The Importance of Blending Surrender with Willpower on the Spiritual Path

The Importance of Blending Surrender with Willpower on the Spiritual Path

September 7th, 2016

By Open

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

You’ll no doubt hear lots about the value and importance of surrender on the spiritual path — being able to accept the moment as it really is, without needing it to be a certain way. In other words, not needing a particular outcome.

So what about all the qualities of determination, courage and willpower? Do they fit in, and if so, how?

This exploration includes the first in series of new style Openhand Spiritual Philosophy videos…

True surrender is not simply “dropping the hot coals”

It is of course only the ego that continues to effort and struggle to get somewhere in life or to attain something. The ego being essentially, that unrealised aspect of the soul, which attaches to the physicality of life. So one of the most valuable steps we can take on the path, is that of surrender.

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The George Soros Email Hack: Top 10 Machinations of a Master Manipulator

The George Soros Email Hack: Top 10 Machinations of a Master Manipulator

6th September 2016

By Makia Freeman

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

A recent email hack has revealed the vast and stunning influence of NWO master manipulator, George Soros.

The recent George Soros email hack – the hacking and release of 2500+ emails and documents release by DCLeaks – shows black-and-white proof of the machinations, manipulations and massively long reach of Hungarian-born multi-billionaire, top Hillary Clinton donor, arch manipulator and big-time New World Order insider George Soros.

The mainstream media is ignoring the Soros hack, which is to be expected, but those coming to it with little or no knowledge of the man will be blown away by the extent to which Soros directs world affairs. This man is extremely influential and deserves to be focused upon in the same way that the Rockefellers and Rothschilds have been. He has been behind some extremely important political movements in the U.S. (e.g. BLM or Black Lives Matter) and geopolitical events around the world (e.g. the US-funded Ukrainian coup which installed a Neo-Nazi puppet government).

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Anarcho-Capitalism: The Philosophical Structure for a New Society?

Anarcho-Capitalism: The Philosophical Structure for a New Society?

6th September 2016

By Tim Bryant

Guest writer for Wake Up World

This article is part of a series of articles that explores a range of socio-political models. While Wake Up World does not necessarily advocate one model or the other, we believe there is value in opening our minds and considering possibilities beyond the status quo, for a fairer system and a better future than our problematic current model offers.

Power is held at the individual level or in groups, and can be manifested internally or externally. Power can also be attained through individual action or collective action. For example, a person or group could acquire power internally from within or they could obtain power from their interaction with the external environment. On the contrary, power can be taken away internally and externally through negative thought patterns and external forces.

Power at the internal or individual level is essential for personal happiness and freedom, while power at the external or collective level is key to highly functional societies that are vastly interconnected. Individual power can be represented by freedom, while collective power can be exemplified by how well society embodies the collective desires. The question is: what type of social structure epitomizes the best design for the maximum amount of inner power mixed with external cohesiveness?

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The Problem With Romantic Love — and How the Ancient Greeks Can Help Solve Our Dilemma

The Problem With Romantic Love — and How the Ancient Greeks Can Help Solve Our Dilemma

September 6th, 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

“Grown up, we hope for a re-creation of what it felt like to be ministered to and indulged [as infants and children]. In a secret corner of our mind, we picture a lover who will anticipate our needs, read our hearts, act selflessly and make everything better. It sounds ‘romantic’; yet it is a blueprint for disaster.” ~ Alain de Botton, “The Course of Love”

At first glance, it may appear that writer and philosopher Alain de Botton has an axe to grind regarding romantic love. He seems to believe it’s one of the more foolish ideals we human’s have come to expect — the soulmate, kindred hearts, forever loving the other with an all consuming passion. But before writing him off as embittered, cynical or possessing a supreme lack of imagination, consider the ancient Greek viewpoint on love — which encompasses over thirty different kinds, only one of which could be construed as vaguely romantic.

With a divorce rate hovering between 40-50 percent in the United States, is it time we embrace what the ancients knew long ago?

