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Lucid Dreaming – What Is Lucid Dreaming?

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Lucid dreaming is the process of dreaming while you are still awake or at least consciously aware that you are dreaming. This is different than daydreaming, which is simply a short-term attachment of one’s immediate surroundings where it looks the subject is simply ‘dazing off’ or has a blank stare. Unlike lucid dreaming the subject is awake and alert during a daydream and they can easily be brought back to reality.

They generally happens at night when the subject is attempting to sleep. The primary factor of lucid dreams that sets them apart from regular dreaming is the subject has full control and influence over their dream. In this manner they can essentially ‘control’ their dreams. It has been extensively researched by the scientific community and there has been much debate about its existence, although current scientific theory is that it does exist and can be controlled to some extent.

However, the results cannot be achieved by everyone. It can be a very difficult process to initiate a lucid dream and actually control the dream once you’ve established one. The most common type of lucid dream occurs when the user is already sleeping and they start dreaming. At some point during the dream the subject becomes aware that they are sleeping but also dreaming at the same time. While the subject is not ‘awake’ per se, they are able to exhibit some degree of control over the dream and control the subject matter.

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The other type which is much less common is called wake-imitated lucid dreaming. This of it is much more difficult to achieve and can only be achieved with practice, determination and meditation. There is no apparent lapse in consciousness (such as falling asleep) upon entering a wake-induced lucid dream. Instead, the subject simply goes from being awake to dreaming while at the same time being aware of their surroundings, the time of day, where they are, who they are, etc. Scientifically a wake-induced lucid dream occurs when a subject enters R-E-M sleep mode without even realizing it. This phenomenon is known as losing self-awareness when exiting the waking state and entering the dream realm.

It can be very difficult to achieve but the results from doing so can be incredible. Oftentimes people use lucid dreams to find out their path in life, fix nightmare problems, determine their future and recover from past issues in their life that may be haunting them.

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Future of human consciousness involves ‘third eye’ pineal gland?

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By Steve Hammons

Originally posted at Joint Recon Study Group 3/28/14

The pineal gland is a small, pine cone-shaped gland variously reported to be about the size of a grain of rice or a pea, and located in the center of the human brain between the two hemispheres, above and behind the pituitary gland.

It is also referred to as the pineal body, epiphysis cerebri, epiphysis and “third eye.” The name “pineal” is derived from the root word “pinea,” Latin for “pine cone.”

From ancient human history to modern scientific research, the pineal gland is linked with human consciousness and special awareness and perception. It has been explored as part of various spiritual traditions throughout human history.

René Descartes, the French philosopher (1596-1650), called the gland “the seat of the soul” and referenced it in some of his writings.

The gland contains photoreceptor cells and tissue, rods and cones, like those in the eye. And, reportedly, like the eye, it is connected to the brain’s visual cortex.

INNER VISION

The pineal is involved in the production the hormone melatonin, a chemical that responds to, and regulates our responses to light and darkness, the seasons and sleep patterns. The gland is also associated with the production of the important neurotransmitter serotonin.

Other species of animals also have a parallel gland. The pineal contains magnetite, the magnetic material found in birds and other animals that is believed to be associated with navigation. The pineal appears to be possibly or partially inactive or dormant in other species too, like it is in many or most humans.

The so-called “opening of the third eye,” or increased activation of the pineal, is associated with an alleged neurological phenomena often called “the rising of the kundalini” in the Hindu tradition.

This process is suspected to be the manifestation of some type of cohesive energy that integrates and rises within and around the spinal cord, and in the brain and human consciousness. It apparently involves some type of sub-neurological quantum energy.

Medical researcher Rick Strassman, MD, of the University of New Mexico, has conducted research suggesting to him that the pineal gland may be associated with the neurotransmitter dimethyltryptamine (DMT), nicknamed “the spirit molecule.” The pineal is also associated with other neurotransmitter chemicals linked to certain types and levels of consciousness.

In addition, the gland is believed to be connected with aging. The pineal goes through phases of transition in childhood, puberty and adult aging. The pineal may become less active as we age.

The accumulation of certain chemicals in the body and other factors in our modern environment might also play a role in diminishing the healthy functioning of the gland, some researchers claim. However, there are theories about how healthy activity of the pineal gland can be restored.

HEALTHY FUNCTIONING
Various forms of meditation, Yoga, health practices and other innovative approaches are reported to help activate the pineal gland. Many people believe that these kinds of activities assisting with the stimulation of the pineal help people perceive and tap into spiritual and quantum dimensions and realities. General psychological, emotional and physical health might also be improved.

During the opening of the third eye a number of cascading physiological, neurological, biochemical, psychological and emotional effects may occur, according to some researchers.

The process may occur sporadically and intermittently, and it may have components that are disorienting, confusing or even upsetting to the person experiencing them.

At the same time, many of these effects may be quite pleasant or even blissful, giving the experiencer the feeling of connectedness and wholeness with larger spiritual realities that can reportedly be very comforting and insightful.

What each of us has become accustomed to as our “normal” consciousness might be changed in significant ways by the activation of the pineal gland and the kundalini process.

If increased healthy activity of the pineal gland were to occur within the human population at a more robust rate and scope, and effective perception of spiritual and quantum realities also increased as a result, human evolution could take a leap forward.

Such a development might be helpful in getting us to, and past an important tipping point in the development of our species.

About the Author

Steve Hammons is the author of two novels about a U.S. Government and military joint-service research team investigating unusual phenomena. MISSION INTO LIGHT and the sequel LIGHT’S HAND introduce readers to the ten women and men of the “Joint Reconnaissance Study Group” and their exciting adventures exploring the unknown.


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The Science Of Meditation – Part 2

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About The Logistics: The Mechanics: The Simplicity: Avoiding Complications:

Page by page instruction on how to individually self-implement the practice of Correct Meditation, along with its introduction, has yet to be posted on this Web Site @ www.alfsbootcampblog.com. It will be posted in the Boot Camp section, not on the About page. Primarily, the About page is directed at the highly educated in society and particularly the disciplines of Science & Academia. That is not to say that others with lesser education, will not understand the content on the About page. But many others in society may struggle with its content, they should not have to struggle with the revised content on the boot camp pages.

Personal one-on-one instruction of Transcendent Meditation, is the correct way to learn the technique of its simple practice. But, it is possible with written clear instructions to self-implement its technique…and very necessary, for those having to wait years to receive personal instruction. For those in this category, very close attention to its written instruction is most important. So careful reading of that simple instruction, is very necessary to avoid making-it-up as you go along. Sooner or later, the means will arise in your town, to receive personal one on one correct instruction on its technique. Be patient and considerate of the enormous logistics involved, to reach everyone in society with its one-on-one instruction.

