Every day, people are waking up and realizing that our planet is in need of serious healing and intervention. So many systems appear to be failing, and it seems we are facing insurmountable problems ranging from the environment, to war, to poverty, to injustice and to the global economy. Protests and civil unrest over the general condition of the human race have become commonplace, especially in recent weeks and months. Many say we need some kind of a revolution, and perhaps what we really need is a transformation of ourselves, of our society, and of our planet.
Transformation does not happen in isolation. It happens when we connect with like-minded individuals who can inspire us to build community and engage in solution-oriented action. We transform through working together, through finding knowledge, through learning, and through opening our hearts to other people and to the possibility of peace and harmony. This is why so many people are thrilled about the upcoming UPLIFT Festival, which stands for Universal Peace and Love in a Festival of Transformation. UPLIFT offers a unique space, connecting people across the world with renowned visionaries to pursue their goals for transformation and innovation
Mark Ruffalo has just been confirmed to present an introductory video (with previously unreleased footage) for the UPLIFT Festival in Byron Bay, Australia Dec 11-14 along with other visionaries including Dr. Bruce Lipton, Lissa Rankin, Barbara Marx Hubbard, Charles Eisenstein, Ta’Kaiya Blaney, Satish Kumar, Patch Adams, Grandma Agnes, Scarlet Lewis, Helena Norberg-Hodge, Jamie Catto, Joshua Gorman and others. UPLIFT Festival has been dubbed the “Visionary TED” for bringing together diverse voices including indigenous wisdom, science, spirituality, art, and youth to dialogue together across disciplines. This is cultivating a community filled with possibilities, excitement, and solutions-oriented action. We are witnessing a growing movement of collaboration and co-creation and Uplift Festival is leading the way. The event takes place in Bryon Bay Australia and will be streamed globally online. Please visit UPLIFT to learn more or register here for the live webcast!
Scott Smith, Chief Scientist, of Water Defense will be announcing the work and vision forWater Defense for 2015 as guided by the Founder Mark Ruffalo. Additionally, Scott Smith and Colton Hoover Chase will participate in a live forum on Skype to announce the exciting new collaboration between Water Defense and with The Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, Unify, and Uplift Connect launching this spring in conjunction with World Water Day. They will be taking questions via twitter during the live forum on Skype. Water Defense will offer a fun, educational, and interactive online platform that will serve as a diagnostic tool for the health of local watersheds that also allows individuals to get involved in protecting this precious resource while holding local industry accountable.
Water Defense has an incredibly important mission, because right now we are simply not sure what kind of contaminants are in our water, or what kind of impact this might be having on us and on our planet.
“From our taps to our rivers, lakes, bays and oceans, the range of contaminants in our water is increasing and there is a growing urgency to know what exactly these contaminants are, how they get into our water, and the effects they have on people and the environment.
At Water Defense we’re working to erase this knowledge gap. We’re using the most effective technology and techniques to investigate water contamination. We’re raising awareness about the potential impacts of contamination on water quality, and on the health of our communities and ecosystems. And we’re working with partners to improve public access to information about the state of our waters nationwide.
Over the past year we’ve collected water samples at major contamination sites throughout the U.S., and held polluters’ feet to the fire. To build on this work, we are now preparing to launch a new campaign, called We Are There. The We Are There campaign is a two-year initiative consisting of water sampling and testing, informing the public about known and suspected incidents of water contamination, and building partnerships between “water defenders” everywhere. The aim is nothing less than to change the way we, as a people, protect our watersheds.”
– Mark Ruffalo, pictured checking water in the Charles River
To pursue this mission, Water Defense has partnered with the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation a non-profit organization committed to improving environmental health by funding cutting edge science for many years. Their goal is to bridge the gap between the scientific community and the general public by creating a technology platform that will bring together the large amount of scientific data and present it in an easily understandable way. According to Colton H. Chase, Vice Chairman of the Herbert W. Hoover Foundation, “We envision that this tool will encourage learning and action in the sphere.”
During the summer of 2012, Herbert W Hoover funding allowed Kent State University at Stark to lead an unprecedented consortium of colleges, universities, watershed partners, government agencies, and the Ocean Research and Conservation Association (ORCA). This groundbreaking collaboration has brought together faculty and students at educational institutions and facilitated communication between these institutions and various regulatory agencies and treatment facilities concerning water and other environmental issues, allowing for the creation of a database and increasing understandings and workings of a watershed.
According to Dr. Edith Widder, internationally recognized deep-sea explorer and co-founder of ORCA, “one of the biggest problems we are facing right now in terms of water pollution is that it is invisible.” In her work, she has used bioluminescent bacteria to test the sediment levels and determine the level of water contamination in certain areas. You can view a short video of her work in this article.
