Be The Conscious Opposition – Day 300 of 365 Days to a Better You

Today’s Affirmation

Even in the face of a world run on negativity, I am a conscious light for the change that can be,

Fear, division, anger, blame, tribalism. Observe traditional media, social media, or pop culture for 15 minutes and you’ll find it teeming with these mindsets. You couldn’t, if you tried, create a list of characteristics more destructive to the human hearts and human aspirations than these. Yet, this is mental bath we’re all bathing in daily, if we’re not conscious.

These values will win the day and win in your life unless you raise the vibration of your thinking and boost your immunity to them. What our world desperately needs is a conscious opposition, a conscious counterculture.

Where fear rules, sow love. Where division and tribalism are winning, practice unity. When the world preaches anger and vengeance, be the lone voice, if necessary, for peace and understanding. In a culture of blame, stand for accountability and personal responsibility.

The way to change the prevailing culture is not to match anger with anger or to checkout to your personal Nirvana. Be the embodiment of higher vibration through active engagement with this world.

How? Here are some practical ways to be part of the conscious opposition in your daily life.

  1. Challenge the status quo and conventional wisdom. The reason these negative values win is because they pander to the easiest and lowest vibrations in us. They win through the inertia of habit. “That’s how it’s always been and how it will always be,” say the systems defenders. Show others there is a conscious alternative to these habits.
  2. Be engaged. Don’t remain silent when you see these negative mindsets winning. It’s scary to speak out. You may fear what your friends or family will think. You may believe it’s safer to avoid controversial topics. The negative status quo relies on forward thinkers to remain silent. Make your conscious voice count.
  3. Practice what you preach. It’s easy to see these negative mindsets winning and become angry yourself. It’s easy to think your righteous anger is better than the status quo anger. Don’t fall into this trap. The only way to raise the vibration in your world is to raise the vibration. Your anger is as destructive as what is. If you say you’re for conscious change, then be it.
  4. Maintain the health of your consciousness. The negative mainstream of consciousness has the advantage of the 24/7 news cycle feed8 g the masses all the division and negativity they can swallow. The prevalence of these mindsets in the world can even wear you down and weigh you down, if you’re not careful. Know what feeds your positive vibration and keep it strong so you can be light in the darkness.
  5. Believe positivity can win. The negative mindsets in the world often win on the power of their supposed practicality and invincibility. After all, if someone mistreats you, it makes perfect sense to get them back, right? “it’s just human nature,” so e argue, “there’s no changing it.” Nonsense. Our thinking and our unconscious agreement created the status quo. Our thinking and our conscious choice to change it can reset the game completely. You must believe positivity can win. If not you, who?

We are not stuck on an unalterable path. The world can change, if you and I are willing to be the example of the world that can be,

In case no one else reminded you today, YOU are awesome!

Ray

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Open Hearts Open Minds – Day 295 of 365 Days to a Better You

Open hearts open minds. Open minds open everything else. It’s virtually impossible to create a better version of you or a better world with a closed mind or a closed heart.

Change, by definition, is about openness to new ideas and new possibilities. It’s not as if you live in a universe that gives you a choice. That universe is in constant motion whether you are or not.

Setting your feet in cemented ideas may feel safe and it may feel strong, but at the end of the day, you spend all your energy trying to stay in place against the current of change.

Now, of course not all change is automatically positive. Fortunately, you are a powerful creator able to shape the change that flows through your life and into the world.

Here are some quotes and #RayQuotes to inspire you to be more open, receptive, and co-creative in this ever-changing world.

    ANYTHING is possible for determined minds and open hearts.
    Minds are like parachutes. They only function when they are open. -Sir James Dewar
    Open hands can capture nourishing rain water. Closed hands just get wet. Minds are like hands.
    Closed minds expand limitations. Open minds expand possibilities.
    What the world needs is Paul Reveres sounding the alarm to the closed hearts and minds everywhere that it’s time to open.
    Let us open our minds to see beyond the problems of the moment and envision possibilities inherent in our vast Universe.
    Free hearts and open open minds the world over are saying, “Enough”. The few must no longer rule the many.
    What good is an open society, if it is filled with closed minds? Let’s create a world where open minds embrace open society.
    With open eyes, is the truth seen. With closed minds, is the truth obscured.
    Open hearts open minds. Open minds open everything.

