Your Sixth Dimensional SELF--Arcturians


Your Sixth Dimensional SELF--Arcturians



9-26-12
Trip to the Mothership Part IV b


INTRODUCTION TO SIXTH DIMENSIONAL BEINGS


THE ARCTURIANS SPEAK:
 Before Mytre speaks with you, we wanted this opportunity to share a special message with our ascending ones who have been visiting our Mothership. We are so happy to visit with many of you in your Night-bodies. Do not be concerned if you do not remember us, for WE remember you. In fact, we remember when you, too, were Sixth Dimensional Beings.

Your Sixth Dimensional Self is a wisp of light seeking a new form to wear. Once you create your form, you take on the persona and milieu of that form. This shopping for a new form is great fun. But, most important, it is how your great Essence can check out and interact with the myriad realities to see if your infinite services are required.

If you find that you are needed, if you just want to have some fun, a unique experience, or a visit with friends, you insert your SELF into the 6D Matrix of that reality as simply as a third dimensional might slip on a glove. The reality of the formless ones is much vaster than the realities of form. In reality, within your NOW of the ONE, you are simultaneously relishing many visitations to many realities.

On the contrary, your insertion into your present matrix/life was not for fun or a visit. You came to Gaia because YOU were needed. Just as Gaia had called you at the fall of Atlantis, She has been calling you for the last two generations. She called you because she needed your great sixth dimensional light to counteract her impending darkness.

And so you answered Her call…

In your sixth dimensional SELF, you inserted your Light into the era that would commence the final days of ascending Earth. However, our dear, brave ones, you did not stay at the higher frequencies of this reality. No, you purposefully delved down through the fifth dimension, through the fourth to capture your Aura, you pulled in all your protection as you bravely traveled through the dark and murky Lower Astral Plane and inserted your Essence into the tiny, helpless form of a third dimensional infant.

Please recognize how much courage and dedication to the Light that it took for you to diminish your great Multidimensional SELF into such a dependent state. If that were not enough, in a very short "time" you forgot your true SELF and only knew of your small, weak physical form. You ALL chose a very difficult matrix upon which you chose to adhere your multidimensional creativity.

Many, more than our hearts could bear to count, were lost in the great darkness of the closing cycle of Gaia's plight. However, upon your release from your illusionary form even those who have become completely embedded in the darkness will, eventually, return HOME to your true SELF.

This harvest has begun NOW.

It is VITAL that you remember who you are.
Release the illusion of physicality that you have wrapped around your memory.
Release the fear that you had to learn in order to survive this challenge
Release the guilt that you were taught.
Release to doubt that clouds your mind.
Release ALL you memories of darkness, pain, fear and sorrow.

mind peace



mind peace

When you recognise inner peace, that is just the mind recognising peace. This is why it is seen as pleasant and why it can come and go.

Yet this is still a very valid state.

It shows the mind a better way and reminds us of the ultimate state; one that without, there would be facility to recognise or even be.



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If I take the things they offer me

If I take the things they offer me, I'll be fat, old, ugly, mean, and broke. But if I don't, I'm crazy and a fag. That's not a good friend I'd say.

Mytre and Arcturians--Multidimensional Operating System


Mytre and Arcturians--Multidimensional Operating System


9-24-12
JOURNEY TO THE MOTHERSHIP
PART IV






 

 
Integrating Your Multidimensional Operating System
Into Your Third dimensional Brain



 

 
MYTRE SPEAKS:
Dear Earth Ones, from my explanation of the sixth dimension, I am sure you realize that your time-bound, third dimensional thinking is not adequate to understand or manage the experiences of the sixth dimension and beyond.

The Arcturians have often told you, as they have repeatedly told me, it is vital to integrate your full Multidimensional Operating System into your third dimensional brain.

You have all been downloading this new mental operating system via the higher frequencies of light that are entering your Pineal Gland. However, until you have integrated this multidimensional program into your current third dimensional mental processes; your perceptions, and interactions with the higher dimensional realities will be less than your full potential.

Therefore, it is vital that you complete the process of connecting your Multidimensional Operating System into the third dimensional circuitry of your physical brain and nervous system. The transitions that you are undertaking will be unnecessarily difficult when you are bound to sequential, time-driven thinking.

We the Arcturians and myself, Mytre, are helping you to remember how to live beyond time. Living beyond time, which is closing the infinite loop of time, is a vital component to personal and planetary ascension. The Arcturians will now speak to you about integrating your Multidimensional Operating System.

ARCTURIANS SPEAK:
Our dearest ascending ones, we have always been within you, how could we not?  We are you and you are we. In fact, more and more each day, the illusion of the gap between us closes tighter and tighter, until, soon, you will no longer have to take a long breath and focus your energies in order to communicate via us. Soon, you will just be with us. 

Nevertheless, you know that your third dimensional brain cannot contain the information, frequency, quantity and multidimensional quality of information that we are giving to you within this NOW of the ONE.  Thus, it is vital that you integrate the Multidimensional Operating System of your true SELF into the brain of your transmuting earth vessel. 

