John has spent his whole life seeking answers to his questions about Consciousness. In his first book, The Consciousness Paradigm, John reports on the answers he has found so far. This interview is a revealing look into the man behind the book and also a discussion of his most important findings. John is among the growing number of native Texas who are becoming known as the Third Coast Consciousness Community and as such is helping get the word out to Texans and the world that we have a strong Consciousness community right here in Texas!
Penny Kelly addressed the March combined meeting of Austin’s IONS and INACS organizations. We loved what she said! She has had a remarkable journey starting as an Engineer at General Motors and progressing through medical and physics courses and she currently is a powerful witness to what we all need to know about consciousness. Along the way she had the essential Kundalini experience described by Gopi Krishna. (See the two-part interview with Gene Kieffer elsewhere on this site.) This is a remarkable woman with a wealth of material for the advanced seeker.
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The other night we heard a comedian on television talking about the fact the optimists are people that always think things are going to get better, and the pessimists are always right. I don’t think either one of those are true. But it is interesting to take the idea that comes primarily from India, and now from science, and look at this question of what is this that we call reality. The answer that’s emerging is it is an illusion over which we have a profound amount of control.
Now, if you really thought about that, you really believed, and if it really was true, then it makes sense to say, “Well, if we are in control of this, if this is going according to our idea of creation, and we have somehow or another been given the power to do this, then wouldn’t it make sense to get as good an illusion as possible to live in and to have that be your life? ” It would be for me. It would make a lot of sense.
Let me just give you some insight and some facts and big figures. Since 9/11, and including 9/11, there have been a little over 3,000 people killed in this country as a result of terrorist attacks. During that time, there have been less than 30 terrorists involved, including last week’s event at Boston. We don’t think that this is a small number, but it’s an incredibly statistically small number when you compare it with all of the people who have been killed since 9/11 by gunshot wounds. It’s a huge number. It’s 300,000 people. Interestingly enough, a significant portion of those people have been killed by suicide. Apparently, guns are still the weapon of choice when it comes to suicide.
So if you’re thinking about this, and I have been, then you realize that this big number of people that have been killed by gunshot, including the suicides, somehow or another were living their lives in total fear. That transfers to us when we become fearful of a terrorist attack or really anything else. If we are really creating this illusion that we’re living in, there is no place for fear. There’s no reason for fear. We’re here. We are eternal, and we are going to survive here until we choose to leave here. But everywhere you look, there is evidence that justifies our fear.
I was always surprised when I moved to Telluride. I thought this was probably the safest place in America. There was one road in, and it was the same road out. There were no stop signs. There was one stop sign, and there were no traffic lights. There were no chain food stores. There was a tiny, little community of 2,200 souls. Yet, these people, who were so safe that people wouldn’t even know where Telluride was, were equally as fearful as the people who lived in downtown Manhattan. Somehow or another, this fear thing, against all common sense, grabs us when we least expect it and most don’t want it.
So I’m going to suggest to you something that I am working on myself. Jerry Jampolsky, in his book “Love is Letting Go of Fear,” said that you can’t have or experience love and fear at the same time. That’s the same kind of thought that Einstein said when he said, “You cannot be preparing for war and trying to create peace.” They are mutually exclusive. So if fear and love are mutually exclusive, then we might as well begin to look at the things that we can do that express love. By the way, we all have love for each other, some for a few of each other and some for all of each other. But that love cements the idea that we are all one and not just with the humans. I mean the whole thing.
This is all one seamless piece of reality-illusion that connects us on a cellular level, on a neurological level with each other, with this planet, and with this universe. If we knew for certain, and we can, that we are going to be eternal and we’re going to be eternal because we are consciousness, and consciousness is going to be eternal. If we knew all that, then we would say, “Well, wait a minute. Let’s just go ahead and change all the things that we are afraid of.” The way to do that is you can’t change a system by resisting it or trying to tear it down. The way you change a system is create a better system that people will come to. Margaret Mead said, “New technology always replaces old technology. No exceptions.” So it must be true that new ways of looking at the world and expressing love can and will and do replace fear.
So I’d like to suggest something to you. Run a little exercise. The exercise is keep a notepad, and on this side say to yourself, “Well, what are the things that I seem to be afraid of on a daily basis? What am I looking at?” On this side, look at all the ways that you know you can overcome those fears. Now, imagine living in Telluride, Colorado at 10,000 feet with 2,200 souls on 9/11, and they’re never going to be touched by anything. Yet they were equally afraid as the people were in New York. That fear was not justified. It was not necessary. It was simply a response, an illusion to a situation that happened 2,000 miles away. We do not need to carry the world’s fear with us. When we do carry it, we carry such a load that we can’t see anything else.
