Category: Philosophy


Biocentrism

I recently blogged about how physicist Michio Kaku has developed a scientific theory that points to the existence of God – based primarily on String Theory. Also creating a buzz this month is scientist, Robert Lanza who has made great strides in the study of Biocentrism which theorizes how life and consciousness are the keys to understanding the nature of the Universe. Specifically how human consciousness lives on after death. In a way, God and the Afterlife are analogous with the goal of bridging science with spirituality. That is the true premise of the Responsive Universe. The Biocentrism theory implies that death simply does not exist. Death is an illusion which arises in the minds of people – reinforced by Religion, ego and fear. The theory states that consciousness exists outside of the constraints of time and space. Our thoughts, feelings and energy are separate from flesh and bone. This notion fits well with the basic understandings of quantum mechanics; according to which a certain particle can be present anywhere and an event can happen in several, sometimes countless, ways. Humans are part of that event…

“Lanza believes that multiple universes can exist simultaneously. These universes contain multiple ways for possible scenarios to occur. In one universe, the body can be dead. And in another it continues to exist, absorbing consciousness which migrated to this universe.” This falls in line with String Theory which predicts extra dimensions, possibly even alternate Universes. One such theory is the 11-dimensional M-theory, which requires the Universe to have eleven dimensions as opposed to the usual three spatial dimensions and the fourth dimension of time. Other research in String Theory has purported as many as 26 space time dimensions for the Bosonic String explanation. These theories present us with a new picture of the Cosmos. Scientists including Andre Linde and Allan Guth have been studying the concept of “Multiverses” for decades. There are questions abound in regard to the origin of the Big Bang inflation as well as the statistical data that supports the theory that the Universe is expanding even quicker – a possible contradiction to current mass and gravity data. String Theory supports this data. Further mathematical measurements of dark energy are not matching current theoretical equations. The concept of multiple Universes would support the disparities seen within our quantum dominion. Further, such cosmic diversity could result in duplicates of Universes based simply on statistics and probability. String theory is still in its infancy and there are many exciting discoveries still to arise from the world of physics. If modern physics is capable of proving validity to alternate universes could these spatial dimensions be alternate realities or realms of the afterlife? As we continue to uncover the intricacies of the Cosmos, it has become clear that anything is possible because String Theory itself presents a universe of infinite possibilities.

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

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Understanding Orlando

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“Internal peace is an essential first step to achieving peace in the world. How do you cultivate it? It’s very simple. In the first place by realizing clearly that all mankind is one, that human beings in every country are members of one and the same family.”

– The Dalai Lama

Great quote by the Dalai Lama and it rings wisdom in light of the Orlando shootings. Still, it’s not that simple is it? 49 people are dead and there are fingers pointing to religious extremism and also gun control in America. I also strongly believe our Western Mideast policy which involves greedy corporations, oil and the backing of various governments is a bloody cursor to all this – but no one ever talks about that (and this is not a political blog so I will leave it there).  The fact is,  I am not going to be able to sum up this tragedy in one blog post, but we can try and begin to understand it all:

Lets step away from gun control and foreign policy for a moment and focus more on religious extremism.  I truly think  one of the major problems is “belief”.  Belief in cultural differences  and more importantly belief in religious ideals that have no scientific or philosophical bearing on society.  Specifically religious beliefs born on blind faith; sometimes radicalized. Blind faith is defined as belief that is not based on reason or evidence. All major religions, excluding Buddhism fall under this definition.  As you know I am not a big fan of organized religion and it is crucial to point out that Buddhism and the Dalai Lama is not religion but a philosophy. Buddhists do not worship idols or believe in blind faith. A Buddhists energy and karma lies firmly on reality, their own shoulders, thoughts and actions and not on blind faith or a mystical god.. Further, people tend to draw their “beliefs” from religion and that is where much of the problems lies. People do not need belief or faith in a religious dogma to know what is wrong or right. I have raised my son completely free of religious dogma and he knows right from wrong. He knows what feels good emotionally from a karmic standpoint and he understands how his thoughts, actions and reactions can either benefit and or hurt himself and others around him. My son is a 15 year experiment in parenting and a non-religious upbringing that proves a simple point. You do not need religion to know right from wrong and you do not need religion to live a well balanced, spiritual life. I personally have found god and True Nature through my own devices and nothing is more powerful. When you find the concept or definition of God within (with self-discovery) you have something special, unadulterated and unique. When you rely on others for God outside your own energy footprint it opens up the person and situations that abide with too much variability. It can invite in radical ideas and levels of ego that are not healthy.

