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Rhoda Mills Sommer – Perfectionism Erases Vulnerability & Shame


October 11, 2013



Sommer deals with very similar ideas to Brene Brown, even quoting her statement, “…it is so profoundly dangerous [that] we are losing our tolerance for vulnerability… vulnerability is absolutely at the core of fear and anxiety and shame and very difficult emotions that we all experience. But vulnerability is also the birthplace of joy, of love, of belonging, of creativity, of faith. And so it becomes very problematic when as a culture we lose our capacity to be vulnerable”. Sommer goes the extra step, however to deal with the concept of perfectionism which acts as a plague on our society; the idea that one can remain human and deny their humanity by being perfect is becoming the norm. She goes on to speak of perfectionism as a disease or ailment by saying, “People suffer from perfectionism because it is exhausting” and illuminating that perfectionism can be tamed by allowing ourselves to be vulnerable and allowing the possibility of shame to exist in our lives. By allowing the possibility of shame we are returned to our true selves and our real sense of consciousness within ourselves. By creating relationships through letting go of perfection we may feel a similar connectedness as higher levels of consciousness bring. Everyone is worthy of being their true self and creating connections with their conscious sense of self. Get back in tune with your true self, get a soul reading and allow vulnerability into your life once again.

Forbes - Deepak Chopra: Video Games Can Promote Higher Consciousness, Accelerate Brain Development


October 4, 2013


Deepak Chopra, spiritual leader and alternative medicine guru has spread his message through countless lectures and more than fifty books, but now has decided to try video games to spread his message to an even bigger audience. Chopra hopes that his game will provide stress relief without the violence of most popular video games. While video games were once something parents only thought of for their children, more and more adults are picking up games, especially those played on their phones; parents can now enjoy a peaceful way to unwind that may actually help promote higher consciousness. Unlike previous video games, this one has the ability to measure players’ breathing and allows players to relate to Chopra’s message without “the intellectual understanding of consciousness”. Exciting finds in science have taught us that “bychoosing the right experiences, we can rewire our brain… When I started watching video games, I realized that they can be an amazing tool to accelerate the development of the brain”. Even more impressive, Chopra says that a video game has the ability to accelerate the development and evolution of our brains in only a few months what would take biological evolution one hundred years to accomplish. This alone shows the importance of consciousness and that we each hold the power to our own level of consciousness. Chopra then says that mind-body awareness and wellness are very important and can prove to be addictive as an everyday activity. This video game has the ability to change the way individuals look at consciousness and to spread the importance that consciousness plays in our everyday lives.

 TED Talks – John Searle: Our shared condition – consciousness


September 28, 2013


Consciousness is an important factor in individuals’ lives and yet as Searle says, consciousness is ignored by both science and philosophy. While some individuals accept that consciousness is real, it is often thought of as a spiritual phenomenon that cannot be explained by any means in science due to the fact that consciousness is subjective, meaning that everyone experiences consciousness differently. This being the case, scientific research supports the claim that consciousness occurs due to the firing of neurons in the brain, but further explanations of what precisely occurs has not been determined. Searle explores why there is a reluctance to accept consciousness as a scientific and spiritual occurrence, narrowing in on two aspects: consciousness that exists in the spiritual world and within the soul, versus the scientific approach that claims consciousness is not a part of science. In order to discuss where consciousness exists, Searle defines consciousness as: consisting of all of those feelings of emotions, and that which occurs when you wake up and ends when you pass out or die, including in this dreams as a part of consciousness. He then goes on the say that all of our conscious states are due to neurological processes in the brain, stating that this is as mysterious as the liquidity of water. Searle discusses a few of the qualities of consciousness with five different qualities, Consciousness is: real and irreducible (you cannot get rid of it), all of our conscious states have a qualitative feel, conscious states are subjective, consciousness comes in unified conscious fields which creates one single great conscious feel, and consciousness functions causally in our behavior which means that when we make the conscious decision to raise our arm, the arm raises. This in mind, Searle explains that consciousness creates an observer independent reality that is observer relative. However, he says that a completely objective science can exist about a domain that is subjective which then means that one can make objective claims about consciousness even though the domain is subjective. Searle concludes that consciousness has to become accepted as a biological phenomenon. 


