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Knowledge is the Tool, the Power is in Action.

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We have been to the moon, we have charted the depths of the ocean and the heart of the atom, but we have a fear of looking inward to ourselves because we sense that is where all the contradictions flow together
Terrence McKenna (via akfadeaway)

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we-are-star-stuff:

As we now know the Earth is round. Therefore, the challenge of any world map is to represent a round Earth on a flat surface. There are literally thousands of map projections and each has certain strengths and corresponding weaknesses, but the one you’re now picturing in your head most likely isn’t the area accurate representation.
The most widely used map today is the Mercator projection map. Mercator maps often appear in businesses, in libraries and in classrooms where geography is taught. This popularity is surprising, given the fact that the Mercator projection was first constructed in 1569. The more accurate representation of land mass is the Peters Projection Map:

Here’s a direct representation of the previously assumed factual map with the real flattened version:

The Peters Projection Map shows how Africa is larger than the combination of China, the US, Western Europe, India, Argentina, three Scandinavian countries and the British Isles. 
Mercator maps show Europe as being larger than South America. In reality, South America is almost twice the size of Europe. Alaska appears to be three times larger than Mexico, although Mexico actually is larger than Alaska. Greenland looks roughly the same size as Africa, when, in fact, Africa is fourteen times larger than Greenland. Africa also looks considerably smaller than Russia, even though Africa is actually 33% larger.
To see how big the western countries have become, it’s hard to see how this has nothing to do with suppression; to make us believe they are ‘bigger’ and ‘on top’. A simple change in the look of a map can cause a reconsideration of your fixed ideas about a place.
Bonus:
The world turned upside down.
Who says North is up?

we-are-star-stuff:

As we now know the Earth is round. Therefore, the challenge of any world map is to represent a round Earth on a flat surface. There are literally thousands of map projections and each has certain strengths and corresponding weaknesses, but the one you’re now picturing in your head most likely isn’t the area accurate representation.

The most widely used map today is the Mercator projection map. Mercator maps often appear in businesses, in libraries and in classrooms where geography is taught. This popularity is surprising, given the fact that the Mercator projection was first constructed in 1569. The more accurate representation of land mass is the Peters Projection Map:

Here’s a direct representation of the previously assumed factual map with the real flattened version:

The Peters Projection Map shows how Africa is larger than the combination of China, the US, Western Europe, India, Argentina, three Scandinavian countries and the British Isles. 

Mercator maps show Europe as being larger than South America. In reality, South America is almost twice the size of Europe. Alaska appears to be three times larger than Mexico, although Mexico actually is larger than Alaska. Greenland looks roughly the same size as Africa, when, in fact, Africa is fourteen times larger than Greenland. Africa also looks considerably smaller than Russia, even though Africa is actually 33% larger.

To see how big the western countries have become, it’s hard to see how this has nothing to do with suppression; to make us believe they are ‘bigger’ and ‘on top’. A simple change in the look of a map can cause a reconsideration of your fixed ideas about a place.

Bonus:

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My primary relationship is with myself- all others are mirrors of it. As I learn to love myself, I automatically receive the love and appreciation that I desire from others. If I am committed to myself and to living my truth, I will attract others with equal commitment. My willingness to be intimate with my own deep feelings creates the space for intimacy with another. As I learn to love myself, I receive the love I desire from others.
Shakti Gawain (from Reflections in the Light)

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We are a lost generation, desperately clinging to anything that feels real, but too afraid to become it ourselves. We are a defeated generation, resigned to the hypocrisy of those before us, who once sang songs of rebellion and now sell them back to us. We are the last generation, a culmination of all previous things, destroyed by the vapidity that surrounds us. The hipster represents the end of Western civilization – a culture so detached and disconnected that it has stopped giving birth to anything new.
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The idea of going forward without fear, is to recognize also the following thing. Fear itself will never never never stop you from doing anything. NEVER. What stops you is being afraid to be afraid. That’s what stops you. Being afraid of the fear, not the fear itself. Fear is a strong energy. Fear can many times get people to do many things. And sometimes, because you have created a society that itself functions in denial, where it is afraid to look at certain things, sometimes fear is the only way that you will get up off your rear end and do something with your life and move ahead. Fear sometimes can be a driver, if you don’t allow ecstacy to be, fear will do. You are clever people. You get around that block somehow. Sometimes you have to scare yourself to do something if you don’t allow yourself to do it with joy or don’t believe you can. However, once you allow yourself to let it be alright to feel ANYTHING, including fear, that decision itself automatically transforms the fear into something else, something that you can handle, something that may even become, surprise surprise, curiosity, imagination, and excitement and joy, and passion. Therefore you can understand, that the thing that you fear the most is actually the thing you want to be doing the most. And you can understand that therefore, again, that fear and excitement are the same energy, but you experience it as excitement because you use it in the direction you prefer to. You experience it as fear when you use trust as doubt. When you do not feel worthwhile, when you do not feel worthy, when you feel disconnected from the All That Is, when you do not feel self-empowered, when you feel guilty. Which, by the way, is the true opposite of love, guilt. Guilt, guilt, guilt, guilt, guilt. Not really fear. Guilt is the true opposite of love. Because that is why you experience lack of worthiness. Fear can still imply some degree of love. Anger, rage can still imply some degree of worthiness. But guilt, guilt, guilt, guilt, gives it all up.

