Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Explanation for Mandela Effect and Reality Shifts

While the term “Mandela Effect” is relatively new, having been first coined in 2010 by blogger Fiona Broome, the phenomena it describes has been around much longer. Author PMH Atwater was the first to call this phenomenon by the name “reality shifts” in a chapter by that same title in her book, Future Memory.  My book, Reality Shifts: When Consciousness Changes the Physical World, was first published in 1999, and provides scientific insights into what might be going on when people observe differences between what they remember and what current historical evidence at that time suggest.

Thanks to the advent of the internet and social media making it newly possible (since the late 1990’s) to share notes about this relatively off-beat phenomenon, people first began sharing their surprise at noticing differences between their memories and facts starting in the late 1990’s–as well as differences between their memories and memories of others. The RealityShifters ezine begun in October 1999 has now documented hundreds of such first-hand reports from people on every continent and many countries over the past 20 years.

What does it mean to shift reality / jump timelines?

What’s really going on when we notice a discrepancy between something we thought we knew for sure and what the current reality ‘has always been’? What we know can be summarized as our sense of self awareness holds the key:
Quantum phenomena occur at all levels of reality–not just ‘in the quantum realm.’ Such phenomena involves instantaneous changes of state, and includes seemingly improbable things as: so-called ‘spooky action at a distance’ and instantaneous exchanges of information through quantum entanglement, quantum teleportation, and superposition of states. Quantum phenomena require an Observer, and the measurements obtained by an Observer has everything to do with what choices the Observer makes. Observers can influence past events, also, so choices made now can change what has previously occurred. It becomes clear that quantum physics delivers us with all we need to experience reality shifts when we are both the Actors in and the Observers of our lives. As we expand our awareness of self to be more than just Actors experiencing physical events, but also Observers of our actions, thoughts and feelings–we can expect to witness more than one record of historical events. 

A non-scientist layperson might presume that if we’re talking about quantum physics effects occurring on the macroscopic (large) scale, then scientists ought to be able to agree on how this might occur and what role consciousness plays–yet there is not yet any such agreement. Instead, we have a number of interpretations of quantum physics, which include several variations of “many worlds” or multiverse theories, holographic interpretations, and the Copenhagen ‘classical’ collapse interpretation–and an equal lack of convergence of agreeement as to what consciousness is.

Regardless which quantum interpretation most appeals to you, within a context of acknowledging there must be a way to bring together classical physics with quantum physics in a “Theory of Everything,” and agreeing that such a theory must include consciousness in the form of an observer is central to starting to understand a scientific explanation for the Mandela Effect–and thus, an Observer’s recognition of their independent consciousness is sufficient and necessary for their subsequent experiences that can feel as if they’ve jumped from one ‘reality’ or ‘timeline’ to others. An Observer’s awareness of having jumped between realities or timelines is a paradox, in the sense that all possible realities co-exist in some form, yet we typically only remember one–or in some cases two or more.

There are still mysteries to be more fully explored, but at the heart of it lies a reassessment of our fundamental assumptions about who we are, and how reality operates. We find clues in these areas when we view the differences between the way we typically believe we live in a “classical physics” world, yet we are seeing ever-increasing evidence that suggests primacy of quantum physics. And some of the greatest insights can come from taking a closer look at ways that Quantum physics differs from Classical. The differences between classical physics and quantum physics that are essential to recognize here include:

(1) Quantum physics requires an Observer outside of the system being perceived; Classical physics does not. This may seem unimportant, yet who “I” am as an Observer is of central significance in the reality I subsequently observe. For those of us noticing we are both Actors in and Observers of our lives, we gain the ability to expand our sense of self, and we lay the groundwork for becoming capable of witnessing more than one set of historical events. As Dean Radin describes in his book, Supernormal, individuals who master levels of awareness of self are aware of developing reality-shifting, quantum jumping abilities.

(2) Quantum physics utilizes a concept of ‘quanta’ in which events occur in discontinuous, ‘stair step’ fashion; Classical physics events occur on a smooth continuum. While western education has long described all branches of science as following classical, continuous paths, fresh insights are arriving that incorporate Quantum jumps in the new fields of: Quantum Biology, Quantum Chemistry, Quantum Astronomy, and more. Nature appears to be especially adept and adroit at utilizing quantum retrocausality in such a way that produces exceptionally high levels of efficiencies in such natural processes as photosynthesis–which has been proven to be an example of quantum phenomena occurring in a warm, wet, messy and macroscopic (larger-than-Planck-scale) environment.

(3) Quantum physics has disproven Classical physics assumptions of: Material realism (only what can be measured matters); Non-local events can be assumed to never occur (quantum entanglement ensures non-local events regularly occur); and that “Objective measureements” can be made, and the role of Observers can be ignored (quantum physics requires an Observer).

You Are the Operating Observer (Not just a Puppet)

The main reason we are capable of recognizing that we can experience more than one possible history of events is that who we are consists of levels of Operating Observer awareness. We can thus ‘take a measurement’ in the form of checking on facts that we already know, and occasionally be surprised that what we remember having actually experienced is different than what we see evidence for currently in the physical reality we exist within as Observing Beings.

