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Do We Live In A Simulation? 15 Mind-Blowing Facts It Could Be True

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Is the world around us real or do we live in a simulation of reality created by more advanced, possibly post-human beings? This question may sound crazy but lately, it has become the subject of serious academic debate.

“If you assume any rate of improvement at all, games will eventually be indistinguishable from reality,” SpaceX chief Elon Musk said before concluding, “We’re most likely in a simulation.”

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson agrees, giving “better than 50-50 odds” that the simulation hypothesis is correct. “I wish I could summon a strong argument against it, but I can find none,” he told NBC News MACH in an email.

So, do we live in a simulation? As crazy as it sounds, we are going to share with you 15 mind-blowing facts that it could be true that we live in a simulation.

15 Facts That Prove We Live In a Simulation

#1: Fractals Are Everywhere

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Everything in this world – from galaxies to clouds, leaves, shells, body parts, neurons – are fractals created using repetitive mathematical patterns that can be easily programmed and projected into a simulation from a computer with simple commands. The question is where is this computer that programmed our fractal universe?

#2: Sacred Geometry

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When you start paying attention to fractals, you’ll discover that everything has a connected geometry, which is mathematics. It manifests itself in a visual form in nature, at the macro and micro levels, in the movement of planets, in the petals of flowers, in atomic and subatomic structures.

#3: Holographic Design of the Universe

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Fractals can indicate that the overall design of the Universe is a holographic projection, where each part contains the whole within itself.

Patterns observed in the physical world, whether in the large macroscopic Universe of spiral galaxies or at the smallest microscopic levels of subatomic particles, all point to a holographic projection, as if it were projected directly from the computer that modeled our world. What seems to us to be billions of years of creation could be just a few moments (or days) for the simulator, which is confirmed by multi-religious concepts, like seven days of the creation of God in the Bible or Kalpa Brahma in the Vishnu dream world.

#4: Virtual Reality

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There is no doubt that movies’ special effects and virtual reality games will evolve. This type of entertainment is the closest to creating an absolutely realistic simulator where you can see and touch another world or another life. But what if another civilization has already created a very realistic simulation and dragged us into it? Philosopher Nick Bostrom from Oxford University believes that it is likely that we live in a simulation. Bostrom bases this on the principle that all civilizations are very likely to reach a point where their technology is so advanced that they can conduct simulations that participants will not suspect that they are in a simulation.

#5: Artificial Intelligence

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The story in the movie “Matrix” begins with the fact that people created computers with artificial intelligence that took over the whole world. But in our world, artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming more complex every year.

Just as our ability to create video games with virtual reality shows that civilization is getting better at creating simulations, our ability to create AI shows that we are improving in creating Autonomous machines. What if the civilization that came before us, had already created an AI so sophisticated that machines took over the world and we all became power sources for them? Of course, all this is only theoretical. But this is certainly a cause for concern!

#6: Math Travels The World

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Have you ever wondered why the same numbers continue to dominate in mathematics and other natural sciences? Pi (π), speed of light, Planck’s constant, gravitational constant… the list goes on. The fact that we continue to operate with the same numbers and equations that control the movement of objects indicates that our universe may be a computer program.

This is a somewhat looped argument. We can’t know for sure whether mathematical equations make the Universe work because we’re in a simulation, or whether it’s because that’s how the universe really works. Is energy always equal to mass times the speed of light squared (E = mc2) because someone designed it that way, or because that’s how things work?

#7: The Big Bang Does Not Make Sense

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Neil deGrasse Tyson and theoretical physicist Brian Greene have suggested that we probably live in a simulation because the “Big Bang” theory, as the reason our universe formed, doesn’t make mathematical sense.

Green says: “We used to consider the Big Bang a singular event that gave rise to one universe, but the math shows you don’t use up all that fuel in a single big bang. In fact, the bang itself winds up generating more of the fuel which generates other bangs—other universes.”

The idea is that there are many universes, and our universe can be a simulation created by people/beings from another universe. However, the idea of multiple universes doesn’t necessarily prove that ours is a simulation if there is one.

But questioning the nature of our reality would complicate one huge concept many people consider truth, which is the existence of a God. Indeed, what does a simulated universe say about the concept of a creator?

Greene and Tyson joked that our creator in a simulated world could be a 15-year-old kid in his garage. It could explain why our world comes so close to how a kid plays The Sims. It might not be a comfort to anyone considering the simulation hypothesis to realize everything good or bad that has ever happened in your life is the result of a child’s whim.

#8: The Fibonacci Sequence

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The Fibonacci sequence is a series of numbers where each number is the sum of the two preceding ones, starting from 0 and 1.

