Cate Montana Interview

WILL – In The E Word you referenced a lot of your personal history. Why do you feel this is important to the book?

CATE – People love other people’s stories. And my story is funny … I mean, what could be funnier than busting your ass for twenty years trying to become enlightened only to realize you can never attain enlightenment and that it’s an impossible quest? It’s the epitome of the cosmic joke.

The other reason I got into my own history is because I’m pretty hard-core talking about the nature of enlightenment and reality in this book. Without knowing my background, without having any insight into the intensity with which I pursued enlightenment for twenty years—you know, living alone in a one-room cabin in the mountains with no indoor plumbing meditating for years on end—readers would likely think, “Who the hell is this person to say these things?” Of course, after reading my story, they still might question the conclusions I come to. But at least they’ll have context!

WILL – No thought, the state of no self, is a state that many spiritual aspirants hope to attain. Is that state initially bliss & joy? If not why is it something that we seek?

CATE – Non-dual awareness is the sweetest, most peaceful state imaginable. I said in the book that the only burden we bear as human beings is our sense of personal identity. And it’s absolutely true. I used to be very attached to being Cate Montana, woman, writer, intelligent human being, spiritual seeker … blah blah blah. Now I couldn’t care less because I’ve realized it’s just a story—an illusion—a bunch of thoughts and memories stored in my brain. And that’s not the real “me.” Hell, the whole story of my life could’ve been downloaded into my brain while I slept one night. How would I even know? And yet, until we see this—until we see how unimportant our personal stories, memories, and thoughts are, we’re trapped in and by them.

WILL – The subtitle of The E Word is: Ego, Enlightenment and Other Essentials. What other essentials? Why do those essentials rank with the grand topics of ego & enlightenment?

CATE – Good question! The book is very much about learning how to expand our sense of self, our sense of awareness of who/what we are. So expansion—that’s one “E” right there. And when I talk about ego expansion, I’m not talking about ego inflation where we get all big-headed about our story and who we think we are. Expansion is the evolution of personal awareness from the narrow sense of personal self called the ego, into a much more unlimited state of awareness that includes a sense of unity with others and all of life called transpersonal consciousness.

Transpersonal consciousness is the middle ground between personal ego and non- egoic transcendent enlightenment. It’s the place where we can experience liberation from the tyranny of the ego while still being ourselves. Which is the problem with enlightenment. In the enlightened state, nobody is left to enjoy being liberated!

The other big “E” is evolution. Humanity is in the midst of evolving into transpersonal consciousness, and a lot of the book is about coaching the reader on how to go about evolving their consciousness into the transpersonal realm. Which is pretty doggone essential if we’re to ever going to create a sane and healthy world!

WILL – Speaking of which, pretty much everyone agrees the world is topsy-turvy right now. People are upset, angry, elated and stranded. We are all looking for some Words Of Wisdom (WOW) right now. SO…

CATE – The greatest wisdom I can share is we all need to take a much deeper dive within. Now is not the time for fluffy spirituality and business as usual. It’s time to get real. It’s also the time for action. But we must come to action with greater consciousness. It’s not enough to know a story about our spiritual nature—it’s time to embody it. And to do that we must finally experience our true nature and learn what the ego is and how to manage it. If we don’t, we’ll simply perpetuate anger, fear and division from our side of the fence—perpetuating the fence and pointing fingers at Big Bad Donald Trump—just at the point in history when we most need to come together and work to find common ground and understanding.

WILL – I have 8 minutes in the morning to devote to something “spiritual”/“mindful”/“meditative” before the electronic world captures me for another day. What can I do?

CATE – Spend that eight minutes focusing on creating at least an hour a day to devote to becoming greater. And get really clear on the fact that you get what you want in life in direct proportion to how much time and effort you put into it. If you want to be part of the crazed, illusion-driven world, go for it. If you want reality, sanity and liberation, go for that.

The ego loves being busy. It’s one of its main fortresses. How self-important is it to only have eight minutes a day to dedicate to being a grand, awakened, compassionate, ecstatic human being? Who stands to benefit the most by being electronically occupied and overly busy, keeping the miserable status-quo intact? The ego.

There’s a wonderful Zen saying that goes something like: You must sit for twenty minutes a day in nature. And if you’re too busy to do that, you should sit for an hour.

WILL – What will you do if the book sells two million copies and you are suddenly a millionaire?

CATE – Ha! Exactly what I’m doing now, teaching and speaking about the ego and enlightenment and making as big a difference in this dream world as I possibly can… just more effectively!

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Arrival Review

Arrival is unlike any other “aliens come to earth and havoc ensues” film I’ve ever seen. Yes, havoc happens because of the standard aliens-meet-humans fear and paranoia exhibited by the humans. But the movie isn’t about fear and invasion. It’s about evolution and awakening to other inter-dimensional realities. It’s about the beauty and unfathomable intricacy of life.

In alignment with its message, Arrival is rather slow and deliberate in pace, spending a lot of time on character development—especially the character of internationally renowned linguist Louise Banks, played by Amy Adams.

