A large number of subjects permanently solved their emotional and mental difficulties by recalling and facing the traumatic memories of their past (or even future) lives.
Are there parallel existences to our own out there? If yes, can they be marked as a form of reincarnation, a well-known theory of re-birthing after physical death? Is reincarnation actually something much more fascinating, comprehensible only if we really open up our minds?
There have been a huge number of books written on the subject of reincarnation. Many researchers have dedicated their whole lives exploring it. Perhaps the most prominent investigators of this phenomenon were Ian Stevenson, a Canadian-born U.S. psychiatrist, who worked for the University of Virginia School of Medicine, and Jim B. Tucker, a child psychiatrist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the same university. They were researching mostly the cases of children who were able to recall some memories from their “past lives.”
The evidence they collected as well as many proofs gathered by other scientists and researchers are overwhelming. There are so many children and adults all around the world who were able to evoke some reminiscences from other existences. Amazingly, many of those claims were actually investigated and have been confirmed in great detail.
What’s more important, a large number of subjects permanently solved their emotional and mental difficulties by recalling and facing the traumatic memories of their past (or even future) lives. To me, it’s a very sad thing that the mainstream science still rejects to validate the concepts of reincarnation or parallel existences.
However, this article is not about the question whether reincarnation exists or not. In my opinion, there is definitely enough pretty reliable evidence supporting the assumption that there is a continuity of individual consciousness even after death. Our consciousness regularly extends from one existence to another.
The physical mechanism of re-birthing is mysterious. However, if we postulate that at the core of our personality lies a kind of hidden conscious energy, we may call it the soul, and when we take into account the natural law of the conservation of energy, we may conclude that our consciousness cannot disappear with the physical death. On the contrary, it must continue to exist in another form.
Some people recall details from several lives that had been lived concurrently, within the same time span. Moreover, there are cases of two or more people remembering the very same life, as though all of them had been the same person in one of the previous lives.
Today’s science is much more fantastic than many fantasy worlds of fiction
In modern physics, there are still numerous unknown, yet existing, sorts of matter, energy, or even additional space dimensions. Dark matter and dark energy – if summed up, they make more than 90% of the whole Universe, and together with “normal” matter and energy, they fundamentally contribute to the so-called “flat” geometry of our cosmos.
Are our souls, or astral and spiritual worlds, essentially made of some forms of those, yet unknown, forms of matter and energy? It’s totally plausible.
Still, the main question here is: does reincarnation really works as it’s believed in some eastern religions? And why I’m asking this question whatsoever?
Because it seems that reality is much more fascinating than expected. It’s not only that there are thousands or millions of children all around the world who remembered their past lives as other personalities, that have been subsequently confirmed as real persons who really lived on earth, with all the quoted details from their lives actually validated. It’s something much stranger to our logical minds.
The majority of examined reincarnation cases show that people, especially children, usually remember some details from past existences that were happening many years before. But there are also many “unexpected” cases. Some people recall details from several lives that had been lived concurrently, within the same time span. Moreover, there are cases of two or more people remembering the very same life, as though all of them had been the same person in one of the previous lives. Not only that, when some individuals are told to “go back” to a life from which the cause of their problem stems, they recall a life from the apparent future! More importantly, it still works - they are facing the trauma from that existence and their problem in the current life is solved.
How on Earth that can be?
The Nature of Time
In fact, the process of reincarnation is far more complex than in the classical views of eastern spiritual traditions.
For example, the terms “previous” or “future” life are far from being reliable for depicting the Truth. In a way, these “previous” or “future” lives are all simultaneous. Let me explain.
In accordance with the theory of relativity, time is interchangeable with space within the space-time continuum and, in some way, time is only the fourth (or first!) space dimension of that continuum. Our consciousness is moving steadily along that fourth axis of the space-time chart. This is actually giving us the impression that everything is changing. We are moving along that time axis and everything else around us seems to be moving as well. Nevertheless, the whole fourth-dimensional existence is fully stable in the 4D space-time continuum.
Let’s take an analogy of an old-fashioned movie projection. There is a movie tape on a reel that is moving steadily during the projection. It’s being illuminated frame by frame, giving the illusion of moving pictures on the screen. The film tape is a two-dimensional strip, and it’s moving along the axis of an additional, third dimension.
In reality, we have a kind of a three-dimensional film, which moves along an additional, fourth dimension of the space-time continuum. That “film” is illuminated by our consciousness, and we have the illusion of time.
But that’s not the whole truth, as we are not living in the “block universe”, as may be concluded from the above explanation. The 4D universe is stable, but it doesn’t consist only of this timeline. In fact, there are innumerable embedded timelines within it. It’s an unavoidable consequence of quantum mechanics.
