My Vipassana Meditation Retreat Experience

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vipassana-buddhaIn September 2016, I spontaneously decided to attend a Vipassana meditation retreat in the midst of some personal, spiritual, and professional turmoil. I was under the most stress and pressure I’d ever experienced and had been for the last 6-8 months. My agent dropped my contract the day before I left, and I had just come to the realization that dreams don’t exist. We moved out to LA and sacrificed everything (savings, marriage, time, etc.) to follow a “dream” I had since I was a child. However, when we begin to live more consciously, everything seems to be directly linked to liberation and freedom. We live in a slave system, and it isn’t natural to work 40 hours a week to earn hourly wages to pay for necessities the Earth has provided. Money began to seem like a huge burden because I was going to have to earn it by either being exploited or exploiting others. I hadn’t had health care in 2 years and was ready to fully unplug, with hopes of finding a solution for the deep hole I had dug myself into. There are far too few wise elders in my life, as most have been brainwashed by this Matrix we live in. So I quit life for ten days.

MY EXPERIENCE

I was inclined to try this technique because the Buddha’s teaching is not religious. According to him, you have to work out your salvation; he can only show you the path. I am not religious and am very skeptical of any sectarian philosophy, but Vipassana technique is for anyone, anywhere, of any religious background. I also liked that it was completely free, they don’t accept money from wealthy benefactors, and are anti-capitalism. The staff/teachers are volunteers, and the students can attend as many retreats as they want which are entirely funded by past students. Once you become a past student they invite you to donate by setting up a discrete table in the corner of the dining hall on the last day – no buckets are passed around, and there are no promises of salvation after you die.

During the course, we followed a rigorous schedule for ten days, waking up at 4 am and meditating for 6-10 hours a day. Men and women were segregated. The management, kitchen staff, teachers, and coordinators were all volunteers, but they took their jobs very seriously. If you were five minutes late to the group meditation sessions, the management would come knocking on your door. At the same time, I felt the desire to abide by their strict rules because I felt very lucky to have the opportunity. The time and money of others, strangers at that, was paying for my liberation – with no strings attached. Everyone was incredibly kind, patient, and understanding, so I felt obliged to follow the rules and adhere to the course guidelines as closely as possible. We observed “noble silence” which kept us from making as much as eye contact with fellow students and watched nightly lectures by the founder of the Vipassana centers, G.N. Goenka.

Before the course began we had to agree to follow five precepts:
No killing
No lying
No stealing
No sexual intercourse
No intoxicants

Sounds easy, right? I spent eight days following the precepts perfectly. I didn’t have any sexual thoughts, didn’t steal anyone’s ponytail holders, and even rescued a frantic ant from the cafeteria. That was until the ninth day rolled around, and I killed a gnat without thinking. We also weren’t allowed to read, write, sing, exercise, eat snacks or outside food, use scented lotions or hair products, wear tight fitting clothes, and we couldn’t communicate with other students, members of the opposite sex, or outside friends/family.

VIPASSANA CALIFORNIA VS ELSEWHERE

The campus I attended was the center in Twentynine Palms, CA, about three hours outsvipassana-globalhqide of Los Angeles. It was close to a major road, but far from the hustle and bustle of the city. The climate was hot & dry, but the facility had everything you needed: vipassana, California style. The dorms had air conditioning, heat, the food was high quality and DELICIOUS, the restrooms were immaculate, and I felt protected from any source of danger. They provided extra lotion, tissues, tampons, cough drops, and pretty much anything else you may need. I think the most incredible part of the campus was watching the sunrise and set, and star-gazing at nighttime.

A very cool part of taking Vipassana, California style, was that nobody judges or defiles anyone else’s spiritual beliefs. In my home state of Missouri, if you’re not a Christian, it’d be a mistake to attend a Christian church to observe their beliefs. If people know you’re not a member, they’ll stare, say nasty things, and may even get you kicked out. There were students from Buddhist, Christian, and Muslim backgrounds, Indigos, Starseeds, Monks, Wiccans, and Atheists. And it made no difference. After we had broken silence, I talked about cannabis, DMT, & psychedelics with one group and Jesus with another.

Throughout the Vipassana meditation retreat, there were very few distractions. Without highways, loud generators, multi-story buildings, Facebook, Instagram, wifi, chemical food, fluoridated water, music, weed, alcohol, noisy neighbors, crystals, books, nobody to laugh with, work, pets, or bills, I got to chill with my thoughts. I didn’t realize how sabotaging “real life” was until I struggled to readjust after the course ended. The transformation you can go through in ten days is mind blowing, especially without major distractions.

THE TEACHING

vipassana-goenkaAttachment breeds misery. Because of ignorance, we react to sensations and our unconscious thoughts. This generates either cravings and aversions. These cravings manifest as an attachment to a particular material thing, outcome, or experience. Fully understanding a sensation, as it is and not as you want it to be, puts an end to craving and aversion. We observed the arising and passing away of sensation, the relishing of them, the danger, and their fading away at an experiential level.

I learned that the immediate cause of suffering and desire is not outside but in my mind. Suffering, at the root, is a substanceless sensation. I only respond based on past experiences, emotions, beliefs, and programs. Vipassana technique is about learning to deal with the inner reality of a sensation. The wisdom of impermanence must be understood and experienced to liberate ourselves from misery. Equanimity between good and bad sensations is the key.

There are four stages in the habit pattern of the mind: cognizing, recognizing, feeling, and reacting. An example, you observe the sensation of a mosquito biting you (cognizing), you realize mosquitos have bitten you before (recognizing), so you begin to feel annoyed and angry (feeling), and you react by smacking your arm, and killing the mosquito before it can fly away (reacting).

The mind is always reacting to unconscious sensations on the body: pleasant, unpleasant, and neutral. The habit pattern of the mind is to react rather than observe. Vipassana technique teaches us to quiet the mind to see even the subtlest sensation. You change the habit pattern by realizing the entire physical structure of the mind & body is constantly evolving. Life itself is a process of growing, dying, arising & passing away. There’s no meaning or purpose in generating aversion toward something you don’t prefer because misery is inevitable, but it is also impermanent.

POST VIPASSANA MEDITATION RETREAT

I was so excited to reunite with my family after such a transformational experience and can see things from a perspective I never had before. I lost 8 lbs at the retreat, proving a mental workout may be more intense than a physical workout. I also became adverse to eating some foods like chocolate and oil (I used to fry everything). My relationship is much more peaceful and tranquil. I don’t interrupt my husband by prioritizing my agenda/thoughts over his like I used to.

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I have to admit I feel a little uneasy. The amount of distraction we deal with is insane. The societal obstruction of personal space is constant. I’ve heard about the effects of wifi, stress, and sitting at a desk all day. But it’s different when you step away long enough to experience them. Readjusting feels like getting into an ice bath after running a marathon. A necessary, but painful experience. It’s forcing me to put my newfound discipline and awareness to the test. But I learned to be equanimous and experienced how everything is always changing. Because of this newfound wisdom, I feel a sense of well-being.