Note: Obviously we are talking in years for everyone in a Nation to receive personal instruction on its technique. So it is very necessary logistically, that the one-on-one teaching of meditation, starts in the Higher Education system & Government and eventually works its way through society. This is the practical way, the fastest way and the order out of chaos way, to implement Correct Meditation in a Nation.

It is also very necessary for anyone practicing Transcendent Meditation, to understand that acquiring silence in the mind, is the whole objective of sitting down for two twenty minute sessions a day. So it is important to create the habit to remind our self, to directly aim for that stillness in the mind when commencing its practice. Otherwise the mind will continue with its old habit of constantly thinking about things and over-ride the principle objective. It takes time and practice for the mind to adjust itself to new habits, so fighting this old habit with your thoughts every time you sit down to meditate…is a no no with an extra no thrown in for remembrance.

Note: The process takes care of itself, that is why it is called a simple technique by the author and open to any adult to practice. Children are another matter where Correct Meditation is concerned, requiring expert one on one tuition owing to that fact they have not reached adulthood. Nothing mysterious about that fact, just common sense. Common sense that children lack, until the mind grows to develop the reasoning processes of the intellect in adulthood. Those reasoning processes of the mature adult, allow the adult to digest its written instruction thoroughly and apply it to the letter when self-administering its technique.

The other complication, that the conscious mind has little control over until it expands, is the all important sub-conscious driven ego. The ego and its subliminal thought process, has developed (evolved) in our human evolution, to automatically protect the created identity and conscious self of the individual…and that includes its belief system indoctrinated in childhood. To avoid the ego automatically taking over the mind with thought during the practice of meditation, learn to realize this takeover when it happens with the awareness of the mind. Understand the awareness of the mind is not thought, and it will eventually expand with the practice to become aware of that distraction. You will know this distraction when it arises, because you will have stopped intoning the mantra and replaced it with thinking about something.

Note: As soon as you realize with the awareness, that you are thinking and not reciting the mantra, gently…repeat gently, go back to intoning the mantra. You will eventually master this distracting process of the ego with time and patience. The ego and its sub-conscious thought process in the mind, will eventually acquire the habit to remain quiet when you are intoning the mantra…if you follow this advice. When that happens, you will be able to spend most of that twenty minutes out of thought…and not in and out of thought. But, it does take time and everyone is different in the time it takes, to master that distraction of the ego and its activity.

That brings us to understand, that the practice of meditation is very…repeat, very personal. The experience out of the practice is also very…repeat, very personal. As such, learn to keep it personal. Along with all experience that that arises out of its practice. In doing so, you are respecting its ancient tradition and respecting the quality of Abstract Consciousness that comes out of its regular twice daily practice. We will not consciously realize that Abstract Consciousness growing in the mind…definitely. That is why we do the practice and forget all about it afterwards and become busy.

Note: Life & Nature demands that activity of us…nothing to do with the author, he is only giving the instruction and help. So setting up chat pages on the Internet and telling all & sundry about your personal experience, is a no no with an extra no for good measure. That respect & dignity, is a powerful influence in the spiritual workings of Nature, that reaps invisible dividends down the track of life. How does the author know all this? Because he has been there and back to bring this information to you. It is your turn now…if you want it to be.

To conclude with a brief history, understanding & meaning of the word mantra; to help clear up misconceptions and satisfy the natural curiosity of the inquisitive mind. A mantra has no physical attribute, it is a abstract non-physical vibration. By that, we mean it is a vibration manifesting out of the Absolute Consciousness that sources everything in Creation. It has no conscious meaning. The science of mantra’s, is exclusive to those who have acquired the fullness of Absolute Consciousness and the fullness of Spiritual & Physical Consciousness in their life. Those human beings have been extremely rare throughout the history of mankind. When they are here, the knowledge of mantra’s is always revived and renewed in that civilization. They have now been renewed in this global civilization.

Note: To say more than this at this point in time, is not productive in or out of boot camp. We need to climb further up the ladder of spiritual evolution first as a species. The means to do that, is through the regular twice daily practice of Correct Meditation and the knowledge of mantra’s.

If the mind cannot accept this new information to the world, then it is not fair…or productive, to blame the subliminal mind or call the ego immature. As the writer has done (for a positive purpose) in a previous article. Denial, sub-consciously protects the conscious mind of the individual and the more intelligent the mind, the more convincing that instant denial is to the listener. The only way around this automatic protective mechanism of the ego, is to become conscious of that fact and try the practice of Correct Meditation. No harm can come to the individual through its practice, only the creative imagination of the mind can bring harm to this simple uncomplicated practice.

Note: That last fact, is always good to remember through all internal experience in the complex mind. Because the imagination of the creative mind and the thought process of the subliminal ego, are not required during the effortless practice of Correct Meditation. So send them on holiday when practicing its technique and your mind, will be very refreshed when they return to remind you who you are.

Summing up: The continuation of this Article will be found in in a future article called, The Technique. It will be posted when the time is right for it to be posted. That depends on how fast Universities can expedite setting up the logistics, for the establishment of a new science discipline in their busy curriculum. I can say to the Principles of those Universities, that the necessary funds will be forthcoming, if the process is enacted & forthcoming…not otherwise. You will have to trust me on that statement, a trust that can be found in the sincerity of all my words to you. It is very necessary for the harmony of society, that the inauguration of that new discipline, coincide with the release on the Internet of the article called The Technique. It will only complicate this necessary process, if the author is compelled to elaborate further on the subject…at this point in time.

Note: To release that article called The Technique on the Internet, it is not necessary for every University in a Nation, to establish a Department & Faculty for the Science of Meditation immediately, only one. It is also important to inaugurate that new Department, with a simple but dignified ceremony. Further elaboration of this polite request to the University in question, will be forthcoming if requested. Just to add that Ceremony, when conducted with dignity & appropriate words, has meaning & influence far beyond out physical senses to evaluate. Like the original knowledge of mantra’s, its subtle meaning has become lost with the passing of millenniums. We still conduct ceremony in society as part of tradition, but the real purpose of its function has long since faded into obscurity.

Postscript: This is a personal note to all the Teachers of Transcendent Meditation outside of the umbrella of its Universities. Many of whom, have gone there own way in society for many personal and economic survival reasons. We all have to earn a living to survive in this economic driven world we have created…especially if we have the responsibilities of families. But it is time to return to the official fold and update your understanding and existing teaching of its practice. You will be respecting the founder of your movement by doing so and be of great service to a Nation in the process. You are needed in other words, to enable Correct Meditation to come to fruition in this shared World of ours.

