Models

For a long time, people thought our solar system revolved around the Earth. Copernicus (or Galileo to some) came around and proved the planets revolved around our Sun.

Models are important - they are the perspective of an individual's perception of any given event. Models are always biased, but the objective should be to choose a model with the least bias possible.

How is this achieved?

Scrutinize opposing aspects, think critically, and have an open mind.

"All Truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as self-evident."

- Arthur Schopenhauer

Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn't.

- Mark Twain


These opinions below may be my own or may belong to the authors whom I reference. They are posted for the benefit of mankind, so that we may collectively achieve a common ground and transition into a new golden era as seamlessly as possible.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Vatican Bank Head Loses Anchor in Holy See



Reposted from American Kabuki



Vatican Bank Head Ousted as Holy See Fights Sandal
By Jean-Louis de la Vaissiere (AFP) – Thursday May 24, 2012

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican Bank ousted its president on Thursday after he failed to clean up the image of an institution that has come to symbolise the opacity and scandal gripping the Holy See's administration.

Ettore Gotti Tedeschi was forced to resign "for failing to carry out duties of primary importance," the Holy See said in a statement.

The president was ousted in the wake of a series of financial scandals as the Vatican tries to clean up its image and put a stop to a leak of documents.

"The board passed a unanimous no-confidence vote against the president... and believes the action is important to maintain the vitality" of the bank, the Vatican said, as internal divisions over transparency came to a head.

Gotti Tedeschi, an expert on financial ethics, was put in charge of the bank -- also known as the Institute for Religious Works (IOR) -- in 2009, in an effort on the part of the Vatican to rid the institution of scandal.

Moneyval, the Council of Europe's experts on anti-money laundering, is due to rule at the beginning of July on the whether the Holy See has managed to clean up its act and meet international monetary standards.

But the former head of Spanish bank Santander's Italian operations tasked with bringing transparency to the bank came under suspicion in 2010 when he was investigated as part of an inquiry by magistrates into money-laundering.

Gotti Tedeschi, 67, was accused of violating laws set up in 2007 that tightened rules on disclosure of financial operations to the Italian central bank in a bid to stamp out money laundering.

He was more recently also suspected of leaking documents and accused in some quarters of serving his own interests.

The board said it would seek a president who could "help the institute establish efficient and extensive relations between it and the financial community based on mutual respect of accepted international banking standards."

For now, Deputy President Ronaldo Hermann Schmitz will take over the reigns.

Gotti Tedeschi's exit comes at a tense time for the Vatican, which has had to deal over the past months with a series of leaks of sensitive documents and accusations of corruption and fraud splashed over the Italian press.


In the wake of the 2010 scandal -- which saw an Italian court temporarily seize 23 million euros ($33 million) from the IOR -- Pope Benedict XVI created a new financial authority to "prevent and oppose illegal financial activity."

The aim was to get the Vatican on to the "white list" of financially virtuous countries, but internal tensions sprang up after the Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone pushed for the new transparency law to be watered down.

It is not the first time that the IOR, which administers accounts held by religious orders, cardinals, bishops, priests and nuns, has made the headlines.

In 1982 IOR was caught up in one of Italy's biggest fraud cases when Milan's Banco Ambrosiano -- of which it was the main shareholder -- collapsed.

Banco Ambrosiano's chairman Roberto Calvi, known as "God's Banker" because of his ties with the Vatican, was found hanging from a London bridge.



Director of Vatican Bank resigns under pressure
By Alessandro Speciale
Religion News Service, Updated: Thursday, May 24, 3:11 PM

VATICAN CITY — In an unprecedented move, the board of the Vatican Bank on Thursday (May 24) forced its president, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, to resign.

According to a Vatican statement, the bank’s supervisory council unanimously passed a no-confidence motion in Gotti Tedeschi for his “failure to fulfill various primary functions of his office.” Carl A. Anderson, the supreme knight of the U.S.-based Knights of Columbus, is one of the council’s four members.

The Vatican’s chief spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, declined to give more details on the reasons for the dismissal, but analysts say the move should be read in the context of an internal Vatican struggle over controversial new rules for financial transparency.

Since 2010, Gotti Tedeschi, together with the bank’s director general, Paolo Cipriani, has been under investigation for alleged money laundering.

In the past, the Vatican Bank, which operates under the protection of the Vatican’s status as a sovereign nation, has been often accused of involvement in shady financial operations, such as money laundering for Italian politicians and even mafia bosses.

According to Giuseppe Di Taranto, professor of finance with LUISS University in Rome, in recent years “Pope Benedict XVI has spearheaded an effort to bring more transparency to the Vatican,” seeking its entry into an international list of financially transparent countries.

A key step in this direction was the creation of an independent financial watchdog in December 2010. But according to internal Vatican documents leaked in recent months to the Italian press, the watchdog panel’s effective powers have been at the center of a heated Vatican power struggle.