In September, Unify.org created an interactive map world peace day. They hope to apply this same online technology platform to creating a world map for water for the upcoming #lovewater campaign which culminates on March 22nd 2015 with a global webcast.
Unify started as an organization that hosts globally synchronized meditations and gatherings with a focused intention on healing our planet and recognizing our shared humanity. This grew into a global network of individuals passionate about creating positive change in addition to regular synchronized meditations. In 2013 with the blessing of indigenous elders, Unify began campaigning to organize a global meditation on World Water Day called #lovewater. The campaign was infused with the desire to bring together solutions to water issues as a foundation for recognizing our shared unity as a people.
We are made of water, we drink the same water, and what we do to water we do to ourselves and all of life. With so many great individuals and organizations doing great work for our waters, Unify has been using their large social media following and global network to shed a light on this important and hopeful work. The #lovewater video is narrated by 13-year old native youth, Ta’Kaiya Blaney and was featured on Upworthy and in Huffington Post.
It is hoped that through this visionary partnership between Water Defense, The Herbert Hoover Foundation, Uplift Connect and Unify, we will we soon have a more comprehensive picture of the contaminants in our water, how they get into our water, and their effects upon human beings and our environment. This project shows that through education, inspiration and transformational leadership, it is possible to enhance people’s lives and protect our environment. How will you make a difference? Would you like to get involved? For four days of inspiring, visionary content, join the UPLIFT festival webcast from December 11-14th here. Register now and receive a free 3-hour ticket just for singing up!
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dr. Kelly Neff is a social psychologist, author and educator who has helped thousands of people learn about health, relationships, love and sexuality. She has just signed on to host Lucid Planet Radio, a globally syndicated weekly talk radio program which debuts on the Transformation Talk Radio network in 2015. Dr. Neff holds a B.A. in Psychology from Georgetown and M.A. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. A professor of psychology since 2007, she has become an innovator in the field of online teaching with her book, Teaching Psychology Online. When she isn’t writing, teaching or doing healing work from her home in Boulder, CO, Dr. Neff travels the globe researching transformational festivals for her upcoming book for the Festival Research Project. She is currently a contributing author to The Mind Unleashed. You can find her daily doses of inspiration and positivity on Facebook and Twitter. Light and Love!
The Esoteric Meaning Behind Neo’s Interrogation Scene in The Matrix
More than 20 years old now, The Matrix is recognized by fans across the world as being one of the most brilliant films in history, most notably for its deeper meaning and esoteric philosophy.
One scene that is particularly intriguing, considering the social climate of today, is Neo’s interrogation by the Agents of the Matrix.
Now, before we dig into the potential hidden meaning here, as I perceive it, and how Neo found himself in this uncomfortable position to begin with, let’s first establish some key points in relation to the overall story line that will help us to appreciate the implications behind this scene a little bit more.
What Does The Character Neo Represent in the Matrix?
Neo in ancient Greek (νέος) means new/young one. This is an important piece of the puzzle to help us understand what the directors of the film are trying to communicate to us. With that said, when we assess Neo’s character in the first film, we find that he is a solitary individual that keeps to himself and is struggling to find deeper meaning in this world by constantly searching the internet.
What Does The Character Morpheus Represent in the Matrix?
Morpheus in Greek mythology is a messenger of the gods. He appears to humans through dreams with the intention of delivering divine Knowledge and Truth. In the Greek mythos, he can appear in almost any form in people’s dreams, which could be because anyone, regardless of race, gender, or outward appearance, can be a messenger of enlightenment and Truth.
The First Matrix Film is About The Beginning of the Journey to Awakening
With the understanding of the deeper meaning behind what Neo and Morpheus’ characters represent in the film, we can now appreciate the intro scene of Neo sleeping (whilst searching for Morpheus) through a different lens of perception and awareness.
You see, Neo sleeping whilst searching online for Morpheus represents the early stages of the Truth seekers journey — “asleep” but still searching for deeper meaning in life — and hoping to find that meaning by seeking out a “messenger” of higher Knowledge and Truth.
Truth is Terrorism in the Empire of Lies
Through his incessant efforts, Neo begins to get closer and closer to finding the elusive Morpheus. This, however, also attracts the unwanted attention of the Agents in the Matrix, which represent the enforcers of the shadow government of this system. Their job is to ensure that no one exposes what the Matrix really is, and how it turns unsuspecting every day human beings into useful resources that it can use and exploit.
The Agents proceed to apprehend Neo and interrogate him, where they make it very clear that they’ve been spying on him and keeping meticulous records of his activities, both online and offline, for quite some time now. As we all know very well today, all around the world intelligence agencies are doing exactly that — tracking what we view online and keeping meticulous records on many of our movements.