In case no one else has told you today, you ARE amazing!

Ray

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14 Motivational Marianne Williamson Quotes

Before she became a presidential candidate earlier this year, Marianne Williamson had a long career as a spiritual author, speaker, and activist. In short, she’s spent her adult life taking action to make the world, as she affects it, and the people around her better.

I first became aware of her work in the early 1990s, after seeing an amazing appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show. She has been a voice of moral conscience and consoler in moments of national tragedy from 9/11 to school shootings.

Whatever happens in her run for the White House, whether she secures the nomination or not, I hope the next president will make use Marianne’s unique voice and gifts to help our nation find its way forward.

Here are 10 of her most powerful quotes to call out the best in you today.

  1. A miracle is a shift in perception from fear to love.
  2. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?
  3. Anytime you try to be a loving person, you’re doing your part to save the world.
  4. Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
  5. Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.
  6. The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.
  7. It takes courage…to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.
  8. And no one will listen to us until we listen to ourselves.
  9. Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are. 
  10. Nothing binds you except your thoughts. Noting limits you except your fears. And nothing controls you except your beliefs.
  11. You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.
  12. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
  13. Success means going to sleep at night knowing that our talents and abilities were used in a way that serves others.
  14. Ego says, “Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace.” Spirit says, “Fund your peace and everything will fall into place.”

Stay inspired, my friends. See your greatness and help those around you see theirs too.

Ray

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RayQuotes #9 – Consciousness Quotes

Here are some quotes I’ve coined and tweeted over the years about living consciously. May you find a gem or two for you Amor g them.

  • We are the unconscious product of our environment, until we choose to be the conscious product of our choices.
  • My life is a single and unique instance in time and space of a vast and eternal consciousness.
  • Our thoughts are tremors for the earthquake of reality. Our collective consciousness creates our collective experience.
  • One heart lifted raises the whole world’s consciousness.
  • Be conscious of the vibration you are sending out into the Universe. Remember it’s coming back to you.
  • Too much TV causes us to become vicarious observers rather than conscious actors and creators.
  • Beware of those constantly trying to plant a “sky is falling” mindset in your consciousness.
  • When we are unconscious and without focus, we are left wondering how we got where we are. Get conscious, get focused.
  • 99% of the anger, hatred, prejudice you have in your mind was planted there by others. It’s time for conscious replanting.
  • The sun is rising; the clouds have passed away. And in the minds of at least a few, a greater consciousness has arisen. RT
  • We need to get this crystal clear in our heads. The world is not something out there that happens to us. The future is not beyond our control. We are creating both right now with every thought, feeling, word, and action. They key is to get conscious about those.
  • We clearly understand that there is a conscious effort to condition us to fear each other and remain divided. We must stop allowing it.
  • Our culture is obsessed by being against evil rather than for good. Subtle difference of consciousness, massive in effect!
  • It’s not enough to just think positive. Positive thinking comes to life through action and conscious choosing.
  • We are unconscious slaves to the past, until we become conscious choosers of the future.
  • When our consciousness is focused on finding the worst in “them”, we generally expose the worst in us.
  • Fame is a fickle friend, but greatness is a daily and conscious choice.
  • Neither change for change’s sake nor same for tradition’s sake is the way forward. Let us make conscious choices.
  • There is nothing useful in conscious poverty or unconscious wealth, but conscious wealth creation helps you and helps you help others.
  • Your mind is being conditioned by someone every day. Be as conscious of the ideas you ingest as you are of the food.
  • Whatever you believe tends to come your way. Be conscious of what you’re believing.
  • Law of Attraction works for nations as it works for people. Nations constantly attracting conflict into consciousness, soon have it.
  • Conscious choices or unconscious choices; which are you building your life from today?
  • Positive thinking is a beginning, but empowered, conscious thinking is the goal.
  • We are the conscious eyes of the Universe.
  • The words you use to describe your life now predict your life in the future. Be conscious of your words.
  • Happiness is not a destination, it is a conscious decision made daily; it is a choice to be happy and it IS MY choice!
  • Empowerment goes beyond even positive thinking. It’s about being a totally conscious, sovereign human being.
  • The breakthrough is to understand we aren’t many minds seeking to be one consciousness, but one consciousness alive in many minds.