Getting away from all the pollution and stress allowed my mind and body to heal. When I first moved to LA, I was overcome with blackheads and a lot of my hair fell out. An unexpected benefit of doing vipassana California style is that my skin has cleared up. I also made a conscious effort to feel gratitude during the rigorous retreat, and I’m glad now that it’s over. I would never insist on someone attending a Vipassana retreat. However, I am now an Evangelist. A desire for liberation has to be strong enough to will yourself to complete the course and follow the guidelines. I realize not everyone is ready for that. I’ll do it again – maybe even once a year.

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Poverty is a Mindset

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Today I decided to post an article I wrote last summer – before my re-awakening journey began. Most of it still stands to be true, and I am still finding myself. I’ve met quite a few people who confirm my theories on poverty, as they have been able to dig themselves out of it.

I met a guy that wanted a $1 million yacht and only had $50,000 cash. He then went to the casino and gambled until he could afford the boat. Now he’s no genius, he owns a lot of toys and properties and has a basic understanding of the Law of Attraction & the Law of Compensation. Once a person has obtained a substantial amount of money for adding immense value to the lives of others, it doesn’t seem very hard to stay wealthy. The problem is that in a Universe of duality & polarity, the only way to meet everyone’s needs is to shift the collective mindset. Have you ever known of someone who won the lottery or played professional sports and went broke a few years later? I’m sure we could all name a few. The collective mindset around money has not changed.

First, money is not a naturally occurring concept and should not exist. Money and trade were invented to create disparities in the distribution of resources. When you think about it, should we be required to pay for water? The Earth provides it for free, and the cost of cleaning it could come out of our taxes. The Ancient Egyptians invented free electricity and re-discovered by Nikola Telsa in the 19th century – so why do we still pay for it? I mean do we think the owners of McDonald’s eat McDonald’s? Or the owners of KMart wear KMart clothing and use KMart products? Is low-quality, factory mass-produced beef that most Americans eat helping us live longer, or is it making a profit for the insurance and healthcare industries?

poverty-mindset-3There is no such thing as “middle class.” The more we make, the more we spend – that’s how we’ve been taught. Without credit cards, layaway, or loans – the middle class wouldn’t exist. My mom got her master’s degree, but my dad only has a GED. They had two kids and brought in $100,000 a year jointly at the top of their careers. When I was applying for financial aid, Sallie Mae decided that my household averaged one bachelor’s degree per adult and $20,000 of discretionary income per child per year. I had trouble funding my college education because my parents were “too wealthy” to get assistance. My “broke” friends received much lower interest rates and qualified for more grants. I was forced to take the highest interest loan option. I stupidly followed through with my degree program, knowing I would only make $30,000 a year after I graduated. I knew this wasn’t my parent’s fault; they were victims of the same tyrannical system. Did you know the only debt that they don’t forgive in bankruptcy is student loan debt?

In the book “How Rich People Think” Steve Siebold states that “average people believe the road to riches is through formal education, while rich people feel the path is revelaed by acquiring specific knowledge.” Most of my elders have degrees, but there aren’t any entrepreneurs in my family. There are no business owners, no independent contractors, and no artists. Everyone is deep in the system, working day in and day out for an hourly wage. They’ve been educated through a manipulated lens, and teach the younger generations to follow suit. On my mom’s side, all my uncles and aunts have their Masters +30 or +40; some even have Ph.D.’s. However, they don’t have a Ph.D. in medicine or a mathematic or scientific field. They’re proponents of the education system because my grandmother was valued prestige and earning credentials. My mom’s siblings also couldn’t survive without societal structures like healthcare, hourly wage systems, have relatively unsuccessful kids, and are the most socially awkward people I know, individually and collectively. Through my experience, it doesn’t seem like graduating college is the end all.

However, dropouts like Bill Gates (Microsoft), Tai Lopez (Investor), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jack Dorsey (Twitter), and Steve Jobs (Apple) seem to have done well for themselves. In a world where several college dropouts are worth billions, college is clearly not the route to wealth, but rather a loose correlation. There are more unsuccessful people that have graduated college. I wonder if a college graduate has ever used their degree to work for a salary, and become a billionaire?

The other day, my cousin realized he’d never be able to own a Ferrari if he continued following his degree path of working in corporate. He’d never be able to travel the world because he only gets two weeks vacation per year. If someone like my cousin works overtime, and doesn’t take a day off for years, shmoozes, and prioritizes his work over family, religion, health, or anything else, he climbs the corporate ladder, and eventually MIGHT reach 3rd or 4th in command for the company. It’s unlikely he’ll reach the top because he doesn’t have any family or wealthy mentors to vouch for him at the top. But that is extremely unlikely because who is that committed to their job? Most likely he’ll get up to about $150,000 around the time he retires and then uses his 401k to take a few resort-style vacations & live out his last ten years.

poverty-mindsetThis education and corporate 9 to 5 system just seems like a distraction to me. Most of the people who are so passionate about the system, earning degrees, having a secure job, aren’t benefitting on the back end. If a job is willing to pay you $60,000 a year straight out of college, how much do you think your efforts are worth? They’re paying to train you, provide a clean work environment, staff the facility, and lease the building

As they say, the best way to hide things is in plain sight. I’m sure earning credit, paying taxes, voting, watching reality television, eating GMO foods, and buying into dramatic storytelling from trusted news sources about issues that are irrelevant uses up all of our daily will power and energy. Just take a small-minded, religious person, that’s close to their unpowerful family, and values abiding by the law – then distract them with a system of hoops to jump through and unnecessary restrictions. Make sure they’re raised to fear the loss of job security. Feed their subconscious with all kinds of advertisements, propaganda, racially divisive media, and bad news about other countries. Add in the pressures of poverty, with culture-created stress, blind faith, and you’ve got modern day oppression. I bet you can get someone to give up their autonomy when they’re scared. They’ll live a life of ups and downs, without adding much value to the world, and then die leaving behind debt, and confused relatives. Their offspring and future generations will go through the same struggle, and the majority will suffer while the wealthy elite prevails. Business as usual.

In the book, Siebold also gives some other examples of how poverty is like a disease of the mind. For example, the self-talk of average people goes something like “I’m not enough,”I’m not good enough,” or “I can’t afford it.” A rich person’s self-talk goes “I am enough,”I’m good enough,”What shift do I need to make to be able to afford this?” I’ve heard my relatives talk about what they don’t have, what they don’t want, and who they don’t like my entire life. It would be abnormal to spend time around people that talk about what they’re in the process of creating, or what adjustments they’re making to achieve something greater.

