Seeing the Oneness of our Reality – Part Two

 

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This is Part Two of a Five Part Series of Seeing the Oneness of our Reality.  See Part One here.

In this five part series, we will explore the meaning of Oneness – the concept of one interconnected consciousness that gives rise to all beings and matter. There is no self and the other, they are one and the same. In my opinion, it is the understanding and experience of Oneness that is the key ingredient necessary for us to progress forward as individuals and for society to solve its biggest problems. Think about it, progress on any of the major issues we face – rising poverty, food and water shortages, climate change, rising energy prices, growing inequality, deteriorating education standards, immigration etc – are all stale-mated at the current time because we have become hyper-polarized as a society in terms of us versus them, what’s mine is not yours, and winning is everything. Yet, collectively, we have enormous technology, intellectual, and financial resources to solve or at least significantly mitigate almost any problem, if we would only cooperate. But if we think we are separate and different from “the other person or group”, that cooperation will be a long time in coming, if ever.

In this five-part series, I’ll take you on a tour of what the latest information form the world of Science, Spirituality, and Psychology is revealing about our true reality. These things have been spoken about by ancient spiritual traditions for thousands of years, but our modern world took a detour around 400 years ago and is now finally catching up. Hopefully more will awaken to our underlying interconnected and shared reality and we can finally move forward to realize our true potential. -JK

Part Two:

Science

The origins of quantum mechanics theory date back to between 1924 and 1941. Some of the major quantum effects that were discovered are summarized by a leading quantum physicist, Amit Goswami, in his book The Self-Aware Universe, How Consciousness Creates the Material World:

  • A quantum object (an electron, for example) can be in more than one place at the same time (the wave property).
  • A quantum object cannot be said to manifest in ordinary space-time reality until we observe it as a particle (collapse of the wave).
  • A quantum object ceases to exist here and simultaneously appears in existence over there; we cannot say it went through the intervening space (the quantum jump).
  • A manifestation of one quantum object, caused by our observation, simultaneously influences its correlated twin object, no matter how far apart they are (quantum action at a distance).

These quantum effects of course contradict the Scientific Materialism view that we’ve lived with since the days of Newton—that essentially everything is composed of discrete particles of matter and nothing else. Furthermore, they are at odds with the associated physical laws of how that matter interacts with and affects other matter—the Laws of Motion, Gravity, and the Speed of Light—known as Classical Mechanics (the physics of dealing with motion of matter).  These laws make it possible to predict the exact position, momentum, energy, velocity, and other properties of an entity at any point in time once its initial state and the forces acting upon it are known. In classical mechanics or Newtonian physics, if objects are separate physically, then they can assume to have no effect on each other and are in no way connected.

Quantum physics, however, shows us that this is not true. Specifically,

The Triangle of Truth

pragmatism |ˈpragməˌtizəm|
An approach that assesses the truth of meaning of theories or beliefs in terms of the success of their practical application.

We become more pragmatic when we learn through experiencing contrasts and differences. The best outcome is when we keep what works and discard what doesn’t.  We then repeat that cycle to ensure we are improving and upgrading and not becoming stale . The process is one of compromise, and too many in our society have lost that ability. The reason is that we have different opinions of what works or what is necessary.  It’s our filters that keep getting in our way and the incessant need to always be right. The filters and biases obscure the true reality that exists. But our recent political history has examples of those who have been successful pragmatists – Tony Blair kept parts of Thatcher,  Clinton kept parts of Reagan, and further back, Lincoln retained his fiercest rivals in his presidential cabinet.  Let the other person win some times, compromise, and stay focused on the big picture of moving onward and upward.  No one has a monopoly on the Truth.  If anything, the truth is usually some place in between your point of view and that of the other person.  Sometimes it will be closer to your side, and at others it will be closer to the other side.  The true pragmatist and one with honest and loving intention, stays open to finding the right point on that scale.

Triangle of Truth

Seeing the Oneness of our Reality – Part One

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We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts we make the world.
– The Buddha

In this five part series, we will explore the meaning of Oneness – the concept of one interconnected consciousness that gives rise to all beings and matter. There is no self and the other, they are one and the same. In my opinion, it is the understanding and experience of Oneness that is the key ingredient necessary for us to progress forward as individuals and for society to solve its biggest problems. Think about it, progress on any of the major issues we face – rising poverty, food and water shortages, climate change, rising energy prices, growing inequality, deteriorating education standards, immigration etc – are all stale-mated at the current time because we have become hyper-polarized as a society in terms of us versus them, what’s mine is not yours, and winning is everything. Yet, collectively, we have enormous technology, intellectual, and financial resources to solve or at least significantly mitigate almost any problem, if we would only cooperate. But if we think we are separate and different from “the other person or group”, that cooperation will be a long time in coming, if ever.

