RESOURCES

This is our resources page. Resources on the following are included: addiction, electromagnetic frequencies, films and documentaries, maps of the human condition, meditation, news sources, one thing practices, plastic containers, spirituality, and tantra.

Addiction

Yantra by Ivan Rados - used with permission.

For me, it was a big aha moment when I moved past the position of addiction as disease (helpless and feel sorry for the addict) and addiction as choice (see the addict as weak and/or be angry with the addict) to an understanding of addiction as a human response to unresolved trauma, to pain - a response that works in the short term, but doesn't work in the long term. It made such complete sense for me and I could see clearly how this mechanism plays out in so many of us here in this society - with our many and varied addictions.

This understanding is propounded by and expressed expertly by Gabor Mate.

The Power of Addiction and the Addiction of Power

The same understanding is expressed in the following Ted Talk and article:

Everything you think about addiction is wrong

The opposite of addiction is connection

A friend told me about thIs research project. It was done on chickens. They divided the chickens into three groups: Group A were traumatised and then soothed. Group B were traumatised and left alone. Group C were not traumatised. All three groups were then subjected to a further trauma. Group A coped the best, group C second, and group B the worst. Just reflect on that. Trauma in itself is not a bad thing - we must accept it, it will happen. What is bad is when the child, person traumatised is not met, soothed.

Here are some articles on addiction from The Guardian newspaper:

I had to learn to love my dad again – once he sobered up

I conquered my eating disorder – but I couldn’t have done it without help

Alcoholism continues long after you stop drinking: my 15 years sober

How I let drinking take over my life

I really like this quote. It speaks out against the more and more common view that smoking pot is fine:

"I hate pot. I hate it even more than hard drugs. I’ve taught at high school for 25 years and I hate what marijuana does to my students. It goes beyond missing homework assignments. My students become less curious when they start smoking pot. I’ve seen it time and time again. People say pot makes you more creative, but from what I’ve seen, it narrows my students' minds until they only reference the world in relation to the drug. They’ll say things like: "I went to the beach and got so high," or "I went to a concert and got so high." They start choosing their friends based on the drug. I hate when people say that it’s just experimenting. Because from what I’ve seen, it’s when my students stop experimenting."

This is a wonderful and wide view on addiction and a hint at the way out. It's by Scott Kiloby. The motto of his addiction work is: Rest. Inquire. Enjoy life.

This essay called Addiction and Compulsion by Joan Tollifson is long, but well worth the read. What is addiction really? Is there a separate I that is addicted or trying to stop?

Finally, take a look at DrugRehab's site. The organisation has a lot of good information.

Electromagnetic radiation

What I tend to say is that we should take the potential impact of environmental pollutants such as electromagnetic radiation seriously and, hence, in our lives do our best to limit our exposure. The below provides some background information on the subject and some tips on how to limit your exposure. We encourage you to go through the information below, but also to do your own research and make up your mind about this important topic.

This is what the Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation says about electromagnetic radiation (EMF): "Everybody is exposed to electromagnetic radiation. There is an urgent need for information and protection – the health of the general public is at risk. The Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation works to protect all living matter against harmful EMF exposure."

Further...

  • In 2011, the WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer ( IARC) classified radio frequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use.
  • ‍U.S. National Toxicity Program preliminary results from 2016 showing that cell phone radiation causes cancer and DNA damage in rats. This $25 million study is the gold standard of EMF research and makes it clear that our current wireless safety standards do not adequately protect the public.
  • In September 2017, over 180 scientists and doctors from 35 countries sent a declaration to officials of the European Commission demanding a moratorium on the increase of cell antennas for planned 5G expansion.

There are four types of EMF to measure when it comes to your home:

1. Microwave Radiation (wireless technology like Wi-Fi routers, cell towers, cordless phones and smart meters)

2. Magnetic Fields (these come from power lines, improper home wiring and appliances)

3. Electric Fields (these radiate from unshielded electrical wiring and devices)

4. Dirty Electricity (DE is the frequencies that travel on your home
wiring from things like solar power inverters, florescent lighting,
dimmer switches and wireless smart meters.

Which of these are the most important when it comes to health effects? Here is what has been found:

  • Microwave Radiation has been shown to increase brain cancer in long-term users of wireless technology. People often begin to feel the effects of microwave radiation once their body has been weakened by magnetic and electric fields. This is called “Microwave Sickness” or Electro Hyper-Sensitivity (EHS).
  • Magnetic Fields are the most dangerous. They weaken the immune system and can make you susceptible to chronic illness. It is documented that they can lead to certain cancers and childhood Leukemia.
  • Electric Fields wear the body down. If you sleep in a bedroom with high electric fields, your sleep may be disturbed and your health may slowly diminish.
  • Dirty Electricity” or DE is associated with a host of illness. People with dirty electricity in their home often complain of headaches, fatigue, tinnitus and insomnia. Neurological issues and cancer have also been associated with dirty electricity.

(Most of the above information is taken from Jeromy Johnson's emfanalysis site.)

