Our LOE-CHU 2O17-18 Report to SAIIER

Our LOE-CHU functions within Auroville under the umbrella of a special Trust regrouping Auroville’s educational and cultural activities: the Sri Aurobindo International Institute of Educational Research (SAIIER).

Here is the report we have recently submitted for this school-year:

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SAIIER Annual Report – Sub-unit ‘Laboratory of Evolution – Centre for Human Unity’ (LOE- CHU), for 2017-18

2/ Executives:

– for the Research: Bhaga

– for the Specialized Library: Kalyani

3/ Report writer for both teams: Bhaga (from the write-ups kindly sent by all members).

4/ Introduction: (A few sentences.  Why does the sub-unit exist, what are its aims?)

The LOE-CHU, founded like SAIIER itself in 1984 on the suggestion of Sri Kireet Joshi, is dedicated to the study of and research about all that can help humanity towards the new step of Evolution as described by Sri Aurobindo and the Mother – that is, including Human Unity, the very goal of Auroville.

– One main aspect of our work is our Specialized Library: a center of Documentation (in all media) for Research in all fields related to Evolution and Human Unity. The Head-Librarian and coordinator of that team is Kalyani, with the help of Olivier, the second pillar of our Library.

– The other main aspect of the LOE-CHU’’s work is of course Research, not only academic, but also through documented direct experience, which in turn enables us to give particularly rich and interesting workshops and seminars to people interested in learning about what Conscious Evolution through the Integral Yoga means in practice. Bhaga, the original Founder of the LOE-CHU as a whole, is the Head-Researcher and coordinator of that other team, the second pillar of which is Namah.

5/ Activities of this year: (In general and/or highlights.  Who, what, when…)

For our Library, the theme of this year was renovation. A new member joined the Library of LOE-CHU (a retired engineer) who dedicates his time to all over maintenance and repairs in the place. Also the official celebration, in February, of Auroville’s 50th birthday, brought about the renovation of our external walls and the landscaping of our immediate surroundings – a most welcome embellishment.

As for the Research team, it has included this year not only Namah besides Bhaga, but also a beloved previous member from many years ago, Egle, now back in Auroville, this time with her husband and three small kids, but keen on joining again our LOE-CHU Research work. Yet another Newcomer, Irena (also with a small family), has chosen the LOE-CHU as the framework in which to do her own Research work in Dance Therapy, mostly through a special Dance technique known as ‘Dance of the 5 Rhythms’. Because of these two new members and also other factors explained below, our report will show an unexpected but wide diversification of our usual activities.

In the case of Egle’s contribution, it has been so specific and interesting in both the two successive forms it took, that the two little reports she wrote about those two experiments have been kept as such, separately, at the end of this overall LOE-CHU Report.

Irena’s write-up will be only for next year, as this year she still had to travel two times in order to complete her qualification as a Teacher for the Dance of the 5 Rhythms; but Bhaga and her have met often and followed up on each other’s work in ways that have already established mutual respect and warm reciprocal appreciation.

Now for Namah’s and Bhaga’s work:

Over the year, several French groups attended Namah’s workshops about Auroville, discovering with her help different subjects of study available in our community. Programs were offered by her on the Integral Yoga, in French, for guests as well as Aurovilians. Namah’s main interest and focus here is to make understandable an Unending Education (as in Auroville’s own Charter by Mother) according to Sri Aurobindo’s integral psychology. Besides these personal activities, every week Namah participated in the regular meetings of the group Lîlâ-CIRHU, this year studying particularly ‘’La Genèse du Surhomme” (by Satprem) and coming up collectively with the conception of a whole Exhibition on the subject, realized from 15th February to 15th of March for Auroville’s 50th birthday, a big event celebrated by that group in that way.

All along this year, Namah was also part of Bhaga’s regular meetings with a small group composed of other Aurovilians (mostly from the Lîlâ-CIRHU Group), sharing among themselves observations about body and cells’ consciousness based on Sri Aurobindo and Mother’s experiences, and Bhaga’s own ongoing researches.

The continued, weekly activity of this small Cellular Consciousness Research Group has constituted for Bhaga one main new aspect of her regular Research work this year, made possible now that she has, right at her home in Luminosity, but downstairs

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the little office for Research which our official LOE-CHU space within the Bharat Nivas compound cannot anymore include, as that space is becoming too small even for our Library alone.

In this additional office place she could also receive, during the Winter months, the two regular visitors from France, two ladies both from the medical field, who come since three years to learn and practice ever more about their own cellular consciousness, and the Integral Yoga as a whole. A young French man, a doctor too, has also been coming on his own for the same purpose.

Another very interesting new area of Research in that new little office has been for Bhaga the fact that two young Newcomers, both from the local Tamil villages around Auroville, have asked her to teach them (separately) about the deeper meanings of Auroville, and, in the case of one of them, even about the Integral Yoga and the Conscious Evolution it implies, including at the cellular level of one’s being. Educational principles too were asked about, as both those two young men had small children. This was a very interesting opportunity for Bhaga to find the different approach needed for explaining such things to them, given their cultural background, instead of the approach she uses for Westerners. The new approach she found turned out to be very appreciated and fruitful.

