The Newsletter of Gregg Braden and Sacred Spaces/Ancient Wisdom2007 Volume 9 Issue 1
Are We Connected—Really Connected?Copyright © 2007 Gregg Braden
(Excerpt from The Divine Matrix: Bridging Time, Space, Miracles and Belief – Hay House 2007)
"Ultimately, we may discover that our ability to understand the "rules" of The Divine Matrix holds the key to our deepest healing, our greatest joy, and our survival as a species."
–Gregg Braden 2006
Modern science is hot on the trail of solving one of the greatest mysteries of all time. You may not hear about it in the evening news. You probably will not see it on the front page of USA Today or the Wall Street Journal. Yet, nearly 70 years of research in an area of science known as the "new physics" is pointing to a conclusion that we cannot escape
The discovery: Everything in our world is connected to everything else. That’s it. Really! That’s the news that changes everything, and which is absolutely shaking the foundations of science, as we know it today. “OK,” you say. “We’ve heard this before. What makes this conclusion so different? What does it really mean to be so connected?” These are very good questions, and the answers may surprise you. The difference between the new discoveries and what we previously believed is that in the past we were simply told that the connection exists. The new experiments, however, take us one step further. In addition to proving that we are connected to everything, research now proves that the connection exists because of us—specifically because of our consciousness. Our connectedness gives us the power to stack the deck in our favor when it comes to the way our lives play out. In everything from searching for romance and healing our loved ones, to the fulfillment of our deepest aspirations and the peace of our world, we are an integral part of all that we experience each day.That the discoveries show we can use our connection consciously opens the door to nothing less than our opportunity to tap the same power that drives the entire universe.
Through the connection that lives inside of you, me, and every human that walks the earth we have a direct line to the same force that creates everything from atoms and stars to the DNA of life!
There is one small catch, however. Our power to do so is dormant until we awaken it. The key to awakening such an awesome power is that we have to make a small shift in the way we see ourselves in the world. With a little shift in perception we can tap the most powerful force in the universe to address even seemingly impossible situations of life. It happens when we allow ourselves a new way of seeing our role in the universe. The “small shift” that we need is to see ourselves as part of the world rather than separate from the world. The way to convince ourselves that we are truly part of everything that we see and experience is to understand how we are connected, and what that connection means.
Key 3: To tap the force of the universe itself, we must see ourselves as part of the world rather than separate from< the world.
Through the connection that joins all things, the “stuff” that the universe is made of—waves and particles of energy—appears to do things that break the laws of time and space as we once knew them through conventional physics today. From the DNA of our bodies, to the atoms of everything else, things in nature appear to share information faster than Albert Einstein predicted anything could ever travel—faster than the speed of light.
In laboratory experiments, particles have been documented to be in two places at the same time, to be connected even though they are separated by distances of many miles, to “heal” themselves and even travel in time! Historically, such phenomena were believed impossible. But apparently they are not only possible, they also may be showing us something more than the interesting anomalies of small particles. The freedom of movement that the quantum particles demonstrate may reveal how the rest of the universe works when we look beyond what we know of physics.
While these results may sound like the script of a futuristic Star Trek episode, they are being observed now, under the scrutiny of present-day scientists. Individually, the experiments that produce such effects are certainly interesting and deserve more investigation. Considered together, however, they also suggest that we may not be as limited by the laws of physics as we believe. Maybe things can travel faster than the speed of light, and maybe they can be in two places at once! And if things can, what about us?
These are precisely the possibilities that excite today’s innovators and stir our own imaginations. It is the coupling of the imagination—the idea of something that could be possible—with an emotion that gives life to a possibility, so it becomes a reality. Manifestation all begins with the willingness to make room in our beliefs for something that does not exist. We create that “something” through the power of consciousness and awareness.
The poet William Blake recognized the power of imagination as the essence of our existence, rather than something that we simply experience occasionally in our spare time. “Man is all imagination,” he said, clarifying, “The eternal body of man is the imagination that is God himself.” 2 Philosopher and poet John Mackenzie further described our relationship with the imagination, suggesting, “The distinction between what is real and what is imaginary is not one that can be finely maintained…all existing things are…imaginary.” 3 In both of these descriptions, the concrete events of life must first be envisioned as possibilities before they can become a reality.
For the imaginary ideas of one moment in time to become the reality of another there must, however, be something that links them together. Somehow in the fabric of the universe there must be a connection between past imaginings and present and future realities. Einstein firmly believed that the past and the future are somehow intimately entwined as the stuff of the fourth dimension, a reality that he called space-time. “The distinction between past, present, and future” he said, “is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
So, in ways that we are only beginning to understand, we find that we are connected not only with everything that we see in our lives today, but also with everything that has ever been and with things that haven’t happened yet. And what we are experiencing now is the outcome of events that have occurred, at least in part, in a realm of the universe that we can’t even see.
