Online Workshop 2016 July 30 - Part 2/2

0:30 HOPELESS FOR THE FUTURE. In the past year I seem to have lost the ability to make goals or to envision an inspiring future. This is weird because most of my life I got lots of direction and energy from the pull of the future. I feel a bit useless, like I'm in a fog.

10:40 BELIEVE IN SPIRITUALITY. What can you say to those who need a sign to believe in spirituality, but don't get any?

12:30 LETTING GO OF RIGHT VS WRONG. How do I get out of the black and white, right vs wrong rage I feel when I'm triggered?

14:56 About the the "forest fire" of human kind.

31:00 TRICKSTER SPIRITS. Were you visited by Teal in spirit or did you get tricked?

36:04 OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Can you tell how to deal with OCD?

37:00 How can we heal traumas that are not ours (past life trauma, other people's trauma)?

42:27 UNRELIABLE PEOPLE

44:04 Teal's take on VIPASSANA

45:30 INNER COURAGE. How do I go about finding inner courage?

47:13 FRIENDSHIPS. I see other people having lots of friends, but I just don't. Old friendships faded away and new ones fade quickly or don't pan out at all. Why is it so hard to make friends? Is it possible that I don't need friendship at all?

49:22 NO SEXUAL DESIRE. I lose my sexual desire after about a year in every long term relationship.

53:22 BACKWARDS REINCARNATION. If time doesn't really exist does that mean that people can be incarnated in the past?

54:47 THE INTENSITY OF WANTING VS RESISTANCE. I feel like the aspect of somebody which is intensely wanting something which is full of momentum can never have that thing because it would have to release resistance first and therefore dissipate that momentum. Do you have an explanation and solution to this?

56:39 PROJECTION VS INTUITION. How do I know if I'm projecting or really experiencing something bad?

57:43 What if you don't get your questions answered?


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31:00  Impersonators and frauds exist everywhere in the real world and potentially as spirits.  Some impersonators are just doing it for entertainment and not to be malevolent.  If someone is highly spiritual, discerning, always honest and always truthful they might be a better match to honesty and truthfulness vibrations in the universe; however, there is no guarantee that this will totally avoid deception.

These Online Workshops are really helpful.  Thanks again.

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In response to watching this I sat down with a paper and made some lists regarding "in case society collapses...": What to let go of, what to grow, what foods to hoard, what supplies to have, and what adjustments to make over the coming months and years. I already live in an "eco village" but we're far some self-sustainable. My neighbor's chickens were all lost to a wild animal last week. I hate to think how disasters like that would affect us all if we were trying to 100% live off the land. Especially because as far north as we are (Ithaca, NY), the growing season is limited, even with our fairly large solarium/green-house space. At best, we have April through November for good production. I have a hard time imagining that we can live like Amish people here. The amount of home-jarring of food we'd have to do is tremendous. I doubt that we're in physically good enough shape for the amount of labor we'd have to do if it came to splitting our own logs for firewood in addition to saving for the winter.

Preparing for "the end of society" could literally consume all of my life. I'm not sure I want to give up my drawing, my writing, my spiritual practices, my long baths, my lazy weekends, my sitting around and watching Teal Swan videos all in favor of being prepared for the "forest fire." I'm capable of making that huge life shift, but the idea fills me with terrible despair. What's the point of everything I've loved and built if I'm going to have to give it all up? I love my life as it is, and I love my current rate of growth and expansion. I do not feel like I'm in a rat cage. But I also do not feel prepared for the end of grocery stores, cars, and internet. I know Teal didn't specifically say there would be an end to these things, but what am I supposed to think the "collapse of society" means?

I don't have or use a cell phone. My car is shared between three people. I'm not a technology-addict in the way most Americans are today. I don't mind going days or weeks without using a computer or similar device. I love reading, drawing, writing, gardening, etc. I do grow some of my own food. We make our own wine with our own naturally-grown grapes. We have currant bushes, aronia, peaches, haskaps, goji, and much more. Yet it's all hardly a drop in the bucket when we're talking about year-round survival on the land. We eat mostly a plant-based diet, which also makes things a little harder as we can't save dried meat. (Ew.) 

One of our community members has a baby hazelnut grove not yet producing nuts. Will this grove have time to mature before the end of society hits? I hate to imagine leaving here to move south where we wouldn't have the support of the community. At least here all of our neighbors are friends and all have at least a little skill at producing their own food. But is it realistic to stay here?

Then again, is it realistic to move south when we consider natural disasters? Hurricanes in Florida and Georgia and anywhere along that coast. Earthquakes in California. Drought in much of the mid-west. At least here we're unlikely to run out of water or have any of those disasters occur. Maybe long, cold winters are actually safer.

I tried meditating to get clarity on this. I didn't yet find any. I got a sense of two paths for humanity right now: a fast path to collapse where I only had five years to prepare, and a slower path where it would be about fifteen years. In both paths I didn't feel like the collapse was complete. Not as bad as I'd been imagining. (I've been imagining riots in the street, people breaking into stores to get the things they needed, internet down, power down, no operational gas stations, gang violence, widespread panic, widespread hunger, etc.) I got a vague feeling that there wouldn't be a total loss of all power, all systems, but perhaps a total economic collapse where the stock market 100% crashed in some sort of permanent way, the dollar losing its meaning, record inflation (god, I'm getting chills as I write this), housing market becoming impossible for new couples to buy homes in, food prices skyrocketing and many people no longer to afford food, unemployment increasing, some riots (especially in cities), total overload and collapse in medical/hospital industry, and perhaps (and this part is me being hopeful) independent start-ups everywhere as people see that the system offers no refuge. Small town-house schools, town-house hospitals. Nobody caring anymore about what credentials you have, people caring more about skills and abilities than where you got them. People caring more about compassion and being upstanding than wealth or appearances.

Is this being too optimistic? Can others meditate and weigh in on what paths forward they are foreseeing so we can all prepare better?

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2 hours ago, Raederle said:

Is this being too optimistic? Can others meditate and weigh in on what paths forward they are foreseeing so we can all prepare better?

First of all, I would go back and listen to Miss Swan's portion of the video, "56:39 PROJECTION VS INTUITION".  Any "forest fire" is based highly on probability and not inevitability since humans have free will and we can decide to change if we can agree and cooperate.  That being said, a "forest fire" is likely to be a world-wide event and not limited to a single country, economic system or system of government.  It is likely to be highly centered around the problems we now face with immigration, populations being displaced and borders.  It is more likely to take place in the next 2 to 7 years rather than 15 years from now (as of October 2018).  Think in terms of a shorter timeframe and remain flexible.  No one knows with certainty.

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