Zen Gardner, Contributor
What strange times. We’re in a tight place right now, but it is what it is. The information field is so toxic with triggered egos, paid and unpaid trolls, agencies and AI, it’s nasty to have anything to do with. But we still have to use whatever means of communication we have as long as we can.
As far as understanding the “why”, as I currently see it, much of what we witness is simply Individuals working out their own stuff in the grand scheme of things. It’s essentially nothing to get too worked up about. No matter which end of the digital pitchfork we find ourselves in this mob mentality dominating the cybersphere. A very sad current state, but it will pass.
When the realization that everyone is simply working out their own path fully hits, the weapons will be dropped in dumbfounded amazement. However, much of what unreconciled souls say and do boils over onto others which is where push comes to shove, hence the information battle today and the source of the conflicts we witness. How we respond and what perspective and wavelength we adopt needs careful monitoring.
I do find it ironic though, how many of those supposedly fighting for truth still energetically feed the very thing they think they oppose. That’s a game played on humanity for eons and a great learning tool as well, if we can step back to see it for what it is. It’s an important hurdle to overcome, but that is happening as well as I see it.
That Rising Tide
It may not seem like it with all the insanity around us, but people are seriously waking up. Others are just plain shook up and having major life crises, as are most of us, but that’s good too. A massive shift is upon us that is increasing by the day and how we respond is up to us.
Whether people like it or not it’s happening. Our overall consciousness is rising despite it all, even if some have a reverse response. So many are increasingly aware, not just to the truth that we’re in an engineered society from within a plethora of world views, but a central point of debate and inquiry is regarding the very nature of reality. Just listen to the language of today and the topics being covered as opposed to just a few years ago when it began to kick in. It’s happening across every strata of society. True pioneering science and new ancient archeological and hidden historical facts continually coming to light tell the same story.
The wild thing is, the energetic tide is elevating universally, so those only observing from that plane can’t even see it as the deck lifts, unconsciously defaulting to a form of collective normalcy bias for perspective. How can they tell the sea rose without perspective? The more awake and aware can observe this phenomenon more objectively, being able to calibrate from a removed awareness, if that makes sense. It’s fabulous to realize.
It’s still a challenge to fully identify this phenomenon as old markers and points of reference vanish before us. It’s very wild indeed but we need to simply keep letting go. It’s similar to the fact that we’re careening through the universe but don’t even notice how everything is shifting all the time. We might notice how the planets in our solar system move and influence us, but that next level that all is changing its location as we circle the galactic core is also transpiring, which we’re generally unaware of.
And where is all that moving? And what energies are we experiencing? On it unfolds in continual change, the basic state of the universe. But that’s just the external. We have hardly any idea what else is going on in the unseen realms, just glimpses and occasional insights. And that world is becoming exponentially more known by the day. An amazing time to be here.
Massive Change Is Upon Us
The enigmatic nature of this ongoing shift on so many levels might be freaking some people out but this is what turns so many of us on. We can call it the lifting of the veil, the apocalypse or revelation, timeline and dimensional shifting, consciousness rising, or what I call it briefly sometimes to explain those feelings we get, it’s just plain slippage in relation to whatever frame of reference we had, sometimes moments ago. Something fantastic is happening.
I don’t know about a critical mass or hundredth monkey effect saving the planet, it is a factor and no doubt happening on some level. The idea that worlds are somehow splitting in some way resonates with me, but that may appear elusive and escapist to some. Consider it an inter dimensional metaphor if you like. Applying these and other ideas about our many levels of growing awareness can be challenging, but something profound is going on and nothing can be excluded from possibility. It’s no doubt a combination of amazing phenomena and we’re in the thick of it.
The base point in all this remains the same – it’s all about personal transformation, first and foremost. Nothing in the external really matters in that fundamental regard but we do of course learn from it. It is a reflection or mirror of the collective to some extent, but with so much on the lower levels being artificially engineered I don’t give that level much weight. It’s just another illusion and point of observation and needs to be kept in perspective. It’s nice to see things change externally, but I’m not holding my breath nor is it my business. I just do my part. Our full on personal transformation comes first, that’s my focus. Realms of discovery and awakening await all of us that dwarf all we’ve learned and realized so far that have vast consequences.
