‘Masks Are Symbolic,’ say Dr Fauci and The New England Journal of Medicine

In the past week, Dr. Anthony Fauci and the New England Journal of Medicine have admitted that masks are little more than symbols. Virtue signaling.

For those of you who shout “science” like it’s a Tourette tick, this is from the New England Journal of Medicine on May 21, 2020:

We know that wearing a mask outside health care facilities offers little, if any, protection from infection. Public health authorities define a significant exposure to Covid-19 as face-to-face contact within 6 feet with a patient with symptomatic Covid-19 that is sustained for at least a few minutes (and some say more than 10 minutes or even 30 minutes). The chance of catching Covid-19 from a passing interaction in a public space is therefore minimal. In many cases, the desire for widespread masking is a reflexive reaction to anxiety over the pandemic.

So, why are we ordered to wear masks? Symbolism. From the same article in NEJM:

It is also clear that masks serve symbolic roles. Masks are not only tools, they are also talismans that may help increase health care workers’ perceived sense of safety, well-being, and trust in their hospitals.

The Surgeon General was widely mocked and ridiculed for suggesting in March that masks might even increase the spread of the virus. Yet, here, the esteemed New England Journal of Medicine provides the same warning to mask-wearers:

What is clear, however, is that universal masking alone is not a panacea. A mask will not protect providers caring for a patient with active Covid-19 if it’s not accompanied by meticulous hand hygiene, eye protection, gloves, and a gown. A mask alone will not prevent health care workers with early Covid-19 from contaminating their hands and spreading the virus to patients and colleagues. Focusing on universal masking alone may, paradoxically, lead to more transmission of Covid-19 if it diverts attention from implementing more fundamental infection-control measures.

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The Trigger

2 Million Arab Lives Don’t Matter

The hypocrisy of the Black Lives Matter movement is astounding. BLM and its followers shout down those who insist all lives matter, regardless of race. In the BLM universe, skin pigmentation is the determinate, as it is for all racists. 

While BLM and identity activists dwell in OCD fashion on racist cops and “white privilege,” they completely ignore the organized mass murder of black- and brown-skinned people by a government that now “takes a knee” for a former criminal, beatified as a saint by the state and its propaganda media. Those responsible for the murder of George Floyd will undoubtedly spend years behind bars, as they should, but this will not quell the outrage and violence committed in his name. 

So lopsided and blinkered is the current identity-obsessed movement, it fails to address a far more deadly and vicious adversary—the neoliberal state. 

The organized murder of more than two million Arabs in Iraq, Syria, and Libya—more than a million in Iraq, 600,000 in Syria, and 30,000 in Libya—does not even register on the BLM and identity ideological radar.

Barack Obama suffocated the antiwar movement that had coalesced around the Bush neocon invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, thus revealing that much of the political activism was predicated along partisan establishment political lines. Antiwar activists of the Vietnam War era called out both Republicans and Democrats for war crimes. Eisenhower, JFK, Johnson, Nixon—both Democrats and Republicans—are responsible for the murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese, Cambodians, and Laotians. 

Obama and his Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, are directly responsible for arming murderous jihadi mercenaries in Syria and their counterparts in Libya. The latter resulted in vicious racism by Arab Libyans against black African migrant workers and refugees. 

In Syria, Obama’s CIA funded and armed mercenaries in an effort to topple the government of Bashar al-Assad. The illegal effort by the US military to defeat the Islamic State in Syria—a psywar operation birthed by the Pentagon in occupied Iraq—resulted in further destabilizing Syria and killed tens of thousands of innocent civilians. 

Additionally, BLM and the supposed left in America have not pointed out the obvious—psychopathic cops are trained, armed (with tanks and other weapons of mass destruction), and enabled by the Pentagon. Why isn’t the Pentagon a site of protest, like it was during the Vietnam War? 

The neoliberal elite is obsessed with overturning and destroying nations resisting IMF and World Bank domination and the “structural adjustment” schemes bankster and globalist organizations push (the strip mining and privatization of public services).

Identity is not a consideration or precursor—all who resist, regardless of skin color and ethnicity, are to be hunted down and brutally murdered, as Muammar Gaddafi was for the crime of announcing he planned to quit selling oil in US dollars and establish an African gold dinar. 