A fourth major new field of experimental research came up for Bhaga when, from September on, new devotional songs came to her, as is the case since 1975, but those ones were on African rhythms, and in celebration of this Africa where Bhaga was born and grew up until teen-age. Together with those songs came a revival of her inner link with Africa, not only in this lifetime but in some ancient previous ones as well. Other inner links that had already revealed themselves through memories of the Psychic Being (the Being of the Soul) were reactivated too in her body-consciousness: France of course, but also ancient Siberia, for example, among many other areas of the world. A sort of widening of the body-consciousness was taking place through the awakening of the very diverse cultural identities buried in it over many lifetimes. This brought about in Bhaga a whole direct understanding from within, of how the various Cultural Pavilions of Auroville’s International Zone can be used by each person towards his or her own Human Unity through Diversity: they can do it even within their individual consciousness, if it integrates present but also ancient cultural memories coming from their body-cells and their Psychic Being.

6/ Outcomes: (What was created; who benefited and how?)

This year our Librarians went through the classification of our books and tried to be sharper in defining each one’s main subject and connection with the work of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

In the Research field, a compilation on the aspects of the different planes of the being was done by Namah. The research was to classify elements of our life, our psychological aspects and our behavior belonging to each plane, and to find effective practices which could help towards transformation of the whole being. In that way, as many as 40 different inner exercises were prepared and put together by Namah for concentration and relaxation, at the physical, mental and vital levels.

Like Namah’s workshops, the exercises she creates are in French, and so are a real boon especially for the many French speaking people who visit Auroville, often regularly, or live here.

Bhaga can use either French or English for her courses and workshops, and also her songs can be in either or both languages, as the Songs to Africa were. Those songs led to a whole little event during Auroville’s Golden Jubilee Week, in which these songs were sung and danced at the African Pavilion by herself and a few others from that Pavilion, as its special contribution to the general celebrations, and a symbolic inner call for the awakening of Africa itself to the evolutive spirituality of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

This direct contact and collaboration between the LOE-CHU Research and the African Pavilion has been enriching for both sides, and has been beneficial inwardly for many of the guests from everywhere who were at the time staying there, and expressed their gratitude.

Bhaga’s lived insight about the possible use of several Cultural Pavilions by single individuals with multiple cultural identities will help realize in the persons themselves the needed harmony between all the Pavilions in the International Zone.

Not only more Aurovilians are now valuing and practicing Cellular Consciousness, but through the three medical persons also coming regularly to Bhaga for the same purpose, it is the entire medical and scientific world that starts being touched by word of mouth. In the same way, the kind of persons who come for Namah’s workshops spread the word about it among others of the same generally high social milieu, not yet reached often enough by the deeper levels of Yoga beyond the usual (Hatha) Yoga as practiced in the West.

7/ Reflexions: (What was most meaningful this year?  What was challenging and what was learned?)

Regarding our Specialized Library, the feedback of the guests was overwhelmingly positive this year. We have over the years constituted quite a large  collection of rare, very interesting books, which attracts the researchers and often they remark that a lot of those books are not anymore available in their countries.

Our Research work too has been especially appreciated this year, by a growing number of Aurovilians of increasingly diverse origins, as well as by the outsiders, very diverse too, that came in particularly great numbers in this Golden Jubilee Year. That in itself was also a challenge at times, but thanks to the Divine Grace our little team has managed to do nevertheless all that was needed!… In several occasions we were even able to be together for a specific activity or event organized by one of us, and this was especially pleasant for ourselves, as usually we are too busy with our separate lines of work to meet, except at times kept for that purpose, at least among the Research team.

Bhaga’s continued participation once a week in the Library work does indeed help bridge the gap that had existed some years ago between the Library and the Research teams, due to lack of communication and the misunderstandings that are the usual result. More interactions, along with mutual goodwill, have this year created a shared feeling of more cohesion among us, which is a very encouraging sign for our own internal ongoing experiment as the ‘Centre for Human Unity’.

8/ Conclusion: (Any final remarks, and/or intentions for next year).

We will continue to maintain with great care our books, as they are precious and some of them unique. Quite a number of them have been donated by our regular customers, as well as guests.

And we will continue to also maintain with great care our internal relations within the LOE-CHU, including those Aurovilians who at some point have been members of our overall team, and also the new ones who might like to help. In this year of Auroville’s Golden Jubilee, a need is felt, not only to reprint books published long ago, as still very useful and beautiful, but also to take up again and finally bring to fruition some previous projects that had met with a very positive response, and then for various reasons have not been completed. A book about the main aspects and results of the LOE-CHU Research is also long overdue. With the help of Paulina, young student just arrived (April 18th) from Germany as an Intern at the LOE-CHU RESEARCH for the next six months, it will hopefully become possible to materialize such a book, mostly from Bhaga’s ongoing Research Blog started in 2011, ‘Lab of Evolution’ (labofevolution@wordpress.com) and from other relevant documents.

With so much great work to be realized as soon as possible, it is not yet time for much interaction with other groups in Auroville: a strict focus will have first to be kept on our own LOE-CHU work, if it is to be made more visible and more useful for Auroville and humanity as a whole.