The contrast we’re experiencing in this dimension is similarly engineered by a much higher or all pervading natural creative power for our development and growth. Just as time helps us measure our experience so as to not have everything happen all at once where we wouldn’t experience the depth of this opportunity. Just as other seeming restrictions or natural and even artificial limitations, they all help us. I think it’s important to remember that.
In my opinion, one of the biggest hurdles people are facing is having a negative orientation to all of this. And it’s very understandable. We’ve all seen the pitfalls of being overly dark and conspiratorial, fixating on the less savory elements of this playing field. It’s just one of the hurdles on our path, however daunting. Seeing past that into the bigger picture and the beauty of each sovereign soul at whatever stage of development they are at is so wonderfully encouraging and inspiring, in stark contrast to the more negative and judgmental mindset.
Seeing through the illusory matrix doesn’t make anyone better than another. In fact, the hallmark of wisdom is humility, knowing how little we really know and respecting that growth in others. That, and a sense of humor where we don’t take ourselves and the world around us so damn seriously. When the false bookends of birth and death are kicked out and we see our experience as a continuum in the great ongoing creative process we gain amazing clarity and peace of mind and heart.
Somehow we need to get back to our natural playful spontaneity without fear and wrong self consciousness, as opposed to self awareness. We sense that is our lost paradise within but clearly it’s accessible even if only in brief spurts for now as we continue to emerge. But emerge we will.
There Is No Doomsday – Whatever Happens
Sure we live in potentially cataclysmic times. Haven’t we always? Isn’t so-called death at everyone’s door continually? Hasn’t the planet recycled periodically? And yes, technology and mad scientism are at an all time zenith, but does that really change the fundamentals? Death is our friend, like time, just as contrast and our bodies and circumstance are, with all their challenges.
A doomsday mentality is crippling, as programmed and reinforced by the controlled religious teachings, scientism and the media, but we don’t need to fall for it. Many long term preppers and researchers have woken up to the fact that they simply weren’t happy nor fully living life in that negative bunker mindset and just set out to live their passions. I think there’s no better medicine for ourselves and the planet than that. Creating and exuding inspiring truth, goodness and beauty are what the world, and each of us, needs, and have a much more vast effect than we can realize.
Some will say that is irresponsible. Sure, good and real information that tracks the external has its place. True information activism definitely plays a very important role and has been essential. Let’s just check the orientation and vibration of our sources, and most of all our own reactivity and emotional and spiritual state, and keep a healthy balance. This is nothing new to many folks who’ve passed through that dark gauntlet, but again this is simply growth and the true evolution of our souls.
Belief Systems Ain’t What They Used to Be – But They’re Still Attachments
We’ve all shifted through many paradigms, thinking the next one was “it”, only to find that new one wasn’t “it” either as we kept awakening. It reminds me of the saying, “Don’t follow spiritual leaders, seek what they were seeking.” We can’t condemn ourselves for falling for the next thing either, which usually coagulates into a new belief system in whatever new garments they take on. That’s just part of our learning process. Breaking free is continual. There is no one time awakening, but dogmatic belief systems of any sort are clearly obstacles to be overcome, and they’re not always obvious. The attaching false ego makes sure to disguise that to reinforce itself. It’s not an easy field of learning here but we’re up to it.
Many personal awakenings are much more profound than others, but we can’t settle down in some new paradigm. As the close out sale sign says, “Everything must go!” That’s a daily if not hourly and even continual challenge, and requires cheerful acceptance. That’s where taking things too seriously is a good yardstick to measure our spiritual health. That doesn’t mean to be flippant at all, just healthily detached at all times to the best of our abilities with an open willingness to keep learning and changing, and allowing the same in others. All while still being involved in life. Quite the paradox, but here we are.