Iraq’s dictator, Saddam Hussein, wasn’t deposed and executed for threatening the US with weapons of mass destruction, as the ludicrous machinations of the Bush neocons claim. Saddam, a former CIA operative in a plot to assassinate Gen. Abd al-Karim Qasim in 1959, was a trusted asset until he stepped out of bounds, as did another CIA asset, Panama’s Manuel Noriega. 

The Israelis, holding considerable political sway over Congress and the White House, also demanded Saddam Hussein be taken down, primarily for his support of the Palestinians, but also because a nation with a pan-Arabist at the helm was unacceptable. 

Likewise Syria. The hereditary regime of the al-Assad family and the Ba’ath party long touted a pan-Arab worldview and this was unacceptable to Israel and the United States. 

The covert and illegal war by the US and Israel in Syria has nothing to do with human rights, as espoused. The objective is to destroy any resistance to Israeli expansionism, turn pan-Arabism into an Islamic movement that can be more easily radicalized and thus vilified, and balkanize the Middle East along ethnic and religious lines, thus realizing Zbigniew Brzezinski’s “three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy… to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals, to keep tributaries pliant and protected, and to keep the barbarians from coming together.”

Only politically expedient and exploitable “barbarians” (as they are considered by the ruling elite, never mind the disingenuous rhetoric) will be allowed to protest and demand justice. BLM racism, the absurd demand white people go prostrate in racial submission, and the criminal looting and burning of cities in the name of George Floyd have not set off alarm bells at the Council of Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission, the Federal Reserve, and the institutional thank tanks. These should be the focus of protest, not police departments militarized by the federal government. The Milwaukee Police Department is not the hydra-head. The federal government and its corporate and bankster overseers are the true purveyors of violent conflict and political polarization.  

The BLM represents the forefront of an effort to divide Americans along racial and political lines, thus keeping race and identity-based barbarians safely away from more critical issues of importance to the elite, most crucially a free hand to plunder and ransack natural resources, minerals, crude oil, and impoverish billions of people whom the ruling elite consider unproductive useless eaters and a hindrance to the drive to dominate, steal, and murder. 

The murder of millions in the Middle East, Asia, South and Central America over the last few decades by a psychopathic elite and its corporate mercenaries does not figure in the equation. 

It is an irrelevant historical footnote, if that, to an identity movement that does not threaten the elite and its political class. It is sad to say BLM serves the elite by ignoring or remaining ignorant of the main problem—boundless predation by a neoliberal criminal project that considers all—black, white, yellow, brown—as expliotable and dispensable serfs.

Engineering a Race War: Will This Be the American Police State’s Reichstag Fire?

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”— George Santayana

Watch and see: this debate over police brutality and accountability is about to get politicized into an election-year referendum on who should occupy the White House.

Don’t fall for it.

The Deep State, the powers-that-be, want us to turn this into a race war, but this is about so much more than systemic racism. This is the oldest con game in the books, the magician’s sleight of hand that keeps you focused on the shell game in front of you while your wallet is being picked clean by ruffians in your midst.

It’s the Reichstag Fire all over again.

It was February 1933, a month before national elections in Germany, and the Nazis weren’t expected to win. So they engineered a way to win: they began  by infiltrating the police and granting police powers to their allies; then Hitler brought in stormtroopers to act as auxiliary police; by the time an arsonist (who claimed to be working for the Communists in the hopes of starting an armed revolt) set fire to the Reichstag, the German parliamentary building, the people were eager for a return to law and order.

That was all it took: Hitler used the attempted “coup” as an excuse to declare martial law and seize absolute power in Germany, establishing himself as a dictator with the support of the German people.

Fast forward to the present day, and what do we have? The nation in turmoil after months of pandemic fear-mongering and regional lockdowns, a national election looming, a president with falling poll numbers, and a police state that wants to stay in power at all costs.

Note the similarities?

It’s entirely possible that Americans have finally reached a tipping point over police brutality after decades of abuse. After all, until recently, the legislatures and the courts have marched in lockstep with the police state, repeatedly rebuffing efforts to hold police accountable for official misconduct.