Ray

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Is Out There Really Out There? – Day 125 of 365 Days to a Better You

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.

~Mark Twain

For centuries, wise sages and great teachers have taught that the world is what our thoughts make it. For most of us living in the modern, rational age, even if we buy into such ideas, we tend to see them as metaphorical and not literal.

Donald Hoffman, a cognitive psychologist at The University of California Irvine, has a very different perspective. He and his cross-discipline team have developed a theory that our brains are devices that literally create the reality that we perceive. They call it Multi-Modal User Interface (MMUI) and it picks up on some of the ideas of the Simulation Hypothesis and on age-old teachings from contemplative spiritual traditions.

This is a very old idea for me personally. Back in the early 1990s, I spent some time playing with the idea of whether “my reality” showed up wherever I was located. For instance, I wondered, when I was at work, did my apartment still have objective reality? Or, did it become real again by my traveling there and perceiving it.

For those who have never considered ideas like these, Hoffman’s work may seem ludicrous. However, there’s a ton of scientific evidence backing up these ideas. Two he mentions frequently in his presentations are that fully one-third of our brain is devoted to visual perception. That would be unnecessary if we are just “taking pictures” of the world. Secondly, his research has shown that Evolutionary Theory has not taught us to see truth, but rather see what allows us to survive.

The implications seem fanciful, even a little crazy by our consensus view of the world. We have made a major assumption that “reality” is something objective that exists out there and that our senses are simply designed to show us that reality.

What if our senses are, in fact, a means of taking raw data like a matrix of numbers and converting that into the reality we experience? What if we are literally manufacturing objective (agreed upon) and subjective (individual) reality from our consciousness? What if our senses have been designed, like radio receivers, to receive these impulses and manifest space and time?

The implications are broad and profound.

While we are likely mere children playing with adult capabilities, the ability to consciously control the creation of our reality would mean literally anything could be possible for us individually and collectively. Given our current state of development, that could be scary. It could also be a game-changer.

Perhaps, the tools we have talked about in our 365-day series are the rudimentary beginnings of techniques to put this into affect to change our lives and the world.

What it says about our space-time reality, our materialist viewpoint, and the nature of our existence are bigger questions to be explored. Nonetheless, these ideas open a world of vast possibility and potential, if we are willing to drop old paradigms and courageously walk through the gateway.

Thank you so much for following and reading this blog. For more motivational content, please visit the TAS Website. You are all AWESOME!

Ray

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Your Brain is a Prediction Machine – Day 124 of 365 Days to a Better You

Are your experiences really your experiences or just the manifestation of a predictive model?

I came across this fascinating TedTalk video by Professor Anil Seth of Sussex University in the UK. The talk is about consciousness and I very much encourage you to watch the entire video.

Though I fundamentally disagree with his definition and proposed origin of consciousness, I find his description on how consciousness functions within living beings highly instructive. I believe it’s information you can make use to shift your patterns and your mindsets.

Please go to the 4:30 mark in the video and watch it through 14:13 (sorry you know how copyright is these days and TedTalk is not very charitable on these matters.) I’ll comment on the video below.

When Professor Seth discusses outer perception, he shares that the world is not just out there happening to you. It’s actually a function of the brain receiving signals (never directly perceiving this reality) and interpreting them. After a lifetime of interpreting these signals to mean certain things, something amazing happens. Your brain becomes a prediction machine.

Literally, your brain becomes interactive in this process and predicts what you’re about to experience or what you are experiencing. It begs the question as to whether the brain even waits for the signals or just fills in the blanks with assumptions and past experiences? You and I have both had those experiences of feeling like you’re on auto-pilot.