The agents, however, do not see Neo as being a major threat to the Matrix system, as he is still in the early stages of his awakening and does not know enough to be a major threat. Instead, they offer him a deal where they will be willing to “wipe the slate clean” on his illegal activities online, if Neo will simply help them track down the man they call Morpheus, who they claim is “a known terrorist” that is “considered by many authorities to be the most dangerous man alive”.
This represents that the single greatest threat to this manipulative system — which is overwhelmingly ruled by deception and exploitation — is any messenger of higher Knowledge and Truth that can potentially awaken those who are still “asleep” to what the proverbial Matrix really is. In fact, one could argue this sort of power struggle has been going on for thousands of years, and is possibly why Socrates was accused of “corrupting the youth” by the ruling class more than 2,000 years ago and subsequently sentenced to death; or why Fred Hampton was assassinated by government authorities in 1969; or, in more recent history, why civilians that were peacefully protesting against Wall Street and the bankers for their part in destroying the world economy in 2008, were targeted by the FBI and even labelled as potential “domestic terrorists“.
Simply put, Truth is terrorism in the empire of lies.
Neo, still being somewhat naïve and unbegun in his journey, rejects the Agent’s offer and demands he get a phone call because “I know my rights!”
To this, Agent Smith retorts, “tell me Mr. Anderson, what good is a phone call if you’re unable to speak?”, which results in Neo’s mouth warping in the most eerie of ways.
This scene represents a lesson that all genuine Truth seekers eventually come to learn — this system is not concerned with human rights nor is it concerned with upholding authentic justice. Instead, it inculcates these beliefs and misperceptions into our minds from a very young age, because it serves to help legitimize its unnecessary existence in the eyes of the unsuspecting public and indoctrinate us as to why we think we need it. But in reality, our government guaranteed “rights” can be taken away from us in the blink of an eye.
In relation to current events, for example, many thousands of people worldwide have been arrested for violating curfew orders; In one Indian state, civilians were told they must take selfies every hour and send it to the authorities to prove that they are staying indoors; in South Africa, some have been fined for not wearing masks while driving their cars; In Boston in the United States, people have even been told that they will be fined if they walk “the wrong direction” down the street; Homeless people in France have reportedly been fined for not staying indoors; Some people have been arrested for attending funerals of loved ones because it violated lockdown orders; Others (including doctors and scientists) have had their right to freedom of speech censored online; In Australia, a pregnant woman was actually arrested in her home for facebook posts that encouraged protesting against the lockdown; According to the International Labor Organization, tens of millions are being pushed into unemployment; and travel all around the world has been severely restricted by these authorities who have taken it upon themselves to be the rulers of this planet by dictating what the rest of us can and cannot do. Whether you agree with these policies or not, these things cannot logically be called “rights” since they are so very easily violated and taken away from us.
There are many other examples that demonstrate how our government given “rights” are more of a comforting illusion than an actual reality, such as the CIA’s secretive Black Site torture programs, which have been done in cooperation with other intelligence agencies and authorities throughout the world. In these programs, people have been kidnapped — without any legal criminal charge or trial — and then taken to undisclosed secret locations where many of them are tortured for many months on end, in ways that are considered to be in violation of international law and basic human rights. The CIA, of course, simply claims they are suspected terrorists. In 2014, however, a Senate Intelligence Committee Report found that at least 26 of the people that were kidnapped and tortured were actually “wrongfully detained”.
Wake Up Neo — You Are the One
Fortunately, Neo manages to escape this unthinkable situation without any serious injury or harm. Soon after, he is contacted by Morpheus, where he is told that he was very lucky that the Agents underestimated his great potential and spared him, because if the Agents had known the great secret that Morpheus knows, then Neo would probably be dead.
Confused by the obvious strangeness of everything taking place, Neo asks Morpheus what the hell is going on, and what exactly is he talking about?? Without hesitation, Morpheus replies to him, “You are the one Neo — You see, you may have spent the last few years looking for me, but I have spent my entire life looking for you.”
This is perhaps the most important lesson the new Truth seeker must eventually come to learn — We are the ones we have been waiting for to change this corrupt world my friends; and we must stop looking for heroes and human leaders to absolve us of this very serious responsibility. Instead, we must all take on the role of Morpheus — which is to awaken as many Neo’s (new minds) as we possibly can, whilst also taking on the role that represents the journey of Neo, by challenging ourselves to become the best version of who we authentically are.
By doing this, we will help to awaken and unleash the unique creative forces of each individual’s problem solving imagination; and we will also find unity in our shared struggle against the injustices, and corruption, of this inhumane system which invariably exploits us all.