Namely, various experiments done with subatomic particles, such as photons or electrons, have shown that the behavior of matter and energy at the microscopic level is completely weird to our logical minds. The particles actually exist at many places at the same time, they sometimes behave as waves, sometimes as particles, they are non-local and, what’s really bizarre, their behavior vastly depends on the presence of a conscious observer.
All these strange phenomena at the quantum level many mainstream physicists explain by the existence of many parallel worlds at the same time. There are different approaches to this idea though; some of them postulate there are countless parallel words popping out into existence with every “quantum uncertainty” of every single particle in the universe, which happens all the time at every smallest place, trillions or more time in a millisecond. And in many of these new universes, there is a copy of ourselves, continuing with a completely independent and slightly different life.
On the other hand, some approaches are more oriented toward consciousness as a decisive factor in the whole picture. There are “real universes,” such as ours, and there are “potential universes,” that may or may not become “real.”
Nevertheless, the reality in which we exist is only one of those countless parallel universes. To us, all the other realities are only “potential” realities, but to some other conscious beings actually living in them, our reality is only a “potential” one.
Our lives in the “past” or “future,” from the perspective “outside” of the space-time continuum, are actually simultaneous existences. It’s just a matter of point of view—from which coordinate of the space-time we are observing an event. In that way, we could even have some lives in the future that are our “previous” lives, meaning the roots of some events in this existence stem from those lives. Or vice versa.
Can we change the past?
Knowing all of the above stated, we can assume that we can change our future. If we change our subconscious mind, if we begin living mindfully, or simply if we make a different, “unexpected” decision, we will make a shift to another timeline, leading us to a completely different future. The previously “real” timeline that we were “supposed” to go along (our “destiny”), now becomes only a parallel, “potential” one. Another timeline becomes our reality. by the way, if we live a mindful, spiritual life, that timeline will be much more pleasant and fruitful.
However, as there are practically infinite potential timelines ahead, we can be certain that we have an infinite number of possibilities in front of us.
But what about the past?
It can also be changed.
Notice the decision-making points in the very simplified scheme above. At each of these points, we are making some decision, whether they be micro-decisions or big life decisions. Each time we are choosing our “destiny,” our “most probable” timeline that is stretching ahead of us. That’s clear.
As we’re transforming ourselves now, we’re transforming both our past and future.
But there is also a very interesting detail. The timelines can overlap and intersect. A decision-point can often be reached by several different directions from the past. Actually, every point in space-time can be reached from numerous directions, both from past and future. In other words, every single stage of our lives has many possible past-states leading to it.
How can we make changes to our past? Simply, by changing our present. As we’re transforming ourselves now, we’re transforming both our past and future. We change the entire timeline in which we are in.
So, when we make a change to our past, we skip to another timeline. That means we shift to the memories of that timeline and embrace them as we were always living in that timeline. We are completely unaware that we “previously” inhabited another timeline. However, in most of the cases, these changes are slight and almost unnoticeable. The memories we recall will be almost the same as before. Yet, sometimes, during that process of changing the timelines, some memories do remain. That may explain the well-known “Mandela effect,” which deals with the so-called “false memories.”
We should appreciate our past, however difficult it was. In fact, the hardships from the past have made us stronger and wiser.
Nevertheless, we should appreciate our past, however difficult it was. In fact, the hardships from the past have made us stronger and wiser. Even if we transformed ourselves and hence changed our past to some extent, it wouldn’t be changed in a way that we would have a more pleasant childhood. Not at all. It could be even harder. But our relationship with it would have been radically changed. We would have accepted the difficulties from that timeline completely and become a wiser and more mature person.
Holographic view on reincarnation
But there are even more fascinating concepts before us. Yes, there are many people being able to recall many various lives from their “past” or “future.”
As mentioned before, there were some accounts of different people remembering the same life. Or people remembering lives of several persons that lived at the same time. How’s that possible? There could be some partial explanations for that, like that saying that one’s soul splits up and reincarnates into several people afterward. Or several souls merge up and reincarnate into a single personality. Perhaps. However, there is a more elegant and more universal solution: we live in a holographic world.
 When one remembers a life, say, from the past, that same life could be “remembered” by another person, as that life is a part of that person’s embedded information as well. It’s just a matter of individual traits and subconscious structures of a person who remembers, which lives they will remember more probably. Each individual is more inclined to one or more “streams” of lives within the “past” or “future,” and those streams are usually considered as their real past or future lives.
