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The old New Age, hippie saying “Be Here Now” taken to the extreme

Today’s tweet caught my eye not because I believe it. Cummon. The idea is that a large chunk of history never happened and we’ve just artificially filled in the gaps.

From a commonsense perspective this is rubbish. A quick web search brings up all sorts of historical persons and acts during this “phantom time.”

We have lots of records. Physical records.

However, I mention the idea today because, well, it did give me pause over something maybe related.

Some schools of metaphysical thought claim that we can’t be sure of anything but the present. For all we know, they say, the universe is huge, flickering bunch of “presents.”

So this present that I’m writing in is really – according to the theory – just a present with a lot of true, false or simulated memories.

The next flicker could be an entirely different present (with an alternate set of history and memories) and I wouldn’t know the difference.

This next present would be just as real as my current present. And then in the next flicker, who knows… an entirely new set of memories, history, beliefs.

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For those adhering to this idea, each moment is just as true, false or simulated as the next. And there could be countless flickering streams, all happening or possibly alternating at once.

Freaky?

Yeah, a bit.

But I think the notion is intellectually impossible to disprove.

If you find it hard wrapping your head around this, consider a computer processor. When multitasking, the processor alternates bits of data at super high speeds. Data flies through the processor so fast that tasks appear simultaneous to the user (for example, streaming music, transferring files and blogging).

But again your data is alternating at great speeds.

Could we be the same?

Obviously this is not a question to make the headlines in a 21st century where we’re mostly worried about lunatics with bad haircuts bombing us into oblivion.

But in the 91st century, who knows?

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The future of religions

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Author: Helena Aramendia

Humans have felt the need for religion since the earliest of times. Religions are cultural traditions related to spirituality; behind them, human organizations claim a divine origin, in order to ensure little or no challenge to the status quo from their followers. I would like to reflect here about the role that religions had played in our history. However, more importantly, the position that I can foresee for them in the not too distant future.

What are religions and why do we need them?

Since humans became a sentient species, they have felt the need to connect to their source. They have felt, even if it was only intuitively, that there was something else, beyond their physical world. Their spiritual world was personal, intimate and a direct contact to what they could perceive as a bigger reality or God, even if they channeled it through elements like rocks or the sun, as in animists religions. A feeling of vulnerability made them look to it for protection and also made them accept the authority of the ones that seemed to be more able to understand or even communicate with that elusive realm of non-physical realities. Some kind of religious leader was as common in prehistoric human groups as was a hunting leader or a war leader. However, for a leader to differentiate himself from the group, he needed to:

a) have more knowledge, more experience, more ability in his performing tasks, or

b) exert a greater control over the rest of the pack.

And so gradually, the leaders made customs, which then became habits, evolving into rituals and then finally religious laws or cults.

As societies grew more complex, so did the role of the religious leader. Over centuries, traditions accumulate, as well as rituals and rules. History passed orally from generations to generations everywhere, grew rich in details and explanations about our origins, our relationship with the Sacred and the external ways or rituals that we use in order to live and feel that relationship. Once we have: an explanation about where we came from, a specific god or gods, a set of expectations for us in respect to the deities, and specific ways of worshipping, we have a religion. The different traditions are just cultural manifestations. From animist to polytheists to monotheists, religions have evolved.

Four of the five more important religions (I mean important only attending at the number of adepts) are quite recent, relatively speaking. Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism.

The oldest one of those, Judaism, the first monotheist religion, is “just” 3300 years old (since Moses time). A great majority of people in the world have a single religion, because of cultural (through family or societal ties) or physical proximity to the origin of that religion. Even the relatively small amount of people that choose their beliefs once they are discerning adults, are many times influenced by their situation (for instance, marriage) or environment.

Religions are God inspired but human designed and managed organizations. They are useful for millions of people that find in them a way to God, or a way of making sense of some difficult moments in life. They are the easiest way to channel our spiritual needs, because they are like a pre-packed meal: ready to go. We simply need to follow the suggestions of our leader be it priest, rabbi, guru, lama, or medicine man, and he will guide us and take care of our souls.

As our lives have become more complicated, it is easier to delegate into their hands the responsibility for our spiritual life. It is a basic human need to reach towards our origin and is a longing of our spirit to have some kind of contact with the source. It is nourishing, soothing and a source of happiness. It gives our lives a deeper meaning. Moreover, institutionalized religion are so ingrained in society, that they can also give us a sense of approval and acceptance in society, as we comply with the expected liturgy.

Religions have negative aspects too.

Religions can also create separation and duality, by definition belonging to one group often implies not accepting the others as truthful (even if we respect them). If I am Christian I cannot be Muslim, if I am Jew I cannot be Hindu. This is duality. During many point in our history religions have been magnifying and demonizing differences and encouraging rejection of other belief systems, in order to achieve supremacy, even when that tone can’t be found in the original texts. Along history, this has reached the point where more people have died and been tortured in the name of religious considerations than for any other reason.

Due to the human nature of institutionalized religions, they have been linked to power, money or sexual deviations uncountable numbers of times during history, to the point that on many occasions the original spiritual meaning has been lost. Intolerance and longing for supremacy have put religious institutions in a position where they play more a political and social role than a spiritual one.

