Holiday Glurge

How does one choose to express their appreciation for the end of another solar cycle? 

By thinking 'Tis the season for barrels of fake sentiment and slithery Christmas music about sleighs and snow, often sung in a kind of oleaginous voice? 

Perhaps chugging gelatinous eggnog under mistletoe during yuletide celebrations wearing ugly sweaters in rooms full of people you can’t stand? 

Engaging in zombie like consumerist behavior buying generic corporatized presents at shopping malls? 

Forcing your child to sit on a chubby jaundiced strangers lap for cheesy photos while they cry their eyes out? 

Turning your home into a gaudy Griswold display where the decorations are in full materialistic overload likely requiring auxiliary power to accommodate the exorbitant electricity bill? 

Or fibbing to future generations by denigrating an Amanita Muscaria mushroom eucharist for achieving gnosis into a corporealized Coca-Cola version of a fiction named Santa Claus? 

Bah Humbug to the spattered buckets of stickily sweet glurge and may the true origins of the winter solstice be de-occulted and re-illuminated. 

This Infinite World of Ours

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” - William Blake

Our world — in this context, “world” refers to the universe, the innerverse, the cosmos and everything else — is truly infinite. We can wander and explore and engage with it for eternity, and there will always be more to see, more to experience, more to learn, and more to create.

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And yet, that is not the world we often experience. In fact, the world we often engage with is one of limitations, solid definition, and rigidity. We have been mislead. We have bought into the rhetoric and the trickery that has been concocted within the bowels of our own collective imagination. Or lack thereof. A so called imagination that remains sustenance through a steady diet of Madison Avenue, “news” masquerading as propaganda, and a further disconnect between who we are, and that of the world itself.

Our world has no limitations. Our world is not rigid, but infinitely fluid. If we believe in limitations, and if we nurture them within our Imagination, then it is inevitable that they will plant their roots within the world — or, we should say, our world — and remain rooted in place for as long as we nurture them.

William Blake penned those words many years ago. Likely in the late 1700s, due to that period of activity within his life. Blake speaks of several things in this absolutely essential quote, so let’s look at it a bit deeper.

By “the doors of perception” Blake is referring to several things. One of which is our own Consciousness. Our own Consciousness forms a doorway that limits and inhibits what it is that we see, feel, and create. This doorway consists of the limitations we have given the world and, in turn, to ourselves.

In recent years, people have gone on to state that “the doors of perception” is a pointed metaphor for our own brains, and their inability to register different types of information based on beliefs that take root within the subconscious. This ties in greatly with the fact that our conscious mind can only process supposedly 40 bits of information per second, whereas the subconscious mind can process supposedly around 20,000,000 bits of information per second. We register what is deemed “important,” based on our own beliefs and our own habits and our own thought patterns.

Cleansing “the doors of perception” refers to dissolving the boundaries that divide us between truly seeing and peering into the world, and merely observing it from a seemingly infinite recursion of frames. Frames that consist of beliefs, habits, thought patterns, memories, and quite a bit more that we have yet to discover or even consider, for the rabbit hole is infinitely deep.

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Aldous Huxley believed that psychedelics — particularly LSD — were the key to “cleansing the doors of perception” and that is why he used that particular segment of the quote as the title for his famous, and exceptional, text “The Doors Of Perception.” So many to this day associate the phrase the doors of perception with Huxley when he in fact derived it from Blake. Which is okay, because nothing is really new under the sun and it’s extremely rare to discover anything and it is instead, re-discovered or remembered.

You may agree with Huxley, or you may not, but there is no doubting the fact that these substances — especially the ones that come directly from the Earth, such as Peyote or Ayahuasca — allow us to access greater realms of consciousness. Earth medicine allies are but one way of cleansing the doors of perception. Other ways include meditation — of the patient and resolute sort — dreaming, and, of course, using your imagination which can be improved by meditation. We’ll dive into this one a little bit later, but do note that these are only a few ways to cleanse the doors of perception.

Finally, Blake states that “everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.” If we are to cleanse the doors of perception — our beliefs and our limitations and borders and everything else that make up these rather imposing doors — that everything would appear to us as it truly is, infinite.

To understand this, we must understand that we don’t understand. Infinity is but a word used to describe something that is endless and without limit. We can’t really picture this, because to do so, would be to limit it. So, this gives further weight to Blake’s argument that the doors of perception have not, in fact, been cleansed at this point in this time.

Nonetheless, this multidimensional experience of life is infinite, and there are no limitations of any sort. We may think there are, and we may act in that way, but there are none. None at all. We may even come to realize that scarcity is not the case, and although living in balance with nature is key materially, that we have profound capabilities of solving our material problems through realizations and actions based on information given to us from the spiritual. For the spiritual is the cause and the material the effect.

Imagination is something that, for the longest time, we may feel has fixed definition. But the more we research and the more we explore and practice, the more we may realize that imagination has no true form or definition, and that it is the closest thing we have to a direct connection to “the infinite” or “the world” itself. In fact, it isn’t just “the closest thing” it is a broadband connection to infinitude.

The only limits that are to be found in the province of imagination are the ones that we give ourselves. For our imagination is a direct product of our own self-concepts and our own beliefs and ideas about ourselves.

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Using our imagination, we can conjure entire worlds within the span of seconds. We can go on great quests and adventures within these worlds. And that’s just the start of it. For within the province of imagination, limitations are falsehoods that need not be heeded or respected.

Imagination is just as “real” as “reality”, for they are both a product of consciousness and everything is consciousness based. We may admit that we don’t really understand this idea very well, but it remains a point of interest, and a frequent theme that we can meditate on to further come to eventually understand a bit more.

We erect walls between “imagination” and “reality”, but they are only as real as we believe them to be. When we dissolve those borders — which few have done — then we realize the truth. Limitations are imaginary. Definitions may even be imaginary. And life is but a dream. Important, no doubt, but as a dream — a lucid dream, if we allow it to be — it is infinitely fluid and endlessly malleable.

Each and every border that comes to define and distort “imagination” and “reality” comes not only from our own imagination, but from our self-concepts, and this, in turn, comes from our imagination. You see, all things are intertwined within this very simple — but, in truth, endlessly complex — framework.

*Written by Maxwell Akin & Niles Heckman.

Being Critical of Criticism

I was recently in a bookstore in Seattle Washington and happened across the essay section. What was revealing was that the section was actually titled “Essays/Criticism”. Does that mean that most essays written are also just short form written criticism? A modern definition of critical is expressing adverse or disapproving comments or judgments or involving an analysis of the merits and faults of a work of literature, music, or art. As much as I'm conscious to not always make these be rants, even though there is a future one in the alchemical cauldron currently on the barbaric practice of circumcision and that will be a bit ranty sounding, I am also conscious to not just have them be about me. Just like the vast majority of lower common denominator, short-form, discursive, narcissistic, antisocial networking is. It’s basically just personal marketing through selfies or posts constantly talking about the self rather than excellent food for thought. Just look at the amount of posts which begin with I, me, or I'm for example in your feed. A private Facebook group which I used to be a member of, up until leaving all Facebook groups, claimed to be a place to have more higher level discussion about the nature of reality. While many themes on there did accomplish that, I was still not very impressed with the group overall because the majority of the posts were still used to simply self-market. Because even quote on quote “woke” folks, use social networking as a way to grab attention online.

Much of life and knowledge is empirical, which results in the sharing of your own personal experience, so through our life experience we best relay information through that self. Thus it’s all good to talk about and mention the self here and there so long as it’s a balanced perspective. And not only compare your doings to other folks doings thinking you are always on your high horse or soap box as they say. Thus I am also conscious to not make these essays purely criticism. Yet knowledge of a problem is half the solution so in order to fix something that is broken systematically, it must be properly identified, and then have solutions proposed. Thus its best to identify systematic problems rather than individual people's problems. Because if someone is rubbish at something, there will always be someone more rubbish to take their place should they go down. Thus, it's better to deconstruct and discard a rubbish ideology rather than a rubbish individual putting forth that ideology.