Called in by the American army to serve as an interpreter when one of twelve alien craft—enormous, enigmatic black shells parked at different locations around the globe—arrives and hovers over a ranch in Montana, Louise is frightened and fascinated by the seeming impossibility of the task at hand: learning how to translate the aliens’ obscure symbolic language and communicate with the alien species.

Her side-kick at the hastily-erected Army camp is physicist Ian Donnelly (played by Jeremy Renner). Together they slowly figure out how to communicate with the heptapods (so named because they have seven tree-trunk-like legs and are strange to be sure). At the same time they are in a race against time as the outside world goes crazy with fear and the other 11 nations where the aliens have landed start taking up arms as communications with the aliens and with each other break down.

A nuanced and luminous performance by Adams provides ongoing cohesion to the story even as her character’s life and mental processes start to unravel as the aliens and their language invade her mind and even her dreams. Or are they dreams?

Part of the wonder and beauty of this film, exquisitely directed by Denis Villeneuve, is how the process of Louise’s personal transformation in revealed through a series of intercut dreams/visions that at first glance are totally logical, until they become not logical at all. In fact, they become wildly puzzling … until the gripping climax where the many pieces come together … and a picture of an entirely different space/time reality reveals itself.

A serious Oscar contender for Best Picture, Arrival is a gorgeous, thought-provoking film that should not be missed.

In Memoria: Masaru Emoto

MASARU EMOTO
July 22, 1943 – Oct.17, 2014

Dr. Emoto was born in Yokohama and graduated of Yokohama municipal’s University Department of Humanities and Science, with a focus on international relations. In October 1992 he was certified by the Open International University as a doctor of alternative medicine. Subsequently he was introduced to the concept of micro-cluster water and magnetic resonance analysis technology. Thus his quest began to uncover the mysterious qualities of water.

He undertook extensive research of bodies of water around the planet, not so much as a scientific researcher, but more from the perspective of an original thinker. At length he realized that it was in the frozen crystal form that water showed its true nature.

He gained worldwide acclaim for his groundbreaking research and discovery that water is deeply connected to our individual and collective consciousness. In his various books he introduced the novel idea the water not only reflects the physical world around it (a placid lake or pond acts as a mirror for example), but that it also reflects the consciousness of the beings introduced to it.

The experiment he used to discover this included bottles filled with water that were exposed to a positive or negative influence. For example, some bottles of water were wrapped with written notes, with the writing facing inside towards the bottle that said, “Thank you.” This was done in various languages. No matter what language was used, the water in these bottles, when frozen, created complete crystals that were lovely to behold.

Water over which a priest prayed with love and gratitude created the same type of crystals. Conversely, unpleasant, incomplete, and malformed crystals were created in water that was exposed to people saying or writing, “you fool,” or other negative expressions.

Dr. Emoto was the author of the best-selling books Messages From Water, The Hidden Messages In Water, The True Power Of Water and Love Thyself. He also authored to children’s books the Secret of Water for the Children of the World and the Message from Water children’s version. He was a long-time advocate for peace in relation to water, was President Emeritus of the International Water for Life Foundation , and CEO of IHM General Research Institute in Tokyo.

Interview with Deirdre Hade, co-author of “The (not so) Little Book of Surprises”

deirde-hadeThis is an interview by The Bleeping Herald with Deirdre Hade, co‑author of the book The (Not So) Little Book of Surprises.

Herald: Your book is filled with mystical poetry, prophecy and nuts-and-bolts wisdom for living, with some good laughs and gorgeous pictures. How did something like this come about?

Deirdre: This book was actually twenty years in the making. Will got the great idea to take my writings and the mystical transcendental experiences I teach and put them in quick-read book along with the photos of award-winning Endré Balogh, so someone could go on a journey of divine wisdom. He actually would not let me see what he was doing! But I trusted his insight and I love what he put together.

Herald: Aside from surprising you, where does surprise fit in for the reader?

Deirdre:   We can study, worship and practice, but when those “a-ha” moments of awakening show up, the world is different. It’s always a surprise. The book is designed to offer the experience of transformation to the reader—and if that happens it will come as a surprise!

Herald: Since a very young age you’ve been visited by angels, saints, and illuminated beings and they speak to you. Much of the book is quotes from these beings. What’s one of your favorites?

Deirdre: There’s a quote on page 35 from the presence of Divine Mother who birthed us that I really love. She came to me and these were her exact words:

“The Gates of your Reality are opening. You are entering into the age of the mystical, the rebirth of mystery. Here, you will begin a sojourn home. Thus, I who have travelled with you, protecting you, caring for you, guiding you, lest the seed of your magnificence be lost. I have a path to bring you home, a path to return you to your brilliance.

For I am but a particle of myself in this physical world. My true self lives in the grand mansions of Light, our home, where you once walked beside me as one of the great Shining Ones – Star Beings, Angels of Light, Radiant Ones – shining through the galaxy. My light of hope is upon you as you journey in search of a way back home. For you are my children. And I am Patience.”