A senior Vatican source quoted by the Italian news agency ANSA said this so-called “Vatileaks” scandal was one of the reasons that led to Gotti Tedeschi’s ousting.

In a statement, the Vatican Bank — officially known as the Institute for Works of Religion — said it hoped to find a new president who would “rebuild relationships between the Institute and the financial community, based on mutual respect of internationally accepted banking standards.”

A cardinal’s commission overseeing the bank’s activities, headed by the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, will meet tomorrow to discuss the bank’s “future steps.”

An outspoken economist, Gotti Tedeschi had been at the helm of the Vatican Bank since 2009. His provocative analyses of the global economic crisis often appeared in the pages of L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican’s semiofficial newspaper.

According to Di Taranto, even if the precise reasons for Gotti Tedeschi’s dismissal remain unclear, to comply with European standards “there is a need for a further modernization and restructuring” of the Vatican Bank. “After all, the Vatican is a very rich country.”


May 24, 2012 - 22:10
Vatican bank sacks president in no-confidence vote

By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The president of the Vatican bank has been ousted by the board of directors, the Vatican said on Thursday, blaming him for a deterioration in standards of governance.

The board unanimously passed a no-confidence vote in Italian Ettore Gotti Tedeschi for failing to carry out "various fundamentally important functions of his office", the Vatican statement said.

The bank will seek a new president who can "re-establish full and effective relations between the Institute and the financial community, based on mutual respect of internationally accepted banking standards", it said.

The Vatican bank, founded in 1942 by Pope Pius XII, has been in the spotlight since September 2010 when Italian investigators froze 23 million euros ($33 million) of its funds in Italian banks after opening an investigation into possible money-laundering.

Gotti Tedeschi told Reuters that he had been ousted because the bank did not like his honest way of doing things.

"I don't want to speak or give interviews, I have paid for my transparency," he said.

The Vatican recently adopted new financial transparency laws and set up internal regulations to make sure its bank and all other departments adhere to international regulations and standards, and cooperate with foreign authorities.

But in January Italian newspapers published leaked internal letters that appeared to show a conflict among top Vatican officials about just how transparent the bank should be about dealings that took place before it enacted its new laws.

In response to the money-laundering probe the bank, officially known as the Institute for Works of Religion, said it did nothing wrong and was just transferring the funds between its own accounts. The money was released in June 2011, but the investigation is continuing.

In March, the U.S. State Department for the first time put the Vatican on its list of countries considered vulnerable to money laundering.

That decision dealt a blow to the Vatican's bid to be included in the European Commission's "white list" of states which comply with international standards against tax fraud and money-laundering. A decision on its inclusion is expected next month.

(Additional reporting by Paolo Biondi,; writing by Gavin Jones; editing by Pravin Char)

Reuters



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Lloyd's of London Preparing for Euro Collapse




Reposted from American Kabuki


By Andrew Cave

2:50PM BST 27 May 2012


The chief executive of the multi-billion pound Lloyd's of London has publicly admitted that the world's leading insurance market is prepared for a collapse in the single currency and has reduced its exposure "as much as possible" to the crisis-ridden continent.

Richard Ward said Lloyd's of London could have to take writedowns on its £58.9bn investment portfolio if the eurozone collapses.

Richard Ward said the London market had put in place a contingency plan to switch euro underwriting to multi-currency settlement if Greece abandoned the euro.

In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph he also revealed that Lloyd's could have to take writedowns on its £58.9bn investment portfolio if the eurozone collapses.

Europe accounts for 18pc of Lloyd's £23.5bn of gross written premiums, mostly in France, Germany, Spain and Italy. The market also has a fledgling operation in Poland.

Lloyd's move comes as a major Franco-German provider of credit insurance for eurozone trade, Euler Hermes, said it was considering reducing cover for trade with Greece because of the risk the country might leave the eurozone.

When a company goes bust, it is often sparked by withdrawal of credit insurance for suppliers wanting to trade with it.

A spokesman for Euler Hermes, Bettina Sattler, told Bloomberg: "The outcome of the new elections in June remains highly uncertain. Consequently, the situation is further deteriorating. The risk of Greece exiting the eurozone has been revived.

"In light of the recent developments, Euler Hermes will most probably have to switch to a more prudent approach. [We have] maintained a high level of cover for [our] customers until today. But now we are confronted with a changing situation."

Lloyd's fears are likely to be shared by a number of European businesses, which are watching developments in Greece.

On Saturday, Juergen Fitschen, co-chief executive of Deutsche Bank, described Greece as a "failed state" run by corrupt politicians.

"I'm quite worried about Europe," Mr Ward said in one of the first admissions by a major UK business leader of the scale of the crisis that would be prompted by a eurozone collapse.