Then again, it’s also equally possible that the architects of the police state have every intention of manipulating this outrage for their own purposes.

It works the same in every age.

As author Jim Keith explains, “Create violence through economic pressures, the media, mind control, agent provocateurs: thesis. Counter it with totalitarian measures, more mind control, police crackdowns, surveillance, drugging of the population: antithesis. What ensues is Orwell’s vision of 1984, a society of total control: synthesis.”

Here’s what is going to happen: the police state is going to stand down and allow these protests, riots and looting to devolve into a situation where enough of the voting populace is so desperate for a return to law and order that they will gladly relinquish some of their freedoms to achieve it. And that’s how the police state will win, no matter which candidate gets elected to the White House.

You know who will lose? Every last one of us.

Listen, people should be outraged over what happened to George Floyd, but let’s get one thing straight: Floyd didn’t die merely because he was black and the cop who killed him is white. Floyd died because America is being overrun with warrior cops—vigilantes with a badge—who are part of a government-run standing army that is waging war on the American people in the so-called name of law and order.

Not all cops are warrior cops, trained to act as judge, jury and executioner in their interactions with the populace. Unfortunately, the good cops—the ones who take seriously their oath of office to serve and protect their fellow citizens, uphold the Constitution, and maintain the peace—are increasingly being outnumbered by those who believe the lives—and rights—of police should be valued more than citizens.

These warrior cops may get paid by the citizenry, but they don’t work for us and they certainly aren’t operating within the limits of the U.S. Constitution.

This isn’t about racism in America.

This is about profit-driven militarism packaged in the guise of law and order, waged by greedy profiteers who have transformed the American homeland into a battlefield with militarized police, military weapons and tactics better suited to a war zone. This is systemic corruption predicated on the police state’s insatiable appetite for money, power and control.

This is a military coup waiting to happen.

Why do we have more than a million cops on the taxpayer-funded payroll in this country whose jobs do not entail protecting our safety, maintaining the peace in our communities, and upholding our liberties?

I’ll tell you why.

These warrior cops—fitted out in the trappings of war, drilled in the deadly art of combat, and trained to look upon “every individual they interact with as an armed threat and every situation as a deadly force encounter in the making—are the police state’s standing army.

This is the new face of war, and America has become the new battlefield.

Militarized police officers, the end product of the government—federal, local and state—and law enforcement agencies having merged, have become a “standing” or permanent army, composed of full-time professional soldiers who do not disband.

Yet these permanent armies are exactly what those who drafted the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights feared as tools used by despotic governments to wage war against its citizens.

American police forces were never supposed to be a branch of the military, nor were they meant to be private security forces for the reigning political faction. Instead, they were intended to be an aggregation of countless local police units, composed of citizens like you and me that exist for a sole purpose: to serve and protect the citizens of each and every American community.

As a result of the increasing militarization of the police in recent years, however, the police now not only look like the military—with their foreboding uniforms and phalanx of lethal weapons—but they function like them, as well.

Thus, no more do we have a civilian force of peace officers entrusted with serving and protecting the American people.  Instead, today’s militarized law enforcement officials have shifted their allegiance from the citizenry to the state, acting preemptively to ward off any possible challenges to the government’s power, unrestrained by the boundaries of the Fourth Amendment.

They don’t work for us. As retired Philadelphia Police Captain Ray Lewis warned, “Corporate America is using police forces as their mercenaries.”

We were sold a bill of goods.

For years now, we’ve been told that cops need military weapons to wage the government’s wars on drugs, crime and terror. We’ve been told that cops need to be able to crash through doors, search vehicles, carry out roadside strip searches, shoot anyone they perceive to be a threat, and generally disregard the law whenever it suits them because they’re doing it to protect their fellow Americans from danger. We’ve been told that cops need extra legal protections because of the risks they take.

None of that is true.

In fact, a study by a political scientist at Princeton University concludes that militarizing police and SWAT teams “provide no detectable benefits in terms of officer safety or violent crime reduction.” According to researcher Jonathan Mummolo, if police in America are feeling less safe, it’s because the process of transforming them into extensions of the military makes them less safe, less popular and less trust-worthy.