It is observed everywhere in the Universe as if it were a predefined code. It can be easily seen in the form of pine cones, spiral shells, galaxies, and DNA. It’s as if the creators of our Universe were happy with the original design and started copying and pasting it everywhere.

#9: Numerology

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Isn’t it interesting that we can identify certain personality traits with a sequence of numbers that match you since your incarnation? In Pythagorean numerology, the Natal chart and the name map reveal exact truths about a person’s fate.

#10: The Mandela Effect

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The Mandela effect (also known as “collective false memories”) is a phenomenon where a number of people remember events, sayings, or images differently than they actually are.

This phenomenon got its name when Fiona Broome detailed how she remembered former South African President Nelson Mandela dying in the 1980s in prison (although Mandela lived until 2013). Broome could describe remembering news coverage of his death and even a speech from his widow about his death. Yet none of it happened.

If Broome’s thoughts occurred in isolation, that would be one factor. However, Broome found that other people thought the exact same as her. Even though the event never happened, she wasn’t the only one who felt like it did. As a result, the Mandela effect concept was “born.”

There are hundreds to thousands of examples of the Mandela effect across entertainment, logos, and even geography. Reading these examples can make you question your memory.

The Mandela Effect is therefore supposedly proof that whoever is in charge of our simulation is changing the past. Or alternately, this is evidence of parallel universes and some individuals have crossed from one universe, in which Mandela died in the ’80s, into ours, where he lived to age 95.

#11: DNA That Contains a Computer Virus

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In 2017, a multidisciplinary group of researchers at the University of Washington proved that they could embed malicious computer code into physical strands of DNA. Their goal was to show that computers working in gene sequencing are vulnerable to attack. But they may also have inadvertently discovered that what we perceive as biological reality was actually computer code all along.

#12: Universe’s Strict Laws

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MIT cosmologist Max Tegmark has pointed to our universe’s strict laws of physics as possible evidence that we live in a simulation: “If I were a character in a computer game, I would also discover eventually that the rules seemed completely rigid and mathematical.”

According to this theory, the speed of light — the fastest rate at which any particle can travel — represents the speed limit for transmitting information within the network of our simulation.

#13: Climate Change

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Our civilization is “coincidentally” set on the cusp of environmental chaos. We could be an ancestor simulation created in hopes that we’d show our creators how to solve an energy crisis. If we found an innovative solution to the climate crisis, extraterrestrial beings might return to curb the results.

#14: Signs Of Parallel Worlds

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The multiverse is based on the existence of an infinite number of worlds with infinite “settings” and “parameters”, where different parts have a common structure. If we live in the Matrix, then multiple universes become simulations running simultaneously. The Creator of these models periodically runs different variables to test plots and events and waits for results.

#15: We Can’t Prove That We Don’t Live in a Simulation

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It may sound crazy but it’s easier to prove that we live in a simulation than to prove that we don’t. Nuclear physicist Zohreh Davoudi believes that cosmic rays — the most energetic particles known — would appear as pixel-like chunks if we are within a simulation, and unending beams if we’re in base reality. Meanwhile, NYU philosopher David Chalmers doubts it’s possible to prove that we don’t live in a simulation: “You’re not going to get proof that we’re not in a simulation, because any evidence that we get could be simulated.”

Conclusion

The validity of the simulation theory might be concerning to many, but ancient wisdom teachings have expressed these same findings but from a spiritual perspective such as the hermetic axiom “as above so below”. According to these teachings, the universe is holographic in nature which is why the universe is constructed of fractals and sacred Mathematical geometry.

Picture God or Source as a singular dot. This singular god source is all that exists and because of this can only create within itself. This can only be done by creating an illusion of complex divisions within itself. The projection comes from its own thinking self which creates the holographic nature of the universe. Our computer simulations are simply attempting to imitate this natural process. Art is imitating life and not the other way around.

While science looks for the source of the projected holographic world and the evidence of the Matrix, meditation helps us to find out the true nature of reality and who we really are. Because we are made in the image and likeness of God we possess the same ability to create within ourselves. This process is called Imagination. You can imagine anything you want in your mind and it will exist as a holographic illusion or “simulation” that exists within your own mind. The degree of complexity of your imagined world is only limited by your current degree and ability to maintain a continuous stream of concentrated thought within your own mind.

So instead of losing sleep over if we live in simulated world, we should remember that we can explore and experience the nature of the universe directly by learning to meditate.