With this in mind, here are number of things you can do right now to limit your exposure to EMFs:

  • In your home, turn off the Wi-Fi coming from your Internet router and use traditional Ethernet cables instead.
  • Turn off your Internet router when you go to sleep.
  • Turn your phone off when you go to sleep, or at least put it on flight mode and the wifi (that is done in two different places). If in flight mode, keep the phone out of your bedroom.
  • Throughout the day, keep your mobile phone away from your body (this is even included in some mobile phone instruction booklets).
  • Throughout the day, keep your phone on flight-mode when you are not using it.
  • When speaking on your mobile phone, don't put it directly to your ear. Put the phone on speaker and place it on a surface in front of you. Or use an air tube head set. Limit the length of calls.
  • If you have a cordless phone at home - try to replace it. It's radiation can be even stronger than the one coming from a mobile phone.
  • Avoid using Bluetooth.
  • Avoid using microwave ovens.

Here are some further resources:

  • A more comprehensive list of precautions.
  • An article about EMF in general that also includes precautions.
  • Another article called Reduce EMF Exposure (also with a good list of precautions).
  • A good Ted talk called Wireless wake-up call by Jeromy Johnson.
  • This documentary is very good: Resonance: Beings of Frequency.
  • Chi Kung and Meditation teacher Burgs on energy fields and modern technology, part 1 and part 2.
  • This site provides "Action You Can Take Against the Body Penetrating Effects of Electromagnetic Fields".
  • Also check out this Swedish site: Kalle Hellberg, Maxicom
  • Here and here you can find EMF clothing

Films and documentaries

Yantra by Ivan Rados - used with permission.

Here is a list of inspiring and educational films and documentaries. We only list by name ones that we have seen ourselves:

You Can Heal Your Life - Louise Hay

The Shift - Wayne Dyer

Thrive

The Truth About Cancer

The Truth About Vaccines

Resonance: Beings of Frequency

The Secret Life of the Manic Depressive

Cowspiracy

Forks over Knives

Food Matters

Food Inc

What the Health

Human

Awake: The Life of Yogananda

Finding Joe

Crazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche

Fierce Grace (Ram Dass)

One Track Heart (Krishna Dass)

And, here are some good lists (we haven't seen all of these of course):

IMDB's list of best spiritual films

172 mind-growing documentaries

19 impactful documentaries

Maps of the human condition and beyond

Yantra by Ivan Rados - used with permission.

Through the years, humans have attempted to describe or map the human condition and beyond, from many and various angles. Here is a list of some of these maps. I am sure there are many that I have missed. And my categorisation might be out. Many overlap. Why are these maps useful? To paraphrase Ken Wilber. If you are going on a journey it can be useful to have a map. The map isn't the journey - but it helps.

Human development, levels of consciousness

Ken Wilber's stages

David Hawkins' map of consciousness

Ramaji's 1000, levels of consciousness and map of awakening

iConscious

Mary O’Malley's (Michael Beckwith's) six phases of conscious awareness

Theravada Buddhism's four stages of enlightenment 

Chinese Buddhism's seven stages of enlightenment

Eight-fold path

Mahayana Buddhism's 10 Bhumi 

Zen ox-herding pictures

Advaita Vedanta stages (from the Varaha Upanishad)

Joseph Campbell's The hero's journey 

The valleys of Sufism

The five ranks of Tozan

Major arcana of the Tarot

Jane Loevinger stages of ego development

Chris Cowan and Don Beck's Spiral Dynamics

Chakra system

Sri Aurobindo's work

Seven densities of The Law of One

Bhagavad Gita

Law of attraction's low frequency to high frequency

Objects of consciousness (or contents of awareness)

Buddhism's nine levels of consciousnesses (sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, mind, inner life, where karma resides, pure consciousness)

Advaita Vedanta - thoughts, feelings, sensations, and perceptions experienced by awareness

States of consciousness

Anthony Campbell’s seven states of consciousness - based on Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s teaching

Nine Jhanas

Ken Wilber's states

Theories of the psyche and physical being

Jean Gebser - structures of consciousness

Freud's ego, id, and super ego

Jung's anima and animus

Jung's conscious, individual unconscious, and universal unconscious

Robert Assagioli's psychosynthesis

Adler's will to power

Indian saying. Everyday visit the rooms of Physical, Spiritual, Emotional, Mental

Body, mind, and soul

Body, mind, soul, and spirit

Four brains: Reptilian, Thinking, Emotional, Gut

Four brains: Head, heart, gut, and universal

The triune brain - reptilian complex, the paleomammalian complex (limbic system), and the neomammalian complex (neocortex)

The brain has three main parts:
- Cerebrum fills up most of the skull. It is involved in remembering, problem solving, thinking, and feeling. It also controls movement.
- Cerebellum sits at the back of the head, under the cerebrum. It controls coordination and balance.
- The brain stem sits beneath the cerebrum in front of the cerebellum. It connects the brain to the spinal cord and controls automatic functions such as breathing, digestion, heart rate, and blood pressure.