The study, the first systematic analysis on the use and consequences of militarized force, reveals that “police militarization neither reduces rates of violent crime nor changes the number of officers assaulted or killed.”

In other words, warrior cops aren’t making us or themselves any safer.

Militarized police armed with weapons of war who are allowed to operate above the law and break the laws with impunity are definitely not making America any safer or freer.

The problem, as one reporter rightly concluded, is “not that life has gotten that much more dangerous, it’s that authorities have chosen to respond to even innocent situations as if they were in a warzone.” Consequently, Americans are now eight times more likely to die in a police confrontation than they are to be killed by a terrorist.

Militarism within the nation’s police forces is proving to be deadlier than any pandemic.

This battlefield mindset has gone hand in hand with the rise of militarized SWAT (“special weapons and tactics”) teams.

Frequently justified as vital tools necessary to combat terrorism and deal with rare but extremely dangerous criminal situations, such as those involving hostages, SWAT teams have become intrinsic parts of local law enforcement operations, thanks in large part to substantial federal assistance and the Pentagon’s military surplus recycling program, which allows the transfer of military equipment, weapons and training to local police for free or at sharp discounts while increasing the profits of its corporate allies.

Where this becomes a problem of life and death for Americans is when these SWAT teams— outfitted, armed and trained in military tactics—are assigned to carry out relatively routine police tasks, such as serving a search warrant. Nationwide, SWAT teams have been employed to address an astonishingly trivial array of criminal activity or mere community nuisances: angry dogs, domestic disputes, improper paperwork filed by an orchid farmer, and misdemeanor marijuana possession, to give a brief sampling.

Remember, SWAT teams originated as specialized units dedicated to defusing extremely sensitive, dangerous situations. They were never meant to be used for routine police work such as serving a warrant. Unfortunately, the mere presence of SWAT units has actually injected a level of danger and violence into police-citizen interactions that was not present as long as these interactions were handled by traditional civilian officers. 

There are few communities without a SWAT team today, and there are more than 80,000 SWAT team raids per year.

Yet the tension inherent in most civilian-police encounter these days can’t be blamed exclusively on law enforcement’s growing reliance on SWAT teams and donated military equipment.

It goes far deeper, to a transformation in the way police view themselves and their line of duty.

Specifically, what we’re dealing with today is a skewed shoot-to-kill mindset in which police, trained to view themselves as warriors or soldiers in a war, whether against drugs, or terror, or crime, must “get” the bad guys—i.e., anyone who is a potential target—before the bad guys get them. The result is a spike in the number of incidents in which police shoot first, and ask questions later.

Making matters worse, when these officers, who have long since ceased to be peace officers, violate their oaths by bullying, beating, tasering, shooting and killing their employers—the taxpayers to whom they owe their allegiance—they are rarely given more than a slap on the hands before resuming their patrols.

This lawlessness on the part of law enforcement, an unmistakable characteristic of a police state, is made possible in large part by police unions which routinely oppose civilian review boards and resist the placement of names and badge numbers on officer uniforms; police agencies that abide by the Blue Code of Silence, the quiet understanding among police that they should not implicate their colleagues for their crimes and misconduct; prosecutors who treat police offenses with greater leniency than civilian offenses; courts that sanction police wrongdoing in the name of security; and legislatures that enhance the power, reach and arsenal of the police, and a citizenry that fails to hold its government accountable to the rule of law.

Indeed, not only are cops protected from most charges of wrongdoing—whether it’s shooting unarmed citizens (including children and old people), raping and abusing young women, falsifying police reports, trafficking drugs, or soliciting sex with minors—but even on the rare occasions when they are fired for misconduct, it’s only a matter of time before they get re-hired again.

Much of the “credit” for shielding these rogue cops goes to influential police unions and laws providing for qualified immunity, police contracts that “provide a shield of protection to officers accused of misdeeds and erect barriers to residents complaining of abuse,” state and federal laws that allow police to walk away without paying a dime for their wrongdoing, and rampant cronyism among government bureaucrats.

It’s happening all across the country.

This is how perverse justice in America has become.

Incredibly, while our own Bill of Rights are torn to shreds, leaving us with few protections against government abuses, a growing number of states are adopting Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights(LEOBoR), which provide cops accused of a crime with special due process rights and privileges not afforded to the average citizen.