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Pema Chodron Quotes: 60 Enlightening Sayings to Support Your Journey

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Pema Chodron is one of the best-known faces of American Buddhism. She has devoted her life to inspiring people from around the world to awaken and practice peace even in the most turbulent times. Pema Chodron has written many influential books, such as The Wisdom of No Escape, “Start Where You Are, When Things Fall Apart, The Places that Scare You, and most recently, “Smile at Fear”. In her books, she explores Buddhist concepts and explains how suffering, fear, and difficult times can be conquered. In this article, we have collected the most enlightening Pema Chodron quotes to support your spiritual journey.

60 Enlightening Pema Chodron Quotes

#1

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“You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.”
― Pema Chodron

#2

“People get into a heavy-duty sin and guilt trip, feeling that if things are going wrong, that means that they did something bad and they are being punished. That’s not the idea at all. The idea of karma is that you continually get the teachings that you need to open your heart. To the degree that you didn’t understand in the past how to stop protecting your soft spot, how to stop armoring your heart, you’re given this gift of teachings in the form of your life, to give you everything you need to open further.”
― Pema Chodron

#3

“If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.”
― Pema Chodron

#4

“When you open yourself to the continually changing, impermanent, dynamic nature of your own being and of reality, you increase your capacity to love and care about other people and your capacity to not be afraid. You’re able to keep your eyes open, your heart open, and your mind open. And you notice when you get caught up in prejudice, bias, and aggression. You develop an enthusiasm for no longer watering those negative seeds, from now until the day you die. And, you begin to think of your life as offering endless opportunities to start to do things differently.”
― Pema Chodron

#5

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”
― Pema Chodron

#6

“Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear. She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was scary; it seemed unfriendly. But the teacher said she had to do it and gave her the instructions for the battle. The day arrived. The student warrior stood on one side, and fear stood on the other. The warrior was feeling very small, and fear was looking big and wrathful. They both had their weapons. The young warrior roused herself and went toward fear, prostrated three times, and asked, “May I have permission to go into battle with you?” Fear said, “Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission.” Then the young warrior said, “How can I defeat you?” Fear replied, “My weapons are that I talk fast, and I get very close to your face. Then you get completely unnerved, and you do whatever I say. If you don’t do what I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me, and you can have respect for me. You can even be convinced by me. But if you don’t do what I say, I have no power.” In that way, the student warrior learned how to defeat fear. ”
― Pema Chödrön

#7

Fear is a natural reaction to moving closer to the truth”
― Pema Chodron

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“To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest.”
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#9

“There is a story of a woman running away from tigers. She runs and runs and the tigers are getting closer and closer. When she comes to the edge of a cliff, she sees some vines there, so she climbs down and holds on to the vines. Looking down, she sees that there are tigers below her as well. She then notices that a mouse is gnawing away at the vine to which she is clinging. She also sees a beautiful little bunch of strawberries close to her, growing out of a clump of grass. She looks up and she looks down. She looks at the mouse. Then she just takes a strawberry, puts it in her mouth, and enjoys it thoroughly. Tigers above, tigers below. This is actually the predicament that we are always in, in terms of our birth and death. Each moment is just what it is. It might be the only moment of our life; it might be the only strawberry we’ll ever eat. We could get depressed about it, or we could finally appreciate it and delight in the preciousness of every single moment of our life.”
― Pema Chödrön

#10

“If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart…”
― Pema Chödrön

#11

“The only reason we don’t open our hearts and minds to other people is that they trigger confusion in us that we don’t feel brave enough or sane enough to deal with. To the degree that we look clearly and compassionately at ourselves, we feel confident and fearless about looking into someone else’s eyes. ”
― Pema Chodron

#12

“We don’t set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people’s hearts.”
― Pema Chodron

#13

“As human beings, not only do we seek resolution, but we also feel that we deserve resolution. However, not only do we not deserve resolution, we suffer from resolution. We don’t deserve resolution; we deserve something better than that. We deserve our birthright, which is the middle way, an open state of mind that can relax with paradox and ambiguity.”
― Pema Chödrön

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#14

!!!“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. Nothing ever really attacks us except our own confusion. perhaps there is no solid obstacle except our own need to protect ourselves from being touched. Maybe the only enemy is that we don’t like the way reality is now and therefore wish it would go away fast. But what we find as practitioners is that nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. If we run a hundred miles an hour to the other end of the continent in order to get away from the obstacle, we find the very same problem waiting for us when we arrive. It just keeps returning with new names, forms, manifestations until we learn whatever it has to teach us about where we are separating ourselves from reality, how we are pulling back instead of opening up, closing down instead of allowing ourselves to experience fully whatever we encounter, without hesitating or retreating into ourselves.”
― Pema Chödrön