"With all the concerns around the eurozone at the moment, we've got to be careful doing business in Europe and there are a lot of question marks over writing business in the future in euros.

"I don't think that if Greece exited the euro it would lead to the collapse of the eurozone, but what we need to do is prepare for that eventuality."

Mr Ward says Lloyd's had been working hard on contingency planning and had the capability to switch settlement of European underwriting from euros to other currencies.

"We've got multi-currency functionality and we would switch to multi-currency settlement if the Greeks abandoned the euro and started using the drachma again," he said.

Lloyd's has de-risked its asset portfolio in recent years, with investments split equally into cash, corporate bonds and government bonds, mostly in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. "We have de-risked the asset portfolio as much as possible," he said.

The contingency planning comes as German politicians piled the pressure on Greece ahead of elections on June 17.

A conservative member of German chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet said today Germany would not "pour money into a bottomless pit".

'On Sunday, Swiss central bank chief Thomas Jordan admitted his country is drawing up an action plan in the event of the euro's collapse.

William Black on JP Morgan and the Failure to Regulate Wall Street Fraud



Reposted from American Kabuki

Teenager reportedly finds solution to 350 year old math and physics problem



(Phys.org) -- In Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica published in 1687, the man many consider the most brilliant mathematician of all time used a mathematical formula to describe the path taken by an object when it is thrown through the air from one point to the next, i.e. an arc based on several factors such as the angle it is thrown at, velocity, etc. At the time, Newton explained that to get it completely right though, air resistance would need to be taken into account, though he could not figure out himself how to factor that in. Now, it appears a 16 year old immigrant to Germany has done just that, and to top off his work, he’s also apparently come up with an equation that describes the motion of an object when it strikes an immobile surface such as a wall, and bounces back.


Shouryya Ray, a modest student who just four years ago was living in Calcuta, has been on an accelerated learning course and is taking his Abitur exams two years early. His math equations won him first place in a state science competition and second place in the national Math and IT section at finals. He’s told the press that figuring out how to come up with his formulas was more due to school-boy naivety than genius, which the German press has been suggesting.
Ray moved with his family to Germany when his father landed a job as a research assistant at the Technical University of Freiburg. He has apparently shown great aptitude for math from an early age, learning calculus from his dad when he was still just six years old. He’s told the press that he got the idea of trying to develop the two formulas after visiting Dresden University on a field trip where he was told that no one had been able to come up with equations to describe the two dynamics theories.
Ray’s story has generated a lot of press around the world, highlighting the young lad’s ability to come up with a math formula that not even the great Isaac Newton could find, despite the fact that no one other than a few local people have seen the formulas he’s created; thus, in the math and physics world there remains a great deal of skepticism regarding what he’s actually accomplished and most are holding off judgment until the formulas are published and reviewed.


© 2012 Phys.Org

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Peter Joseph


From American Kabuki

How to Meditate



The word 'meditation' can be daunting to some, and others may dismiss it as meaningless and related to 'pseudoscience'. 


There are many beliefs and practices cultivated by Eastern traditions and schools of thought for millenia, that Westerners fail to acknowledge or even have the slightest idea of. 


Meditation is one of them.


As this blog's aim is to spread various perspectives and opinions to expand one's own model, this update centers around an aspect that is incredibly integral to many people who are concerned with expanding their own consciousness. 


So much so, that they can not not fathom a single day without practicing it. 


I admittedly struggle with the daily application of meditation, but still feel the positive benefits of it when I do take the time. 


Although the image of meditation conjures up scenes of a monk sitting in silence or chanting 'ohm' for hours upon end, this practice has no limitations and restrictions. 


Try thinking about it as 'me' time, or a time when you can relieve stress and find peace. What is important is finding a method that works for you. 


I have reposted an entry by American Kabuki that I feel is especially important. He requests his readers for feedback, and they do an excellent job answering.


I wish you the best in your endeavors. Patience is pretty crucial.


-Robert





Need Input from American Kabuki Readers


I'm getting a lot of requests for meditation instructions.  Unfortunately I am somewhat of a newbie at this my myself!  I've had my own ways of coming to be centered, but I certainly have as much to learn as many of you do.  I have no doubt many of my readers are better at it than I am.

If you know of any good web sites (preferably FREE ONES) that have good instruction in basic meditation techniques  with as little culture specific baggage as possible.  I want to compile a web page of resources that people can utilize to help them with learning to meditate. 

I would also like the sites to be as religion and dogma neutral as possible.  I know each spiritual discipline has its own techniques and that's something people can explore within their own cultural context. I am seeking sites that newly awakening people, many with no prior spiritual training, will find accessible to their existing frame of reference.

If you can help please add your thoughts in the comment section and I will use those in create web page about meditation.

