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“This is an example that our community, as well as private companies take threats made across social media and communications systems very seriously,” Assistant Vice President for Safety, Chief David Perry said. “Threats such as this affect us all and this behavior will not be tolerated at FSU or anywhere else. Our community has a right to live free of fear.”

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News Release: Florida State University
January 29, 2016

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — On Jan. 29, 2016, at about 10:05 a.m., two FSUPD employees received an email from administrators at the online application Yik Yak, about a threatening post made from the FSU area. The anonymous post stated threats of harm to students and employees at FSU. By noon, investigators had identified possible suspect, Carlos F. Lopez, 19, an FSU student, and made contact with him on the main campus of FSU.

Lopez was interviewed at the FSU police station where additional evidence was developed. No weapons were located on Lopez’s person or at his residence. Lopez indicated to investigators that he posted the threat with the intent of getting a response out of those who viewed it.

In consultation with the Office of the State Attorney, Lopez was charged with Written Threats to Kill or do Bodily Injury, a second-degree felony, and he was transported to the Leon County Jail.

“This is an example that our community, as well as private companies take threats made across social media and communications systems very seriously,” Assistant Vice President for Safety, Chief David Perry said. “Threats such as this affect us all and this behavior will not be tolerated at FSU or anywhere else. Our community has a right to live free of fear.”

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A Florida State student was arrested on Friday for making anonymous threats to harm students and university staff on Yik Yak.

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FSU Police Chief David Perry (pictured here at press conference in 2015) said in a statement that this arrest show how seriously the FSU community takes threats posted online.

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Carlos F. Lopez, 19, was charged with written threats to kill or do bodily injury – a second-degree felony. The FSU police department was notified when Yik Yak officials emailed them concerning the threat.

The investigation began on Friday and Lopez was identified as a suspect and picked up around noon.

Though Lopez has no weapons and none were found at his Call Street apartment, he told police he wrote the threat with the intent of getting a response. He was later transported Leon County Jail.

“This is an example that our community, as well as private companies take threats made across social media and communications systems very seriously,” said FSUPD Chief David Perry in a statement. “Threats such as this affect us all and this behavior will not be tolerated at FSU or anywhere else. Our community has a right to live free of fear.”

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As a majorette in the Marching Chiefs, I had woken up at 5:30 a.m to get ready for an 8 a.m. parade in the rain and 50 degree weather. That was followed by a fan fest performance and a smashed Chick-fil-a sandwich thinner than a credit card (thanks CFA Bowl!). I had all but settled in to my cozy front row seat in the Georgia Dome when kickoff commenced.

It was a painful first half, as I watched my team go into the locker room at an embarrassing 21-3 deficit. Then there was SMAG, who threw three interceptions. Can’t forget about Cosentino, whose only downs of football the whole game was a complete failure. Yet the QB struggle wouldn’t be complete without anger in the back of your mind about Golson’s sketchy absence.

And Dalvin, where was my Heisman at? Where?

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I was sad because we looked like a mess. I was sad because I hate rebuilding seasons– they are wasted years of my life that I will never get back. I was sad because we lost to a team without a Nike contract. I was sad because the Houston mascot physically pushed me while I was on the sideline before the pregame show (everything is bigger in Texas– including angry, vindictive characters that wear cat costumes to football games). I was sad because the blue and red confetti falling from the sky reminded of how much I hate the Patriots. I was sad because this is the second New Year’s in row that’s been tarnished by Seminole defeat. I was sad because the Florida State fan base is as predictable as a rat in a Cheeto factory– leaving in droves as soon as the end looks bleak. I was cold and tired and devastated.

The ’Noles have been breaking my heart since 1993, save a few years somewhere in between then and now. I saw them win it all in 2014– I was front row at that game, in fact, scooping garnet and gold confetti into my pockets during the trophy presentation. I have selfies with James Wilder Jr. from that night and Telvin Smith’s championship hat is sitting in my closet (hey, it fell off so I grabbed it.) But, even that year was soured by a plethora of malicious media coverage and never knowing whether our QB would be playing or not.

