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A Child’s Intuition And Living In The Matrix

The life-altering thought still stays with me to this day…

I was about 4-5 years old, alone in my room, and a wild idea popped into my head.

“What if I’m a character in someone’s pop-up storybook?”

 

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Quite an interesting concept for a little kid to entertain, right? The idea of our reality being some tremendously elaborate version of a pop-up book. I was my attempt at describing a simulated reality (something like the movie “The Matrix“), and the only way I knew how to was by using the concept of a pop-up book. This was around 1993, so I don’t think I even had a computer then; and “The Matrix” didn’t come out for another 6 years.

I don’t know where the thought came from, but I blew my own mind haha. It changed me forever (in a good way, of course).

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Definitely wondering “Do I live in the matrix?” here 😉

I remember applying this concept with other things too, like legos. “What if the world is like a big lego set?” Just a cool kid, continuously curious of the world around me.

The funny thing is that this idea never really struck me as being profound until I watched “The Matrix” for the first time. That’s when I was like “Whoa! That’s so similar to what I used to think about as a little kid.”

“You’ve been living in a dream world, Neo.” -Morpheus (The Matrix)

Maybe as a child, I had an intuitive insight that our reality could possibly be some sort of matrix. Who knows? Maybe I somehow accessed higher levels of awareness by just being an imaginative kid. And the only frame of reference I could use to describe it at the time was a pop-up storybook.

I don’t think I ever told anyone this until a few years ago either. And when I did, I was pleasantly surprised by the feedback I received from my sister…

She told me that she had similar thoughts when she was about the same age! That she had entertained the idea of being a part of someone’s doll house. It was the same concept, just described through different means (a doll house as opposed to a pop-up book).

What is this? How/why are we getting these ideas?

Children are fresh out of wherever we come from, maintaining intimate ties with the spirit world.  They have a well-functioning brain, without being polluted by all of the conditioning, biases, and belief systems that accumulate throughout life. This means that children are much more open. They can more easily sense their intuition. Children are very in tune and aware in ways that adults aren’t. It’s like they operate in a magical parallel reality. These inherent gifts get suppressed as we become conditioned and our sense of possibility shrinks more and more. (That’s a big tangent for another article.)

Children feel, experience, and interact. As opposed to fully-conditioned adults who tend to just fall into endless circles of thinking at all times. Children naturally have sharp intuition and even extrasensory perception. And we get gradually conditioned to pigeonhole our awareness and cut off any sense of possibility and wonder.

Remember how magical life was as a kid? Remember living in the present, without worrying about the past or future?

We can learn a lot from children (read my article on it here), and that’s why the ole quote says “Be childlike, not childish.

Note: There’s a lot of information out their regarding the inherent intuitive abilities of children. Here’s one.

Now back to me contemplating about reality being an elaborate pop-up storybook…

I believe these childhood philosophications (is that a word?) are actually deep intuitive insights. Thinking that I could be a character in someone’s pop-up storybook was, at the time, the only way I knew how to describe the possibility of “reality” being a simulation. And this was before I received ANY ideas that were even remotely related to this. The concept just popped into my head one day. So that’s why I think it was an important intuitive insight into reality.

Entertaining these out-of-the-box ideas greatly benefited me too. It served as a catalyst for my intuitive abilities, open-mindedness, and critical thinking skills, among other things. Was this storybook theory 100% correct? Of course not. But it’s pointing toward a certain direction that’s worth some more exploration.

And here’s the crazy thing…

Modern physics is now beginning to point us in this direction as well. Many forward thinkers are now entertaining the idea that our reality is a simulation; a holographic matrix of sorts; like a staggeringly complex version of a video game.

Firstly, here’s a philosophical take on this mind-blowing concept:

“A long-proposed thought experiment, put forward by both philosophers and popular culture, points out that any civilization of sufficient size and intelligence would eventually create a simulation universe if such a thing were possible. And since there would therefore be many more simulations (within simulations, within simulations) than real universes, it is therefore more likely than not that our world is artificial.”
Physicists May Have Evidence Universe Is A Computer Simulation

Interesting to ponder, right?

Another intriguing topic is that the building blocks of our reality, atoms, are not solid. They’re %99.9999999999999 empty space.

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Whaaaat!? So that means nothing is really solid. But why can’t we walk through walls then? Hitting a wall is merely resistance between two different waveform information states. It’s encoded in the “laws” of this reality. Just like how you can’t walk through walls in video games. Everyone knows walls in video games aren’t solid, but the encoded “laws” of that simulation prevent the character from walking through them.

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Some hints from Nikki T

A point regarding holograms…

An interesting characteristic of a hologram is that every part is a smaller version of the whole. Like the expression “as above, so below.” Just something to think about 😉

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There’s so much information out there regarding this stuff, and so many dots to connect. But the purpose of this article isn’t to prove that we live in a simulated, holographic matrix. I’m just aiming to spark thoughts here.

Remember, you’re immensely powerful when you have the ability to readily entertain ideas, without necessarily being attached to them.

Maybe you too have had similar feelings as a young child. Maybe this idea has been buried inside your mind all along. Maybe the movie “The Matrix” struck a deep chord with you.

“What is real? How do you define ‘real’? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.”

Anyone have any crazy ideas like this as a kid? Or any interesting theories on reality now? Any questions/comments/viewpoints at all? Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear about it.

