Free free will

The Institute of Noetic Sciences publishes an annual “Shift” report. In The 2008 Shift Report: Changing the Story of Our Future, they describe an experiment on how our beliefs about free will affect our moral decisons. In the study, a group of subjects read passages from The Astonishing Hypothesis by Nobel laureate biologist Francis Crick. In it, Crick suggests free will is an illusion. “Who you are is nothing but a pack of neurons.” Others read more neutral statements as a control condition. The results of the study showed that participants who read anti-free will statements were significantly more likely … Continue Reading…

Spoken Words

The Prophets Conference folks have been doing a series of conferences around the globe on the theme of “The Great Rethinking”.  In my area, they had a ‘Bleep’ conference and the following year, a health conference. I got a chance to meet Bruce Lipton, Rupert Sheldrake and a variety of other cutting edge thinkers as a result. It’s quite mixed bag – everything from physics to psychics, orbs to intention. They have now released recordings of some of the talks at a variety of the conferences, available online for free. None of the ones listed I’ve heard before but a … Continue Reading…

Santa’s coming!

Santa

Santa’s Coming! OK now – be honest. What was your first response to that statement? Excitement? Surprise? Revulsion? This points to your story about Santa. What you do or don’t believe about that seasonal celebration. “Let’s not forget that the little emotions are the great captains of our lives and we obey them without realizing it” — Vincent Van Gogh In modern society we like to think of ourselves as beyond myth. We live in a time of science. But that is a complete myth. Most people in North America believe in God, heaven (usually as another place), miracles, and … Continue Reading…

Belief and Identity

I’ve spoken about this here before but its worthwhile mentioning this from another voice. My mate is reading Gregg Braden’s book “The Spontaneous Healing of Belief“. She brought the book in again to share an important point. The issue of why its so hard to change beliefs. “The reason is because of what we think our beliefs say about us. Geoff Heath, former principle lecturer in counselling and human relations at the University of Derby in England, describes the crux of our dilemma: “We are what we come to believe ourselves to be. To change our beliefs is to change … Continue Reading…

In the wings

sunrise today drama in Hawaii

It rather startles me sometimes how throughly the ego prepares its dramatical scripts. Recently, quite separately, a couple of friends of mine have gone through very difficult emotional periods, breaking away from old dramas. After a brief period of growing calm and happiness, plan B steps in. Or should I say pain B. The curtain opens on a new scene in the drama and it soon becomes apparent it was there, waiting in the wings. In reserve. Too often, we find a sense of self in our suffering. Closely related to the idea that an artist must suffer to create. … Continue Reading…

Growing the Group

In the recent post on Groups, I observed the key role of groups in the world. The group trumps the individual. Even without that awareness, we have laws to uphold a standard for example. To uphold the group. As Spock so famously said “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” (laughs) So how does one grow the group? How does one grow the forest? You can treat the forest as a whole with things like big meditative groups. But within that you have to take care of the individual. One of the clearest ways we can … Continue Reading…

Socionomics

The socionomics folks have released a 1 hour documentary on the basic fractal pattern seen in social mood and how that affects fashions, music, movies, and the stock market. And the fractal pattern is the Fibonacci series. Touches on Elliot wave and reversal of causality. That the mood precedes the market and political change, not the other way around. The pattern in nature and the triune brain. http://www.socionomics.net/films/history/default.aspx We create our reality, together. And it is formed from the spiraling vortex of energy that follows awareness moving. That is the source of this dynamic.

Judith Orloff

Judith is a highly intuitive Psychiatrist I met in Vancouver about a year ago. She gave a presentation on empathy and empathics.  Recently, she has been releasing a series of short videos on YouTube. “I’ll cover topics including intuition, dreams, transforming negative emotions, and how to tap the power within.” Today, I’m pleased to offer “Intuitive Decision Making: The Power of Positive Intention.” http://www.youtube.com/judithorloffmd

Relationship

A key part of our experience of the world is in relationship. Relationship with lovers, parents, children, co-workers, and friends. And more importantly, relationship with ourselves. Who we conceive ourselves to be and how we relate that to the whole. That is the fundamental basis on which the rest of our experience is based. Recently, I have observed how people will respond when they meet a very happy person. Often, they will assume the person is in love. One then realizes that the only time some people have ever been truly happy was when they had first “fallen” in love. … Continue Reading…

The Century of the Self

A BBC documentary series on Governments, Corporations and Mass Psychology. 4 x 58 min: Part 1: http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=8953172273825999151 Part 2: http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-678466363224520614 Part 3: http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-6111922724894802811 Part 4: http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=1122532358497501036