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Florida State was upset 38-24 by Houston in the 2015 Chick Fil A Peach Bowl. (Photo: Matthew Paskert / FSView)

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I’ve been tired, real tired of how FSU football has worn on my heart since 2013 and it all came to an overwhelming climatic moment– the one you saw captured on national TV. So yes, I was sad. Still am, cause the taste of loss doesn’t wash out too easily.

Nevertheless, Jimbo is my shepherd heading into next season. I shall not want a new Defensive Coordinator, because we held on to a damn good one. I’ll have to lie down in offseason, be lead beside spring practice– it will restore my soul. Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of the SEC, I shall fear no ESPN anchor. For the early enrollees are with me, their talent and recruit class ranking comfort me. The 2016 Seminoles prepare a table for us in the presence of our playoff enemies. Our helmets are anointed in tomahawks. Surely goodness and top four rankings will follow us for the rest of our days and we will dwell in the house of Doak Campbell forever. Amen.

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In Brave New World, a prophetic novel published in 1932, prior to Stalin’s purges and before Hitler came to power in Germany, Huxley described a tyrannical future where totally controlled and dehumanized slaves would “love their servitude.”

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…..item 1)…. The Culture of Entitlement and Dependency … www.briantracy.com …

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Current Events | October 24th, 2012 |

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We have reached the turning point in America today. You can have one of two world views about Americans and America. You can either believe that Americans are a proud, free, self-responsible, self-reliant, creative and a pragmatic people, possessed of optimism and confidence in an ever unfolding and abundant future, or you can take the other world view.

You can believe that Americans are weak, dependent, not capable of accepting responsibility for themselves, not capable of making their own choices in any areas, including virtually everything that they eat, drink and consume, and that they must be put under the control of those who are superior to them, elected politicians and the bureaucrats in charge of the thousands of government departments. These are the choices. You are either proud, free and self-reliant, or you are weak, dependent and incapable of providing for yourself.
These are the two world views represented by the two political parties. You can pick the one which best represents your world view and vote for the candidates of that party. But whatever you vote for, you know what you are going to get in advance.

After spending fifty years of studying psychology and human nature, I have concluded that people are neither good nor bad. They are merely expedient. Human nature simply says that people seek the fastest and easiest way to get the things that they want right now, with little concern for the long-term consequences of their actions. This has always been true, and is the driving motivator of virtually all of human behavior. If you boil all economic activity down into a simple word, it would be “improvement.” Every person acts to improve their life, work, family, health or finances in some way, in whatever way they possibly can.

And because people value their time and leisure, they seek the easiest way to get the things they want. Because people are impatient, they seek the fastest way to get the things they want, as well. And because people are motivated toward immediate gratification, they take very little concern for the long term future or for the consequences of their actions. Most people are more concerned about the immediate pleasures that they will enjoy rather than the long-term consequences of what they do, or what they ought to do.

People are neither good nor bad. They are merely expedient. This explains most of what is going on in American society, and throughout the world today. As they say; if you throw money in the street, do not be surprised if people bend over and pick it up. If you offer people free money, or money with very few strings attached, a certain number of people will reach for that money. And afterwards, more and more people will reach for that money until it can become a feeding frenzy, with everyone trying to get more and more money the fastest and easiest way possible with the least amount of effort, and little or no concern for the long-term consequences of their behavior.

— America’s History of Entitlement

This is a very simple and concise explanation of the entitlement and dependency culture that has developed in America, and throughout the western world, especially Europe.

From the 1950’s onward, America enjoyed a burst of prosperity that had never been seen before in human history. With high tax rates and growing wealth and prosperity, government began taking in enormous tax revenues that they quickly developed an irresistible urge to spend in all directions and on all possible projects. By the mid-50’s, the entire interstate highway system was developed and under construction, building thousands of miles of big new roads and highways criss-crossing the entire country.

Then in 1965-66, the politicians in Washington concluded that with so much potential wealth, poverty could be eliminated completely, and a new age of mankind with wealth and prosperity for all, whether or not anyone worked for it or deserved it, could be ushered in by government regulations and legislation. Thus began the “War on Poverty” and the massive growth of the entitlement state.