To put it simply, poor people are outwardly humble and inwardly prideful, while rich people are outwardly prideful and inwardly humble. A broke person might sacrifice for their kids, eat ramen noodles for dinner, tithe their last $10 in church, and shop on clearance. A wealthy person might drive a Mercedes, eat lunch at a sushi bistro, and only buy designer brands. None of that has anything to do with humility or lack thereof.

A rich person has a flexible mindset and focuses more on innovation and creativity. They have found a way to attain enough resources to take care of themselves and their families so that they can spend more time and energy adding value to the world. A disadvantaged person has to spend all of their energy trying to survive by whatever means necessary, and as a result, adds little value. They can barely take care of themselves, so by having 3 or 4 children and divorcing their spouse, they’re using up resources they’re not replenishing, and making the world worse off.

That same rich person may own a business that employs 100 people, raise two children that become doctors, and spend more money on philanthropy each year than the poor person makes before taxes. The broke person may have four kids, live off of food stamps & child support, and drive a newish Mercedes, but they’re behind on the note. They will die in debt & leave nothing for their children. The rich person will pass down stock in multi-million-dollar companies and three homes.

poverty-mindet-2I know that was brutal, but this is a big problem in our society. The poor are blind, culturally divided, and exploited. We all know many people like the empoverished in the example, but not a single multi-millionaire. It’s embarrassing to come from poverty, and we all want to think that the efforts we’ve made throughout our lives amount to something. But if the people that guide you, the church you go to, the activities you try, and your entire subconscious program comes from poverty, how can you expect that to result in wealth without a major demolition?

I once read that it’s harder for a celebrity to become irrelevant than it is for them to get famous in the first place. And the bible says “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” You see how the game works? The system is structured this way. I realize that my parents and teachers probably didn’t know what they were doing. They meant well, but now I’ve got to undo what they did and build a better foundation.

At the end of the day, poverty is a mindset. It has to be held up, reinforced, and maintained. It’s a result of environmental stimuli and perceptions of past experiences. It’s a mindset that came from generations of holding certain beliefs. Plant the seed, and it just needs fertile soil, water, and sunlight to continue to grow. Success can’t be measured based on how much money someone makes, or whether they went to college. But by how happy they are, and their quality of life. Poverty and wealth are results of where people spend their energy. To break the cycle, we have to get to destroy it at the root and begin thinking for ourselves. We have to tear down every belief and learn to discern between good and bad information. The process is painful, but I know it will be rewarding in the end.

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How to Get to 5th Dimensional Reality

There’s a lot of talk about “5D Earth” and how the Age of Aquarius will allow us to enter the 5th dimension, but not much explaining the process. Below I’ve given an in-depth synopsis of how to transition to greater spirituality. Let’s go over the first 4 dimensions of consciousness so you might have a meta-view of how complex our world really is.

CONSCIOUSNESS IN THE 1ST-DIMENSION
1st-dimensional consciousness is still. The level of consciousness that resonates in this dimension is the “Mineral” Kingdom. We are presently residing in 3rd Dimensional consciousness and our current science has not proven that 1st-dimensional minerals are conscious beings. Curiously, healers and shaman have been using crystals as healing tools for centuries. Based on my personal experience with crystals, I believe there is consciousness at the mineral level – however subtle.

ladybugsIn humans, the first dimension is a portion of our bodies representing minerals, water, and genetic codes that are the foundation of our physical forms. If we were to access this level of our unconscious, we could connect with the individual molecules in our environment. This level is the gateway between the microcosm and the macrocosm.

CONSCIOUSNESS IN THE 2ND-DIMENSION
2nd-dimensional consciousness is flat. The consciousness that resonates to this dimension is that of the Plant and Animal Kingdoms. This level does not possess self-awareness. These beings are only conscious of their species, and survival needs like feeding, fighting, and procreation. They live solely “in the moment” and based on survival of the fittest.

Human second-dimensional consciousness serves to direct the lower brain, autonomic nervous system, and to regulate life support functions. Our five physical senses resonate in the 3rd dimension, and these functions are an unconscious component of ourselves.

Unlike “civilized” humans,“primitive” peoples are much more aware of their “animal instincts” and how they are part of a greater whole – with respect for all life forms and the balance of Nature.

CONSCIOUSNESS IN THE 3RD-DIMENSION
3rd-dimensional consciousness contains length, height, width, depth, and volume. The consciousness of this dimension resonates to the higher Animal and Human Kingdoms. It has all the elements of the 1st and 2nd-dimensional beings including water, minerals, genetic coding, biological matter, awareness of species, survival functions, as well as an individual soul. The individual Soul distinguishes humans from the others in the Animal Kingdom who have a group Soul.

3rd-dimensional consciousness is trapped in a time/space and cause/effect paradigm. This dimension and 3d Earth is a “school” which our Souls attend by inhabiting humanoid physical bodies to gain more information about creation. Life mirrors what we are seeking to understand, and creation occurs via our thoughts and feelings. Manifestation is slowed down in order to track the circumstances of what we hold in our consciousness through the experience.

As wmultidimensional-beinge progress through life, we go from powerless to independent. We begin to understand our personal power, gain responsibility, self-confidence, and learn to trust ourselves. As we gain trust and respect for ourselves, we become confident and self-reliant. Then we can become responsible for others. This is the progression of life in the 3rd dimension which typically coincides with age in this time/space reality. A dysfunctional family is created when we become parents (responsible for others) before we have completely exited the dependent stage. We end up with several generations living as dependents, and no one with the self-confidence to be responsible for others.

The conundrum of the 3rd dimension is that society and science programs us to believe the only reality that exists is the one we perceive with our 5 physical senses. This dimension only contains length, height, width, depth, and volume. However, because we have an individual Soul, the ability to remember the past & perceive the future, AND simultaneously we can remain aware of the present – we tend to use our 3rd-dimensional reality to advance ourselves and question “what more is out there?”

The trap at this state of consciousness is that the spirit congeals into matter, and consciousness is limited to the individual ego. The development of a strong sense of ego is gained, at the cost of losing our sense of group identity. We often trade our sense of group identity for a strong sense of ego. Awareness of our Spiritual Self, I don’t mean through religion, is remembered when we expand our consciousness to encompass higher dimensions. If we release our dependency on others and forgive those who made us powerless victims, we ascend to higher dimensions where we are aware that we alone create our reality. Our early 3rd dimensional “unconscious” self-sabotage, no longer takes place. Our consciousness expands from individual consciousness to group > community > national > collective > planetary > and ultimately galactic consciousness. To reach the 4th dimension, we must eliminate all fear and negativity. The most important areas to master are love, oneness, forgiveness, and gratitude.