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911: The Alarm Clock of Human Consciousness

911: The Alarm Clock of Human Consciousness

5th September 2016

By Irwin Ozborne

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

“Make no mistake about it – Enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or becoming happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It is seeing through the façade of pretense. It is the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” ~ Adyashanti

It has been repeatedly demonstrated by quantum physics that the world we live in is an illusion, or a dream. So, if the reality that we perceive to be ‘real’ is actually an illusion and the entire world is actually dreaming, how can they be woken up? The same way most of us wake from our sleep every morning… by the sound of the alarm clock.

September 11, 2001

It was my junior year of college; I remember being stuck in some psychology class watching a boring video, which gives me a chance to sleep off my hangover from the night before. The kid in front of me has tuned out and is listening to the radio through some headphones, and nodding in-and-out of wakefulness. Then suddenly he pops his head up and says out loud, “A plane just hit the World Trade Center.”

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The Biggest Cause of Anxiety and Depression is Traumatic Life Events

The Biggest Cause of Anxiety and Depression is Traumatic Life Events

5th September 2016

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Guest writer for Wake Up World

It’s estimated that 1 in 10 U.S. adults struggle with depression [1] and another 40 million have anxiety. It’s quite common, too, for someone with depression to also have anxiety. In fact, close to half of those diagnosed with depression are also diagnosed with anxiety.[2]

There’s no doubt that both of these mental health conditions are at epidemic proportions, but the unanswered question remains why? Oftentimes you hear about depression or anxiety running in families, which leads to an assumption that your genetics may be to blame. Another popular theory is that depression is due to some sort of ‘chemical imbalance‘ in your brain (more on this later). But the truth is, in most cases no one really knows why some people are depressed or anxious while others are not. Most likely there are multiple factors at play, and among them — and perhaps most important — could in fact be your life experiences, and particularly your experience of traumatic events.

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Chemical Lobotomy: The Mad Mass Prescription of Psychotropic Drugs

Chemical Lobotomy: The Mad Mass Prescription of Psychotropic Drugs

4th August 2016

By Steve Taylor, Ph.D

Guest writer for Wake Up World

One of the most shameful episodes in the history of psychology is the use of frontal lobotomies. Despite very scant evidence of their effectiveness — and in spite of much evidence of serious negative after-effects — lobotomies were standard procedure through the US and Europe for around two decades, until the mid-1950s. In the US, around 40,000 people underwent a procedure that involved cutting away connections between the prefrontal cortex and the frontal lobes of the brain. Initially lobotomies were performed by drilling holes into the skull, until the American physician Walter Freeman discovered that he could reach the frontal lobes through the eye sockets, by hammering a long metal pick into the bone and then into the brain.

The procedure was extremely dangerous — some patients died, others became brain damaged or committed suicide. A “successful” outcome meant that a patient who had previously been mentally unstable was now docile and emotionally numb, less responsive and less self-aware. Even if there appeared to be some improvement in their mental “disorder”, this was often outweighed by cognitive and emotional impairments.

From a modern perspective, the use of frontal lobotomies seems incredibly brutal and primitive. However, we are nowhere near as far removed from such barbarism as we might like to believe…

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Instead of Pharmaceutical Drugs, These Physicians are Prescribing Time in Nature and Fruit, Vegetables For Patients

Instead of Pharmaceutical Drugs, These Physicians are Prescribing Time in Nature and Fruit, Vegetables For Patients

3rd September 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

In an age where pharmaceutical drug use is off the charts, a thoughtful group of physicians are using a novel approach and advising their patients to “take a hike” — literally. Park prescriptions have been around since 2008, but the idea is now spreading more widely throughout the U.S. — and around the world — as obesity and mental health disorders have continued to climb. In a similar vein, doctors are also writing prescriptions for fruits, vegetables and other wholesome food, which patients can “fill” at their local market. The result of these unconventional interventions is nothing short of inspiring.

The Healing Power of Nature

A whole new spin on writing prescriptions for patients has people moving — through green spaces, parks and forests, in lieu of popping pharmaceutical meds for what ails them. And it works.