The entitlement state was based on offering people money which they had not earned and which they did not deserve. By the 1960s, virtually every ethnic American group, including the African Americans from the south, were moving upward and onward, into the middle class, getting their own homes and cars, and putting their children into better and better schools. Crime rates were declining, illegitimate births were declining, rates of welfare and dependency were declining, and more and more new jobs absorbed virtually all the members of the work force who wanted to work.

And then came the curse of the entitlement state.
Governments began offering people money for not working. Tens of thousands of people went to work for the government with the sole job of going out and finding people and convincing them to take a government handout rather than working. Meanwhile, the politicians discovered that they could buy people’s votes with their own money. They could tax people with one hand, and give them free money with the other hand, and get them to vote for them in the next election.

As James Buchanan, the noble prize winning economist concluded, you can tell how a politician will vote by simply looking at the issues that are most popular in his constituency in the weeks prior to the election. Therefore, politicians have no morals, values or principles aside from re-election, and they will do or say whatever it takes to get back into office one more time.

Elections then became like auctions, with politicians trying to beat their competitor by offering more and more free money, to ever greater constituencies. Soon, national politics, and then statewide and local politics, began a gradual race to the bottom. How much free money could you offer how many people to get elected one more time?

— Stages of Civilization

As it happens, throughout the history of mankind, every civilization goes through several phases. It starts as a frontier society, and then becomes an agrarian society, then industrial, and then it grows in wealth and affluence and becomes an entrepreneurial society. It then becomes an industrial and then a service society, and then, it develops so much wealth that politicians think that they have enough to give to prospective voters without hurting the overall economy. The society then becomes an entitlement and welfare economy. Just as ancient Rome was the wealthiest entrepreneurial economy in the world, with the most powerful armies on earth at that time, it eventually devolved into a dependency and a welfare state, more focused on “bread and circuses,” and free money and entertainment, and eventually Rome had declined, fell apart, and disappeared as a society.

The challenge with giving voters free money is that there is never enough. If you offer them free money to vote for you this time, at the next election, they say, “What are you going to do for me now?” Free money is like a narcotic. When you first take it, it has a certain effect. But after a while you must have more and more free money to get the same amount of pleasure. This is why people who get free money from government are never satisfied. They are never grateful. All they want is more and more free money, and they will become angry if they don’t get it, and quickly vote for someone else who promises to give it to them.

However, government has no money of its own. The only money that government has is money that it taxes out of the pockets of working men and women. Even government jobs create little or no wealth. Government studies show that it takes between three and ten people in the government sector to do the same amount of work as one person in the private sector. And in order to buy public sector unionized votes, politicians have increased the salaries, benefits and pensions of unionized public sector workers to the point where they are paid an average of ,000 a year, when the average American earns ,000 a year.

Not only that, but hundreds of thousands of government servants can retire in their 50s on full pensions, based on their last year of work, with full benefits for themselves and their families for the rest of their lives, which may be 20 or 25 years. As a result, America is now bankrupt. It owes trillions of dollars worth of pensions and benefits to government unionized workers that can never be repaid without bankrupting the cities, states and eventually the federal government who has promised all this money.

— Face the Facts

So what is the solution? The solution is first of all to face the facts. It is to be honest and look at the situation as it truly is. Second, we need to begin to make changes at the margins that raise the retirement age for government service, lower the pensions for them, raise the age of retirement for people in the private sector, and puts them on 401k plans where their retirement income is tied to the health of the economy as a whole.

I bet you didn’t know that virtually all politicians have golden parachute retirement plans that are completely separate from what happens to the government or the economy, complete with cost of living increases and fabulous medical benefits for the rest of their lives, and their family’s lives. Politicians have set themselves up so that no matter what happens to the economy they will be living the fat life after they leave government. This gives them no incentive at all to limit entitlements and welfare while they are in office, because when the chickens come home to roost, it will have no effect on their own personal income.

