Marianne Williamson, RFK Jr. & Disrupting The Status Quo


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As I wrote in my piece about RFK Jr. a month ago, I feel like something is in the air with this upcoming US election.

I have to admit, I’m not a huge believer in the current democratic process in most countries. I believe governments operate as oligarchies and politicians do not take the people’s will seriously.

This has pulled me back from voting since I was 19 years old. I still engage in the body politic and work to raise awareness about key issues, but voting is not a practice I engage in primarily because no candidate has really inspired me to vote.

That said, right now there are candidates in the US that would inspire me to vote if I was a US citizen. In fact, I have several friends from the US who are likely going to vote this time around and haven’t in YEARS because of these candidates.

While I don’t think I, nor the new voters I’ve spoken with, believe our systems are suddenly fixed, there is a felt sense of inspiration and hope that’s worth tuning into.

This morning I sat down with the State Director for New Hampshire on Marianne Williamson’s campaign, David Helfrich, to discuss the evolutionary nature of this upcoming election.

We have reached a point where a mass of people are fed up with the inauthentic and rigged system of modern politics. Will this create the perfect storm for emergent candidates to make some evolutionary noise?


ChatGPT Imagines A World Where Power Structures Are Reversed


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Envisioning a drastic change to our existing society has been second nature to my consciousness since I was a kid. After finally leaving college for good in my early 20s, it became my career when I founded Collective Evolution in 2009.

CE was built on the premise that our existing state of thinking, health, societal design, etc. are all a result of our existing state of consciousness and worldview. This dynamic then weaves between one another to create re-enforcement. Without consciousness (intentional awareness) society does not change much.

If we were to focus on personal transformation and expanded our consciousness around true human wellness and potential, would we then be more inclined to create our society differently? Perhaps more in alignment with our nature?

I think so. For more on this discussion I recommend reading my essay called: A New Worldview Is Emerging That Can Change Our Entire Perspective on Reality

We spend so much time as a society imagining what is possible from inside the insanity and disconnection of our current moment. We spend little time in curious wonder about what’s possible if we truly believed we could change things. Usually it’s economic endeavours or other system incentives that drive what our evolution should look like.

Creating space for these truly wondrous and creative conversation, outside the confines of our existing system, seems paramount to me.

It’s why I was intrigued when I learned that someone asked ChatGPT to describe a world where the power structures are reversed.

Keep in mind, ChatGPT’s AI is not a conscious mind that simply makes things up imaginatively in the ways we do, there is programming involved. Things like how positive or negative the AI should be, what it should favor, and how humans continually respond to the AI helps it produce its responses.

Interestingly, AI is also pulling from humans in a way. By being connected to the internet, our words, language models, and ideas, it can produce responses that resemble human thinking and desire.

In some sense, it is pulling from the collective consciousness and intelligence of humanity, even if indirectly.

This is in part why ChatGPT’s answer to the question was so intriguing.

Question: ChatGPT, can you describe a world where the power structures are reversed?

  • AI itself is presented as a bit of a hero in this scenario. I find AI to be useful in some circumstances, but do worry about irresponsible human consciousness programming it at times.

  • The nature in which ChaptGPT suggests we engage with our environment totally resonates with me.

  • I think there is a deeper discussion to be had, that’s not so trendy, with regard to ‘non-binary’ and femininity etc. With a healthy nervous system and being connected to oneself, I don’t see an inherently destructive or misguided nature in males or females. I see the need for balanced leadership. Right now, a destructive culture has shaped the people who lead, whether men or women, and their behavior is not ‘natural.’ To suggest one gender or another should lead is hasty without first looking at how we’ve lost our nature.

  • I love the idea of people of all ages being seen as flexible in their thinking and learning, and each being seen as having their own kind of wisdom. I’ve come across many in their 70s and 80s who are consistently expanding their mind and ideas, yet the sentiment is ‘you cannot teach an old dog new tricks.” Says who?

  • On emotional intelligence, Chat brings up a huge point. Our society is largely focused on intellectual perspectives and endeavours. While intellect is one aspect of ourselves, so are our emotions, body and connection to higher self. What would our behavior and creativity look like if each of these skills and senses were developed vs. primarily just the intellect? Is intellect favored because our existing monetary system bias’ for this skill?

