltine meticulously dissects the often crucial details. He interviews people who were members of the US military at the two bases at the time. He elicits particularly interesting accounts from a sergeant by the name of Adrian Bustinza, who is an instrumental link between at least two of the nights when non-human activity took place.
Another US service member, James Stewart, gives a mind blowing testimony about entities, strange footprints and a craft that landed and was being shot at. What Stewart experienced, however, turns out to have happened a year before the main events.
Gary concludes that in all, no less than 17 UFO encounters took place over four consecutive nights, plus the one Stewart experienced a year before
The deep research that was to become a book started in 2017, when Gary was appointed the lead researcher in the production of a documentary about the case. He then began looking for things he might have missed during years of private investigations.
But in a way it began already in 2007, when Gary initiated a seven year long collaboration period with the key witness Charles Halt, who at the time of the RFI was the deputy base commander.
Halt is a pivotal figure because of a memorandum he wrote that leaked in 1983. It was probably never meant to reach anybody outside the military or the government. What was in the memo could not be denied once it had got out, but anything else pertaining to the RFI could, and was.
In the memo, Halt reported two nights of UFO activity. He admitted to having seen multiple UFO’s himself. But as Gary Heseltine has shown, there was more to the story.
Gary ended the collaboration in 2014.
”Because I realized he knew more than he was telling me.”
Not only the military is guilty of an incredible amount of cover-up and denial, but also the mainstream media, which has not been willing to seriously question the official story.
International Coalition for Extraterrestrial Research, ICER (Gary is vice president)
103. Lost Technologies of (a very) Ancient Egypt – Christopher Dunn
There is one person who probably has had more influence than anybody else over alternative views on the textbook narrative of ancient Egyptian technology. Christopher Dunn has written three prominent books on the subject. That is actually a piece of news, because number three hasn’t yet been published. It will be out by the end of this year.
Chris Dunn is an engineer, and thus he has the perspective of the people who actually built the marvels of ancient Egypt. He is very much not an Egyptologist or an archaeologist. Precisely because of that I would not hesitate to call him a leading expert in this field.
The two books he is known for are The Giza Power Plant and Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt. The upcoming book is a sequel to the first one and has the title Giza – The Tesla Connection, with the subtitle Acoustical Science and the Harvesting of Clean Energy.
Those who are skeptical of the idea that the precise artifacts and impressive buildings of ancient Egypt must have been made with the help of high-tech machinery often ask: ”So, why haven’t we found any traces of those machines?”
In fact, most machines that have been used to construct things are lost. Over time they corrode and turn to dust, especially if we are talking about an Egyptian civilization way older than the textbook dynasties.
”I support the idea of a previous civilization that was met with a cataclysm”, says Chris.
In his new book, he fine tunes his theories about how the Giza pyramids harnessed and transmitted energy. Important parts rest on the work by Nasa physicist Friedemann Freund. The Tesla connection is, among other things, the way the energy was distributed.
Some say the knowledge about how to generate basically free energy has been actively suppressed since the days of Nikola Tesla, perhaps even longer. Chris Dunn is inclined to agree.
”There have been some very bright people out here who feel their ideas have been suppressed”, he says.
”There are vested interests that would prevent new technologies from being introduced, which would make their investments worthless.”
”In my new book, I am closer to describing more fully a better way to harness electricity. I expect it’s going to be 50-60 years before people take it seriously. That’s why I devote the book to future generations.”
”Or it may take a week. It depends who gets involved.”
Giza Power website
Chris Dunn’s books
Mark Qvist’s article on scanned and analyzed ancient urn
Ahmed Adly, Youtube
102. Mapping Your Life Territory – Anthony Willoughby
Anthony Willoughby has been described as an eccentric, an adventurer, an explorer, an entrepreneur and a team-builder. He has lived his life staying away from restricting social structures.
At school, he was the odd man out.
”Oh, I was completely ostracized”, he says.
Today, he sees that as a privilege, because he didn’t want to be a part of a mainstream he never understood.
Anthony is an eighth generation expatriate. He grew up in Sudan, Egypt and East Africa, experiencing fascinating wildlife and adventures.
Then he was sent to school in England, which completely lacked enthusiasm for life.
His luckiest moment at school was when his house master said ”let’s talk about your future”.
”’Anthony’, he said, ’let’s make one thing absolutely clear: you are far, far too stupid to go to university’. I remember the sense of freedom.”
Education has not changed in hundreds of years, and it is basically designed to train people to work in factories or go to the trenches, according to Anthony.
”The brain is damaged by it. It completely removes creativity.”
So he began a life of travel and human encounters.
He was based in Japan for 30 years. From there he made adventurous excursions to Yemen, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea and East Africa.
”It was when I met with the Maasai in Kenya I saw people who had substance without arrogance. I thought: why aren't we taught presence, why aren't we taught identity, why aren't we taught who we are?”
In Papua New Guinea, Anthony learned the importance of knowing one’s territory. That was the beginning of the two consultancies he is now running: Territory Mapping and Nomadic School of Business.
”Nomads have this glorious sense of being able to welcome people on their territory. They have absolute confidence. They know who they are.”
He began asking business people ”what are you hunting, what are you protecting and what are you growing?” and had them draw their own territory maps.
”You can build teams in a company quite easily. But the purpose and the identity is what is missing”, he says.
He and his associates are now working in exactly the same way with billionaire families in America as with homeless people in Wales.
Anthony laughingly says that he in some ways loved Covid, and he loves the recently launched artificial intelligence robot Chat GPT.
”People thought structure, stability and certainty existed, but they’re delusions! They’re delusions that people build their lives on. But they’re meaningless if you don’t know who you are.”
”And suddenly the arrogance of knowledge does not exist. The only thing that matters is wisdom. We’re going right back to the basics.”
Anthony’s email address Anthony’s two consultancies: Territory Mapping Nomadic School of Business
101. This Solves the Ice Age Mystery – Mario Buildreps
(For full Youtube)
Not many people ponder the standard story of Earth’s deep geological history. Most of us know there have been many ice ages, but few realize that the science to explain them is far from settled.
According to the groundbreaking work of Mario Buildreps, pen-name for Maarten D, the so-called Milankovich cycles cannot explain recurring ice ages (in all fairness, there is controversy around this theory). Buildreps’ astonishing conclusion is the following: The Earth has periodically expanded. During these periods of expansion, the North Pole has moved and the oceans have widened (the ocean floors are much younger than the land masses).
Needless to say, these expansion events must have been accompanied with enormous seismic activity, floods and other natural disasters.
The idea that the Earth has expanded is not new, but expansion has happened much more recently than the traditional expansionists believed, according to Mario Buildreps and his co-researchers. Mario is in a way building on, and enhancing, the theories of Charles Hapgood.
One strange feature about the last ice age is that the ice sheet was clearly off center. It covered large swaths of Europe and North America, almost down to subtropical latitudes, but it didn’t cover eastern Siberia. Assuming that the geographical North Pole was located further south than today when the last ice age began, over Greenland, would explain this eccentricity.
Oddly enough, the South Pole seems to have stayed put all along. In Mario’s model, the South Pole is the pivot point in the gradual expansion of the Earth.
Mario discovered the ”wandering” of the North Pole when he measured the orientation of hundreds of ancient megalithic sites around the world. The hypothesis is that people have always oriented important buildings cardinally. It turns out that a large proportion of the ancient sites are almost oriented to today’s true north, but not quite. Mario realized that clusters of ancient buildings that are ”wrongly” oriented have exactly the same degree of deviation from true north.
He eventually came to two conclusions: The North Pole has had five different positions along a longitude that stretches over Greenland during the last 450,000 years, and many ancient megalithic structures are much older than previously believed.
According to this dating method, the Cochasqui pyramids in Ecuador could be a stunning 400,000 years old, and Chichen Itzá in Mexico 250,000 years, whereas the pyramids of Giza are oriented towards the current North Pole, which means their foundations are at the most 26,000 years old.
Mario, or Maarten, is a former successful businessperson and an engineer. Math is second nature to him. His and his co-researchers’ calculations tell him that the likelihood that the different clusters of structures that have the exact same orientation ”fault” between them should be oriented to precisely the five locations of the North Pole concluded by Mario is pure chance is virtually zero.
Mario thinks humanity has gone through many cataclysms. He downplays the special importance many ascribe to the Younger Dryas period as a civilization-ending event.
Many scientific disciplines need to change their tenets when – if – Mario’s theory becomes mainstream and the paradigm shifts completely. Geology is one. Archaeology is another. Just consider this brilliant remark by Mario:
”Archaeological periods – Iron Age, Bronze Age, Stone Age – are named according to the corrosion rate of those materials.”
Indeed. Iron lasts a little over 3,000 years, bronze a little over 5,000 years, and before that, you only find stone, so you call it the Stone Age. But the truth is that only stone survives tens of thousands of years. Any material could have been used then.
100. The News Industry Bias is a Cancer – Ariana Pekary
As many followers of this podcast know, its host worked as a news journalist for more than two decades. In the summer of 2020, I left my job at the biggest newspaper in Sweden. That same summer, Ariana Pekary quit her job at one of the biggest news desks in America, MSNBC, without having any other media job waiting for her. That was a bold and unconventional step in a world of tough competition.
Not only that: On her blog, Ariana posted a resignation letter, which went viral. These are some of the words she wrote:
Behind closed doors, industry leaders will admit the damage that’s being done.
“We are a cancer and there is no cure,” a successful and insightful TV veteran said to me.
As it is, this cancer stokes national division, even in the middle of a civil rights crisis. This cancer risks human lives, even in the middle of a pandemic. This cancer risks our democracy, even in the middle of a presidential election.
There is a better way to do this. I’m not so cynical to think that we are absolutely doomed (though we are on that path). I know we can find a cure.
”So much of the polarization in (the American) society is amplified due to the financial incentives of the news media”, Ariana says.
”It seeps into every newsroom, no matter how earnest the journalists are. And then it seeps into everybody’s living room.”
”It’s a cancer because it’s such an enormous problem that infects everyone. It’s incredibly damaging, and it’s only getting worse. That's why I felt I needed to say that in a public space.”
Before she came to MSNBC, Ariana worked at public radio. She describes the difference as huge. At public radio, the numbers of listeners or viewers are not broken down on a day-to-day basis, as they are at commercial desks.
”This allows the journalists there to have real live editorial debates”, she says.
For example, she was able to do an extensive documentary series about homeless children. She spent the bulk of a year interviewing families and people who worked with these vulnerable people.
”At MSNBC, they might consider that type of topic, but it would always be the first thing they would kill when something else came along. It is a big difference.”
One particular American media dilemma is political partisanship. It exists elsewhere, too, but it is especially prominent in the US. It is a real problem which seems to be difficult to solve.
I ask Ariana what she thinks about another cause of skewed news reporting, the negativity bias. I personally think it is one of the biggest media problems, because it permeates all kinds of journalism, and the focus on misery that is its result poisons people ’s minds.
Ariana agrees that the guiding star of the news media, ”if it bleeds, it leads”, is sad. But she is not convinced that it is a major issue that has to be dealt with.
”It’s a complicated problem. You're going to report on something when it’s broken. If things are working okay, you won’t.”
The media landscape is changing fast. There are ever more outlets for information, some reliable, some less so. Ariana thinks this is already changing the way we perceive news, and what it is.
”We need to exercise more humility, realize we don’t know everything, and that means accepting someone who’ll combat you with a different opinion, which can be very difficult.
My hope is that we can start to raise an awareness that things aren't necessarily black or white.”
Ariana’s ”dream” news media would break the us versus them perspective, the tribalism.
”Even if we have different opinions, we have a lot in common. There’s a common denominator among all of us.”
99. Prepared, not Scared – Leah Shaper & Diamond
David ”Diamond” Mauriello and Leah Shaper moved to southern Colorado to create an alternative way of living and to ”extract themselves from the system”. They perceived the majority society as increasingly unsound.
Today, they are self-sufficient on healthy foods and energy, and they have made sure that they will be able to thrive even if a massive geomagnetic storm takes out the power and communication grids. That risk is not minimal. Significant changes are underway in Earth’s magnetic field.
Diamond and Leah have a background in Academia and science, and they have delved deeply into the historic patterns and behavior of our planet and the celestial body that most influences it, the sun. The most intense geomagnetic storm in recorded history, the famed Carrington event, knocked out the little electrical infrastructure that was in place at the time. Today, as you know, society is completely dependent on such.
According to Leah and Diamond – and many others who have looked into the historic data – it is a matter of when, not if, a major magnetic disruption with devastating consequences for modern society will occur.
Another sun-related feature that is already here is a prolonged period of weak solar activity, something called the Modern Grand Solar Minimum. It will lead to significantly colder weather within a few years, especially in certain regions. ”The one thing everybody should come away with if they listen to this, is that there will be a large earthquake, there will be a VEI 7 volcanic eruption, and there will be a comet that hits earth. The question isn't if, it's when. And wouldn't you like a little peace of mind, to be prepared instead of scared?”, says Diamond.
I myself have a slightly different approach to the prospect of a coming catastrophe. I am more of a take-life-as-it-unfolds person. Which makes for an interesting exchange of thoughts on that matter.