You have a choice. You can vote for the continued growth of government, and the continued growth of the entitlement and welfare state, which always and inevitably leads to national impoverishment and bankruptcy, or you can vote for freedom, opportunity and economic growth accompanied by limited government, lower taxes, and diminished regulations.

You can go on one of two paths, upward toward the light or down toward the darkness. You can go upward toward national prosperity, hope and opportunity, or downward toward national entitlement, welfare, and dependency on ever-growing government with ever higher taxes and ever worse regulations.

The choice is up to you.
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By RALPH R. REILAND on 1.2.13 @ 6:07AM

Good intentions and bad results in the never ending war on poverty.

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“If there is any lesson in the history of ideas, it is that good intentions tell you nothing about the actual consequences,” stated Thomas Sowell, economist at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University.

Similarly, Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman warned of the mixture of good intentions and big government. “Concentrated power,” he cautioned, “is not rendered harmless by the good intentions of those who create it.”

French writer Albert Camus (1913-1960) was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1957. “The evil that is in the world,” he asserted, “almost always comes from ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.”

Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British essayist and novelist, stated it more boldly: “Hell isn’t merely paved with good intentions; it’s walled and roofed with them. Yes, and furnished too.”

In Brave New World, a prophetic novel published in 1932, prior to Stalin’s purges and before Hitler came to power in Germany, Huxley described a tyrannical future where totally controlled and dehumanized slaves would “love their servitude.”

In the forthcoming society envisioned by Huxley, a technologically proficient and well-intentioned government replaced self-reliance and individual freedom with security, dependence, safety, and drug-induced happiness — plus an abundance of carnal pleasures, commanded by the state’s “everyone belongs to everyone else” decree.

What’s required for the establishment of this Brave New World is putting the state up front in all matters and assigning individuals to the back burner. What’s essential for implementation is for man to be precast, molded, and enslaved to the program.

Launched in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, the “unconditional war on poverty in America,” now in its 49th year, might arguably be the most expensive and longest running example of Thomas Sowell’s warning that “good intentions tell you nothing about the actual consequences.”

From 1964 until now, the federal, local and state governments have spent $15 trillion in the War on Poverty — $12 trillion by the federal government and $3 trillion by state and local governments.

In “The American Welfare State: How We Spend Nearly $1 Trillion a Year Fighting Poverty — and Fail,” Michael Tanner, director of health and welfare studies at the Cato Institute, reports that the 2012 poverty rate “has risen to 15.1 percent of Americans, the highest level in nearly a decade.”

In 2012, “the federal government will spend more than $668 billion on at least 126 different programs to fight poverty,” in addition to “welfare spending by state and local governments which adds $284 billion to that figure,” writes Tanner.

On a per capita basis, this roughly trillion a year in welfare spending “amounts to $20,610 for every poor person in America, or $61,830 per poor family of three,” explains Tanner.

In contrast, the Census Bureau reports that the median household income in the United States dropped to $50,054 in 2011, the latest figure available, down 8 percent from 2007, the year before the recession began.

“Welfare spending increased significantly under President George W. Bush and has exploded under President Barack Obama,” states Tanner. “In fact, since President Obama took office, federal welfare spending has increased by 41 percent, more than $193 billion per year. Despite this government largess, more than 46 million Americans continue to live in poverty.”

Bottom line, “the poverty rate is perilously close to where we began more than 40 years ago,” after $15 trillion in spending, Tanner reports. “Clearly, we are doing something wrong.”

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ralph R. Reiland is the B. Kenneth Simon professor of free enterprise and an associate professor of economics at Robert Morris University in Pittsburgh.

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…..item 4)…. Tallahassee Used Bookstore Owner Arrested …

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Posted: Wed 1:05 PM, Jan 09, 2013 … Reporter: Department of Revenue, Julie Montanaro Email
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by Julie Montanaro

The owner of one of Tallahassee’s most popular used book stores is accused of failing to pay thousands of dollars in sales tax.

The owner of the Paperback Rack was arrested this week and accused of theft of state funds. A Department of Revenue spokeswoman says Lisa Wyartt-Hart failed to pay more than 5-thousand dollars in sales tax dating back to 2010.
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Hart called the charges "hurtful." She admits to owing the state money, but says her business has been struggling to stay afloat for the past few years.