This, right here, epitomizes everything that is wrong with America today.

Even when the system appears to work on the side of justice, it’s the American taxpayer who ends up paying the price.

Literally.

Because police officers are more likely to be struck by lightning than be held financially accountable for their actions. As Human Rights Watch explains, taxpayers actually pay three times for officers who repeatedly commit abuses: “once to cover their salaries while they commit abuses; next to pay settlements or civil jury awards against officers; and a third time through payments into police ‘defense’ funds provided by the cities.”

Deep-seated corruption of this kind doesn’t just go away because politicians and corporations suddenly become conscience-stricken in the face of mass protests and start making promises they don’t intend to keep.

As I explain in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we need civic engagement and citizen activism, especially at the local level. However, if it ends at the ballot box without achieving any real reform that holds government officials at all levels accountable to playing by the rules of the Constitution, then shame on us.

The Key To Coping With Your Mind

By Kashi.

One of the results of the global shift in consciousness we are going through is that many of us are now aware of our thoughts.

The human brain is hardware for the mind. It provides us with the ability to use the mind in all it’s variety of forms. It is a phenomenal wonder but it has little animation of its own. When we die, the brain dies too, in just a short while. Just as with our other organs, the brain can not function without the rest of the body.

The mind is something else. It electrifies our existence through our senses and our brain. Every perception happens through the mind. It shimmers and twinkles like a spiders web on a dewy morning and provides us with a network of connectedness that we are able to make sense of things within. Without mind, we are mundane. Whether it is individual or collective is highly debatable but certainly we use our individual brains in combination with our senses to interpret, translate and utilise the mind within our environment.

Everything we have built around us is a result of mind in its most basic form of thought. We can all think and many of us can not stop. We are born with everything we need to develop the faculty of thought and without it we would not be able to care for ourselves, which is the purest and true purpose for thinking. Thought is self-serving and can be used in the most dignifying ways, but it can also destroy lives, even our own.

“For him who has conquered the mind, the mind is the best of friends; but for one who has failed to do so, his mind will remain the greatest enemy.” Bhagavad-gita

The constant narration in our heads, that we feed by giving it our attention can be considered untrained awareness. If we choose to, we can develop our faculty of thought into its higher form that we call awareness, by acute and persistent observation of our own thought processes in a disassociated manner.

We have all experienced the perspicacity of our own awareness for example… When the sound of a twig snapping close-by breaks the silence of darkness and jolts us into a perfect state of presence that is both penetrative and diamond-like – this is us in awareness.

Attention is the key, it is very, very valuable. Our energy flows towards and into, whatever our attention is on and this becomes our contribution to the world. If we give our attention to engines, we will become a great engine expert. If we give our attention to our kids, we will be a great parent. If we make our inner world the object of our attention, self-awareness is the result and if we pay all our attention to our fake identity or “brand”, we will become a great big ego!

Attention breeds awareness which we experience when we are rapt by someone or something and we “forget ourselves” for a while. Because it is the false ego that we are actually “forgetting”, when we pay attention and move into awareness, we are really remembering our true self.

Just as a cloth covers a table, thoughts conceal our awareness. No matter how beautiful a table might be, as soon as we cover it, our attention shifts to the cloth and the table is essentially lost to us and yet without the table, there would be no cloth.
Similarly when we read, we focus on the words and are largely unaware of the platform they are written on. There is actually much more white space than words on a page, much more “nothing” than something, but we hardly notice this because our attention is on the meaning of the words. As with the table and the cloth, without the white space, the words couldn’t exist and yet however we alter the words and whatever we say, the white space remains. It is the same with thoughts and awareness.
While one of the advantages of developing our awareness is the quietening of normal thought, it can be difficult without a solid foundation, and a connection and “handle” on our emotions. On a higher level the physical body, emotions and mind are not really separate but for development, it can be useful to address them in this order.