#15

“Do I prefer to grow up and relate to life directly, or do I choose to live and die in fear?”
― Pema Chodron

#16

“We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on ourselves—the heavy-duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and the addictions of all kinds—never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake.”
― Pema Chödrön

#17

“The most fundamental aggression to ourselves, the most fundamental harm we can do to ourselves, is to remain ignorant by not having the courage and the respect to look at ourselves honestly and gently.”
― Pema Chödrön

#18

“We habitually erect a barrier called blame that keeps us from communicating genuinely with others, and we fortify it with our concepts of who’s right and who’s wrong. We do that with the people who are closest to us and we do it with political systems, with all kinds of things that we don’t like about our associates or our society. It is a very common, ancient, well-perfected device for trying to feel better. Blame others… Blaming is a way to protect your heart, trying to protect what is soft and open and tender in yourself. Rather than own that pain, we scramble to find some comfortable ground.”
― Pema Chodron

#19

“Letting there be room for not knowing is the most important thing of all. When there’s a big disappointment, we don’t know if that’s the end of the story. It may just be the beginning of a great adventure. Life is like that. We don’t know anything. We call something bad; we call it good. But really we just don’t know.”
― Pema Chödrön

#20

“When things are shaky and nothing is working, we might realize that we are on the verge of something. We might realize that this is a very vulnerable and tender place, and that tenderness can go either way. We can shut down and feel resentful or we can touch in on that throbbing quality.”
― Pema Chödrön

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#21

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“The truth you believe in and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new.”
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#22

“We think that if we just meditated enough or jogged enough or ate perfect food, everything would be perfect. But from the point of view of someone who is awake, that’s death. Seeking security or perfection, rejoicing in feeling confirmed and whole, self contained and comfortable, is some kind of death. It doesn’t have any fresh air. There’s no room for something to come in and interrupt all that. We are killing the moment by controlling our experience.”
― Pema Chödrön

#23

“So even if the hot loneliness is there, and for 1.6 seconds we sit with that restlessness when yesterday we couldn’t sit for even one, that’s the journey of the warrior.”
― Pema Chödrön

#24

“Hope and fear come from feeling that we lack something; they come from a sense of poverty. We can’t simply relax with ourselves. We hold on to hope, and hope robs us of the present moment. We feel that someone else knows what’s going on, but that there’s something missing in us, and therefore something is lacking in our world.”
― Pema Chödrön

#25

“No one ever tells us to stop running away from fear…the advice we usually get is to sweeten it up, smooth it over, take a pill, or distract ourselves, but by all means make it go away.”
― Pema Chödrön

#26

“We are all capable of becoming fundamentalists because we get addicted to other people’s wrongness.”
― Pema Chodron

#27

“As long as our orientation is toward perfection or success, we will never
learn about unconditional friendship with ourselves, nor will we find
compassion. ”
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“When we protect ourselves so we won’t feel pain, that protection becomes like armor, like armor that imprisons the softness of the heart.”
― Pema Chödrön

#29

“Once you create a self-justifying storyline, your emotional entrapment within it quadruples.”
― Pema Chodron

#30

“When you begin to touch your heart or let your heart be touched, you begin to discover that it’s bottomless, that it doesn’t have any resolution, that this heart is huge, vast, and limitless. You begin to discover how much warmth and gentleness is there, as well as how much space.”
― Pema Chödrön

#31

“The more we witness our emotional reactions and understand how they work, the easier it is to refrain.”
― Pema Chödrön

#32

“Be grateful to everyone” is about making peace with the aspects of ourselves that we have rejected… If we were to make a list of people we don’t like – people we find obnoxious, threatening, or worthy of contempt – we would discover much about those aspects of ourselves that we can’t face… other people trigger the karma that we haven’t worked out.”
― Pema Chödrön

#33

“It isn’t the things that happen to us in our lives that cause us to suffer, it’s how we relate to the things that happen to us that causes us to suffer.”
― Pema Chödrön

#34

“The very first noble truth of the Buddha points out that suffering is inevitable for human beings as long as we believe that things last—that they don’t disintegrate, that they can be counted on to satisfy our hunger for security.”
― Pema Chödrön

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#35

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“Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior’s world.”
― Pema Chödrön