We want to let you know that this process may not be comfortable for your physical body or for the circuitry of your physical brain.  Nonetheless, we shall begin this process now because you have asked for your ascension and for the ascension of your planet. This request means that you are ready to expand your mental processing. 

You have been frustrated by having to go from communing with the multidimensional world to interacting with the time-bound details of your third dimensional life.  Therefore, we will assist you in releasing that separation. And, as that separation closes into oneness, you will perceive the myriad details of your third dimensional reality through the perspective of your Multidimensional SELF. 

With your multidimensional perception you will no longer be hidden amongst the myriad "trees" that surround you, which make you feel lost and confused. Instead, you will have the perspective of floating above the forest and seeing your route laid out before you in a beaming thread of light. 

·      We ask you to completely relax your physical brain by easing your forehead and opening your Crown to better see through your Third Eye.
·      Now, relax your neck, Throat Chakra, so that the words that you hear and speak are free of third dimensional thinking.  
·      Allow that relaxation to float down into your High Heart.
·      Feel the Three Fold Flame of Wisdom, Power and Love as it encompasses your thinking and allows you to remember being a Priest or Priestess on Atlantis before its fall. 
·      Remember all that you knew then and bring it forth into the current files, folders and circuitry of your brain. 

We start with your Atlantian information for you were holding a physical form at that time. Your frequency was not as low as your physical form within this time, but there was indeed a physical format. On the other hand, when you speak through your Arcturian recollections, you are free of form; hence, it is much more difficult for your third dimensional circuitry to accept and understand. 

This process of remembering can be unconscious to your human awareness. Therefore, allow yourself to emotionally feel the information that you knew on Atlantis come to the surface of your multidimensional thinking. Remember, now, how you had the ability to leave time. You may have remembered that you died during the fall of Atlantis, but you did not die. None of our ones that came to assist Gaia with her transition died. Instead, at the exact moment when your physical vehicle could longer maintain your light, you stepped out of time. 

Leaving time was easier then because your physical world was in the midst of destruction. Also, many of you were new to the limitations of time. Now, leaving time is more difficult as you have lived within time for myriad incarnations. Also, now your grounded self must still drive a car, walk along the street, speak in your human time-bound language, pay your bills and do your chores. In other words, you still have to maintain a third dimensional vehicle while your consciousness is expanding far beyond the limitations of that small, weak vehicle. 

We ask you now to expand your perceptions into our Beingness. Feel us around you. Remember how you have never left us.  Now look into your physical body. When you first entered your current form, you logged into your body by copying and pasting your great multidimensional consciousness into an earth vessel. With the great power of your multidimensional consciousness and unconditional love that has ALWAYS over lit you, tell your vehicle how much you care for it and how proud of it you are.

Let you earth vessel know that it is normal that it has become overwhelmed by the spectrum of information and energy that it has been collecting. In order for your third dimensional brain to fully connect with your multidimensional circuitry that you have downloaded and integrated into your consciousness, it must go through the Firewall of your fourth dimensional aura. 

Your fourth dimensional Firewall is important because these higher energies would be too fast, far too high in frequency for your third dimensional circuitry to withstand. Therefore perceive your fourth dimensional aura; feel it all around you. Realize that this aura surrounding your physical body and also surrounds every individual cell of your physical form.

Furthermore, within your aura are all of the fourth dimensional Elemental spirit beings who are willing, and who have specifically volunteered to assist you to plug in your multidimensional consciousness into your fourth dimensional firewall.  Once you have bonded the protection of your fourth dimensional Firewall into the circuitry of your third dimensional brain, it will be much easier to download your Multidimensional Operating System. 

Allow yourself to take a long deep breath; in fact take several long deep breaths. Experience your aura, not just around you, but also within you. Your third dimensional thinking is focused on separation; therefore you thought that your aura was separate from your physical form and surrounded only your third dimensional body. 
  • Consciously experience that illusion of separation that your third dimensional mind has created…
  • Imagine that the energy of your aura is on one end of the spectrum of polarity and your physical form on the other…
  • To collapse that polarity, pull the physical form more and more toward the center of the spectrum...
  • Pull the aura more and more and more to the center of the spectrum...
  • Now, join them together to collapse them into ONE…
  • As you collapse that imaginary polarity into the ONE, feel the integration of your fourth dimensional aura around each and every cell of your physical form…

You have completed the first phase of integrating your Multidimensional Operating System into your third dimensional brain. We shall return with the other phases once you have had "time" to allow this shift of consciousness into your daily life.


Your Multidimensional Operating System
           
Author's Note:
The "vacation" the Arcturians spoke of in the YouTube began four days ago. They said that during this vacation I could begin the process of integrating my Multidimensional Operating System into my third dimensional brain. This process has been one of intensive training in my night body. I just awoke from the third night.

Every night, I have had challenging dreams in which I confronted old patterns of fear that are embedded in my Third Dimensional Operating System. I have gone through every leadership fear that may have ever crossed my mind, observed and tackled old chronic patterns of thought, behaviors and reactions that were resonating to frequencies less than that of unconditional love.