In this five-part series, I’ll take you on a tour of what the latest information form the world of Science, Spirituality, and Psychology is revealing about our true reality. These things have been spoken about by ancient spiritual traditions for thousands of years, but our modern world took a detour around 400 years ago and is now finally catching up. Hopefully more will awaken to our underlying interconnected and shared reality and we can finally move forward to realize our true potential. -JK

Part One:

What if there were a tool that let us shape and choose our circumstances, that allowed us to in fact create the reality that we experience? If we had such a tool, it would radically alter our lives, would it not? We wouldn’t merely be hostages of our circumstances, but rather the masters of them.

Ancient spiritual and mystical traditions—Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, and other traditions—have spoken about this tool for thousands of years and have all taught aspects of a great power we all possess to create our own individual realities through our thoughts—or rather, to literally be creators of our own circumstances.  Major thought leaders from every walk of life—literary (Ralph Waldo Emerson), scientific (physicist David Bohm), inventive (Thomas Edison), business (founder of US Steel Charles M. Schwab), and social pioneering (Mahatma Gandhi)—have spoken and written about their own use of these techniques in the creation of their greatest works. And now modern-day personalities, such as author Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul), recount their personal stories of how harnessing this power has allowed them to achieve great success, both personally and professionally.

Like most of society, you may not yet truly understand and accept this power due to the perceived lack of hard proof. And it’s true—we don’t yet have 100% scientific proof for the existence of God, a Universal Consciousness, an Energy Matrix Field that interconnects all of us and all things, or the ability of our thoughts to alter reality and events.  But science (quantum physics in particular) and a number of other observational results have been pointing to the existence of such phenomenon for many years now. I use the word “pointing” specifically to indicate and acknowledge that no, we do not yet have the repeatable proof that supports the definition of scientific validation; however, many experiments have been conducted (and subsequently verified) that do show the existence of non-local communication (one person being able to transmit thoughts to another person located in another area), energy healing, remote viewing (a person being able to mentally see a faraway place and describe its details), and other related abilities.

I’ve been exploring these topics for a decade now and had many personal experiences that have helped me to validate in my own mind the existence of these phenomena. My journey to this point started in 2003, when I first read the book The Field by investigative journalist Lynne McTaggart. The “Field” in this case is referring to the energy matrix that’s connecting all of us—all beings and all matter—to each other at the subatomic level.  In the book, which is expertly researched by Lynne via discussions with leading scientists working on the frontiers of quantum physics, McTaggart writes:

Quantum physicists had discovered a strange property in the subatomic world called non-locality. This refers to the ability of a quantum entity such as an individual electron to influence another quantum particle instantaneously over any distance despite there being no exchange of force or energy. It suggested that quantum particles once in contact retain a connection even when separated, so that the actions of one will always influence the other, no matter how far they get separated. Albert Einstein disparaged this “spooky action at a distance,” and it was one of the major reasons he so distrusted quantum mechanics, but it has been decisively verified by a number of physicists since 1982.

The concept of non-locality is a game changer. It says that we are all connected at the subatomic level. We, and everything on this planet, are one big energy field. McTaggart goes on to

If the World were 100 People

the-world-as-100-people The 100 People Foundation’s website www.100people.org is an amazing and wonderful effort to help us understand who makes up the 7 billion people on the planet at this time and the issues and challenges everyone faces (specifically – water, food, transportation, health, economy, education, energy, shelter, war, and waste).  It is one of the most interesting educational and social consciousness raising efforts that I have seen. The group states their mission as follows:

Picture this complex world simply – the world as 100 people.

  • 7 billion of us share this planet.

  • Who are we?

  • What do we look like?

  • What can we learn from others?

Mission

  • The 100 People Foundation helps students to better understand the complex issues facing our planet and the resources we share.

  • By framing the global population as 100 people, our media makes education more engaging and effective, and improves students’ abilities to remember and relate to what they learn.

Vision

  • We are traveling the globe to meet and create portraits of the 100 people representing all 7 billion of us sharing the planet. Our vision is to create documentary films, photography, and educational tools that facilitate face-to-face introductions among the people of the world in ways that cultivate respect, create dialogue, and inspire global citizenship.