Much of our deprogramming and de-indoctrination involves us de-constructing things that we once thought served us but have come to realize they do not. Hence we are critical of those things and that can oftentimes be thought of by others as being negative. An example is a more conscious person who’s realized much of mainstream culture doesn't serve us. They then get around a normie, or “Homo Normalis” as Wilhelm Reich used to say, and that normie interprets their critical deconstructions of the low grade society and culture as being negative. Hence you're being a negative person. Which is actually not the case, but in fact you have much higher standards because you’ve been exposed to information which is much more enriching and fulfilling to the awakened human. Who will not be solely a commercial trader that is purely looking to outside sources to determine for them, but a more self-reliant and sovereign creative person forging their own way through the mystery of life.

I am very critical of things from a systems perspective. I don't make a policy of shit canning specific individuals for the most part, other than a few of the obvious choices. The president of the united states is a very common one for example. Who often times just turns into a punching bag for millions of people during their tenure in office, regardless of party. A term in comedy is to “punch up, not down”. So if you are an open mic night comedian on stage in a back alley comedy club in Santa Monica on a Thursday night trying out your material, they say to target your making fun of figures to folks such as politicians, celebrities, and business magnates, as they are supposedly above you in the social hierarchy. Part of being one of those folks who are in the extreme spotlight is you will be a target for that, and that is very much known and par for the course. Although, when you have infinite wealth, world renown fame, or power, your biggest problem then becomes making sure your image or legacy is not tarnished, which can only really be done by treating others below you in the social hierarchy with respect and being able to make fun of yourself and take a joke if Saturday Night Live is impersonating you for example. What is in grossly bad taste and never ends well is to punch down. Meaning criticize those below you in the hierarchy who quite honestly are obviously struggling already. So you don't make fun of homeless people, those with down syndrome, janitors, the person with the asymmetrical face, immigrants, or handicapped kids otherwise you really sound like an prick.

Much of what you say to someone else negatively is you identifying things within yourself and projecting them. Much of what you say to someone else honestly, authentically, and positively, is you accurately identifying as a positive trait within yourself. I know someone who I have to spend time with on occasion in my life, who is very much a critic of everyone. They are extremely reactionary and will always only say a negative comment in regards to a situation. This is because they see little to nothing positive within themselves, so they see little to nothing positive within anyone else. Most of their criticism stems from a place of deep personal insecurity. Being on the receiving end of criticism is not fun and can certainly cause hurt and pain on the outside to others. Sometimes this does need to happen back in order to re-balance a source of criticism. Which may oftentimes be seen as a dynamic from loving family members. It takes guts to confront someone such as a long time friend, parent, or sibling. Since they have Known us our whole lives, they will be more likely to tell us something about ourselves rather than our outer circle of friends or others we are simply acquainted with. Which can go both ways, from elder to younger or younger to elder.

There was once a brilliant story about a old grandmother who was living with her grown daughter and her daughters family, and when grandma moves in the the fam you know she’s never moving out. This grandmother was not all sweet and wonderful, but instead had gotten very bitter, cynical, negative, and critically judgmental over essentially everything and everyone. Grumpy old grandma who was a product of a different age. The family had grown very tired of her constant negativity over the years and decided what to do. One day, the household’s mother, the daughter of the grandmother, sat her mother down at the kitchen table and confronted her with tear soaked eyes and 100 percent seriousness. Saying something to the effect of “Mom, you have been saying a lot of negative things lately. Are you okay? Because if you're not, the family and I have come up with a solution. We are so tired of your attitude that tonight, I am going to help you kill yourself. And I am not joking in the slightest. If you don't want to, then we'll know you're okay and have much less to complain about.” Suffice to say, the grandmother changed her tune a bit after this ultimatum which forced her to take a stark perspective shift and see how her reality tunnel had created a cyclone dragging the spirits of everyone else in the household down with her.

There is nothing more mature than being happy for someone achieving something, that perhaps you have not accomplished, but would secretly like to, and still being truly complimentary to that person. I was recently complimented by a music school teacher as to how well my daughter was developing, and I could tell she said it truly from the heart. This was extra impactful because I know that her daughter is special needs and has all sorts of health and development problems. So for her to point that out was extra impactful. I was also recently at a wedding of a good buddy of mine, and his best man pointed out during his speech that one of the best things about Chris is his ability to see things constantly on the bright side and make the most bland or dreary situations or things into something special and memorable. Thus you could take away that the best man giving that speech, knows he could work on adapting that trait to his own personality in a positive way. Knowledge of a problem is half the solution.

Having the ability to see what is wrong and could be improved with a situation is a form of discernment. That takes spiritual growth and inner development to foster. Having the ability to express what is being discerned without fear of "offending" is important at times. Not being concerned with “political correctness” which is really an analogy for “watering down.” It develops an ability in the individual to point out what is missing, inaccurate or ineffective, without adding even more negativity to it via judgment. Do you have the ability to look at a situation and instead of simply criticizing it, to evaluate what could be improved about it and propose a solution. Providing feedback that affirms forward movement. This is the difference between judgement or criticism vs critical thinking. Both require the ability to notice and to observe. However, critical thinking is more akin to evaluation while criticizing is more akin to judgment and those who criticize often add an element of negativity to the observation.

A criticism is not useful without a solution proposed. Criticizing another person or a system without being solution based does not produce anything that is useful or appreciated by another. This is the problem with critics. Who don't actually create hardly anything and instead simply criticize what others create. We see this as some people actually make a career out of this. Via being restaurant critics, fashion critics, theatre critics, etc... They are all folks that secretly wanted to do what their area of criticism focuses on, but never actualized in that field. A professional critic only then creates an article or magazine or newspaper column to share their criticism of others that create what they never could. This is very commonly seen in the laurel giving film festival world. When these laurels are rarely given by season filmmakers, but instead a self described gatekeeper who runs a website or film festival. The director Joel Schumacher once said, “No young person aspires to become a critic.” As he was speaking on this in regard to film reviews. I personally have more respect for the lowest grade filmmaker than the highest end film critic. Thus I have more respect for Uwe Boll, a german filmmaker known for being a schlock maestro making atrociously bad video game adaptation films. Or Kenneth Anger, a underground experimental filmmaker who makes borderline unwatchable occult films merged with surrealism and homoeroticism, than I do for world renowned film critic Roger Ebert. Who was not a filmmaker but was famous for his associations with American cinema. He does deserve credit for his authorships in the field however, much of which were in regards to filmmaking technique and the history of cinema, of which he did have a significantly impressive knowledge base in. Even though some content is so bad it would have been better to never have been made, at least it had the creators will behind it, allowing it to be brought into manifestation in the first place.

Sticking to wrongness is easy and seductive and dramatic and its harder and takes a more sophisticated and beautiful mind to propose solutions. Critical thinking is sorely missing in our society today. “Criticism is an essential aspect of critical thinking... Knowing when and how to give "constructive" feedback is a skill that very few people are taught. Combined with a society in an era that cares less about character, integrity, and authenticity this confusion reinforces an increased dumbing down, and dismissal of *any* expression of criticality as "intellectualism" or merely, "offensive".”

So opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one and they all stink. But a breath of fresh mountain air sweeps immediately through as that vocalized opinion transitions to a proactive solution in the same sentence. That way things are not left with a negative hanger of doom on someone else or a country or the planet as a whole. There is always room for improvement in all levels of our society which is still in the sandbox of maturity. So having critical thinking of yourself and your own life helps tame your inner critic and bring that forward to alway propose glass half full solutions as you move onward and upward.

Radiant Creators – Finding The Yellow Brick Road

Chat with Craig Simpson over at the Radiant Creators Podcast. The topics listed below are discussed and more!

 

The evolving personal Bio (biography)

Technical and eclectic editing sound and video

Reading “The Matrix” code

The democratization of technology

“A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one”

Street photography and capturing the sweetness of life

Taking responsibility for every aspect of a creative life

“There is a difference between knowing the path & walking the path” ~ Morpheus

Finding the Yellow Brick Road of authentic life

The equal value of every creative act

Finding what interest you and doing it may lead to an income stream

Early Rising

Rising early is not always the most enjoyable thing to do.

It’s easier to stay up late and wake up late.

But as we get older, we find advantages in sliding our schedule forward.

Which amongst other benefits, puts us more in tune with the natural solar cycles.

Calm offshore winds and waves are friends of dawn and dusk. When things are still and peaceful.

We rise early to not only get out into nature during that unique window, but to get a head start on the day.

