Out Of All The Meditation Techniques, Why I Use Mantras

There’s no doubting the explosion in mindfulness and meditation in the last 5 years. (Yes I know it’s unusual to use the words explosion and meditation in the same sentence but its true right?!) This is a wonderful thing to see, as the world seems to be in a space where a little more calm needs to be found. But it is also creating some confusion with many seekers. It’s like when you get to a restaurant and they have 200 choices on the menu, and you just get overwhelmed with the amount of choice! Eeek, where to do I start??

So today I made a short video for you, sharing why over 20 years of researching numerous meditation techniques, that I choose to not only use myself, but also teach a meditation technique that uses mantras or sounds in it. After you watch this video you will have a deeper understanding about how to get deep quickly (yes even in your second meditation ever, as you will see in the video)

Enjoy and if you have any questions or comments please leave them below.

There Is Good Reason To Be Optimistic

Think of them like civilisation engineers, system strategists and blueprint designers that come together to envision what life might be like on planet Earth in the future. On our own, we can have some minor impact, however when we pull together, then we start to see some real change. Daniel Schmachtenberger so eloquently described in The Portal film and book, how molecules on their own don’t, breath however when they come together in an ordered complexity, they create a cell which now breathes.

Someone recently asked me how they can be part of this shift and join in with these groups. They felt futile on their own, however when I mentioned some of these groups, they yearned to belong to them. They wanted to connect and contribute in away that would have greater impact, and so I said I would share them here for all of you.

If you felt compelled to reach out to any of these groups I’m sure they would open their arms with joy for you. There are plenty more to popping up around the world, these are just a handful that I’ve come across, so if you know of some that you’d like to share with us then please head to The Portal Facebook group and share them there.

Unify
Unity Earth
Well.org
Uplift
Vibe Up
Come Together
Civana
Wisdom house
2050 https://www.union2050.com/
Extinction Rebellion
The Portal Movement

It’s very exciting to know that there is a large group of people (and growing) committed to shifting the structures and systems that exist currently exits on the planet. Change is coming and it’s coming fast. We are in for a bumpy ride but we will get through this and something really beautiful is on the other side. Let’s keep holding the vision for that.

In peace
Tom

5 Surprising Benefits of Meditation

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So we all know that meditation is good for us and has huge benefits to our daily lives, but did you know that science has also supported this view and found new studies to prove its benefits? 

Yup. Every day a new study is being released proving more and more of its powerful effects. Here are a few of my favorite discoveries that science has supported for meditation

  1. Reduces teenage angst

Let’s face it. Having a teenager in the house can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. (I actually have 2).

And while we can say it’s their hormones reacting, there are actually studies by the University of Leuven in Belgium that have proven that teaching your child how to meditate will help calm their mood and focus better on their studies. 

  1. Helps you sleep better

Having trouble sleeping? Be still and focus on your breathing because meditation actually helps you sleep better at night. According to a study by the University of Utah, meditation not only helps control our emotions and moods, but it also helps us sleep at night. The report indicated that people with higher levels of mindfulness had lower activation at bedtime, which could have benefits for sleep quality and future abilities to manage stress. 

If you’re having insomnia of any kind, remember to use stillness as a sleep remedy.

  1. Helps your doctors be more aware of their patients needs

They say a good doctor is one who gives that extra care to their patients and if you agree to this you’ll appreciate these findings from the University of Rochester Medical Center. According to their research, doctors who meditate are less judgmental, more self-aware and better listeners when it comes to interacting with their patients. So the next time you head to the hospital, pick a doctor who practices meditation to receive better treatment!

  1. Strengthens your immune system

When winter season rolls in it’s quite easy to catch the common cold for most people but did you know that meditation has proven to improve your immune system decreasing the chances of you catching the flu? Yup. A study at the University of Wisconsin has found that adding meditation on top of moderate daily exercise decreases a person’s chances of catching a cold versus someone who simply does neither.

  1. It makes you appreciate music more

Music lovers rejoice! New studies by the Journal Psychology of Music have found that the more time you spend on being still, the better you become at engaging music. This in turn will decrease your stress levels tremendously and help you notice a positive brain change.

Talking about meditation … I sometimes presume that everyone knows how to meditate … even though I’m a meditation teacher! 

But maybe you haven’t discovered the very real benefits of meditation yet?  Or maybe you’ve been meditating for a while now, and would like to take it to a new level, or have someone guide you?