That black/white, good/evil, right/wrong dualistic polarization we’ve been fed and entrained with can either help us simply learn and discern at a practical level, or seriously derail our consciousness. Judgementalism and unloving intolerance feed off of this shallow misconception. We’ve all done it and fallen for it. It’s that tricky wrong ego feeding and defending itself again, a sort of implanted survival technique giving us the wrong idea that we’re somehow above or better than others when we judge and fight for our space.
It causes separation. As we’ve all heard and is profoundly true, experiencing and knowing the Oneness of all things is paramount to our conscious awareness. This however flies in the face of everything we’ve been taught or is reinforced in this external societal matrix. Divide and conquer is a way deeper dynamic than just some political ploy for control. It’s a spiritual struggle to help us find our authenticity. Again, it all works for good.
Just Keep Going
Anyway, some thoughts from the hermitage. The best advice I could give anyone is to keep going. It’s all for good and growth and things do sort out over time, even the most devastating and challenging of life experiences.
But if not, that’s good too. Even if it doesn’t seem like it’s working out and appears to take forever.
Just hang in there and keep going. It always sorts out no matter how long it takes.
The wind’s at our back. Go with it. And just keep plodding along. We’re already there simply by keeping on in awareness. As someone wisely said, “We can’t get it wrong and it’s never done”.
We have eternity – it’s “time” to get used to it. We’re just in the thick of a very intense experience, by design. That overview helps us see clearly. We’re all simply learning and evolving.
Let’s enjoy it as best we can, and remember to stay loving, and keep rising.
We’re all in the same boat. And it’s rising with a majestic quantum tide. A unique opportunity in human history. Let’s make the best of it.
All the best, Zen
About the Author
Zen Gardner is an impactful and controversial author and speaker with a piercing philosophical viewpoint. His writings have been circulated to millions and his personal story has caused no small stir amongst entrenched alternative pundits. His book “You Are The Awakening” has met rave reviews and is available on Amazon.com.
1,200-Year-Old Bible Manuscript Found In Southeastern Turkey
Ancient Bible believed to be 1,200 years old was found in southeastern Turkey’s Diyarbakır province.
According to the Turkish authorities, local gendarmerie received intel that someone was looking to sell an ancient Bible manuscript written on leather with gold-encrusted motifs. Suspects were caught red-handed while trying to sell the 34-page manuscript. No further details of the ancient Bible were provided by now.
1,200-year Bible that was found in Turkey (Image Source)
Previously in 2000 another ancient manuscript said to be 1,500 years old has been seized from a gang of smugglers in a Mediterranean-area operation. Ancient version of the Bible in which Jesus is believed to predict the coming of the Prophet Muhammad to Earth has sparked serious interest from the Vatican. The £14million handwritten gold lettered tome was closely guarded until 2010, when it was finally handed over to the Ankara Ethnography Museum.Turkish authorities have stepped up attempts to stamp out the trade of stolen artefacts in recent years.The government has issued a list of items believed to have been stolen from Syria, warning antiquities traders and collectors against their sale or purchase.
Oldest known Bible – Codex Vaticanus (300-305 AD)
The Codex Vaticanus has been kept at the Vatican Library since around the 15th century, and it is the oldest known Bible in existence. The verses are printed on sheets of vellum, and it is believed that it was translated by at least three scribes.
Most scholars believe that the Codex Vaticanus is the most accurate Bible in existence, as it was written only a couple of hundred years after the death of Jesus. It is also considered to be one of the best translations of a Greek Bible. Though this isn’t a complete translation of the Bible, it is remarkably intact and mostly complete. It’s missing most of Genesis, Hebrews, and Revelations.
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Silence From Beyond the Veil
Does consciousness really exist beyond death? For Thomas Bradford, a devout Spiritualist, there was only one way to prove it.
My grandfather was a practical man. Reserved, guided by reason, and seemingly fiercely opposed to the absurdities of religion if my memories of conversations during family gatherings are correct. His first wife died when their two boys were very young. He eventually met my grandmother, who herself was a single mother of two girls. They married, joining both families into one, and lived happily for 44 years. He, a high school janitor (I always think of the line from The Breakfast Club – “I am the eyes and ears of this institution, my friends”), she a nurse. In his retirement, my grandfather enjoyed a quiet life of caring for his fish tanks and gardening.
