Born Into This (Bukowski Escape Hatch Full Moon Mix)

Born into this, kicking and screaming, taught from the first moments it’s a battle. A battle to breathe, a battle to live, a battle to open our eyes as we shake our tiny fists in the harsh glare of hospital fluorescents. From the beginning we cling to the memory of oceanic bliss, the mother beyond our mothers, the pre-mind behind the endless conveyor belt of thought. We cling to the finger pressed in our palm; we cling to the breast, the bottle, the stuffed toy. We cling to the dreamscape in which we’re free, before waking again in hunger, in pain, in an undefined and seemingly endless restlessness. We grow both larger and smaller with each moment — reduced to a name and a number, race, class and gender. This sensation of being reduced becomes the feeling of life itself — a set of diminishing returns. We’re taught that what little we have everyone wants to take. We’re taught that discipline is protection and boredom equals safety. We’re taught how to divide our time into smaller and smaller pieces and that whatever sliver remains is our happiness. We’re taught it’s better to be dead than ugly or fat or (God forbid) poor. We’re taught to love a golden cage. We’re taught to be quiet, to accommodate, to clear the way for the professionals, the government-funded experts, the army, the police, the doctors, the ONES IN CHARGE.

Andy Goldsworthy, Rowan Leaves and Hole. 1987

Fighting our way through this, wounded because of this, we stick to a plan that’s impossible to follow. We’re taught to achieve, to go to college, to become great at something while simultaneously giving ourselves away, bit by bit. We give ourselves to exhausted parents, to resentful teachers and cowardly friends. We give ourselves over to milestones and special events that we’re supposed to look forward to but the reality of which is little more than a sad joke. We give ourselves to fumbling lovers and televised sports and poisonous food and one drink after another after another. We give ourselves over to the fake relaxation of weed, the fake focus of speed, the fake solace of tranquilizers. We give ourselves over to shopping for the right clothes to get the right job to get money to buy the right clothes.

We’re always rushing, not sleeping, covering up the pain, the horizon receding and disappearing altogether as we’re thrown, pushed, punched, violated. Debauched, damaged, destroyed. A forever phoenix, rising daily from the ashes of the night before. Our birthright of peace is hijacked by a system that can reach into our wombs, into our brains, into our guts. We’ve been sold out, silenced and sanctified by the system. We work for it, worship it, are made sick from it and are unceremoniously replaced if we keel over in our cubical because of it. We are a copy of a copy of a copy — and it is only in the agonizing process of putting ourselves back together after finally falling apart completely that we realize we were always already reassembled. We realize, we are the story we tell ourselves. And herein lies the secret escape hatch, the tiny cup of truth that is the antidote to an entire sea of poison. A truth that by its very nature can’t be explained with words. A power that’s outside language, before language, after language. The raw, wordless power of creation that is within us all. The power of the feminine — not a gender, but an energy. The power of the trees and the rivers and the ocean. The power of mothers and grandmothers and art. The power of tough love, of being scolded than held and losing ourselves in the embrace, losing ourselves in love, in forgiveness, in protection, in peace. A power not revealed by a scientific report or computer analysis, but by a deeper sense of being.

Formed out of this, the forever fragments become whole. The forever pain is no longer pushed away, but held close, held like a lover, then released. It’s an opening up to the shadows, to the storms, to the earthquakes and war and destruction. It’s an opening up to the night and all that’s been cast out, all that couldn’t be explained. It’s the moon and the sky combined in a certain way and the tingling feeling in the top of your head. It’s what’s real being held with what’s not real. It’s the mask that shows your real face. It is the truth that only fiction can reveal. It’s the feeling in your stomach that tells you what to do next. It’s the love that overpowers the machine. It’s a look in the eye of someone who was born into this hell but came out the other end — the pain still present yet overcome, shining there, like light pooling at the bottom of a well.


Jennifer Palmer aka @True aka Matrix Dropout is a writer exploring a new era in which #TimeisArt. We explore synchronicity through her writings and her eyes in the film, Time is Art.

Quantum Physics: The Most Successful Theory of All Time

quantum physics  by Paul Levy

A unique development in human history, the discovery of the quantum nature of our universe is a seismic, tectonic shift in the very foundation of physics and the roots of our scientific worldview, a change so momentous that it can literally transform the course of human history. This great change is already underway and yet there remains a long way to go for the full transformational impact of the discoveries of quantum physics to be assimilated by humanity. What quantum physics is revealing to us is so radical, with implications so far reaching, that to call it merely revolutionary would not do it justice. The conceptual revolution of quantum theory has literally turned physics on its head; what it is revealing about our universe is turning right side up what had been inverted and upside down.