  • Bottom line, we created this world and it’s problems. Poverty is man-made, designed into, and accepted by our existing system of capitalism and society. We can eradicate it, but collectively choose not to. Why?

For a decade now I’ve wanted to do a study with a group of a few thousand people.


A brief grounding exercise brings a person into a more settled and calmer state. They are then directed to focus their attention on their heart to connect with themselves somatically.

From there instruction would be given to suspend what they believe HAS TO BE about the way our society currently operates. People are then told they can create a society they feel is possible in their heart.

They are prompted to imagine how society would be stewarded, how resources are collected and distributed, how housing might look, how food is grown, what economies might exist, how work functions, what an average day looks like etc.

The person then has the time to truly sit with each of these questions and their answers are recorded.

What would we find in these answers? Would we find that people re-create things the way they are now? Or would things be drastically different?

Would there be a ton of similarities in our visions? Perhaps many people feeling like we should not have to work so hard simply to have basic needs met in a society that has so much potential to eliminate this busy work?

If these types of conclusions did arise and represented the majority, what would that mean about why our current society is the way it is? That we are living life in ways most of us don’t want?

My gut tells me that we’d create something totally different to what we have today. And that it’s a state of stuckness, trauma, disbelief, and unconsciousness that keeps us where we are.

As a reflection, how did you react to and feel about various pieces in this essay? Did any of Chat’s answers bring about judgement? Disbelief? The feeling that “this sounds naive?”

These is wisdom in our reactions. Sometimes it can show us how our currently society has shaped our perspectives. Is there space to challenge this programming? Or are they truly accurate as they are?


A Powerful Life-Altering Realization Any Human Can Have


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It’s one thing to know something, and it’s another to truly practice it. In that spirit, profound realizations about the nature of our reality can be practiced. Better said, they can be embodied.

But how often do we look to our body to hear or feel how it responds to profundity?

In our modern reality, one that has strayed far from our nature, we wake up, get ready, eat breakfast and go to work or school.

During our travels, we might get annoyed at the traffic and dread that we are all headed in the same direction at the same time.

We get to work and partake in whatever we need to in order to achieve the goals set out for the day. We often immerse ourselves in our actions without ever realizing the beauty that is happening around us at all times.

We might not deeply pay attention to what we do or how it feels for our bodies to move throughout the day. Once our day is complete we head home, hopefully spend some time with family and then repeat the process the next day.

I don’t believe life is quite this simple, but many of us experience it this way because of how we focus our attention. (Part of the described mundanity is also a result of societal design, which I believe is severely flawed, but that’s for a different discussion.)

Our daily attention is often highly cognitive, and can often be heavily focused on the perceived seriousness of life. Everything can become VERY serious. The news, money, work, politics, our belief of where the world is heading, relationships, shopping lists, housework, planning, goal setting etc.

In this built up seriousness, we might allow small things to trigger us easily, proceed to blow them out of proportion and brood on them for hours or even days.

When things can become this serious it doesn’t feel so good. We also lose sight of viable solutions and creativity within this state of mind and being, which halts our individual and societal progress.

To stretch our consciousness a bit, we don’t even have to look at things on a “spiritual” level to realize that we are just a speck in the entirety of our universe of all that is.

This is why “The Pale Blue Dot” is such a significant image.

The Pale Blue Dot is a photograph of planet Earth taken on February 14, 1990, by the Voyager 1 space probe from a record distance of about 6 billion kilometres.

It reminds us not to take life too seriously.

Think of the pain, destruction, grudges and heartache that come from small actions due to how we make them serious. Don’t get me wrong, there can be growth in experiencing these things, but is there a different state of consciousness or awareness we can reach to see our daily “troubles” in a different light? To see our lives in a different light?

Take a moment and close your eyes. Take a deep breath in, and a deep breath out. Feel your body. Can you release tension? Can you sense a deeper nature within you? Can you feel and see beyond the seriousness of our minds? This image can inspire us to come back to these questions.