I think it is interesting how all of us are born as innocent little infants – our minds a clean palate – it is society/politics and especially religion that colors that palate and with cultural variability, social status, ego, politics, religion (blind faith) and societal pressures. The common denominator is people  exhibiting all levels of crazy. I do not think people need to have the same belief in regard to cultural values. Our diversity is what makes us beautiful. I think the disconnect is forgoing basic, fundamental human rights before religious and cultural values. There lies the problem. If we put religion second to human value we would all realize we are not that different. When we understand that all of us struggle; that we all suffer. That we all have similar DNA. When people worldwide understand that we all also love and dream. Well, we are not that different at all. As Ram Dass has stated eloquently, “we are all just walking each other home”….

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

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Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku claims to have developed a theory that might point to the existence of God.  Michio Kaku is not a quack scientist but is instead a very respected physicist who has gone to great lengths to research, explain and prove the existence of String Theory. String theory is an active research framework in particle physics that attempts to reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity (into the theory of everything). String theory teaches that the electrons and quarks within an atom are not 0-dimensional objects, but rather 1-dimensional oscillating lines or strings, hence the name. These invisible vibrating strings may be infinitely diverse with variables of inestimable value. This would suggest that other cosmic manipulations could exist beyond the edge of our known Universe. Many theoretical physicists including Stephen Hawking believe String Theory is a step towards the correct fundamental description of nature and the Universe.

One of the problems with philosophically defining God is that the word “God” and been so overused, misused, abused and misinterpreted that the little three letter word carries too much dogma. Let’s forget for a moment that most conventional religions preach that God is in the form of a man. Nothing could be more egocentric than that notion. For our discussions here, lets define God as the Universe: God is a boundless orb, a sphere whose presence is felt by the mind and the senses. God’s infinite sphere has a center that is everywhere and a circumference that is boundless. God is an indescribable celestial consciousness that guides and directs all life and matter in form and non-form. God is the Universe – it is EVERYTHING…

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Physicist, Michio Kaku, has taken his work in String Theory even deeper. To come to his more recent conclusions, the physicist made use of what he calls “primitive semi – radius tachyons “.  Tachyons are theoretical particles capable to “unstick ” the Universe matter or vacuum space between matter particles, leaving everything free from the influences of the surrounding universe. Pretty deep stuff…  After conducting the revolutionary tests, Kaku came to the conclusion that we live in a “Matrix”. A cosmic fabric of space and time that by pure definition is everything that exists. You, me, the sub atomic world; The Universe in its totality.

“I have concluded that we are in a world made by rules created by an intelligence”, he affirmed. “Believe me, everything that we call chance today won’t make sense anymore.”

“To me it is clear that we exists in a plan which is governed by rules that were created, shaped by a universal intelligence and not by chance.”

Kaku further interjected that God is a mathematician. That the source or energy of God lies in a “Cosmic Music”. The music of Strings as noted in his theories of String Theory. God is the 1-dimensional oscillating strings already theorized.

Basic astrophysics tells us that the Universe is a expanding bundle of vast , pulsing energy. A composition of light, matter and vibration; sub atomic physics and gravity its governing forces. We as humans are connected to this energy. Our flesh and bones born from star dust. Our thoughts, actions and energy are interwoven into this matrix; this fabric that is the Cosmos. When you consider the concept of God you need to include yourself in that equation.  You, I and the Universe – ONE. Toss in a little quantum energy, gravity, light, oscillating strings and intellectual consciousness and you have GOD…

You have a Responsive Universe…

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

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“However many storms are within you, there is always room for more…

The ocean did not gain its vastness by turning the rain away…”

– Pavana

 

This wisdom is believed to have originated from ancient Hindu texts. This particular quote brings great meaning and thus I would like to expand on its perceived premise. I think it is interesting to explore the ancient texts and quotes of famous; even enigmatic philosophers  of the past. If you release yourself from any dogmatic trappings and look at the common denominator of each religion or thought you will find many similarities; especially across Hinduism, Buddhism and early Christianity. There are lovely and empowering literary passages to explore from the ancients that spoke and wrote such wisdom so many years ago.

