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Notes from the Universe

May 19, 2011

After all these years, can you believe most people still think time is real, space is cold, and matter is solid? If there's anything you want to change in your experience, imagine it changed.

Real this,
The Universe

For a few years now I've subscribed to Notes from the Universe, daily inspirational gems delivered to my inbox. Often profound, typically playful, and unfailingly uplifting, Notes have outstripped my original expectations and become treasured friends. When I read the Note quoted above it occurred to me that you guys might enjoy them as well if you don't already.

Notes are the gifts of Mike Dooley, who gets them from, well, the Universe. His story is a familiar one — huge sudden change, fear, and uncertainty, followed by surrender, trust, and then, Wham! The next big thing.

What started in 1998 as an email sent out weekly to 38 addresses has since blossomed into today's daily Notes from the Universe, sent to over 350,000 subscribers in 189 countries! These Notes are brief passages written by "The Universe,"...

You can read the longer story and sign up to receive free "Notes" on his site.

Mike's tag line:

"What if the Universe were to send you little reminders of your power, Life's magic, and how much you're loved?"

An Orb Photo of Our Own…

May 17, 2011

After yesterday's post, I came across this picture today and had to share it with you:

People often report all kinds of exciting and interesting findings when they are on the TMI campus, and certainly my orb photo is a little lame compared to a number of the images that have been captured here, but I wanted to jump in on the fun too!

Also, I thought you might like seeing this rainbow picture that we captured last Fall:

I looked and looked in those woods for our pot of gold, but as it turns out, the treasure was just getting to witness this beautiful sight. smile

What Do You Think About Orb Photos?

May 16, 2011

I came across an article today about an especially interesting org photo--the orb was in the shape of a person! Have a look:

This photo is from this story which was published on the the Times & Transcript. According to the post,

"When Moncton resident Craig Wood tried to snap a quick picture of his daughter and some others exploring one of the caves in picturesque St. Martin's, he captured someone else in the shot - a pale apparition of a man who Wood says just wasn't there when he snapped the photo with his cellphone.

Craig says he doesn't believe in ghosts, but he has no idea how the image appeared. And what the heck's that blue orb glowing over there at left edge of the frame? He's curious to hear what others think. "At first I thought I took a reflection of myself somehow," he says. Indeed, the silhouette does bear some resemblance to the man who took the photograph, but it's not conclusive by a long shot."

In the old days of photography on film, it would simply be some kind of classic double exposure, but in a digital pic taken on a mobile phone? Also, there's no other photo of Craig or anyone except Abby in any of the other pictures on the phone.

Of course, the apparition doesn't turn up in any of the more mundane places he took photos of Abby in the days before - parks and playgrounds and the like. Instead, in classic ghost story fashion, it shows up in a cave in a picturesque coastal fishing village that drips with history the way water drips from the ceiling of the cave itself."

What do you think? Over the years we've seen some pretty amazing orb photos around you think it's sunlight or dust or something else?

See full source article here.   

NDE Story: Journey Through the Light and Back

May 13, 2011

"In 1982 I died from terminal cancer. The condition I had was inoperable, and any kind of chemotherapy they could give me would just have made me more of a vegetable. I was given six to eight months to live."

Mellen-Thomas Benedict's death was the best thing that ever happened to him.

Since returning to life and giving himself time to recall, assimilate, and articulate his experience, he is sharing it with the world through writings, interviews, appearances, and his Website. A book entitled Journey Through The Light and Back is soon to be released.

For anyone who may feel anxiety or concern about the state of the world, I can't recommend enough Benedict's powerful and illuminating near death experience account.

Bob Monroe posted a statement on the wall of the lab years ago that said, "We are terrified because we are terra-fied." That statement illustrates so well the difference between the little view and the Different Overview, as Bob called it. Benedict's is a truly Different Overview.

Excerpted here from his Website are highlights of Benedict's journey through the light and back:

In 1982 I died from terminal cancer. The condition I had was inoperable, and any kind of chemotherapy they could give me would just have made me more of a vegetable. I was given six to eight months to live.

I had been an information freak in the 1970’s, and I had become increasingly despondent over the nuclear crisis, the ecology crisis, and so forth. So, since I did not have a spiritual basis, I began to believe that nature had made a mistake, and that we were probably a cancerous organism on the planet. I saw no way that we could get out from all the problems we had created for ourselves and the planet. I perceived all humans as cancer, and that is what I got.

That is what killed me. Be careful what your world view is. It can feed back on you, especially if it is a negative world view. I had a seriously negative one. That is what led me into my death. I tried all sorts of alternative healing methods, but nothing helped.

So I determined that this was really just between me and God. I had never really faced God before, or even dealt with God. I was not into any kind of spirituality at the time, but I began a journey into learning about spirituality and alternative healing. I set out to do all the reading I could and bone up on the subject, because I did not want to be surprised on the other side. So I started reading on various religions and philosophies. They were all very interesting, and gave hope that there was something on the other side. I ended up in hospice care.

I remember waking up one morning at home about 4:30 AM, and I just knew that this was it. This was the day I was going to die. So I called a few friends and said goodbye. I woke up my hospice caretaker and told her. I had a private agreement with her that she would leave my dead body alone for six hours, since I had read that all kinds of interesting things happen when you die. I went back to sleep.

The next thing I remember is the beginning of a typical near-death experience. Suddenly I was fully aware and I was standing up, but my body was in the bed. There was this darkness around me. Being out of my body was even more vivid than ordinary experience. It was so vivid that I could see every room in the house, I could see the top of the house, I could see around the house, I could see under the house.