Posted by      AMERICAN KABUKI at 12:14 AM 
Labels: Meditation
37 comments:

but diferent! May 23, 2012 12:24 AM
When I read this text, I had a great idea to make a universal guide to meditation without dogmas and religions and as neutral as possible, I will do it



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 12:38 AM
This site has had 2.4 millions hits in only 2 years. Why ? Check for yourself who is Inelia Benz.Have a look at the video section of her web page./ Now, the meditation she guides (in audio but the transcript is there too for free) is soooo basic, efficient. The meditation is called: Cleaning the Collective-Imagine a world without fear. It is in the tools section but also right at the front page here: http://ascension101.com/en.html
There is also a 5 min meditation and a longer one.

Thanks a lot for your blog and info !



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 3:33 AM
Yes,Inelia @ascension101.com is very good!,you can feel she is not B.S.



The_LightMay 23, 2012 12:46 AM
Sites are easy enough to google so I'll add in my own thoughts and methods for meditation... I like to go for walks and observe nature because I find it easy to forget my mind and be in the moment there. I've heard focusing on a candle flame flicker works for some, though I never cared much for that method myself. I also like to let water stream over me while I sit in the shower :P

Music of course is a good one to meditate, or rather vibe out too. And I like Kelly Howell's website with meditations (4 free) and visualizations. Petting an animal or doing a favorite activity where you lose yourself is as good as meditating, sometimes even better in my experience. I've gotten into some of my deepest wildest flow-type-mind-opening experiences while sober and doing some things I /really/ enjoy.



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 12:51 AM
thespiritscience.net has a lot of nice stuff, I always enjoy the ask Teal videos
you probably already know of in5d.com that place is a treasure trove



Alfred NannimussMay 23, 2012 12:53 AM
I like to go to www.channelhigherself.com. He has hundreds of free videos. (Lincoln, channel for higher self). Just search "meditation" for those videos, or any particular interest you may have for a channeled "satsang". There are articles, too.

It is VERY doctrine free, even stripping off much of what has attached itself to Buddhism.

He has been doing this since at least 2007, and has about 300 regular youtube viewers presently. He doesn't change or modify his bare-bones approach to garner more viewers and "likes," and still puts in an obvious amount of effort into making his work available.

Thank-you for taking my input. I certainly endorse the above for consideration by anyone interested in investigating their deeper spiritual self.



morgaineMay 23, 2012 12:58 AM
I found this to be a really simple, easy way to slow down and find a single focus... not to mention that deep breathing will shift your energy flow in your body. Having an external focus to give your brain something to "do" is a good place to start. Also, these guys are really great, and are doing a really positive thing on the planet right now to bring about Unity Consciousness... in their goal of getting 1 billion people to breathe in unison on 11-11-11


I would like to add that it's a very difficult trick of our minds when embarking on a meditation practice in the early stages, whereby we can get stuck in the idea that we are supposed to "still" our minds.

I would like to clarify that there are many accomplished meditation masters that report that the goal isn't "no thought" from the outset... but rather the goal is to, over time, become more aware of how you get swept up in your thoughts, and the key is NON JUDGEMENT.

You will notice as you continue to practice, that you will get swept up in the stream of your thoughts (as we all do... this is the nature of our minds/ thought streams), and the response shouldn't be one of judgement or feelings of failure... rather, this can be viewed as mini moments of liberation... you have noticed that you were swept up in thoughts... HOW WONDERFUL!!! This is an achievement! ...and the opportunity to bring your awareness back to your breath. This is the opportunity of meditation... that we are aware of the river of thought and can bring our attention out of it, whereas in our daily tasks we usually let the mind wander unobserved.

Over time the mind becomes more still as a SIDE EFFECT of sustained practice, and the key is NON JUDGEMENT and simple observation of when the mind is swept up in the river of thoughts. Non judgement is so important in the ability to keep up a practice, and thus achieve the benefits of meditation over a period of time.

Breath awareness is a great focus that has served me well. I hope this is useful... peace and blessings to All.



blue86522May 23, 2012 12:59 AM
I like to wake up early around sun rise and pray to the east. I thank God for everything. Then later in the afternoon i do a meditation. I repeat a mantra called the Gayatri which is hindu in origin but is actually very neutral. It acknowledges the word om but then names all the realms. Afterword it acknowledges the prime creator and asks for enlightenment. I find it is a great way to find discernment amongst the static of misinfornation.

If you search youtube for gayatri mantra, it is the video with shiva on it. The blue guy.

its in song form, and u will feel it right away as something that is part of you despite your religious background as did I.

One love.



ninesMay 23, 2012 1:16 AM
Tell people to buy Thomas F. Cleary translations... Minding Mind in particular. There is NO religious mumbo jumbo or dogma about it.



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 1:19 AM
kundalini-teacher.com



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 1:21 AM
Dear AK

I recommend Deepak Chopras meditation: I've shrunk it here. Also google "Golden Key" by Emmet Fox. 4K a week attended his NY meetings in the 30s.

