Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Awareness: Coming out of the Darkness and into the Light

Awareness: Coming Out of the Darkness and Into the Light 
~ Gwilda Wiyaka ~
Evolution is a process of waking up to greater levels of reality. Waking up requires we become mindful of where we are unconscious, or asleep, to what is. As we enter the Aquarian age and more expansive frequencies, the light is available for us to see more than in times past – if we open our eyes and are willing to look.
This is not as easy as it may sound. In effect, we have been asleep for generations upon generations. Unconsciousness and a limited perception of reality has become imbedded, not only into our belief systems, but our very DNA. In addition, like a frozen limb coming back to life, the process of waking up can be a painful one. Waking up results in the awareness of the heartlessness imbuing our world and our unwitting participation in it. The resulting guilt and shame tend to drive us right back into denial and unconsciousness.
How can we break this nonproductive cycle? What is required to embrace the light and remain present? What can help us move out of the darkness of times past and evolve into our potential?

With us this hour to explore this process of awakening is Loch Kelly,  author of the highly acclaimed, “The Way of Effortless Mindfulness.” Loch is a graduate of Columbia University and has been a leading meditation teacher, psychotherapist, and seminar leader for more than 25 years. Loch has worked in community mental health and counseled family members after 9/11. Founder of the nonprofit Open-Hearted Awareness Institute, Loch collaborates with neuroscientists at Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and NYU, to study how awareness training can enhance compassion and wellbeing.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Neither Awake nor Sleeping: The Creative Power of Liminal Dreaming

Neither Awake nor Sleeping: The Creative Power of Liminal Dreaming
~ Gwilda Wiyaka ~
Whether we remember them or not, everyone has dreams – our health and longevity depend on it. Many of us give dreams and dreaming little thought, beyond shrugging off vaguely remembered snippets as “just a dream.” Yet there is much more to dreams than we may think.
Some sources say there are over ten kinds of dreams. Locked in our dreams is much of our inspiration and creativity, as well as precognition. During the deep shifts and transformation we are now facing, we could all use inspiring concepts to solve the many problems we are confronted with, or a glimpse into the future to chart our course in uncertain times.
What types of dreams are there? How can we tap into the hidden potential of our dreams? What is Liminal Dreaming and how can it aid our evolution?

With us this hour to explore the land of dreams is Jennifer Dumpert. Jennifer is the author of “Liminal Dreaming: Exploring Consciousness at the Edges of Sleep” and a San Francisco-based writer and lecturer. She is the
founder of the Oneironauticum, an international organization that explores the phenomenological experience of dreams as a means of experimenting with mind. Dumpert has lectured and led workshops at festivals, conferences, and venues such as Summit at Sea, Lightning in a Bottle, Symbiosis, Breaking Convention in London. Her website:

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Genetic Engineering: Evolution or Deterioration?

Genetic Engineering: Evolution or Deterioration?
~ Gwilda Wiyaka ~
There is much hype, hysteria and debate regarding GMOs, or genetically modified organisms. The GMOs most debated are those that alter the genetics of our food. Commercial sale of modern genetically modified foods began in 1994, and since that time, GMO produce has become a large part of our food supply.
What few of us recognize is that humans have been genetically modifying organisms for over 30,000 years in the form of selective breeding or artificial selection. The earliest evidence of artificial selection of plants dates to 7800 BC Scientists have found domestic varieties of wheat in archaeological sites in southwest Asia.
One of the most dramatic alterations in plant genetics occurred through artificial selection of corn. Corn, or maize, began as a wild grass that had tiny ears with very few kernels. Over hundreds of years, it was selectively bred to have larger ears with more kernels, resulting in the corn we have today – well, until modern GMO procedures altered it further.
There is no doubt we now have more people on the planet than we can feed. GMO food is supposed to provide a much greater yield than conventional plants, but at what cost? Have we pushed nature too far? What are the ramifications of our meddling?

With us this hour to debate the value and disadvantages of genetically modified food is Jeffrey Smith. Jeffery is the author of “Seeds of Deception,” the world’s bestseller on GMOs, and “Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods.” He is the leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices. Jeffery is the founding executive director of The Institute for Responsible Technology (IRT), and was named the 2017 “Person of the Year” by Masters of Health Magazine. Mr. Smith also has two documentary films: award winning “Genetic Roulette — The Gamble of Our Lives,” and his latest with Amy Hart, “Secret Ingredients.”

The Mysterious, Fluid Nature of Time

  The Mysterious, Fluid Nature of Time ~ Gwilda Wiyaka ~ Most people don’t give time much thought, yet it drives every aspect of our liv...