To sum up, here are some of the many topics we cover in this lively conversation:
• Toxic foods
• False and true risks
• Prepping for disaster
• Hypocrisy in science
• The climate discussion
• The Grand solar minimum
• The geomagnetic reversal
• Optimism vs pessimism
• Hope of a brighter future on the other side of chaos
• What we can learn from cataclysms in history
• Earlier civilizations
Oppenheimer Ranch Project on Youtube
Magnetic Reversal News on Youtube
Original ORP website
Study on the Modern Grand Solar Minimum (by Valentina Zharkova, Northumbria University)
98. Bringing Science to Spiritual Awakenings – Jessica Corneille
On February 19th, 2016, Jessica Corneille went to sleep and had a lucid dream. The next morning, she woke up and opened her eyes …
”… and I was flooded with this immense sense of well-being and connection with everything and everyone in the universe, a deep sense of oneness. It was a deeply lived experience, it was almost cellular and vibrational.”
It was not something acquired, Jessica explains.
”It was rather as though a veil had been lifted and I could see what had been there all the time.”
”I was returning to a child-like state. Everything was amplified. Even just from a five senses standpoint it was as if everything was new, and paradoxically, it felt as if I was remembering old knowledge.”
This transformational state stayed intense for several months. Eventually it waned, but it is still with her today.
”Six years down the line, I am still thinking about it all the time”, she says.
The spontaneous spiritual awakening made Jessica feel compelled to leave a promising career in the art world and instead follow an urge to understand more of what these experiences are and convey that knowledge to people.
”I knew I needed to do something with this experience, some kind of selfless service to humanity.”
Her new path led her to become a research psychologist. Her mission is to challenge the default pathologization of awakening experiences.
”If we could understand these experiences better scientifically, we could make a case for them not to always be considered psychopathology or mental health disorder within the mainstream psychological systems, which they are presently, unfortunately”, she says.
Before her profound experience, Jessica was an atheist and had no connection to anything spiritual or religious. But the awakening brought with it a strong sense ”that everything will be well after my death”.
”There was a loss of fear. I will return to Source.”
Many spiritual awakenings occur when the person is in some kind of trauma or crisis, like temporary clinical death, but Jessica experienced an ego death in a situation where she was happy. She had just moved to a city she loved and begun a job she loved.
According to Jessica Corneille’s research, 91 percent of those who have had a spontaneous spiritual awakening experience positive effects already in the short term, and 98 percent experience that they are positive in the long term. The experience is transformative. There is a loss of fear and anxiety.
”These experiences are powerful. Overall, they are described as stronger than all other measured altered states of consciousness, like those induced by drugs or by other means”, Jessica says.
She thinks there is hope for a better scientific understanding of spiritual experiences, which entails a possible bridging of science and spirituality.
”Look at the new research on psychedelics and on contemplative practices. And there is quite a lot of funding put into trying to understand the nature of consciousness.”
”I think we are going through a paradigm shift.”
Bio on the Galileo Commission’s website
Jessica’s scientific study on spontaneous spiritual awakenings
97. Full Freedom at Your Fingertips – Angelo Dilullo
This is my second conversation with the amazing Angelo Dilullo. We talk about the deepest stuff imaginable, but it feels almost laidback.
Angelo and his book Awake–It’s Your Turn are the ideal goto for those of you who feel there is more to life than meets the eye but are uncomfortable with religion and the general spiritual lingo. You don’t need religion to wake up from the illusion of time, self and separation. In his book, Angelo deliberately avoids spiritual language. But there are numerous references to spiritual traditions and practices, especially from the East. It’s unavoidable.
Angelo had his own awakening at the age of 24. He has much in common with guides like Eckart Tolle and Rupert Spira, but he is still very much one of a kind. For one thing, he still works full time as a physician.
Waking up is not about a journey, it’s about realizing what has been present all the time. It’s a state of being–the natural state of being. But the mind, which is conditioned to experience time and separation, wants to see it as a journey to make sense of it.
True realization isn’t possible to explain in words. But Angelo’s superpower is his ability to point out paths that can nudge you in the right direction.
In this second talk, I wanted to go a bit deeper into Angelo’s world view; the purpose of us being here, what awakening would entail for the collective and what he thinks of science, such as quantum physics.
We had a 75 minute window, and, unsurprisingly, I didn’t get to ask half of the questions I wanted to. But some of them led us in unexpected directions. It was an amazing conversation, and in part almost a bit trippy. Here are some of Angelo’s takes on things we talked about:
”In deeper stages of realization, your reactions to what would typically be called stressful situations actually drop away. It doesn't mean you don’t relate to the outside world, there’s just no unnecessary reactions.”
”We don't really experience the past and we don't experience the future, and yet somehow we ignore that truth. We spend most of our time living and believing in this inner world of past and future.”
On thoughts as just reflections
”Once you're in synchronicity, you experience that everything just arises out of nothing. Things spontaneously appear, disappear and move, just as they need to, and you feel the whole environment as one.”
On quantum physics and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle
”There is no particular way that things are. But the mind doesn’t like that. The mind always looks for a model.”
On movies like The Matrix, The Truman Show and Revolver
”This is the collective hypnosis of mind identification. The self-imposed and group think imposed and societally imposed delusions of separation. The forces of delusion are very, very powerful.”
On awakening as ”cracking the code” and ”outsmarting God”
”There is nothing wrong with living in a story, there's nothing wrong with doing it the hard way. But I will tell you–and Buddhism is all about this–that if you live in a world of stories, if you’re totally mind identified, you can perpetuate a massive amount of harm, even violence. And we see people do this.”
”I think a lot of that is based on a historical paradigm. Hinduism, Buddhism, and also New Age ideas. That doesn’t totally vibe with me. With that said, I can’t deny the existence of other life times, energetically, because I have experienced it. It's just obvious. But when we see it the way the mind makes sense of it, we see it the wrong way. All events are happening simultaneously.”
96. Preparing for the Huge E.T. Shock – Gary Heseltine
A new whistleblower law in the US, following last year’s historic disclosures by the Pentagon, could trigger an avalanche of truths about extraterrestrial activity.
”We have been lied to for 75 years”, says British UFO expert Gary Heseltine.
Gary began his UFO investigations–which were then unofficial–when he was still a police detective. In 2013 he left the police force and launched the online magazine UFO Truth Magazine.
”I’ve made my passion into my job.”
This passion has its roots in a strange experience he had when he was 16. He then saw a strange white light that appeared to trigger a number of power cuts in the area where he was living. Following the light, he was able to predict the cuts.
Today, Gary Heseltine is also the vice president of ICER, the International Coalition for Extraterrestrial Research.
”It is a mixture of UFO experts, scientists and academics, which is a very unusual mix in this subject”, Gary says.
This episode is recorded in Cusco, Peru, with its many mysteriously advanced megalithic structures. Gary is open to the possibility that these structures were built with extraterrestrial help, possibly thousands of years ago, but he and ICER concentrate on UFO sightings during the modern era, basically from 1947 onwards.
1947 was the year of the famous Roswell incident, the event that kicked off the UFO discussion in the modern era. To Gary, there is no doubt Roswell was real.
”We will never prove they retrieved bodies. But we suspect they did.”
”Personally I believe the US government has lied to the public. There has been a campaign of disinformation–maybe for our benefit, but the bottom line is you can't keep lying. I think due to technology we’re close to them losing control.”
ICER’s broader aim is to prepare people for such a coming paradigm shift: the E.T. Disclosure with a big D, when the media will report 24/7 about a nonhuman presence on planet Earth.
”The world is vastly underprepared”, Gary says.
”Considering what’s taking place in America, it's a real possibility that there will be an acknowledgement within the next two years that we are dealing with a nonhuman interaction. But this subject has been so ridiculed for so long, so there will be a culture shock if we are not careful.”
According to Heseltine, he and others in the coalition have meetings with diplomats behind the scenes.
In June of 2021, the Pentagon released three videos of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) and a briefing admitting to 143 unexplained encounters with UAPs. Legislation is in the pipeline entailing that the intelligence community must produce yearly reports about UAP sightings to the Congress plus a right for whistleblowers in the military and intelligence organizations to come forward without reprisals.
To Gary Heseltine, this development is a historic game changer.
”For example, the public will be able to hear direct testimony for the first time from people who have been involved in nuclear weapon shutdowns by UFO intervention, like captain Robert Salas was in 1967.”
What are we then seeing in the Pentagon clips? Who is visiting us?
”We believe we are dealing with something nonhuman. When you look at the broad abduction scenario across the world, there are at least five main species that seem to be identified. I think governments, especially the Americans, know a hell of a lot more than they say”, Gary says.
When the truth comes out, some people will be scared or even panic.
”Because they've been lied to for 75 years, a proportion of the population will feel very vulnerable”, Gary thinks.
”We need to start preparing the public for what will be a huge shock. People could become very angry.”
95. Helping an Old Paradigm to Kick the Bucket – Brien Foerster
Brien Foerster is probably known to a large chunk of this podcast’s audience. Not only has he appeared as a guest in an earlier episode (#78), but he has been referred to in numerous other episodes and vlogs.
Brien’s ongoing exploration of ancient megalithic wonders, and his attempts to understand how and when human civilization began, inspire thousands of curious human beings in general and a growing number of independent researchers in particular.
This interview was made in Cusco, Peru, where I participated in one of the fascinating tours that Brien and his Peruvian associates arrange to some of South America’s most spectacular sites (he also does tours in other parts of the world).
When you see things with your own eyes, there is so much that doesn’t fit with the standard narrative.
Western academia claims that all you see here was built by the Inca. Not only the interesting yet rather crude structures that are made of smallish, rough limestone pieces held together with clay mortar, but also the walls that consist of exquisitely tightly fit granite blocks weighing a hundred tons apiece, blocks that seem to have been transported from quarries dozens of kilometers away in mountainous terrain.
Wait. They didn’t have machines, they didn’t know how to make steel, they didn’t even have the wheel.
Not only did they construct all of it, say the textbooks, they did it under the rule of merely twelve kings, whereof one is said to have been the big builder.
As Brien says:
”They say that the whole of Machu Picchu was built in 25 years. Well, the cathedral in Cusco took a hundred years to build, and that’s just one large building.”
When the Spaniards arrived at the impressive megalithic structures at Sacsayhuamán they were dumbfounded. They had never seen anything like it in Europe.
”They asked the local Inca people: ’Did you build this?’ ’No’, they said. ’This was here when we got here.’ So even the Inca were telling the Spanish this was not their work, but academics are still saying the Inca did all of this.”
Brien’s website Hidden Inca Tours
94. Unless We Adapt We Go Extinct – Bronwyn Williams
In this second Mind the Shift conversation with futurist and trend analyst Bronwyn Williams, we zoom in on population, Africa, money and what it is to be a human.
(Unfortunately, we had a bit of bad luck with the audiovisual tech during our call, apologies for that.)
Bronwyn communicates intelligently and with a high level of energy, which makes her flow of thoughts and information dense. You are well advised to listen more than once to what she has to say.
When people talk about the future, we are often distracted by shiny new things and concepts. There are so many signals. Asking three basic questions can help us slow down and focus, says Bronwyn: What? So what? What now?
”When we question the signals consciously, we can stop being so reactive to this constant stimulus and make conscious choices, which makes us more future fit.”
The future is a paradoxical fantasy: it is a place we can never arrive at, but at the same time we are always arriving at it.
”The present is all that matters, but the actions we take are moving us in a certain direction”, says Bronwyn.
”Change is a constant in the universe. You are going to go extinct unless you adapt to changes.”
Bronwyn Williams has strong opinions about the still very common doom and gloom narrative around population growth:
”Who are those surplus people? It’s a rather nasty utilitarian, almost eugenicist, angle to say there's too many people. We have to call that behavior out.”
”What they are saying is that there are too many of some other sort of people they don’t like. It’s nationalistic, almost fascist. There is plenty of space.”
”Who do we think are going to solve the problems of the future? Those of us that are already here? Not likely, right? Every new person who is born is a sort of lottery ticket”, she says.
Even Africa is actually still sparsely populated, not least compared to Western Europe.
Will Africa enjoy a demographic dividend, like Asia did? Possibly. But there is a chance that Africa will end up with a large youthful population that is unable to work, in other words unable to take advantage of the demographic shift.
One main reason for this predicament is the unfairness of the global economy, according to Bronwyn Williams.
Asia came of age at the tail end of industrialization, whereas Africa is coming of age in the digitized era, when it is extremely difficult to amass capital.
”Africa is playing a game with rules within which it cannot win”, says Bronwyn.
So, the rules need to change. Africa needs to focus more on possibilities within the continent.
Is crypto currency a way out? Not really, Bronwyn thinks.
”Money is just an illusion. It is the symptom but not the cause of the problem. The problem is that we have power imbalances.”
Bronwyn Williams thinks we are in a way reaching the limits of democracy:
”Democracy tends towards the mediocre, it tends towards the lowest common denominator. That’s why we see the rise of left and right populism.”
”The future is about finding a balance between total decentralization and anarchy on the one hand and a totally surveilled and top-down society on the other. Neither of those are long-run sustainable on their own.”
”We need checks and balances on all forms of power, also on the international level. It needs to be a ground-up movement rather than a top-down movement.”
The Future Starts Now (anthology)
93. The False Sense of Lack around Money and Sex – Ida Herbertsson
Money and sex may seem like an odd couple, but to Ida Herbertsson it makes perfect sense to combine the two in her coaching.
Ida has a daytime job as an investor, helping small startups in southern Sweden get their feet on the ground. On the side, she coaches people – so far only women, but she is open to coaching also men – to attain a sounder relationship with money and sex.
