Democracy, Evolution, Science And Spirit.

by Jerry Alatalo

“That our planet is the one and only planet where life has emerged would be a ridiculous assumption… Even if only one in a hundred of the ten billion suitable planets has actually got life well under way, there would be more than 100 million such planets. No, it is presumptuous to think that we are alone.”

– HARLOW SHAPLEY (1885-1972) American astronomer

Galaxy2Alphabet After the people of Greece held their historic referendum and voted “No” to increased austerity measures, many around the world are thinking about what the vote means for not only Greece but for humanity. What was particularly remarkable about the “No” vote, 61% to 39% “Yes”, was that the people of Greece overcame a relentless corporate media campaign meant to instill fear and convince them to vote “yes”, and in so doing provided an amazing example of solidarity-based courage for the rest of humanity.

The referendum in Greece is one illustration among an increasing number of events and situations around the Earth in recent years pointing to positive change or evolution. Some would disagree with the interpretation that humanity is going through rapid change and intensification of evolutionary, beneficial movement. So, those who see what is fundamentally a spiritual evolution occurring before their eyes stand amazed, while those who see the same-old, same-old find little to get excited about. However one analyzes current world events, citizens of Greece taking a stand against historic economic and financial exploitation by small groups of wealthy elites is something that is extraordinary.

The aspect of the Greek referendum which could rightly be described as awe-inspiring is the fact that future Earthly events resulting from the vote may in a relatively short time bring about actions creating a better, more just and fair world which many were firmly convinced “won’t happen in our lifetimes”.  The situation in Greece and the government’s dramatic negotiations over the last months with the so-called Troika have gained/attracted the attention of millions of men and women from all corners of the planet, and in effect has resulted in perhaps the greatest collective education and revealing of how international finance works the world has ever seen.

The extent to which men and women across the Earth have gained awareness and knowledge of economics and finance is huge and unprecedented. Because of that increased awareness, produced with a combination of high interest (pun not intended) and an avalanche of analytical reporting, the belief by people that other economic/banking models besides the “status-quo” are both possible and ready for implementation – plus more fundamentally just and beneficial – has grown in large measure. And as that belief generated by awareness and knowledge grows, so too does the will and intent to universalize good changes.

Most of the Earth’s people wish for the most fair, decent and just economic/financial models available to become implemented. That wish stems from a universally inherent, present-from-birth human quality of compassion for one’s fellow men, women and children, suffering through economic downturn, financial stress, wars and violence, and other less than ideal life situations.

From Daniel Sheehan’s perspective, that compassion is one part of the emergent, evolutionary next step for our human family.

Beyond sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch, humanity is on the brink of discovering, developing and experiencing a 6th faculty, profoundly evolutionary in its essential nature. This 6th faculty in basic terms is the ability to sense/perceive the creation as one unified field where everything is interconnected, and including an automatic knowing of whether actions are in harmony with, or disharmonious to, the universe. Furthermore, science will join with spirituality upon the realization/understanding that human intentions are responsible for manifesting material reality.

Daniel Sheehan is a Harvard Law and Divinity School graduate, and was an attorney working on some of America’s most important legal cases – including the Watergate break-in which led to Richard Nixon’s resignation, the Pentagon Papers leading to a swifter end to the Vietnam War, Iran-Contra during the Reagan-Bush administration, Karen Silkwood’s murder case related to nuclear scandal, journalists’ right to protect confidential sources, and many more. More recently, Mr. Sheehan, in response to unconstitutional provisions of NDAA legislation, has advocated for establishment of “Constitutional Defense Zones” in cities, counties and states across the United States to protect citizens’ constitutional rights.

When Jimmy Carter won the 1976 presidential election, Carter asked then CIA Director (under Gerald Ford) George H.W. Bush for all the information he had on extraterrestrial life and UFOs. Jimmy Carter had admitted to seeing a UFO while Governor of Georgia. Bush told President-elect Carter that he’d accommodate his wish, only if Carter kept Bush on as CIA Director. Carter had someone else in mind, and Bush declined to produce the requested information.

