“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
― Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space
“Earth provides enough to satisfy every man’s needs, but not every man’s greed.”
― Mahatma Gandhi
You may already be aware that there are different levels of consciousness and that consciousness evolves from lower to higher levels of awareness. You may also know of the “universal consciousness” that connects and affects us all. Did you also happen to know that planetary bodies also have consciousness? Ancient traditions all over the world have long been aware of this, which is why they assigned planets with particular archetypal personalities, the remnants of these are still found in astrology. I’d like to discuss our planet’s consciousness evolution and what it means for us.
Properties of Consciousness
In the same way that your hand is a hand and also a part your body, consciousness consists of parts that are linked to the whole. The consciousness that manifests in individual beings has particular goals and lessons it would like to learn. Yet all individual consciousnesses are connected. The purpose of this complex interplay is to help the universe learn about itself. You are like the eyes and ears of the universe, showing it different possibilities and aspects so that it can learn and evolve.
“Those trees are your lungs. The earth recycles as your body. The rivers recycle as your circulation. The air is your breath. So what do we call the environment?” — Deepak Chopra: Physical Healing, Emotional Well Being
The Four Elements in the Human Body
Each of the constituent parts of the human body is composed of the Four Elements, in varying proportions. Here is where each of the Four Elements is primarily found in the human body:
Fire: The digestive enzymes and secretions, and all enzymes. Yellow Bile. The Innate Heat of metabolism and the Digestive Fire. The heart, liver and stomach. All active, muscular heat generating tissues; the muscles. The Fire of spirit and intelligence, and the sparkle in the eyes.
Air: The lungs, chest and thorax. All the cavities and open spaces, which allow for movement and function. The blood and the Vital Force it carries. The arteries, which pulsate with Air, or pneuma. All hollow or porous tissues and structures, which are lightened, rarefied and refined by Air: the bones, connective tissue, and membranous structures. Points of exchange and contact: the lungs, kidneys and digestive mucosa.
Water: All the vital fluids of the body, especially the clear fluids: phlegm, mucus, plasma, lymph and serous and interstitial fluids. The kidneys, bladder and urinary tract, which pass superfluous Water from the body. The mucosa of the digestive, respiratory and genitourinary tracts. The lymphatic system. The brain and spinal cord.
Earth: All the dense, solid, deeper, more permanent parts of the body. Bones, joints and structural connective tissue. Nerves, bone marrow and nervous tissue. Teeth and gums. The hair and nails.
Relax and breathe deeply. Become aware of your body as you sit. Now focus on the earth element of your body, the density of its matter, the flesh and bones which make up the skeleton. Imagine how the solidity of your body is like the solidity of the earth. Imagine the stones, the dirt, the rock and mountains, the bones of the earth itself.
Now shift your awareness to the element of water inside your body. Follow the flow of blood throughout your arteries and veins. Imagine that the water inside you is like the rivers, the lakes, the seas and the great oceans of the planet.
Now shift your awareness to the element of air in your body. Breathe in the air and let it fill your lungs to capacity. Imagine the oxygen penetrating into your bloodstream and breathing into each cell the breath of life. Your own breath is like the great breathing of the planet, as oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged by the trees and plants in the atmosphere surrounding Earth.
Now shift your awareness to the fire element in your body, the fire of consciousness surging through your whole system. Experience the heat of your body and how your body maintains a warmth of around 98.6 degrees. Become aware now of the fiery aspect of the Earth, the molten core bubbling at the center. Experience your own heat that arises from some core central point inside you.
Become aware of your connection with every living thing on Earth. We are made of the same elements as every other living creature: earth, water, air and fire. Give thanks and gratitude to the Earth, the elements, and the miraculous physical design of your body.
Plant Intelligence Stephen Harrod Buhner will be joining Dennis McKenna for the live, interactive video course, “What Plants Can Teach You: Consciousness and Intelligence in Nature.”
A new paradigm is emerging that recasts how we relate to and understand nature, supported by new scientific evidence. Plants instruct us through their behavior, through their interdependence with the environment, and through direct transmissions conveyed by spirit. Dennis will be joined by some of the leading experts in the emerging field of plant intelligence, including: Chris Kilham, Stephen Harrod Buhner, Tony Wright, Dayna Baumeister, and Simon G. Powell. This 5-part Evolver webinar starts on June 17. Click here to learn more.
**The following is excerpted from Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm, recently published by Inner Traditions.**
The deep intelligence possessed by plants has been explored, and discussed, by many people of note over the past several centuries, including Goethe, Luther Burbank, George Washington Carver, Masanobu Fukuoka, Jagadis Bose, and the Nobel Prize-winner Barbara McClintock. Nevertheless, their research and findings have usually been dismissed, irrespective of its competence. As Brenner et al. comment about Bose (and the concept of plant intelligence in general) . . .