If that’s you, then you’d really love our Faster Deeper Bliss Meditation Program.  Over 20 years of my experience teaching meditation, all condensed into an easy, simple and effective daily program that guarantees to have you experiencing the deep and proven benefits of meditation within just 21 days … in fact you’ll notice the benefits much sooner.

We’ve helped thousands of people and I’m sure that we can help you too. Check it out here … I believe it is the best meditation training available online.

12 Quotes on Finding Light & Inner Peace

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I’ve spent more than 20 years on this journey of finding inner peace. It began in a very dark space, searching for a glimmer of light and over time the light increased and started to shine brighter and brighter. 

In that search, I listened and was guided by the words of wise souls that had found the light. I took time to read and reflect on meaningful messages that were written by various inspiring gurus and authors who were using stillness to connect with themselves.

As I read through their writings, I noticed a common thread. These thought leaders, gurus and authors seemed to agree on how they found light and peace – that one must seek for it within themselves and not through others

Would you agree?

From the likes of Buddha, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson and more, these wise words have given me profound thoughts that have strengthened my mind, body and soul in my quest for light and peace. And I hope it does the same for you!

  1. “We can never obtain peace in the outer world until we make peace with ourselves.”

― Dalai Lama XIV

  1. “Silence is the great teacher and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence.”

― Deepak Chopra

  1. “Let’s forgive the past and who we were then. Let’s embrace the present and who we’re capable of becoming. Let’s surrender the future and watch miracles unfold.”

― Marianne Williamson

  1. “Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.”

– Ramana Maharshi

  1. “Having lots of money while not having inner peace is like dying of thirst while bathing in the ocean.”

― Paramahansa Yogananda

  1. “If there is to be peace in the world, there must be peace in the nations. If there is to be peace in the nations, There must be peace in the cities. If there is to be peace in the cities, there must be peace between neighbors. If there is to be peace between neighbors, there must be peace in the home. If there is to be peace in the home, there must be peace in the heart.”

– Lao Tzu

  1. “You find peace not by rearranging the circumstances of your life, but by realizing who you are at the deepest level.”

― Eckhart Tolle

  1. “Ultimately there is light and love and intelligence in this universe. And we are it, we carry that within us, it’s not just something out there, it is within us and this is what we are trying to re-connect with, our original light and love and intelligence, which is who we are, so do not get so distracted by all this other stuff, you know, really remember what we are here on this planet for.”

— Tenzin Palmo

  1. “When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.”

– Peace Pilgrim

  1. “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.”

– Buddha

  1. “Looking for peace is like looking for a turtle with a mustache: you won’t be able to find it. But when your heart is ready, peace will come looking for you.”

– Ajahn Chah

  1. “I learned that the interior of life was as rewarding as the exterior of life and that my richest moments occurred when I was absolutely still.”

– Richard Bode

What are your favorite quotes on finding inner peace? Share them with me at the comments section below! I’d love to hear from you.

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10 Steps To Build Your Confidence

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Are you looking for confidence builders that really work? Confidence is a tool that can help you to overcome obstacles and leave a lasting impression. And the best part about confidence is that it rubs off on others. When you’re confident about what you’re saying or doing, you’ll come off as intelligent, successful, capable and even desirable. Confident people have no trouble attracting others.

Of course, even people who are regularly confident experience spells of low self-esteem or insecurity. The important thing to remember is that if you find yourself feeling unusually down, it doesn’t take much to give your confidence level a boost.

The following confidence builders can help you stay steady and self-assured:

  1. Peel yourself away from the mirror. 

Yes, you should devote some time each day to your appearance, but once you’re ready, let that be the end of it. Most of us have difficulty staying away from mirrors when we encounter them in elevators or bathrooms, but the less time you spend agonizing over every detail of your appearance, the happier you’ll be.

  1. Stand behind your decisions. 

Instead of hemming and hawing over miniscule decisions or jumping back and forth trying to decide what to do, try making a decision and going with it. This doesn’t mean you should start behaving rashly, but people who are confident and self-assured tend to know what they want.

  1. Work on your posture. 

Your mom probably told you when you were a kid to stop slouching and she was right. When you stand tall, with your shoulders back and your head held high, the impression you

  1. Stop comparing yourself to others. 

Don’t worry about anyone other than yourself. Who cares if your best friend is getting engaged or your neighbor just got a promotion at work?Dwelling on what others have achieved isn’t going to help you feel good about yourself, nor is it going to help you get ahead.