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THE TWO REPORTS BY EGLE (FOR LOE-CHU RESEARCH)

  1. Name of sub-unit:  LOE-CHU Research “Children Activity Garden” – Family Garden in a friendly home environment
  2. 2. Sub-unit executive for this specific activity: Egle
  3. 3. Report writer: Egle
  4. 4. Introduction: (A few sentences. Why does the sub-unit exist, what are its aims?)

This project has been conducted from December 2016 till August 2017. First, it was created out of a necessity, since (at this moment) there were not enough spaces for all kids in existing Auroville Kindergartens. Secondly the project holder together with a few other parents were interested in creating a space, where parents and children can spend time together in a friendly home-environment. Which means that parents could participate in the activities of children or just observe the life of the children or even bring their own work and just be there. But this was not an obligation. Parents had a choice to stay there or to leave the children. Also “Children Activity Garden” was open till 3 pm and not just till lunch (like the other Auroville) KGs, for those families who would have this need.of an extended caring time for their children.

The Educational Guidelines were based on the free-choice harmonious education, taken from Russian educator and yogi, Bokatov. We didn’t strive to create a complete so-called “free-choice” or “just play” environment. The aim was, as also stressed out by Bokatov, to allow children to make their own choices. But choices within a structure, not to choose out of “infinity”, which is overwhelming for a child and many educators have seen that also just free-play doesn’t work. At “Children Activity Garden” we created a schedule offering various subjects and activities for children, leaving them the choice to participate or not.

  1. Activities of the year: (In general and/or highlights.  Who, what, when…)

Activities offered have been: arts & crafts, music and singing, dance, yoga, theatre, swimming, circus, gardening, visiting animals, etc

  1. 6. Outcomes: (What was created; who benefited and how?)

From this experience, mostly this place was beneficial for pre-newcomers, newcomers and guests of Auroville with children. Most of them do not get place for their children in Auroville kindergartens, and some not straight away. Also we had many families from India, not just foreigners. One mother from Pune said that she is coming to Auroville since 6 years and never had a possibility to do any activities which interested her, as she always ended up having to do children activities with her kids. So it was the first year when she could have time for herself.

Newcomer families, who do not get place straight away at AV kindergartens, benefited as well, since the requirements from the Entry Group are very strict concerning the working hours of newcomers – without taking into account the fact that some families have small children and cannot possibly work full time anywhere, as they have to look after their kids also during the day.

Also benefited, those families who have not been happy with existing kindergartens in Auroville and were looking for an alternative.

  1. Reflections: (What was most meaningful this year?  What was challenging and what was learned?)

It was a beautiful year of meeting very interesting and friendly families, where we all became like one big family and got new friends. It was this beautiful home atmosphere and freedom, with the possibility of choices for the parents as well, which made this project so remarkable.

But it has been challenging to organise everything by ourselves, while not being a part of SAIIER (the project was not accepted). For example, it was not possible to get “Play of Painting” classes or transport for outings (we had to pay taxi each time), swimming pool and circus was quite expensive.

So in general, it became clear that it is not so efficient nor pleasant to do something “outside” of the system.

One of the reasons for stopping of the project was, that it was quite tiresome to have these many kids and parents daily at home. A second reason had a financial character: we had quite some expenses, like food, materials, helper for cleaning, and we have been paying maintenance for 2 educators. Those costs we shared among families involved. But sometimes there were periods, when not so many kids were there and we had to pay from our personal money. It was not always the case, but when the main families were guests and newcomers, we didn’t have this feeling of stability that would have been better.

  1. Conclusion: (Any final remarks, and/or intentions for next year.)

Even if we had to close our place for those few reasons, during this year it became very clear that there is really a need for families of Guests, pre-Newcomers and Newcomers of such a place for their children in Auroville. There was so much joy, sharing and thankfulness coming from them all.

So, if someone in Auroville would organise this again, permanently, it would be for sure appreciated. Just, it should a part of some bigger organisation and get some funds and support – hopefully from SAIIER itself.

  1. Links and attachments: Photos (please attach as separate files), links to videos and websites, any other supplementary material that you would like to share).

Website of “Children Activity Garden”, created as a gift to us by one the participating family:

http://activitygartenauroville.esy.es/

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  1. Name of sub-unit: LOE-CHU Research, Brain training and assessment project 
  2. 2. Sub-unit executive: Bhaga
  3. 3. Report writer: Egle
  4. 4. Introduction: (A few sentences. Why does the sub-unit exist, what are its aims?)

Since the very beginning of the LOE-CHU in 1984, it was a dream of Bhaga to work and do some research with Biofeedback devices in general, and particularly the method called Neuro-feedback. This is a modern technological development, which allows a person to receive an immediate feedback of one’s brain activities. Until now these technologies have been very expensive and available only in the hospitals.

We have got the equipment from one interesting and progressive Dutch company, which helps people to understand their brain activities, how these influence their life and how their reality and life can change, if they manage to change the brain patterns.

Mainly neuro-feedback is used very effectively as a therapeutic tool in cases of many psychological problems, such as ADHS, depression, trauma, dementia, etc.