This particular Pavana quote speaks to me. As we have learned through experience, it is the challenges and suffering that teach the most poignant lessons in life. It is from great pain and affliction  that our True Nature arises from the ashes to allow us to vibrate to the next level of mindfulness and self-discovery. From every loss and lesson comes understanding and wisdom. To know pain and suffering is to know love and bliss. Within our minds and being is this vast, open space – this boundless realm within the mind that is infinite and endless like the Universe. With the right awareness, there is much space to be found for all our challenges and suffering. Each experience whether positive or negative shapes our being; our energy footprint. Each experience may shape us, but it does not have to define us. Our minds are much like the ocean: Sometimes turbulent and frothing with controlled chaos; sometimes peaceful and glassy.

The first notion is to continually remind ourselves of the space that exists within; especially in times of turmoil and challenge. Remind yourself that your mind is vast like the ocean and eventually things will calm down. The second notion is to remind yourself that from every negative will birth a positive. From night comes day and from rain comes sunshine. Good things are on the horizon and no matter the toil, you will become a stronger, more mindful and sensitive person.

It is easy to put your blind faith into something like religion. Put your unadulterated faith into yourself; into the vastness that is your being.  Self awareness and self-discovery is a much better spiritual investment.

 

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

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God lives in the Present Moment?

Let’s read this thought-provoking quote from one of the great modern philosophical minds:

“Through the present moment, you have access to the power of life itself, that which has traditionally been called “God.” As soon as you turn away from it, God ceases to be a reality in your life, and all you are left with is the mental concept of God, which some people believe in and others deny. Even belief in God is only a poor substitute for the living reality of God manifesting every moment of your life.”

Eckhart Tolle

To begin, I guess you first have to define what God is to you… I am not a big proponent of allowing others to define God for me or for society. History has shown in excruciating detail that has failed in many facets. There are many definitions of God; in fact the word God has been so overused, misinterpreted and manipulated that you almost have to toss the word out and redefine it for yourself without the dogma of organized religion and old parables. You need to wipe the slate clean and  look inward and outward for what God represents to you as a life source, an energy and the connection we all bear. In doing that you need to also include yourself as part of that equation. God is not an old definition; in fact God is a boundless energy of instinctual consciousness, light, quantum dynamism and vibration that connects the Cosmos as one breathing, pulsing organism; a definition that continually redefines itself .  It seems over the course of religious history, few people take the time or even have the open mind and ability to define God without attaching dogma to the idea. And many in this modern world argue and battle for these defined concepts of God that have little bearing on the true reality of spirituality and our place in this Universe.  It’s almost insanity at its finest example and yet it is the norm we all live with. As Tolle suggests, such blind dogmatic exploits are a “poor substitute for the living reality of God”.  I would agree, blind faith is in itself a poor representation of what is truly godly and spiritual. And that divine notion cannot be found solely in a church or in a book; or from the mouth of a holy man. This energy, wisdom and celestial instinct is found within the silence of your thoughts. Only you alone can find the true definition of God. Yes, that puts a burden on the individual and goes against common religious practices; aligning more with eastern faiths.

Eckart Tolle is famous for his book the “Power of Now” which discusses the power and energy that exists by rooting your mind in the present moment. As I have written, the past is riddled with dogma, guilt and things in life that you can’t change. And yet, more than half of our thoughts within a given day are anchored in the past. Our thoughts of the future are typically riddled with fear and fantasy – all ego driven maladies. The only true moment is the “Power of Now”… That instant moment when you are experiencing this exact split second: Gone is the ego, the past and future; only you and the Universe with expanding horizons to infinity. The key is to live in the present moment. Meditation and immersing yourself in nature are paths to the present moment. There lies the essence of your True Nature and there lies the true power of God that exists as the totality of the Cosmos.