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On The Subject Of The Mind

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Excerpt from the About page @ alfsbootcampblog.com

About stress & residual stress: Science has uncovered much knowledge about stress and over-stressing in the fields of engineering, architecture & building. Yet very little knowledge about stress & over-stressing where a child’s delicate mind is concerned…especially residual stress. That becomes a retained product in the human physiology out of the stress of traumatic experience to the mind and body…especially in childhood. It could be said that ‘residual stress’ trapped in the mind & physiology, is constantly interfering with the thought process and well-being of the individual.

Note: Certainly the dedicated disciplines of psychology & psychiatry have come to understand much about the mind and it quirks…and full marks for doing so. Because until we understand the mind, we will not understand ourselves or Nature. Plus, evolution demands that we make progress to understand ourselves as a highly intelligent species. Especially if we wish to survive the Technology Age and enter the Age of the Mind on the ladder of unstoppable evolution. It is also not the intention of the author to question the knowledge these disciplines have acquired. Merely to suggest adding another tool to their Medicine Chest to help deal with the growing problems of the mind. This very old tool if accepted, will in time, prove to be a practical method to help dissolve the problems of the mind. Working with and in conjunction with the existing tools & knowledge of psychology & psychiatry…not against it.

The following explanation of the subject matter is kept as simple as possible, because like the mind, it can be a very complex subject. Yet it needs to be explained in simple terms as a first step to grasping its significance. It should be also mentioned, that while the cure for the ailment is lengthy in time, it is simple to administer and not complex. Thus open to all walks of life in its treatment to be administered by the individual themselves. The symptoms of residual stress will be well known to the psychology & psychiatry professions, but not the terminology or cure to be carried out by the patient.

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It could be said that every adult human being, has a greater or lesser amount of residual stress left over from our inescapable childhood trauma. The location of which, is centered in the subliminal mind (sub-conscious) and physiology of the human being. If we were fortunate enough to have had a happy, relatively conflict & trauma free loved childhood, then residual stress plays a minimal part in adulthood. But if the reverse is true, then residual stress will undoubtedly debilitate both the child and the adult in later years. For those afflicted with this not uncommon problem, it become a question of ‘physician heal thyself’, because no one else can cure the problem for you. They can certainly help, but the cure rests firmly with the individual. Therefore the responsibly to enable a cure to happen lies firmly with the individual…no one else.

Residual stress trapped in the mind & body is not something we can see & measure. Yet those severely afflicted can certainly feel and experience its debilitating effects…especially in the form of unhappiness, misery, clouded minds & emotional pain. Because the mind of both child & adult, will not function to its full potential with this acquired nemesis. That has been created out of the experience of severe trauma and its retained product of residual stress trapped in the layers of the mind. Superimposed on the matter of the brain is another descriptive for its location..

How the conscious & sub-conscious mind deals with internalized trauma in childhood, is how the conscious & sub-conscious mind deals with trauma in adulthood…out of habit. The thought process of the undeveloped mind in childhood, instantly represses traumatic experience…shuts it off with the power of thought. Out of habit, the adult conscious & sub-conscious mind deals with acquired traumatic experience the same way. It does not want to think about the experience and the protective sub-conscious located ego, shuts it off from conscious thought. Unfortunately, psychosomatic, psychological, emotional and personality disorders eventuate from its sustained suppression. To become locked into the workings of the sub-conscious mind, unable to find outlet through the conscious thought process.

Clarification: When thought is continuously repressed by the protective sub-conscious ego, the energy of the thought becomes trapped in the sub-conscious component of the mind. That means the thought, has not been allowed to flow through the mind to complete its cycle and dissipate its energy naturally. i.e. through speech, emotions and physical expression. Whenever the traumatic experience that caused this interruption of the thought process is triggered, residual stress will build up in the mind out of trapped thought energy. This continuing unnatural process in the mind, eventually causes what is called a ‘nervous breakdown’ or ‘post traumatic stress disorder’ to arise. The mind simply refuses to function or goes haywire and crashes…like the delicate computer it is.

The remedy for this problem is another subject matter not discussed here. But briefly, when we learn to meditate correctly, we by-pass the subliminal component of the mind and its content in the process. We also acquire the ability to leave thought behind and develop a silence in the mind. From that developed platform of acquired silence, residual stress is released naturally, without becoming involved with its process. With time and practice, the retained trauma also begins to dissipate without having to relive its experience. Obviously this miracle does not happen overnight for the many and, for those with long held severe mental disorders, help is still required from the disciplines of psychology & psychiatry.

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Compassion is Consciousness… (Photo credit: ConnectIrmeli)

One size does not fit all…as is Nature’s way.

Everyone is different in how they respond to this unorthodox treatment for severe trauma & residual stress. Some will become easy patients, while others will become difficult patients. Some will make slow progress, while others will make fast progress. Down its path, some may eventually reject any interference to their mind and become staunch objectors of its practice. This denial problem has its roots in the content of the sub-conscious mind and its protective ego…not the intelligence of a human being. The only cure, is to bite the bullet and continue innocently with its harmless practice.

To sum up:

If the patient sticks to the simple path and observes the simple rules, then one outcome is the inevitable end result…the cure. All experience will be different on its inward path to acquire silence and definitely not to acquire words…or the creative imagination of human beings. Because the abstract product that eventually cures the problem, knows not of words or anything physical for that matter. A paradox that is one of many to be found in human beings and ultimately solved through first acquiring the means to solve it.

Kind regards from the author to the reader.

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On The Subject Of Words

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Excerpt from the About page @ alfsbootcampblog.com

SUBLIMINAL: SUBCONSCIOUS: Emotions, memories & thought not normally admitted to conscious awareness. Thought activity not rising to the threshold of consciousness thought.

This definition from the dictionary, would indicate that before a thought comes into conscious view, it must take other hidden paths in the mind. Psychology has named one of those paths the sub-conscious; a subliminal area of the mind not consciously available to the owner of the thought. Yet the content of that hidden area of thought, is constantly influencing the composition/action of the conscious thought. This would indicate that while we have free-will operating in the conscious thought process, we do not have free-will operating in the sub-conscious arena of the thought process. We are only free to think at the end of the thought process, not its beginning.

It could also be said, that the information (stimuli) going into the mind through the five senses of perception…namely sight, hearing, feeling, tasting, smelling, enters the content of the unconscious and sub-conscious mind before the conscious component of the mind. This means that the sub-conscious component of the mind, is processing outside stimuli before we are conscious of its information. We sometimes…in fact often, react to outside and inside stimuli/events before we become consciously aware of it. That unconscious reaction is being processed automatically from the arena and content of the unconscious & sub-conscious mind. In a sense, we have two minds operating with the process of a thought.