CONSCIOUSNESS IN THE 4TH-DIMENSION

immortal4th-dimensional consciousness contains everything from the lower dimensions, our astral self, and the realm of dreams. The fourth dimension is also known as the Astral Plane, where our “higher” selves or OverSouls reside. This plane is etheric and our perception of past, present, and future is more fluid; known as the realm of telepathy, psychic ability, imagination, intuition, magic, dreaming, and creativity. At this level, we reintegrate our individual identity into the group as it is the last vibration where physical vessels contain individual consciousness. It is the realm of the “shape-shifters” in mythology. Many shaman can actually ground their astral form upon the 3rd dimension to temporarily change form. As the 4th dimension is not restricted by time or space, we can dream of an entire lifetime and wake up to find that only fifteen minutes of physical time has passed.

The fourth dimension holds awareness of our body’s 1st & 2nd-dimensional components, as well as all our past third dimensional lives. Other than conquering fear & negativity, we can expedite the process to achieving 4th-dimensional reality by meditating, remembering our dreams, and having intense experiences of passion, creativity, emotion, empathy, or spirituality.

Technically, while sleeping we are unconscious in the 3rd dimension and conscious in the 4th dimension.  If born with an innate connection to the 4th-dimension, we must “work” to ground our consciousness in the 3rd-dimensional world, no matter how confusing or hostile. Those born without this 4D connection may not even believe in the “higher self” and are inadvertently cut off from experiencing greater realities.

Our higher astral self can give us guidance through expanded perception, but the 4th dimension still has the polarity of light and dark. In the 4th dimension, thought and feelings create reality much more quickly than in the 3rd dimension. It is dangerous to have any lingering fears in this realm, as it will create evil as easily and quickly as love creates joy.

4D Subplanes

The Lower Astral Plane

body-1This is where all the fear and negativity are projected from the 3D physical plane. Known as “Hell” by many religious sects, this is the true darkness. Put simply, 4th-dimensional consciousness amplifies 3rd-dimensional emotions. If you are living a poor existence in the 3rd-dimension, you are likely experiencing Hell in 4D, and a path must be forged to higher astral planes.

The Middle 4th-Dimension

Also known as the Land of Faery, this realm is the pathway through the fear and darkness of the Lower Astral Plane. After we have experienced Faery, we can travel in our 4D or astral bodies to the Emotional Plane, and learn to master our emotions. We can also travel into the Mental Plane and learn mastery of our thoughts. The Causal Plane, or Higher Mental Plane, is where we master the Law of Cause and Effect. Finally, the Spiritual Plane connects us to higher guidance, God, Source, and the Great I AM. I have listed the subplanes below from highest to lowest:

SPIRITUAL (CAUSAL): Master the Law of Cause and Effect & Spiritual Guidance
MENTAL: Mastery over our thoughts
EMOTIONAL (ASTRAL): Mastery over our emotions
LAND OF FAERY: Pathway out of Lower Astral; mixes emotional, mental, & causal
LOWER ASTRAL: Mastery over fear and negativity

ETHERIC: interface between 3D & 4D

The Etheric Body is a vibration between the third and fourth dimension. This body encompasses the physical body.

4th-Dimensional Bodies

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All the 4th-dimensional bodies exist over, under, around, through, above, and below the physical body, but are not seen with the 5 physical senses. If we learn to perceive the 4th dimension consciously, we can expand our awareness enough to enter the Superconscious Mind of the 5th dimension.

Fearful emotions make for a tumultuous and uncomfortable ride. Higher planes will remain out of reach if our personal imbalances are not corrected. To journey through higher planes we must keep our thoughts harmonious and our feelings centered around love, an infinite source of balance. We are only at the beginning of our journey my friends. In the next article, I will explain the importance of reahcing the 5th dimension.

Manifestation Definition and How I Became An Expert

Manifestation Definition Throughout History

All this “New  Thought” terminology can be intimidating and overwhelming. However, much of these “New Thoughts” date back to ancient beliefs and ideologies. All of the major world religions have a similar manifestation definition. According to mythology, the Egyptian gods (Anubis, Osiris, etc) were manifest on the Earth. Christians believe Christ was a divine manifestation of God. Hindus, Buddhists, Jews, and Muslims all have some sort of religious practice that involves manifestation.

So what is it exactly?
tut-exhibit-princess-head-tut_46-528x794The act of manifesting or disclosing, is an exhibition, a display or revelation of God’s power in creation. You may hear many people talking about manifesting money, manifesting a new job opportunity, a vacation, or a relationship. You can pretty much manifest anything you can conceive. The trick is that you can only manifest as much as you can imagine and comprehend.

As a child, I was particularly good at manifesting, but I didn’t consciously know what I was doing. When I was 2, I wanted to go to visit Cinderella at Disney World and used potty training as leverage. On the playground, I would make up elaborate stories about putting sand into soda cans to make Kool-Aid and offer buttons (and other trash I found) as protection against bad guys in exchange for snacks and toys I wanted. When I was 8, I manifested becoming the youngest dancer on pointe, and the star of my dance studio – getting all the solos & duets with my parents. When I was 10, I wanted to star in one of the shows at the largest outdoor theater in America; not only did I manifest that, but I got paid to do it. When I was 12, I had the opportunity to perform on Broadway but my parents couldn’t afford it. I started a business and made 10x the money I needed for my trip. As a sophomore in high school, though I’d never played sports, I manifested becoming the fastest girl on the Varsity track team. When it came time for college, I wanted to attend the same school as my high school sweetheart, but my parents couldn’t afford it so I manifested like 12 scholarships even though my grades weren’t epic. Halfway through college, I decided I wanted to graduate early but I had transferred 3 times and changed my major. I was able to manifest the finances to take 2 semesters abroad (during the summer & winter), transfer an entire year worth of credits, and graduate early.

The Infamous Wedding

I set the intention to marry my high school sweetheart when I was 15, and 7 years later we got married. I had decided I wanted to profit off of our wedding rather than go into debt, so we hired our staff from Craigslist and rented a park pavilion for like $50. My dress was from Free People and my uncle was the officiant. We invited 250 people, rented tables from a warehouse to put overflow in the parking lot, hired a DJ we’d never met, and made friends with the owner of an “All-You-Can-Eat” Taco Truck. Three news stations were supposed to cover our wedding so we didn’t have to hire a photographer, we made our own decorations, and our honeymoon was a low-budget backpacking trip across Costa Rica. Our theme was a wedding “fiesta-picnic” because we love Latin everything, and were having it in a park pavilion. Our aisle was drawn in chalk, we had popcorn & cotton candy, and there were 22 people in our bridal party. There was no dress code, no seating arrangements, we didn’t ask for gifts (though we did have a donations basket), and everyone’s kids were welcome. The only problem was it was scheduled to thunderstorm for the entire day of our wedding and the Ferguson riots gave news stations a more dramatic story to cover.

wedding_article_picMiraculously the rain cleared and the sun came out at 4:45pm, about 15 minutes before the ceremony. Everyone ate, we made a ton of money, the bartender got everyone drunk, the DJ played the most epic mix of Latin/Old School R&B/Hip Hop, and a friend’s dad became our photographer. The storms picked back up around 8:30pm when the old folks started getting tired and everyone was already wasted. It was a big party and the best wedding many people had ever attended.