Nowadays, many people focus upon the external aspects of religions, its rites, forms and precepts. As a consequence, the main function of religion, ones spiritual nourishment or growth, is often unmet. In different credos there are millions of very religious people that are not necessarily spiritual people. They are like the zealots of Jesus´s times, revolving around their own little world, condemning in their minds (and their social lives) everyone that does not abide by their specific worldview or doctrines.

Are religions keeping us apart? How useful to spiritual development is it to have a belief system that claims to be the exclusive religious truth holder, the real one, the one that leads to salvation while all the other pour souls will be lost. Whilst individuation is good in order to survive when we re growing up, it is not so useful once we reach a certain point of growth. As humanity, we are growing up now, and our only chance for survival is in a mature society.

Our next evolutionary step.

As humanity, we are now in a very particular moment in our evolution. Life as we know it is no longer sustainable following our current path. Patterns that worked for us before, are not working now. We need to reconsider and review all aspects of our life, under a different light. It is not about individual survival and competition any more. It is about thriving and growing as a single whole sharing one planet, in order to not only survive, but to reach our potential. Our path forward has to be through synergy instead of competition. It’s time for us to look to our more clear and perfect model: the human body and its relationship with a single cell. If we have a tumor in any part of the body, all the body is affected, as all is a single unit. Only with a perfectly healthy body can all the cells thrive and perform at their best, and vice versa. Our governing mechanism is the spirit, we need to realize that we are all one unit, and whatever happens to one of us, affects the rest.

In spirit, we are all one. We share a divine origin, regardless of the tradition, name and form that we give to it in our conscious minds,. This is common to us all. Our spirit longs for communion with its source, and everybody, left to their own devices will seek out and find a personal path to fulfill that need for communion.

More and more people are becoming conscious of this reality. They feel less need for institutionalized religions, as they meditate more, and increase personal practices that fulfill their spiritual needs, like helping others, for example. They also realize that other religions are like other languages or other foods: something to know, to share, to respect, to learn from, but not something that should become a source of separation for us nor a method to define the value of the other person in relation to ourselves.

What then does the future hold for religions? It is clear that religions will not disappear by suppression (one only needs to consider the reemergence of religion following the fall of communism in Russia), rather they will eventually become redundant. Like the need for living in a cave, or the need to look after the fire in a group, as a species we will outgrow them, in favor of a true spiritual growth based on our further developed understanding. When we come to realize our divine origin, and we rediscover the way to connect directly with the Creator (regardless of the label), we will be able to find in that connection all that our soul longs for.

We are growing up as species, and soon we will have evolved beyond the daily routine centered upon providing for our basic needs and feeding ourselves. We will grow mature and independent, able to assume Love as our nature and source of power.

It is true that looking at our current situation, reading any newspaper, seeing how the world looks now, it does not seem to be very probable that we are nearing a break through. Never the less, we might also reflect that it is also darkest before dawn and like remodeling a house, it gets worse until it gets better. A good purge is necessary and lots of darkness will surface, before the new reality can manifest itself. In the meantime, keeping centered in our purpose and our true self and focusing upon our individual spiritual growth will help to anchor the new earth.

About the Author:

Healer, Bs, Brennan Healing practitioner, Ordained Interfaith minister, writer, passionate about spirituality, human evolution and metaphysics.

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Financial Zen: Why Do Bad Things Happen To So Many Good People?

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© Gerald O’Donnell. Reprinted with permission.

Why fear is the most potent creative force of the Universe and how to overcome it.

How to get out the mental barriers that we create for ourselves.

Mr. Gerald O’Donnell holds a B.Sc. in Advanced Mathematics, an M.Sc. in computer Science, and an MBA in International Finance. He was, amongst other activities in various fields, once considered one of the world’s 7 best top technical commodities trading experts (independent advisor: C.T.A.) by Paine Webber and Bache Co. He ran extensive computer simulation on well-known and lesser-known technical indicators. A great majority of them have no real mathematical justification, but rather seem to work only because so many individuals follow them, up until they fail to perform.

It is Mr. O’Donnell’s contention that without the psychological training in allowing one to be trading in the so-called “zone”, one should not engage in such highly stressful financial activities dealing with gigantic mass consciousness polarized by greed and fear. Like a battlefield situation, one must be rigorously psychologically trained beforehand to handle the high stress, intuitive signals, and rapid decision making required. Adding the sophisticated tools of intuition, pre-cognitive faculties, fear-less discipline, and reality creation originating from such a sophisticated biological hyper-computer as the Human brain/mind and its connection to the Quantum Collective Mind, is by far more effective than relying solely on kitchen-like recipes based signals and making them the sole trading decisions maker.

The human Bio-computer is billions of times more advanced than any modern silicone based one, but to harness it, one must learn to awaken the 90% of the neural receptors and circuitries of the brain which are still dormant and in a state of quasi-development. Most of the trading tools nowadays use signals really originating from a rather primitive electronic computing machine, which mankind is so proud of in this baby era of electronic mind simulation. Most legendary and famous successful “traders” were and are acutely aware of this truism and have trained their minds to be permanently bullish about their reality.