Clarification: Retained childhood life experience, is constantly influencing the conscious thought process of the adult from the depository (content) of the sub-conscious mind…unknowingly. If the experience of childhood is one of nurturing and happiness, then the hidden/repressed content of the sub-conscious seldom troubles the conscious mind in adulthood. But when that childhood is full of conflict, chaos, misery, immature parenting and unhappiness, then big insoluble problems come to the conscious mind of adulthood via the conflict ridden sub-conscious. As in personality problems, social problems, psychological problems, pathological problems, maturity problems, relationship problems etc. The reality of which, becomes the permanent reality of the immature adult…and eventually society on the receiving end.

The point to be made: A practical solution to this nemesis of a conflict ridden sub-conscious mind, would be a great boon to the happiness of not only those afflicted, but also to society on the receiving end of its sociopath nemesis. According to the author’s research, just such a solution (knowledge) was found thousands of years ago. To eventually die with the civilization its knowledge came out of, when they ceased to put into practice its knowledge in their society. That solution in the author‘s language, is called Correct Meditation. A short twice daily practiced technique, available to anyone that can think with a thought and persevere innocently with its practice. The only limitation, is the limitation to not want to understand and put into practice its knowledge.

To sum up: So what exactly is the sub-conscious. In expanded definition, it is the hidden but active mind depository of all our childhood retained experience…good and bad experience. We could say the sub-conscious mind, consists of layer upon layer of life-experience embedded in the matter of the mind. Experience that becomes hidden and often repressed from conscious view in adulthood. Attached to that experience locked into the subliminal layers of the mind, is the specific structure, quality & layer of consciousness that prevailed at that time in childhood. This would indicate that physical consciousness grows…as does the awareness, with the gradual physical growth of the child and therefore linked to the biology factor of life.


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Human consciousness, intelligence may suddenly shift

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By Steve Hammonsoriginally published at Joint Recon Study Group

Many researchers have hypothesized and attempted to prove that human consciousness is undergoing significant change.

This alleged change is not just increased intellectual knowledge or even social networking via the internet and other mass media.

Rather, people from diverse fields including, but not limited to, various sciences, education, defense and intelligence communities, psychology and spirituality have conducted research about the fundamental nature of individual and group changes in human consciousness.

That is, our individual awareness is purported to be increasingly linked with a larger energy or field in terms of quantum physics theories, spiritual concepts and Nature in ways we may not fully understand at this time.

Over the last few decades, research into extra-sensory perception (ESP), “anomalous cognition” (unusual or unconventional awareness or abilities), “remote viewing” (ESP methods developed in Project STARGATE by the U.S. military and intelligence communities) and similar areas have indicated that new ways of understanding human consciousness were emerging.

Sorting out the truth and the questionable claims and beliefs can be challenging.

Learning about theories of changing consciousness and changing realities around us can cause anxiety for some people, be interesting for others and a little of both for many folks.

With the difficulties facing us in terms of war and armed conflict, social problems, natural disasters, threats to our natural resources (including global climate change) and other developments, any help we can get in improving human intelligence, knowledge and consciousness would seem to be very helpful.

SCIENCE AND SPIRIT

Accompanying continued progress in understanding the potential and apparent direction of human consciousness, some researchers point out that a “unified field” or “zero-point field” probably exists around us and within us.

In addition to this hypothesized energy field underlying what we see and experience around us, there may be various dimensions that we may not always see. Some researchers propose that boundaries or membranes, sometimes referred to as “branes,” separate these dimensions.

For people who wonder about ideas like an afterlife, Heaven and angels, theories about other dimensions actually existing along with our normal reality might make sense. Individuals who say they have had a “near-death experience” or NDE report crossing a boundary, a tunnel of beautiful light, to a different reality.

Some spiritual researchers have hypothesized that there could be several layers or kinds of dimensions in the afterlife.

How do these ideas fit with emerging discoveries and theories in modern physics and other sciences? There seem to be some common elements between the scientific and spiritual views.

Spiritual philosophies and faiths often note that intellectual or brain-oriented thinking can only get us so far in understanding a larger intelligence or force around us.

Transcending our thinking minds, then using our hearts and what is often called a soul take us to new levels of perception, according to certain belief systems.

These same kinds of methods are used in ESP and remote viewing. Using internal resources that are not simply thinking with our brains, people can tap into perceptions we often call intuition, instincts, gut feelings, hunches, dreams and visions to gain new insights and information.

This is one area where science and spirituality seem to be merging. And it seems to be where new phenomena and insights are emerging.

GRADUAL AND SUDDEN DEVELOPMENTS

Will the human race continue to develop in awareness, intelligence and compassion at a steady pace so that we will gradually solve some of our problems and succeed as a species on our planet?

Or, might more sudden events trigger increased urgency or progress toward positive and constructive developments? It could be that both a steady trend in our understanding of new discoveries and certain significant events and breakthroughs will happen together.

Our trajectory of increased knowledge and understanding seems to be increasing steadily. And, the possibility of sudden jolts of events could also be on the horizon.

A reason for concern, of course, is that these jolts could be of a problematic nature.

Things like a significant increase in human warfare, including the use of nuclear weapons, are real and current concerns that we see in the news quite frequently.

Natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanic activity and powerful storms are also occurring in devastating ways, causing loss of life and human suffering.

Global climate change with melting polar ice, rising sea levels, impacts on agriculture, fresh water supplies and other outcomes could also be very damaging.

Some people even talk about legends and theories of a global “pole shift” of the Earth’s crust, causing devastating damage to human civilization. A magnetic pole shift is reportedly already occurring, according to some reports.

Concerns about meteors, activity of the sun and possible events in or from space can make us wonder about possible threat scenarios.

Theories of a “Planet X” that may be heading for our solar system also can be interesting and alarming.

For those with very open minds, or maybe inside intelligence information, visitation to Earth of intelligent beings from other planets and/or other dimensions cannot be ruled out. In fact, the nature of possible visitation of this kind could include developing friendships and alliances with extraterrestrial visitors as well as preparing for conventional or unconventional and asymmetric defense and conflict.

The unidentified flying objects (UFOs) that are sometimes spotted in the skies around the world, and even closer encounters that some people report, make us wonder if something along these lines could actually be going on.

Very credible people within the scientific, military and intelligence fields seem to be gradually and carefully letting us know that it is wise to be prepared for more information about this kind of situation.

From the down-to-Earth views to the far-out scenarios of both positive and problematic trends and events, we can see an interesting range of possibilities. What will the future bring?

Native Indians of the Americas, for example, have many legends about the larger cycles of life on this planet and about different ways of looking at and interpreting the nature of Nature around us and within us.

From ancient Native American sources, we might look at prophesies about the year 2012, when some significant development might occur. But what?