Our aim at LOE-CHU was to see the patterns of the brain, but not only to concentrate on the problems and to heal them. The aim of all these training sessions is in the final stage to learn to reach meditational states of mind (Alpha-Theta brain waves balance) fast and at will.  Since the brain receives an immediate feedback, it sees what happens and learns to reach or change the brain wave patters quite fast. It can be compared with learning to ride a bicycle.

  1. Activities of the year: (In general and/or highlights.  Who, what, when…)

The project has been created for Aurovilians with the aim of training and research. We have made 30 brain waves assessments and quite some brain training sessions with 5 Aurovilians.

Some people after getting the test results said that they could observe some changes in their lives and behaviour, even without undergoing the training. Alone the awareness and knowledge of one’s brain activities already gave to those people a tool to work upon their difficulties and to strengthen the positive ways of their brain.

Also it was interesting to observe, that when people concentrated on special chakras or meditated, the test results changed immediately. So, the participants knew, that if they concentrated or just closed their eyes, that could change the brain activity, which in turn changes the mental and psychological condition.

  1. 6. Outcomes: (What was created; who benefited and how?)

We have started a long-term project, because to change some brain patterns, which one can have after traumatic experience or even since childhood, takes a long time. It could take a 6 month weekly training. And, as the creators of the equipment suggest, only then it is possible to work on meditational states and reaching them at will. As they say, in meditational state “we can do more, while doing less”. Because in meditational state brain works most efficiently and without loosing too much energy. This goes of course in alignment with the practice of yoga.

  1. Reflections: (What was most meaningful this year? What was challenging and what was learned?)

It was very interesting to see in retrospective, once knowing the brain patterns of a person, how is one’s personality, character, attitudes, etc. It is an interesting psychological research subject. Everything is connected and the influence goes both ways. Change the mood and the brain patterns change. Change the brain patterns, and the mood will change.

It was also evident, that each brain is very individual, though some similarities have been observed among very long term Aurovilians.

Although all this is very interesting and there were lots of requests from Aurovilians to have at least the test, even if not continuing with the training, the experiment was challenging. The biggest challenge was related to the equipment itself: the equipment always stresses out the “difficulties” of the brain and not the beauty, the authenticity, etc. This is the limitation of this technology and, of course, it was mainly created as a therapeutic tool.

So, to continue with the research in meditational states of mind, we probably would be able todo it once people underwent the training.

For example, one test person had great mental capacity, fast working brain and at the same time was able to go into meditational trance state (theta-delta) within minutes. But the equipment was not able “to see” the advantages of this brain, and stressed out the unbalances here and there, etc.

  1. Conclusion: (Any final remarks, and/or intentions for next year).

It was quite a challenge practically too, since only one person knew how to work with this equipment, while there were plenty of interested people to have the test and to proceed with the training. It is a very personal work, so time wise it is simply not possible to work with all wiling people. We would need a few more machines and more people to conduct the test and the training.

  1. Links and attachments: Photos (please attach as separate files), links to videos and websites, any other supplementary material that you would like to share).

This is the website of the scientists and researchers who have created this equipment for an affordable price, and there is a lot of information about neuro-feedback and its benefits: https://brain-trainer.com/

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‘The Most Benevolent Outcome’

 

Ending of a Live Channeling of KRYON by Lee Carroll on December 4th, 2016, titled ‘WHEN THE BUTTERFLY FLAPS ITS WINGS’, just now transcribed and added to the long list of the existing Transcriptions on the KRYON site… right on time for the ‘Big Prediction’ Kryon mentions in the Channeling, that was supposed to happen around the present date: lee2011brown

We told you that your recent election brought you a wild card. The definition of a wild card is something totally and completely unexpected and out of time. It then changes things from then on. You have a wild card as your president-elect [channelled December 2016]. Now I beg you, wipe away the bias. It’s hard for some! Wipe it away and listen to this for just a moment, because this is the first time and perhaps the last that I’ll ever tell you this: There are those on this planet right now who can sense the fractals in the time circle. They are called pre-cogs. They have precognition from sensing what is coming on the circle of time repeating itself.

Your government knows about them and actually employs them! They are the few who can sense what is already there, because time is in a circle. Remember? Fractal time presents elements of energy that come at you in this circle; therefore, they can be sensed and made into predictions.

The Big Prediction

There is one prediction that stands out and it started to be seen last year or slightly before. The prediction, based on fractals, is that you’re going to have a major, potentially total, complete financial collapse in about February or March 2017.

Many of you have heard this and it’s frightening. The pre-cogs started talking about it, and then there were others who started talking about it. The closer it got, the more it was talked about. Now this also follows some logic, because the ones who study patterns of finance, stocks, investments and national debt see the pattern also. They started yelling, too, “It’s coming! Can’t you see it?” Some analysts are telling you to capture all your assets in another form, right away. Many are saying that banks will fail soon. What I want to tell you is that they were correct. The fractal does, indeed, have that energy!