Daniel Sheehan’s legal reputation led to him being asked to contribute to/join Carter’s effort, he accepted, then he was eventually granted, to his surprise, permission to look at and investigate the government’s classified UFO/extraterrestrial information contained in “Project Blue Book”. He entered a room where the materials were on a table, and he describes finding 1950’s photographs of a crashed UFO where Air Force personnel were investigating the crash site. Since then Daniel Sheehan has become more deeply involved in the extraterrestrial issue, to the point of regularly speaking at conferences like the one in the video below from a few months ago.

Scientists estimate that our Milky Way galaxy alone contains 500 million star systems. Scientists estimate around 500 billions of galaxies in the universe, and that each of those 500 billion galaxies contain up to 500 million star systems.

After viewing many of his talks, including 17 nearly 2-hour lectures to students as Professor of World Politics at University of California-Santa Cruz, Mr. Sheehan’s knowledge of history, political events, extraterrestrial/UFO research, and spirituality is absolutely outstanding. Any man or woman interested in learning a large number of often disturbing, often inspiring, little-known facts and revelations about important historical events and conditions will find it difficult to find a better source than Daniel Sheehan. He is one of the world’s most profound thinkers and immensely articulate.

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For more information and a link to videos of Daniel Sheehan’s talks and lectures on YouTube, visit:

http://romeroinstitute.org

(Thank you to Daniel Sheehan at YouTube)

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A Cardiologist’s Perception Of Life And Death.

by Jerry Alatalo

“And he who shall find the interpretation of the words shall not taste death.”

– The Gospel of Thomas

Galaxy1Alphabet Speaking in public is second on the list of things people fear the most. Number one on the list is death. The famous director/comedian Woody Allen had an original way of looking at the topic: “I’m not afraid of dying, I just don’t wanna be around when it happens”. Perhaps most lists of things people fear most don’t include fear of losing one’s immortality, a variation on the concept of death – and a fear which hopefully lessens after the near death experience (NDE) comes into more people’s awareness. Because for close to 100% of NDE men, women and children there is no more fear of death; they have through first-hand encounters come to realize death in its commonly held perception is a myth and/or falsehood.

Doctor Pim van Hommel was a practicing cardiologist for 20 years when he wrote “Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience”, in which he describes what he observed and learned over that time from studying his patients’ near-death experiences. Starting in 1988 and out of sheer curiosity, Dr. van Hommel compiled and filed his interactions and discussions with patients, focused on creating a record of extraordinary or revelatory events. At the start, it might make the subject of NDE more intriguing to note that Dr. van Hommel is a “world-renowned” cardiologist. This makes clear the man has impeccable credentials and an earned respectability which makes his life experience on the topic of  NDEs worthy of serious consideration.

Although the NDE has become a more popular subject in recent years due to sales of NDE-related books reaching bestseller status, a distance remains to the point where the scientific community can confidently and unanimously state that “life after death is real”. This post will ideally provide a push, a little nudge, in that direction – the point where it has become widely accepted that human consciousness survives the death of the physical body. Using a quote from one of Dr. van Hommel’s patients from his book gives us another direct, reinforcing perspective: “dead is not dead”.

Perhaps the essential question related to NDEs has to do with how such a phenomenon will affect humanity when awareness of it becomes widespread around the world. At some point, the knowledge brought back by those who’ve had NDEs will produce a “critical mass” with respect to a new (old, see below) philosophic/spiritual paradigm, and to an extent that knowledge finds its way into high government officials’ discussions on possible actions affecting the world’s 7-8 billion people. Doctor van Hommel notes in the interview that NDEs are not a new phenomenon: Plato spoke and wrote about them in “The Republic”, ancient|sacred books of the world’s great spiritual traditions include obvious NDE descriptions and so on. So one discovers that NDEs are really “old wisdom” just beginning to gain wider dissemination through the many bestsellers on the fascinating subject.