As Tolle interjects: As soon as you turn from the present moment, “God ceases to be a reality in your life”. All that is left is the mental imagery that is now rooted in the past or future; laden with dogma and all the perils of societal immersion, religious ideology and the wars fought over them. There is nothing pure about dogma, fear, guilt and ego – and yet that is exactly what most organized religions market subliminally. Can you find God through organized religion? Maybe, but it will always carry with it the dogmatic trappings of a cloudy history wrought with money, war, power and absolutism. It can never be pure, unadulterated and just about you and only you. When you look into the mirror and see that you are the hand of god, then it is about you and only you. When the ego remains out of such revelations, what you are left with is a pure connection to the concept of God. Nothing is more empowering…

So, once you achieve that higher level of spiritual clarity and awareness you begin to realize this thing called God is bigger than just man-made religion. It is bigger than you and I. It is bigger than a book of parables or a mega church on a Sunday morning. Its bigger than Earth. It is everything within this Responsive Universe and living more in the present moment and less in the past and future is a path to connecting to the true essence of God – your True Nature within.

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

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kingprayer4n-7-webWhen we are born we are naked and vulnerable. Further at birth when we take those first few breaths; there is no evil, there is no racism, there is no religion or concept of God. As newborns we are like a blank canvas; free from social perception, ego, fear, anger, jealousy – even happiness. As newborns early existence is purely  based on subsistence strategies: Warmth and satiation the common denominator.

Other than certain gene precursors, it is society and culture that shapes us into the people we are today – good or bad; saintly or evil. Along the path of adolescence beauty is defined by society. Good and bad behavior is rewarded by the spoils of who is in charge with the most power. Blind faith governs most of our belief systems and people are soon divided by differences rather than united by our commonality.  And some people are more susceptible to this conditioning than others… ….And of course no one is perfect…

Blame big money corporations, close minded partisan news channels, religion and the powerful people who perpetuate this existence as a way to feed their own goals and agendas – rarely meeting our very own personal needs. Humans are flawed creatures; malleable like soft clay; easily molded to fit the form of ego, greed and power. Our needs, wants and desires are twisted and forged  to fit a specific trend or fashion, a specific religion or ideology – sometimes the message and goal so manipulated and bent no one is really sure what the original goal or message was. Anything pure and unadulterated has now been processed, prepackaged, made fun of, yelled at, occasionally hugged and kissed and then shown what is important socially by the few in power that control the collective masses with subliminal control patterns. And that is sugar-coating it….

But on a more visceral level, why do people kill and maim?

The answer to that is difficult. Humanity carries with it many variables so diverse and complex we see every facet of human action and reaction. Some actions are heartwarming and civic. Some actions are so atrocious and gut wrenching its hard to believe we all exist together on this sustainable rock called Earth as one human race. Money, greed, fear, ego and religion drive most of the violence and suffering on our planet. From terrorism to war, from famine to climate change, there is money, lobbyists and a powerful few driving the heartbeat of the world. Many ignorant and weak minded people buy into the lie – some so warped and diseased that they act on our worst fears. Still, there seems to be a disconnect when someone can justify picking up a gun and shooting up a building full of innocent people. This disconnection is rare but when it rears its ugly head it tends to shake us all to the core. I think these type of people have always existed but as technology and social media bind us as one breathing organism, such violence is amplified and the sorrow and pain cuts to the bone.

With all the hatred, pain, and war in the world, people often ask the question, “Why doesn’t God do something?” People are quick to send their prayers but is there a god listening? Is it all just hot air? The answer, however, is quite simple. Bad things happen and exist because of bad people. Likewise, good things happen because of good people. God is not a force that operates on a human level. It is egotistical to think that. God is the Universe, and the Universe is a system whose levels of operation still defy complete understanding. Quantum Physics is beginning to uncover our connections: The Universe does not have a human consciousness; instead, it creates an environment that allows for our independent, conscious thought. The power and energy of God is not contained in one supreme being, but rather, it is an instinctual energy that connects us all and that is everything and everywhere. Its quality is defined as True Nature. All humans are connected to this dynamism. Religions of the past and present are just antennae reaching up to understand and appreciate the Universe. The threads that make up this metaphorical tapestry that illustrates  you and I, God and Universe are all different colors woven together. Yet despite the differences in our explanations for creation and the world, we are all made of the same stuff—the Universe. Our differences within this tapestry of story and explanation, while colorful, are insignificant. We are all here on Earth with the same goal—to revel in the immensity of everything and carve within the Cosmos our own life of happiness and love, to weave our own tapestry, colorful and long.