Bose’s overall conclusion that plants have an electromechanical pulse, a nervous system, a form of intelligence, and are capable of remembering and learning was not well received in its time. A hundred years later, concepts of plant intelligence, learning, and long-distance electrical signaling in plants have entered the mainstream literature. . . . Nevertheless, the concept of plant intelligence [still] generates a considerable amount of controversy. 
by Amber Lyon
I invite you to take a step back and clear your mind of decades of false propaganda. Governments worldwide lied to us about the medicinal benefits of marijuana. The public has also been misled about psychedelics.
These non-addictive substances- MDMA, ayahuasca, ibogaine, psilocybin mushrooms, peyote, and many more- are proven to rapidly and effectively help people heal from trauma, PTSD, anxiety, addiction and depression.
Psychedelics saved my life.
My Experience with Anxiety and PTSD Symptoms
I was drawn to journalism at a young age by the desire to provide a voice for the ‘little guy’. For nearly a decade working as a CNN investigative correspondent and independent journalist, I became a mouthpiece for the oppressed, victimized andmarginalized. My path of submersion journalism brought me closest to the plight of my sources, by living the story to get a true understanding of what was happening.
After several years of reporting, I realized an unfortunate consequence of my style- I had immersed myself too deeply in the trauma and suffering of the people I’d interviewed. I began to have trouble sleeping as their faces appeared in my darkest dreams. I spent too long absorbed in a world of despair and my inability to deflect it allowed the trauma of others to settle inside my mind and being. Combine that with several violent experiences while working in the field and I was at my worst. A life reporting on the edge had led me to the brink of my own sanity.
Speaking of Insanity
The capture of Mosul by Isis means a radical change in the political geography of Iraq and Syria. Moreover, the impact of this event will soon be felt across the Middle East as governments take on board the fact that a Sunni proto-caliphate is spreading across northern Iraq and Syria.
Naked Capitalism: Mosul Falls To Insurgents Threatening Iraq’s Oil Sector
Twelve years ago this week, Americans woke up to learn that the United States had invaded Iraq.
That all didn’t work out as planned.
What did work out was a luxurious compound in the heart of Baghdad on the banks of the Tigris where the thousands of Americans who would remain behind could work, shop, eat, and relax in a palatial, $750 million embassy.
Do you remember the glorious days when the FBI caught terrorists plotting to bomb Christmas tree festivals and the like? Remember how they were almost always FBI-handled patsies? No? To refresh your memory check out this, this, this, this, this, this, this, and this.
For those too compelled or too lazy to click away, the fact is that the FBI routinely incubates terror plots only to stop them at the last moment so they can beat their chests in press releases that recount their heroics. A good book was written about the phenomenon called The Terror Factory. The book revealed that at least 150 foiled terror attacks since 9/11 were actually incubated by the FBI. For those keeping score, that’s about one fake terror plot per month, every month, since 9/11.
(what could possibly go wrong?)
The extinct influenza virus that caused the worst flu pandemic in history has been recreated from fragments of avian flu found in wild ducks in a controversial experiment to show how easy it would be for the deadly flu strain to reemerge today.Scientists said the study involved infecting laboratory ferrets with close copies of the 1918 virus – which was responsible for the Spanish Flu pandemic that killed an estimated 50 million people – to see how easy it can be transmitted in the best animal model of the human disease.
But other researchers have denounced the research as foolhardy and dangerous. Critics said that any benefits of the attempts to recreate 1918-like flu viruses from existing avian flu strains do not justify the catastrophic risks if such a genetically engineered virus were to escape either deliberately or accidentally from the laboratory and cause a deadly influenza pandemic.
This past Wednesday a nation bordering China and South of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, decided to become one of the first countries in the world to ban all GMO crops as well as the sale and importation of genetically modified organisms. This means that roughly 5,500,000 inhabitants of this country can enjoy better reproductive, cellular, and digestive health while the environment evades millions more pounds of pesticides.
Joining the trend of other Asian countries to ban GMOs, with China’s recent refusal of 8 different shipments of GMO corn and the nation of Bhutan also going 100% organic, the tide seems to be turning for Monsanto and biotech monopolies who would push herbicide-‘resistant’ seed on the world.
Space Debris Above Earth (Wonder what others viewing us must think of our space trash)
A quaint comparison of what money can buy in today’s market has Bill Gates being able to afford every home in Boston. His $76.6 billion reported by the Washington Post or the $78.4 billion by Forbes seems a pittance when put up against John D. Rockefeller’s peak wealth of $318.3 billion (based on 2007 US dollar).