#36

“There is a common misunderstanding among all the human beings who have ever been born on earth that the best way to live is to try to avoid pain and just try to get comfortable. You see this even in insects and animals and birds. All of us are the same. A much more interesting, kind and joyful approach to life is to begin to develop our curiosity, not caring whether the object of our curiosity is bitter or sweet. To lead a life that goes beyond pettiness and prejudice and always wanting to make sure that everything turns out on our own terms, to lead a more passionate, full, and delightful life than that, we must realize that we can endure a lot of pain and pleasure for the sake of finding out who we are and what this world is, how we tick and how our world ticks, how the whole thing just is. If we are committed to comfort at any cost, as soon as we come up against the least edge of pain, we’re going to run; we’ll never know what’s beyond that particular barrier or wall or fearful thing.”
― Pema Chödrön

#37

Meditation practice isn’t about trying to throw ourselves away and become something better. It’s about befriending who we are already.”
― Pema Chödrön

#38

“When we touch the center of sorrow, when we sit with discomfort without trying to fix it, when we stay present to the pain of disapproval or betrayal and let it soften us, these are times that we connect with bohdichitta.”
― Pema Chödrön

#39

“It’s hard to know whether to laugh or to cry at the human predicament. Here we are with so much wisdom and tenderness, and—without even knowing it—we cover it over to protect ourselves from insecurity. Although we have the potential to experience the freedom of a butterfly, we mysteriously prefer the small and fearful cocoon of ego.”
― Pema Chödrön

#40

“Not causing harm obviously includes not killing or robbing or lying to people. It also includes not being aggressive – not being aggressive with our actions, our speech, or our minds. Learning not to cause harm to ourselves or others is a basic Buddhist teaching on the healing power of nonaggression. Not harming ourselves or others in the beginning, not harming ourselves or others in the middle, and not harming ourselves or others in the end is the basis of enlightened society.”
― Pema Chödrön

#41

“One can appreciate and celebrate each moment — there’s nothing more sacred. There’s nothing more vast or absolute. In fact, there’s nothing more!”
― Pema Chödrön

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#42

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“Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”
― Pema Chödrön

#43

“At the root of all the harm we cause is ignorance.”
― Pema Chödrön

#44

“We insist on being Someone, with a capital S. We get security from defining ourselves as worthless or worthy, superior or inferior. We waste precious time exaggerating or romanticizing or belittling ourselves with a complacent surety that yes, that’s who we are. We mistake the openness of our being—the inherent wonder and surprise of each moment—for a solid, irrefutable self. Because of this misunderstanding, we suffer.”
― Pema Chödrön

#45

“Honesty without kindness, humor, and goodheartedness can be just mean.”
― Pema Chödrön

#46

“It is only when we begin to relax with ourselves that meditation becomes a transformative process. Only when we relate with ourselves without moralizing, without harshness, without deception, can we let go of harmful patterns. Without maitri (metta), renunciation of old habits becomes abusive. This is an important point.”
― Pema Chodron

#47

“The essence of bravery is being without self-deception.”
― Pema Chödrön

#48

“My experience with forgiveness is that it sort of comes spontaneously at a certain point and to try to force it it’s not really forgiveness. It’s Buddhist philosophy or something spiritual jargon that you’re trying to live up to but you’re just using it against yourself as a reason why you’re not okay.”
― Pema Chodron

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#49

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“When we resist change, it’s called suffering. But when we can completely let go and not struggle against it, when we can embrace the groundlessness of our situation and relax into its dynamic quality, that’s called enlightenment.”
― Pema Chödrön

#50

“Patience is the training in abiding with the restlessness of our energy and letting things evolve at their own speed.”
― Pema Chödrön

#51

“Pain is not a punishment, pleasure is not a reward.”
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#52

“We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid, or we can let them soften us and make us kinder and more open to what scares us. We always have this choice.”
― Pema Chödrön

#53

“We can use our personal suffering as the path to compassion for all beings.”
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#54

“The difference between theism and nontheism is not whether one does or does not believe in God. . . Theism is a deep-seated conviction that there’s some hand to hold: if we just do the right things, someone will appreciate us and take care of us. . . Nontheism is relaxing with the ambiguity and uncertainty of the present moment without reaching for anything to protect ourselves.”
― Pema Chodron

#55

“We have two alternatives: either we question our beliefs – or we don’t. Either we accept our fixed versions of reality- or we begin to challenge them. In Buddha’s opinion, to train in staying open and curious – to train in dissolving our assumptions and beliefs – is the best use of our human lives.”
― Pema Chodron

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#56

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“Times are difficult globally; awakening is no longer a luxury or an ideal. It’s becoming critical. We don’t need to add more depression, more discouragement, or more anger to what’s already here. It’s becoming essential that we learn how to relate sanely to difficult times. The earth seems to be beseeching us to connect with joy and discover our innermost essence. This is the best way that we can benefit others.”
― Pema Chodron