Simply put, a holographic world’s view indicates that the Universe is a huge hologram, which is in line with some of the new scientific approaches. Namely, the holographic principle is being increasingly accepted in modern physics, especially in string theory and astrophysics, which are dealing with some crucial aspects of black holes, their event horizons, and information stored within them. That theory can also be applied to all 3D objects, other than black holes. Additionally, there is a mathematical theorem, called the Banach-Tarski Paradox. It’s mathematically definitely proved, and it says that “given a solid ball in 3‑dimensional space, there exists a decomposition of the ball into a finite number of disjoint subsets, which can then be put back together in a different way to yield two identical copies of the original ball.” It’s a real phenomenon, which proves that we can make an infinite number of copies of any 3D shape, that will have the same complexity as their “original.”
In my humble opinion, this mathematical theorem directs us to the conclusion that we live in the holographic world, even more than the speculations and calculations on the black holes and their event horizons.
In accordance with all of this, we can say that each phenomenon, thing, event or being within the universal hologram has all the information on the entire hologram.
This implies that information on the whole Universe, including its past and future, is embedded within each of us. That’s also applicable to reincarnation or parallel lives.
These concepts of parallel lives and other dimensions are indeed fascinating and could really help us in opening our minds and becoming more creative. Nevertheless, the ultimate Truth is much simpler. In fact, it’s the simplest thing of all.
We can appreciate that fact with our general attitude: yes, we should always be open-minded and creative, but we have to live a more mindful life and to work on ourselves persistently.
Most importantly, we should love ourselves and all other beings. We must not forget that we are all one, at the deepest level. And all lives that “happened” to us in the past, or “will happen” in the future, are the lives of the only one being – the Pure Consciousness, Underlying Perfect Reality, God, or whatever we call it. We are one.
For more info on the holographic view and ways how to deal with various hidden structures within the personality, you may refer to http://www.re-integration.com/holographic-nature-of-reality.html and http://www.re-integration.com/reintegration-system-blog/how-the-holographic-view-leads-to-genuine-happiness.
Moving mindfulness: making the transition from sitting meditation to engaged, moment to moment wakefulness
The effort of living versus the peacefulness of meditation - a false dichotomy
Many practitioners of mindfulness will recognise a feeling that while their lives are definitely enriched in a profound way, there is sometimes still a feeling that actually living life - paying the bills, feeding the children, going to work, dealing with situations - is demanding but sitting in meditation, on the other hand, is a refuge.
Meditation is not a happy trip
This is not the case for all meditators. Meditation is not supposed to be a technique for getting high or managing to “attain” anything. In fact, trying to “attain” is evidence of the very problematic thinking that the practitioner may be able to transcend with practice.
The reality is that the same peace that is available to us when we are in “zazen” sitting meditation is just a mindset switch away from us while we are in the thick of it. Sounds great, doesn't’ it? But it doesn’t seem very feasible when you’re behind on a deadline and your laptop is running painfully slow. Nope. You’re too good at your practice for that kind of trivia to affect you? Let’s imagine you’ve just lost your job or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer.
The point is that nothing you can do in meditation is ever going to stop any of the negative stuff from happening. It is ironic really that when we look at one of the great stories of a religion that is strongly associated with meditation - Buddhism - we see the young Siddhartha Gautama being sheltered from suffering by his parents. Every kind of misfortune is hidden from him. One day he decides to sneak out of his living quarters and he is taken around the town by a chaperone where he sees poverty, sickness and death. Meditation will not stop poverty, sickness or death - for you or anyone else.
Likewise, in Christianity, salvation and the spiritual path are not going to save anybody from poverty, sickness and death. Jesus himself suffered greatly before, it is believed, he was then crucified, and he is the the father, the son and the holy spirit for Christians.
Positive actions in a negative environment
The point then is that it is naive to think that meditation practice or faith in Jesus is going to somehow ensure that nothing unfortunate happens to you or around you. That said, meditation practice and faith in Jesus may help you become more effective in dealing with life (as a psychological mechanism). By controlling our own behaviours, our emotional response and our mindset we are controlling several behaviours that give rise to outcomes. Just because you do have the right attitude, think the right thoughts and take the right actions does not mean you still won’t get a kick in the face. As Stallone’s Rocky character said, “It’s not how hard you can hit. It’s how hard you can be hit and keep moving forward.”
What I have tried to achieve in this post so far is to deliver a realistic expectation of what mindfulness practice or any kind of spiritual or psychological improvement practice should be about. It is not about achieving every goal you ever wished for or obtaining every “thing” your heart desires. If that is still how you think you will find contentment or happiness you are reading the wrong post. It that is still how you think you will find contentment, somebody lied to you and you need to cleanse that kind of thinking from your mind because it will only lead to frustration and unhappiness.
What can I expect from mindfulness then?
There are a tonne of social media memes that point to the real truth but it doesn’t seem to sink in for most of mankind. You may be able to have some influence on the outside world but the vast majority of what’s going on around you is out of your control. The sooner you deal with that, the quicker you can make a difference where it counts - yourself. Guess who is in full control of your self?