When we come to realize we are all connected to this tapestry of energy, light and vibration you can see how terrorism and mass shootings shake us to the center of our being. In a way we are all connected to these acts of violence just like every atom and molecule is connected to its own kinship at the sub atomic level. There is no escape. In order to understand the violence we need to understand the source (hence my first three paragraphs). Our only foot forward is to counteract the violence, hate, division and greed with our own love, connection and positive energy. We can do this by living by example. There will always be hate in the world as long as humanity is malleable to money, greed and ego. We can however be mindful that there are other paths to follow. That compassion and love will always win over hate and oppression. All cultures and people need to remember that the moment we all took our first breaths as new born children, there was no hate, ego, racism and division. We were all naked; we were all a blank canvas. Thoughts and virtues were once pure and unadulterated before society, politics and religion twisted them into something less than authentic. I understand that terrorism and mass shootings are in a fucked up world of their own. Still, their extremist roots start somewhere and whether we like it or not, it has to do with whats going on in my first three paragraphs above…  So maybe ask yourself this… How malleable is your mind? You might not be a mass shooter and you probably couldn’t imagine anything so cruel;  but are you part of the problem or part of solution? Do you contribute to societies static or do you bring beautiful silence through celestial wisdom. Do you contribute to the machine or are you a free thinker? Are you a follower or are you able to forge your own path through the tangled forest that is life? These are valid questions…

There will always be storm clouds obscuring the warmth and sunlight but you can’t stop the sun from shining through eventually. Illumination will always find a way…. No matter how big a storm, the sun will shine again! We have to have faith in that notion. We are all connected. Every positive action and reaction does matter.

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John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

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franceMy thoughts are with the people of Paris…  There is a profound disconnect with these religious extremists and their actions as it relates to the human footprint. I just can’t fathom any gains created by such actions. When we understand the humanity of the world as a collective organism this is a cancer to our wellbeing and future – a complex disease that has been forged from religious dogma, ignorance and a lack of common values. No matter the stark contrasts in culture; there is no justification for errant violence and my heart and energy goes out for the people of France.

What causes this violence? It is as complicated a question that reflects the complex social/political climate of the Middle East. Now, I am not an expert in Middle Eastern politics and sociology but sometimes I feel like I have a better grasp of what is going on than some of our US politicians. It begins with religion; and not just Islam, but Christianity  and Judaism too. If you disagree with that notion then you are also too buried in religious dogma to make a rational synopsis. There is a religious feud and class conflict of cultural values based on religion that spans 2000 years. It is even more complicated within Arab and Middle Eastern cultures with various clans and societal associations fighting for money and power. The struggles between Kurds, Shia Arabs and Sunni Arabs are a good example. We see it in America and western culture too. Remember the Oklahoma City bombings? That was home born religious extremism. Then there is the war on western culture which appears sinful and hedonist to ardent Muslims who interpret the Quran as it was written thousands of years ago when in general society was much more brutal and cut throat. Couple that with western greed and their thirst for oil and profits; the poor standard of living that exists in hot bed countries like Iran, Iraq and Syria and it is a boiling over cauldron of hate that feeds newer generations of Muslim and Middle Eastern children who have little or no future and are taught that western culture is bad. I am not saying this is right and I am definitely not saying that any violence is justifiable (refer to my first paragraph) but this is the situation coupled with many other variables that creates this rift in cultures that again has been present since history itself. US Presidential hopeful and former Governor, Mike Huckabee thinks the Bible should trump the US Supreme Court proving religious zealousness exists in western culture too. Not the same? History has shown that without opposition there is only tyranny. Things have just cooled down lately in western culture; but it was not long ago that people were killed for their scientific beliefs and burned at the stake for alleged witchcraft. Remember the Crusades in history class? The concept of slavery was reinforced by the Bible – so be careful what you defend. All because the Muslim world is leading the charge on beheadings this century does not mean they are leading historically.