NO MATTER WHAT TRADING TOOLS YOU ARE USING, YOU DO NOT REALLY TRADE EXTERNAL MARKETS. ULTIMATELY YOU ARE TRADING YOUR OWN SELF. YOU ARE EITHER BULLISH/FEARLESS OR BEARISH/FEARFUL ABOUT YOUR REALITY, AND YOUR ATTITUDE ABOUT YOURSELF IS WHAT WILL CREATE YOUR SUCCESS OR FAILURE AT THIS OR ANY OTHER LIFE ENDEAVOR!

This is what our RV/RI training addresses and teaches you. This type of training is what makes all the difference between legendary success and fear/based failure.

The ideas explaining our course’s training philosophy and operational principles are given below with an example of their applications to the financial markets. Each and every individual thinker (trader or not) will easily recognize the veracity of what we are trying to convey since he/she has probably paid dearly for his/her fear-based thoughts and can be easily convinced of how they have enslaved and run his life.

The same principle of how fear/anxiety powerfully create our reality applies to all human endeavors and is manifested at all levels of our lives – both on an individual basis and on a global one. Groups of human beings and even whole nations, after having focused very intensely on fear-based though models and scenarios, are perfect living example of how fear of “disasters” and concentration on the negative aspects of life are bringing about ever-greater manifestations of what these thoughts are energizing, no matter how much preventative measures are applied. This is because the mere act of focusing often on “what should not happen” makes the very event that one wants to avoid to become constantly energized and then eventually manifest in one’s reality.

Be cognizant of the power of your thoughts which is the divine creative power of the universe. Do not only try to “think and grow rich” but be aware of the “richness of your thoughts” since every thought you give power to (think about) will eventually be manifested in your life and the lives of those you interact with, either immediately or distantly so.

Very sadly, in our fear-based societies (that have often reached paranoid status), individuals tend to focus predominantly upon situations whose occurrences they are anxious about, but very little, if any at all, about situations that they would like to manifest in their lives and world. They therefore strongly energize the events they fear and hence see these very same feared events manifested in their lives, but rarely energize and manifest their desires.

Western society seems to relish experiencing more and more fears and fear-based emotions, not realizing that they tend to bring their manifestations in their own lives by that very act.

The example of financial trading given below easily applies to ALL other endeavors of life. So create responsibly and not haphazardly. Everybody counts and thinks.

Advanced and efficient trading of financial markets involves trying to immerse oneself within the stillness of the eye of a storm of mass psychology where greed (desire for money) and fear of monetary losses are the main forces that swirl markets around, up and down.

Trading financial markets is one of the very few human endeavors which is highly and intrinsically descriptive of the immediate effect upon reality of individual minds and their interrelationship with the global mind of the individuals who form a market.

In order to become an effective trader, one needs to understand some basics of mind’s effect upon reality and to have a prescient ability towards a group of minds interacting with that same reality.

The major invisible life-principle to remember when embarking upon a trading venture is as follows: YOU ALWAYS CREATE WHAT YOU FEAR AND ARE ANXIOUS ABOUT. Anxiety-type fear is the most creative force of the universe. Unless the fear is so great that one ACTS against it. Ex: fear in the back of your mind diseases (anxiety) and they are yours, fear slightly situations and you will experience them, loss of money and it is yours, accidents, weight problems, violence, dis-ease, sexual dysfunction, bad luck etc. . . .

The more one is exposed through the powerful hypnotic thought-transmission of the media, educators, parents, electronic communication, spiritual teachers, etc.. to fear-creating events and starts to subconsciously or even consciously be anxious about them, the more likely it becomes that these very events that one is trying to avoid will “pop-up” (manifest) within one’s life. So be very responsible before you put your thought concentration upon “fear-creating events” while watching the news, a movie, reading a book, or listening to another person. Giving these events thought is opening yourself to experiencing that reality.

The solution? Concentrate on positive life-giving thoughts that focus on peace and happiness and the bringing about of such realities. Do not focus on the glass being half-empty but on the glass being half-full. You would not believe how this simple principle can change your whole life, and if applied in a general fashion, change everyone’s universe.

Lets us go back to the example of the financial markets: There is no surer way of living an accelerated gamut of extreme human emotions and varied intense life experiences in a short time-frame than by trading financial instruments. This is particularly true of the futures, derivative markets, stocks trading on margin, options, and day trading. Leverage or short time ranges, magnifies everything. It shortens perceptual time, exalts emotions, magnifies fears and hopes. It is a battlefield of the mind for the courageous ones who want to test the mastery they have over themselves. A trader cannot but face the naked truth about oneself beyond the appearances he/she tries to project. It is a very humbling and often painful experience. A great mental and spiritual school.

I hear all of my technically oriented friends frowning at the prior statements: “All of this prior verbiage refers to fundamental traders or traders that trade by the seat-of-their-pants!”, “They lack the cold unemotional discipline that is at the core of computerized or charting based decisions “, ” As technical traders, we are impervious to emotions since our trading is not based on them.” I answer: ” Yes, you are not trading based on emotional decisions, but are you immune to the effects of emotions upon your trading results?”