When people meditate for the first time, one of the first things they notice is the sheer volume of visual, auditory and sensory thoughts and feelings they are hit with. Of course meditation practice teaches them how to still the pond but these mental entities will still arise by themselves. So we are not in full control of our inner world either. The thing that needs to change is the self.
What is this thing called self?
The truth of self is “no-self”. Self is an illusion. At best, self is the overall deduction of who we are based on all memories and experiences up to the present moment, and our state of mind is the result of a complex moment to moment calculation based on the “self” variable, the desires and expectations of that “self”, its perception of what’s happening “to it” and how that perception compares with the desires and expectations that “it” has. That was a tricky sentence to write. It may be a tricky one to read so feel free to read it again.
How can that possibly be a self. Our memories are not set in stone. Sometimes they are not encoded properly. The editing can be terrible both in terms of what bits of perceived reality we choose not to remember and which bits we take with us. Memories often corrupt with time. As for experience itself, it is only ever in this moment, so we are relying on memories, which are faulty, for our grasp of previous experiences.
So if our “self” is an overall deduction of who we are, based on all memories and experiences up to the present moment, that is a pretty shaky identity to have. It gets even more complex because the state of mind as based on a comparison calculation that weighs up our perception of reality against our expectations, hopes and desires (ever changing variables) will, in itself, alter our “definition” of who we are. That’s right, “self” is not only defined by an extremely dodgy grasp of a past that no longer exists, it is also affected by ever changing variables relating to the future.
This “self” that we cling to is in a constant state of flux. It can actually be destroyed at any moment and millions of people find the self being shattered several times during a lifetime, only to be altered, fixed or rebuilt.
What is “no-self”?
So if everything that we think of as “self” can be proven to have no real substance, what is this thing called “no-self”? The simplest way to put this would be to describe it as pure awareness. Meditation trains us to recognise truth from untruth. It is a deconstruction tool. Bit by bit, through meditation, we realise what we are not; that we are not what is going on outside, either yesterday, today or tomorrow; we realise that we are not whatever kind of internal dialogue is going on, that we are not whatever emotion is springing up within us; that we are not this physical body.
What we are left with is an increasingly strong awareness of our being, right here, right now. Our true being is not based on what happened in the past. Our true being is not fixed. It is completely open and beyond definition. It is vast, cosmic in fact. The reality is that our entire universe, our entire existence is within that being. The thing that most people think of as “self” acts as a filter. Some “selves” are more workable than others and will help the host to have a better life but all of them are faulty, all of them are untrue and all of them cause unhappiness because they all want to live forever (not going to happen), all want pleasurable experiences constantly and have a low tolerance for things not going their way. All “selves” are doomed to failure.
No-mind (another way of saying “no-self” is a state of constant acceptance of reality. Not to accept reality is delusion. What’s more, is that no-mind is indestructible and eternal because it either exists or it doesn’t. If it doesn’t, there is no perception of non-existence, and it will never anticipate non-existence because it is constantly present, and constantly accepting of the present.
When we meditate in zazen, we are tasting no-mind. We are tasting the eternal.
Why is it so difficult to carry our meditational state into everyday life?
The problem for many, as outlined at the start of this article, is not finding wisdom or, at the very least, valuable and rich experience in meditation. The difficulty arises when we stand up and start engaging with life. People don’t behave in ways that reflect our values, the universe can appear to be conspiring against us, one step forward can be followed with three steps back, and emotions can be overwhelming.
We have to understand what meditation is and what the real purpose of practice is in order to understand how to make that transition: maintaining the state of mind that we experience in meditation while we are trying to reason with the unreasonable.
The “self” is still in charge
Put simply, the problem is “self” and ego at its heart. The “self” gives the host permission to sit in zazen because there is a pay off; sitting in zazen can be pleasant, can give much needed rest, can help improve our cognitive functions, enable us to perform better because of enhanced concentration, strengthened resilience, an increased openness and creative spirit etc etc. I ask you: what self wouldn’t want those things?
When you look at it that way, the “self”, and all the trouble that goes with it, is still in charge. You sit in meditation and then when you get up and go, the “self” takes the reins again. You have to remember that the true purpose of meditation is to finally and definitively transcend the “self”. “Self” has its uses but cannot be the boss. Meditation is a pleasure but also a threat to the “self”.
Making the transition: moving meditation
Several years ago, after decades of meditating combined with martial arts training, I came to a realisation.