”All of us, at least in the Western world, have a lot of conditioning around money and sex. We have a lot of fears and limiting beliefs”, she says.
”We are taught that life is a struggle. That there is a lack of everything. This also creates a feeling of safety in lack, which is hard to hear for many people. There is a comfort in complaining about your boss, your sex life, your boyfriend and the money you don’t have. On a logical level we don’t want scarcity, but subconsciously we obviously like to live in lack.”
”Money issues are never about the actual money. They are about how you relate to that money. Women often have zero self financial self confidence.”
And the conditioning in society (at least in northern Europe) is that rich people must have become rich in some bad way.
Ida thinks it is better to focus on making more money than on cutting costs, because the former is about expansion and the latter is about contraction. Both can ”spill over” to other parts of life.
It is basically the same kind of flawed mindset that gives people money problems that also keeps people from having a healthy sex life, according to Ida. The issues around these two central parts of life are surprisingly similar.
”To me it's a lot about coming back to our bodies and being kind to ourselves. Our bodies and our minds work together. By connecting to our bodies, we connect to our sexuality. We are sexual beings.”
Just as people don’t dare to believe they can live a financially abundant life, they don’t think they deserve to have a rich sex life–and those who have one are believed to have it because of some bad reason.
”You expect the sex life to fade and perhaps even disappear a few years into a relationship, so that’s also what you’re seeing. If that happens to me that means that I am ’normal’, so I’m fine and I will survive.”
We talk a bit about the #metoo movement, which Ida thinks was enormously important but also led to an unfortunate dichotomy, which means that many women don’t dare to say openly that they love men.
Another dilemma, Ida points out, is that today’s Western women have been taught to be so independent that they almost don’t trust anyone, which makes it difficult to fully engage in a relationship.
”We are taught to have everything figured out for a potential divorce even before we start dating.”
Why it has come thus far is understandable from a historic perspective, but it is the same limiting lack mentality as with money.
Ida Herbertsson started her money & sex coaching after a transformative experience some years ago (it happened during her first Saturn return, which she would realize later). It entailed leaving her boyfriend, selling their apartment, quitting a job and training to be a yoga teacher in Bali.
Ida gives a big shout-out to another coach, Sandra Denise, whose work has helped Ida tremendously.
”She taught me that there is so much more to life, so much more pleasure, if we only choose to see it. And I want to pay that forward.”
92. Our Civilization is a Restart – Robert Schoch
In the early 1990s, Dr Robert Schoch was able to confirm John Anthony West’s theory that the Great Sphinx must be much older than the fourth Egyptian dynasty, judging from the visible water weathering (there was more, but this was the crucial ”smoking gun”). The huge sculpture must have been there during the wet African period, which ended long before the dynastic Egyptians.
”I am a classic academic in many respects. When I first went to Egypt in 1990, it was not to prove that civilization goes back further than we are told. I was convinced it would be my only trip to Egypt”, says Schoch.
But that trip was to be followed by many more. It changed his career and life.
Re-dating the Sphinx to a much earlier period than in textbook history gave Robert Schoch a global reputation. At first, he was fiercely attacked by archaeologists and Egyptologists. Today, the notion that the Sphinx may be 12,000 years old is a bit more widely accepted. The discovery of the megalithic site Göbekli Tepe in Turkey, which the mainstream has dated to at least 10,000 BCE, was a game changer.
”It confirmed everything I had said about there being a civilization much earlier than what we are told”, says Robert Schoch.
To talk about a ”civilization before civilization” is still far from uncontroversial, however.
As late as in August of this year, there was a bit of a buzz around a study that was interpreted in a way that made Schoch’s / West’s dating of the Sphinx look impossible, but it turned out to be over- and misinterpretations.
Schoch is convinced that the Sphinx, Göbekli Tepe, probably the base elements of the Giza pyramids and many other megalithic structures worldwide were originally constructed by a civilization that was wiped out by cataclysmic events at the end of the last ice age, events that reshaped the face of the earth. The geological period in question is called the Younger Dryas and lasted from ca 10,900 BCE to ca 9,700 BCE.
Many other researchers also adhere to the Younger Dryas cataclysm theory, but when it comes to the cause of the cataclysm, Robert Schoch still walks a different path. According to Schoch, the available evidence does not primarily point to impacts by comets or asteroids, but to huge solar outbursts.
The sun is more unstable than we think. We know of several dramatic solar events during the last few millennia, like the Charlemagne event in 774-775 CE and the Carrington event in 1859. But these would appear like a walk in the park compared to what happened at the end of the last ice age.
The solar outbursts some 12,000-13,000 years ago melted the ice sheets and even melted stone. They caused huge wildfires, floods, catastrophic climate change and lethal radiation. A solar induced dark age ensued, which lasted six thousand years.
Survivors sought shelter underground for centuries or even millennia. Ancient city-wide tunnel and cave systems can be found in many locations around the world, for example in Cappadocia in Turkey.
There is also biological evidence, like the mass extinction of megafauna at precisely this point in time. This mysterious disappearance makes sense when accounting for large solar outbursts, including high levels of dangerous radiation.
And there is cultural evidence, in the form of strange petroglyphs and other depictions all over the world that look like plasma formations in the sky.
”The truth is that we have incredible hubris. Natural events can devastate us”, says Schoch.
”All the astrophysical evidence is leading up to another really devastating solar event. We’d better learn from what happened.”
The book Forgotten Civilization (revised and expanded edition)
91. The Evolutionary Kickstart by the ”Gods” – Erich von Däniken
Over the last half century, probably nobody has had a more significant influence on alternative theories about humanity’s deep history than Erich von Däniken.
Today, there are a number of researchers, independent as well as tenured, who question the textbook narrative. But von Däniken has a very particular angle to it that many still hesitate to adopt, namely that extraterrestrial intelligence has had a crucial role in our evolution.
When Chariots of the Gods was published over 50 years ago, Erich von Däniken was crushed by the mainstream.
”Because in that spirit of time, of course, extraterrestrials were nonsense”, he says.
But large parts of the public have had a different view on the astonishing claims von Däniken makes. Over the decades, his now 45 books have sold 70 million copies, and many books have been made into films.
Stories about mighty ”gods” with different traits who in different ways have altered the course of humans are legion in hundreds of cultures all over the world. Many of these, if not most, refer to extraterrestrial beings visiting earth, according to Erich von Däniken.
”We are definitely a product of evolution. But all of our family members, like the gorillas and the chimpanzees, are still in the trees. Only we, from the same family tree, came further. Anthropologists say it was evolutionary luck. I say: In addition to evolution there was artificial mutation, and now we are a mixture between humans and extraterrestrials”, he says.
”We are copies of the ’gods’. This is all described in the holy texts, including the Bible.”
”And this is nothing new to us. We have tampered with evolution ourselves, for instance by grafting apple trees.”
The Mayan texts are a fascinating historic source.
”The starting point for a calendar is very important to every culture. The start of the very exact Mayan calendar is August 11th, 3114 BCE . What happened then? What was so important? In the Chilam Balam book it says this was the day the gods from the Milky Way descended ”
There are also numerous accounts of events that seem suspiciously much like encounters with flying machines and even journeys up above the earth plane, for example in texts like the book of Ezekiel and the book of Enoch.
Many ancient texts in the Hindu tradition also describe flying machines.
”And there is not one word about the development of technology”, says Erich.
He points out that every civilization needs raw materials, and there is no evidence that the deposits were depleted before modern humans began extracting them.
Erich von Däniken was raised as a Catholic (and he still believes in God), but already as a young man he had doubts about some of the biblical explanations. He began reading translated versions of the Sumerian cuneiform texts and other ancient texts.
He found astonishing similarities in the stories all over the world: So-called gods have come down from the heavens/the sky/the firmament. There has been interaction. Humans have asked the ''gods'' where they have come from. The latter have always pointed to the sky. And they all have said they shall return.
”Actually, the ETs are here already. Or rather, they never left us. Some are monitoring us.”
Slowly but steadily the spirit of time changes. Today there are a few academics, like anthropologists and space engineers, who dare to write about the possibility of extraterrestrial influence.
90. What Life is All About – Tony Nader
Tony Nader is a globally recognized Vedic Scholar, and as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s successor, he is head of the international Transcendental Meditation centers in over 100 countries.
But Nader is also a medical doctor and has a PhD in neuroscience, trained at Harvard and MIT. As you will notice in this episode, he includes thorough science when outlining his view on life and consciousness.
In fact, Nader’s book One Unbounded Ocean of Consciousness, published last year, is the perfect crossover between science and spirituality.
It is counterintuitive for many people to see matter as something that arises from consciousness, rather than the other way around. But consciousness is primary, Tony explains.
”It has been shown through history, and more recent knowledge has demonstrated, that our senses only give us certain aspects of what reality is.”
We perceive time and space as fixed, but the special and the general theory of relativity have shown that they are not.
The smallest particles are not particles but fluctuations in a field.
”There is this theory of the unified field. The field interacts with itself. It creates waves, which adjust and move with each other. They create structures. The structures appear as objects. The more complex the structures are, the more complex objects they appear to form.”
”So what we perceive with our senses is real, but it is only one aspect of the true nature of things”, Tony says.
Everything is completely interconnected.
”This is not wishful esoteric thinking any more, this is science.”
Descartes introduced dualism by dividing the physical and the non-physical. But if we want a monistic view, an all-encompassing view, should we start in matter or in consciousness? Physicalists start in the former, obviously: Everything is physical, and consciousness mysteriously arises from matter.
Already in the Vedic tradition, consciousness is primary. Today, the same view is held by for example the philosophical orientation called idealism (see ep 83, Bernardo Kastrup).
But if consciousness is primary, how does it appear as matter? Why a big bang and physical manifestation?
”Consciousness wants to know itself in all possible ways. But when it is merely imagining all potentialities, it is knowing all this from its own unbounded perspective. It doesn't know what it is like to experience from those limited perspectives”, Tony says.
Hence the manifestation into a universe of myriad aspects of the absolute consciousness: Entities at every possible level of consciousness.
Time and space are concepts that allow for separation. If a thousand people are to sit down, you either put them one after another a thousand times in one chair, or you produce a thousand chairs they can sit in at the same time.
From the maximum level of perceived separation, the journey goes back towards the absolute consciousness again. This is what Tony calls the synthesis path. From a human perspective, this is transcendence.
”All of this creation is just knowledge. It is to know from different perspectives. That is the force of life. That is what it is all about.”
So, an absolute consciousness, an unbounded ocean of consciousness, is that what some call God?
”You can call it God, but this concept is defined differently in different belief systems.”
To practice transcendental meditation is to go back to the ultimate self, reestablish wholeness, grow in consciousness.
Groups of people practicing TM have actually been shown to diminish the levels of crime and violence in large areas.
”The research is accurate and published in peer reviewed journals. We can change the collective awareness.”
89. Soul in the Game – Vitaliy Katsenelson
After having written two books about investing, value investor Vitaliy Katsenelson thought, like Freddie Mercury once, there must be more to life than this, and wrote a book about life.
Vitaliy had written tons of articles about investing and always included personal and philosophical parts, and he learned that it was those parts that many of his readers appreciated the most.
His new book is entitled Soul in the Game. He uses the word soul in a non-spiritual way.
”I don’t know where it comes from, but when I see people who have this passion for certain things, I know they have soul in the game, and then they have a lot more meaning in life”, Vitaliy says.
He thinks writing has made him more philosophical.
”I get up at 4.30 or 5 o’clock every day and write for two hours. So I have two hours of focused thinking. When you do this for a long period of time, you kind of rewire your brain. You become more mindful.”
Vitaliy Katsenelson grew up in Soviet Russia and moved to the US when he was 18 years old, around the time of the Soviet collapse: from a life in the hub of anti-capitalism to a successful career as a value investor.
Has this background in a communist dictatorship been a help or a hindrance when exploring the landscape of capitalism?
”I came from Murmansk with very little light to Colorado which has an insane number of sunny days a year. With capitalism it’s a similar contrast. I appreciate sunlight much more than somebody who was born in Colorado, and I probably appreciate capitalism much more than people who are born into capitalism.”
We have a lengthy exchange about what is happening in Russia today and with the invasion of Ukraine.
”I used to be proud to say I was from Russia when people asked. Now I am embarrassed.”
”The Soviet Union was more scarred by World War II than any other country. I grew up learning to hate Nazis. What Russia is doing now to the Ukrainian people is basically the same thing Nazi Germany did”, Vitaliy says.
It is a sad fact that Russians have never experienced mature democracy.
”Most Russians are brainwashed. My father said something I think is really true: Russians fall in love with their leaders. And doing this, they end up giving them unlimited power”, Vitaliy says.
Two things in life have a special importance to Vitaliy (apart from his family): stoic philosophy and classical music.
”The Stoics give you this roadmap to life. How to minimize suffering and get the most meaning out of life.”
Vitaliy highlights three Stoics: Epictetus, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius.
”Epictetus has this one quote that got me hooked. It sounds so trivial and simple, but it clicked with me: ’Some things are up to us, some things aren’t’. That’s it. It's the cutting of control.”
”Up to us is basically how we behave. How we react to things. And also our values. Everything else is not up to us. I can choose to get upset by things that are not up to me, like getting stuck in traffic. Then I will end up having a miserable life.”