Quantum physics is introducing us to a radical new way of seeing and understanding which profoundly impacts human thinking, feeling, sensing, knowing and being. As if the universe itself is giving us a cosmic physics lesson, what quantum physics is revealing to us requires a completely new way of thinking about the universe, our place in it as well as ourselves. Quantum theory is teaching us that implicit in our very thinking are certain flaws and misperceptions that, unseen and taken for granted, unnecessarily limit our ability to apprehend the nature of nature, including our own. The founders of quantum physics, people such as Niels Bohr, Werner Heisenberg and Erwin Schrodinger famously argued that quantum physics is first and foremost a new way of thinking. Indeed, the most far-reaching impact of quantum physics will be within the human mind.

quantum physicsThe discoveries of quantum physics are truly a game-changer that requires a novel response in us which, when more fully understood and integrated, will irrevocably change us─both on the individual level and as a species─in the very core of our being. Regarding the implications of quantum physics, John Bell, one of the most important physicists of the latter half of the twentieth century, is of the opinion that “the new way of seeing things will involve an imaginative leap that will astonish us.” It is hard to imagine something truly astonishing that we wouldn’t tend to initially rule out as preposterous. This new way of seeing things, this imaginative leap is truly an evolutionary upleveling─a real quantum jump in consciousness─that quantum physics is inviting each of us to partake in.

Quantum physics is the most subversive of all the sciences, having created a “reality crisis” in the field of physics such that the very idea of “reality” itself has been undermined, relegated to being a questionable, ambiguous and twilight concept. The very “reality” that pre-quantum physics had been studying has been demonstrated by quantum physics to not even exist! The greatest experts of quantum physics, if it’s even possible to speak of “experts” in a field that, according to Nobel prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, “no one understands,” literally do not know “what” they are talking about.[2] Physicists who study their own theory have, in their attempts at grasping its implications, lost their grip on reality, finding nothing, absolutely nothing to hold onto. Quantum physics has pulled the rug out from under us only to reveal no floor below, no place on which to take a stand, as the notion of a seemingly solid, objectively existing world evaporates like dewdrops in the morning sunlight.

Quantum theory is not just one of many theories in physics; it is the one theory that has profoundly affected nearly every other branch of physics. There is hardly an aspect of contemporary society or of our own individual lives that has not already been fundamentally transformed by the ideas and applications of quantum physics. One third of our economy involves products based on quantum mechanics – things such as computers and the Internet, lasers, MRI’s, TV’s, DVD’s, CD’s, microwaves, electron microscopes, mobile phones, transistors, silicon chips, semiconductors, quartz and digital watches, superconductors and nuclear energy. And yet, even with the huge impact quantum physics has had on all of our lives, this effect is infinitesimally small compared with what it will be when more of us recognize and internalize the implications of what it is revealing to us about the nature of reality as well as of ourselves.

The discoveries of quantum physics, practically speaking, have given us the capacity to both increase the quality of our lives and/or to potentially ravage the environment on an unprecedented scale, even to obliterate our species altogether. To quote theoretical physicist Henry Stapp, “Yet along with this fatal power it [science] has provided a further offering which, though subtle in character and still hardly felt in the minds of men, may ultimately be its most valuable contribution to human civilization, and the key to human survival.”[3] Do we use the discoveries of quantum physics for the betterment of our species, or to destroy ourselves? Quantum theory reflects back to us that the choice is truly ours.

Quantum physics works like a charm. It is like a higher-dimensional talisman, a physics of possibilities. The precise accuracy of its mathematical formalism and methodology is beyond debate; none of its predictions have ever been shown to be wrong. It is literally the most successful scientific theory of all time. It is as if physics has discovered a wonderful magic wand that works every time, but the amazing thing is that no one knows why. I have never in all of my life come across a field where all of the supposed “experts” disagree with each other about the meaning of their own theory. This is the deep philosophical question that begs to be answered – what does quantum physics mean? When the alleged experts can’t agree, we can feel free to choose our preferred expert – or explore and speculate on our own.


A pioneer in the field of spiritual emergence, Paul Levy is a wounded healer in private practice, assisting others who are also awakening to the dreamlike nature of reality. He is the author of Dispelling Wetiko: Breaking the Curse of Evil (North Atlantic Books, 2013) and The Madness of George W. Bush: A Reflection of Our Collective Psychosis. An artist, he is deeply steeped in the work of C. G. Jung, and has been a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner for over thirty years. Please visit Paul’s website www.awakeninthedream.com. You can contact Paul at paul@awakeninthedream.com; he looks forward to your reflections. Though he reads every email, he regrets that he is not able to personally respond to all of them.

Do You Like What You See?

An excerpt from award-winning author Brent Marchant’s new book, Third Real: Conscious Creation Goes Back to the Movies

“Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.” —Earl Nightingale


When we gaze into a mirror, we expect it to reflect back to us an accurate representation of what we look like. We assume that it’s going to provide us with a faithful rendition of our appearance, right down to the smallest of details. In fact, we take it for granted, so much so that, unless we’re laughing it up in front of one of those intentionally distortive fun house models, we don’t even give it a second thought.