#57

“Maybe the most important teaching is to lighten up and relax. It’s such a huge help in working with our crazy mixed-up minds to remember that what we’re doing is unlocking a softness that is in us and letting it spread. We’re letting it blur the sharp corners of self-criticism and complaint.”
― Pema Chödrön

#58

“Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.”
― Pema Chödrön

#59

“Whether we’re seeking inner peace or global peace or a combination of the two, the way to experience it is to build on the foundation of unconditional openness to all that arises. Peace isn’t an experience free of challenges, free of rough and smooth, it’s an experience that’s expansive enough to include all that arises without feeling threatened.”
― Pema Chödrön

#60

“Awakeness is found in our pleasure and our pain, our confusion and our wisdom, available in each moment of our weird, unfathomable, ordinary everyday lives.”
― Pema Chödrön

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The Collective Shadow: Overcoming Our Biggest Blindspot

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Everywhere you go people maintain strong beliefs that shape their cultural and social interactions. General opinions about a certain culture, race, sex, political ideals, or spiritual views have a great impact on society as a whole. Yet, not everyone has the same view about such matters as interracial marriages, LGBT, abortion, or even how you should raise your child. That’s why, when you are on the receiving end of these beliefs, you can accumulate collective shadows from as early as childhood. These shadows define who you are today, robbing you of a fulfilled life. If you want to understand the concept of the collective shadow and how you can de-clutter from your current pile of collective shadows to live a meaningful life, this article is for you!

What Is a Collective Shadow?                                          

A collective shadow refers to those lingering memories relating to unpleasant events that took place at different stages of our lives. These events are due to a deviation of beliefs stemming from your immediate family, immediate culture and society, or the global community. Think of all those childhood wounds or intergenerational traumas you may have gone through when you were a victim of racism, homophobia, or stereotyping in your school, workplace, or overall community.

How you manage these wounds dictates whether you will live a fulfilled life or become a restless soul. More so, you may turn from being a victim to a perpetrator, projecting your perceived inferiority on those you see as morally deficient because, naturally, your mind will refer to these layers of psychological junk in all your decision-making.

The Sources of Collective Shadow

Below are some ideologies that plant toxic memories making up an individual’s collective shadow:

  • Homophobia
  • Apartheid
  • Sexism
  • Slavery
  • Human trafficking
  • Racism
  • Ableism
  • Speciesism
  • Religious discrimination

Ideally, the source of a collective shadow is any ideology that looks down or rejects a certain group or individuals. And, some people deal with two or more sources at the same time. For example, a child who is a victim of human trafficking may end up in a region where racism is rampant.

The Implications

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A collective shadow results in an unpleasant character-forming in a person involuntarily. More so, many victims hardly recognize the shadow as the root cause of their prejudices towards minority groups. In turn, you may have an interpersonal conflict or even a fully-fledged war as witnessed in many countries across the globe.

Hence, deal with any shadow elements you have as early as possible. Expect a layered process that may start with you but not necessarily end with you.  For example, Nelson Mandela’s contribution towards ending apartheid in South Africa took more than his effort to accomplish. And, the movement against apartheid goes on now even in the absence of this former president. 

The Shadow Work

Shadow work entails confronting all the past atrocities, horrors, and tragedies that have created a blind spot in our unconscious mind. If you are under the guidance of a spiritual leader, a teacher, or a mentor, chances are that they have brought up the need for shadow work in your life. For these leaders encourage their followers, students, or mentees to reflect on what is lurking in their lives.

Spirituality Denying Shadow Work

There is a growing tendency for spirituality to cover up the need for shadow work. For, the layered process may evoke feelings of disgust, shame, anger, or getting defensive. Hence, many spiritual leaders use such phrases as:

  • Collective shadows are the victim’s karma
  • The shadow elements are the victim’s reality
  • Their spiritual work focuses only on the positives
  • They want to encourage the “good vibes”
  • The victim of collective shadows brought it on themselves in the first place
  • We live in an illusion whereby everything is love and society is inherently evil

The above opinions are far from true. For example, attributing the shadow elements to karma dismisses the victim’s pain. And, focusing on the positive aspects of life is an avoidance approach that hinders conflict resolution. More so, these notions can create more collective shadows in the victims that seek guidance from the said spiritual leaders. Yet, when done with compassion, shadow work is achievable.

3 Ways to Unravel the Collective Shadow

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#1: Be Receptive to Others

Did you grow up exposed to stereotypes on sexuality, spirituality, or certain medical practices? Seek knowledge on these ideologies. Accommodate those you view as not fitting in your circle. Do this by spending more time with them to hear their perceptions. Chances are, the effects of a long-overdue misunderstanding or unresolved conflict are being passed on from one generation to the next. Therefore, be the one to break this chain.