"I don’t know why they use the word ‘stealing.’ We are struggling. The last three years have been really, really tough," Wyartt-Hart said.

"If I had it," she said, "it would be paid."

The Paperback Rack has been in business for more than 25 years.

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Department of Revenue Release: Leon County Bookstore Owner Arrested

Lisa M. Wyartt-Hart, the owner of the Paperback Rack, a used bookstore located in Tallahassee, Florida, has been arrested on charges that she stole more than $5,000 in sales tax she collected from customers, but failed to send in to the state, the Florida Department of Revenue announced today.

Ms. Wyartt-Hart, 45, who also lives in Tallahassee, was arrested by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office January 8, 2013 on felony and misdemeanor charges relating to theft of state funds, failure to file six consecutive return and refusal to file and pay taxes due. If convicted, she faces up to 5 years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines, as well as possible payment of penalty and investigative costs. Paperback Rack is located at 1005 N. Monroe Street in Tallahassee.

According to Revenue Department investigators, Ms. Wyartt-Hart collected tax from customers at her bookstore. However, during various periods beginning in 2010, lasting through periods in 2012, she failed to send in to the state all of the sales taxes that were collected or file tax returns as required by law.

“It is an honor to serve the vast majority of Florida businesses who comply with State tax requirements,” said Marshall Stranburg, Interim Executive Director, Florida Department of Revenue. “For those that don’t, it is our job to enforce the law and ensure honest businesses are not placed at a competitive disadvantage by those who ignore the law or intentionally collect and steal taxpayer dollars.”

If you have information about tax crimes, please call the Florida Department of Revenue Investigations office in Tallahassee at (850)922-2671.

Note: Due to the confidential nature of taxpayer records, generally the information found in this release is the only information available from the Department of Revenue concerning this matter. Other information may be available through the arresting agency and the local Clerk of Court.

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By marsmet492 on 2016-01-30 10:00:34
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The easiest, most exciting adventure in consciousness follows the lamplit guidance of the still, small voice in each of us. In the quiet of meditation, we listen to our souls and hear what is most needed in our lives and how best to obtain it. This wise, kindly voice never fails us and never falters.

There is no substitute for inner listening. But in our travels, these four pathways emerge to enhance our joy and draw us into the Oneness.

See which of these harmonic pathways resonates best with you: thought and word, self-knowledge, inner peace, or chanting and toning. All work together, as individual notes or as a chord, to transport us into the beauty and music of higher consciousness–the light and sound of Universal Mind, or God.

1. The power of thought and word. When our ideal is peace, healing or prosperity, and we say or do something out of alignment with this, we sense, feel or know it. The discord itself keeps us on track and guides us back into oneness with ourselves, others and Spirit. The great psychic-healer Edgar Cayce, who said that “Thoughts are crimes or miracles,” lovingly advised everyone to create an ideal by which to live. This is best done in meditation, so that the soul voice may show us what is needed most. For you, is it peace, joy, self-discipline, will, oneness or something else altogether?

If a single word floats up when you ask this question, create with this word an affirmative phrase or sentence, then go back into the silence to see if it is good and right for you. When it is, post your ideal somewhere and, during meditation, use it as a mantra to draw your busy mind back into the silence. This will build your ideal into your life. When the words of your ideal no longer have a “shine,” or “go dead” for you, you have incorporated this quality and it’s time to return to meditation for a fresh ideal.

Every time you think or speak your ideal, you are physically attuning your body-mind to it, so be sure it’s a spiritual intention that will uplift you! Ideals are blueprints with which we build our lives, whether we know it or not! If you aren’t convinced that your thoughts, words and emotions influence the physical world around you, you might find these stories very interesting.

Last November I attended an historic conference in Virginia Beach that featured the physicists and U.S. military personnel at the center of America’s research on remote viewing, termed “anomalous perception” or “anomalous perturbation” (psychic receiving or influencing) by these methodical thinkers. One of the presenters was the famous remote viewer and artist Ingo Swann, who reminded us that thoughts, as vibrations, are heard and felt by all sentient beings, including house plants!