To get things done ahead of schedule gives you a surge of power; such as regular exercise or maybe even the occasional firing up of a hot air balloon.

It can create a sense of consummation, even if we did nothing else for the rest of the day.

A common trait of successful people is they rise early, which after years of practice, helps lift them up in life.

Setting an example for onlookers who are influenced by what those risers have accomplished.

Most often noticed buy productive work in their area of passion during private, solitary time.

For being looked up towards by others gives us a since that we’re in the winds of positive change.

Reason For Being

What is your reason for being? So few can answer that question. The French term raison d'etre, occasionally used in an English sentence, means "reason or justification for existence." Various factors for life longevity are diet, exercise, fellowship or community, but also purpose. In our earlier and dumber past, we associate such a question as “what is your purpose?” with the statement “what do you do?” Which is a way of saying what do you do for work, more amply translated into “how do you make fake fiat-debt based, unbacked by anything money within the small slice of existence that is commercial trading?” Which is inherently a reduction since human beings are not commercial traders yet we are living in times were far too many associate themselves with solely what they do for work, or their jobs, or their fake careers. Rather than how they always improving themselves and others through their continual alignment with the great work.

A more effective and higher resonant way to structure the statement “what do you do” is “how do you spend your days” which opens up to a broader landscape of “how do you choose to spend your time”, spend being an important word here and notice closely the etymology of it in that sentence. Time “spent” doing things that are enriching, informative, or fulfilling vs time spent just to make those fake paper B-ill’s as the Rastafarians would say. Moving toward Zion and away from Babylon.

A at home parent may work tirelessly day in and day out and that isn't just for money, it is for work to improve something. In that case, growing a life by watering a young mind. Same with a retiree who spends their time doing animal rescue, helping four-legged stray creatures. Both are very noble work which helps another living soul, but does not necessarily have a monetary reward in a world we are often meant to think and feel is materialistic. You may be young with no need for a job at that time-space vector in your life, but you spend each day, one day at a time, learning and having fun. Or you may be a Palestinian refugee in the outdoor concentration camp which is your country, in abject struggle day after day, just trying to find reason and purpose. Or perhaps in your golden years in assisted living playing bridge with your fellow wrinkled, silver haired, 80+-year-old gal pals. Engaging in conversation and reminiscing on the past long gone.

One could go even further with this introductory statement which is oftentimes one of the first follow up questions when normie A meets normie B and instead say, “what is your reason for being?” In your life, this time around, or let’s say this cycle round, or from an eastern perspective, this incarnation around, “what have you perhaps found is your reason for this cycle?” We know that 99.9% of folks can’t answer that question. They make feel it in the distant far back depth of their mind and heart connection, but they could not answer it via a question like such, off the cuff.

Ikiɡai is a Japanese concept that means "a reason for being." The term ikigai compounds two Japanese words: iki meaning "life; alive" and kai meaning "(an) effect; to arrive at "a reason for living [being alive]; a meaning for [to] life; what [something that] makes life worth living or a raison d'etre". The word "ikigai" is usually used to indicate the source of value in one's life or the things that make one's life worthwhile. The word translated to English roughly means "thing that you live for" or "the reason for which you wake up in the morning." Each individual's ikigai is personal to them and specific to their lives, values, and beliefs. It reflects the inner self of an individual and expresses that most faithfully, while simultaneously creates a mental state in which the individual feels at ease. Activities that allow one to feel ikigai are never forced on an individual; they are often spontaneous, and always undertaken willingly, giving the individual satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life.

There is an oftentimes seen chart or graphic which depicts the term. It is comprised of four circles overlapping which form a pattern that looks a bit like a four petal rainbow flower. The circles represent LOVE, NEEDS, TALENT, and COMPENSATION. Where each single overlaps you have the combining of those verbs into the four subsections which are PASSION, MISSION, PROFESSION, and VOCATION. And in the center where all the circles overlap you have IKIGAI - or your reason.

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I recently heard from a listener to my podcast who I was consulting with directly, who does various work with ancient land known in the United Kingdom. We had a great conversation and he is a brilliant bloke. Very knowledgeable about dowsing - a type of divination employed in attempts to locate ground water, buried elements or other  materials. His knowledge of that ancient technique extends into a knowledge of ley lines and energy grids on the land as well as the power of stones, which when placed in certain configurations, can have restorative or energetic properties for the land. Like so many conversations which I’m so fortunate to have sporadically up my calendar, it was a mutually beneficial conversation in which he helped me, by sharing some personal and direct insight he has from years of experience with these practices, which I have much to learn about still, and I help him by sharing input in other areas and capacities as well.

During the conversation it became known to me that he struggles with his ability to make money in current capacities, having had his past form of employment outsourced, reduced, or dissolved. But I could tell in speaking with him that he is a special and excellent man, but still has yet to fully realize his personal ikigai. He knows what he’s good at, what he needs, what he loves to spend his time doing, but he hasn't quite made it work for him in terms of what he can be paid for. On this subject, another similar message I received from someone was concluded in the brilliant phrase, “may you continue to achieve equilibrium” before penning their name.

Now, this is something that resonates with I'm sure just about every pair of ear cavernous canal holes listening to this. I know what I like doing, which is essentially my hobby, but how do I get paid for doing it. Ikigai helps show us that many of the puzzle pieces are there, we just haven't quite aligned them as fully as we may be able to. I’m not saying that if your life passion is the art form of making pottery, you’re going to be as financially as successful as a banker in the closest city. But it is possible you can create your own pottery business in which you perhaps teach classes, or restore fancy broken china, or perhaps rent out a work loft space with a large fire kiln. There is generally always a way, in which you can take that passion, and fractal it to some way of being compensated. Maybe part time and with hard work one-day full time. Because in this time-space vector, we do need to make some revenue to have a life that is sustainable and not abject struggle. The awakened human with inner fire lite will also not have standards so low that they’re willing to accept the falsity that they must give all the best years of your life over by doing something they don't particularly want to be doing solely in order to receive a paycheck.

Despite this four circle visualization most likely being a gross simplification of the deeper meaning of the word, that sweet-spot of “what you are good at” + “what you love” + “what the world needs” + “what you can be paid for” is a tough one to find for most people. As we learn these steps it initially may be finding our passion, then moving onto using that to derive a vocation, which then can create a profession, and fulfill a mission. If any of those components are missing, we certainly know it’s not our raison d'etre or reason for being.

For those who have already been walking this walk, it’s likely that the last box to be check for many who will be the compensation component. Which may not be exclusively financial, the best compensation happens in rather unsuspecting ways, but there will be a monetary component. So even if you’ve gotten 3 out of 4 of these down and are essentially doing very honorable volunteer work which is not to be undervalued, but you still have some work to do in the alchemical process of making your outer life of what you create, as aligned with your inner life of thoughts and feelings, as possible. And don’t we all.

One way to know that you can check all four boxes and have arrived is to think about what work for you is not work at all? Taken to the point that when you are old and retired, you would still be doing that work and still have income generating too.

“True will” are two words which you will likely hear many hundreds of times more in the essay penned by this author, as finding yours is central to not only happiness but for your life path of discovering the mystery. So we could go even a step further and switch up our initial ice-breaking conversation at the cocktail party with making our second question to someone “What's your reason for being?” or “what is your true will?” And “how do you, doing the very long and difficult, but extremely worth it work of finding that, add to a larger divine will not just for you, but every living soul in this amazing dream of life?”

Working toward being able to know these things for yourself, and being able to answer them not just for you but for these questions when they might one day be presented to you, may be your very most important reason for being here. No matter how long it takes you, it’s worth the effort to ascertain.

The Wet Shake Off

Man can oftentimes learn from the behavior of animals.

Such as when being forced into any sort of discomfort. Physical or mental.

Rather than dwelling on the occurrence and stewing in your own bitter juices, best to shake it off.

We all occasionally confront negative forces, which are learning tools in the face of adversity.

Those wet soggy old ways will transition away as we pull ourselves up and move on.

If a dog is loved, they will give unconditional love back because they live in the moment instead of dwelling on the past.

Third Eye Iguanas

The short-form narrations continue in this piece, shot in Mexico in a very hot July of 2018.