#2: Examine Your Role in Perpetuating the Beliefs

Once you identify your collective shadow, ask yourself how your actions are sustaining these false beliefs. For example, who are you following on social media? Take a closer look at the people you listen to, the friends you have, the activities and people you financially support, the feelings you have toward certain groups. Think about the ways you could be perpetuating old and unhealthy ideas and beliefs. By questioning your actions, you become able to see how even you could become a source of the shadow elements for future generations.

#3: Acknowledge Your Responsibility

One way or another, each of us unconsciously internalized parts of the Collective Shadow. When you drop your ego, you’ll be able to clearly see your participation in the Collective Shadow.

Whatever you did, own up to your mistakes by recognizing them as lessons. Approach the person you hurt and seek their forgiveness and forgive yourself for not being your best self in particular situations. It’s okay to be imperfect and say the wrong thing. What matters is what you do after you learn that you’ve made a mistake. Only a few of us are able to take the responsibility to correct the impact of our utterances. Finally, learn to be humble, apologize, and take sincere steps to open your heart and mind.

Conclusion

Collective shadows pile up over time, becoming a disruptive thick layer that impacts the rest of our lives. They define who you are today, and how you view anyone that is of a differing opinion or belief. So, if you realize that you are holding on to dysfunctional beliefs from your traumatic past, engage in shadow work to remove these layers of lies. Start by listening to those of a contrary opinion to yours. Check how your collective shadows are provoking biased decision-making against minority groups. And, in humility, acknowledge those you hurt.

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Feng Shui Astrology For March 2021: The Month of the Metal Rabbit

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Feng Shui astrology is based on the Chinese calendar. The dates of the beginning and the end of the months are different from those generally accepted in the Gregorian calendar. According to the Chinese calendar, the first month of the year starts on March 6th, 2020, and ends on April 4th, 2021. Therefore, all the recommendations are given in this article will be accurate until April 4th, 2021.

Feng Shui astrology believes that each month has its unique energy and character. Therefore, each month’s energy is expressed through one of the 12 Zodiac animals and connected to one of the 5 elements.

March 2021 is the month of the Metal Rabbit. In this article, I will share with you what kind of energy and events to expect in March 2021 and how to properly choose dates for different events.

Feng Shui Astrology for March 2021

The Energy of the Month of the Metal Rabbit

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According to the Chinese calendar, March 2021 is ruled by the Metal Rabbit.

In Chinese mythology, the Metal Rabbit is an image of Metal smashing into Wood. However, unlike the previous month, this is a more subtle metal that represents hidden intrigues, “stabs in the back” and other behind-the-scenes actions.

The Metal Rabbit looks beautiful and elegant, but it is quite fragile inside. Under the external nonchalance can be hiding the internal alertness and anxiety. Under the influence of the energies of the month, people will become more cautious, alert, and distrustful, especially, when dealing with anything new and unfamiliar. Irritability and understatement can be the main problems of this month.

On the other hand, the Metal Rabbit is glamorous and sophisticated in its nature. Therefore, people will feel more attractive and charming. You may notice that it’s much easier to charm others and ask for help.

In general, the Metal Rabbit will bring us more diplomacy in relations with others. Train your patience – this quality is a slogan of this month!

In March 2021, it is not recommended to travel in general. It’s better to postpone it if possible. The most dangerous directions for traveling this month are the Southeast and Northwest. This recommendation only applies to long-distance trips. It is ok to take a walk or move around the city or close to it in the Southeast or Northwest direction.

Auspicious Days In March 2021

March 16th and 28th are good dates for any positive affairs. Actions started on these dates will get off to a good start and have every chance of success. It’s a good date for celebration, signing deals, buying valuable property, or starting a new job. However, these dates are not suitable for those born in the year of the Snake.

March 18th and 30th are good dates for official openings. These dates are good for signing a new agreement, getting a new job, or starting school. However, this date is not suitable for those born in the year of the Sheep.

Days With a Higher Risk of Getting Viruses And Other Infectious Diseases

March 5th, 27th, and 29th – during these days it’s easier to get a disease, which is especially important at the current time. Therefore, make sure during these days you practice social distancing and stay home, as there is an increased risk of getting infections and viruses!

Inauspicious Days In March 2021

March 12th, 24th, 24th, and 26th are unfavorable dates to start important things.

March 7th, 19th, and 31st are not suitable dates for a lot of activity, organizing important events, or starting medical treatment. But you can use these dates to complete old cases.