— Bashar

mylittleillumination:

The idea of going forward without fear, is to recognize also the following thing. Fear itself will never never never stop you from doing anything. NEVER. What stops you is being afraid to be afraid. That’s what stops you. Being afraid of the fear, not the fear itself. Fear is a strong energy. Fear can many times get people to do many things. And sometimes, because you have created a society that itself functions in denial, where it is afraid to look at certain things, sometimes fear is the only way that you will get up off your rear end and do something with your life and move ahead. Fear sometimes can be a driver, if you don’t allow ecstacy to be, fear will do. You are clever people. You get around that block somehow. Sometimes you have to scare yourself to do something if you don’t allow yourself to do it with joy or don’t believe you can.

However, once you allow yourself to let it be alright to feel ANYTHING, including fear, that decision itself automatically transforms the fear into something else, something that you can handle, something that may even become, surprise surprise, curiosity, imagination, and excitement and joy, and passion. Therefore you can understand, that the thing that you fear the most is actually the thing you want to be doing the most. And you can understand that therefore, again, that fear and excitement are the same energy, but you experience it as excitement because you use it in the direction you prefer to. You experience it as fear when you use trust as doubt. When you do not feel worthwhile, when you do not feel worthy, when you feel disconnected from the All That Is, when you do not feel self-empowered, when you feel guilty.

Which, by the way, is the true opposite of love, guilt. Guilt, guilt, guilt, guilt, guilt. Not really fear. Guilt is the true opposite of love. Because that is why you experience lack of worthiness. Fear can still imply some degree of love. Anger, rage can still imply some degree of worthiness. But guilt, guilt, guilt, guilt, gives it all up.

— Bashar

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Let me throw out this specifically very creepy science fiction scenario for you.

When people in a zoo or in a preserve will try to raise a panda from a baby, or try to raise a condor from a baby or whatever they have ways they can convince the other, because they are so much more intelligent than the creatures. They have all sorts of tools for convincing the creatures that they are one of them. Like they will let you feed them … you can even make yourself look like its mother or smell like its mother. And out in the wild even, you know, in many cases if you can make yourself smell perfectly like another gazelle you can walk around the gazelles, and they’re so dumb … they can smell a lion and they know it’s a lion, and they know to be alarmed. …
So it’s easy to fool them that you’re one of them. In a way that’s it’s impossible for them to detect.

So, if there was another species that wanted to study us the way we study gazelles or the way we study rare birds or whatever,
if they are that much smarter than we are than we are to the animals, they would absolutely have ways to walk among us in ways that are absolutely undetectable.
Even we wouldn’t see them at all, or else we would mistake them for a fellow human.

But the way we portray them in movies, like the aliens are sort of clumsy in how they do it, like they don’t know how to mimic human emotion or that they don’t understand love or they’re very robotic … We’re kind of insulting the aliens when we assume that. They’d be smart enough to come here and they’d be of much higher intelligence, but they wouldn’t be able to mimic our social cues.

Ok, just like we can smear animal urine over our own bodies in order to pass among them, they would totally know how to imitate love and charisma and all of those things.

So I think if they were here and watching us, if they were that much more advanced than we are, we would never know they’re here. We would not be capturing their ships on freakin’ camera phones or whatever.

They would pass among us completely undetected and we would never know until they chose to let us know.

David Wong (aka Jason Pargin) on the Cracked Podcast

I recommend listening to the whole thing — it’s a pretty interesting conversation overall. This was just my favorite excerpt. 

(quote starts around 55:20)

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