Doing these little micro “films” is great because they happen in whatever I synchronistically happen to come across during the world travels, just like street photography. Document what’s there and then build a script around the subject matter. Good for not only honing your writing and research skills, but testing hardward as well.


Iguanas are known for their prehistoric look due to their very long tails, pronounced scales , and spiky spines.

They have extremely good eyesight and can see ultraviolet wavelengths. To see even more, they also have a very small third eye. This organ, called a parietal eye, is more subtle than their two main eyes, usually looking like a spot located asymmetrically on the top of their head. It does have a subdued pupil and cornea which don't see fully rendered images but instead senses movement and luminance changes. Extrinsically, it is used as an additional defense mechanism to detect predators.

Intrinsically, this eye, found in many reptiles, is linked to a small endocrine gland called the pineal gland, which can be found in the brain of mammals as well. Many ancient cultures through time have visualized a third eye on statues and deities as a mystical and esoteric concept said to provide a perception to higher states of consciousness beyond what even iguanas are capable of seeing.

Sometimes hints to mankind's higher capabilities that go beyond the 5 senses can be found in unusual places. Just as in these ancient creatures as they eat yesterday’s rotting leftovers.

Nox Mente

Chatted with Niish and Jerry Ablan over at Nox Mente on the 19th of September. The podcast is dedicated to exploring consciousness through dreams, dreaming, and dream theory using a wide angle lens. They open up the conversation to a diverse world of dreamers. The show will be LIVE. Tune in as I'm planning to share my story about a re-occurring moving meditation dream-like state I've connected to for the last few years. This will be only the second time I've talked about it publicly so stay tuned for that. 

Here is a slightly stern and douchey picture of me for the chat. Download audio here.

THE DIGITAL INNER DEVELOPMENT ARCHIVE

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In an effort to live lite, Niles has few physical books but an incredible library of digital files which can be much more easily transported and stored. Collecting a comprehensive amount of non-fiction digital books on the occult, the esoteric, philosophy, religion, mythology, folklore and more through the years, and they are now available to be shared with you in the products/store section of this site. A lifetime worth of study.

There are numerous thousands of e-books and spoken word audio files. Find out more here

Updated Podcast Logo

BEHOLD!!! Our new podcast logo. Download the logo pack here!

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We here at nilesheckman.com are all about constant change and adjustment. There were a couple of things about the old logo which bothered us, so we've updated it. We already re-branded the name of the podcast once, which would be thought to be marketing suicide, but we did it anyway!  

As the podcast evolves, it is getting more esoteric and occult. Yes, that is great news thank you. So one of the goals of the new logo is to make it look both esoterically old and with a combined modern fresh design feel. We feel we have accomplished this, until we likely re-design it again in 2019. Ha!

Allergic Defenses

In the spring, when the pollen spreads, it is beautiful.

Pollen can also be problematic for those who have sensitive sinuses because it is a classic catalyst for allergies.

Like nearly everything health related in life, allergies are caused by not only exposure to the environment, but mainly from our diet from the environment.

Simple supplemental and dietary changes can have a strong improvement on building up our defenses to some of nature's challenges.

In our current mechanistic society, the effect is often treated instead of the cause.

In our former holistic past we naturally cured the cause due to our balance with our mother Earth.

Nature will continue to test us, and we should learn from her examples, because she always bats last.

Higherside Chats Podcast - The Divine Mysteries & The Path Of The Mystic

Have taken part in a 1 / 2 conspiracy podcast punch! Part one was Veritas Radio and part two is The Higherside Chats. Please do support Greg Carlwood and his fabulous podcast which he puts so much of his amazing self into. Specific details below regarding the conversation around our feature film Transmutation. Supporting the show by becoming a plus member would be one of the best things you've done all year.

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On this episode of everyone’s favorite conspiracy podcast: It’s easy to feel disenfranchised with our cog in the wheel society and the life-sucking Empire perched above it. Draining us spiritually, emotionally, and in every other sense of the word. Stifling our innovation and development., and filling us with the aggressive indoctrination that if you seek a path outside of normalcy you will no doubt, crash and burn.

However, we still see some people outside of that cage who seem different: Freer, happier, enlightened and at peace – and we hear these outliers telling us that freedom is only a few brave choices away. That the Universe rewards the bold, and there isn’t much holding us back except our own fear. It’s a tough message to adopt, but there’s no denying the persistent call to tear down those cubical walls, shatter the shackles of the Empire, and orient our lives towards our True Will and the path of the Esoteric Tradition.

Well people, today we’re going to try and get the message through your heads one more time- as we’re joined by two people who know it well: Neil Kramer and Niles Heckman. You might remember Neil Kramer from the THC archives, as he was here once before almost 5 years ago. But for those who don’t, Neil is a philosopher, teacher, and esotericist. His work focuses on spirituality, mysticism, and metaphysics. He is a faculty member at the Omega Institute in New York, where he teaches spiritual philosophy, mysticism, esoteric studies, and self-development.

Today, in a rare trilog for this show, we’re also joined by Niles Heckman. A talented film maker and documentarian who has worked on several projects in line with the spiritual path including his Episodic Series “Shamans of the Global Village. Together, they’ve just released a new documentary entitled Transmutation. Written and Narrated by Neil and Directed by Niles, Transmutation is a documentary about becoming your best self, rejecting the Empire, discovering the beauty and dangers of a hidden spiritual path, and hearing from those who have transformed themselves by walking it. Two individuals aligned with the esoteric, champions of the Divine Mysteries, and the one-two punch of Transmutation. Neil Kramer and Niles Heckman.

VERITAS RADIO on Transmutation

Delightful to be a guest on Veritas Radio. An alternate media podcast encompassing the topics of UFOs, the paranormal, parapolitics, conspiracies, and more subjects. The show has had a consistent quality of excellent guests on these important topics for over 10 years. 

I've been a long time listener and now first time caller. Mel Fàbregas, Neil Kramer, and I dive into some additional aspects of Neil and I's feature documentary film Transmutation. How it came to be, it's theming, everyone involved, as well as creating something that is hopefully both beautiful and empowering.

Podcasts like Veritas are so great because they allow conscious beings a platform to unpack and unfold about their research and relevant works created to de-construct the drudgery of bourgeoisie material culture. Just as politics have gotten to the point where comedy shows are more informative and journalistic than talking head corporatized commentators, quality conspiracy shows are the same. Being a much better source for those with eyes to see and ears to hear to uncover a life path of truth. 

 
 

Not only is this heartfelt indie filmmaking at its purest, but also an example of intentionally organic zero-marketing. The filmmakers communicated only with existing audiences via email and social media, with any wider exposure coming gradually by word of mouth. Commercial suicide? The filmmakers don’t care. Niles Heckman said: “We honestly just wanted to play the long game and make something very beautiful and meaningful which can be watched 50 years from now and still be very much appreciated. And I believe we did. If it resonates with people who are curious about the deeper meanings of existence and seeking more, that’s wonderful.” The feature documentary explores the rarely-seen intimacies of deeply individualistic mystical experiences of everyday reality. 

Huge compliments from Mel on the film and it truly aligns with his shows goal which is the transmutation of human consciousness from ignorance and darkness to truth and enlightenment.

In Recovery With Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent, also commonly known as “The Nuge” or “Uncle Ted” is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and activist. His activism mainly stems from his conservative political views, his advocacy of no drug usage, and particularly his advocacy of hunting and gun ownership rights. He grew up in Michigan and spent his youth in the great outdoors, much of the time hunting with his dad, who was a World War 2 veteran and taught him about firearms very early and that ethos has been a strong part of his adolescent to adult life. He grew up in a right-leaning conservative upbringing and that has been his position ever since.

