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From the 1988 John Carpenter film They Live:  "We are living in an artificially induced consciousness that resembles sleep. They have created a repressive society and we are their unwitting accomplices.  Their intention to rule rests with annihilation of consciousness.  They are safe as long as they are not discovered.  THEY LIVE, WE SLEEP."

Is this just another movie with a made-up storyline?  No.  If back in 1988 this was in some film noir, and if now -- in 2009 -- it sounds like they knew something we didn't back then ... you can bet your boots the above lines reflect our reality.  The world trots around in somnambulence (look it up: sleepwalking).  The metaphysicists have been telling us forever that this is all a dream.  What does that mean, and what are we doing in a dream state, and why does it feel like we're awake?

We're not awake.  We're only using a tiny bit of our consciousness.  The running around we do every day is not reflective of who we really are.  THAT'S THE SECRET they've kept from us.  We are operating on less than one cylinder.  No wonder our world is breaking down.

In their ability to take our real magic from us, they have left us asleep.  THEY LIVE, WE SLEEP.

What is personality?When patterns form, they begin to create "personality."  Whether we are talking about individuals or events, a "character" begins to emerge out of what no longer looks so random.  The wise psychologist Allisone Heartsong ( put forth that we all have a choice as to how we perceive the events of our lives.  Consider this:  The future contains ALL POSSIBILITIES.  Right?  Anything can happen in the future -- thus, the future is the house of all possibilities.

Allisone (pronounced like three words: All-Is-One), who died on November 8, 2008 at the age of 80, sagely pointed out that it is our choice to (1) affirm or (2) negate the events of our lives, thus setting the tone of our experience here.  Whether we are humans having a spiritual experience or spirits having a human experience, the quality of the experience is greatly affected by our attitude toward it.  If our life consists of Past, Present and Future, the way we regard/evaluate/feel about it can be broken down into two basic categories: positive or negative.

The Past:  If we feel guilt or resentment about things that happened to us, we are basically negating the past.  Affirming the past is to feel grateful for what has happened, in that it has made us who and what we are.

The Present:  Negating the present is to feel angry about what is happening.  Affirming the present is to feel joy.

The Future:  Negating the future is to fear it.  Affirming the future is to look forward to it -- feel excited about it.

All of us have a choice about how we regard the past, present and future.  One spectrum (blame, anger, fear) negates, while the other (gratitude, joy, excitement) affirms.  Negating the future by fearing it does not allow much room for the positive possibilities held by the future (which hasn't happened yet).  It is also possible to re-condition yourself to view events differently than you have -- called "perspective."

The Self

Have you ever wondered about what makes you into YOU?  We conclude that it must be our collection of experiences and the way we have interpreted and drawn from those experiences.  It's obvious that some people are able to handle what life "hands" them with more grace than others.  Why do some people end up in prison and others contribute to humanity in amazing ways?

Do people create the paths of their lives?  Certainly we have a choice about how to respond to our lives, but some would argue that the unfortunate among us are so debilitated by forces beyond their control that they no longer have the capacity to choose -- only the capacity to react.  Whether that is true or not, let's look at something very interesting.

The Left and Right Brain

Brain hemispheresWe know of these hemispheres functioning as the logical (left) and the intuitive/creative (right).  But neurologist V.S. Ramachandran has other discoveries.  It appears that one side holds our belief system, and the other questions it.  Have you noticed that many people have "two sides" to their faces?  You can draw a line down the middle of a face and see that one side is more neutral looking while the other seems "down" or sad.  Look at your own face in the mirror -- any difference between the two sides?

