The Mandala: The Sacred Geometry of Meditation

The Mandala: The Sacred Geometry of Meditation

26th August 2016

By Ethan Indigo Smith

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

A mandala is a visual symbol often utilized in meditation practices and teachings. The mandala symbol itself is a geometric construction of geometric points, lines, planes and solids which symbolizes our universe. These geometric symbols can be used as a visual meditation tool, called a yantra. Other designs can similarly be used as meditation tools, but may not be mandalas by definition.

Mandalas and all other yantras work as visual meditation points of concentration. Pictured (top) is the sri yantra: sri meaning ‘king’ or ‘most important’. Ancient yogis of India and Tibet considered it to be the most powerful of all geometric symbols, representing the geometric structure of the sound of creation — the Om.

Conversely, a mantra is the audio version of the mandala; an aural meditation tool. Whether the sound of the mantra is a single syllable tone, such as the Om, or a series of metaphysical musings, such as the ancient Gayatri Mantra, mantras are wavy linear expressions of universal connection, voiced as concentrated sound vibrations.

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The Power of Forgiveness: The Transformational Effect of Letting Go of Resentment

The Power of Forgiveness: The Transformational Effect of Letting Go of Resentment

26th August 2016

By Steve Taylor, PhD

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Recently I met a woman called Sena, whose brother was killed 13 years ago. Tony, her brother, was working as a chef in the British army, when he was shot by one of the soldiers in his own unit. The soldier claimed it was an accident, that the gun had just gone off as he put it over his knees. He was eventually sentenced to two years in prison for manslaughter. The death was made even more tragic by the fact that Tony’s wife was pregnant with their first child.

Sena’s life was thrown into disarray. She had a psychological breakdown, couldn’t work or sleep, and was put on strong psychiatric drugs. She became timid, felt that she couldn’t face the outside world, and didn’t leave her house for months. It was made worse by the media attention which the incident caused. The investigation and trial lasted for more than two years, and as Sena told me. “We lived in a small town where nothing ever happened, so it was big news, and always featured in the local newspaper and on local television.”

Sena’s difficulties continued until six years ago, when she began to go through a process of healing, the main feature of which was forgiving the man who killed her brother. As she describes it:

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Standing Up For Your Beliefs Amid Widespread Disagreement Is What Changes Our World

Standing Up For Your Beliefs Amid Widespread Disagreement Is What Changes Our World

25th August 2016

By Josh Richardson

Guest writer for Wake Up World

A new University at Buffalo study that assessed bodily responses suggests that standing up for your beliefs, expressing your opinions and demonstrating your core values — despite widespread dissent — can be a positive psychological experience. 

Going with the flow might appear easier than sticking up for yourself when confronted with near-unanimous disagreement. But as uncomfortable as it may be to walk as the lone dissenter, it not only reinforces core values, it also creates a ripple effect where others take notice.

Our happiness, and ultimately our lives, are defined by the choices we make. When we allow other people to tell us how to feel, they are making those choices for us, and we are giving away our truth. And yet, there can be a clear divergence between what people do and say and how they feel, according to Mark Seery, an associate professor in the University at Buffalo Department of Psychology.

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Reading Signs and Synchronicity on the Spiritual Path

Reading Signs and Synchronicity on the Spiritual Path

24th August 2016

By Open

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

As you inquire deeper into the real meaning of the moment, and of your life’s purpose, you’ll start to pick up signs and synchronicity, where the field seems to magically click in around you, as if by some pre-ordained force. What’s going on here? How might you best understand, and work with, the signs? They are powerful pointers to your journey of evolution, which we will explore here. This exploration also contains a video in the new Openhand Philosophy series.

Moving into Harmony

We live in a world that has become very disconnected from the divine flow. Humanity has created a system based on logical rules and regulations. Conditioning causes people to expect things to work a certain way, and to struggle for some desired outcome. All of this intentioning cuts across the natural flow of life. The result is, everything appears random and haphazard; there’s no apparent deeper meaning and therefore there’s a perceived need to try to control life, to get some kind of outcome.

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It’s Time to Free Ourselves from the Fear of Death!

It’s Time to Free Ourselves from the Fear of Death!

22nd August 2016

By Claudia Ayaz

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Look at us. From the moment we manage to form one coherent thought, we are indoctrinated with fear. Fear of strangers, fear of poison, fear of the dark, fear of doctors, fear of disease, fear of accidents, fear of bullies, fear of natural disasters, fear of school, fear of punishment, fear of failure, fear of heights, fear of elevators, and the all-present fear of death.

Someone dies? Oh, my. We read and hear about it ad nauseum. About their life, about their youth, about their last hours, about their loves, about their obsessions, about their secrets. We do not let them go. We keep them prisoner in our reality by constantly pouring energy in their now-past life.

Yet, the system of this simulation we are born into is obsessed with death. Nobody asks us if we want to be part of it; we are made part of it because our parents want to do the right thing, and it appears the right thing to do is to obtain a birth certificate because without it, we do not exist, and non-existence would, of course, be inconceivable to most. Such is the depth of deception that we rather be seen as corpses than turn our back on a structure that crushes everything alive.

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Infants Deeply Traumatized by Common Medical Procedures, New Study Suggests

Infants Deeply Traumatized by Common Medical Procedures, New Study Suggests

20th August 2016

By Sayer Ji

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

A concerning new study suggests that decades of medical procedures performed on infants without pain management has had deeply traumatizing effects.

A groundbreaking study published in eLife, titled “fMRI reveals neural activity overlap between adult and infant pain”, demonstrates that the infant pain experience, despite long held assumptions to the contrary, closely resembles that of adults.