Some good nutrition and catharsis may be necessary before one is able to begin observing thoughts without getting wrapped up in them and if you’ve tried and been disheartened or frustrated in the past, this is quite normal and understandable. This is how the popular phrase, “I tried meditation and it wasn’t for me” was born.
If this is you, kick all meditation cushions under the table, switch up the loud music and try dancing around like a mad witch! Go to your bedroom and kill the nearest pillow with your bare hands and then go swimming, get under the water (to avoid being institutionalized) and scream like an absolute nutcase. No-one can hear you, so let it all out.
Alternatively, you may instinctively know that you need to divert your attention towards improving your diet or exercising. All of these things will help you prepare the way for observing your thoughts and every now and then, grab a cushion, sit down in front of your altar and try a new meditation practise and see if it is for you.

If you fancy a quick shot of your own awareness, try throwing yourself into an icy lake! Used worldwide by many cultures and communities as a purifying ritual, it is not without foundation. Using the physical body as the device, the icy water forces our attention onto the body and shocks the natural thinking processes into silence, revealing our awareness for a few moments, which revitalises and refreshes the mind of anyone crazy enough to jump in.

Plunge pools, the oceans, swimming pools, cold showers are all everyday replacements we can use to gain the same or similar effects. It has been almost 30 years since I have not finished a bath or shower with a cold shower. Along with a good diet and meditation practise, cold water is one of the most important tools we can use daily to keep us in awareness.

Rather than it being something we achieve or gain, an increase in awareness is really a byproduct of us beginning to use the mind as a tool rather than allowing it to be our disquiet or angry ruler. Awareness is present, where all the real gifts of life are and the more we observe our thoughts and recognise our awareness, the more we prepare ourselves for living totally in the magnificence of the present moment.

“Mind is an illusion, albeit a persistent one” Albert Einstein

Here are ten practical and useful tips we can use to help increase awareness;

1. Avoid processed food
Choosing to eat processed foods can lead to all sorts of mental and physical problems and generally, these concoctions cost us more energy to digest and assimilate than we obtain from them in nutrient value. A diet of processed food is really like slow suicide.
Attempting to stay present and in awareness or trying to practise meditation while living on a diet of processed food is like trying to concentrate with toothache. It’s possible, but very difficult. It is much easier to eat fresh organic food.

2. Turn off the television
Our brains work within particular frequencies and can be affected by other transmissions. All electrical devices affect us and while our eyes are on the potentially harmful effects of 5G technology right now, television still remains the worst culprit.
It is not called programming by accident. Watching TV slows the mind down to about the same rate as a practised meditator in just a few minutes. The difference is the input and the results of course, are opposite.

3. Don’t drink tap water
Unless we are fortunate enough to have our own water source in the mountains, it is almost impossible to obtain the kind of structured, nutrient-dense water that directly aids our awareness. Of the remaining options, tap water comes bottom of the list and it barely resembles the original, untainted fluid.

If you’re unfortunate enough to be in an area where fluoride is one of the added ingredients in your tap water, bear in mind a Harvard study which showed the consumption of fluoride is linked to the lowering of IQ levels of a population by between 15-20 points. To move into and remain in awareness, a clear and capable mind is essential.

4. Listen carefully
We are taught to talk, walk, read, eat and go to sleep but when it comes to listening our teachers usually shouted at us or threw the board rubber at us. We spend a high percentage of our time listening to others and generally, we are not very good at it.

Listening is a golden opportunity to consciously put ourselves aside and be in awareness by focussing intently without “phasing out” or mentally preparing our input for the  conversations sake.

5.Get into the body
It is much easier to practise awareness of the body than the emotions or thought. When we are tired of over-thinking and need a break, exercising like running, swimming, dancing, walking or stretching gets us out of the head and into the body for a while.

6. Cease needlessly chattering
Blah blah blah!! Drop the story! Everyone has a story, but day to day “idle chatter” about past events, future dreams or gossip scatters the mind, dissipates its penetrative qualities and strengthens identification with the false self or ego.

7. Immerse yourself in cold water
Go on – throw yourself in the icy lake! For a gentler version, while in the shower, try running hot water down the spine for 30 seconds, followed by cold for 30 seconds and repeat this two more times, finishing off with a warm shower.

If you wish to simply clear or refresh the mind, try cold water on the back of the neck for 30 seconds.