  1. Do things alone. 

It’s easy to feel sure of yourself when you’re out with a group of people or a boyfriend or girlfriend. But doing things alone can leave you feeling outside of your comfort zone. Try doing things alone every now and then to cultivate your sense of confidence.

  1. Practice meditation. 

By making your mind still, you can filter out defeating thoughts which can contribute to low self-esteem. Twenty minutes twice a day can have a profound effect on your confidence.

  1. Exchange online social networking for face-to-face social networking.

Do you spend hours clicking through photos of your “friends,” analyzing their outfits or who they’ve been clicked with? Instead of wasting your time online, why not get out and socialize yourself? Putting yourself out there and meeting new people can help you to feel more confident about yourself.

  1. Make eye contact.

Confident people aren’t afraid to make eye contact. When you’re talking to someone, practice staring that person straight in the eyes. You’ll give off the impression that you’re sure of yourself, confident, and intelligent.

  1. Dress your best.

If you feel good in whatever you’re wearing, you’re more likely to convey that message to others, too. Instead of going out in your old pair of sweatpants, put some effort into your appearance each time you leave the house. You’ll find that spending just a few minutes on your outfit will help you to step out with confidence.

  1. Feel wealthy.

Take the time to remind yourself of all you have. You may not be the richest, the most successful, the prettiest or the smartest but isn’t it better to just be yourself? When you appreciate the blessings you do have and stop being in a state of wanting, you don’t need to feel down about what you don’t have.

Start with these 10 steps and let me know how you feel

10 Tips For Better Relationships

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I worked for my previous employer for 26 years. Yup! One company for 26 years! Insane or smart it’s open to discussion.

Now that might seem ridiculous but most of my colleagues there were also employees for 20-25 years. We are talking about a money broker (like stock broker) company that employed young staff straight out of uni and even some straight out of school. So how did a company in finance manage to keep its staff for so long? What kept us from leaving to go somewhere else?

I believe they had a philosophy that should not only be embraced by companies all over the world, but also anyone with personal relationships.

Here’s why I think they had the keys to creating better relationships.

Recently I had a coaching client come to me in a state of disarray. He ran a real estate business and he had just had 6 staff members leave his company to go to another company. He couldn’t believe it, he was shattered. Partly because his revenues took a hammering and partly because his ego took a hammering. 

I asked him, “Were you offering them the BEST option available in the industry?” He looked at me dumbfounded.

“What do you mean?” He asked.

“Well, if your place of employment offered the best option for anyone wanting to be in real estate, then they would have no option but to stay with you. There would be nowhere else to go. They obviously left for one reason only, there was a better option.”

I have to give it to ICAP, my previous employer. They knew:

  1. That their bottom line was a result of good staff.
  2. You need to keep good staff.

It’s a simple formula. It’s really not complicated. So they did everything they could to keep their staff. Here are some of the added incentives this company laid out for us:

– A full time chef who made us breakfast and lunch

– Shower facilities with fresh white fluffy towels every day

– Personal trainers twice a week

– Team building weekends away

– Partner dinners for our extended family

– A family Christmas day for client and staff families

– A percentage share in profits paid to us quarterly in bonuses

Yes, other companies approached us all the time. And when you sit down with that ‘other’ company and discuss what they are offering, you weigh up not only the benefits that your existing company is offering you, but also the loyalty you feel to your company for their investment and goodwill in you. It became a no-brainer, and why myself, along with most other employees, stayed there for so long. 

The company I was with was the best option…. full stop.

How can this translate to personal relationships? 

Ask yourself, “Am I the best option for this person?” Or, “Can they get a better ‘deal’ elsewhere?” 

Sounds very technical and business-like doesn’t it, but again it can be quite simple. 

If someone doesn’t want to be with you, ask yourself “Why don’t they want to be with me?” 

It might be a misalignment in values or differences in lifestyles as people change and not always at the same rate. 

But it might be that you’re not offering them a very good deal. If that’s the case, what can you do to sweeten the deal? 

So rather than throwing in quarterly bonuses and some new fluffy white towels in the linen cupboard, here are some other ideas to help you be the best option for them:

  1. Be kind and caring about their well-being
  2. Be supportive in their life and encourage them with their goals
  3. Contribute financially where possible
  4. Be openly communicative, so they don’t have to always second guess what you’re thinking
  5. Bring lots of fun and laughter to their life
  6. Inspire them with new knowledge that you are discovering in your own journey
  7. Give them independence and personal freedom so they don’t feel caged
  8. Contribute to the workload around the home
  9. Be affectionate, passionate and tender
  10. Be accepting of their flaws weakness and vulnerabilities

These are just some suggestions that could help you be the best available option for them. There will be plenty more and I’d love to hear any other suggestions that you might have so please connect with me on Facebook or Instagram. I would love to hear from you. 