Herald: Well, that’s amazing – and a surprise.

Deirdre: Yes, it’s a surprise. She, along with the other beings, feel strongly that they want their voices heard because they want to bring hope. They want to share a map. They want to share a way for all of us to get through our changing times with grace.

Herald: Is this book channeled? Where is Deirdre Hade in all of this? Could you clarify that?

Deirdre: A channel is someone who gets out of the way and another energy comes in. I call what I do “irradiance, ” and by that I mean the ability to radiate an energy that is felt and/or experienced. I use this term because when the Angels, Light Beings, or God speak to me, I feel a palatable presence, like a heaviness of light – and my body changes. I go into a state of bliss and ecstasy. I hear their voices. Sometimes I even see them.

The book is a combination of my own wisdom and what I’ve learned from God and the Beings of Light. And I’ve worked very hard to make sure that the voices I hear are who they say they are.

Herald: How did you get to the place where this is your everyday experience?

Deirdre: I can honestly say I was born this way. And yet this has been a journey of a lifetime. The first vision I had I was three-years old and at a campground. I was standing in front of a pine tree and a cloud opened and I saw a truck run over our tent where my baby brother was sleeping. I turned and ran to the tent, picked up my brother and ran out.

Just then the truck came barreling through the campground and ran over the tent and hit the tree where I had been standing. I heard my parents screaming, They thought they’d lost both of us. Then they saw me standing there with my brother and they cried, “It’s a miracle!”

Herald: Wow. What happened after that?

Deirdre: I started being visited by angels. And I even started to teach people how to talk to their angels when I was only eight – I have the notebook. But I quit teaching after awhile because people weren’t ready for the angels. No one believed.

When I was 16, my mother was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. They said she only had a year and I went and sat with my mother and began to pray for her to be healed. A light filled the room and she asked, “Do you see this?” I said, “Yes.” And the fact that I did made her feel much better!

The light sustained my mother for another eleven years. Then she came to me and said, “It’s time for me to go.” She passed away in two weeks. Three days later she appeared to me all in white, with long white hair, and she said, “Don’t be sad. I’m in a beautiful place. I have work to do on the other side, and I want you to take care of your father and your brothers.” And then zzzzup, she disappeared.

After that, I studied everything I could: A Course in Miracles, the Kabbalah, mystical Christianity, Hinduism, Zen, the poetry of Emily Dickenson, Walt Whitman, Thoreau, Emerson, Byron, Shakespeare. I had a thirst to understand a greater reality. When my children were young the same light which came to my mother came to me. For forty days and nights I stayed awake with this light like a giant star filling me. Sometimes I would even start to shake – I thought I was dying! At the end of forty days the voice said, “You’re done. Now go. It’s time to heal and to work with people.”

After that there was an assimilation period of relearning how to live in this world. That’s when I began to share the knowledge I received and the understanding I had of healing work and how our soul can heal us. It’s been a wonderful journey working with people from all around the world in this beautiful dance of awakening.

Herald: I couldn’t help but notice that, like What the Bleep, there’s a certain reverent, yet direct, humor to your material.

Deirdre: Truth sometimes is very straight in your face with no sugar coating. What I love about what Will did, is he really picked out quotes that had this ring of truth to them. And sometimes humor.

Herald: You talk about time speeding up and about things we can’t do because we’re not our future selves yet. Is this prophetic? Do you think prophecy still exists?

Deirdre: From my perspective of being in oneness with all of creation, there are many prophets. I look at Bob Dylan. Many of his songs are very prophetic about what we’re going through now. Great poets, great theologians – there are many who are able to give a kind of prophecy.

Herald: How do you recommend people approach The (not so) Little Book of Surprises?

Deirdre: I would say to let the book invite you into its journey. You may want to flip through the first time and let your eyes gaze at one page or another. Then I recommend you put aside a little time and read it from beginning to end. It takes about an hour and a half. By the time you get to the end you will feel that you’ve been on a journey.

Herald: Is it a children’s book for adults or an adult’s book for children?

Deirdre: I would say that it is a children’s book for adults. And children will love the book as well. Today’s children are very aware, awake, and they’re looking to be validated for the old souls that they are. This book is very supportive for young people. I’d like to say that it’s a family book…to sit around and read together.

Herald: You talk about the souls that are coming in now and that they’re on a mission. Could you explain that?

714aea4dkulDeirdre: Beginning in the ‘60s more and more souls with a high level of sensitivity started coming in. They have an ability to feel and sense the natural world that is outside of intellectual, two-dimensional processing. These kids are being born by the millions, and they come in a vibration of love. They’ve come to help us heal our world. They need validation and to be shown that we welcome them and that we’re grateful they’re here.

Herald: Ultimately what do you see is the gift of The (Not So) Little Book of Surprises?