Life is a video game. Keep leveling up.

Stay feelin’ good, feelin’ great.

-Stevie P!

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Some resources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/11/physicists-may-have-evide_n_1957777.html

http://rt.com/news/space-evidence-universe-hologram-195/

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The Love Aura

2 people walk into a bar and stand next to you…

With the first person, you immediately get bad vibes. You get “a disturbance in the force,” as they’d say in Star Wars.

With the second person, you immediately get good vibes. You just feel at ease in their presence.

Who would you rather talk to?

It’s an obvious question. And the decision is made outside of the mind, beyond the bounds of thinking. It is a knowing, a feeling experienced on a deeper level.

People are naturally attracted to people who exude positive energy. Nobody wants to be around a Negative Nancy, or an Angry Andy, right? Operating in the paradigm of love makes you magnetic, hence the term “magnetic personality.”

I call this field of positive vibes “The Love Aura.”

And it’s a phenomenon that both myself and some friends have been experiencing, particularly with women. (Women tend to be more in tuned and intuitive, therefore picking up on a person’s “love aura” more easily.) In my recent experience, I’ve felt even random people being friendly, open, and generally attracted to me. And it’s a deep level of attraction, noticeably different than the purely physical “he’s hawwwt” type of attraction. It’s not because I look like Brad Pitt. It’s not because I’m cooler than a polar bear’s toenails. It’s simply because I’m cultivating the love aura, and people sense it (whether they’re consciously aware of it or not).

Embodying the love aura means developing what is called “heart consciousness.” (here’s where the dots start to connect)

Heart consciousness is opening up to, and using the facilities of the heart-brain. Yup, I said heart-brain. The heart is now being revealed as a sensory organ with its own nervous system, as well as a sophisticated center for processing information. (Check out the Institute of HeartMath for a wealth of information on this.) Heart consciousness is the gateway to the likes of intuition, unconditional love, extrasensory perception, and all kinds of higher awareness.

Fun facts about the ole ticker:

  • The heart is the very first organ to form in fetal development.
  • The heart sends more information to the brain than the brain does to the heart.
  • The heart’s electrical field is 60 times stronger than the brain’s.
  • The heart’s magnetic field is up to 5,000 times stronger than the brain’s, and can be detected several feet away from the body with sensitive magnetometers. (That’s that aura, baby!)
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The heart’s electromagnetic field (courtesy of the Institute of HeartMath)

The crazy thing is that since I began developing heart consciousness, I’ve been directly experiencing what is displayed in the diagram above. Experiencing the field created by my heart and its harmonized interactions with others. That’s why I call it the love aura.

While writing this, I came across this awesome article. And here’s an excerpt from it that’s oh so relevant:

Heart Field Interactions Between Individuals

Most people think of social communication solely in terms of overt signals expressed through language, voice qualities, gestures, facial expressions, and body movements. However, there is now evidence that a subtle yet influential electromagnetic or “energetic” communication system operates just below our conscious awareness. Energetic interactions likely contribute to the “magnetic” attractions or repulsions that occur between individuals, and also affect social exchanges and relationships. Moreover, it appears that the heart’s field plays an important role in communicating physiological, psychological, and social information between individuals.

Experiments conducted at the Institute of HeartMath have found remarkable evidence that the heart’s electromagnetic field can transmit information between people. We have been able to measure an exchange of heart energy between individuals up to 5 feet apart. We have also found that one person’s brain waves can actually synchronize to another person’s heart. Furthermore, when an individual is generating a coherent heart rhythm, synchronization between that person’s brain waves and another person’s heartbeat is more likely to occur. These findings have intriguing implications, suggesting that individuals in a psychophysiologically coherent state become more aware of the information encoded in the heart fields of those around them.

The results of these experiments have led us to infer that the nervous system acts as an “antenna,” which is tuned to and responds to the electromagnetic fields produced by the hearts of other individuals. We believe this capacity for exchange of energetic information is an innate ability that heightens awareness and mediates important aspects of true empathy and sensitivity to others Furthermore, we have observed that this energetic communication ability can be intentionally enhanced, producing a much deeper level of nonverbal communication, understanding, and connection between people. There is also intriguing evidence that heart field interactions can occur between people and animals.

In short, energetic communication via the heart field facilitates development of an expanded consciousness in relation to our social world.

The overwhelming majority of communication is non-verbal. It has a lot to do with the heart (as described above), the subconscious mind, and other phenomena foreign to physical perception. Intonations and body language, which are direct manifestations of your internal state, come into play as well. If your internal state is that of love, it will permeate all aspects of communication/interaction with others.

The love aura optimizes and harmonizes all forms of communication and interaction. So when people sense this harmonic field, they feel a “good vibe,” and are more likely to be friendly and at ease. But when you’re operating in fear, your heart’s field will be disharmonious, which people will feel as a “bad vibe,” and close-off or react negatively.

As you can imagine, the love aura ameliorates everything from friendly greetings to sexually-flavored interactions. People are naturally drawn to positive, love-based people. You don’t need egotistical facades like “game.” You don’t need pickup lines. Pickup lines are like relying on Google Translate to write a love letter, it just won’t come out right and will sound excruciatingly awkward. There’s no shortcut; you need to learn the language to make it work. (And the language in this case is love.) All you need is to have love for yourself and others (or BE love to yourself and others), and the rest falls into place.