Psychology Today - Daniel Bor, Ph.D.: The Borders Surrounding Our Conscious World


September 20, 2013


Consciousness is arguably what makes humans so complex and, as Bor explains, there may be two levels of consciousness that allow us to function on “autopilot” while thinking about other things. This was the subject for many individuals’ speeches at the consciousness science conference, ASSC in 2012. These two levels of consciousness are described as, “the mere feeling and sensations of consciousness, known as phenomenal consciousness; and the kind of consciousness that we can report on, can behaviorally react to, and so on, which is known as access consciousness”. This brings up the question of which level of consciousness is involved with higher consciousness or whether both types of consciousness must be heightened in order to view one’s own problems in a different light. We can change our behaviors by altering our access consciousness, and by maintaining awareness of consciousness, we are constantly in a state of phenomenal consciousness. I invite you all to maintain phenomenal consciousness and change the things in life that are changeable by altering access consciousness. 

National Geographic: Virginia Hughes – Consciousness is a Process


September 13, 2013


Consciousness, while we may not recognize it on a daily basis, plays a big role in our lives and the ways in which we interpret the world around us. In an article by National Geographic, Hughes explains that there is a fine line between consciousness and being brain dead; a line that we cannot easily discern. What has been determined is that while we remain conscious after becoming conscious, we cannot pinpoint the number of PCI (Peturbational complexity index) which is calculated due to the electrodes in one’s brain that determines whether one is still conscious. Hughes goes on to say that the method of detection is uncertain, “And it’s not clear yet whether PCI can reliably distinguish between patients who have minimum level of consciousness and those who have none – the distinction that’s arguably the most difficult and important in a clinical setting”. She ends by saying that consciousness is a process. As such, consciousness always has the ability to change, and whether or not we think about it consciousness is always in our lives and affects our actions every day. While what defines consciousness is uncertain, it exists in our everyday lives and can alter the ways in which we interact with the world and those around us.


 TED Talks – Eleanor Longden: The voices in my head


August 30, 2013


Longden begins her very powerful speech with the message that the fantasy of invulnerability was so strong, she even fooled herself. In many ways, this personal account of being diagnosed with schizophrenia is very much like the messages in Brene Brown’s TED Talks: deconstructing voices leads to the real message behind the words, the individual is very powerful, beliefs can change the world, and everyone is vulnerable and should not be ashamed of it. While Longden’s experience may not feel relatable to some, it may be easier to think about the voices as memories: shame, guilt, vulnerability, fear, etc. Overcoming these memories and past experiences is challenging but very rewarding and leads to a life lived in the present, without shame. For those who experience shame and who go about life in a cloud of their past, looking at the problems from a higher level of consciousness may help to decode the words and pain inside to uncover the true message in order to overcome the obstacles. In order to do this, a soul reading may provide the opportunity to shed the shame and become present in the moment. Inaccessible emotions may take many forms and becoming aware of the potential to move past this roadblock may help individuals live a more present and thus fulfilling life.

 John-Paul Flintoff – Brene Brown: ‘People are sick of being afraid all the time’


August 23, 2013


Throughout the past several months I have focused on the science behind consciousness and the individual benefits of soul reading, however I would now like to address the impact higher consciousness and reflection have on those around us. While higher consciousness can help us solve our problems or at least view our troubles in a different light, a large part of the impact is the sense of connectedness we can feel with all other people. This connectedness is important in a global sense, but also in a more personal sense with our friends, family and loved ones. As Flintoff puts it, “ Brene Brown…belives all our relationships would be better and happier if we stopped worrying about ourselves and engaged meaningfully with each other”. Brown’s message is simply summed up as “you can’t give children what you don’t have yourself”, however this can extend into other areas aside from children, as we individually cannot give any other individual what we do not have. Individuals impact the lives of many other individuals and it is important to keep in mind that soul readings, while given to one individual, have the potential to affect more than one person. So if you are not sure whether or not the Ascended Masters would greatly impact you, think about the difference a small change in your life could have on everyone around you. We must “accept ourselves as we are” but we must also strive to be better individuals and achieve all that we can. Nobody is perfect and as Brown says, our culture is strong with a sense of scarcity and the feeling of shame, but instead she recommends acceptance of one another. Teaching through experience and acknowledging that we each affect others, including teaching younger generations through our actions, helps to put things in perspective. It also helps to illuminate the importance of accepting ourselves while striving for higher goals as well as the importance of explaining the difference between shame and guilt so that future generations do not experience the same social constraints; in other words, we continually move toward a higher collective consciousness by breaking down social parameters that negatively impact our consciousness.  


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