As we go about living our everyday lives, many of us wonder about what could happen in the coming days. What disasters or miracles might occur? Are there wars and battles on the horizon or a new era of peace?

Will the human race develop into a more wonderful species or will we destroy ourselves in foolish warfare and destructive treatment of our planet?

Human consciousness is a key element of all of these possible scenarios.

Maybe now is the time to continue and improve our understanding about discoveries in human perception. Because time may be running out for us. Or, time as we know it may itself change in unusual ways.

We can all look into our consciousness. We might discover surprising new insights that can help us individually and globally prepare for the trends and sudden shifts that we face in the days ahead.

About the Author

Steve Hammons is the author of two novels about a U.S. Government and military joint-service research team investigating unusual phenomena. MISSION INTO LIGHT and the sequel LIGHT’S HAND introduce readers to the ten women and men of the “Joint Reconnaissance Study Group” and their exciting adventures exploring the unknown.


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Unconventional discoveries and theories help us prepare for an uncertain future

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By Steve Hammons – Originally posted on January 06, 2008. See more Steve Hammons articles at Joint Recon Study Group

There are many interesting theories and claims out there today about all kinds of unusual situations. Many of them are discussed in books, articles, on TV, in movies and in online Web sites.

Although many of these ideas seem far-fetched, it might be helpful to keep an open mind and be prepared for various possibilities.

In some cases, aspects of stories about interesting situations may intersect and overlap. Common threads can be found.

Some scenarios are more familiar than others and some may appear to be a bit more reasonable or possible than others. Some may be partially true or have some element of truth in them.

These include, but are not limited to:

  • UFOs and extraterrestrial visitation, historical and current
  • Extrasensory perception (ESP), “remote viewing” or “anomalous cognition” and other discoveries about human consciousness
  • Forgotten ancient histories of human civilization and lost human cultures
  • Past and future global disasters such as floods, massive shifts of Earth´s crust, meteor and other activity affecting Earth and/or our solar system
  • Advanced scientific understanding and technology acquired and/or developed that is not known to the public at this time such as advanced spacecraft, teleportation, time travel and alternative energy sources

In scratching the surface of some of this research and discussion, we can look a bit deeper at general overviews about these and related topics.

UFOs, ET VISITATION

There appear to be many significant indicators that something is going on in this area. The basic information is quite public – that people have seen unusual flying objects, these objects appear to be under intelligent control and have been involved in many situations interacting with humans on the ground.

Are they intelligent life forms from other planets, other dimensions and/or other times? Are they friendly, hostile or neutral observers? Have they established some level of communication and cooperation with Earth humans? And, if so, what is the nature of this communication and cooperation?

Some researchers claim that there are answers available to these and other questions, and that unknowns also remain. However, it may be a complex situation and the general public might need to be educated about it slowly and safely.

ESP AND HUMAN CONSCIOUSNESS

Discussions about these topics have been fairly open in many ways. When it was revealed that the U.S. military and intelligence communities were using “remote viewing” for intelligence purposes, some people laughed. But, much research and verification had gone into these activities and they were apparently very valid.

There is now significant evidence that ESP, remote viewing and what is called “anomalous cognition” are real and natural abilities of humans. They are similar to prayer, hunches, instincts and gut feelings. We can get information and understanding from within our own consciousness that is accurate and useful. Animals may also have this natural “sixth sense.”

Explanations for the validity of these phenomena can be looked at from the angles of quantum physics, nature, psychology and spiritual understanding. Maybe we can move through time and space in ways we didn´t realize. Taken as a whole, the research seems to indicate a new way to look at human potential.

LOST HUMAN CIVILIZATIONS

Atlantis, ancient Egypt and many other stories of alternative human history can be found and explored. Do our current history books portray all of human history on Earth accurately? Or, are there missing pieces? Is there a history long before what we currently consider the origins of civilization and advancing technology?

Many people have presented interesting ideas based on reasonable research regarding possibilities of mysteries and secrets about the ancient human history that we do not yet fully understand.

Where did we come from? Did we simply evolve randomly? Were there relatively advanced civilizations in the ancient past that were wiped out by catastrophes? It could be that we humans are not who we think we are and our knowledge of human history on Earth is incomplete.

GLOBAL CATASTROPHES

We know of the history of the “great flood” from Noah´s time. Other cultures have records that indicate a major flood in the same time frame. There are stories of devastating ancient earthquakes and volcano eruptions. And, we accept the theory that a meteor hit wiped out the dinosaurs.

And then there are the theories of massive and sudden shifts of the Earth´s outer crust in a kind of mega-earthquake. Views on this idea include hypotheses that this has happened periodically throughout Earth history. Some have called it a crustal “pole shift” where the outer crust slips or shifts relatively suddenly. The former ice-covered poles are moved to warmer latitudes. Temperate areas are suddenly frozen over as they are shifted to the pole positions.

What might cause this? Some researchers speculate that it is a natural occurrence every so many thousands of years because the Earth gradually tilts on its axis more and more over the decades and centuries. Others say that a “Planet X,” a hidden “dark star” or “brown dwarf” star, is in an unusual orbit that intersects our solar system every 3,500 years or so. When it comes close, it creates significant gravitational and other disastrous influences on our solar system and Earth.

Some recent speculation includes the claim that it is known by some scientists and Earth governmental officials that this object is heading toward Earth in the time frame of 2012 and may create global devastation and disaster. As a result, underground shelters or “arks” are being created around the world to save a small percentage of the human race who can rebuild civilization after the catastrophe.

ADVANCES IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY

As the old saying goes, U.S. advanced military-related technology is always many decades ahead of where the general public thinks it is. This may be an understatement. What if, in our current perspectives, technology and science is actually centuries ahead of where we think it is?

What if teleportation is currently being used? Recent stories of “jump gate” technologies and “jump rooms” refer to methods to “beam me up, Scotty.” These are often referred to as “star gates” or “worm holes.” They might exist naturally in certain places and it might be possible to create technology to accomplish this.

A recent research paper funded by the U.S. Air Force found that teleportation is scientifically viable, based on just our own human understanding of physics, not considering that we might get advanced knowledge and technology from other sources ahead of us in these areas.

Time travel has been a common theme in thought, literature, film and TV. Like the ideas of star gates and teleportation, time travel may be possible. Perhaps it is going on now. Physicists say time and space are not exactly what we usually think they are.

And, are the international space station, space shuttles and known satellites really our most advanced space technologies? Of course, there must be space resources that are classified and unknown to us. How advanced are they? Rumors of a secret U.S. and/or international space fleet are certainly interesting. Is there any truth to them?

And, importantly, are there advanced energy technologies that are available now, yet not widely deployed to benefit all people?