The only way to change this thing is to make up our minds, one at a time, one day at a time, one hour at a time, one breath at a time that we are not going to see fear. We’re going to see love. This week, just give us a little thought. Keep that list and at the end of the week ask yourself, “What happened? Was I able to change anything?” If you were, I’d like to hear from you. In fact, if you were, you can call me on Skype. That’s ChuckRobison on Skype. We’ll record your conversation, and we’ll play it as part of the Masters Class because it’s very important. That’s it for this week. Thank you very much, and I’m glad you were here. Bye.
I moved from New York City to Telluride, Colorado in 2000. I had lived in Manhattan for 23 years and it was time for a change. I wanted to move “out west” when I left NYC, but I did not count on moving up to 10,000 feet in Colorado as being a bigger deal than just heading west. Like Butch Cassidy, when he robbed his first bank there, I figured that Telluride’s box canyon made it one of the safest places in America. And I was right.
So I was surprised on 9-11 when a large number of Telluride citizens went into fear about what had happened in New York. I had a hard time understanding that unfounded fear. Looking back, we understand we have been living in fear this entire century, beginning with the Y2K fears that ended the 20th century and began the 21st.
When 3000 people died in the World Trade Center or 3 people in Boston are killed and 200 injured in a terrorist attack, the fear ratchets up again. We feel helpless. Our insistence on being armed to the teeth is strengthened when a lone gunman kills 20 children in Connecticut. Having given up most of our Constitutional Rights in the past ten years in the name of security, we cherish our guns, even though they put us in much more danger than anything terrorists have done.
In this century alone, more than 300,000 American citizens have been killed by gunshot wounds. We react with “so what?”. Fifty years ago, H. Rap Brown reminded us “violence is as American as apple pie”. Other nations seem to live pretty well without massive personal arsenals. Australia comes to mind, as does Canada and Japan. Last year, 87 bullets were fired in Germany and 57 of those were practice rounds, but somehow we have been coaxed into believing that we are at risk without our weapons. It is the one right have left.
Who benefits when we live our lives in fear? Well, the guns lobby for sure. Guns are good business. The real winners of this fearful state of mind are the groups of people who can manipulate us through fear. Fear sells the news and products. They have actually convinced us that we are in more danger from the less than 30 terrorists who have attacked America this century than we are of the 300,000 people who pulled the trigger in the same century. Anyway you shake it; that does not make any sense. We even let our elected representatives vote against the 91% of the people who want gun owners be vetted and licensed.
FEARLESS is more than a decal for the back window of your truck. It is the secret to a good life. There is always a line in the sand in this life and the most important is the line that divides us into groups who live in fear and those who choose to see love. This line also means that you cannot see both love and fear at the same time……you have to take responsibility for which one you are going to see.
Love is Letting Go of Fear is how Gerald Jampolsky, MD titled his book on this line in the sand of our lives. He stated we can let go of fear when we choose to see love instead. Fear can easily be replaced by a faith that says: “I believe in miracles and I know that wherever I am, God is, and wherever God is, all is well”. All this shift requires is that we change our minds.
The whole message of our Christian experience is that death does not count, does not have a sting and is not real. We are eternal. But if you believe the fear that is being brought to you by the American market place is justified, it becomes almost impossible to hear that still small voice that whispers in our ear without ceasing: “Be still and know that I am God”.
The best protection is always to call in God’s protection. He knows all about you and your life and He knows you are safe in his care. And, when you call on this divine protection, you won’t need a decal on your car…..you will be FEARLESS and it will show…..to you and all those around you.
We have interviewed Maryanne Williamson two times and she also endorsed our book, The Quantum Conspiracy. And this is one of her most famous and powerful quotes. Take the four+ minutes and watch this, peacefully, and remember something very important about yourself. This is the truth of who you are.
Palm Sunday is a time of great celebration, at the first observance and also in 2013. The child who grew up to be God was recognized, after all those years, as the one who would save the Jews. Or, so many people thought. In a way, this was the biggest parade ever because it was propelled, not by a donkey, as some saw, but by the expectant hearts of those who believed what others thought impossible: The one who would save them was here at last.
