Necessity is the mother of invention and for humanity, the need is growing rapidly.
It’s obvious to me that we’re in trouble on this planet. The persistent rumours of trouble we heard whispered for decades have become mainstream news. Our problems have become a lot harder to ignore. Why as a species do we insist on ignoring these urgent issues? Are we too afraid of the enormity of it all? We can’t just pack up and move to another planet. Earth is our only oasis in what appears to be quite a barren solar system.
As our problems grow exponentially it seems as though it’s our generation that gets to deal with it. Our fear and ignorance of the problem aren’t helping. The longer we’re in denial, the bigger and deeper the hole we dig for ourselves. At this stage of our journey the hole we’ve dug so far is starting to look like a mass grave. This is the time. This is the place. We are the people. We need to face reality and fix this planet.
An emergency is defined as a serious, unexpected, and often dangerous situation requiring immediate action.
Globally, the gap between the rich and the poor is growing. Fuel costs are rising and we’re using insane methods to generate electricity. Fukushima is a reality that isn't going to just go away. Our scientific ability is far more advanced than our ethical ability which means that while we do have the technical ability to wipe ourselves out completely we may not have the moral fibre required to prevent this. Our medical systems are failing around the world and teetering on the brink of collapse in many areas. Advertisers have learned how to make us perpetually hungry for everything. All we know how to do is consume. We've forgotten what real food is and the stuff that we do eat is designed to make us hungrier. Everyone has noticed the global weather patterns have changed not to mention earthquake and volcano activity. This is just a short list of some of the changes we’re experiencing. In most cases the change is exponential and the rate of change seems to be accelerating unabated.
I think the biggest change though is with the exchange of information. The world is more connected than it’s ever been since the internet. I suspect the internet is going to play an important role in our future if we don’t bury ourselves first. This emergency scenario is very real and if we are to survive as a species we need to take immediate action at an individual level.
Why are we not taking immediate Action?
What’s happening to us is unprecedented in our lives and maybe we just can’t believe its happening. We’re in denial. We have cognitive dissonance to protect ourselves from the shock of it all. We have not yet accepted and admitted to ourselves that we have a global problem that needs our urgent attention. Many people are awaking to our reality and this trend is also growing exponentially. I think we may be nearing a tipping point of awareness. Things will continue to decline on this planet until we reach a critical mass of individuals that are actively looking after their environment as if their lives depended on it.
Because we’re in denial we’re not accepting responsibility for our current reality. We’ve abdicated our responsibility to our leaders.
Our leaders are part of the problem. They’ve fooled themselves into thinking that they’re benefitting from the current status quo and they’re digging harder and faster than everyone else. Maybe they’re just more scared than the rest of as they have so much more to lose? But we’re all in the same hole and they’re just as stuck as we are. They desperately need our help. We need to do the right thing and help them. Until we each admit that there really is a problem and that we’re the responsible people, we’re not going to change anything. The hole will just keep getting bigger until its big enough for all of us including our leaders.
When will we take Action?
Of course some people are taking action and are making a profound difference. But it’s a numbers game and a natural part of our evolution, assuming we survive. If we do nothing, our environment will become unbearable. Once our environment becomes unbearable we either expire or become forced into action. It’s very difficult to be creative when you’re under pressure. It would be a far better idea to be proactive and not reactive, or worse, dead. At an individual level we need to rummage around inside and find the courage to save ourselves. It’s there, just like common sense and initiative are there when we need them. It merely has to be found and used.
We each have to shrug off the fear personally facing this problem. We have to awaken to the current reality of our situation. We are in trouble.
We then have to shrug off our fear of being seen as non-conformist for acknowledging the problem. We have to grow up. We have to become mature enough to openly discuss what was once considered taboo. We must approach this in a grown-up, adult fashion. As adults we have the right to face and discuss these matters.
If we all grow up and do the right thing, something wonderful will emerge from our global emergency. Margaret Mead said “never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Can you imagine if seven billion Earth Citizens all united with the single minded purpose of each doing the right thing? There is no stopping the focussed intention of more than seven billion people. We will have evolved into something new and quite spectacular.
UPDATED (28 January 2014)
Are you conscious of the shift, or is your world about to be turned upside down? Is your brain a product of your consciousness, or is your consciousness a product of your brain?