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Although two-party politics is a divisive, old hat paradigm, not to mention a puppet show, I grew up in an opposite political upbringing to Ted Nugent. My parents are former hippies from the 60’s, did acid in Golden Gate Park, worked in Berkeley and I subsequently grew up in a left-leaning liberal household in the Bay Area of California. Suffice to say, Ted Nugent could be held up as an icon of everything in opposition to what I was raised with and is someone I used to despise. His loud mouth, “I’m positive I’m correct” and “lies bounce off me” attitude could be summarized in the W. B. Yeats quote “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

Over the years, I’ve known who Nugent was and the ideas he has always been so passionate on speaking about. As we grow and learn, it’s important to depolarize from identity politics, which much like religions, seem to be things people buy wholesale and go down the line on, feeling the same way on every issue regarding. One of the key principles which are very important to avoid is becoming so divisive and polarizing on “the issues”. Whatever the issues may be. Labeling people with a polarized title is a way to put them into a box and control them. Is she liberal? Is she conservative? How do I classify this? Through spiritual growth, we can come to depolarize ourselves where if we came from one background we may transition into another way of being which is an inner alchemical transmutation to the point where we become a nearly different being later in life than where we started. Thus, landing at a point where we exhibit all the best traits of true liberalism and true conservatism, which are centerpoints of balance and solidity. Some of those who have a knowledge of natural law and the seven hermetic principles, may use them for good Jedi wizardry or else engage in dark sorcery, using them to their advantage over others. We have all heard the term divide and conquer but not many realize that a false paradigm of left vs right politics is simply a tool to polarize the masses into different political teams and thus fight amongst each other while the real magic acts are happening elsewhere at the top of the power pyramid.

We can also look to ancient wisdom and etymology of words and come to know that modern translations of terms are not nearly what they used to be. So you might say a modern day liberal is often not liberal in the true sense of the word and a modern day conservative is not conservative as well. Both sides of the fence have been diluted and co-opted within the mainstream false paradigm two party system. I have a colleague who’s quite conservative in the true sense of the word, but his spirit is sky high. Because of that, even though he despises socialism, gun control, and the Democratic party while I still to this day despise theocrats, Monsanto, and Republicans, both he and I have depolarized enough that we still agree on most things regarding life and society from a larger metaphysical perspective. Mainly that the sovereignty of the individual is king. He’s one who has risen above voting for the modern day Republican party because of their support for the deplorable behavior of the political leaders of Zionist Israel for example and because of their stances on not letting women make their own choices about their bodies in regards to abortion. While I have also come far enough to say the Democratic party is rubbish as well, is in no way going to be ameliorating the injustices of the middle class and has been an equally terrible of a warmongering party as the Republicans, which I have no interest in ever voting for again. Does that mean both parties are the same? No. Yet are either the solution? No. So good on him for having a mind of his own, being a traditional conservative who cares about conserving the environment and also recognizes that the current Republican party is garbage. And good on me for being a liberal in the true sense of the word, meaning free, and caring about strong individualism and the ability of each person to live their lives without force intervention of any kind. Government or corporate.

Ted Nugent however, is very much a supporter of the modern day Republican party. Which is a very polarized position he still holds. In my personal continued attempt to go further and rise above that, thus depolarize from a purely opposite liberal box of looking at the world, two areas I could be not identified with my upbringing on are immigration and guns. As I am not paint by numbers liberal on immigration, since people who immigrate from less desirable countries to more desirable countries bring their positives, but their negatives as well. Yet, at the same time, I know that if anyone else is suffering, I am suffering and we should have compassion for those who need help. Which is most effectively done by allowing them to help themselves in their own native lands and not robbing those lands of their natural resources through imperialism. Upon recently seeing Nugent on an episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, a venture which has still managed to retain some quality while being one of the most view podcasts on spaceship Earth, I would give Nugent the benefit of the doubt and listen to the conversation. And I must say that I agreed with about 80%+ of what this should be polar opposite figure to me had to say during the conversation. Perhaps due to my credit of continued attempts to zoom out and depolarize.

What is key in life is the creative and powerful individual and Nuget understands and highlights that through his passion. Most people who come to politics know that in modernity, there is an effort to reduce their rights and opportunities. Nugent holds rugged individualism and self-reliance up as being paramount, which is something that has come to be appreciated by this writer and I applaud him for always standing up for. I totally understand that gun ownership is in the constitution for a reason and that if an armed population has no guns then the militarized black iron prison of the machine of modern day Empire will certainly still have guns. It would be wonderful to live in a safe world where no one needed guns, as Bill Hicks said: “There’s no difference between having a gun and shooting someone, and not having a gun and not shooting someone.” But that’s not the world at this spacetime vector. So, until Empire goes, a responsible armed citizenry is a big nuisance and problem for the machine of control.

What’s rarely ever talked about but is very true and will get you a strike on YouTube for saying so is that some of the shootings in the United States are real, but the majority of them are staged psychological operations which instill a problem, reaction, solution dynamic of attempting to get the populous to self-remove their 2nd amendment rights which give them great power and great responsibility and treat them like adults. So believe it or not, I will support the pro-gun statement that we really don’t have a gun ownership problem in the United States, we have a mental health problem, which extends deep into the veins of our generally shallow and compassionless culture which throws so many under the bus who are left for years unloved or alone. So even though I called the NRA nuts because they seem to think the only solution to the problem is uzi’s for school kids, I’ll still meet Nugent a certain percentage of the way and find a balance point on any mentally healthy and responsible American having the right to own guns. But another question is, what type of gun? Because as Jim Jefferies said, “They’re not called protection rifles, they’re called assault rifles.” We also have yet to hear a rational and viable step by step solution from the right as to how to keep assault rifles out of the hands of the mentally ill. Since most right-wing policies only help corporations and billionaires, while throwing labor and the poor under the bus, many of the same folks that advocate for strong gun ownership have caused an amplification of mental illness through their other policies.

One of the most important tenets of the future is decentralization. Which is the process by which the activities of an organization, particularly those regarding planning and decision-making, are distributed or delegated away from a central, authoritative location or group and instead across the spectrum of everyone using the system? A co-op is a decentralized company which is owned by workers rather than the one CEO at the top who’s usually an asshole who is only nice to you as an employee because of your allegiance to the corporation he’s steering. Corruption is somewhat inevitable at our current not very good consciousness signal in the cell phone bar level of public awareness to the true nature of reality. So in a decentralized system, when corruption inevitably occurs, it hits smaller, more separate components of the system, rather than just infiltrating the one group at the top of the power pyramid. Nuge is a strong advocate of individualism which from a systems standpoint, is more decentralized over collectivism. Even though one could think of individualism as “I only care about myself” but it ultimately stems from each individual’s separate and unique journey in life, which when allowed to truly flourish creativity and spiritually, turns nodes on the network into much more powerful and unique sovereign entities. Nuge is a strong advocate of not relying on for government “handouts”, which is good if it’s about people being self-reliant and making situations work for them but bad if it becomes a politically expedient euphemism for eroding basic social services such as healthcare being a right and not a privilege. It doesn’t mean that we cant have a base standard of care and compassion for those who fall through the mental illness cracks but to sacrifice good individual expression for a group is worse than fixing bad individual expression based on the group.

The strongest advocate within him is that of a hunter. There is a massive difference between sports trophy hunting and hunting for sustenance. Sustenance hunting, which mankind has done since the dawn of time, especially prior to the invention of agriculture, is a birthright. If done with respect for the animal, sustainable harvesting is a spiritual quest or initiation, not to mention a profound life skill for the adult male to know and lesson learning for young males to experience. Knowing where your food comes from is key, and to Nugent’s credit, he does highlight unless you’re a vegan, you have no right to argue about killing animals and that vegetarian farming harms animals as well. Sometimes even more because of agricultural practices such as soybean oil, which is responsible for incredibly large amounts of forestation. I do believe and buy that as a lifelong meat eater, he has killed the vast majority of that food himself so he’s eating natural, grass fed, omega-3 healthy meat and looks very good for his age. If the type of animal being hunted is not sustainable, then that is a sad reflection on humanity and is called trophy hunting. It speaks to a macho juvenile male who instinctively wants to go out there and kill things to establish dominace and collect trophies for purely materialistic gain. As mankind has also hunted many species to extinction and we still very, unfortunately, see game hunters photographing themselves with endangered species to this day.