Quantum jumping involves recognizing that you can be the Operating Observer behind the Observing Being–that you can activate and energize the part of you that is the energizing force animating and directing your life. You might think of this as being analogous to operating a puppet, and knowing that you are the animating force that inspires the puppet to take actions and talk. Such an awareness is a spiritual awareness, in the sense that you begin to practice spiritual practices of viewing your true self as the one who chooses all your daily practices in life. You are the one who chooses whether you become loving, compassionate, kind, and fearless–or weighed down by fears, worries, doubts, grudges, or anger. Such development has more in common with joining a spiritual group and devoting years of daily practice than it does to following a cooking recipe–in the sense that you will be learning how to direct yourself through awareness of being a larger being–of being the one capable of interacting directly with other Operating Observers in the universe.

By Cynthia Sue Larson

Sunday, April 15, 2018

A Reinvention Ritual To Harness The New Moon In Aries

     The new moon in Aries—the first sign of the zodiac—is upon us. The ultimate sign of the self, Aries stands tall, fiery, and ready to begin again. Coming off a long winter, it arrives to bring out our fire and encourage us to take risks in new lands.
  Aries is a sign that values action over emotion, which means we should all use this time of year as a cue to breathe and feel into our bodies. Emotions are not to be avoided as we continue into the new moon, through Aries season, and on our way to Taurus season, where we will be asked to slow down, smell the roses, savor the taste of food, make out with passion, and dress beautifully. The journey through the wheel of the seasons, the astro cycle, and the night sky's cycles is one of magic, beauty, and mystery—and it all starts with this new moon.

     Syncing your life to nature can be transformational because it provides a container, a dedicated space, for your inner work. Our everyday calendars, packed with tasks and reminders and meetings, engages the left side of our brain. When we create a relationship with the moon, we engage the right side of our brain—that creative, mystical side. And when we start infusing that creativity into our intention setting, it can dramatically change how we perceive and navigate the world. I have been charting my inner journey with the moon for 16 years, and it has revolutionized so much for me. It's even led me to co-create Moon Club, a space where other women can gather to grow with the moon each month.

     So as the moon begins its cycle once again on Sunday, let's use the days around it to set an intention for the cycle ahead. If you're in the northern hemisphere, you can truly focus on what you want to manifest for spring and summer. And if you are south of the equator, you can still intentionally cultivate whatever you need this cycle and tend to your inner garden.

An Aries new moon ritual for new beginnings. 

  1. Begin by setting some time aside when you can focus and relax into your creative mind. Light a candle or some sage or palo santo. Put on some tunes you are excited about. Put the phone on airplane mode.
  2. Take some time to reflect and journal. What seeds do you want to plant in your life right now? Do a check through all the areas of your life. Think deeper than surface here: self-esteem, self-confidence, radiance. Look deeply into what you want to plant.
  3. It's visualization time! If you have visualized before, awesome! And if not, no worries at all. We are going to keep this one easy for you. Begin by doing some deep breathing. Then sit, eyes closed, and visualize your heart as the most beautiful garden you have ever seen. Smell what it smells like. Take inventory of where it looks dry. And begin to visualize yourself planting it with a bounty of seeds—each one representing something you wish to cultivate. A new project? More self-love? A Beyoncé-style entrance every time you walk into a room? Whatever it is, visualize yourself planting it and watering it.
  4. Post visualization, take the messages you found for the cycle and write them out on a beautiful piece of paper to put on your altar or somewhere you look daily. You may want to photograph this and also use it as your phone background, screen saver, or post it on your mirror—wherever you spend a lot of time looking and being. Then find three items or props to help you stay aligned with your message and who you want to be this cycle. For example, I'm reaching for a pair of Brazilian amethyst earrings I forgot I had to remind me of my Brazilian grandma, a new notebook for business ideas to manifest money, and a picture of me as a tiny ballerina in sneakers to put on my altar and remind me I am an artist and a dancer.
Last weekend, I put my hands in dirt and actually planted physical seeds. If you can add this to your ritual, the earth will thank you for it. The seeds we plant now support the planet around us. It’s up to us to do the work and take the time, and then gently water with care.

By Alexandra Roxo

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Be Grateful for Everything!

When we are truly grateful, we have a fresh view and see everything through kind, humanitarian eyes. This happens especially when as soon as we accomplish something we longed for. Our lives are so full of new excitements, things we never realized. We are happy to be alive; the world is at our fingertips.

Then slowly, we get into a routine. We begin to take our life, jobs, and family for granted. We now hurriedly drive past the same flower tree without a glance that used to make us smile. We don't notice the chirping of birds or the cool breeze; we get frustrated with something about our partner that we used to think was adorable.

When this happens, we know that we have begun to lose our gratitude.