The Butterfly Effect

Do you know what I’m going to tell you next? A man named Edward Lorenz gave a philosophy: When a butterfly flaps its wings, something major could happen in the future. It’s because little things change bigger things and bigger things change even bigger things. He is right, and a wild card is a huge butterfly.

Here is what I want to tell you today. A majority was expecting a certain outcome to your election. Instead, you got a wild card. Let me tell you why: If the expected had happened, the financial systems would have stayed in place exactly the way they were. The one you expected would have taken over from the other and the systems that were bound to fail would have gone right into that very place and exploded into economic dysfunction. There would have been no reason to change anything for the one you expected, because the sense was that it was all working well.

Pretend you’re a visitor from space and you have no invested interest or bias at all in what has happened. You’re looking down in a metaphysical way and you’re saying, “Isn’t it interesting how this wild card is going to change what would have happened in February or March?” Are you understanding what I’m telling you?

Perhaps putting a stick in everything and turning it quickly is what was needed right now? This would be in order to change that specter of complete and total financial failure. I want you to see what’s going to happen, and not to fear it when some seeds of it may still occur – like a hiccup in the system when it gets too elevated. But I’ll tell you that without this wild card, it would have been “same old, same old”, right to where the fruition of the problem would be. Then the pre-cogs would have been right. The fractal time potentials would have then proved themselves accurate. But instead, the main energy of the financial horror has been potentially voided because of the wild card. Remember, it was Humans with free choice and a free system that you designed who put the wild card in place.

Moving Forward

“Kryon, what’s going to happen next?” Dear ones, it’s up to you. What’s the most benevolent outcome? What you say and do is like placing an order to the Universe and the field. What is the order you’re going to place in the next months? Think of it as writing your take on all this and giving it to the “universal waitress”. What’s going to come to your table? Aren’t you tired of ordering that which is the lowest expectation? Aren’t you tired of expecting horrible things from other people, then getting them? What are you going to do with this? Physics is on your side, dear ones, and has your back. However, you are in control of what happens next, by what you expect.

Like other wild cards that you received before, the design is that you can continue on and this planet can grow faster because of it. It won’t have to be dragged down for years and years and years through a major collapse of the world economy. That’s the message of the day.

Can you feel the entourage yet? Can you feel the smiles and the joy of those who know the potentials of the future you have? You are in control, yet some of you feel so out of control. I want you to consider this message. I want you to watch what happens on the planet and I want you to adjust into a way where you can get up in the morning and place your order. Remember, think “most benevolent outcome” from everything you see. Order things that are joyful and that reflect the passing of the days of the ignorance of the six-year-old. Let that instead be replaced by maturity, wisdom and compassion.

I hope this helps to shed light on how things work in this new energy. There are more wild cards coming and some of them will be inventions. They will be mostly for the health and well-being and peacefulness of humanity on the planet.

I’m closing now. There will be those listening to this that will walk out and say, “That’s ridiculous. I know Human nature.” Dear ones, they have just placed their order!

Be peaceful. Relax into yourself and be your own parent. Take the hand of your Higher-Self this day, and when you do, you’ll live longer.

I am Kryon, in love with humanity and for good reason.

And so it is.

KRYON

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bruce Lipton’s Revelations through three Videos from Hay House

Slightly modified, a communication I received recently from Hay House  (all my thanks to them) about one of my most beloved scientists: Bruce Lipton!… With a link added here to at least one of the three videos, which can also be found on Youtube. I hope you will enjoy everything as much as I did!…

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Dear Bhaga,

Your body is a biological wonder and houses trillions of living things to keep you healthy. But we can compromise this system through lack of understanding of our basic biology.

In his next free video, Bruce Lipton, stem cell biologist howbeliefscontrolbiology-brucelipton and best-selling author of The Biology of Belief debunks some of the commonly held beliefs surrounding:
Vaccines: He uncovers the difficulties of vaccinating children under the age of 3 with under-the-skin injections.

Tonsils: He explains the confusion around what tonsils are for and, demystifies how they address toxins in your body and unveil their true purpose. (Hint: It’s about building your immune system.)

Antibiotics: He lays out how antibiotics threaten your body’s balance of good and bad bacteria in what is known as your “microbiome” and how to rebalance yourself once you’ve taken them.
3 Truths About Your Biology

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Through this video you’ll discover that the fundamental belief that the immune system kills everything that comes into the body is not true. In addition, you’ll learn that bacteria are critical to our health and we need to replenish them after a round of antibiotics.

In his first two videos, Bruce lays the foundation of how exactly your beliefs play into your genetic expression. He calls into question currently held beliefs surrounding ideas like “If I have the gene for cancer, I will get it,” and divulges the freedom you’ll experience when you take back the power of your life and health.
Your Genes Don’t Cause Disease; Your Beliefs Do

http://www.learn.hayhouseu.com/biologyofbelief-index1-us

Click Here to Play Video 1 »
Why Cancer Genes Are Changed Based on Beliefs

Click Here to Play Video 2 »
I hope these videos have been eye-opening and helped you better understand the connection between your thoughts and your body. Don’t forget to leave Bruce your comments on the video pages; He wants to hear the insights you’re getting from all these videos.