The debate raging in Jerusalem that week continues to rage in Jerusalem and all the world’s capitols today. It also tugs at the hearts of all who are in pain. Pain of a beautiful past lost and the likelihood of a darker future, and no Savior in sight.
Here in Texas, we feel the stirring of spring and the new life we have longed for. We also feel the pain of dreams never realized, dreams that rode into our lives in a parade of hope……..A Savior is coming to alter our future for the better! If only we can find him.
Days later the hope of Palm Sunday was shattered by the execution of the child who grew up to be God. The Savior who was coming was now gone and the people who paraded so hopefully days earlier were locked in the darkness of a tomb with their pain.
We hear tell that Jesus will come again. However, The Christ never left. As promised, He has been right here with us all along, and in his own words, he will be here with us “until the end of the age”. The child Jesus who became God left his body with us on that Friday and used his much larger spiritual body to convince those who believed that he was still right here.
Today, like the participants in the first Palm Sunday, we seek to follow one or anyone who we think can save us from the pain and gloom many feel in sickness and loss and fear of the future.
We are told to work out our own salvation, in many cases with fear and trembling. But whenever God appeared to men in Bible times as an angel, the first word the angel always said was: “Fear Not”.
When we look outside ourselves for a Savior, only to discover he is not there, fear is an understandable reaction. The historic church used that fear to convince us we were sinners who should fear God. Jesus, The Christ, did not concur. In all the gospels, Jesus used “sin”, “sinner”, “sinning” only twenty-two times. Love, forgiveness, our being totally loved by our Creator-Father and our unconditional access to His power are much more common themes than sin. As classically defined, sin is simply missing the mark. Aiming for something and hitting something else.
There was a thief. Perhaps he deserved to die, but according to the Commandments we have received and say we follow, we are to kill no one….guilty or not. And at the last moment, when there were no options left, this thief chose to do something very simple. He changed his mind. Using that change of mind, from the deepest part of his heart, he asked the child who grew up to be God to remember him when he came into his kingdom. And the child who became God, who had always been in his Kingdom, spoke the sweetest words in the entire Bible: “Today you will be with me in paradise.”
With God, there is no wait. Change happens at the speed of thought, (the New Scientists call it Superluminal Speed) which is much faster than the speed of light. The thief worked out his own salvation instantaneously by changing his mind and asking The Christ for it.
Doubt not this can happen to you, right now, today. By changing your mind you can experience the paradise that Jesus, The Christ, promised he came here to give you.
We met Debra Roberts at her home outside Weaverville, North Carolina. Debra is one of a large and growing number of women organic bee keepers. She told us about the lives of bees and the threat to the food chain being posed by bee colony collapse is this wonderful discussion:
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This just in from the New York Times:
Mystery Illness Wipes Out Bees
By Michael Wines, The New York Times
MARCH 29, 2013
A mysterious malady that has been killing honeybees en masse for several years appears to
have expanded drastically in the last year, commercial beekeepers say, wiping out 40
percent or even 50 percent of the hives needed to pollinate many of the nation’s fruits
and vegetables. A conclusive explanation so far has escaped scientists studying the ailment,
colony collapse disorder, since it first surfaced around 2005. But beekeepers and some
researchers say there is growing evidence that a powerful new class of pesticides known as
neonicotinoids, incorporated into the plants themselves, could be an important factor.
The pesticide industry disputes that. But its representatives also say they are open to
further studies to clarify what, if anything, is happening. “They looked so healthy
last spring,” said Bill Dahle, 50, who owns Big Sky Honey in Fairview, Mont. “We were so
proud of them. Then, about the first of September, they started to fall on their face, to
die like crazy. We’ve been doing this 30 years, and we’ve never experienced this kind of
In a show of concern, the Environmental Protection Agency recently sent its acting assistant
administrator for chemical safety and two top chemical experts here, to the San Joaquin
Valley of California, for discussions. In the valley, where 1.6 million hives of bees just
finished pollinating an endless expanse of almond groves, commercial beekeepers who only
recently were losing a third of their bees to the disorder say the past year has brought
far greater losses.
The federal Agriculture Department is to issue its own assessment in May. But in an interview,
the research leader at its Beltsville, Md., bee research laboratory, Jeff Pettis, said he was
confident that the death rate would be “much higher than it’s ever been.” Following a
now-familiar pattern, bee deaths rose swiftly last autumn and dwindled as operators moved
colonies to faraway farms for the pollination season. Beekeepers say the latest string of deaths
has dealt them a heavy blow. Bret Adee, who is an owner, with his father and brother, of Adee
Honey Farms of South Dakota, the nation’s largest beekeeper, described mounting losses. “We
lost 42 percent over the winter. But by the time we came around to pollinate almonds, it was
a 55 percent loss,” he said in an interview here this week.