I’ve taken my somatic clients to a place of peace and calm in their bodies, even when they enter the session from a place of chaos. Without avoiding the feeling of our chaos and bypassing it, we can pendulate from that chaos to the peace (or good feelings) that are always with us but are beyond our current focus.

It’s like switching your consciousness and awareness from only the bad or tense to acknowledging the spectrum within your body. Integrating the whole.

This has a healing effect.

How often do you notice and truly feel the peace and potential in your body amongst other feelings? Bringing the totality of ourselves – mind, spirit, and body – into our awareness and consciousness is to practice and integrate the totality of our experience.

It creates greater clarity, more freedom, and a level of consciousness that can birth a new world.

It sounds cheesy, but world peace is ultimately up to us, not anyone else or any external factor. Change starts within.


In The Name of Transparency


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We consistently hear that public trust in institutions is declining. To me, there is a good reason for this.

Corporate capture of governing institutions has been occurring for many decades. This has been exposed for many decades, but only now are large numbers of people becoming tired of it and willing to do something about it.

Perhaps it’s because costs are rising and people are feeling the pinch. Perhaps it’s because our capitalistic system has reached brutal levels of destruction. Perhaps it’s because physical and mental health are declining. It’s probably something deeper as well…

Ultimately, people are feeling that our current societal life is becoming less desirable, and overlooking vast amounts of government corruption is no longer in style.

Amongst all of this is the now-recognized reality that censorship is widespread in Western countries. Not only is there a lack of transparency, but those who seek to provide transparency, or who demand it from the government, are often ridiculed and censored.

Governments cry out as they can’t understand why there is a growing lack of trust in them, often pointing their finger at the internet and fake news. But have they looked at the four fingers that point back at themselves while they point to the ‘extremists’ creating ‘fake news?’

You might recall the ongoing Freedom Convoy FOIA request I’ve been working on for almost a year now.

Here is the first article I wrote about it. Then I followed up months later with this update.

Long story short. The Solicitor General’s office of Ontario promised us documents, we paid our fees, then they went dark for 5 months. I filed a complaint, and we were assigned an adjudicator to mediate in the process.

Today, I had my second phone call with the adjudicator to find out what is going on. Here are the key notes and updates from that conversation.

  1. The mediator told me that the Solicitor General’s office will need 1 full year to get me the documents they are already 11 months late on. They also claim the fees will increase significantly.

    I intend to appeal the fees in this case as my documents are of high public interest since they deal with the Freedom Convoy.

    My gripe with this claim from the ministry is that they could have told me from the start that this would take longer and cost a lot, but they didn’t. This misled me greatly. They negligently dealt with my request, gave me a date, made me pay fees, and are now giving me the slow roll.

    How do I even know they will give us the documents a year from now? I don’t, and the adjudicator agrees.

  2. The adjudicator stated she was mildly frustrated with the way the ministry is handling this case and is on the verge of granting an order for the documents. This means she would order the government to release the documents in a matter of weeks. But, the government is likely to come back stating “We can’t possibly get them done and have the necessary pieces redacted in time.” This would ultimately mean I’d have to take them to court based on the order.

    A judge would then hear the case, and who knows what would happen from there. Either way, this would take time and money.

  3. The adjudicator also suggested I could begin with a small sample of the documents as a start to see how high the fees will be. This will at least get the process of a decision moving so that the appeal process of fee waiver can begin. I would also be allowed to appeal any exemptions (redactions) the government intends to make.

    This is kind of desirable as we at least get moving further, and I can jump into the process of waiving fees to see how that goes. But it’s not entirely ideal. I’d also get to try out the process of challenging their redactions.

    What does the government have to hide about their decision making during the Freedom Convoy? If they value transparency, why not let the public know how they discussed this highly controversial issue?

  4. As of now, I have chosen to take a few days to think about my request, how I might be able to amend it, what the costs of lawyers would be to go to court based on the order, and ultimately what story I’m hoping to tell. When I’m ready I will notify the adjudicator of my choice.

    This has been a tough request as typically I FOIA for very specific documents. But in this case, I was purposefully broader and sought the communications of several key individuals. Apparently, there are a lot of records here.

    My hunch is government acted unfairly during the Freedom Convoy, and I think many people would benefit from and likely change their perspective after seeing what went on behind closed doors.