8. Snap the band
To train the brain out of involuntary over-thinking, try wearing an elastic band around the wrist, making sure it is not too tight and whenever you catch yourself too much in the head, pull and snap the band. You can then use the little sting to allow your attention to move into the body, away from your thoughts and into the present moment, into awareness. A gentle but definite self-tap or slap on the forehead head also does the trick.

9. Memory triggers
The present, where awareness is, is most commonly forgotten to thought. It is very helpful to place memory triggers within our daily routine to remind ourselves that we are lost in thought. Standing in queues, going to the bathroom and washing up are good examples of times when a memory trigger can help us replace thought with attention, either onto the breath, one of our energy centres or onto the job in hand.

10. Meditation
Meditation is the ultimate tool for increasing awareness but it has its time and place. As Osho explained to us meditation begins where psychotherapy ends. Before we can comfortably observe our own thoughts we must be detached enough from our ideas of who we think we are. This sometimes requires some physical detoxification and nutrition, catharsis and/or psychotherapy before we can begin.

Meditation is sitting quietly, everything else is practise. Remember this simple truth as you seek out practises that resonate with you.

Meditation practise is a de-construction process. Whatever we seek is already here. Any ideas and beliefs you have of yourself must be suspended and replaced with an inner curiosity and openness, because it is in this willing state that realisations occur which  dissolve painful perceptions and reveal fresh ones. It is this process that gives us the feeling of spiritual development and should be encouraged.

Meditation practise is an adventure so do not expect results, Always be implacably honest with yourself and be wary of listening to advice from others unless they are a true master, who are rare.

Most important of all, whenever approaching your inner world, tread lightly and keep your sense of humour, despondency or seriousness are of no help internally.
Kashi

Kashi’s commitment to the health of the human family has been unwaivering for the last 20 years, helping many individuals with their diet and lifestyle. LifeDiet and Master Blend is a result of that devotion. He writes weekly for Natural Life Foundation and on his personal site KashiBashi.com sharing thought provoking articles and quotes to inspire change from within and showing people how to live a truly radiant and happy life.  Natural Life Foundation Natural Life Foundation began in 2015 as a portal for sharing ancient natural wisdom and modern health-giving science and technology. The project has birthed the organic, plant-based dietary protocol, “LifeDiet”, our adaptogenic, nutrient-dense smoothie powder “Master Blend” and we are continually working on new revolutionary products as well as keeping you supplied with mind-widening blogs, inspirational poems and quotes, recipes and LifeDiet techniques and tip videos.

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Walking Through An Alternative History – Documentary Series

Some of you may recall that I was putting together a documentary series for Ickonic, at the start of the year. Obviously since then, the planet went certifiable, and everything was put on hold. Fortunately I am able to get started on developing the series, but without the benefit of as much planning time. 

Here is a brief description of what I’m trying to do…

I will be walking different routes around the UK, visiting sites of different historical importance, and talking to researchers. 

Most, if not all documentary series like this one, have a select few historians, who tend to stick to their learned history. The kind you’ll find in textbooks approved by the state, and repeated as fact for generations. I’m more interesting in the theories that question them. 

Here are the dates for filming, the routes and landmarks we’re looking to cover. 

Walk One – August 7th – Stonehenge to Avebury

Three interviews

  • Stonehenge 
  • Pewsey White Horse 
  • Avebury

Walk Two – August 10th – Isle of Wight

Three interviews

  • Culver Down
  • Carisbrooke Castle
  • The Needles

Walk Three – August 12th – London – Whitechapel to Globe Theatre

Three interviews

  • Whitechapel
  • Parliament
  • Globe Theatre

Walk Four – August 17th – Derbyshire – 9 Ladies to Buxton

Three interviews

  • 9 Ladies                          
  • Arbour Low
  • Buxton (Solomons Temple)

Walk Five – August 19th – Warwick Castle to Coventry Cathedral

Three interviews

  • Warwick Castle                         
  • Kenilworth Castle
  • Coventry Cathedral 

Walk Six – August 26th – Hadrians Wall

Three interviews

  • Housestead Roman Fort        
  • Cawfield Quarry
  • Brampton Roman Fort

If you are a historian/researcher and would like to be involved with the series, please drop me an email at [email protected]

Cheers!