As a young man in the 80s I had particularly excelled in creative performance with martial arts weapons and especially nunchaku. I looked around me and nobody appeared to be doing what I was doing and if they were they reached a ceiling very early in their practice. I very quickly identified the problem even then, as a teenager. While I was “listening” to the nature of whatever it was I was handling and learning how to move in harmony with that nature, everybody else seemed to be trying to inflict their will on the prop, to “make the prop do something”.
The strange thing is that many martial artists have a great love and appreciation of eastern philosophies such as taoism and the concept of yin yang but, back then, when it came to their practice there appeared to be zero understanding of what the teachings. It seemed to me, and still does, that when I was learning my craft and practising the nunchaku, I was engaging in a form of spontaneous moving meditation; my consciousness was expanding to embrace the surroundings and the nunchaku and I were, as the taoists would put it (I think) “in the tao” with the nunchaku. There was no me, no nunchaku, and no surroundings - just an event happening that embodied all of us in perfect harmony.
But how to get others to taste this? That was the challenge. Then I discovered Japanese sword training - Iaido.
Moving while meditating: walking meditation
In the zen tradition, they practice something call walking meditation where, after a period of sitting meditation, practitioners would then stand and walk very slowly being mindful, moment to moment, of each step. The aim was to feel the whole experience as a continuum - not actually steps - of movement of the body with a still mind.
In Tai Chi, we see a similar idea. The body is neither moving from here or to there. It is almost a non-doing. Rather, there is a continuum of movement and consciousness is always right here and our body is always positioned right here and right now.
The best way to describe this in a way that is really tangible would be to ask you to imagine that you encountered a door with a handle on both sides. Do you push or do you pull? It is human nature to assume one or the other and then when we reach the door, if it was to be pushed yet we pull (or vice versa), we will usually use too much force. Has that happened to you? You have gone to push the door and ended up almost walking into it OR you went to pull it and almost yanked your arm out of the socket? That is because your movement had “intention” - going from somewhere to somewhere else. Imagine if the moment you went to pull the door (that should be pushed) you immediately sensed that the force was wrong. Food for thought.
Iaido or push hands - moving meditation with a prop
Learning forms with another object like a katana (sword) or a bokken (wooden sword) allows for two things: practising the concept of a continuum of consciousness in harmony with movement on the one hand, with sensitivity and harmony with the movement and nature of another object.
Unlike some props such as nunchaku or 6ft wooden staff (bo), the way the sword will move is predictable. Don’t get me wrong, any practitioner of iaido would tell you that you can spend your life practising to achieve the perfect cut without any interference from tension, mind or imbalance BUT I am not talking about becoming the perfect swordsman here. What I am talking about is learning to move in harmony with the sword. It is a splendid development from walking meditation to moving meditation in harmony with something else. There is the chance to expand your consciousness so that you melt into the experience and become “one with the sword”.
Alternatively in Goju Ryu, Wing Chun and other forms of Kung Fu, there are various types of “push hands” practice where people face each other with one or both hands in contact with the each other. They have to apply pressure through contact but not too much pressure that it is easy for the other person to cause an imbalance. Too little pressure and the other person can push us over. Too much force and we can be wrong footed. This practice teaches us to feel and respond to the forces of our environment. Moving meditation with an extra factor.
Spontaneous moving meditation
To recap then, we have looked at the nature of mind, the overall purpose of meditation, the battle between “self” and the truth of no-mind, and the difficulties faced in carrying through the meditational mindset to our everyday lives.
We have noted that we can learn how to move while meditating, using baby steps at first such as walking meditation, advancing to more complex movement such as Tai Chi, and then interactive moving meditation with a static prop such as a Japanese sword or another mindful prop such as as another person.
The life around us is much less predictable. Anything can and does happen.
The final step then in the process of practice is to learn how to meditate while interacting with the wild and unpredictable. I teach my students to practice simple exercises with nunchaku (“nunchuks” or double baton joined by a chain, made famous by Bruce Lee), or bo (6ft wooden staff). The aim of these exercises is to feel the natural forces of the prop. Once you set them in motion how do they act? Some props carry much more momentum and once they are set in motion you can work with them to achieve results or work against them and get tired. Others are volatile and light, quickly becoming unpredictable and out of control once they are set in motion.
Learn to play
What I am trying to teach my students and what I want to put across as the take-away for this article, is that to meditate in everyday life is much like the spontaneous meditation practice I just outlined. It is a kind of play. You cannot push against the resistance that life offers. Resistance against resistance just means more resistance. We must learn when to yield and when to assert and when to be still.
This is only possible when we truly let go and feel what life is telling us. Feel the dynamics of all the forces around us, including our own deepest self (as opposed to conditioned thought).
When our true being (not “self”) is in harmony, “in the tao”, with our world, that is when we are on the right path. However that path unfolds, there lies spiritual and mental tranquillity. That is why life is an art.
