Welcome – It’s Time For a New Paradigm

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December 19, 2014:

Creating Heaven on Earth

Marie McCormack: Seeing, Hearing, Feeling or Knowing: Find Your Strongest Psychic Gift

Charles Bynum: 5 Steps to Overcoming the Greatest Obstacle to Spiritual Awareness

Archangel Gabriel via Marlene Swetlishoff: Nurturing

December 18, 2014:

Progressive Oneness

Emma Tuzio: The Magic Of Winter Solstice: 7 Ways to Celebrate the Returning Light

Jason Hammond: On the Federal Reserve and the Planetary Controllers

Christina Sarich: City Goes Fluoride-Free for Christmas

December 17, 2014:

Who is Ra? – Part 17: The Physical Body Enables Growth and Evolution – Part 2/2

‘The Team’ via Peggy Black: Practice Heart Consciousness

Steve Beckow: Taking Stock of Our Values

Mike Barrett: Another Victory: Poultry Industry Giant Goes GMO-Free

December 16, 2014:

Who is Ra? – Part 17: The Physical Body Enables Growth and Evolution – Part 1/2

Notes on Bliss: 15 Myths About Life We Should All Stop Believing

8 Signs You May Be A Mystic

Jeff Roberts: Want To Experience The Afterlife? Let’s Talk About The Most Potent Psychedelic Known To Man – Your Brain Produces It Everyday

December 15, 2014:

Transcending the Ego and Finding the God-Self – Part 3/3

Christina Sarich: One Awesome, Natural Way to Reduce Stress and Feel Better

Paul Lenda: The Survival of the Kindest: Evidence That Humankind is Evolving to Become More Compassionate

Steve Beckow: Culture Allows a Civilization to Work Together

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Hello, and thanks for visiting this blog. Here, you’ll find articles and discussions related to a new paradigm in human consciousness in understanding, and in this introductory writing, I’ll give my perspective on this paradigm.

On a lot of spiritual and alternative news blogs, you’ll hear talk about a ‘new paradigm’ – a standard of living that’s outside of the confines of our social norms.

A growing number of people are ready to move beyond our old, divisive ways and welcome a new way of life that integrates unity, harmony, and an understanding of our oneness, and this drives our continual discussion about the things we can do to bring our planet into the light and move beyond the written and unwritten social rules that keep us from acting on our greater potential.

A ‘new paradigm’ is essentially what the name suggests – a method of functioning that turns us away from things that have hurt our world in favor of a more harmonious and sustainable collective lifestyle.

People are striving to bring the new paradigm about with endless work that’s intended to inform and uplift humanity into a position of creating the planetary change we want to see, and the goal is for more and more people to start working for the greater development of our society as the entire world becomes aware.

We’re standing up to the forces who strive to keep us in the dark, and in doing so, we’re welcoming and anchoring a new social standard that treats every person equally, rather than catering to the few and leaving the rest to struggle to survive.

People who recognize that a large percentage of the planet has been left to deal with ridiculous circumstances that are caused by poverty are doing everything they can to address and fix the conditions most of humanity has been forced to live under, because they’re ready to start healing this massive and ongoing neglect.

We’re starting to understand that we are and have always been one consciousness, and we’re striving to awaken everyone else to this and myriad other important truths in an effort to fashion the manner in which we run our planet around a widespread understanding of our oneness.

Imagine a way of life rooted in peace, love, respect, and service. Imagine a world where division and the self-serving mindset have been replaced with the understanding that we’re one creator consciousness experiencing itself and, as a result, everyone works together to repair this planet and keep it in a healthy, stable condition.

A world where the ‘every man for himself’ mindset has been replaced with an immense collective drive to make sure everyone can get ahead in life. A world where everyone lives comfortably above the poverty line, because the wealth that’s been amassed by the few has been put back in the hands of the many where it’s always belonged.

A world where competition is replaced with the drive to work together in every way, and no person is forced to go without. This is what the new paradigm will entail, and it goes without saying that all of these amazing things can’t just happen on their own.

This appealing new paradigm can’t just manifest with the snap of a finger – we have to actively pursue it if we want to see it. As great as all of these ideas sound, I think they’re basically worthless if we don’t start taking real and solid action to bring them about.

One person can only do so much on their own, and when it comes down to it, all of humanity will need to be ready and willing to construct a new paradigm if we want to change anything. I could make predictions about what a new world will be like all day, but they mean little if effort isn’t made to achieve them.

Reading about a new paradigm is nice, but I have a feeling that working together to bring it about will be much nicer. Imagine the unity that’ll be bred from coming together and respecting our perceived ‘differences’ instead of bickering over them like children.

Imagine being able to work harmoniously with your neighbor, his neighbor, and everyone else who strives to act on the inspiration they feel to change the manner in which this planet has functioned. Imagine the satisfaction we’ll each feel when we lay our heads down at night with the knowledge that we’re completely transforming this planet on a widespread, collective level.