There was this Light shining. I turned toward the Light. The Light was very similar to what many other people have described in their near-death experiences. It was so magnificent. It is tangible; you can feel it. It is alluring; you want to go to it like you would want to go to your ideal mother’s or father’s arms.

As I began to move toward the Light, I knew intuitively that if I went to the Light, I would be dead. So as I was moving toward the Light I said, “Please wait a minute, just hold on a second here. I want to think about this; I would like to talk to you before I go.” To my surprise, the entire experience halted at that point. You are in control of your life after death experience. You are not on a roller coaster ride.

So my request was honored and I had some conversations with the Light. The Light kept changing into different figures, like Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, mandalas, archetypal images and signs. I asked the Light, “What is going on here? Please, Light, clarify yourself for me. I really want to know the reality of the situation.” I cannot really say the exact words, because it was sort of telepathy.

The Light responded. The information transferred to me was that during your life after death experience your beliefs shape the kind of feedback you are getting before the Light. If you were a Buddhist or Catholic or Fundamentalist, you get a feedback loop of your own stuff. You have a chance to look at it and examine it, but most people do not. As the Light revealed itself to me, I became aware that what I was really seeing was our higher Self matrix.

We all have a higher Self, or an oversoul part of our being. It revealed itself to me in its truest energy form. The only way I can really describe it is that the being of the higher Self is more like a conduit. It did not look like that, but it is a direct connection to the Source that each and every one of us has. We are directly connected to the Source. So the Light was showing me the higher Self matrix. I was not committed to one particular religion. So that is what was being fed back to me during my life after death experience.

As I asked the Light to keep clearing for me, to keep explaining, I understood what the higher Self matrix is. We have a grid around the planet where all the higher Selves are connected. This is like a great company, a next subtle level of energy around us, the spirit level, you might say. Then, after a couple of minutes, I asked for more clarification. I really wanted to know what the universe is about, and I was ready to go at that time. I said “I am ready, take me.”

Then the Light turned into the most beautiful thing that I have ever seen: a mandala of human souls on this planet. Now I came to this with my negative view of what was happening on the planet. So as I asked the Light to keep clarifying for me, I saw in this magnificent mandala how beautiful we all are in our essence, our core. We are the most beautiful creations.

The human soul, the human matrix that we all make together is absolutely fantastic, elegant, exotic, everything. I just cannot say enough about how it changed my opinion of human beings in that instant. I said, “Oh, God, I did not know how beautiful we are.” At any level, high or low, in whatever shape you are in, you are the most beautiful creation, you are.

The revelations coming from the Light and seemed to go on and on, then I asked the Light, “Does this mean that Mankind will be saved?” Then, like a trumpet blast with a shower of spiraling lights, the Great Light spoke, saying, “Remember this and never forget; you save, redeem and heal yourself. You always have. You always will. You were created with the power to do so from before the beginning of the world.”

In that instant I realized even more. I realized that WE HAVE ALREADY BEEN SAVED, and we saved ourselves because we were designed to self-correct like the rest of God’s universe. This is what the second coming is about. I thanked the Light of God with all my heart. The best thing I could come up with was these simple words of total appreciation: “Oh dear God, dear Universe, dear Great Self, I Love My Life.”

The Light seemed to breathe me in even more deeply. It was as if the Light was completely absorbing me. The Love Light is, to this day, indescribable. I entered into another realm, more profound than the last, and became aware of something more, much more. It was an enormous stream of Light, vast and full, deep in the Heart of Life. I asked what this was.

The Light responded, “This is the RIVER OF LIFE. Drink of this manna water to your heart’s content.” So I did. I took one big drink and then another. To drink of Life Itself! I was in ecstasy.

Then the Light said, “You have a desire.” The Light knew all about me, everything past, present and future. “Yes!” I whispered..." target="_blank">See full source article here.   

A Next-Gen Digital Book

May 12, 2011

Mike Matas

"... this is one of the most elegant, fluid, immersive apps you’ve ever seen. It’s a showpiece for the new world of touch-screen gadgets."

~ David Pogue's review in the New York Times

In under 5 minutes, this presentation video delivers the goods. It's fantastic — take a look.

Software developer Mike Matas demos the first full-length interactive book for the iPad -- with clever, swipeable video and graphics and some very cool data visualizations to play with.


While at Apple, Mike Matas helped write the user interface for the iPhone and iPad. Now with Push Pop Press, he's helping to rewrite the electronic book...Push Pop's first title is Al Gore's "Our Choice,"...




Thank you!

May 11, 2011

We just wanted to say thank you to everyone for all of your thoughtful comments and feedback yesterday and also say...keep it coming! Your questions, insights, support, and comments are much needed heart food in these parts, and we can't tell you how much we love hearing from you! I am working on coming up with answers to the questions that are a little out of my realm of expertise by way of picking some brains here on campus. In the meantime, we just want to say it again: we are here because of YOU! TMI is what it is because of the people out there in world that want to explore big things and ask the hard questions and recognize that there is a whole lot of wild living to be done in this life. When you take a few minutes to check in with us by way of leaving a comment here or on Facebook, or by sending an email, it stokes our fires a little because it reminds us that we are here to serve the public and to continue to push the boundaries of the global discussion about consciousness. Thank you so much for your continued support, and please by all means, continue to use this space to talk to us...we really are listening!

Happy Wednesday to one and all!

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