I had always intended to be an actress but my husband was really conservative, so I resolved to leave acting behind. Without giving it much attention, I found myself a professional actress living in Hollywood and happily married to my high school sweetheart shortly thereafter. I had worked with Brian Cranston, Tia Mowry, Columbus Short, and Mindy Kaling on some of the biggest shows – I’d even appeared in Straight Outta Compton. Dreams really do come true, if you let them.

How I Became An Expert At Manifesting

I really became an expert at manifesting as a child, but it wasn’t until my spiritual awakening that I began to understand exactly what I was doing. Prior to daily meditation and recording my tasks & actions, it was hard to understand the method to my madness. My manifestation definition had been, “manipulate and obsess over something until you get it.” There are several instances I can name where I failed miserably, but any failure to manifest exactly what I wanted was either because my vision lacked specificity or I didn’t believe in myself. Upon embarking on my journey to self-realization and becoming more enlightened, I learned that life on Earth is like a holographic video game. Our actions are manifestations of our thoughts, making thoughts more powerful than actions. If I had doubts about my abilities, it was a choice I made based on my past experiences. If I wanted to manifest something that my experiences hadn’t set me up to achieve, I usually didn’t believe in my ability to achieve it – and failed. The international bestselling “Success Diary” and Peter Drucker’s handbook on “Managing Oneself” are both tools I used to track my ability to conceive a goal. Eventually, I could even sense & predict the incubation period before I achieved my goal.

The two most important things I learned about manifesting exactly what we want are that:

  1. We have to be able to imagine & believe we are capable of achieving what we want
  2. Elimination of distractions & detours speeds up manifestations

We can also gauge how quickly we will be able to manifest something by how “ready” we feel for the task & responsibility we seek. If you want to learn the art of Instant Manifestation and how to manifest things very quickly, you should read part 2 of this article.

 

Deprogramming and Depersonalization Cure / Derealization Cure

There are tons of people researching Deprogramming or searching for a Depersonalization Cure / Derealization Cure. I firmly believe anxiety – as well as stress, and other illnesses created through our perception – are the physical manifestation of something far more spiritual, and other-worldly. If you’ve found this article, you’re well into your journey toward ascension and enlightenment. I’d like to present a theory and personal case study that might answer some of your most pressing questions. Try to have an objective, open-minded opinion – as this is a very esoteric, high level, yet important concept.

The Holy Trinity

In the beginning of your ascension journey toward greater spirituality, things are very simple. You may experience light-headedness, spaciness, flightiness, anxiety, getting sudden migraines, over thinking everything, or even getting goosebumps while having enlightening conversations or listening to powerful music (I got them when listening to Bob Marley & Michael Jackson).

This makes sense becderealization-2ause we see a “holy trinity” across many religions and belief systems. Once we get over the idea that this 3D reality is all there is, we open ourselves to a greater power. The power that Jesus tried to impress upon us, is equally available and abundant in every corner of the Earth. In Christianity, you have a trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy spirit. In traditional science, you have the Body, Mind, and Soul. In Psychology: the Id, Ego, and SuperEgo. In New Thought you have the Conscious, Sub-Conscious, and the Superconscious or OverSoul. No matter how you look at it, there are always three aspects. First, we have the Over Soul which represents divine essence & reminds us who we are. Secondly, our Masculine Self represents the mind, the conscious mind, logic, reason, the 5 senses, and physical 3D reality. Last, our Feminine Self represents the higher faculties, the heart, empathic intelligence, general sense of knowing subconscious, creativity, imagination, and our intuition.

When we start to wake up, our “reality” begins to shift and I can totally understand how people get strung out and ruin their lives if they don’t have a clear goal in their ascension. Mass unconsciousness is the most dangerous, life threatening disease we face today. We walk around with a power beyond our own comprehension, and spend most of our lives unaware of it. Luckily we’ve been gifted with meditation techniques and herbal substances that work as deprogrammers. My favorites are these Caramel Apple PopsCookies and Cream Chocolate Bar, and Strawberry Sour Belts (you don’t need a med card to order edibles).

Getting “Too High”

Herbal “drugs” (Marijuana, DMT, Psilocybin Mushrooms, Ayahuasca, Peyote, etc) are heavily abused in my opinion. I would suppose ancient shamans knew their power and only used them for their ascension abilities. I can imagine how people that are unprepared for this massive frequency shift caused by these herbs go “crazy.” I’ve experienced this sort of altered state of consciousness after having an edible, and it’s brutal. If you’re “unconscious” when experiencing this, you may create unwanted suffering in your life through your subconscious beliefs and actions.

Have you ever seen someone that was “too high” starting saying crazy things about dying, or killing other people? Then called an ambulance, just to be told they were having a panic attack or anxiety? What they’re going through is called Derealization or Depersonalization. It is very common, and 10,000 people search about it every month on Google.

The process goes something like this: the individual begins to drift and appear to slow down. The world starts to feel very mechanical, almost like they’re in a dream or watching a youtube video of themselves through their eyes. Their short term memory is shot, and everything feels like a fog where they’re questioning everything – almost to the point of paranoia. Then they begin to feel drowsy and completely out of it. They may experience lack of coordination and want to lay down. Eventually they start talking about feeling like they’re going to die, and maybe even killing others or themselves. They then either pass out or go into a frozen psychosis where they stare at things for long periods of time or freeze mid-action, rambling and their heart is racing. You may feel the urge to call the paramedics or cops – understandably because the person is in a dream-like state. Their vessel (body) is operating solely on subconscious programming, without the ability to judge good over bad. They no longer are able to control or discern their actions.

Some symptoms of Depersonalization or Derealization are:

  • feeling disembodied
  • divorced from oneselfSpiritual revival
  • feeling like there are people around you but you can’t see them
  • feeling apart from everything, unattached, dead, or ascended
  • feeling puppet-like or robot-like, a spectator, not fully in control
  • feeling two dimensional or like you’re made of cotton-wool
  • having mechanical or robotic actions
  • witnessing ones own actions as if in a film or on a TV program
  • not doing one’s own thinking or feeling responsible for what your own actions
  • feeling like you’re avoiding death every second

Deprogramming Without Becoming A “Pothead”

You may see these symptoms in people that have panic attacks, agoraphobia, OCD, or PTSD – which are usually treated with sensory numbing medications in modern medicine. Depersonalization affects the perception of oneself, and derealization is a perceived environmental shift where the world feels unreal and unfamiliar. This unfamiliarity is caused by a change in the way our senses perceive our surroundings.