It is not that there should not be any pain in life at all. Vitaliy completely agrees with what many spiritual teachers say: pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional.
Vitaliy listens to classical music when he writes. It makes him more creative, he says. He gravitates towards the Russian composers, ”because their pain clicks with me”, but his favorites constantly change.
”If you understand how difficult it was for many of these composers to write this music, you understand your struggles aren’t unique to you. I write and so I can relate to the creative process. And as an investor as well. Investing is also a very creative endeavor.”
Vitaliy’s about page
88. Forging the Soul in Darkness – Joanna LaPrade
In modern society, we learn to live in the day world and to shun the underworld. To get out of pain as fast as possible. But the pain we avoid will inevitably come back to haunt us, in some form.
”The dark places in life are not enjoyable. The goal is not to spend our life in those places. But we are too quick to pull the ripcord”, says Jungian and archetypal psychologist Joanna LaPrade, author of a new book entitled Forged in Darkness. The Many Paths of Personal Transformation
She promotes self-awareness as opposed to the ”mechanical” modern self-help model.
”An approach to self-awareness is so much richer: what is unique to you, how can you manage it? Thus you can pull on your resources, your nature, what inspires and strengthens you.”
Carl Jung advanced the concept of psychological archetypes. He found them in ancient traditions and in Greek and other mythologies. The striking commonality between archetypes in different traditions all over the world laid the ground for Jung’s concept of the collective unconscious.
In her book, Joanna LaPrade explores different ways of journeying into the underworld to manage inner pain. She does it through the heroes and gods in Greek mythology who make precisely that journey (not all of them do).
Heroism does not only come in the form of strength and willpower (Hercules), as we usually see it in the West. A hero’s journey can also be about listening and showing weakness (Aeneas), or using feelings, learning from mistakes and letting go (Orpheus) or to be clever and eloquent and ask questions (Odysseus). Investigating one’s depths can also entail ecstasy, release and to embrace nature and body (Dionysus).
LaPrade discovered Jung in her early twenties in a very ”Jungian” manner via synchronistic events and a numinous dream that pointed out to her that her path was to help people cross thresholds in life.
She is also deeply influenced by the Jungian writer and mythology professor Joseph Campbell, whose notable book The Hero with a Thousand Faces is a distilling of hero mythology.
”The hero is that part of us that is able to recognize when old life is worn out and needs tending. It is the courage and the bravery that it takes to leave the comfort of the old in us and set out on some kind of journey in ourselves and in our world, where we cross a threshold and become more than we used to be”, says Joanna.
She points out that in her work as a therapist, she has yet to meet anyone who talks about having become more than they thought they were without first having visited places of suffering.
Inner pain and suffering can express itself in the body in the form of illness or injury. The Western world is influenced by the cartesian idea of a separation between mind and matter.
”But we make a really big mistake when we separate soma and psyche”, Joanna says.
And we also make a mistake not to realize that those ailments may want to tell us something.
”Working with cancer patients, I would say most of them have said ’cancer was the greatest teacher of my life’.”
Toward the end of our conversation, we engage in an interesting and deep exchange about the possibility of living in the present moment and whether or not one can actually free oneself from suffering, as many spiritual teachers say. Jung versus Buddha, in a way.
Do we reach any conclusions? Listen and find out.
Find Joanna’s website here.
Find Joanna’s book here.
87. You’re not crazy, sometimes reality shifts – Cynthia Sue Larson
Have you noticed that things mysteriously disappear and reappear? That broken items inexplicably get repaired? Perhaps even that deceased people or pets suddenly reappear as very much alive?
Don’t think you are losing your mind or suddenly suffer from amnesia. You are most likely experiencing what Cynthia Sue Larson calls reality shifts.
This is a phenomenon closely related to synchronicities as well as what is often referred to as the Mandela effect, a kind of timeline jumps, where some people’s memories of universal events or things deviate from what seems to be the consensus memory.
Cynthia first began to observe weird reality shifts in the 90s. Having a science degree, she began connecting the dots employing quantum physics, but she combined science with the spiritual insights that she also acquired during the same period.
”Consciousness interacts with quantum reality. Somehow we are entangled through space and time”, she says.
Time is a weird thing. It can slow down or speed up. We all experience it differently in different situations and contexts.
”Sometimes it is as if a change has happened in the past and a different decision was made. We can start learning from experiences that we haven't even had yet.”
(This both pleasant and deep conversation made me realize I really must learn more about basic quantum physics. I have a feeling those references won’t go away any time soon on this podcast…)
Cynthia likes to see life as a waking dream. It is real on a superficial level, but the baseline reality lies beneath the physical reality. She thinks we ought to live as if we are in a lucid dream, where we know we are dreaming but can change how it plays out.
”This is a participatory universe, as the physicist John Archibald Wheeler said. If we ask the universe a question, we get an answer.”
Cynthia Sue Larson makes several references to quantum physicists and other scientists, like Carlo Rovelli and what he has said about zero entropy, which may be a scientific way of describing God. From that place all can be seen. In our busy lives, characterized by entropy, it is very hard to see the whole picture.
”We draw the energy required for these shifts from zero entropy”, Cynthia says, ”that non-linear experience, being in that lucid dream where we have access to everything, where we feel connected with everyone.”
According to tests, some people are more prone than others to experience reality shifts, namely those who score high on intuition, empathy and emotions.
Cynthia Sue Larson has written several books about these fascinating phenomena, she runs a website where people can share their experiences of shifts and jumps in space and time, and she is the first president of the International Mandela Effect Conference.
86. The Nocturnal Portal to Ourselves – Theresa Cheung
We all dream. Even the most hard-nosed materialist does. When a dream is powerful and seems to carry meaning it shakes you, whether you are spiritually oriented or not.
– Dreams for me are the portal, the opening to the part of you that is invisible, unseen, unconscious, expansive and infinite, knows past, present and future and sees beyond the material, says Theresa Cheung, a returning podcast guest (our previous conversation is in episode #55) .
Cheung is a successful and prolific writer of all things spiritual. She loves to write and speak about these things for people who are skeptical, and she always employs the power of doubt. Her latest book, How to Catch a Dream, is about lucid dreaming.
– It is an entry point for an understanding of ourselves as spiritual beings having a human experience rather than human beings having a spiritual inside.
The interest in the significance of dreams and dream interpretation is booming. Only twenty years ago, taking dreams seriously would have been considered woo woo in most camps. Theresa Cheung credits the younger generation for the change.
If people looked inside for self-knowing, there would be less strife and violence in the world, Theresa thinks. Rulers who feel tortured inside inflict their pain onto the world outside them.
– Your dreaming mind and your waking mind are one, they are interconnected. People separate waking and sleeping, like you're a different person when you dream, but you’re not, it's all your consciousness. But in dreams you interact on a symbolic level.
In ancient times, people were better at thinking symbolically. We have sadly turned that ability off. But reading poetry, watching films or even playing computer games we can ignite that dreaming language.
Your mind doesn't know the difference between sleeping and waking, so if you learn something in a dream, you can do it also in your waking life.
The ultimate high in the dream state is lucid dreaming, when you ”wake up” in a dream and realize you are dreaming.
– Then you can role play, you can be, do, experience anything. There are no limits. Think about that! The only limits are logic and reason, says Theresa.
– I believe that what you meet in a lucid dream is the part of you that survives bodily death.
Theresa Cheung says she finds the most clarity in the Jungian approach to dream interpretation.
The characters we meet in a dream can be delightful or scary, but they are all aspects of ourselves. Most of the time they want our attention. They want to tell us something
– There is night and day within all of us. Sometimes the monsters that we meet just want a hug. They want the dream God that created them, which is you, to love them, for all their sins.
She strongly recommends journaling your dreams. Doing that will enhance the possibility that you will experience a lucid dream.
According to Theresa Cheung, dream decoding may in fact be as useful a tool when we are awake as when we are asleep.
– Increasingly, I am advising people to interpret their waking life as if it was a dream. What’s the hidden meaning behind this situation? What does this person trigger in me?
– Life gets so interesting and fascinating. You become like a dream decoding detective.
85. The Placebo Effect Strikes Back – Jesper Madsen
What is complementary and alternative medicine and treatments (CAM)? The definitions vary in different parts of the world.
”But at least here in Denmark, the definition is not based on evidence, on whether it works or not, but on the formal status of what is being done”, says Jesper Odde Madsen, who is a guest on the podcast for the second time.
Jesper is a Danish science journalist and communication consultant with a focus on complementary and alternative medicine. He has an affiliation with the Galileo Commission, whose aim it is to expand science and free it from its underlying materialist assumptions.
To what extent different kinds of CAM are accepted, or tolerated, also varies widely. Yoga and massage are popular. Homeopathy is a no-go zone in most of the West, whereas it is considered more or less normal in India.
Conducting research on CAM is an uphill battle. Jesper Madsen talks of four main obstacles.
”There is no money in it. You can't get a patent by treating people with reflexology or acupuncture. You won’t make a career of studying these methods. There are no international organizations to back this up. And communication between the stakeholders is random or at least limited.”
There is also a methodological dilemma when it comes to conducting CAM studies: The holy grail of western medical research is to employ RCT, randomized control trials, to show whether a treatment works or not.
”But here is a secret: When you want to study something, you should choose the trial method that's suitable for the thing you want to investigate. This truth has been kept away.”
”All governments listen to mainstream doctors. And mainstream doctors say: we must have RCT. Amen.”
Alternative practitioners have a holistic approach. Before they apply their treatment, they learn things about every individual patient. And afterwards they talk to the patient and give advice.
”The point is that most alternative treatments consist of several parts, and only one of them is the technical fix, like needles in your arm”, says Jesper.
”There is nothing wrong with RCT but you have to start with the research question and analyze the issue before you make the choice of which investigation design to use.”
If you make the method in itself a criterion of quality, then it is a question of belief, according to Jesper Madsen.
”And that is exactly what I have heard medical doctors say about alternative treatments: that they are beliefs, almost religious.”
Is the placebo effect in essence an alternative treatment that the mainstream is using without knowing it?
”Yes. I am happy about the growing interest in studying the placebo. Even many doctors say today that this is more than just noise. There is a link between the psyche and the physical body. It would be great if we could take this seriously. But it will be difficult to make money on it.”
Why are journalists reluctant to cover CAM in a neutral way? Are they also afraid of being ridiculed?
”I have been asking myself this question for years. Journalists tend to go to the usual mainstream sources. They tend to have a belief in authorities. I think this has been shown during the pandemic.”
How to break the materialist paradigm, take down the ”wall”?
”It is not a question of evidence. We have the evidence. It is a question of reaching a critical mass of people and events. Maybe even that some researchers die and the younger ones think differently.”
Non-profit website & newsletter about CAM
84. The Horizons Will Remain – Jonna Bornemark
Philosophy is life. It is always present in life. In a way, every human being is a philosopher. But we also have collective thinking and collective experiences, and that's what a professional philosopher deals with.
Philosophy professor Jonna Bornemark works at the Center for Studies in Practical Knowledge at Södertörn university in Stockholm. Many Swedes have come to appreciate her everyday approach to philosophy. She often appears in the media.
A couple of years ago she released a book about judgment that was much discussed, and her latest book, about pregnancy, was on the shelves a few days before this conversation.
Jonna Bornemark argues that the room for judgment has shrunk in modern professional life. And the room for action.
”To follow a manual is not to act”, she says.
In every profession there is a space for collective judgment. Professional knowledge can be developed within this space, according to Bornemark.
We sometimes talk about judgment as a personal characteristic.
”I think that is unfortunate. Instead, it is a kind of knowledge. We can be differently skilled at it.”
Jonna Bornemark hesitates to liken judgment with intuition. And she does not like the concept of ’following one’s gut feeling’.
”To follow only one source of knowledge, your feeling, is not judgment. We should follow as many sources of knowledge as possible.”
Often we have to act fast, and sometimes we just have a sense that we must act in a certain way.
”That may seem like acting on gut feeling, but when you look at it closer, it is much more.”
”To have judgment is to be intimately in touch with the newness of every situation. To be able to always act without knowing everything.”
Not-knowingness fills Jonna Bornemark with a euphoric feeling.
”It means we can always explore more. To some it may trigger anxiety because you are not in control. To me it is mainly positive.”
The constantly moving horizons of uncertainty and of not knowing are the lifeblood of science, but the scientific and educational systems are bad at acknowledging this, Bornemark thinks.
Sometimes we need to use our judgment to deal with conflicting forces. Jonna Bornemark has coined the term ”pactivity” for situations where we are passive and active at the same time. She first felt the need for such a concept when she tried to understand the experience of giving birth.
”The labor pain was not mine. It belonged to life itself. I experienced it like some kind of monster going through me. But I had to not object to it, that would have been dangerous. I had to continue its movement in order to give birth. So I wasn't purely active and I wasn't purely passive. I was pactive.”
When does life begin?
”It is a continuum. To draw a line, to give it a timestamp, is just a human desire. The logic of life is the logic of a continuum. That is why we need to look at the question of abortion anew.”
The fetus probably doesn't have the sense of ’I’. Even a newborn displays a sense of oneness. When does the sense of a separate self begin? Is it conditioned? Is it possible to maintain the sense of oneness throughout life? Those are questions we raise during this conversation.
Bornemark doesn’t like the reductionist materialism that is so prevalent in society.
”It is a poor worldview. And not true. But I like matter.”