In other words, I have been releasing third dimensional files, folders and programs from my brain and consciousness to make room for a new Operating System for Life. It is as if I have just bought a wonderful, new computer that I do not want to fill with old files. Hence, I am going thorough all the long-forgotten files to read every word, then finally deleted that which carry ANY resonance of fear and all its friends such as anger, sorrow, depression and foreboding.

I have awakened every morning exhausted by the night's work. When the Arcturians said that this process would be difficult for our "small, weak" earth vessel, they were correct. Fortunately, I have completed my "three nights in the underworld," and I am hopeful that the old time-bound and ego-based files are released from my third dimensional computer brain.

The first night was the most difficult in that I dreamed that some faceless person was visiting people with his/her immense fear and wanting to hand it over to that person. Just in time I would wake up, only to fall back to sleep to find the exact scenario.

Finally, after I had awakened from the dream only to return to the exact moment in "time" I had abandoned it, I realized I would have to confront this fear that went from person to person to person. I decided to fill my self with unconditional love and directly confront the next fearful person. When I did so, the fear from everyone was gone. Then, I woke up so I would not forget the solution to fear.

The second night, I could only sleep for an hour at a time and then woke up. However, by now I was too tired to get the details of the dream that I had escaped. The process felt like I was releasing the unending drudgery of trying to lead others in the old manner of third dimensional separation and limitation. I awoke exhausted after only three hours and got out of bed.

For the first two nights we were in a very unpleasant hotel room, one of the few in this hotel that had not yet been renovated. The bed was hard, the air was hot and without flow through, everything was old and in sorry need of renovation. However, it was Friday and Saturday night and every room in the hotel and in the area was taken. Hence, I had to sleep in the old. Being a good third dimensional I adapted, but was not happy about it.

Yesterday, we went to a new beautiful hotel with a room directly on the sand of a glorious beach. I took a long nap in the day and a wonderful swim in the pool under a starry night. I saw three unusual "stars" that formed a huge triangle in the sky above me. I floated on my back for a long time and called out, "Is it you? Are you there?" I heard nothing, but when I glanced up just before we went to the room, the stars where not where they had been.

Last night I slept well, but woke up with a final initiation dream and the image of a foot going into my brain. I got out of bed and wrote this note. Perhaps, I have "kicked out" my old operating system and am ready to receive the new one. I now await the training dreams in which I learn to operate my new, multidimensional computer brain.


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» lessons from a car-free life :zenhabits


lessons from a car-free life

'The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet.' ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Post written by Leo Babauta.

This past summer, my family (my wife, me, six kids) finally gave up our car. It was a liberating and scary experience.

We've been dependent on our automobile for so many years that giving it up was unthinkable. If you own a car, it's probably unthinkable to you too.

We drove everywhere: to and from school and work, to music lessons and recitals, to soccer practice and all-day-long games at the soccer field, to family events (which were numerous), to grocery stores and malls and restaurants and movie theaters and bookstores and beauty salons (not for me, I'm bald … er, shaven), to pay bills and run errands, to go to the beach and the parks. To do anything.

How could we get rid of our car?

Going car-lite

For the last few years, we've been weaning ourselves slowly from the car (actually a van in our case). We went car-lite, gradually, and if you're considering these issues this is what I'd recommend for most families.

First, we sold our second vehicle and learned to make it work with one. At one point my wife quit her job and began homeschooling our kids, which was great because they had their mom home all the time — something most kids don't get. Later I was able to quit my day job and worked from home, reducing our car trips by a lot. Then we moved closer to town, so we could walk and bike more — everything was within walking distance, including the grocery store, beauty salon, post office, beach, movie theater, restaurants, coffee shops and more. Only family and soccer were further away. We used the car very little.

Finally, we moved to San Francisco, and its great public transit was a big factor. We were giving up our car! Note: While many other cities/towns are not as transit-friendly, tons of people have gone car-free in them — walking and cycling and car-sharing are all great options.

Our car-free life

We sold our van (yay!) and didn't buy a vehicle here in San Francisco. A few times we've rented or borrowed a car, and boy, it really reminds me how lucky we are to be without one. It's such a hassle to drive, to find parking, to get a parking ticket (which I've done), to retrieve your car when its towed (yes, that happened, and yes it was dumb of me), to try to find places when you're driving, pay tolls and pay for parking, to get stuck in rush hour … and so on.

We ride buses and trains and walk. We're getting bikes soon, but we decided to do one step at a time. We walk a lot! We purposely picked a home that was a block away from the train stop and has bus lines that are within feet of our front door. We can get anywhere in this city easily.

I often walk aimlessly, just to explore the city. I take Eva and the kids on walks to show them new places that we would never have seen with a car. It's the best way to discover the joys of a new place — cars isolate you and speed you by the best bits.

Buses often have very weird people in it, who yell things or smell or dress funny. I love that. It's something my kids have never been exposed to, and now they're getting an up-close education. They're never in danger, but now they see so much more of the world than they ever did while isolated in a car. They come shoulder-to-shoulder with humanity in crowded buses, they talk to their neighbors, they smile at people and make others smile.