Like with all polarized right-leaning arguments I’ve heard through my lifetime, it’s not so much what is being said. It’s what’s not being said. Right wing polarized people tend to shit can government, while thinking corporations are the greatest things in the universe which can do no wrong and are engines of job creation. In reality, the government is a giant corporation, the united states has been turned into a corporation, even our names have been turned into corporations. The world has been corporatized and there is a massive difference between mega-giant corporations and small businesses. Better to be pro-small business, and anti corporate power. Since the problem with the government is that it is corporatized, only acting as a placater to corporate power. This is what lobbying (which really just means corruption) and money in politics is about, placating to aristocratic bloodlines and massive mega-corporations who have more money than many countries and have zero legion to any country. But love their socialism as they are super happy to privatize gains and socialize losses at the expense of the taxpayer. These are side effects of continuing hard right or soft right policies which Nugent supports. Not to mention the continuing dissolving of labor and theocratic leanings on women’s reproductive birthright decisions. Much of this corporatization had been kicked into overdrive in the united states by 40+ years of Reaganomics, which made an already unstable mis-distribution of wealth even worse. So when Nugent looks at the decline of America and blames it on hippies and beatniks, while giving un-checked corporate power a complete pass, it speaks to the long way he still has to come in his wisdom.

So I agreed with the majority of what he said during the interview. Will I ever vote for the Republican party? Fuck no I’d rather drink my own diarrhea. Do I disrespect Ted Nugent? No, I do respect him and his opinions, and his passion and spirit. Which is something I would have never said just 10 short years ago. Would I respect him even more if he became an independent? Absolutely. I give him credit for what he is good at and what he still doesn’t fully know due to a lacking of experience. The fact that he’s never had a psychedelic experience says also says a lot, as he’s still in the sandbox of consciousness. Life is about evolution, change, and growth. In that order. The evolution is not a physical one, but a mental one. Via stair steps and level up’s of consciousness through expansion. Completely decoupling from old paradigm human operating systems, and seeing things in an all-new way. So his drug-free stance has also meant a truly medicine free stance. Since he’s never had a shamanic experience, realizing that wolf he’s about to shoot through the eyes is actually his spirit animal who can give him wisdom beyond his wildest imagination. So there still needs to be a great change in him from where he started. I have changed, how has he?

Channeled Information

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Channeling is said to be the practice of professedly entering a meditative or trancelike state in order to convey messages from a spiritual guide. The vast majority of those who claim they are channeling, are not. This is evident by the fact that they always seem to be channeling some profound deity of importance who they egotistically claim to have an exclusive direct personal link to, rather than just a connection to another being of unknown or obscure profile. One of the tenants of problem, reaction, solution religion is those who say they are a spokesperson for some sort of higher power. This is a very slippery slope and leads to evangelical preachers who live in 14,000 square foot Georgian mansions saying “God tells me that he needs you to give me money to support the congregation” or fundamentalist Muslims who may stone a women for adultery because “Allah wills it” or a San Francisco new ager who claims “I’m feeling some Paladin energy tonight”. The main problem with channeling is that just like bankers and politicians, which are mostly actors; if someone who is also an actor has a spiritual leaning, they can get very far pretending they are really a true and accurate conduit from elsewhere. The major separation here between the vast majority of the rubbish and the small number of what is legit in this area lies that externalization of the claimed higher power.

In detail, the spiritual guide is not something outside of yourself, but a way of embracing and then connecting to your higher self. Your non-corporeal higher vibrational density self which is always able to be assessed should you do the extensive work on connecting to it. Which is an aspect of you at a higher level which can access states of awareness and information that is not usually and readily available in states of being asleep. It is an aspect of the divine which can provide gnosis which is outside of time and 3d material space. Because nothing really comes from here, it comes from elsewhere and is a projection from that higher place. So on the very rare occasion when information is channeled, its channeled from a divine source which has come through your own higher self, which is really you, because you have not only learned how to access it but also been deemed noble enough to be a receiver and communicator for that information.

As we get more developed, our discernment gets better. Meaning what we can tell is good information vs what is misleading or false information. As we build this skill, we can come to identify what is accurate higher dimensional wisdom from a source based on the information it presents. So in a sea of poorly presented channeled information, we can discern out actual REAL channeled information. Sources such as The Emerald Tablet of Thoth the Atlantean or Aleister Crowley’s the Book of the Law resonate more with us because they are sharing insights which are very advanced and empowering. So basically you know it when you hear it. 

Since creativity is a crucial aspect of living a fulfilling life, we should align our passions with things that give us energy rather than taking energy away. Woman and men who pursue what they love most became so familiar with the skills associated with their ultimate passions that they have developed such a mastery which allows them to completely let go and allow their true self to shine through. They, through the practicing of their chosen vocation, have discovered how to tap into themselves for the assistance in their creations. Whether its something is written for the page or an instrument or a screen, when you are "in the zone" creating something you feel a loss of time and a deep heart connection to the material with feelings of joy upon its completion.  Many famous people, actors, musicians, painters, etc often describe their talents as they are just letting “it” come through them, rather than creating it themselves.

In my personal attempts to always expand my creativity, I have been in these states when creating art as a filmmaker. However, I recently went a step further and attained a series of downloads after an experience. We can unpack how specifically one can channel in a later essay, but this experience this time for me came via entheogenic gnosis and was written down onto the page immediately after the experience. Just as we might have a dream journal by our bed to jot down what we get soon after it occurs before it leaves us as the ego gets re-established through waking up back to self. So, the following is a channeling I received, which like many of our personal download notes, has a range of information which may need to be de-encoded and unpacked for years to come. For areas which feel like gobbldy goop now, may make sense to us at a later point in our development. 

A transmission received on May 27, 2016, 10:26 PM:

There are two ways to play this card. One is of balance, and the other is not. So many times we are greeted by situations that don’t define us or summarize our characters and states of being. We stand alone in our thoughts wondering how and why certain things happen to us. Void of understanding and closer of the root foundations of why they come to be. There is a massive difference between knowing and being. Heart vs mind and the balance of those two key elements with our primal forces. Understanding the element of why it happens in the first place cannot connect us to the real reasons for deeper knowledge and understanding as to why we begin our journeys. How they come to be realized, and when are why they solidify.

So many human beings underplay there day to day reality tunnels of work eat sleep repeat. On a deeper metaphysical level, one must always ask where are my kinsmen and what to they bring me in terms of ideas and understandings. Tomorrow a new day is brought, and we should know more then the day before if we break from these old patterns and glide into the knowledge stream of understanding and trust. For those who walk the path are rewarded many times over from what it instinctually looks like may be the case at first glance. Base principals are always if not seen from time to time from different sources and those who stay true to themselves never delay to meet the forces of understanding and righteousness when we learn to see reality as it is and not think of it as some day to day mundane existence but instead more magical and saturated and deep and vast with endless possibilities. From time to time those who don’t seem to embody truth and perception for themselves decline to the sources of artificiality. Those that undergo this process may feel isolations, alone, temp rent, and even hostile to the forces that artificially chain them down under the water's surface but for the select few who know what is to really be discovered and gained there are infinite rewards of grace and glory in which understanding compassion and seeing allow for deeper insight into the nature of reality.

We cannot find each other through a fog of hope for what continues the status quo and an undermining of what is a natural process of change and development no matter how scary they may seem, or how far they may feel in understanding or division. Once we have taken the arrow to the soul then we can transcend almost any deeper ritual which undertakes our own guides or rather a loving embrace of our friends and fellows also on our same vibratory wavelength. Although this has its ups and downs so many have yet to know so little rise to the surface of what is not really but underestimated in subtle forms of persuasion and depth of understanding for what we are and where we are going. Today is the day to seize that power and harness greatness within you. For tomorrow brings uncertainty which should never be planned. For over the foundations of understanding what it is to be human and where that guides you on an infinite path of care and compassion not only for your fellow creatures and ecosystems but also your fellow beings at other levels of depth and focus. We are not the few who stay behind for other days. We come thought some finders that may not realize the depth of gnosis and compassion that all are capable of achieving. Only when the vibration of every living soul comes into focus can Source continue to guide not only itself but others who are alone a sacred path of understanding and truth built feel underwhelmed with the tribal uncertainties of false society and non-commitment within the body of greater truth. For we will strive to always understand who, why, where, when, and how these things come about not only because it helps those without knowing gnosis or use but then those that cannot feel into the ways things sometimes drift into closes for then we can find a true path for each individual on an individual basis today or tomorrow.

Tonight I write these words not through the vessel of a man but more through a  channel od deeper understanding of the past, the future, the present. In one way or another will we be blessed to dive deeper into the great beyond for those who feel into something always feel what is really there and rarely take time out of themselves to break the bonds of unreality.