QUEST CONTINUES

As the human race keeps moving forward, we continue to try to tackle these kinds of questions along with the current challenges of war and peace, hunger, disease, poverty, injustice, suffering, deterioration of our natural resources, climate change and other evolving and emerging threats.

At the heart of many of our efforts are the roots of human thought and belief. We use various approaches and in various combinations. Science or religion. Logic or faith. We often face these kinds of dual ways of looking at things during discussions of current events and personal perception. Sometimes it seems that these split viewpoints, dualities or polarities can prevent us from seeing the whole picture.

Let´s go back to the example of ESP and anomalous cognition. These phenomena, as noted, are the basis of what the U.S. military and intelligence communities referred to as remote viewing during the research and operational implementation of special ESP activities in the 1970s, ´80s, ´90s and probably up to the present.

This interesting research was conducted using scientific methods. Yet, there was certainly a spiritual element that could not be ignored. If there is a deep source within us that allows us to obtain information and understanding, is that source not part of some larger intelligence? Do our U.S. intelligence activities sometimes merge with a greater divine intelligence?

Let´s take another example that is an issue of hot debate among certain people in our society: evolution versus creationism. On one side is the idea that all living creatures evolved in ways determined by environmental pressures, random chance and perhaps other factors. The other side says living things have developed through a plan or design by a higher intelligence.

People who might be able to see another angle to this debate might wonder if it is possible that a higher intelligence created evolution.

Yet another thing to think about is somewhat related to both of the previous examples cited: random chance versus events and coincidences with meaning or “synchronicity.” Synchronicity is the idea that some apparent coincidences actually have meaning and connections. What the connections are and what they mean can be unclear. But the idea of synchronicity includes the belief that all events are not random.

Are events and situations that seem to involve synchronicity planned events? Or, are they just connected through some kind of time-space elements we don´t always fully understand?

These same kinds of perspectives can be used when we examine and explore the many theories, accounts and rumors about unconventional discoveries, knowledge and situations.

Looking at these interesting ideas with open minds, strong hearts, feet on the ground and with the knowledge that being prepared and vigilant are always good ideas, we may be better able to face the future and survive and thrive in it.

Steve Hammons is the author of two novels about a U.S. Government and military joint-service research team investigating unusual phenomena. MISSION INTO LIGHT and the sequel LIGHT’S HAND introduce readers to the ten women and men of the “Joint Reconnaissance Study Group” and their exciting adventures exploring the unknown.


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The Power of Attitude

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Author: Steve Sekhon

I was recently speaking with a friend and remarked ‘attitude is everything.’ Even though the comment sounded marginally trite at the time, the idea kept coming back to me throughout the day. Do I really have control over my attitude? Can changing it actually transform my life?

It became crystal clear to me that I’m free to hold whatever attitude I choose, whenever I want. It is this choice that creates my experience of life.

It can be easy to forget this obvious truth on those days that I feel I’m swimming against the current. But even then I know that, when I’m consciously aware, how I respond to life is entirely up to me.

The attitude I have about the events in my life creates my emotional and psychological experience of it even more than the actual events themselves.

I determine what I think should be happening and consequently how I’ll feel if things don’t quite work out the way I planned. I decide if I’ll be discouraged, happy, critical or sad. I define what success or failure means. I determine the way particular outcomes will make me feel. I am the only one who can decide to tune my attitude by selecting who I spend time with and what I do.

When I focus my attention on things that encourage, support and enliven me, I reap immediate and positive dividends. When I give my attention to problems, constraints and fearful potentialities, the results don’t feel nearly so good. They actually make me more likely to see my life and the world in a negative light. The more I experience disappointment from my negative expectations, the less reason I see to be joyful. The longer I do it, the less choice I feel I have.

I can change my habits from ones that don’t serve me to ones that do. I can cultivate a daily practice or join authentic happiness coaching that helps keep me on track. I can read daily words of encouragement, surround myself with positive people and make a point of noticing when I’m being negative.

The more I stay aware, the more I realize that I’m as free to choose my attitude, as I am to select a flavor at an ice cream parlor. The difference between a trip to the dessert shop and the spontaneous choice of attitude is that the former is a one-time event, while the latter can create a beautiful or vicious cycle that affects my entire life.

Tendencies we may have toward resentment, generosity, victim consciousness, self-confidence, fear, trust, self-acceptance, or self-hatred are obvious to everyone we encounter, but sometimes we take our own approach to life for granted without being aware of our power to choose it.

When we realize that it’s not the conditions in the outer world but our attitudes about those conditions that cause us to feel the way we do it can be an enormous game changer.

Others pick up on our attitudes, subconsciously or consciously, and respond to us accordingly. Whatever opinion we have of the world will be mirrored back to us and we’ll feel justified for holding it because the evidence to prove it shows up repeatedly. Our attitudes essentially create a self-fulfilling prophecy. That’s why it’s so important to find some high quality and easy-to-digest daily words of encouragement that keep you on track.

If you’re having difficulties with someone in your life, look for just one quality you like and see if you can find compassion for the rest. If you’re having problems at work, try focusing on what’s going well instead what’s not. Keep your attention on what you appreciate in every person, place or thing in your life and watch the situations evolve and improve. Notice the words you use and remind yourself that the perceptions you form are simply the result of how you characterize what you see.

If you want an easy and powerful reminder to help you maintain this practice, subscribe to daily words of encouragement and receive them in your inbox everyday. It could change your life!

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Steve Sekhon and Jarl Forsman are the founders of GratitudeTwentyFourSeven.com, which produces courses, workshops and daily messages to remind you of wisdom (which you already know) that will help you get unstuck, enjoy life and be more fun to be around.


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Consciousness: Mind And Machine

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By Eldon Taylor

A popular idea now-a-days is the notion of the ghost in the machine. From scientific articles to entertainment, this reference is to the idea of consciousness. Once again, the study of consciousness is occupying the minds of science and science fiction.

Just after the turn of the century, science basically abandoned the study of consciousness per se’ on the grounds that it was too ambiguous and non-quantifiable. However, the development of artificial intelligence, so-called thinking computers, interactive virtual reality environments and non-local action, or action at a distance, has placed the study of consciousness in the fore front of many minds.

What is consciousness? This issue is devoted to some of the intrigue involved in efforts to create “thinking machines” modeled after man, minus of course, his limitations.

EARLY TALK

Language is often thought to be the tool of consciousness and evidence for the kind of consciousness that makes man different from monkeys. Indeed, language has often been referred to as the “jewel of cognition.” Some scientists have argued that Neanderthal man possessed advanced talking ability. This assertion is largely based upon a neck bone found in 1988 (SN: 4/24/93, p.262). Other scientists argue for a more recent origin to speech. Recent in this sense is between 50 and 100 thousand years ago. By contrast, early origin theorists date the beginning of language at over 2 million years ago.