Deirdre: We’re here as consciousness to experience the third dimension. We’re here for experience—to create magic, to know the miracle and beauty, the justice and truth of being human. That’s the journey of our human soul. This book was created for people to have an awesome experience and get back in touch with the magic of all of that.

For more information about Deirdre and her work please visit:  DeirdreHade.com

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Review of the feature film “Milton’s Secret”, by Will Arntz

I ran into Mark Vicente at the opening of the new film Milton’s Secret down at the Chinese theater in Hollywood. Barnet Bain, the director was there for a packed screening.

The film is an adaptation of a story by Eckhart Tolle and Robert Friedman about a boy who’s in the midst of a contentious home life. The kid is obviously very sensitive and doesn’t know what to do with what he sees and feels. AND the kid next door is a bully and thinks Milton is public enemy number one.

Things are looking bad for everyone until Gramps comes to town. Luckily for the film the Gramps is one Donald Sutherland. He is rebellious, eccentric and, according to his daughter, half way to senile. Its lucky that its Mr. Sutherland playing the part, because the part could easily become a cliché of itself. And there’s the magic in the film – Milton and Grandad.

Films “with a message” can get a bit overly sweet, or sappy, or something, but in this case the interplay between Milton and Grandad is the core of the film. I asked Barnet about the film and he told me “once I realized it wasn’t about trying to get an idea across, but about a boy and his grandfather, the film made sense.”

Still it was apparent that Eckhart had his hands in the story. There was a lurking awareness behind the twists and turns.

In writing this review I poked around on the internet to see the word out there. The Hollywood Reporter reported: “a story by pop-spirituality author Eckhart Tolle.” Reviewers just can’t help getting some dig in.

Its not what you would call a “big film”. Its not what I would call a message film. It really is a story about a boy going through a tough time and somehow being the better for it. I don’t know what kids that age would think, but the way Milton eventually deals with the bullying (which is quite a problem these days) is unique and something that I think would help many children in that difficult spot.

Barnet has been working for many years in the Spiritual Cinema world, and I for one was glad to be there and see his work up on the big screen.

http://www.miltonssecret.com

Interview with Betsy Chasse

betsy-chasseThis is an interview by The Bleeping Herald with Betsy Chasse.

Herald – The theme of this Herald is radical change—which is appropriate starting out in a New Year. What’s your take on the state of the world at the moment?

Betsy –   I think as a species we’re facing a fork in the road. We have two directions we could go right now. Which path are we going to take? Which way will we go? How will it happen? I think it was Erwin Laszlo who talked about how systems breakdown and then they build back up and that sometimes it takes a really radical event for change to occur. I think that’s where we’re at right now.

Herald – Certainly the 2016 elections proved to be a radical event.

Betsy – We’ll see what happens. But we keep having these opportunities to change and then we don’t do anything—like back in 2008 when the banking system was on the edge of collapse. We should of just let the banks go. But everybody was so afraid to let go of the status quo that we didn’t change a thing.

Even the entire New Thought, self-help industry seems stagnant. Everybody knows that what you think matters—that we create our own reality. Even a five-year-old knows that anymore. But we’re not really doing anything with it. We have the technology to save the planet right now. We have enough food so that no one on this planet should ever go hungry. We have enough homes to put everybody in a house. We’ve got it all. The only thing that’s stopping us from doing amazing things and taking care of the planet is ourselves.

It’s time to get serious and do this stuff. Apply what we know. Forget about yammering on about spirituality and near-death experiences and angels. All that’s been around forever. It’s just old news. We need the new, the raw, the real. That’s why I wrote my first little book, Metanoia.

Herald –  Metanoia … the changing of one’s mind through a sort of breakdown. You wrote that book in 2011 while you were in the middle of your divorce didn’t you?

Betsy – My divorce was the catalyst for a total re-examination of my life. After What the Bleep I thought I had it all figured out. I was going to be a writer and a speaker and I was going to go out and tell people how they can be happy. And when my divorce happened I realized I had a lot of really cool data, but hadn’t integrated it.

Herald – What’s changed since then?

Betsy – What’s changed is I knew everything when we made The Bleep. Then my whole life fell apart. Now I’m totally willing to tell you that I have no freaking clue. I don’t know shit. That’s what’s changed.

Herald – And yet you’ve written the book Tipping Sacred Cows http://betsychasse.net/sacred-cows/ and produced the movie Song of the New Earth http://betsychasse.net/song-of-the-new-earth/ and directed and produced The Empty Womb http://bit.ly/EmptyWombTeaser and started a mother’s magazine, Meaningful Moms http://meaningfulmommag.com/. You must know something.

Betsy – I know I’m living in an alternate reality in which I think everything I think is real and true. And that’s just not true! It’s so fascinating to me that we make up these crazy stories about “how life is” and then we totally live our lives according to the story we have in our heads. And then we just perpetuate the story over and over and over again.

