The Puzzle of Consciousness

3rd May 2015

By Steve Taylor Ph.D

Guest writer for Wake Up World

Over the past 20 years, the field of consciousness studies has become increasingly popular, partly because some scientists believe that consciousness is one of the last remaining mysteries. According to this narrative, we have now reached the point where we largely understand problems like evolution, the nature of life and the origins of the universe, so now it’s time for us to turn our attention inside and solve the problem of consciousness.

Consciousness is difficult to define, partly because it’s us. But most definitions of consciousness include two elements: our subjective experience (that is our thoughts, feelings, perceptions and sensations – or qualia as they are sometimes collectively called), and our awareness of the world around us and the phenomena and processes which take place in it. When scientists began to investigate consciousness, most were confident that it wouldn’t be too long before the mystery would be solved. They believed that brain-scanning technologies would enable us to see how billions of the brain’s neurons work together to produce our subjective experience. However, despite more than two decades of intensive research and theorising, very title (if any) progress has been made. Originally neuroscientists thought that consciousness would be located in a specific area of the brain, then tentatively suggested that in some way it seems to emanate from the brain as a whole. However, no one has any idea how this might occur.

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9 Methods for Dealing with Psychic Energy Attack in Your Field

By Open

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

There’s a high degree of psychic energy attack going on in the field right now. My strong sense is that it’s coming from (what I call) the ‘raptor consciousness’. It is a dense vibration, a controlling energy, that’s like a consumptive virus. It’s prevalent across the planet, has been so for millions of years, and acts through humanity’s denser vehicles of expression. I’ve described it’s origins in the Divinicus Book. Right now, that energy has been deeply stirred up and its stronghold here greatly challenged by the supportive, realigning energies of benevolence. It’s making life increasingly unstable, but here’s why that’s a good thing and how to deal with it…

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How Ten Minutes of Exercise Yields Hour Long Effects

By Dr. Joseph Mercola

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

A recent study shows that ten minutes of brisk exercise triggers metabolic changes that last at least an hour. What’s more, the more fit you are, the more benefits you will get.

Researchers measured biochemical changes in the blood of a variety of people. Metabolic changes that began after 10 minutes on a treadmill still were measurable 60 minutes after people cooled down.

According to USA Today:

“Checking a metabolite of fat breakdown, the team found people who were more fit — as measured by oxygen intake during exercise — appeared to be burning more fat than the less fit … The extremely fit — 25 Boston Marathon runners — had ten-fold increases in that metabolite after the race.”

However, there’s more to exercise than what this study presents. Knowing what type of exercise creates the greatest beneficial biochemical changes can make a huge difference in your health.

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Is Ayahuasca Mother Nature’s ‘Red Pill’?

By Nanice Ellis

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

I am going to tell you the truth about my own spiritual awakening, but first you must know that I have been on the path for enlightenment since I was twelve years old. Over the course of many decades, I read all the books, tried all the practices, and even traveled around the world in the quest for spiritual awakening. From time to time, I thought I had found it, but one way or another, I was blindly mistaken.

As I was still lost and very much asleep, I became desperate to find answers. I heard about this strange plant medicine that grows in the Amazon that has the ability to exponentially raise consciousness – facilitating healing and awakening. Because I was willing to do anything in order to heal the issues in my life and to finally wake up, in 2009, I traveled to the Amazonian Jungle in Peru and I drank the mysterious tea of Ayahuasca.

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Next Phase: Co-Creating a Thriving Planetary Consciousness and Culture

By Fatima Bacot

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Although there have been many, many aspects to the Shift in Consciousness the last 25-30 years, one of the biggest, game-changing and critical Evolutionary Big-Switches that has occurred (and continues) is that of people getting up off their knees, en masse, all over the world, and actively busting the dominator / victim, conqueror / conquered, rich / poor dynamic that has been dominant for thousands of years.

Millions have risen (and continue to rise) globally to challenge ages-old domination of people, environment, the narrative and the commons, and they are building a ‘movement of movements’, one person, post, photo, tweet, prayer, blog, protest at a time.

These significant years will be but a chapter in the history books to be written some day, but for us they represent an exhilarating moment in the evolutionary trajectory from controlled human being to liberated, limitless human being.

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What Is The Real Matrix?

By Khris Krepcik

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

The underlying nature of reality is that Everything is Energy. It’s not a concept. It’s not a theory. It’s reality. We live in a multidimensional universe of holographic etheric fields — fields upon fields of subtle vibrational forces, particles, and strings. And even if you cannot see the fields, you will sometimes feel and sense things that you can’t always explain. And maybe you even intuitively feel and sense that those unseen forces may be some type of controlling system. If you are aware of these things, then you know the question… What is the Real Matrix?

In order to understand What the Matrix Is, you have to understand the human energy field.

The human energy field is a holographic system of flowing etheric tubes and geometrical fractal codes — a system of light and geometrical shapes. You are not just your physical body. You are not your mind. You are a multidimensional being of light and vibrations — Energy.

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10 Significant Reasons Why Regularly Drinking Green Tea Is An Awesome Healthy Living Habit!

By Katrin Geist

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Tea is one of the oldest drinks (used for almost 50 centuries in Asia) and – after water – the most common beverage people enjoy the world over (Mandel et al. 2008). Native to China, it comes from the evergreen plantCamellia sinensis. A cup of tea contains numerous compounds in varying quantities: vitamins, polyphenols, caffeine, fluoride, sugars, amino acids, proteins, minerals, chlorophyll and others (Zhao et al. 2013). Which tea is produced (white, green, oolong or black) depends on the subsequent processing of harvested Camellia leaves. Teas can be classified as non-fermented (green and white teas), semi-fermented (oolong tea), and fermented (black tea).

The health promoting effects of green tea are attributed to the rich antioxidant polyphenol content of its leaves (flavonols & catechins), making up c. 30% dry weight of a tea leaf, and exhibiting biochemical and pharmacological activities (Siddiqui et al. 2006). Recently, many of these beneficial effects were traced back to the most abundant catechin, EGCG (Wolfram 2007).

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Have You Learned Helplessness as a Patient?

By Lissa Rankin MD

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

Learned Helplessness

In my decades of experience working with patients as a physician, taking a passive approach to our health is not uncommon. Many patients take an auto mechanic approach to health, handing over their bodies to doctors they may not even screen as carefully as they choose their auto mechanics, never questioning what the doctor says, seeking clarity when they’re confused, asking for second opinions when they doubt the diagnosis or treatment plan of the doctor, or taking their bodies elsewhere when something doesn’t feel right.

Essentially these patients, especially the ones who have been labeled with a “chronic,” “incurable,” or “terminal” illness, have been programmed to believe that Western medicine has done all it can do and they are therefore at the mercy of doctors who can’t cure them. They often come to experience what physician and researcher Martin Seligman coins “learned helplessness.”

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The Ego is the Source of Suffering AND Contentment

By Phillip J. Watt

Guest Writer for Wake Up World

“Ego is the immediate dictate of human consciousness.” ~ Max Planck

One could argue, such as the Buddha, that the ego is the source of all the suffering on an individual level. Yet the ego is not just the cause of one’s pain; as the source of one’s sense of Self, it’s also the key to where our uniqueness, contentment and happiness is found.

I Am Me

So, what is our ego? For the purpose of this article, when I say ego, I mean the part of us that thinks and feels I am Me.

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