Though far more complex, you can think of it this way. Your brain perceives reality much the same way an algorithm in a weather prediction model predicts weather. It doesn’t need to see the weather. It just needs a vast series of data points about previous weather situations and it can very accurately predict what will happen. This is what our brain is doing all day long only on a much more sophisticated level.

Implication: Your brain is part of an automatic feedback loop that perceives reality through neural impulses and eventually gets so good at it that it can predict what’s next without the impulse. Think about this. When you’re walking do you consciously have to wait for your raised foot to touch the ground again? Do you even need to think about it? No. Your brain has experienced that action so many times that it’s predicting there’s going to be a floor there to catch the foot.

Think about how much of this process can and absolutely does become automatic. You think you’re perceiving the reality of a situation at work or in politics or in world, but often you’re not. Your weather pattern algorithm is subconsciously saying, “Ah, that’s a thunderstorm. Oh, when this set of variables come together, that means the temperature is going to be about 68 degrees.”

This is why affirmations and meditation and other consciousness tools we’ve been discussing are so important. You must get conscious of this process and make it conscious again or you’re simply a computer responding to habitual inputs.

Now think about the funny dog video in the clip. That was a computer program designed to simulate the way human perception biases what you see. It was exaggerated to make a point, but you’ve probably had the experience of buying a new car and suddenly seeing it at every stop light.

What happens when the media and social media are all abuzz about terrorism or recession or climate change. If you’re not conscious, you’re going to begin seeing evidence for these things everywhere like the dogs in the video. After enough immersion time, you won’t even recognize this is a distortion of reality. It becomes part of agreed upon reality.

You can also see the psychology of this in your personal development. If you constantly have the thought, “I suck” or “life sucks” your brain is going to start predicting that’s the world you encounter and it literally makes it so. That’s why like attracts like.

I  could take much deeper than I have time or you have patience for in this post.

Let’s quickly cover your sense of self. Your well-being, or lack thereof, is also sent to the brain as electrical impulses from all over your body. Each cell is reporting. Deepak Chopra has been talking about this in depth for decades.

Your brain isn’t down checking on your heart or your sore knee. Electrical impulses are traveling to the brain with those reports. Your brain simply scans the reports and gives you the experience.

Again, this can become an unconscious cycle. Your brain keeps getting the message you don’t feel well, it predicts you don’t feel well, and you don’t feel well. I’m not saying, or at least we’re not advanced enough in this understanding to say, that sickness isn’t real and you shouldn’t follow traditional or non-traditional means of healing. I’m only pointing out that, like the outside world, your internal perception can become a self-fulfilling prophecy in a brain designed to predict what’s next and provide that experience.

What do you do? 

Wow! This is big stuff and profound. Even getting it intellectually doesn’t get you to a point of being able to use it, but it’s a start.

Here are the implications

  1. This process is going on right now 24/7 in you and me.
  2. It’s how you are perceiving your within and your without by predictive model rather than true reality. Now you know why you have triggers. All it takes is the slightest impulse of Algebra or that despised politician and your mind begins running a pre-recorded program (a narrative) that starts creating your reality.
  3. This process is practically unconscious and remains so until you act upon it.
  4. You must get conscious of both the process and how it can and is used to condition your perception. Meditation seems like an effective way to become more conscious of the signals coming and going and the way your brain is generating your reality.
  5. Acting upon it must mean overriding the automatic, conditioned electrical signals the brain is receiving or at least interrupting them.
  6. Thoughts are energy. Thoughts are electrical signals. If you want to change the conditioning, you have to change the signals. Affirmations provide a means of changing these unconscious inputs with inputs of your choosing.

This, my friends, is science explaining how and why tools like meditation and affirmations work and why you need them in the first place.

There is a “next level” to all of this. It’s a hypothesis called Conscious Realism that uses the mathematics in the Theory of Evolution to question its biggest assumptions.

I’ll talk about that in the next post.

See you then! Thank you so much for staying with me on this drive to 365!

Ray

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