That’s what Tipping Sacred Cows is about. That’s exactly what all my work is about. Everything I do is designed to create an opportunity for people to stop for a second, and go, “Wait a minute. Is that really true? Or is it just my precious story?” We’re all wounded people. Every single one of us has a story of pain to share. Some might be “worse” than others. But we all have a story of suffering from the moment we came out of the vagina. And our entire belief system and life perspective is wrapped around that. At some point we have to ask, “Am I going to make the same decision based on my past and my fears? Or would I like a different ride?”

Herald – Truth is we can change our story in a heartbeat. We can don a new avatar and head out in a whole new direction anytime we want. That’s the quantum shift. There’s no transition. There’s no steppingstone. There’s no process between one story and the other. You just jump.

Betsy – Exactly. But it’s really difficult for people to wrap their heads around it.

Herald – It reminds me of that Bob Newhart Show skit where a patient comes in and says “I’m terrified of being buried alive in a box. I think about it all the time.” And Newhart says, “Well, stop it.” Shocked, she asks, “But how?” And he says, “You just S-T-O-P  … stop.”

Betsy –  Exactly. You don’t think about it. You do it. (Laughs) I should follow my own advice. It’s like I love to smoke. But tomorrow I could get up and take action and not smoke. There’s nothing magic about it. I just have to do it. And it’s the same way with everything in your life. You just have to make the choice.

Herald – Has knowing this freed you up?

Betsy – It’s freed me up and it’s scary as hell because I don’t have any preconceived notions about what my life is supposed to be now.  Mostly I have a lot of gratitude. In fact, I’m super-ass grateful for my life. I don’t think that was something I was very good at when I was making The Bleep.

Herald – Do you create your day and try to have things happen in a particular way or do you just have an overview of the feeling and experience you want to have and let it go?

Betsy – I have a lot of dreams and there’s a lot of things I’d love to see and do. But  I’ve let go of the need to control outcomes. It’s a balance of letting go and getting things done. I said I wanted to create a website for moms and I went out and did it. I had to it visualize it and organize it and do the practical hard work. Whereas before I probably would’ve put a whole bunch of pressure on myself about how it had to be like “this, “and how it had to be perfect, and it had to succeed. Now, as long as everything that I’m doing is in alignment with the message I want to convey, it’s fine.

Herald – I understand you’re creating a TV show called Radical Dating? http://bit.ly/radaicaldatingyoutube

How does that fit in with your message about dropping old ego stories?

Betsy –  About 50 percent of the US population is single, which is the highest it’s ever been. And about 38 percent of those people are over forty and they struggle with finding love. And if you think about it, it’s because we’re stuck in this old paradigm about the way love should be and the way relationship should be. There’s a lot of healing and load shifting and belief killing we need to do to in order to find the relationship that we want.

That’s why I’m doing the show—not because I want to do a dating show. But because it’s an opportunity to share with a lot of people some of these core concepts. If you know what you want, well then go for it.

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Jeffrey Fannin Interview

drjeffreyThis is an interview by The Bleeping Herald with Dr. Jeffrey Fannin.

Jeffrey L. Fannin, Ph.D. Psych, is the founder and Director of the Center for Cognitive Enhancement and Thought Genius, LLC. He has worked in the neuroscience field, mapping and analyzing the brain for over 17 years. Dr. Fannin has been involved in cutting-edge research, using electroencephalogram EEG technology to accurately measure balanced brainwave energy he has identified as the “whole-brain state. Training the brain for optimal brain performance gives people access to more mental and emotional resources. His most recent research pursues the effect of subtle energy in the quantum field and consciousness affecting the brain.

Herald – The possibility of people training themselves to make a radical change in their thinking and enter “whole brain” states through brainmapping is incredibly exciting. What exactly is brain mapping?

Jeffrey – Brainmapping is a way to learn about your brain’s performance. We use neurofeedback from an EEG machine to provide a signal that can be used by a person to receive feedback about their brain activity. Then we give the brain a reward when it produces the brainwave energy that it is being prompted to produce. It’s a safe, non-invasive, procedure that provides a host of information regarding the brain’s current ability to perform. Typically, three readings are taken, one with eyes open, another with eyes closed and a third with the brain performing some sort of task. These conditions help to identify the brain’s current level of performance and reveal what will be necessary to achieve optimal brain performance.

Herald – You want to take the technology of brainmapping and brain training out of the laboratory and make it available for in-home use. How close is the technology to being commercially available?

Jeffrey – We just launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise the last bit of money to finalize the BMAS 1.0 software (Brain Mapping Acquisition Software) that works with a sixteen channel headgear enabling people to do brain mapping and brain training from their smart phones or their tablet or computer anywhere in the world.

We’re real close.  Hopefully the first quarter of 2017 it will be ready. Maybe the spring.

Herald – What made you decide to venture into creating this kind of technology?

Jeffrey – We’ve got so much stress in this world. People don’t know how to shift from depleting emotions to renewing emotions and get to a point where they’re more in control. Christmas is the perfect example. People are out there going crazy thinking “I’ve got to have just the right gift” and “Oh, my gosh, what if it doesn’t get sent on time….” That’s no way to live.