Dr. van Hommel has reached the conclusion that consciousness is a separate function not originating from the brain, that it is impossible for the brain to control consciousness, and states “that’s an important conclusion”. In his view the human brain does not hold consciousness but facilitates it. The brain in his view is a kind of transceiver – receiving information from a timeless, spaceless, unity-filled “non-local” consciousness, and sending information from the physical “local” body to the higher dimensions where NDErs travel. He points out that consciousness (feelings, thoughts, etc.) is impossible to measure as no equipment has been invented for that purpose, so what occurs when people have NDEs is also immeasurable scientifically.

One unfortunate result for many who’ve had NDEs is their silent suffering due to a non-acceptance by friends, family, co-workers and others of the “realness” of their events, of which NDErs unanimously report. A lot of NDErs go through years of depression because of such non-acceptance and unbelief by others, an ironic result given the ecstatic, blissful details they describe after returning. On the other – encouraging – hand, thanks to the mentioned bestsellers providing NDE men and women the relief of knowing many others are in the same situation, an increasing number of experienced are coming forward and sharing their positive, profound accounts. In turn, more NDE men and women come forward in a positive expansion of people sharing and talking about what they saw, felt and experienced.

Dr. van Hommel:

“What we hear from people with a NDE is that each thought you ever had is kept with the influence it had on yourself and on others in the past. Each thought is kept, and then of course each word and action is kept as well”.

This comes through most powerfully, and Dr. van Hommel is referring to, when NDE men and women recount the “life review” event during the experience as they move and re-view their life from birth to the time they “died”. Men, women and children who’ve had NDEs describe feeling great sadness when harming another physically or mentally, in contrast to great feelings of joy when helping, encouraging, or expressing love to others. One can only imagine the amount of “computer memory” necessary to record every thought, word and action of every human being who ever lived.

“They know that there is no death – there is continuity of the essence of who you are. You live different. The concept you have about death makes how you live. The material aspects of life – competition, money, big car, young bodies… – it isn’t important anymore. It’s about empathy, compassion towards others; toward the planet Earth. So, it changes a lot. So we need them – those people with near death experiences. We can learn from them. They were my teachers. I was just a materialistic cardiologist, and just because of my curiosity I started to do the study and it changed my concepts about life and death”.

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Use the following link to read reviews of Dr. Pim van Lommel’s book “Consciousness Beyond Life: The Science of the Near-Death Experience”. Reading those reviews will provide greater insights and appreciation for what Dr. van Lommel shares in the following video interview.  For example, one of the reviewers said this about the book: “I can’t imagine a book that would go deeper than this one”.  

http://www.amazon.com/Consciousness-Beyond-Life-Near-Death-Experience/

(Thank you to scienceandnonduality at YouTube)

Masters Of War: Become One With All People.

Posted on August 20, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

aaa-30At the end of the movie “Full Metal Jacket” the screenwriter created the closing scene where a group of U.S. Marines, after experiencing the insanity of learning then carrying out war and killing, joined together in the singing of one of Walt Disney’s most-famous cartoon characters:

“M – I – C – K – E – Y M – O – U – S- E!” 

“Full Metal Jacket” along with anti-war films such as “The Deer Hunter”, “Catch 22”, “Apocalypse Now”, “Born On the Fourth of July” and many others became written, directed and acted in artistic collaborations designed to point out the views of most human beings: war is insanity and must end. How else can one describe war – human beings murdering their fellow human beings – but as madness? And why is it that those who are known as “hawks”, “warmongers”, and “masters of war” never articulate on war as insane?

The irrationality and mental derangement of war and killing is clearly understood by nearly every man, woman, and child in the world, so how do the war-makers not get that same understanding? What is the difference between the rational people who view clearly the destructive nature of war and those who feel war is still an acceptable “tool” for resolving conflict and disagreement?