At a party in New York City, Swann met Cleve Baxter, who later authored the classic book, The Secret Life of Plants, and visited Baxter’s home to participate in experiments. Baxter had hooked up lie detector electrodes to the leaves of ordinary house plants, and every time Swann struck a match, the readout jumped sharply in reaction. After awhile, the reactions stopped and Swann asked why. “The plant knows you’re bluffing!” Baxter told him. And so it did, as illustrated time and again in Baxter’s landmark book.

In other experiments, Baxter and Swann took skin scrapings and drops of blood from a man and put them in a vial hooked up to the same electrodes. The readouts consistently jumped when the man was poked with a pin, even when he was five blocks away! (See the second edition of my e-zine, OneWorld, for a series of eye-opening articles and interviews from this amazing conference.)

That we are all one body, one mind is indisputable. Yet we so easily forget and doubt how our thoughts and words affect everyone-and everything-else, including our own bodies and minds.

2. The power of self-knowledge. My still, small voice has said for the past 16 years that releasing darkness enables us to attract and hold more light, and recently, DNA experiments carried out by a Russian scientist proved definitively that this is true. It’s intuitively verifiable as well, and a phenomenon that we can physically feel as it takes place.

Here’s how to bypass your ego, which I call a “hero in its own mind,” and awaken to what you need to know about yourself. Every time you find yourself angry, frustrated or in conflict with someone else, “Stand back and watch yourself go by,” as Cayce so vividly advised. “Know Thyself,” emblazoned on the temples of Greek mystery schools, is the key to conscious evolution. If we do not undertake this journey, we are not really conscious at all.

I was taught this by my meditative writings, and as I traced my discordant words and actions back to their source-fear of inadequacy and a crippling lack of self-love-I was able to see and correct the destructive patterns of behavior that drove me to addictive decisions and ways of life. I could actually feel my burdens growing lighter, as my pain, sorrow and yearning gave way to increased amounts of light in my body-mind.

What fascinated me most was the correlation of this “en-lightenment” to sound: with each stride forward, I could hear my singing voice becoming ever more resonant and beautiful! I can still hear the difference in my voice, in shifting from one state of consciousness to another, and especially in singing with other spiritual seekers, wherein everyone’s voice grows more harmonious, resonant and beautiful. I concluded that the high frequencies of love bring us into our blossoming literally and in response to our deepest desires.

3. The power of inner peace. Silent meditation, by building up the divine currents of energy within us, is the single most effective way to heal and transform the body-mind. These currents, containing the light and sound of God, tune up our bodies through the chakra system, or “wheels of energy,” as Cayce called them. He said, and virtually all medical intuitives have seen, that these seven energy centers connect the spiritual dimensions with our endocrine glands, located at major nerve centers. The chakras, powered-up like frequency transformers with multi-level circuits, step our energy up or down.

You can feel this happen during meditation, and the longer you meditate, the more sensitive you become to these subtle energies, which carry us into the Oneness. I experience this oneness not only as a sense of love for and connection with others, but also as oneness with my highest mental clarity, creativity and intuition. After 16 years of regular practice, I emerge from every meditation, brief or lengthy, feeling more centered, grounded and in attunement with my true self. Going within kindles the divine spark in us so that we may know and speak the truth of who we are-and, in this, reach out to others in love, compassion and service.

A calm, peaceful sense of oneness is critical to our evolution; otherwise, we volley back and forth from one state of consciousness to another without ever really knowing what is real and what is not. I experience this shifting consciousness when I don’t meditate every day. The slippage is all too apparent to me, and unfortunately, to others around me as well.

When I do return to meditation, I am amazed at the consistently gentle, loving voice of my heart, which does not complain when I skip my contemplative time, but waits patiently for me to return. Recently, while in deep meditation, I heard a quiet little voice say, “I am too hurried.” Upon engaging in a pen-and-paper dialogue with my heart and mind, I learned that both want and need the restful peace of meditation.