People want to be able to deal with their stuff. They want to be able to know what their heart rate is, and how they’re sleeping and be able to utilize some self-regulating processes. They don’t want to have to go to a clinic to have a brain map done. They don’t want to have to wait for some technician to do whatever, or go to a counselor … not that technicians and counselors aren’t important. But we’re changing. We live in a mobile society. People are very busy in their daily lives and they need the ability to facilitate their own growth. The world’s hungry for this.

Herald – You’ve been working for some time with the HeartMath Institute. What’s the correlation?

 Jeffrey – Currently we’re working with HeartMath recording twenty video modules teaching people about heart and brain coherence and how you get to a coherent state and how to utilize some of this technology. People are always asking “How do I take this to the next level?” The Institute and Thought Genius™ were kind of running parallel paths, so we decided to see how we could support each other.

Herald – So basically there’s a relationship between the heart and the brain? When one is in a coherent state it positively affects the other?

Jeffrey – Absolutely. Yes. The regulation of our autonomic nervous system is the key ingredient.

Herald –  Could you explain?

Jeffrey – We live in such a chaotic world filled with distractions people can’t get to this state of heart-based living which is basically about learning how to regulate their autonomic nervous system.

There are two sides to the autonomic nervous system, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. The sympathetic nervous system is like a gas pedal. When you push down on it, it increases your heart rate, your blood pressure, your temperature, your amygdala, the fight or flight response—all of those afferent signals that move up the sympathetic nervous system.

The parasympathetic nervous system is like a brake. You put the brakes on and that slows things down. And when you have those two things in balance, that is when you have heart and brain coherence. Because there’s an electromagnetic center around the heart and an electromagnetic center around the brain and the vagus nerve that travels between them is what allows these afferent signals to ramp up the sympathetic nervous system or the efferent signals that ramp down the parasympathetic side and bring those into balance so that energy works in harmony.

Everyone has the ability to achieve balance and higher states of consciousness. The key ingredient is getting feedback. Where am I on this spectrum of things? And brainmapping is a really interesting way to get a handle on this. But it takes more than brainwave entrainment to produce the desired results. It’s also facilitated by a change in our conscious thoughts and subconscious beliefs and our emotional state. We use the HeartMath Inner Balance App and Sensor to improve performance and well-being through real time feedback of heart-rhythm patterns (HRV), as a breathing pacer to guide people into a more aligned inner state. It all works together.

For more information: http://www.thoughtgenius.com

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Endre Ballogh Interview

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This is an interview by The Bleeping Herald with Endre Ballogh

At the  Launch of The (not so) Little Book of Surprises at The Sacred Space in Summerland, CA on December 9, Will Arntz read the poem “In the Honey Jars” from the book, Deirdre played her crystal bowls and lead a meditation and Endre played JS Bach’s Preludio from the Partita No. 3 in E Major (BWV 1006). Here is an iPhone video of that piece. https://vimeo.com/197962027

Herald – The photos you provided for Will and Deirdre’s new book are gorgeous. How did you get involved in The (not so ) Little Book of Surprises?

 

Endre – Deirdre and I’ve known each other for probably twenty years. We met because we went to the same synagogue and we’ve been friends ever since. So, obviously, I met Will. And he had the thought of doing this book. And one thing lead to another. The project was a lot of fun. I had a large stockpile of pictures to choose from and I created a number of images for the book specifically—for example all the pictures of honey and the bees.

Herald – I loved the honey poem and images running through the book. What was that about?

Endre  – Honey is a deeply spiritual poem and quite long. So we broke it up into six parts. The Cabbalistic symbol of honey itself is complicated.

Herald – Isn’t one interpretation that honey is a symbol of the biochemical secretions of the pineal gland—the third eye—bathing the body?

Endre  – That’s certainly one of the interpretations. There’s a Cabbalistic book that was written several years ago called Honey From the Rock that talks about how we are bathed in this sort of liquid light that flows like honey and is part of God’s creation… seeping into all the cracks and corners of things. That image guided us. Deirdre bought the honey jars and we filled them and shot all over the place.

Herald – One of things I love most about the book is the juxtaposition between the abstract mystical “out there” versus the apparently more mundane aspects of the physical world. The way the book works it makes the mundane more mystical and the mystical more mundane.

Endre  –  That’s the whole purpose of the surprise! You really get a sense of the mystical existing within everything. For example, there is a picture of a Chinese girl I took at the LA County Fair on page 70 … the acrobat is balancing everything on her nose. Being a modern-day mystic means bringing the divine into every mundane moment. And of course that’s a balancing act. And that’s what the picture and quote tell us: if you’re going to be in the world and still do something remarkable you have to balance the two.

Herald – I know the deeper I go into life the more I’m astonished that any of this, including me, is even here.

Endre –  Yes, that’s all up for debate isn’t it? How much of this actually real anyway?

Herald – How do you define the real?