March 13th and 14th are days of loss. Don’t start anything important on these dates.

Feng Shui Astrology For March 2021: Check Out Your Bagua Sectors

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If you are new to Bagua, make sure to read my articles:

Feng Shui Bagua: 8 Aspirations

The Feng Shui Bagua Map: How to Use It?

According to Feng Shui astrology, each of the 9 sectors of your house is under the influence of a certain type of energy. This energy changes from month to month, from year to year. In this particular article, I will not be talking about the annual chart but focusing on the energy influence of the month.

Now let me share with you Feng Shui astrology for March 2021!

Center

This is an extremely auspicious sector this month which brings unexpected windfalls for the whole family! To activate this lucky energy, display the Asset Wealth Bull here. Moreover, the central part of your house brings completion luck and successful outcomes for all your endeavors. To attract auspicious energy, try to spend more time in the central part of your house and keep it active.

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North

This is a dangerous sector this month that brings illness energies and serious health problems to those whose house faces North, and those whose bedrooms or offices are located in the North sector. Those residing in the North rooms may notice that their energy levels get depleted and illnesses materialize out of the blue. Therefore, elderly people and pregnant women should move out of North bedrooms! Others should place a Healing Herbs Wu Lou in this sector to protect health.

In March 2020, this sector also brings marital problems caused by arguments and stress. To improve your relationship with your spouse, display the Rooster with Crown here.

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Northwest

This sector brings health, money, and relationship problems to those who reside here. If your bedroom is located in the Northwest sector of your house, try to move to another room this month.

To protect yourself from misfortune, display the 5 Element Pagoda With Tree of Life here. For safeguarding your health, place the Healing Deer in the Northwest bedroom. To protect your relationship, carry the Enhancing Relationship Amulet throughout the month.

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Northeast

The energy of this sector is causing loss and betrayal this month. There is an indication of possible infidelity or even domestic violence for those residing in this sector. Therefore, make sure you cure this affliction! For doing this, place the Anti Burglary Plaque with Door Guardians here.

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East

The energy of the East sector brings the risk of illness to its occupants. If you reside in this sector, you may notice that your energy levels are getting lowered very quickly. Therefore, make sure you protect your health by carrying the Health Talisman with Tortoise & Snake.

The astrological combination here also indicates a possibility of third-party interference in marriages. Therefore, keep an extra eagle eye out for things that may be amiss. To protect your marriage, display the Rooster with Crown in the East sector of your house and carry the Enhancing Relationship Amulet throughout the month.

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West

Astrology for March 2021 promises a terrific month for those residing in the West! This sector brings wealth and prosperity in March 2021. If you’re pursuing career success, this month you’ll get a chance to show off your skills. For those in business will see prospects improving.

Activate your wealth luck, by displaying the Wealth Tree in the West sector of your house.

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South

Astrology for March 2021 promises a prosperous month for those living in the South rooms of the house. South brings business expansion and career advancement this month. If your main door or bedroom is located here, your wealth potential multiplies this month. To activate prosperity energy, display the Ox Finding Hidden Wealth here.

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Southeast

Feng Shui astrology for March 2021 promises a quarrelsome month for those residing in the Southeast sector. The energy of this sector wreaks havoc on all relationships. There is a possibility to get involved in a serious scandal. Moreover, this sector brings severe emotional stress caused by aggression and anger. To neutralize the negative energies of the month in this sector, use bright lights here and display the Red Peace and Harmony Apples.

There could also be unexpected expenses that cause financial problems this month. To protect yourself from money loss and activate wealth luck, display the Ox Finding Hidden Wealth in the Southeast sector of your home. In addition, make sure you have the 5 Element Pagoda With Tree of Life displayed here (it should stay here in the Southeast the whole year of 2021!).

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Southwest

In March 2021, the Southwest sector brings success in study and research, and improvement in career prospects. To activate the promotion luck and career success, display the Dragon Horse here.

However, the Southwest also brings the danger of heartache caused by gossip this month. Don’t let small-minded tattletales get you down. Stay calm and carry Anti-Gossip Amulet throughout the month.

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Feng Shui Astrology For March 2021: Bonus Tip

For sectors of the home where good energy resides, it is excellent to activate with plenty of noisy activity. Have the radio or TV or fan placed here to churn up the energy so there is a good level of noise. Also, it is very favorable to install brighter lights in these sectors. Moving the energy in these ways will encourage yang chi to manifest to your advantage.

Summary:

  • Wealth energy comes from South and West this month;
  • Center, South, Southwest, and West are the luckiest sectors this month;
  • Keep the Southeast, East, Northeast, and North sector quiet.

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