If not us, then who? And if not now, then when?
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This Clever & Controversial Artwork Will Help You Think Deeper About Society
True artists are what I view as the antithesis of entertainers…
You see, an entertainer is concerned with popular opinion and giving the public what it wants to see. They intoxicate us with mindless amusements to help us escape reality and the everyday stresses of life. But artists, on the other hand, they give us what we need to see; by challenging us to to think deeper about the nature of reality, and the society in which we live, and they do this through the transcendent language of art.
With that said, I decided to collect some of the most thought provoking artwork from around the internet and offered my own little commentary on them…
Some people are hungry for food — Some people are just hungry for attention/Artist credit: Sergio Ingravalle
We are all so blinded by our ignorance and rage, that while we blame each other for our mutual struggles like fools, we’re ultimately getting screwed by the same elitists/Artist Credit: Lubomir Arsov
Despite what they might say, most people don’t actually want to see a reflection of reality — and therefore the Truth — Most people just want to see a narrow minded illusion that comforts their sensitive ego and impulsive feelings/Artist credit: Angel Boligán Corbo
“Just because you do not take an interest in politics does not mean politics won’t take an interest in you.” — Attributed to Pericles/Artist credit: Mana Neyestani
Is Facebook really fighting fake news or are they engaging in authoritarianism and censorship?/Artist credit: Luis Quiles
In a society as toxic as ours — where a climate of hatred, ignorance and fear insidiously infects the bulk of the population — In order to safeguard our health and wellbeing, we must stay connected to whatever it is that gives us an authentic sense of peace/Artist credit: Paweł Kuczyński (Online Store)
In spite of overwhelming historical evidence proving powerful people have engaged in child sex abuse, and it occurs in the shadows of every element and class of society, many of us pretend not to see, which is a shameful betrayal of our children/Artist credit: Lubomir Arsov
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.” — Attributed to John F. Kennedy/Artist credit: Mana Neyestani
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Pregnant Elephant Dies After Eating Pineapple Stuffed With Firecrackers
(TMU) – In southern India, a pregnant elephant died a slow and painful death after eating a firecracker-filled pineapple when she wandered into a village near the Kerala’s Silent Valley Forest looking for food.
According to a spokesperson for the Kerala Forest Department, farmers use fruit stuffed with firecrackers at the edge of their fields in efforts to save their crops from wild boars, and the elephant found and ate the pineapple filled with the explosives, suffering deadly injuries as a result.
The pineapple exploded in her mouth as she bit down on it, injuring her tongue and mouth, and breaking both her upper and lower jaw, leaving her in unimaginable pain, and unable to eat or drink.
Wildlife official Mohan Krishnan, in a touching post on social media, said that the mum-to-be was later found dying in a nearby river.
Article 51-A (g) of the Indian Constitution says that it shall be duty of every citizen of India to have compassion for living creatures. The pregnant elephant in pic was killed in human- wildlife conflict.Action has already been initiated. But where lies our duty? N humanity?? pic.twitter.com/V1ufNt3HfN
— Kerala Forest Department (@ForestKerala) June 3, 2020
He wrote: “She trusted everyone. When the pineapple she ate exploded, she must have been shocked not thinking about herself, but about the child she was going to give birth to in 18 to 20 months.
“She didn’t harm a single human being even when she ran in searing pain in the streets of the village. She didn’t crush a single home.
“When we saw her she was standing in the river, with her head dipped in the water. She had a sixth sense that she was going to die.”
To try and get the injured elephant out of the water and safely to treatment, two captive elephants were brought in, but she didn’t budge. She stayed in the water, where she eventually died. An autopsy revealed that she was about two months pregnant. Her body was transported back into the forest where was cremated.
A Kerala Forest Department spokesperson told Sky News: “It seems this elephant was very unfortunate and unlucky. In my 20 years of service I have heard of three such cases in the past with elephants. It is very sad and we are all very sad about it.”
The official Kerala Forest Department Twitter page wrote: “Article 51-A (g) of the Indian Constitution says that it shall be duty of every citizen of India to have compassion for living creatures.’’
“The pregnant elephant… was killed in human-wildlife conflict. Action has already been initiated. But where lies our duty?”
It is unlikely that this was a deliberate attack on the elephant, although a team from the Kerala Forest Department is investigating and questioning people involved about the incident and a Change.org petition, calling for justice for the elephant, has already reached over 1 million signatures.
Millions of people across the world have been shocked and saddened by the horrific death of the elephant and her unborn baby, with many creating and sharing their art as a tribute to an innocent mother and child. Gentle giants that will never roam the forest again.
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