”One way of responding to reductionist materialism could be to only emphasize the spiritual side, but my response is to work with the concept of matter, to re-understand what matter is: living, self-forming – and also including the spiritual side.”
Jonna’s university profile https://tinyurl.com/ywsh5bne
Jonna’s books https://volante.se/forfattare-och-talare/jonna-bornemark/
83. Why Materialism is Baloney – Bernardo Kastrup
Bernardo Kastrup began as an accomplished computer engineer and AI developer. Today he is one of the most influential thinkers in the intersection between spirituality and science.
This episode is probably the most philosophically dense and intense so far. Kastrup covers so much ground it is impossible to do it justice in this brief description. Just dive in and listen. And stop once in a while to reflect.
Having said that, here are some highlights:
• On metaphysical idealism, which entails that the world is essentially mental:
”Just like your thoughts are mental, the physical world at large is made of mental processes, which present themselves on a screen of perception.”
”Everything is in consciousness. But that doesn't mean that everything is conscious.”
• On how human-like an intelligent artificial neural network can become:
”We have no reason whatsoever to believe that a silicon computer can ever have a private conscious inner life in the way that you and I have.”
• On the immense problems with materialism:
”You can not pull the qualities out of the quantities. You have to have only one thing. The quantities are descriptions of the qualities, not the generator of the qualities. Mass, spin, charge, momentum, amplitude etc are descriptions of mental processes.”
”Materialists are trying to pull the territory out of the map.”
• The whirlpool metaphor for human life (we are ”whirlpools” in an all-encompassing stream of water):
”We are localized aspects of consciousness within the greater ’mind-at-large’. A whirlpool is undoubtedly a thing of its own, but it is also obvious that it does not consist of anything other than water. This is why I can't read your thoughts and I don't know what's happening on the other side of the world right now despite that everything is in one universal mind.”
• The dashboard metaphor for the world:
”We are like pilots flying only by reading the instruments on the dashboard. And that is sufficient to fly safely. The dashboard is excellent at conveying accurate information about the world. But it isn't the world.”
”The pilot never makes the mistake of thinking that the dashboard is the world. But we make that mistake. We say the physical is the world, not a representation thereof. And that is incredibly naive.”
”So, what is the nature of the thing being measured? I think it's obvious: transpersonal mentation. Mental activity is the only thing we know. Everything else is a theory. An abstraction.”
”The brain doesn't have a standalone existence. It is a representation on the dashboard. Your brain firing up neurons is what your thoughts look like when observed from the outside.”
• On why idealism gives meaning to life by postulating a continuation of consciousness beyond the physical death:
”Nothing is banal, nothing is temporary. Your experiences are not for nothing. They have contributed to the fabric of nature.”
”The intuition that we are rooted in nature is what is reflected in the golden thread that runs through thousands of years of mystical traditions.”
• On evolution:
”The evidence for natural selection is overwhelming. But the question is: is it the only mechanism necessary for evolution? To say that the genetic mutations are random is a statement of faith. The mutations might have a preferential direction. And a recent study shows that that is exactly what happens in nature. Nature is not shooting blindly.”
82. Happiness is a habit – Monique Rhodes
Life was a winding road for happiness specialist Monique Rhodes before she found her calling. In her late teens she was so depressed she tried to take her own life. Then she traveled the world. For thirteen years, all she owned would fit in a bag. She lived in slums and castles, she criss-crossed India on a motorbike. She was also an accomplished singer-songwriter.
While in India, Monique understood by accident that she was a good meditation teacher. She began to develop a mindfulness meditation program that is now used at thirty universities and colleges around the world, the 10 Minute Mind. She has since developed other programs, like the Happiness Baseline. She runs a daily bite-sized podcast, In Your Right Mind. And she has worked with a number of well-known spiritual teachers and leaders, like Eckhart Tolle.
”Learning how to deal with your thoughts and emotions is difficult for young people. I asked myself, sitting in a hospital bed, why is it that some people are happy and that others, like me, are struggling so much? Is it something I can change? That's where all the adventures came from. And it completely transformed my life”, Monique says.
”Today I work with thousands of students around the world, teaching the things I wish we were taught when we were younger.”
So, what is the secret? Basically learning how to bring back the scattered mind to the present moment as often and as long as possible.
”Build a relationship with your mind, learn how to work with it. It’s problematic to dance away into the past and into the future. Those are places that don’t exist. The only moment that is real is now.”
”We live in our thoughts without connecting to our heart. We don’t know how to manage our minds.”
Monique reads a lot, she says.
”We have a propensity to not hold our focus for very long on specific things. Reading is a good antidote to that.”
The core of Monique Rhodes’ message is this: Happiness is a habit.
When we experience something we judge that and react to it based not on the present moment but on something in the past. It may remind us, subconsciously or consciously, of something that happened to us before, positive or negative.
”This is how we relate all the time.”
Meditation slows down that automated process.
”You begin to learn to be more in the present moment. Every moment we have a choice as to how to react.”
Many people think meditation is not only woo-woo but also difficult. It’s not. This is what meditation is, according to Monique Rhodes:
”Get your mind into the present moment. Your mind will go off, you bring it back. Your practice is in the bringing back. Every time you bring the mind back, you build a muscle.”
Monique Rhodes describes herself as habitually courageous, habitually positive, habitually grateful and someone who habitually sees the goodness in people.
”Because I have built a series of habits around this.”
At the same time it is important not to just sit in a glorious feeling of wellbeing all the time. The risk is that a kind of arrogance seeps in, as Monique puts it.
”We have a tendency not to see the light that exists in the negative things that arise and to fear the shadow side when positive things happen. But if you allow it all to just be, you can stay in a pretty happy place most of your life.”
81. Capturing the undercurrent of covid policy discontent – Nils Littorin
A few weeks into 2022, the Covid policies are shifting dramatically in many countries. Restrictions are being rolled back. This conversation with Nils Littorin is a bit like a posterior assessment of what worked and didn’t work during this huge health policy experiment.
Dr Littorin, a microbiologist, is the initiator of the so-called Doctors’ Appeal in Sweden (Läkaruppropet in Swedish), a manifestation against harmful restrictions and for the shielding of vulnerable groups. It is inspired by the Great Barrington Declaration, published in October 2020 by three professors at Oxford, Stanford and Harvard.
As of February 2022 around 25,000 people have signed the former and almost one million the latter.
Sweden has been the ”control group” in the global lockdown experiment, with far fewer restrictions than most other countries. But even here, many are frustrated.
”There is a pretty strong undercurrent of discontent with current covid policies also in this country, including vaccine passports”, Nils says.
”That tells you something. That tells you that these measures are not serving any good purpose.”
”I am for logical logical measures that protect the vulnerable. The measures that have been taken don't protect the vulnerable. No measures can stop the virus. It has been shown all over the world.”
”You cannot find any epidemiological studies that show that lockdowns or harsh restrictions work in the sense that they reduce the excess mortality. On the contrary, there is no correlation.”
”Unfortunately, a lot of politicians act and talk as if there is not only a correlation but a causal relationship between lockdowns and reducing the spread of the virus or deaths or hospitalizations”, he says.
Aside from the brain, the immune system is probably the most complex thing in the body. It is not defensible, says Littorin, to force onto people preliminarily approved medicines that affect bodily functions with such complexity.
But he is definitely not an anti-vaxer.
”I am not against these vaccines. Those who need them should take them. But it has to be by consent within a doctor-patient relationship.”
”I am worried that we are violating that trust now, that doctor-patient relationship. What will people expect from health authorities next time?”
”Because of the fear porn propagated by the mass media and careless politicians, many people believe that these vaccine passports protect them from transmission. If you look at the data, they don't, especially not now, with Omicron.”
In Nils Littorin’s view, the vaccine passports should be ”thrown in the garbage bin of history”.
”And the leaders who advocated them should sit beside the bin and contemplate how they could do it.”
80. The body heat fiasco – Paul J Scanlan
For a human being life on earth begins when she takes her first breath. There are reasons why ancient traditions always emphasize the importance of breathing and posture.
”If breathing were only a matter of getting oxygen, then the best way would be to breathe in and out as quickly as possible”, says Paul J Scanlan, author of the book The Body Heat Fiasco.
Or to pick it up through gills, receptors or some other kind of bodily process, one might add.
We all know that quick breathing is bad. We feel better when we breathe calmly and deeply. But western medical science doesn't understand why. So why else do we breathe then?
In his book, independent researcher Paul Scanlan compellingly (and partly funnily) explains how breathing heats our bodies.
”Warming air is a defining feature of being alive”, Paul says.
The mechanism is amazingly straight-forward: squeezing air in the respiratory system. That a gas heats up when compressed is basic physics. For instance, a diesel engine doesn't have spark plugs. Instead, the piston squeezes the fuel mixture to ignition.
It is strange, when you think about it, how vague our knowledge about body heat generation is. And yet, we wouldn’t be able to live on this planet if our body temperature weren’t somehow kept at around 36.9 degrees Celsius.
According to the standard view, in warm-blooded animals like mammals and birds body heat is generated by a chemical burning, primarily within a fatty tissue called BAT. Thus, the reason why the air we exhale has body temperature is because it has been heated by the body.
According to Scanlan there are numerous gaps in the century-old standard model.
One example: Pigs and birds are warmblooded, but they don't have BAT.
Another example: If chemical reactions generated body heat, a chick in an egg close to hatching would be able to heat its own body, but it can’t, it is wholly dependent on its parents to keep warm (thus being ”coldblooded” until the moment it comes out of the egg and can breathe).
And when it comes to heating inhaled air, it actually works the other way around, says Paul:
”The warm body is assumed to warm 7.5 liters of air from, say, 2 degrees Celsius to 36.9 degrees Celsius every minute. If you had a tube through which the same amount of air flowed, known physics would say the tube needs to be pretty hot for the air to heat up that much by somehow just touching the sides of the tube. How hot? Let’s just say it has to be hotter than 36.9 degrees. But there is nothing between the nostrils and the lungs that is hotter than that!”
Some of the more compelling pieces of evidence in Scanlan’s book are about humans who are able to endure extreme cold. A case in point is ”the iceman”, Wim Hof.
”Hof does special things with his breathing. He can compress the air very well. But to get to that point he focuses on his alignment and meditation. The classic for meditation and yoga is concentrating on breathing.”
Paul Scanlan’s model doesn’t dismiss that some heat is generated by way of chemical processes, which is relevant in some contexts.
He has presented a couple of papers about his controversial findings and also had one published in a peer-reviewed journal. He has received polite response from the mainstream, but nothing more than that.
Actually, the golden thread in The Body Heat Fiasco, as well as in the two or three books Scanlan plans to write, is not breathing so much as tension. Or rather tensional integrity, for which breathing plays a pivotal part. His next book will explain how our vision works (he has been able to eliminate his own dependence on glasses). And after that he will take on cancer.
Paul on Twitter
79. Freeing the media from its materialist straitjacket – Jesper Madsen
Researchers who dare to go outside the box and investigate phenomena that the mainstream dismisses because they are inexplicable are labeled ”pseudoscientists”. Those who question elements of the accepted scientific view are labeled ”conspiracy theorists”.
”And journalists who dare to contact one of those researchers and do an interview are contaminated with the same labels”, says Danish journalist and communicator Jesper Madsen.
”No wonder many journalists hesitate to write or broadcast anything that is not in line with official science”, he concludes.
When he was young, Madsen wanted to become an engineer. But during military service he changed course and decided he wanted to work in the humanities. Eventually he became a journalist.
Since childhood Jesper had had a fascination for mysteries and the mystical aspects of life.
A seven-week sojourn in San Francisco in 1996 turned out to be crucial. He met people with fascinating insights into the esoteric realm. He made his first contact with IONS, the Institute of Noetic Sciences, with which Jesper is now affiliated (the first Danish community group).
He saw the need for a paradigm shift. But when he returned to Denmark with tons of notes, he found it difficult to know what to do with it. The mindset in Danish media was not very open to this kind of knowledge.
Soon thereafter, Jesper Madsen found himself in a meeting about alternative medicine. He realized that this was connected to what he had learned. So, during the last 20 years, he has specialized in complementary and alternative medicine.
It is well documented that many of the alternative medical treatments work, but if the standard double-blind trial is not employed, the results are ignored.
”To rely on only one investigative method is a matter of belief. They say that alternative medicine is based on belief, but this is also a belief. If you don't recognize the thinking behind the method you want to study, you won't understand why it works”, says Jesper and gives the salient example of homeopathy, which is vehemently rejected by the mainstream.
The placebo effect is well documented by standard science. In some cases it is very strong. It is mostly described as some kind of undesirable noise in studies, but what it actually shows is that our ability to heal ourselves (and make ourselves sick) is much larger than we have been led to believe.
All along, Jesper Madsen has had a profound interest in ”frontier science”, as he puts it.
”Now I feel somehow I want to go back to the basic, big questions”, he says.
His latest endeavor is an engagement with the Galileo Commission, an offshoot from The Scientific and Medical Network, which aims to encourage investigations beyond the materialist worldview. Jesper is involved in the creation of a network of open minded journalists.
”I put my faith in English speaking countries like the US and the UK, because here in Denmark today I don't think more than two or three journalists, aside from myself, are open to this.”
Scientific and Medical Network
78. The evidence is staring you in the face – Brien Foerster
Independent researchers are putting together a puzzle that is beginning to reveal a vastly different history than the one we are told in school. Especially concerning how far back in time civilization actually goes.
