[Christian Schaffer, Photographer: Nathaniel Wise]
“Somebody who only reads newspapers and, at best, books of contemporary authors looks to me like an extremely near-sighted person who scorns eyeglasses. He is completely dependent on the prejudices and fashions of his times, since he never gets to see or hear anything else.” ~Albert Einstein, 1952
“The level of deeper thinking, of deeper analysis, of going to actual books on a shelf; that kind of thinking is disappearing as people just flit from one digital source to the next digital source for that next hit of dopamine, as Microsoft puts it.
So what is society going to look like when masses of people lose their ability to have a deep thought? What is going to happen if large, large segments of society lose the ability for deeper reflection and critical thinking skills? It’s like every dystopic novel and movie I’ve ever seen, everything from H.G. Wells straight on to George Orwell.” ~Melissa Dykes
“[T]he month of May will give all of us an opportunity to reflect, go inward, and take a good inventory of who we are, where we are, who we are with, what we are doing, where we are living, how we are supported (or not), what needs to change and what our next steps are.
All of this requires Awareness. You can no longer sweep your patterns, bad habits, pain, wounds, fears, and ego driven attitudes and behaviors under the rug and hope they will someday just go away or be fixed by someone else. Now is the time to become Aware and Awake so you can step into your life with more presence, more power and greater purpose…
A higher centered awareness of what a gift life is can inspire us to be better, do better and to be in more acceptance of challenges and to think positively about our future. Awareness requires presence, and presence is the point of power. You cannot change anything unless you are first fully aware of it. So, it will be an exceptionally good month for reflection, study, self-observation, and opening up in ways you could not ever have imagined…
This takes courage and can be terrifying but extremely exciting at the same time. There is a fine line between terror and excitement and your task this month is to drop into the inspired state of excitement as you become aware of what is possible and what needs to happen to move yourself forward.
The benefit for you and the opportunity you have this month is to raise your level of consciousness, awareness and vibration so that your experience of life is fuller and more powerful with your senses more open and your ability to react and act in the moment is more proactive and engaged and responsible.”
“Are large segments of the American public literally walking around in a hypnotic trance?
Michael Snyder, of The American Dream, wrote this almost two years ago:
“Our society is rapidly coming apart at the seams and people are seriously starting to lose it… Way too many Americans seem to be losing all sense of what is right and what is wrong. Way too many Americans seem to be losing all sense of what it means to treat others with dignity and respect… It is almost as if some sort of mental illness is spreading throughout our society that is expressing itself in thousands of different ways. We are seeing anger, rage, malice and brutality rise to very dangerous levels. Our population has become way too greedy, proud, selfish and hateful. America is on a very dangerous road and we need to wake up.”
A general sense of apathy is spreading through the populace like a cancer and it begs the question: even if we wanted to “wake up,” could we? …
Type ‘television’ and ‘low vibrational energy’ into a search engine, and it’ll quickly return the fact that watching a lot of TV is like undressing your mind and submerging it into a bath of negative energy. TV effectively numbs the left side of your brain and renders you helpless to your right brain which is incapable of decoding and critically analyzing the information being presented to you. Essentially, you go on ‘auto-pilot’.
TV programs us. We tune in, drop out and stop asking questions…
Some people cannot seem to break their trance, break their programming. They readily believe whatever the mainstream media tells them — a media beholden to the establishment agenda — without critical analysis and act accordingly. The breakdown appears to go beyond economic or political factors, but something effecting the very fabric of society itself.
Others have ‘broken their programming,’ realized something is very very wrong here, and are asking questions. Think about what’s going on in our country today and ask yourself: “What the hell happened?”‘ ~Melissa Dykes