The love aura is a multi-dimensional smile. An intrinsic bliss. A deep-seated, genuine confidence. An unconditional love for one’s self and others. The love aura allows you to be the master of your reality. It’s a positive, powerful, expansive vibe, and that’s what makes it so attractive.

When you operate in love, you let go of fear. Fear only exists in the absence of love (or ignorance to love). Fear is what dis-harmonizes us. Fear is what blocks us off to possibility. Fear is the self-imposed limitations. When fear is released, limitations are shattered and your entire being harmonizes as it should.

How to cultivate your love aura:

1. Show love. Be grateful. Show appreciation. Be positive. Smile. Spread love. BE love.

2. Let go of fear. This comes naturally the more you embrace the paradigm of love. Just be aware of fear when it arises (in any form), and let go.

3. Embark on the inner journey. Get to know yourself. Explore the unseen. Embrace the stillness when your mind is calm. Open yourself up to infinite possibility.

4. Smile, laugh a lot, and have fun.

There’s a certain depth in people’s eyes when they operate in love. That divine sparkle. You can see this in your own eyes if you look directly in a mirror and smile.

There’s a brilliant radiance that comes along with the love aura as well. Your skin, face, and persona become beaming beacons of pure love. It’s a beautiful thing.

And then, of course, there’s that irresistibly alluring aura. People just like being around you, and because of this it greatly benefits both friendly and potentially intimate interactions.

The love aura makes you more attractive on every level. It’s a gorgeous exemplification of a love-based, synchronized being.

Cultivate your love aura. Experience the magic of life.

Stay feelin’ good, feelin’ great.

-Stevie P!

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Pay Attention To The Signs

We all get signs…

Subtle hints from the universe, pointing us towards certain directions in life.

It’s mysterious and unexplainable stuff, yet something we all experience. That’s what makes it so intriguing. A lot of times signs aren’t things we can necessarily prove, but phenomena which we all unequivocally experience.

All of us experience signs, but paying attention to them increases the quantity as well as the clarity of the messages conveyed. Becoming consciously aware of signs we experience allows us to more readily act on these seemingly cryptic cosmic clues.

When we tap into our intuition and follow the signs, life becomes magical and everything seems to just fall into place. Living becomes more exciting. More invigorating. More joyful… Like a game to be played.

Signs guide us on our life journey, just as street signs guide us to our destination while driving.

Signs come in any and every shape or form. That’s what can make them so elusive. It’s not like an alarm on your phone. Signs are far more unpredictable and subtle than that.

Here’s some common types of signs, from my experience.
*Note: Don’t limit it to these though, because they can literally come in any form.
Synchronicity
Significant dates
Constant repetition of certain words or phrases
Different people asking you about the same thing
Deja vus
Common themes in dreams
An unexplainable attraction to something
Any strange/anomalous occurrences

There’s gotta be more that I’m not thinking of right now. Just keep an eye out, like “aye aye captain.”

When we ignore signs, or go against them, is when problems arise. A lot of “problems” are merely signs that we’re going against what our heart is pointing to. Signs that we’re resisting the flow of life.

Know that there is no 100% definitive answer for any signs either. There’s no answer sheet. No cheat sheet. We have to use our intuition and form our own conclusions as to where they point.

“In hindsight signs be glarin’ back
Where’s the map to show you where you’re at?
I can hear the crowd yellin
I can smell the tire smoke
I can hear the starter pistol
Where’s the track?”
Jay Electronica

Here’s how to follow the signs:

1. Set the intent. Once intent is established, the puzzle pieces start coming together. Create a desire that you truly believe you will attain, and it will inevitably manifest. The most effective way of doing this is to write a list of desires and keep it somewhere you see every day. (I have a list of my desires set as the background of my phone.)

2. Be aware and open. Signs can pop up in any way imaginable. Be aware and open to all possibility. You might see signs pointing you to a new job, a new place, a skill to acquire…etc. So stay on the lookout, mate.

3. Be grateful. There’s something magical about gratitude. When you’re grateful for what you have, you seem to attract more. I’ve experienced this firsthand. When I’m grateful, I attract more positive things in my life. Gratitude creates abundance. Gratitude is an open door, allowing things to easily flow in and out of your life. (The beneficial flows in, while the detrimental flows out, of course.)

4. Get some time for yourself. You don’t necessarily even have to meditate. Just consistently get some time to yourself, free of distractions. Whatever clears your mind and leaves you in a deep stillness. Because this is where you really tap into the magic of intuition, inspiration, and higher awareness. A little productive solitude sets the scene for intuitive living.

5. Write things down. ***If you don’t do anything else, do this*** 
Writing things down allows you to log and objectively evaluate signs you receive. This also makes you more aware, increases the amount of signs that pop up, and allows you to more effectively interpret their meanings. Writing things down brings them to fruition.

6. Develop heart consciousness. Follow your intuition. Let your heart guide you; not the mind or ego. The mind (and the ego too) makes a beautiful servant, but a terrible master. Learn to use the mind as a tool, without being a slave to it. Access your intuitive abilities. Tap into your inherent higher awareness. Let your heart lead the way. And you’ll experience a profound knowing. There’s a deep knowing experienced when you’re guided by your heart. Not believing, but KNOWING. Take heed to THAT feeling.

