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11 11, 2017

Part II. Awaking in the Dream from the Dream: Why We’re Learning Lucid Dreaming


When most people awake in the morning, they don’t remember their dreams because they jump right back into the program of all the things they need to do that day. They immediately go from delta, which is deep sleep, straight up the brain wave scale to beta, which is thinking and performing tasks. In the process, they don’t have time to slowly transition and gradually climb the ladder of consciousness from delta, to theta, to alpha, to beta. I wanted to give our students enough time to linger in the subconscious states of alpha and theta so that they could [...]

Part II. Awaking in the Dream from the Dream: Why We’re Learning Lucid Dreaming2017-11-16T21:41:51+00:00
27 10, 2017

Part I. Awakening in the Dream from the Dream: DreamTime


“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love…and then we return home.” – Australian Aboriginal saying Two weeks ago in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for the first time I officially introduced a lying down meditation. Much to the surprise of our students, it began at 11pm and ended around 7am. When you ask people to sleep on the floor instead of their beds, and you continuously wake them in the middle of the night, naturally they’re not going to be very happy, [...]

Part I. Awakening in the Dream from the Dream: DreamTime2017-10-27T19:06:17+00:00
16 10, 2017

Staying Calm in the Eye of the Storm


If you don’t realize that we’re living in what are overtly challenging times, then you’re probably not paying attention. In the micro sense, it seems everybody I know is going through something on a personal level. In the macro sense, these personal journeys are being exacerbated by threats of nuclear attacks, political breakdowns, financial crises, racial tension, mass shootings, devastating earthquakes, erupting volcanoes, merciless wildfires, storm-of-the-century hurricanes, and more. It is indeed a sign of the times…but I’m not playing the game, and I invite you to do the same. If you believe your thoughts and feelings have an effect [...]

Staying Calm in the Eye of the Storm2017-10-16T16:54:01+00:00
29 09, 2017

What We Accomplished in the Last Five Years


This September we held our 19th and final Advanced Workshop, marking the end of almost five years of scientific testing. Of the 700+ students in attendance at Indian Wells Resort in Palm Springs, California, 82% were first time participants. The group was excited, enthusiastic, willing, and coherent. As a result, the energy we recorded in the room broke all records of our previous workshop measurements. In addition, according to our Sputnik measurements, this particular group’s pineal gland meditation was one of the best ever. As usual, we had volunteer students—interested in furthering scientific discovery—connected to heart-rate-variability monitors to measure heart [...]

What We Accomplished in the Last Five Years2017-10-03T17:48:30+00:00
15 09, 2017

Telomeres: The Biological Clock in Our Genetics


Our bodies are made up of approximately 60-100 trillion cells. Every cell contains a nucleus, within which exists our chromosomes. Humans have 23 pair of chromosomes and chromosomes contain genetic information to be passed on called DNA. At the very tip of these chromosomes are tiny little strands of DNA called telomeres—biological clocks buried in our genetic makeup that science previously thought had a finite existence. Every time a human cell divides, it makes a copy of its DNA. The problem with cell division is that DNA replication isn’t perfect and so it skips over the end of each chromosome. [...]

Telomeres: The Biological Clock in Our Genetics2017-09-22T19:23:35+00:00
1 09, 2017

Developing a Personal Relationship with the Divine


To enter into any relationship, you’d have to agree that the first step is to have the desire to be in a relationship. If your heart is not in the relationship, it’s not going to work because by their very nature, relationships are heart centered. To have a successful relationship, you’d want to be clear on what you want in that relationship, as well as who you are willing to be or become—after all, a relationship is a partnership. It’s a two-way street. In addition, you must believe you are worthy of the relationship you seek, and you must be [...]

Developing a Personal Relationship with the Divine2017-09-08T16:52:59+00:00
23 08, 2017

What’s the Gray in our Gray Matter?


When we lose our curiosity and get caught in the same patterns of thinking and feeling—whether we’re talking about the brain, the body, or even reality—we tend to think what we know is what is. But as human beings make new discoveries and realize we don’t know everything, our construct of understanding causes us to think differently, and as a result, we change our scientific model. Such is the case with new research coming out of the Salk Institute and the University of California San Diego. We’ve known for some time that brain cells that store and process information are [...]

What’s the Gray in our Gray Matter?2017-08-23T15:43:53+00:00
4 08, 2017

To Say We Are All Connected Is Not Simply Hyperbole


For many years, our friends and research partners at the HeartMath Institute (an internationally recognized nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to helping people reduce stress, self-regulate emotions, and build energy and resilience for healthy, happy lives) have been studying and investigating how the heart and brain communicate with each other. Conversely, they have also been studying how that affects our consciousness and the way in which we perceive our world. As an example, when we are feeling elevated emotions like gratitude, love, or compassion, the heart beats out a certain message. Because the heart creates the largest electromagnetic field produced in [...]

To Say We Are All Connected Is Not Simply Hyperbole2017-08-09T07:54:17+00:00
21 07, 2017

Three Simple Steps Towards Happiness


Two of our most unique capacities as human beings are that we possess the facilities of self-reflection and freewill. This means we have the ability to look at where we are, where we’ve been, and decide where we want to go. While this certainly sounds easy, the catch is if you don’t trust that changing your thoughts, behaviors, beliefs, and actions will produce a change, then nothing in your life will actually change. Why? Because this lack of trust means you’re anticipating the same experience, and that anticipation creates the same emotion. This is the irony, as well as the [...]

Three Simple Steps Towards Happiness2017-07-26T16:10:30+00:00
9 07, 2017

The Pugilist and the Ego


Even thus by the great sages 'tis confessed The phoenix dies, and then is born again, When it approaches its five-hundredth year; - Dante, Inferno, Canto XXIV   According to Egyptian mythology, every 500 years the Phoenix self-immolates, meaning—it voluntarily lights itself on fire so that it may be reborn as a greater expression of itself. It’s for this reason why I chose the symbol of the Phoenix for our back-to-back June Advanced Workshops in Cancun, Mexico, and for this reason why I named the event “Transformation of Matter.” I wanted our students to focus on completely burning away the things [...]

The Pugilist and the Ego2017-07-09T18:44:43+00:00