After my grandfather passed away a few years ago, my grandmother offered me his books. It was a pile of worn paperbacks I didn’t know he possessed by Edgar Cayce, Jess Stearn, and others, with titles like A World Beyond, The Search for a Soul, Legacy of the Gods, and Edgar Cayce on Atlantis.
I didn’t expect him to be interested in such subject matter. Was my grandfather, like many of us, searching for evidence of something beyond this life to cope with the emptiness of his loss?
Of course, humanity has been asking these questions since the dawn of time, filling the terrifying void with gods and monsters to explain the unknown and bring us comfort in the darkness, to find meaning and hope that there is something waiting for us on the other side. That we don’t just blink out.In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Spiritualism offered a new comfort to those in mourning. The dearly departed were never far away, proponents claimed, and certain attuned individuals could channel them back into our realm for grieving families. Usually for a price, of course.Skeptics like Harry Houdini set out to pull back the veil on those they believed were charlatans and reveal their parlor tricks to the public. But, just in case the dead really could communicate with the living, Houdini made a pact with his wife Bess. If he died, he would attempt to contact her with a coded message only they would know.
Houdini died unexpectedly on October 31st, 1926. Bess held a seance every year on the anniversary of his passing until, after ten years of silence, she gave up. Not even Houdini could escape the grave.
Houdini demonstrates how spirit mediums would ring bells with their toes at the Hippodrome, 1925
On the other hand, some believed so strongly that they would go to great lengths to prove it. Like Detroit professor Thomas Lynn Bradford, for example, who committed suicide to prove he could send messages from the great beyond.
Bradford had put an ad in the paper looking for someone interested in “spiritualistic science.” A woman named Ruth Doran responded. “I answered his advertisement through a simple desire to know more about a thing in which I was little versed,” she told reporters later. “I am not a Spiritualist, nor a believer in the psychic.”
When the two met, Bradford explained that he believed there was only one way to prove the existence of the afterlife: “Two minds properly attuned, one of which must shed its earthly mantle.”
Bradford intended to shed his fleshy confinements and contact Doran from the afterlife.
On February 6, 1921 Bradford blew out the pilot light of the heater in the room he rented, turned on the gas, and lay in bed breathing the fumes until he was dead.
When police arrived, they found a note in Bradford’s typewriter which read, “And it is through scientific facts that I propose to demonstrate clearly the phenomena of spirits and prove that all the phenomena is outside the domain of super-natural.”
Doran said, “I am his friend. If he can cause his spirit to come back to earth I believe his spirit will come to me first.”
After two days the New York Times ran a story titled “Dead Spiritualist Silent” in which it was reported that Doran had yet to receive any transmissions from the afterlife.
Three days later, while Doran was holding a two-week-long vigil in her parlor awaiting contact, a woman named Lulu Mack claimed to hear the spirit of Bradford calling her. According to Mack, she didn’t know who Bradford was, had not heard his story, but she discovered he was trying to communicate with her when she visited her reverend medium.
During the seance, Mack heard a voice calling, “Thomas Bradford. Thomas Bradford!”
“Life has fled from the body of Thomas Lynn Bradford—but his spirit is hovering near and calling to us to hear its message,” Mack told reporters. “I have heard the call of his spirit. It is calling to me even now. But I cannot hear the message it would send, because the spirit is too weak.”
Bradford’s spirit was weak, Mack said, because he had taken his own life. It may take some time for him to be purged and purified and pass into the next sphere. He may be strong enough to communicate once he reaches the second or third altitude, Mack explained.
Illustration of Thomas Bradford and Ruth Doran, The Ogden Standard-Examiner, February 21, 1921
One week after Bradford’s birth into spirit life on February 12th, Doran said she felt a strange presence which she believed to be Bradford. She had the vague notion that he would contact her that evening. But he was not strong enough to manifest on his own.
