Learning to Live (Die) with Your Disease

Learning to Live (Die) with Your Disease

September 22nd, 2016

By Tracy Kolenchuk

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Have you heard the latest ‘medical wisdom’? It’s become a mantra for chronic diseases, from arthritis, to diabetes, to depression to dementia. “Learn to live with your disease.” But it’s a lie. What is really being said is “Accept the fact that you are going to die with your disease.” Learn to die with your disease.

There are no cures for chronic disease. Modern medicine has abandoned cures. There are lots of reasons why cures are problematic, but it’s not what you think. It’s easy to imagine that drug manufacturers want to sell us drugs, not cures, because drugs that cure don’t sell much – they work themselves out of business cure. The best selling drugs are those that don’t cure. But it’s not so simple…

The truth can only be found in opposites. What’s the opposite of ‘learn to live (die) with your disease’? Cure your disease. But modern medicine has a few simple problems. Most medicines don’t cure any disease. Most diseases simply cannot be cured by medicines. Not only that, ‘cured’ is simply not defined for most illnesses – especially those that are easily and often cured by health, like the common cold, measles, and influenza.

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Stop Fighting Life

Stop Fighting Life

September 20th, 2016

By Lissa Rankin, MD

Guest writer for Wake Up World

I have two friends who are trying to do beautiful things in the world. One is an ardent environmentalist who really passionately yearns to save the biosphere and protect the planet; the other is a social worker serving abused, abandoned, neglected, traumatized children in a community where many people are hooked on meth. Both carry so much pain in their deeply empathic hearts that their own bodies are suffering. I worry that these two are killing themselves with those broken open, bleeding, service-oriented hearts. Yet, I see in them a painful pattern that leads to unnecessary suffering, one I recognize because I’m still in the process of breaking this pattern myself. But it’s not easy. Breaking this kind of pattern is like trying to put an octopus to bed. The minute you get two arms tucked quietly under the covers, six more arms of the pattern sneak out! Continue Reading – Stop Fighting Life

Conscious Eating for Star Souls

Conscious Eating for Star Souls

September 18th, 2016

By Trinity Bourne

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

I must admit that, like many of us, I long to shake off the limitations and restrictions of having a physical body. I yearn to fly free in the higher densities, dancing and twirling as an expression of the boundless soul that I am.

When I woke up, I began to feel this freedom in my everyday life, every time I closed my eyes and let go. The contrast between unleashing my soul and squeezing it back into my dense, physical body was a total mismatch. I just couldn’t squash my soul back in! So, I immediately embarked upon a journey to find a way that my soul could thrive whilst still having a physical body…

Eating Consciously has the power to reconnect us to the Universal Flow.

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The Forgotten Chakras and the Earth Element

The Forgotten Chakras and the Earth Element

September 12th, 2016

By Arno Pienaar

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Walking Meditation was natural custom for the ancients on planet Earth before the matrix invaded and took over. Besides for meditating, it was a natural routine to spend many hours a day barefoot in the fields or in the jungles searching for food.

The practice known as Earthing is very well known in new age communities already and has been proven scientifically to be of great benefit to the practitioner. The reason that Earthing is so vitally beneficial to your wellbeing is because it literally balances the chi energy in your body to a neutral charge (not too positive and not too negative), resetting all the energy pathways throughout the body to a neutral charge.

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The Secret of Success: Relax, Do Nothing… and Just BE

The Secret of Success: Relax, Do Nothing… and Just BE

September 8th, 2016

By Steve Taylor, Ph.D

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Great ideas and discoveries don’t come from thinking or doing, but from being. 

In general, there are three different modes in which we can live our lives: doing, thinking and being. Most of the day we’re busy doing – working in our jobs, doing chores, following our hobbies and enjoying ourselves in our free time. Thinking usually takes place between activities, when there’s nothing to occupy our attention, or during activities which are more repetitive and undemanding, when we don’t need to concentrate too much.

And being? In general, we don’t spend much time being. Being occurs when we’re relatively inactive and relaxing. It’s when our minds aren’t chattering away with thoughts, and when we aren’t concentrating our attention on tasks or activities. In this mode, we usually pay a lot of our attention to our surroundings, and to our own experience. We’re in this mode when we go for a leisurely walk, do sports such as swimming or running, meditate, do yoga or listen to music.

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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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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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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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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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Energy Flows Where Our Attention Goes

Energy Flows Where Our Attention Goes

10th August 2016

By Lynn Williams

Guest writer for Wake Up World

We are living “batteries” and the energy our minds and bodies generate allows us to create and take action toward those creations. While we do continually generate new energy, at any one moment in time, we have a limited amount of energy to use to create, take action toward our creations or to give to others. After a long day, we feel “drained” and need to sleep to regenerate our energy.

And it is because of the limited amount of energy available to us at any one moment that we need to be mindful of where we focus it. There are so many distractions coming at us at lightening speed through technology, media and people in our lives, that we can expend enormous amounts of energy trying to pay attention to it all, take it in and process it. And often, the things we focus on are of no value to us, do not enhance our lives and simply drain us.

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The Lily of the Field: Transformation Through Natural Intelligence

The Lily of the Field: Transformation Through Natural Intelligence

9th August 2016

By Harry Krueger

Contributing writer for Wake Up World

“Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.” ~ Zen

The belief that parents are creators of children is one of several false assumptions in the hypnosis of life. This delusion is emotionally sustained by the misunderstood interpretation of the parental instinct.

The parent living under natural law — Intelligence, the mysterious expression of all that exists — knows that their primary role as good stewards (caretakers) is in the protection of the child from cultural predators. The parent who does not live under the guidance of Intelligence and who responds to life’s challenges from their indoctrinated state, believe it their loving duty to train up the child in accordance with their cultural traditions passed down from past generations. There is no freedom in looking at life’s challenges when that seeing is through the lens of past knowledge.

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How Meditating with My Younger Self Changed Me

How Meditating with My Younger Self Changed Me

8th August 2016

By Danielle Benvenuto

Guest writer for Wake Up World

A couple of years ago I began to dive head first into meditation. I found myself exploring a whole new world of possibilities, brought on by books I was reading and my own intuitive experience.

Of course, there are many ways to meditate and what works for one person will not work always for another. The process of learning how to meditate takes time, and that different experiences we go through will call for different techniques. It’s a game of trial and error. We find our way when we are open to what resonates best for our own unique personality and life experience.

That being said, I want to share with you a meditation technique that had a profound effect on my life: meditating with my younger self.

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