“They looked beautiful in October,” Mr. Adee said, “and in December, they started falling apart,
when it got cold.” Mr. Dahle said he had planned to bring 13,000 beehives from Montana – 31
tractor-trailers full – to work the California almond groves. But by the start of pollination
last month, only 3,000 healthy hives remained. Annual bee losses of 5 percent to 10 percent
once were the norm for beekeepers. But after colony collapse disorder surfaced around 2005,
the losses approached one-third of all bees, despite beekeepers’ best efforts to ensure their
health. Nor is the impact limited to beekeepers. The Agriculture Department says a quarter of
the American diet, from apples to cherries to watermelons to onions, depends on pollination by
honeybees. Fewer bees means smaller harvests and higher food prices.
Almonds are a bellwether. Eighty percent of the nation’s almonds grow here, and 80 percent of
those are exported, a multibillion-dollar crop crucial to California agriculture. Pollinating
up to 800,000 acres, with at least two hives per acre, takes as many as two-thirds of all
commercial hives. This past winter’s die-off sent growers scrambling for enough hives to
guarantee a harvest. Chris Moore, a beekeeper in Kountze, Tex., said he had planned to skip
the groves after sickness killed 40 percent of his bees and left survivors weakened. “But
California was short, and I got a call in the middle of February that they were desperate for
just about anything,” he said. So he sent two truckloads of hives that he normally would not
have put to work. Bee shortages pushed the cost to farmers of renting bees to $200 per hive at
times, 20 percent above normal.
That, too, may translate into higher prices for food. Precisely why last year’s deaths were so
great is unclear. Some blame drought in the Midwest, though Mr. Dahle lost nearly 80 percent
of his bees despite excellent summer conditions. Others cite bee mites that have become
increasingly resistant to pesticides. Still others blame viruses.
But many beekeepers suspect the biggest culprit is the growing soup of pesticides, fungicides
and herbicides that are used to control pests. While each substance has been certified, there
has been less study of their combined effects. Nor, many critics say, have scientists
sufficiently studied the impact of neonicotinoids, the nicotine-derived pesticide that European regulators implicate in bee deaths. The explosive growth of neonicotinoids since 2005 has
roughly tracked rising bee deaths.
Neonics, as farmers call them, are applied in smaller doses than older pesticides. They
are systemic pesticides, often embedded in seeds so that the plant itself carries the chemical
that kills insects that feed on it. Older pesticides could kill bees and other beneficial
insects. But while they quickly degraded – often in a matter of days – neonicotinoids persist
for weeks and even months. Beekeepers worry that bees carry a summer’s worth of
contaminated pollen to hives, where ensuing generations dine on a steady dose of
pesticide that, eaten once or twice, might not be dangerous. “Soybean fields or canola
fields or sunflower fields, they all have this systemic insecticide,” Mr. Adee said.
“If you have one shot of whiskey on Thanksgiving and one on the Fourth of July, it’s not
going to make any difference. But if you have whiskey every night, 365 days a year, your
liver’s gone. It’s the same thing.”
Research to date on neonicotinoids “supports the notion that the products are safe and are not contributing in any measurable way to pollinator health concerns,” the president of CropLife America, Jay Vroom, said Wednesday. The group represents more than 90 pesticide producers.
He said the group nevertheless supported further research. “We stand with science and will let science take the regulation of our products in whatever direction science will guide it,” Mr. Vroom said. A coalition of beekeepers and environmental and consumer groups sued the E.P.A. last week, saying it exceeded its authority by conditionally approving some neonicotinoids. The agency has begun an accelerated review of their impact on bees and other wildlife.
The European Union has proposed to ban their use on crops frequented by bees. Some researchers have concluded that neonicotinoids caused extensive die-offs in Germany and France. Neonicotinoids are hardly the beekeepers’ only concern. Herbicide use has grown as farmers have adopted crop varieties, from corn to sunflowers, that are genetically modified to survive spraying with weedkillers.
Experts say some fungicides have been laced with regulators that keep insects from maturing, a problem some beekeepers have reported. Eric Mussen, an apiculturist at the University of California, Davis, said analysts had documented about 150 chemical residues in pollen and wax gathered from beehives. “Where do you start?” Dr. Mussen said. “When you have all these chemicals at a sublethal level, how do they react with each other? What are the consequences?”