Please watch for Bruce’s final video in this series to learn how you can better understand the revolutionary science behind belief. This video is a great way for curious, skeptical or fact-oriented people to see how spirituality can be explained through scientific facts.

Wishing You the Best,
Reid Tracy
CEO, Hay House

The Wonderful Effects of Being Grateful

My being given a beautiful flat at ‘Luminositty’ has been, at the deepest level, a result of my being grateful to the Divine even for things that could have seemed unjust, and of my expecting everything to always turn out to be a blessing, even if in disguise (see my recent post: https://labofevolution.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/how-in-truth-i-found-myself-living-at-luminosity/).

The amusing little drawing down below (courtesy http://www.johnehrenfeld.com) depicts quite exactly the present general situation between the two inner attitudes in us, human beings:

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Interestingly, I just happened upon an article in ‘Collective Evolution’ mentioning a whole scientific study about just those attitudes of mind (and heart), so I am glad to share that article with you too immediately, as it could bring about a crucial turning-point in your own life too:

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How Counting Your Blessings Vs. Burdens Can Actually Make You Happier, According To Science
Posted: 21 Jan 2017 11:02 AM PST

Well, look at the bright side… We’ve all heard this advice before, and if we haven’t, there’s a good chance we’ve said it to a friend who is in need of some cheering up.

But, what good does it do to look at the bright side? Does it actually make us feel better or does it just temporarily distract us from the less desirable emotions we are feeling at the time? This is not to say that we should only focus on the positive – that is to deny a part of ourselves and this world we live in; without the dark we would not be aware of the light.

When we count our blessings versus our burdens, however, it can actually increase our mood  – by up to 25%, according to the following study. When we are constantly thinking about what is going wrong, we aren’t leaving much room for thinking what is going right. By switching up your thought process, you will eventually start noticing your blessings more regularly and less of the burdens. If you are someone who believes in the law of attraction, this means you will be attracting more positivity into your life.

Practicing Gratitude Can Increase Your Overall Happiness

A study conducted by Emmons and McCollough in 2003 outlined the positive impact that practicing gratitude can have on our well-being. Research was carried out with three experimental groups over a 10-week period, Dr. Robert A. Emmons described the study in his new book ‘thanks!’

The first group was asked to write down five things they were grateful for that had happened in the last week for each of the 10 weeks of the study. This was called the gratitude condition.
The second group was asked to write down five daily annoyances or hassles from the previous week. This was the hassles condition.
The third group was asked to simply listed five events that had occurred in the last week, but not told to focus on either positive or negative aspects. This was the events or control condition.
The types of things people listed in the grateful condition included:

Sunset through the clouds.
The chance to be alive
The generosity of friends
The right to vote
And in the hassles condition:

Hard to find parking
Burned my macaroni and cheese
No money for gas
Before the experiment began, participants had kept daily journals to keep track of their moods, physical health, and general attitudes. These observations were then used to provide a comparison for after the 10 week experiment was finished.

The results of the study concluded that happiness levels were up by 25%. Those who were in the gratitude condition were more optimistic about the future, they felt better about their lives, and they even did on average about 1.5 more hours of exercise per week than those who where in the hassles or events condition. It’s amazing to think that all of this can be achieved just from focusing on your blessings rather than your burdens.

How Can You Implement More Gratitude Into Your Daily Life?

Depending on your current state, sometimes it can feel difficult to find things that you are grateful for. You may be going through a challenging experience, a break-up, the loss of a loved one, financial insecurity, but despite these challenges, there are always things to be grateful for. The more you make the effort to take note of these things, the easier this will become. It becomes a habit; much like the contrary, only focusing on the burdens in your life becomes a habit as well.

Gratitude Challenge

Who’s up for a challenge?! I challenge anyone reading this to start keeping a gratitude journal. Everyday, for one month, write down one thing that you are grateful for. It can be so simple! If you’ve had a particularly bad day, but your dog came and licked your nose you could write that down. You can literally put anything at all that you are grateful to have in your life.

If you have trouble sticking to these types of tasks, you can try something that has worked well for me in the past –enlist a friend. Find a friend who might be interested in trying this challenge out as well. Everyday send a text to your friend telling them at least one thing that you are grateful for, and in turn, they will send you one thing they are grateful for as well. This way you will hold yourself accountable. And if one forgets, hopefully the other will remember.

At the end of the month, reflect back on the month and see if your mood has changed or if you have felt more inspired to treat yourself well, and if overall your happiness has increased.

Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life

You see, life is all about perception. As Oprah Winfrey has said:

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.”

If all you are focusing on is what is going wrong, then you will never see what is going right. Change your focus, see what happens!

Much Love

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(Well, I do like this sweet greeting in the end also, don’t you?…)

The 17-18th November Darshan Has Again Come and Gone…

… And again it has been a most powerful event for me, as the Day that in 1973, when the Mother left her body, saw me get a Darshan indeed, first, early morning, of Her  Divine Infinite Being behind all there is, and later the same morning, also of Her new Form as it was seen with awe and wonder by my bewildered eyes, still open  for some reason to that subtle-physical dimension in which that new Form seemed to be taking shape.