The evolution and history of language has a bearing on certain philosophical issues where consciousness is concerned. For example, take any date for the first appearance of language. Let’s for fun just assume some hairy bi-pedal creature that has never spoken. Is this creature conscious? Conscious in the sense of man? Now one day the creature utters some meaningful form of speech. Not a grunt or guttural sound like all animals, but some form, beginning, of speech. Is the animal now conscious?

What is the difference between the consciousness of animals and man? What is intended by distinguishing between the two conscious forms as different and why? If a primate species shows the ability to learn, remember and associate learnings, some insist this is evidence for reason. Most flatly refuse to recognize it as such. Is it possible that by recognizing the field of consciousness as one worthy and ripe for study, that mans’ consciousness will lose its unique elevated status? What precisely is it that one means by consciousness anyway?

Certainly reason preceded language. It would be rather odd if it were the other way around. Still, that’s an interesting thought.

Some seem to reason only with the tools of their language. In other words, their reason is limited by the rules and definitions of their language. Plus, there is some argument in favor of certain language structure as having greater or lesser faculties for developing logical thinking. Literal languages, for example, such as German, tend to encourage the development of logical thinkers. However intriguing all this may be, it still stands to reason that reason preceded the conceptualization and development of speech. As such, one is hard pressed to limit the consciousness of a species on the basis of sound patterns called speech.

Oh, and it gets still tougher. For there are sound patterns that resemble speech uttered by so-called non-conscious animals such as whales and dolphins. So, what is consciousness?

Is consciousness a matter of wakefulness? No, it can’t be just that for one can be a conscious being and still be asleep. Is consciousness memory? Well, according to the experiments of Cleve Baxter, plants exhibit memory. Where science abandoned the study of consciousness years ago, the problems inherent to describing consciousness have proliferated during the absence. The advent of animal studies, plant studies and synthetic or artificial intelligence have greatly complicated the matters of consciousness. Or perhaps, in the alternative, simplified them.

LANGUAGE AND THE BRAIN

For most people, parts of the left brain handle the affairs of language. Brain hemispheric studies including the now popular Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans show that the right ear sends acoustic information to the left hemisphere. Well, according to Marc Hauser of Harvard University and Karin Andersson of Radcliff College in Cambridge, rhesus monkeys “display a similar cerebral setup, with the left half of the brain often taking responsibility for vocalizations intended to signal aggression” (SN: 5/21/94, p333). If this is true, does this mean that the anatomical evidence for language processing is evidence for consciousness in the sense that we normally think of mankind’s consciousness. If not, what are the differences?

CONSCIOUSNESS AND THE BRAIN

For many, mind equals brain. Mind is a more general terms that refers to the processes handled by brain. Therefore, mind is often an interchangeable term with consciousness. Is mind equal to brain? The chief area of enquiry offering evidence one way or another to this question is a discipline often held in poor regard. Still, literally thousands of laboratory experiments in scientific parapsychology demonstrate that there are many aspects of mind that can not be reduced to anatomical or material brain.

For example, data clearly supports the “reality” of telepathy, clairvoyance and psychokinesis. This seems obvious to this commentator, but then the biographies of some of the world’s most respected people provide a richer picture than that found in science. However, the point is simple. Whether it is from the genius of Einstein or the laboratory of a modern parapsychologist, mind is not equal to brain! What does this mean with respect to consciousness?

A wonderful Star Trek adventure that I can remember had the Enterprise actually forming its own consciousness and then creating a new life form. Somehow, as Mr. Data explained, the activity of the starship’s computers and records began to take on a “more than the sum of the parts” activity, form its own neural network and so forth. Will machines ever become conscious?

SIMULATED CREATURES EVOLVE AND LEARN

This was the headline in a recent Science News publication: Simulated Creatures Evolve and Learn. The article by Richard Lipkin went on to cite the work of Karl Sims of Thinking Machines in Cambridge, Mass., who “devised a simulated evolutionary system in which virtual creatures compete for resources in a three-dimensional arena…The creatures, resembling toy-block robots, enter one-on-one contests in which they vie for control of a desired object—an extra cube. Winners—deemed more fit—reproduce, while losers bear no offspring. Sims endows the virtual environment with physical parameters, such as gravity and friction, and restricts behaviors to plausible physical actions” (SN: 7/23/94, p63). Sims believes that it may be easier to evolve virtual entities with intelligent behavior than to create them from scratch. Artificial intelligence researchers have long sought to develop the so-called thinking machine. Unlike Sims, most begin by attempting to model the computer after the patterns of man. For some, this is the neural model of the brain while for others it is the deductive/inductive model of reason. Perhaps Sims’ method is more man-like than the other two. Mankind is thought to have evolved. Does this help us understand consciousness? Oh, and what about the collective of consciousness? Will machines soon be contributing to this field of consciousness? Will a machine ever dream?

DREAMS, INTUITION AND CONSCIOUSNESS

The “Genius Hypothesis” advanced by Ervin Laszlo and reported in the Journal of Scientific Exploration (Vol.8, No.2, pp257-267, 1994), asserts that the minds “of unusually creative people are in spontaneous, direct, though usually not conscious, interaction with other minds in the creative process itself.” Laszlo’s paper sheds light on the “archetypal experience” described by Carl Jung while using history, physics, psychology, artistic production and cultural development to clearly suggest the strong possibility (in this commentators opinion, the only real possibility) that not only do minds communicate, but they do so at a distance as well!

Is the collective, or the shared consciousness experience, an independent consciousness? Is it possible that unique (individual) conscious entities participate as transceivers, sending and receiving, and that the total of consciousness is this collective? Does the collective have a plan, a will, does it dream? Or is it just a repository? Does it have a neural network or some analogous something that we might refer to as a non-spatial field? I mean, its not organic or silicone is it?

CONSCIOUS OF CONSCIOUSNESS

Perhaps consciousness is something that has to do with being conscious of consciousness. I mean, are monkeys truly conscious of being conscious? Could they even entertain the idea of consciousness without an object? Or consciousness as a character in someone else’s dream? Does a monkey ask itself if it really exists?

Is that a fair direction to take our questions regarding consciousness? After all, are we not likely to be forced to admit the notion of “devolution” if we do? Are there not all together too many homo sapien sapiens on the planet that don’t give the proverbial “hoot” about who they are or where they came from. How many of these people ask the question, “Do I really exist?” Will silicone ask the question, “Who am I?” If the Japanese have their way, the answer is—probably! A “Darwin Machine” is being created by researchers at ATR laboratories in Kyoto, Japan. The artificial brain which uses an evolving neural network is due to be completed by 2001. Hugo de Garis, an ATR scientist, says the purpose is to produce a silicone brain with more than 1 billion artificial neurons.