“Psychic students throughout the city agreed to concentrate at 9 that evening on the professor, to ‘accelerate the return of his spirit,’” papers reported. “Leading spiritualistic pastors urged their congregations to join the ‘concentration party.’”
At 9pm, the hour appointed by Doran’s premonition, she and three witnesses who reportedly did not believe in spiritualism gathered in her dimly lit parlor that evening. When she felt the sensation of Bradford’s presence, Doran put her hands to her temples. “Turn out the light,” she instructed.
The lamp winked out.
“I hear his voice,” Doran said. “It is faint, but it grows more distinct. It is the professor.”
Then she said, “Write this!”
In short bursts, Doran dictated a message from Bradford:
I am the professor who speaks to you from the Beyond. I have broken through the veil. The help of the living has greatly assisted me.
I simply went to sleep. I woke up and at first did not realize that I had passed on. I find no great change apparent. I expected things to be much different. They are not. Human forms are retained in outline but not in the physical.
I have not traveled far. I am still much in the darkness. I see many people. They appear natural.
There is a lightness of responsibility here unlike in life. One feels full of rapture and happiness. Persons of like natures associate. I am associated with other investigators. I do not repent my act.
My present plane is but the first series. I am still investigating the future planes regarding which we in this plane are as ignorant as are earthly beings of the life just beyond human life.
Then Bradford’s voice grew weak, the light flickered back on, and he was gone.
“Are you certain, beyond doubt, that you heard from Bradford?” one of the witnesses asked Doran.
“I am convinced,” Doran replied. “I never heard a spirit voice before. That was the professor, without a doubt.”
An End of Life Caregiver Has a Message About Death that You Need to Hear Right Now
Speaking from his experiences working in an ER and witnessing death first hand, then going on to work in end of life care with Hospice, Zach Bush MD, shares a few powerful observations about the way we look at death and life.
As a guest on the Rich Roll Podcast, Bush spent considerable time talking about the impending ecological crisis the human race is facing, and how our current course of action will almost certainly lead to the death of our species and of life on earth, he helps us to reframe our concept of death.
“We have the belief, I think in our subconscious, because of the movies we watch, because of the TV shows we watch, because of our big divorce from the death process, it’s become sterilized. You have probably not seen many people die. You have probably not seen your loved ones die. They’ve probably died in operating rooms, or ICU’s… and so very few human beings are now watching this process of death, and its allowed death to be defined as an endpoint. As a contraction, or a disappearance, rather than what I’ve actually seen it to be.” ~Zach Bush, MD
He goes on to point out examples of people have biologically died but have been brought back to life. These are the people who’ve experienced what we’ve come to call near death experiences, a remarkable phenomenon in which people from all ages, backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, and so on, all share a very common experience.
“And what I’ve seen it to be is a massive expansion, of consciousness, of reality, of awareness, and ultimately of love.” ~Zach Bush, MD
As an ICU doctor, Bush was a firsthand witness to resuscitation of many patients, and he expresses his awe with the fact that the most common thing a patient would first say after being brought back to life was, ‘why did you bring me back?’
“In the hours that follow, they are telling their loved ones, ‘I went into this space, and it was bright white light everywhere, and in that moment I felt completely accepted for the first time in my life.” ~Zach Bush, MD
Now, this is the part you really need to hear right now and share with others:
“I think we’re all walking around right now lonely as hell. And our opportunity to rebirth, because death is not an endpoint, is a transformation moment. It’s an expansion beyond limits of this frail, biological shell that we carry around. And the instant that we step outside of that, we find out that the universe embraces us in every single second of our existence, in complete acceptance of who we are. We are enough, in and of our own identity of ‘I am,’ at every second of every point of our existence.” ~Zach Bush, MD
He goes on to ask a very big question about our existence, that is, what if we need a death moment in order to evolve into who we are really supposed to be?
Watch the short clip for yourself, here, and please share with friends, family, and loved ones.
About the Author
Vic Bishop is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com. He is an observer of people, animals, nature, and he loves to ponder the connection and relationship between them all. A believer in always striving to becoming self-sufficient and free from the matrix, please track him down on Facebook.
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