From that new Form – an orange colored, slowly becoming more dense mist vibrant with incredible power – Something emanated into my whole being including the physical body, Something that only the third time around I was able to be calm and peaceful enough to let in, or rather drink in deeply.

Only about a year ago has it occurred to me that such an unbelievable infusion of this Something into my being at that very special time might have been actually the secret cause responsible for my becoming aware of my cells for the first time in 1976, three years later, and for the remarkably fast turning of some of those cells towards the Divine hardly a year later after that, in 1977 already – a rather speedy evolution of that cellular consciousness which I had never been able to explain to myself until I finally connected it to that tremendous 18th November Darshan in 1973… which has since then taken on for me all the more significance and importance, of course.

This year, the anniversary was on last Friday; I had already decided to go to Pondy (a very rare event for me nowadays) for another important reason, even before I noticed what date it would be… So again I have gone to sit for a long while in this Hall where now only Mother’s empty bed is kept, on which in 1973 her supposedly “dead” body had been visible to others, but strangely enough replaced for my vision by this more real, and utterly living other Form of it… It must have been somewhat ‘contagious’ as well, as Mother used to put it.

Probably some other bodies too must have benefited at that time from that very unusual ‘contagion’ in some way or another, with results we may hear about some day… or not. In my own case I am mentioning all this only because I am trying to put all these things in as scientific a light as Sri Aurobindo and the Mother wanted them to be studied so that the very process of Conscious Evolution may be better understood and consequently more efficiently practiced, particularly at that cellular level whose consciousness is so little known as yet.

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Interestingly enough, on that 18th November 1973 I was still quite new to the Integral Yoga and to Auroville. It was hardly known yet to most disciples that Mother’s body had been undergoing some evolutive changes, let alone that any of that had become possibly ‘contagious’, so it was in all innocence that I happened to benefit from this ultimate Darshan in such an unforeseen manner and with such unexpected ongoing consequences. It is entirely due to the Divine Grace that I happened to have it seems the required cellular receptivity at that special moment. This must be one of the ways this divine Process of Evolution actually works… My most intense gratitude goes to the Mother and her body-cells for all the hard evolutive work that people like me, and all of us to some extent, are now benefiting from…

A Grateful Farewell To You, Dear Sharanam

A dear Aurovilian friend of mine just passed away a few days ago, a lady too, and my age, but from Spain. This is what I sent to be published this week in our Auroville internal weekly newsletter, under this title:

Oh Sharanam, dear Sharanam, what a shock, this sudden departure of yours!… You, the gentle but daring soul who had been the first to join me at the newborn Laboratory of Evolution, in 1985 already, to start together this Raw Food Kitchen that has been, to my knowledge, the first experimental Kitchen in Auroville for the food of the Future! You, the quiet and unassuming biologist and chemist who did this work with also all your heart, you had a few years later to finally stop doing it – although our little ‘Raw Kitchen’ had become rather successful – because of the quarreling atmosphere the next persons who joined the LOE brought in, that was making you sick… Not only was it the end of the ‘Raw Kitchen’, but I lost in that way the daily pleasure of working with you, this rare person capable of true, egoless collaboration with someone else. Even after you left we kept in touch over the years, and you kept appreciating my research work, even more so since in 2011 I started my blog: you followed it with a kind of awe that as always expressed your genuine, amazing humility and childlike sense of wonderment. The name that you had chosen for yourself, which means ‘Refuge’, I among others can attest was fully deserved: I had again the occasion to experience that fact a year ago when the deterioration of my health was found to be caused by a dangerous illness, news that brought you instantly to Djaima at my bedside as soon as I called you for help. And help me you did in many incredible ways along the following months, while by applying the inspired advice of last century’s extraordinary trance-seer in the USA, Edgar Cayce, I managed to reverse the course of the disease… It all became possible only thanks to your faithful and loving daily supply of the unusual diet and other means of treatment he had recommended for such cases. Both you, with your scientific background as a pharmacist, and I as a researcher, plus some others in Auroville, had all independently studied for many years Edgar Cayce’s ‘Readings’ and had already tested his advice with success, so we knew that the treatment he had outlined would definitely help – and it did, to our shared great joy. When later on I was able again to take care of myself on my own, I had to force you to accept my reimbursement of the many expenses you had also incurred for me without hesitation, although you were as short of personal funds for your own life as I was… And just recently we had rejoiced together again when finding a new, good and reliable source of certain food items both of our bodies needed… a source we shared the use of without even knowing it at first: a very special Tamil woman, Latha, who has taken up that job in complete seriousness and dedication about six months ago, and has soon become so appreciative of you, gentle and kind Sharanam, that she was already very worried when she alerted me yesterday: not well for fifteen days, you had been taken to that ICU in Pondy!… Seeing my alarm, she promised to phone me whatever news about you she could gather from your neighbors in Dana. I wished I was myself well enough to attend to you in Pondy if needed, but this morning (Friday the 2nd) on the phone Latha was sobbing, telling me the terrible, stunning news, and then there was nothing more we could do but sob together. When later I opened my email, the usual mass bulletin announcement only confirmed it, alas, dearest Sharanam: you were gone… except that I kept seeing your face smiling as if to comfort me… During her lunch-time break Latha took me along to the Farewell place and together we honored your body with flowers… I’m already missing you so much, and so do your other friends too, I’m sure… Please, after an enjoyable rest in the Light, do come back soon with a good new body, but the same so generous, cheerful and compassionate heart!