If they still want to go to another company or person when you feel you have offered the best option, then there are obviously other factors at play. But start by looking within and asking yourself if you are doing everything you can to be the best option for them.

Have you considered treating yourself and a partner to a retreat?

Our retreats are a powerful way to not only restore balance to your mind and body, but also a way to get clear about your future. 

You will eat incredibly healthy food, meditate, do yoga, receive massages and get lots of much needed rest in peaceful locations. In amongst this you will do workshops and talks that will help you map out your future and learn techniques that will help you make this become a  reality. 

These mind mapping exercises will help you overcome deep limiting beliefs that hold you back from reaching your potential. Attendees in the past have said:

 

“I can honestly say that my time at the retreat was the most rewarding and insightful experience ever. It fed my heart, soul and spirit and has allowed me to move forward in my life with great positivity. I feel blessed and totally inspired. Meditation is now a priority in my daily life.”

– Caroline

 

“The words life changing, inspired, excited, blissful, are only a few of the words that come to mind. I feel lighter and more at peace than I can ever remember feeling. I am free. So amazingly, liberatingly free! Free of expectations and limitations. Free of my past. Free of negative emotions such as hurt, pain, anger, guilt. Free of fear which held me back, and free of that little voice inside my head which kept telling me I wasn’t good enough. Look out world, I’m finally free to be me, the truest, purest version of myself and that version is pretty Goddam amazing!”

– Sandra

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10 Books That Changed My Life

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I’ve been asked a lot lately to recommend books to my readers and meditation students, so I thought I would share with you some of the books that had a big impact on my life.

Now there were literally dozens and dozens of books that I could list here, but as I scanned back through my library of books that I have collected over the years, these ones listed were the ones that I felt had the biggest impact on me.

In nearly every book I tend to find at least one nugget of gold, whether it’s the whole book, a chapter, a sentence or even a word. However there are some books that I’ve been given to read that I just couldn’t get into, so I’d put them on my bookshelf only to rediscover the same book a few years later and then I’d read in a  day!

So not all books are for everyone all of the time. You will know quite early on in the book whether it’s time for you to read it or not. Without judgement I just put them down and wait and see if they are right for me another time.

I recommend reading a book that will motivate, inspire and enlighten you every day, whether it’s before bed, in your lunch break or while your on public transport. You have 40,000-60,000 thoughts every day and the nature of those thoughts will be influenced by the words your mind is engaging in. If you are reading positive uplifting content then you will have positive uplifting thoughts. This will filter into your body and improve your health, your energy, your actions and what you attract in life.

So here are my top 10 books (not in order) that have had a big impact on my life:

  1. Emmanuel’s Book by Pat Rodegast

Some of the most profound and insightful wisdom written in a very succinct and accessible way. There is a reason this book is number one!

  1. Oneness by Rasha

A dense tome of insights by a soul that has walked this path before us. It’s choc full of deep wisdom that will astound you as you ‘re-member’ what you forgot.

  1. The Bhagavad Gita with commentary by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

There are many interpretations of this ancient dialogue between Arjuna and Krishna however for me this commentary by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi reigns supreme. This is a classic!

  1. Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra

For me this is by far the simplest and most comprehensive insight into ayurveda. If you wish to keep balance and well being and learn all about your body type then this book is for you.

  1. The End Of Your World by Adyashanti

This says it all: “Make no mistake about it- enlightenment is a destructive process. It has nothing to do with becoming better or happier. Enlightenment is the crumbling away of untruth. It’s seeing through the facade of pretense. It’s the complete eradication of everything we imagined to be true.” – Adyashanti

  1. The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

Do you find yourself self sabotaging your life? Do you have a glass ceiling that you keep hitting and can’t break through. This book is the answer to you leaping beyond the void into your magnificence.

  1. The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle

What can I say…the most influential book in the world today for living in the present. Amazing!

  1. The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris

I read this book after I had been in my job in finance for 22 years. This book is the major catalyst for why I am here today doing what I love today. Ok Mr Ferris, it’s not quite a 4 hour work week, but I love it and I can do it anywhere anytime. Thanks dude!

