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Enjoy Carl Swan’s Tree Song

Thanks to the power of YouTube, I am able to share this great medicine, and the story behind it. It comes from Carl Swan, and his story begins:

“This is a song that came to me about 5 years ago when things weren’t exactly going the way I had envisioned them to be. I was at one of the lowest times of my life and when that happened I turned especially to the gift I was given and my drum. Rather then thinking about myself in what i was going through, I sat alone and looked towards the sweat lodge near the bushes and thought about what the world was going through. The world as i know it is home to my children, knowing that I am alive and my children are alive, breathing the same air that i breathe.”

Visit Carl’s YouTube listing for more of this story; enjoy.

Enjoy life’s best medicine

In researching subject matter to share with you all, this is something I’ve had on the list for awhile. Where does it fit in with Gnostic Christianity? If you know, please chime in! I am including it under this broader philosophy I personally embrace: If it’s good to you, it’s got to be good for you.

Madisyn_Taylor

Best-selling author, designer and co-founder of DailyOM, Madisyn Taylor.

Writing for her site DailyOM.com back in 2012, best-selling author Madisyn Taylor shared a thoughtful post about laughing meditation, beginning her piece with these words: “When we laugh, we give ourselves over to the immediacy of the present moment and transcend stress.”

Inspiration from scientist Sean Carroll

Sean Carroll is a scientist and self-proclaimed truth vigilante who is leading some very important new discussions on the subject of naturalism and the meaning of life. Here’s a quote of his to whet your appetite: “The world keeps happening in accordance with its rules; it’s up to us to make sense of it and give it value.” His website is http://preposterousuniverse.com.

Below I am sharing more of the transcript from the phenomenal video I’m embedding above. To me it’s a fascinating lesson, and one that would have thrilled Mr. Kiefert, the creator of this website.

Excerpted from Sean Carroll’s “The Meaning of Life” (all rights reserved by the original copyright holder).

The world is one thing, the natural world, and it can be understood. This is very counter-intuitive; it is not at all obvious, this naturalism claim. You are made of atoms; you are made of cells which are made of molecules which are made of atoms, and as physicists, we know how atoms behave. The laws of physics covering the behavior of atoms are completely understood: You put an atom in a certain set of circumstances, you tell me what the circumstances are, as a physicist I will tell you what the atoms will do.

If you believe that the atoms that are inside your brain and your body act differently because they are in a living person than if they are in a rock or a crystal, then what you are saying is that the laws or physics are wrong. That they need to be altered because of the influence of a spirit or a soul or something like that. That may be true. Science can’t disprove that… but there is no evidence for it. And you get a much stronger explanatory framework by assuming that it’s just atoms obeying the laws of physics.

From the IONS Peace Colloquium: When Einstein met Gandhi

Originally edited and published in December, 2006, by Matthew Gilbert.

“What do you get when neuroscientists and physicists sit down with psychologists and activists to talk about peace? The potential beginnings of a new field of study. Last September a handful of scientists and academics from diverse disciplines came together on the IONS campus to discuss the growing evidence for a science of peace.

A knock at the door…

To stimulate your thoughts and conversations, it’s my pleasure to share this video and its underlying book project from Duirwaigh Studios. Envisioned as is “a portal into Everyday Enchantment,” Duirwaigh Studios is home to the creative talents of husband-and-wife team Angi Sullins and Silas Toball. They, along with their menagerie of artist, writer and film-making friends, produce products and services that inspire creative consciousness.

“We are committed to opening doorways for you, so that by viewing the enchantment in our world, and in yours, you’ll be inspired to create magic in your own back yard. We believe

Wisdom from Gina Lake for DailyOM

Every weekday, DailyOM will send you inspirational thoughts for a happy, healthy and fulfilling day. It’s completely free – register here.

On April 20, Gina Lake contributed “60 Meditations for Greater Happiness” from her “60 Meditations for Greater Happiness” On-line Course (follow the link for further information).

For your thoughts and further consideration today, I wanted to share two brief excerpts from Gina’s piece.

“Happiness is the natural outcome of being aligned with Essence, our true self, which is experienced when we are fully present in the moment.”

And…

“Whatever you are doing, enjoy it! You have another option, of course, which is to not enjoy it. Notice what keeps you from enjoying whatever you are doing. It’s your thoughts, isn’t it? Even if you are experiencing pain, for instance, or something unpleasant, like going to the dentist, if you don’t listen to any negative thoughts, fears, complaints, and desires related to that, you won’t suffer. You will just have the experience.”

To view and contribute to the discussion on this, please visit here – and feel free to share your thoughts here as well.

Featured Video: How to Connect with Essence

Consciousness

“Thomas Nagel is not crazy,” an Oct. 23, 2012, Prospect Magazine article written by Malcolm Thorndike Nicholson, raises many provocative questions.

…what if science is fundamentally incapable of explaining our own existence as thinking things? What if it proves impossible to fit human beings neatly into the world of subatomic particles and laws of motion that science describes? The philosopher Thomas Nagel thinks the materialist scientific worldview cannot explain consciousness. Is he right?

I invite you to read on here. Your feedback and additional ideas on consciousness are welcome here.

Featured Video: Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness from TEDtalksDirector on YouTube. “Every morning we wake up and regain consciousness — that is a marvelous fact — but what exactly is it that we regain? Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio uses this simple question to give us a glimpse into how our brains create our sense of self.”

What is life?

With many thanks to New York’s Edge Foundation and its editor and publisher John Brockman, I want to invite you to read this important article on the historic and fascinating lecture: 

“What Is Life? A 21st Century Perspective On the 70th Anniversary of Schrodinger’s Lecture at Trinity College, Dublin,” by J. Craig Venter

A brief excerpt:  All living cells that we know of on this planet are DNA software driven biological machines comprised of hundreds to thousands of protein robots coded for by the DNA software.  The protein robots carry out precise biochemical functions developed by billions of years of evolutionary software changes.

The Girl Effect: The Clock is Ticking

This video is courtesy of the girleffect Channel on YouTube.

The Girl Effect is a solution to poverty, where the hope is that, if we do our part, 600 million girls in the developing world will do the rest. The clock is ticking… maybe a 12-year-old girl is the solution the world needs right now.

Thoughts?

Powerful, healing thoughts

“The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. “It’s no wonder that The Power of Now has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light….”

. To alert you that you have allowed yourself to be taken over by psychological time, you can use a simple criterion. Ask yourself: Is there joy, ease, and lightness in what I am doing? If there isn’t, then time is covering up the present moment, and life is perceived as a burden or a struggle.

. But what we are doing here is part of a profound transformation that is taking place in the collective consciousness of the planet and beyond: the awakening of consciousness from the dream of matter, form, and separation. The ending of time. We are breaking mind patterns that have dominated human life for eons. Mind patterns that have created unimaginable suffering on a vast scale. I am not using the word evil. It is more helpful to call it unconsciousness or insanity.

. Most human relationships consist mainly of minds interacting with each other, not of human beings communicating, being in communion. No relationship can thrive in that way, and that is why there is so much conflict in relationships. When the mind is running your life, conflict, strife, and problems are inevitable. Being in touch with your inner body creates a clear space of no-mind within which the relationship can flower.

Copyright 1999 by Eckhart Tolle: all rights reserved.