Let us study a typical trader’s foray into Future’s or Stocks trading. Mr./Mrs. Knows-it -little has taken courses, read books and eventually understood that in order to be a consistent and effective trader he/she must muster the help of a cold non-emotional machine such as a computer that will put its tremendous data processing power at his/her service so that the computer makes the buy/sell decisions for him/her. Good-bye emotional destructive influences! His/her seasoned advisor, Mr./Mrs. Knows-it-all, recommends to Mr./Mrs. Knows it-little the most consistently effective trading systems. Welcome to the Eldorado!

Mr./Mrs. Knows-it-little has well done his/her homework as far as choosing the “best” technical trading system available for sale out there. He/she has tracked the best technical traders and their systems as reported under stringent scrutiny by independent agencies (that often trade on-line imaginary accounts ) . Gone to many seminars listening to the “Master gurus of trading. ” Mr./Mrs. Knows-it-little double checks the data. Has it confirmed. And voila! He/she is ready to enter the foray and leave hopefully a mark of his great talent at making money grow on this beautiful tree of free enterprise. A future trading legend, perhaps?

Mr./Mrs. Know-it -little, upon the advice of many of his/her advisors and trading books, starts testing his/her super-duper trading system that often uses the most advanced mathematical pattern recognition algorithm or artificial intelligence techniques by first trading the system on-line but not with real money. He/she paper trades it and checks its validity for a couple of weeks or months. Miracle! The system delivers as predicted: over 70% accuracy – a high reward/risk ratio and perfect entry/exit points etc. What a shame that he/she has not yet traded it with real money! What lost opportunities!

So, full of expectations, our trader decides to do the big jump and start trading. He/she calls a broker, and starts real-trading on-line. He/she is very cognizant of the fact that he/she has to be disciplined. He/she always listens to the trading signals generated by the system. He/she never overrides the system even if a trade does nor feel right. He/she never panics in the face or repeated losses, and trusts in the superiority of a cold mechanized approach.

At first, bingo! The system performs as expected, given a little slippage here and there, and profits accumulate. Wonderful thoughts creep in: “At that rate of exponential money growth, retirement is close! Why not trade from a yacht using satellite connections ? ” “Some losses do occur, but they are part of the nature of the beast. Something to be expected 30% of the time.” So far, so good. Everything goes as planned. “What a shame I did not start trading from an earlier age!”

And then comes the unexpected. A string of repeated losses. Odd isn’t it?! Mr./Mrs. Knows-it-somehow (promoted!) is puzzled, uncomfortable and slightly anxious with the amount lost. “A fluke, that’s what it is!” “The system is destabilized because of this and that, and will soon get back to its old good predictive self.” “Nothing to really worry about.” “We are tough and disciplined out here!”

His/her broker calls him and advises him/her to lighten up on a position. “Let us wait-and-see” is the advice. Mr./Mrs. Knows-his-account checks the financial damage and decides that for this time alone he/she will disobey the system and will pull out of the trade in order to avoid incurring heavier losses. “We’ll return full-fledge for the next trade” is his/her motto.

The next couple of trade signals arrive. Mr./Mrs. Knows-that-he-can-lose is ready to trade, but supreme injustice from heavens: he/she goes again into a repeated losing situation. First come some gains, then losses, losses, and as fear mounts, more losses, bigger losses! Anxiety and frustrations mount, losses accumulate. Greater fear ensues. The account is shrinking now rapidly. The system seems to have done something that it NEVER DID in the last 20 years of back testing. WHY NOW? WHY ME? And the great cycle of fear starts its implacable dance of forging reality.

Mr./Mrs. Knows-it-all (promoted again!) is now blaming slippage and bad execution of his trades. He/she resents his/her broker. And when this alone does not explain all of it, he/she turns his wrath against the system’s designer. He/she blames the veracity and quality of the back-testing. He/she threatens retribution. He/she might then even decide to try his/her hand at designing his/her own system based on ” own ideas” that he/she thinks might revolutionize the technical analysis field. Or he/she takes the easy way out and looks for another well-touted miracle trading system, often traded by a C.T.A . . or stocks fund manager. That is if Mr. knows-that-it-is-the-system’s-fault has enough resources left to continue trading!

And you know what? The same scenario is repeated again and again. But this time, in an accelerated fashion. Downhill goes the account!

Are you afraid to “pull the trigger” on trades? Have you suddenly had a rapid religious conversion and engaged in a mental dialog and a quite sudden close relationship with “God” as your are asking for His help and promise the Divinity “whatever” if He were nice enough to make you this ‘little favor” of turning the general market in your favor, as a trade turns ferociously against you? You usually initially enter a trade because of pure greed and the “fear of missing a golden opportunity,” and then shift into a stubborn mode in refusing to exit it, as Mr./Mrs. Ego is refusing to accept being wrong and “knows” (hopes) that the market will come back his/her way!

Are you suffering from “crying-over-spilled-milk syndrome” when you feel that had you listen and taken this or that trade and not done what you actually did you would be swimming in a sea of liquid gold? Are you feeling that you must constantly watch the markets, and seize every single opportunity, while you are slowly deteriorating into a nervous physical wreck! Are you mumbling to yourself and others:” If I only had done this, listen to that etc. . !” Are you ingesting mind distorting feel-good pills? Are you perhaps flooding your brain circuitry with alcohol to become less emotional about the markets and reality?