The laws of quantum physics undoubtedly indicate that matter and antimatter should always be equal in their quantity. (...)
What we call matter is simply everything that is composed mostly of quarks, that aggregate into protons (positively charged subatomic particles) and neutrons, and also of electrons (which are negatively charged). Together, they form atoms.
On the other hand, antimatter can also create atoms of the same characteristics and overall electric charge, with the only one difference: their nuclei consist of antiquarks (antiprotons and antineutrons), while their mantle is being filled with positrons (electron’s positively charged counterparts).
However, if you were to combine atoms of matter and antimatter, you would get a huge explosion of energy. Atom and antiatom would have completely annihilated. They are exact opposites.
The laws of quantum physics undoubtedly indicate that matter and antimatter should always be equal in their quantity. Whenever pure energy is converted into particles, a pair of matter-antimatter particles pops up into existence. In accordance with that, one could posit that in the beginning of time there should be exactly the same amounts of matter and antimatter, after which they would have annihilated, making this universe lifeless, composed of pure energy only.
Nevertheless, all astronomical observations have clearly shown that matter dominates over antimatter. In fact, there is only matter in this cosmos. So far, no scientific theory was able to reliably explain this outcome.
The Nature of Time
This is the question that cannot be answered without the involvement of consciousness, despite the fact that many physicists are very reluctant to take it seriously.
In accordance with Einstein’s theory of relativity, time is interchangeable with space within the space-time continuum. Time is only one of the dimensions in that continuum.
(...) All particles of matter behave as antimatter particles when the arrow of time is reversed.
It is easy to conclude that our consciousness actually is moving steadily along the fourth axis of the 4D space-time chart, hence giving us the impression that everything is changing. We are moving along that time axis and everything else around us seems to be moving as well. That seemingly steady translation of our conscious focus along that one space-time coordinate is deeply ingrained in our subconscious. Nevertheless, the whole four-dimensional space-time continuum is static per se.
Direction of Time Resolves the Conundrum
Another important point is that all the particles of matter behave as antimatter particles when the arrow of time is reversed. That’s what the equations tell us. In other words, if time were starting going backward, the particles of matter would become their opposites – the particles of antimatter. An electron would become positron, a quark would be anti-quark, etc.
When we take into account the assumption of our consciousness moving in only one direction of time, then it’s easy to assume that, for us, all the matter would become antimatter if our consciousness would suddenly begin moving backward in time. Still, from the “vantage point” of the static four-dimensional space-time continuum, as there is no specific direction of consciousness’ movement, the total amount of matter and anti-matter is equal. Actually, it’s zero, as matter and anti-matter cancel each other out completely.
Therefore, there’s no matter-antimatter asymmetry at all. We just have to take into account our own consciousness, and the puzzle is solved.
Those who work at the office know pretty well that their greatest enemy is soulless and has wheels. It is the office chair that slowly sucks all the vitality of the body especially the waist, back, shoulders and neck.
That is why we recommend for you these four anxiolytic yoga exercises you can do at your desk to relieve your waist, relax the back and drive away any tension.
1. Half Downward Facing Dog:
In the classic yoga pose "Downward Facing Dog", soles and palms are flat on the floor and the body forms a "mountain", where the "top" points at the ceiling. The "Half Dog" is an easier version, less demanding and also more relaxing.
Put your palms against the chair or the wall and leave a deep breath. This exercise allows the back to open and stretch. Focus your attention on the area between the neck and back. Take deep breaths and relax. Stay there and count to ten.
2. Seated Twist:
This is a simple exercise but very effective exercise to get rid of the tension.
Sit on the chair with your buttocks to rest against the seat, hold the right arm of the chair (if you can grab the back of it) with the left hand and twist your upper body to the right. Stay there counting to five and breathe. Repeat on the other side.
3. Bending forward pose:
To boost the circulation of blood to the head (and be more creative) stand upright and calmly bend forward. Feel the head, hands and all your upper body hanging down like you're a cloth doll. Feel your head like a heavy ball. If you want, you can hold your elbows and move like a pendulum back and forth. Then go up slowly, straighten your head and move past your shoulders.
4. Cat Cow Pose:
Sit on a chair with your buttocks touching the chair, put your hands on the thighs and stretch. Breathe in and extend forward with slight lordosis throughout the spine and head turned slightly toward the ceiling.
Hope you already feel more relaxed to continue your day!
The whole existence is fundamentally indivisible, as all its parts contain the whole universe within themselves.
“As above so below.” This famous hermetic phrase originates from the Emerald Tablet of Hermes Trismegistus, a cryptic text depicting various aspects of alchemic symbolism. In its original form, it says: "That which is Below corresponds to that which is Above, and that which is Above, corresponds to that which is Below, to accomplish the miracles of the One Thing."