How do we gain our gratitude back? I wish I could say, "Just write a list of things you're thankful for!" For some, that may work. For me, something needs to hit me square in the face to make me realize how lucky I am. I had this happen to me the other day. On the way to work, I was inwardly complaining about my crappy car, having to get out of bed early, and the stress of planning a wedding. Until I saw a handicapped homeless man, sitting beside a bench, looking starving and somewhat delirious.

I consider it Divine Intervention that this shook me so much. Immediately I was filled with shame of my selfishness. I have health, a job, a car, friends and family who love me. I was then filled with gratitude for my life, and filled with compassion for that man. I wanted to help. It shouldn't take me seeing someone in poverty in order to be grateful for what I have, or to want to help someone.

The first step in gaining gratitude? Noticing you have lost it.

A friend

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Thoughts About “Enlightenment”

In my life I have pondered exactly what “enlightenment” actually is. Many have strong opinions about it, usually involving a caricature of the peaceful holy being sitting in lofty detachment from the cares of the world. Well, as the old song goes, “It ain’t necessarily so.”

I've found that "enlightenment” is pretty much in the eye of the beholder. I have been searching for Truth for a very long time, and along the way I’ve learned some things about the Buddha and some things he allegedly said. Most would grant the Buddha as being “enlightened.” One thing that stuck with me was (to paraphrase) “They criticize he who speaks little. They criticize he who speaks a lot. They criticize he who doesn’t speak at all. There is no one on Earth who is not criticized.”

I also found out that in his wandering, he spent some time fasting to the point of self-annihilation. Finding that starvation is NOT the way to enlightenment, he began to eat again. Of course the “spiritual teachers” and his disciples with an inflated sense of what a “truly enlightened being would do” criticized him and turned away from him because he no longer fit their perceptual frame and would no longer play to their confirmation bias.

I have also been criticized from time to time because I am passionate about some things like integrity, honor, dignity, and respect. It is an interesting illusion that so many believe Holy Beings don’t get angry, despite lots of historical evidence that forms of enlightenment do not preclude getting outraged at worldly obscenities. It is as though one must stop having strong opinions, and have no attitude whatsoever about anything, in order to be perceived by the superficial as "enlightened."

We all have the capacity for anger. That’s Mars. Of course, there is a healthy and unhealthy way for Mars to manifest. A while back I learned from studying the works of Dr. Elisabeth Kubler-Ross that there are two kinds of anger: healthy anger and toxic anger.

The first comes forth in the presence of something that outrages the sensibility and must be addressed. This anger comes and leaves because it is specific to the situation and doesn't dominate our life, mind, or feelings. The second type of anger, toxic anger, is hardened and has no purpose other than to just be angry. It makes a nest in our hair and ferments over time.

Obviously, getting angry over little things is no way to live a life on a day to day basis, but we also cannot stifle a natural part of ourselves and expect to live a healthy life. This teaches us the virtues of caution, consideration, self-reflection, and discernment about what we let arouse us and what we learn to let go of in the moment.

As I mentioned earlier, it sure seems that there is a prevailing illusion that the perceptual caricature of a “spiritual being” is in fact the way that Being is actually experiencing life in a body. For “enlightened” beings, everything’s peace, light, and love all the time, right? Devotees of the illusion believe that no truly spiritual being has ever lost their temper even for a moment.

And yet, it seems that those caught in the illusion of what “enlightenment” is supposed to look like have forgotten one of the greatest of all time, who we are told got so outraged at the degradation of His temple that He started flipping tables over. I doubt he had a smile on his face while doing that!

So if one of the most enlightened of all time questioned his teachers on their dogma, drank wine, hung with laborers, got mad, and even got married (yes, even the bible tells us so!) then I suppose these things won’t prevent us from being “enlightened.”

Which brings us to the question: What if God was one of us? Would we recognize Christ or Buddha if he were in front of us, or commenting on a web site?
“Enlightenment” means many things to many people. Students in the School of Enlightened Art do not learn the same things as students in the School of Enlightened Science or the School of Enlightened Philosophy. That’s why unless we are familiar with the tools, aims, and methods of each school, we really don’t know everything there is to know about “enlightenment.”

Ultimately, in our quest for Truth, we pretty much have to take the view that other people’s opinions about “enlightenment” must be taken with a grain of salt, since no one ever walked even a mile in anyone else’s shoes. While we all climb one of the three great “Mountains of Truth,” each of us gets our own unique experience along the way. While there are common lessons for all of us, each gets to find their unique realizations, and their own unique ways of applying those realizations to find the Truth of their Being, and the truths they are here to share with their world.
So the next time someone criticizes you for what you believe, write, or say, just remember to consider the source, since an elementary school bully will certainly say horrible things to others, regardless of how much more you may know than they do. While you don't want to get enmeshed in a battle with someone who will waste your time, sometimes you just have to speak your peace from a compassionate but detached view of the drama.

Still, if you are confronted by a bully, or someone who wants to drag you down to their level, have courage, stand your ground, know your Truth, uphold your integrity, and love your Way. Walk away from untruth and find Truth. Sooner or later, through difficulty and triumph, you will know your unique form of “enlightenment.” And that is good enough for all of us.

By Robert Wilkinson