We are healthier than ever. Walking is amazing. It costs nothing, and yet you get fresh air, see people, see nature, see stores and restaurants and houses and plants you never would have in a car. You get in great shape. My little four-year-old can walk for miles, and sing while doing it. She runs up hills. Granted, sometimes I carry her on my shoulders when she gets tired, but that's good exercise for me. We're also safer than ever — buses are the safest way to travel on American roads.

We spend so much less on transportation. Cars are extremely expensive — not only for the car payments themselves, but for fuel, oil changes, insurance, registration fees, parking costs, tickets, inevitable repairs, the cost of the space to park the car overnight (garages aren't free space), cleaning the car, and health costs (they're unhealthy). When you have so many expenses, you have to work more to pay for those expenses. Cutting them out means I work less, and that's a wonderful thing for me and my family.

I have to give immense credit to my wife, Eva, for being so great during our car-free experiment. Lots of spouses would complain — Eva has embraced and enjoyed the journey. My kids, too, have been great — instead of complaining, they've had fun with me, playing games, singing, exploring, racing. It's been a great journey as a family, and I'm glad we've embarked upon it.

Limitations are actually strengths

People think of giving up their cars, and they immediately think of the reasons they can't — the limitations. But I've come to realize these are actually strengths. Consider.

1. Takes longer. Yes, it sometimes take longer to get places — maybe 20 minutes instead of 10-15, or 45 minutes instead of 25-30. But that's OK, because cars (while faster) are also more stressful. Driving in traffic is stressful. So we go places slower, which is less stressful, more fun. I like a slower life.

2. The weather. Sometimes the weather isn't great — but truthfully, I enjoy getting soaked in the rain. My little ones don't mind either — they love stomping in mud puddles. We are so used to being in our metal-and-glass boxes that we forget how wonderful the rain is. And when the weather is good, cars isolate you from that. You don't get to feel the sun on your shoulders, the wind in your face, the fresh smell of licorice when you pass a certain plant, see the squirrels dart past or the ducks mock you with their quack.

3. Convenience. Sure, buses can be inconvenient — sometimes they're late and you wait and you're late. But think about the inconveniences of cars we often forget: parking, getting stuck in traffic, getting cut off from other people, paying tolls, paying for parking, parking tickets, speeding tickets, cars breaking down in the highway, car repairs, oil changes, stopping for gas, car insurance, washing the car, the dangers of car accidents (car crashes are the leading killer of American children), the unhealthiness of it for your kids, making a wrong turn and trying to get back on your route, the expense of a car and having to work more just to pay for it, the cost of health care because cars are unhealthier for you and your family and having to work more just to pay for that, just to name a few.

When you look at it like that, considering all the inconveniences of the various forms of transportation, cars don't necessarily come out ahead in convenience.

4. Groceries. We walk to the grocery store — it's one block away. We can't carry as much as we can with the car, so we make more frequent trips. That's not a weakness, it's a strength. That means we walk more. Actually, going to the store is uphill, so I sprint uphill. It's a lot of fun and great exercise.

5. Doing stuff that's not close. It's easier to get in the car and go to places, while walking or riding transit takes time and sometimes planning. So yes, you're a bit more limited. I don't see that as bad, once you accept this — it means you do less, which is simpler and less stressful. It means you only go places that are far if they're important. It means you explore ways to have fun near your home. Cars encourage us to take more trips, which pollute more, cause us to be busier, use up more time and money and natural resources. Slowing down and taking fewer trips is better for us, our health, our environment.

'Life is too short for traffic.' ~Dan Bellack

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The Only Way to Respond to Life


The Only Way to Respond to Life

Post written by Leo Babauta.

I went for a run along the beach at sunset yesterday, foam kissing my bare feet, smooth sand caressing my soles, and the sky exploding with color.

I paused for breath, mostly because the sky, and the Pacific, had borrowed my breath from me.

I stopped and applauded.

This is the only response that life deserves: overjoyed applause.

This morning, wherever you are, whatever life has given you, take a moment to really appreciate this gift, and applaud. I mean, actually applaud.

Then give back to life, something, anything, to show your gratitude for this miracle you've been given. Do anything: be kind to someone, create something, be gentle with your children, do something where your body feels full of life.

We often not only take life for granted, but complain about it. Life isn't perfect, work is boring, people are too rude, drivers are idiots, no one gets me, I have too many things to do. But goodness, look around you! What a wonder life is! If only we would take the time to see it, to really appreciate it, and to applaud.

This moment is a ridiculously generous miracle. Give it up, folks, for life.


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The Man Who Quit Money: An Interview with Daniel Suelo


The Man Who Quit Money: An Interview with Daniel Suelo

"Money only exists if two or more people believe it exists." – Daniel Suelo

When I first heard the story of Daniel Suelo, I was immediately intrigued. After all, Daniel lives entirely without money and has done so for the past 12 years. In 2000, he put his entire life savings in a phone booth, walked away, and has lived moneyless ever since. Most frequently, he lives in the caves and wilderness of Utah where he eats wild vegetation, scavenges roadkill, pulls food from dumpsters, and is sometimes fed by friends and strangers. Daniel proudly boasts that he does not take food stamps or government handouts.