Check out these resources on the fascinating topic of heart consciousness:
Heartmath.org
Developing Heart Consciousness

7. Remember to take action. Nothing comes to you if you just sit there waiting for opportunity to knock. You must do the knocking. There’s opportunity behind every door. Pay attention to the signs and get to knockin. Knowledge is useless without action.

Intuitively following the signs.

Although it works in mysterious ways (well from a mind-based perspective at least), the heart always leads us in the right direction. You may not even initially realize this, because the heart is always many steps ahead of the analytical brain. The heart sees the bigger picture.

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The mind, however, can be deceptive. The mind can justify anything. It can make up excuses for anything. It can talk us in, or out, of any situation. Plus, there’s dozens of cognitive biases that greatly distort our perception of reality. This is why it’s so important to let the heart guide, while allowing the mind to follow. Just don’t forget to use it when you need to.

Follow your heart but take your brain

A note on ego. (A major roadblock when following the signs.)

The ego is a product of the mind, and it sustains itself through fear. The ego fears not being accepted, so it wants to look cool. The ego fears scarcity, so it is selfish. The ego fears getting hurt, so it protects itself. The ego fears the unknown, so instead of taking leaps of faith, it makes up excuses. Like anything else, the ego can have its uses (expressing individuality, facing life or death situations…etc). But it gets real ugly when ego runs the show. The heart is love. The ego is fear. The heart doesn’t give a fuck about anything (besides unconditional love). The ego gives too many fucks, and constantly seeks validation. Pay attention to the signs, follow your heart, and experience the magic of existence.

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An example of following the signs.

The most obvious example of signs is regarding relationships. So here’s a scenario: A man meets an attractive woman.

Sign #1 He HAD to talk to her as soon as he saw her. There was no question in his mind. He strongly needed to establish some sort of connection. So strongly that it overwhelmed any excuses his monkey brain could muster.

Sign #2 They met on the summer solstice, which has tons of spiritual significance. And it’s also a time to plant seeds, in every sense of the word.

Sign #3 A lot of synchronicity between the two of them. A lot of small, but meaningful “coincidences.” Like texting each other at the exact same time.

Sign #4 He set the intent just a few days before their meeting. He wrote a list of his desires and one of them was “a beautiful woman as a girlfriend.”

Yup, those are some signs alright. Signs indicating that that woman was meant to be in his life for some reason. Signs for her being significant to his life experience in some way. But the fun part is figuring out exactly what the signs mean as you go. In what kind of way is this meeting significant? That can only be revealed through taking action and seeing what happens.

We all need to pay more attention to the signs we get. It builds awareness, hones intuition, and makes life a magical adventure.

Follow your heart, and dive into the human experience.

Stay feelin’ good, feelin’ great.

-Stevie P!

^Thanks to my brother Tommy P for reminding me of that song.

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Lay On The Floor (My Stupid Simple Meditation Technique)

We all know this feeling…

When your brain is done thinking. When your body doesn’t want to move. When you have the motivation of a stoned sloth. And the word “nothing” sounds more appealing than a magic carpet ride.

You know what I do when that feeling strikes? When I just don’t feel like doing ANYTHING?

Well… I give in. I lay on the floor. That’s it.

Now you’re probably like…

Lay on the floor

Yes I am

A lot of people think that meditation has to be some long procedure requiring tons of patience and practice… I think it’s as simple as laying on the floor.

This stupid simple technique clears the mind, re-energizes the body, and acts as a self-reset… Leaving you feelin’ good, feelin’ great again in a matter of minutes.

I usually find myself doing this after I get home from a long day of work. That’s usually when I get that I-don’t-wanna-do-annnything-right-now feeling.

So here’s exactly what I do:

1. Lay on the floor (bet you didn’t guess that one, huh?) with you arms to your sides.

2. Close your eyes.

3. Breathe deeply and focus on your breath. (Breathe into your belly. None of that weak, shallow-breath stuff.)

4. Let your thoughts pass. Just witness your thoughts pop up, and let them go. You’re the sky, your thoughts are clouds passing by.

5. Feel the energy in every part of your body. Feel the electric tingle, the vibration moving through you. It’s such a revitalizing feeling. I like to move my awareness from the tips of my toes and up to the top of my head. But you can do whatever floats your boat here.

6. At some point, you’ll feel like getting up. So get up, and I guarantee you’ll feel better than you did before you laid down.

I usually do this for around 5 minutes until I feel like getting up. And when I get up, I feel like I hit the reset button on my entire being. Then I do something like workout, cook, write, read, or go out somewhere. The lay on the floor technique really gets you in that “ready for whatever” mode.

Try it out sometime. It works like a charm.

And leave any experiences with this technique, questions, comments…etc in the comments section below.

Stay feelin’ good, feelin’ great.

-Stevie P!