The same should be true when we examine the state of our reality. According to the philosophy of conscious creation, which maintains that our existence is a direct outward reflection of our innermost thoughts, beliefs and intents, such is the case with the nature of our existence, right down to the minutest of qualities, “flaws” and all. But, unlike our assumptions about the fidelity of a mirror’s reflections, we sometimes take issue with the idea that our world is truly an accurate depiction of its metaphysical source material, comparable though our reactions should be to our looking glass expectations and experiences.

So what accounts for this disparity? In most cases, this is attributable to not having a good handle on the nature of our beliefs. If we don’t know what they are or misconstrue their meanings, then we might not be able to recognize them when they take their extrapolated physical forms (i.e., the elements that comprise our outer world reality). And, because of that, we can become confused, frustrated or even agitated about what appears before us, potentially leading us to all sorts of misinterpretations and attendant pitfalls.

When this happens, this naturally begs the question, “What are we to do? “ As this excerpt’s opening quote and various conscious creation texts, like Jane Roberts’s Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul, state, the starting point is to take stock of the elements that give birth to our existence—our thoughts, beliefs and intents. We must then ask ourselves, “Do we like what we see?” If the answer is “yes,” great; if it’s “no,” then it’s time to consider implementing some changes. To do that, though, we need to work from the inside out, for what appears there initially will inevitably become manifested externally. And, if that doesn’t get us what we want, we need to go back and repeat the process—as many times as needed—a step designed to take us closer to the outcome we ultimately seek.

On the surface, this principle seems like common sense, one that most of us would probably view as reasonable and straightforward. So it should be a piece of cake to put into practice, right? Well, one would hope that’s the case, but, until we become proficient at employing it, this may not be as simple as it seems. For example, we may be unclear about the beliefs we hold. Or they could be hampered by conflicting agendas, such as those based on fear, doubt or contradiction, which can impede, undercut, distort or negate their effectiveness.

To resolve such issues, we must take out our metaphysical magnifying glass and scrutinize those thoughts, beliefs and intents to determine where refinements are needed. We must also be honest with ourselves with what we uncover, avoiding the temptation to retreat into fear or denial if they’re not precisely to our liking. Operating from a position of authenticity generally pays great dividends and should get us ever closer to the results we want.

Being able to see how our realities reflect our innermost thoughts, beliefs and intents may not be easy without tangible examples that show how they dictate our existence, so that’s where the power of film comes into play. For instance, through the experiences of a fictional character unexpectedly brought to life by his literary scribe (as seen in the offbeat comedy “Stranger Than Fiction” (2006)), a woman in search of a fresh start in the wilderness (as depicted in the heartfelt biopic “Wild” (2014)), a young lady’s quest to acknowledge her passions in a closed-off society (as explored in the English comedy of manners “A Room with a View” (1985)), a comedienne whose stand-up routine mirrors her everyday life (and vice versa) (as portrayed in the heartwarming domestic comedy “This Is My Life” (1992)) or an astronaut seeking to unlock the mystery of an enigmatic planet (as deciphered in the metaphysical sci-fi offering “Solaris” (2002)), we witness telling examples of these principles at work. Though the subject matter of each picture differs markedly from one title to the next, they all provide excellent showcases for how their respective existences come into being through the metaphysical input of those who create them, demonstrating this basic conscious creation principle at work.

For better or worse, mirrors show us the truth, whether in literal or metaphysically metaphorical contexts. We should have the courage to face—and accept—what we witness, as well as the fortitude and determination to change what needs to be altered. Indeed, should we faithfully follow these guidelines, we may find that our realities in fact do mirror—and reveal—what we need to see about ourselves. Let’s hope we’re paying attention.

To read more of Brent’s book, download a free PDF sample containing the front and back matter and the first three chapters.


A lifelong movie fan and longtime student of metaphysics, Brent Marchant is the award-winning author of Get the Picture?!: Conscious Creation Goes to the Movies (2007, 2014; 2016 New Age Nonfiction winner, National Indie Excellence Awards), Consciously Created Cinema: The Movie Lover’s Guide to the Law of Attraction (2014) and Third Real: Conscious Creation Goes Back to the Movies (2017), all of which offer reader-friendly looks at how “conscious creation” (also known as the “law of attraction”) is illustrated through film. He is also Featured Contributor for Smart Women’s Empowerment (www.smartwomensempowerment.org), Movie Correspondent for The Good Radio Network (www.thegoodradionetwork.com), and Contributor for New Consciousness Review magazine (www.ncreview.com) and The HAPI Guide (www.hapiguide.com). His additional writing credits include contributions to BeliefNet, Library Journal, New Age News, VividLife magazine and Master Heart Magazine. Brent also maintains a regular blog about the subject of conscious creation and the movies on his web site (www.BrentMarchant.com).