  1. Conversations With God by Neale Donald Walsch

Hmm, where do I start with this. It’s in number 9 but this is no means a measure of how important this book is. It’s a must for everyone! Is Mr Walsch talking with God, or is God talking through Mr Walsch? Read it and find out.

  1. Green For Life by Victoria Boutenko

I recall that while I was reading this book I salivated for a green smoothie. When I had my first green smoothie I had a giggling fit as my body hit a high. (Seriously!) Since then, 8 years ago,  I have had a green veggie patch that has sustained my family with greens and we’ve had green smoothies every day.

So there you go…some of the most impacting books in my life. There are plenty more and I’m sure you would have some to share also, so please let us know below which books you rate the most in your life!

Speaking of books, have you heard of the 7 States of Consciousness? These are advanced levels of awareness that open up within us when we start to meditate. Most people live in only 3 out of the 7 states of consciousness. Why do we ignore those other 4 states of consciousness, how do we discover them, and what is life like when we do experience them?

All of this is revealed in my recent book Spirit & Soul. One reader named Phil says:

“Your book Spirit and Soul was astonishing in it’s clarity and simplicity. It is so revealing and inspiring.” – Phil

 

How To Overcome The Fear Of Being Seen

Are you afraid of being seen? Feel intimidated about speaking on stage? Holding back from realising your purpose in case you are judged?

We tend to think someone has a lot of ego if they love to be seen, and in a time of social media, this is like steroids for the ego. However, for many of my coaching clients, who are looking to impact the world in a positive way, the biggest challenge they face is NOT wanting to be seen. They wince and squirm at the thought of posting on social media, speaking on stage or getting their message out to the world. This, however, is also the ego. The ego loves to be seen, or, is afraid of being seen.

Sound familiar?

I can totally relate. At times I can watch my ego oscillate back and forth, from loving being seen, to wanting to hide and never been seen again. Ugh, pesky ego!

So how do we overcome this if we feel compelled to bring more light into the world or help support people through life?

The ego isn’t who we are. It’s a filtering process that can obstruct the flow of Wisdom, Truth, Love and Light that’s moving through us.

The Divine is neither concerned if it is seen or not seen. The Divine just is, and it expresses through forms. We are a vessel for the Divine to flow through. In Sanskrit, this is called ‘lila’, the dance of the Divine.

When we melt the ego away, letting it slowly dissolve along our journey of Self-Realisation, more of that flow will naturally unfold and expression will happen spontaneously, creatively and fluidly, with neither it being labelled by the ego as positive or negative, it just is. This is a process, so if you feel the ego rising up, and it will, just say “Hi”, give it a wink, and say: “I see you.”

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Why Some Turbulence Isn’t Always A Bad Thing

Have you felt the disruptions of late? Protests, riots, statues being pulled down, old systems being challenged, some even being broken down. It can seem like chaos and indeed at times it is. This can be unsettling and confronting.

When I was in India studying to be a meditation teacher I kept noticing the many tall statues of Shiva, a deity known as ‘the destroyer’. At first I was struck by this but during the training I learnt why it was that there was such a deep respect and reverence in the culture for a ‘deity’ who represented a disruptive and destructive force.

As part of the studies I was exposed to a philosophy known as the Vedas, which is one of the most ancient bodies of wisdom spanning over 5000 years. One of the tenets of Vedic philosophy is the recognition that evolution consists of three forces: creative (represented by Brahma), maintenance (Vishnu) and destruction (Shiva). These three forces are considered not only equally relevant but also, at varying times, essential, which explains why Shiva was so highly revered for the important part it plays in the evolutionary process.

So, what is evolution?

One of the definitions of evolution in Dictionary.com is that it is, ‘a process of gradual, peaceful, progressive change or development, as in social or economic structure or institutions’.

Change and progress towards a more unified, harmonised and connected society is essential under what seems to be a Universal Law. Some schools of thought, embraced by the likes of philosophers Aristotle and St Thomas Aquinas, call this a Natural Law. An in-depth article on Natural Law Tradition in Ethics, in the Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, states that, “All human beings possess a basic knowledge of the principles of the natural law”, as it refers to ideas and moral codes for how to live and contribute to a good life and society.

We know when Natural Law prevails there is greater unity and connection, which results in greater harmony. What do we mean by harmony? Again, referring to Dictionary.com for this, one of the descriptions refers to harmony as, ‘a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts’.