Endre –  “Real” is an interpretation — we’re like a radio receiver stepping down the various kinds of frequencies into something we perceive as being tangible. Science is showing more and more that an electron doesn’t appear here until you look at it. Probably nothing really exists until we look at it.

Herald – My ex-husband said as a kid he used to walk down the street and jump around as fast as he could trying to catch ghostly stagehands behind the scenes erecting reality behind him because he sensed nothing existed when he wasn’t looking at it.

Endre  – Exactly that!

Herald- Do you have a favorite image in this book?

Endre – I must admit I’m partial to my flower photos and the one on pages 74-75 is one of my signature photos. Flowers are so mystical in themselves. How does the reality of that variety of flower with that geometry come about? It’s not by accident. It moves me most profoundly to realize all of this geometry just grows out of the ground like that.

Herald- The stamen in the middle of that shot is just amazing! What’s your process for capturing such beauty?

Endre  – That particular magnolia flower came off a tree in the backyard. I recognize I did not create the flower and therefore make no attempt to arrange it … that’s for God to do! So I just put it there and let it be as it is—I allow the flower to tell me how it wants to be photographed. They’re all shot with natural light and it’s a very simple process of letting the chips fall where they may.

Herald – One of your national award-winning photos, the one of the egg, (pp. 23-29) is in the book. How did you shoot that?

Endre – Same thing. I cracked the egg and watched as it all slid around on the glass and the shell moved into the position you see and I didn’t touch it after that. I have a secondary mystical hand involved in helping me with these photos. I just allow nature to take its course and do what it is going to do and stay out of the way!

 

Please check out Endre’s website at http://www.endresphotos.com/-/endresphotos/

Bleep 2 – The Prodigal Movie

A few years ago I made the announcement that filming had commenced on the follow-up movie to What the BLEEP Do We Know!?. At that point the film was being called What the BLEEP: Now What!?. Working once more with Betsy Chasse, we wrangled many of the “stars” from BLEEP, added a few new ones, rolled the cameras and even did some posting on Facebook about the progress.

And then silence.

What happened? Did the prodigal movie get lost out there in the land of creative machinations? Did the movie wave function decide to NOT collapse and the potentials are still awaiting the Observer?

Well, yes and no. I started out thinking that BLEEP 2 would be a ground-breaking update covering ideas and discoveries in quantum physics, brain neurology and consciousness studies introduced over a decade ago. What was new? How had the discussion from WTB (What the BLEEP) moved and evolved? Where were we now?

Unfortunately, after six months of editing interviews, I realized we were just hitting the REPLAY button, doing a new film like the old film with a few updates and not much of anything new. Nothing exciting about that. And since experience has taught me that making a film is so much hard, hard work you’d better be very inspired with it (more like obsessed) to stay the course, I put the interviews on the back burner to marinate. Where they still sit until something exciting shows up.

That said, those interviews were/are extremely valuable to me. What emerged from them was not a Grand Theory of How It All Fits Together, but rather how the Mystical Experience (something talked about through the ages) interacts with and affects our modern world—or not.

While interviewing American psychologist and parapsychologist Charlie Tart, he talked about “the bright shadow”—how the taboo of mystical perception is upheld throughout different areas of society and the ramifications of that. Many scientists told me about “behind the napkin” discussions they’d had with colleagues about “weird” and “spooky” events they’d witnessed, but couldn’t talk openly about. In reflection I came to see that the bright shadow was not just individual, but also societal.

If the direct Mystical Experience is a valid way to receive information (which philosophers of science like Erwin Laszlo and mathematical physicists like Sir Roger Penrose believe is the foundation of existence) and that mystical pathway to information is cut out of our world, then the result is — well look around. Life out of balance.

And that’s where BLEEP 2 sits: On hold with some 60 hours of interviews in the can. It does keep rattling around in my head and who knows … I never thought I’d make the first BLEEP. So we’ll see.

Mark Vicente Interview

HERALD – It’s been 12 years since What The Bleep!? came out. What’s the most significant change you’ve experienced since that time?

MARK – When I look back now I think that I had so much arrogance then. Even though we named the film a humble title, I think I came from a place where I had a lot of the answers. It took me a few months after the film was released to begin to realize, “Dude you can’t be selling yourself as some kind of guru, because you’re not. You’re a filmmaker who has an interest in these things. And you actually don’t know shit.” It took me awhile to understand that.

HERALD – It only took you a few months? Hat’s off Mark!

MARK – Well, let me rephrase—it took a few months until the first recognition. But then integrating it into my life in a deep way, that’s an ongoing process.

HERALD – Was there a particular incident that triggered this?

MARK – Yes. I think I was in San Jose showing BLEEP to an audience and I remember there was a woman at the end during the Q&A who stood up and asked, “How I should raise my children?” And I was so shocked that I asked her if we could talk afterwards. When we were done I spoke to her and asked her why she thought I could have any authority to speak on raising children. And she said, “Well, because you made the movie and you’re so wise and blah blah blah…”

And I said, “Oh my God, don’t ever listen to anybody like me!”