THE MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

The Mindfulness Meditation technique is a simple meditation procedure, following the breath, that can create a deep state of relaxation in your mind and body. As the mind quietens down, but remains awake, you will experience deeper, more silent levels of awareness. Following the breath gently trains the mind to observe without trying to take over, without wanting to be in control of the procedure. It keeps it occupied and out of the way while an inner healing can take place without its interference

1. Start by sitting comfortably in a quiet place where you will have a minimum amount of disturbance. Straighten your back, place feet firmly on the ground, hands palms up on your lap. Close your eyes.

2. Breath normally and naturally, and gently allow your awareness to be on your breathing. Simply observe your breath, trying not to control it or alter it in any conscious way.

3. As you observe your breath you may notice that it changes of its own accord. It may vary in speed, rhythm and depth, and there may even be occasions when your breath seems to stop for a time. Whatever happens with your breathing, innocently observe it without trying to cause or initiate any change.

4. You will find that at times your attention drifts away from your breath and you are thinking about other things, or listening to noise outside. Whenever you notice you are not observing your breath gently bring your attention back to your breathing. If during meditation you notice that you are focusing on some feeling, mood or expectation, treat this as you would any other thoughts and gently bring your attention back to your breathing.

5. Practice this meditation technique for 15 minutes. At the end of that time keep your eyes closed and just sit easily for two or three minutes. Intend to bring your consciousness fully into present time, and focused your awareness in the 3rd Eye, in the centre of the forehead. Allow yourself to come out of the meditation gradually, slowly, before opening your eyes and resuming your activities.

=It is recommended that you practice this meditation for about 15 minutes twice a day, in the morning and evening. Later you will want to increase the time you spend in meditation, enjoying the peace it brings you. You may also use this technique for a few minutes during the day to calm yourself if you are feeling upset or agitated. However, at such times it is recommended that you first use the Hara/Holon protocol to centre yourself, re-establish your connection to Earth and Source, and reinforce the protection the Holon provides. (Ref. www.the2012countdown.com for full details of the Hara and Holon protocol).

During the practice of this meditation you will have one of
three experiences. All of these are quite correct.

1. You may feel bored or restless, and your mind may become filled with thoughts. This is an indication that deep-rooted stresses and emotions are being released from your system. By effortlessly continuing with meditation you will facilitate the removal of these impurities from your mind and body.

2. You may fall asleep. If you do fall asleep in meditation it is an indication that you need more rest during the day.

3. You may slip into the ‘gap’. When the breath becomes very settled and refined you slip in between thoughts, between sound and breath.

If you stay rested and take care of yourself, and take time to commit to meditation you are bound to get in touch with your Inner Self. You will tap into the Cosmic Mind, the Voice that whispers to you non-verbally in the silent spaces between your thoughts. This is your inner intelligence, and it is the ultimate and supreme genius that mirrors the wisdom of the universe. Trust this inner wisdom and all your dreams will come true.



acim4meMay 23, 2012 1:42 AM
This person taught me, and more.
I recommend him highly.
minglyn



but diferent!May 23, 2012 1:47 AM
Hi, i make a easy guide of meditation

thanks!



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 2:02 AM

very simple and basic - great for newbies



JLarMay 23, 2012 2:24 AM
I find the key is patience with yourself. Take your time and don't judge yourself, there is no right or wrong way to meditate. It's really about just letting go- stop micromanaging everything and just allow your heart to lead your head. It's tricky because it's so simple- the mind wants to say "Aha! So that's it!", but that's not it. Your mind can't ever hope to really "get it", so stop trying. It's about a place you go, a feeling, that's different for everyone (and every time). You'll know when you start to get there, and when you do you'll want more and more. Because it can be better than any drug!! And unlike a drug there's no hangover, unless you count feeling really, really damn good as a hangover. Give yourself TIME and PATIENCE. I've been doing it for about 3 years and still feel like I'm barely scartching the surface.



bnaMay 23, 2012 2:31 AM
Hi there

I wrote up a no-nonsense, easy to read guide on what is known as the Chakras. I put this together for my friends, as I could not find any unique or even accurate information on the Chakras online.

The guide assumes you have some basic understanding of this energy system, and furthermore it does not offer how-to guides on how 'activate' or 'balance' chakras - only information on what they are, and what they represent.

These will all be updated again soon when we hit another significant numerological date.




AnonymousMay 23, 2012 2:49 AM

Good Deepak Chopra video on meditation...



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 2:55 AM
Eckhart Tolle, wrote a wonderful little book: 'Practicing The Power of Now' ~ the essential teachings, meditations, and exercises from his best seller "The Power of Now".
On Page 1 ~ Chapter 1 ~ Eckhart describes the importance of Feeling one's Divine Presence, which he calls 'Being' (his preferred word for: God, Goddess, Creator, All That IS, The Source Field).