One of those independent researchers is Brien Foerster.
His fascination with the history of human civilization and culture began when he grew up in western Canada. He later moved to Hawaii and eventually to Peru, where he now lives. His quest for the origins of civilization has taken him to a hundred countries, and he organizes tours to megalithic sites in the former Inca lands, Egypt, Turkey and other places.
”I have followed my passion”, he says.
Brien has written 37 books about megalithic sites and hidden history, and he is an avid youtuber.
He is convinced, like many other maverick researchers, that the advanced megalithic structures around the world were not built by the cultures mainstream scientists say did it, but by much earlier and technologically much more advanced civilizations that perished.
In official history, it was the dynastic Egyptians who built the great pyramids and the Inca who built the most impressive walls and other structures in Peru and Bolivia where gigantic blocks of hard stone were put in place with exquisite precision.
But even the mainstream acknowledges that neither the Inca nor the dynastic Egyptians knew how to use steel, and much less diamond reinforced drills or saw blades. They only utilized bronze tools, and you cannot cut granite with bronze.
”The evidence is staring you in the face”, Brien Foerster says.
There is also growing evidence that a series of cataclysms occurred roughly 12,000 to 13,000 years ago which – in the view of Foerster and others – wiped out the civilizations of the megalithic builders.
One compelling circumstance is that at least 200 cultures around the world are talking about the destruction of their world by a flood of some kind.
Brien Foerster’s foremost contribution to the understanding of our origins is probably his research on the mysterious elongated skulls in Paracas, Peru.
The mainstream researchers say they are merely the result of head binding and other forms of cranial deformation. But that doesn't make sense when you study the oldest of them, which seem natural: their cranial volume is 25 percent larger than in a normal homo sapiens skull, a suture line is lacking, the eye sockets are larger and the foramen magnum, the hole connecting the skull with the neck, is placed two centimeters further back, presumably to balance the larger skulls.
Several of the skulls have been DNA analyzed, and it turns out they are related to other elongated skulls that have been found in the area of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea
This challenges the standard story of how America was populated.
”The enigma is that they suddenly appear, and then they disappear.”
Brien Foerster has probably investigated this enigma more profoundly than anybody else. Will he ever find the answer to who the people with the elongated skulls were?
”I haven't given up on it yet.”
Foerster is facing increasing limitations around his research in Peru and Bolivia, but Egypt is slowly opening up more.
In ten years time, a lot more eyes will be looking at the signs of a hidden ancient human history, Brien thinks.
Here is Brien Foerster’s website.
Below are four Youtube channels dedicated to alternative history that Brien endorses:
77. A Stand in the Park (for freedom and fairness) – Brady Gunn & Sophia Rose
The online revolution has worked wonders to connect people, but we need to meet in the physical to really exchange energy and love and to find our inner power.
That was one of the insights Brady Gunn brought with him when he began standing in a park in Australia every Sunday between 10 and 11 am to simply silently manifest his truth and freedom.
”We’re all one, we're all drops in the same ocean”, Brady says.
The lockdown policies was the catalyst, but the peaceful standing manifestation grew to something wider. It is about celebrating ”freedom, diversity and fairness for all”, as it says on the subsequently created website for the fast growing movement, which got the name A Stand in the Park.
For three months Brady stood there alone. Then people started joining. After a few months, the movement migrated to the UK with the help of Brady’s friend Sophia (Fifi) Rose. There it took off quickly. The movement today encompasses more than 1,000 parks in 30 countries, whereof more than 700 in the UK alone.
”The mandatory covid passports has been a wake up call for many”, says Sophia.
Many of the ”park standers” have taken their jabs but feel the authorities are going too far now.
The police have largely left the movement alone, despite its formal violation of lockdown rules. It is difficult to mass arrest old ladies with pets and all kinds of other ordinary people who are not doing anything, just standing there.
However, Brady is strictly forbidden to promote the movement publicly.
Other covid policy protesters have been treated a lot worse by the police.
”They have done some irreparable damage. I don't think the Australian people will easily forgive them”, says Brady.
When it comes to what the measures that have been taken against the pandemic will eventually entail, including the jabs, Brady seems to have a gloomier outlook than Sophia.
”Things are a lot worse than in your worst nightmare”, he says and adds that he is skeptical towards what he sees as blind optimism.
Sophia has more sympathy for positive thinking, at least to the extent that it means shedding fear. Because fear is what is fuelling the top-down control of people.
Neither of the founders of A Stand in the Park are impressed with how the mainstream media is covering either their movement or any other current protest activities. And there are many. On November 20th hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated against lockdowns and mandates in dozens of countries.
”If they actually reported on it, people would be so empowered”, says Sophia.
They both think there is a spiritual battle going on
”This is why they want to stop us from coming together”, says Sophia.
”Our society is founded on fear; fear of the other, fear of what could happen, it's relentless. Ultimately, what's driving us is fear of death, which is an absolutely crazy avoidance.”
Is this a crucial time in history? Yes, says Brady:
”This is a massive spiritual war. It is an awakening.”
This linktree will guide you to A Stand in the Park’s website and social media handles as well as some other interviews with Brady and Fifi.
76. Inspired by the richness of human evolution – Jack Stafford
What if every guest inspired the host to write a song? This is exactly what happens on Jack Stafford’s podcast Podsongs. He kicked it off only last year and has already created a unique little universe of over 100 episodes and songs now. Lately, this universe has evolved into a collaborative project with guest musicians coming on.
Jack had been a musician for many years when the pandemic forced him to look for other outlets for his music. He talks to all kinds of inspirational people, but he has a mission: to bring spirituality to the centre stage and mysticism back into the mainstream.
Jack grew up in the UK but moved to Amsterdam, where he lived a toyboy lifestyle working as a copywriter, musician and fashion designer. However, this led to burnout, so Jack sold all his possessions and set off on a bicycle tour as a nomadic troubadour. He travelled through 45 countries, playing hundreds of house concerts in return for a place to sleep.
He recorded many of his crazy adventures in his songs, and through those—plus countless self-help books and podcasts, as well as yoga, Ayurveda and Vipassana meditation—he grew and grew to become a unique modern-day troubadour.
His spiritual awakening happened in India. It wasn’t a flash experience, it came gradually.
The person who showed him how to find a deeper reality was an American.
”You think you'll meet some Indian guru. But this man had been doing pranayamas and mantras since he was three years old. And he opened the door to George King and the Aetherius society. So there I am in India, learning about an Englishman via an American...”
The Aetherius society has since been at the centre of Jack Stafford’s spiritual quest. It is a small movement founded by George King in the 50s.
The teachings are fascinating but may appear mysterious to many people. Jack explains bits and pieces of it.
”If you're open to it, it's Buddhism and Christianity and UFOs and science, all wrapped into one bundle of joy”, he says with a smile.
”We are here to be of service. We are here to learn. We are in a classroom.”
Many spiritual people unwisely skip the material aspects of this earthly existence, Jack thinks.
”Many spiritual people just want to be in the bosom of their garden with fairies or meditate. They don’t think it is a spiritual way to get a science degree or start a business. But you can't learn metaphysics unless you master physics.”
”You can levitate if you do 15 years of yoga with mantra and pranayama. These are siddies you get. There is science behind that.”
However, once you have attained such siddies, you should deny them, he explains.
”When you master something, you don't use it. Because we are here to be of service.”
The teachings of George King and the Aetherius society centers not only around yoga but also extraterrestrial life.
”This is where it can get a little crazy. This is why I got into this gradually.”
There is physicality on every level of consciousness and light, according to Jack Stafford. When we die, we go to another realm, which is exactly here, but at a different frequency.
”If you go to another planet with our frequency, it can look like only dust, but in a higher realm, the same planet has cities, temples and spaceships. This is a key concept as to how UFOs and reincarnation are linked.”
According to Jack and the Aetherius teachings, some of the ETs visiting Earth may actually be us at a later, or higher, stage–the ”future us” showing up here and now, so to speak.
Mysticast (Jack’s other podcast)
75. Breaking the shackles of the male gaze – Ninja Thyberg
One of the many planned questions I never ask in my pretty intense conversation with film director Ninja Thyberg is this:
To state that gender and sexuality are just social constructs is to me like throwing all intuitive capability in the trash. Don’t you sometimes feel we don’t let ourselves be human in this politicized society?
My guess is that Ninja would partly agree but also not quite understand what I mean.
The hot spots of our conversation have to do with our somewhat different views on the significance of biology (and/or nonphysical aspects) vs social structures.
But differences in points of view make for an interesting human encounter, right?
Ninja Thyberg is an intelligent, brave and curious person who very early in life began pondering sexuality and gender roles. She wanted to explore the drivers behind pornography, for instance.
After a series of acclaimed short movies, her first full length movie, ”Pleasure”, premieres in theaters across Europe this fall. It is about a 19-year-old Swedish girl who goes to Los Angeles to try to become the next big star in the porn industry. The film is partly brutally realistic. Although it does not show explicit sex (and the only full frontals are of men) it still contains several crude scenes.
”Pleasure” has many layers, and despite the rawness of the industry that is arguably what many viewers would expect, it also shows the friendship, drive and humor that exists among the female stars, and also an everydayness and kindness.
Ninja says she almost regrets that she portrayed the porn industry in such a multifaceted way. Because almost everybody seems to like the film!
”And that's not only a good thing”, she says.
”I wanted to be nuanced, and maybe the film is too nuanced, so nobody is really provoked. Right now I'm just afraid it's going to be forgotten, like ’yeah, great film, very nuanced’, and that's that”, Ninja says.
I hardly think her worry is warranted.
Thyberg was always drawn to the topic of pornography because it is taboo and nobody wants to talk about it.
”I have been provoked by the hypocrisy in our culture, where people watch so much porn and no one admits it. It takes place in kind of a parallel universe. It's like something that itches and the doctor says don't scratch, that makes me want to scratch it even more.”
From there we venture into a more general gender discussion.
”Sexuality is built from the cultural context and that is constantly changing”, Ninja says.
”I know from my own experience that it is possible to change your sexuality. It is what your brain is used to.”
I ask about some differences in sexuality that seem to be there, according to studies, like the ability to switch it off and on and how much it is visually oriented. Ninja modifies her view a bit and says we might be born with some differences on a group level.
”Fifteen years ago I thought everything was a social construct and that there were no biological differences. Now I realize it is a combination.”
But she also says:
”Of course men are more visually oriented, because they are triggered visually by the male gaze everywhere.”
Delving a bit deeper into this aspect, Ninja says that men who want sex but don’t get it are more vulnerable than women who want sex but don’t get it, and she has an interesting reasoning behind that.
”There are some privileges in being a woman in this culture that are seldom talked about in feminism”, she says.
”Things that male losers in the system don't have. If the feminist movement doesn’t recognize this, the counter reactions from these men are just going to increase.”
74. How to escape a burnout society – Gabriela Guzmán Sanabria
Gabriela Guzmán Sanabria had an urge to leave her native Mexico all through her adolescence. At the age of 19 she went to Europe, and eventually she ended up in the Netherlands.
Many Mexican friends ask her how on earth she would prefer a rainy, gloomy Holland to a sunny, vibrant Mexico.
”I always had nightmares there. I didn't feel safe. I thought I was put in a place I didn't want to be. Every day was a struggle, I felt limited, like I was being strangled by society. In Holland I finally felt I could be the person I wanted to be. Nobody cared whether I was married or what I worked with”, Gabriela says.
She was physically very active, trained in running and lived a healthy life in general, despite studying graphic design at an art academy where drugs and late nights were legion.
Having finished her studies she got a job at a big transnational company. After some time something happened that she hadn’t anticipated in her wildest imagination: She was burnt out.
”Everybody was surprised, including myself: How could I be burnt out? I was so healthy. I wasn't depressed, but I was very negative about the future and about everything that was happening.”
Burnout and depression look alike, but they're not, Gabriela explains. In a depression you also have self-destructive feelings and thoughts. In a burnout you are not happy but you don't have those thoughts. You are exhausted, even if you sleep for days or weeks. You cannot think clearly.
”It’s like a mental fog. You don't remember things.”
”Some people say: ’Put on your shoes and take a run, you’ll feel better.’ No! If you can go for a run you don't have a burnout.”
Certain kinds of personalities score higher on the risk assessment scale.
”You score higher when you are more demanding of yourself, when you cannot see the thin line between what's good for you and what's good for others. This is often why students and other young people burn out.”
There is a gender difference: Given similar circumstances, women are more prone to have a burnout, while men are more prone to become depressed.
”Women generally have a stronger social network and talk about it. Men tend more to keep the problems to themselves. When they don’t talk about it, they get depressed.”
Reading Joe Dispenza’s book You are the Placebo was a game changer for Gabriela Guzmán Sanabria. Now she was able to find the ”original” Gabriela.
”I had forgotten about her. I had been so busy with the outer world, with being productive.”
She found and began practicing different meditation techniques – Dispenza’s, Wim Hof’s and others. After three months her short-term memory was back to normal.
”It was like magic”, says Gabriela.
Today she can help others see early signs of a burnout. She discusses the topic with a variety of guests on her podcast Escape from the Burnout Society.
One childhood experience that Gabriela thinks has had an important impact on her life’s course was an episode that she didn’t even remember until recently, when she dove deep into meditation and later also did a regression session: a near-death experience.