How do we stop it? That is a complex question as well. You can’t just bomb extremist groups because all you do is hurt the general public. Boots on the ground is a viable option but it has to be a cautious coalition of Western and Middle Eastern allies with a clear exit strategy. Even then, the casualties will be heavy and a quagmire is possible. And what about the human toll? In the US led Iraq war over 3000 US soldiers died but the Iraqi causalities alone (most of it collateral damage) was in the hundreds of thousands. Is there an exit strategy? There lies more of the complexity – once you pull allied troops and influence out the hot zone the violence and extremism just re-ignites.  Look at Afghanistan since the US has pulled a majority of its troops out – the Taliban has returned.

So it seems you have to stop igniting the hate that breeds this extremism. But will greedy oil companies and the politics interwoven in them stop exploiting the Middle East? And what about the wars that follow in support? We now know the Iraq war was bullshit and anyone that does not see the connection between the rise of ISIS and Bush and Cheney’s wars is living in a Right Wing Republican bubble – Sorry but that involvement did nothing but make Halliburton richer and fan the flames of extremism more. In order to understand the problem you first need to understand that we might be part of the problem. Many people do not see that dynamic and probably don’t care to… Does this mean it is right for extremists to kill people? of course not!  But these extremist do not have large militaries and maniacal corporations to wage their special interests in other countries. All they have is fear mongering and the balls to strap bombs to themselves and kill people – pretty scary shit!  Is western culture going to change its ways? Probably not. Is the US going to pull out of the Middle East and leave Israel to its own devices? Nope…

Hey, if someone comes up to me and tries to kill me, I will defend myself…

But I am not going to prod a huge bee hive just so I can get something sweet. I am not going to walk down a dark, impoverished neighborhood in a decaying US inner city because I know I run the risk of being a target. It is a dangerous and fucked up world out there. The Middle East can be like a bee hive in the back streets of Baghdad.  Religion makes it more messy. Religious dogma breeds isolated thought processes and teaches people to follow doctrine instead of leading with their own heart.  But if everyone lived with a little more compassion and we all realized how our actions might affect each other – maybe there would be less violence. Honestly, I do not see religious extremists changing their ways and I do not see western culture changing its ways. Few people put enough thought into the entire quandary. And fewer people look at both sides of the issues. There lies the problem and coupled with blind faith, religious dogma and ignorance, it is doubtful much will change. I think the first step is understanding that this is a very complex situation that spans thousands of years and is fueled by poverty, ignorance and religions that do not serve the greater good of humanity. Still, killing an innocent person out of hate is the worst kind of karma and negativity. Anyone that thinks a violent action is going to return to them in some positive facet is mistaken. Gravely mistaken!

Again, my heart goes out to those who suffer at the hands of needless violence. Their light and vibration lives on within this grand and beautiful Responsive Universe.

NOTE: The violence in France is sad and unfortunate – but there are Terrorist attacks almost daily in countries that main stream media and people don’t give shit about. The day before Paris there was a terrible bombing in Beirut but no one talks about that – apparently there is no money in advertising and no reach on social media avenues like FB for apparently forgettable countries – something to think about….

John C. Bader is a photographer, wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

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mandalaIs it suffering and tremendous emotional pain that unknowingly thrusts those solemn few on to the path that is the Heroes Journey? What is it that motivates us to follow our Bliss? When you look at the world that surrounds us, I suspect the Heroes Journey is a gift that everyone receives; but few disembark on… I could be wrong, but I would imagine it takes some cultivated levels of mindfulness and awareness to see the signs; to walk the hero’s path; to accept the gifts of this Responsive Universe. The Hero’s Journey for me was acknowledging and then confronting my ego facilities; thus connecting to this sublime notion of True Nature… But my journey did not begin there… An abusive childhood may have been the beginning point. Low self-esteem, Attention Deficit Disorder, addiction and most definitely the bludgeoning defeat that brought my suffering full circle: The late-term, still-born loss of my first-born and namesake – truly a devastating day and a defining time in my life that saw me reach rock bottom both inward and outward. It seems as we age and mature our soul becomes calloused by the layers of ego and societal immersion. We tend to be defined by society and by our successes and failures. The cold, stark walls of that hospital continue to be a grim reminder of that awful day I lost my boy. And yet while holding my lifeless child in my arms that fateful day; it may have been that moment that I unknowingly began my own Hero’s Journey.