Researchers discovered that when 1-6 day old babies were exposed to the same pain stimulus as adults, their brains “lit up” in almost exactly the same manner. More specifically, infant and adult pain responses were indistinguishable in 18 of the 20 regions observed through fMRI imaging. The only two brain regions that pain did not show activation in the infants were the amygdala and the orbitofrontal cortex: two regions believed to help with the interpretation of pain stimuli.

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Do You Feel Like You Don’t Fit In? Here’s Why It’s a Blessing in Disguise

Do You Feel Like You Don’t Fit In? Here’s Why It’s a Blessing in Disguise

19th August 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

As long as there have been clans, culture and civilization, humans have felt to need to fit in. Not so long ago, it was a matter of survival — people had to work together and have common goals if the group was going to weather the harshness of life. While we’re still interconnected in a variety of ways, our ability to explore our independence of spirit has become more accessible with industrialization. We simply don’t need the same level of conformity as we have in the past, in order to be able to protect, feed, clothe or shelter ourselves.

All the same, this newfound freedom has also opened the door to a crisis of sorts for some — the feeling of being at odds with society and not fitting in. As it turns out, this may not be such a bad thing.

Marching to a Different Drummer

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Why Working Less is Essential for True Wealth and Sustainability

Why Working Less is Essential for True Wealth and Sustainability

17th August 2016

By Carolanne Wright

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

Consumerism goes hand in hand with the “the good life” — at least according to our contemporary Western culture. Massive advertising, securing the bargain, garage sales and credit cards are simply par for the course and rarely questioned by the average person. Shopping during our lunch hour is a national pastime, we wander outlet malls on vacation, and make online purchases late at night. It’s not just about comfort, our way of living needs to border luxurious. The yardstick of “keeping up with the Joneses” has evolved beyond our neighbors — we’re now competing with the lifestyles of the upper middle class and wealthy. It’s a vicious cycle — and we’re miserable for it. The environment also suffers as our material aspirations climb.

The reasons behind this shift are complex and sobering. But to expect consumerism to disappear altogether is unrealistic. We can’t just shame ourselves into reforming our cultural orientation — although, many have tried. Instead, we can generate true wealth — strong communities, a healthy eco-system, creativity and a sense of connectedness. In short, a self-provisioning, sharing economy.

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Saying NO with Conviction

Saying NO with Conviction

17th August 2016

By Deb Ozarko

Guest writer for Wake Up World

No” is a complete sentence. ~ Anne Lamott

As I reclaim more of my inner power by unplugging from the authoritative cultural systems that hurt the soul (i.e. banking, insurance, technology, media, education, “health” care, politics, etc.), I’m realizing with greater clarity how the domestication of the human spirit has devolved the homo sapien species into a rather docile lot of compliant mutants. By normalizing the prevailing (abnormal) story of separation and not questioning the systems that hold it in place, we preserve the status quo at great expense to our own lives and also to life on Earth.

Joseph Goebbels, minister of propaganda for the German Third Reich under Adolf Hitler once said: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it… The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

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The Art of Quantum Jumping: How to Shift Your Reality in Big, Positive Ways

The Art of Quantum Jumping: How to Shift Your Reality in Big, Positive Ways

16th August 2016

By Cynthia Sue Larson

Guest writer for Wake Up World

What are Quantum Jumps?

The popular expression “quantum jump” is used in common English speech to describe a leap that is big—but to physicists, quantum jumps are tiny, discrete (indivisible), and abrupt. The idea of quantum particles is that they can exist in material form at one energy level or another, but not in between. When quantum particles are observed to make a quantum jump from one state to another, scientists watch them appear to blink on and off.

Quantum jumping is the process by which a person envisions some desired result or state of being that is different from the existing situation—and by clearly observing that possibility and supplying sufficient energy, makes a leap into that alternate reality. The idea behind quantum jumping is that we are living in a multiverse of parallel universes. Usually, these alternate realities have no connection to one another. A quantum jump can be made through a kind of handshake through time and space—this connection forms a bridge that allows someone experiencing a quantum jump to physically end up in another reality. The connection is so total that a person can literally walk into another place and time. While to the universe, both of “you” still exists, your awareness of who you are coalesces in one reality, often leaving the other out of reach, out of sight, and out of mind.

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8 Steps to Turn Conflict Into Spiritual Gold: A Practice

8 Steps to Turn Conflict Into Spiritual Gold: A Practice

12th August 2016

By Lissa Rankin

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Let’s say conflict arises when you’re with someone. It could be anyone — a friend, your spouse, your child, your boss, a stranger in line at the grocery store, your employee. Something happens, and you are triggered. The story of what triggers you doesn’t matter so much. Someone cut you off in traffic. Your boyfriend is flirting with another woman. Your mother criticized you… again. Your boss demeaned you… again. You child just overstepped the boundary you set… again. Or it could be more serious. Your husband cheated. Your daughter stole from you. Your boss made a pass at you. Your best friend just slept with your girlfriend. Your business partner embezzled from you.

Regardless of the story, what’s important to begin this process is the awareness that you are triggered, so you can initiate the following practice instead of reacting unconsciously at the moment of the trigger.

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Breaking Through the Moment, Into Your Miraculous Cosmic Self

Breaking Through the Moment, Into Your Miraculous Cosmic Self

11th August 2016

By Open

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

It seems to me that just about everybody is searching for something — be it joy, love, material abundance or some kind of fulfillment. And so often, all that’s found, are dancing veils in a world of disillusion. Many people are close, tantalisingly close to the ultimate prize that will complete them. It’s right there, in every single moment — the potential to break through into your deepest Cosmic Self, the magnificent destiny of all toil and struggle; the answer to every question. But where do you look? And most importantly, how do you look?

The fundamental challenge every soul faces

It helps to first appreciate the fundamental challenge that every soul faces — identification, and thereby a degree of loss of vibration, within the physicality of life.

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