Some psychological “professional guru” comes and tells you that your problem is a “fear of success.” In other words, you are desperately trying subconsciously to “hurt” yourself. You “hate” yourself because of past programming (usually from childhood comments made to you by parents, siblings, friends, and educators); you are a masochist-trying-to-shoot-yourself- in-the-foot. Solution: Regression cognitive therapy, behavior modification, and other gimmicks. You must find some Zen-like elusive “zone.” So, you play victim for a while, revisit the bad memories, and paradoxically end up energizing them even more, as you bring them up to the forefront of your conscious awareness. Now you finally know why you behave in the way you do. Maybe even a past-life event is at the crux of all this negative feeling? You are told to repeat and write ad-nauseatum suggestions to the effect that you are the best thing ever created under the sun, and that you “love yourself to death.” You pay the “specialist” his/her hefty fee. And you go back in the trading arena with the “bulls” and “bears.” Ole!

And oh, surprise again: One more streak of bad luck! And the old demons of fear/anxiety come haunting you again. Because in reality, nobody is afraid of happiness, success, love, recognition. We all strive on it. Nevertheless, many of you have so often had the rug pulled from under you just at the moment when you are about to taste success that you fear a repeat situation. And all the negative comments received by others enhances your fear/anxiety of failure. That fear is magnified, and compounded. You feel the world is watching you and really gauges your abilities with minute scrutiny. You do not want to hear derogatory comments again, they impact on you fragile self-esteem.

And then the grand finale: The burnout syndrome. You quit, full of deep emotional scars – hopefully, if you are lucky, with some funds left and a quasi-intact family. And you have become one of the many casualties of the fear (losses) -desire (greed) mismanaged viscous circle, due to a lack of understanding of HOW POWERFUL YOUR THOUGHTS REALLY ARE AND HOW TO MANAGE THEM in order to create positive realities…

And in fact it wasn’t really your fault. You really fell for the accepted lie of the last three decades that states that all you have to do to trade successfully is either rely on someone’s else opinion or buy and use some wonderful infallible mechanical technical trading system either using the latest in computer intelligence and/or some mystical secret of the universe (discovered natural pattern of the markets put in by the “gods” usually with an ancient Greek or Egyptian ratio flavor!) You would not allow a computer to diagnose the state of your mental or physical health in that manner and require a human physician, but you allow blindly a machine to do the same in diagnosing alone the state of markets (global psychological expressions of greed/fear) health and direction! You believe this needs to be done with as little human input as possible, in the name of human psychological discipline and of “sticking” to the trading signals received!

If this has not yet happened to you, I know that you know many individuals to whom similar events have and are happening. What is at play here? Can anyone ever make money in a sustained way in these markets. With leverage close to 80-90 % as in some futures or derivative markets, the potential for gains and commensurate losses should be enormous.

Futures is a zero-sum game. No money is really created. Money is only redistributed, transferred, among participants. For each individual happily holding a winning contract there is an distraught individual holding the same contract and losing the same amount. Stocks, by contrast can monetize a whole economy, on paper alone. No need to print paper money and risk inflation. We all become “stock-paper” wealthy.-alike real-estate wealthy. What a productive and wonderful way to balance government and corporate deficits, or to create artificial heaven and risk then experiencing after real hell here on the earth plane, as the cycle of life goes into the reverse balancing mode!

After all, if one were to flip a coin and make Futures trading decisions based on it, he/she would have a 50% chance of being right. And if he/she increases his/her odds by using sophisticated technical analysis, his/her higher odds should propel him/her in a stratosphere of gains. If 50% of all contracts lose at any time and 50% gain, the leverage factor causes, at one point or another, a great amount of fear to each trader. Fear feeds on past fears. People tend to be more conditioned by past memories of fearful events than by past memories of positive ones. Hence, most traders eventually become financial casualties of their anxieties/fears, and subsequently there is subsequently the need to bring in new pools of fresh trusting participants who have not yet known market fear and are willing to interject new money in. Let us not even mention the in-between entities, brokers, lawyers, regulators, managers, analysts who live and feed on this pool of money and receive their intermediaries fees, no matter what the markets do.

What we are trying to convey is as follows. It is not that fear of losses causes one to choose losing trades, but that akin to quantum physics, the mechanics of fear-consciousness cause trades to become losing trades no matter what methodology, timing of trade, etc…, is used. Emotions literally impact upon life-realities and change them. Futures and stocks trading are but a grandstand proof of it because of the intensity of the emotions experienced and their immediate situational feedback (impact).

Are we saying that the interaction of one’s consciousness (thoughts and emotions) with a particular market causes the reality of that market to crystallize in a certain direction as he/she witnesses it? Yes, to a large extent, we do. Otherwise how could thought be so creative. One impacts greatly upon one’s own Universe (individual projection of reality) : Each man/woman upon his/her own private universe. Nevertheless, all the Universes intersect and restrict each other in a very original way which is explained in our courses.

The implications are stupendous, and only few will ever ponder and/or understand them. We are by far more powerful and creative in creating realities than most of us would ever dare to believe. Mastering such an understanding makes a profound impact upon the total gestalt of an individual. We will, at some point, in future in very advanced courses, expand even more upon this explanation of the ultimate illusion called Life.