The greatest obstacle for humanity to overcome lies in figuring out ways to convince the warmongering men and women on Earth that what they are advocating is insanity. Surely the war-makers are aware of “violence begets violence”, “blessed are the peacemakers”, the Golden Rule, and other spiritual concepts from the days of their youth. One wonders if the masters of war, during their times of quiet introspection, ever think about and regret how they went from gentle, joyful, friendly children to becoming advocates for war; advocates for murderous, life-destroying madness.

What really goes through the mind of a warmonger? In the year 2014, there are millions of men and women living in all lands of the Earth who think about these things and ask themselves: “will war ever end?” It has become increasingly clear that there are people who own unimaginable wealth and yet are not satisfied enough to stop making war and become peacemakers. The Indian philosopher Krishnamurti, in his book “Think On These Things”, told the well-off university students attending his talks that they had the freedom, with their wealth and privileged life situations, to devote time to thinking on ways to create a better world for all people.

Perhaps when discussions take place on the various situations around the Earth where wars and killing are occurring, there is an insufficient number of men and women making references to war as madness; a shortage of calls for its abolition. Mankind has accomplished an almost endless number of fantastic things through history, and yet remains somehow unable to finally and forever end war and killing. One can only imagine why there isn’t much greater time and effort devoted by the world’s political, business, academic, military, and religious/spiritual leaders – to ending war.

One can imagine…

If war ended…

And all people became One.

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(Thank you to TestChannel909 at YouTube)

Questions For The 85 Richest People On Earth, And All.

Posted February 15, 2014

by Jerry Alatalo

“Self-realization is the knowing – in body, mind, and soul – that we are one with the omnipresence of God, that we do not have to pray that it comes to us, that we are not merely near it at times, but that God’s omnipresence is our omnipresence, and that we are just as much a part of him now as we will ever be. All we have to do is improve our knowing.”

– Paramhansa Yogananda (1893-1952)

ripple22In the last post it ended by stating that the 85 richest people on Earth need to become publically named, and that those 85 need to answer some very difficult and important questions. The questions had to do with specific content in the post, but then a video by a man who was a close associate of Paramhansa Yogananda came into view, offering more fundamental questions. First, Mr. Yogananda was responsible for bringing Eastern spirituality to the West during the years 1930-50, and wrote the largest selling spiritual autobiography in history: “The Autobiography Of A Yogi”.

Roy Eugene Davis spent time with Yogananda and has some interesting recollections of times and conversations between them. Mr. Davis was in his early 20’s when he first met Yogananda. He remembers Yogananda’s advice to him then, “Study some, meditate more, and always think of God”. After many years, with the passing of Paramhansa Yogananda a few weeks away, Mr. Davis recalls Yogananda’s last advice before transitioning to the infinite: “Don’t allow your mind to be disturbed by what others do or don’t do, don’t look back, don’t look to the right or to the left. But look straight ahead to the goal, and go all the way in this incarnation. You can do it”.

Mr. Yogananda passed in the year 1952, and this talk by Mr. Davis occurred in 2010 – 58 years later. In the talk he proposes and discusses 6 questions that people need to ask. These questions would be beneficial if asked of not only the 85 richest people, but they are essential spiritual material for every person to ponder.

What is God?    The highest good, Source, Allah, Great Spirit, Creator, etc., who is omnipresent, all-powerful, unconditional love. Mr. Davis tells his audience that all concepts of God should be put aside; that men and women need to open themselves to see and discern God.

What is my true nature?    One’s essence is pure consciousness. All people are individualized units of pure consciousness – God. This pure consciousness becomes manifested to various degrees depending on the person’s actions, discipline, and intent.