Feeling the Divine Presence within includes feeling the breath, the body's inner activating energies, e.g. tingling of skin, heart beat, just holding up your hand and asking it:'are you alive'?, gives you an immediate Feeling of your Divine Inner Being...known lovingly to many Enlightened Saints and Sages as their Divine Presence.
The key word to this meditation is FEELING. As you sit comfortably, or lying down, eyes closed, and simply FEEL your inner-outer body sensations, doors start opening and your awareness increasingly expands in depth and breadth.

You are in DIRECT FEELING CONTACT w/ SOURCE~PURE SPIRIT...THAT which ASCENDS when you take your final 3D breath.
As Tolle says, the more you practice this simple physical FEELING, eyes closed at first, then when going about your regular day,
when speaking to people, just have that slight turn inward...and More Will Be Revealed:)



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 2:56 AM
The website in5d.com has several meditations to choose from.

Multidimensions.com also has several meditations for beginners as well as for others on their way to mastery

Tomkeynon.com has some powerful sound meditations.

Love and Light

Ingrid



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 4:03 AM
www.onlinemeditation.org.

They offer a free course that takes you through levels and tracks your progress. This is where I learned the basics and it has a plethora of information!



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 4:25 AM



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 4:57 AM
Some of these are really short and simple.



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 5:36 AM
from @saintsantiago on Twitter: True meditation is not about mastering a technique; it’s about letting go of control. - Adyashanti



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 6:07 AM



Light_BearerMay 23, 2012 6:33 AM
Vipassana, definitely. Those who try the free 10-day courses understand why. No dogmas, no mantras, no visualizations, no external factors... Just your body and you mind, and the sensations that result from the contact between the two.


But like the Buddha himself said, don't take my word for it. Try it yourself, and if you think it works, only then accept it.



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 8:03 AM
Ascension Help.com

Never call them Archons



Johnny BMay 23, 2012 8:19 AM
I am probably newer to this than any here including yourself. But with that said, I came across meditation almost by accident. I was on a Edgar Cayce kick, and in attempt to recreate his experience I read up on self hypnosis. Now my method and intention has changed quite a bit, but the techniques used in self hypnosis still are very effective at silencing my mind. As far as sites for meditation go, A.R.E. is Edgar Cayce's organizations web site. It is not free, but I found it well worth the money. I believe that it was $40, you get package with your astrological information that is 40-50 page booklet that is all on you personal information plus access to all the readings and information that he and his organization put out. I did it just for the readings, they have keyword search that goes through all the readings and pulls out what you are looking for. There is very interesting things in there just from a researching stand point, such as the location of buried treasure he gave to some people during readings. I will also share one of my interesting experiences in meditation. I had been in meditation for about 20 min (the time it takes me usually to get clear) and my arms and hands started moving to different positions on their own, say from at my sides to over my head and back. I meditate laying down and this experience is not unusual for me, but this time something different happen. My arms went from my sides to over my head then when they came back down my hands placed themselves in a very specific form on my lower stomach. I tried to ignore it but couldn't completely, and finally I said whatever you are doing go ahead and do it, you have my permission. After that my entire stomach started to burn and tingle inside, and the more I gave way to what was happening it increased. This continued until I stopped, and when I did my wife was real upset because I had been "under" for about 4 hours. I have never had that experience again but it was both exciting and frightening. My other curious experience was just after I had finished I got up and laughed uncontrollably for a good part of an hour and was running around silly like a 3 year old. My wife thought I had went crazy for a while, its very hard to explain to someone who doesn't understand. Anyway, best of luck to you and your spiritual journeys. I just started a blog at breakingthetrance.com, I only have a few videos posted at the moment, some of them a little more on the negative side than this crowd would like to deal with. But the last one I posted was with Lydon LaRouche speaking on a credit system that they have come up with to replace the debt system. It is interesting because many of the points he has made seem similar to the ones that have been talked about on here and with Drake. He also has a video of an in depth discussion on it where he gets into the creative power of humanity while citing the classical music where you actually here a musical note before it is played and that is their intentionally by the composer.
Keep up the good work, I always come here when I need a little positive boost from all the bad news out there.



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 8:59 AM

Completely free
From tibetan master.
Different languages.
Available explanations
Enjoy



AscensionAddictionMay 23, 2012 9:16 AM
Effortless dogma free meditation:



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 1:25 PM
it starts with the breath, prana, and the posture, asana. first find a sitting position that is most confortable, and try to stay in it for for longer and longer periods of time. then focus your attention on and slow down your breathing, which has four parts, each need to be extended, like learning to streach. touch your tongue to the top of your mouth while doing this as it helps with the electric current. the next most important part is where you are looking; direct your sight directly behind and above your eyes, that is to say, into your head and up to your crown chakra at the top part of your head which the hois called 'the soft spot' and is indeed soft in infants.