Now one may say that tomorrow is a brighter day than today, no matter how you glee or experience its righteousness of the time. Separate the acorn from the oak tree and any discovery to comprehend is not too great for the greatness of those whose time for love, compassion, understanding, and trust are in all that they do for themselves.  For now is the time to seize the day. Love is upon everyone at all times and not only do their days run long and follow what seems like endless turns to nowhere without cause or formulation with the contrast of misunderstanding, mistrust, empire. judgment, or chalice. Then how will we find our true capabilities here nor there within space and time under the circumstances today. For tomorrow always brings that brighter day.

Transmutation Released on the new moon

As Wednesday, June 13th begins in this realm of Earth, so does a New Moon. It’s time to listen to our inner selves and others as well as a time to begin a new cycle. We have chosen this vector to roll out Transmutation publically available on the official website:

Thank you to everyone who has already watch the film and shared your insights with Philosopher and Esotericist Neil Kramer and I directly.

We feel it's not quite like anything else that's ever been made and will be long relevant into the future. As 100% independent creators, we are rolling it out in the shadows of obscurity with little to no marketing support. So, if you've found the film beneficial after viewing, please help it to be seen by always telling others who you think may have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Looking Out

This piece was shot in Puerto Vallarta Mexico at of all places, Elizabeth Taylor's former vacation house which is now a hotel and restaurant called "The Iguana Restaurant & Tequila Bar".

Doing a podcast or essay ultimately takes at least a whole day to complete. Writing and narrating the essays on camera can take even longer. There by, it's great to get these self-contained ultra-short form narration's out there as well which can be turned around in just a few hours. On some days you just want to create something quickly so these pieces have become an outlet for that. 

There's a CG artist named Mike Winkelmann (Beeple) who has been outputting a piece of art every day for thousands of days. Which is both good if you're single and live in your mom's basement with no other responsibilities but bad if you want to have various life experiences involving travel. As we all need breaks from every what we love doing now and then. Especially due to responsibilities with others live friends, spouse, children. But who know, perhaps creating a peice every day is part of his personal internal development which should be put above all else. 

When you look out at the world, what do you see?
Do you see scarcity or abundance?
Shadow or light.
We live in a realm of polarity in which have both and we must experience both.
Night and day.
Look into the dark and light of yourself and you will know your world.

A Method For Creating Reality

A friend and client of mine is a young sprout named Maxwell Atkin. He's scarily advanced in his development for being so young (probobaly because he was home schooled) and every time we interact it's as though I'm talking to my younger and wiser self. He's a writer and I highly recommend checking out his Medium Blog. We can occasionally be found sharing ideas both via voice and on the page and this essay marks the first of numerous future articles he pens that I will include amongst my own writing in the spoken word reality tunnel essays.

Narrated Essay #30 - A Method For Creating Reality By Maxwell Atkin & Niles Heckman.

Original Medium post by Max here.

A while back, a man named Neville Goddard gained a considerable amount of prominence in the Metaphysical field. His work was not as widely popular as Napoleon Hill, for example, but it was popular enough, and whatever venue he spoke at, people came.

Neville Goddard did not charge for these lectures or “seminars”, as they might be called today. If, to speak at a particular event, travel was required, he’d request that the funds needed to travel be sent over. But, he didn’t charge for the information itself. In fact, he said, in language that is slightly more visceral, that those who would charge hefty sums of money for such knowledge are, in fact, fraudsters, and that if he were to ever do so, that those in the audience should stop trusting him.

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You may, or may not, agree with this sentiment, but it informed his work, and Neville was not a man known for keeping secrets — these beautiful and powerful reality-altering traditions and rituals — away from those who wished to learn.

During the time he taught — the mid-thirties to nineteen-seventy-two, the year of his passing — he spoke of Imagination as God, and he insisted that The Bible was merely a story designed to share this information with the common-folk of the day, while covering these ideas in metaphors that spoke directly to the Heart.

This was certainly not a popular or widely-accepted idea, but his points were considered and his ideas were, by many accounts, revolutionary to those who chose to acknowledge and accept them.

According to Neville Goddard, we are God. You are God. I am God. We are all God. And Imagination is the most beautiful and potent expression of our Godhood. Through Imagination, all things are possible. But, we must dissolve the boundaries between that which we hold to be “imaginary” — a word that often refers to things that are separate from that which we consider to be “real” — and that which we hold to be “real”, for the two are one-in-the-same, and if we dissolve those boundaries, we can create and become ANYTHING that we so desire.

One can venture deeper and deeper into this infinite rabbit-hole, and find ideas regarding the nature of stories and fiction itself, and how they are merely expressions of something that is happening in this moment. To Neville, all stories are true, and all stories are coming true, in this moment. Just as you can find ideas regarding this idea of “Acting As If” and changing the role that you play in this Cosmic Drama of ours. Venture deeper and deeper, and you begin to understand that Neville believed that we are ALWAYS creating our reality, and that we are the creator of all that is around us and all that is entering our lives.

This is a deep and controversial idea. And while we may have our doubts and our fears regarding this idea, we may find that there is a significant amount of truth to it. For we do create reality, and we can choose to accept someone else’s reality, and the beliefs and actions and ideas that such a reality entails, or we can create our own. And from that, we will, inevitably, change the very role that we play, for all such definitions are illusory and subject to the infinite motion and impermanence of Imagination.

Imagination is a tool that can conjure anything. Images. Smells. Tastes. Sounds. Sights. Anything at all. But without the feelings that come from such a thing, reality remains somewhat unchanged. You see, Neville Goddard knew that you can imagine that which you desire as much as you’d like — and there is tremendous value in doing just that, make no mistake — but without the feelings that come from the fulfillment of your desire, then there is nothing, for feelings are a language in of themselves, and if you know how to speak the language of God, if you know how to speak directly to that infinite faculty within yourself, then there is nothing that can, or will, stop you.

Furthermore, Neville made a point of saying and emphasizing the fact that imagining the receiving of your desire, is not the same as imagining the fulfillment of the desire. You see, when you imagine the specific act of receiving or obtaining that which you desire, you end up creating a number of blocks that severely limit that which can be created. This isn’t a bad thing, and it does work, but Neville made a point of emphasizing the fact that for the most success, the best success, you want to focus on the “End Result”.

The “End Result” can be many things. For Neville, it was an action that implied, in no uncertain terms, the complete fulfillment of the

desire that he had in mind. It could be an imaginal scene in which you are being congratulated by someone due to the fulfillment of your desire. This desire could be, for example, purchasing a house or going on a trip somewhere or losing weight or, if you want to get really big, inventing a new type of car. This scene is indicative of the End Result, and it implies the fulfillment of your desire. Then, according to Neville, you must repeat it and allow those seeds to be planted.

From this, you will be lead to the final step of the process. That of “Letting Go” and “Surrendering”. I’m speaking from my own experience when I say that this is the hardest thing to do, especially since you have, most likely, fallen in love with your End Result and what you know is coming, and you are excited and ready, but also a little nervous. It isn’t easy to do this, but you may find it to be necessary. Perhaps, the most necessary step of all.

In this little essay of ours, you are going to read a story that further affirm and give credence to the ideas that Neville spoke of, and you will attain a greater understanding of the cosmology and the metaphysics at play here. Finally, at the end of this essay, you will have the exact process that I have used, and that Neville spoke of, along with a few suggestions, in each step, for how to best execute each step in the process.

Does it actually work? This question is very much an “It depends”, because it may work for you, just as it has worked in these examples and many others, or it may not work for you. And whether or not it works for you depends on your willingness to accept and “try” this way of being and acting, but it also depends on how natural this way of being feels to you. There is no “one size fits all”. For some people, this method won’t work at all, it just isn’t right for them. And that’s totally okay! There are many methodologies and practices that may not do much for you, so don’t use them and, instead, use the ones that feel natural, the ones that do provide the results.

However, we will say this. If you choose to use it, to accept this way of being/thinking, for one-week, you will find that things are happening, and what happens may surprise you.

To illustrate an answer to this question, let's share two stories.

For a number of years, ever since a friend of mine was about sixteen, he wanted to go to Cambodia. To Siem Reap, Cambodia, where you can find Angkor Wat and Banteay Srei and Preah Khan and all of these beautiful and sacred temples, along with the city itself, which is truly beautiful and enchanting. Ever since he was a little boy, he'd dreamt of the city, even before he knew its name.