I recall a quote from Joseph Campbell: ““We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.” Ironically for me, surrendering to life instead of fighting against it became the veering path I eventually chose. It was several months later that something unique happened that changed my life forever. After the loss of my son and after weeks of depression, sadness and self-loathing, the sun came out and showered me with the warmth of wisdom and spiritual illumination; a stark difference to the wintery, cold grip that previously enveloped my life. The sky looked bluer, the clouds seemed whiter. The trees and plants all seemed brighter and more colorful. My thoughts were clear and concise; my mind boundless; my challenges and suffering palatable. It was if I had poor vision all my life and suddenly began to see clearly for the first time. I experienced an awakening – I stumbled upon the concept of awareness and space and how it related to me, my life and surroundings, my hardships and my place within this Universe – my intrinsic connection to this Universe. This source of empowerment was not of religious origin. I knew immediate it was a much bigger picture: A vast boundless world of energy, vibration, love, wisdom and connection. In fact, religious dogma began to look very weighted and dogmatic. Thus began the process of deconstructing my belief systems and living life with an open mind.  My Hero’s Journey evolved as I allowed more space, clarity and responsiveness into my life. I no longer blamed myself for the loss of my son. I no longer blamed God or the Universe. I redefined God and the Universe…. I no longer blindly demanded answers for life’s mediocrity. For a brief moment, I saw myself connected to every atom in the Universe – a part of something so vast and immense it boggled the imagination. My fear dissolved and an illuminated path revealed itself to me. It was my True Nature… The concept of True Nature is the intrinsic, immortal potential for reaching enlightenment that exists within the mind of every sentient being. Its source and energy are born from the Cosmos. True Nature is your transcendent link to the Universe. It is everything that exists and when you consider everything that exists you must consider yourself part of that equation; connected and purposeful.

I discovered that True Nature is the opposite of ego. True Nature is everything left behind when you are egoless. Imagine stripping away negativity, evil, fear, guilt narcissism and jealousy (all ego facilities) – what are you left with? Only love, wisdom and positive energy – the heartbeat of existence. Mythologist Joseph Campbell once said, “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors where there were only walls”. Following my bliss involved accentuating mindfulness and self-discovery. Through meditation and daily life practice I became acutely aware of my ego and what reinforced its maligned energy on my actions and reactions. Through synchronicity and awareness, I began looking for the signs and genuine thoughts and epiphanies that shifted my mainstream perceptions away from the majority. There is a price to pay to society while on this Hero’s Journey – I have found that as I walk uphill most people that surround me are walking downhill. Yet, there is an acute awareness that my path is noble and genuine. By centering myself in the moment, I took the necessary steps to act and react with unadulterated empowerment.

My Hero’s Journey is not always a perfect sunset. Life can be messy. I will make mistakes and from failure will come triumph and wisdom. The key to this journey is always stepping forward and never backward. No matter how small the step, I will continue my Hero’s Journey with karma, clarity and my center of being aligned as best as possible with my True Nature. I have confidence the Responsive Universe will take care of the rest….

John C. Bader

John C. Bader is a wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

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The recent terrorist attacks in Paris have sparked (or rekindled) a debate on whether insulting a religion is or isn’t free speech. Pope Francis joined in the debate by stating publicly that though he defends free speech, people should show restraint when it comes to insulting people’s faith: “You cannot insult the faith of others”, he stated recently.  I actually like Pope Francis. He has been a refreshing breath of fresh air for a stifled religion weighed down by dogma and archaic views. Still, I respectively disagree.

I understand the comment of restraint and it makes complete sense. If you are picking a fight you will get one. Still recent events have shown that even restraint is overshadowed by terrorism. Without free speech how are we to counter extremism?  Without a voice, how are we to counter the oppressive? History has shown that if there is no opposition, there is only tyranny.  Some may say it is western occupation and media insults that fuel extremism. I agree but it runs deeper than that. It is an opposing life style, slanted view of religion and culture that seen through the eyes of a few extremists, labels the other side as infidels – punishable by death…  That is a problem.