Mentally, what’s happening is that the brain is having it’s first “break down.” Most people don’t know how to deal with this. It may not seem like a big deal, but sometimes the mind tries to cope with it by setting the body on “auto pilot.” Without the proper information, or a high enough frequency & vibration to understand this process – herbal deprogrammers become very dangerous.

bob-marley-herbI’m sure you’ve come across “potheads” that have found a certain level of comfort in doing nothing. They appear to have found a sort of enlightenment and peacefulness in living a simplistic life. Quite the contrary, they have actually reduced the motivation to seek true enlightenment and made it almost impossible to progress in terms of self-actualization. They have created an insidious, extremely harmful, illusory reality – and can be seen as effectively brain damaged. The use of a deprogrammer in massive quantities – prior to understanding it’s ethereal purpose – can be detrimental.

I personally believe this “too high” psychosis has very little to do with the amount of weed you consumed. It has more to do with your vibe/frequency and any other state altering substances in your system at the time. This psychedelic state is meant solely for the purpose of ascension and greater understanding, and should be used accordingly. As I’ve grown in my spirituality, I’ve found that cannabis has allowed me to communicate with the Earth in a higher dimension. I experienced what it was like to be a piece of an oversoul, and completely detached from the outcomes of this physical 3D existence – a truly eternal being. It has helped me develop a meta view of how the world works and the ‘lila’ we’re all a part of.

Breaking Down Strong Ideologies

Once you break down the mental prison of strong ideologies (religion, nationality, politics, etc) you’ll very soon understand that we are far from alone in this universe. I’m sure you’ve heard that the Earth is a school where we have contracts to complete certain tasks and gather information. We must master ourselves to complete the Earth school, and balance human/physical as well as ET/metaphysical aspects of ourselves. The more we master ourselves, the more powerful we become. It’s like a game… like The Sims. We program ourselves to survive based on what we observe in our environments, and then work to regain spiritual competency, balancing the physical and the metaphysical. As we ascend, we gain courage and fearlessness in our self-exploration – which perpetuates further ascension.derealization-1

We must look at this experience like a kundalini meditation of sorts. Kundalini energy gives access to a new dimension of thoughtless awareness which allows us to push aside obstructions hindering our ascent – like permanent deprogramming. Those obstructions can be anything from perceived stress in a relationship to self-doubt or irrational insecurities. Many people complain that they no longer feel “normal” after a Derealization, Depersonalization, or Kundalini experience. But we need to shift our way of looking at this. Remember, Francis Crick,  father of modern genetics, was under the influence of LSD (not that I advise doing shrooms) when he deduced the double-helix structure of DNA 50 years ago and won the Nobel Prize-winning.

There is no Depersonalization Cure or Derealization Cure because this isn’t an illness. I am firmly opposed to treating these experiences with prescription medication. My personal opinion is that our school systems should be teaching meditation and self-mastery techniques. An appropriate remedy would be to learn spiritual hygiene, study our ethereal origins, embrace creativity, and to learn to meditate & quiet the mind. To feel “normal” would require nothing to have changed, and the obstructions to remain, keeping us grounded in the lower realms. These experiences are to help us with our ascension and shift our view of reality. We’re always in control, and just expanding our meta view of this Earthly experience. We need to adjust our beliefs to support our ascension and remember we’re of a singular divine source with infinite power and potential. We’re never alone, always expanding, and made of pure love.

“Truth is stranger than fiction.” – Mark Twain

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor or trained medical professional. I am not making any recommendations or prescriptions whatsoever. This is simply a recollection of my experience so that it may offer some refuge for those seeking answers on their spiritual journey.

How To: Wake Up Everybody

It’s time to wake up everybody! Mass unconsciousness is a real thing. It’s a dangerous thing. We’re drowning in a sea of distractions and it’s because many people are in a position of ignorance and subservience from birth. The lack of awareness around tools being used to manipulate us is actually getting pretty dangerous. We’re the only country in the world with citizens will to fight wars they know nothing about and accept handouts without considering the “cost” to society. From the pesticides on our food, to the GMOS in our food, to chemtrails, fluoride in our toothpaste, fluorescent lighting in elementary schools, prescription medications, fast food, pollution, aggressive marketing, and forced education – we barely get a chance to live on our own terms. Our shower water, swimming pool water, gardening water, and even our drinking water are altered & enhanced.

Sleeping Through A Revolution

“When Rip Van Winkle went up into the mountain, the sign had a picture of King George III of England. When he came down 20 years later the sign had a picture of George Washington, the first president of the United States. When Rip Van Winkle looked up at the picture of George Washington—and looking at the picture he was amazed—he was completely lost. He knew not who he was.

And this reveals to us that the most striking thing about the story of Rip Van Winkle is not merely that Rip slept 20 years, but that he slept through a REVOLUTION. While he was peacefully snoring up in the mountain a revolution was taking place that at points would change the course of history—and Rip knew nothing about it. He was asleep. Yes, he slept through a revolution. And one of the great liabilities of life is that all too many people find themselves living amid a great period of social change, and yet they fail to develop the new attitudes, the new mental responses, that the new situation demands. They end up sleeping through a revolution.

mlk_marchThere can be no gainsaying of the fact that a great revolution is taking place in the world today. In a sense it is a triple revolution: that is, a technological revolution, with the impact of automation and cybernation; then there is a revolution in weaponry, with the emergence of atomic and nuclear weapons of warfare; then there is a human rights revolution, with the freedom explosion that is taking place all over the world. Yes, we do live in a period where changes are taking place. And there is still the voice crying through the vista of time saying, “Behold, I make all things new; former things are passed away.” – Remaining Awake Through A Great Revolution, Martin Luther King Jr. (Delivered at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., on 31 March 1968)

This is an excerpt from one of the most epic speeches of all time. It took place in 1968 and the “great revolution” Dr.King speaks of is still taking place today. Have you ever made a goal for where you want to be 5 years in the future, and when that 5 year mark rolls around, you find yourself in nearly the same position? Or said to yourself “I will never be like my father,” and found yourself married to a guy just like him?

The point of this article is not to focus on the problems, however many there may be. It’s to offer an alternative to a seemingly solution-less problem. The key to waking up, and experiencing a sense of renewed freedom is to face the reality of the situation and learn to manage yourself, set proper goals, learn to use auto-suggestion effectively, and change your habits. If you’re reading this, congratulations you’re well on your way. Follow these 10 steps and you will gain true freedom.

 

1 ) Learn to Manage Oneself

The first thing I did was simplify my life. I began tracking my eating, spending, sleeping, drinking, indulging, judging others, and even bitching. I got a journal where I would write a daily gratitude list, long-term goals, and daily tasks list. Then I could see how many tasks I failed to complete, and reasonably assume I wouldn’t complete all my goals either at that rate. As Peter Drucker stated in one of the greatest books you could ever read called Managing Oneself, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” By the way, you should read Managing Oneself. It’s the shortest book I’ve ever read and it expedited the process of reclaiming my power and waking up to my potential.