I found myself very interested in hearing what he has learned from the experience and how it might inspire me in my own journey to live with fewer possessions. So I contacted Daniel to see if I could ask him a few questions about his life and what views on money and possessions have shaped his existence. He graciously agreed. This is how our conversation went:

1) Earlier this year, your story was documented in a book titled The Man Who Quit Money. I opened this interview with a brief introduction. Am I missing anything here Daniel? Anything I should be adding to help us get a better understanding of who you are and the life you have chosen to live?

I don't care for the statement, "Daniel proudly boasts that he does not take food stamps or government handouts," because it can be construed that I put myself above those who must take food stamps or government handouts. I don't judge those who do. I merely mention that I don't take government assistance for the sake of those who might think I'm living on their tax dollars. I do boast about having few possessions and no money, because it's ironic fun to boast about nothing special (wild creatures, after all, have few possessions or money and it really feels like no big deal), and to boast about what the rest of our commercial society debases.

I will add that I do make a small exception to taking government handouts: I use the public library to maintain my blog, website, do emails, and read books. This does cause ire in people searching for loopholes in my lifestyle. In my blog comments, a woman once responded to their anger by declaring that she pays taxes and doesn't use the library, and that she donates all her library time to me. Then they were quiet.

2) Thanks so much for taking the time for this interview. I find it interesting that so many of the articles highlighting your story include something similar to this line: Suelo "came from a good family and has been to college. He was not mentally ill, nor an addict. His decision appears to have been an act of free will by a competent adult." So, for starters, you are clearly not a crazy man. Correct?

A crazy man does not think himself crazy, so my opinion on the matter is meaningless :-) People will have to judge my sanity for themselves.

But it would be nice if we lived in a world that considered it crazy to cause harm to ourselves, others, and our environment or to praise those who do cause such harm. Then we'd have to say we live in a truly crazy civilization. A sane society would consider it crazy to kill living things and destroy food and water supplies in order to amass something that nobody can eat or drink, like gold, silver, and money. It's crazy to sacrifice reality to the idol of illusion.

3) The thinking that led to your journey into willful moneylessness evolved by degrees during your travels. Could you share with us some of the foundational beliefs that have evolved in your life that led you to make this decision to give up money entirely?

My first thought of living moneyless came when I was a child. In my Evangelical Christian upbringing, I wondered why, if we were followers of Jesus, we didn't practice his teachings–namely giving up possessions and doing not for the sake of reward (money and barter), but giving freely and receiving freely.

When I left home for college, I studied other religions and found that all the world's major religions teach giving up possessions and doing not for the sake of reward. If all the separated witnesses are saying the same thing, it must be true. Ironically, few practice the one thing they all agree upon in word. What would happen if we actually practiced this stuff, I thought.

My dad also took us camping a lot, and I was a nature freak. I couldn't help but see how perfectly balanced nature was, and it ran on no money. Why, then, couldn't we?

As an adult, I thought it through more thoroughly. Nature's economy is a pay-it-forward economy. This means one sows, another reaps, ad infitum. For example, a bear takes a raspberry, and the raspeberry bush demands nothing in return. The Bear takes with zero sense of obligation, zero guilt. The bear then poops somewhere else, not only providing food for soil organisms, but also propagating raspberry seeds. You never see 2 wild creatures consciously bartering. There are no accountants worrying what the bush will get in return. This is exactly why it works, because nobody knows how it works! There is no consciousness of credit and debt in nature. Consciousness of credit and debt is knowledge of good and evil, valuing one thing and devaluing another. Consciousness of credit and debt is our fall from Grace. Grace means gratis, free gift.

My next impetus for living moneyless came from observing the world economy and politics. Do our economy and politics function well? It's self-evident, isn't it?

My next impetus for living moneyless was to find authenticity for myself. To do out of one's heart is to be real. To do for somebody, expecting something from them, is ulterior motivation, which is to not be real, which is to prostitute oneself.

My last impetus for living moneyless was to heal myself. Okay, I guess I'll talk about my craziness. To heal myself was to first see myself as crazy, and only them could I become free of craziness. I was suffering clinical depression. Mental illness is rooted in having unnecessary, thoughts and to let go of unnecessary thoughts is to free oneself from mental illness. This is basic Buddhist philosophy. It is the philosophy of all the ancient religions. To cling to thoughts is to possess thoughts and this outwardly manifests itself in having unnecessary physical possessions. We accumulate what we don't need out of fear and anxiety. This is true craziness. Unnecessary thoughts and unnecessary physical possessions (including possessing people) are inextricably linked. To accumulate unnecessary possessions is not to live in abundance, as we're led to believe, but is to live in scarcity. Why would we have too much stuff if we believed the universe was abundant? Why would we worry if we weren't crazy? Worry is simply lack of faith, faith that everything we need is in the here and now.

4) Your spirituality is clearly an important part of your journey. In what ways, have your spiritual beliefs strengthened you for this journey and lifestyle?

I mentioned above that this is about faith. Faith is eliminating unnecessary thought, trusting that everything we need comes as we need it, whether it is the right thoughts or the right possessions. Faith is being grounded in the Eternal Present. This is the common truth of the world's religions.