Science News says the machine “will come in the form of a neural network and will exist within a massively parallel computer. To create such a complex system, the researchers will have the network build itself. ‘Cellular automata,’ each one a distinct computer program, will actually forge their own linkages.”

This approach, called “evolutionary engineering,” provides for the growth of the silicone brain via connections. “The neural net grows when cellular automata send ‘growth signals’ to each other, then connect via synapses.”

(And you thought genetic engineering was something to wonder about).

CONSCIOUSNESS WITHOUT A DEFINITION

Defining consciousness turns out to be a process somewhat a-kin to searching for the core of an onion. As we enter the new year, and perhaps entertain thoughts of the upcoming turn of the century, revisiting consciousness is more than a philosophical exercise or a scientific enquiry. It is a duty, even a moral imperative, to re-evaluate the nature of consciousness for this inherently devises the strategy by which mankind treats itself and all life. For me, and I suspect for many others, many changes are seen as necessary for the human race to actualize the highest of its potentials. As in history, most certainly some of these changes will be brought about by difficult times. I am reminded of something Martin Luther King said, “I can never be what I ought to be, until you are what you ought to be.” King went on to point out that it was precisely the inter-related fabric of life that each of us was interdependent upon.

Perhaps, it is the inter-related nature of all life, consciousness itself, that we are interdependent upon. Perhaps, just perhaps, mankind will only know his highest most noble self when he offers the deepest of respect for all life. Perhaps the invigorated enthusiasm searching for a firm hold on this stuff called consciousness will eventually give rise to the respect I speak of.

Thank you and BE WELL & HAPPY!

Eldon Taylor is director of Progressive Awareness Research and the author of over 200 books and tapes (http://www.innertalk.com).
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Deploy soft power communication on human consciousness

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By Steve Hammons

Originally published February 24, 2009

As we increasingly look at our human capital to assess where we have been, where we are now and where we are going, it is probably helpful to consider the current overall understanding of human consciousness.

That is no easy task. The vague and varied nature of the human mind can be challenging to comprehend. It is not always readily visible, measurable or observable, although outward behavior and appearance stemming from consciousness is.

In our everyday lives, we can look at elements of society such as economic development, educational systems, health care, defense and intelligence activities, cultural creativity and social cohesion that reflect the current state of our comprehension of human consciousness.

At the heart of these endeavors is human consciousness, so trying to understand and optimize it seems worthwhile.

When we consider deploying communication, information and education about consciousness, domestically or in the context of international soft power or smart power, what are some of the elements involved?

ASPECTS OF CONSCIOUSNESS

Although there are indications that consciousness itself can be utilized in interesting ways, more likely we are generally referring to practical and deployable communication, information and education about it.

It is the development and understanding of a perspective on the human race and the current state of our societies and our world.

By using the viewpoint on and of human consciousness, we might be able to transcend many obstacles to problem-solving, rapport-building and creative, innovative approaches and solutions.

So what is particularly interesting about consciousness that might arouse the interest of average people, friends and adversaries?

First, we all have it. We can call consciousness the human mind, human psychology, awareness, perception or even a spirit or soul, depending on our perspectives and what elements we are discussing.

There are a few interesting aspects to consider.

One is that, generally, it is accepted in mainstream psychology that we have a conscious mind, a subconscious and a border area between the two.

In addition, various kinds of philosophies, spiritual beliefs and some significant modern research make reference to the connection between an individual person’s mind and a larger power, force, intelligence or field of some kind. Many different names are given to this in different cultural, philosophical and scientific contexts.

Another fascinating topic is the indication that human consciousness has a “sixth sense” that can pick up information and understanding that is not available to our other five senses of sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste.

The sixth sense can bubble up from the unconscious and enter into the conscious. We might call it intuition, instincts, hunches, gut feelings or something else.

This might manifest itself in our nighttime dreams or even daydreams as the unconscious becomes more active in relation to our conscious logical-thinking brains.

In his 1972 book The Natural Mind, Andrew Weil, M.D., hypothesized that the human mind may have a natural inclination to seek understanding of a wider and deeper consciousness because the mind knows there is more to itself – and more to a possibly larger cosmic mind.

Weil thought that perhaps people have throughout human history then used prayer, meditation, fasting, exciting or dangerous activities, vision quests or even psychoactive plants (including fermented plants), cacti, mushrooms and other fungi to explore human consciousness. (We now even hear of people using excretions from the skins of certain frogs or toads for this purpose.)

Optimizing our understanding of these and other elements of human consciousness and behavior through communication, information and education might be helpful in wide and deep ways.

DEPLOYING COMMUNICATION

Although human consciousness is not always easily understood or measured, we know that as a general concept, it includes thoughts, feelings, emotions, dreams, beliefs, perceptions, awareness and similar kinds of characteristics.

And now that we suspect, based on credible research, that human consciousness also probably has abilities to tap a sixth sense, this adds to our more conventional understanding of ourselves and others.

A natural question may arise as to if it is wise to inform troubled people or international adversaries that their minds and consciousness might be worth exploring further along these lines.

One answer to this may be that research into human consciousness and even “anomalous” abilities such as the sixth sense (which actually are probably very natural and normal) are almost common knowledge nowadays. We find information on this in books, movies, articles and all over the Web. The information is in the public domain or what is sometimes called open source intelligence.

When the U.S. Government’s defense and intelligence communities started researching this in the 1970s, it was in response to the old Soviet Union’s activities in these areas. China has also reportedly conducted research on human consciousness and human abilities along these lines.

This kind of research was later referred to as a component of “transcendent warfare.”

We might take a leap of faith and assume that as people understand themselves, their social and psychological programming, their own personal histories and the deeper and transcendent nature within and around them, they will grow as constructive human beings.

In fact, some of the research in human consciousness seems to include a faith-based component. That is, when we try to understand deeper possible realities – whether using psychology, spirituality, biology, quantum physics or other methods – things sometimes get mysterious and not necessarily logical.

Unusual phenomena, synchronicity (odd and meaningful coincidences) or other things that seem to be authentic and can be perceived by us might sometimes occur.

If we try our best to understand, communicate and educate ourselves and others about some of the emerging and leading-edge developments regarding human consciousness, we might be able to optimize these real resources and assets.

About the Author:

Steve Hammons writes on a variety of topics. His work appears on transformational websites and at his blogs Joint Recon Study Group and Trancendent TV and Media. He’s also authored two novels, Light’s Hand and Mission Into Light.

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