For the first time in history, all of humanity is interconnected. Imagine the impact of that.
This is a podcast for social geeks in the prime of life who watch the news with a gnawing feeling of emptiness. It is one mind’s attempt to find answers to the most ridiculously big questions: Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going? Pretentious? You bet.
Are we actually obsessing when we think we are focusing? Being able to focus is something much more profound than being able to peak perform, explains Christina Bengtsson. The definition of focus has been watered down.
”It is really about daring to find and concentrate on what you feel is important in your life. Following your heart, you might say. You may call that spiritual, but it doesn’t matter. We don’t need a name for it”, she says.
”To be in your heart is to reconnect with your core identity and find your core values. You find self esteem. Then you are closer to your gut feeling of what is right and wrong.”
Christina Bengtsson is an inspirational speaker, an author and a former military officer and world champion precision shooter.
Her military background has given her thousands of hours of focus practice. The military is in some respects better at focusing than other sectors of society. It is easier to do that when there is a threat. But in our safe, modern era the brain cannot see the difference between real and perceived dangers. It reacts to a pling from the phone as if it were a threat.
”We need to change the brain from automatic attention mode to more controlled attention mode.”
Focus is the absence of distractions. So how to remove yourself from the innumerable distractions of our time? What is required is discipline. The discipline to resist impulses, according to Bengtsson.
”Give yourself just two seconds to think before you post on social media, for instance, or before you say something to somebody.”
Christina Bengtsson is well aware of the teachings of Eckhart Tolle. Focus is presence, basically. Being in the now requires practice – and also an understanding of what being in the now means, she says.
She meets many business leaders who struggle to stay on target.
”But it’s a misconception that you must keep focus on your original goal. You must ask yourself: perhaps I can go even further. Perhaps I can find another dimension. Perhaps I am not focusing right now, perhaps I am obsessed.”
”Sometimes people lose their ability to focus by focusing too hard.”
Empathy is a shortcut to focus, Christina explains. It helps you be present when you are interacting with another person.
”So many people go around thinking they don’t have time. But we live longer now than ever. I say differently: I have time. There are so many things I don’t have to do.”
Christina Bengtsson’s website: www.christinabengtsson.com
Christina Bengtsson’s book ”The Art of Focus – 10,9”: https://amzn.to/3nMByTt
The near-death experience of Dr Eben Alexander is astonishing in its depth, and it is especially interesting since Dr Alexander was part of the mainstream scientific community. He was in a week-long coma, and his brain was all but destroyed. He shouldn’t have been able to experience anything. Yet he visited realms that he describes as far more real than this physical plane. Against all odds he recovered to tell about it. His story has been the key for many other scientists to open the door to a non-physical reality.
”The reason the scientific community has taken my experience so seriously has to do with the documentation of the damage to my neocortex. It should have, by all principles of modern neuroscience, eliminated all but the most rudimentary forms of consciousness. But what I experienced was an extraordinary expansion of consciousness”, says Dr Eben Alexander in this episode.
”And my recovery has no explanation in modern Western science.”
Alexander tells about a timeless existence, first in what he describes as the realm of the earthworm’s eye view. Later a light which served as a portal ushered him into an ”ultra-real gateway valley”. ”I was merely a speck of awareness on a butterfly wing. There were millions of other butterflies. The valley was fertile and lush, no sign of death or decay, there was a crystal clear pool, sparkling waterfalls. It was a real paradise. I had no memory of Eben Alexander’s life. I had no language. I just had this phenomenal experience, which is sharp and clear in my memory even to this day, twelve years later.”
In the gateway valley Eben Alexander was accompanied by a soul who conveyed a profound message: ”You are deeply loved and cherished forever, you have nothing to fear, you will be taken care of.”
”I cannot tell you how comforting and validating that message was. It basically welcomed me home.”
When he reached what he describes as the core realm, language fails almost completely. ”I often use analogies. It was like standing on the edge of a black hole, on the event horizon, where time has stopped and the universe has crystalized.”
Couldn’t it have been a vivid dream? No, says Dr Eben Alexander:
”This existence is dreamlike compared to that. That is far crisper, far more alive, far more real. And modern neuroscience will tell you that if we are to have a dream or hallucination, the details of that experience must be assembled in some part of the neocortex. My neocortex was off, that’s documented.”
For all of this to make sense, says Dr Alexander, you must realize that a huge part of how it all works is reincarnation. ”The scientific support for reincarnation is overwhelming. At the University of Virginia, over 2.500 children’s memories of past lives have been discerned objectively. It completely violates conventional materialistic neuroscience, but that’s because conventional materialistic neuroscience is completely wrong.”
”The scientific community is shifting very rapidly. Interviewers used to try to set me up with a materialist scientist that represented ’the other side’, but it got harder and harder to find anybody that had anything meaningful to say from that camp.”
Dr Alexander’s website features his books Proof of Heaven, The Map of Heaven and Living in a Mindful Universe (with Karen Newell).
He is an adviser to the Galileo Commisson, which advocates ”exploring and expanding the frontiers of science, medicine and spirituality”.
Most of what you think you know about migration is probably incorrect. Listening to professor of sociology Hein de Haas, director of the International Migration Institute, makes one realize that both the media and the politicians have got the whole thing wrong:
- Migration would be less dramatic with more open borders.
- Poverty and conflict don’t drive most of migration, labor demand does.
- The concept of climate refugees has no scientific basis.
”People say I shouldn’t say these things in public”, says Hein de Haas. ”But I think we need to be able to deal with the truth.”
Here are some other no-nonsense quotes:
”The Turkey deal (between the EU and Turkey) shows we aren’t too worried about what happens to refugees.”
”International migration has been remarkably stable over the decades at around three percent of the population.”
”Nine out of ten Africans that move to Europe do so legally.”
”There is a tendency at the UN and other organizations to paint a misleading picture that we are facing a migration crisis. This can actually undermine refugee protection.”
”The main cause of migration is quite simply labor demand. There is a huge level of hypocrisy around this.”
”When borders are relatively open, migrants don’t stay permanently. When borders are harder to cross, they stay.”
”Mobility should be considered a freedom in its own right. And it really doesn’t matter if you use it or not. It’s like the right to vote or run for office.”
Hein’s homepage: www.heindehaas.org
Hein’s book ”The Age of Migration”: http://www.age-of-migration.com
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