This event explains why during her childhood she couldn't get along with other children but wanted to be with grown-ups, she thinks.
”When I saw children maltreating animals or bullying each other I panicked – not because they did it to me, but because they did it at all.”
When Gabriela was seventeen, her mother died. And it didn't take long until her mother sent a greeting from the other side…
Gabriela Guzmán Sanabria feels positive about our future wellbeing, after all. She senses there is a shift in perception.
”People are asking questions. They are reflecting more”, she says.
Find Gabriela’s website here.
Find Gabriela’s podcast here.
73. The transformative truth about Jesus and Mary Magdalene – Lars Muhl
(Apologies for the somewhat poor sound quality on Anders’ side of the mic.)
When Lars Muhl was eight years old, he said to his mother, in earnest: ”Mother, this world is very primitive”.
Two years later, his little sister died from cancer. This forced a shift in Lars’ consciousness.
”My life changed overnight. I became very sensitive. It was like a veil was drawn aside. I could see through people. I sensed that people say one thing and mean another. I didn't understand why. It was scary to me”, Lars says.
He stopped going to school. Nobody knew what to do with a boy like that back in the fifties.
He was drawn to religion and spiritual knowledge. But he didn't do any spiritual practice. He found music. When he got older he became an appreciated and successful musician.
”But I always felt I was a guest in this world. I never felt I belonged here.”
In the nineties Lars Muhl fell terribly ill. For three years he basically stayed in bed.
A series of synchronistic events led him to come in contact with a person who was to become Lars’ primary life teacher, a healer he calls The Seer. This man managed to heal Lars – over the telephone.
Eventually Lars became The Seer’s apprentice in Spain and in the land of the Cathars up in the Pyrenees. He learned the value of spiritual practice and healing. Today Lars himself is a healer, a mystic and a writer.
According to The Seer, Lars in a previous life was one of the writers of the Dead Sea scrolls. Those scrolls plus ancient texts found in Nag Hammadi in Egypt some 75 years ago show the true content of Jesus’ message.
Lars Muhl has dedicated much of his work to retelling what Jesus and Mary Magdalene – or more correctly Yeshua and Mariam the Magdalene – really taught. Basically, it is about realizing that all of us have the ability to find the kingdom of heaven within us in this lifetime.
This knowledge has been vehemently suppressed by the church. Why?
”Because it takes away the worldly power of priests and kings and politicians. Because spiritual science, as I would call it instead of religion, is above everything”, says Lars.
Western science seems intransigent when it comes to the tenets about matter as primary and consciousness as a side effect of brain activity.
”In many ways we still live in primitive times. Ordinary scientists that want to be original have to dare to cross boundaries. They have to go into the spiritual realm. Because there are no real answers in the world of questions. In order to get answers you must go to the world of answers.”
Lars Muhl has written 22 books in Danish. Some of them have been translated into English and other languages.
Find Lars’ website here
Find Lars’ books in English here
72. An inconvenient truth about the climate debate – Roger Pielke Jr
Roger Pielke Jr labels himself an ”undisciplined” professor, which is apt since he engages in an impressively wide range of research areas.
He is most known for his work on climate, and specifically extreme weather events. For this he initially got much acclaim, and his research has been cited in the IPCC assessment reports. But the last fifteen years or so this work has also given him many adversaries. Why? Because he tells what the science shows. And in this particular area it doesn’t show what the alarmist camp wants to hear.
Most kinds of extreme weather events show no detectable trend, contrary to what is claimed in media headlines on a daily basis.
Roger Pielke has had to get used to being called ”climate skeptic” or even ”climate denier”, also from members of congress.
”The idea is that if you can tar someone with being a climate skeptic, they can be ignored or dismissed without having to look at their work”, Roger says.
A professor in Environmental studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Pielke has testified before Congress several times.
After a hearing in 2013 some members made clear they didn’t like the message. One congressman from Arizona spread the suspicion that Roger Pielke was ”perhaps” taking money from Exxon in exchange for his testimony.
Pielke was suddenly inundated with critical messages and emails. Until this day, every week he hears on social media or elsewhere that he was investigated by congress and ”perhaps” took money.
The event pushed him to begin doing research on sports in order to attain some safety space from the climate hot spot.
But he returns to the hot spot now and then–like when the IPCC’s latest assessment report came out in August. He realizes that he is one of few who can summarize in a simple manner what science actually says on weather extremes.
”For various reasons the IPCC report is largely ignored on those points. So what I tweet about it can be eye-opening.”
And why are these results ignored?
”Extreme weather has been taken up as a poster child of the climate debate, and I don't see that changing any time soon”, says Roger.
In large part the turning point was around Al Gore’s climate movie ”An Inconvenient Truth” in 2006.
”The environmental community decided that climate change a hundred years from now is too far off for people to understand, so we must bring it home to them in the short term. The way to do that is to associate extreme weather with climate change, so people will feel viscerally and personally what it means, regardless of what the science says”, Pielke explains.
He has much less patience with scientists and experts who become activists and exaggerate than with politicians who do it.
”We will never get exaggeration out of politics.”
And the data? Here is the short version of what the IPCC says about weather extremes:Heat waves, extreme precipitation events (in certain regions), fire weather (not fires per se), ecological and agricultural drought (human induced drought) show upward trends. Storms, tropical cyclones, flooding, tornadoes, meteorological and hydrological drought (i.e. the headline phenomena), show no detectable upward trends.
(From around 28 minutes until 30 minutes into the Youtube episode you’ll find illuminating graphs)
Roger’s books include The Honest Broker, The Climate Fix, Disasters and Climate Change and The Edge
Clip from Congress hearing in 2013 about weather extremes
71. The leap inward (part 2)
This solo episode (part two of two) is about humankind’s most pivotal revolution in the coming decades and centuries, hands down. It is about meaning, future, consciousness, society and science. Its message is arguably more important than anything I have ever conveyed. If that doesn’t tell the listener much, which is understandable, I can say that this conclusion also goes for most other writers out there.
In this part I both look back into history and gaze forward into the future: Why are we stuck in this science–spirituality dichotomy, and what dramatic changes await our species? In part one (ep 70) I discussed some of the contemporary findings that begin to bridge the gap between science and spirituality.
Read episodes 70 and 71 as essays on Medium here.
70. The leap inward – Why our next evolutionary step will shake up all (part 1)
This solo episode (part one of two) is about humankind’s most pivotal revolution in the coming decades and centuries, hands down. It is about meaning, future, consciousness, society and science. Its message is arguably more important than anything I have ever conveyed. If that doesn’t tell the listener much, which is understandable, I can say that this conclusion also goes for most other writers out there.
Many feel an emptiness and a lack of purpose before the future. This sense of meaninglessness is basically derived from the dreamlike illusion of separation and death we have been living in for thousands of years. We have tried to mitigate our fear of death and our feeling of loneliness through the idea that more physical assets or larger social or cultural capital can enhance the quality of life.
We have a feeling of ”… what now?” Artificial intelligence? Advanced biotechnology? Out in space? What is the purpose of all that we are doing?
My answer, and the answer from ever more others, is that the next big leap in our evolution will have to be inward — possibly the most important leap so far.
Read the episode as an essay on Medium here.
69. The singer-songwriter who took a quantum leap – Graham Pemberton
When Graham Pemberton was 29 years old, an often crucial point in life astrologically known as the first Saturn return, he had a powerful awakening.
Previously he had adhered to atheism and existentialism and had a period of left wing political activism.
”I began to feel severely depressed. I then made a decision, influenced by someone who was like my mentor, to look inside instead of outside. This inward looking triggered a spiritual awakening.”
Graham experienced ”a lot of weird stuff” like vivid dreams and wild synchronistic events.
”The whole world went completely mad. The veil was lifted, if you will. I saw that things were interconnected, and I realized that consciousness has nothing to do with the brain.”
One powerful dream told him that his life hitherto had been like a Monty Python movie, and now it was time to get back to normal.
The dramatic character of Graham's intense six-month awakening period eventually dissipated. But his life view had changed for good.
I got in touch with Graham after having read some of his many in-depth essays and articles on Medium about spirituality and modern science.
Lately, he has explored just about every influential book that has been written about the connection between quantum physics and mysticism. There have been some fascinating ups and downs in the interest for this topic in the mainstream.
Two books in the 1970s by Fred Alan Wolf and Fritjof Capra triggered an uptick. Ten years later Ken Wilber tried to take the hype down, and then in the 1990s the quantum–spirit connection became more prominent again. Pemberton has written a whole series of articles about Danah Zohar’s ”The Quantum Self”. Recently, Carlo Rovelli is with ”Helgoland” trying to take quantum physics back to almost materialism.
Like many others who have looked seriously into this topic, Pemberton thinks David Bohm was the most spiritual among the leading quantum physicists.
”You could argue that quantum physics destroyed materialism a hundred years ago. But the question is, how much further have we come?” asks Graham Pemberton.
”All we can do is keep working. However, if history means anything, a new paradigm will eventually take over.”
Stanislav Grof is another of Graham’s heroes, as is Carl Jung. We discuss whether Jung is still today as ridiculed in academia as he used to be. We conclude that Jung has had a profound significance for the spiritual growth of both of us.
Graham Pemberton is also a musician.
”That is the path I should have taken in my youth.”
His songs are of a singer-songwriter type. Many of the lyrics are about the same esoteric topics that he writes about.
During his period of spiritual awakening, Graham Pemberton’s mentor pointed out that Graham was going through a heavy Saturn return. This information had a powerful impact on him.
His growing astrological insights led him to later write a book about how this ancient knowledge might be true–from an outsider’s perspective. It has not been published, but Graham puts it out on Medium, bit by bit.
”It is to a large extent based on quantum physics. Everything is interconnected. There is no reason why any part of the universe couldn't affect us.”
Graham and I also have a somewhat animated discussion about whether it is possible to raise consciousness by way of traditional politics or not. And whether democracy stops at the borders of the nation state, and if that has anything to do with spiritual awakening.
Please find Graham Pemberton’s websites here and here.
If you want a deeper understanding of Graham’s thoughts in this episode, he elaborates on some of them in this article.
68. To unite science and faith – Gerald Baron
A deep interest in a combination of communication, spirituality and science entices me, I must say.
And it was likely not by coincidence I discovered Gerald Baron on the blogging and writing platform Medium.
A grandfather of nine, Gerald is now mostly retired and can spend much of his time following his heart-felt interests.
Gerald had a career as a teacher and entrepreneur in communication and PR.
He was the head of a company at one point, but he gradually realized he wasn't a ”CEO type”.
”Those who are financially successful have certain personal traits, they are perhaps more inclined to steamroller other people, sometimes sociopaths”, says Gerald and gives the prime example of Apple’s founder Steve Jobs.
Does it have to be that way?
”It is an old question … The capitalist system is terribly flawed, and yet it has generated wealth for a great many people. It works because there are people who are willing to do what it takes to be successful. Which is exactly why it needs moderation and controls”, says Gerald.
Perhaps there are big changes underway in the world. We agree that this is true when it comes to science.
”Major paradigm shifts will be represented in some significant changes in worldview. The foundation of science is crumbling, and most scientists understand that.”
But we are a generation or two away from the general public really understanding it, Gerald Baron thinks.
He refers to Carl Gustav Jung, who described a quantum reality before quantum physics was discovered.
”The conscious mind, wherever and whatever it is, has a role to play in bringing reality into existence. When we exercise our conscious minds we bring something into existence that wasn't there before.”
Open minded forerunners in science, not least in quantum physics, realized that the new findings undoubtedly mirrored much of the spiritual realm.
”But physicalist evangelists shoved those ideas aside.”
Digging deeply into the new science has affected Gerald’s Christian faith, but science also validates much of what the Bible tells us, he says–including parts of the scripture that are seldom highlighted in the general discourse.
Sometimes new findings clearly contradict the Christian worldview. One such example is the studies at the University of Virginia that show compelling evidence of reincarnation.
And it is not possible to deny evolution, he says.
”The delta variant makes that very clear to us every day.”
”My issue is with exclusive evolution, that evolution is the answer to everything. Even cosmology.”
”There is evolution, but it is not random. The digital code in our DNA is remarkably complex and carries meaning. In science we know of no process of creating meaningful code other than through an intelligent mind”, Gerald says.
The more physicalists find out about the complexity of life and how absolutely remarkable it is, the goal post of coming to an answer through chemical evolution keeps moving further and further out.
”It is looking more and more like alchemy.”
Despite all this, the public, via the media, still believes that neo-darwinism is an established fact.
Gerald Baron has issues with the media. He has written two books about how it functions in its relation to the rest of society;
”Now is Too Late” and ”Black Hats White Hats”.
He has coined the acronym FUDO to describe the currency of the news media. It stands for Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt and Outrage.
”And outrage is the preferred one.”
Activists feed the outrage, and they know that: An activist makes some claim and the journalist repeats it.
”Even a small number of activists can be remarkably effective in making huge changes”, says Gerald.
Gerald’s website: grbaron.com
Gerald on Medium: https://gerald-baron.medium.com
67. Taking the red pill – Angelo Dilullo
This episode is in my mind one of the most powerful on this podcast so far. What is spoken about is both deep and light and incomprehensible and self-evident at the same time.
Is it possible to end individual suffering in this lifetime? Yes, it is. Angelo Dilullo, a medical doctor and the author of ”Awake: It’s your turn”, is living proof of that, and in his book he eloquently points out the ways you can go about achieving just that.