On the 6th of August 1945, the world changed forever. An American B-29 Superfortress aircraft called Enola Gay dropped a bomb, called Little Boy, onto the Japanese city of Hiroshima. There was nothing little about this bomb. It was two thousand times more powerful than the largest bomb ever used previously. By splitting the atom humanity unleashed nuclear devastation on Hiroshima, and days later on Nagasaki. This event has been described as one of humankind’s biggest acts of destruction and one of our greatest paradigm shifts.
Prior to this event, most of humanity believed it was impossible to split the atom. We were stunned to discover that we had been wrong. It was indeed possible to split the atom. We were even more stunned to discover how much energy was available once an atom was split. Today we find ourselves at a similar, although hopefully more constructive position, relating to the field of consciousness. Our paradigm is about to be shifted and if you aren’t ready for it may feel as though a new bomb has dropped.
At the moment, most of us are of the opinion that our consciousness is a product of our brains. While it does seem as though our consciousness is housed inside our heads, this thinking leads to many problems. By believing we are physical, we are limited by what can be accomplished with physical bodies and physical brains on a physical planet. Fortunately, it seems as if this thinking is being challenged. There’s a new breed of scientists that disagree with the old paradigm. This new generation of scientists know that our consciousness is simply made up of information and as such our brains, and indeed our reality, is the product of our consciousness. To these scientists, consciousness is both the computer and the software for this information.
These scientists have the benefit of hindsight when it comes to shifting paradigms. Based on the past, paradigm shifts can be very threatening to some people and so the messengers announcing new information are sometimes demonised. One can understand the reluctance this new breed of scientists have towards challenging the current status quo too quickly. On the other hand, change can be very profitable to those that are capable of exploiting it.
In 2012 Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland were awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for their work in quantum computing. This was a very interesting development for me because quantum computing depends on the idea that the world itself is a kind of computer. Winning a Nobel Prize is a big deal and could pocket you more than £790 000.00. That’s quite a financial incentive, not to mention the fame and prestige that goes along with being awarded a Nobel Prize.
Many scientists dream of becoming a Nobel Laureate as it’s a career builder. I’m sure there are a great many brilliant scientists working hard at demonstrating that consciousness is information. As such, it can only be a matter of time for this new generation of scientists to enlighten us with their research on consciousness. In fact, it’s already happening. Actually, it would seem that this has been hinted at for quite some time.
In 1931 Max Planck said “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness”. In 1944 he said “As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such”. If there is no such thing as matter, is it all just information?
In 1950, Albert Einstein wrote: “A human being is a part of the whole, called by us "Universe", a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest — a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security”. He also famously said that reality was an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. If reality is an illusion, could it all just be information?
The latest generation of scientists are becoming more vocal. Tom Campbell of “My Big TOE” fame is a prime example, although his motive clearly isn’t profit. The information atom bomb hasn’t hit the ground yet, but it’s hurtling towards us at the speed of thought. It’s just a matter of time before the power of this concept hits home and changes everything as we know it. The chain reaction on the path to critical mass for this concept is going to be interesting.
As a clinical hypnotherapist I know that the impact of this bomb shell will be far greater and ultimately far more constructive than splitting the atom. I get to see what happens to the physical when you change information in the consciousness on a daily basis. I’m looking forward to when our methods are better understood and more acceptable to a world sick from too much materialism. The information that consciousness is information changes everything radically. Once we know that we are more than physical, we can transcend the limitations we've imagined. It’s difficult to conceive of anything we can’t accomplish once we realize we’re information that perceives ourselves as physical.
Some people may feel understandably uncomfortable with this whole idea. This won’t prevent this shock wave from travelling around the world very quickly because, fittingly, we now live in the information age. TV, radio and the internet will all serve to get this information out. At some point in the foreseeable future we’ll all know that consciousness is information, just as we now know it’s possible to split an atom. I predict that it’s going to be stunning for humanity to discover just how much creative energy this new discovery holds.
UPDATE (28 January 2014):
It would seem that some of the scientists in the field of consciousness are growing bolder and moving towards an open and informed study of all aspects of consciousness. This is quite a long list of distinguished scientists and boasts some heavy weights. I'm looking forward to hearing more on this subject! Read more here: http://www.frontiersin.org/Journal/10.3389/fnhum.2014.00017/full
I was introduced to the simulated universe concept by reading Tom Campbell's work - My Big Toe - his Big picture Theory of everything. It's an intriguing theory that makes sense and is growing in popularity by the day.