In the video clip below, Dr. Ramachandran works with stroke patients who have suffered injury to the right side of the brain.  The patients tell him outlandish things and firmly believe them.  Watch for yourself:


The condition is "anosognosia."  What Dr. Ramachandran derives from his experiment is that the left brain seems to create our "reality" -- including our illusions, delusions, assumptions, denials and even "lies."  Our right (intuitive) brain provides the checking of all this in the effort to keep us properly navigating in our lives.  Here's something to think about:  We are being influenced to become increasingly left-brained.  Our creativity, individuality, spontaneity is being removed from us.  Even children are regulated as never before, with toys and activities that "teach" and encourage them to conform.  What is happening to our BEINGS?  That part of us is disappearing as we become conditioned by media and follow engineered trends.

Our right brain is deliberately being capsized.

We are increasingly becoming part of a HIVE -- all thinking and acting the same way.  If the right brain is our creative side, then somehow today's culture is diminishing its abilities and rendering us more and more hive-like, or left-brain controlled.  There is nothing to check this with, as the right brain loses its "voice."  As the Ramachandran video mentions, the left brain creates DENIAL.  It also uses HUMOR to defend itself and the failure of the right brain.  Have you noticed that few people in our society challenge the stuff the media puts before us (they don't question), and these same people rely on humor (e.g., ridiculing conspiracies) to defend their acceptance of a false reality.

Intellect comes into play here, too.  Many people who are "educated" and highly intellectual refuse to lift up the rug and look underneath it at all the deceptions "conspiracy theorists" are trying so hard to point out.  What has happened to their minds that prevents them from even WANTING to know?  It's a very left-brained response to say, "If that's true, why isn't it being talked about by the media?"  Where is everyone's intuition ... don't they SUSPECT anything is wrong?

Facial Symmetry

Bill ClintonIf the left brain controls the right side of the face, and the right brain controls the left side of the face, try observing how faces move when you talk to people.  Is one side of the face dominant?  Is one half "pulled down" or depressed-looking?  The left side of Bill Clinton's face in the image to the right does appear to be sagging somewhat.  (If you skipped the video above, President Clinton's facial expression during the Monica Lewinsky affair is addressed in it.)

Take a look at your own face.  If it's symmetrical (very little difference between the left and right halves), perhaps it means you are in balance -- that your vision of reality comports with who you are on a deeper level.

Through seeing what we do, we see who we are.  Or, through seeing what we do, we see whom we choose to be.  You could be much more than you actually do in real life ... many people have dreams that they chew on like a pipe stem, but never bring into fruition.  Why?  Most do not even know where to start.  The small platform of actions we permit ourselves is a very small part of who we are.  There are people, though, who keep leaping into the unknown and become bigger each time.  Could it be that our "two faces" reflect a partitioned reality -- our actuality and our dreams?

Our personality becomes the combination of our realized and unrealized selves.  Society is like a farm -- with fences and pens for its flocks (we, the people).  It is very good at relegating us to roles, positions and limitations that we unknowingly agree to.  Human conditioning.





Jack in the boxSaid John Trudell, Native American poet: "Thinking is energy flowing, believing is energy put in the box."  We are being programmed to be believers instead of thinkers.  Believing is passive, accepting, and doesn't present much of a challenge to those who create the beliefs for us.  Thinking -- if we can get ourselves to do it -- is active, and would certainly present a challenge to our ruler-hosts.  Propaganda, when repeated over and over, creates belief in us.

With our creative and inspired energies turned off (see previous section "Personality"), our left brain can do little but believe, as a consequence of not having an active right brain to prod and question it.  THEY have effectively put us to sleep.  They live, we sleep.  When we wake up, they can no longer live quite so easily, as their methods rely on us serving them in our somnambulance.  We have to remain in a dull one-cylinder state for their hierarchy to work.

When our true consciousness turns on, the energy of the hierarchy changes.  We find ourselves operating on all cylinders, and the former sleepiness we once had is completely transformed.  The box is suddenly too small.  Much too small.  We can never return to it.  Finding ourselves out of the box, we look around and say, "Omigosh -- what to do?"