According to your resident commissars over at MSNBC, “The median net worth of American households hasn’t changed much over the past decades, it’s about $20,000.” So if Gates decided to purchase all the Beantown houses, whom would he pay for the bricks and mortar? Certainly, most Americans may think of ”their home is their castle”, but few actually own a debt free deed to their grand estate. No wonder the banks and financial institutions, are so fond of placing liens on real property.
The proportional context of looking at individual wealth within the relative value of global wealth is examined in the essay; It’s A “0.6%” World: Who Owns What Of The $223 Trillion In Global Wealth, seems trite. Zerohedge concludes, “The bottom line: 29 million, or 0.6% of those with any actual assets under their name, own $87.4 trillion, or 39.3% of all global assets.”
Utilities Hate Solar: Utah Power Company To Charge Extra Fees For Using Solar
Yes, the Zombie Apocalypse has materialized and we are it.
ou see them staggering down our streets, heads bowed as if in prayer making the occasional grunting noise. Mindless drooling de-animated human husks walking blindly into fountains, crosswalks and lamp posts. Wake up People. We are in the middle of a science fiction movie here. Welcome to the Invasion of the Phone Zombies.
Yes, the Zombie Apocalypse has materialized and we are it. Everywhere you look you find the deathlike trance- frozen faces of we necromantic slaves with twitching fingers. Spending endless empty hours mesmerized by our tiny screens. An entire society that can’t remember its own phone number, much less that of any significant other. Of course, compared to our magical phones, there are no significant others.
Our smart phones are being manipulated by some very dumb people. Sure, amazing things can be accomplished: check the weather patterns in Outer Mongolia. Translate French past participles into Farsi. Order a chess set made out of imitation crab meat in the shape of the characters from 12 Years a Slave and have it delivered to our house before getting back from work. But in the meantime, we are developing the attention span of high- speed lint. And the personalities.
Come home to a hot iron and smoldering clothes this afternoon? Soon, it may not be a sign of forgetfulness, but rather evidence that you’ve been hacked.
In coming years, your smartphone will be able to lock your house, turn on the air conditioning, check whether the milk is out of date, or even heat up your iron. Great news, except that all that convenience could also let criminals open your doors, spy on your family or drive your connected car to their lair.
“As these technologies become more sophisticated, it opens up a broader spectrum of threats,” said Gunter Ollmann, chief technology officer of IOActive, a tech security firm in Seattle. A world of connected devices makes it possible “for the bad guys to have permanent entry into your household.”
Look at it this way. The kid doesn’t have to pay for drugs out of his pocket. He gets them in a shrink’s office. Insurance covers it. His parents may be able to work a Social Security disability claim and receive $$ and other free medical treatments.
The kid’s school cashes in. They’re now teaching a disabled child. Government aid. No wonder Health Day News (4/24/14) reports that 1 in 13 American children are now on at least one psychiatric medication.
In 2012, the Archives of General Psychiatry reported a 7-fold increase in psychiatrists prescribing (powerful and toxic) antipsychotic meds to children, based on an analysis of office visits. (see also this.)
As if people need one more reason never to see their neighbors directly. Fatdoor is looking to relaunch a previously failed campaign, perhaps now banking on FAA approval of a widespread commercial drone market. Just today, in fact, it was announced that the FAA granted BP the first ever waiver to fly commercial drones over land.
Employing a quadcopter Skyteboard, users can deliver and/or trade items via drone, and post details through their social network to communicate the transfer. Other added benefits are for those who “might want to record their kids’ soccer games with drones flying overhead.” After all, why be there to film it yourself?
It remains to be seen if the investments into drone delivery by companies like Amazon will spur an economic transformation, but clearly an opportunity is being seized to offer modern civilization a way to see their local communities only through the filter of a computer screen. The cheery promo below introduces us to this potential reality (and, no, we are not endorsing this inane concept).
Authorization comes as FAA moves to integrate commercial drones into American skies
by Sarah Lazare
BP test flies an Aeryon Scout drone over Prudhoe Bay, Alaska in December 2012. (Photo: Screen Shot / BP)The Federal Aviation Administration announced Tuesday it has granted oil giant BP the first-ever approval to fly drones for commercial purposes over U.S. land.
Manufactured by AeroVironment, the drone is slated to conduct aerial surveillance over Prudhoe Bay in Alaska’s Northern Slope. The Bay is home to the largest oil field in North America, and is plagued with routine spills, environmental damage, and air pollution.
BP and AeroVironment launched the first drone flight on Sunday under a license that expires in five years, according to AeroVironment. The drone, a “Puma AE,” is about 4.5 feet long with a wingspan of 9 feet, according to the FAA.