2) Treat the Earth Like A Living Organism

 

mother_nature_2_We’re taught when we’re very young that matter cannot be created or destroyed. Thus, the Earth nourishes us and when we die, we nourish her. We’re all part of the great food chain – the circle of life. Our bodies are made of 60-75% water and yet we still throw toxins in our oceans. Many nations have been known to profit off of the enslavement of others – both physical and mental slavery. Someone may have lost a limb or a family member for the coltan in your cell phone or diamond on your finger. If we begin to look at everything IN RELATION TO everything else, we see that we’re all connected. We have to remove the artificial distance we’ve created with languages, religions, political parties, and learn to love each other. We have to get back to our roots and oneness with nature and our environment.

3) Look People In Their Eyes

This was a tough one for me, especially being a tech savvy millennial. Technology, with all it’s wonderful benefits, has afforded us the opportunity to remove humanity from dealings with one another. I would never talk to people on the phone, or in person unless we were working together. The Trader Joe’s employees would drive me nuts, and I knew some of my favorite Orange is the New Black characters better than my neighbors and classmates. During this transformational period, I began looking people in their eyes. I tried to hold space for their highest good and potential. I viewed them like a soul – Instead of judging the outward manifestation of that soul’s environment & beliefs. I listened to what they said with my heart. This took some practice, but when I started getting really good at it – my art began to illuminate life in so many new and exciting ways.

4) Treat Your Body Like a New Car

body-2Would you put trash in your brand new car? Would you let someone use hot glue on the leather seats or pour acid on the center console? I stopped eating fast food and anything that wasn’t serving my body really, and I’m so grateful. Most people think of vegan as a label, but for me it’s more of a lifestyle. I know so many vegans that live off of candy, pre-packaged foods, and chemical cheese substitutes. I choose to eat only things that make be feel wonderful – whether that means tasting a culture’s traditional meat when traveling or eating raw vegetables, I’m down. Companies are profiting off of selling us crappy foods, and then selling us medications to combat the crap food we eat. They’re using chemicals to make us addicted to these foods and subconscious marketing tactics to get us to depend on their products. It’s a vicious cycle and should really be illegal, but instead, they make natural herbs illegal. The capitalistic interest here is not in prolonging our lives, but in profit. The best way around this is if it’s not organic or clearly nutritious (NO fruit flavored) just don’t eat it.

5) Master Entrepreneurship & Beat Capitalism

I’m not saying you have to become insanely rich. But I’ve learned something VERY important that shouldn’t be disregarded: If you’re living in the US, you need to become your own boss. I’ve had many friends that got fed up with this tyrannical system of mental enslavement, and expatted to live a better life somewhere tropical. However, by doing so they reduced their ability to save or impact others. The interesting thing about being born in the United States today, is that an average citizen has the ability to affect change in the world. This opportunity has never been afforded, let alone to a nation so young, in the history of the world. Capitalism is where the major conscious shift will begin.

body-1The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington, was set in a post-apocolyptic modern-day world. Life was very much kill, or be killed in a dog eat dog, every man for himself, ruthless society with unimaginable pain and suffering. Cannabalism, rape, and other atrocities facing the 3rd world today were right here at home. Americans went to the movies, got their popcorn, cheered after the credits, raved in their reviews, and went on with their cushy lives. The only problem is that the movie wasn’t completely outside the realm of possibilities and had a very important message for us. Life could be like that if we don’t begin to operate as autonomous, independently thinking entrepreneurs.

In 2012 President Obama signed Executive Order 13603 which enables the government to seize all agriculture with respect to food resources, all forms of energy, all health resources, all forms of civil transportation, all water resources, all construction materials, and allows the head of any federal agency to conscript “persons of outstanding experience and ability without compensation,” in both “peacetime and times of national emergency” – basically legalizing slavery. If you don’t become an entrepreneur, you’ll work for one and when things go South, you and your family will suffer while they charter the first flight out of here.

6) Question Strong Ideologies

I knmother-nature-1ow quite a few people that would die for their religion, political party, their country, or their relatives. This speaks to their loyalty and courage, and I have immense respect for those people. However, I found it very beneficial to get to the roots of all the strong ideologies I held. When I did, I discovered the beliefs supporting my ideologies were given to me by meaning elders and society – and in fact not my own. I was willing to die for something someone else had suggested.

7) Question Education

There are many tech entrepreneurs that never graduated high school yet there’s been a big debate over whether a college education is necessary to succeed. I know many people over the age of 40 who swear by our education system, even though it’s known to be the biggest scam in America. Universities are not what they once were and I would advise anyone attending or considering a University education to do some research before taking those loans. I personally earned a bachelors and it’s sitting in a box somewhere. I don’t use it or intend to use it because I don’t find working 40 hours a week for someone else’s dream and a measly living, fulfilling. I attended school in Germany for 1 semester for FREE, and the American institution I earned my degree from charged me full tuition to transfer my German credits. I’ve learned more from $20 books written by people who have actually become successful, than any institution I’ve attended. Click Here for one of the greatest resources you can use for deprogramming.

8) Learn to Use Auto-Suggestion & Social Media Properly

The ability to use auto-suggestion is one of the greatest tools in our belt. It requires us to monitor our thoughts carefully, only letting the fruits of our labor through the gates. Have you ever just had a random song playing in your head all day? Or heard your mother’s voice telling you about eating or avoiding certain foods? These are both auto-suggestive messages being played & replayed in your brain. The idea here is that we create a tape and posters to go all around the house that remind us of what we truly believe. I have messages like “My spouse is simply amazing,” “I make $50,000 a day,” and “I am enough in the presence of my creation” written on my bathroom mirror. I also have a calm, soothing recording of my voice repeating things like “You are an A-List actress. You have saved the lives of millions in the Congo.” – which I listen to daily. I’ve downloaded tons of motivational audio books on wealth, success, gratitude, and spirituality – that I play when I’m hiking, walking the dogs, cooking, etc.

social-mediaThe crazy thing about auto-suggestion is that it’s being used on you whether you’re aware of it or not. All these big retailers use it on us everyday. The entire medical/pharmaceutical industry, entertainment industry, educational industry, agricultural industry, political industry, and insurance industry operate on fear tactics and subconscious programming techniques (like manipulating auras & adding addictive chemicals to what we put in our bodies). From the commercials playing between songs on Pandora or Youtube, to ads playing on your favorite shows, to billboards, to product packaging, to automated phone calls, to emails, to credit card company ads, to the ads on the backs of receipts – it’s unavoidable. Advertising messages are going into your subconscious and programming you to shop, act, believe, learn, eat, and think a certain way. If you surround yourself with a lot of successful people, you’re less susceptible to becoming “brainwashed” by these techniques. However, to become successful, it’s even more important that you’re using auto-suggestion to your benefit. Mastering this technique takes some time but you will see major shifts within a few months.