This makes sense, doesn’t it? It is in the Oneness that both are energized and made more vibrant and whole. In this blissful state, these three notes organize themselves into a chord made of the proper co-creative partnership: mind serving heart, heart serving soul, and soul serving what I call the Divine Harmonic.

4. The power of chanting and toning. To comprehend the potential of sound, we have only to read the Hebrew Bible, which tells us how the powerful vibration of trumpets and the drumbeat of marching feet toppled the walls of Jericho. In modern times, we have seen this same harmonic phenomenon in a California bridge undulating in resonance with the frequency of wind blowing all around it. The bridge eventually shattered. Equally unpleasant to many of us is the deep, rumbling bass of automobile speakers passing by and thumping our beating hearts into palpitations.

Such “entrainment” sensations can be reversed by a meditative thought, word or rhythmic sound, all of which will rapidly shift any frequency pattern. People have always used chanting and toning to evoke altered states of consciousness and heal with the power of sound.

I’ve recently read, but have not yet verified, that Egyptian hieroglyphics show adepts using the vibrations of their voices to heal their patients’ energy fields. It makes sense intuitively that if we fully understood the capabilities of frequency and vibration, we would be able to heal anything.

The racial memory of these abilities, lost through the ages, has been restored to us by Cayce and others. Researchers reading of Cayce’s glimpses into the distant past believe that the mastery of sound technology is how the Mayans, Aztecs and Egyptians moved 100-ton boulders hundreds of miles and up mountainsides to build megalithic temples and pyramids.

David Elkington’s meticulously researched book, In the Name of the Gods, claims that Egypt’s pyramids were not meant to be burial chambers, but were frequency modulators for spiritual ascension and for quickening the mummified dead. Like sacred cairns and stone circles, pyramidal structures amplify the resonance of chanting voices and may have been used to raise the frequencies of the crystalline human body into harmony with the crystalline healing frequencies of the Earth. We know today that this frequency, 7.8 hertz, is a fundamental brain wave frequency of meditation and spontaneous healing by hands-on practitioners.

Hindus, Buddhists and many Westerners harmonize the body-mind by chanting the familiar “Om” or singing the word “Hu,” the Sufi and Eckankar seed sound for God. (Eckankar is the present-day Religion of the Light and Sound of God.) The vowel sounds in these words move energy through the abdominal, cardio-pulmonary and cranial cavities of the body when we focus on feeling this movement of loving, divine energy, rather than how we sound to others. The key to chanting and toning is being present to it.

Here’s a powerful chant from ancient Egypt, resurrected in trance by Edgar Cayce and explained in a little book, Music as the Bridge, published by Cayce’s Association of Research and Enlightenment (edgarcayce.org) in Virginia Beach. I’ve asked people, during my talks and workshops, to sing this chant and always hear beautiful harmonic overtones that carry the singers into deep meditative states. Cayce said this particular chant awakens our ability to draw ourselves into the divine and the divine into us. See if it works for you!

Surrounding yourself with a sacred circle of love, chant the word ar-ar-r-r–e-e-e–o-o-o–mmm. Fill your pelvis and navel with this rich, resonant “ar-ar-r-r” (as in ah-r) and with your whole body sound the “eeeeee” (as in eat) in your solar plexus, moving the breath upward and directing the “oooooo” (as in oh) to the heart and throat, then the uuuuuu (as in blue) to the base and center of the brain, and the “mmmmm” (as in room) to the forehead and frontal lobe of your brain. You will feel this last sound vibrating the very bones of your head.

If you sit with this chant for awhile, you’ll feel the currents of spiritual love coursing through your body-mind, and a river of peace will carry you into the Oneness of perfect love. Share your peace and healing by visualizing your loved ones and Earth’s people basking in joy.

Joy is the natural outcome of these pathways into the Oneness, for here we feel the perfection in all things and know ourselves to be one with the Divine. All pain, loss and sorrow fall away in this journey toward the Light and Sound of God. In the beautiful music of this illuminated Oneness, we soar on wings of freedom and joy, at home in our place of true belonging, forever.

(c)2004Feature Articles, Judith Pennington. All rights in all media reserved.

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