This can become much more than a fantasy that sounds nice – it can become our reality. Right here, right now. We simply have to be willing to take the steps that are needed to move from point A to point B. Point A is, of course, the paradigm we’re currently rooted in, and point B is the utopian paradigm we want to establish.

We have a lot of work to do to get to point B, but the sooner we start this work, the sooner we’ll reach our ultimate destination. A new paradigm is only the beginning, and once we’ve built the society of our dreams, we’ll branch out and explore new planets; new states of consciousness; new realms of understanding.

And we’ll do it all as a unit.

When we grasp just how close we are with one another and just how much we’re meant to work together, our drive to use our unity for good will be stronger than it’s ever been before. Most people still can’t even fathom the idea of working together, much less harmoniously building a new world, but this’ll change as we continue to get active.

Those of you who were led to this article must have some desire to change the planet or welcome a new way of life, and however much you might disagree with what I’m about to say, you can. You can start changing the world right now. Whether it’s easy or difficult, you can start taking the first steps to bring people together and transform our planet and society.

In my opinion, it’s essential for anyone who wants to see a new world to start doing anything and everything they can to bring it about. The more people who are working, the more our influence will spread, and every one of you who reads this can feel free to explore your passions and what you can do to raise consciousness and bring humanity into the light.

You can pursue whatever avenue works for you, and you’re encouraged to have fun with it – to be creative. One of the aspects of a new, spiritually rooted paradigm is a society of people who are able to follow their greatest creative passions, so feel free to pursue the creative ventures that work best for you.

It’s been said elsewhere that we’re creators by nature. Creating things and expressing ourselves is what we do. It’s one of our missions here on earth. As such, you can feel free to pursue creative ventures that excite you over ones that don’t.

Pursue something you enjoy with all of the enthusiasm you can muster up, and if it doesn’t seem to work for you after a while, pursue something else that will. Like I said, have fun with it. Challenge yourselves and really develop your creative, awareness-raising abilities, because they’re essential to our creation of the new paradigm we want to see.

If everyone passionately developed their abilities and challenged themselves in a way that’s intended to help raise consciousness, the planetary vibration would grow immensely.

Eventually, every person would be able to pursue their passions in the name of raising awareness and restoring the earth to the pristine condition it was once in, and nobody would hold themselves back by pursuing things that don’t fill them with the invigoration we’re all meant to feel.

Openhearted creativity would replace the dullness that currently permeates life on earth, and everyone would be excited to change this planet with creative efforts that they can really enjoy. This is the kind of life we’re all meant to live, in my opinion, but it can’t happen if we don’t make it happen.

We’re really only asked to pursue things we’ve always wanted to do in the name of the progression of humanity, and when you think about it, that doesn’t sound like a very tall order. You want me to do something I already enjoy doing anyway? Sounds great!

Given that we’re meant to enjoy whatever we do to bring humanity into the light, what’s stopping us from doing exactly that? You’re all encouraged to find the talent or craft you enjoy and use it to help awaken humanity, and it’s interesting to think that pursuing our passion is so important to humanity’s development and evolution.

Having fun in a way that utilizes our creative abilities and awakens others is all we’re tasked with doing, and eventually, our efforts in doing so will motivate the rest of the planet to take the steps needed to transform our society and enjoy ourselves doing it.

Let’s individually take these first steps now, fellow seekers, because the planet can’t change without us. We can’t enter a new paradigm if we don’t make an effort, but we’ll be able to enjoy the efforts we make and appreciate the social standard we’ll set for ourselves.

Needless to say, it’ll be very different from our current standard, and I, for one, can’t wait to do everything I can to bring it about. How do you feel about changing the planet? What are you passionate about doing to raise humanity’s awareness?

Feel free to leave a comment about your world-changing passions below, because an essential aspect of changing the planet is changing it as a community. The hope is for this blog to become a community where like-minded seekers can talk about the creation of a new world, and I sincerely appreciate your visit. Thanks again for being a part of our new paradigm.

Wes Annac – One of many children of the universe who are dedicated to raising the collective vibration.

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Creating Heaven on Earth

Written by Wes Annac, The Culture of Awareness

I don’t think heaven is some intangible, far-off place that we should focus so heavily on that we forget to enjoy our lives right now.

I think we can create heaven right here on earth, and I, like a lot of people, want to do everything I can to raise the collective vibration and make this world heavenly.

There are a few belief systems that resonate with me, and they all preach the idea that heaven can be found and/or created on earth.

Spiritualism, which I write about but don’t practice, endorses the idea that life is a journey filled with constant lessons. It also promotes the concept of consciousness living on after the body dies. Continue reading

Marie McCormack: Seeing, Hearing, Feeling or Knowing: Find Your Strongest Psychic Gift

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Written by Marie McCormack, The Master Shift, December 18, 2014 – http://tinyurl.com/pvmzauu

Everyone has psychic abilities. Most reject them, while a few embrace them and cultivate them. If you’ve ever wondered about your own psychic abilities, and you’re ready to take a leap, here are a few of the most common abilities people claim to have  and how to develop them in yourself.