The TED talk below by Juergen Schmidhuber is in the same vein. Good talk if you enjoy consciousness theory and he starts with a great joke!
“You are loved and cherished, dearly, forever,"
“You have nothing to fear"
“There is nothing you can do wrong.”
Read more here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/09/eben-alexander-harvard-neurosurgeon-proof-of-heaven-afterlife-coma_n_1951475.html
The scientists seem to think so! Here is a list of interesting articles that show that this line of thinking is on the increase:
Quantum computing depends on a very deep idea: that the world itself is a kind of computer.
http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/b ... z29OmiIEts
Physicists say there may be a way to prove we live in a computer simulation.
http://io9.com/5950543/physicists-say-t ... simulation
DNA: The Ultimate Hard Drive
http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2 ... -code.html
Do we live in the Matrix? Researchers say they have found a way to find out.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... ve-do.html
Does Our Brain Really Create Consciousness?
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/peter-rus ... b=facebook
Scientists to simulate human brain inside a supercomputer.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/12/tech/ ... ?hpt=hp_t3
Physicists say they may have evidence that the universe is a computer simulation.
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10 ... _ref=false
Scientists offer quantum theory of soul's existence.
Today hypnotherapists are treating cancer and other chronic illnesses with unprecedented degrees of success. Hypnosis is on track to become the mainstream treatment for chronic illness and many other illnesses that have an origin in the mind.
The trouble hypnosis historically had is that you can’t see it. You can’t put it under a microscope and look at it either. You can’t touch it or smell it or taste it. It’s invisible and yet it works very well and it has done for a very long time. Because of its invisibility hypnosis has been difficult to study. It has been, for a very long time, difficult to understand exactly how it works and even more difficult to communicate any understanding of the subject to others.
People are naturally afraid of the unknown and when the affect of something is not understood, it’s usually treated with suspicion. This is just human nature, even when working with seemingly intelligent people. In the eighteen hundreds a Hungarian doctor by the name of Ignaz Semmelweis discovered that a huge reduction in deaths could be achieved at pregnancy clinics if doctors washed their hands in a chlorinated lime solution. Even though the effect of his discovery was self evident, he couldn’t explain why it worked and because germs are invisible to the naked eye his theory was rejected by his peers. Sadly, many more women died in child birth than was necessary until germ theory was later confirmed by Louis Pasteur. Fortunately, such lessons have taught us to pay attention to the things we can’t see.
The world has changed tremendously since the eighteen hundreds. In the past, invisible things didn’t matter. We now know that invisible things do matter and are in fact the source of matter. In 1973 Max Planck, largely regarded as the father of quantum mechanics, announced: “As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear-headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as the result of my research about atoms this much: THERE IS NO MATTER AS SUCH! All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particles of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”
Of quantum mechanics Einstein said, “The more success the quantum mechanics has, the sillier it looks.” To physicists raised on Newtonian Law it must indeed have seemed at least as silly as surgeon’s not washing their hands before going into surgery. The mysterious force Planck referred to is consciousness. But it really doesn’t seem all that silly anymore. The current generation of people living on this planet has grown up with “silly” and “invisible” being perfectly normal. Radio waves, TV signal, microwaves are all invisible and normal. Fax machines are obsolete to us but I’m sure they would have freaked Newton out just a little. Electricity, invisible, is old hat. Now it’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Sat Nav and a growing list of technologies that are all connected by the invisible.
As our understanding of information and consciousness has grown, related applications and technologies have grown proportionately including hypnosis. We now live in the information era and hypnosis, synonymous with consciousness has come of age. People are no longer afraid of these technologies and they are becoming more common-place by the hour. While this has been a great help to humankind in many ways including medicine, it hasn’t helped the pharmaceutical industry all that much. In fact it’s probably done the opposite.
In 1955, the same year Einstein died, an anaesthetist by the name of Henry Beecher published a paper entitled "The Powerful Placebo." A placebo is a harmless substance containing no medicine that’s prescribed to a patient as a medicine in order to reinforce the patient's expectation of getting better. It’s basically a way to deliver to a patient an encapsulated suggestion that the patient will get better. Beecher had personally observed this effect when treating badly wounded troops during the Second World War. Morphine supplies had run critically low and so he was astounded to watch a nurse inject salt water into an injured soldier while telling him that it was a pain killer. The salt water relieved the soldier’s pain and prevented the soldier from going into shock. The mere suggestion that it was morphine being injected into his body caused him to get better.