The implications of these relationships are huge. In a world where an intelligent field of energy connects everything from global peace to personal healing, what may have sounded like fantasy and miracles in the past suddenly becomes possible in our lives.
With these connections in mind, we must begin to think of the way we relate to life, our families, and even our casual acquaintances from a powerful new perspective. Good, bad, right, or wrong, everything from the lightest of the light and most beautiful life experiences to the most horrible occasions of human suffering can no longer be written off as chance happenings. Clearly, the key to healing, peace, abundance, and the creation of experiences, careers, and relationships that bring us joy is to understand just how deeply we are connected to everything in our reality.
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Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer The Hidden Power of Beauty, Blessing, Wisdom and Hurt For more than 20 years, Gregg Braden has searched for evidence of a forgotten form of prayer that was lost to the West following the biblical edits of the early Christian Church. Between 1998 and 2001 he found and documented this form of prayer still being used in the remote monasteries of central Tibet. In this book, Braden describes this ancient form of prayer that has not words or outward expressions, Then, for the first time in print, he leads us on a journey exploring what our most intimate experiences tell us about our deepest beliefs. Join Gregg on a remarkable journey as he explores the wisdom of these timeless secrets, and the power that awaits each of us . . . just beyond our deepest hurt! Hay House Lifestyles, Jan. 2006 release, Hardback
The Divine Name: Sounds of the God CodeBased on Gregg’s bestselling book, The God Code, this powerful recording is the result of a collaboration between Gregg and pioneering sound-healer Jonathan Goldman. More than 2,300 years ago, God’s name—the same name that we find coded into the DNA of all life—was removed from the religious texts that link over 1/2 of the world’s population, in order to safeguard its use. What would it mean if this name,The Divine Name, was re-created through a sacred formula of sounds that unite and heal? The power of healing and peace is available once again…. Hay House Audio with 26-page booklet, 64 minutes total running time.
New Spoken Audio: Unleashing the Power of the God Code The Mystery and Meaning of the Message in Our Cells What if we discovered the power to change our lives, and our world, within the cells of our own bodies! Today, we no longer need to ask this question as “What if…!” Discover how our DNA is read as words and what the message in your cells means to you today! This non-technical and fast-moving audio was recorded live in the Hay House studios. A Hay House Audio 4-CD Set ISBN 1-4019-0624-9
New Audio From Nightingale-Conant
We live our lives based in what we believe about the world, ourselves, our capabilities and our limits. What if those beliefs are wrong? In The Spontaneous Healing of Belief, you will discover the paradigm-shattering revelations that demonstrate why:* We are not limited by the laws of physics and
Holographic Brains and Global Peace
Excerpt from The Divine Matrix, Hay House Publishers, 2007
The pioneering work of Karl Pribram and the studies of other researchers that have followed it show that our minds and brains function as holographic information processors. If this is true for us as individuals, then it makes sense that our collective mind and consciousness may work this way, as well. Today over 6 billion humans (and minds) inhabit the Earth. Within the container of the Divine Matrix, each individual’s mind is part of a larger single, or collective, consciousness.
Regardless of how different they may appear from one another, within each mind is the pattern of the whole consciousness. And through that link, we each have direct access to the entire pattern. In other words, we each have the power to change the hologram of our world. While for some people this is an unconventional way to think about who we are, for others it is perfectly aligned with their beliefs and experiences.
Scientific studies support these principles and have found that when people within a group share a common experience of consciousness, the effects of that experience can be detected beyond the group itself, and even beyond the building that they are meeting in. Clearly, inner experiences are being carried through some subtle conduit in a way not limited by the so-called laws of physics and by their immediate surroundings. One example of this phenomenon is seen in the effect that Transcendental Meditation (TM) can have upon large populations.
In 1972, 24 cities in the United States with populations over 10,000 experienced meaningful changes in their communities when as few as 1 percent (100 people) participated in the studies. Those involved used specific techniques of meditation to create the inner experiences of peace that were mirrored in the world around them. The effect is called the “Maharishi Effect” in honor of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi who stated that when 1 percent of a population practiced the techniques of meditation that he offered, there would be a reduction in violence and crime for that population.
These and similar studies led to a landmark project, “The International Peace Project in the Middle East,” published in the Journal of Conflict Resolution in 1988.
Journal of Conflict Resolution in 1988. During the Israeli-Lebanese war of the early 1980s, practitioners were trained in precise techniques of TM to create peace in their bodies rather than simply to think about peace in their minds or pray “for” peace to occur.