In this symbolic message, “Above” points to the higher spiritual realms, which can actually be reached within one’s own being. Similarly, “Below” corresponds with this material world, or the external reality. It’s the relation between the microcosm and macrocosm, inner and outer, individual being and wholeness. Finally, “One Thing” has a clear link with the idea of Oneness, God, or Absolute Consciousness.
In fact, the message as above so below entirely corresponds with the modern-days holographic paradigm. The whole existence is fundamentally indivisible, as all its parts contain the whole universe within themselves.
Why is the universe founded on the holographic principle? Because the original, primordial Oneness cannot be really divided. It’s indivisible. The apparent separation is ultimately illusionary. On the finest level of existence, we are still one.
So, what can the Oneness “do” in order to be perceived as myriads of separated parts? It must “pretend” to be separated, to apparently have a notion of separation into those parts, while each of those parts can only be that same Oneness again, only appearing differently. Each part is the Oneness itself, only perceived differently. It would be something similar to different looks of a human being when observed from different angles.
How is the holographic connection reflected in our everyday lives?
Despite our genuine oneness with the whole existence, all our senses are telling us that we are fundamentally separated from the rest of the world. However, the oneness always finds its way to express itself within our lives. As the oneness is being mirrored in the universe, so it is in our individual lives, too. Therefore, the connection between the Universe and ourselves, although apparently hidden, is deep and essential.
Now, there is another layer of this story. Each conscious entity, whether individual or collective, has its own specific “bubble” of reality. That bubble precisely reflects the entity’s inner being. Hence, every person creates their own individual universe, which is apparently a much smaller version of the entire existence.
The holographic connection can be visible in our individual reality. All life circumstances, achievements, joyful events, painful experiences, challenges, illnesses, our families, jobs, loved ones, friends, adversaries…everything reflects our inner life.
Can we really say that everything we see around us simply mirrors our inner being? Obviously, no. Our best friend is not a projection of her exact miniature replica within the boundaries of our being. Nor anything else is the precise copy of something within us. Actually, the whole world that we are perceiving around us is a symbolic projection.
That’s analogous to the symbolism of dreams. For example, what could a vehicle in dreams mean? For many people, it’s a symbol of control over life. In reality, we have to completely control our vehicle if we want to get from point A to point B. Or, the death of a loved one in dreams is not a psychic prediction of any kind – it represents a change. Dreaming of a mountain usually doesn’t mean that you will really see a mountain or climb it. It’s more likely that you will face a significant obstacle in your life, and if you successfully climb a mountain in your dream – you’ll probably achieve a great goal.
Examples of holographic symbols in everyday life
In reality, the holographic principle is reflected virtually in all aspects of our lives, but it’s hardly recognizable to our logical minds. As noted before, it’s reflected through a symbolism, somewhat similar to that of dreams.
Before we take a look at various holographic symbols, let’s not forget the main elements of our personality, from the point of view of the Reintegration System:
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This classification is not perfect, as some of these elements of personality can be seen as the subsets of the others. However, these are the aspects of our psyche that are the most important to work on. But in most cases, they are invisible to our eyes. Typically, we are not aware of them. They definitely pose a problem to our healthy lifestyle, but we very often fail to recognize them.
How do we solve that riddle? Is there an easy way to identify our hidden parts of personality?
Just look around yourself. Watch the members of your family, your friends, lovers, enemies. Watch the habitual situations, events, omens. As you delve deeply into a state without thoughts, into the meditative state or Presence, you will be able to easily find patterns. Moreover, if you are assisted with your intuition, you will often recognize your own fears, desires, beliefs or other aspects of your psyche. Everything outside of you is reflecting your internal reality in a symbolic way.
Whatever you suppressed, shall be revealed
For instance, if there is a person in your life who constantly opposes you, who intentionally puts you into troubles every so often, be sure that such a person is the greatest teacher of yours. How come? Well, he or she is a projection of your own suppressed traits.
If your neighbor is behaving in an annoying or aggressive way toward you, know that you still have the very same traits that could similarly be annoying to others. Most probably you have suppressed those traits during your childhood in an attempt to be a “good boy” or a “good girl.” You just replaced such behavior with another, more socially acceptable one. Since then, you don’t feel that those traits are yours at all. Apparently, they have been alienated from you, but still, they are parts of your personality. They need to express themselves somehow. One way is through a certain bodily illness or malfunction, and the other way is within the external world – as an unpleasant behavior of your neighbor, co-worker, or even of a member of your family.
If we change deliberately our unwanted behavior or a trait without consciously re-integrating it back into our personality, it’ll express itself outside of our being.