Educational Impact

  • Teachers from schools on every continent have used our media to enrich their lesson plans and engage students in learning about the world population — starting with their neighborhood. Using the 100 People framework, students interview and create portraits of individuals they admire most in their communities. The portraits are then exhibited at their schools and on our website, and inviting students, teachers and community members into a global conversation about their place in the world. Through this process of statistically and visually bridging the local with the global, students develop an equalizing and expansive framework for seeing the people they share the planet’s resources with and for activating their role as global citizens.

Here are their Statistics:

Step Out of Your Container

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Don’t let whatever container that surrounds you, shape you. Our life circumstances, where we live, our particular job, the school we go to all have the effect of shaping us in unintended ways. When you put water in a container, a glass for example, it easily conforms to the boundaries of that container. Human beings (who ironically just happen to be made of up to 70% water), often end up experiencing the same thing. We need to fight those artificial restrictions and regain our fluidity and shapelessness. We need to outgrow the boundaries of our childhood and upbringing. Isn’t it interesting how people born and raised in certain geographic areas or who reside within certain socio-economic groups, tend to think alike? Their particular geographical and social container has created their thinking. It’s highly limiting. The challenge in life is to grow beyond the habitual thought patterns we have developed over many years and continuously evolve into the best version of ourselves.

Neuroscientist and physician Dr. Joe Dispenza in his book, Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself: How to Lose Your Mind and Create a New One, shows that the latest neuroscience thinking demonstrates that we are mostly running on autopilot based on these habitual thought patterns:

“Think about that: 5 percent of the mind is conscious, struggling against the 95 percent that is running subconscious automatic programs. We’ve memorized a set of behaviors so well that we have become an automatic, habitual body-mind. In fact, when the body has memorized a thought, action, or feeling to the extent that the body is the mind – when mind and body are one – we are (in a state of) being the memory of ourselves. And if 95 percent of who we are by the age of 35 is a set of involuntary programs, memorized behaviors, and habitual emotional reactions, it follows that 95 percent of our day, we are unconscious. We only appear to be awake. Yikes! So a person may consciously want to be happy, healthy, or free, but the experience of hosting 20 years of suffering and the repeated cycling of those chemicals of pain and pity have subconsciously conditioned the body to be in a habitual state. We live by habit when we’re no longer aware of what we’re thinking, doing, or feeling: we become unconscious. The greatest habit we must break is the habit of being ourselves.”

That’s startling isn’t it – 95% of what we do, act, and feel is based on automatic programs being run out of our subconscious.  Now on one hand, that’s clearly bad and limits our ability to grow and change.  Is it any wonder that people often fail at self improvement programs and keep coming back for more and more?  On the other hand, developing “good” habits that we can perform automatically is an advantage.  It allows us to function more effectively, have our brains use less energy resources, and not have to keep re-learning the same things over and over again (think driving a car, playing sports at a certain skill level, etc).  So the trick is to de-program ourselves of our bad habits and program in the good ones (the ones where we reach for the raw vegetables and hummus and not the chips and cookies…).  How can we achieve this?

The first step is to practice mindfulness and stay in

MeaningfulContent.Org recognizes Think Smarter World!

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I was very happy to learn that MeaninfulContent.Org chose to recognize Think Smarter World for its high quality content.

MeaningfulContent.Org explains their mission to recognize and gain wider attention for the web’s best content:

“MeaningfulContent.org is a philanthropic venture from Sharethrough that’s helping storytelling evolve. By putting paid distribution dollars behind the web’s best stories, we hope to shift the focus of the Internet and its users toward content that enriches our lives. This group emerged in response to two primary observations of the state of content online. First, the team recognized a burgeoning movement of storytellers embracing new digital tools to create meaningful narratives. The second is the realization that many of these stories are being drowned out by cat GIFs, “10 Things You Never Knew” listicles and various other forms of clickbait. The goal of MeaningfulContent.org is to find the best, underappreciated digital storytelling and help it rise above the clutter.”

The group’s advisory board, which helps curate the three to five pieces of content promoted each week, comprises Medium senior editor and former Wired.com editor-in-chief Evan Hansen, Quartz president and publisher Jay Lauf, Chartbeat CEO Tony Haile, Twitter head of innovation and growth James Buckhouse, Sharethrough CEO Dan Greenberg, and Sharethrough president Patrick Keane.