Very wealthy individuals or characters who have little inclinations to fear anything because of either a very basic lack of general awareness or a great cushion of assets, often do better at Futures and Stocks trading, because their fear factor is mitigated. Is that unfair? Maybe yes, but we are all here to learn how thought create, and this learning is what the experience of life is all about.

Think positively, and positive happenings are drawn to you. Think negatively, and negative happenings are drawn to you. We all know this. E-motions are the creative motions (forces) of you reality.

Easily said. However, how does that apply to trading, for instance?

Remember this principle : YOU ONLY TRADE YOUR BELIEF SYSTEM. NOTHING ELSE. Believe strongly in success and you become a success. Believe somehow in failure and you will fail. And so it is in all of life’s endeavors.

Our courses teach one to get into a state of mind where he/she becomes totally in-tune with the Uni.-verse at large. The trader can learn to enter the “calm and stillness” of the “eye” of the storm of trading markets. Metaphorically coined the “zone”. And then from that stillness, as his/her mind operates at the deep Theta level of brain, he/she goes above the emotions of the market, connects to the very intuitive level of the deep Delta level (universal Mind) and ask for help and guidance in his trading endeavors. He/she is hyper-concentrating towards everything. His/her point-directed attention is very lethargic. Thoughts and images flash by in a disconnected non-linear fashion- out of cause-and-effect. The trader is close to the causal (non-linear) realm. Time seems to slow, conscious analytical thoughts are sluggish or almost absent, emotions are profound and very creative, and the trader then learns to use his/her emotions to program for positive trading experiences where the facet of “love” or positive desire overcomes the facet of “fear” or destructive desire. At these levels (very deep Theta and Delta), that we teach you to reach easily, emotions are purer, thoughts profound, you sense probable future events (extremely high intuition as an act of knowing ) and can act upon them. You may be shown when not to trade because of highly volatile situations or because you are just not meant to profit in certain periods. You visualize and project success. You can desensitize from prior memories of losses and not be fear-conditioned by them. We have all known and experienced periods when a certain action or trade just felt right- as if it was meant to happen. For traders these are usually their most successful trades. They feel as if they just go with a flow of events prepared for them, and witness them as such.

One learns to listen to one’s deep self. And as one listen more and more, one becomes more and more powerful, in creative thoughts. One learns to control and mold one’s reality. Trading becomes then a marvelous life-changing experience where you can test the effectiveness of your coherency in thoughts and integration with your life-environment. You really experience then the immense “power” of your thoughts. And so it should be. Trading is not anymore a vehicle causing a loss of self-esteem and trust in oneself and frustration at the larger realities at play. Neither does it evolve into a sense of being more “powerful” than another. Trading becomes a tool to sharpen the keen edges of your spirit.

So, what about the disciplined technical traders who want to follow a system that they perceive to be a “winning money-maker” and do not necessarily want to listen to the intuitive side of their mind, how would they benefit from taking our course? Would it help them calm the inner fears that they often experience before taking a technically oriented trade, and allow them to execute their trading plans without hesitation or fears?

Absolutely so. The reason for it is that when your mind is at deep Theta, you only experience messages rooted in the expectation of “real highly probable events” that the Delta level would like you to avoid (so-called hunches) and you do not operate anymore out of fear, based on intellectual processes laden with “what if” situations – usually heavy-loaded with memories of past lived or witnessed experiences. That is where “real” healthy avoidance-fear, given in order to avoid serious mishap, separates itself from common destructive and paralyzing “anxiety fear” that the beta mind produces constantly. This mode of deep-theta thought operation is really capital to the success of most trading and other life endeavors.

So to conclude. Should you use one of these marvelous trading systems offered in the marketplace? Of course, you should, if this is your incline! They do increase winning odds. But couple them with this type of training. Otherwise, you will be shown that the power of thought (in this case fear) is more potent that any computer trading system ever devised. It is the power of Creation Itself. SO MAKE THOUGHT YOUR FRIEND INSTEAD OF YOUR ENEMY.

Many of our trainees only trade on the basis of Remote Viewing the Probable Future and have done quite well for themselves. This is certainly possible and only requires only great fate in one’s self. Even when operating in non-altered sates of consciousness, ALL of our trainees find out that after 1-2 months of training their natural intuitive abilities are automatically enhanced. The “little voice” in the back of their mind is tremendously increased in volume. Their own “Jiminy Cricket” is suddenly heard again. They stop being puppets subjects to the whims of others and of seemingly uncontrollable forces. For instance: If they sense, while driving, that they should apply their brakes at an intersection, they do so, often avoiding a major accident that they could not logically perceive by normal means as another vehicle suddenly crosses their path at a red light. If a plane might have a crash or be hijacked, they do not board it. If an area is about to be hit with a major natural disaster they perceive it days ahead, alike all the parts of the animal kingdom. They are deeply in touch with themselves. They sense the thoughts of others, their real intentions, and act or react upon that information. This skill will become paramount to survival at all levels in this century, because of the speed and unpredictability of major changes and unforeseen events. No matter how well sheltered an individual believes to be, no one will be really impervious to sudden and dramatic life ambushes. Any thinking individual can already see the writings of what we are addressing on the wall as he/she reads the daily world-wide news.