The Reticular Formation

Reticular formation

"One of the most important neurological discoveries of our time ... is that tangle of tiny internuncial neurons called the reticular formation, which has long lain hidden and unsuspected in the brainstem.  It extends from the top of the spinal cord through the brainstem up into the thalamus and hypothalamus, attracting collaterals from sensory and motor nerves, almost like a system of wire tabs on the communication lines that pass near it.  But this is not all.  It also has direct lines of command to half a dozen major areas of the cortex and probably all the nuclei of the brainstem, as well as sending fibers down the spinal cord where it influences the peripheral sensory and motor systems.  Its function is to sensitize or 'awaken' selected nervous circuits and desensitize others, such that those who pioneered in this work christened it 'the waking brain.'"

(From the 1976 book by Princeton professor Julian Jaynes: "The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind."  Click image to enlarge diagram.)

It seems that the reticular formation is a locus for consciousness.  it is a transactional core in our brain, and may be the thing that -- when triggered to show us the "big picture" -- flips the switch to get us "out of the box."  In some people, waking up isn't instantaneous ... they crawl back into their shells and try to forget about what they've just learned.  But hopefully, with enough triggers, the reticular formation will begin buzzing too consistently for them to ignore.

Similarly, the reticular formation may be what activates our inspirations.  Have you ever had an idea that grabs you so that you literally jump to your feet and know it can be done?  You know you can do it -- you can see it in the future -- it's all there.  Welcome to the taste of possibility -- produced by your own brain kitchen!

Inspiration: The Triggering Portal

What does inspiration do to you?  Could it be said that it changes your whole reality?  That it provides you with sudden conviction, and a window into the beyond?  And where does inspiration come from?  It certainly feels as though it occurs in the mind, but could it be fueled by something outside us?  Many would say yes.  Divinity, guidance, a spark from God or the infinite.  However, even if one is a complete non-believer, inspiration unarguably comes with its own voltage.  It is a current -- electric -- and it changes the way you feel.

Let's say that inspiration is transcendent.  A flowering of sorts.  Whether we can take it anywhere depends on what we decide to do next.  There may be many obstacles to our idea and we may quit before taking it even one step further, or we may decide to give it a shot.  Why not?  See what happens.

In this world of much oppression and many problems, a lot of people are already convinced they will never get anywhere with their ideas.  The best we can do is muddle along, earn a paycheck, try to pay the bills.  If you're lucky, you can buy a new car or go on vacation.  How do we get past that resignation?  Wouldn't you love to cut yourself loose from limitation, restriction, that ever-present feeling that you're never going to be able to really be yourself?

The social maze with all of its social protocols, institutions, procedures and relationships is a heavily engineered matrix designed to keep its constituents in a well-managed hive.  You are a bee, with a position to keep.  Your inspiration will upset the beehive.  You are regulated so that you don't even have one very often!  And when you do, you'll dismiss it.

For a minute, let's look at the opposite end of the spectrum.  Here's an illustration of hive mentality.  The famous Asch Paradigm, as it is known, shows how people tend to conform to what the group is doing rather than admit what they see with their own eyes.  Conformity is a powerful force.  But how do you feel when you realize you've done it?  Better?  Safer?  Or do you feel stupid deep inside?  Watch this YouTube video:

Look at the experimental subject's face when he goes against the others.  Are you guys crazy?  Then look at his face when he goes along with the others.  I don't like doing this, but I'm going to do it.  The commentator in the video clip says we are social creatures and we prefer to hang with others (even if we don't agree deep down with what they believe).

But when you are inspired ... you tend to do and say and act with great energy.  It doesn't matter what other people say.  Something inside you is bigger and stronger than they are.  What is that something, and how does it work?  In the Asch experiment, the subject is eventually not inspired to admit what he actually sees.  With enough conditioning, which is what we experience every day as participants in the world, how much like the Asch subject are we becoming?


Let these two prodigies inspire you ...


Sarah Chang, 11-year-old violinist


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