HERALD – It’s a pretty seductive position to be in though.

MARK – It is. Not all people, but many develop an attachment to external praise and esteem from others and that becomes more important than their own code of ethics, which get weaker and weaker. And I get it. You get excited. You get praised. You make a lot of money and you begin to bend yourself more and more.

I think one of the most important things we need to do is look at that and make sure we don’t run ourselves from that place, but rather start to act from the fuller sense of self that’s not a rampant egotistical maniac, but somebody who has self-awareness and is not driven by fear, anger, pride, etc. etc.

HERALD – Do any of your films reflect this sentiment?

MARK – There’s a movie I’ve recently done in Mexico called Encender el Corazon—Igniting the Heart.

Encender el Corazon

 

It’s a lot about the violence and kidnapping occurring in Mexico and it became a very personal journey along these lines, because I ended up being in the film. And I remember being really upset and angry at what the criminals were doing and how the people in Mexico were so unmotivated to change things.

And then, during the film, a character in the film—a scientist—asked me couldn’t I imagine reasons for doing the terrible stuff people were doing there myself? And I got upset with him and asked him why the hell he would ask me that? And he said, “If you can’t figure out why you would do it, how can you ever understand all humanity?”

So I tried for days to figure out why I would do those things until I finally found inside myself an aspect of myself where it made sense that I could, under certain circumstances, do some pretty bad things.

HERALD – Sounds like a valuable exercise for those of us who’ve been ragging on Donald Trump.

MARK – I will say I do not like the way Trump behaves at all. But I’m beginning to start looking at it and going, “Wait a minute. Have I ever been like this? Have I ever been like what I’m seeing?” And it’s like, “Yes.” When I was eighteen I was an arrogant, self-centered, narcissistic prick. Have I ever been a bully? Yes. Have I lied? Yes, I’ve lied. I’m not saying it’s okay to do those things. But I’m finding as I do this, that I’m beginning to embrace more and more about myself and recognize all the things I’ve done that I don’t think are cool at all. It’s been a very interesting thing.

HERALD – It’s a complex time. For sure it’s a time where people have to stand for something. We can’t just shrug our shoulders and ignore what’s happening.

MARK – It’s making us embrace more of ourselves—that beautiful shadow side that we don’t want to acknowledge. Trump is right up front going, “Here it is.”

But, you know, bullies bully for a reason. There’s some problem that causes them to be that way. And when you ridicule them, in some ways you just make it worse and worse. I don’t know the best way to go. But I do think we have to find there’s a human being in there somewhere—all the people who think differently than us there’s a human being in there somewhere. And we have to respect that.

HERALD – What other project have you been working on?

MARK – We’re putting out a film called My Tourette’s. There really is no cure for Tourette’s syndrome at this point. You have to manage it with medication or brain surgery. But what the film does is track five patients going through a kind of effective therapeutic-discussion approach where people are having these major “aha” realizations and sudden dramatic physiological shifts and changes in their condition. Another film I’m currently working on is a science fiction film about artificial intelligence (AI) called Terra Antiquus.

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HERALD – Interesting. What’s your approach to that?

MARK – Generally AI films are all about how the AI goes bat shit and kills everybody. This is kind of the opposite and the humans lose it. Basically it asks the age-old questions, “What is consciousness?” and “What is it to be human?”

HERALD – The research for that must have been fascinating.

MARK – It’s pretty scary what’s going on with AI. I went to a very large organization that’s in intelligence and went to their lab where they produce AI codes to give their employers who are in the business of protecting borders and doing wars and that sort of thing. When I asked them what was the ethical moral code that they’re writing into the code, they replied, “There isn’t any.”

And I was like “WHAT? Do you not think that might be a problem?”

And they said, “We’re just delivering what we’re asked for.”

HERALD – Seriously?

MARK – Some of the AI codes that are being developed at certain corporations may not have any ethic codes in there. Which means that they could, in essence, be creating something that is very effective at doing some very bad things and not feel bad about it at all.

HERALD – Sounds like you’re doing a lot of politically-oriented films.

MARK – I do have a political drama in pre-production called Carbon Crimes.

carbon dioxide

But basically in all the films I make I try to bring about a deeper understanding of the human condition. I’m just not that interested in having a person watch a film and afterwards go, “Well, that was good. Let’s go have a drink.” Everything I do I want to have people walk out and go, “What the fuck did I just see?” And have it so they can’t stop thinking about it. I feel like BLEEP achieved that. And I feel like in Carbon Crimes, at least on paper we’ve achieved that. And people walking out of Encender el Corazon literally can’t even talk for a while.

I want my films to be like some kind of virus that gets uploaded and shakes things up a bit and has people reevaluating life. That’s my hope.
Here are some links where you can take a peek at Mark’s latest films:

http://insightindustriesfilms.com
http://www.markvicente.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IvndycgZbc&feature=share
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hc46NIqlxtY&t=243s
https://www.facebook.com/encenderelcorazon