Social media has become one of the greatest auto-suggestive methods. I found myself sort of “addicted” to Facebook in the sense that I’d plan to get off and then spend 2 more hours scrolling peoples timelines. It’s a beautiful tool to connect people and maintain relationships across the world. But now it’s easier than ever for retailers to target their products at us, and to force-feed ads, commercials, campaigns, etc down our throats. I’ve noticed how differently the wealthy people I surround myself with treat their social media. Normal people spend 20% of their time posting and 80% of their time looking at what others post. Successful people spend 80% of their time (or more) posting, and 10-20% of their time looking at what others post. If someone you follow – stranger, friend, or family – isn’t someone you want to be like, don’t look at their posts. Social Media should ONLY be used to communicate with your audience and to further the exposure of your brand.

9) Stop All Negativity

Stop judging, stop complaining, stop worrying, stop gossiping, stop fearing, and start living. If there’s anything I’ve learned from the wealthy people I’ve been around, it’s that negativity = poverty. Wealth and negativity cannot coexist for long, and an attitude of gratitude is the best approach to waking up.

10) Have a 100 year Goal

pop_starThis may seem a little unconventional because you’re probably thinking “I’m 35 – there’s no way I’m living to be 135!” In Grant Cardone’s sales university, he teaches how it’s important to have a goal you can’t achieve in one lifetime. This makes us extend ourselves outside our comfort zone, and have something to offer future generations. I discovered my personal 100 year goal of saving the Democratic Republic of Congo during this massive expansion period of my life. It’s become a mission so much bigger than myself, and fuels many of my best decisions to this day.

I might make a video about this topic at a later date. The things I’ve addressed here may seem simple, but let me not be mistaken, it took several years to make these changes. I’d advise taking one step at a time and until you’ve fully implemented it and can see a change, keep on it. Most people think they’ve learned something because they’ve memorized it – that’s what we’re taught to do – but until you understand and have successfully applied it, it hasn’t really sunk in. as Bob Marley said over 40 years ago when referring to the major mental shift that needs to take place, “Are you satisfied with the life you’re living?” If not, do something about it.

Short Guide to a Long Life

Everyone seems to be searching for a short guide to a long life. After doing some research, I found that a long life seems to be the result of a short list of healthy habits. In 1930, a professor of the Chengdu University discovered Chinese government records from 1827 congratulating Li Ching-Yuen on his 150th birthday, and further documents later congratulating him on his 200th birthday in 1877.

Li_chingYuenLi Ching Yuen began his journey as an herbalist at the age of 10. He gathered herbs in mountain ranges of rural China and learned of their benefits toward longevity. For almost 40 years, he survived on a diet of herbs alone. Herbs such as lingzhi, goji berry, wild ginseng, he shoo wu and gotu kola, and rice wine. In 1749, at age 71, he joined the Chinese armies as teacher of martial arts. Li was said to be a much-loved figure in his community. He married 23 times and fathered more than 200 children. Li was able to read and write as a child, and by age ten had traveled in Kansu, Shansi, Tibet, Annam, Siam, and Manchuria to gather herbs. For the first hundred years of his life, he continued at this occupation as an herbalist. He then switched to re-selling herbs gathered by others. He sold lingzhi, goji berry, wild ginseng, he shou wu, and gotu kola along with other Chinese herbs, maintaining his diet of solely herbs and rice wine. Other in his village claim to have encountered an even older – 500-year-old man. He taught Qigong exercises and dietary recommendations that would help extend the lifespan to monumental proportions.

On his death bed, Li said, “I have done all that I have to do in this world” as if he’d perfectly calculated the timing of his death. To some degree it seems that he was one with the infinite intelligence that permeates and penetrates all time and space. Those final words held the biggest secret to Li’s long and fulfilling life. In the Western world, we’re made to believe that aging is some sort of curse and our prime is less than 10% of the length of Li’s life. Could you imagine if he spent the remaining 90% of his life thinking he was past his prime? People always tell me that y 20s are my golden years, but frankly I feel quite lost and confused. I’d hate to think of spending my “golden” years trying a bunch of different things I end up quitting and traveling to a bunch of places without anything substantial that impacts the lives of others. It’s mind boggling that this man could survive on herbs and a simplistic lifestyle while most Americans seem to be shoving prescriptions down their throats & treating stress/depression with alcohol and other low vibrational substances – hoping it somehow let’s them live a long and joyful life.
When Li was asked what his secret was to longevity, he said “Keep a quiet heart, sit like a tortoise, walk sprightly like a pigeon, and sleep like a dog.” He maintained an inner calmness and peace of mind compounded with breathing exercises, and a lean, high vibrational diet. It’s crazy that the oldest living person in recorded history attributed his life to his state of mind. As technologically advanced and forward thinking the United states is, it’s a shame our life expectancy is only 70-85 years. The idea of someone living over 200 years seems unimaginable. I don’t want to get into conspiracies, that’s an entirely different matter, but it almost seems suspicious that we’re offering so many people free “healthcare” and “food stamps” yet our average life expectancy isn’t even in the top 40 countries in the world.

Maybe the forced 9-5 lifestyle, stresses of debt and taxes, difficulty to acquire food/materials by gathering, polluted air, chemically altered water, GMO food, manipulation through marketing, government propaganda, celebrity culture influencing the masses, and lack of focus on exercise in our culture have something to do with it. The rural Chinese don’t eat refined sugars or flour, or any foods that have been sprayed with pesticides that’s for sure. They aren’t eating fast food, if that even counts as food, and don’t know about all the bad in the world because they aren’t watching it on the news and reading it on the internet all the time. These people don’t eat fatty meats, a very small amount of fish, definitely don’t eat sugary deserts, and of any genetically modified foods whatsoever. There are no antibiotics used on the plants or animals, alcohol or tobacco use. Their diets not only exclude junk food and candy, they compensate by including superfoods and herbs which super power our organs and immune system. I wouldn’t even know how to get half of the things they eat regularly.

Li spent his spare time in nature keeping his mind sharp, practicing breathing techniques, and meditating which are known to improve mental, physical, and emotional health. By keeping things simple, getting proper sleep, and spending a great deal of time in nature under the sun – at peace with oneself, he was able to live an epic life. Relaxing in the sun instantly rejuvenates us so why not do it more often? It feels so great to be on vacation, even if you’re staying with a host family in a hut. A lifetime in the mountains with so much fresh unadulterated oxygen, balanced with perfect mental, spiritual, and physical well-being sounds like something out of a fairytale. The Western lifestyle has its benefits, especially for entrepreneurs and capitalists. I just wish people knew there were other ways to do this thing we call, life.