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We Build Our Own Walls

We build our own walls
Impenetrable and comfortable
Closed off
We allow nothing inside
We allow nothing out

The building material… fear
The more fear, the more raw materials
The more raw materials, the more elaborate the walls

Higher
More extravagant
Glorified enclosures
Increasingly tempting to hide behind

As we stockpile fear
We construct walls around every aspect of ourselves

We build walls around our mind
Perimeters for thoughts
Fences for ideas
Barricades for belief
(Oh no I can’t go there)

We build walls around our heart
Fortresses of guarded intuition
Citadels of suppressed emotion
Castles of trapped Love

No one in
No one out

Isolated spirits

Twin souls calling out from a distance
Yearning for the true experience of unity

Listen closely
Be willing to seek

 

 

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How Do You Really Know What’s True?

The other day,

in the midst of deep, philosophical conversation, my brother dropped a gem on me…

He asked, “How do you really know what’s true?”

Give that man a cookie

Hmm… That’s a damn good question, bro.

And it got me thinking.

So much so, that I had to write an expanded version of my answer. Because I believe that this is an immensely important topic in this day and age.

There’s so much information out there now. How do we know what’s accurate? How do we know what’s true?

There are so many websites. So many blogs. So many books. So many references. So many sources. So many “experts.” So many “authorities.” So many view points. So many perspectives. So many con artists. So many genuine researchers. So many camps. So many methods. So many systems. So many agendas. So many biases. So many “isms.” So much data. So much statistical contortionism. So many revisions. So many lies. So many cover-ups. So many monetarily influenced studies. So many monetarily influenced agendas. So much disinformation. So many interpretations. So many theories. So many details. So many distractions. So many ways of thinking.

Truth, lies, fact, fiction…etc. It’s ALL in plain sight now, which can be a little overwhelming.

We live in the information age. Truth is out in the open and readily available. But you have to learn to sift through the haystacks to find that needle you’re searching for.

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So here’s my perspective on sorting through all the bullshit and figuring out what’s true or not…

(This applies to everything. From learning wtf Tinder is, to figuring out whether or not we live in the matrix; and everything in between.)

How to lead yourself towards truth: (Think of these as prerequisites of sorts for pointing yourself in the direction of truth.)

+Create intent.

As with everything else, you have to want it before you can get it. Set the intent to discover truth, and you will inevitably find it.

Also, you have to be willing to unveil truth, even if it can potentially shatter your fundamental beliefs and ideas.

When you set the intent, things somehow just start falling into place.

+Let go of all biases.

Work on transcending the many cognitive biases. Get rid of preconceived notions. Don’t cling to ideas. Don’t put everything into boxes (especially yourself). Be open to all possibility. Be flexible and adaptable. Be like water, my friend.

“Think about the power you have when you can readily entertain and deviate from ideas.” -Elliott Hulse

If you classify yourself as genetically predetermined to be sick all the time, you’re going to close yourself off to lifestyle changes and empowering ways to improve your health.

If you rigidly identify with any organized religion, you’re only going to find information that fits nicely within the confines of your belief system.

If you cling to the perspective that eating “low-fat” is best for weight loss, you’re going to ignore any evidence that disproves it.

If you rigidly classify yourself  as a “conspiracy theorist”, you’re going to jump to the conclusion that all tragedies are false flags before even evaluating the evidence.

Have an open mind, and be able to entertain any idea without clinging to it. That’s the key to unlocking the door where truth resides.

Now it’s time to address the main question…

HOW DO YOU REALLY KNOW IF SOMETHING IS TRUE?

1. That deep intuitive feeling.

You instantly know that something is true when you feel it in the depths of your being. When you feel it in your bones.

It’s THAT FEELING (you know what I’m talking about). That profound, intuitive feeling.

It’s not believing, but knowing. It’s literally experiencing truth as opposed to entertaining the idea of truth.

Words don’t do it justice. You know when it happens though.

Note: Most people are completely absorbed by their minds and out of touch with their bodies and intuition. In order to build more awareness of this feeling, I suggest honing your intuition first. I rarely felt any deep knowing until I started honing my intuition. And these days I get that intrinsic feeling whenever I reveal any truths to myself.

2. Validation via dot connecting.

Another means of knowing you’re honing in on truth is when dots start connecting. When seemingly unrelated information validates each other. I call it validation via dot connecting.

This is why it’s so beneficial to draw from a variety of sources. You have no perspective or reference points when using only one source. Why do we have two eyes, and not just one?

Connecting the dots from multiple sources points you towards truth.

Keep an eye out, because you’ll often find corroborating evidence from the most random and unlikely of places. I’ve experienced this countless times.

Here’s a recent example. I’ve been studying the field of epigenetics recently. (Which is basically the study of how some gene expressions are influenced by environmental factors, meaning our genetics aren’t strictly predetermined.) And while watching an interview with an expert in the fitness/bodybuilding nutrition field (I thought I was just getting info on how to get more jacked), he brought up an epigenetic-related point (even though he never explicitly mentioned the term “epigenetics”). He mentioned that recent studies show that your dietary habits from early childhood can influence things like how your body stores fat and partitions nutrients. See what I’m talking about HERE.

When you’re aware, you’ll experience validation via dot connecting on a regular basis.

It adds excitement to the mystery of life.

I’ll conclude with some words of wisdom from 2 Chainz…

2Chainz Truuu

Stay feelin’ good, feelin’ great.

-Stevie P!

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Questions? Comments? Theories of your own? Share em below.