In the realm of financial trading, the same effects are felt after taking our combo RV/RI courses. After a couple of weeks of training, traders, even while operating in a fully conscious state become extremely intuitive automatically since the door to their subconscious mind has been strongly opened through the exercises in our course. Their sub-conscious is literally brought up to their conscious mental awareness, on a constant basis. If, for example you are about to put on a trade that your subconscious perceives strongly to have been put in the wrong direction, your subconscious will send a message that you will interpret as “a gut feeling” (intuition) that this is going to be a losing trade. The more serious the mistake, the more likely it is, if the market is about to “crystallize” a movement violently on the opposite side, that a strong intuitive message will develop for your protection. So, after having learned to trust yourself and having had a couple of similar experiences and learned to recognize that very special “feeling,” you will then want to act upon this type of message. This can be used as a powerful filtering process in trading. Remember, computers only predict the future based on past patterns, especially repetitive ones. They cannot foresee it. And in very volatile markets they do a poor job at predicting and adapting to rapidly changing conditions and patterns.

The same situation, but in reverse this time, has probably been experience by EVERY trader that has traded for a while. There are moments when, after putting on a trade, you just “know” that it will be a winner. You are calm and relaxed about it. And most often enough, that trade enfolds as if you were to be watching a “movie reel.” To perfection. This feeling of “knowing” of a successful trade is what you strive to look for and listen to. These are always your best trades.

Beyond this, with our training you can always “sense” in advance the direction of a market. If the market is about to engage in a major round-about turn of substantial impact, you will most probably sense it and, depending on the techniques used, either sense its gyrations (chart) or in many case be given future pivot price levels. If the next move within the trading time frame that you have chosen is more insignificant, its probability might be very “fuzzy” and quite undetermined because of the rapid change of the probabilities associated with it, and then you might just get nothing (no communication about it) and have to rely on your regular trading tools – if you decide to take that trade at all. All kind of trading methodology combinations are possible, but we strongly feel that in this present type of very unstable and violent type of trading environment that the psychological tool that we provide in order to sense the mass psychology that move the markets is a “MUST” for every savvy, experienced, and especially relatively new trader. Not having it is, in our humble opinion, tantamount to walking in a jungle a night without night-vision equipment, experience of the wilderness, and a highly developed “6th sense.”

Let me give you an example. If you are an individual involved in the trading of foreign exchange instruments such as, for instance, the Dollar/ Euro rate, or even stock issues, most of the time the chart pattern might reflect quite a nice trending and easily predictable direction. However on occasions, sudden and previously kept secret powerful Central Bank market intervention and news release by Corporate Headquarters, or large hedge funds actions, can violently shift the direction of a previously perfectly trending market. No computer or system can ever predict such crucial fundamental shift and impact. Many of you might have seen in such quite common cases, much prior gains erased or worst even large losses consummated when such events impact the markets. This is where our combination RV/RI can literally save you from becoming a victim of such market shifts. Our students become highly attuned to “inner messages” and when “their inner intuitive feeling” tells them strongly that a major shift is in the making, the usually take notice, and either exit, hedge, put in reverse positions strategies, or any combination of trading techniques, in order to be protected when the event crystallizes. Unless you run a spying organization onto all these major central banks or corporate entities, or have “insiders” calling you (and we know this to be illegal) in advance of such moves, our training is the “only tool” we know that can give you this tremendous trading advantage and capital preservation hedge.

The secret to this millennium’s trading is to reach the “EYE” of any financial storm and observe the market (mass psychology ) from the inside-out within the stillness of the best vantage study point. At that “EYE” (deep theta level) you can truly experience the peace and safety that this level projects, with the full knowledge that nothing really serious could ever harm you as long as you locate your awareness there.

The same can be said about some of the very dramatic earth-events that are about to be unleashed upon humanity. The Great Consciousness-Intelligence of Mother nature seems to have gotten a serious case of “indigestion” about the extreme parasitic behavior of its disrespectful and exploding human organisms merrily destroying Its viable balance in a non-caring proliferating cancer-cell like behavior. Its multiple warnings, given quite dramatically up-to-know, are almost totally ignored. To our common detriment.

In this new millennium the ability to center oneself in “eye” of any crisis situation and listen to the advice received from the Delta level will be proven to be the most important tool available for survival for humanity. Beta-thinking technology will not be sufficient anymore. In the same way as the ability to listen to their “sixth sense” is known to be a primarily survival tool for hyper-trained jungle warfare commandos and anti-terrorist squads, the ability to listen to our common “sixth sense” will permit the trained and perceptually connected ones to weather the upcoming storms quite unscathed. The training that the team of Mr. Gerald O’Donnell gave to operational intelligence agents was viewed as a general survival tool and not as a passive intelligence gathering and “prophesizing technique” to be performed from the comfort of an “isolation tank or room.” It was one of many other techniques to be used to gather information and act upon it. Albeit, a very powerful one since is does nor rely upon prior linear knowledge.