5) What are some of the most important lessons about money/people/society you have personally learned over the past 12 years? And did any of these lessons surprise you?

Most important is that I've learned our true nature lives moneyless, giving freely and receiving freely. Even the most staid CEO is human underneath, and gives and receives freely with friends and family. By cultivating this nature in myself, I can see it in others, and it can be cultivated in others. When our real selves are cultivated, the gift economy is cultivated, our unreal selves (based on ulterior motivation) and all the nonsense drops away.

I have been surprised at the intensely angry reaction thousands of people have had at my living moneyless. It used to bother me, but now I realize that anger doesn't come from people's true nature, but from the facade they build up. The facade is threatened by reality. Who wants to hear that the basis of our commercial civilization is an illusion? Money only exists if two or more people believe it exists. Money is not a physical substance, but merely a belief in the head. Money is credit, and credit literally means belief (e.g. credibility). Money is literally a creed, the most agreed-upon creed, or religion, in the world. And what fundamentalists won't get angry if you question their creed?

6) The reality of today's society is that most people will never make the full leap into moneylessness like you have. Do you believe that your lifestyle still offers important inspiration for individuals and families? And if so, in what ways?

As I said, we all live moneyless at our core, in our everyday actions with friends, family, and even strangers. People tell me almost every day that they find living this way inspiring and even comforting. Even if people don't intend on giving up money, they can still find that it isn't the end of the world if they lose their money. If you are not religious, it is comforting to be reminded that life has flourished in balance for millions of years without money, and why should it fall apart without money now? Nature evolved you from an amoeboid to a human over millions of years, with zero money, so why should nature give up on you now? How is it that, when natural disasters (tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis) hit towns and cities, people suddenly forget about money and start helping each other? It's comforting that we have a true nature beneath the falseness and ulterior motivation of commercial civilization.

And if you are religious, it's comforting to know there is profound truth at the core of your religion (whether Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, Taoist, Sikh) that actually works if you practice it, that it isn't all a lie. If we don't practice the core truth of giving up possessions and ulterior motivation that every religion teaches, then of course our religion becomes a destructive lie, as we see all around us.

7) What are the practical steps individuals can take to free themselves from their pursuit (and bondage) to money – even if they will never live entirely moneyless?

People get overwhelmed unless they realize that all the tools they have are here and now, and steps can be taken right here and now.

Everybody, no matter how entrenched they are in the money system, can freely give and freely receive. Freely giving and freely receiving is our true nature, is true human-ness. And everybody is human. As I said earlier, it's about being real, cultivating our true nature, and everything else falls into place, and all the falsehood drops away, no matter what station in life people are in. Even if somebody is totally skeptical about what I am doing, I challenge them to make it their goal to be totally real, with themselves and with every human interaction, and I propose they will then know whether or not I'm living a pipe dream.

Somebody once commented that our cities and towns could not function without money. But I say they and the world can't function right now in the present system.

Take classic American suburbia, for example. People don't know their neighbors, and everybody has their own cars, computers, TVs, lawn mowers, washing machines, etc, etc, as well as stockpiles of food and land they could grow food on. All we need is right here, but the only thing that's holding us back is not physical reality, but belief, dogma. What if we actually spoke to our neighbors and agreed to share, like we learned in kindergarten and in church? What if we realized we could share cars, computers, washing machines, have dinners together, etc, which would not only save us expense, but would save expense on the environment, and, as a bonus, put smiles on our lonely faces? Then cities and technology would start serving us, rather than us serving them. But what's holding us back? Not reality, not scarcity, but only our thinking!

As far as going all the way and living without money, people often ask me to teach them survival skills. Often I feel like I don't know many skills, that it's really about determination and getting up the confidence more than actual skill. Sometimes I tell folks to imagine something really silly: what if somebody offered you a million dollars to live without money for a year? I guarantee most people would figure out how to do it, skilled or no. This is about finding a determination, a motivation greater than a million dollars!

8) I'm curious how concerned you are about spreading this message of living free from money. I know you had the book written about you, you maintain your website, and you have agreed to this interview and various others. Is there a message you believe you have inside that is important to get out? And do you look forward to your story continuing to spread?

Yes, I now have a strong urge to spread the message. At first I just wanted to live my own life, whether or not anybody else took notice or not. Then I realized a message was errupting in me that I could no more suppress than an erupting volcano. Our society is not sustainable and we are not only heading rapidly into, but most the world has already reached disaster, due directly to our being trapped by our own beliefs. I want to shout this out to the world. But talk isn't enough. It must be talk with action, right now. We could debate whether or not Paul Revere was trying to gain attention for himself, or we could simply take notice that the British are invading and we have to get off our butts!

Thanks so much for your time Daniel, I really do appreciate it. Your experience is unique – at least, in our society. As a result, it provides each of us an opportunity to reevaluate your own opinions and views on how we choose to live. And for that, I am very thankful.

To discover more about Daniel's specific journey or find the answers to the questions swirling in your hear, I'll refer you to the FAQ on his website.

But before you leave, what parts of Daniel's story resonated most with you? Did you discover any new insight or inspiration during the interview? Let us know in the comment section below. I'm interested to hear how his story is challenging others.