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The Tiny Asymmetry That Did It

Some Science news that matter a lot – literally – for our existence and that of this whole Universe…

(From the New York Times of today, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/31/science/james-cronin-who-explained-why-matter-survived-the-big-bang-dies-at-84.html?emc=edit_th_20160831&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=35445594&_r=0 )

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James W. Cronin at the University of Chicago, where he taught physics, astronomy and astrophysics. With Val Fitch, he found “a fundamental asymmetry between matter and antimatter.” Credit University of Chicago News Office

James W. Cronin, a physicist who shared a Nobel Prize for repudiating a fundamental principle of physics and explaining why the universe survived the Big Bang with anything in it, died on Thursday in St. Paul. He was 84.

His death was confirmed by the University of Chicago, where he was a professor emeritus. No cause was given.

In 1964, Dr. Cronin and Val Fitch of Princeton University were conducting experiments at Brookhaven National Laboratory on Long Island involving matter and antimatter: particles that have the same mass but hold opposite (though equal) charges, either positive or negative, compelling them to destroy each other on contact.

The researchers found that for all their similarities, the particles obeyed slightly different laws of physics: that there was, as Dr. Cronin put it, “a fundamental asymmetry between matter and antimatter.”

This contradicted a bedrock scientific principle known as charge-parity invariance, which had assumed that the same laws of physics would apply if the charges of particles were reversed from positive to negative or vice versa.

The finding, known as the Fitch-Cronin effect, bolstered the Big Bang theory, mainly by explaining why the matter and antimatter produced by the explosion did not annihilate each other, leaving nothing but light instead of a residue that evolved into stars, planets and people.

“We now believe this tiny difference led to us,” Michael S. Turner, an astrophysicist at the University of Chicago, said last year after Dr. Fitch died at 91.

Dr. Cronin and Dr. Fitch were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1980 for demonstrating charge-parity violation, which is brought about by decaying subatomic particles called kaons. But Dr. Cronin acknowledged that they had not completely solved a riddle of the universe.

“We know that improvements in detector technology and quality of accelerators will permit even more sensitive experiments in the coming decades,” he said at the time. “We are hopeful, then, that at some epoch, perhaps distant, this cryptic message from nature will be deciphered.”

Since then, scientists working at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in California and at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva have made further strides in decoding the different laws that govern matter and antimatter.

Dr. Cronin “inspired us all to reach further into the unknown with deep intuition, solid scientific backing and poetic vision,” Angela V. Olinto, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics, said in a statement released by the University of Chicago.

James Watson Cronin was born in Chicago on Sept. 29, 1931. His father, also named James, met Dr. Cronin’s mother, the former Dorothy Watson, in a Greek class at Northwestern University. The elder James Cronin became a professor of Latin and Greek at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Dr. Cronin’s infatuation with physics began in high school. He graduated in 1951 from Southern Methodist, where he majored in physics and mathematics. He received a doctoral degree from the University of Chicago, where he studied under Enrico Fermi, Edward Teller and Murray Gell-Mann. His thesis was on experimental nuclear physics.

Dr. Cronin’s first wife, the former Annette Martin, died in 2005. He is survived by their children, Emily Grothe and Daniel Cronin; his second wife, the former Carol Champlin McDonald; and six grandchildren.

After collaborating with Dr. Cronin at Brookhaven, Dr. Fitch, the son of a Nebraska rancher, recruited him to Princeton. Dr. Cronin was lured back to the University of Chicago in 1971, attracted in part by one of the world’s most powerful particle accelerators, which was being built at what is now known as the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, operated by the university in partnership with a consortium of other educational institutions. He was offered a post teaching physics, astronomy and astrophysics.

Dr. Cronin was later a leader of the Pierre Auger Observatory, a global consortium of scientists studying the cosmic rays that bombard Earth. He also edited a book, “Fermi Remembered,” inspired by a symposium in 2001 to commemorate the centennial of Mr. Fermi’s birth. (The two shared the same birth date, Sept. 29.)

“What’s significant about Fermi is if you look through his career, he never just did the same thing,” Dr. Cronin once said. “He kept moving on to new scientific challenges.”

Dr. Cronin became a professor emeritus in 1997.

Working with Dr. Fitch and using instruments they had devised, Dr. Cronin conducted his groundbreaking experiments when he was in his early 30s, less than a decade after he had received his doctorate. Why did it take the Nobel Committee 16 years to recognize their achievement?

“I don’t think that people recognized that this had something to do with one of the most fundamental aspects of nature, with the origin of the universe,” Dr. Cronin said in the 2006 book “Candid Science VI: More Conversations With Famous Scientists,” by Istvan Hargittai and Magdolna Hargittai. “I think that it took a while to realize this.”

He added: “For me, this was actually a good thing. I was much too young at that time to deal with such a thing as the Nobel Prize.”

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