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 2:40 PM
I would highly recommend Jim Self at Mastering Alchemy for a comprehensive journey to find your true self. his free you tube videos will give anyone an idea of the basic tools. It has been the best work i have found so far. Joy.



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garbanzoMay 23, 2012 4:18 PM
AK,

A very simple way to start meditating is the Quantum Pause.


Click on the link, scroll down to question #6 and read James' response.

I've been using the Quantum Pause since my awakening for my meditations and it works beautifully.

GB



MarlonMay 23, 2012 4:24 PM

Jack Greenwood's "The Ultimate Power" continues to be the best way of meditation I've ever used. I use it for my anxiety. It does cost some money and I'm not sure what he's charging now, but it's worth it. I'd be willing to share mine but I don't know how legal that is.


Here are tons of genuine reviews on it.



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 6:01 PM
I participated in a very good meditation session with a person named Frank Jordan, (website: psi-tronics.com) which was very powerful. He was on Wolf Spirit Radio with Dave Corso.

He explained how to meditate and how it works. Very fascinating. He touched on many other topics as well.

Here is the recording:


Inelia Benz at www.ascension101.com is another good source.



AnonymousMay 23, 2012 6:03 PM
There is a simple and powerful meditation : The Violet flame meditation, on youtube :
Nicole



Eagle AuthorMay 23, 2012 6:58 PM
masteringalchemy.com free to join, Jim Self is a master teacher, also has FREE youtube meditations

Greece Prepares to Leave Euro Zone



Reposted from American Kabuki

Former Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos told Dow Jones Newswires that preparations for an exit of Greece from the euro zone are being considered, and said the scope to renegotiate the loan program would be "very limited."



Banking Cabal Pumps and Dumps Facebook IPO



Reposted from American Kabuki

I have to laugh at this Facebook IPO.

Its a company that is in part funded by a CIA venture capital firm Its notorious for selling its users private information to anyone who pays. Its iPhone app sucks in private telephone numbers and adds it to its databases. It censors postings and images of its customers as they relate to politics and other controversial issues.  Its joking referred to as spyware with a login.

Google's motto is "Don't be evil", Facebook seems to be saying "We are evil!".  And now the law of attraction seems to be active in how its bankers behave towards Facebook.  What a perfect storm of duality this circus is!

But even funnier is the blatant way the Banking Cabal is exploiting this 100 billion IPO.  Banking Cabal controlled media did the biggest media hype of the Facebook IPO the world has ever seen.  At the same time  GM pulled its advertising right before Facebook went public.  Investment banks put huge buy orders in to keep the price from collapsing Friday.  Venture Capitalists cashed out of the company.  Asians avoided the IPO like the plague.  Its price is now around $31.75.  The banksters pumped this IPO up, and are now dumping it like there's no tomorrow.

The same financial media that was trashing Apple last week and praising Facebook as the best thing thing since the electric light bulb are now calling for CEO Zuckerman's head and admitting Apple has true intrinsic value!

Zuckerman is a smart guy, but didn't he know enough about the stock market to not go IPO on the eve of an eclipse?  Especially an eclipse as unusual as this one? Stock gurus know eclipses severely affect the stock market.  There's a long documented history of that.  Who was the genius that timed this IPO?

Here's a glimpse of this fiasco:


EXCLUSIVE Q&A: Hedge Funder Who Bet $100 Million On The Facebook IPO Just Called And Boy Was He Furious (FB, NASD)
Nicholas Carlson, provided by
Tuesday, May 22, 2012


We just got off the phone with a hedge fund manager who says his fund owns Facebook stock "in excess of a $100 million."

It bought the stock during Friday's IPO.

This source spoke to us because he is very angry about the Facebook IPO – particularly the way NASDAQ has handled it.

His allegations/claims/opinions:

NASDAQ knew it systems were broken before the Facebook IPO, and instead of aborting the offering and facing huge embarrassment, it went ahead. Traders then lost hundreds of millions of dollars as they tried to buy and sell Facebook stock without getting confirmation that their trades had been executed.

NASDAQ made the problem worse on Monday. NASDAQ told traders who thought they had sold their Facebook stock on Friday – but had actually not – to fill out a form by noon. This form asked traders to list the price at which they thought they had sold their stock and they price at which they actually had. Problem was: Many of these traders had not yet actually sold their stock. Because the form required an actual selling price, many did, dumping tens of millions of shares of Facebook stock on the market, and sending the stock price plummeting.
We reached out to NASDAQ about this story but have not heard back.