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Spice Beats Chemo, Radiation and Surgery for Brain Cancer, Studies Suggest

Spice Beats Chemo, Radiation and Surgery for Brain Cancer, Studies Suggest

2nd September 2016

By Sayer Ji

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Increasingly, science is validating the therapeutic value of spices to prevent and treat disease, including conditions as serious as lethal brain cancer. 

Modern medical science is finally catching up to the wisdom of our distant ancestors. Spices, for instance, were once traded along ancient spice routes throughout Asia, Northeast Africa, and Europe, as highly precious commodities; some of them were so prized for their life-saving properties they were literally worth their weight in gold. Only in the past few decades have the traditional folkloric uses of these powerful plant extracts undergone validation via pre-clinical and clinical research. The results are nothing short of amazing, especially when it comes to providing hope for conditions that conventional treatment not only does not have anything to offer, but may actually worsen.

There are a number of driving factors behind the increasing interest in natural substances as drug alternatives, one of which is the fact that a large number of popular over-the-counter and prescribed drugs are extremely dangerous, don’t work as advertised (ineffective), and are exorbitantly over-priced (e.g. Some patented chemotherapy agents can cost 4,000 times more than gold by weight!). To the dismay of the medical industrial complex, the public is growing increasingly aware of these facts. Indeed, it’s a problem hard to ignore when correctly prescribed drugs have been estimated to take over 100,000 lives each year in the U.S. alone.

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The Solar Eclipse and New Moon in Virgo – Inner Reflection, Boundless Expansion

The Solar Eclipse and New Moon in Virgo – Inner Reflection, Boundless Expansion

1st September 2016

By Simon Vorster & Jennifer Langstone

Contributing writers for Wake Up World

Today’s New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Virgo brings us to a powerful energetic gateway. Last month’s Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius highlighted the scope of new horizons and new ways of being available to us, and reinforced the formation of our new core philosophies. However we still have emotional residues and psychic patterns to clear — and this month’s lunar cycle is here to clean up house.

The New Moon in Virgo brings into focus all the insights and deep inner healing we have recently experienced, as reflected by Jupiter’s recent transit through Virgo. Adding to this, the Nodal Axis, representing how we see things on a collective level, is bringing into focus how we are going about reshaping our lives and embodying our core beliefs.

There are some intense energy patterns coming this month, and while it is a time for reflection, it’s likely to be a bumpy ride if we don’t keep our sense of humour and look for the silver lining. Here’s what to look out for, and some ideas to help you embody the evolutionary opportunity the current astrological alignments are offering us. Let’s begin with Mercury Retrograde…

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“Overcast” Documentary Exposes What’s Really Behind Airplane Contrails

“Overcast” Documentary Exposes What’s Really Behind Airplane Contrails

1st September 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

As the debate continues to rage about whether or not chemtrails/geoengineering are in fact occurring, the impact of contrails (normal exhaust from aircraft that create a trail of water vapor, ice and soot) on the environment and weather is often overlooked. While the theory of covert chemical spraying operations takes center stage, are we missing a key piece of the puzzle?

Maybe the focus shouldn’t be: Is the military secretly spraying toxic chemicals into the atmosphere? But rather, if contrails from standard air traffic are the real culprit damaging the environment and human health. A concerned filmmaker set out to find the answer.

Following the (Toxic) Trail

“Putting all speculations aside, I wanted a convincing answer.” ~ Matthias Hancke, director of “Overcast”

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Live Fully Now… But What Does That Actually Mean?

Live Fully Now… But What Does That Actually Mean?

31st August 2016

By Open

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

I recently found an interesting video of some Alan Watts philosophy. It offers a very powerful essay in living in the now; about how we’re so often programmed in society to look to goals and aspirations ahead of us; so much so, we don’t actually live in the moment, and what’s worse, we don’t fully engage with the moment. (Here’s a link to the video, which so accurately expresses the mainstream view about ‘living in the moment’.)

But I ask: Why is it that so many people actually do strive for some future aspiration? Is it all negative, or is there something positive about it too?

Let’s look at that.

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