You don’t need to go anywhere. It may take some time, but at the same time there is only this moment, and awakening to a deeper and more truthful reality where you rid yourself of the illusion of separation and time is accessible to you always. Always and everywhere you are.
”It's a lot like taking the red pill in the movie ’The Matrix’”, Angelo says.
Or, say many who have experienced it, like returning to the magical state of early childhood.
”You are stepping foot on a path that is very mysterious, and it gets more mysterious as things go on. There are aspects of it you just cannot prepare for. And that's good, it has to be that way. Because the seemingly separate identity is deeply rooted in our personality and identity structures. When you come to the roots of that identity, the defense mechanisms really start to come online, and you feel ’if I take another step I'll be totally in the unknown’.
When you are totally ready to look thoroughly into what you are (and what you are not) by self inquiry, a one-pointed approach and other inner avenues, you will experience the dissolution of seeming barriers that were never there.
”The strange thing is that what goes away internally is so profound that you would have never been able to imagine what it's like when it's not there”, Angelo says.
”We have a seeming sense of the separate one that moves from moment to moment or collects experiences. It seems that that's what we want to have here, this agency, this ability to manipulate external experiences. But what you ultimately realize is that that is what is causing all our suffering, all our struggle and all our feelings of insecurity, lack and scarcity.”
Strange things happen: Even the sense of being in a body goes away.
”It becomes impossible to differentiate between what I am experiencing and what you are experiencing. But at the same time you don't lose the ability to raise your hand when someone calls your name.”
It is a question of a relative world and an absolute world, ”and I can operate in the relative world”.
It is not about shedding all that one has collected in life and that has made one feel safe.
”It’s about clear-seeing. It's about looking closely enough at what is actually happening to see it for what it is.”
After the first awakening there is a honeymoon. But then the work begins towards deeper realization, and there will be shadow phases.
It is also not about pure bliss. It is more like equanimity. And it is not about getting rid of emotions. Emotions are still there but experienced with equanimity. It is the resistance to emotions that is the problem when we identify with the mind.
Angelo Dilullo’s own awakening happened from a place of desperation. Hear him tell about when ”the bottom fell out” and when ”the universe disappeared”.
Angelo also touches on quantum physics and a possible collective awakening.
”What we are talking about here was woo-woo 20 years ago, but pretty soon it will be mainstream.”
Angelo’s book: https://tinyurl.com/nb2ma4ww
Angelo’s website: www.simplyalwaysawake.com
Angelo’s Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/SimplyAlwaysAwake
66. Creating is healing – Branka Androjna
Welcome back! I hope you all had a wonderful summer.
This first episode of season no 3 circles around healing, the mind–body connection and the importance of being close to nature. And many other things.
”We have a tremendous inherent ability to heal ourselves. But we are told – and tell ourselves – stories about our predicament, our sense of victimhood. We can all learn how to be the masters of our own lives”, says Branka Androjna.
Branka is a teacher, life coach and podcaster who lives in a house on the outskirts of Slovenia’s capital Ljubljana with her husband (”my true soulmate”) and their two daughters.
She does her coaching and podcasting under her artist name Milangela. And artistic she truly is. And good with crafts. She does this interview in a corner of her house which is adorned with her paintings.
We are all in essence creative, according to Branka. But some seem to express it more than others. Perhaps many of us have been shamed out of being creative, as Brené Brown says.
”When I create, say when I paint, I get so absorbed in what I do that I am not thirsty, I am not hungry. I am not here. After two days I awaken to what has emerged ... To me this is at first like flirting with the divine, and then it's like making love to that magical divine collective intelligence.”
Experiencing the bliss in the midst of the creative process is part of the healing process, in Branka’s view.
And there is something with England...
Branka went there as a teenager and immediately felt at home. She fell in love with the mysterious English way of life. Not least the language.
As she returned she worked for many years at different language schools.
Although people around her have always confided in her, she says that she in her younger years lacked confidence and was self-conscious. At one point her life entered a downward spiral. She experienced physical illness as well as pain in the soul.
”I felt like a complete victim. I was searching for the culprit. Being a victim I deprived myself of the ability to do anything, really.”
”I was in really bad shape. I hit rock bottom when my daughter asked me if i was going to be there for my family the next day. From that day on I intuitively took all the right steps. I knew nothing of inner work, but I did it”, says Branka.
Starting the podcast ”Milangela’s Soul Garden” was a leap of faith.
”I found my voice. But it was not the voice telling my story.”
That’s why she decided to become a life coach.
”I opted for vulnerability. I wanted to help people not to fall into pitfalls, not to be bruised, like I was.”
With her coaching she wants to equip people and make them realize the might there is in every single one of us, she says.
”I invite people to willingly suspend limiting beliefs and instead insert more positive and constructive beliefs. To put a positive thought into your mind can cut off a vicious circle and actually change the chemistry of the body.”
Being in nature and eating healthy foods are also part of Branka’s coaching method.
”Without nature I think I would be in trouble in my healing process. Back when I was really frail, I used to go out barefoot and hug trees.”
Branka wraps up by quoting Wayne Dyer: When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
Branka’s/Milangela’s podcast (Anchor); podcast (Itunes); FB page; Instagram
Summer message (important)
The podcast is taking a summer break on the audio platforms, but it will keep on humming on Youtube in the form of a series of look-back episodes.
Have a wonderful summer, all of you!
65. The lifelong growth of personality – Lisa Marchiano
A few centuries ago, science got cut off from spirituality. When the search for the depths of a human being was resumed in the west In the early 20th century, it was in the form of psychology.
Sigmund Freud and Carl Gustav Jung are considered to be the founders of modern psychoanalysis. Bit by bit, Jung distanced himself from Freud’s more materialistic viewpoints, and eventually his ideas came to inspire the spiritual community.
”Depth psychology really needed to come into fruition when it did because of the ’death of God’ phenomenon. Ordinary religion was not working as a container for people's numinous experiences”, says Lisa Marchiano, a Jungian analyst, author and podcaster.
”In one sense you can see Jung’s life work as an attempt to reconcile science and mysticism. He saw himself as standing at that intersection.”
Although Freud dominated psychology academia for most of the last century, there was an interest in Jung's thoughts all along. In the 50s Joseph Campbell's book ”The Hero with a Thousand Faces” was very influential. In the 80s there was another Jung explosion. In the 90s there was yet another wave, and in the 2000s, Jung's previously unpublished ”The Red Book” became a surprise best seller.
Lisa Marchiano stood at a crossroads in life when she at age 28 suddenly realized that she had to shed the idea of becoming a lawyer and instead train to become a jungian analyst. It all began with her coming across a particular book time and time again, a book that made her cry each time she opened it and read a few lines.
”Freud thought that one’s personality is established in early childhood. But the development of a personality happens over a lifetime. We continue to grow and develop. In fact, some of the most important changes happen in midlife”, Marchiano says.
Jung called this the individuation process. It is one of his most central concepts. Another concept is the shadow, which is the part of our personality that is disallowed – some of it by culture. Anima and animus are the masculine and feminine elements that we all contain.
”We should all develop them both. Some elements are more associated with women and some are more associated with men. But it is a thorny subject.”
Inspired by Iain McGilchrists book ”The master and his emissary”, Lisa Marchiano speculates that the concept of masculine and feminine in the psychological sense might be something like the different kinds of awareness that are generated by the brain’s left and right hemispheres.
Marchiano’s recent book ”Motherhood” is a jungian attempt to understand how a person evolves by becoming a mother.
”I wasn’t interested in how to become a better mother. I was interested in the psychological change ı was going through. How does this entail growing? How is this individuation?”
”If you really want to learn more about yourself, relationships are the best way to do that, and the relationship that is most likely to catalyze self knowledge is parenthood. It's so hard, it doesn't go away, and the stakes are really high.”
Carl Jung wrote that we don't solve our problems so much as we grow larger than them.
A lot in the book is most probably relevant to fathers too, Marchiano thinks.
Lisa Marchiano’s website: https://lisamarchiano.com/
The podcast she co-hosts: https://thisjungianlife.com/podcast/
64. The extraterrestrial allure – Clas Svahn
Are we alone in the universe?
The journalist and author Clas Svahn has spent a large part of his life trying to answer that question by listening to, watching and reading thousands of reports and thoroughly dissecting them. He was for 22 years the director of the organization UFO Sweden, he has written dozens of books about mysterious phenomena, not only UFOs, and he is now an internationally renowned expert on UFOs.
Or UAPs, as the US military now prefers to call these unidentified aerial phenomena. The name change is meant to separate ”proper” sky observations from the reports the military is swamped with about cattle mutilations, crop circles, abductions and other things associated with the UFO phenomenon.
We recorded this episode the day before the much hyped UAP report from the US government was released. In the interview, Clas anticipates most of what it contains and does not contain.
The report is about over 140 observations and recordings of strange objects.
”Pilots have witnessed that they have seen these objects every day for several years”, Clas Svahn says.
Clas has been gathering and analyzing UFO reports since the 1970s. He is very used to the concept being ridiculed. With this report, the issue is suddenly taken seriously.
”I am very glad that this is happening. So many reporters have been ridiculed. They are just telling what they have seen. You have to treat them properly. So this is exciting.”
UFO/UAP observations come in many shapes. There is the probable asteroid Oumuamua in 2017, which the renowned astronomer Avi Loeb suggests could be something from an extraterrestrial civilization. There is the sharp picture of an apparent flying saucer over lake Cote in Costa Rica in 1971. And then there are tons of blurry mobile films, like those allegedly showing a rotating pyramid over the Kremlin in 2008.
To Clas Svahn, the latter category is ”noise”. But there are plenty of other good pictures. Unfortunately, the sightings are often not backed by photos and vice versa.
Clas has interviewed hundreds of people who have seen strange things. He tells about a Swedish fighter pilot who tried to reach a strange object over the Baltic. The object was too fast and eventually vanished into space.
The most well known close encounter in Sweden occured in May 1946. The person who had the encounter, Gösta Carlsson, became a famous businessman, and he made his fortune from ideas he said he got from the ET’s that he met. Clas wrote a book about Carlsson.
The most intriguing stories are actually those about encounters and abductions, says Clas.
”I mean, things you see in the sky could be anything.”
He refers to a fascinating story by a married couple in southern Sweden, in which both experienced an attempt by a group of alien entities to abduct the woman.
Even if no close ET encounter is ever proven, people will never stop reporting strange things in the sky, Clas thinks.
At the same time it is very possible that what UFO reporters experience today will not be understood until tomorrow.
”We must be very open to looking in new directions. There will be revelations in science that are so new to us that we will find them nearly magic.”
UFO Sweden’s website, including Clas Svahn’s blog: www.ufo.se
Archives for the Unexplained (the world’s largest depository of its kind): http://www.afu.se/afu2/
63. Leaving a spiritual wasteland – Betty Kovacs
In the Nag Hammadi texts, Jesus says: ”If you bring forth what is within you, it will save you, but if you do not bring it forth, it will destroy you.”
We have been conditioned to dismiss all signs of an inner reality and a connection with the universe. We have for millennia rejected the feminine principle and energies.
The shaman-mystic knowledge about our true essence was with us when homo sapiens first appeared on this earth. The San people in southern Africa, direct descendants of the first modern humans, are living proof of that.
Despite attempts by religious and secular rulers to quash this wisdom, it has survived throughout time, thanks to courageous groups of humans who have carried it with them under the radar, often at great risk: the gnostics, the sufis, the cathars, the rosicrucians and even the romantics in the early 19th century.
This is the wonderful and often eye-opening story that Betty Kovacs tells us in her book ”Merchants of Light”.
Kovacs has herself had personal experience of an inner reality, or higher dimensions if you will. In connection with the death of her mother, her son and her husband within a period of three years, she experienced altered states of consciousness.
Judaism's first temple tradition was shaman-mystic. The feminine was seen as equal with the masculine. But around 600 BCE this tradition was destroyed. Texts were burned. Some were rescued, however, and lived on in kabbalah.
Christianity’s counterpart to this was the clampdown of the Roman church from the fourth century CE, when the shaman-mystic tradition that Jesus himself represented was suppressed, and the early gnostic Christians were bloodily persecuted.
What the church fathers resented was ”the tradition of going inward and experiencing the divinity of who we are and becoming the Christ”, says Betty Kovacs.
The repression was terrible.
”The church fathers prepared us for totalitarian regimes.”
After seven hundred years of spiritual darkness in Europe, a window opened up during the High Middle Ages.
Cathedrals were built in France to revere personal connection with the higher realms and the feminine principle.
”They taught the hidden tradition.”
The cathedral builders and teachers were influenced by the more open and tolerant islamic culture in Spain.
But it did not last.
Ironically, it was the Roman church that determined the development of materialistic science.
But maybe we are leaving the spiritual wasteland. Our time could be one of rediscovering ancient spiritual knowledge and letting it merge with science.
In the 20th century we began to understand the all-encompassing quantum field and that the heart is in many ways superior to the brain. We began to collect thousands of accounts of near-death experiences and found that they seem to be real. And we rediscovered the ancient shaman-mystic texts from early Judaism and Christianity.
”All these things are synchronistically happening. When I feel depressed over all the violence in the world I think about that”, says Betty Kovacs.
”We are beginning to bring together our past and realize our potential, at the same time that we've got to do business with what was not brought forth, the darkness we've allowed to be in the world.”