This hedge fund manager requested anonymity because "I have a mortgage" and "I'm a blue collar Wall Street guy…I could lose my job if my partners found out I was talking to you."
This hedge fund manager agreed to an interview, which we transcribed. Here is a lightly edited version of that transcription:

Business Insider: So what happened on Friday?

Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager: Early on Friday there was euphoria. You started seeing these messages out of Europe about a market being made around $70/share. We started seeing allocations were out. We heard big firms that put in for big amounts were not getting it. We heard retail customers at small firms were able to get some stock: a couple thousand shares. Then you had guys with $20 million accounts at Goldman who were getting 200 shares total. It was just kind of messed up in allocation.

Business Insider: When did things start to go truly wrong?

Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager: The message that this thing was getting traded in the $70s started getting tremendous hype. Then we started getting looks from the floor.The first was $50. Then $45. Then $42. Then it was holding at $42 for whatever reason. $42. $42. $42.

What happened was NASDAQ was delaying it.

NASDAQ held a conference call and they said we're going to delay.

While we were waiting for it to open, if you called the Morgan Stanley institutional desk, they would tell you "we can't put any buy orders in." If there were institutional investors who wanted to round out their positions they couldn't do at that point.
The stock opened at $42.

Business Insider: Why couldn't the institutional desk put buy orders in?
Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager: When you're trading big, big blocks, it goes to a trader. It goes to a desk. Its not done through a machine. The big blocks on the desk, they put their orders through NASDAQ, and they get a message of confirmation that NASDAQ has received your order.

But after Facebook opened up [the desks] didn't get the final piece: their orders were confirmed as received but not as filled.

Business Insider: How did people react to the chaos?

Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager: The guys on the buy side were very happy because Facebook opened at $42 and was trading down. The guys on the sell side were in the dark, because they did not have a clear answer from NASDAQ that the trades were done or not.
The stock closed down because the people who thought they sold early didn't sell, so they sold as the day went on.

But you still had an estimated 30 million shares that were in the dark – people who wanted to sell.

So Friday closes, everybody is saying what the fuck, I don't know if I sold or not.
Then NASDAQ sent out  a message saying "we will do a manual order close after the Friday close."

It appeared that NASDAQ was matching orders and putting them on the tape. We felt like we got our order: we thought we sold at $42.
Then over the weekend, it got fishy.

Business Insider: Fishy? Why?

Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager: We started asking questions: If we sold, who bought? My shares have to go to somebody. Who would be my contra-party? It would have be NASDAQ. So we start wondering if NASDAQ was buying shares, or if we had actually sold.

Business Insider: Did you ever find out?

Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager: Monday morning comes. The stock is trading at $38.25. NASDAQ calls brokers and says we cannot take a position in this stock.
NASDAQ has rule that says this is how we handle computer f--kups. NASDAQ rule 4626. It says if we f--kup we'll pay it. They have a kitty of $3 million that they'll payout.
So they told us: You need to fill out a form that says what you thought you sold it at and what you actually sold it at. The message was: If you haven't sold it, sell it.

Business Insider: That's a shocking allegation. Did NASDAQ say "sell your Facebook stock" or did you just infer that?

Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager: Their form is very basic. It has two pieces: What you should have sold it at and what you did sell it at. The form had to be in by noon. You couldn't send them a form if you didn't sell it. Your form that was due by noon would be incomplete. That forced everyone to take a loss.

We had to make a decision. We said book a loss and go to NASDAQ. In a heart beat, the stock goes to $36 because there was tremendous selling pressure in those 30 minutes.

Business Insider: So now what?

Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager: So now we're waiting on NASDAQ. Rule 4626 also limits their liability on system crashes. They'll say to the member firms: you've agreed to this limitation.
But this was not a market crash.This was alike a spaceship that was about to launch and a flashing warning light goes off and they say I'd rather launch this thing than say abort this thing. They new this thing was fucked and they just went in and did it. This isn't a computer fuck-up. The computers told them it wasn't working. Someone had to pull it.
Think about pulling the Facebook IPO. No way they would never do it.

Business Insider: Are you going to sue?

Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager: There is talk of class action lawsuits. The question is will NASDAQ do the right thing. They made $400 million last year and could pay out some. There's so much exposure and so much press on this and finger pointing, if they turn around and say they screwed up but they don't care that's a pretty big deal – but yeah that may be wishful thinking.

Business Insider: Final thoughts on the IPO?

Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager:  It never stood a shot. If there was any enthusiasm for this deal, that got wiped out. Think about a guy who was going to put five grand on this. You got to Vegas and put $5,000 on the roulette wheel and it breaks, it's like, hold on, I'm not going to do that. Suddenly you're like this is Wall Street and I hate Wall Street.

Business insider: You could argue the system failure may have saved some of the Muppets, then?

Anonymous Hedge Fund Manager: No doubt. But this should have been a blockbuster. This should have traded to $60 or $70. This should have launched a wave of tech IPOs.