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The 10 Most Important Things to Simplify in Your Life


The 10 Most Important Things to Simplify in Your Life

by joshua becker

"Purity and simplicity are the two wings with which man soars above the earth and all temporary nature." – Thomas Kempis

Simplicity brings balance, freedom, and joy. When we begin to live simply and experience these benefits, we begin to ask the next question, "Where else in my life can i remove distraction and simply focus on the essential?"

Based on our personal journey, our conversations, and our observations, here is a list of the 10 most important things to simplify in your life today to begin living a more balanced, joyful lifestyle:

  1. Your Possessions - Too many material possessions complicate our lives to a greater degree than we ever give them credit. They drain our bank account, our energy, and our attention. They keep us from the ones we love and from living a life based on our values. If you will invest the time to remove nonessential possessions from your life, you will never regret it. For further reading on this, consider Simplify: 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone Declutter Their Home and Life.
  2. Your Time Commitments – Most of us have filled our days full from beginning to end with time commitments: work, home, kid's activities, community events, religious endeavors, hobbies… the list goes on. When possible, release yourself from the time commitments that are not in line with your greatest values.
  3. Your Goals – Reduce the number of goals you are intentionally striving for in your life to one or two. By reducing the number of goals that you are striving to accomplish, you will improve your focus and your success rate. Make a list of the things that you want to accomplish in your life and choose the two most important. When you finish one, add another from your list.
  4. Your Negative Thoughts – Most negative emotions are completely useless. Resentment, bitterness, hate, and jealousy have never improved the quality of life for a single human being. Take responsibility for your mind. Forgive past hurts and replace negative thoughts with positive ones.
  5. Your Debt – If debt is holding you captive, reduce it. Start today. Do what you've got to do to get out from under its weight. Find the help that you need. Sacrifice luxury today to enjoy freedom tomorrow.
  6. Your Words – Use fewer words. Keep your speech plain and honest. Mean what you say. Avoid gossip.
  7. Your Artificial Ingredients – Avoid trans fats, refined grain (white bread), high-fructose corn syrup, and too much sodium. Minimizing these ingredients will improve your energy level in the short-term and your health in the long-term. Also, as much as possible, reduce your consumption of over-the-counter medicine – allow your body to heal itself naturally as opposed to building a dependency on substances.
  8. Your Screen Time – Focusing your attention on television, movies, video games, and technology affects your life more than you think. Media rearranges your values. It begins to dominate your life. And it has a profound impact on your attitude and outlook. Unfortunately, when you live in that world on a consistent basis, you don't even notice how it is impacting you. The only way to fully appreciate its influence in your life is to turn them off.
  9. Your Connections to the World - Relationships with others are good, but constant streams of distraction are bad. Learn when to power off the blackberry, log off facebook, or not read a text. Focus on the important, not the urgent. A steady flow of distractions from other people may make us feel important, needed, or wanted, but feeling important and accomplishing importance are completely different things.
  10. Your Multi-Tasking - Research indicates that multi-tasking increases stress and lowers productivity. while single-tasking is becoming a lost art, learn it. Handle one task at a time. Do it well. And when it is complete, move to the next.

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Manjinder Singh Khosa May 4, 2012 at 1:34 am

Well written.

I guess life was always meant to be simple but this modernisation and the passion to become rich/famous/successful has made this aspect to take a back seat.

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Kubicko May 4, 2012 at 6:02 am

Totally true. ;)

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scarlybarly! May 24, 2012 at 5:07 pm

helelleleoo meeloooooo have a good dY!

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Sean Brant May 9, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Really liked the article. Thank you.

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asad khan May 10, 2012 at 3:31 am

yes the life is very beutiful so many things depends in the life

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Liz Weatherby May 11, 2012 at 12:26 am

Great thoughts, suggestions the best part has to be doing them. I don't just want to read it and feel how good it sounds. I want to practise it and then see how good I feel :-)

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Peter Andersen May 12, 2012 at 1:19 am

What kind of ethics is that: to transfer your crap to others and even making money out of it. To reduce the amount of crap, scrap it instead.

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Nate May 12, 2012 at 2:08 pm

You bought all of your crap in the first place, why not get a little something back for it? If someone wants to buy it let 'em.

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Katie Brewis May 17, 2012 at 2:29 am

It is amazing how what one views as crap can be anothers treasure…at an amazing price too.

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Peter Andersen May 17, 2012 at 6:50 am

Is minimalism about aesthetics and/or ethics? The aesthetic aspect seems to deal with the crap in your life and to possess only what is essential. If you think all others should dump their crap the aesthetics of minimalism becomes normative.
But what is the ethics of minimalism? At least one aspect must – it seems to me – be altruism. To make a community work there must be altruism – even reciprocal altruism. Is money important to a minimalist – if not, then give away your crap or even destroy it. It is nothing worth to you and it is unethical to trap others with your crap even if they pay for it.
But maybe I am wrong. Maybe minimalism is anarchic!