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Catching Fire: Themes, Symbolism, and Mastering Our Reality

So I went to see the second movie of the Hunger Games series, “Catching Fire” the other night. The theater was packed. And before the movie started, my friends got up to get popcorn. I held the fort down until they got back, fending off 10-12 pretty young things wanting to sit next to me. (That had to be why they were asking if the seats were free, right?) 😉

But, anyway, the movie was awesome. And I found myself vigorously typing quick notes on my phone whenever something caught my attention. My friends got a kick out of it. But what can I say, I’m passionately curious. I like to write things down and be able to reflect on them.

And that’s what this is. My personal reflection on some themes and symbols in “Catching Fire,” and the connections to our reality.

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I’m not going to summarize the movie here or get too deep into the plot. You can read about all that here. This article is intended to dive into the symbolic themes of the movie and how it applies to our lives.

General Themes To Marinate On:
(some of these might sound a little familiar)

Societal structure.
Panem is almost perfectly structured for control and dependency.

There are 12 districts, each isolated and specialize in one aspect of the “global economy”. At the center of Panem is the capital, home of the small ruling class, and distanced from the districts. The capital strictly regulates every aspect of life in the districts (travel, commerce, laws, education, media…etc). This means that each district must depend on the capital for all necessities. Everything is essentially controlled by the capital. The districts are kept in poverty, dependency, ignorance and fear while the highly materialistic capital exploits them. It’s a near-flawless control system, built on propaganda and fear. But truth can never be destroyed, only hidden. And that’s why the capital’s demise is inevitable, in my humble opinion.

 

Everyone inherently knows something is wrong.
Deep down, the people of Panem know that they’re being lied to. That they’re being exploited. That this isn’t the way life is supposed to be. But they’re not empowered to create change until they see a glimmer of hope. Katniss helped provide that glimmer of hope and the people started taking action.

 

Fear.
The propagation of fear is how Panem maintains its existence. Having the hunger games every year really drives the fear. Plutarch and Snow discuss using fear to control people.

The people of Panem are kept ignorant to the true nature of reality. That ignorance makes them susceptible to fear. That fear makes them susceptible to control. And it’s a cascading effect of fuckedupness from there. Hello control system.

“The lesson learned is: ignorance breeds fear. If you don’t keep that fear in check, that fear will breed hatred. If you don’t keep hatred in check it will breed destruction.” -Daryl Davis

Using fear is a typical strategy of a controlling elite (the “powers that be”). This is evident in our reality as well. Look at how the concept of time, the media, religion, money…etc are fear generators as well. Fear can be powerful when people are kept in ignorance. That’s why truth must be hidden for fear to dominate.

In “Catching Fire”, people begin to see that the capital is not infallible. That they can cause some sort of change. That they’re being lied to. The people are breaking out of that ignorance, and thus transcending fear. You see more and more people standing up for what is right. This is especially evident with Gale.

 

Self-preservation vs the greater good.
Self-preservation maintains the status quo. Selflessness creates change. This is Katniss’ moral dilemma. Should she embrace the role of the mockingjay and be a catalyst for change? Or deny it and attempt “go back to normal”? Katniss finds that going back to her previous lifestyle is impossible. And she realizes that “normal” was not ideal. They’ve always had very limited freedom and were subjected to being thrown into the Hunger Games every year.

 

The power of symbols.
Whether good or bad, symbols hold great power. The 3 finger sign used by the old man in district 11 powerfully conveys this message. The symbol means thanks, admiration, and good-bye to a loved one. You could feel the intent behind that gesture. The call for change. For the lion to arise from slumber. You could feel the connection spark between everyone.

 

Sparking change.
“Catching Fire” shows one person, or one act, can “spark” (notice the terminology haha) massive change. One simple act of non-compliance can create a snowball effect. Katniss’ decision for both her and Peeta to eat the posionous berries (at the end of the first book/movie) was a powerful act of non-compliance. Sending the message that they would rather commit suicide than kill each other. It’s broadcasting the message of choosing love over fear, which is a huge threat to the powers that be. More on this theme later.

 

Extravagant materialism.
The people of the Capital are over-the-top-materialistic. Everything about their appearance is exaggerated and artificial. The make-up, the clothing, their fake personalities…etc. This extravagance enforces the point of how artificial “reality” really is. It’s all a big charade. It leaves you questioning what’s real.

 

Some Specific Themes, Symbolism, And Scenes That Stood Out To Me:

“You’re just distractions to keep them from thinking about the real problems.” -Heymitch (to Katniss and Peeta)

This is an obvious strategy today. Distractions are constantly thrown at us (celeb gossip, media in general, smartphones, games, alcohol, work…etc) to keep us from exploring the truth of the world around us, and the truth of the world within us.

 

“Give up your morals and have fun.” -Plutarch (at the party before the games)
We’ve all encountered similar things said in some situations. And it’s a testament to a society not reflecting our inherent values.

 

Peacekeepers are all masked and standardized.
They’re faceless. They’re not individuals. This implies that you have to be a direction-taking automaton to carry out those orders. Like the stormtroopers in Star Wars. And we even see this happening with police right now. They’re looking for certain personality types to enforce the bogus laws being enacted. Independent, free-thinking individuals with a set of morals do not take orders to carry out destructive agendas.

