Is Our Online Life Controlling Us?

Is Our Online Life Controlling Us?

I think we’ve reached a point where the use of technology and social media does far more harm than good. How many hours a week do you spend on your phone? Does the time nourish you? How much does it influence you and are you willing to be controlled for the luxury of distraction? Join us for this week’s episode when we look at our relationship with technology and social media.

This podcast just looks at the many drawbacks of our social media and online use. It covers the physical, social, and mental tradeoffs we make to stay connected. I also share my own struggles with finding balance and why I ultimately decided to delete my Facebook account.

Is Our Online Life Controlling Us?

The Inner Self and The No Self – Non Ordinary States of Consciousness


As a culture, we are suffering from increasingly narrow bands of thought. How can different states of consciousness help us to expand beyond our limiting perspectives? In this episode, we will explore the value in exploring the inner self and the no-self through non-ordinary states of being.

In This Episode:

  • The Divine Spectacle:
  • “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.” ~William Blake
  • An altered state of consciousness (ASC) is generally defined as any mental state that is perceived by an individual, or an observer, as being significantly different from ‘normal’ waking consciousness.
  • We look at our deep knowing that we walk in both the known and unknown worlds. Exploring non-ordinary states of consciousness allows us to build compassion, see from multiple perspectives and understand our oneness. 
  • The world is better, more mysterious and more meaningful than we could possibly imagine in our waking consciousness.
  • Non-ordinary states of consciousness allow for quantum leaps in our personal evolution.
  • The Scared Mind:
  • We are in ordinary states of consciousness 2/3 of our time, an ordinary state looks at these parameters:
    • Awareness of yourself and your surroundings – emotional, physical, mental
    • Control and automatic processes
    • You have a sense of time – or time orientation
    • Level of self-control
    • Minimized perceptual and cognitive distortions
  • We look at the different brain wave states associated with different approaches to altered states of consciousness.
  • We look at the value of exploring the inner self and the no-self.

It’s Worth Your Time:

  • I recommend a great collection of guided meditations by Dakota Earth Cloud Walker of the Gaia Wisdom School – https://dakotaearthcloud.com/
    • Amazing guided meditation and journeys
    • High production value, great direction
  • An interview with Michael Pollan on Sam Harris’ Making Sense – They explore the research from a very calculated and rational way – Michael Pollan in his 60s experienced some of these psychedelics for the first time he shares his personal experiences and the current research being done.

 

Is Our Online Life Controlling Us?

The Consequence of Ignoring Our Creativity


We are creative beings. So how consciously are we creating? How deliberate are we in what we bring into form? And what happens when we don’t know what to do with all of the creative force that is just begging for expression? In this week’s episode, we explore creativity as an inherent property of all of life.

In This Episode:

  • Divine Spectacle:
    • We are all creative beings. We should think of creativity in both the traditional and non-traditional sense.
    • We have an inherent drive within us that needs expression. We are part of an ever-changing co-creative evolutionary process that is constantly creating.
    • Each choice is an act of creation. When we create unconsciously is has unintended consequences.
    • We explore the concept of Ikigai, which asks us to see the beauty in small things.
  • Sacred Mind:
    • We look at how that inherent creative drive can cause maladaptive behaviors if not given an outlet for expression.
    • We look at the individual creative flow as a part of the larger creative flow in the field of consciousness.
    • We look at 4 ways to step into that creative flow.
  • It’s Worth Your Time:
    • Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert – I love her writing and her contemplations on creativity from all different perspectives. She is speaking to both the people who want to be creative as a means to support themselves and just the innate desire we all have to make things. 
    • Blessed Are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives by Jacob Nordby – In this book, Jacob claims that being creative is really the only way to feel fulfilled in life. He lays out the different types of creative pursuits and their offerings to the world. Asking you to see your own unique brand of genius and why it is imperative to birth it into the world, not only for your own well being by really as a way to create a better world.
Is Our Online Life Controlling Us?