On specific days of the month, at specific times of each day, these people were positioned within the war torn areas of the Middle East. During the window of time that they were at peace, terrorist activities declined, crimes against people declined, emergency room visits declined, and traffic accidents dropped. When the people stopped their practice, the statistics reversed. These studies confirmed the earlier findings: When a small percentage of the population achieved peace within themselves that peace was reflected in the world around them.
The findings took into account the days of the week, holidays, and even lunar cycles, and were so consistent that the researchers were able to identify the minimum number of people needed to experience peace within, before that peace is mirrored in the world around them. The number is the square root of 1 percent of the population. This number represents only the minimum required for the effect to begin. The more people that participate, the more pronounced the effect. While we may not fully understand all of the reasons as to why the effects are present, the correlations and results demonstrate that they are. To apply this principle in our lives for any group of people—regardless of whether it is a small community, the congregation of a church, a large city, or the entire planet—to determine how many people are needed to work together for peace and healing in that community, the formula suggests the following:
1. Determine the total number of people present.
2. Calculate 1 percent of that total number (multiply the total from above by .01).
3. Calculate the square root of the 1 percent (enter the number from step 2 and press the “√“ function on your calculator.
This formula produces numbers that are smaller than we might expect. For example, in a city of 1 million people, the number is about 100. In a world of 6 billion people, the number is only about 8,000. And this number represents only the minimum needed to begin the process. The more people that are involved, the faster the effect is created.
While these and similar studies obviously deserve more exploration, they show that there’s an effect here that’s beyond chance.
Key 16: The minimum number of people required to “jump-start” a change in consciousness is the √1% of a population.
Perhaps this is the reason that so many wisdom traditions emphasize the importance of each individual to the whole. In one of the best known parables of the power of belief, Jesus used the holographic principle to illustrate how just a little faith is all that’s required to open the door to a greater possibility. “I tell you the truth,” he said, “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Ω
Copyright © Gregg Braden 2007
A number of you have asked to see the 1,500-year-old St. Catherine’s monastery at the base of Egypt’s Mt. Sinai, second only to the Vatican, as a repository of biblical and pre-biblical texts. This image is from our 1999 journey to the Sinai Peninsula
Because You Asked:
My answer to a frequently-asked question.
Q: Could you please tell me which of the currently available versions of the Bible you would consider to be closest to the original text? Many thanks for your help. C.I.
A: There are a number of restored versions that have replaced portions of the "lost" and edited texts. To the best of my knowledge, however, there is no single version that includes all of texts recovered from sources such as the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Nag Hammadi Library. It is best for the reader to reference the different versions that have been published and compare for themselves.
For the first 5 books of the Old Testament, taken from the original Hebrew Torah, it is always best to go directly to the Torah itself. Among the restored versions of the Bible, and biblical references, are the following:
1. The New Jerusalem Bible (NJB) Standard Edition published by Doubleday (restored text included) ISBN 0-385-49320-7
2. The "Other" Bible containing Gnostic and Hebrew texts never canonized (Source Books carries this)
3. The Holy Bible from the Ancient Eastern Text (translated from the Aramaic Peshita version) published by Harper Collins ISBN 0-06-064923-2
I hope this helps in your search, Many blessings,Gregg
Science That I’m Following in 2007!
2007 may prove to be a pivotal year in a number of areas in the scientific arena, with profound global consequences. Following are three of the highlights:
1. In February of this year the Intergovernmantal Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will release its comprehensive assessment of the scientific consensus regarding climate change and human activity. This report will likely become the benchmark that scientists and government officials will refer to for policy-making in the next few years.
2. In 2007 China will make a great leap toward its stated mission of building an inhabited base on the moon by 2010. In April of this year, the largest nation in the world will place a Chang’e 1 rocket into orbit around the moon to pave the way for the next step.
3. The UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan ended his term of service on New Year’s Eve of 2006, paving the way for his successor, South Korea’s Ban-Ki Moon to assume power on Jan. 1 of the new year. Moon has promised reforms with the UN’s scientific advisory board, which may have profound implications on global peace and the nuclear arms talks with North Korea and Iran. Ω
Welcome to Translations 2007, the newsletter of Gregg Braden and Wisdom Traditions. Please allow me this opportunity to say a great big "Thank You!" for your patience with our media and communications as we learn to grow with our global audiences. During the coming year, we will continue to update our new web site to make it more complete, more informative, and even friendlier.
The past few months have been an intensive time of media development, with a number of new products, including:
As we find ourselves witness to the wars, earthquakes, fires and hurricanes that have turned the lives of millions of people upside down, it is clear that we have entered a particularly challenging time in the history of our world. Perhaps now, more than ever, it makes tremendous sense for us to marry the discoveries of modern science with the wisdom of ancient spirituality as we embrace the power to change our lives, and our world.
I invite you to join me on an extraordinary journey bridging science, spirituality and miracles through our multi-media offerings.
Many thanks for taking the time to search,