Therefore, your bodily diseases or outer enemies have an invaluable role in your life. They are usually unveiling the elements of your own personality that have been forgotten, suppressed and deeply hidden from your conscious sight. At the same time, of the greatest importance to your further spiritual growth is to reveal your veiled traits, beliefs, emotions and other concealed inner energies.
Characteristic examples of externalization
Let’s take another view on this.
“…there is a process of suppressing personality traits that happens to most all human beings during childhood, without exception. It takes place as part of our upbringing, learning the basics of unselfish and socially acceptable behavior. As toddlers, we behave inconsiderately on many occasions, in accordance with our basic needs—food, parental love, possessions, pain avoidance, playing, and so on. When a little child, for instance, sees an interesting toy in the hands of their brother or sister, they will try to grab the toy forcefully, with no consideration of other’s needs. The parents then criticize the toddler for this unacceptable behavior, demanding the child stops doing anything like that.
Over time, the child will remember that this behavior is unfavorable to their basic need for parental love. They deliberately suppress the impulse for doing such a thing and thus, finally stop. But, the selfish impulse is not released. It is only moved into the subconscious level, from where it tries to continue its expressing.
The suppressed need always finds its way to express itself, because it’s a question of its very existence as a distinct energetic entity. In this particular example, the need for taking desired things from others to fulfill one’s own needs, first tries to emerge again as the child’s concrete act. As the child has learned its lesson and deliberately suppresses the need all over again, this entity now tries to find a different path. It expresses itself through another person which acts exactly in accordance with the suppressed behavior, but this time toward the child. When the child grows up, the suppressed entity will continue expressing itself during the whole life of that individual. It will bring into his life people that act selfishly toward him, again and again. Doing this way, it just feeds itself up, trying only to survive.”
A similar process happens to adults as well. Let’s examine a typical case: a middle-aged professor, we’ll call him George, after long periods of being intensely remorseful, firmly decides to finally end his surges of rage toward his loved ones. His decision is so strong that whenever he feels any sign of anger appearing inside of him, the decision is triggered and he manages to immediately suppress the emotion and to calm down quickly. After several months of heroic and frequent inner battle within various challenging situations, George succeeds to transform his behavior in general as well as to improve his relationships significantly.
Alas, as soon as he concludes that he has become a new person, unexpected problems appear. A new colleague at work starts offending him on a daily basis, making him a victim of many unprovoked, aggressive attacks. However, George remains steady in his decision to not react angrily. After some time, an additional challenge emerges: a new boss begins bullying him. Even worse, several other people appear in his life and mistreat him also, showing off a lot of anger and resentment toward him.
What happened to George? Obviously, he had forcefully suppressed his negative emotions, without consciously working on them. Instead of fully accepting them and working on their reintegration into the wholeness of his being, he blocked and repressed them completely. As he was in a very good physical condition, the suppressed anger and similar emotions found another way of expressing themselves – into the outer world.
There is always a solution
Luckily, George has found the real way out of his problems. After only three hours of intense reintegration work, done in the course of one week, he achieved wonderful results. Thanks to the Inner Triangle technique, several parts of his personality that had been causing the rage outbursts, were mutually merged and at the same time accomplished their highest purposes. George felt a huge relief.
But the most astonishing part of the change in George’s life was yet to come. After a week, the problematic co-worker abruptly left the University, without any apparent connection to his relationship with George. Subsequently, the bullying boss and the other problematic people have either mysteriously transformed their behavior toward George, or left his life permanently. The holographic principle has revealed itself in the most obvious and remarkable ways.
 An excerpt from “Inner Peace, Outer Success,” https://www.amazon.com/Inner-Peace-Outer-Success-Reintegration-ebook/dp/B01KD221D8
We are completely and absolutely responsible for our lives. We are the ones who are in charge.
What can we learn out of these examples?
All the suppressed needs, desires, fears, emotions and other parts of our personality, whether inhibited during one’s childhood or any time later, express themselves either through various inner problems—mental difficulties, bodily disabilities, illnesses, or through external people or circumstances.
To conclude, if we change deliberately our unwanted behavior or a trait without consciously re-integrating it back into our personality, it’ll express itself outside of our being. On the other hand, if we identify the inner source of our external challenges, we will be able to overcome it permanently, whether using classical psychological techniques or employing other approaches, more spiritually inclined – such as the Reintegration techniques.
Perhaps the most wonderful implication of the holographic principle is that we are completely and absolutely responsible for our lives. We are the ones who are in charge. And a gentle, but infinite power within us is waiting to be unleashed.
 An excerpt from “Inner Peace, Outer Success,” https://www.amazon.com/Inner-Peace-Outer-Success-Reintegration-ebook/dp/B01KD221D8