The Energetics of Heart Disease


Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It is time to look at heart disease from a broader perspective. What are the spiritual and energetic factors that contribute to the illness? How can enriching our relationships provide us with a protective effect?

In This Episode:

  • Divine Spectacle:
    • We look at the social and emotional disconnect that happens in our online world.
    • We’ve become used to expressing every little thought that occurs to us without understanding its emotional impact.
    • Our current modes of communication do a poor job of conveying our emotions leaving us with stunted emotional and social development.
    • “It isn’t enough for your heart to break because everybody’s heart is broken now.” ~Allen Ginsberg

  • Sacred Mind:
    • We look at the considerations of the heart chakra.
    • The research shows that human connection has a protected effect against heart disease.
    • We look at how the heart connects to the field of consciousness.
    • A Traditional Chinese Medicine view of illness as originating in the heart.
    • Questions: 
      • What topics make you feel emotionally congested?
      • What emotional wounds do you still carry with you?
      • Are you trying to control the world from the lens of your wounds?
      • What relationships have impacted your level of emotional maturity?
      • Are you ready to forgive those people?
      • Do you have anyone in your life who models a healthy intimate relationship – one that models both vulnerability and strength in healthy ways?
  • It’s Worth Your Time:
    • Recommendation: Born to Heal – Heal Yourself Heal the World by Luke Adler
    • Takes a TCM approach to healing the body looking at the flow and cycles in our natural world to give us clue to our own rhythms and patterns.
    • The book goes organ by organ and explains some of the social and emotional factors that lead to illness. As well as lists many exercises that can be done to facilitate healing in that organ.
    • It has a tool section where he outlines different modalities that brings the body back into harmony and balance.
Is Our Online Life Controlling Us?

Why We Aren’t Here to Learn: Challenging the Earth School Perspective

We often hear that our purpose on this earth is to learn about ourselves through a series of spiritual tests and lessons. But what if this isn’t right? What if we are here for something much more meaningful? In this episode, we will challenge the earth school perspective and explore why this is limiting our potential for a better world.

 

In This Episode:

  • The Divine Spectacle:
    • We explore what is the Earth School perspective?
    • Three ways this perspective limits our potential.
    • Introduce the idea that we are evolving rather than learning and why this matters.
    • That we are part of an emergent universe that is growing and expanding. Learning is a by-product of this rather than a causal factor.
  • The Sacred Mind:
    • What is emergence?
    • How is this idea different than learning and why does it matter?
    • Why the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
    • Introduce the idea that the universe is moving from unmanifested consciousness to manifested consciousness.
    • Why being evolutionaries rather than students is more powerful for dealing with existential threats.
  • It’s Worth Your Time:
    • Listen to Daniel Schmachtenberger’s talk at Emergence.
    • He explores the properties of emergence as a result of synergy and synergy as a result of relationships, and relationships as a result of attractive forces. Those attractive forces are differing expressions of consciousness.
    • He talks about us becoming conscious agents for the Whole through our abstractive capabilities and participating in conscious evolution.

 

Is Our Online Life Controlling Us?

Can We Ever Go Home Again?

In today’s episode, we look at questions of relevance, identity and re-visiting old ways of being. Is it possible to ever go home again? What are we really looking for?

 

In This Episode:

  • Divine Spectacle:
    • We play with the idea of returning to an old way of being.
    • We look at how our feelings of irrelevance and the opportunity for a certain outcome might be at play.
  • The Sacred Mind: 
    • We explore the Buddhist’s view of impermanence and the static self as the key to our suffering and desire to return ‘home’.
    • We look at the Toltec view of self-importance and why our relevance does not matter in the first place.
    • The great paradox where everything is meaningful and meaningless and how we reconcile these two truths.
  • It’s Worth Your Time:
    • Meghan Daum’s book: The Problem with Everything: My Journey Through the New Culture Wars
    • This book gives a GenXer’s perspective on the current climate of identity politics, feminism, victimhood, and the cancel culture.
    • She assists the reader in not only understanding the generational divide but helps people have more compassion for ourselves and others as we navigate our own questions of relevance.