Why am I here?     Mr. Davis says that souls are attracted to places in tune with their mental states and states of consciousness. So, this (Earth) is where human beings belong – for now. We are not here as any form of punishment: we are here to gracefully grow to emotional and spiritual maturity, as well as use knowledge and skills efficiently. He says that people have enough resources to accomplish what we need or want to do. He suggests living more easily is possible, although billions of people around the world are barely surviving – living impoverished, difficult lives.

What is my purpose or aim?     Mr. Davis then states “..to be spiritually awake through the stages of spiritual growth, with the intention and aspiration to realize spiritual awareness in this incarnation/lifetime – with emphasis on this lifetime, not in the next incarnation or in the afterlife. He goes on to say that meditation and right living is the best preparation for departing the body at the time of death, that the highest possible level of consciousness – without the debris of erroneous opinion – that leads to knowing, not believing or speculation, will allow the best results.

How is this actualized?     He speaks of the need to acquire accurate knowledge of metaphysical realities and then to apply that knowledge.

Am I doing all that I need to do for the completion or fulfillment of my purpose?     Mr. Davis simplifies things somewhat by stating that “when we know what to do, we should do it”. He notes that a person is on the path when they no longer look at meditation as a kind of unpleasant chore, but look forward to daily meditative practice as optimistic, joyful, and an exploration into higher consciousness – not an escape or way of achieving a “buzz”.

His suggestion is not to meditate to gain some simple relaxation, but to meditate with focus on attaining the point of super-consciousness – and beyond.

Roy Eugene Davis was born in 1931 and is an American spiritual teacher, who began publishing “Truth Journal Magazine” in 1967 and has continuously been published for over 45 years. He has taught the Kriya Yoga tradition, which he learned from Paramhansa Yogananda, for over 60 years.

He began developing the ministry and retreat facilities of the “Center for Spiritual Awareness” in Lakefront, Georgia  in 1972, and became elected its Chairman in 1976.

His books (first to last):

“Miracle Man of Japan”, “The Science of Kriya Yoga”, “Life Surrendered to God”, “An Easy Guide to Ayurveda”, “The Self-Revealed Knowledge that Liberates the Spirit”, “The Path of Light”, “Seven Lessons in Conscious Living”, “The Science of God-Realization”, “Satisfying Our Innate Desire to Know God”, “The Science of Self-Realization”, “Paramhansa Yogananda: As I Knew Him”, “Absolute Knowledge: That Liberates Consciousness”, “The Spiritual Basis of Real Prosperity”, “The Eternal Way”, “Mystic Reflections”, and “Self-Knowledge”.

Paramhansa Yogananda founded the “Self-Realization Fellowship” in 1920. He taught Kriya Yoga as a means to achieve that self-realization. Yogananda listed the aims and ideals for the Self-Realization Fellowship:

To disseminate among the nations knowledge of definite scientific techniques for attaining direct personal experience of God

To teach that the purpose of life is the evolution, through self-effort, of man’s limited mortal consciousness in God-consciousness; and to this end to establish Self-Realization Fellowship temples for God-communion throughout the world, and to encourage the establishment of individual temples of God in the homes and hearts of men

To reveal the complete harmony and basic oneness of original Christianity as taught by Jesus Christ and original yoga as taught by Bhagavan Krishna; and to show that these principles of truth are the common scientific foundation of all true religions

To point out the one divine highway to which all paths of true religious beliefs eventually lead; the highway of daily, scientific, devotional meditation on God

To liberate man from his threefold suffering: physical disease, mental inharmonies, and spiritual ignorance

To encourage “plain living and high thinking”, and to spread a spirit of brotherhood among all peoples by teaching the eternal basis of their unity: kinship with God

To demonstrate the superiority of mind over body, of soul over mind

To overcome evil by good, sorrow by joy, cruelty by kindness, ignorance by wisdom

To unite science and religion through realization of the unity of their underlying principles

To advocate cultural and spiritual understanding between East and West, and the exchange of their finest distinctive features, and…

To serve mankind as one’s larger self

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(Thank you to Center for Spiritual Awareness @ YouTube)