Clairvoyance

Clairvoyance is “second sight,” and it’s a way of “seeing” but not with your eyes.  Psychic experts who have this ability will receive intuitive information visually. Usually, this is in the form of pictures, or visions, or even symbols. If you ever see twinkling lights out of the corner of your eye, you’re a visual learner, if you have very vivid dreams, or if you often find yourself daydreaming, you may have the underlying cognitive requirements for being clairvoyant. Continue reading

Enlightened Quotes: Your Motive in Working

“Your motive in working should be to set others, by your example, on the path of duty. By these philanthropic activities you are really doing good to yourself. If you can do them disinterestedly, your mind will become pure and you will develop love of God. As soon as you have that love you will realize Him.” – Paramahansa Ramakrishna

(Swami Nikhilananda, trans., The Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna. New York: Ramakrishna-Vivekananda Center, 1978; c1942, 108.)

Wisdom With Wes: More Riches

Snapshot_20140731_2Working hard and enjoying life with an open heart and the willingness to be there for the people who need us will give us more riches than fame or fortune. We can work hard and create things that help others on their journey, and we can also make sure we don’t work too hard or exhaust ourselves.

It’s understandable that some people would want to achieve as much as possible in their short time on earth, but there’s nothing wrong with taking a break every now and then and spending time with our loved ones or doing something else that fills us with love and, if possible, raises our vibration.

Let’s go about life with a willingness to do what we’ve come here to do and an accompanying passion for the aspects of life that don’t have to do with our work or our spiritual evolution. We’re here to have the full experience, and this includes the times when we set the work aside for other rich and meaningful things.

Will you enjoy every aspect of life today?

Stay aware!

Wes Annac :)

2014, http://cultureofawareness.com

The Importance of Noticing Your Breath

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Written by Daniel, Expanded Consciousness, December 18, 2014 – http://tinyurl.com/ouxlxtu
Following the breath is the practice which the Buddha is said to have used when he attained Enlightenment. It’s usefulness as a method is significant.

Following the breath is a practice that can be used to increase our awareness of our bodies, feelings, and minds. It starts with relaxing and settling the mind, which leads to great benefits, strengthening our Buddhist practice and ultimately leading to Awakening.

It’s best to find a quiet place, but that isn’t always easy in the modern world. Being in a place that’s slightly more disturbed makes things a little more difficult, but not impossible.

It’s best to have a stable posture, ideally the full lotus or half lotus. But, sitting on your knees is okay too and plenty of people who have back problems sit in chairs or lying down.

We being by noticing the breath. We notice whether our breaths are short or long, hard or soft.

Then we become aware of our bodies. We notice how our breath comes into and out of our lungs. We notice how our stomachs rise and fall. We feel the breath passing through our noses and into our lungs.

Then we spread our awareness. We are now able to notice more subtle sensations in our minds and bodies.

Here we can enter a deep meditative state that expands our concentration and insights.
Then our bodies calm and we experience bliss. When we have an intense enough experience we can get a sensation of oneness.

This state is the doorway to Enlightenment. Once we’ve experienced it once, it becomes easier to return to in our meditations.

Our goal with this practice is to strengthen the mindfulness of our bodies. Following the breath is our tool in the practice.

Read more at http://expandedconsciousness.com/2014/12/03/importance-noticing-breath/#6hxj7BDDI37hG4uf.99

Christina Sarich: Are the Feds Finally About to Allow Medical Marijuana?

legalize marijuanaWritten by Christina Sarich, Natural Society, December 18, 2014 – http://tinyurl.com/mmfwhz8

The Feds are quietly about to end the decades-old drug war, and stop harassing states for medical marijuana – at least as long as a new bill tucked away on page 213 of the latest omnibus appropriations bill makes it through.

The provision states:

“. . .none of the funds made available in this Act to the Department of Justice may be used…to prevent such States from implementing their own State laws that authorize the use, distribution, possession, or cultivation of medical marijuana,” listing 32 states, as well as the District of Columbia, where the amendment would apply.

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Charles Bynum: 5 Steps to Overcoming the Greatest Obstacle to Spiritual Awareness

buddhaWritten by Charles Bynum, Contributor for Waking Times, December 18, 2014 – http://tinyurl.com/kchadjb

The Buddha famously said that the cause of suffering (dukkha) is clinging. In fact, it is the second of his Four Noble Truths. For most people this idea speaks to the things in our lives that we like and want to hold onto, and the things we do not like and we want to make go away.

While there is truth in this view, it is nonetheless one step removed from the deeper truth that most fail to see. The attempt to identify everything that I like or don’t like and what I am holding onto or pushing away is difficult because there are so many. Continue reading