Paths

Patanjali's eight limbs of yoga

Buddha's noble eight fold path

Cosmic, evolutionary maps and systems

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Kabbalah Tree of Life

Ken Wilber's AQAL Integral Theory

Tim Freke's Soul Story

Paul Hague's work on Cosmic Consciousness

New Physics

Meditation

Yantra by Ivan Rados - used with permission.

For me, meditation is an antidote to the relentless reactive egoic me-me-me mind. Meditation enables me to go deeper and gives me access to stillness, creativity, wisdom, heart - depending on my start state and which practice I choose. Here is a short list of meditation resources:

Tara Brach

Pema Chodron (Buddhist)

Zen Master Genpo Merzel (Zen, but different - Big Mind)

Headspace

Rupert Spira (Non-duality)

Sally Kempton

Jeddah Mali (Expensive, but good)

Leslie Skylar

Jon Kabat-Zinn (Mindfullness)

Brain wave entrainment: Jeffrey Thompson and Bliss Music

News sources

Yantra by Ivan Rados - used with permission.

Four or five years ago, I set the intention to find one or more efficient and unbiased sources of news and information. The ones listed below are the ones that I trust at the moment - the last three are courtesy of an American friend of mine.

The Guardian

The Economist (finance focus)

The New York Times

Russell Brand's work (in particular the Trews)

Truthdig

The Intercept

Democracy Now

One thing practices

Yantra by Ivan Rados - used with permission.

I have heard the Dalai Lama say, and I agree, that when it comes down to it, we all want to be happy. But how to be happy? Here are some practices that I have used or heard about over the years that can help you work towards this happiness - what I would call joy, that is, happiness but without conditions. I call these practices do-one-thing practices. What I mean is pick one and just live with that for a period of time. The advantage of this approach is that it is easier for us to remember to do it as we go through our day. The ego mind is nimble and strong and coalesces quickly - so one needs an intervention that is close at hand. Something we remember. And if we just have one thing, then it is easier to remember. At least for me. With each do-one-thing practice, I have included in brackets where to go for further information.

What would somebody who loved themselves do (Teal Swan)

Surrender to life (Michael Singer)

Present moment awareness (Eckart Tolle)

Question stressful thoughts (Byron Katie)

Prioritise peace of mind (Jerry Jampolsky)

There must be another way (Jerry Jampolsky)

Choose love over fear (Jerry Jampolsky)

Forgiveness (Course in Miracles, Mariannel Williamson, Jerry Jampolsky)

Make feeling good a priority, create good feeling thoughts (Law of Attraction)

Reach for a better thought (Law of Attraction)

Only see the best in people (Law of Attraction)

I am sorry, please forgive me, thank you, I love you (Ho'oponopono)

Beginner's mind, know nothing mind (Shunryu Suzuki)

I accept that I don't know how to do this, I invoke the divine to work through me (Matt Kahn)

Hands off (early Bentinho Massaro)

Buddha nature (Nam-myoho-renge-kyo, Nichiren Buddhism)

We are consciousness, we are spiritual beings having a human experience (Rupert Spira)

Love your inner child (Louise Hay)

Mindfullness (Jon Kabat-Zinn)

What do I long for? (Zen Coaching)

Plastic containers

Yantra by Ivan Rados - used with permission.

We recommend minimizing your use of plastic containers.

In a nutshell, plastic is made from toxic materials. These toxins can leach into whatever they come into contact with. And when the compounds that make up plastic are ingested, they can damage your body on a cellular level and cause health problems.

Plastics are assigned a number, a so-called Resin Identification Code, typically marked on the bottom of container. Basically, you should avoid any plastic designated with code #7, #3, and #6. Plastics that are relatively safe are #1, #2, #4, and #5 - but keep up-to-date on any new findings.

For more information, refer to these articles:

Dr Mercola: How to recognize the plastics that are hazardous to you

Dr Mercola: The terrible truth about plastics you never knew

Food matters: 5 reasons to avoid plastic containers

Tantra

Tantra, for me, is about using the relationship with other to wake up. It is an instrument for expansion. It is about being present and alive with whatever is happening. It is about saying yes to whatever arises. For me, as a man, it is also about devotion to woman, loving woman, serving woman. Being a good man that the woman can trust. It is about using relationship with other to practice total honesty, openness, intimacy, giving, loving. Tantra is often associated with sex, but it is a lot more than that. I recommend the following teachers (some of whom appear in the above collage) and books:

Barry Long, Making Love

David Deida, The Enlightened Sex Manual: Sexual Skills for the Superior Lover and Finding God Through Sex

Ma Ananda Sarita, Divine Sexuality

Charles Muir and Caroline Muir, Tantra: The Art of Conscious Loving

Caroline Muir, Tantra Goddess: A Memoir of Sexual Awakening

Barbara Carrellas, Urban Tantra

Mantak Chia, Multi-Orgasmic Man, Multi-Orgasmic Woman

John Maxwell Taylor, Eros Ascending

Margot Anand's work

The Ethical Slut (not really Tantra, but good book about polyamory and related for those interested in polyamory)