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scarlybarly! May 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm

the world is a beautiful place if you beliiieevevevev ! but that probs wont happen x

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AdrianX August 21, 2012 at 4:05 am

the value come from perception. let's say my ipod / watch / stereo system is crap for me right now but for another person it may worth something because they need it to improve something in their lives with that thing. Maybe by decluttering your place by selling things you can also get some money to afford a vacation and enjoy their depart with much more pleasure. After all, there are money you spent when they meant something but you should not just toss that away.

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Linda Pinda August 4, 2012 at 8:10 am

Seems like you're not reading the words being written here. He is making it clear the minimalism has to be personalized for each different home. It is supposed to focus on what is important to you. So, if my DVD collection of disney movies is no longer needed because my children are grown, it makes sense to get rid of it. It also makes sense to give or sell it to a family with small children who will enjoy the time they spend together on Friday night movie nights, as we did when ours were little. It's only "crap" to own things you do not use. If someone else can use it, it is valuable. That's the whole point.

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Frank|Modern Monkey Mind May 18, 2012 at 10:05 am

Love this Joshua! Thank you for all the great writing you do.

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Robbie May 19, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Great article, time to refocus for the judgetribe.

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Erik Johnson May 29, 2012 at 10:25 am

Great general guidelines to follow. Thank you!

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Scott June 5, 2012 at 10:18 am

That's a very good article! Thanks for writing and sharing it!

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Bonnie Jo June 9, 2012 at 7:36 am

Thank you – I enjoyed this very much and have bookmarked it as a reminder to myself. Funny that I am using screen time to minimize and I need to minimize my screen time. :)

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unnikrishnan .a June 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm

simplicity , as mentioned is very important aspect to be happy in life. unwanted complications and material aquisitions are not as we percieved in the beginning. it will
work as a clutter and spoil the beauty of life. Also it leads to defocussing the real life.

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Frank|Modern Monkey Mind June 20, 2012 at 10:00 am

Josh, I've been reading through your archives the last day or two and really enjoying it. Thank you for all your great work!

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Raj July 8, 2012 at 11:48 am

Always great to learn such valued things in life !! Good Job.

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sri July 12, 2012 at 8:35 am

Absolutely true ! I loved it..Goes to my fav's :-)

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starling July 22, 2012 at 12:29 pm

This article puts into words what I've been thinking on for months – maybe years! – now. But all this time I've been struggling to find balance and I'm beginning to realize that there is no real way to achieve this – at least for me. There is only the necessity to rid my mind (and household, of course) of some very burdensome things – like too many goals. The hardest part is letting those goals, sometimes called dreams, die. Sometimes these are the things one knows perfectly well are only getting in the way of living happily IN THE MOMENT, and fully appreciating the gifts this life has already given us. How to do this is painfully difficult.
Whether these dreams/goals can one day be resurrected is always a possibility. But – at least for me – I have to believe that these possibilities or gone, or I'll never move on.
Anyway, This is a great starter list and shows that minimalism is so much more than just getting rid of excess knick-knacks. Its a way of life that I look forward to achieving.
Cheers.

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Kumo88 July 28, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Strange or not i have always thought like this , this morning i decided to search this just for fun . In reality i dislike TV , only good programs are Discovery Channel , NG and CNN and i watch from time to time . I dont watch movies , new ones from last years are boring , last movie i watched was Thor in 2011 . I love fruites . Dislike geting to atatchet to objects and ppl . I enjoy walking in the park . Have only the main things that i like . I dont colect stuff .

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AdrianX August 21, 2012 at 4:12 am

you should give this a thought : maybe it's good to attach to people, not in a possession meaning of course . It's nice to feel good between other people and beauty of nature. After all we are all connected at a quantum level but at some point in time we lost the way to sense it. We just glimpse the sensation to be whole with the world sometimes but maybe with practice this can be a permanent sense.

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Biken Shrestha July 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm

Awesome Article .

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antu halder sbmc August 1, 2012 at 1:32 am

facebook

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deepak August 6, 2012 at 3:16 am

hats off wordings

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Joshua Tilghman August 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm

I have personally seen number one on the list ruin the end of a family member's life. Great list, thanks!

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AdrianX August 21, 2012 at 4:13 am

great, that's all to say. thanks

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surfer August 22, 2012 at 11:24 pm

You are absolutely right. I guess people in America or in any other affluent nation has especially better listen to your teaching. The pursuit of materialism is actually killing us all eventaully.

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Jason Harvey August 27, 2012 at 12:37 pm

It is so true what you wrote about Multi-Tasking; it is refreshing to see another anti multi-tasking! I can not count how my job adds continue to request that candidates are excellent multi-taskers. They should be looking for candidates that can focus and prioritize what tasks are most import instead of just wanting them to try to do everything at once.

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subrata debnath August 28, 2012 at 12:37 pm

well said…wish i could bring these changes in me as soon as possible.

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Ramesh Chowdary September 2, 2012 at 11:20 pm

cleen mind and beautiful thinks are grow life

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sachin kawachale September 9, 2012 at 4:04 am

Life is nothing but only changes either it may good or worse !

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Mengie September 20, 2012 at 10:48 am

Now I understand why people always say "I wish I would be like my kids, they seem no stress and always happy, even if they are upset this moment, the next minute I will see them smile and laugh again!!"

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