Thanks in part to Beecher’s work pharmaceutical companies now need to produce medicines that perform better than a placebo. The trouble is, due to our growing trust in the invisible, placebos are becoming more powerful! Pharmaceutical companies are finding it increasingly difficult to get new medicines approved because placebo’s work as well and sometimes better than the medicines they are testing. Even some older medicines that originally outperformed placebos are now failing to beat placebos in follow-up testing.
Partly because placebos are becoming more powerful, pharmaceutical companies have been unable to produce many new medicines that are effective enough to qualify for patenting. Many of the patents they hold on their old medicines are about to expire which means that these medicines will be produced far more cheaply as generic medicines. Of course this means fewer profits for the pharmaceutical companies triggering a crisis labelled “the big patent cliff”. Pharmaceutical companies are resorting to scaling down their operations and outsourcing to other countries.
If a placebo is just a simple suggestion for a patient to get better, it should come as no surprise that placebos work better for children. Children are far more accepting of the invisible than grown-ups. It is foreseeable that as grown-ups in our culture grow more comfortable with the technologies of suggestion such as hypnosis, greater use of these technologies will be made. In a sense hypnosis has been better tested than any other modern medicine on the planet, because every modern medicine on the planet is tested against placebo, the simple suggestion that a sugar tablet will make you better. Increasingly the simple suggestion wins!
If simple suggestion increasingly beats the very best efforts of the greatest pharmaceutical minds and medicines in the world, our culture will inevitably give greater consideration to how powerful sophisticated and individually tailored suggestion in the form of hypnosis can be. The people entrusted with the state of our society’s health are under increasing pressure to find faster, cheaper, safer and more effective alternatives to what’s clearly not working in modern health care. They are finding answers in hypnosis.
Hypnosis is increasingly used to treat chronic illnesses such as irritable bowel syndrome because it works. As more physicians become impressed with the results, they increasingly refer their patients to hypnotherapists. This is just evolution in action and the outcome is inevitable. The institutions that historically shunned hypnosis have realized that hypnosis is here to stay and is increasingly relevant. These institutions are rapidly lowering barriers to hypnosis and hypnotherapy and the rush to welcome these technologies is growing.
As more and more studies are freely made available to our culture confirming that chronic illnesses generally have an origin in the mind, so hypnosis will increasingly become the treatment and cure of choice in these illnesses including cancer and other so called dread diseases.
Placebo effect makes no sense. Someone suffering from an infection will recover just as nicely whether they take medicine or a simple sugar pill. This seems to suggest that people are able to heal themselves unaided - so why the need to wait for a sugar pill?
Read article here: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21528812.300-evolution-could-explain-the-placebo-effect.html
Tom Campbell (My Big Toe) and Bruce Lipton (Biology of Belief) discussing consciousness.
My department spends about £5bn each year funding academic research – and it is because we believe in the fundamental importance of this research that we have protected the science budget for the whole of this parliament.
We fund this research because it furthers human knowledge and drives intellectual, social and economic progress. In line with our commitment to open information, tomorrow I will be announcing at the Publishers Association annual meeting that we will make publicly funded research accessible free of charge to readers. Giving people the right to roam freely over publicly funded research will usher in a new era of academic discovery and collaboration, and will put the UK at the forefront of open research.
Read the article here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/may/01/open-free-access-academic-research
TERRA INCOGNITA - D. H. Lawrence
There are vast realms of consciousness still undreamed of
vast range of experience, like the humming of unseen harps,
we know nothing of, within us.
Oh when man escaped from the barbed-wire entanglement
of his own ideas and his own mechanical devices
there is a marvellous rich world of contact and sheer fluid beauty
and fearless face - to - face awareness of now - naked life
and me, and you, and other men and women
and grapes, and ghouls, and ghosts and green moonlight
and ruddy - orange limbs stirring the limbo
of the unknown air, and eyes so soft
softer than the space between the stars.
And all things, and nothing, and being and not being
when at last we escape the barbed - wire enclosure
of Know - Thyself, knowing we can never know,
we can but touch, and wonder, and ponder, and make our effort
and dangle in a last fastidious fine delight
as the fushsia does, dangling her reckless drop
of purple after so much putting forth
and slow mounting marvel of a little tree
Troy Robins - Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist based in Oxford & Witney, Oxfordshire in the UK.