However at times this process of evolution towards greater harmony gets stuck, usually because of some dogma or conditioning that causes a blockage in the process. It can be from a social construct that gets embedded deep into a society’s psyche and becomes very hard to shake off or change. As described in the Vedas, this is when the destructive, evolutionary force known as Shiva steps in to help dislodge the blockage so that “gradual, peaceful, progressive change or development” may continue.

Some of the most painful and turbulent times in my life have also been my greatest moments of progress. If I was more adaptable and less resistant to change I may have avoided the intense moments of turbulence that forced me out of my patterns but because I wasn’t, the seeming chaos had to ensue. Yes, it was dark, painful, confusing and heavy. Looking back, though, it was what had to happen so that I could experience “progressive change”.

Change and evolution must prevail. We as a species don’t get to choose that. What we do get to choose is whether it’s through Brahma, the creative force, OR through Shiva the destructive one—this is where we have a variable and choice.

So here we are, in what could be a watershed moment in history with the potential to result in an evolutionary leap towards a more ‘pleasing arrangement of parts’. Does it need riots, protests and anger to overturn hundreds of years of oppression, inequality, injustice and divide? It looks like it does. Yes, some might want things to be ‘how they were’, to go back to the ‘good ol days’, but this isn’t the way evolution works.

Out of this seeming chaos and disruption there appears to be some glimpses of progressive change already. For instance:
– The Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam has announce the removal of the statue of Confederate General Robert E Lee as it symbolised black slavery.
– Denver and Portland have announced they will remove armed police from all schools.
– Minneapolis City Council President, Lisa Bender, announced they were going to dismantle the Minneapolis Police Department and replace it with a transformative new model of public safety.

Are we there yet? Heck no! There is a long way to go.

But it’s a start, and if we want to move towards a peaceful, harmonious society some big shifts are going to have to take place that may challenge some deep cultural, political and social ‘systems’. And again, it can be done peacefully if we adapt and change, or it can occur through turbulence if there is resistance. Keep making noise, keep rattling cages, keep up the movement towards a ‘consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts’ in whichever way we can with harmony, unity and peace as the goal.

There Is Good Reason To Be Optimistic

It’s certainly easy to feel disheartened lately. The last few months we have been saturated in news of millions of animals dying, thousands of homes burnt to the ground and tragic loss of human life as some of the world’s largest bush fires ever raged across Australia. Add to that, rising waters in Venice, plastic filling up the oceans, coronavirus, month on month of global record temperatures and politicians still stubbornly backing and subsidising fossil fuel industries.

However, there is some good news! I’ve just spent a few days in Davos Switzerland for the World Economic Forum and it has given me great insight into some big things that are starting to unfold. Away from the media, out of the limelight, and quietly working at creating big shifts on the planet, are some amazing groups of people. You won’t hear about them on Fox News or in your local Murdoch press. These groups know that the change isn’t going to come from the top down, they know that those structures and systems won’t change when those who created them have so much to gain from them. These groups understand that it’s going to come from a collaboration of like-minded individuals who each day, grow in numbers, strategising, brainstorming and slowly gathering momentum to bring about a shift into a new era.

Think of them like civilisation engineers, system strategists and blueprint designers that come together to envision what life might be like on planet Earth in the future. On our own, we can have some minor impact, however when we pull together, then we start to see some real change. Daniel Schmachtenberger so eloquently described in The Portal film and book, how molecules on their own don’t, breath however when they come together in an ordered complexity, they create a cell which now breathes.

Someone recently asked me how they can be part of this shift and join in with these groups. They felt futile on their own, however when I mentioned some of these groups, they yearned to belong to them. They wanted to connect and contribute in a way that would have a greater impact, and so I said I would share them here for all of you.

If you felt compelled to reach out to any of these groups I’m sure they would open their arms for you. There are plenty more popping up around the world, these are just a handful that I’ve come across, so if you know of some that you’d like to share with us, then please head to The Portal Facebook group and share them there.

Unify
Unity Earth
Well.org
Uplift
Vibe Up Living
Civana House
Union 2050
Extinction Rebellion

The Portal Movement
Consciousness Hacking

It’s very exciting to know that there is a large group of people (and growing) committed to shifting the structures and systems that exist currently exits on the planet. Change is coming and it’s coming fast. We are in for a bumpy ride but we will get through this and something really beautiful is on the other side. Let’s keep holding the vision for that.
In peace
Tom

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