 

Attempt to destroy Katniss’ image.
Plutarch convinces Snow that destroying Katniss’ image before killing her would be more effective for quelling a rebellion. This discussion grabbed my attention because it often happens to people that have potential to disrupt the status quo and change the world. It’s more effective to destroy their image before just killing them. Ex/ Michael Jackson (there’s so many conspiracy theories out there regarding both his image being destroyed and his death.)

 

Media manipulation.
The scene where they filmed Katniss and Peeta coming out of their houses and broadcasted it on TV. We saw the stark contrast between reality and what was on the screen. People in the theater even laughed. It was gloomy, dark, and barren looking; while the camera lighting and angles made it appear more extravagant and dazzling than it really was. It reminded me of this scene from the movie “Wag The Dog.”

 

Effie’s dress being made of Monarch butterflies (when she announces the participants in the 75th Hunger Games).
Blatant symbolism regarding Monarch mind control. As the TV personality, she acts like a mind control slave with no sign of free will or independent thought.

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See these articles for a clearer picture:
1. http://vigilantcitizen.com/hidden-knowledge/origins-and-techniques-of-monarch-mind-control/
2. http://www.collective-evolution.com/2013/08/21/roseanne-barr-mk-ultra-rules-in-hollywood/

 

Caesar Flickerman (the Host of the Hunger Games)
Prototypical jester character type. He provides comic relief (or distraction) from the grim reality of the hunger games.

 

Peeta and Gale.
2 dynamics of good men. Peeta is innocent and nurturing. Gale is independent and sure-footed. Both are necessary for optimal function, as you see one embrace qualities of the other throughout the series.

 

Flames/torches during the opening ceremony of the Hunger Games.
“The Eternal Flame.” It’s an Illuminati (wait, do they exist?) symbol that means “enlightenment.” (See: Statue of Liberty, Olympic torch, the building right outside of the kitchen at work, 9/11 memorial, JFK memorial…etc.) The eternal flame is all around the Capital because they think they’re more enlightened and powerful than everyone else. But Katniss is using their own tactics and arrogance against them. She’s taking that symbol of enlightenment back for the people. That’s another reason why, in my opinion, she’s called “the girl on fire.”

 

Saturn Symbolism:

There’s a lot of Saturn symbolism in Catching Fire. You just need to know what to look for.

Black is the dominant color at the ceremonies.
Saturn symbolism. Katniss even had little rings around her head. Check out this article for more information than you probably want to know on Saturn symbolism.

The arena for the Hunger Games being a giant clock.
This theme really jumped out at me. Time is a form of control. It also makes us susceptible to fear and everything that comes with it.

“Average people allow time to impose its will on them; remarkable people impose their will on their time”

All worry and anxiety comes from the past or future.

And here’s the kicker…

Kronos/Saturn is the god of time! (aka Father Time)

“The pain that you create now is always some form of nonacceptance, some form of unconscious resistance to what is. On the level of thought, the resistance is some form of judgment. On the emotional level, it is some form of negativity. The intensity of the pain depends on the degree of resistance to the present moment.” -Eckhart Tolle

*Check out the resources at the end of the article for a lot more information on the concept of time.

The dome of the arena was made out of a series of hexagonal screens.

And guess what…

The North Pole of Saturn is a hexagon.

Saturn hexagon
After “remembering who the real enemy is,” (the Capital and everything it represents, like fear, control…etc.) Katniss destroyed the screens making up the dome at the end of the movie. This ended the “game” and allowed them to be rescued. She literally shattered the matrix that was controlling them.

To help wrap your head around how all this crazy stuff connects…

David Icke has an interesting theory regarding Saturn’s influence on our reality:

 

How To Directly Apply The Themes Of “Catching Fire” To Your Reality:

 

See through the illusions.
See through the lies. Know the tactics of deception. Recognize how the media can sway public opinion. Be aware of the conditioning you’ve received (school, religion, culture, do’s/don’ts, rules…etc.). Know how even your own mind can deceive you. Hone your bullshit detector. The illusions in real life are more subtle than in the Hunger Games, but still distinguishable nonetheless. Be able to find truth for yourself.

 

Don’t succumb to fear.
Fear is used as a means of control. If you operate in fear, you subject yourself to the will of external forces.

John Lennon Love

Transcend fear and control. Choose love and become empowered.

 

Empower yourself.
Empowerment arises when fear is left behind. And this allows you to do what you know is right, deep down. Not just what people tell you to do.

Don’t completely rely on external sources when it comes to your decisions and actions.

Empowerment is trusting yourself. Trusting your inherent judgment and intuition. If you don’t trust yourself, you essentially give your power away. And someone else is always ready to take it if you don’t.

This goes back to the paradigm of love. When you genuinely love yourself, you don’t need to look externally for everything. You empower yourself. You don’t need external approval to trust your opinion. You don’t need external gratification to feel happy.

You create your own path in life. When you trust yourself, you become a trailblazer. You become the master of your fate.

 

Who knows what inspiration you can spark within others? 

Katniss was unaware of the change she sparked with one simple act.

So who knows how your actions are affecting the world around you. Moods and actions tend to have a domino effect. People pay it forward.

I like to think that my action create a chain reaction. Maybe the old lady I held the door for gave a balloon to a little girl. And that little girls wrote a letter to her Dad who was away on a business trip. And her Dad gave one of his employees extra paid vacation to visit his elderly mother, and so on and so on.