  5. The adjudicator told me she has handed out a record number of orders this year. Once again, that means more than ever before she has ordered the government to release documents they are refusing and missing deadlines on.

    This could be because a record number of FOIA requests are now being submitted as the public has lost a significant amount of trust in the government.

    It is also likely the case because FOIA departments are generally understaffed… we all know governments don’t truly value transparency.

In the end, I take this process and the key point in #5 as a sign that the tides are turning. People are waking up to the nature of our systems and it’s creating moments that might feel frustrating or chaotic but are ultimately that evolutionary pressure we are all looking for.

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Exiting The Matrix Created By Our Bias


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Another election cycle in the United States is coming around and I’m already seeing political battles, hyperbolic comments, and black & white thinking dominate the discourse.

In some countries, it feels like chunks of society go mildly insane during election cycles. People protect their candidate of choice, pretending as if they can do no wrong while all others can do nothing right.

News outlets, especially those captured by corporations and governments, join the fun and confuse the masses with their own brand of corporate bias.

As bias becomes overwhelming, echo chambers become the environment of choice for those seeking refuge. After all, it can be more comfortable to not be challenged.

The end result? A confused, divided and polarized masses where many live in a reality or bubble shaped by bias and echo chambers, not even realizing there are other completely valid perspectives out there.

The good news is, as the discomfort with this insanity rises and the cycle continues to show a lack of meaningful progress, an openness to a solution becomes more apparent. In this case, the solution is to become more conscious.

Conscious of what exactly? Our bias, its sources, and what we can do about it. Although I won’t get into this too much in this piece, overcoming the grips of bias is not just a cognitive process, but one built upon physical embodiment and spiritual curiosity.

I think it’s clear we all have bias and likely always will. I believe some bias can come about physiologically, while others more mentally. But if bias MUST be there, does it mean it will always have control over misleading us? No, but we’ll get to that in a second.

Built into our minds and bodies is a filtration system called our reticular activating system (RAS).

The RAS is a useful system where all senses are connected. It’s like a filter that helps the brain so it doesn’t have to deal with more information than it can handle.

The RAS is working all day long to filter out the less important aspects of what we’re constantly seeing and hearing, and instead focuses on the things that are important. The key is knowing how important becomes defined.

In a basic example, when you’re driving, your senses pick up on the angle a branch is hanging off a tree in your peripheral vision, but this is not important to keeping you safe while driving, so that is filtered out and instead your brain tells you how far you are from the person in front of you.

In this case, importance was defined by the activity and our desire to remain safe while driving.

The RAS is like a gatekeeper of information that is let into the conscious mind. That is to say, the RAS can filter in information that is then established in our subconscious, or deeper belief systems. It will also let in something we are really focusing on intently at a given moment.

For example, if you strongly believe that vaccines are 100% safe and effective, you are more likely to notice headlines, stories, video titles, and examples that support that idea because your brain is filtering out information it believes is irrelevant to the subconscious mind.

This can also be why some people see vaccine injury stories EVERYWHERE on the internet, while others don’t. A filter of importance is at play based on belief. You could also say that it depends on where people hang out on the internet, but it’s important to note that with the RAS something could be right in front of you multiple times a day and you simply won’t notice it.

Our RAS is like a computer:

Initial habit leads to the onset of beliefs. —> Those beliefs are then reinforced by a narrow repetition of perspective exposure. —> Our RAS is then programmed to seek out things only relevant to our beliefs. —> We are then temporarily captured by this cycle.

We sometimes even develop emotional and identity elements in this process which can reinforce our beliefs even more.

So are we victims of our RAS? No, we can use our consciousness, (focus, awareness and intention) to reshape what our RAS focuses on. There are of course other ways to work with bias, but this is a good place to start.

(For those looking for deeper work on bias, check out our course here.)

If you value meaningful progress in society, you are much more likely to put in the conscious work to not succumb to your bias.

There will always be those who are REALLY comfortable in how they are, the good and the bad, and likely won’t change. That’s OK, all you can focus on is you. I believe individual transformation has a greater impact than we realize as it models an example of evolutionary behavior and has an impact on our collective consciousness and morphic fields around us.

