The Student Debt Trap

“40 million Americans are now in debt because of their university education, and on average borrowers have four loans with a total balance of $29,000… Since 2010, student debt has been the second largest category of personal debt, just after a home mortgage…

Debt is another form of servitude. Like medieval serfs, debt keeps people tied to jobs they dislike in places they don’t want to be working for bosses they hate doing things that make them feel unfulfilled…

[M]any kids end up at university by default. They don’t know what they want to study… They’re just sort of expected to enroll, attend, major in something, and graduate. Much of this is done merely to please other people or satisfy a social expectation without any real sense of whether the path they’ve chosen at that time is the right one.

Modern university education, in fact, is based on the premise that an 18-year old kid can make up his/her mind about what s/he wants to do in life. But how can they really know what they want to do in life without first having some exposure to life itself? …

From this perspective, spending four to five years discussing theory at such a formative age can be terribly counterproductive. Subsequently graduating with an enslaving level of student debt can make the experience borderline destructive…

[N]ot to say that university has no benefit. The question is whether it’s worth the cost at that particular time, i.e. whether entire generations should be forced into a cookie-cutter path where everyone spends ages 18-22 in university, graduates with a boatload of debt, starts a career in whichever industry is willing to hire them, and ultimately begins paying taxes. This route takes away all the choice — the ability to live life deliberately.”

Novelty Generators : Neil Kramer

Neil Kramer talks to Niles Heckman on the Novelty Generators podcast.

“You’ve got some light inside of you – think of it as divine energy or wholeness or some fruits of the universe are inside of you: what do you want to do with it?

Every day there is a question you should ask yourself, every single day… ask yourself this question: What am I doing? What am I doing here, in this world, with this life? What am I doing today? What am I doing? What am I really, really, really doing here? And if you ask that question, every day will be slightly better than yesterday.

The only thing we do as humans that is disastrous is we completely forget all that stuff and drift for decades into silliness and into diversions and into constructs and memes and tropes and delusions and nonsense…

The truth of it is, all you need to do is concentrate on your own excellence and power, and everything else will come into place. You can’t follow anyone, you can’t wait for the savior or the rapture or the tribulation… You have to find your own excellent path of ascendance, otherwise you are giving your power away to Empire… If you take part in disavowal, which is not trying in the business of how to live properly and authentically, you’re empowering Empire, you’re giving your light to Empire…

What you have to do is take responsibility for your own conscious life. Everyone has a sense of what their authentic self really is and usually, there’s a gap; there’s a dissimilarity between what they’re actually doing and what they’d like to do… What we’re trying to do is shorten that until, at some point, there are days where there is no gap…

What the mystic is trying to say is that when we do this, we own our power – we don’t give it away – we emanate our power and create harmony with every step and every word and every pen stroke and every caress… everything, it’s always there. When we aren’t being authentic, we are energizing a destructive mechanism, which [is] Empire, or the system – whatever you want to call it – the construct, the distortion.

The most radical and destructive thing you can do, in a positive way, to get rid of that is harmony, is to create harmony within yourself.” ~Neil Kramer

NEW MOON/EQUINOX – March 20, 2015

“The equinox is always a time of restart, renewal and setting up a good container for how you wish to show up as you move into the newness of spring. When you have a new moon at the same time, there is even a more powerful opportunity to anchor this new start. When there is an eclipse, it intensifies everything…

This particular New Moon is an excellent time to move into a more powerful place in your life. The price for this is letting go and eliminating something in your life that has been holding you back. It could be a current situation at home or at work, or possibly something from the past you have not forgiven, or an old emotional wound, a past regret, judgment or disappointment. Eliminate this energy leak and you will find the freedom to move forward in your life in a much more powerful way.”

5 Signs You Might be a Well Armed Lamb… or a Lion

2.) You Practice the Zen of Fearlessness

“You understand that in order to be a force to be reckoned with in this world, you cannot come from a place of fear, but from a place of fearlessness. You live a courage-based lifestyle, having left the typical fear-based lifestyle of modern day cultures behind. You don’t seek invulnerability like a coward in a tank afraid of the world. You have become absolutely vulnerable like a ninja in the light, fearless of the world. Your courage is your intimacy with fear, your embracing of risk… Nothing is safe from your questioning heart which you use like a double edged sword to cut through the outdated way of things.

Attitude is everything, and your attitude is, “nothing can stop me, but me.” Your fearlessness is not founded upon lack of fear, but on transforming fear itself. Fearlessness is not the absence of fear; it is being absolutely terrified, but doing it anyway. You have simply decided to use fear as a steppingstone toward something greater, rather than as an emotion that cripples you into a state of cowardice… Like the Zen proverb says, “The obstacle is the path.”’

12 Life Tips from Pema Chödrön

1) The Preciousness of Every Moment:

“There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly.

Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.” ~Pema Chödrön

A Higher Perspective : Gigapixels of Andromeda

NASA’s newly released image of the Andromeda galaxy (aka M31) is comprised of 411 Hubble Space Telescope images that span more than 100 million stars and 40,000 light years (as HP notes, “Well, a section of it does anyway…”). According to NASA, it would take more than 600 HD television screens to display the whole image.

How is that for a little higher perspective?

Makes you wonder what’s really going on out there…”