“No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.” -Voltaire

Because you never know…

“I’m not saying I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.” -Tupac Shakur

Stay feelin’ good, feelin’ great.

-Stevie P!

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*Resources on the concept of time:

The Illusion of Time (Great documentary by quantum physicist Brian Greene. This is a must-see)

The Trap of Time

Chronos and Kairos – The Gods of Time

The Disappearance of Time and Childhood

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15 Ways For 90’s Kids To Reclaim That Childhood Awesomeness

If you’re like me, you probably have a lot of great memories and nostalgic feelings from childhood.

And as I’ve written about before, us “grown-ups” have a lot to learn from our younger, child-selves.

But instead of living in the past, let’s incorporate that magical, fun-loving awesomeness into the present.

Here’s how…

15 Ways For 90’s Kids To Reclaim That Childhood Awesomeness:

1. Play outside (like you did in the good ol’ days).

Ride a bike (maybe put a card in the spokes so it sounds cool too). Play on a playground. Bust out the roller blades. Ride a scooter. Coast down the street on a skateboard. Climb a tree. Jump in a pile of leaves. Just do it. Remind yourself what fun really is.

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2. Watch a 90’s Nickelodeon show for old-time’s sake.

Nick-nick -nick-nick-nick-nick-nick-nick… Nickelodeon.

I’m pretty sure all of us have positive memories attached to Nickelodeon, right? Watch some old cartoons every once in a while. They’re fun. Instead of posting bathroom selfies from last week on Instagram, get your “Throwback Thursday” on by watching an episode of Hey Arnold! or something.

Nickelodeon 90s

 

3. Play board games.

Take a break from technology and play some tangible games again. You’ll remember how fun they are. Some bars even have board games to play, which is pretty much the best idea ever.

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4. Apply Pokemon to real life.

If you grew up in the 90’s, and didn’t live under a rock, you know all about Pokemon. We don’t even have to necessarily play it to reclaim its awesomeness right now. You can apply Pokemon to your life. That’s what I do. For example, “catchin’ em all” can apply to checking off your bucket list items. Leveling up can apply to any form of skill development or self-improvement. You can even do something like carry a Pokemon card in your wallet and show it to bouncers as your ID when you’re feeling funny.

Bulbasaur Charmander Squirtle

 

5. Get your hands on an interactive book.

Remember those things? Where’s Waldo, Madlib…etc. Buckets of fun.

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6. Watch a movie you loved when you were a kid.

Try to be in a bad mood while you watch your favorite childhood movie… Impossible.

 

7. Listen to 90’s music.

Because who doesn’t love 90’s music?

I can’t help but smile like Wilt Chamberlain in a sorority house when I hear stuff like this:

 

8. Eat like a kid sometimes.

Have a crazy cheat meal every once in a while. Combine all the foods you love and go to town. A couple weeks ago I made some pumpkin cheesecake. And I ended up putting some in a bowl of cereal. It was random, spontaneous, and glorious; and it gave me that awesome feeling of being a kid again.

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*Watch this for inspiration 😉

**Just don’t go back to drinking 4 cans of Surge a day. That stuff will have you fat, sick and diseased quicker than you can say “Type 2 Diabetes.”

 

9. Call someone.

Remember when people used phones to actually talk? Instead of texting, give someone a call. It’s a nice change and feels, well, more human.

Remember me?

Remember me?

 

10. Wear ridiculous clothes.

Remember how ridiculous clothes were in the 90’s? Just wearing that kind of stuff makes you feel more spontaneous and fun-loving.

Selfie of the century

Selfie of the century

 

11. Get your hands on some crazy 90’s toys to play with.

Nerf guns, moon shoes, vortex…etc. All that stuff is too much fun. Bring it back.

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12. Put down your phone and actually interact with people.

Back in the day, no one had cell phones to stare at to try to make awkward situations a little less awkward. Next time you’re in an elevator, keep your phone in your pocket and say something funny to the person next to you.

Don't be a socially awkward penguin

Don’t be a socially awkward penguin

 

13. Draw something with crayons.

Bust out the big crayola pack and go to town. Even if you’re drawing skills are non-existent, it’s still fun to mess around with crayons and a big sheet of paper.

crayola crayons

 

14. Do some sort of arts and crafts.

Remember that stuff? When’s the last time you’ve done some sort of arts and crafts project? Or made something with your own two hands? And when’s the last time you even heard anyone say “arts and crafts”?

mixed martial arts and crafts

 

15. Spice up your vocabulary with random 90’s phrases and slang.

You, and everyone around you will definitely get a kick out of using these again. (As long as you don’t use them to the point of being annoying.)

Some examples:

  • All that and a bag a chips
  • Boo Ya!
  • Off the heezy
  • Open up a can of whoop-ass
  • The shit
  • Stylin’
  • Talk to the hand
  • Trippin’
  • Word
  • Da Bomb!
  • Tight
  • Dope
  • Fly
  • Your mom

And my favorite…

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There’s nothing more awesome than screaming “Whoomp! There it is! after accomplishing literally anything in life. From using the right key to open a door, to landing your dream job, “Whoomp! There it is!” is the perfect way to immediately celebrate.

So there you have it.

15 ways for all us 90’s kids to reclaim that childhood awesomeness.

Stay feelin’ good, feelin’ great.

-Stevie P!