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GUYS.

I’m STOKED!!!

I was called to attend this year’s Conscious Media Festival to frolic around and meet people, learn about their projects, connect creators, and play among the brilliant minds who are developing plans for NEW EARTH. This is utterly exciting beyond what I can say!!

This time next week, I will be expanding, expanding!

But wait just a minute now. What is “New Earth”?!

New Earth is a concept put forth by Eckhart Tolle, in his book with the same title. His first book, “The Power of Now,” was utterly life changing for me, and the way I look at it, “The Power of Now” is about the awakening process of the individual, whereas “A New Earth” builds on that concept for bringing about the awakening of the collective – covering ideas on innovative approaches to topics such as mental health, community structures, money, humanitarianism, etc. Well in the larger context of conscious communities, “New Earth” has become the key phrase to describe the new paradigms that are on their way. Ideas such as community farming, communal living, earthships, intergalactic & interdimensional awareness, and other future-based concepts all fall under the banner, and Conscious Media Festival is all about connecting people who are committed to making media that promotes it all!

Socrates said, “if you want to create change, focus all of your energy upon building the new, not fighting the old.” I live my life by this quote, and to me, bringing people together under the cause of dreaming about the NEW, instead of marching in the streets lamenting the old, is absoluuuutely the way to go.

So you can imagine that I was sooo excited when I found out about this festival. YES I will go, and I will bring my A-game, because this is a cause big enough for me to rally all of myself behind!!!

The festival is in its second year, and as such there is a lot innovation and creativity yet to come. I haven’t yet gotten the privilege of meeting too many of the minds behind it, but I feel overwhelmingly grateful and giddy about this opportunity to deepen my connection to the creators of this new world.

I don’t know about you, but I am a person who’s completely devoted to the efforts of evolving our world, on every front – I believe that we are living in a world that’s increasingly crumbling around us, such as evidenced by: governmental ineptitude, the blandness & inauthenticity of the mainstream media, the harmfulness of our food industry and health care system, the general feeling of insecurity we all have around the ability of our “leaders” to take care of our needs…

By now, everyone is feeling that our systems are at least somewhat outdated. And of course, there’s nothing wrong with “resisting” or “fighting” for your cause, I mean do what your heart tells you and all that, but if you ask me, it’s incredibly inefficient in terms of energy and resource management to fight “against.” As most spiritually aware people know, anything you fight against grows bigger against you, because you give your power to it. You can be “anti” something, but it is WAY more effective to focus on the cause of “pro” the opposite. For instance, if you are “anti-hunger,” you could switch to being “pro-food drives,” and it’s the same cause, but in a different (and wayyy more empowering) framework.

So NO I will not give my life force to the “resistance,” I will spend my energy dreaming about the new world, envisioning what I actually WANT to have in my ideal communities, and gravitating toward people who also understand that the game of “resistance” is engineered to tie up your energy so you don’t build the new.

Well anyway, I don’t know about you, but depending on where you’re at in your journey of self-transformation, you may feel like you’re on a MISSION. And if you feel this way – if you feel a calling to learn more about what is coming in (particularly energetically), and to explore alternative, cutting-edge approaches to world healing and innovation, this festival is a huge opportunity for you (especially if you live in Austin!). It’s an investment, but where else are you going to get access to all of it, all in one place, where you can actually meet and talk to such global leaders?

For a list of presenters, see here. (Sandra Walter! Daniel Pinchbeck! Collective Evolution! And more….)
For a schedule of the event, see here.
For ticket information, go here.

If you’re in Austin and unable to attend the entire festival, I recommend looking into Saturday night’s party and just attending that! Golden Dawn Arkestra DJ set!!! Playtime with intergalactically aware creator minds! Costumes! Visual art! Light show! Facebook event HERE!

We are in a revolution people! A revolution of social norms, a revolution of philosophy, a revolution of media, a revolution of theory about our place in the cosmos – a revolution on ALL fronts. It’s time we stop lamenting the problems and step into our power as creators of a new reality. This festival is a nexus point for like minds. Come PLAY!

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the shadow

The Shadow by Steven Kenny

The Shadow. Otherwise known as the quintessential idea of “darkness” (or “evil,” or “the devil,” or “demons” — though more accurately understood as “unconsciousness”), the Shadow is the topic of the day right now, even if many don’t realize it directly. All of these exposés, confessions, and rapid change of public opinion regarding formerly strong-held institutions are verrrrry shadowy in nature.

But what exactly is the Shadow? How do you actually define it?

Well, like anything in Carl Jung’s realm of absolutely pregnant ideas, the definition is fluid and largely relative to the context you’re discussing it in. But you could basically say that the Shadow is an aspect of our subconscious – in other words, everything that lives in the underbelly of our human (or animalistic) nature. It is the swampy, soupy, icky energy of our “dark side” that we don’t want to admit to having – the seedier and more raw sides to our personality – our “personal demons,” as it were.

Though significantly, it doesn’t really have to be “dark” as in “evil.” “Dark” in the more precise understanding moreso means “unconscious” or “unknown,” i.e. literally not illuminated by your conscious mind, and thus unable to be seen (it’s the same idea with the word “occult,” which most people think means “evil” or “satanic,” but it really just means “hidden,” in reference to secret, often magical, knowledge).

The reason why you want to learn about this is because there is a huge chance that you’re driven by your unconscious mind unknowingly. You know how public figures get taken down once their dark side comes to light? Well like them, in anything you do (especially publicly), your shadow traits are liable to being “found out” and used against you. So the only defense is for you to find out and heal those parts of you FIRST.

Plus, to truly manifest what you want in this world, and to be absolutely certain that your cause is noble and not in truth detrimental, you must make sure that there are no drives in your unconscious mind operating against your conscious desires. You could be sabotaging yourself (and others) without even knowing it!

I have put together some rudimentary elements that I think are important when considering the Shadow, which all things considered, is quite a vast topic. So while lengthy, this is by no means an exhaustive exploration, and rather a foundational basis from which you can then start to dig for your own understanding. This is depth psychology, and it’s not for everyone, because everyone simply does not have the capacity to understand it. I have tried to bring it down, but it’s a very abstract concept generally speaking, and there’s a LOT to it, so if you’re feeling up to it – grab your backpack, put on your safari hat and let’s get to exploring!

Oh yeah, and please keep your hands inside the car AT ALL TIMES! I can assure you that you are perfectly safe, but the Shadow does not fuck around. So get ready for a long ride through the Underworld, and remember to stay alert, ya heard?  ۞

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