Here is the true problem at hand. Religion is flawed… I know… I know… another insult…. I can’t tell you how many biblical conversations I have been involved in that eventually evolve into arguments – especially when facts outweigh unproven biblical dogma. In my own research, I have learned that an individual’s religious faith is often as strong as the intensity of his or her worries and desires in life. Because religious thinking often gives purpose and meaning to a sometimes cruel and indefinable world, it is hard to dive into religious discussions without insulting someone’s beliefs in some way. People get defensive of their religious beliefs and often cannot take any criticism about them.  Some protect their religious beliefs with an intensity that is fanatical and though I would not call it a benchmark; the more fanatical one is with their specific religious philosophy, the more deeply rooted fear they probably harbor. Being ridiculously defensive alludes to a weakness in thinking; whether it’s because of ego, self-esteem, or ignorance, fanaticism points to a flaw in one’s belief system.

Try to insult a Buddhist… It is pretty difficult because Buddhism is more of a philosophy than a religion. In general Buddhist philosophy and through space, clarity and responsiveness – spiritual empowerment is found within by connecting to True Nature and also through the beauty of people and nature. When someone insults a Buddhist, the Buddhist immediately feels compassion for the person and understands that the source of the insult is a projection of that person’s fears, guilt, ego and lack of intelligence (in certain cases).

I am not sure what the end game is for extremism. To be honest I do not even understand it. Everyone is born with basic morals of right and wrong – no matter your religious or spiritual affiliation. It is so beyond me that some of religious faith can justify sawing the head off of a journalist or killing cartoonists.  It seems like a major dysfunction or complete lack of moral fiber. How can anyone be at peace and happy when living under these actions?

All I can say is Karma is a bitch….

 

John C. Bader is a wellness advocate and consultant specializing in spiritual self-evolution, meditation, and bio-energy healing. In his writing, he bridges science with spirituality and provides steps to encourage more mindfulness in daily life. His new book, The Responsive Universe – Illumination of the Nine Mandalas is a step by step process on how to begin your very own Hero’s Journey.

About the Book: www.responsiveuniverse.com

Now Available: Amazon    Barnes & Noble

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Night and day… White and black… Life and death….    …So many polar opposites in life and yet one of the most all encompassing comparisons lies within your mind and mental functions: Ego versus True Nature…

What is the Ego? The Ego is your false-self; forged from societal immersion.  It is true; we were not born with an ego. Through our struggles, triumphs and challenges the ego builds its layers of invisible hard-wired behaviors, many times unknowingly.  The ego thrives on the ideals, beliefs, and laws of society and how we perceive ourselves within this society. These ideals color our perception of the world and of life. Our egos become the governing force from which we base our daily actions. The latter force of empowerment creates a false-self that, if unchecked, will foster negative self-esteem. Further, the ego can build this false confidence; though strong and seemingly indestructible, when the fleeting things that build your ego leave, fail or disappear (like money, friends and self-esteem) the walls the ego once built can come crashing down.

True Nature is the opposite of ego. True Nature is everything left behind when you are egoless. Imagine stripping away negativity, evil, fear, guilt narcissism and jealousy (all ego facilities)– what are you left with? Only love, wisdom and positive energy – the heartbeat of existence. The source and energy of our True Nature is born from the Cosmos. Within the Cosmos, quantum mechanics suggests that the behavior of matter and energy is interconnected and that the effect of the observer on the physical system being observed must be considered part of that system. Further, this connection with humans and the Universe explains why Karma and an afterlife are possible. From a scientific standpoint, this energy is dependable and unwavering. Quantum energy can also be defined as a life source that connects to everything that exists in the Universe: From distant stars and galaxies to microscopic atoms within your body. As proven in quantum mechanics, everything has a quality of interconnected energy associated with it. All of this energy is indestructible as energy cannot be destroyed, it just changes form. From a humanistic standpoint, this energy is positive in nature as it exhibits no fear, anger or negativity – these fore mentioned negative traits are of man’s making (ego). This positive quantum energy can include our thoughts, actions and the basis for our existence. It is the common denominator for everything that exists – the true definition of God. Indestructible!

The ego defines the “material world” we were born into and True Nature defines the alternate Universe that exhibits our “True Reality”; everything pure and unadulterated. True Nature transcends all religion and even this world; again, its energy is constant and indestructible. Knowing this breeds clarity and a responsive quality to our minds.

So which polar opposite are you more aligned with?

 

John C. Bader

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