Experts say nobody knows. But Mr. Adee, who said he had long scorned environmentalists’ hand-wringing about such issues, said he was starting to wonder whether they had a point.
Of the “environmentalist” label, Mr. Adee said: “I would have been insulted if you had called me that a few years ago. But what you would have called extreme – a light comes on, and you think, ‘These guys really have something. Maybe they were just ahead of the bell curve.’”
After we interviewed Tom with Bruce Lipton at Bruce’s home, we drove about 30 miles to Santa Cruz, California and met Randy Masters. Randy opened his beautiful home for a select group of people who came at about 6:00PM and Tom gave them a classic presentation of the major points of his masterpiece, My Big Toe (Theory of Everything).
Here is Tom’s presentation in three segments…..about two hours and forty minutes. Seems like a long time, but you will walk away wanting to know more about Tom and his work. Karen and I believe Tom is setting the intellectual and scientific stage for this century and these interviews (we have five separate sets of interviews with Tom on this site) are going to be of Historical Importance sometime in the near and also distant future.
We are very grateful for Patricia Carney making all the right connections so that this presentation could happen with total grace.
When I was a little boy, I would go to my grandmother’s house and from time to time she would read me stories from my father’s old McGuffy Reader. My favourite was the story of Chicken Little who wandered through the woods one day and a falling acorn hit her head. She instantly thought the sky was falling and off she went to warn everyone, including Henny Penny and Ducky Lucky and ultimately she wanted to tell the Lion, who would save everyone. When the three fear-full fouls met Foxy Loxy, they asked Foxy how to find the Lion and he tells them he knows the way and they follow him right into his den and were never seen again.
This fable is instructive right now. Seems like everyone has a stake in the sky falling, and the election has bought that thought into the spot light along with Hurricane Sandy. But the fable has more.
What hit Chicken Little on the head was not the falling sky, but an acorn…….a seed of a powerful tree for the future, and it was doing exactly what it was supposed to do by falling to Earth and getting ready to plant itself and evolve into its’ destiny.
So living in fear, started by Chicken Little, resulted in all of those animals losing their lives. Look around you and you will see a Chicken Little on every corner looking for doom and seeking people to lead to doom
If all you see is the sky falling, you will miss the fact that on every corner are acorns that have fallen to earth to begin growing to powerful new trees, or ideas or global movements of advancement.
The temptation to interpret change as something to be feared is natural enough….the unknown is always a challenge. But look out for the foxes! The have their own agenda.
How many churches want you to view what is happening in the world as proof that the end is near and we must huddle together or die. The churches, like so many of our failing institutions, want to control you and that is most easily accomplished through the use of fear……fear of the future. Many have been doing this for at least 2000 years! Are you really more comfortable listening to some old white men telling you God is going to get you, or are you ready to listen to your own heart as it shows you the bright future God is creating, there for the taking?
The facts tell another story. The future shows up in small packages….from tiny acorns grow giant oaks. From tiny babies grow giant leaders of men. From seemingly crazy little ideas, like talking to someone in the next room through wires, grow global communications systems.
But it is true, that for the future to arrive, the past has to recede, or even appear to fall apart. But just when things seem to be falling apart, they in fact are falling together for a new and different future.
Of course, the list of things to fear seems rather long these days. But fear paralyzes, and openness to change allows one to see and participate in the future…..often profitably…….don’t you wish your great-grandfather had invested in AT&T back when ‘them new-fangled phones were a waste of time and the instrument of the devil’?
So when you read this article, there is a possibility we will know the results, at least in part, of our recent elections. Each of us will be faced with the same decision point: Either face the future with fear and anger, or face the future with a faith in the fact that the human race ALWAYS moves forward and together. None of us will be left behind. We are here to evolve and we do that in a field of change and challenge, not by holding on to the past. As the old Protestors Hymn says: “New truths make ancient good uncouth.”
The sky is not falling……the future is falling together right before our eyes!
Randy Masters is indeed a master. He has gone to the depths of sound and harmony and brought back a profound understanding of the relationship both have to the Universe and our individual lives. And he discusses this journey with complete candor, authenticity, and a depth that you will find powerful, informative and truly enjoyable. As a special added treat, he performs live for our camera from his living room/studio in Santa Cruz, California. Randy was the host for the Tom Campbell Group Presentation on June 26, 2012. This is a very special person!
All the music in this video is used by permission of Randy Masters.