So, as you can imagine, he wanted to go there. More specifically, he wanted to move there, right after his last year of High School. There was a plan involved, and he knew the day that he wanted to move — September 7th — so he had that date in mind, and at the time, he was reading a lot of Neville Goddard and he realized that he should use his methods for obtaining money to purchase a plane ticket.

However, he realized that the money wasn’t actually what he wanted. He just wanted a plane ticket, so he changed the intention to that of obtaining a plane ticket to Siem Reap, Cambodia, for the date of September 7th.

Using a few ideas that he had gleaned from a couple of books that he had read, he made a list of about four things that he didn’t want to come from the intention, and eleven things that he did want to come from that intention. This allowed him to gain clarity and a better and more precise image of his “End Result”. Then, he set a “Due Date”. Ten days from that, he would have the plane ticket.

Of course, he needed a plan of some sort. Or, he thought he did. So, he told himself that every night, at nine o’clock, he would spend eleven-minutes envisioning, imagining, and feeling the sensations of having that ticket right in front of him.

These sessions were jumbled and somewhat confusing. He visualized the ticket, being on the plane, being in Siem Reap, and a bunch of other things that were connected to it, but he didn’t really understand the extent of the connection, and he ended up just letting the images and sensations flow over him. However, eventually, he ended up honing in on a specific imaginal scene that was, again, rather disoriented, but it was of him telling his parents that he had purchased this ticket and that he was so excited. In the scene, he said to them “Guys, he just purchased the ticket!” To affirm the intended date, he had his vision, in the scene, go to the calendar, which affirmed the due date that he had set.

Then, for nine-days, he repeated that scene, and felt it, while also allowing his imagination to wander throughout the scene, and the feelings. It became effortless.

During the last four-days, he stopped caring. It was a mixture of knowing that he already had the ticket — even though he, technically, didn’t — and not really having an expectation or specific desire. Don’t get me wrong, he did, but it wasn’t really a big deal anymore. He simply surrendered and let go.

And then, on that final day, he added up the money that he had earned from his freelance writing, along with receiving a really quick one-hundred dollar job and the processing of some older payments from clients of his, and he had six-hundred and twenty-seven dollars. The ticket was five-hundred and sixty-three. So, he bought the ticket, and then the imaginal scene played itself out, just as he had felt it, days earlier.

Initially, he was fearful. But soon enough, he stopped caring and let go, not really caring or minding what the outcome was, for deep within him, he knew that it was going to be okay, and that he was on the right path.

This happened very recently, for he graduated High School in the middle of the school year — early graduation — and he just recently purchased the ticket. He was very excited about this trip, and while a bit nervous and a bit scared, he was overwhelmingly excited more than anything else!

Before we end this essay, I’m going to share with you the method that was used. This method works, it works every time, and is recommend that you follow it, use it, and trust in it.

How Do I Do This?

Before we begin, it may be wise to go for a smaller intention, before you go for the “Big One”. Something that you aren’t particularly attached to, and are, more or less, indifferent to. You can, of course, do this alongside a bigger intention, but for your first time, I recommend going for something small.

Step One: What Do You Want?

Well, what do you want? It can be anything. Anything at all! So, don’t dumb it down. Of course, since this may just be your first time, it might be wise to dumb it down a little, but after that first time, expanding your vision is necessary.

Clarify what you want. Let’s say, for your first intention, you want fifty-dollars. Are these fifty U.S. Dollars? Write that down. Do you want them in cash? Write that down? Finally, the most important part of all, what do you intend to use this money for? Is there a goal that you have in mind? Or, are you simply trying to see if this process works? Again, write all of this down.

In the example, he wanted a plane ticket to Siem Reap, Cambodia. So, he wrote that down, and the purpose of that ticket was so that he could move to Siem Reap.

Step Two: What Is Your “End Result”?

Let’s say that you want fifty-dollars, because you want to buy fifty-dollars worth of lotto tickets. That is the End Result of having that money, and if this is the case, then your real intention is for the lotto tickets, and not, in fact, the money, for the money is simply another obstacle that is blocking your path towards that intention of yours.

To dissolve this, focus on the End Result, which is having those lotto tickets in your hand, and feeling the feelings that come with having purchased them.

This is where things can get a little tricky, however, because there are often multiple intentions at work, and it can be a little confusing as to how we get there. So, if you want the lotto tickets because you want to win money, then you’ve created so many obstacles. Ask yourself “Why do I want the money?”, and then go for those things, instead. Of course, if you just want money to prove that this works, then money is a reasonable intention. But if it’s just to pay off bills, go straight to the paying off of the bills, rather than the part where you obtain money, for if you’ve paid off the bills, then it’s implied that you’ve received money of some sort.

If there are multiple “End Results”, then you need to create something that encapsulates all of them into the single intention.

When he set his intention for obtaining a plane ticket to Siem Reap, Cambodia, his End Result was that of having the ticket in his hand, and feeling the certainty of knowing that he was going and that it is certain. If he intended to move a lot sooner, he could’ve simply envisioned himself on the plane or touching down, but since he was merely concerned with the ticket and simply having it, he envisioned that and the feelings that came from the certainty, rather than the full “End Result”. Perhaps it would’ve been better to go ahead in time, and then simply to see himself at the airport, looking at the ticket and seeing the “Purchase Date”. Nonetheless, they both work.

Step Three: What Is Your Scene?

This can be a little tricky, at first, and it’s recommend giving yourself two-days — out of five, for the experiment — to simply allow images and scenes to flood your mind. You can hold onto the ones you like, and discard the ones you don’t like. Simply surrender and allow them to come to you, and they will. From that, you will find a scene that implies the fulfillment of your desire.

For him, it was seeing the ticket on my computer screen, after having purchased it online, and then telling his Mother and Father that he had done so. And for my friend, it was texting me about his new girlfriend. This scene will be repeated throughout the days, and you will gradually give it more and more sensory detail and significance, as you continue to play it over and over again.

As for making the scene itself, I recommend just surrendering. Surrender, and let the sensations come to you. Don’t force anything. It will come to you, and you will know that it is a good scene, and you will, naturally, play it and repeat it and add detail to it.

Step Four: Play The Scene — Feel The Feelings

Take a deep breath. In for four, out for four. Do this seven-times, and you will feel lighter, calmer, relaxed, and content.

Close your eyes, and begin to let the sensations flood your mind. Keep your intention in focus, and then slowly build the scene. If you aren’t yet aware of the scene, continue to let sensations flood your mind, and allow the pieces to come together. Do not force it. Do not push and prod. Simply, let go.

When you find a scene that is truly magnificent and necessary for your purposes, play it over again. Edit it. Trim it down. Capture the implied fulfillment of your intention in a single phrase. And then repeat it. Play it over and over again. And as you play it over again, take the time to add sensory details to the scene.

Continue to play it until four-days have passed. Or longer, if you feel it is necessary, but four-days is just right.

When I did this, I spent eleven-minutes, each day, playing the scene over, with breaks for just visualizing and playing around with the scene and what I was creating. My friend, on the other hand, played it throughout the day, for a total of eleven-minutes. You don’t need to play it for eleven-minutes, but it’s the sweet spot for him, and it may be for you, too!

Step Five: Let Go And Surrender

Make sure to do this after each session, but on the fourth-day, it is time for you to let go and surrender. On that final day, it will be easy, for you have already done what is necessary, and you will know that there is no need to fear, to struggle, to strain, for all is well. All is well.

If you have any trouble with this, I have three recommendations for you.

The first one is to distract yourself right after you finish your session. Work on a project. Talk to a friend. Watch a movie. Draw something. Make something. Anything that you can think of. Ideally, you’re doing something that you enjoy doing, and are passionate about, which makes it easier for you to forget about the session and what you’ve created.

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one is to do some breathing. Breath in and out, four the inhale and exhale, and do this as many times as you clears all of the tension and raw energy that may be

Finally, the third recommendation is that of saying aloud “Thank You. From This Moment On, I Let Go And Surrender. This, Or Something Better.”

This prayer means that you accept that which you intend to create, and are creating, or something even better.