They explain in Fast Company magazine, how they define “Meaningful Content”:

THE MEANING OF “MEANING”
It took a lot of back and forth, but the board arrived at the following criteria for meaningful content:  Connection with the subject matter;  Original thought;  Advancing an idea; and Depth of engagement.  Though not a rigid criteria, it’s a bonus to showcase gems that never got their due on the web–content that Greenberg describes as “so incredibly awesome that if it doesn’t go viral viral, we’re deeming it underappreciated.”

The Think Smarter World post they chose is – “Meet the Technology that Wants Your Job.” – click on the link to view it on their site:  http://meaningfulcontent.org/1067

Photo Courtesy of CompFight

Photo Courtesy of CompFight

You can also view additional background on the group’s mission by

It’s None of My Business…

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Deepak Chopra said that recently in an interview with Oprah Winfrey regarding how he feels of what others think of him and it has become one of my favorite things to recite during times of stress or irritation caused by someone else.  It was a brilliant one-liner which goes to the heart of understanding the place of the Ego in our life and the lives of others.  At the core of Deepak Chopra’s statement is the realization that what other people do and say is really about them – their own mental and emotional state, level of consciousness, and overall phase of evolution.  We can either speak from the heart or from the Ego and when people are being aggressive, un-kind, critical, or un-caring, they are usually communicating through their Ego.  The Ego is the small voice in your head that operates from a place of fear, anxiety, anger, self-preservation, and a host of other non-loving elements that make up the human psyche.  It’s not who we truly are, the underlying well-meaning soul.  It is a mask we create and wear that conveys our personality in less than authentic ways.

Eckhart Tolle explains the roots of the Ego in this way:  “Most people are so completey identified with the voice in the head – the incessant stream of involuntary and compulsive thinking and the emotions that accompany it – that we may describe them as being possessed by their mind.  As long as you are completely unaware of this, you take the thinker to be who you are.  This is the egoic mind.  We call it egoic because it is a sense of self, of I (ego), in every thought – every memory, every interpretation, opinion, viewpoint, reaction, and emotion.  This is the unconsciousness, spiritually speaking.  Your thinking, the content of your mind, is of course conditioned by the past:  your upbringing, culture, family background, and so on.  The central core of all your mind activity consists of certain repetitive and persistent thoughts, emotions, and reactive patterns you identify with most strongly.  This entity is the Ego itself.”

So, someone’s reaction to you or more correctly, their perception of you or what you have done or said, is not simply a case of stimulus and response (though we should certainly pay close attention to sincere feedback and criticism).  It comes with a truck load of baggage.  Baggage that is truly unique to that individual and clearly, None of Your Business…  Through this practice, we learn acceptance, non-attachment, and forgiveness.  We learn to not react egoically ourselves to people and situations  - to not take things personally.  By doing this, we come closer to achieving the best version of our true self.

-Jay Kshatri

images-2 “The Non-Profit Institutions are human change-agents.  Their “product” is a cured patient, a child that learns, a young man or woman grown into a self-respecting adult; a changed human life altogether”. -Management Guru, Peter F. Drucker From his book:  Managing the Nonprofit Organization

Reactive to Proactive

We need to turn our brains into noise canceling headphones

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We need to turn our brains into noise canceling headphones. – Shawn Achor, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University,  and author of The Happiness Advantage

We need to decrease both the external noise and the internal noise in our lives says Professor Shawn Achor. Research shows the brain processes noise and negative things first and then the meaning.  So if you have a lot of noise and meaningless information and entertainment clogging your external world and non stop chatter and worry generated by the voice in your head clogging your internal world, then your brain never gets to the good stuff. The meaningful important bits that allow us to develop gratitude, compassion, contentment, peace, and happiness.  Achor cites Research on kids with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) that showed just by taking them into a quiet place with no external stimulus drastically lowered their symptoms. As the noise and distraction level in our environment has gone up is it any wonder ADHD levels are rising sharply ? (2013 CDC survey results showed ADHD now is around 11% of the youth population up from 3% in the 1970’s).

Noise canceling headphones work by introducing the opposite frequency of the noise you want to cancel. We need to do the same thing. Feeling too much negativity? –  then cancel it with positive imagery, content, music, and exercise. Unfortunately, what we end up doing too much of the time is noise amplifying –  consuming an ever-increasing amount of negative news stories, violent tv, movies, games, and disturbing music.

So go put on those brain noise canceling headphones and take back your sanity (and happiness).

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~Jay Kshatri