Let us now address the big dream-maker of the latter part of the 20th century. The Mecca of the perceived democratic ownership of listed corporations by any part of society that can afford it: THE STOCK MARKETS. The mechanics of stock market bourses follow the same fear/desire creative poles although with a somewhat different inherent modus operandi. Suffice to say that for each Futures winner there is a Futures loser. Futures is a zero-sum game. No money is ever created nor lost in the Futures markets. The stock markets are exactly the opposite. They constantly create money (wealth) and/or destroy wealth. They are NOT a zero-sum game. Market direction is therefore irrelevant in Futures trading. In stock markets, this is not the case. So that when a bull market is established in stocks, the desire for gains feeds and reinforces it for quite a while. There is almost no counterbalancing emotion of fear. Sometimes the illusion of ever lasting market growth to heaven can reach gargantuan proportions of self-delusion fed by very savvy arguments advanced by self-interest greedy institutions. Nothing, on earth, grows ever to heavens. No tree, no market (money tree), no man. Not even the tower of Babel. Everything, in this creation, is prone to “gravity” as a force for renewal and change. Only the ego forever tries to achieve lofty levels. Only to be taught, over and again, a lesson in humility. As it goes back to dust. In the continuous process of recreation of itself.

At one point or another, for various reasons, the perception of ever lasting stock market growth starts hitting walls of doubt and fear starts showing its ugly face again. The greed-confidence versus fear equation starts to slowly shift towards the side of anxiety/fear. And the ineluctable, almost blasphemous event starts: The long-term downward spiral of the former price feeding frenzy. The “gurus” of the Stock Market “religion” try to calm the masses, at first successfully. All kind of elaborate investment “strategies” geared towards downward “reaction” are promoted such as “averaging down” etc . . . However, a time finally arrives where a sustained bearish market situation is recognized, and the fear of monetary losses becomes overwhelmingly established in the investors’ psyche and eventually universally felt, with almost no counterbalancing factor of hope for further gains (even long-term ones). The effects are then very deep, destructive, prolonged and lasting. Because of the proximity of such an event, we feel even more adamant in recommending our course to stocks, futures, and options traders. (This paragraph was written in 2000, and can likewise be applied now to the international “real” estate market).

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Space psychology relevant for life on Earth

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By Steve Hammons
Originally at author’s website:
July 21, 2009

Since the early days of the development of the U.S. astronaut corps, the study of space psychology has played an important role.

Astronauts were typically military pilots who had undergone rigorous physiological and psychological testing as well as prior hazardous duties.

As human endeavors in space continue to expand and the range of people who have opportunities to experience off-Earth spaceflight also grows, space psychology will continue to be an important and growing area of study.

Some aspects of space psychology include reactions to, and management of stress, isolation, anxiety, living in confined quarters, depression and conflict resolution, as well as other known and unknown psychological and emotional dynamics and challenges.

As with the technological and scientific advances that have been sparked by space exploration, the human factors involved may also benefit those of us on Earth.

Likewise, interesting developments in psychology, perception, awareness and cognition may be highly useful for humans in space.

COMPLEMENTARY COGNITION

One emerging and leading-edge area of human psychology and consciousness is the study of alternative or complementary cognition, sometimes referred to as anomalous cognition.

This type of awareness and perception relates to the human ability to use intuition, gut feelings, instincts, hunches and a sixth sense to complement the other five senses and logical intellectual thinking.

However, alternative or complementary cognition does not refer to only these somewhat vague descriptors. It has been scientifically examined, tested, measured and utilized in classified U.S. military and intelligence activities.

The most familiar of these efforts are those that have come to be known collectively as Project STARGATE – programs and projects conducted during the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s with funding and guidance from various branches of the U.S. military and elements of the U.S. intelligence community. These efforts involved methods and protocols usually referred to as “remote viewing.”

Alternative and complementary cognition is also related to what has historically been termed extrasensory perception (ESP). But this term may be misleading. Is alternative and complementary cognition actually “extrasensory” or outside of the five human senses – sight, hearing, smell, taste and touch?

It seems that alternative and complementary cognition might be related to some aspects of the five senses as well as utilizing human perceptual resources that we are only beginning to understand more fully.

ON EARTH AND IN SPACE

Applying alternative and complementary cognition by humans in space seems to be similar to using this kind of perception and awareness on Earth.

However, since many astronauts report interesting and significant insights and changes in their perspectives and consciousness during and after spaceflight, it could be that alternative and complementary cognition could take on other characteristics or manifestations in space.

It has been suggested that alternative and complementary cognition in the form of remote viewing can be helpful in U.S. defense activities. One concept is that of “transcendent warfare” – using emerging and leading-edge developments in human perception and awareness to enhance U.S. defense activities.

In fact, we might call alternative and complementary cognition a significant kind of human intelligence.

Similarly, alternative and complementary cognition might be utilized in space as well as a wide and deep range of other challenges facing the human race here on Earth.

As we learn more about human consciousness and perception, maybe one day we might find new and more appropriate terminology for alternative and complementary cognition. We might find that certain modes of human awareness that we currently think of as somewhat unconventional or supplemental might actually be primary and fundamental.

Human development, including understanding human consciousness, may take us in directions we are just now discovering.

On Earth, in space or in worlds and dimensions we might encounter in the future, human awareness and understanding are areas that seem worthy of continued study and exploration.

Steve Hammons writes on many topics. For more information, visit these websites: Joint Recon Study Group, Transcendent TV & Media and American Chronicle.