If you do value meaningful progress, a spirit of curiosity, playfulness and flexibility in your positions becomes key foundational pieces to the puzzle. All of these qualities are enhanced (and in some cases made possible) through nervous system regulation and embodiment.

Simply put, if your body is anxious, fidgety and stressed out, it’s literally not going to prioritize curiosity as its priority is survival. In survival, we defend.

But nervous system and embodiment work is for another discussion. Let’s get back to the RAS.

Note: simply because we are filtering certain things in now that MIGHT be part of our bias, doesn’t mean they are wrong or untrue. By becoming more conscious of this process, we can begin to move towards knowing how we know something is true, vs. simply believing it. We also develop flexibility.

To use your consciousness to reshape your RAS’s filter in this specific case, you have to consciously choose to acknowledge the filter and do something different.

  1. Adopt the attitude of an explorer. If you engage from a standpoint of exploration you are not only more curious but you begin to change the nature through which you are looking for information.

    Your importance is now informed by a spirit of curiosity and truth seeking. Not truth-seeking in the identity sense, where anything opposite of mainstream narratives is fact and everything the mainstream says is false, but instead real truth-seeking. Plus, being an explorer is fun!

  2. Actively seek out and listen to opposing perspectives for what you’re researching. By doing this, we are interrupting the habit of the RAS to filter these out.

    Listening while being open and embodied is also key. Sometimes emotions get tied to our beliefs, our body can be a good signal for where we might be feeling something. Sometimes it can be calm gut instincts, other times it’s triggering emotions that say “we’re under attack.” Noting the difference is key.

Social media algorithms are gaming you. They are like a RAS, and support your RAS’ existing behavior. They aren’t trying to bring you the truth, they are trying to keep you addicted to the platform. This means they are actively creating an echo chamber.

  1. Consciously engaging with and following accounts that provide different perspectives becomes a task if you want to explore more holistically. Wholeheartedly listen and integrate these perspectives as part of collective intelligence and experience. They may or may not be based on truth, but how might they have got there?

    Observe the urge to judge or ridicule differing perspectives. Take a breath, and don’t engage in the behavior. Instead, be curious as to why it’s there.

If you navigate with some of these simple steps you’ll be moving away from habit, which informs your RAS, of looking at the same sources over and over again, and instead are creating a more diverse diet of perspectives.

This will likely bring you to the conclusion that our world is a lot more complex than news outlets or pundits make things sound. Each issue has many variables to consider that are often not considered at all by most media outlets and our favorite voices.

I believe we can diminish the amount of bias we have, but to some extent it will always be there. Our willingness to be humble and embodied enough to examine our biases and free ourselves from them as we explore information and have conversations becomes radically important if we wish to progress forward meaningfully.

If this becomes a cultural phenomenon, you might imagine a political debate where those involved might concede aspects of their position as new feelings and information emerge. This would inevitably take the conversation deeper as well. We wouldn’t be arguing over the same things over and over again, and defending our positions to death.

The latter behavior is something that has become glorified in our society as ‘taking a stand.’ This can be great when there is humility and kindness, and when conclusions have been arrived at through holistic examination of information, but too often ‘taking a stand’ becomes aggressive, meanspirited, and is often not even based on all the facts.

Human spirit is expansive, curious, and loving by nature. When we venture away from these qualities and into ridicule, it can be feedback that we’ve become too stuck in our minds, biases and survival physiology. It’s a sign we are unwell.

It’s one thing to end the corporate capture of news and media, but it’s a whole other thing to replace it with media that is truly done in the spirit of exploration. Without this, new media outlets will become captured just as they have in the past.

There will be times in life when we have to disagree with one another, and this can be a graceful and respectful process. Diminishing bias does not mean we will all think the same and agree, but it will help us deeply communicate and unlock the wisdom of the crowd and collective consciousness.

For those that wish to dive deeper into the subject of bias, check out the course hosted by myself and Dr. Madhava Setty:

→ Overcoming Bias & Improving Critical Thinking: A course that combines coherent embodiment, mastering self-awareness, and critical thinking to help you notice bias in seconds, and think more critically in every area of your life. Join 1,050+ students.

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